Monday, December 30, 2013

The Squishable Baby's Best of 2013 Homeschooling Picture and Children's Chapter Books

I am so honored that the Wunderkind Family children's chapter books were chosen by the Squishable Baby to be in their Best of 2013 Homeschooling Children's Picture and Chapter Book list for 2013! Lisa, the Squishable Baby mom, is a homeschool mom of three (two boys and one girl).  What I love about her is that she truly cares about the meaning of family and the importance of raising kids in a family environment. Something I believe in too!

In 2013, the Squishable Baby family read and reviewed many children's picture and chapter books by such talented authors and illustrators and has created a list of the best! (and, yes, I am SO excited that they selected mine! I feel like Christmas came again!) The books they selected were chosen based on at least one of the following criteria (many of them meet two or more)...
  • Great storytelling with an overall promising message of hope.
  • It presented factual information in a fun and unique way.
  • Excellent illustrations which engage and promote an interest in reading.
  • Provides excellent educational experiences in unique ways.
  • The books can be enjoyed again and again.
  • Fantastic writing.
  • The authors are overwhelming supporters of early childhood literacy.
  • Books that will enrich the lives of your children.
  • I am able to recommend the book to anyone, and they come back and tell me how much their children loved it.
I hope that you will take a moment to read about why she selected the Wunderkind Family children's chapter books and other such wonderfully written and illustrated children's books!
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 16, 2013

How to Paint Wine Glasses - What You Need to Begin! (Part One)

Ever wonder how those wine glasses with all the fun sayings and creative designs are created? Well, if you like to paint, why not create your own?

Over the next few blog posts, I'll be teaching you how to create your own masterpieces on any glass piece you chose. You can paint fun designs on glass cookie jars, glass bowls, and even Martini glasses. But painting is just one step in the process. The finishing touches - a little glitter and a few gems- are what gives the glass piece it's true beauty.

First, what you will need to purchase (supplies) and where.

  • Enamel Acrylic Paint. When purchasing your paints make sure they are enamels. Also, make sure you read the label. I ended up purchasing Martha Stewarts translucent glass paint once, so I tried it out. It wasn't my favorite look for a wine glass. I also wasn't a big fan of her red glitter paint. There just wasn't enough glitter in it, so I resorted back to putting the glitter on using Clear Gloss Glaze. Any of the below brands work great!
    • FolkArt Enamel Acrylic Paint available at Michaels.
    • FolkArt Multi-Surface available at Michaels.
    • Americana Enamels available at Michaels.
  • Paint brushes.
    • Plaid One Stroke paint brushes. These are my favorite. I've tried Martha Stewarts paint brushes and a few other brands. The Plaid One Stroke is still my favorite! I these at Michaels Arts and Crafts. But I have found them online at Amazon and Blicks.
    • Line paint brush is a must. I use this to write words on the glass.
  • Glass paint markers: These make writing on glass easier. Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers and Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Markers work great. There are other glass paint markers on the market that I haven't tried yet like DecoArt. So far I've been pretty happy with the Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers which come in lots of different colors. Heads up though...they are much more vibrant than glass paint and typically will not match enamel paint color, so test and plan before you begin creating your masterpiece. Also, sometimes the paint comes out of the Sharpie pen too fast, making the paint run down your glass. And it can come out too thick. I've also had to put the clear glaze over it, so it doesn't wash off. If you use these, take your time and practice.
  • Glass & Bead platinum bond. This is a clear adhesive glue that comes in a tube. I use this to adhere the gems to the glass. It smells awful, so good ventilation is important.
  • Clear Gloss Glaze - Air-Dry PermEnamel. This is a must! It seals the bottom of the glass, making sure the paint doesn't chip or get scratched up. I also use it to adhere glitter to the glass.
  • Mod Podge: Another alternative to adhering glitter to glass and sealing the bottom. Both Clear Glass Glaze and Mod Podge work wonderful. You have to put one coat on glass, first. Then sprinkle the glitter. And then, when the first coat is cry, I highly recommend putting one more coat on to keep glitter from coming off.
  • Glitter. You can purchase any glitter, but the finer the better. My preferred glitter is the Creatology brand. The glitter is more fine.
  • Wine glasses. Most of my wine glasses were purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond using a 20% off coupon. I use the Libbey brand which comes in a box of 12 pcs. I've purchased some from Pier One's clearance section in the past, but found it was too hard to get them all to be the same size. Walmart also has a lot of different glass pieces available.
  • Rubbing Alcohol. I use this to remove mistakes and clean the glass.
  • Paper towels.
Other supplies:
  • Stencils. Martha Stewart now has stencils available that stick on and peal off. I tried them and they just didn't work for me. Paint leaked through and some pealed off when I took the stencil off the glass.
  • Gems. I purchase them when they are on sale at Michaels. Usually they are in the scrapbook section or on display in the middle of the aisles. Every holiday certain gem colors go on sale.
  • Old clothes to wear. Enamels do not wash off clothes. It's important to wear old clothes that you don't mind ruining.

Hope you'll also check out my ten published children's books!

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza!

Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter Books Reviews are back with another Kid Lit Giveaway Hop! This time around is their Holiday Extravaganza!

Prizes may consist of a winter or holiday-themed book that is appropriate for children or youth under the age of 18 and / or an Amazon gift card, a credit at the Book Depository, or PayPal cash as a prize!

The list of participants, including ME, are below! All you need to do is click on the links. You will be taken to the page where you can enter their giveaway! Hope you will enter mine! Here is the link!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

ASTROLOGY NEWS: Parents Stay Alert As Uranus Goes Direct and Venus Turns Retrograde

When Uranus goes direct, it can bring unexpected and sometimes even radical change. Uranus wakes us up. It is a planet that forces us to feel without warning. And its affect is most powerful a few days before it turns direct leading up to a few days following it's change in direction.

Last year,  the world witnessed a tragedy in Newtown, CT, one day after Uranus went direct in the sign of Aries on December 13, 2012. This year, every parent, teacher, nurturer, and friend needs to keep their eyes open, paying attention to any messages, signs, and even warnings because Uranus again is going direct in the sign of Aries in December.

Things to watch out for as Uranus goes direct on December 17, 2013.
  • Unexpected discoveries and inventions. This is what I love about Uranus. It brings those big surprises to peoples lives, both positive and negative. I'm hoping one day it brings a cure for type 1 diabetes into my daughters life!
  • Accidents. Drive carefully and responsibly. Watch out for electrical outlets or plugs not working properly. Especially if there is concern for fire.
  • Storms which could cause power outages.
  • Unexpected explosions, including human temper.
  • Rebels with or without a cause
  • People who seem on the edge. Uranus can push them off.
  • Travel could be disrupted due to mechanical concern.
To add to matters of the heart, Venus turns retrograde on December 21, 2013. Venus is the planet of love and relationships. From December 21, 2013 to January 31, 2014, you will begin reevaluating your relationships. Are they providing value? Are they worth continuing? What needs to change? This time period isn't about taking action. It's about becoming aware. Once Venus turns direct, you will have a better idea of what you need to do to improve your relationships. Some may end if they aren't helping you grow. And the ones that are, will blossom.

Let's make December and 2014 a time for love, peace and forgiveness!

Peace be with you all!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Enter Madison and GA The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show $100 Giveaway Book Blast

About the Book

The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show
The Fourth Wunderkind Family Children's Book
Recipient of Mom's Choice Awards!
Title: Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show (Madison and GA - My Guardian Angel) Author: Melissa Perry Moraja Publication Date: November 15, 2013 Publisher: Independent - Melissa Productions Inc. Number of pages: 156 Recommended age: 6-12    


Madison Wunderkind is a sweet, honest girl, who always seems to find herself in trouble with the principal. But this time she's not alone. It all started three days earlier, when Sophia, the most popular fifth-grade girl at Gator Elementary, asked Madison to hang out and plan this year's talent show. Instantly, Madison had become Little Miss Popular. But what Madison soon discovered was that being Little Miss Popular wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Her best friends were ignoring her. Her brothers were angry at her. And her guardian angel, GA, was irritated by her snobbish attitude. And if things couldn't get more messed up for Madison, everything that could go wrong at the talent show did, sparking Principal Dimples to find out why! Find out what happens at Gator Elementary's Talent Show. Will GA be able to help Madison? Or will Madison become Little Miss Lonely? Also, try and find one of GA's feathers in each picture!


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You can purchase the first book of the series (e-copy), Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Slimy Spitball for only 99 cents until Christmas, December 25, 2013 from Amazon, iTunes or Barnes and Noble. Just click on the cover below to go to Amazon!

Madison and GA The Tale of the Slimy Spitball by Melissa Perry Moraja  

About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Melissa Perry Moraja, AuthorMelissa Perry Moraja, Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc. and Mom's Choice Awards Recipient, is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted business woman, a creative producer, and an author/illustrator of numerous modern-fantasy children's books and self-help books. Melissa also has published articles, appeared on television, been interviewed on radio, has spoken in front of hundreds of people, and held workshops at local schools, discussing creative learning, publishing and parenting. Her desire to make a difference in her four young children’s lives inspired her to leave her six-salary career at IBM in 2007 to become a full-time mom and children's author. Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and softball, painting, and coming up with fun art projects for her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom's Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom. Melissa is also committed to building awareness and support for Type 1 Diabetes. Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011. To learn more about Madison's type 1 diabetes disease please read Madison's Story.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mom's Choice Awards Recipient for Madison and GA - Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show

I'm so excited to share that my fourth Wunderkind Family modern-fantasy children's chapter book, Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show is among the best at Mom's Choice Awards! It's an award that recognizes the best in family-friendly media, products and service.

Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show was evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges which includes education, media and other experts as well as parents,children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow, Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein, The Safe Side Project, Catherine Witcher, M.Ed, special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc., and Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute.

Thank you all so much for your support! I love writing and illustrating and I'm so happy that Madison and GA's story is among one of Mom's Choice Awards!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Fun and Educational Arts and Crafts Online Classes for the Family

Earlier this year, I mentioned that I love the concept of online arts and craft classes for mom's and kids. Being a mom with four kids and a husband who travels, it is really hard for me to participate in a weekly painting or other artsy-craftsy type class outside of my home. And I definitely have thought about it!

So this summer I found this company called Craftsy, which offers lots of online tutorial classes, like baking, sewing, knitting, painting and even photography. And I just recently learned they even sell products at a discount.

What they have created is something I've always wanted to do. At least, until I read how much time is involved in the creation of each class (read the Behind the Scenes part). Maybe someday! Right now I have a packed schedule writing, illustrating, and producing my children's books, while being a full-time mom.

Below is some info on Craftsy. Personally, I think it's a great way to keep your kids busy, especially over the holidays and school vacation, while teaching them a craft skill in the process.

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes.

The Making of a CraftsyClass
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps.

Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five
Craftsystudios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts.

Why I Like the Concept
You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right. Every class has a 100% money-back guarantee. Can't beat that!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Blues, Never Again Oath

Take The Holiday Blues Oath For Your Children | Working Mother

There you are trying to sneak into my house.
There you are as quiet as a mouse.
Holiday Blues I know you’re there.
But this holiday season I don’t care.
Holiday Blues I’ve got some news.
You aren’t going to give me any of those blues.
Not hear. Not now. Not ever again.
You aren’t going to win and become my best friend.
I will fight you and bite you.
And I will never like you.
Holiday blues go away.
You aren’t welcomed in my home any day!
By Melissa Perry Moraja


Saturday, November 09, 2013

2013 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Ages Two to Ten

I love Christmas! And this Christmas I've put a lot of thought and research into the best toys (some have even won Parenting awards) and gadgets to purchase for my kids! In the years past, my kids have opened up a gift or two and never played with their present. And my husband has actually returned several of his.

This year will be different! And it will be cost effective and practical. Below are the gifts on my kids Christmas Wish List, which are mommy approved this Christmas 2013!

Also, I loved this! 1,000 kids voted for their favorite holiday toys! Checkout what they picked.
Top Toys This Holiday Season Voted By 1,000 Kids

Really insane prices at Walmart on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th! Check them out Walmart Black Friday 2013!

Here are some must have links to check daily:
Amazon's Today's Deal
Walmart Value of the Day

Our Family Wish List Gift:
For the past three years, we've chosen Skylanders as the gift our kids open on Christmas Eve. It's a huge hit! And this year Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack (Wii) is the winner! But their is a new competition in the mix - Disney Infinity Starter Kit (Wii) .  Right now this is on our Wish List! The reason is because Disney Infinity's reviews seem to be average. Reviewers have said that the gaming is buggy and you can get through the levels pretty quickly. What I would recommend is if you buy it, keep your receipt. This way if you need to return it, you can. Remember, these games are an investment. Each requires you to continously purchase more and more figures.

Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack (Wii)


Not sure if we'll be getting this. It retails for $479.00. But it is one of the most demanded products this Christmas season.

Ten Year Old Boy Christmas Wish List:
We will be putting a gift card in his stocking for $20.00 so he can get a membership to Minecraft on his computer.

Ant Farm Gel Colony with Lights
I purchased this for my oldest son when he was six years old. It was a blast to watch the ants make tunnels and it looked really cool in the dark. I'm buying him another for Christmas! It was what he asked for.

Nancy B’s Science Club AquaScope™ and UnderwaterWonders Activity Journal

This toy won Parent's Choice Silver Honor!
Still up on the air on this one. In fact, I am struggling with this one. Many of my son's friends have or are getting an iPhone. My husband and I just can't see it's value at this point. So right now, my son is saving to buy this phone.

What are they going to come up with next? This cool robot fish swims around its bowl, just like a real fish, when it comes in contact with water. My son wants the shark one - Aquabot Shark on Amazon.

New England Patriots Door Stop Sign
Thought it would be fun to get both of my sons a door sign. I bought my ten year old the below sign and his brother a Dallas Cowboy sign.

Nine Year Old Boy Christmas Wish List:

Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
I have been thinking about getting this for one of my boys for years and this year I did!

This is still on our Wish List. The reason is because some of the reviews mentioned that it's not the best toy to use on hardwood floors because it could scratch them. And other's said it doesn't work well on carpet. It sounds like it is more of a garage or outdoor toy. If you are interested, presently, I found it cheaper on Amazon. I think Walmart's price must be wrong. Hopefully the catch and update.

I bought this for my son last Christmas and it's still a hit!

 Nine Year Old Girl Christmas Wish List:
We'll be putting movie tickets in her stocking this holiday season! As well as the boys!

Flutterbye Flying Fairy Doll
Yes, I purchased it. It was the #1 toy my nine year old daughter asked for Christmas.

Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster
This is a HOT item this Christmas and looks like so much fun. It also has really good reviews!

Great for drawing, doodling, homework and keeping notes.

Alex Toys Cool Duct Tape Fashion Kit

This is my favorite thing to do with my nine year old daughter! We've taped headbands, sneakers, and even the top of her baseball pat.

Do It Yourself Duct Tape Kit

I'm not able to purchase this for my daughter this year because I have a 2 year old. But her girlfriends love making bracelets out of rubber bands.

Autographed copy of Madison and GA (Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show)
Yes, I wrote it, but it was just released on November 15th and my daughter, Madison, who has type 1 diabetes, keeps asking me for a copy. Thought I'd surprise her for Christmas! I was even thinking of framing the front cover and having her fictional character's picture next to her picture.

Two Year Old Girl or Boy:

LeapFrog Red with Me Scout Toy
We have LeapFrog Tag. We purchased it when my oldest three were 4 years old. It was the best purchase we ever made. I'm going to try Read with me Scout for my 2 year old.

This toy pup reads and asks questions!

VTech Tote Go Laptop Pink

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Musical Pirate Ship
I won't be purchasing this for Isabella. But thought I would share it because its so darn cute!


B. Parum Pum Pum Pum Drum Set (at Target)

Leap Frog Letter Factory Phonics Numbers


Fashion Angels Tapeffiti 30 Piece Caddy
Yes, I'm going to be opening up Tapeffiti for Christmas. This stuff is great arts and crafts projects, making ripped paper look cool, and more!

Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone (Platinum)

I'm creating a book app and need high quality recording. My kids can also use it to record music and singing.

I'll be wearing these to the Southern Christmas Show for Children's Story Time. I tried them on and they don't show your belly and truthfully they aren't sexy. They are really cute! I plan on wearing my hair in pick-tails.

This is the best and most practical gift for a man or woman. It comes in lots of colors. Great stock'n stuffer.

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Monday, November 04, 2013

My Type 1 Diabetic Child Wrote Tom Brady A Letter

Madison just before she was diagnosed holding her newborn sister.
Today, November 4, 2013 is one of the most emotional days of my life now. It used to be a special day where I would call my mom and dad and wish them a Happy Anniversary. But for the past two years, instead, I've woken up with tears in my eyes thinking, How in the world did my daughter, Madison, get type 1 diabetes? Why her? And why don't other parents understand that this disease could happen to any family? It's on the rise and no one knows why.

This past weekend, I mentioned to Madison how cool it would be if we could get Tom Brady, Quarterback for the New England Patriots, to sign one of my children's books (her suggestion was-Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show or Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) The Tale of the Slimy Spitball) and use it to raise money in support of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. Madison loved the idea and even wrote Mr. Brady a letter.

In the letter (See below), I think she was sweetly modest about what she deals with on a daily basis. The highs and lows of this disease makes it a roller coaster ride for any child and family. When her blood sugar is above 235, Madison has a hard time focusing. And lately, during soccer, she's had a hard time breathing. She even came off the field once asking if I could take her to the hospital. She thought she was dieing, because she was experiencing anxiety causing her heart to race. She also gets  more emotional. And her eyes get blurry, making it more challenging for her to do school work and practice piano. She's not able to run around like every other kid. Or eat what she wants, when she wants. She first has to check her blood sugar and then pay attention to the signals in her body. She calls this disease a feeling disease because all she does every second of every day is feel; and very rarely does she feel great.

Since Madison was four years old, she has dreamed about being a pro-athlete. For years she mentioned being an Olympic soccer player. But for the past year, she is starting to have doubts because every time she has a soccer game the stress, worry and excitement has caused her blood sugar to do funky things, making her not feel great on the field.

There are a handful of children with type 1 diabetes who have grown-up and succeeded as pro-athletes. People like Jay Cutler, Quarterback for the Chicago Bears and type 1 diabetic give Madison hope that her dream can come true. I do want to share that Madison thought about writing to Mr. Cutler because he understands the challenges she is going through and she was born in the Chicago area.  But, because of me, she was raised a loyal fan to the Patriots and wanted to first ask Tom Brady. He has three kids and she hopes that he will take the time to learn about a disease that no family is immune to.

The Patriots are playing the Panthers on November 18th here in Charlotte, North Carolina--the same month she was diagnosed and the same month it's National Diabetes Month. It would bring the biggest joy to her life, knowing Tom Brady is supporting type 1 diabetes and as her mom, she needs hope that her dreams can come true! Role models are so important for children, especially ones with diseases that make it more challenging for them to achieve their dreams.

Another pro-athlete, Ray Allen of the Miami Heat, also deals with the daily highs and lows of type 1 diabetes. His son, Walker, was diagnosed at age two.

I would be happy to exchange autographs with any pro-athlete in support of type 1 diabetes!
I won't give up trying to find ways to raise money for a cure for type 1 diabetes and free my child and other's from this burdomsome disease.  TO A CURE!

HOLIDAY WISH! Perhaps Tom Brady and family could join me at the Southern Christmas Show for Children's PAJAMA Story Time on November 17th at 2:00 pm on the entertainment stage. Madison will be there along with one of her close friends who is only six years old and living with type 1 diabetes.

Also, a percentage of my children's books proceeds goes to type 1 diabetes. This disease has inspired me to help kids through writing humorous stories that promote self-awareness and confidence! Every book is written with the family in mind!

Monday, October 28, 2013

ASTROLOGY NEWS: Four Major Astrological Events Makes November Unforgettable

Like last year, November will start the momentum for even bigger events to come in December. And I would keep my eyes wide open, paying attention to every sign and every message because that is how positive change can happen and negative events can be prevented, like the shooting in New Town, Connecticut.

We start the month with a Solar Eclipse on November 3rd in the sign of Scorpio. Eclipses are about endings and new beginnings. This solar eclipse will push you in the direction of creating a new you! Changing your image and reinventing yourself are themes for this eclipse. The image and persona you create is how others will then see you. Because the eclipse is in Scorpio, you also have to pay very close attention to your emotional self. Scorpion's are passionate and their passion is expressed through their emotions. Don't be afraid of expressing your love for something. But watch out for that Scorpion temper that can come out of the blue. If you don't feel good about who you are on the outside or inside, then it will be hard for you to feel love and appreciation. Appearance, self-worth, and image are the themes with this eclipse. This is a great time to work on your presentation style, get a new hairdo, go to the dermatologist, and buy a new wardrobe.

Then on November 7th, Jupiter turns retrograde. With the eclipse, you are working on the outer you-your appearance and image. With Jupiter retrograde, its time to work on the inner you. What do you value? What is holding you back? What are you fearing? And are you being true to yourself? Opportunities that present themselves usually are a result of seeds that have been planted in the past. You may be contacted by an old boss for a new job or a long lost friend may appear back in your life. Other events that may result include going back to school to finish your education, reentering the workforce, and volunteering your time. Inner growth and spiritualism is also highlighted.

Mercury gives us some relief when it does direct on November 10th! Mercury affects communication, travel and technology. When it goes direct, you won't experience as many upsets as you had when it was retrograde. The best time to sign contracts and accept a new job is after November 10th. Before that I wouldn't make any rash decisions.

Finally on November 13th, Neptune goes direct. Neptune is the planet where dreams can happen. But with everything, there is an opposite side of Neptune which takes you away from reality, creating a world of illusion. Neptune is the planet of dreams, fantasy, and illusion. Each of us has to take a step back, making sure we're not in denial. Sometimes all you need to do is take a look in the mirror to realize that you are the problem, not the other person. Also be aware of deception. What a sad world we live in that people could deceive us. With Neptune going direct, this could be a possible outcome. As for me, I'm trying to use Neptune and Jupiters energy in my favor. On November 15th, my fourth Wunderkind Family children's chapter book will be released. It's a modern-fantasy children's chapter book that is available for pre-order now! Perfect timing for using Neptune's creative, dreamy energy!

Below are events that can easily occur with the above astrological events:
  • Hurricane or unexpected snow storm can be a result of Jupiter and Neptune shifting directions within a week of each other.
  • If you are having marrital issues, you really need to take a look in the mirror because you may be the problem. Image, appearance, and denial are themes.
  • This is a great time to develop your intuition and tap into alternative methods. Spiritualism, inner growth, and awareness are the focus of Jupiter and Neptune.
  • Volunteer your time!
  • Let your creative side explode. Draw. Bake. Knit. Act. Anything creative is healthy and a great use of the Jupiter and Neptune energy.
  • In November, our government will continue governing our country with goggle eyes. But it won't last forever. And self-ego could backfire mid-December.
  • Pay attention to people who are depressed or have created major image changes. They may be more suicidal.
  • Watch out for drugs and alcohol abuse.
  • The start to the flu season could be rough. And if you develop pneumonia, go see your doctor immediately. Jupiter and Neptune are water planets, making your illness worse.
  • Start creating your dreams and realize that it is only you that is holding you back.
  • Lastly, stop pointing the finger at everyone else. Accept your mistakes and move on to creating a better you!