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Month: July 2017

How Tarot Cards Changed My Daily Routine

How Tarot Cards Changed My Daily Routine

  Daily Draw   Daily draw readings are my favorite type of spread. Depending on the question you want answers to, there are a number of different types of spreads that specialize with each type of question. Here’s my version of a daily spread that […]

I’m bringing the Clarisonic back!

I’m bringing the Clarisonic back!

Skincare is my NUMBER ONE obsession. I’m always testing new products (Korres Greek Yogurt Cleanser shown in the picture is being tested currently!), reading product reviews, and browsing to see what new products are on the market. However, no matter what havoc I wreak on […]

What does your birthstone say about you?

What does your birthstone say about you?

Photo: Little Moon Crystal Co.

 

Zodiacs, horoscopes, crystals. Some believe the day and year you were born manifests certain characteristics in a person. Birthstones are one of my favorite mystical symbols that have been used for centuries. Using crystals for protection, wealth, and other purposes has become extremely common, however I feel like birthstones have slowly drifted away from popular culture.

 

Learn more about your birthstone below and think about how it resonates with your personality. Let me know in the comments section if your birthstone fits your personality well! Either taken seriously or lightly, birthstones are fun and can be a unique conversation starter if nothing more!

 

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Photo: Little Moon Crystal Co.

 

Birthstones

January – Garnet

Garnets traditionally have a very powerful presence and are often used to help keep travelers safe! Wearing a garnet can also provide a positive energy source. People with this birthstone tend to be very organized and resourceful. If you need a decision made quickly, garnets are the best people for the task.

 

February – Amethyst

Amethyst can help form loving relationships and prevent toxicity. Calmness can also be found while wearing an amethyst, and they’re often placed around a home for serenity. If your born in February, you most likely are very calm and peaceful.

 

March – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is seen as very youthful and often linked to the ocean. Creativity and focus are often characteristics of aquamarine. People with this birthstone hold honestly to the highest caliber and will always be honest with you no matter what. Like the ocean, they are strong and clear.

 

April – Diamond

Diamonds are the ultimate symbol of everlasting prosperity. Often associated with purity, diamonds provide courage and today are a classic representation of love. People born in the month of diamonds are very resilient and can withstand anything. They love deeply and form strong relationships with others.

 

May – Emerald

Fertility and beauty are characteristics of emeralds. Wearing an emerald can bring great wisdom in difficult times. People with this birthstone are often very good at bringing people together. Many people born in May love hosting gatherings and being amongst friends and family.

 

June – Pearl

Like the diamond, peals are another symbol of purity. Peals tend to exude serenity and can even bring fourth positive relationships with loved ones. People associated with pearls love nature and are very fond of being outdoors.

 

July – Ruby

Rubies have always been a symbol of nobility and honor. Warding off evil, bringing success, and a harmonious life are the main characteristics of rubies. People born in July are very fearless and come off super confident to most people.

 

August – Peridot

Peridots are often used to protect from enchantments. Endurance and strength are two main attributes of peridots. People with this birthstone are very kind and love to be around people. Talking to new people and turning strangers into friends are these people’s highlighting quality.

 

September – Sapphire

Sapphires are symbols of faith and loyalty. Poisonous thoughts and people can be combatted with sapphires. People born in September are very powerful people and are often very good at leadership roles.

 

October – Opal

Confidence and creativity are associated with opals. People with this birthstone are quiet, but very creative when they’re alone. Often seen as shy, these people tend to be introverts because they prefer the comfort of their own creative space.

 

November – Topaz

Topaz has characteristics of love and peace. Wearing topaz can increase healing for any ailment of the mind of body. People associated with topaz are great with money and try to keep their finances in check often. If your born during November, you tend to have good luck and a positive attitude.

 

December – Turquoise

Traditionally turquoise was used to bring good fortune. People with this birthstone are seen as old souls and can be very slow decision makers. Traditionally, people associated with turquoise are very compassionate.

Interview with Fitness Guru Nikki Magnuson!

Interview with Fitness Guru Nikki Magnuson!

Nikki Magnuson is a college student turning her love of health and fitness into a business venture! Nikki runs an online wellness community of people working towards different goals. Learn more about Nikki’s business, her own personal path to wellness, and feel free to contact […]

Witchy Chic Amazon Purchases!

Witchy Chic Amazon Purchases!

I still don’t know how to feel about Prime Day, but Amazon is still easily one of my favorite websites for everything under the moon. Amazon HAS to be plotting world domination by now, but let’s take advantage of it while we can so here […]

Spooky Box Club “Sweet Nightmares” Review

Spooky Box Club “Sweet Nightmares” Review

Box subscriptions are really having a moment these days. No matter what your interests are, there’s a box subscription for you! I’ve come across wine subscription boxes, crystal subscription boxes, and even underwear subscription boxes!

 

While watching YouTube videos one day I came across Spooky Box Club and fell in love! Immediately I subscribed and couldn’t wait to receive my first box! Under the “About” section of Spooky Box Club’s website they state, “Spooky Box Club make, design and sell an exciting range of exclusive alternative lifestyle goods with an emphasis on cute, witchy, gothic, interests and styles”. October is typically the only time I can find spooky home decor, so I love that this box subscription features spooky items the entire year long!

 

I’ll be doing monthly reviews of Spooky Box Club so make sure to subscribe to the newsletter on the right. Each month features a different theme with different products as well as a few standard products, like charms and lollipops, that are unique to the theme. July’s theme is Sweet Nightmares and features 2 Dead Tired pillow cases, a sleeping mask, tea, a charm, a lollipop, a necklace, and two pins!

Sweet Nightmares Box Review

My favorite part of this month’s box is the 2 Dead Tired pillow cases (only 1 is featured in the picture). The material is super soft and machine washing directions came in the box as well. The pattern is super cool and unique and I’ll definitely be displaying them on my bed for an added spooky touch to my room!

 

The necklace included in the box has stars and moons on it, which follows the Sweet Nightmares theme. I always need more jewelry and this necklace is the perfect simple piece to wear everyday! The charm in the box is a moon, and like I mentioned before Spooky Box Club includes a charm in the boxes as a recurring item. The next item featured in the box this month is some Sleepy Time Tea, which is 100% chamomile blossoms. The tin is super cute, and follows the theme perfectly!

 

The Luxury Sleeping Mask is very soft and is perfect for keeping every trace of light out for a good night’s sleep! I travel for college quite often so this sleeping mask is also perfect for plane naps! The lollipop featured this month is a really cool blue swirl, which is another recurring item in addition to the charm! I might collect the lollipops and display them in a cool apothecary jar as decoration. Two pins are also included in the Sweet Nightmares box! One says “No Sleep” and has a bed with spooky ghosts around it, and the other pin says “Nightmare Fuel” and has a spooky looking hand! I can’t wait to put these pins on my jean jacket!

 

Overall, I’m super pleased with this month’s Sweet Nightmares box and I’m looking forward to the next month’s box! Again, make sure to subscribe to the newsletter for updates on new blog posts and possible giveaways! Thank you for reading and make sure to check out Spooky Box Club!

Essential Oils Blends for the Modern Witch

Essential Oils Blends for the Modern Witch

Essential oils have become very popular recently, however they’ve been around for nearly 5,000 years! Using the medicinal purposes in their practice, ancient Egyptian healers were one of the first people to recognize the importance of essential oils. A spooky fact that’s really sparked my […]

Witchy Chic Brands That You’ll Love!

Witchy Chic Brands That You’ll Love!

Unique brands are easier to find now that instagram, etsy, and amazon has made it easier for people to shop online. Finding more brands that cater to the more spooky side of style has really helped me develop my own personal style better! Here’s a […]

How to Energize Your Day, Naturally

How to Energize Your Day, Naturally

Yes, coffee will ALWAYS be my go to morning caffeine burst, however throughout the day I find myself fighting fatigue. I wish I was constantly energized on my own, but when my afternoon Chemistry class comes along I’m constantly having to snap myself out of an in class afternoon nap! Creating ways to energize myself naturally has really helped me stay focused throughout the day and I hope this list will help you too!

Natural Ways to Energize

Essential Oils

My favorite energizing blends include; grapefruit, peppermint, and lemon! Check out my post on essential oil basics to learn more! Essential oils are also really good for school or work because you can take a roller ball dispenser in your backpack or purse. I was recently testing a product for free by Nature’s Origin called the Invigoration Essential Oil Blend¬†which I applied to my wrists, behind my ears, and chest. Aromatherapy helps change my mood, and is especially helpful to fight that mid-day fatigue!

Matcha

I love making refreshing iced matcha lattes in the summer time! Mix up 1 tablespoon of your favorite matcha (my favorite David’s Tea Matcha) with about 8 oz of coconut milk in a blender. Blend until creamy foam appears and pour over ice! Drinking matcha helps fight fatigue without the annoying jitters of that second cup of coffee!

Yoga

Getting your body moving helps the blood circulate and awakens your senses! I wasn’t a believer at first, but try a couple of poses and check out how they make your body feel. On mornings where I feel especially groggy, I used to do yoga in my bed before my feet even touched the ground. When I need an afternoon pick-me-up I do the same exact morning yoga poses and end up feeling more energized! My favorite energizing yoga poses can be found here, and include child’s pose, cat/cow pose, seated spinal twist, and many others.

 

Tell me about your favorite ways to energize your day in the comment section below!

Insta-worthy Wire Wall Grids & New Spooky Room Decor

Insta-worthy Wire Wall Grids & New Spooky Room Decor

I’m always checking instagram for new room decor ideas and fun projects to do. That’s when I saw these amazing wire wall grids from Urban Outfitters for $50! I created my own wire wall grids for a fraction of the price, and I can now […]