Introduction to Crystals

For as long as I can remember I have been a collector of rocks, and crystals. And, over the years I have gained more of an understanding of their healing and spiritual qualities. Each crystal has a different energy and implication. It can be a little overwhelming when learning about crystals, and finding out what crystal is best for your needs. I wanted to share my top three healing crystals, and introduce the healing powers that they posses to help you start your own crystal collection. 


Clear Quartz attracts life force from the unlimited source of life at the core of your being and brings it into the physical world. As this life force flows through you, it nourishes and balances your mind, emotions, and physical body and corrects color ray imbalances within them. Because this stream of vital energy touches every facet of your being, all aspects of your life improve. The life energy Quartz draws through your body and into the atmosphere also provides vital spiritual nourishment for the Earth. [click link for source]

Amethyst has healing powers to help with physical ailments, emotional issues, and in Energy Healing and Chakra balancing. Amethyst crystal therapies are primarily associated with physical ailments of the nervous system, the curing of nightmares and insomnia, and balancing the crown chakra.[click link for source]

Rose Quartz is good for lowering stress and tension in the heart, Rose Quartz clears out anger, jealousy, and resentment of others, and allows healing of heart issues and disease associated with holding on to such negative emotions. Known as a romance stoneRose Quartz can be used to attract love.[click link for source]


To start your collection I would suggest starting with the clear quartz. It has a variety of uses so you can use it for any area of personal healing. It is also great for clearing the energy at your home, or office. Clear quartz can also be used to charge other crystals. Later I will talk about uses/placements of crystals around your home and how to care for your crystals to get the greatest healing benefits from them. Until then, head to your nearest mineral store and get your crystal collection started. When picking a crystal pick it up and see if the energy feels right. I really believe crystals speak to different peoples’ energies. Once you get your crystal home give it a good bath water. Your crystal is now ready to energize and start the healing process. 

Rock on!! 

Gold Bars…AKA Food Goals

Let me tell you about my new favorite thing to treat my loved ones with… GOLD BARS! Now, growing up they use to serve these magical things every Wednesday at my elementary school. It wasn’t until recent that I decided to look up the recipe to see what all went into gold bars. And… let me tell you…. EASSSSSY! I love them, husband loves them, family loves them. They are so delicious that I feel like Monica on Friends in the “Candy Land” episode with requests for MORE…LOL. I love these for holiday parties and for treats to pass out to co-workers.

Here how simple these magic morsels are…

Ingredients

Peanutbutter Mix:
1 cups grassfed butter melted
2 cups organic confectioners’ sugar
2 cups organic creamy butter
2 cups  rice crispies cereal
Chocolate Topping:
1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 Tbsp peanut butter, creamy

Directions

Peanut Butter Mixture:

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl melt butter

2. Next, add in confectioners’ sugar

3. Next, add 2 cups creamy peanut butter until well blended.

4. Lastly, fold in rice crispies until well blended.

5. In bottom of a 13×11 glass baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper gently press mixture evenly into baking dish.

For the  Chocolate Topping:

6. In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the 6Tbsp creamy peanut butter, stirring until smooth. (Heat approx 30-45 seconds at a time, then stir & repeat until fully melted.)

7. Allow chocolate topping to cool to room temperature and pour on top of peanut butter mixture–making a thin even layer.

8. Chill until set but not hard. Chocolate will begin to lose its shiny appearance. (approx. 1hr & 15min.)

9. Cut into pieces of desired size before fully chilled.
10. Return to the refrigerator until chocolate has hardened completely. (Overnight is best.) The longer these are kept, the better they get.
 *You can also make these in cupcake papers to individualize them for easy gifting.
I hope you LOVE these and they make all your food goals come true!
xo-
Ash

morning routines… even for the not so morning person

Who else is familiar with the morning dance with their alarm clock? Beep, snooze, beep and snooze…

I haven’t always been a morning person, but I think that creating a morning routine has helped me re-evaluate the way I look at mornings. I use to get up and rush to get myself and everything I needed for the day. I hated it. I didn’t like always feeling a step behind. I also noticed that how I started my morning impacted the pace of the rest of my day. I was ready to make a change. I wanted to be excited to wake up every morning. I wanted to have ME TIME. Now every person has different goals for what they need to get accomplished in the morning. These are what I found have worked for me, and my lifestyle; so I wanted to share! 

1. Figure out your R.E.M. cycle (There’s and APP for that). This has been a game changer for me. I now know how much sleep I need to feel rejuvenated. It isn’t even HOW MUCH SLEEP I get. It is the PATTERN OF MY SLEEP. I totally started using this when I was traveling with my student group to the east coast. Late nights and early mornings of sightseeing can be tough. But, with using a sleep calculator I was able to get the right pace of sleep. You can read an article here about best rated sleep APPs.

 

2. Down a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Sounds silly. But having water has become a morning ritual. It helps if I am hungry and really resets the digestive track. I also try to get a cute water bottle to make getting my daily H2O that more enjoyable throughout the rest of the day. My favorite is the bkr water bottle. 


3. Take some quite time. For me that is a morning meditation and yoga follow by a warm cup of tea. I try to skip coffee as much as possible. Coffee, for me, is a weekend treat. My favorite yoga guru is here.


4. Eat breakfast. This is so important. Breakfast is such an important meal. I don’t typically feel hungry right away but it fuels my day for success. I like to keep it simple with yogurt and granola, these days. 


5. Get everything you need for the next  day ready the night before. This goes for my clothes, breakfast, lunch, water and anything else I need for the next day. Not having to pack a lunch and being able to get out the door smoothly is critical to getting me on the road faster and beating that morning traffic. 


I’m no professional, of course. I’m a normal human trying to figure this thing called life out. But, I do think I have mastered some life hacks that even the not so not so morning person can benefit from.  

Do you have any morning routines that you swear by? If so comment below! I would love to hear what you do, to give me some ideas!

Xo!

Ashley 

Astrology: Sun and Moon Signs

As I have been more involved with self-help and growing spiritually I have been drawn to knowing more about what astrological alignment was like during my time of birth. Given the alignment impacts me today, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research to what the sun and moon position mean to my personal path. Most of us know our sun position, and know about our sun sign. I found some valuable information from reading about my sun sign. What I did not know much about, was my moon sign. I was intrigued to find out about the moon and how it’s position also has influences on who we are. Knowing how the sun and moon was positioned during our birth helps to create more of a personal understanding of our strengths and weaknesses. Realizing our strengths and weaknesses can help us reach personal goals (whatever they may be).

What I learned about my sun sign Pisces:

She is compassionate and sentimental. She likes isolated occupations: administration, archives, history. Spirit of self-sacrifice.

Weaknesses: tendency to be led astray, lack of experience or inability to apply experience practically. Lethargy, over-sensitivity and emotionalism.

What I learned about my moon sign Cancer:

She is likeable and sociable. Very sensitive to environmental conditions and surroundings. She likes home, habits, comfort and her little world. Very caring and protective of loved ones.

Weaknesses: subject to indolence, inertia. She is impressionable and too sensitive. Family problems.

If you are interested in finding out more about your Natal Chart it is super simple. All you need to do is click hereΒ to find out more about your sun and moon signs. You will need to know your birthdate, birth time, and location of birth.

I hope that you enjoy finding out more about your sun and moon signs!!

XO-

Ashley

Fall FavoritesΒ 

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love the smell of roasting chile, ristras, balloons flying high, pumpkins, and spice filled drinks. New Mexico has beyond perfect weather to enjoy this transitional season.  

Fall Favorites 

1. The Greek Fest 


If you love good food, sweets, music and entertainment this is a must see. The chicken dinner is delicious. I would also suggest trying the potatoes, and spanakopita. For dessert the Greek style donuts (loukoumades) are to die for. I also always have to get a Greek coffee! 

2. The Ballon Fiesta 


My favorite time to go is for the morning ascension. The sun rising and the balloons lifting off brings so much excitement! For food I like to get a famous Blakes burrito with an orange juice.  

3. Maze 


The Rio Grande Farms puts together different themes every year. This year they have the Color Maze. There are day events and night. We opted for going at night. It was a super fun! You get a lantern at the beginning and then scavenger hunt to find the different colors in the maze. It took us about 1 hour to complete. If you are interested in going for the night maze I would suggeugettinf there at 6:30/7 to enjoy the beautiful sunset.  

4. Pumpkin Everything  


Going to Trader Joe’s and getting pumpkin everything is always a good time. I am obsessed with the pumpkin cookie butter, yogurt, and the pumpkin body butter. 

5. Movies

Staying in and watching old scary movies is such a blast. On my list this year is Young Frankinstine and Bride of Frankinstine.  

What are your favorite things to do in the fall? 

Happy Fall! 
Ashley