Friday, February 16, 2018

10 Essential Crystals

10 Essential Crystals



Who doesn’t love a pretty rock? The ones I list are some of  my favorites and what I feel everyone should have, if they collect and work with crystals. They are all commonly used crystals and each crystal that I list has unique properties and energies to heal different aspects of your life.  Granted there are so many more out in the world and I can’t list every single one out there. I’m sure there will be more blog posts on crystals in the future.

Amethyst

Deeply cleansing, Amethyst purifies negative energies. You can also use Amethyst for protection and developing your natural psychic abilities. Amethyst cames in many shades of purple, from dark to light. Amethyst has healing powers and is  Chakra balancing.

Clear Quartz

An essential crystal and the most versatile crystal and can have many purposes. Clear Quartz can also enhance the energy of other crystals.  Since Clear Quartz absorbs energies very easily, clearing these stones on a regular basis should be important. Clear Quartz also protects against negativity.  Clear Quartz is most often used to cleanse, open, activate, and  can be used to align all of the chakras.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is known for helping with love,  self-esteem, restores confidence, helps with emotional balance, releases stress/tension/anger, and helps curb jealousy. Even though Rose Quartz does have a high energy, the vibration is also calming and soothing. Rose Quartz is used for the  Heart Chakra.

Golden Tigers Eye

Great for protection,  building confidence and self belief. Tigers Eye also  connects us with the Earth, making it a good choice for grounding stone. Ancients used Tiger Eye as a talisman against bad luck and curses. Tigers eye is also a great healing stone.  Golden Tiger Eye is a powerful Solar Plexus Chakra stone, very helpful to manifest ideas into reality and giving courage when needed.

Selenite

Selenite is an excellent choice for working with the third eye and crown chakras.  Selenite can also help you through meditation Selenite has a  powerful vibration  and can clear, open, and activate the Crown and Higher Chakras and is excellent choice  for all spiritual work.

Citrine

Citrine attracts abundance,  creativity and is  great cleanser and regenerator. This stone does not need to be  cleansed. Citrine also opens the mind to new ideas and following through.  Often associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra, Citrine can also be used to cleanse all Chakras.

Carnelian

Carnelian is excellent for restoring vitality and motivation. It is also a high energy crystal and  creates a boost of power, creativity, energy, vitality and sexuality. Carnelian is useful in making decisions by keeping us focused. Carnelian is a powerful Sacral Chakra Stone

Hematite

Hematite is metallic crystal that protects  you from psychic attacks and negative energies. Hematite also strengthens your aura while defecting these harmful energies that you may come across. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to convert negative energies into positive vibrations.

Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian Stone is a powerful cleanser and is a strong protection stone. Black Obsidian has powerful properties that will help to shield you against negativity and energy blockages, and has a tendency to work quickly.  Black Obsidian is Root Chakra stone.

Labradorite

Labradorite is a stone of magic, awakening mystical and magical abilities and psychic powers. It strengthens  intuition, balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Highly mystical, Labradorite is great for working with the Third Eye Chakra
Crystals can be worn as jewelry, carried in your pocket,  in your purse,  next to your bed or in a place where you spend a lot of time at. They are great to use during meditation, and some can help to amplify your prayers. I personally keep clear quartz in each room since this crystal clears nagitvity and I also keep a tiny bag with all seven chakra coordinated crystals in my purse and also in our bedroom. I also use crystals to cleanse my tarot cards, new and used.
Let me know if you have a favorite crystal and what do you use it for?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 Reading list

2018 Reading list



Here is my list of books that I plan on reading for 2018. Most of the books that I list I bought last year during the summer  but I never got around to reading. So this year I am making it a goal to read all of them. I bought all of them but two, I have kindle unlimited for them. Which I love having Kindle unlimited, it is so nice to have.
Right now I am reading a series called the Gender Games. I am on book 3 out of 7,  The Gender Lie. It reminds me of the hunger games and divergent, which I both love.  I flew throught the first two book of the Gender Games during my time off during christmas.

The Gender Games by Bella Forrest

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.
Women rule the East. Men rule the West.
Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.
Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes.
But one decision could save her life.
To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.
Everything about the patriarchy is dangerous for a rebellious girl like Violet. She cannot break the rules if she wishes to stay alive. But abiding by rules has never been her strong suit, and when she is thrust into more danger than she could have ever predicted, Violet is forced to sacrifice many things in the forbidden kingdom … including forbidden love.
In a world divided by gender, only the strongest survive…

2. Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles by Yasmin Boland

Did you know the cycles of the moon have a huge effect on our health, our mood, our relationships and our work? By understanding these phases, we can work with them to improve and empower every aspect of our lives. In Moonology, world-renowned astrologistYasmin Boland unveils:
why connecting with the moon can change your life for the better
powerful rituals and ceremonies for each moon phase
how the moon connects us to nature and the cosmos
how to work out where the moon is in each cycle
international New Moon and Full Moon dates for the next 10 years
You will also learn affirmations, visualisations and chants to use during each phase of the moon, and will discover the role of Angels, Goddesses and Ascended Masters during the New and Full Moons. This is a book for all those wishing to deepen their connection with nature and take their spiritual practice to a new level.

Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within by 
Rebecca Campbell 

Most women have spent much of their working lives ‘making it’ in a man’s world, leaning on patriarchal methods of survival in order to succeed, dulling down their intuition and ignoring the fierce power of their feminine. They have ignored the cycles of the feminine in order to survive in a patriarchal linear system – but now the world has changed. 
Rise Sister Rise is a transmission that calls the innate feminine wisdom to rise. It is about healing the insecurities, the fears and the inherited patterns that stop women trusting the Shakti (power) and wisdom (intuition) that effortlessly flows through them. It’s about recognizing all of the ways we have been keeping ourselves contained and restrained in effort to fit into a certain archetype of woman. It’s about co-creating a whole new archetype of woman – a woman who deeply respects the wise women in her life and cultivates her own wisdom every single day.
Full of tools, calls to action, contemplative questions, rituals and confrontational exercises, this book teaches women that it is safe to let Shakti rise, safe to trust their intuition and safe to take leaps of faith – because in healing ourselves we are healing the world.

Light Is the New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Callings and Working Your Light by Rebecca Campbell

Light is the New Black is a guidebook for a new breed of women who are here to be bright lights in the world.
Rebecca Campbell had her first awakening when she was a teenager, but without anyone to guide her, she ignored her soul’s callings and dimmed her light in order to fit in. Then, just before her 30th birthday, the life she had so consciously created began to crumble around her. Her 11-year relationship ended, two dear friends died suddenly, and overnight, her fantastic career as an award-winning creative director no longer fit her soul. It was as if the universe turned off all the lights, so she had no choice but to rediscover her own. 
In this book, Rebecca guides you to do the same. In order to thrive in this new age, everything must be an authentic expression of who we truly are. Rebecca shares her own journey to the light, alongside practical tools that will help you to answer your soul’s callings, and channelled messages from the universe. Reconnect to the core of your being and honour it, so that you can use it to change the world in a way that only you can.

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.
Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.

Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.by Lisa Lister

A witch is a wise woman, a healer. Yet for so long the word ‘witch’ has had negative connotations. In this book, third generation hereditary witch Lisa Lister explains the history behind witchcraft, why identifying as a healer in past centuries led women to be burned at the stake, and why the witch is reawakening in women across the world today. 
This book provides an overview of the different schools of witchcraft and the core principles and practices within them. Discover ancient wisdom made relevant for modern witches: 
The wheel of the year, the sabbats, the cycles of the moon.
Tools to enhance your intuition, including oracle cards and dowsing, so that you can make decisions quickly and comfortably.
Understanding the ancient use of the word ‘medicine’.
How to work with herbs, crystals and power animals so that you have support in your spiritual work.
Work with the elements to achieve deep connection with the world around you.
In addition, Lisa teaches personal, hands-on rituals and spells from her family lineage of gypsy witch magic to help you heal, manifest and rediscover your powers.

Love Your Lady Landscape: Trust Your Gut, Care for ‘Down There’ and Reclaim Your Fierce and Feminine SHE-Power by Lisa Lister

Love Your Lady Landscape is a healing journey through the terrain of what it is to be a woman. When a woman isn’t in alignment with her feminine essence, she may experience exhaustion and overwhelm, lack sexual desire or passion for life and generally feel ‘out of sync’. 
In this book, Lisa Lister uses a myriad of tools and practices such as Earth based spirituality, shamanic teachings, movement and dance, and breath and sound work to teach women how to reconnect to their feminine wisdom in order to start rebalancing all aspects of their lives. Based on Lisa’s own 11-year journey of healing and reconnecting with her body, this book will help you:
release guilt and shame from the past
explore self-pleasure and sensuality
understand, read and connect with your body’s signs and signals 
learn about your menstrual cycle and its connection with the rhythms of nature and the universe 
discover the sacred art of receiving
express your creativity 
find your voice to communicate your needs, wants and desires 
Love Your Lady Landscape will move women into a fiercely loving and healing relationship with their body and will teach them how to use its cycles and signs to create a life of vitality, fulfilment and creation.

Code Red: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Monthly Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period. by Lisa Lister, Meggan Watterson

There’s a code. 
A lady code.
It’s ancient, it’s deeply spiritual and more than that, it’s powerful. Fiercely powerful. 
So powerful that it’s barely been spoken about in over 2,000 years. 
Your menstrual cycle. 
Yep, your period is way more than PMS, carb cravings and lady rage, your menstrual cycle/period/ragtime/ – insert whatever you call your ’time of the month’ here – is actually a 4-part lady code, that once cracked, will uncover a series of monthly superpowers that can be used to enhance your relationships with others, build a better business, have incredible sex + create a ‘bloody’ amazing life.
Code Red, from the creatrix of http://www.thesassyshe.com, Lisa Lister, is a call to action. A rallying cry that dares you to explore, navigate and most importantly, love your lady landscape.
You’ll learn how to live and work in complete alignment with the rhythms of nature, the moon and your menstrual cycle, be inspired by insights from Wise + Wild Women like Meggan Watterson, Alexandra Pope + Uma Dinsmore Tuli and gain access to easy-to-follow strategies and SHE Flow yoga practices. You’ll be invited to connect with your true nature as a woman, tap into the transformational power of your innate feminine wisdom and use your menstrual cycle as an ever-unfolding map to crack your lady code.

Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life
Ruby Warrington

Utterly transporting and stylish, Material Girl, Mystical World takes you on an unforgettable journey through modern spirituality—from meditation and tarot to astrology—guided by wise and witty tastemaker Ruby Warrington, founder of The Numinous.
Inspired by the consciousness-shifting traditions that have moved seekers for generations, Material Girl, Mystical World is a fabulous adventure in the “Now Age”—a sophisticated upgrade on cosmic thinking, from healing crystals to doing your dharma, for women who know that a closetful of designer shoes can happily coexist with a deeply meaningful life.
Set against the backdrop of Ruby Warrington’s own transformative path from her dream job as an influential fashion journalist to creating The Numinous, the high-style, high-vibe online magazine about spirituality for modern women, Material Girl, Mystical World invites readers on a colorful journey to discover their own path to personal enlightenment in every area of life, from love, sex, and relationships to fashion, beauty, health, and wellness.
Combining the wit and charm of a modern-day Carrie Bradshaw with the stylish soul of Elizabeth Gilbert, Warrington shows us that it is within our power, right now, to create a life that is both intentional and fabulous—while also contributing to a major shift in global consciousness.

Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess by Simone Butler

Moon Power explains ancient moon worship, introduces the moon signs, covers the basics of moon phases, and offers guidance on working with each sign as the moon passes through it.

The Diamond Process: Using Everyday Triggers To Awaken The Treasure Within by Veronica Krestow

We all strive to be happy, peaceful, and healthy, yet why is it that so few people are? Why is living in upset, stress and overwhelm the norm? How can we pivot ourselves into a more joyful, thriving life?
In this transformational 7-step guide Veronica Krestow reveals to you the one core trap that keeps people feeling lost and stuck in everyday life while offering a simple, immediate way to being unshakably “at home” in yourself and on purpose in your life.
If you have ever felt as though no one really “gets you” or sees the real you, this book will help you transform at the root to feel connected, confident, and innately valuable. Using radically honest personal stories and practical, inspiring solutions that work, Veronica guides you on a journey that has the power to awaken your full potential, making the most challenging of times into the most exciting. Get ready. This book is not passive information. It is an alive, liberating experience designed to lead you home to the whole, magnificent, authentic YOU!

 The Soul Searcher’s Handbook: A Modern Girl’s Guide to the New Age World by Emma Mildon

From aromatherapy and numerology to healing crystals and meditation, this fun and sassy guide to everything body-mind-spirit defines New Age practices for a new generation.
What type of crystal should I put in my car for a road trip? Should I Feng Shui my smart phone screen? In this illuminating introduction for the modern-day soul searcher, Emma Mildon shines light on everything your mom didn’t teach you about neo–New Age practices.
With something for every type of spiritual seeker, The Soul Searcher’s Handbook offers easy tips, tricks, and how-tos for incorporating everything from dreamology and astrology to mysticism and alternative healing into your everyday life. This handbook is your #1 go-to guide—handy, accessible, entertaining, and packed with all the wisdom you need in one place.
Your destiny, gifted to you at birth, is waiting. So plug into the universe, dig your toes into the soil of Mother Earth, and open your soul to your full potential. Regardless of what you’re seeking, The Soul Searcher’s Handbook is your awakening to a more fulfilling and soulful life.

Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

How does a New York City publicist and party girl turn into a go to guide for the next generation? In her new book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein shares the story of how she transformed her life, offering her spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for. Bernstein has traded self-doubt and addiction for a new kind of high. In 2005 she became a student of A Course in Miracles and since then she has been guided to teach  those spiritual principles to the next generation of seekers.

Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True by Gabrielle Bernstein 

Let’s be real for a sec. Most of us don’t have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We’re overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn’t add to that.
That’s why I’ve handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems—stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.
Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They’re powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.
Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency: Simple Tools to Increase Your Spiritual Energy for Balance, Purpose, and Joy by Melissa Alvarez

The soul’s vibrational rate, our spiritual frequency, has a huge impact on our lives. As it increases, so does our capacity to calm the mind, connect with angels and spirit guides, find joy and enlightenment, and achieve what we want in life.
This simple and inspiring guide makes it easy to elevate your spiritual frequency every day. Choose from a variety of ordinary activities, such as singing and cooking. Practice visualization exercises and techniques for reducing negativity, manifesting abundance, tapping into Universal Energy, and connecting with your higher self. Discover how generous actions and a positive attitude can make a difference. You’ll also find long-term projects and guidance for boosting your spiritual energy to new heights over a lifetime.
Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.
Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
I would love to hear your thoughts or any books you are reading.

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.

 

 

https://www.lifebysunburntaloe.com/2017/07/10-super-easy-freezer-dump-meals-for.html

 

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?