Kira Joya’s Blog

Introducing My New Etsy Candle Shop – – See How You Can Win a Free Candle

Posted in candles, Holistic Healing by Alissia on November 24, 2009

These are a few of the candles I have for sale at my new Etsy shop. You can check it out at Also, a new friend on Etsy approached me to see if I wanted to do a giveaway on her blog…being brand new to Etsy, I jumped at the chance to network with her. Here’s the link to see how to win a funky new candle from the Flame Candle Company...


Light my Fire

Posted in Holistic Healing, WAHM, Yoga by Alissia on November 2, 2009

I took a 5 month hiatus from my blog. I began a yoga teacher training in June and that has occupied most of my free time since. I love it! I’m writing essays again. This time, I am actually learning from them. It takes me about a week to write one five page essay. It’s a bit different from college. The essays I wrote then were written the night before into the wee hours of the morning. Then I had all the time in the world and didn’t know it. Now, essays, readings, and training classes must be scheduled and squeezed in between playing house and dropping Kira off at preschool. Life is different, but life is good!

I have missed the blog though. It is a great way for me to work out my thoughts. I am currently working through some thoughts regarding my website and my creative endeavors. I thought the blog might be a good place to do that. I have come to the conclusion that I am going to change my jewelry to make it more affordable. I want to change it in a way that I can still feed my soul while I am creating it. I’m thinking of bringing yoga into it somehow. I think that is a few months away because I am letting those ideas simmer for awhile to see what I come up with.

I have also decided to make some candles to bring in a little extra money. I bought all the supplies, thinking it was going to be a piece of cake. NOT SO!! I have a very holistic approach to the way I live my life. I thought I would approach candle making in that same way. I bought palm wax from a company that guarantees it is sustainable, harvested in an environmentally sound manner. I chose palm wax because paraffin throws harmful chemicals into the air and soy wax is made from soybeans. Soybeans are almost always genetically modified and I do not want to support that in any way, shape, or form. I also am trying to scent them with essential oils instead of synthetic, chemical fragrances…notice I said trying. Therein lies my problem. I have been experimenting with essential oils (and high quality ones too) for a few weeks now. I can not get my candles to “throw” scent while burning. ARGH!!! It’s driving me nuts and costing me too much money. I am almost to the point of wanting to give in and use chemical fragrances…but no, I can’t. I can’t contribute more chemicals to the world…something just won’t let me. A familiar phrase helps when frustration sets in…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I’m gonna try again a couple more times before I give up. By give up, I mean produce candles that are much more lightly scented than I would like. They will still be cute when I’m through with them. If you have any advice for how to make them more scented without using chemical fragrances, I would be happy to hear it! Wish me luck!

Healthy and Wealthy

Posted in Holistic Healing, SAHM, WAHM by Alissia on May 9, 2009

Busy! Busy! Busy! That describes my life for the next month. The craziness of summer has begun already. May started off with a bang and it’s just going to keep going and going. Last week was spent at my sister’s house. We had the kids’ pictures taken and Kira and I had an appointment with a holistic practitioner that my sister sees regularly. She muscle tests for food allergies, environmental allergies, and a wide array of other conditions. She also muscle tests to see what holistic healing methods your body needs at that time (essential oils, vitamins, minerals, homeopathics, etc.) I had my first session with her and we discovered that one of my main issues is a full body yeast overgrowth. I also have allergies to quite a few foods…a lot of them are nuts. She prescribed for me a custom set of points (KI Method or Jin Shin Jytsu) to do everyday for 10 days. She also prescribed two homeopathic remedies (Tobacco Detox and Pain), some flax seed oil, some zinc, some Grapefruit Seed Extract, and some essential oils (Pink Grapefruit and Rose Geranium). To alleviate the food allergies, she gave me a recipe for making a homeopathic remedy for each food. (If anyone wants this remedy, please comment and I will send it to you…it’s definitely worth a try.) Hopefully, after I follow all of her suggestions, I will be yeast and allergy free and on my way to perfect health. I’m feeling very optimistic about this, especially since others have had such a positive experience when working with her. I will keep you posted on the results.

Anyway, this weekend we’re off to Atlantic City and then to my in laws at the Jersey Shore for Mother’s Day, next weekend back to my sister’s house for my niece’s second birthday party. Can I keep up? I think I can, I think I can…Actually, I’m pretty sure I can keep up and maybe I can even win a little money in the process. I may not have any new jewelry pieces for a few weeks and I may struggle to find the time to update my blog, but I think I will be OK. As far as I’m concerned, these are good problems to have. I’m excited to see the ocean again…it’s been awhile! It’s so calming and awe inspiring to be at the shore. I love it! It’s one of my favorite places to be. Maybe I will have some good photos to share when I return. Well, I’m off to start the whirlwind…