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Refresh and Renew | Nest Jewelry

January is the perfect time to focus on yourself after the busy holiday season. My daily routine would not be complete without Aura Soma Pomanders. These beautiful, colorful bottles are each mixed with a combination of essential oils and crystals to bring you balance and clear your energetic field. It’s like a mini spa treatment that you can easily do any time of day. These are great gifts for young and old, male or female and especially for that “hard to buy for” person on your list.

Pomanders are offered in larger, individual bottles or there is a handy travel set that can easily fit into your purse or backpack. The small bottles can go through security at the airport, which is a plus because we can all use a nice refresher while traveling.

You can also clear the air in your home or office with Pomander Room Sprays. These are great to set the tone of a space or refresh a room. For example, if you are having a meeting at work that needs some added creativity, use the turquoise spray. Or, if you need to clear negative energy use the magenta spray. It’s fun to play around with the various colors to see how the mood changes. Want a passionate night? Try infusing the room with sprays of the red colors.

How they work:

Each bottle gets its color from the crystal energies that are inside, so each bottle has different healing properties. For example, the white clears negative energies and the red gives you energy, while the pink helps facilitate unconditional love for yourself and others. Yellow can help if you are feeling fearful or nauseous and turquois blue helps you to communicate your feelings. The good news is that you don’t have to know what each bottle means, you simply just use what you are drawn to. Don’t over think it. Trust your instinct.

How to use the Pomanders:

Select the color that speaks to you. Once you have chosen a color, pump three sprays onto the palm of your hand. Keeping your hands just a few inches away from your body, start at the top of your head and work your way down your entire body as though you are “washing” your aura. When you get to your feet, pull both arms up over your head then finally in front of your nose where you will inhale three times. You will feel the shift in your energy, leaving you more balanced and refreshed. This is just a guide to get you started but feel free to play around with it.

Refresh, Rebalance, and Replenish your energies with these beautiful Pomanders!

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Make an even MERRIER ‘Gin-N-Tonic’

Make an even MERRIER ‘Gin-N-Tonic’

Try this Rosemary twist on a regular Gin and Tonic for the holiday season!

Garnish it with a sprig of Rosemary and every sip you take smells like you are in the middle of a snowy forrest cutting down your very own Christmas Tree.  I suggest adding dried cranberries to the sprig for pop of festive color (and a little snack).

Here’s my favorite ingredients for THE best G-N-T:

  • The Gin Factory – Natural Botanicals Rosemary Gin
  • Spectacular Tonic Water
  • Ice
  • 1/2 Lime Squeezed Fresh
  • Garnish: Fresh Rosemary Sprig and Dried Cranberries 

Have a happy holiday and ENJOY!

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Guilt-free Blueberry Muffins | Nest Jewelry

Guilt-free baked goods…what could be better? These muffins have more protein than conventional breakfast pastries, less carbs, no gluten and they still have all the flavor! These are my go-to on busy mornings. I don’t enjoy baking if it’s overly complicated so I have narrowed down the recipe to just a few ingredients. I had the recipe memorized after making them just a few times and I can whip them up in less than five minutes. A quick tip to cut down on dishes is to only use “1 cup” and “1 teaspoon” to measure and just eyeball it. I fill up the measuring cup halfway with oil and then top it off with the maple syrup. Easy peasy!

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Ingredients:

2 cups of almond flour

1-teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1 cup of frozen organic blueberries

3 organic eggs

1/2 cup of organic coconut oil (liquid)

1/2 cup of organic maple syrup

Lemon zest

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place paper liners in each cup of the muffin tin.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well. Then, add the blueberries.

In a separate bowl, combine eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and lemon zest. Mix well.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry and stir until combined.

Fill up each paper-lined cup three quarters of the way with the mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes.

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You can eat them hot, right out of the oven but they will stick to the paper liner. If you allow them to cool then they will peel away easily. You can also substitute the blueberries with cranberries. Bon Appétit!

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Clean Coconut Soup – The “Cure All”

After indulging over the holidays, my body is in need of some clean eating. This Clean Coconut Soup is the best for getting back on track. It has all the necessary flavors of spicy, salty, sour, and bitter to tantalize the taste buds. When anyone in my house is feeling under the weather this is my go-to soup. I swear by it. The best part is that it’s super easy to make and you can modify the ingredients based on what you have in your pantry. Sticking to rules ruins creativity so make it your own!

First, I went and picked some lemongrass from my back patio. If you enjoy Thai food I suggest you plant this in your garden immediately. Or, you can plant it in a pot like I did. Lemongrass is super easy to keep alive for those of you who don’t have a “green thumb” and looks great as a decoration.

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Some people dry and eat the leaves. I find them too stringy so I only use the root end.

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Then, I quickly pick a lime or two from my lime tree and head inside to start cooking.

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I suggest using organic products. They’ll taste better, have more nutrition and you don’t have to worry about contaminates that could be harmful to your body. Also, you don’t need to measure out these ingredients. Getting somewhere close will do the trick!

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Ingredients:

2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces

1-2 cans of coconut milk, depending on how creamy or broth based you want it (I suggest you don’t get the ‘reduced fat’ because this is a good fat that your body needs and it tastes better!)

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil – just enough to cook the chicken

1 box of chicken or vegetable stock

Thai red curry paste – 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons (varying for spice)

I white onion – chopped into large 1-inch pieces

1 large tomato – chopped into large 1-inch pieces

1-2 limes depending hour sour you like it

2 garlic cloves, minced- this is essential if you aren’t feeling well

A few slices of freshly peeled ginger root

Thai basil (or regular basil if you can’t find it)- handful, roughly chopped

Kefir lime leaves (or regular lime leaves) – use them like you would a bay leaf, don’t eat them. I like to add 3-4. You should be able to find them in the spice section of your grocery store.

2 tablespoons of fish sauce – this is what gives it a nice salty taste

2 pieces of lemongrass roots – you will not eat this either, just smash it up a bit to release the flavors and throw it in the pot

1 package of baby belle mushrooms – handful, cut in fourths

Cilantro – handful, coarsely chopped (optional)

1 organic chicken bullion cube for more of a rich flavor and yellow color (optional)

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Directions:

Heat coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the chicken and add it to the pot. Stir until cooked thoroughly. Add the minced garlic and stir approximately one minute. Don’t let the garlic burn. Next, add the chicken/vegetable stock and coconut milk. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.

Cook at least 20-30 minutes or until all vegetables are soft. You can serve immediately but the flavor is much better if you allow it to sit overnight and reheat the following day. We have so many flavors here that the longer they combine the better.

It’s hard for me to wait to eat it but I do always like the leftovers the following day much better. Make sure you leave any ingredients that you aren’t going to eat (i.e. Kefir lime leaves, lemongrass) in the pot to continue to flavor the liquid.

Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

 

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This ‘Citrus’ Deal is SWEET!

This ‘Citrus’ Deal is SWEET!

Unless you are an avid gardener and overall lover of food like me, you may not realize that now is the season of citrus. The limbs of my fruit trees are drooping from the weight of all the gorgeous mandarins, limes and lemons. We should all take full advantage of this “sweet” time of year with one of my favorite drink recipes. There’s no better way to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

3 oz. pure 100% agave tequila – I prefer Patron
1 Fresh squeezed organic lime juice to taste
½ Fresh squeezed organic mandarin juice to taste
½ oz. Cointreau Orange liqueur

Put it all in shaker with ice and shake vigorously, then strain into a glass with fresh ice and garnish with a citrus slice of your choice. It will look as good as it tastes.

We want to share our excitement over this liquid heaven with you! Now through November enjoy 10% off your entire order on our website. Coupon code: CITRUS .

Cheers!

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