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60 Years of Marriage

What were you doing in 1958? Most of you probably weren’t even alive. I wasn’t even a thought back then but I do have two lovely people to thank for my existence. My grandparents just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Holy cow! 60 years is more than half a century! What a beautiful commitment? My…

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Activated Charcoal and Aloe Vera Face Mask

This is a perfect mask for the summer. The aloe vera is great if you’ve been soaking in the sun. The activated charcoal acts as a natural detoxifier. I didn’t really get into face masks until recently but they are a total game-changer. Face masks are a wonderful way to incorporate a little more self-care…

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Ridge’s Stitches Guide to Kansas City

A trip to Kansas City always brings me back home. I grew up there until I was 10. It’s where I learned about seeds, gardens and the importance of keeping in touch with your roots. My mother would take us down to the River Market to this awesome shop called Planter’s Seed. While she gathered…

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What are Adaptogens?

I was rolling these Chocolate Chip Matcha Energy Balls at my parents’ house the other day when my grandparents showed up. I needed some taste testers so I asked everyone to try them. My grandpa actually loved them and he and my dad started to ask what was in them. I told them one ingredient,…

Spotify Playlist Collaboration Comradery

One of those things that gets me out of the bed in the morning and keeps me up at night is the collaborative playlists I make with a few buddies on Spotify. As a yoga instructor, listening to the same songs again and again can get a bit exhausting. About every two months or so,…

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

We had Thanksgiving at my aunt’s house and my parents live legit two blocks away from them. I had to zip out of the Thanksgiving feast a couple times to change my laundry over at my house and my 11-year-old cousin asked to join. He just had to get out of the house and away…

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Petrified Wood

This stone came from a real extreme hippie shop in San Francisco near Haight and Ashbury. I honestly thought my mom would be so overwhelmed when she walked in but surprisingly she thought the stones were pretty interesting. She actually got one petrified wood stone for my two sisters, herself, and me. I love this…

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Amethyst

Amethyst is the purple quartz stone you probably have seen before. It can actually range in color from reddish brown to yellow and even colorless depending on the temperature. It is found mostly in southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Madagascar, parts of Germany and Russia. This stone is good for fear and guilt, which makes it…

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Rose Quartz

This was the first stone I really got into. I remember being at a Kaskade show at Navy Pier when this awesome chick, Tara handed me over a pink rose quartz. She just told me to hold it for a minute and shortly after I felt a sense of serenity rush over my body. I…

Black Tourmaline

This one is a new one in my collection of crystals but it’s pretty groovy. It comes in pretty much every color but the most common is black. It is found in the United States, Brazil, Africa, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. It’s a nice protective shield against negative energies and fearful thoughts, acts as a…