Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday Five: 5 Fave Avon Products

Friday Five: 5 Fave Avon Products

Better late than never, eh? Today's Friday Five is all about my favorite Avon products. I figured it would be fair to put my faves out there since I love Avon as a customer and not just a rep. I grew up with many Avon products thanks to my Nana. Not only did she buy Avon (I even remember an Avon lady who came to her door a few times), but she (Nana) also sold it for a few years. So, without further ado...



1)Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair: I LOVE this hand lotion. Unlike others I've used, this one doesn't leave a greasy feeling after you rub it onto your hands. It also leaves your skin silky smooth. BONUS: no smell!




2) Avon Senses Soft Pink Bubble Bath: This was my very first introduction to Avon, thanks to Nana. She had this bubble bath, and I used it all the time as a kid. Love the scent, and the bubbles are ultra soft (if that makes sense).







3) Gel Finish 7-In-1 Nail Enamel: This is, by far, my favorite gel nail polish. I have the Purplicious shade, and I love it. Huge plus is that this gives you a gel look without the need for the usual UV light gel polish requires.






4) Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil: This is another product my Nana had that I used as a kid. It's the original scent (fresh, not floral, etc). Incredibly...decadent, smooth, silky.








5) Live Out Loud Eau de Parfum: Hands down, my new FAVE perfume! I caught a whiff on one of the previous catalogues, and I was immediately hooked. It doesn't have the usual overwhelming alcohol smell; and it's really light, sweet, not extremely floral.





Monday, January 20, 2020

Magickal Monday: Altars

Magickal Monday: Altars

Today's Magickal Monday post is all about altars: tips, set up, etc. For the record, let me state that not all pagans have an altar. I've gone through altar-less periods over the past nearly thirty years, though I do have one now. Mine has run the gamut in terms of looks. Right now, it's nestled in our bedroom on an old microwave cart (top, shelf, cabinet).

What is an altar?

Simply put, an altar serves as a focal point for rituals. Your ritual objects sit on it (including your Book of Shadows, if you have room). It helps with focus with your spell ingredients, prayer, meditation, divination, because everything you need is right there before you. It's a place to honor your deities with figures and objects, celebrate the seasons with decorations. etc.

What can I use as an altar?

Anything! You can use any flat surface for your altar. If you can't keep it reserved for rituals, just store your items and cleanse the surface before each use. (When I say cleanse, I mean psychically AND physically.)

Altar items/tools can be expensive.

Yep, they can be, but you don't need flashy/fancy stuff. Hit up your local dollar store; gather leaves, sticks, stones from nature (with thanks, of course); use chime candles or votives for the Four Quarters. The possibilities are endless.


BASIC SET UP:

Setting up your altar is quite easy. There are just a few guidelines you may want to follow (NOT required, obviously):

1) Orient your Quarter objects and/or candles to their respective directions - green/stone/bowl of dirt for Earth/North; red/athame/lava rock for Fire/South; pale yellow/bell/feather for Air/East; blue/water/shell for Water/West. (Here is a list of great ideas: https://www.groveandgrotto.com/blogs/articles/representing-the-elements-on-a-pagan-altar)

2) Black/Silver and White/Gold candles represent the Goddess and God, respectively. (Given your personal path/tradition, you may or may not use these. I don't.)

3) You will need a small dish for offerings, and a glass (cup, goblet, chalice, etc) for libations (drinking), offerings, and consecrations (purifying and blessing). These can also be oriented in the elemental directions.

4) You will also need an athame (ritual knife), a wand, incense, and something to light your incense and candles.

Needless to say, this is not, by any means, an exhaustive list. Every tradition/path has its own standards.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020

Friday Five: 5 Fave Game Series

Friday Five: 5 Fave Game Series

Today's Friday Five is all about gaming! I've been a computer geek all my life and an avid PC gamer for most of that time. So, without further ado...

1) Dragon Age (Bioware) - Hands down, my ALL-TIME fave game series. Fantasy, RPG, romance, excellent combat mechanics... nothing I don't love about it. Have beaten every one (and their DLCs) countless times. There are three games (#4 is in development now): Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, and Dragon Age: Inquisition; plus loads of DLCs.

2) Mass Effect (Bioware) - Another fave from Bioware, Mass Effect is a space RPG. First one's mechanics drove me batty, but all the others, I love it. Have also beaten every single one (and DLCs) multiple times. There are four games: Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and Mass Effect: Andromeda; plus many DLCs. (Bioware is known for its DLC content.)

3) The Elder Scrolls (Bethesda) - All-time fave series from Bethesda, this one is rich in lore. It's fantasy, RPG, great combat mechanics. Though Oblivion and Morrowind make me a little queasy (motion sickness), I still love them. Fave in the series, though, is Skyrim. There are... lots of games in The Elder Scroll series, plus a MMO.

4) Heroes of Might & Magic (Ubisoft) - Been a huge fan of this one since the first game. Have played (and beaten) all up to 5. Need to get the rest. There are, again, several games to the series. Fantasy, turn-based, strategy. Love it!

5) Stronghold (Firefly Studios) - Finally, my beloved Stronghold games. There are several games, and one even focuses on the Crusades. RT-Strategy, castle-building/managing. I've played all campaigns in Stronghold and Crusader, not to mention countless scenarios.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Intro Vid


New Year News

First off, happy 2020! Here's to hoping you have an amazing year!

I wouldn't call this a "relaunch," but it is the start of bigger and better things for the blog and you, my readers. I have lots of plans in the works, including more Patreon content for all tiers, Youtube videos, and posts galore here on Eclectic Domesticity. I may even have a few contests planned. 😉

2019 was a whirlwind of a year, good and bad, but I don't believe in regrets. So I'm determined to make 2020 an awesome year all around.

Stay tuned for a second post later today, and don't forget to come back Friday when I list my Top 5 Gaming Series for my Friday Five. Until then, hop on over to my Patreon page! Also follow me on social media or subscribe to the blog to stay updated on new posts.

See you soon!

~ Liz

Monday, December 30, 2019

Coming soon


Come back on Jan 1st for new, exciting content for the new year!