Remember coloring when you were a kid? Now it's popular to do it as an adult. I love that! It's such a great way to spend some time unwinding. It's very relaxing for me. But now you can color some great covers! Introducing the I Heart Coloring book.
My cover for "Under Wraps" is included in this book.
Horses. Kings. Princesses. Jousting. Squires. Tournaments. A lack of eating
What do all these
words have in common? You'll experience them all at Medieval Times. Yes, the
time period, but I'm also talking about the Dinner Show. They have multiple
Castles - yes, real castles - around the country, but I visited the one in
Orlando, FL. Get there early and you can
visit the museum and torture chamber. *evil laugh* Seriously, those things
really gave me the hebbi jibbies. *shudder* The pieces around the museum are
authentic. People were a lot shorter back then if you look at the bed they have
on display. As you wander the museum,
you'll see how kitchens were situated around the main cooking area, where and
how they made soap, garments, and candles. Walk through the armory and see the
various weapons used in that time. Oh, and let's not forget the stables. It was
Then on to the show.
Upon entering you
are assigned a Knight by color. We happened to be the black & white knight.
We sat in the center of the entire arena, giving us a great view (perfect spot
in my opinion). When your knight comes out or does a challenge you are to cheer
for him and boo for his opponents. Each knight is trying to win the favor of
the Princess, all of the tournament overseen by the King, of course. Then of course there's the bad guy, wanting
to have the Princess & kingdom all to himself. So, as the knights battle it
out with jousting and showing off their skills, the best knight wins.
Unfortunately, it was the Red Knight that night. Still, once he starts battling
with the bad guy, everyone cheers for him & his squire. Oh, and did I
mention that all the Knights were quite handsome with fit bodies and long hair?
Like most stories,
this one has a happy ending. The good knight wins and the kingdom is safe. And
I do believe he gets the girl as well. :)
And then there's
food. All during the tournaments you have a server coming by putting your
various dishes in front of you. You start off with a delicious soup &
garlic bread. Tomato bisque that night. Very good. Nope, no spoons to slurp it.
It's served in a bowl that you drink from.
Next comes the chicken. Not just a small thigh. This was a huge quarter,
nicely roasted. Then some juicy corn on the cob. And a half of a baked potato.
Then came an apple turnover for dessert. All of this food was eaten without a
I left with spirits
uplifted and a full stomach. It was a great entertaining evening. Well worth
the visit if you are near one of the
Have you visited a
Medieval Times? Good experience? Have you done something similar?
Coloring isn't just
for kids anymore. I am one of those people that never outgrew coloring. I
ignored the looks of adults when I sat and grew my own doodle just to color (I
am not an artist at all, so I would just draw lines & circles all over a
piece of paper and create my own mosaic masterpiece). Having kids allowed me an
excuse to sit and color, even long after they were done. My anatomy teacher
even thought I wasn't listening to his lectures when I was coloring my anatomy
coloring book during Massage school (yes, there's such a thing & part of
But did you know it
also has some great health benefits? Let's list the many ways it can benefit
According to clinical psychologist Ben
Michaelis it relaxes the fear center of our brain (the amygdala) and
allows the brain to rest.
Coloring parties! It gives
you a chance to be social and share a common interest.
It reduces stress and
anxiety. It goes back to #1 relaxing the amygdala. It can help retrain it
to respond less harshly to stress.
It helps you focus your
brain. You are in the moment. You are only thinking about staying in the
lines or getting the color just right. You forget your worries and just
turn your thoughts to your current actions.
You can be you. Want a pink
unicorn with a rainbow horn? Or maybe a bright purple frog? Color it the way
you want. It's your creation, no one else's.
Can help improve sleep. If you tend to
use electronics before bed (like I do) it can disrupt your sleep. The blue
light emitted from electronics disrupts your circadian rhythm and may
increase insomnia. It also reduces melatonin that your body produces. So
maybe coloring before bed might be more beneficial to your sleep.
Enhance fine motor skill and
vision. Coloring requires the use of both sides of the brain, including
the area that involves fine motor skill & vision.
Has been prescribed by
psychologists for 100 years. Psychologist Carl Jung had his patients
coloring mandalas for relaxation and self-discovery.
Free decorations. Frame them.
Put them on your fridge/corkboard. Make cards out of them. Decorate your
space with your work.
I finally bought an
adult coloring book and love to just sit and color between my clients or when
I'm waiting for my dinner to cook. Sometimes when I don't want to watch what my
husband is watching on tv, I put in earbuds to some soothing piano music and
get to coloring. Talk about a good night of sleep. :D
So what do you
think? Do you color? How has it helped you?