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It's Time for Self-Care
It's Time for Self-Care
People are feeling many things during this pandemic. Some are calm and peaceful. Many are anxious, fearful, restless, or worried. We've partnered with Jennifer Lowe, an integrative energy healer and Lifeclass facilitator, with some suggestions for what you can do to care for yourself:
Meditate ~ If you aren't comfortable meditating on your own, there are many free options available online which will help you disconnect from the mental chatter in your head and access the inner wisdom we all have.
Take time for Pleasure ~ What gives you joy? What makes you smile? Whatever this is (don't judge it!), it lets your true self come out. Do a little more of that each day.
Be with Nature ~ Take time to be amongst nature. Being in the natural rhythms of the earth will support and ground you. Going outside in nature is best, but if that's not possible, sit with a pet or a plant, look outside and observe a tree sway in the wind. Or, watch an amazing nature video. (There are lots of live nature cams. You can find your favorite.)
Nourish Yourself mind, body and soul ~ In addition to food, give yourself more of what makes you feel good. It might be a good book, a talk with a friend, or taking an online movement class.
Feel all your Feelings ~ There's no way you should or should not feel. Allow and embrace all your feelings without judgement. Be curious. See what happens.
Get the Support you need ~ Many therapists and energy healers are available online and long distance. Curious? Explore options and reach out to the one(s) that feel right to you.
Jennifer Lowe is an Integrative Energy Healer (BHSP) and Lifeclass facilitator. She feels that during this COVID-19 emergency it is important for everyone to have access to healing, so is offering long distance healing via a sliding scale to pay what you can, from $0 up to her regular session fee.
About Energy Healing - “All healing is coming home to the self.”1 Energy healing can clear, balance, charge and repair a body's energy field for physical, emotional & spiritual well-being. Long distance healing offers the same benefits as in-person and may even be more effective. At the end of a session, most clients feel deeply relaxed and the client's energy system returns toward its natural balance.
Interested in learning more about long distance energy healing or want to set up an appointment? Send Jennifer an email at JLowe3215@gmail.com or go to the website: https://www.jenniferlowehealing.com/
1-Dr. Barbara Brennan, former NASA physicist, creator of Brennan Healing Science - an advanced form of energy healing, and author of "Hands of Light."
- Jennifer Hill
Setting the Perfect Table with the help of Caspari
Have you ever looked at a carefully set table and marveled at the beautiful results? Maybe you have seen setting in magazines and on blogs, and wondered what the secret is to creating a truly stunning tablescape. You can easily set striking tables at home, it’s just necessary to keep some straightforward rules in mind and use a bit of creativity.
First, familiarize yourself with the proper arrangement of utensils depending on the formality of your setting. The key is to lay them out in the order that people will use them. Start from the outside and work your way inward. Only put utensils on the table if they are necessary for the meal. For example, if you are not serving soup, don’t include a soup spoon.
Concerning forks and knives and spoons, a fork normally goes on the left of the plate, while the proper place for the knife and spoon is on the plate’s right. The only exception to this rule is if your meal requires an oyster fork. In that case, put it on the right.
For a casual table setting, the napkin is always to the left of the plate. Moreover, at least one utensil goes on top of the napkin. It’s up to you whether you only place the fork on the napkin, or all of the utensils. Either method is acceptable. If you put a knife on the napkin, turn the knife’s blade inward towards the plate
Wondering about the placement of the water glass? It can either go at a 45-degree angle to the right of the knife, or directly above that utensil. If you are using one or more wine glasses at the meal, place them to the right of the water glass. That recommendation goes for all table arrangements, from casual to formal.
The arrangement of the basic utensils is almost the same for a semi-formal table arrangement. The main difference from what’s mentioned above is that you can put the fork on the napkin to save space. Otherwise, place it to the right of the napkin.
There are some specifics to keep in mind regarding the butter knife and the dessert utensils.
Put the butter knife on the butter plate with the blade facing in towards the seated guest. Also, angle the knife’s handle slightly to the right. This orientation makes it easier for right-hand dominant people to pick up the knife. The butter knife goes on the left side of the table setting, and above the napkin.
Then, you can either bring the dessert utensils out with that portion of the meal, or have them on the table for the whole meal. If opting for the latter choice, arrange the dessert utensils above the main place setting, in between the butter plate and the beverage glass.
Place the fork horizontally with its handle pointing left. Conversely, the dessert spoon goes above the fork, also arranged in a horizontal fashion, but with the handle to the right.
The most varied table setting options exist for a formal setting. That’s because it all depends on what you’re serving and the number of courses. However, there are no major changes to what you read above concerning the fundamental placement for utensils or other dining items.
If you are using a charger plate, put the napkin either to the left of it, or on top of the charger. You may also need both a steak and a fish knife. In that case, put the steak knife closest to the plate with the fish knife to the right of it. If soup is on the menu, place the spoon between the two knives. The knife blades always go towards the plate.
Now that you know all the basics for setting a table, make sure your table is polished with details. Browse our sister store KitchenWares to see our beautiful assortment of napkins, plus related accessories including candles, placemats and table covers also give your utensils a colorful and soft backdrop, making the table look exceptionally inviting.
As a final note, don’t fret if you don’t own every type of specialty flatware. If needed, a fish fork can double as a dessert fork and vice versa. Once you learn these tips and memorize them, it’ll be easier than you’d imagined to set a table that looks spectacular and thoroughly impresses your guests.
Create a Care Package
Send a little something to those who are home alone and missing their home city of Boston. Many are missing the little luxuries they can usually run out and pick up. So we created The Boston Collection that includes a cozy fleece blanket with the map of Boston. Paired with a box of Boston themed stationary and an insulated beverage holder engraved with the Boston map. Your recipient can curl up, write letters and enjoy a cup of tea (or wine). Create your own collection by selecting from our many Boston themed gifts and bring much-needed brightness and lightness to someone's home. Add a gift message to your recipient in your shopping cart and we'll include a free handwritten note on Caspari stationary.