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Notes For Waking Up Early From A Girl Who Loves Sleep

by Madi Jensen I love my sleep, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve also learned to love and feeling of waking up early and enjoying the quiet hours of the morning. Learning to appreciate the mornings and develop a daily habit of rising early has definitely been an evolving process- one I am grateful for, especially because I have a busy schedule. Now I don’t think everyone is a morning person or needs to be. However, if you find yourself with more goals than you have time for and feel like you could use a bit more flexibility in your day, here are some things to consider if you’re trying to wake up early: Have something to look forwards to....

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August - Peridot

Peridot watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu Peridot is one of two birthstones for August, Spinel being the second. Peridot is so widespread however, this blog will focus on it, rather than Spinel. One of the few gemstones that only exist in one color, Peridot is said to be the stone of strength and prosperity. Owing is beautiful and vibrant yellow-green color to the amount of iron in this magnesium rich type of olivine. Peridot’s namesake is debated on, most agree it derives from Arabic “faridat” meaning gem. an assortment of our pieces featuring Peridot Hawaiians use Peridot to symbolize the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and lava. Much of the Peridot supply for the world comes from AZ. Often...

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How to make an Acai Bowl

by Abby Christiansen I have always loved drinking and making smoothies! So, it really was a game changer when I was introduced to Acai Bowls. They’re probably my go to for a quick and easy delicious snack! Ingredients 1 cup Subamazon Acai Berry Juice ½ of a banana Handful of frozen berries (I use blueberries) Frozen Mangoes ½ cup oats 1 scoop protein powder (optional) Toppings Other ½ of banana (sliced) Fresh berries of choice (blueberries and strawberries are bomb!) Granola Instructions Blend all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy (I used frozen fruit so that I don’t have to add ice). Put it in a bowl and add the toppings! Voila! Simple, easy and sooo good!  Abby is...

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In Defense of "No"

by Sarah Brown   I’ll set the scene. You’re 18. You’re in high school. That inevitable question pops up… from teachers, from classmates, from parents of those classmates, from emails urging you to sign up for this scholarship or that scholarship, “What college are you going to?” You’re 22. What college did you go to? 4 years later and this question seems to be as relevant as ever, at work, in normal conversation. I get it. It’s a way to connect! “You went there? So did I!” “That’s what I majored in too!” For 4 years, I’ve thought of every way to answer this question and I’ve experience every way to NOT answer this question. “I’ve decided not to go,...

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July - Ruby

Ruby watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu So full disclosure I’m a July baby and even though some of the FACTS on rubies I might present here seem a little biased, I can assure you there are in fact not. Andrea thinks she scored with April – Diamond but she’s grossly misinformed…July babies have the best birthstone, rubies. Ruby is red gemstone formed from an aluminum oxide in the same family as sapphires. The word “ruby” comes from the Latin ‘ruber’ meaning ‘red’. The red in rubies comes from the element chromium.  Fact #1. Rubies are the most valued gemstone. Yes, rubies are more valuable than diamonds. Rubies have a long history with mankind and date back to the ancient Hindus as large...

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