Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

15 Great Summer Mocktails & Cocktails : A Round Up Post

Once I started compiling these cocktail and mocktail recipes I almost couldn't stop! I decided to make this post an even 15 with 5 Mocktails and 10 Cocktails, so I had to pick and choose. 
The Mocktails are marked with ** if you would like to go straight to them or to avoid them, whichever is your preference. I gotta say: I love having the non-alcoholic varieties on hand for designated drivers, moms-to-be or anyone else that is refraining. 





Wednesday, June 27, 2018

25 Amazing Summer Salad Recipes: A Fab Roundup Post!


Salad and Summer just seem to "go together." The combination of freshness and coolness makes them the perfect go to, either as a side or a main meal or even dessert.

I know I like SIMPLE. Anything easy to toss together in under 25 minutes is what seems to be on my list of tried and trues. It is part of my own self-care plan really: eat healthfully while not making myself crazy to do "just one more thing." 

That being said, I use these tricks to simplify any recipe that calls for overly complicated ingredients or ones that are just not necessary to make on the spot:

Friday, June 22, 2018

My Self-Care Summer "Bucket List"

Self-care is something that I work on year round and this summer is no different. There are so many things I would love to do, and while I may not get to every single one, I intend to set out and accomplish 1 or 2 every week. I am hoping to inspire you to make your list too!



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Astrology:Cancer Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Cancer Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Sagittarian Energy




Dates: June 21-July 22
Sanskrit Name: Karka कर्क (means the crab)
Symbol: Crab
Element: Water

Monday, May 21, 2018

Epidote Correspondences for Crystal Healing

Epidote Correspondences



Also Known As: Pictasite
Family: Silicate: consists of isolated and paired silica tetrahedrons
Habit: Can be massive or monoclinic
Hardness: 6-7

Correspondences:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Astrology: Taurus Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Taurus Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Taurian Energy




Dates: From April 21 to May 21
Sanskrit Name: Vrishabha वृषभ (means a mighty, strong bull)
Symbol: Bull
Element: Earth

Thursday, May 10, 2018

50+ Happy Notes and Affirmations

One of the things in the DHD Subscription Boxes this month was a pretty pen and a set of sticky notes. Now, I know everyone has this kind of thing but I love ones that are really pretty, pretty! Don't you?

Anyhow, I have a habit of giving my pens away so having a couple extras is always a good idea. 

 I also thought they would be a fun way to put some affirmations around where you, or those you love, will see them. Stick a couple with “I love you” in lunches, leave one on a co-workers computer screen with “You ROCK!” or stick one on your lunch check the next time you are out for the waiter/waitress saying “Thanks for being so sweet!”




Here are some other ideas for your own notes or affirmations:


  • You are important
  • You are enough
  • You matter
  • You make me smile.
  • I enjoy your company!
  • I appreciate you.
  • You are my favorite person.
  • Never forget that you are loved.
  • Thank you for being you.
  • I appreciate everything you do.
  • Life is good
  • You are a uniquely beautiful soul
  • You are awesome
  • You are amazing
  • I honor who you are.
  • You are better than sparkly unicorns!
  • YOU are kick ass!
  • Trust the journey.
  • Cute butt!
  • Trust the journey.
  • You've got this!
  • Be your best self.
  • You can do it!
  • You can do anything!
  • You are beautiful
  • BELIEVE
  • HOPE
  • The world is filled with magic!

  • My body is amazing.
  • I love me!
  • My body is healthy.
  • I am happy.
  • I am grateful.
  • I am joyful.
  • I have everything I need.
  • I am grateful
  • I am no one's victim!
  • I am creative
  • I choose gratitude
  • I am strong
  • I have everything I need.
  • My heart is open to love.
  • Life is good.
  • I honor who I am.
  • I am worthy of my dreams.
  • My self-esteem is HIGH.
  • My life is balanced.
  • I deserve to be loved as I am.
  • I am unstoppable!
  • I let go of struggle.
  • I embrace ease.
  • DREAM
  • DARE
  • I am surrounded by the positive.
  • The universe always provides.
  • Success is mine.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Emerald Correspondences for Crystal Healing



Name: Emerald

Also known as: Marakata (Sanskrit)

Family: Beryl aluminium silicate

Habit: Hexagonal

Hardness: 7.5 to 8 Mohs

Correspondences:

Element(s): Earth

Month(s): May

Astrological: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Taurus

Planet(s): Mercury

Number(s):  2, 4

Chakra(s): Heart


Deities: Goddesses- Venus, Ceres, Isis, UmiñaIshtar, Astarte, Persephone, Banbha  Gods- Toth, Vishnu, Hermes

Uses:

Health/Wellness:

Thymus gland, pancreas, lymphatic system, heart, lower lungs, circulatory system, eyesight, speech impediments, anxiety, epilepsy, spine injuries and pain, fever, dysentery, bleeding, poison, transitioning through menopause, skin disorders, fever, depression, kidneys, adrenals, liver, paranoia, Parkinson's Disease, blood pressure,, 

Folklore/Magickal Uses

Romance, Abundance, Prosperity, Hope, Healing, Security in love, Creativity, Friendship, Loyalty, Compassion, Fertility, Youth, Luck, Generosity, Activates and heals the heart's deepest desires, Psychic insight, Brings peace and emotional stability, Calming, Soothing, Entrepreneurship, Achieving goals, Unconditional love, Protection from domestic violence, Protects from psychic attack, Heals heartbreak, 

How to Clean:
Clean only with lukewarm water, mild soap and a soft cloth. Avoid sudden temperature changes as these may cause the stone to fracture.

To cleanse and charge your emeralds simply wash in a basin of cool water, pat dry and leave under the light of the full moon.

Notable:
The name Emerald comes from the Greek word "smaragdus", meaning "green." The green coloring of emeralds comes from trace minerals including chromium and vanadium. Excellent quality emeralds are rare and far more valuable than diamonds of the same size. Emerald was said to be the favorite stone of Cleopatra and there are those that believe the Chalice of the Holy Grail was carved from emerald.


The information given here is not meant to replace the advice of your doctor and is intended for general use. It is not meant nor intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease/condition.  Please discuss any health problem or concern you may have with your doctor and call 9-1-1 or proceed to the nearest emergency department if you believe you may be experiencing a medical emergency.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Astrology: Aquarius: Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Aquarius Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Aquarian Energy






Dates: January 20- February 19
Sanskrit Name: Kumbha कुंभ (means the bearer of the water pot)
Symbol: Water Bearer

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January Subbox sneak peek!


 I-Ching coins, rocaille #beads, sparkly plum crystals and brass with a gorgeous green patina will make up some of the jewelry in February’s DHD Subscription Box. Only a couple more left before I have to shut off the subscription button for Valentines Day so get it now before it’s too late. . . . . . . .

Thursday, January 11, 2018

This month the #DHD #subscriptionbox is featuring January’s #birthstone

Garnet! Sterling silver necklace plus matching earrings are among the NINE items in this month’s box! . . . . . . . . #blog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Astrology: Capricorn Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Capricorn Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Capricorn Energy



For those born: December 21 to January 19
Sanskrit Name: Makar मकर (means a sea goat, vahana or vehicle of God) Kamdeva, Varuna and Goddess Ganga
Symbol: Sea Goat

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

15 Helpful Phrases For Saying "No!"



I was taught from a very early age to be a people pleaser. I think many of us are, however, it is not always a healthy thing for us to live our lives pleasing others. When taking care of ourselves we often have to or need to say, "No" but it can be difficult, especially when we are caught off guard.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I really do LOVE hearing from my customers.


Just wish I HAD staff to share this with! LOL Thanks Michelle! You are a doll!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Astrology: Sagittarius Traits and Correspondences for the New Age!

Sagittarius Info Plus Crystals and Gemstones to Help Balance Sagittarian Energy




Dates: November 22 – December 21
Sanskrit Name: Dhanu धनु (means an archer, a half human-half beast centaur)
Symbol: Archer

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Rhodonite Correspondences: Metaphysical and Physical Qualities



Metaphysical and Physical Qualities of Rhodonite

Name: Rhodonite

Also Known as: Manganese Inosilicate

Family: Pyroxenoid

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Rhodonite Bracelet by DHD
Correspondences

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beautiful Raku Beads


I have been up to my elbows in these amazing raku ceramic beads that I got for this month's DHD subscription box projects. Two great pieces of jewelry have been made for subscribers using these plus some other beads in different sizes and a few silver ones thrown in for good measure. ⠀ ⠀ 

I just love how this 16th-century Japanese craft is still used today to create such beauty. It uses porcelain and glazes to create beads, small sculptural elements, and other items, each being unique due to the handmade nature and the Raku process.

Most types of pottery are loaded into a cold kiln where the firing proceeds slowly until the desired temperature is reached. This firing cycle may take anywhere from 8-24 hours or more. When the kiln has reached temperature, it is shut off and allowed to cool enough to be able to remove the ware using bare or lightly gloved hands. The cooling cycle may last from 12-24 hours or longer. The item is considered finished when it is taken from the kiln. 

In raku, the pieces are preheated and loaded into a hot kiln. The firing proceeds at a rapid pace with the wares reaching a temperature in as short a cycle as 15-20 minutes. Glaze maturity is judged by the trained eye without the use of measuring devices. When the firing is determined to be completed the wares are immediately removed from the kiln. Since at this point the glaze is molten, tongs or other lifting devices are used. 

At this point, the process is still not complete. The beads are put into a container with combustible material such as sawdust, or leaves and allowed to smoke. The atmosphere created reacts and affects the glazes and clay and imparts unique effects and surfaces to the wares. When the beads have cooled, they are washed with an abrasive cleaner to remove all residue of soot and ash. What remains is called Raku.

I really am looking forward to hearing what my subscribers think of the jewelry that was created from these great beads!