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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 Best Christmas Brunch Ideas

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                                    (Photo credit: A Taste of Home ) 1. Seasonal Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits                                                 (Photo credit: Brian Leahy Photography ) How beautiful do these look? Impress your guests and family with these healthy parfaits as an appetizer. They're so easy your kids can help make them! You can find the mini parfait cups in the plastic version at Walmart or Amazon. If you want the fancier glass ones, try Bed Bath and Beyond or Crate & Barrel. Fill each cup with plain granola, one big scoop of yogurt (plain or flavor of your choice), and top with your favorite seasonal fruits.  2.  Grinch Juice                                                          (Photo credit: Emily Hlavac Green) Skip the boring mimosas and try out this fun cocktail instead. The Grinch Juice can also be made virgin of course, for the kids or those who don't drink.  Ingredients: 1 packet of Kool-Aid lemon-lime mix 3 cups of lemon-lime soda 4 cup