An interview with Jimmy Wong

Hello again everyone! I present to you an interview with a wonderful YouTuber, actor and musician.

Jimmy WongHis name is Jimmy Wong, and if you haven’t heard of him yet; you should.

He currently has two channels on YouTube which cover various subjects.

The cooking channel Feast of Fiction instructs viewers how to create foods from their favorite books, movies and even video games. It was this channel, which Jimmy features in, that introduced me to Jimmy, and led me to find his channels.

His personal channel Jimmy focuses mainly on his music, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun songs and talented musicians.

Finally his third channel Jimmy2 is the one that has really caught my interest. It is a vlogging channel which is composed of short videos about Jimmy and his daily life. Recently however, Jimmy has started a new series of dream vlogs. He showcases his dreams, asks users to share theirs with him, and he holds discussions about them.

He also gives his viewers inspirational messages and tries to inspire them to record their dreams and learn from them.

Here’s the interview I conducted with him through email. Enjoy, and make sure to check him out through the links above. He is worth watching.

What inspired you to begin your dream blog project?

I was thinking of fun projects to do in the new year and another way to really get in touch with the people who follow me online! I also hope the project will bring in a lot more people to watch and discuss along with me.

I’ve always admired the ability to dream and I think it reveals so much about who we are, what we’re afraid of, and what goals we have in life. And so much more! I figured the dream vlogs would be a great way to share and learn from all our experiences.

Jimmy Wong What have the responses been to your new vlogs? Do people have strong opinions about them?

The response has been pretty great so far! I hope I can continue building an audience and people who want to record and share their own dreams. Hopefully this can be a nice starting off point for anyone who’s ever wanted to start doing their own vlogs! I certainly have gotten a lot of practice from doing it just this short month so far; it’s been a real pleasure to see all the comments and responses.

For the most part no one’s had strong opinions one way or another, but that’s quite alright! I figure people are most interested in delving into their own dreams, and if I can encourage people to think more about their own dreams then all the better.

What are your feelings about dreams?

I really don’t know what our dreams mean, why we have them, and if they’re really something significant or just our brains figuring stuff out. What I’ve learned from just logging my own dreams this past month is that dreams are oftentimes silly, serious, dramatic, sad, and happy all at once. There’s always so much emotion jam packed into my dreams that I’m not sure if my brain just needs some catharsis or if it’s trying to figure out a problem or address an insecurity.

I think there’s a limit to how much we can analyze our dreams, but it is incredibly important to try and remember them. Through all the different emotions, there’s always a nugget of truth in there that we can mine and find out more about ourselves.

What advice do you want to give to people who are interested in their dreams, and what do you think is the biggest lesson we can learn from our dreams?

Jimmy Wong I’d say if you’re interested in having more dreams or actually remembering them, keep a dream log and be active with it. Make sure you write down or jot down every dream you have as soon as you wake up from one and don’t wait until the morning. It doesn’t even need to be legible, just a couple of key words and images can help you remember an entire dream sequence days, even months later.

Don’t feel like you need to get super philosophical or Freudian with your dreams either – sometimes they are just dreams in the end! As for lessons to be learned, I think that’s unique to each and every person. Just keep an open mind, don’t be afraid to confront the hard truths, and keep dreamin’.

Check out Jimmy’ Dream Vlogs Here.
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Witches’ Love Honey

Cinnamon and ClovesBlessings Everyone! Today I want to share with you a special recipe from one of my favorite authors.

This little gem was designed to be used by those of a mystical persuasion as a way of instilling food and drinks with feelings of love and caring; but I recommend it for everyone as it is also completely delicious.

Some of the magical benefits are inherent of course due to the natural properties of the spices, but to really get the most out of your honey you must empower your herbs as well as the luscious liquid itself. It is very simple, and even a beginner can do it with ease.

If you want to use this recipe strictly for flavor, simply omit the ritual parts of the recipe, and enjoy the warm spiced honey you have created. I would still recommend letting it sit for a few weeks before using to ensure the honey has absorbed as much flavor as possible.

Witches’ Love Honey

HoneyIngredients and Supplies

  • 1 cup pure Honey
  • 2 broken Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 dime-sized piece of Candied Ginger
  • 1 inch-long piece of Dried Lemon Peel
  • 1 inch-long piece Vanilla Bean
  • 1 pinch Ground Cardamom

Preparation

  1. To charge your herbs and honey before you begin working, simply hold them in your hands -or outstretch your palms over your ingredients- as you visualize your personal power awakening and enlivening their properties. See them becoming full of power, and accomplishing the tasks you have planned for them.
  2. Then in a jar with a tight sealing lid combine the herbs with the honey and mix until everything is moistened thoroughly.
  3. Seal the jar and place it upon your altar between two pink candles.
  4. Light the candles as you visualize the honey glowing with pink light and pulsing with good feelings of love.
  5. Allow the candles to burn out, and store the honey away from light for one lunar cycle before using.
  6. Add small portions to food or beverages to promote good feelings of love

Vanilla BeansTo further enhance the power of your love honey, create it on a Friday on or after the New Moon, but before or on the Full Moon.

Fridays are sacred to Venus Goddess of Love; the New Moon is a time of renewal and beginnings which is perfect for creating magic; and the Full Moon is a time of fulfillment and high energy which can be used to add immense power to your work.

It is wise to be in tune with the heavens when working magic, as the energy patterns they create can help or hinder your work greatly. This is also a wonderful recipe to create in circle, and can easily be adapted into your seasonal or lunar celebrations.

This recipe was adapted from The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham

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Food Blogger of the Month: January 2013

Hello everyone and welcome to the second installment of Food Blogger of the Month!

This month I am featuring Lindsay Rey of Vegan Yumminess.

She is currently a stay at home mom, and decided to use her time at home to support something she loves: vegan food.Lindsay Rey

Her mission is to bring her readers delicious, and affordable vegan food; and boy does she ever deliver. Her blog is full of yummy looking recipes, and a lot of them can be made with things you probably already have on hand.

Judging from her pretty impressive list of recipes you might never have guessed she started blogging only a few months ago. She has also put out five new recipes since I contacted her earlier this month. Talk about impressive!

The questions that follow were sent to her in a survey format and was not a live interview. I felt it would be better for both of our schedules. Enjoy.

When did your passion for food begin?

I hesitate to write this, but my passion for food began with my passion for eating—at the ripe old age of two, when my mom tells me I would sneak up to the buffet table at parties and grab handfuls of butter mints, when I thought no one was looking. Even now, I have an embarrassingly huge appetite for a girl, and that appetite drives me to the kitchen day after day. But I like it that way. I think God instilled in each of us a natural desire for good food. As an adult, my desire to be healthy keeps me out of fast food chains and the candy section of the grocery store.

What inspires you to create recipes?

Curried Chick PeasCravings. I’m not pregnant, but I get cravings regularly—sometimes for vegan junk food and sometimes for more healthy options like salads and green smoothies. I don’t believe all vegan food is healthy, but I strive to create recipes that are vegan and that include nutrient-dense ingredients like colorful fruits and vegetables. Of course, we all have days when we just want to eat some vegan junk food, and I am no exception. Deep down inside, my passion is to create delicious and nutritious vegan food that doesn’t compromise taste or flavor.

When did you begin blogging about food?

October 3, 2012 is the day I wrote my very first blog post. I felt like a first grader learning how to read, and I still have so much to learn.

What is one of your favorite go to recipes on your blog?

Vegan Fettucine AlfredoRight now I have a few favorites. For breakfast, I would say, my recipe for banana walnut muffins is top notch. It is crunchy on the top, soft on the inside, and perfectly sweet.

For lunch of dinner, I have been addicted to my vegan fettuccine alfredo. Because I’ve been essentially eating vegan since I was five years old, I have never really tasted alfredo sauce. I’ve always wanted to make a vegan version, but tofu didn’t work (trust me). Enter coconut milk and cashews!
The creaminess and flavor of this recipe is delicious and full of natural fats and proteins.

What is one of your favorite ingredients to use?

My favorite ingredient changes regularly. A few months ago, I would say my favorite ingredients were black beans, limes, and cilantro. Now, I think my favorite ingredient has got to be coconut milk. It is so creamy, versatile, and flavorful. Yet, coconut milk readily takes on any flavor that you give it, which is why it can be used so easily in both sweet and savory dishes.

What is one piece of equipment you can’t live without in your kitchen? 

Tofu Spinach LasagnaMy Vitamix blender. To me, this is an essential for any vegan kitchen. I use mine pretty much every day, sometimes even several times a day. In order to turn cashews and coconut milk into cheese sauce or bananas and spinach into smoothies, you’ve got to have a powerful blender.

Some encouraging words to other food lovers.

Health and happiness are both greatly influenced by the food that we eat. I believe God has the power to help us make positive food choices so that we can live healthy, productive, and happy lives. As the the old proverb says, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proberbs 21:23.

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Vegan Lemon CookiesAnother wonderful interview with another wonderful food blogger.

If you’ve been looking for vegan food that is tasty, and doesn’t feel like vegan food you have to check her out!

Vegan Yumminess

Also if you know of any other food bloggers who deserve recognition, let me know about them! I am always looking for more amazing people to feature here.

All photos in this article are from Vegan Yumminess

Love before Gun Control by Jimmy Wong

This video is absolutely fantastic. It deals with the issue of how unloving our world can be, and what we can do to change that.

I have been following Jimmy for a few months on his Feast of Fiction Channel (which is totally awesome), but I just recently found his personal vlogging channel.

Lately he has started a new web show about dreams, and I have loved every moment. He promotes keeping a dream diary, sharing your dreams, and trying to understand them. He personally shares his dreams with his viewers, along with inspirational messages.

This is one of his best. Enjoy, and take something from his words. We need much more love in our world.

To view his other dream vlogs click here, and I would heavily recommend subscribing.

Houseplants that Purify the Air

Peace Lily This is a short list of common houseplants which are known to help purify the air inside our homes.

Almost all of them are easy to care for, and have beautiful foliage and flowers.

If you need an empty space filled inside your house pick up one of these lovely plants to increase the beauty and air quality

Bamboo PalmBamboo Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Other names include: golden cane palm, areca palm, and butterfly palm

According to NASA and Dr. B. C. Wolverton these lovely plants are great at filtering xylenes, toluenes, and formaldehyde from the air. It is also a wonderful and natural humidifier. Once it reaches a height of 5’11” it is capable of transpiring 1 liter of water into the air every 24 hours.

Snake PlantSnake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Other names include: mother-in-law’s tongue

A study by NASA found that this elegant plant passively absorbs toxins such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. It is one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality.

Spider PlantSpider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants have been shown to remove many toxins in the air including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. It is also rated one of the top three plants for the elimination of formaldehyde by NASA.

Peace LilyPeace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

The whole genus of Spathiphyllumare is collectively known as peace lilies, and all common members are effective at purifying the air. They are a good all purpose cleanser destroying many things from mold spores to formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.

Gerbera DaisyGerbera Daisy (Gerbera)

All members of the genus Gerbera are simply beautiful, and are also adept at cleansing the air of benzene. They also up their carbon dioxide intake and production of oxygen at night which can aid in a peaceful night’s sleep if they are kept in the bedroom.

Information pulled from wikipedia.com

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Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot CocoHello everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying the winter weather! If you aren’t I think I have something that can help.

This absolutely amazing recipe is from The Modcloth Blog which is mostly a vintage fashion site, but they do also post some seriously delicious treats every now and again.

This recipe was a guest post on that blog by Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes who appears to be a confectionery goddess. Seriously, check her out.

Blending the rich taste of good chocolate with warm spices is a great idea for the winter season, and putting it all together in such a creative way is just pure genius.

I would love to receive these as gifts. They’re not only beautiful but so delicious that it’s hard to describe. Make these for your loved ones, or if you need to show yourself some love. You won’t be disappointed.

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Using the Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit

This post will show you how The Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit can be used to treat a wide variety of health problems, and the proper applications of oils for specific treatments.

Remember to check my previous post about using essential oils safely here before using any of the remedies below.

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Abdominal Pain: Abdominal Pain should be checked by a doctor if it persists or increases in intensity because it could be appendicitis or another condition that needs to be properly diagnosed.

Upper Abdominal Area: Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise motion.

3 drops Peppermint
2 drops Clove
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Lower Abdominal Area: Apply the following oil over the painful area in a clockwise motion.

2 drops Thyme
3 drops Eucalyptus
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil

Abrasions: Clean the area well with 5 drops of Lavender diluted in a bowl of warm water. Apply one neat drop of Lavender and leave to heal.

Abscesses: Make a compress by submerging a gauze pad into warm water and ringing until slightly damp. Apply the following oils and secure to the area of swelling twice a day using a bandage.

2 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
3 drops Chamomile

Dental Abscesses: Put 1 drop of Chamomile on a cotton ball and apply directly to the abscess. Also rub over the jaw and cheek area with the following oil.

3 drops Lavender
2 drops Tea Tree
diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.

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The Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit

If I had to choose the ten most versatile and useful essential oils for the average home medicine cabinet, these would be they. Although these oils are chosen first for their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide range of health complaints, you will find they are useful for a diversity of purposes from skin care to gardening and from home care to celebrations. The treatments outlined in this section are straightforward yet effective. Other useful additions to your care kit would be aloe vera, witch hazel, and rosewater.

Lavender

This oil is capable of many important jobs and is a delight to use. Every home should have a bottle of lavender, if no other oil, because it is so very effective in the treatment of burns and scalds.Lavender Flowers Lavender oil is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier which promotes healing and prevents scarring, and also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process by stimulating the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Although not known specifically as a circulatory stimulant, lavender oil certainly seems to allay the effects of clinical shock and as a mood tonic and antidepressant it helps to deal with the psychological shock of injury. It also has a multitude of other qualities which make it a truly indispensable oil.

Tea Tree

Tea Tree BlossomsThe antiseptic action of tea tree is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid- yet it is non-poisonous to humans! The Aborigines have been using this indigenous Australian tree in their medications for centuries, and today tea tree is the subject of a great deal of international research. Its impressive antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties make it useful in a wide range of conditions. It is used in the treatment of candida and all sorts of infections, for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and pyorrhea, among other things.

Peppermint

Peppermint LeavesThis herb has been used by many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians, no doubt because of its extremely useful health-promoting properties. It is an excellent digestive, it helps the respiratory system and circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory, and an antiseptic. These qualities make it a good oil in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, flu, catarrh, varicose veins, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, rheumatism, toothache, and fatigue. It even keeps mice, fleas, and ants away!

Chamomile

There are several types of chamomile essential oil. German Chamomile is an excellent variety and its beautiful deep dark blue color, due to its high azuline content, comes as a bonus. Another excellent variety, Roman Chamomile, is particularly good for the treatment of nervous conditions and insomnia. Beware of Chamomile Maroc (Ormensis multicaulis) which is not a tue chamomile and cannot be used as such

German ChamomileAlthough chamomile is anti-bacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant, it is most valued for its anti-inflammatory properties.  These apply to internal conditions like rheumatism, as well as external inflammations. Chamomile is indispensable if you have children because it can be used for teething troubles and in the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness.

Chamomile is used in the treatment of burns including sunburn, psoriasis,   eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and all nervous and depressive states. Its analgesic, diuretic, sedative, and calming properties make chamomile an extremely desirable oil. For kicking the tranquilizer habit it is invaluable, and in anorexia nervosa it is extremely helpful. As if this weren’t enough, chamomile is used in rejuvenation treatments.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has been distilled from at least 1788 when two doctors, John White and Dennis Cossiden, distilled Eucalyptus piperata for its use in treating chest problems and colic. This was in Australia where the Blue Mountains of New South Wales are so called because of the extraordinary blue haze that exudes from the resin of the eucalyptus gum, Eucalyptus Leavesand envelops the whole landscape. In such a powerfully aromatic environment, the medicinal qualities of this ancient tree would be hard to miss.

Eucalyptus is a marvelously versatile and useful oil. It cools the body in summer and protects in winter. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proved its antiviral properties as well. It is best known for its effectiveness against coughs and colds but is equally effective in the treatment of cystitis, candida, diabetes, and sunburn, while also being useful in veterinary care and as an insect repellent. There is a wide range of eucalyptus varieties, any one of which would be a useful addition to the Basic Care Kit.

Geranium

Geranium is one of my favorite oils because it works profoundly on the emotions and is useful in many medical conditions -and smells wonderful while it works so hard. The oil is not extracted from the species Pelargonium -Geranium Robert or “lemon plant”- which is very often displayed in abundance in Greek restaurants.

Rose GeraniumGeranium will make chilblains disappear overnight and brings a radiant glow when used in skin care. More importantly, it is a vital component in the treatment of endometriosis , is very effective for menopausal symptoms, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, and as a nerve tonic, and works as a sedative. It is reputed to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer and if nothing else, would certainly help the patient to relax and cope with the pain.

Geranium has many applications, from frostbite to infertility, and its antiseptic and astringent properties contribute to its usefulness. Its delightful floral fragrance makes it a pleasure to use, either on its own or as a contributory oil in a blend.

Rosemary

Rosemary BlossomsRosemary is both a physical and mental stimulant, which makes it a good oil to have in the morning bath, while also being excellent in the treatment of all muscular conditions, making it the perfect herb for a bath after a long tiring day. This antiseptic oil is used in the treatment of muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, headaches, cough, flu, and diabetes among other conditions. It is also very useful in beauty treatments, being used in hair care, as well as acne and cellulite remedies. For the sportsman, cook, and gardener, rosemary is invaluable.

Thyme

There are many types of thyme, some of which can be used safely in all situations and some which cannot. Thyme has notable antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and should be used with great care. Thyme FlowersOveruse of it can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system. Like many good things, it must be used in moderation. It should never be applied to the skin undiluted and should not be used on children unless in the chemo-type Thyme Linalol.

Thyme is a vital component of the Basic Care Kit because of its powerful antiviral properties. When flu is around it is a wonderful oil to have on the room diffuser. It assists in the elimination of toxic wastes from the body. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions including whooping cough, warts, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, and acne. It is also extremely useful in antiseptic powders, hair and skin regimes, and cooking. Just to make it a perfect all-rounder, thyme will discourage all manner of parasites and insects from your home.

Lemon

When our adventurous seafaring ancestors sailed the high seas, fresh lemons saved them from getting scurvy. For modern stay-at-homes, the essential oil of Lemonslemon is just as useful as a water purifier. This antiseptic and antibacterial oil will perform many tasks when used in blends, including treating verrucas, insect bites, and tension headaches. It has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. It will assist you to slim, help disperse cellulite, and keep wrinkles at bay. Its contribution to synergy makes it particularly useful in blends, while it is indispensable as fragrance and flavoring agent.

Clove

Clove oil is antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic and is a good oil for the Whole Clovesprevention of disease and infection. Being a spice, it can easily be incorporated into your cooking. It is best known as a quick cure for toothache although it is equally useful in digestive problems and muscular disorders. It can be used in the treatment of asthma, nausea, and sinusitis, and as a sedative. Clove is a powerful oil that has been used in the sterilization of surgical instruments. It should not be used undiluted on the skin.

Be sure to view my previous post on safely using essential oils here.

For uses of the Aromatherapy Basic Care Kit click here.

This article is a collection of excerpts from:

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

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