With the holiday season right around the corner, I can imagine that many of you have already started your Christmas shopping (or your close to finishing it!). I myself am pretty close to being finished; I’m just waiting for one or two more packages to come in the mail. Although I don’t have any stockings to fill this year, I can imagine some of you may have names to cross off your list. These are some of my favorite small, inexpensive gift ideas, as I’ve tried many of them myself and know them to be successful. I hope this list gives you some ideas!


“Don’t Fuck Up The Table” Coasters | $16

When I saw these table coasters on Amazon, the first person I thought of was my mother. I’m sure you all had someone immediately come to mind as well :). Not only are these hilarious, unique, and thoughtful, they’re also extremely practical for daily use! I decided not to get them this year because I already bought my mom a few other things, but they’re definitely going to be a contender for Mother’s Day. For only $16, four high-quality coasters with a resounding message isn’t a bad stocking stuffer idea!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0748FR8XM/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_3?smid=A2X5V0RFCKUXE0&psc=1


Soft Silicone Phone Case | $12

Of all the places to find high-quality essentials for very cheap, Amazon is (obviously) my go-to place. This phone case is soft and rubbery on the outside, but lined with a hard shell to keep your phone extra safe. As someone who drops her phone quite frequently, this is definitely something I need in my life, and I’m sure many of you would love it too! I think practical gifts are always a win-win, and it’s especially hard to go wrong with a sleek phone case. Especially one that’s under $15 with four and a half stars!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TL74L3W/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A19M45FZHM6T2U&psc=1


Cat Pens | $6

I usually don’t buy pens online, but these adorable cat pens were so cute, I couldn’t pass them up. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented, smooth, and high-quality they felt, and for only $6, it’s all the better. If you have a cat-lover in your life (like I do), this is the perfect small gift for him or her. Just like the table coasters, these pens are also a practical gift that are guaranteed to be put to use. I’m looking forward to buying these again in the future for both myself and others.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AXCRBYC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s03?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Juno & Co. Velvet Beauty Sponges | $20

As someone who wears makeup almost daily, I can tell you firsthand that these are the nicest makeup sponges I’ve ever tried. They work great both dry and dampened, and give my high-coverage foundation an amazing, airbrushed appearance on my skin. Additionally, because they are not spongy or porous, they don’t suck up the product and therefore waste it. I’ve been using these sponges for months now, if not close for a year, and I love having them in my collection! I promise the makeup lover in your life will adore these too.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HXQ9CPZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Abundance and Prosperity Crystals | $29

If you know someone who’s really into natural healing, green magic, or simply just beautiful decor, a set of crystals is a wonderful gift idea. Crystals can obviously be used for meditation or holistic purposes, but they also make for lovely decorations around the house. As someone who has been collecting crystals for years (and I’ve bought this particular bundle myself), I can testify that they are a beautiful, timeless gift. Even better, you’re supporting an independent artist by purchasing from this seller.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0793F7V13/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Mesh Produce Bags | $14

This is actually a gift I bought for my mom for Mother’s Day, but I think it would also make an excellent Christmas present (especially for a parent or a zero-waste friend). These mesh produce bags are designed to be used in place of plastic produce bags at the grocery store, so you can feel better about your impact on the environment. Like many other suggestions on this list, mesh produce bags are an extremely practical gift that are guaranteed to be put to good use.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E2QRPG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Quartz itself is a very common variety of crystal (in fact, it’s the most common crystal), but there’s nothing ordinary about Spirit Quartz. Spirit Quartz is a delicate blend of Amethyst, Citrine, Smoky Quartz, and White Quartz, and it comes in a variety of different gorgeous colors. My particular specimen of Spirit Quartz is of the White Quartz variety, and has a beautiful, milky, ethereal pearl glow. Like many other white crystals, white Spirit Quartz is a symbol of peace, feminine energy, cleanliness, and unity. It is also sometimes called Fairy Quartz, which is also a very fitting name for the stone. 

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White Spirit Quartz- very similar to the piece I have in my own collection.

The other five types of Spirit Quartz are Amethyst Spirit Quartz, Citrine Spirit Quartz, Smoky Spirit Quartz, Aqua Aura Spirit Quartz, and Flame Aura Spirit Quartz. In theme with the color associations, Amethyst Spirit Quartz is ideal for channeling the higher chakras, such as the Third Eye and Crown chakras. Citrine Spirit Quartz, which takes on a pale gold hue, is ideal for utilizing self-worth and empowerment. Smoky Spirit Quartz is a gray-brown variety, perfect for releasing deeply held emotions and letting go of trauma. And lastly, Aura Aura and Flame Aura help are used to channel water and fire energies, respectively. 

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A stunning piece of Aura Spirit Quartz

Although all of these varieties are beautiful and important, I’m going to be focusing primarily on the White (Fairy) Spirit Quartz. Spirit Quartz is well-known for bringing harmony and bonding to families and groups of people. It stimulates healing and peace in households where tension and pain may be high, although no crystal should ever be used in place of what actual therapy or authority figures can offer. For all milder purposes, however, Spirit Quartz can be excellent for relieving tensions and rivalries. In regards to physical healing properties, Spirit Quartz of all varieties is believed to aid in allergic reactions, scars, cysts, and growths. Because the feminine energy of Spirit Quartz is so strong, it is also believed to help with infertility and difficult pregnancies.

My favorite thing about White Spirit Quartz in particular is that it can be used to energize all the chakras equally. It is perfect for meditation and promotes a peaceful state of mind, as the gentle energy of the stone cleanses your mind and fills you with ethereal joy. Spirit Quartz is also associated with a variety of different guardian angels and spiritual beings, if that’s something you  believe in. I’ll leave a link below detailing the chart and how they correlate with the different varieties of quartz.

Although it’s not as common as “regular” quartz, such as clear quartz or plain amethyst, quartz can still be found readily online and in crystal shops. You’ll find lots of different varieties of Spirit Quartz on Etsy in particular, so feel free to pop over there if you’re interested in buying some!

Further reading: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/spirit-quartz

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I was first introduced to this powerful crystal after reading in excerpt about it in The Little Books of Crystals by Judy Hall. Auralite 23 is an absolutely beautiful concoction of 23 different elements and minerals, and is only available from one crystal gem mine in the entire world. I am lucky enough to own a small rod of it myself, and I often find myself just marveling at its delicate beauty. I discovered through research that Auralite 23 is the world’s oldest gemstone- developed more than 1.5 billion years ago in “The Cave of Wonders” in what is now Ontario, Canada. Unsurprisingly, Auralite 23 can be hard to find. It is available from a few Etsy retailers and online crystal retailers, but just make sure you are shopping from a reliable source. 

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Because Auralite 23 is made up of 23 minerals, it’s basically like you’re getting 23 crystals in one! Some of the most notable healing properties of Auralite 23 include self-acceptance, self-confidence, lucid dreaming, soul following, calmness, and intuition. Auralite 23 is a highly spiritual stone, and is best utilized for the Third Eye and Crown chakras (although it is also perfect for balancing the rest of the chakras). In regards to physical healing, some people believe that Auralite 23 can help with relieving tension, headaches, eye strain, and muscle spasms. I like to have a few certain crystals around me while I am working or doing strenuous activity, and Auralite 23 is one of those special stones. Because it has such intense energy, some people believe that Auralite 23 is too powerful to use for unwinding and relaxing. I personally haven’t noticed any strong intensity coming from my stone, but maybe that’s because I have such a comparatively small piece of it.

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Perhaps as an attribute to its ancient beauty, Auralite 23 can help to promote wisdom and ancestral healing. If you are someone who is interested in advancing your metaphysical healing practices, Auralite 23 is a truly magical addition to have. Although Auralite 23 may look delicate, it has a powerful, profound healing presence. I am so happy with the joy I feel radiating from this crystal, and I am very much looking forward to meditating with it in the future to continue my journey to self-actualization.

Like I said, Auralite 23 is very rare and can be hard to come across if you aren’t looking in the right places. Spiritualmagickal.com has a collection of Auralite 23, but they are huge chunks of the gem and cost up to thousands of dollars. If you are searching for a small, pocket-sized piece, I recommend the Etsy shop TheGoddessCircle. She has almost 500 reviews on her shop, and currently stands at five stars. I bought my medium-sized Auralite 23 wand from this shop for under $25, and it’s an absolutely beautiful piece. 

If you are interested in learning more about Auralite 23, I will include the link to one of my favorite information sites below! Thanks for stopping by and giving my blog some love.

Learn more: http://www.spiritualmagickal.com/auralite-23-crystals.htm

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It’s undeniable that I have a pretty large crystal collection, and with the number of cute crystal shops around me, it’s a given that I’m continuously adding to it! There are also a number of online crystal sellers to choose from, which is where I got most of the crystal’s in today’s haul. I actually already had quite a few of these crystals already in my collection, but like I said, I love to keep adding.

The seller I purchased these crystals from is RubyDubyDu in Amazon, and they arrived pretty quickly after I placed my order (even though they weren’t shipped with Prime). The only crystal I picked up in person was spirit quartz, which I purchased at a store called Village Silversmith.

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Citrine is really the star of this new bundle, because I received two very large, raw chunks of it. I did own citrine before this, but I only had one very small, tumbled stone. Considering all the lovely benefits of citrine, I can always justify adding more of it to my life. Citrine best aligns with the solar plexus chakra, and it is perfect for bringing energy and abundance into your life. I’ve heard it described as “sunshine encapsulated into a crystal”, and that’s a pretty accurate description of citrine’s power. I consider citrine to be a classic stone in anybody’s collection, and it’s one of the first stones I recommend to beginners.

Garnet is a powerful stone that can be utilized for the root and sacral chakras, because the energy of the stone is all about passion and earthiness. Some stones are renowned for having more feminine energy than others, and this is definitely a stone that I associate with that energy. It’s been said that garnet is excellent for regulating sex drives and sensual explorations, so if you’re looking to spice things up in the bedroom, consider tucking a piece under your mattress. Additionally, going along with the feminine-energy theme, garnet thrives best when it is recharged in new moon nights. Garnet is also safe for water cleansing, if that is something you prefer.

Aventurine is a stone I have mentioned a few times before here on The Diplomat’s Digest, and that’s because pink and green stones are my absolute favorites to collect. Some people believe that green aventurine is the luckiest out of all the crystals, especially when it comes to manifesting prosperity and wealth. For me personally, I love this stone because it represents new growth. It’s easy to feel tied down by the privations of the past, or the guilt of your mistakes, so I enjoy meditating with aventurine to remind myself to let go. Aventurine itself comes in a variety of different colors, and I also have this stone in yellow. It’s an absolutely stunning crystal, and I would recommend it to everybody.

Malachite is the most recent crystal I have covered here on my blog- I actually just wrote a full-page analysis of it last week, if you’re interested in learning more! In a nutshell, malachite is ideal for letting go of trauma. The energy of this stone promotes self-worth, willpower, and forgiveness- especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Malachite contains both heart and solar plexus chakra energies- an unusual combo for a crystal. If you experience blockages in your self worth and self-esteem, you may want to consider adding malachite to your collection. It’s easy to find, and it’s also approved for water cleansing. Just don’t touch raw malachite, as the dust particles can be toxic! Polished malachite is always best and safest.

Clear Quartz is possibly the most versatile, easily accessible stone I can think of, and I have tons of it. Unlike many crystals that come from specific parts of the world only, clear quartz is a universally-found stone, and it’s probably one of the cheapest you can buy. Clear quartz is also ideal for all of the seven chakras, making it a great beginner stone if you’re not sure what to buy first! Because it is such a versatile stone, it is important to listen to this crystal and let it guide you, rather than the other way around. Generally, clear quartz is used for transformation, clarity, and healing- in all senses of the word.

Pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, is a stunning crystal to feast your eyes upon. Perfect for the solar plexus chakra, pyrite aids in confidence, luck, abundance, productivity, and supercharged creativity. If you really need a boost of get-it-done energy, pyrite is an excellent stone to have on hand. It can help you burn through procrastination, which is something I appreciate greatly (especially when I’m trying to focus on writing!). Pyrite is an ideal workspace crystal, so I’m definitely going to be stashing this stone on my desk to have near while I’m working on projects and goals.

Tiger’s Eye is an absolutely gorgeous, dark stone, with ribbons of gold running through it. Like clear quartz, Tiger’s Eye is a another versatile stone, perfect for the sacral, solar plexus, and root chakras. It is a perfect stone for energy activation, courage, and protection, especially when you find yourself facing a new, scary situation. Tiger’s Eye was also very popular in the 1970s, when people compared its energy to the fire of activism and social change. If you are trying to add some positive changes to your own life, you may get a lot of satisfaction out of the courage this stone will bring you. I know that I sure do.

Carnelian is a perfect stone for energy, creativity, confidence, and vitality- all things that align with the sacral and solar plexus chakras. Like garnet and tangerine quartz, carnelian is an excellent stone for aiding in sexuality and vibrancy in the bedroom. It’s also ideal for sparking creative energy, and can help you to prioritize your physical goals. It’s like a pocket-sized personal trainer, constantly encouraging you to get up and get moving. Additionally, carnelian is immune-boosting, so keep it close by in cold and flu season!

Moss Agate is a cleansing, renewing crystal, and it’s perfect for strengthening your garden’s energy. I occasionally will nestle crystals into the soil of my potted plants, because who’s to say my plant isn’t benefiting from the positive energy? I sure like to believe it does! Like many green stones, moss agate is also an ideal stone for attracting abundance, especially if you’re trying to bring in some extra cash dollars in the workplace. Personally, I’ll just stick to putting it in my garden, but let me know if it brings you any wealth or prosperity!

Spirit Quartz is one of the two crystals in my haul that I have never owned before now, so I’m extremely excited to work with it! It’s an absolutely gorgeous, elegant stone, and comes in varieties of milky pearl, lilac, and even orange. The particular type of spirit quartz I have is called “fairy spirit quartz”, which is the opaque white variety. White spirit quartz is perfect for activating all seven chakras, and resonates well with physical healing in the body. Like many other white crystals, this variety of spirit quartz symbolizes feminine energy, ancient goddesses, purity, and unity.

Those are all the crystals I’ve picked up in the last few weeks, and I’m so excited to meditate, analyze, and familiarize myself with them. Like I said, I got a majority of these stones online, so I’ll leave the link to the shop I used below.

Further reading on crystals: https://www.crystalvaults.com/

The online shop I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0793F7V13/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Malachite is a crystal I have wanted to add to my collection since the beginning, and now that I have it, I’m so excited to study it and eventually start working with it. I love all crystals, but pink and green crystals in particular resonate with me the most. It probably has something to do with the fact that pink and green are my favorite colors, and also, those colors correlate with the heart chakra. Green stones can also symbolize abundance- abundance of love, joy, and spirit.

Malachite is believed to carry extraordinary healing abilities. It’s all about holding onto good vibes and living in the moment, but when necessary, reminds us to turn over a new leaf. The stone channels new, spiritual growth, and “prunes off” the brambles holding you back.

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A stunning close-up shot of polished malachite.

Malachite not only symbolizes emotional growth, but also promotes and celebrates the growth of nature. I love to set different crystals around my plants, so malachite, selenite, and moss agate have been my go-tos lately. Malachite is perfect for plants and gardens because it draws out impurities and fixates on the beauty of the flowers, trees, roots, and plants.

In regards to physical healing, malachite is considered excellent for female energy. Some people believe that malachite can help lessen the pain of menstrual cramps, sexual dis-ease, and even labor pains! To me, meditating while on my menstrual cycle is a form of low-stress, healthy self-love. If I am ever feeling particularly stressed or plagued by my menstrual cycle (which happens often due to PMDD), I love to sit cross-legged on my bed and meditate with a few crystals. If you also struggle with a hormonal imbalance, I would definitely recommend adding malachite to your crystal collection. Other physical healing properties associated with malachite include relieving cold sweats, malaria, trembling/Parkinson’s disease, asthma, and kidney problems.

While malachite is most often associated with the heart chakra because of its color, you can also use it to promote energy flow in your Third Eye to activate visualization and psychic awareness. Malachite is also excellent for the solar plexus chakra, because it facilitates deep, emotional healing, and releases negative energy/old traumas. Obviously, all of these reports are based off of opinions and personal experiences, but if you are someone who suffers from trauma-based anxiety (like me), you might find some solace in meditating with this stone. I love all my crystals, but malachite truly is a stone that I have an extra-strong relationship with. Malachite really vibes with me, and it’s a stone I enjoy reaching for in times of emotional distress or pain of the past.

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Important information to know about malachite: while some stones can be combined with water to make elixir, you should NEVER consume malachite. You should also only use polished or tumbled malachite, as the raw form and dust particles can be toxic. Malachite is an easy stone to purchase, and can be found in bulk on a variety of different websites. I actually purchased my tumbled malachite from a seller Amazon, and I am so happy with the quality and size of the stone! Like I’ve said before, Village Silversmith is my favorite place to purchase crystals, but they are only readily available in the New England area. Amazon does have some surprisingly good options, and there are a multitude of Etsy shops that will offer the stone as well.

Further reading: https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/malachite

Pictures: https://www.123rf.com/photo_54359804_natural-texture-background-polished-surface-of-malachite-mineral-gemstone-close-up.html

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I have a hard time justifying why anybody would need a subscription box, including me, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re fun in theory. I myself have never even had a subscription box to anything, so I’m basing all if these assumptions on what I’ve seen and heard online. For my birthday one year, I did get a one-time Stitch Fix box, but I never signed up for an actual subscription. I guess that makes me slightly more informed about this subscription box than the other ones, so I’ll happily give you all my thoughts about the experience.


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If you’re someone who struggles with finding a direction in fashion (especially if you hate shopping for clothes), Stitch Fix just may be your new favorite thing. The first step of Stitch Fix is filling out a style profile, which includes your preferences, sizes, and price range you’d like to stick in. You are assigned a personal stylist, who will then put together a box of clothes/accessories and mail it directly to you! You can try on everything and see how you like it, and if you decide you don’t want something, you just mail it back. In short, you only have to pay for the things you want to keep. That being said, there is a $20 styling fee if you decide not to keep anything, but the good news is shipping and returns are free! Like I said, I’ve only received one box from Stitch Fix, but I was pleasantly surprised by how spot-on the stylist was, and how easy the entire process was.


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The rest of these subscriptions are things I’ve never tried before, but love the concept of in theory. The Curiosity Box is on the complete other side of the spectrum, because it contains a variety of collectibles, math puzzles, science toys. You might recognize the creator of The Curiosity Box- Michael Stevens, a.k.a the man behind VSauce and Mind Field. All of the contents of the box come with directions from Michael, and even better, a portion of all the proceeds are donated to fund Alzheimer’s research. Each box also comes with a book, usually covering subjects that Michael himself would talk about in a YouTube video. Can we send humans to Mars? Why is glass transparent? Michael actually even states on the website that he uses some of these books for his research, so as far as I’m concerned, they’re all fantastic reads.


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Lunarly is one of the first subscription boxes I ever familiarized myself with, and honestly, I would totally sign up for it if I had the disposable income. It combines everything I love- self care, tea, crystals, candles, and plants. Let me repeat that last part: they send you a FREAKING PLANT. Each monthly box is centered around the New Moon, which influences what the contents of that month’s box will be. Last month’s box, for example, was titled the “Sap Moon” and represents the unfolding of the world as winter begins to melt away. I really love the hand-picked quality of the box, and how much emphasis is placed on self-care and loving the gifts of Mother Nature. I myself am really interested in moon cycles and learning more about them, and Lunarly seems like a great place to start. I’ll let you guys know if I ever give this box a try in the future, because I really do like the mission of the company.


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You all know by now that I am a slut for a good book. And if you didn’t know that, hi, my name is Sarah Desroche, and I am a slut for a good book. I love to read multiple books at a time, including audio books, and I also host my own monthly book club. Unless I have a set schedule of reading, I can quickly fall behind, so I love the idea of committing to monthly books that I have to finish in a given amount of time. Book of the Month will search through hundreds of books to hand-pick five that they think you’ll love, and then you choose the one you want to read. I’m interested in reading a variety of different genres, so I love the idea that I can choose from different books and decide the one I want to dedicate myself too. I haven’t been able to find pricing for Book of the Month, but I believe it is run on a system of credits. If you don’t want to read a book for a particular month, you can just roll over your credits!


Those are the top four subscription boxes that have caught my eye in 2019. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these in the past, and what your thoughts and feelings are! What are your personal favorite subscription boxes? Let me know in the comments.

Links: (Not affiliate)

Stitch Fix: https://www.stitchfix.com/

The Curiosity Box: https://www.curiositybox.com/

Lunarly: https://lunarly.com

Book of the Month: https://www.bookofthemonth.com/

All photos are taken directly from the websites!

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As many of you know, crystals and stones are a major part of my life. I love to collect them, research them, and use them in practical application. But what is “crystal healing”? And do I actually believe in it?

Short answer: Kinda.

Long answer: First and foremost, let’s establish what crystal healing actually is. In a broad sense, crystal power refers to the belief that the vibrations of crystals and stones can positively line up with our bodily energy field. I do believe that there is truth to this- as Nikola Tesla said, everything vibrates, everything has energy, everything has frequency. Crystals, in their fragile, exquisite state, are excellent sources of positive energy and enlightenment. Crystal healing has been used since the beginning of time in ancient civilizations, including the ancient Egyptians. There’s a lot of fascinating research on the history of crystals in culture- I highly recommend looking into it!

A lot of crystal healing is dependent on thinking. If you think your crystals have healing potential, the more likely they are to amplify positive thoughts. Or, in even simpler terms, if you think it will work, it probably just will (aka the placebo effect).

For the record, there’s nothing wrong or derogatory about crystal healing being based on placebo. If you’re still getting that sense of relaxation and inner peace…why does it even matter?

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One of my newest crystal additions, a raw chunk of citrine!

I’ve had many enlightening experiences with my crystals, but it’s hard to say whether or not it was an actual scientific experience of crystal enlightenment. There isn’t really a way to prove that crystal healing really works on, say, a molecular level, so it’s definitely up to the interpretation of the person using the crystals. For me, I like to believe that my experiences are mostly placebo, but I never completely exclude the possibility that the vibrations of the crystals affect my energy field.

There are particular crystals that I feel a strong, unexplainable attraction to, such as bloodstone and green aventurine. These crystals heighten certain emotions in me- peace, happiness, tranquility, and ultimately, anxiety relief. My attachment and love for these stones undeniably heighten the fact that they “work” for me. It goes back to the placebo effect- if you want something to work, it probably will, even if there is no scientific backing behind it. It doesn’t really matter to me either way- I still love to meditate with my crystals after a stressful day, or pop a couple in my bag on my way out the door. If something is working for you and creating a positive impact on your life, why not indulge in it and accept it? And even more importantly, why bother tearing it apart and questioning it? I try not to think about whether or not what I’m experiencing is actually scientific, because at the end of the day, it simply doesn’t matter to me.

Whether or not crystal healing is “real”, I still enjoy writing about it, exploring the different believed properties, and using the stones in practical application. I really, truly love taking care of the gifts of nature- animals, plants, and especially crystals. Crystal collecting and healing is a beautiful hobby to pick up, because there is such an abundance of information on crystals and how we can interact with them on an emotional level. Whether or not you actually believe in them, it’s impossible not to admire their delicate, graceful beauty.

Further reading: http://time.com/4969680/do-crystals-work/

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My morning routine came out last week, and genuinely had such a good time putting it together, it seemed right to make a nighttime routine as well! Just like my mornings, my nighttime routine can vary daily depending on the day. Sometimes I like to pamper myself with bubble baths and movies before beds, and other times, I’m out late with my friends and the only thing I bother to do before getting into bed is just taking off my makeup.

Taking off my makeup, actually, really is the only task I will do FAITHFULLY. There is absolutely no way in hell I will get into bed with makeup on my face, no matter how tired I am. I also absolutely cannot go to bed until I’ve taken all my pills, because even forgetting them for one day can give me really aggressive side effects. If you’d like me to put together a complete article all about Lexapro and how it has affected me, let me know in the comments!

Anyhow, like I said, removing my makeup and taking all my pills are the two most essential steps in my nightly routine. My current favorite makeup wipes are these Crystal Melon ones by Pacifica, which is a vegan beauty company based in Oregon. The wipes smell truly amazing, like some kind of fruity smoothie, and they remove even the toughest mascara and full-coverage foundation off of my skin. After that I’ll do just normal bathroom washing, like brushing my teeth and washing my face. And if I discover I have a pimple, hey, I’ll probably mess around with that for ten minutes or so.

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Something I did tonight (Tuesday the seventh) that I usually only do once a week is straighten my hair. Like I said last week, I only wash my hair on Tuesday nights, and after letting it air dry for a few hours, I give it a really solid flat ironing. I have a lot of hair to flat iron, and it usually takes around 30-60 minutes, so I like to pass the time by listening to audio books and podcasts. I talk a lot about self-care and pampering on this blog, and for me, doing my hair is just another relaxing way for me to take care of myself.

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Before…and after.

The next thing I’m doing tonight, and what I do on many nights, is fill my oil diffuser with water and essential oil- usually something relaxing and sleepy, like lavender. Surprisingly, even though I have an anxiety disorder, I actually sleep very well throughout the night and can fall asleep very easily. I partly (mostly) attribute this to having ASMR/Bob Ross videos on, but additionally, I think aromatherapy can really help in aiding with sleep. Tonight I used Silver Fir essential oil in my diffuser, because I’m feeling very nostalgic for the winter months. If you’re interested in getting an oil diffuser, I’ll leave the link to where I got mine below.

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I don’t do this every night, but I try to sit down with my crystals and cleanse them at least a couple times per week. If you are an avid crystal user like me, then you know that stones need constant cleansing to restore their energy and help deplete them of any negativity they may have picked up. You can do this by using water, sunlight, moonlight, or just focusing positive intentions on your crystals. Depending on which stones I’m cleansing, I like to use a mixture of all four of those methods. I also occasionally like to set up crystal grids, and hand-pick the crystals that I think will particularly aid me for that week. If you’re unfamiliar with crystal grids, I’ll leave a link to a great video below that describes the concept very well. The crystals I have chosen for my grid this week are selenite, citrine, emerald, clear quartz, smoky quartz, hematite, and black tourmaline, which will harmoniously work together to detox and energize me. At least, I sure hope it will, because I’ve been needing energy to get through the intensive new workout regime I’ve started this summer!


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I love having my plants right above my bed on my windowsill!

The last thing I do before bed is water my plants, assuming they’re dry and they need a drink. My newest sprouts, which are tomato, sage, sunflower, and silver daisies, get generous water every night. My succulents only get watered once a week, because over-watering those types of plants can effectively kill them. I’ve been absolutely obsessed with plants lately, as you may have guessed, and I truly get excited when I see them growing with my love and care. I’ve heard people say that positive reinforcement can help plants grow, so while I water them, I like to remind my plants how beautiful they are and how big and strong they’re going to grow. Am I a weirdo?

That’s more or less everything I like to achieve in a calming, restorative nighttime routine. Every night is a little different, like I said, but my main goals are to take care of everything around me, like my crystals and plants, and most importantly, take care of myself. I have four favorite channels that I rotate listening to before bed: Bob Ross, WhispersRed ASMR, Vsauce, and The Buddhist Society of Western Australia. I think tonight is going to be a Bob Ross kind of night, and honestly, I think my plants feel relaxed by his voice, too.

That concludes my average nighttime routine. Goodnight, sleep tight, and I’ll see you all on Thursday!

(Note: I don’t think I officially announced this yet, but my summer posting schedule is going to be Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a few extra articles sprinkled in!)

Oil diffuser: https://www.amazon.com/Diffusers-Homeweeks-Colorful-Essential-Adjustable/dp/B01NBH66QV/ref=asc_df_B01NBH66QV/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167159788949&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4216281603644499064&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001922&hvtargid=aud-643574997066:pla-310552205223&psc=1

More about crystal grids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMW6cbwwiQ


THE BASICS:

Chakra: Throat, Third Eye

Birthstone: None

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Planet: Moon

Element: Water, Air

Typical Colors: Rich royal blue, green, yellow, violet, with white veins or patches


When I was first getting into crystals and stones about a year ago, sodalite was one of the first crystals to catch my eye. I have a couple pieces of sodalite- one tumbled, and one raw, but they’re both equally beautiful and interesting to look at. To me, sodalite resembles a planet being born, covered in royal blue water with veins of white ice running through it. In that case, I suppose it makes sense that sodalite is utilized to strengthen spirituality in the Third Eye chakra, and how we think creatively and intuitively. 

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Sodalite in the tumbled form

I read a quote in a book about a metaphorical “veil” we have between ourselves and the rest of the world, and to me, that’s a great way to explain the concept of the Third Eye to someone. I’ve mentioned the quote many times before on my blog, but I’ll add it in here just in case you haven’t heard it:


“Mom says each of us has a veil between ourselves and the rest of the world, like a bride wears on her wedding day, except this kind of veil is invisible. We walk around happily with these invisible veils hanging down over our faces. The world is kind of blurry, and we like it that way. But sometimes our veils are pushed away for a few moments, like there’s a wind blowing it from our faces. And when the veil lifts, we can see the world as it really is, just for those few seconds before it settles down again. We see all the beauty, and cruelty, and sadness, and love. But mostly we are happy not to. Some people learn to lift the veil themselves. Then they don’t have to depend on the wind anymore.”


When we open our Third Eye -or lift the veil- we are able to see the world for what it really is, and pay adequate attention to the hefty concepts in life. If you’re like me, and you struggle to remember what really matters in life sometimes, you might benefit from adding sodalite to your crystal collection. Emotionally, sodalite brings order and calmness to the mind. Meditating with sodalite encourages rational thought, objectivity, truth, and intuition, and self-esteem. It can also aid with calming panic attacks, if that is something you struggle with. When my PMDD is at its height, I find that I am more prone to panic/anxiety attacks, so sodalite is a must-have.

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Raw sodalite chunks

Some people also believe that sodalite can aid in physical ailments, like boosting the immune system and overcoming calcium deficiencies. Because sodalite correlates with the throat chakra as well, it can also be used to treat the throat, larynx, and voice hoarseness. Additionally, some people have claimed that sodalite can aid with insomnia!

I love sodalite, because it’s a total “Renaissance man” of crystals. And by that, I mean it’s wonderfully useful for a variety of different things. Whether you need help with your sleep schedule, your self confidence, or your connection to the spiritual world, sodalite could definitely be the stone for you.

Sodalite can be very easy to purchase, both online and in your typical crystal store. I get most of my crystals from Village Silversmith, which is a shop based in the New England area. If you’re interested in purchasing sodalite online, Etsy is a great place to start! Like many other crystals, it’s very inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this crystal diary today. I’m hoping to get to Village Silversmith soon, so I can stock up on some new crystals to show you! I just recently bought a gorgeous cluster of spirit quartz, so maybe that will be the next crystal I write about!

Further reading: https://www.charmsoflight.com/sodalite-healing-properties

https://www.energymuse.com/sodalite-meaning

Pictures: http://www.gemsbymail.com/Tumble-Mix-Rough-Sodalite-1-LB-p383.html

SODALITE Mental Clarity Stone, Study Buddy, Meditation Crystal

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As I’m sure many of you know, I am an avid collector and fanatic of healing stones. Ever since I first became familiar with metaphysical healing about a year ago, I have been slowly (and definitely surely) building a tiny family of crystals and stones to aid me through the journey of life. When I became friends with Alexa, who is a classmate of mine, I was so excited to learn she also shares a love and knowledge of crystals! Today, I’m here share Alexa’s crystal jewelry shop, her advice and knowledge about metaphysical healing, and also, discuss our favorite crystals with a metaphysical healing tag. I found the tag from a YouTube channel called All About Crystals, but we added in some of our own questions as well. Let’s begin!


A brief introduction to crystal healing:

You may be unfamiliar with what exactly “crystal healing” is, and how such an inanimate object could hold so much power. In short, all crystals vibrated to a different degree based on their size, shape, color, and light frequency. These vibrations are able to essentially “sync up” with our own energy vibrations, also known as chakras, and give us a sense of peace, relaxation, and healing.

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-How did you first get into crystals and minerals ?

Alexa: I’ve always been drawn to researching alternative medicine and learning how to incorporate natural remedies in my everyday life. I have always loved learning about essential oils, and herbs. I was not aware of all of the amazing benefits of healing crystals until the beginning of college when I was introduced to them by a friend. At first, I was drawn to crystals because they are beautiful, many are mesmerizing to look at. When I began doing research on crystals, I just could not get enough. After about a year of studying all different types of crystals and minerals, I came up with the idea of creating my own healing crystal jewelry shop. I have such an excitement and passion about it, I knew that if nothing else, it would be a super fun hobby!

Sarah: I actually came across a YouTuber around the spring of 2018 named The Lune Innate, and it was she who inspired me to start my own collection/family. I say “family” because I admired how much individual love she had for all her stones, and how each stone seemed to have its own personality. Every crystal also has its own special healing abilities, and it’s fun to go down the rabbit hole of reading about them all!


-How many crystals and minerals do you have in your collection ?

Alexa: I would say I probably have around 100. Most of my pieces are quite small as I mostly buy them from my local crystal shop called “A Broader Concept” in Hooksett NH. Most of their pieces are only 50 cents – $1.00. However, I have recently been expanding my collection to investing in larger pieces. I look at it as an investment because crystals are one of the few purchases you can make that will live longer than you.

Sarah: If I had to make a guess, I would say around eighty. I also tend to buy smaller stones, because they’re cheaper and easier to buy in bulk if needed. Most of the crystals I purchase are from The Village Silversmith, but I also have purchased quite a few online. It’s really amazing how inexpensive they are, considering what you get.


-What was your first ever crystal or mineral?

Alexa: My first ever crystal was a small raw piece of rose quartz. I was going through a pretty rough time dealing with a lot of grief from the loss of loved ones, and the end of a 5 year relationship. After doing research, I found that this crystal is excellent for both grief and heartache. I feel as though it helped me in unexplainable ways and my collection has been expanding ever since.

Sarah: On my first endeavor to buy crystals, I actually got a small bundle of them. I don’t remember exactly what they were, but I specifically remember there was sodalite, green aventurine, bloodstone, rose quartz, clear quartz, black tourmaline, and a few others. Black tourmaline in particular immediately had a strong hold on my emotions, because it’s a very grounding stone to use in your living space. I was able to immediately feel its effects once I brought it into my home.


-If you could only own ONE crystal or mineral for the rest of your life, what would that be and why?

Alexa:  I have a large Rose Quartz puffy heart which is just my favorite piece in my collection. (I love all heart shaped crystals.) Rose Quartz is my favorite crystal for many reasons, it may also have a special place in my heart since Rose Quartz was the first type of crystal I ever owned. Something about the energy really calms me down. I am a fire sign (Aries) and sometimes I feel like I need that kind of energy that will keep me grounded.

Sarah: I definitely would choose bloodstone, without a doubt. Just like Alexa, I am a fire sign, and my energy/ambitions tend to jump all over the place. Bloodstone prevents me from running out of steam too quickly, because it boosts both vitality and energy levels. I definitely feel like I am able to achieve more in my life when I have this stone close to me.


-Is there any crystal or mineral not in your collection you would love to have?

Alexa: Lately I have been finding myself drawn to working with clear quartz and selenite and I would love to own larger pieces of them perhaps large spheres or points.

Sarah: The next stone that I would like to add to my collection is malachite, for a few different reasons. First and foremost, it’s an absolutely gorgeous stone, but it also aids in energy cleaning and positive transformation. I want 2019 to be a healing, transformative year for me, so malachite will be a perfect choice.


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