Do crystals contain healing powers?

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Hmm interesting question!

I have always been drawn to these rocks. When I was a child I would collect them and lay them out in the sun for no real reason. Or was there a reason?

According to livescience.com "Crystal healing philosophy taps into the traditional Asian concepts of life-energy (chi or qi) and chakras, which are vortices of this life-energy said to connect the physical and supernatural elements of the body" (resource).

After further research I have found that different crystals vibrate or resonate at different frequencies,meaning if we need emotional healing we can choose a crystal with a vibration known to sooth emotional trauma. The same applies for physical, mental, and even spiritual healing.

Crystals have been used for centuries, some of the first accounts we have are from the era of Ancient Rome when husbands would place a diamond on the third finger of the left hand because the underlying vein of that finger ran directly to the heart and they would infuse their love into the diamond.

Edgar Cayce (The sleeping prophet) said The ruby was to be worn "on hand or body" to "develop greater abilities for concentration" (Edgar Cayce Reading 531-3).

I'm sure you have heard of dowsing, it is a practice used when looking for water? Crystal dowsing is also a way of using the energy within ourselves to find things like water, lost objects, or even answers to questions.

The Crystal Pendulum amplifies small muscle movements that result from changes in the subtle energy flow through the body. There is a lot of very helpful information out there about this process, but I can tell you from experience it is definitely an interesting experiment that must be met with open-mindedness!

Where do you find crystals?

Some people prefer to buy theirs in gift shops, metaphysics stores, or in jewelry stores. Others like to go gem mining in the river, or at a local gem mine. In most areas of the world you can find the crystals in raw form by taking a walk in nature. One of my favorite stones came out of a river in Hiddenite, NC. Pictured to the right --->

The Quartz stones that contains mineral inclusions are called "rutilated quartz" or "sagenite", popularly known as Venus-hair stone. I was amazed when I reached into the rushing water and held this lovely stone in the sunlight. I had never seen a crystal quite this beautiful! As it turns out a rutilated quartz helps you to manifest your dreams. 

There are many types of crystals, and many uses even if only to inspire awe when gazing upon them. Crystals are an indigenous part of our world and some of the best real estate in the world sits on crystals also known as mountains. Asheville NC for example is made almost entirely of quarts!

What are your thoughts about the healing potential of crystals? Do you use crystals? If so how? Which are your favorite and why? Tell us in the comments section below! Thank you for reading, if you all enjoyed this post we may write more about crystals in the future! -The Winters

Kombucha: Put it in your cup and Drink it up!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Well hello! Have you ever heard of Kombucha?


There seems to be a Kombucha craze going on.. everyone's doing it.. what is it?

Kombucha is highly debated at the moment and when something is highly debated I like to look at it myself and see what my intuition and body tells me, along with proper research of course!

We have been drinking it for almost a year now, every day (or at-least when we remember). I can honestly say I crave it when I don't have my small yellow cupful each morning!

Alright, alright I know it's more information you want! My friend from The Backyard Project was nice enough to trade a SCOBY for some homemade toothpaste. SCOBY is the "Mother" layer that makes all of the probiotic goodness happen!

S- Symbiotic
C- Colony
O- of
B- Bacteria and
Y- Yeast

The SCOBY is the floating layer in the photo ->

The process of fermenting your own tea is as simple as brewing a gallon of tea, placing your SCOBY in, and waiting for two to three weeks. Alright it may not be that simple but it is overall a fairly simple process.

There are so many reasons you should at-least try this fizzy tea and these are a few:

  1. Improved Digestion
  2. Increased Metabolism
  3. Regulated hunger and blood sugar
  4. Detoxification
  5. Fighting Cancer
  6. Fighting Arthritis
  7. Building Immune System
Although you can choose to flavor yours we do not flavor ours.. so we say cheers, clink cups, and then chug! My auntie makes smoothies with a half cup of kombucha and once she has added her fruits, and sometimes cocoa, she says you can't taste it at all!!

Flavoring it pretty much covers up any bitterness at all. After you brew you can add in your favorite juices (organic preferably). We have played around with pomegranate, but I want to try strawberry or blueberry.. ahh so many berries so little time.. anyways.. like I said before we usually drink it plain.

We use the Continious Brew method it helps with sanitation and makes the brew a breeze! One of the many benefits of the continuous brew is that I can easily strain the kombucha (pictured above) as I am double bottling it. Double bottling your Kombucha takes a lot of the bitterness out.

There are SO many blog posts about kombucha, there is some negativity floating around out there but hey.. is the cup half full or half empty? I'm a realist and I can say that this cup has helped my body to regulate itself and I feel better when I drink it! Try it for yourself, let me know what you think in the comments below, and do your own research!

When I grow up...

Monday, April 21, 2014

When I was a child I would change the end of the phrase "When I grow up I want to be..." all the time.

One week I would want to be a professional vocalist (singer), the next I would want to be a poultry scientist, and the next week I wanted to be a cosmetologist.

On our About Us page I go into a little bit of detail about how I changed my college major from Health Sciences (I was going to school originally to be an x-ray tech or possibly a nurse) to Journalism.

Here's why...



As a journalist I can find any subject or hobby, or even lifestyle to write about. I can dive into a hobby, for example, and write about all that I have learned. It is the glass shoe of careers for me!

More than my career though, I often think about that phrase "when I grow up". My father still says that he is still growing up!! ;)

I will turn one quarter of a century in age in ten days, I am an old soul though and I take time to contemplate my life choices. Writing fills me with passion and I would rather live a life full of passion while being piss poor* than work a job that turns my soul cold.. you know the job, with overly repetitive life draining work.

A few months ago I had the thought "what would my child self think about the person I am today" and at that moment I realized that it didn't matter what career I chose, or which culture or hobby I decided to write about. As long as I honored myself and kept my child like passion for life I was winning!



So today, ask yourself "would my child self be happy with the person I have become" and if the answer is no then the only person keeping you from having a life that fills your heart with child like passions** is you & you can change it!


*piss poor: is a phrase that came from the times when poor people had to sell their urine to the tanners and if you didn't have a pot to carry the urine you "didn't have a pot to piss in". Sorry for the vulgarity of the phrase.. I didn't start it. =P
**child like passion: Anything that makes you feel young at heart and full of inspiration. Like hours are minutes because you are having so much fun. Find it, do it, but most importantly BE it! <3

Goodness

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some days I feel as though I wasted time being nice to someone or helping someone because they are so quick to place the blame on me, or the ones that I love.

On those days I like to disconnect myself from the internet for a while to think about the choice that I have made to be a good person and to contemplate the tests that keep appearing where I decide to be the bigger person and step away from an argument/ situation/ feud where my voice/ thoughts/ emotions mean nothing and would only add fire to fire.

When I do get back online (usually to finish up a homework assignment) I find myself "Googleing" quotes about the type of day I've had or situation I am going through. Today my search was:



"quotes about being a good person and doing the right thing"

I wanted to share a few of those quotes here because.. doing the right thing and choosing to be a good person is the route I take everyday not only when it is convenient, although it seems to be the road less traveled. I know that there are so many others who run this daily race of bringing goodness into their lives and I hope you enjoy these quotes as much as I do!

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
Desmond Tutu

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice  

“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth. [Verse 223]”
Gautama Buddha, The Dhammapada  


 “No more roundabout discussions of what makes a good man. Be one!”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 

These quotes show me that others, well respected others should I say, also believe that it is important to be a good person.

Thanks for reading and letting me vent! -Kay

What's up with WinterStead?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


You already know that we are masters at doing something new.

This time, however, we have chosen a dream SO big that we are going to have to be diligent about our research, time management, and resource management more than ever. 

We are masters at making budgets stretch, so as long as we know our budget we will be fine.
We have also mastered the art of turning trash into treasure and loving every minute of it. As far as research goes… well we tend to get lost and spend hours researching. This makes me think that research is a hobby of ours…


We have written down our options and a pro’s/ con’s list for each one. Based on these lists we have decided that we are going to be nomads. In this post I’m going to tell you a little bit about our decision and how this will affect the “WinterStead” blog.


  • First of all, we are already practically gypsies. I (Kayla) lived in the same house from an infant until I was sixteen and then, since then, I’ve moved 21 times. So in eight years I’ve moved twenty one times. One of those moves was to an apartment where we lived for a little over three years so technically I have moved 20 times in 5 years. Robert on the other hand had never lived in the same place for more than a year until we got married. This is very tiring, and when I say tiring I mean emotionally, physically, and of course mentally.
  • Second: Our biggest passions include being together as much as possible, traveling, and writing.
  • Third: We want a place that we can put our things and never have to move them again until we find the perfect place (*cough* save enough money to buy land in a state that doesn’t have building codes) to build a home. (Earthship style) 


Our solution: Live full time on the road in a “Skoolie” or “Glamper.”

I guess it’s time for some educating:

“Skoolie”- A bus (school bus, church bus, transport bus) that has had the seats removed and the interior has been rebuilt similar to an RV. We are an extremely handy pair and we are sure that we can remodel a bus to fit our needs of a home. 

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 “Glamper”- A glamorous camper. ;) Most “Glampers” are tiny and can be pulled behind a car, they typically look large enough to house a couple of dolls.. but let’s be realistic here.. we are not dolls! We are both over six feet tall and if we are living in this camper full time we need space to get up and walk around, and we will have our two cats with us. If we had a glamper it would pretty much be a “renovated to our tastes instead of the dr’s office motif of a regular camper” situation. (The photo below is a typical “glamper”)



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Either way, we want a motor home, not a pull behind trailer and we want it to feel like a home… not a camper. We are cool with tiny spaces, our tiny apartment was a whopping 200 sq. feet and it had two bedrooms. I have a passion for interior design and in a small space its much easier/ cheaper to decorate because.. well.. you have less space!


The best… BEST.. part about this decision is that we will be able to live by the motto: “Home is where you park it” and the only debt we will have is our school loans. 


Some of the things we plan to do on either our skoolie or our glamper are:
1. Solar power
2. Composting Toilet
3. Find jobs that are either 100% online or travel centered.
4. Set up a space that we not only live in.. but that we love living in!

We can do it.. yes we can! =] 

How will this affect Winterstead.com? A homestead is a home that you make work for you. You cook meals from scratch you give back to mother nature, and it’s a place where you spend most of your time. This will not change. WinterStead will simply be on wheels! We want to travel around the country visiting our blogger friends with homesteads writing about what makes their homestead unique! 

With our homestead tours and our travels + learning how to make a homestead out of a bus/ RV...We will have plenty to write about, and we look forward to having you all follow our adventures! We still have a few months worth of planning, packing, saving money, and finding the right home on wheels but…

Don’t worry.. we will keep you all updated! <3 The Winters <3

p.s. The book that I've been working on for my other blog ApotheKayla is officially available for sale! Click here to buy your copy!
 

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