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March

Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-mail magazine with Feng Shui tips, success stories, clutter-clearing advice, and other information to help you bring simple Feng Shui improvements into your life. Also, check out the posts on my FengShuiForRealLifeBlog.com, the weekly articles I write for the BellaOnline.com Feng Shui site, and my own site, Feng Shui For Real Life.com.
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner


Feng Shui Tip of the Month -- Passover and Easter Feng Shui
Why is this Passover dinner going to be different from all other Passover - or Easter - dinners? Because you can follow a few Feng Shui seating guidelines to help ensure a happy, harmonious family meal. These Feng Shui guidelines apply not only to these two celebrations where the family comes together, but also to all family gatherings.

First, since both Easter and Passover are spring holidays, it's good Feng Shui practice to give the house a thorough cleaning before the holiday meal. The Feng Shui parallel to the Passover tradition of searching the house for crumbs of bread (called "chametz") is to search for dust, remove old dried flowers, replace air filters, wash windows, and make other seasonal adjustments. Passover and Easter are about new beginnings, which is similar to the Feng Shui theme of creating a fresh flow of energy in your home every spring.

Here are a few other tip for a harmonious holiday gathering --
• Avoid seating a husband directly across from a wife, which is known as confrontational seating.
• A round or oval table is the best to encourage the easy flow of conversation; if you have a rectangular table, soften the hard edges with a white tablecloth.
Decorate the table with a Feng Shui color scheme that includes blue for harmony and new beginnings, white for clarity, and gold for power.
• Place fresh flowers in the room to symbolize growth and rebirth, preferably in front of a mirror to symbolically double their positive energy.
• It's Easter and Passover tradition to wear new clothes, but be sure to avoid wearing red at your dinner. This color represents the hot Feng Shui Fire Element, and adding more heat and fire could lead to family arguments, especially mixed with the heat of all that cooking and the warmer weather.

Read more Passover and Easter tips in the article on my BellaOnline website.


Clutter Clinic -- Ten Minute Clutter-Clearing
Even if you only have a short time each day to clear clutter, here are a three things you can do for ten minutes each and still make progress in busting clutter in one of the "clutter-magnet" areas. You'll be surprised how much you can clear if you focus on one area.
1. Check the expiration dates on the food in your refrigerator, freezer, or pantry. After you determine if anything has actually expired, ask yourself if anything else has been around too long. If you have questions about whether a food is still safe to eat, check out www.stilltasty.com.
2. Give your children zip-top plastic bags and help them gather all the small parts of toys that easily get lost under the sofa and other dark places. Label each bag and store all of the bags in a basket or bin.
3. Walk around your main gathering room (family room, living room, great room) for ten minutes and return as many out-of-place objects as you can to their proper place. After the timer rings, relocate any items that don’t belong in the room. If any object doesn't have a permanent home, decide whether to keep it in another room or whether it is time to trash, recycle, sell, or donate it.

You can also find more clutter-clearing tips in the month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.


Success Story -- Denise’s New Jeans
Followers of my Feng Shui For Real Life Fan Page on Facebook know that last month on my birthday I shared this tip from my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office – Buy yourself a gift today as a symbol that you will have continuing prosperity and be able to afford whatever you want. Earlier this month, one of the many Facebook friends who followed this advice sent me her story.
Here is what she wrote --
I wanted to share the story of buying myself a gift in honor of your birthday. I bought a pair of jeans. It started with a Secret Santa gift of a blouse from Macy's that I returned for a gift card. I'm newly divorced and my girlfriends are challenging me to start dating, so I thought I would use the card for some cute new black jeans for evening. So when you offered to share in your birthday blessing, I thought it was the perfect time to do this. I went to Macy's and the first pair of jeans I tried on was perfect -- and you know how picky some of us are and how difficult it can be for every dimension to fit right. The cashier took my gift card and rang up the jeans and said I only owed one penny. Now, whenever someone tells me I owe them one penny, I'll think of you and my perfect jeans. And yes, I did meet a guy the first night I wore them, and he did ask for a date.

Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page.


Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: Can we put our elliptical machine in the room that is in the Wealth Area of our home? Would that be detrimental to wealth or serve as a purpose for that room?
A:
Where to place your workout equipment can be a complicated issue because there is some concern that when you are using the equipment you are "walking to nowhere." In a perfect world the ideal location for your elliptical would be in your Health or Grounding areas, but if that's not possible, place it in your Wealth Area. Just be sure to add something to the room that represents wealth and prosperity, like art or objects that make your feel prosperous when you look at them. Wherever you locate the equipment, make sure you use it frequently. If not, it represents negative energy because every time you look at it you might blame yourself for letting it just sit there.
Download a color version of the Feng Shui bagua from my website, www.FengShuiForRealLife.com

Do you have Feng Shui questions for the Feng Shui Maven? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch for the answers.


Feng Shui in the News
Feng Shui and Weight Loss --Blogger Marsha Thole quotes me about the effect that kitchen colors can have on weight loss in her post “Could the Color of Your Kitchen Be Contributing To Your Weight Problems? You can read the article in her Albuquerque Weight Loss Examiner column.

Feng Shui and Scents --I was interviewed by writer Matt Andazola of the Albuquerque Journal for an article about choosing scents for your home. Here are some of the preferred Feng Shui locations for specific scents that I recommended --
• Front Door: Vanilla for well-being
• Living Room: Cinnamon for harmony and intellectual conversation
• Kitchen: Citrus to stimulate your mind
• Dining Room: Mint to encourage appetite
• Bathroom: Cedar or sandalwood to balance water
• Children's Rooms: Lavender for relaxation
• Master Bedroom: Rose, ylang ylang, and jasmine for love
• Workout Room: Strawberry to encourage exercise
• Office: Peppermint for prosperity, rosemary for memory, bergamot for wealth


Quick Tips from the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
Here are three tips for this month from the "Calendar of Tips" in my book --
1. St. Patrick's Day -- Wear something green on March 17, not just because it's St. Patrick's Day, but also because it is the color of the Wood Element that stimulates creativity and growth.
2. Passover -- Place the Seder Plate in the center of the table and arrange the traditional items on the plate according to the Feng Shui bagua - the egg is on the far left of the plate, the shankbone is on the top right, the bitter herbs in the middle, the vegetable in the lower left, and the charoset in the lower right.
3. Easter -- If your children color Easter eggs, display the results in the Creativity Area of your home, because this area is activated by round shapes and white colors. Display the palms from Palm Sunday in the Family Area, which is activated by the Wood Element and the color green.

You will find hundreds of practical tips like these in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
Includes:
• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results
Southwest Book Design Award, 2009-2010

Order your copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office from the Feng Shui Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.


From the Feng Shui Store -- Keep Your Purse Off the Floor
In Feng Shui, keeping your purse on the floor represents disregard for your wealth, plus scientific studies show that your purse can pick up all kinds of bacteria when it sits on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have finally found folding purse hangers that fit neatly in your purse. It's the perfect gift for all the women on your list. The 2" disk opens to a sturdy 3" hanger. I stock them in elegant black and silver, plus I have a few available in assorted colors.
Order at the Feng Shui Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com.


Home, Office, and Business Consultations
Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting
To help you get started with a plan of Feng Shui changes for your home, I am now offering Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting and Floor Plan Review. This service includes review of the floor plan and photos of your home, office, or business, followed by a telephone consultation with recommendations and changes you can make to the placement of furniture, artwork, and objects to activate the positive energy in your home and clients into your business. The service also includes 30 days of follow-up consulting. Sign up for this service through the Online Store at www.FengShuiForRealLife.com, or call 1.800.652.9038.

On-Site Consultation
Nationwide, I schedule residential and commercial consultations on request. On a regular basis I work with clients in the Northeast (Washington, DC, Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends, so schedule your consultation now to get the date you want. E-mail me with the date you would like to schedule your consultation.


Workshops for Your Group or Organization
Bring one of my customized workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation to help your business or group make simple changes to attract wealth, harmony, and love. From keynote speeches, to "munch-and-learn" workshops, to half-day or full-day seminars, my interactive workshops are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund-raisers, and they always sell out. E-mail me for details on scheduling a customized session for your group.

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff....you are a whiz.
I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, E-mail me or call 1.800.652.9038.


Beyond Feng Shui -- Spring Cleaning for Safety
You remembered to "spring forward" and change your clocks to Daylight Savings Time, now here are three more quick spring forward activities you can do that can help insure home safety --
1. Change your batteries. When you replace the batteries in all of your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, use this as a reminder to vacuum the dust that may have collected on the sensors over the past year. Replace your smoke detector if it is older than 10 years, because that's the end of the life cycle of an average lithium battery, and sensors can lose their detection ability after a decade of use. Check with places like Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Staples about recycling the batteries.
2. Clean out your medicine cabinet. Search through your medicine cabinet for expired prescription medications and other products that you have had too long. Make a list of what over-the-counter products you need to replace, then discard the old ones rather than flush medicines down the toilet or a sink drain. Drop them off at your local pharmacy or hospital to be incinerated with other medical waste.
3. Clean out your car. Carrying around all those extra pounds of things in your car, like tools, the extra stroller, a snow shovel, or a sack of ice melt, can not only affects your gas mileage, but can also become dangerous if they fly around the car if you are ever in an accident. Clean out both the inside and trunk of your car and only keep what is necessary.


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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
1.800.652.9038
www.FengShuiForRealLife.com
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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII, was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America, and awarded Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Feng Shui For Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

©2010, Carol M. Olmstead


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