Monday, 22 September 2014

My Favourite Crystals

A few of my beauties
Crystals have been used by tribes all over the world for many years for their therapeutic and healing properties. For example Baltic Amber amulets can be traced as far back as 30,000 years ago. Each different type of crystal has a unique structure which causes it to resonate at a certain frequency. These frequencies are what give it the beneficial properties. 

Crystals come in many shapes and sizes. There's tumble stones which are literally as the name suggests. They are put into a machine and tumbled until the crystals are smooth. 
You can also get wands with pointy ends. These can be used during healing practices such as Reiki. You can also use wands to charge your other crystals as the point enables the energy to flow directly. 
I love crystals in their true form, un-tumbled and un-carved. I think it gives more of a connection with mother nature due to there being no middle man messing with it.

I love my little crystal collection and feel lost when I don't have one round my neck. I thought I'd share with you our favourite crystals and would love it if you commented with your favourite crystal and what draws you to it.

My Selenite pieces
I absolutely adore Selenite. It contains feminine energy and can be used to connect with angelic or spirit guides. It's name comes from the Greek Goddess of the moon, Selene. 

This is such a beautiful crystal which has a frosted pearly white colour. It really is quite beautiful to look at as well as being amazing to hold. Perhaps as it's made up of 70% water is the reason it has such a soft feel to it, it actually reminds me of frosty ice shards. 

I was initially drawn to this crystal due to the it's properties. It boasts extremely high vibrations and can help to bring light from the higher realms into the physical body therefore helping with personal transformation and healing on all levels. The frequencies from Selenite are so powerful it absorbs any negative energy which surrounds it. This can benefit us by helping to clear the mind. As an added bonus this beautiful crystal directs high frequency energy into the body stimulating spiritual, physical and emotional healing. 

To cleanse Selenite you should not put it in water as it can dissolve easily. This isn't really an issue as Selenite is so pure and elevated it doesn't need cleansing. In other words it doesn't store bad energy, it absorbs the negative vibrations and then transforms them into light. 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapiz Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man. It's actually made up of a number of different minerals - mostly Lazurite, Pyrite, Calcite and Sodalite. This may be the reason why it's so powerful. It can even be traced back to 9,000 years and was used on King Tutankhamen golden mask.
 It is another one of our favourites. This is due to the strong energy coming from it as well as its amazing benefits. This is a good crystal to aid with concentration which is well needed when tackling written work. The colour is a stunning dark blue which represents honour. This fits in nicely with its other attributes such as it being a stone of friendship which helps to bring harmony to relationships. It is also known as a stone of truth as it brings honesty of the spirit. Spiritually this beautiful crystal can help to quickly release stress which can result in peace and serenity. 

Just like Selenite it assists with connecting with spirit guides due to it being a good connector of the celestial and physical plane.

If you're thinking of buying some crystals I can fully recommend the lovely Kerry at Spirit and Soul Island
She has a wide range of beautiful pieces and has new stock regularly. 
The Lapis Lazuli pieces in the above picture were bought from here.
You can check her page here.

Do you have a favourite crystal and if so what draws you to it? 

**This post was originally posted on my other blog 'Rematter Psychedelic News'. 
You can view it here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Travel Tips

I think it's time for a holiday so I've been looking online for some trip planning sites. There's many to choose from but a lot of them are complicated and long winded. Luckily I stumbled across Amadeus. They have an easy to use online travel planning service which I can thoroughly recommend. The website has lots of tools including subway maps, weather forecasts, currency converters and airport guides. Basically you have tons of information in one place instead of having to search on numerous websites which can be time consuming. 
Picture 1
To start off with you give your plan a name. I choose the highly creative name 'Trip to Thailand'. Then add some tags - for example I decided to use 'buddism', 'beach' and 'Thailand' as my tags. This then brings up various pictures related to the chosen tags and you can select which picture you want to use as the trip picture. 
Stage 4 involves adding a short description to your plan. Maybe say why are you going there and what you want to do when you're there. 
Picture 2
Once this is done you can then move onto the specifics. There's a search bar where you can search flight details and Input where you want to go to including dates and the site will bring up different deals (see picture 2)
One thing I love is that you can add favourite links to your plan. For example if there's a certain place you want to visit you can add that and then it's logged so you wont forget about it. I've added a link to 'The Golden Buddah' in Koh Samui as this is somewhere I really want to visit.

If you have any plans for a holiday you really should head over to Amadeus to create your travel plan. It's fun as well as informational and it'll stop you having to search through site after site for different bits of information. 

My Favourite Meal of the Day

Anyone who knows me knows I love food. One of my favourite dishes has to be eggs. Not only do they taste amazing they're also full of nutrients and can be eaten at any time of the day in a massive variety of ways. One of my favourite egg based dishes has to be Omelettes due to being able to throw in any item you like. I normally go for as much cheese as I can fit in, sliced mushrooms, diced bacon and some diced red pepper. What a tasty way to start the day and to top it off it fills me up till late afternoon so I suppose it's good for if you're watching your weight.

Even though Omelette is one of my favorites you can't beat a couple of large Red Lion Eggs. Soft boiled with seeded toast soldiers covered in butter - absolutely beautiful! 

My only issue with this is that I don't actually know how to boil an egg properly. Even though everyone thinks you boil the egg for 3 minutes it just doesn't work for me. I can't seem to get it right. I either cook the egg for to long and end up with a hard yolk which is no good for dipping my toast in or I end up with a soft yolk with an uncooked white. For this reason I don't eat boiled eggs as much as I would like to. 

Does anyone have any tips on how I can get the perfect runny, soft boiled egg? 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Incompetent Solicitors

A while ago I had to deal with solicitors. I didn't find the experience very pleasurable to say the least. Of course, dealing with solicitors isn't meant to be a happy thing but it would have been nice to not have the added worry that came with it.

I had to deal with missing files that led to me having time off work due to needing my signature again (this happened several times) as well as phone calls that weren't returned. When you have the stress of the actual issue you're at the solicitors for as well as incompetent solicitors then stuff can begin to get a bit much. 

My friend has suggested taking my issue to Redress Law so they can help me. Suing a solicitor for negligence isn't exactly a day to day thing and it really isn't something I want to do never mind being something I can be bothered doing. Luckily my friend said Redress Law helped her out no end and it wasn't as daunting as it sounds. I gave them a call and they explained the process in brief. I have an appointment soon so we can discuss it further and I'm hoping I can get things sorted as soon as possible.

Have you ever had issues with solicitors and if so what did you do about it? Any advice would be welcome.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Salad Doesn't Have to be Boring!

Roger's Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Crunch.
I've been eating a a lot of rubbish food lately so have decided to cut down on the luxuries and start experimenting with healthier options such as fresh salads - and less fried food of course! I know I say I'm going to start eating healthy a lot, I actually do but it doesn't really last that long. I suppose a few weeks of eating healthy is better than continuously eating rubbish fatty foods. 

Anyway, my boyfriend wasn't to happy with my decision. He thinks salad is rabbit food, he says it's leafy and boring. So cliche! I assured him I would search out some healthy salad recipes that would be enjoyable and tasty at the same time.

After a quick search online I found the Florette website. It has a great selection of suggestions. From 'Turkey and Clementine Salad' to a 'Super Healthy Green and Halloumi Salad' the suggestions cover a variety of ideas. Of course there's Vegan and Vegetarian recipes but there's also meat loaded recipes which make my mouth water just looking at them. 

The recipe I plan to try first is 'Roger's Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Crunch'. I have no idea who Roger is but I like his style! I have all the ingredients I need for this dish except for the Croutons so will fetch some tomorrow and get on with making this yummy sounding meal. 

I can't wait to try this as it looks and sounds so tasty. If it tastes as good as the picture looks then we're in for a treat! I will let you know how I get on and I'll let you know if I changed the other halves view from "leafy and boring" to something a bit more positive.

Do you have any salad recipes you want to share?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Water Saving

As a lover of mother nature I'm always looking for ways to cut back on my own negative impact on the environment. I want my children and their children to enjoy their natural surroundings however with the rate we are going there wont be any surroundings left to enjoy. This is due to many factors such as wasting water and not recycling. The worlds resources are being wasted day after day - there's only so long this can continue. 

If everyone takes it upon themselves to make changes - no matter how big or small then perhaps this could be slowed down somewhat. Personally I feel that the easiest and probably most effective way to make an impact would be to adopt small behaviors that can could be repeated each day making it an effortless task which could turn into habit. This way you will be having a positive effect without actually putting any effort in as it will all come naturally to you. 

I like to look out for articles that suggest ways to save our resources. The Happier Homes website has different pieces of information with regards to making the home healthier. This includes information on how to save water. One thing they suggest is that you could use a dishwasher instead of washing up by hand. They claim this could save up to 11 times the amount of water. I don't know how good this would be for the environment on a whole as I'm sure the electricity used to power the dishwasher would level out the savings.
If you'd like to see how much water you could save yourself then have a look at their useful water calculator
I had a go myself and it says that If I swap from hand washing to using a dishwasher I could save more than 18,000 litres per year. 

If everyone made a conscious effort to save water surely it would make some impact? 

What things do you do to help protect our environment? 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Airwick Fragrances

Everyone likes their surroundings to smell nice, especially when you're stuck indoors for whatever reason. I live in a house share and I like to relax in my own room instead of in the living room. It can get a bit stuffy when I'm sitting in the one room all the time so when I was asked to review some products for Airwick I jumped at the chance. First for me to enjoy was a 'Sapphire and Blue Cotton' reed diffuser. I was excited to try this as I find reed diffusers pleasing to the eye as well as smelling beautiful. What makes me even happier to try this product is my love for the cotton scent. It brings back memories of being back at my childhood home in the Winter. My mom would always tumble dry the washing and the house would smell so soft and fresh, it was really homely. I'm pleased to say that this particular scent lingers in the room and is very welcoming. It has a soft tone to it which is soothing and relaxing. It looks really pretty too which is a bonus. 
I was also sent a 'White Vanilla Bean Ribbon Scent' candle to try. Made with essential oils the scent fills the room when melted. You can enjoy the fragrance properly which is nice and unlike some other scented candles I've tried. Personally I love candles for the reason that you can enjoy the smell when you decide to instead of having the smell forced upon you at all times which could be the case for other scented products such as air fresheners. Another bonus is that candles are a relaxing and romantic edition to the home. This particular candle has a cute design being white with peach coloured stripes running across it. It comes in a square glass holder which is heavy with a thick base which should stop any marking on my table sides. Don't take my word for that though, I don't want to be liable for any damages. 

I have to say I love my candle a bit more than the reed diffusers but only because of how relaxing a candles is. I will most definitely be purchasing some more Airwick candles, I have my eye on the Pink Sweet Pea fragrance next. It has a beautiful bright pink colour to it which would look great in my bedroom. I will also be purchasing some reed diffusers for the bathroom as I would like a constant scent in there more than I would in my bedroom.

What's your favourite scented product?