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November CAM Gem Journal

November CAM Gem Journal

SIMPLE SWAPS TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN MORE SUSTAINABLE, SHARING MY FAVORITE CHICKPEA MEALS AND JOURNEY DOWN A CLEARER PATH WITH CLEAR QUARTZ

  

  

Sustainable Kitchen: Easy Ways You Can Stock Your Kitchen with Reusable Products 

I've figured out a lot of hacks to cut down on waste in my kitchen. Some were easier swaps than others for the DeLaney crew.
My first and easiest swap was a huge soap block from BYO Long Beach. We use this block to clean all our dishes. Many dish soaps have hidden toxins that you wouldn't want to use for children and frankly if I can’t use it for my kids why would I want to use it for myself. This block also lasts for months which is amazing. If you're more of a liquid person, we use See if you have a local refill place. I know you probably think you don't but you might be surprised.
My next swap challenge for the DeLaney crew was getting rid of using paper towels. Think about how mindlessly you go to grab and use a paper towel to clean up when you have a perfectly good dish towel sitting right there. Basically I just stopped buying them and purchased these two-ply cloth towels. With two babies we go through a lot, so we have two packs in the kitchen. Then I put a little bin on top of the washer where we can quickly throw the cloth napkin to be cleaned whenever we do laundry. It cuts down on so much waste, but I will warn you this swap can be a bigger adjustment for some.
My last favorite swap that I use daily is my wooden dish scrubbers. We have two different types, one is perfect for wide-surface dishes and the other is for narrow or hard to reach dishes (like bottles or cups).  These you can of course buy on Amazon but also I've seen them at just about every grocery store. For me this one is a bit more symbolic because it keeps you thinking about the things you use on a daily basis that are produced mainly with plastic. Word of warning with wood scrubbing products. You need to constantly make sure it dries out after each use. Wood is decomposable and will lose it’s bristles if there isn’t proper care.

    

  

Easy Crockpot Bulk Chickpea Recipe

An item you can often buy in bulk are chickpeas. I know they come in cans but you can get SO much more if you buy them in bulk and make them taste much better. This dish we are about to talk about it a favorite of mine and it’s super easy! Actually it's not really a dish but more of a base that you can do whatever you want with.
When using bulk dried chickpeas you need to just soak them overnight in water. No certain amount of water just make sure the water is double the depth of the beans because they will expand quite a bit. Soak overnight and drain in the morning. Place in crockpot with bone broth and cover. When choosing a bone broth you want something fresh if possible. Ideally in glass (of course). I also place Kombu in mine for extra nutrients however I haven't found this in bulk yet.This type of seaweed is packed with vitamin A, C, Iron, and most important for my family great for immunity.
Cook in your crockpot on low while you are away for the day. Just taste and turn off when they reach your desired tenderness.
How I enjoy them:
-Put in the oven for crispy chickpea snacks
-Over a salad
-Eat plain (This is usually how I like them)
-I've also seen people make them into little chickpea patties

  

  

Podcasts I'm Currently Listening To… 

  
EXPANDED Podcast with Lacy Phillips
Andy Mant: BLUblox Glasses
    
Get a deeper understanding about blue light, the different colors of the lenses and what they do, and how to hack our surroundings to protect ourselves from light pollution.
  

LISTEN HERE

  

Moon Phases

November 12 Full Moon in Taurus at 5:34am PST
November 26 New Moon in Sagittarius at 7:05am PST
October 31 to November 20 Mercury in Retrograde

  

  

Quartz Point with Rainbows

   
Crystal Energy:
Quartz is a natural amplifier. It amplifies all energies, really allowing us to become more aware of the subtleties around us. When using Quartz for specific intentions, the Quartz will amplify those intentions, giving all of its energy to that particular task. This is why Quartz is often used in grids and for healing, as it will do all in it's power to create the desired effects.
  
Uses:
Use this stone to amplify any intention or manifestation you are working with - hold this stone in your hands and ask it for assistance for creating what you desire. Quartz is also an amazing stone to amplify the energy of other crystals by placing them next to one another, in a grid or whatever way feels intentional to you. This will create a beautiful flow of energy between the two stones.  Quartz Point Crystal and energy information provided by the radiant Ashley Abbott. Be sure to check out her sacred crystal collection and follow her daily journey @sacredfem
  
Energy Icons:
-Calm/Clarity
-Cleansing (new icon addition)
-Transformation (new icon addition)
  
  

Spotify Share

Tones of god 2
  

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Local Community Awareness

Mercado Sagrado - Annual Fair
Nov 16th & 17th at King Gillette Ranch
Crystal goddess @sacredfem will be part of the lineup, be sure to stop by and say hi!
  
Ashley Abbott @sacredfem
Personal crystal readings and crystal prescriptions
Now accepting November clients
   
Prism November Event
Nov 30th at Prism Boutique - Long Beach
We will be part of the lineup, be sure to stop by and say hi! 

 

Monthly Ritual: Yoni Steaming

This past week when I posted in my stories about my postpartum ritual of Yoni Steaming it drummed up a lot of curiosity so I thought I'd add the information to this months newsletter.
The word yoni is a Sanskrit word for womb of vagina, so this is essentially a vagina steam you can perform at home. Although the steam I am doing currently is for postpartum care, this ritual isn't limited to mama’s. You can also steam prior and post moon cycle (period cycle). This ancient practice has helped women connect with their sacred center for healing and care for centuries.
Here are a few yoni steaming benefits:
- Helps to reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion in connection to our cycle.
- Aids in regulating irregular or absent cycles.
- Decreases old or stagnant blood that can be left from your previous cycle the color of your blood color gives useful information about our body.
- Speeds the healing process and shrinking of the womb postpartum.
- Assists with the healing of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar.
- Treats uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, vaginal/yeast infections and works to maintain healthy odor.
- Assists with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  
Along with the physical benefits, yoni steaming also unlocks stored emotions and reconnects us to our body. Steaming is a relaxing ritual that uses water to open and clear our root chakra.
Here’s what you will need to steam:
  • Dry herbal mixture. For my postpartum mixture I am using lavender, chamomile, rose hips, uva ursi, witch hazel, plantain, and peppermint (you can also buy pre-made mixtures to treat specific conditions)
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Towel
  • Toilet (I use my toilet as a yoni steaming chain often because it's easy to set up, its comfortable and when done I can flush it down)
Here's my easy home set up:
  1. Combine your herbal mixture with water into large cooking pot. Slowly bring the pot to a boil. You're basically making a huge pot of tea.
  1. Pour the boiling herbal mixture into a bowl that will easily rest into the base of your toilet.
  1. Rest the steaming hot bowl of tea in the base of the toilet bowl. Sit on the toilet as you normally would. Place a blanket over your lower half. This is important because it will help trap the steam. After you sit down the heat does increase a bit so be mindful not to overheat your vagina.
  1. Sit for 15-20min. For more resources please check out https://www.steamychick.com/


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October CAM Gem Journal

October CAM Gem Journal

EASY WAYS TO BECOME A ZERO WASTE TRAVELER, MOOD BOOSTING HOMEMADE GINGER TINCTURE THAT I LOVE AND FIND YOUR SOUL CONNECTION TO FIRE LEMURIAN QUARTZ

  

How to be a Sustainable Traveler

  
Other than grocery shopping, travel for me is an area where it was easy to make a big difference in creating less waste. Bringing your own water bottle is an easy zero waste solution that feels familiar to most of us. With many airports adding refill stations, this solution not only reduces your waste but you also ends up saving money. For me, I end up saving a ton because of course I go through about 80oz of water on a given flight. That's a heck of a lot of money in plastic bottles. Airports can be expensive across the board so another solution is to bring your own food (little known fact...you can travel with as much food as you want just not liquids.) Bringing food cuts out a lot of the individual packaging waste. I prep all my food the night before, put it in my stainless steel or small glass containers. My carry-on is usually full of food and a book. I love bringing my own food while traveling, it makes my trip more comfortable to have my favorite snacks with me.
  
Shop our favorite sustainable products in CAM’s Amazon Shop
   
   
pop-top sealable jar lid           6 oz travel cups              bamboo utensil kit 
    

HOMEMADE GINGER ALE AND GINGER SYRUP

  
When I took my Herbalism Course with Gaia School of healing out here in California, I focused on making medicine the whole family could take using single herbs. One of my favorite ones I made was a ginger tincture that aids in settling an upset tummy as well as digestion. Not to mention if you need a little pick up, it can give you a real good boost. I love ginger!
  
What you will need:
8 oz Glass Jar
1/3 cup Dried Ginger
2/3 cup of Glycerin
Raw Honey
  
To make the tincture:
Fill 1/3 of the jar with dried ginger pieces and then top it with 2/3 glycerin (and water mixture). If you are using glycerin please remember it's 80/20 glycerin to water. Once you've put the mixture in your jar let sit for 6 weeks minimum in a cool dark place. Strain out the plant material so you just have the syrup left. Do not throw away the plant material because I have another plan for that! The syrup can be added to any sparkling soda to make your own ginger ale. Please remember that it will be a lot stronger medicinally than traditional ginger ale. This means if you're going for a strong taste with this type of syrup it may be very activating to your digestion.
  
Now with the strained plant material put in the blender with a good amount of high quality raw honey. I generally use it as a half/half since we are giving the plant material a second life. Blend the ginger and honey and pour into a new jar. You'll also let this sit for 6 weeks before using. However, this can chill in your cabinet to be added to tea anytime you want. The infusing ginger honey will only get stronger with age. Add to hot water for an amazing post dinner drink.
    
Feel free to email me with any questions or feedback. I would love to hear how this ginger tincture worked for you.
  
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    8oz mason jar set             steel funnel set            mason jar strainer lid 
    
  

PODCASTS I'M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO…


Under The Hood: Thom Knoles 
Part I: Stress and Pregnancy

   

 
    

Fire Lemurian Quartz

 
Lemurian Quartz Crystal is a very specific variation of Quartz. These crystals are usually only found in Brazil, and have ridged “record keepers” along their sides. It is said that these stones were planted in the earth by the Lemurian people (Lemuria was an ancient civilization much like Atlantis). These stones are said to hold the wisdom and grace of Lemuria, with access to the Akashic Records and past lives. Lemurian Quartz also allows us to feel the concept of oneness in a way not yet realized. She is an amazing tool for remembering our connection to the divine and spirit, showing us the tremendous and infinite supply of energy and support we have available to us. This particular Lemurian Quartz has Iron and Hematite inclusions, making it slightly more grounding and energized than Clear Lemurian Quartz. This piece has a flavor of passion, creativity, and fire thrown in as well.
     
Lemurian Quartz is an amazing tool for past life and akashic records work. The ridges on this stone hold records of information. Rub the ridges in meditation and see what comes through. Lemurian Quartz Crystal and energy information provided by the radiant Ashley Abbott. Be sure to check out her sacred crystal collection and follow her daily journey @sacredfem
  
    
  
  
  

Local Community Awareness

RaMa Institute

October 3rd - 6th 9:00am - 6:00pm
Immense Grace Presents: Self-Healing 
Technologies Immersion 
with Guru Jagat

  

AYAM

October 11th - 13th
Love Tea + Mantra
  
  

Love Yoga Venice

October 13th 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Feng Shui: Home as a sacred space
using the magic square
with Kyle Freeman

  

  

Beauty Ritual  

  
  
As I've gotten older (and became a new mom) I've made a point to simplify my beauty routine. Sometimes I think we get so dependent on the ritual for self care. It becomes a chore. Thus, I've paired it down to essentials: a good cleanser and moisturizer… that’s it! I also have moved to only purchasing things in glass and with ingredients I know and understand. For several years now my cleanser has been this Masa & Olive face paste by Moon Fat. The masa acts as a gentle exfoliator which I love and the olive oil moisturizes so I don't even have to do that after my shower if I don't feel like it. This is an olive oil based product, so make sure these ingredients are okay for your skin. I’ve noticed that my skin loves olive oil based products, so these types of products make up the majority of my skin care routine.

Another product I use daily during the summer is the Calendula oil from Oshala Farms. It's the full flower (picked on their family owned farm) and infused in high quality olive oil. Calendula helps with rashes, burns, and scars (of which I have from a lifetime of acne when I was younger). It's healing, cooling and most importantly brightening.

I love when cost effective and natural beauty products go hand in hand.
  
  
  
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September CAM Gem Journal

September CAM Gem Journal

MINDFULNESS WHILE FOOD SHOPPING, A YUMMY NETTLES PANCAKE RECIPE EVERYONE WILL LOVE AND DIVE INTO THE DEEP BEAUTY OF SMOKEY QUARTZ

Bulk and Farmers Market Shopping: How to be Prepared

One of the easiest places where I've seen people become more conscious about their plastic consumption is at the market. How many times have we all unconsciously put oranges in a thin plastic bag before putting it in our cart? It's literally the most needless use of plastic because oranges have their own natural casing! Once you start you can't unsee all the ways we over use plastic while grocery shopping.
   
When going to the market it's all about being prepared. I usually keep my wax canvas bag in my back seat with several cotton produce bags and maybe two glass jars for things like quinoa or rice. These items are often in the bulk section and much cheaper than buying them prepackaged version. On a practical note bulk shopping makes a very pleasing pantry because everything is in matching containers as opposed to a random assortment of packaging.
   
Feel free to DM or email me with  any questions about shopping at the farmers market or the bulk section of your local store. Once you do a few times you'll develop your own system and then it becomes an easy routine like anything else. 
  
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        wax canvas bag           cotton produce bags       metal tiffin containers   

  

Infusions and Green Pancakes

A lot of the recipes that you see using spinach can easily be swapped out for fresh nettles. To be clear nettles are a weed that grows jus about anywhere and everywhere. Out here you might also see them seasonally at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Wednesdays. If you decide to take a risk and go foraging please remember they sting and fresh nettles should ALWAYS be handled with groves. Before eating or drinking them you blanch them in hot water. 
  
The below is my favorite nettles pancakes recipe that I make for the whole family. You'll end up making about 6 pancakes and they turn out bright green but honestly just end up tasting like banana and cinnamon. 
  
Ingredients 
1 cup oats 
1 cup blanched nettles
1 ripe banana
1 egg
1/2 cup milk of your choice
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt

Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a food blender. You will end up with beautiful bright green pancake batter. 
  2. Cook your batter in a cast iron skillet with coconut oil. You can also use a non-stick skillet with light coconut oil.
  3. Lastly, add your favorite toppings to your green pancakes. I love adding peanut butter and elderberry glycerin to mine and Dakotas. The elderberry has many immune boosting properties, so I love to use it whenever I can. 
      

Smokey Quartz

Smoky Quartz is a stone of deep commitment. She is filled with integrity, and is wanting the same fullness to reside in you. Smoky Quartz understands the beauty of leading a life with integrity as a priority, and that is all she wishes to bring to you. She is about loyalty, to the self first and foremost, and to those ideals and values that we hold dear as well. She is a gentle reminder of the commitment we hold towards the human race, Mother Earth, and our highest evolution. She is also a wonderfully grounding stone, offering us her protective presence.
  
Use this stone to bring grounding and protection to yourself and your space. Placing it near an entrance is powerful protection magic, as well as placing it near your bed while you sleep to ward off nightmares or insomnia. The energy of protection is sometimes the most calming thing.
  
Smokey Quartz and energy information provided by the radiant Ashley Abbott. Be sure to check out her sacred crystal collection and follow her daily journey on instagram. 
  

 

 

Mother The Mother 

I'm featured in this podcast by postpartum Doula McLean Mcgown. We spoke about the creative process as a mother, birth and how relaxing in the moment can often change your perspective. 

listen here

  

Chanting the Chakras: Roots of Awakening by Layne Redmond

This is an album I love to play during a morning tea session. It helps you drop into the rhythm and allows you to journey inward.

listen here

  

Local Community Awareness

Tea sits at AYAM

Saturday at 10:30am
Sunday at 6:00pm

Monday at 8:30pm

Yoga at RaMa Institute

9/2 - 9/5 at 9:00am
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation with Guru Jagat 
  

RaMa TV  

 I usually love traveling and doing Cha Dao outside on the road. However, traveling with a little one has changed that a bit for me and I am not able to keep my tea and tea-ware as  safe as I'd like to. Since I generally have my computer with me, I've dove deeply back into me kundalini practice. My teacher Guru Jagat created an amazing platform that not only streams live classes and workshops from the Venice location. It's nice to sit and listen to the lecture portion of the class which is generally the first 30 minutes, then dive into Kriya. RaMa TV is a great tool for me to stay on top of my practice, which has been challenging to do on a regular basis with a toddler.  

watch here

 

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