Cleopatra-Style Milk Bath with Roses

Cleopatra style milk bath with roses at CHO

My husband laughs at me for being so critical of myself. When we are on the beach, for example, I will look at another woman and say, “I wish that I had her legs,” or “I would love to have a chest like that.” He finds it so odd that women think this way, and tells me that he doesn’t look around and say, oh, “I wish I had those abs.” I agree with him that we women can be far too critical of ourselves. I believe that it is important to be healthy, and to strive to be the best person you can be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. That being said, I also think that we need to start loving ourselves and accepting the…

30 Days of Love

Love at Crystal Hills

The 30 Days of Love Challenge Well we are 30 days away from Saint Valentine’s Day. Although it is primarily a celebration of romance and romantic love, I think it’s the perfect time to celebrate all aspects of love. Many of us are in such different stages in life, may it be happily married or trying to feel love again for their partner, a new parent overflowing with love, a teenager experiencing their first love, devastated after a breakup and trying to feel self-love or a new relationship that is in the initial stages of bliss. All of these situations present the opportunity to celebrate love. It is said that the frequency of love vibrates at 528 Hertz, which is higher than the frequency of…

Slow Cooker Burrito Soup

Burrito Soup at Crystal Hills Farm

Slow Cooker Burrito Soup Here is a great slow cooker recipe that’s easy to make and is vegan, gluten free and dairy free. The protein and fiber from black beans offer a satiating and lasting effect to keep you going until your next meal. This recipe creates an abundance of servings which can be stored in the freezer for future meals. Recipe Vegan, gluten free, dairy free Yields 6 Servings Ingredients 2 cups, Black Beans (cooked, drained and rinsed) 3 cups, Diced Tomatoes 1 Sweet Onion (diced) 1 cup Organic Frozen Corn 1/2 Green Bell Pepper (diced) 2 Jalapeno Pepper (de-seeded and diced) 2 tbsps. Chili Powder 2 tsps. Cumin 1 tsp. Oregano 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper 2 tsps. Himalayan Salt 1 cup Brown Rice…

Goddess Spotlight – Kari Tribble

Kari Tribble Goddess Spotlight

Goddess Spotlight I wanted to create the Goddess Spotlight so that it could serve to inspire women to awaken their inner goddess and let their inner light shine. I would love it if we all could feel like we were in a state of enchantment that allowed us to feel beautiful, sensual, confident, passionate and empowered. Where we all felt valued, cherished and loved while truly expressing our inner truth. Our Goddess this season is Kari Tribble. I have followed her on Instagram the last few years and truly adore her as I find her to be inspirational and very knowledgeable about energy. She has written some pretty amazing blog articles, of which my favorite was Recycling Negative Energy with The New Moon | A…

Mint Chocolate Layer Bars

Mint Chocolate Bar

Who knew these bars could be raw, gluten free, vegan, grain free, dairy free and of course amazing all in one go!? There are no artificial colours or sweeteners in this recipe and they are naturally coloured with spinach juice. This recipe calls for peppermint oil, which is more potent than peppermint extract. I have not tried this recipe with peppermint extract, if you do use it, add the required 1 teaspoon then add more to your taste. Recipe Yields 20 bars Ingredients Crust base 10 medjool dates, pits removed 1 cup sunflower seeds (or substitute with almonds, if you have no nut allergies) 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 tablespoon maca powder (optional) 1 teaspoon food grade peppermint oil 3 tablespoons coconut milk (or sub…

Emerald

Emerald at Crystal Hills Organics

Emerald THE luxurious, deep green colour of the emerald has attracted many over the ages. Records dating back to as early as 4000 BC indicate that the emerald was valued and sought after. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, as Cleopatra had a fondness for this gemstone. There are many tales that incorporate the emerald: Cleopatra seeking eternal youth and beauty; European alchemists and the sacred “emerald tablet”; the emerald being one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon; and the Bavarian poem where the holy grail is described as a magical and luminous stone that had fallen to Earth during a struggle in heaven. Even the Greek philosopher Aristotle included the emerald in his writings, speaking to the…

Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake

Mexican lentil quinoa bake

Mexican Lentil Quinoa Bake I always try and incorporate one day a week to be devoted as meat free. It is generally a higher day in carbohydrates so I have more fuel for exercise! You can get plenty of vegetarian protein through beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, organic tempeh, free range eggs, and organic dairy. This lentil quinoa bake is great on its’ own or can be served with organic ketchup or barbeque sauce. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!   Serves 6 Ingredients ⦁ 1 cup dried quinoa ⦁ ¾ dried red lentils ⦁ 2 ½ cups filtered water ⦁ 1 small red pepper diced ⦁ 1 green pepper diced ⦁ 2 shallots or 1 small onion diced ⦁ 2 large celery stalks, diced…

DIY Facial Mask for a Youthful Lift

diy facial mask for a youthful lift

  A few summers ago, a miracle happened. My babysitter’s eighteen year old brother picked her up after work. I was standing in the door frame, saying good-bye to her, wearing cute little jeans, a light top, and a white linen boyfriend blazer. I had just had my hair done that day, and was probably looking more angel blonde than usual, and feeling lighter and happier than usual, having just spent a free day getting my hair done and doing some fun uptown shopping. He was waiting at the curb in his vehicle, and was clearly blinded by the sun. Nonetheless, my sitter told me that he thought I was another nanny and asked her to give him my phone number. He had no idea…

Amethyst

amethyst crystals

The beauty of this violet coloured gemstone may enchant us when one considers the significance of amethyst through the ages and cultures. Historically, amethyst was once considered of equal worth to the emerald, diamond or ruby. The ancient Greeks carved wine goblets out of amethyst to keep a clear head while drinking. In the middle ages it was worn by royalty and nobility to signify power, and adorned crowns, rings, and sceptres. Amethyst is referenced in the bible and is considered one of the precious stones in the breastplate of the high priest, while Tibetan monks used mediation malas (prayer beads) made out of amethyst, as it is considered a sacred stone. These days, it is more commonly known as the birthstone of February. Amethyst…

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