Monthly Favourites: September 2016

1. The Re-release of My Contemporary Romance, The Still Life of Hannah Morgan


This was the first novel I penned and just like the main character, Hannah, it was a book that never gave up. The first publisher that I signed with closed its doors just a month after my book was released. Much to my delight, this year, my current publisher decided to re-release the book. So after a round of edits and revisions and a beautiful new cover, Hannah Morgan’s struggle to find her way and follow her dreams has been reborn. Again.

To Purchase: Amazon




I’ve had several cat companions over the years. Six to be exact. Each one, a rescue from the animal shelter or has come to me after being abandoned. The newest addition to the family is Steve. I’ve never had a kitten before so his antics and boundless energy has been something I needed to get accustomed to.  And it is hard to believe that this fuzzy little bundle of goofy energy and loud rumbling purrs almost didn’t make it through his first weeks of life.

It was our local Vet. that introduced Steve to me as he was under her care at the time. He  arrived at the clinic severally anemic and infested with fleas. The Vet. said she’d never seen such an extreme case and after the treatment over 300 fleas had been removed. She wasn’t sure he would make it but because of her care and attention he now has a new life with us.

He is now two months old and I still secretly harbour the suspicion that he is really a small dragon, possibly related to Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon.



There are apples and then there are Honey Crisps. I’m not a great fan of apples unless they are baked into a pie or a turnover but I make the exception with these little lovelies.  They are sweet and crisp with a delicate skin that makes them the perfect eating apple. They are also atrociously expensive  and only available for a few months in the fall so they are definitely an indulgence worth waiting for and savouring for the short time they are available.

ASMR ~ Spring 2016 Beaver Box Unboxing

Here is the spring box for the all Canadian Beaver Box. The name of this subscription box makes me cringe and smile at the same time. I’m still on the fence on whether this was the best name for a subscription box that showcases Canadian products. No matter how you feel about the name, the products in this season’s box were absolutely fabulous.


Spring Beaver Box

The Unexpected Side Effects of ASMR

As a viewer of ASMR videos, I know first-hand how beneficial they are for reducing anxiety and stress and some people have reported ASMR videos help alleviate their insomnia. I first started making videos as a creative outlet but I didn’t realize until I began to upload on a regular basis that there are several side effects of being an ASMR content creator that no one ever told me.

A sense of community: the viewers on my channel share not just their struggles with depression, anxiety or insomnia but also the more positive events in their lives such as getting a long desired job, or moving into their dream home or giving birth (one of my viewers even took my videos in to watch during her labour) or getting through the day without having a panic attack. Whether it is sharing the challenges or the triumphs, my Gentle Viewers and I have created a safe, judgemental space to come together to share our stories and be heard.

Support and encouragement: I was delightfully surprised at how supportive, caring and genuine my Gentle Viewers are. They understand how much time and effort goes into filming, editing and uploading two videos a week and they let me know on a regular basis how grateful they are for my efforts.

Collaboration: My viewers will on occasion make suggestions to improve my videos and they have been so helpful in making my videos better. And they always word their insights with such kindness that it can never be taken as anything other than wanting to help me get better as a content creator.

Teaching me the art of receiving: As a people-pleaser it is very difficult for me to be on the receiving end of gratitude. And at first I learned to embrace the lovely things my viewers were leaving in the comments without feeling uncomfortable. And then I had viewers astound me with gifts such as composing the music for my intro, a three month’s subscription to Birchbox so I could continue doing beauty unboxing, plants and goodies from the Netherlands and most recently a curated beauty box from a fellow Canadian.

So if you are looking for a drug free alternative that may help you relax why don’t you check out ASMR videos and be prepared for some unexpected side effects that may include more kindness, understanding and support.

Dutch Delights


Gifts From Nature

I have always felt an affinity with Mother Earth. I am most at home when surrounded by trees, mountains and wildlife. Much to my delight and surprise I have also received healing from Gaia’s energy so I am no stranger to the power that exists in nature.

Some of her gifts are from the crystal and mineral kingdom. My experience with crystal healing energy has been that they work on a very gentle, subtle level.  And although I have a few crystals in my possession I haven’t really worked with them for over five years. That all changed last month when I found myself being negatively affected by the dramatic change in energy in my home and was guided to bring in new crystal energy to assist with the problem.

Through many synchronistic events, I ended up purchasing several crystals and an Crystal Energy Reading from Diane at Free Spirit ASMR. I have had so many crystals come into my life lately that I had to make two ASMR videos showcasing them and telling the stories about how they came into my life, the power of these magical beings, and how they dramatically healed the energy in my home and in myself.

So for your enjoyment and relaxation here are my two ASMR videos on my new crystal babies.

Crystal Reading S&T

crystal babies

Twice the Calm ~ Spring Calm Box Unboxings

I’ve gotten a bit behind in posting my ASMR videos on my blog. My excuse. It’s spring and the garden has been singing its siren song and I had to listen. The garden is definitely the place that gives me peace  and a sense of calm. So even though the weather has been exceptional (for planting) I’ve pulled myself away from the dirt and seeds for now to catch up on my blog.

If you don’t have a garden to spend time in but need to step away from the hectic pace of your day, I invite you to take some time and watch not just April’s Calm Box unboxing but also March’s (if you happened to miss it when I first uploaded it).


Spring is a terrific time to shed all the worries and stresses of months past and focus mindfully on ourselves, our lives, and everything that every present moment brings to us.

April Calm Box


ASMR ~ Goodbye BirchBox


All good things must come to an end so it was with a little sadness that I filmed the last of the Birchbox unboxing for my ASMR channel. One of my Gentle Viewers, Marissa Bracke, gifted me a three month’s subscription to the beauty box and not only was February’s the last of the gift it is the last of the Birchboxes available to us Canadians. I received an email shortly after receiving last month’s box informing me that Birchbox was closing down its Canadian operations.

But those of you who really like unboxing videos need not be too disappointed as we still have our monthly Calm Box to look forward to and, who knows, there may be an Ipsy subscription in my future.

In the meantime, here is February’s Birch Box unboxing video, ASMR-style. Enjoy.



ASMR ~ Sephora Mascara Samples Show and Tell

If you watch my ASMR videos you know they only show my hands. It was a style choice I made right from the beginning based on the limitations of my recording equipment, the size of my recording space, my preference for whispering ( I need to keep my mic inches from my mouth so that it picks up my voice and thus the mic is directly in front of my face) and the type of videos I film. So choosing to make a video on mascara might seem a bit odd.

But when my nieces gave me a Sephora Sampler of mascaras and I saw how beautiful the packaging was I knew I needed to do a show and tell video. When deciding on a subject for an ASMR video I am first drawn to the sounds I can create and the packaging was perfect for tapping and sticky finger sounds. Talking about the different formulas and brushes gave me ample opportunity to whisper for almost an hour.


For a brief second, I thought about including close-up shots of my eyes wearing the different brands but when I thought about how disconcerting it would be to be watching my hands and then a big eye would show up on the screen staring at the viewers it seemed a bit creepy. But I do give my feedback on how each mascara performed and at the end of the video I tell you what my favourites and hate its were.

Also, after a year of constantly changing my nail colour for the videos, my nails have become very dry and have a tendency to peel. So I’ve cut my nails short, given them break from the drying effects of polish and remover and started to put on a nourishing nail salve every night. But to coordinate with the products and packaging for this video, I knew I needed to do something special as my unpainted short nails just wouldn’t do. So watch the video to see what I used for my nail “wardrobe.”

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ASMR ~ A Breath Of Spring

Even though it is March, I kept the Valentine hearts up because I thought they looked pretty with the flowers.

Even though it is March, I kept the Valentine hearts up because I thought they looked pretty with the flowers.

The other morning, I heard the robins singing, the sunrise is coming up a little earlier each day and our pansies on the balcony are in full bloom. Spring has arrived and although we will still get the odd heavy rains and winds I can’t help but feel the itch to get in the garden. But I need to show a little restraint as the ground is still too saturated for me to start mucking about in the dirt.

So when I popped by the green grocer’s and they had buckets of tulips line up on either side of the door I couldn’t resist. I bought several bunches and thought a simple ASMR video of me arranging them in bouquets would be a comforting welcome to the growing season.

I rearranged my recording set up to accommodate the longer shots I would need to get the flowers in the frame. I have been making ASMR videos on a regular basis for almost a year now so you would think that making these would be a simple and easy routine. I blame my mistake on the slight change in the position of my overhead mic. Because … half-way through the video I forgot to hit record and ending up losing over eight minutes of footage. I could have used the sound from my camera but it is such a poor quality and because I whisper, even with adjusting the sound in my editing suite it still sounded horrible. So my lesson this week is always double-check that the little red light on my mic is on.

So despite the shorter length of this video, I hope it helps you to relax and enjoy a little bit of spring. Click on the picture below to watch the video.



ASMR ~ Feb. 2016 Calmbox Unboxing


I really enjoy subscription boxes because it’s lovely to get a package in the mail each month full of goodies that are a surprise. And whether you love beauty, fashion, your pet, reading, exercising or crafting there is a box out there for you. I started receiving a subscription box from Glossybox for two reasons;  I was beginning a journey of self-discovery and part of that was exploring beauty and cosmetics and I wanted to do an unboxing video for my ASMR channel.

This past Christmas, my sister, Cari gave me a 6 month subscription to Calm Box. She couldn’t have found a more perfect subscription box for my channel as the main reason people watch ASMR videos is to de-stress, relax and fall asleep. And the items in the box do not disappoint. Not only are the goodies geared to creating calm they are of a high quality and always include a books of some sort, tea samples, beauty, home decor or lifestyle and little edible treats.

Now when February’s box arrived I was a bit leery to open it as I loath the whole Valentine’s Day merchandise as it centres around romantic love and being a couple. Being single, by choice, I find it disappointing that single people are marginalized by this consumerist holiday and friendship is rarely held to the same level of desirability as being a romantic couple.

But true to form, even this month’s box was focused on self-care and self-love which most people struggle with and yet are the corner stones to attracting and sustaining a healthy romantic relationship.. The box also included an item that explores what happiness is. So, thank you Calm Box team for another amazing unboxing.


Click on the image below to watch the video.



ASMR ~ Kinetic Sand

Over the last three weeks, I’ve filmed two colossal videos, an extra Holiday video and my regular weekly Oracle Card videos. So this week, I’ve gone back to a simple relaxing video of playing with Kinetic sand and keeping my talking to a minimum (which, if you know me, is always a challenge). Hope this helps with getting you through the January blahs.

kinetic sand