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  1. The beautiful Trove Eyelash set from True & Co. is on sale right now. Through the weekend (August 16th) you can save an additional 15% on these sale pieces with the code PRIVATE15. You’re welcome. ♥
  2. Tj and I just signed up for Bright Cellars, a (newer) wine subscription service. I can’t wait to share the results with you! You can save 50% on your first month using my referral link (which also gets us a free bottle of wine, so that’s cool). This will be my first time trying out a wine subscription service, and I’m really looking forward to the results. This Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenach blend from Petit Chou will be in our first box.
  3. This blazer! Olive velvet pairs well with black lace. +Boots.
  4. Only five days remain on the Bath Sabbath expansion Kickstarter! Get in on this one. Bath Sabbath is a small batch, cruelty-free skin care company with a heavy metal theme. Their products are all sulfate and detergent free, and are great for sensitive skin. Check out their current line on etsy! For a pledge of $17, you can get yourself a beautifully sculpted soap or handcrafted beard oil. She’s Staring at You is scented with pomegranate and lime, plus notes of bergamot, bavender, and a hint of frankincense.
  5. I really want this coloring book when it comes out in October. Do you still color on occasion? I love it so much. I think it’s really important to hold on to a few childhood rituals; for me, coloring is definitely one of these.
  6. I love these super simple zodiac pendants from Moorea Seal. Birthday gift? Sure, thanks.
  7. The Lost Valley Ankle boot from Free People is a beaut. Black, obviously, but the other color options are lovely as well.

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I needed a blog sabbatical. I can’t be bothered to offer an explanation. Suffice to say I was feeling a little weary and self-indulgent. But hello. Since my last post, I’ve been home to Vermont, spent some hours in Boston, planted some greenthings, and have had some really great beer. More on that forthcoming. Welcome back. This post has been in my drafts for ages, so I figured I’d polish it up and send it out into the world. Friends, it’s a start!

Dani and I are currently in the process of planning a baby shower for a co-worker who is pregnant with her first little kidlet. Since all  of our gifting ideas seem to be rooted in rainbow fantasy hippy land, we’ve decided to go with an appropriately themed party. I’m honestly out of my element, here;  I haven’t planned a party since college, and I have zero experience with baby showers (and babies). That doesn’t mean that brainstorming hasn’t been a total blast, though. Can we wear unicorn horns and fairy wings? I don’t know, but there will be glitter on the cupcakes.

Buying baby stuff is lots of fun, but I was feeling like poor mama was getting left out of the equation. Their registry is obviously focused on more practical items, so we’ve been trying to find balance, picking up little things here and there that will pamper mom and keep her spirit high when things are looking tough. After all, carrying this little human around has been (and will likely continue to be) a lot of hard work!

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1 bebe // 2 mama

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3 bebe // 4 mama

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5 bebe // 6 mama

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7 bebe // 8 mama // 9 mama

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If you’re a mom, tell me what your favorite baby shower gifts were! Was there anything you received that was super thoughtful? We’ve also encouraged people to bring books to the shower instead of greeting cards, so feel free to leave some suggestions!

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I know I have been away from this space, but I am finally finally over this treacherous cold! Joy. I had intended to share this post with you all on Monday, but I spent my entire day home from work, under the covers with echinacea tea, Bearna and Netflix. It was not even remotely charming. It was snotty. This was, of course, after spending five days trying to pretend I was okay. I can be an idiot. I don’t always take very good care of myself, and I am an awful sick person. I would like to start doing …better.

 

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commonly used to/ ground

absorb or remove negative energy

protect

transform dreams, ideas into reality

found/ worldwide

astrological sign/ Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn | chakra/ root, solar plexus

Last year for Valentine’s Day, Timothy surprised me with beautiful smokey quartz necklace and earring set. I wear them often, but I find myself particularly drawn to them when I am anxious and in need of comfort. Much of that comes from these stones being a gift from the person who is the most grounding presence in my life, but I think they hold a bit of that energy, themselves.

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1. double pointed quartz specimen, Alyssum Alchemy / 2. smokey quartz point on hand formed ring & brass chain, Taxil Hoax / 3. hooded cowl tunic in smokey quartz, Run With The Tribe

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I figured it would be safe to reveal what I’m giving my lady pals for Mother’s Day, as none of them read this blog (probably)!

Some background before the reveal: I am a… secret spiritualist? I don’t know. That sounds lame. I keep it to myself, mostly, so it’s kind of strange to put that out there. Atheist, definitely. I believe in freewill. I believe in science. I know old energy exists all around us, and I know life is simply amazing. I totally believe in ghosts (that’s another entry altogether), but I don’t believe in higher power. I believe that ritual is necessary, comforting, whatever that ritual may entail. A ritual may or may not result in something real or tangible, but what is real is different for everyone.

I love. I exist. I am made of stuff that is ancient.

So now that you know a bit about where I’m coming from…

I thought it would be nice to put together a tiny gemstone “care” package, something full of positive energy, for the deserving mothers in my life.

I chose these specific gemstones after doing a bit of research. What I have listed here are the powers that are commonly associated with these specific gemstones; I wanted to choose a combination that was healing, restorative, and balancing for these insanely hard-working women. I really do think, though, that any power can be applied to any object, and that this kind of energy association can work for just about anyone. I find these common associations a great starting point, and I rather like the idea of a focused, community energy.

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Moonstone: symbol of femininity, soothes emotions, aids with stress

Picture Jasper: “Mother Earth” stone, grounding/harmonizing, absorbs negative energy

Rose Quartz: unconditional love and peace, restores trust/harmony

Amazonite: soothing, calms mind and nervous system, balances masculine and feminine energy

Sodalite: peace, healing, wisdom, dispels fear/guilt, stimulates trust

I knew that I had to include moon stone and rose quartz, and the others came up as I was searching certain characteristics. Aesthetically speaking, this ended up being a really lovely mix of stones.

** I have one extra set of these (with a handwritten and painted card) to give away. Leave a comment before 12:01am Tuesday, May 14th if you’re interested. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday. US only, please, and be sure to leave an e-mail so I can get in touch with you if you win! You can also tweet a link to this post for an extra entry. Please leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet if you choose to do so! ♥

++ I bought all my gemstones from Green Earth Stones on etsy.

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