Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6: Samhain's Sirens First Maniacal Moonday!

Welcome, Mischievous Malcontents!
We hope you've enjoyed your weekend and are ready for more October celebrating!

There are just 25 days until Halloween left- it's going by fast, already!
Don't forget your Forget-Me-Nots are due by October 23rd. Email your tribute and photo(s) to Serena. They will be posted on Samhain, here.

Don't forget that each entry you make in our giveaways automatically enters you for our grand prize giveaway from Lapulia Studio, inc, and don't forget to give us your email address when you enter! Ok, let's get to the fun!


The winner of Author Sam Curtin's book, Summer's Hollow is:

Jonquil Alexia!



Samhain Legend and Lore by Karen Szabo


Ah, Halloween......or Samhain, as we Pagans know it.  Equal only to the magic of this day are the number of different names for it, which include Third Harvest, Samana, Shadowfest, Old Hallowmas, Samhuin, Pomona's Day, and more. The word Samhain itself means "summer's end".   There is so much lore & fascinating trivia about this holiday, I wanted to share some of it with you all.  See how many of these facts you already knew!
In Ireland and Wales, it is traditional to sit at a crossroads on Samhain night and listen for prophecies to be heard on the wind about the coming year.

Turnips, not pumpkins, were originally carved with faces and lit from the inside in ancient times.

Home & hearth fires were traditionally extinguished and then re-lit on Samhain to represent the cycle of life, death, and rebirth; these fires were re-lit from a community bonfire or balefire.

In ancient Celtic society, during Samhain, from October 31 to November 1, time supposedly ceased to exist.

In the New World, American settlers (mostly Protestants)  for the most part did not celebrate Halloween at all because it was considered to be a holiday that belonged to the Catholic religion.

The very first city-wide celebration of Halloween in the United States took place in the city of Anoka, Minnesota, in the year 1921.

Bobbing for apples at Halloween parties is actually a nod to the Roman Goddess Pomona, who was a Goddess of the harvest and of Samhain, and to whom apples were sacred.

Catholics in Southern Germany and Austria traditionally celebrate Halloween from October 30 to November 8 in an event called Seelenwoche.

The phrase "trick or treat" was used in print for the first time in 1934, in a Portland, Oregon newspaper.  The paper featured an article about the pranks of local youngsters keeping the police department on it's toes.  The practice of children saying "trick or treat" when knocking on neighbor's doors for candy seemed to have become popular in the 1940's. 

It's said if a single woman puts a sprig of Rosemary under her pillow on Samhain night, she will dream of her future husband.  

It's believed that the colors orange & black became the traditional colors of Halloween because orange is associated with harvest and autumn, and black is associated with death.

Legend has it that if you see a spider in your home on Samhain night, it could be the spirit of an ancestor or recently deceased loved one watching over you.

So how did you do?  Did you find any surprises here, or were you already a Samhain triva expert?  

Have a wonderful Samhain, however you celebrate!
Karen


Today, I have one of my all-time favorite pieces of music queued up and ready for you: Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”. It’s such a creepy, yet beautiful, piece.





The Witches’ Kitchen by Autumn Earthsong

When Autumn hits, I really get in the mood to entertain friends and family.  Harvest soup parties, pumpkin carving parties and big family breakfasts just make the Season even more special. These pancakes for breakfast with their taste of Fall, will be a huge hit!  Add some sausage, bacon and juice and you’ll be set!  Would be even more special if you’re sitting by a fire 
Apple Pecan Pancakes & Apple Syrup
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 TB sugar
1 TB baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
3 TB melted butter
1 to 2 cups milk
1 cup apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Stir in eggs, butter and milk.  Set aside.  Toss apples and pecans together; fold into flour mixture.  Pour about 1/2 cup to one cup mixture on a greased griddle; heat both sides until golden brown.  Serve with Apple Syrup.
*Serves 4-6


Apple Syrup

2 1/4 cups apple juice or apple cider, divided
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 TB cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped apples

Place 2 cups apple juice or cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a saucepan; set aside.  Add cornstarch and remaining apple juice or cider to a container with a tight fitting lid (like a mason jar); shake until well blended.  Pour into saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring until thickened.  Stir in chopped apples. 
*Makes 2 1/2 cups     

ENJOY, Autumn 

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Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Giveaway

What is Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends?  One of a kind, hand blended, artisan teas with an energetic theme, clearing out old emotional junk, settling your mind, inspiring love, and increasing protection. Let’s back up.  I started blending my own teas and sharing them with the people I love, six years ago.  After each new person experienced the flavors and emotions I put into each and every blend, I kept hearing, “You should go into business!”  but I kept my day jobs. In February, after much soul searching and long conversations I decided to take a leap of faith and leave a stable but miserable and emotionally toxic job. It was the best thing I could have done.
I was working in my kitchen one day on a Road Opener candle.  I wanted to clear the old debris of the last job’s misery and open the way to the next stage of my professional journey.  I had anointed my candle with Van Van Oil, and lit it when the doorbell rang.  When I came back to my altar to make sure the candle was secure, the smell of the Van Van hit me.  All I could think was, “I wish I had some tea that smelled like this, I could continue the working and enjoy some lemongrass.”  

It was like a bolt from the Gods. I have been teaching classes relating to the Pagan sphere for fifteen years, and my hoodoo classes are always full of raucous fun and the formulary classes the most full.  So I had all of the recipes I’d been teaching.  Lots of these recipes are herbs that are used in food and teas anyway, why not make these same potent and magical oil recipes into tea form.  Thus Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends was born.  

What you’ll win:
First Prize- A 6 Flavor set of Deluxe Samples, your choice! (Value $25 + Shipping)
Second Prize - A Full Sized tea of your choice! (Value $9 + Shipping)



Rules: (READ CAREFULLY)

YOU MUST PROVIDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. If you choose not to share it in the comments, please use the contact form at the top of the page to provide your email address. You must provide your email address once per giveaway.

Drawing is held by random number generation and winner will be notified in email (that's why you have to have an email address listed). Announcement will be made in tomorrow's post.

Note: These giveaways are open to the U.S., Canada and where allowable. Void where prohibited.
Canadian residents, please pay close attention as by law, you have to use a different set of rules. Not to worry, we have you covered :)

CANADIANS READ HERE: You will be given X number of entries for answering the following (remember, we STILL NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS):

What is the answer to life the universe and everything?

U.S. Citizens and all qualifying others:

1. Go to Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends website, peruse the teas and choose your favorite blend, then come back and tell us all about it. If you have any helpful suggestions as to what you’d like to see on the website, tell us about it.  If your suggestion is chosen, you could win a $25 gift card!

EXTRA ENTRIES: (USE SEPARATE COMMENTS. If you throw them all into one comment, it counts as one entry only)

2. Be a follower of this blog. Comment that you are following us.

3. Like the Sirens FB page (come let us know you did in comments)

4. Like/Get Notifications for the Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Facebook Page. Let us know you did.

5. Blog about this giveaway (comment with the url for your blog entry)

6. Tweet about this giveaway (come back and give us the url for your tweet)

So, all in all, you get 6 entries for this giveaway! The deadline for entries is midnight eastern time (11 Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific) tonight. Announcement tomorrow, same time, same bat channel ;)

Don't despair!  If you don't win the tea of your heart's desire, Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends has a special Discount Code on the shop all through the Samhain Sirens season for you at home.  Just enter "Siren" (no quotes) in the discount box and everyone (Including Sirens!) will get 20% off of your order. Valid NOW until November 7th.

Questions? Email Serena.


See you tomorrow!

106 comments:

  1. I'd LOVE to try the "Fiery Wall of Protection" tea! Though they all sound amazing!

    Email: curtincall89@gmail.com

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    1. Such a fabulously warming chai. YUM, good call! I'm told it's lovely with Bailey's Irish Cream.

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  2. 1. I'm a fan of cinnamon, so Fiery Wall of Protection would be the tea for me.
    msmelissaiane@yahoo.com

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    1. Are you going to enjoy it with or without cream?

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  3. Triple Fast Luck is my fave. MMmmm..peppermint! I would like to see a blend for Yule focusing on Frau Hulda. Elderberry, rose, & juniper! jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

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    1. There is a Sabbats Line in the works, Mabon has already been released. Caffeine free Apple Cinnamon. So comforting and tasty! I'll see what I can do with your suggestion.

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  4. 2. Of course I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog, like all sensible people. :D

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  5. 3. ... and I like that Samhain's Sirens page, too. Who wouldn't?

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  6. 4. I like Blackthorn's Hoodoo Blends Facebook page!

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  7. The Bach piece reminds me of black & white horror films. The apply syrup sounds esp. good!

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  8. I liked Blackthorn's Hoodoo Blends FB page

    spookydeadgirk@yahoo.com

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    1. spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

      sorry, I just noticed I spelled my e-0mail wrong (typing too fast )

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  9. I follow Blackthorn on FB under Jonquil Alexia.

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  10. I am so glad I started following this blog! I wouldn't have known about your teas if it wasn't for this =^.^=

    spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  11. I follow Siren's page ^^,

    spookydeadgirl@yahoo.com

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  12. I'd love to try Helping Hand Tea. It sounds yummy.

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. I had a dear friend ask me to bring this to a memorial service. Was a big help to the family I'm told. Even a friend's toddler was loving it.

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  13. I think I would love the Money Draw tea. It sounds tasty and I am always looking for a little extra cash.
    angelwhisper526@yahoo.com

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    1. The gentle creamsicle flavor has been really popular the last month. Was the first thing to sell out at our local Pagan Pride Day.

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  14. I am totally in love with Come To Me, which I am getting very, very, very low on! (hint hint ;-) ) I find the Come To Me tea to be great for the fall. For winter I was thinking something with cranberry or elderberry with cloves. Mmmmmm - a cup of tea, a warm fire, a comfy chair, a fuzzy blanket, and my Kindle. That is so doable! Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  15. I am a follower of the Siren's blog.

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  16. I am a blog follower!

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  17. I am a stalker of this blog. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  18. I like the Siren's FB page.

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. I've liked Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends FB page.

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  20. I am sooooooo going to crave turnips for Samhain LOL.... awesome and quirky!
    What is the answer to life the universe and everything? why its 42 of course!

    Starfirewitch @ gmail. com

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  21. I am a stalker of the Siren's Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  22. I follow Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends on FB.

    Orionova [at] gmail [dot] com

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  23. I am and have been a stalker of the Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Facebook page. Scottish_Heart@hotmail.com

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  24. I would LOVE to try the Gossip Stop tea! jlandrist@gmail.com

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    1. It's gentle lemon / cocoa / mint flavor is really popular in offices! ;)

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  25. I like and get notifications on the Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends page.

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  26. I'd like to try Come To Me tea!
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  27. All Seeing Eye looks yummy
    Bronwynelove@gmail.com

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  28. i would probably get the all seeing eye tea as i am really working on listening to my intuition! (innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com)

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  29. i follow this blog, yay! innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  30. and also am a like on your fb page :) innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  31. liked and am getting notifications from thier fb page innocenceandmagic@hotmail.com

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  32. My favorite item at Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends is the Mabon Sabbat Tea. I can almost smell it brewing now! wisewoman1014@gmail.com

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  33. I am following the Samhain's Sirens blog!

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  34. I love the Samhain's Sirens FB page!

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  35. And I love the FB page for Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends and get notifications from the page often!

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  36. I've never tried her teas before, but the My-Tea Tea blend sounds like it would be my favorite!

    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  37. I follow the Samhain's Sirens blog.

    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  38. I follow Samhain's Sirens on Facebook.

    heartacheintobeauty@gmail.com

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  39. I love the Adam and Eve tea! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  40. I'm following the Samhain Sirens page on Facebook! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  41. Liked Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Facebook page! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  42. Tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/TheMusician94/status/519156240241668096 katelopez15@gmail.com

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  43. I am following the Samhain Sirens blog! katelopez15@gmail.com

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  44. Wonderful post today on Samhain Lore! I can hardly wait to try the pancake recipe...and to top it off you have one of my favorite musical pieces :) Fun!

    I visited Blackthorn Hoodoo-- Wow, so many to choose from! I came up with eight teas that called to me, I guess I'll narrow it down to Van Van, My-Tea Tea, or Money Draw (because I'm in a bad spot right now).

    Suggestions on the site: The site looks great and I love the product names, I do have a couple of suggestions though. First would be some way to hover the curser over the lea blend icons and see a larger picture of the icon. The little labels are difficult to read and visitors sometimes don't like to constantly click on each item and then have to go pack a page. Second is about the classes--I see a listing of fantastic classes but can't find the information for where they are held, pricing, enrollments...and have you thought of offering them online? Third is...how about a line of oils to match the teas?

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  45. I follow this blog in my WordPress Reader :) robyncha(at)yahoo

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  46. I follow the lovely Sirens on FB

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  47. I Tweeted today's post at https://twitter.com/RCchrps/status/519163651077332992 robyncha(at)yahoo

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  48. I Tweeted the giveaway at https://twitter.com/RCchrps/status/519165014813732864 robyncha(at)yahoo

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  49. How the heck am I supposed to choose?? I want one of each tea! But if I HAVE to choose, I'm going with Florida Water Tea :)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  50. Liked Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends on FB
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  51. Liked the Sirens' FB page :)
    vabullterriers@gmail.com

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  52. Triple Fast Luck sounds delicious. Mint Tea is one of favorites.

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  53. The answer is 42 :)

    wayfaring.dreams@gmail.com

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  54. It's hard to pick a favorite! I'll go with the Triple Fast Luck for now, since it sounds delicious and I can always use luck, haha. rapowell4@gmail.com

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  55. I follow the Samhain Sirens' blog! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  56. I like the Sirens' Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  57. I liked the Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Facebook page! rapowell4@gmail.com

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  58. I tweeted about the giveaway! https://twitter.com/Raitalle/status/519205666138120192 rapowell4@gmail.com

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  59. GREAT BLOG ON SAMHAIN LEGEND, KAREN SZABO....!!!! AUTUMN YOUR PANCAKE RECIPE LOOKS TOO GOOD!!!! AND JENNIFER, AWESOME PIC TO ADD TO A HALLOWS EVE SOUNDTRACK!!! BRIGHTEST BLESSINGS! XO S (:

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  60. THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING IS; 42....!!! I WOULD LOVE TO WIN SOME OF THOSE WONDERFUL TEAS! (:

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  61. I follow this blog
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  62. I like Samhain's Sirens FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  63. I liked Blackthorns Hoodoo Blends FB page
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  64. I like Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends Come To Me tea
    tampaix@yahoo.com

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  65. As a tea lover, it was very difficult to choose just one. I decided on the Helping Hand Tea. A blend of soft mint, vanilla and almond sounds absolutely divine.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  66. I still enjoy following this blog. :-)

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  67. I still love the Sirens FB page.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  68. I liked Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends on Facebook.

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  69. My blog about this giveaway: http://fluteflutter.blogspot.com/2014/10/hoodoo-blend-tea.html

    engie.willow@gmail.com

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  70. My tweet: https://twitter.com/Engie36000091/status/519231001764319232

    engie.willow@gmail.com

    Good luck everyone! =^_^=

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  71. I follow this blog
    Fearlessfallenangel@gmail.com

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  72. My fav hoodoo blend is the sampler pack (I'm a variety kinda chick)

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  73. I had a hard time deciding which was most intriguing. I narrowed it down to three: Triple Fast Luck, Helping Hand, and All Seeing Eye. They're all flavors I would love!

    *Suggestion: It would be great to be able to scroll through the tea descriptions somehow, without having to click on each one from the main page. Or perhaps the flavors could be shown right there on the main page? For me, the flavor/elements of the tea are at least as important as the purpose (& I'd have a hard time getting myself to drink certain flavors no matter how helpful they might be), so primary ingredients are the first things I look at when deciding on a tea.

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  74. I'm a follower of Samhain's Sirens, of course :) ealamagee@gmail.com

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  75. I follow SS on facebook.
    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  76. I'm now a happy follower of Touch of the Goddess's facebook page. Glad to have found her shop, regardless of the giveaway!

    ealamagee@gmail.com

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  77. I am a follower of Samhain's Sirens Blog tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  78. I have liked Samhain's Sirens FB page tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  79. I have liked Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends on FB. tvschwarz@yahoo.com

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    1. tvschwartz@yahoo.com is the correct addy

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  80. The blend that I am most drawn to would be the Florida Water. I'm a citrus gal and love cinnamon and cloves. tvschwartz@yahoo.com

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  81. I visited Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends tea shop and I LOVE the Peaceful Home tea blend (I love vanilla anything and I'm on a lavender kick!). Do you have a tea that helps reduce anger? Sometimes I think people need to have an anger time-out tea...

    siren_keigo@hotmail.com

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    1. that should say syren_keigo@hotmail.com x_x

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  82. I am a follower of this blog! syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  83. I have liked the Sirens FB page! syren_keigo@hotmail.com

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  84. I have liked and am following Blackthorn Hoodoo Blends FB page! siren_keigo@hotmail.com

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