Raquel English

If The Broom Fits, Fly It

I swept up this little treat for you. I actually took the idea from Martha Stewart years ago. She sells the kits @ Michaels, but I like to make my own. It’s also cheaper to make them rather than buy the kits pre-packaged. My kids love to give these to their friends. They’re always a hit.

I use lunch sacks for mine. When you use lunch sacks you’ll have to fill the sacks with a lot more candy (which I’m sure the recipients will welcome). You can also go to Michael’s & buy the mini bags. I think they cost about 20 cents per bag, or you can buy them by the package (8 qty.), which will cost about $3.00.

I had my munchkins go behind our house & gather sticks for the broom handles.

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How To Conquer The Comparison Queen Ursula

Hello there lovely Mermaid Junkies,

I wanted to share with you a few things that have been on my mind lately. I have been asking for spiritual guidance to know what to say in this blog post. I hope you’ll visit with me. 

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Throughout the years I have mostly stayed away from the spiritual aspect in my posts until more recently. Through my prayers and now knowing with a surety of my divine mission in life, where I want to take this blog and my {non-profit} for purpose organization I have come to realize what I have been sent here to do. One of those things is to more freely talk about my continual journey as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and sharing my life’s experiences with you. I have come to know that my mission is to build deeper connections with others, serve my fellow beings and teach.

What I’ve noticed in the past few years is that there seems to be an insurmountable need for people to feel significant and that goes hand in hand with comparison to others. Not only in my everyday life, but in my life as a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It seems to fester in the LDS community. 

In the past I have never really wanted to talk about my religion, not because I’m embarrassed, but because I think I wasn’t secure enough within myself and who I was, to feel confident in my personal convictions. Also, I never wanted to be classified as “one of those Mormon mommy bloggers.” Not that I didn’t like them, but because I would become frustrated with the writings of the bloggers, sensing a sort of self-righteous, perfectionistic nature in their content. I have since changed my mind on the matter, because while I haven’t changed my stance on what many of the bloggers still represent, I have come to maturely understand that a portion of that was me projecting. You’ve heard this I’m sure. The sheer thing that drives you crazy about someone is because you are actually just like that yourself in some way. It’s the mirror reflection theory. It’s the internal manifestation of what’s going on inside of YOU. Who wants to admit a thing like that? I for one didn’t for a very long time. So, I have to confess to being jealous of other bloggers. Until, I was able to admit that, I could not progress with my own blog, foundation and divine mission.Continue Reading

I Am Remembering Who I Am

Hello there darlings,

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I’ve truly missed you!

” My dear you had forgotten who you really were.”

Okay, perhaps I added my dear into it, but that is truly what I heard from the spirit when I was petitioning the Lord in prayer the other day.

I’ve been sitting on my lovely lounging couch by day and night, for almost the better part of a fortnight {I’ve been reading lots of British books}. It’s been humdrum, but also it’s been an awakening to my soul. So to me, the latter is greatly beneficial to my spiritual growth.

I won’t dull you with said lil’ details. That’s no fun.

I will share with you some wonderful epiphanies that I have had though.

I believe I was born a nostalgic strawberry-haired little, and always have been. I know it as surely as the freckles on my skin. My mother has always told me that I have an old soul and I have since I were a tiny girl. I’ve always been fascinated with old things, old movies, old penmanship, old etiquette, and the list goes on. I just adore everything old.Continue Reading

Organized Mermaid Arsenal/ Medicine Cabinet

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.”

Today we are going over the physical need, “Mermaid Life” the need to live.  A part of that human need is the desire for order and balance. So I’m discussing an essential part of my life and that consists of having all things orderly and organized.

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Hello Mermaid Junkies,
How are you doing? Have you gotten settled into a routine with your mer children’s school schedule?

I am going on my second week of school with my last two teens that are still at home. It’s very early mornings at the English manor with seminary starting at six a.m. It seems almost unreal that I don’t have wee little ones any longer.

I wanted to recap and make this an updated version of my organized medicine cabinet. As some of you may remember if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, that I did a post about 2 plus years ago. I wanted to recap over that and talk about how I was able to narrow down my medicine cabinet significantly.Continue Reading

What’s Mermaid Junkie TV?

CameraAwesomePhotoHello Mermaid Junkies,

I hope life has been treating you well and you’re getting ready to get back into the current of things with school and your merchildren. I wanted to take this time to explain a few things about my new blog format, what I’ve been up to… plus I wanted to clarify a few things about my YouTube channel series.

You may have noticed that I took my widgets and side bar info away, and also spruced up my about pages. I did that so as to work on getting my subscriber list bigger and focus less on traffic. As some of you techies may know, bloggers love traffic (which I get a ton of) but traffic needs to convert to subscribers. I make my living off of my blog and YouTube, and the only way to make a living doing this is to have SUBSCRIBERS on both. Subscribers equals money.  Don’t get me wrong I love my blog and channel, but I also have to have a way to pay for things.

Now onto the explanation as to what I’m up to on my YouTube channel. I have numerous things in the works, but I still can’t say anything about those yet. I will as soon as I get the green light though. Thanks for being patient. I love you for that.

As some of you have noticed I have started a YouTube channel. My YouTube channel is something that is very exciting for me. I love the way I’m able to speak and I feel like I get so much more of myself out there. I have to admit, I am a mess with watching myself on camera (hence, Sailor edits so I don’t have to watch myself). I really am shy when it comes to being on camera, but I have a greater push to be myself, and that reason is for my foundation which I started.  My non-profit (or i like to call for-purpose) organization, “The English Settlement” is now official. The sum of the organization is a series of workshops I created based around the 4 human needs (Stephen Covey paradigms and concepts, The 7 Habits) for young women and girls through personal development. They are centered on a primitive lifestyle style sprinkled with some Mermaid Junkie love.Continue Reading

Why People Overreact For Seemingly No Reason At All. Here’s Why:

Have you ever been having a conversation with someone and all of a sudden you can see their demeanor change or they just seem to switch gears mentally while talking to you? Almost as if what they are saying has riled up some sort of emotions within them and you have no clue what justContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The Four Human Needs for Living a Balanced Life

  Hello Mermaid Junkies, In this episode I will be going a step further into each basic need and describe what each need represents. If we strive to live in these quadrants we will be balanced in our lives. Here’s a quote from Stephen Covey about our innate need to be balanced as individuals. HumanContinue ReadingContinue Reading

A Mermaid Junkie’s Time Management Introduction to the Basics

Hello Mermaid Junkies, I am so thrilled to begin this journey with you pertaining to balancing your life and all of the beautiful ways to achieve balance in your life through the Franklin Covey Time Management System and a few other techniques I’ve been using for years. This is my first Introduction series video onContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The 4 Steps To Discovering What Your Dream Job Is

Hello Mermaid Junkies, I haven’t written a post in a bit, and even though I want to sit and explain how apologetic I am, I’m not going to. Not because I don’t feel guilt, but because even though It may not show, as of late, all the work I’ve been doing, is still very muchContinue ReadingContinue Reading

How The Holy Ghost Is Like Fish/Mermaid Scales

Hello Mermaid Junkies, Ive missed you very much, and I’m glad to be back. I do have a whole story to tell you about being gone, preparing for the relaunching of my website, plus all sorts of great news, but I’ll save that for another post. I promise I’ll share. For today though I thoughtContinue ReadingContinue Reading