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Spiritual Gemstones And Their Meanings

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Many people, including myself as of recent, turn to crystals for their healing properties. I'm a firm believer that gemstones and crystals are full of elemental energy. These precious stones help channel our true intentions and when placed in certain areas of the body, can provide mental and physical benefits. I personally use my crystals when I need to create alignment and balance within my body's energy field. I keep two jade stones in my office for focus and to help reduce stress. I recently went to a cool shop along the beach in Monterey, CA. There were crystals and gemstones everywhere and I was so overwhelmed. I picked a few that stood out to me and decided to study what their meaning and intentions were. Amethyst This is one of my favorites aesthetically. Amethyst is a spiritual healing stone widely used in meditation. It can help reduce anxiety, protect against fear, instill calmness and alleviate feelings of guilt. Amethyst stones tend to be lilac or purple in color. H

Top 5 Ultimate Holiday Side Dishes

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                                                                       (Photo credit: Closet Cooking)                          When it comes to Christmas dinner, the side dishes are just as important as the main course. Why stick to the same boring mashed potatoes and green beans already served at Thanksgiving? Here are my top 5 Christmas (or any fall holiday) side dishes. 1. Ultimate Cornbread Casserole (Courtesy of Five Heart Home ) You won't find a cornbread recipe more savory and decadent than this one! You can choose to buy a cornbread mix from the grocery store or make it from scratch. The jalapenos are also optional depending on how much spice you want in your life.  Ingredients: 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1-2 tablespoons sugar 1 16 ounce bag frozen corn, thawed 1 cup milk 1 cup sour cream 6 tablespoons melted butter salt & pepper to taste 1-2 jalapenos (optional) 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese How To Make It  1.