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Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

It’s not been the easiest of weeks – I’m struggling massively with stress for many reasons. Firstly, I have ‘pandemic paranoia’, what with all four of us working and studying in not one but three schools – I feel it’s not if but when one of us starts with symptoms, and at this point, I can only pray that we stay safe.

Secondly, poor Dad took a turn for the worse earlier this week, it was a real shock and has knocked us all for six.…

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Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

It’s not been the easiest of weeks – I’m struggling massively with stress for many reasons. Firstly, I have ‘pandemic paranoia’, what with all four of us working and studying in not one but three schools – I feel it’s not if but when one of us starts with symptoms, and at this point, I can only pray that we stay safe.

Secondly, poor Dad took a turn for the worse earlier this week, it was a real shock and has knocked us all for six. It’s certainly made me rethink working on a full-time basis, as I now realise that I need and want to be able to provide some help and support for my folks through this nightmare and that just isn’t possible when I’m juggling a full-time job and two kids so things are now in the process of changing a little…

Finally, I myself have had to endure further investigatory blood tests which I am now nervously awaiting results from and I suspect that an MRI will follow shortly – oh it’s all fun and games in 2020 ay?

#MySundaySnapshot - Watching The World Go By 38/52 (2020)

Considering the amount of stress which I am currently under, I often find myself zoning out or switching off entirely and just watching the world go by. It’s a lot easier than juggling all the rubbish which seems to bat around my brain (usually at unearthly hours) at present.

This weekend my husband very kindly collected this beautiful love seat which has now been placed at the front of our house so that we can sit, relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the kids as they scoot, bike, and rally around the cul-de-sac without a care in the World.

Watching the kids as they play out at the front of the house has always been a standing job – either that or one of us will perch on the wall which isn’t entirely comfortable. From now on though, we can stick the kettle on and sit in comfort whilst we keep a close eye on the kids and take time to watch the world go by. Bliss!


Thanks for reading my #MySundaySnapshot post, I look forward to catching up and sharing your #MySundaySnapshot pictures either through your own posts, social media shares or comments upon this post.

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The Siblings Project – September 2020 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-siblings-project/september20/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-siblings-project/september20/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:29 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=26020

September has been a new start for us all and whilst change is a good thing, it isn’t always easy to adapt to. J is now at senior school, whereas E is now a junior- sadly they means that they are no longer at the same school and though I’d expected for them to miss each other, I think that a few hours space each day is doing them both the world of good.

I’ve noticed that there aren’t so many sibling spats or squabbles these days and that they seem to get along even better than ever before!

I rather miss the luxury of all that time we had together during lockdown – I guess that from now on, we will be ‘living for the weekend’.…

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September has been a new start for us all and whilst change is a good thing, it isn’t always easy to adapt to. J is now at senior school, whereas E is now a junior- sadly they means that they are no longer at the same school and though I’d expected for them to miss each other, I think that a few hours space each day is doing them both the world of good.

The Siblings Project - September 2020

I’ve noticed that there aren’t so many sibling spats or squabbles these days and that they seem to get along even better than ever before!

I rather miss the luxury of all that time we had together during lockdown – I guess that from now on, we will be ‘living for the weekend’.


The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

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#LivingArrows – Time Out With Tech 37/52 (2020) https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3752-2020/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/living-arrows/3752-2020/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:53:44 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25958

After spending almost six months stuck at home, the kids have relished getting back into a routine and seem to really enjoy being back at school. Though come four o’clock, they are both completely bushed – which is totally understandable considering that J has a half-an-hour car journey to and from school each day and E spends that time waiting with her Nana and Grandad following a busy day at school.

Time Out With Tech

IPad & Chill

As you can imagine, the kid’s days are far busier than during lockdown and I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that by tea time, they are both tuckered out!…

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After spending almost six months stuck at home, the kids have relished getting back into a routine and seem to really enjoy being back at school. Though come four o’clock, they are both completely bushed – which is totally understandable considering that J has a half-an-hour car journey to and from school each day and E spends that time waiting with her Nana and Grandad following a busy day at school.

Time Out With Tech

#LivingArrows - Time Out With Tech 37/52 (2020)

IPad & Chill

As you can imagine, the kid’s days are far busier than during lockdown and I’m not in the slightest bit surprised that by tea time, they are both tuckered out! I’d like to think that I’m a fair parent as once homework and reading have been done and dusted, I don’t mind dishing out some tech-time for them to wind down at the end of a busy day.

Life is all about balance, after all – all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…


Thank you for reading and as always, I look forward to catching up with your #LivingArrows either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

Living Arrows

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#TheOrdinaryMoments – Muppet Moments https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-ordinary-moments/muppet-moments/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/the-ordinary-moments/muppet-moments/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:00:43 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25948

Despite having cupboards filled to the rafters with DVDs, my kids insist that they require streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and as of last week – Disney Plus. We already dish out for a TV license and Sky yet apparently that’s not enough…

So what’s a busy, working Mum to do? Well, I’m obviously soft in the head as I caved and agreed to sign up for a six-month subscription to Disney Plus. I’ve apparently made the right decision as the kids are super happy that they can now access their daily dose of muppet madness, that and endless shows and movies (most of which are in the aforementioned DVD cupboard).…

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Despite having cupboards filled to the rafters with DVDs, my kids insist that they require streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and as of last week – Disney Plus. We already dish out for a TV license and Sky yet apparently that’s not enough…

#TheOrdinaryMoments - Muppet Moments

So what’s a busy, working Mum to do? Well, I’m obviously soft in the head as I caved and agreed to sign up for a six-month subscription to Disney Plus. I’ve apparently made the right decision as the kids are super happy that they can now access their daily dose of muppet madness, that and endless shows and movies (most of which are in the aforementioned DVD cupboard).

I must admit that whether your seven or thirty-seven years old, you just can’t beat kicking back with Kermit and the crew, so Disney it is…


Thanks for reading. I look forward to catching up with your #TheOrdinaryMoments posts either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

The Ordinary Moments

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#MySundaySnapshot – Let’s Find Normality In Nature 37/52 (2020) https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/my-sunday-snapshot/37-52-2020/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/my-sunday-snapshot/37-52-2020/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2020 23:00:15 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25925

Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

It’s been another busy week following what felt like a rather rude return to routine, thankfully though things seem to be pretty smooth sailing so far, though I’m still paranoid about problems with the pandemic.

Though I try my best to stay calm and to keep my cool, nothing is even nearly normal about the situation we are all in right now. I dream of the time when sanitiser and masks are no longer required, a time when we can flock without fear and live without lockdowns.…

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Welcome to this week’s #MySundaySnapshot post, which is part of a snap-sharing-blog-linky series that you are very welcome to join. Click here for further information and guidelines upon this linky should you wish to take part.

It’s been another busy week following what felt like a rather rude return to routine, thankfully though things seem to be pretty smooth sailing so far, though I’m still paranoid about problems with the pandemic.

Though I try my best to stay calm and to keep my cool, nothing is even nearly normal about the situation we are all in right now. I dream of the time when sanitiser and masks are no longer required, a time when we can flock without fear and live without lockdowns.

Until then, here’s a little ‘nature normality’ – a picture of our pretty pink plant which I took earlier today.

#MySundaySnapshot - Let's Find Normality In Nature 37/52 (2020)

When the World is crazy and chaotic, let’s find a little normality in nature!


Thanks for reading my #MySundaySnapshot post, I look forward to catching up and sharing your #MySundaySnapshot pictures either through your own posts, social media shares or comments upon this post.

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Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/tarot-and-divination/dazzling-divination-with-the-rainbow-heart-tarot/ https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/tarot-and-divination/dazzling-divination-with-the-rainbow-heart-tarot/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 16:23:43 +0000 https://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/?p=25877

Designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter, The Rainbow Heart Tarot is a brand-new bright, bold, and beautifully hand-painted, 78 card, indie tarot deck recently released in August 2020.

Rachel Rosenkoetter

Based in Portland, Oregan, Rachel Rosenkoetter is a visual artist she explores the concepts of mysticism and the states of being throughout her work and has received a BFA in Painting from The Missouri State University and an MRA in Visual Studies from The Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel is a founding member of Killjoy Collective and the creator of the Rainbow Heart Tarot.

Packaging & Presentation

The Rainbow Heart Tarot arrives in a wonderfully pretty purple, scratch-resistant, sturdy cardboard box featuring a sacred heart surrounded by images relating to each of the traditional tarot suits. …

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Designed by Rachel Rosenkoetter, The Rainbow Heart Tarot is a brand-new bright, bold, and beautifully hand-painted, 78 card, indie tarot deck recently released in August 2020.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

Rachel Rosenkoetter

Based in Portland, Oregan, Rachel Rosenkoetter is a visual artist she explores the concepts of mysticism and the states of being throughout her work and has received a BFA in Painting from The Missouri State University and an MRA in Visual Studies from The Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel is a founding member of Killjoy Collective and the creator of the Rainbow Heart Tarot.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

Packaging & Presentation

The Rainbow Heart Tarot arrives in a wonderfully pretty purple, scratch-resistant, sturdy cardboard box featuring a sacred heart surrounded by images relating to each of the traditional tarot suits. Along with the deck, customers also receive a lovely little art/ business card featuring the same images.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

The Guidebook

Included, is a small, black and white, twenty-two-page guidebook featuring keywords for each of the tarot cards. Whilst the guidebook doesn’t feature any sample spreads or such-like, it an easy read with short paragraphs, highlighting keywords for each of the cards within the deck.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

The Rainbow Heart Tarot

Rachel hand-painted each of the images featured within The Rainbow Heart Tarot onto water paper using a mixture of acrylic wash, ink, and poster paint to achieve a velvety-smooth, matt finish.

Printed on 350 gsm, large, mat cardstock, The Rainbow Heart Tarot is a silky, smooth tarot deck with a retro-vibrant feel. Each card features white borders incorporating titles printed in retro- style ‘cooper black’ font, a font type that Rachel, the artist of this deck, is particularly fond of.

This is an incredibly vibrant, bold, and bright tarot deck to work with, which shuffles like a dream and is super easy to read from.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

The Major Arcana

The major arcana cards are numbered (with roman numerals) and titled traditionally. The meanings and messages behind each card are clear to read as the imagery is sharp and simple.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

The Minor Arcana

The Rainbow Heart Tarot makes use of the traditional four suits; The Wands, The Cups, The Swords, and The Pentacles. I absolutely adore the imagery within this deck as Rachel’s artwork is so colourful, cheery, bright, and delightfully dazzling.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

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Reading With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

I have carried out numerous readings using The Rainbow Heart Tarot over the past fortnight, each one of them has been a pleasure to partake in as the cards are so clear and easy to understand.

This is such a vivid, vibrant, vivacious, and fun deck to work with, it truly is a tarot reader’s dream deck and I am grateful to Rachel for offering me the chance to review her marvellously multicoloured, radiant, rainbow-themed tarot deck.

Dazzling Divination With The Rainbow Heart Tarot

Pricing and Purchasing

Though The Rainbow Heart Tarot is a tad pricy, retailing from £48 GBP (with an added shipping fee of £19.95) or $60 within the USA, this is a top-quality tarot deck which I personally believe is worth every penny.

The Rainbow Heart Tarot is available to purchase either from ‘Paint My World Rainbow’ – Rachel’s Etsy Shop or directly from www.rainbowhearttarot.com , where you will find both individual and wholesale prices listed.

To Summarise

The Rainbow Heart Tarot is a joyous, jolly, rainbow-themed tarot deck ideal for readers of all levels. After only a fortnight of working with The Rainbow Heart Tarot, this deck has become one of my top-five tarot decks of all time. I have fallen completely and utterly head over heels in love with the retro-radiant, rainbow-based imagery, I adore the sensation of shuffling this deck, I find reading so much simpler using The Rainbow Heart Tarot and as a result, tarot readings have become even more enjoyable!

I cannot recommend ‘The Rainbow Heart Tarot’ enough – it truly is a joy to work with, offering colour and clarity to each and every reading.

For further information upon The Rainbow Heart Tarot and related products visit www.rainbowhearttarot.com

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