My Etsy Shoppe Can Now Ship Internationally!

I'm ecstatic right now! I found a way to make international shipping for my small jewelry business a reality and without extreme extra costs!

I had been keeping my sales to the United States only, but I recently sold a Southwestern style set to a gentleman who's wife works in London. He said that they adore her Southwester jewelry where she works and ask to buy it off of her! He suggested I find a way to ship my pieces internationally because he felt it would open up the market more for me.

A little about this business - I have been running Dragon Fire Rose since 2013. We've done everything from selling Lego figures to selling kids gift sets to selling jewelry. I have the creative bug in my soul and I just *LOVE* coming up with new ideas of fun things to sell!

I started making very simple fashion earrings. Nothing fancy, just cute little charms on silver plated hooks. I sell them super cheap because I understand now everyone has a huge budget for accessories. Some of us …

It's Time to Say Goodbye

I sit here at my desk, eating chocolate, and saying goodbye.

I've reached that place where I'm fully letting go of so much. I feel 2017 is the year of change - and I really need to start embracing that. I can't keep holding onto how things were. I can't keep holding onto the past or the ways I used to do things. Everything has changed, and is currently changing. I have to be in that moment, fully present in it.

It's time to say goodbye.

The song of that name from the RWBY soundtrack was playing in my head my whole drive home this afternoon. It just felt like the theme song to everything right now. Following that is the song, This Will Be the Day, also from RWBY.

I've known since the end of last year that things were changing in my life A LOT. I could see it, feel it. Friendships were ending. Life was changing. Career paths unsure. New memories being made. Dreams being realized.

Today was yet another reminder of how much life changes. I said goodbye to an old…

Savor The Quiet Moments

It's early and I'm the only one awake. I like times like these, mornings like these, because I get to enjoy the quiet. Life is so busy, so active. We are always doing something, going somewhere, living our lives. It feels like we don't get many moments of just quiet. Moments to unwind, moments to relax.

Mornings are the time I usually get by myself. I seem to have an internal alarm clock that has me up by 7:45am even on the weekends. If I've gotten enough sleep the night before, I'll go ahead and get up early. If not, I can usually fall back asleep.

Today was one of those early mornings. My house is quiet, everyone else is asleep. The weather here has been unpredictable. Yesterday it rained all day. I woke up this morning to a soft fall of rain and snow on all the cars. It snowed up in the mountains a lot. We are having what looks to be a mid Spring winter!

I've put the coffee on and as I wait for it, I work around the house with only the sound of the rain fal…

I Save Jars

The title of this post does not mean that I run down the streets in a cape and mask, rescuing jars in distress everywhere.... But that sounds like it could be fun! (^.^) The title of this post refers to me choosing not to throw jars away, but to wash them out and reuse them. I have many,many jars in all shapes and sizes in my cupboards!

Years ago, during on of my researches on healthier living, I discovered how bad plastic is. Not only is it often unable to be recycled, but it is also very bad for you because the chemicals it's made of leech out of it into your food and drink. This concerned me, so I started looking for other methods to store food and drinks in. Enter the glass jar! This lovely item has been around for a very long time and it provides a way to store edible and drinkable things in a safer way.

I began collecting glass jars then. Whenever I'd buy food that came in a glass jar I would wash it out and reuse it. From time to time I've had to cut down on the am…

A Daily Dose of Tea

Health and wellness are important to me. I believe if we take care of our bodies and well-being, it benefits us in so many ways! I try to keep this thought in mind in everything I do. ❤

I created a new daily routine for myself that is very simple - drink a cup of tea a day. Not too long ago a friend who was going caffeine/tea/coffee free gave us her whole tea stash. We now have A LOT of tea! I love tea so I was quite excited to receive it. Yet I have rarely made myself a cup since. As I reorganized my kitchen this week, I decided that I needed to start drinking more tea!

Tea has a lot of great health benefits if you are drinking natural and organic tea. The pre-made stuff in bottles is often full of a lot of sugar, which you don't need! In order to start using my large tea stash and to benefit my body, I've made it part of my daily routine to have at least one cup of tea a day. We have such a large variety of teas in our kitchen that I don't get bored with any one. And ev…

April Birchbox Review

Last month was my birthday month (yay!) and I really wanted to do some sweet things for myself. Both Julep and Birchbox were having great deals so I signed up for both. I cancelled Julep at the end of the month though, simply because the cost of the boxes going forward were not worth the products I got in them. Birchbox had a lower monthly cost of $10 and I got at least 5 samples in each box. For the month of March, I got a whole second mystery box for free! (^.^)

This month I received 6 samples. I will go through each one with you and tell you what I thought about each product, as well as where you can buy them from!

* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZON FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPANY! If price isn't an issue for you, buy wherever you want. If you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon because they often have cheaper prices! I've listed the Amazon links for any products that are available there! …

DIY Yeast Inflated Balloon Science Experiment

We love hands on projects here in the Divine household! Science, crafts, wood-working, art - you name it, we like doing it! Creating things, especially together as a family, is tons of fun! Little Divine and I had a lot more time recently so we've been looking for more hands on learning activities to go along with her homeschooling. I bake bread from scratch so yeast is a common ingredient in our house. This project seems to be a popular one online with kids and adults alike! (^.^)

 First things first, you need 1 empty water bottle. The size is up to you. You will also need yeast, 1 non-inflated balloon, sugar and warm water. We combined 2 tablespoons of yeast into hot water and mixed it well. Then we poured our mix into the water bottle using a funnel. We then added 4 tablespoons of sugar to give it food to eat off! We gently swirled the mixture around inside of the bottle to combine it all well. Lastly, we put our red balloon over the top opening of our water bottle.

 Almost im…