madewithlovebyjo♡ • Earrings♡

I recently (February 2021) started making Polymer Clay Earrings as a lockdown hobby and I love making them in my free time. I came across #polymerclayearring accounts on Instagram and liked how colourful they were so watched a few Youtube videos and decided to give it a go. Starting a new earrings account and making jewellery has opened my eyes to a whole community of creatives, artists and small businesses and I am so glad I began. To anyone thinking of starting a new page for their music, artwork, painting, crocheting, recipes or have a small business idea in mind.. I would say 1000% do! I look forward to making more and experimenting with new colours, shapes and patterns. ✨

Check out my earrings here
〰 Care Instructions 〰
  • Avoid wearing earrings when showering or in the water
  • Store at room temperature in a clean, dry place, preferably in their box/on their card or in an earring stand. Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Avoid contact with perfume and chemicals
  • To clean earrings, uses a soft, damp cloth or cotton bud
  • Treat earrings with care
〰 Orders 〰
  • Contact me here or alternatively send me an Instagram DM
  • I accept payments via PayPal, Revolut and Bank Transfer
  • Earrings will be posted within 3 working days
  • 💌🥰

Polymer Clay is a durable, non-toxic, lightweight clay that is baked in the oven. I use Sculpey as it is easy to work with, bakes well and has lots of great reviews. Once baked, polymer clay is hard and surprisingly durable. Sculpey Clay is not vegan and contains ingredient(s) that are animal based. Sculpey products are not tested on animals. The earring posts and hooks I use are stainless steel – ideal for sensitive ears.

I hope you enjoy madewithlovebyjo♡ earrings as much as I loved making them 🙂

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Chakras🧘🕯️💫

You may have heard of Chakras at a yoga class, meditation class or energy healing session such as Reiki. The word Chakra translates to ‘wheel‘ or ‘disk’ in Sanskrit. There are 7 main Chakras, each corresponding to a specific organ as well as spiritual, psychological, physical and emotional states. Chakras are energy vortexes that are placed in 7 different points on the spinal column. Within each Chakra is a ‘Prana’, or the ultimate healing energy🌙⭐ If a Chakra is open and aligned, it means energy can run freely and harmony exists between the physical body mind and spirit. If a Chakra is closed, it means the Chakra is blocked or misaligned. It is believed that Chakra stones rebalance your Chakras. Reiki can also help you to balance your Chakras.

Chakra symbols
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
Awareness, Intelligence
Location: The crown of the head
Colour: Violet
Crystals: Clear Quartz
Element: Cosmic Energy
Yoga Pose: Headstand
When the Crown Chakra is blocked, we may feel a sense of disconnection, you may feel narrow-minded. Unlike other Chakras, the Crown Chakra is only fully open during yoga or meditative exercises. When the Crown Chakra is open, it is thought to keep all other Chakras are open and to bring the person bliss and elightenment.
Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra)
Intuition, Sixth-Sense, Imagination
Location: Between the eyes, on the forehead
Colour: Indigo
Crystals: Amethyst
Element: Light
Yoga Pose: Child’s Pose
When the Third-Eye Chakra is blocked, you may be closed-minded, cynical, untrusting or have trouble listening to your inner thoughts. When the Third-Eye Chakra is open and in alignment, it’s thought that you will follow your intuition ,are able to see the big picture, may have psychic abilities, a higher consciousness and strong inner wisdom.
Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
Communication, Self-expression, Truth
Location: Throat
Colour: Blue
Crystals: Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite
Element: Ether
Yoga Pose: Fish pose, Plow pose, Shoulder stand
When your throat chakra is blocked, you may feel like you can’t voice your voice or truth. If this Chakra is overactive, you may be overly talkative, not listen to others, dominate conversations, gossip, speak without thinking. When this Chakra is open, you may communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You may also become better at listening to others and honouring their truths without judgement.
Anahata (Heart Chara)
Love, Joy, Inner Peace
Location: Center of chest, above the heart
Colour: Green
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Malachite
Element: Air
Yoga Pose: Camel Pose, Reverse Plank, Upward-facing dog, Back Bends
When the Heart Chakra is blocked, you will have difficulty opening up to the people in their life. You may feel angry, hatred or jealousy towards others. When this Chakra is overactive you be be self-sacrificing, codependent, giving too much and putting others first at your detriment. When this Chakra is aligned and balanced, love and compassion flow freely.
Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area
Colour: Yellow
Crystals: Amber, Citrine, Pyrite
Element: Fire
Yoga Pose: Boat Pose, Twists, Warrior III
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked, you may feel shame, inferior, submissive, self-doubt or may struggle to be your most authentic self. An unbalance Solar Plexus Chakra can cause you to be domineering, perfectionist, judgemental or critical. Those with an open and aligned Solar Plexus Chakras feel free to express their true-selves and awaken their true inner personal power. You will have willpower, assertiveness and a healthy self-esteem.
Svadhisthana (Sacral or Pelvic Chakra)
Creativity, Sexuality, Pleasure, Abundance
Location: Below the bellybutton
Colour: Orange
Crystals: Carnelian, Tiger’s eye, Sunstone
Element: Water
Yoga Pose: Pigeon Pose, Goddess pose, Warrior II
When the Sacral Chakra is blocked, you may feel out of control, uninspired creatively or have a low libido. When the Sacral Chakra is open you may experience pleasure, sensuality, deep emotions, passion, optimism.
Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Security, Belonging, Survival
Location: Base of spine, in the tailbone area
Colour: Red
Crystals: Red jasper, onyx, hematite
Element: Earth
Yoga Pose: Malasana squats, Mountain pose, Warrior I
When the root chakra is blocked or out of balance, you can become needy, threatened, have low self-esteem, or self-destructive behaviours. When the Root Chakra is open, you feel strong, confident and grounded; you can stand up on your own two feet and take care of yourself.

Namaste✨


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Smoothie Bowl Tips 🥣

Yes, a smoothie- in a bowl, eaten with a spoon. 🥄🍓
Click here for Smoothie Bowl Recipes.

Below are some tips to help you make the perfect smoothie bowl✨


-To make a Smoothie Bowl thick:
  • Use just enough liquid to keep things moving in your blender when using frozen fruit.
  • Blend slowly.
  • Add a scoop of oats or chia seeds to thicken your smoothie.
  • Frozen banana or half an avocado makes a smoothie bowl thick and creamy when pureed rather than icy
-Frozen fruit
  • Make the base thick and cool.
  • Peel bananas and put them in a plastic bag before placing in the freezer the night before. Frozen bananas add a creamy texture to smoothie bowls.
-Chill your bowl before you start
  • Place the bowl in the freezer while preparing your ingredients to keep your smoothie bowl cooler for longer.
-Toppings
  • Toppings make your smoothie bowl fun and add texture and colour. There are lots of possible combinations.
  • Topping ideas: fruit, coconut flakes, desiccated coconut, granola, chia seeds, walnuts, flaked almonds, cacao nibs,drizzle of honey, nut butter, cinnamon

Have you ever made a smoothie bowl? Comment below if you have any other tips and subscribe✨


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DIY- Customise Converse👟

I have two pairs of Converse that are old and never wear anymore. I decided to customise them to improve how they looked and they turned out really well.⭐ There are different ways you can customise Converse shoes and here are just two ideas. The first method uses Acrylic paints to create a Galaxy affect and the second uses Sharpie markers to create a pretty floral design.

Converse shoes before customisation

1) Galaxy Converses

You will need:
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint Palettes
  • Sponge
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Converse shoes

  • Remove shoelaces from the Converse shoes
  • Cover the white rubber soles of the shoes and white logo with duct tape to prevent paint from getting on them
  • I cut the sponge into three parts to use for each colour of paint.
  • Pour paint into paint palettes. I used royal blue, light blue and lilac, however you can use whatever colours you want. You can mix different paints together to make different colours. Sponge the paint onto the canvas part of the shoe. Use a fine paintbrush to splash white acrylic paint onto the shoes to create a star-like affect. Leave the shoes overnight to dry. The next day, remove the duct tape and relace them.

2) Customise with Sharpies

You will need:
  • Sharpie markers
  • Converse shoes

You can draw any designs you like. I saw a floral design on Pinterest and thought it looked pretty cool. ⭐


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Orange Boo Smoothie Recipe🍊👻

The frozen banana is the genius part of this recipe. It adds a brilliant creamy texture to the smoothie without having an overpowering taste of banana. The combination of vanilla and orange is reminiscent of the iconic ice pop the ‘Super Split’. To really amp up the flavour the orange zest or orange blossom are great in this Halloween smoothie. The only thing you will need is some food colouring to really boost the flavour and have it looking that vibrant spooky orange colour. This smooth, creamy, orange smoothie is an unusual twist on a smoothie but one you are sure to love.

ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 250 mls orange juice
  • 250g pot of vanilla yogurt  / orange yogurt
  • 1 tsp orange blossom / zest half orange
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • drop of yellow and orange food colouring
  • Optional: 1 orange peeled and chopped up

method

  • Freeze the banana for a few hours before you need it. Weigh out the ingredients and pop them in the blender. Blitz, pour and serve.

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https://www.rte.ie/lifestyle/recipes/2018/1024/1006338-orange-boo-smoothies/

Study tips✍️

Below I have listed some tips for studying. I did well in my Leaving Cert and have spent the last five years at University, so grab a notebook and take note of these study tips✏️

  1. Flashcards: Flashcards are ideal for writing notes in one small space for when you need to have a quick glance. Flashcards are available in different sizes and colours. On the morning of an exam they are very useful so that you are not scrambling through folders or notebooks. Flashcards can be stuck to anything with bluetac such as the wall or inside your locker. Flashcards are particularly useful for learning languages, definitions or equations.
  2. Highlighters: You don’t need every colour of the rainbow, but around three highlighters that are different colours should do the trick. Highlighters grab your attention to anything on the page and help as a memory aid.
  3. Study space: Have a clear study space that is clutter-free and organised. See my related post Working and studying from home💻. Keep the desk drawers and surface tidy.
  4. Journal: Having a journal with calendar dates and days of the week where you can keep track of your daily tasks will help you to stay organised and up to date with your daily activities. It will prevent you missing any classes or tutorials and help you plan the weeks ahead.
  5. Timetable: It is a good idea to have a timetable in your diary, locker and close to your desk. Having one where you will see it in clear view will mean you are more likely to remember when you have class. Colourcode your timetable so it is visually nice to look at and will help as a memory aid. You can draw a timetable or type one and print it using Microsoft Office.
  6. Notes: Keep your notes organised in binders. Have a separate binder/folder for each subject and use clear plastics with dividers. Having a contents page at the start of the folder will help you find what you need more easily. Not everybody has neat handwriting, but it makes a difference if you try to write clearly so you can actually read your notes when you are revising.

    Comment below if you found these tips useful and have any other study tips 💭📝

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