Attention all HallowQueens and PumpKings: Our sister imprint, Watkins Publishing, published the ultimate spooky season companion: Potions, Elixirs & Brews! A beautifully packaged collection of magical cocktails, punches and teas that function both as delicious recipes and as effective spells, written by witch YouTube influencer, Anaïs Alexandre.

Click here to get matched to your drink of the spooky season by taking our special quiz – enjoy!

👁️ Eye Candy 👁️

Have all eyes on you with Eye Candy: made with vodka, fruit juice and a pink Starburst! This is the potion for you if you want to grace the world with your presence, or catch the eye of the special someone you’d like to be sweet on you. A whiff of this scrumptious magickal cocktail will infuse you with an aura of sweetness and leave them salivating for more.

Ingredients:

✨ 2 tbsp whipped cream vodka (or regular vodka)

✨ 2 tbsp whole milk/half and half

✨ 2 tbsp fruit punch/tropical fruit juice

✨ 100ml/31⁄2fl oz/scant 1⁄2 cup orange juice

✨ Splash of lemon-lime soda

Magickal Garnish: Pink Starburst or other pink candy

Method:

✨ Mix the vodka, milk/half and half and fruit punch/tropical fruit juice in a tall serving glass

✨ Stir in the orange juice and top with a splash of lemon-lime soda

✨ Garnish with pink Starburst candy or other pink candy on the rim of the glass

👁️ Ritual 👁️

WHISTLE THE SWEETEST SONG YOU CAN THINK OF WHILE CREATING THIS POTION. LET THE MUSIC LIFT YOUR SPIRITS AND BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE.

Use the hashtag #Potions to share your cocktails on social media! Happy Halloween!

Shine Brighter Every Day by Danah Mor comes out on May 12th, and today we’re sharing a little peak inside. Read on to hear from nutrition expert and Ayurvedic practitioner Danah about how awesome our bodies are, and get a flavour of the book. 

 

If we knew how amazing our bodies were designed to feel, we wouldn’t think twice about our choices. 

How do you explain to someone driving a car from 1970 that the ride doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, smell like petrol, or constantly break down? It’s likely they’re just happy their car gets them around. And even if it doesn’t cost much to get it fixed, they will take some persuading to change to a newer model! 

Most of us have become accustomed to disease, pain and discomfort in our bodies and minds. We are happy enough to have a body that simply gets us around, rather than making an effort to see how we could improve things for ourselves. Sometimes, even, we don’t want to leave our comfort zone of discomfort and disease; we prefer not to know and just stick with the disease. 

Shine Brighter Every Day is about improving your quality of life, preventing disease, and manifesting the best version of yourself. It unlocks a lifestyle, a way of thinking – a state of being – that is in tune with your body, inspired by the unwritten laws of nature, cutting-edge modern nutrition science, the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine and my own personal experience. I’m urging you to have the courage to be interested and try a few little steps to see how your body responds and thanks you. 

You can only feel as good as you think you can. 

When I was around thirteen, I lost a large portion of my vision, and this has given me a new perspective on life. Ultimately, it has shown me how many things are possible. Life is what you make of it. It’s not what you have – it’s what you make of what you have. I can’t change my condition. But by perceiving my condition in a different way, I was able to overcome bigger barriers than most of us can imagine and as a result build a life that I love living. I did this by not focusing on my problem and what I couldn’t see, but rather focusing on what I could see. And I realized that I actually see much more than many people. I realized just because we have ears, it doesn’t mean we listen, and just because we have eyesight, it doesn’t mean we look. The curiosity to look without projecting an illusion is harder than I ever imagined. Looking without expectation, with courage to see the truth, is one of the hardest things I have come to learn. Your willingness is your biggest asset; wanting to be or do anything is the beginning of truly becoming the driver of your own life. 

 

Shine Brighter Every Day is published on May 12th, and is available to preorder now.