Planner Update, Christmas Office Hours and a Big Thank You!

“Rest and be thankful.” 
William Wordsworth

 

It’s Christmas Eve, and I would like to send a big thank you to our Cauldrons and Cupcakes family for your support throughout 2017, and particularly for your support of our Year of ME community and our first ever hard-copy Year of ME Planner for 2018.

I’m excited to report that our first print-run is completely sold out! But it’s not too late for you to secure yours. Our second limited-edition print run goes into production on January 2, and Dana will have them all packaged up and ready to ship to you a few days after that. This will be a limited run, so if you are keen to secure yours please order through our online store as soon as possible so we can be sure to have one ready for you. Meanwhile you’ll be able to access the digital copy if you’re eager to get started before your hard-copy Planner arrives.

Dana and our team are taking a well-earned break over the Christmas period, and will be back in the office on January 2. Thank you for your patience while they spend time with their families and loved ones. We aim to live by the values we share here on our blog, and so we’ll all be stepping away over this period, although I will still have a few key blog posts for you, as well as some holiday-snap sharing on Instagram and Facebook.

Thanks too for your patience as Dana has coped with the absolute inundation of pre-Christmas orders, as well as navigating a sick child, email overload, Paypal, long queues in crowded Post Offices, me being in Hong Kong and life in general. All outstanding orders as of yesterday are now processed, and Dana is now on leave. Massive hugs to her for her efforts. She was so determined to get all your orders processed before the office closed! We just love her to bits!!!

If you missed my post yesterday you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve uploaded recordings of my 15 December 2017 channellings for purchase. There is over 90 minutes of guidance there about the energies of 2018, as well as information on health, wellbeing, relationships and developing your intuitive and empathic abilities.

Stay tuned for my special Christmas Gift for you tomorrow, and thanks again for supporting our Year of ME Planner and Community. If you haven’t joined us yet we’d love to have you. You’ll be among friends for a year of sharing, growth and support in a group of caring, like-minded souls. (All details in our store)

Okay, I’m waving goodbye now too – today’s the day Ben and I embark on our cruise around Vietnam and Taiwan after a fabulous few days in Hong Kong. (That’s us below, on a Hong Kong tram after a wonderful night out with friends!)

Biggest hugs and much love to you all, Nicole ❤ xx

 

We Got 3 Million Views!!!!

“Use the wings of the flying Universe,
Dream with open eyes;
See in darkness.”

~ Dejan Stojanovic

 

Goodness!

Somehow in the past few days we have reached a new magical number.

Three million views.

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It’s a long way from when I started this blog, thinking no-one would ever read it, and being ecstatic when my daily readership hit two figures. (Eleven. I got eleven readers in one day!!!)

So, I just wanted to say thank you.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for the gift of friendship. Thanks for the beautiful community that you have helped to create. Thanks for sharing the journey with me, and for being with me through the good times and life’s challenges too.

You’re the reason I get up every morning and keep writing.

You’re in my daily thoughts, my prayers and my meditations as I think about how best to serve you, to help you, to share with you.

You’ve become family, and I’m so very grateful to have you in my life.

Sending you the very biggest hugs and love,

and a celebratory cupcake with magical healing powers too. Cos cupcakes!

<3 Nicole xoxo

Letter Writing Challenge – Week One

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“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”Lewis Carroll

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”Oscar Wilde

 

Welcome to Week One of my Letter Writing Challenge. Over the next six weeks, every Monday, I am posting a theme and ideas, and asking you to pen a short (or long!) letter to someone, and then pop it in the post or otherwise deliver it to them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your favourite pen or writing implement
  • Writing paper, cards or postcards
  • A small crystal or stone
  • Between five and thirty minutes each week to sit down and write your letter.

Today’s letter is a warm-up. A few words or sentences that express our appreciation. Ready? Let’s go!

This Week’s Theme :  The Simple Thank You

Start by holding your crystal or stone in your hands. Close your eyes, and build an energy of gratitude in your heart. Feel your heart swell with emotion. Pour that energy of gratitude into the crystal and then continue to sit in meditation for a minute or two longer. Think of your daily life, and a person in your life who somehow contributes to your day going well. It could be a teacher, the person who makes your morning coffee, the smiling lady at the sandwich shop, or the author of a great book you are reading. Trust that the person you think of first will be the right person for today’s activity.

Once you have been guided to a person, write them a short note.

You could use a note card, a postcard, or a piece of paper.

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Image from snapcreativity.com

Write a few simple words or sentences to express your thanks to that person for the contribution they make to your life, and what that means to you. Then sign your name.

So many people live without recognition and acknowledgement of their efforts in helping others. This week our little challenge will go some way towards reversing that. We’ll be sharing a little spark of love and goodwill in the world, and that’s always a good thing.

If you don’t know the name of the person you want to thank, just write

Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for___________________ 🙂 Sign your name xx

Here are some suggestions:

  • Thank you for making such great coffee. It’s the best part of my morning.
  • Thanks for being my friend.
  • Thanks for being my sister/brother/father/mother.
  • Thanks for making me laugh.
  • Thanks for being there.
  • Thank you for always having the best fruit selection.
  • Your lunches are amazing. Thank you.
  • I love your yoga classes. Thank you!
  • Thank you for always giving such friendly service.
  • Thanks for being so kind to my pet/child/partner.
  • Thanks for helping me with.
  • I really enjoyed __________________ Thank you!

You don’t need a long letter. Just a few words or sentences is fine. In fact, you could even carry an extra card in your bag or pocket this week, and pen a spontaneous note of thanks when the mood takes you.

When your note is finished, post it off. Or hand it over with a smile. Or leave it with a tip after your coffee or meal.

It is also perfectly acceptable to leave your note on someone’s desk, in their pocket or lunchbox or briefcase, or on their pillow (no – I am not endorsing crazy stalker behaviour here!)

Happy Writing!

Lots of love, Nicole xx

PS: If you want to share what you’ve done, pop over to our facebook page and say hi, and share away!

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Image from vuible.com

A Little Christmas Gift from Me!

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Image from playbuzz.com

“They always gives me bath salts,” complained Nobby. “And bath soap and bubble bath and herbal bath lumps and tons of bath stuff and I can’t think why, ‘cos it’s not as if I hardly ever has a bath. You’d think they’d take the hint, wouldn’t you?”
~ Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

 

Merry Christmas!

Thank you so much for supporting me and my blog this year. As a token of my gratitude and appreciation I’ve created some little gifts, just for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I hope your Christmas is love-filled, magical and blessed with kindness.

But if it’s a difficult time for you right now, know that there’s a place here at my Christmas Table just for you. Please don’t ever feel alone. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

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Image from alpenio.com

PS: I’m taking a few days off from blogging to rest, relax and soak up some peace and quiet here at the farm. See you soon! 

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Image from tumblr

Now choose your gift…

1. Silver Gift

2. Calico Gift

3. Monster Gift

4. Flower Gift

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Image from ncre.com.au

5. Crossword Gift

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Image from craftsy.com

6. Gold Gift

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Image from galleryhip.com

7. Lace Gift

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Image from ecomovers.co.uk

8. Red Gift

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Image from hgtv.com

 

 

Open your gift here:

1. Silver Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is that  you come to a place of self love, such that you begin to expect and allow only loving and respectful relationships in your life. I’m wishing you self-confidence, healthy sharing, joyful unions and people who love you honestly and well. I’m wishing you an abundance of happiness. I’m wishing you goodness, love and trust from others, and from yourself.

2. Calico Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is a return to simplicity, flow and a life that holds meaning and nurture for you. I’m wishing you time for yourself, a life free of clutter and unnecessary time-wasters, and a deep reconnection to what really matters to you. I’m wishing you a reclaimed life, filled with all the things that light you up. I’m wishing you choices that honour YOU! This is my wish for you – your best year ever.

3. Monster Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of energy, of creativity and a sense of enthusiasm for life. I’m wishing you friendship, adventures, good times and new horizons. I’m wishing you opportunity, optimism, and the courage to live boldly in the face of glorious possibility. And most of all, I’m wishing you fun!

4. Flower Gift – My wish for you in 2015 is emotional healing, emotional balance and a strengthening of your intuition. I’m wishing for you a great sense of being grounded in love, and a deep appreciation of what nurtures and uplifts you. I’m wishing you boundaries and healthy choices. I’m wishing you happiness and self-acceptance. I’m wishing for you a bright new beginning, perfectly suited to you and coloured with love.

5. Crossword Gift – Oh sweetheart… How much you underestimate yourself! In 2015 my wish is that you become brave enough to put your ideas, your wisdom and your own unique energy out into the world. I wish for you inspiration, strong support, wise mentors and a healthy dose of “I can do it”. It’s time. The world is waiting. Be brave, and start! I know you’ll be wonderful.

6. Gold Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year filled with spiritual connection, divine inspiration, miracles, breakthroughs and a satisfying return to flow. I’m calling on all of the Guides, Angels and Ancestors to support you in realizing your dreams. I’m wishing you signs, progress and incredible turn-arounds. Know that it can be so!

7. Lace Gift – For 2015 my wish for you  is healing, connection to nature and an unfolding connection to nature’s gifts. I’m wishing you vibrant health. I’m wishing you community and a tribe to call your own. I’m wishing you authenticity and a deep love of self and life.  I’m wishing you vitality and an inner glow so bright that everyone notices your new sparkle!

8. Red Gift – This is a magical gift to bestow abundance upon you. For 2015 I’m wishing you a deep sense of emotional satisfaction, financial flow and a rich and abiding gratitude for the blessings in your life. I’m wishing you ease, I’m wishing you enough and plenty to spare, I’m wishing you a sense of true security in love and in life.

 

A Christmas Gift for You!

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” 
~ Amy Carmichael

 

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank you for supporting me and my blog this year, so I’ve created some gifts for you. All you need to do is select the present that most appeals to you, and then scroll down to see what your gift contains.

Much, much love to you, and my wishes for peace in your heart today. I’m thinking of you…

Nicole ♥ xx

 

Now choose your gift…

1. Red Gift

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Image from wallpaperstock

2. Flower Gift

3. Silver Gift

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Image from v3wall

4. Brown Gift

5. Cartoon Gift

Image from Enviro Dad

Image from Enviro Dad

6. Gold Gift

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Image from Wallibs

7. Holly Gift

8. Pink Gift

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Image from Splash of Something

 

Open your gift here:

1. Red Gift – My wish for you in 2014 is that  you find time for the pursuit and application of knowledge – whether for self-interest, your career or to help yourself or others.  Perhaps you need to study, or maybe it is time to go apply your skills and knowledge in the world. I’m wishing you confidence, persistence, clarity and focus. You can do it!

2. Flower Gift – This coming year, my wish for you is reconnection to creativity, and for you to enjoy some regular relaxing time with hobbies such as music, cooking, craft, gardening, restoring or making things. I’m wishing you time to wander around in your imagination. I’m also wishing you time to connect with the creativity of others by reading books, watching movies, going to concerts or exhibitions, and joining groups.

3. Silver Gift –  For you this year I’m wishing a restoration of faith, a return of hope and for you to come to a place of calm and inner peace. I’m wishing you spiritual connection, whatever that means for you, and a sense of belonging in this world. I’m wishing for you a soulful journey of joyful self-discovery. I’m wishing you a sense of deep value of self and life.

4. Brown Gift – My wish for you is that you will find a sense of sanctuary – in relationships, in your home and surroundings, and within yourself. I’m wishing you a return to balance, and some time for yourself and what matters most to you. I’m wishing that you draw to you everything you need for healing and restoration of harmony and flow in your life. I’m wishing you health, vitality and optimism.

5. Cartoon Gift – As you unwrap this gift, know that I am wishing you a year of adventure, filled with new opportunities in relationships and life. I’m wishing you outings and fun. I’m wishing you the courage to say ‘yes’ to what your heart wants and ‘no’ to the things that don’t interest you. I’m wishing that at the end of 2014 you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come and feel proud and pleased with where you are at!

6. Gold Gift – Oh goodness, my darling! If I were a Fairy Godmother I would tap your head with my magical wand and grant that fervent wish you hold in your heart. That’s my wish for you this year – that you have successful beginnings or outcomes for your cherished dreams, whatever they may be.

7. Holly Gift – In 2014 my wish for you is that you find your tribe – that your heart swells with deepened relationships, new friends and people who truly ‘get’ you. I’m wishing you real friendship, good times, enlightened conversations, mentors and helpful people. I’m wishing for you the sorts of connections that make you feel safe to share and glad to be alive, with a strong sense of love, fellowship and community.

8. Pink Gift – You have just unwrapped a wish for love. In the coming year I’m wishing you real healing of old hurts (including lack of self-love). I’m wishing you tonnes of rest and massive self-care to bring you back to your blossoming best. I’m wishing you a truly satisfying relationship with yourself, with the Divine or someone special – whatever it is you know you are most in need of right now. You are enough. You are worthy. You are loved.

'Sound of a wish' by ilmungo - flickr

‘Sound of a wish’ by ilmungo – flickr

And the Winner is…

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie

As my final November gesture to celebrate all of the support that has been shown to my fledgling blog, I offered a custom-designed healing necklace to one lucky reader.

Today I’m proud to announce that the winner is Julie Goyder.  Julie has a beautiful blog over at jmgoyder.com, and it’s really worth a visit. Julie, I’ll be contacting you shortly so that we can work out the details but for now, here’s my heartfelt congratulations!

For all of you who didn’t win, I’m sending Love, Light and Hugs.  Thank you for your encouragement and support for Cauldrons and Cupcakes. I’m honoured to share the journey with you.

And now, something to uplift you, and to help you cultivate that feeling of gratitude in your own life.  You’ll need about ten minutes – consider it a meditation!

Bless, Nicole ♥ xoxo

Win a Healing Necklace, Made Especially For You!

This is the final week of my blog supporter love-up, and I’ve saved the best ’til last.

So far the beautiful Anita has won the every.day.presence book by Simone De Haas.

This week Tammy of onelittlestranger wins a crystal just for her, chosen and channelled by me. Congratulations, Tammy! I shall be delving through my magical cupboard to find just the right stone for you. ❤

I am so very grateful for all of the support and connection that you have shown me and my blog thus far.  I had no idea when I wrote my very first (rather lame) post that things would snowball the way they have. But my intention from the beginning with Cauldrons and Cupcakes has been to uplift, to support, to inspire and encourage – and to share my life so that I demystify the supposed ‘strangeness’ of having metaphysical abilities.

The spiritual journey is also a healing journey, and so my last offering to you in this big month of celebration is this – a custom-made healing necklace, hand crafted by me, and incorporating crystals and stones that are attuned to your own vibration so that you can experience positive shift, healing and growth in some significant physical, emotional or spiritual area of your life.

Here are some examples of necklaces I’ve made thus far:

❤ Fee’s necklace:

❤ Sophie’s Strand

❤ The Three Sisters’ Stones

When I make your necklace I meditate upon you first, to ask what you most need.  I choose the beads and crystals, and as I string the necklace I say a prayer and affirmation over each bead, no matter how tiny.  Finally, when the beads are strung, I hold the necklace in my hands and say a prayer of Blessing and do a further meditation for you, then I place the necklace in my crystal grid for twenty four hours to charge it up for you. There is love in every single bead, and they are truly powerful pieces.

All you need to do to be in the draw is to leave a comment below.  It doesn’t matter where in the world you live – if you are meant to win, you shall, and I shall happily send your necklace on to you.  Wishing you luck, and peace in your heart. ❤ Nicole xx

Win a Crystal, Chosen Just for You!

Last week I announced that in honour of the unexpected success of Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and my wonderful readers,  I would give away three prizes.  The first was this beautiful little book by Simone de Haas, titled every.day.presence – and the winner is Anita!  Congratulations, Anita.

This week I am giving you an opportunity to win a crystal, chosen by me based upon your energies and needs.  From my vast collection of stones that I charged up during the Transit of Venus earlier this year, I am sure that I shall find something that perfectly suits you.  I’ll also send you some simple instructions on how to work with your new crystal in meditation, as well as a channelled personal message about the qualities of your new stone.

I love working with crystals. I use them in meditation, in healing, and to enhance my writing and creative work. I use them extensively with my students when I am teaching spiritual and metaphysical courses. I often feel like I’m handing out lollies as I gift them with little bags of stones…

Naturally I also use them for my own psychic work too!  If you don’t know much about crystals you can check out some of my posts here:

Choosing A Crystal

Cleansing and Connecting with Crystals

Healing with Crystals

Using Crystals to Access Information

Working with Crystal Grids

All you need to do to be in the running to win your own special crystal is to leave a comment below.  I’ll put all of the names into my Tibetan Singing Bowl next Monday, 22nd October, and choose one at random. The winner, and the final gift, shall be announced on Tuesday 23th October’s blog. Feel free to share this post with your friends too. I trust that we are going to make some crystal magic happen with this give-away.

Thank you again, from my heart to yours, for all of your support and company as I blog my crazy life! ♥ xoxo

Book Giveaway and a Big Thank You!

Simone de Haas’ beautiful new book – every.day.presence

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

~ Hermann Hesse

Life brings so many unexpected surprises.  My blog, and how it has been received in the world is one of them for me. This month I shall reach 250 000 hits for Cauldrons and Cupcakes, and my blog is not yet one year old!

So, I just want to say Thank You. Thank You for sharing the journey with me. Thank You for your kindness and support. Thank You for being part of my community.

To show my thanks I’m going to give away some gifts to my readers.

This week’s gift is a beautiful little book by the inimitable Simone de Haas.  Called every.day.presenceit’s a useful tool for helping you to focus energy back on yourself, in order to become more present, more real, and more authentically yourself. It is a visually rich book, with a simple but powerful message and some wonderfully inspirational messages and quotes.

This image by the clever Simone de Haas!

All you need to do to have a chance to win is to leave a comment below.  I’ll put all of the names into a hat next Monday, 15th October, and choose one at random. The winner, and the next gift, shall be announced on Tuesday 16th October’s blog. There will be three gifts in all, between now and the end of this month.

Thank you, from my heart to yours. I truly value you, and I hope that my blog plays a small part in helping YOU feel uplifted, supported and encouraged on life’s journey – with cups of tea, friendship and good snacks along the way!

Much love to you,  Nicole ♥ xx

Another of Simone de Haas’ treasures…

Day 1 – Gratitude Challenge

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart

Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Day Gratitude Program.  If you’re only just catching up with us today go here first to find out what you need to do to get ready.

Gratitude is a powerful tool in any Lightworker’s kit.  In fact, it forms an essential part of my Daily Habits. When we say thank you to the Universe, in effect we are placing an order where we are saying more please of all this good stuff, or other things equally as wonderful, or even better!

Today we’re going to initiate our gratitude habit using three primary tools – our hands, a journal and a gratitude rock. Then for the next 30 days we are going to continue this practice. Of course, I shall be spicing it up with extra little challenges and activities, but this shall be the basis of our daily practice.

Using the Gratitude Journal:

* Do this activity as close to the start of every day as possible.  That way you are setting up your day energetically, inviting positive energy and putting yourself into a receptive and abundant state of mind.

Write down five Blessings for today. The Blessing can be anything for which you are thankful.  It can be a big thing or a small thing, it can be from the present or the past, but you must be sincere in having gratitude for this thing in your life.

Write each Blessing like this:

I am grateful for (name the Blessing) because (explain WHY you are grateful for this thing).

Here’s mine from this morning (note that I have not censored this in any way… it’s here in all its inane glory, just so you understand that you can be grateful about anything!):

  1. I am so very grateful for cuddles in the big bed on cold mornings because they make me feel warm, loved and well rested.
  2. I am so very grateful for my sexy new computer because it is fast and efficient and I love using it.
  3. I am totally grateful for Bert (one of my dogs) because he fills my heart with love and happiness.
  4. I am truly blessed to have my sister, because I can talk with her about anything.
  5. I am grateful for socks, because they keep my feet warm and help me be healthy and strong.

Now Count Your Blessings:

Hold up your left hand (or your right, if that feels better to you).  Now using your opposite hand, count a Blessing for each finger and thumb. This simple act of counting acts as a powerful physical anchor for the energetic state of Gratitude.  Use the five Blessings you have written in your journal.

Count each Blessing like this – Touch your thumb and say Today I am grateful for _______________.  As you list each Blessing, visualise that thing in your mind, and summon emotion about that thing.  Feel yourself smile, or radiate love, or feel positive, encouraged, comforted or any other  emotion that makes you feel good. Then say Thank You from your heart.

So my first Blessing sounded like this:

Today I am grateful for cuddles on the big bed. Then I thought about how lovely my cuddle was, and built up a warm, feel-good glow inside. From that feel-good space of gratitude I said a heart-felt Thank You.

When you have a clear picture and emotion, and you’ve said Thank You move onto the next finger.  Touch that finger and repeat the process of counting your Blessing until you have counted your five.

Count your Blessings, one by one. Image from thatsglitchy.com

Using the Gratitude Rock:

The Gratitude Rock anchors positive energy and gratitude at the end of every day.  You can carry your stone with you, or leave it beside your bed.  At night, before you go to sleep, hold your Gratitude Rock in your hand.

As you hold the stone say to yourself I am richly Blessed. I have an Abundance of Good in my life.  Then hold in your mind one or more image of a thing you have been grateful for today.  It doesn’t matter if your review your Blessings from this morning, or add in something new.  Swell that positive energy up in your heart like a beautiful golden light, and give a heart-felt Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to the Universe. Visualise a tiny shower of golden light travelling from your heart into your Gratitude Rock.

 

Now here’s the fun bit – imagine all of the other people who are taking part in this 30 day challenge with you. Once again build up a strong positive energy in your heart, and then imagine shooting a stream of golden light out into the Universe to those people.

Say Thank you.  I Bless You.  I intend for you Love, Miracles and Abundance. Know that as you are saying this for them, they are also saying this for you. Feel that connection and gratitude and know that there is real love and support for you here. Place your rock back beside your bed, and go to sleep, cocooned in this good energy.

Here’s my Gratitude Rock:

My gorgeous citrine Gratitude Rock

Thanks so much for joining us on this challenge.  Don’t forget to invite your friends!  The more energy we create, the more we all benefit from this activity.  Wishing you a joyous day, full of shift and possibility. Congratulations – you are at the beginning of a grand and life-affirming adventure.  Bless ♥ xx