Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How I Read Tarot

How I Read Tarot


The way I read tarot is really easy and not everyone does it the same way. Some might be more elaborate with cloth, tarot box, crystals, alter, incense and candles. There are times when I do burn candles or incense but not every time. You can read tarot any way it feels comfortable to you and you can make it as simple or complicated as you want.
In a previous blog post I said I have been reading tarot since I was 16. In that time my ways have changed, many times. For a while I didn’t read any cards, I am not sure why, I just didn’t.  But over the last few years, I have have been reading more now and into a routine you could say. My collection has also grown since the last time I wrote about this subject.

Crystals

I have a small collection of crystals compared to some. I don’t use crystals as much as I would like but I do use them to cleanse and protect my tarot cards from negative energies. I really would like to incorporate crystals in to my readings more and hopefully this year I will. I’m still figuring out how to, but most of the time I forget.
Whenever I get a new deck I always place my selenite crystal on top to cleanse the deck before I use it. Then after it has been cleansed I will then go through the cards and study, to get a feel for them. This also helps the cards and I connect. After I am done doing a reading, I put them back where I keep a clear quartz crystal on the shelf with all of my cards.

Readings

Daily- I pull a card daily for tarot, oracle and added a affirmation card on some days.
Weekly- I like to pull a card for the theme of the week by using oracle and tarot.
Monthly – Again tarot and oracle theme for the month.
New Moon & Full Moon  – This is somthing new that I have started doing. I will do a spread for the New Moon for setting intentions. It is the best time to manifest and new beginnings. Full moon is the results of your intentions.
Past present and future – Occasionally I like to do a past present and future reading. There are so many ways you can do this reading, love money and home or mind, body and spirit.
I then record all of my readings in my wellness planner. I like having a place to store all of my readings in one place. It is also easy to reference back to if I need to. Pinterest is a great way to find other spreads, there are so many it’s ridiculous. And there are times where a week is really busy and don’t get to doing a reading for that week or day or whatever it may be, and that’s okay.
So that is how I read tarot at the moment. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

7 Ways To Cleanse And Energize Your Crystals

7 Ways To Cleanse And Energize Your Crystals


Why it’s important to clear your crystals?

When you first receive your crystal, it has been passed around and holds the energy of where ever and who ever  it came from. Unless you took it from the earth yourself. If the previous owner of the crystal has any negative energies or vibrations, it  will be stored in there, and passed to you.

Frequency of cleansing. 

If you’ve already cleansed them when you acquired them and have used them for a long time, it’s a good idea to regularly give them a good cleaning. Who doesn’t like a good cleaning? This is important if you do a lot of healing or energy work, or if you are you’re using them all of the time. Especially  if you’re using negativity-deflecting stones like Hematite, who is constantly working to turn  negative energies into positive. If it’s jewelry you wear regularly, make sure to clean them once a week.
If you use them for healing work, clear them after each session or treatment.
If you’re using them for deep soul work, cleanse them often.  Sometimes you can tell by the way the crystal’s appearance has changed, the feel in your hand, or how the vibrations feels.

Clearing your stone.

Cleansing and clearing your crystals is very important. There can be several people handling the crystal until it has reached you, good or bad energies. Here are a few ways to do this:

1. Sea salt and water

Sea salt and water is a great way to rid your stone of unwanted  energies. If the stone is not brittle, using sea salt will not harm the stone. When using this method  leave the stone in the water overnight. You can add other herbs like sage or lavender to the water to enhance the cleansing effect. Caution:Crystals that contain iron, such as Hematite, Magnetite, and Lodestone may oxidize when submerged in water.

2. Running water

Using running water is also a very effective way of cleansing your stone. Put  the intention out  by asking the Universe to remove all negativity. One way to try is to imagine white light around the stone cleaning and filling it. Caution: Some crystals should NEVER be submerged in water. Some crystal can  be damaged, or dissolve.  The following Crystals should not be placed in water are: Selenite, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Fluorite, Calcite, Desert Rose, Labradorite, or Halite.

3. Other Stones

Stones like Selenite,  Carnelian and Clear Quartz clean other stones. It’s really simple. All you have to do is add them to where you store your stones and it does all the work for you.

4. Smudging

You can also use sage to clear your healing stones. While smudging your stones, it’s important to put intention in to them. Smudging by taking a sacred herb, white sage , sweetgrass or  incense.  Lighting it and  letting it smoke, and then holding the crystal in the smoke for a few seconds.

5. The Earth

Mother Earth will  recharge the crystals  with her vibrational energy. Make sure you have a marker in the ground so you know where to find them after cleansing for 24 hours! You can also place them in earth in a container to more easily find them. Caution: Make sure your crystals are on the  hardness rating of at least 6 or higher.  Any  moisture in the earth may  damage your crystals. Also dirt may get trapped in any cracks.

6. Moonlight

Many stones love the moonbeams! To get the most of the moonbeams  lay them out during the Full Moon.  A strong Full Moon will last for 3 days. Your crystals will still get the love it even if it’s cloudy. Caution: Make sure that any crystals  that are low in hardness  are brought back inside before any rain.

7. Sunlight

Sunlight is another  great way to bathe your crystals, especially any that are red, yellow, or orange. Carnelian and Sunstone love to sunbathe! Set them out in the sun for a few hours, to help them recharge. Caution : Sunlight can make some crystals fade or change color. These crystals should not be placed under sunlight: Amethyst, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Turquoise are just a few.
Personally I love using Selenite to cleanse and energize my crystals. All I have to do is place it by what ever crystal I went cleansed and go about my day. I find this is the easiest for me. My other favorites are Moonlight and Sunlight. You do have to be more careful and make sure that the crystal and withstand both cleansing elements.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goals to work towards in 2018

Goals to work towards in 2018



Normally I don’t really do New Years Resolutions. Honestly I dont think I ever have. But I thought it would be a nice change to make some goals to work towards for the new year. So here is a list of things I would like to change or work towards in 2018.
  1. No soda. I’m not a huge soda drinker. The only time I really have soda is when we go out to eat or sometimes when I’m at work. We normally don’t buy soda for the house just to have unless its for mix drinks and I do like my rum and cokes at times. So for the occasional drink I think its fine. Like when I’m out of wine, and had a long day or week at work.
  2. No red meat. I would like to go completely no meat but we will see. Baby steps.
  3. Workout. Accordingly my Fitbit I already surpass the daily 10,000 steps. I do like 13,000-14,000 steps in a day. So Minimum of 3 days. Yoga. Squats. Something else.
  4. No unneeded spending. Enough said.
  5. Read 18 books for 2018.
  6. Downsize my closet. I still have to many clothes, shoes, jackets, etc. Help.
  7. GROW MY HAIR OUT. NO MORE PIXIE. I’m already half way where I want to be.
  8. Paint, create, art more.
  9. More sales in my Etsy shop. I sold 2 items this year.
  10. Blog more often.
  11. Finish my classes on Udemy. I have 6 classes that I paid for (paid no more the $12 for a class). Not taking any more till they are all done. 5 of 6 done so far.
  12. Finish Lost. Ive been watching it on and off for about 2 years now. Oops.
  13. Practice Mindfulness more.
  14. Banish the psoriasis from both shins. 3-5 years overstayed welcome. It has been lighten up slowly more and more but BE GONE!
  15. Shrink the products that are taking over the hallway closet. Face, hair, body products. I have too many.
  16. Drink more water. I fill up my 16oz bottle 1-2 times a day. So I’m half way there.
  17. Read tarot daily.
  18. Not to be so critical. On myself and others. I’m a Virgo. I’m sorry. I just cant stop sometimes.
So far that is my list. Nothing that I cant do. Just need self discipline to accomplish them. What are some of your goals you would like to work towards.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

10 Super Easy Freezer Dump Meals for The Slow Cooker

10 Super Easy Freezer Dump Meals for The Slow Cooker



I LOVE my slow cooker. They are so easy to use.  I actually have two, well one is a roaster oven that can be used as slow cooker and other things. I have been making all of our meals in the slow cooker, since my gas oven igniter died on us about six months ago. Our stove top and broil still works great. So as right now I don't see the need to spend money on a part when we can use other means of cooking meals.  I have even baked cakes and brownies in my roaster oven and they turned out perfect. Just shaped oddly like the roaster oven, but no one could tell the difference.
So what are Freezer Dump Meals? They are meals that have been prepared beforehand and freezed. Then dumped in the slow cooker the day of to cook. Very easy! These recipes work well too if they are made the day of, you don't have to prepare them and freeze them before hand. But sometime is nice to have something together already  and all you have to do is put it in the slow cooker and leave it.
Here are some easy meals that I thought I would share, that you can make in the slow cooker. You don't need to get every item that is listed. You can still make these recipes if you don't have an item. Or substitute.  Use your own judgement.

*Times can vary depending on your slow cooker. I know my roaster oven tends to run hotter than my slow cooker, and I have overcooked a few things in it. *

Honey Sesame Chicken 

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs 
Salt & Pepper to taste 
Dump all the ingredients into the bag. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Slow Cooker Peach Chicken 

3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 cup peach jam
1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Dump all the ingredients into the bag, and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low for 4 hours. Shred chicken and continue cooking.
Salsa Verde Crockpot Chicken Recipe
1 can black beans - drained
1 can corn - drained
16 oz jar salsa verde
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz cream cheese - **not needed til the day of cooking
Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. Add cream cheese and let it cook for the remaining 1/2 hour.

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken

1/2 small onion
1 can whole cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt & pepper to taste
Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Honey Dijon Chicken

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt & Pepper to taste
Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Chili Mac Casserole (make this recipe x 2)

16 oz pasta, cooked and drained
1 can chili beans
1 packet chili seasoning
1 onion, chopped
1 can rotel or stewed tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar

Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

 

BBQ Chicken and Veggies -Makes 2 recipes 

2 bell peppers, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 onions chopped
6 red potatoes, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
4 chicken breasts
1 15 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 bottle of BBQ sauce
Split ingredients into two bags and freeze. Cook in slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours

Teriyaki Chicken- recipe  makes 2

3 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup teriyaki sauce
1 cup water
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic
Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

Chicken Taco Soup- recipe makes  4

2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 can Black Beans
1 can Corn
1 can Rotel
1 onion, chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch dip mix
Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Cook in slow cooker on low 8 hours.

White Chicken Chili- recipe makes  2

2 frozen chicken breasts
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cans great northern beans
1 - 7 oz can green chilies
1 can corn
3 cups chicken broth
1 tsp chili powder
1 packet ranch seasoning

Dump all the ingredients into the freezer bag and freeze. Dump the contents of the bag into the crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.

 

 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Clue-Cycle Tracker

Clue-Cycle Tracker



Tracking your cycle is important to do, long before I got a iPod touch in 2009 I use to track it by calendar. But once I got the iPod touch I searched for a app that would help me track  my cycle. Using a app has made it easier and more convenient over the years for me. I have tried a couple of apps over the years and I think I found the one.
The app is called Clue. I love this app. You can track your flow, fertility,  cravings, pain, mood, sleep, sex, energy, hair, skin and so much more.  It even tells you when PMS will be. Which I find this to really helpful and so does my husband. You can setup reminders to notify you when your fertility window is approaching, PMS, flow and birth control. The app is for apple and also for android.
I have now been using this app for the past 3-5 years now and it has not failed me. When it predicts the day it will start, it starts. I have reminders to remind me to log every few days. I even have it in my widget section on my iPhone so I can quickly add to it.
What other apps do you use to track your cycle?