Tuesday, July 05, 2011

ASTROLOGY NEWS! The Rebellion Planet 'Uranus' Turns Retrograde

Get ready for some unexpected news and bizarre behavior over the next week when Uranus turns retrograde on July 9, 2011 in the sign of Aries. With Uranus in Aries, we can experience startling new discoveries, new opportunities, and new ways of seeing things.

The verdict of the Casey Anthony case couldn't have been better timed. First degree murder is a given. The question is, "Will the Jury's verdict shock the nation, or bring an unexpected element to the conclusion?" Uranus is the planet that can do just that.

Uranus can bring violent unexpected storms and shocking news too! Don't take this planet turning retrograde lightly over the next week.

This can be an exciting time of conclusions and new opportunities that weren't foreseen.

Melissa
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Astrology News! Change is Inevitable - It's Time to Define Relationships, Set Boundaries, and Make Agreements

Great news! Saturn goes direct June 13, 2011!!
Theme: Finding balance in relationships and partnerships.

Saturn is the planet that teaches you to take responsibility. It slows life down to make you live life in the present, giving you the opportunity to gain inner strength and eliminate what is not working. In the end, you will discover that you can't just point the finger at someone else or turn your head to a situation (run-away). It's time to learn from your mistakes and face reality.

With Saturn in Libra, its energy will focus on finding balance, solutions, and resolutions to issues at hand, especially with partnership and relationships. It's a time of making commitments and defining boundaries.

In the United States, the focus will be on defining international relationships and handling unexpected Earth changes. Building alliances, making agreements, and defining international boundaries will be key in the next several months.

Saturn moving direct comes at a time of other big astrological changes. You aren't alone! Sometimes it seems easier to just runaway from our problems then facing them head on. The energy is to face the issues direct, find compromises, set boundaries, and in the end, growth and progress will be made.

Melissa
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom: How Connected Are You With Your Children, Or Signi...

Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom: How Connected Are You With Your Children, Or Signi...: "Yesterday brought the biggest smile to my face. It started in the morning as I was making breakfast for my three children, rushing to get th..."

How Connected Are You With Your Children, Or Significant Other?

Yesterday brought the biggest smile to my face!

It started in the morning as I was making breakfast for my three children, rushing to get them fed and out the door for school. Jake, my 8 year old son, asked me if I had an idea for his invention project. (A little history: each student in his class has to come up with an invention, develop a prototype, and present it on June 7th at school). I told him that it was his project and he needed to come up with the invention on his own. He lowered his head, knowing I was right. Ten minutes later, Michael (my husband) walked all three to the bus stop. I then began making myself a hearty filling breakfast, being 19 weeks pregnant. When Michael walked in, I turned and spontaneously said, "Jake should just call it a day and make glow in the dark goggles." Michael chuckled.

Now the part on how connected Jake and I are. After school, as I was cutting Jake a piece of homemade coffee cake, I asked him if he had come up with an invention. He perked up and with a radiant smile said, "Yes! I'm going to invent glow in the dark goggles." My eyes got huge and I broke out laughing. Then I replied, "Jake, are you serious?" and he confirmed by pulling out an invention form he filled out at school that he committed to inventing glow in the dark goggles. I shared with him what I said early in the morning to his dad. He loved that we had thought the same invention idea. And ironically he had come up with the idea on the school bus which was the same time I had thought the same thought.

I know I'm connected to my children, but I also work at it. I pay attention and listen closely to what they are saying or asking. I try to feel what they are feeling. I try to see what they seeing. And it's moments like these that confirm how connected each of us are if we just pay attention.

Being connected means you are part of that person's life. The following are simple questions to help you know how connected you are with your children, spouse, friends or family:

1. Can you end each other's sentences?
2. Do you intuitively know if something isn't right with the person?
3. Have you ever blurted out something that the other person was thinking? For instance, my husband was watching television and all I kept thinking about was ordering a pizza. Within seconds, he asked me if I wanted to order a pizza.
4. Have you ever done anything without the person asking, and come to find out later that the person was hoping you'd help out with it. Two nights ago I was at Jake's swim team practice. I also had Joshua, one of my twins. It was 5:30 pm and all I kept thinking about was getting home and cooking the chicken for dinner. I was so tired, but knew I needed to fix a healthy meal for my kids. When I reached home, Michael was outside playing baseball with Madison. As I smiled and walked passed him, he said he already grilled the chicken and started boiling the water for corn on the cob. I was in SHOCK! Michael has never prepared dinner, unless I asked him or he was with the kids alone. And I'll tell you, he earned a lot of brownie points for doing that one gesture. My gut tells me he picked up on my thought of needing to start dinner. Maybe it's the pregnancy that has amped our connection. It was what I needed!

I hope you'll share stories of how you and your children, spouse, family and friends are connected. And please email me if you are looking for any tips on how to become more connected.

Have a wonderful day!

Melissa
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www.melissaproductions.com

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Astrology Update: Neptune and Eclipses Creating USA Upsets

Times are tough, and the Earthly torrential rain, floods and tornado's aren't helping us any. June 3rd Neptune goes retrograde. Not good! The planet that just entered Pisces will be reentering Aquarius again. This is the planet that rules water, creates illusions, but can also make dreams happen. Just in the winter of 2010/ 2011 and spring of 2011 the USA has been dumped with snow and rain causing over excessive flooding and an outbreak of tornados. The tornados can be attributed to the ingredients of Uranus (ruler of Aquarius-unexpected news with a little heat and electricity) and Neptune’s energy (water). Mr. Neptune may not quite be done creating unexpected hazardous weather conditions across the USA, especially in June. Let's pray the planet takes it's time or has learned its lesson. But with the two eclipses happening back to back and the planet going into retrograde be prepared for changes in your vacation schedules due to weather upsets.

That brings me to the eclipses which are already in play--the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger (the June 3rd eclipse aspecting his 12th house of hidden secrets) and IMF Leader Strauss-Kahn are all a result of the eclipses. The beginning of June is a crucial time for the USA to form relationships choosing which ones are healthy and which ones are truly risky. Pick and choose wisely because the energy is one where negotiation won't come easy, and hidden agenda's may reveal themselves later on. There are two sides to every story. That's what will be playing out. Americans look to your hearts for the truth because it may not be apparent in the news. Communication and freedom of expression are key!

As for personal impact with Neptune and eclipses. It's a time to express your thoughts, let go of the past, and enjoy a little fun. If Neptune is strong in your astrology chart, watch out for water or plumbing problems in your home. In addition, the eclipses can make your dreams happen. But make sure you have your plan intact and solid facts to back it up!

The Partial Eclipse taking place June 3rd is all about communication and seeing both sides of the story. IMF Strauss-Kahn's story will be enlightening all!

The Total Eclipse on June 15th can bring unexpected optimism, exploration, and a need for independence! This eclipse will be impacting the United States in its relationship area. Relationships with Libya and other Middle Eastern Countries will most likely be the focus.

Enjoy this time period! Freedom of expression is the theme. Just make sure what you say is said with tact and won't bite you in the butt later down the road. Oh, this also is a time period where dreams can happen! But, remember Neptune is also the illusionist. Look to your heart in the end for the answers.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Five Tips to Get Out of Your Funk! It's Time to Ditch The Pity Me State of Mind

Okay, enough is enough with the negativity. Can't we all just be happy? What a concept! Sounds simple, but in this day and age people are really having a difficult time seeing the positive in life. I know so many people who are living in 'fear' afraid of listening, and for that matter following, their own intuition.

I know what it's like to get fired. I know what it's like to be living off of your savings. I know what it's like to wonder how you are going to afford to pay your rent or mortgage. But you know something, I never gave up. I held on to hope. I held on to my vision. And I kept perservering.

First thing is first. You have to change your mindset. Unless you have the right mindset, doors--I'm talking about opportunities--will not present themselves. And if they do, you may not recognize them.

Second, get out of the house. The longer you mope around in your pity me state of mind, the longer you'll be in your funk.

Third, stop whining! I don't know a soul whose life is perfect. We all have stuff. We all have our ups and downs. We all have our challenges. Yes, many of us need to vent and it's healthy to vent. But vent in a positive way. Instead of saying, "My life sucks," and "My life is over," and "Nothing good ever happens in my life," say, "Boy, that really sucked, but shit happens and I have my friends, health, and potential still!"

Fourth, smile! Smiling is a powerful tool to get those happy endorphins circulating in yours and other peoples bodies.

Lastly, every person you meet, discover three positive qualities about them. And ask yourself, why have I attracted this person into my life. What lesson am I learning. What mirror of myself are they reflecting.

Light, Love and Laughter

Melissa


Tuesday, February 01, 2011

"Impossible" is a word that restricts our own success

This past Sunday, Michael and I took our children to their first Circus experience. It was truly amazing. And yes, it is one of the world's greatest shows! A must see.

During the show, as we all were watching three females do these mind-boggling bends and balancing acts, my oldest son taps me on the arm and says, "This just isn't possible. Mom, this just isn't possible." His mind couldn't comprehend the way the acrobats bodies bent, not too mention, a man walking and dancing on firey glass chips and a very attractive female entertainer holding a man high above her head without any support.

I actually was envious. These entertainers could do things with their body that I believe all of us can do if we took the time and were disciplined enough to stretch and become one with our physical self. Each performer had mastered concentration, focus, and oneness with their physcial self. It was motivating!

The word "impossible" limits our own ability to succeed and accomplish our goals. From my perspective, nothing is impossible.

Take some time to think about what you thought was impossible, but someone proved it was? Now take a moment and think about what has been holding you back. Do you believe you aren't able to do something? Do you believe in yourself--your strengths and your potential? Today is the day to realize you can accomplish anything you set your mind too. The onlyone holding you back is yourself!

I leave you with one thought! "Believe in possibility!"

Light, Love, and Laughter

Melissa
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Is BPA Harmful? Have You Heard About the Taco Bell Scare?

Every day it seems there is something on the news or someone mentions something isn't good for you. As a mom, I'm always trying to stay abreast of what may cause cancer or headaches or illness. Now it's Taco Bells meat. What a total bummer. Taco Bell was founded in 1962. You would think it would be ahead of the game on making sure its contents are pure, or at least is legally complaint to be labeled as beef with the U.S. Department of Agricultural. It's meat mixture only contains 35% beef. Hello McFly! That is a huge misrepresentation to the public.

Just the other day, our neighbor was over telling us about BPA in can foods. I've heard about the dangers of microwaving food in plastic, but BPA in can foods. Well, it's a chemical that can be harmful to humans if ingested. As soon as our neighbor left, Michael and I were opening up our cabinets, checking all of our canned food labels. Then we went on the internet to find out what this BPA stuff is. Come to find out you need to ingest at least 500 lbs a day for it to be a concern. Word of mouth is a great source of information, but what I've found is it's also a good idea to do a little research to make sure the fact is accurate.

It's events like the above that can send every parent, or person, panicing. And yes, I've paniced. I can remember my sister who is a Kindergarten teacher tell me that there was a study that sugar doesn't make kids hyper. Seriously now. There isn't a doubt in my mind that sugar affects my kids. And if anyone needs proof, come on over with a dozen donuts and candy bars.
Here's my thoughts.
  • Do things in moderation and you'll be much better off in the long run.
  • Cook more at home, using the microwave less and the stove more.
  • If you hear about a food product that no longer is healthy or may be harmful, just stop using it. There is nothing you can do about the past. You can't change it, alter it, or fix it.
Sometimes going back to the simpler ways of living is a healthier alternative!
Many blessings,
Melissa
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Five Things To Do To Beat the Winter Blues

A friend of mine, earlier this week, mentioned that CNN repeatedly talked about the most depressing day of the year which someone statistically calculated is in January. The news is one of our greatest depressors. It's stories which typically are about shootings, financial crisis, terrorists, political upheavals, and other tragic incidents are repetitive through out the day, leaving you (the viewer) with only negative thoughts and energy bombarding your mind and emotions. If you know anything about hypnosis, or overcoming a bad habit, repetition is key! Say it, do it, and believe it for a certain amount of time and it becomes part of your consciousness and actions.

So, that leaves most of us after the holidays, entering the New Year no longer with caroling and parties, but instead with cold news filled nights taking in more negativity than positive energy.

Here's five tips to help you combat those winter blues!
  • Don't watch the news. Or, at least, cut down on the amount of time you watch and read about negative stories, especially in January and February, the two greatest winter blues months.
  • Only talk and hangout with upbeat happy people. Or, at least, cut down on talking to the people who enjoy negative gossiping and whining.
  • Go out and do something fun every weekend! You may have to force yourself to get out of the house, but it really can help trigger the "happy" endorphins in your brain. Go to a bookstore. Go see a funny movie. Go bowling. Go rollerskating. Go workout.
  • Turn on some upbeat music and dance! Or even better, go take a dance class.
  • Do something creative or physical such as painting, scrapbooking, or playing a sport.
This January and February, smile, say your positive affirmations, and wear bright happy colors!
Melissa
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How Unexpected Change and Shifts in Energy Affect Us All

Since everything is made up of a form of energy, everything affects us. Color, music, and the subtle shift of one's emotions.

Children are very sensitive to shifts in energy that's why parents work so hard on trying to keep their kids on a routine. A routine keeps the energy in their lives somewhat consistent. But when that routine is broken, and the energy they are used too shifts, confusion and worry enter the household.

Last week, my children's routine was taken over by an unexpected 4 day snow and ice storm. Well, the storm was only for a day, but the aftermath lasted four days in my house.

The first day, all of my kids were jumping for joy. The excitement of knowing they didn't have school could be felt across the country. But then, the worry of "will there be school tomorrow" flooded my son Jake's mind. Tears and whining flooded his innocent soul. For three days, he whined. His emotional-self couldn't handle the unexpected change in routine. Then my son Josh picked up on Jake's whimpering energy and he too jumped in on the fun of whining. For another three days, my house was filled with two boys whining. Then, yesterday, one day before my children's normal routine was about to start again, my little girl walked out of her dance class, looked into my eyes, and said, "Mommy, I don't know why, but I want to cry." She too fell prey to the energy whining virus that swept through my house when my children's routine was unexpectedly changed.

Take a moment and think about how the shift in someone's emotions affects you. Or how the news of the outcome of a sporting event affects you. Or how just whistling calms you. Or how just wearing the color orange brightens your life. We all affect each other, as does unexpected events.

Think positive! And remember, not only kids are sensitive to unexpected change, but we adults are too!

Smile today,

Melissa
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How To Stay Balanced and Grounded Using Visualization!

We all have our moments of feeling as if everything is out of whack. Yesterday was one of those days with me. It was the 2nd day where my kids had no school due to the snowy, icy conditions in the Charlotte area. I have so many to do's and the school closing through my planned schedule up in the air.

Here is a quick technique to help you stay grounded during chaos, or those unexpected moments.
  1. Either standing or sitting, close your eyes.
  2. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for 4 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for four seconds. Do this 2 - 4 times.
  3. Visualize your legs and feet rooting themselves into the ground like a tree growing and becoming stronger. Feel and visualize your legs and feet becoming stronger and stronger, taking in the nutrients of the Earth.
  4. Again, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for 4 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for four seconds. Do this 2 - 4 times.
If the above doesn't work, walk away from the chaos, and count to ten. Then think of situation where you were in control and had the answers. Lastly, take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a count of four, and exhale through your mouth for four seconds. Smile, say, "I am happy and in control," and walk back in to where you just left.
Enjoy the unexpected fun that happens during the winter months!
Melissa
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

How Can a Work at Home Mom Find Time to Stay Fit?

Someone asked me today how I was able to write, illustrate, and publish seven books, parent three children less than 16 months apart with a husband who travels, stay fit, and consult. It came down to me creatively using the lack of time a mom has.

It was pretty obvious once I had children, there was never enough solo time for me-to write, consult, and workout. But if you really are motivated, you can find a way. And I did!
My husband bought a family YMCA membership, so I could workout. He wanted to give me some time where I could do something for me. Of course, there was an added plus for him-a wife that lost her pregnancy weight.
 
I participated in a few Yoga classes at the YMCA, but soon realized I wasn't getting the time I needed to do the things I was passionate about. So instead of working out at the YMCA, I would drop all three of my kids off at the childrens supervised play area for two hours a day, and head to a small quiet area within the building to write, and catch up on emails. I then created a workout program with my kids. We'd dance, jump and run. I'd sit each one on my stomach and do sit-ups. I'd hold one at a time in my arms and do squats. I learned to burn calories and get toned by playing, laughing, and having fun with my children; and I found an inexpensive supervised play zone environment to watch my kids, so I could get some work done.
As a mom, or new parent, if you really are motivated in starting a new project or finishing one, and you have young kids, there are ways! Don't give up! Get creative! Think outside the box!

Make 2011 a year where you begin creating your dreams,
Melissa

Did You Read My Mind, Or Did I Read Yours?



The other night, as I was making dinner, Jake (my 7 year old son) and I were talking about how school was going. A thought entered my mind, so I said to Jake, "Jake has there been any bully's that you know of at your school?" Jake jumped out of his seat and with his arms wide open and standing in a get-ready football stance, he excitedly shouted, "I was just thinking that! Mom, you read my mind!" He was so excited that he picked up on exactly what I was thinking and then said.

I paused a moment and said, "Are you sure you read my mind, or do you think I read yours?" Jake said, "I definitely read yours!"


It's like the chicken and the egg. Where did the thought originate from-was it my mind, or my son's? Or did it enter both of our mind's at the same time?


I find myself quite often thinking about someone and within seconds they call or email me. Or I'll be sitting on the couch watching a television show, thinking about ordering a pizza and my husband out of the blue will ask if I want to order a pizza. Its situations like these that confirm how connected each and every one of us are to one another. Yet, we all try so hard to be separate.

To add on to the conservation, Jake also shared he can hear whispers. He had my complete attention. He told me that there were two Kindergarteners at his school whispering something about him. As he stood thinking about what they were saying, a thought came into his mind, so he walked up to them both and said, "You think I'm Koo Koo." The two kids said, "Yes!" Jake was so excited that he was able to guess what they had whispered to each other.

Kids are very receptive to thoughts and new experiences. They are like sponges, picking up on thoughts and feelings, and learning how to cope with them.
Today, pay attention to all the thoughts that enter your mind. If one is negative, replace it with a positive thought!

Have a great day discovering what is entering your mind!

Melissa



Monday, January 03, 2011

Word of the Day! And Affirmation of the Week!

It's the third day of teaching my children to think positive, and say their affirmations. This morning I thought I'd try a more simpler approach for them. Instead of a phrase or saying for the day, we've changed it to the word of the day. Their word of the day is "DSI!" haaa haaa. They all said it makes them happy and brings the biggest smile to their faces.

There is a little history with the DSI. Only one of my children have it. Josh and Madison begged and pleaded to Santa, hoping he'd (or should I say 'she'd') wrap it and place it carefully under the Christmas tree. Santa decided, with the overwhelming voice of her husband, to wait until their 7th bday to give it to them. Disappointment could be felt on Christmas morning. But now, the wait, the excitement of knowing they'll be getting one in six months is flooding their little minds and hearts.

This morning at 6:00 am, they sat at the kitchen island discussing the color they wanted their DSI to come in-Madison pink and Josh is thinking either white or orange. White because its a penguin color. He is really into penguins this year. And orange so if he loses it, he'll be able to easily find it.

So their word of the day, and possibly next six months, is DSI!

I'm sticking with the phrases and sayings. Mine today is, "I am healthy and happy!" I have this kink in my neck which really has been painful. Could be stress related... holidays can do that to you. Hoping it's from not using these rubber workout bands correctly.

This week, let's make it a healthy, happy, painless, stretching week!

Happy Holidays,

Melissa
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Sunday, January 02, 2011

My Kids Haven't Quite Got the Affirmation Concept Down Yet

Yesterday, I got my kids excited about saying affirmations everyday this month. I explained what an affirmation was:

Affirmations are positive statements that bring about change in your thought process, belief system, and life. The key to using affirmations is to recite them repeatedly on a daily basis. This allows the affirmation to be absorbed into your subconscious mind. Within a short period of time, you will notice changes in your attitude towards life.

I didn't say it exactly like the above. Instead, I said it more kid-friendly.

Affirmations are fun words to say everyday that will bring smiles and joy, and positive things into your life.

All three of my kids loved the idea! So today, while I was making my kids a snack, I asked them what positive saying they'd like us all to say today. I mentioned that it had to be one that brought smiles to our faces and made us happy. Their responses were a little different than I expected. Josh said he'd like to say, "Wii, Wii, and Wii" over and over again all day, until I let him play. Then he said he'd be so happy! Madison agreed with Josh, and hasn't stopped saying the word and asking me if she and Josh can play now. Jake said he'd like to say the word "shark." Neither one of those words, Wii or shark, motivates me or brings a smile to my face, but it does to their sweet innocent faces.

Wii overall is stressing me out because my kids argue and fight when they play it. They argue on who is going to be first, and who is going to be Mario, and who is going to win the game. And, not thinking, I bought a Wii remote for Christmas that is a different color than all the other Wii's. Now everyone is fighting to use the blue Wii remote. As for the word "Shark," all I think about is Jaws, and haven't been able to move from that vision.

As their mom, I stepped in and said, "Let's instead all say 'I'm happy!'" Then Madison said, "I'm already happy." She gave me this look that said, "Hello, mom. Why would any kid say, 'I'm happy' to be happy because we are already happy?" So, I mentioned changing it to, "I love my brothers and sisters." All smiled, looked at each other, and started to giggle hysterically.

It's dinner and bathtime now. I'll try the positive affirmation concept again tomorrow with them.

Light, love and pleasant dreams,

Melissa