Bloggers Spotlight-Gaia-s

Here is this weeks Bloggers Spotlight, Gaia-s a blogger of environmental protection, nature, and ecology. Basically I sent out a tweet on twitter, asking who would like to be part of blogger spotlight by answering some questions for us to get to know them better.

* Can you tell us a little about yourself and your blog?

I’m Anja Debeljak, a student of Environmental protection science and I used to study ecology. The blog Gaia-s is my outlet for my ever-growing need to share the knowledge and inspire people.

My blog is about environmental protection, nature, and ecology. I aim to share the knowledge and connect people interested in previously mentioned topics.

*What inspired you to start your blog?

Gaia-s is actually my second blog, which I started with an idea to share my knowledge and be at least a bit useful.

My first blog, however, stared out of boredom, that later grew into a bit of a passion, that now formed into Gaia-s.

*Who are your three favorite bloggers or influencers and why?

My fave bloggers are:

– Honey (from http://honeysroyaltybeauty.blogspot.com/) she is my best (blogging) friend and stuck around ever since I started blogging. Also, she makes awesome nail art.

– Charlene (https://twitter.com/blogabtnothing1) and her amazing Beechat. She is super supportive and the chats she hosts are awesome.

-Seeking Science (https://twitter.com/seekingsci) a blog up my alley, I simply enjoy their posts.

*What inspires you to keep moving forward with your blog?

*My wish to share and support from other bloggers. Also, I’m pretty stubborn so that helps.

*What is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to start their very own blog?

Blogging is tough; also you can’t expect people to do your work for you. YOU have to work for it, if people help you out, it’s just added benefit. Your blog is you and your passion. People in the blogging community will help you out, but don’t think they are obligated to do so.

Now that I scared you, I can tell you that once you get into it, it can become the best obsession and most beneficial hobby there is. Don’t give up.

Links:

Blog: gaia-s.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gaias_WW

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/anja.debi

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/GaiasBlog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gaias.org.en

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November Goals

Its a new month and here are my November goals!

Surpass Octobers views

Honestly ever since I had let my domain expire in march I  have been struggling with views. I was roughly  getting anywhere between 500- 1500 views a month. Now I barely get 100-200. Which is insane. Since buying a domain again, my hope is that I get back where I was last year and earlier this year.

No Spend November

Alright we did this last year so we could move from downtown Milwaukee to the suburbs  and we need to do this again this year. Well, we don’t need to but I want to. Our bank account would like it and I would like new car tires and a washer/dryer combo by tax time.  Yes, we could use our taxes for that but we don’t want to use all of it on that. We would like to save a good deal of it and maybe even put a nice chunk down on our car to speed up the payments. We are already paying it off six months early, because we do split payments. Plus we have a trip coming up in January/February.

Journal/tarot/plan Daily

Just being more consistent with everything. I hardly did anything in September but October was better, 2 out of 4 weeks. But November needs to be better. Period.

Read the books I have and stop buying new ones

Easy enough to understand. I keep buying new ones and not finishing the ones I have. I need to stop. Please someone stop me.

One blog post a week min

Some months I’m really good at blogging and keeping up and some months not so much. I try to stay two weeks, ideally a month ahead but life happens.

More Consistent with @bloggingbeesrt

In case you didn’t know I run Bloggingbeesrt on twitter, which is a RT account. Basically you tag or mention Bloggingbeesrt and I RT you. Very simple. I am still fine tuning  daily threads, so please bear with me. I do run it my self.

Workout

So for October I was planning to a thirty day workout challenge and didn’t. I got a really bad chest cold at that time  and I’m still dealing with the cough but there “nothing” wrong with me. Um okay, bye Felicia.

I would love to hear what your goals are!

 

10 crystals of health and happiness

Below are 10 crystals that you can use to help improve your health and happiness!

1. Turquoise The master healer.

Turquoise is the master healer. It is said believed to be a bridge between heaven and earth. Turquoise is a stone of communication that will help you to speak your truth.

2. Bloodstone The powerful energizer.

Bloodstone  is a powerful energizer, helping you to overcome lethargy, negative thoughts and self-doubt. Bloodstone also can help to boost enthusiasm, increase drive and maintain emotional wellbeing.

3. Smoky The protective shield.

Smoky quartz  acts as a protective shield against unwanted energy. It can also help you to let go of old patterns and belief systems that are holding you back. It releases any blocked, old and stagnant energy in the body.

4. Rose The unconditional love stone .

Rose quartz is known as stone of unconditional love that helps to open and heal the heart. It encourages the forgiveness of others and, most importantly, of yourself. Rose quartz emits vibrations of love, beauty and compassion and is known as a feel-good stone that nurtures and supports.

5. Carnelian The action stone. 

Carnelian is an action stone that can restore motivation, confidence and joy. It removes blocked or stuck creative energy that may be dominating your min .This vibrant orange stone stimulates your passion to move forward and achieve your dreams.

6. Quartz The amplifier stone .

Quartz crystal is made of silica, one of  the most abundant elements on the earth. It’s a powerful crystal that transmutes negativity and amplifies energy  so it can  raise your vibration and help you align with light and clarity.

7. Celestite .

Celetite an ideal crystal to place in your bedroom to bring tranquility and harmonious energy, encouraging restful sleep. When placed directly on your body, celestite can bring muscle and stress release to the area on which it is placed.

8. Citrine The manifestation stone .

Citrine is a crystal of light and happiness. This stone doesn’t hold any negative energy and emits large amounts of positive energy. Citrine is a manifestation stone that encourages you to dream big, maintain a positive state of mind and also attract everything you want in your life.

9. Aventurine  The New opportunities.

Aventurine helps you to overcome feelings of self-doubt. It opens up the energy of the heart and attracting new opportunities. It helps to increase confidence, self-worth and optimism.

10. Shungite  The EMF shield.

Shungite utilized as a powerful shield against electrical magnetic energy (EMF). Shungite helps to absorb negative energy and pollutants. When placed next to computers or wear on your body, Shungite as an energetic shield.

Skin Care With Alba Botanica Acnedote

One of my favorite face care lines is Alba Botanica Acnedote. Since using them now for the last 3 months, I have notice such an improvement with my skin. I deal with cystic acne, along the hollows of my cheecks and chin area and what I like to call pop up acne, normal acne that comes and go. I still deal with some cystic acne but not as badly and or as long like before.

Cystic acne is when cysts form deep underneath your skin. This can be a combination of bacteria, oil, and dry skin cells that then get trapped in your pores in your skin and turn    in to a red painful bump. There would be times when I would have a cyst and it would hang out on my face for weeks at a time. The pop up acne never really bothers me since they will disappear on their own after a few days and are hardly noticeable.

I now use most of their line for me face. I use the wipes, face wash, astringent, spot treatment and lotion. Every single night, expect for the spot treatment. I use that only when I need to.  I also will use the face and body scrub that they have to and I really like it but ran out and need to buy another bottle.

I also picked up a cheap spin face  brush from walmart last summer for like $5 and use that with a scrub and face wash. This really makes my face feels clean and smooth. I highly recommend picking up a face spin brush and trying it out.

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Every night I start with the Clean ‘N Treat Wipes to start removing any makeup that I have on my face. After that I then use the Deep Pore Wash to really clean my face and get anything the wipes might of missed. After that I use the Deep Clean Astringent.  Once that dries I use the Invisable Spot Treatment if needed and finish with the Oil Control Lotion.  I still use  The Ordinary’s Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% & The Ordinary’s AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 2-3 times a week at night along with my other face masks from Formula 10.0.6.

In the mornings I will use  Yes to Cucumbers Calming Micellar Cleansing Water ,  Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream  and the before I do my makeup for the day. I only use the Night cream in the morning because the Oil Control Lotion by Alba doesn’t always sit well with my makeup for some reason.

As I said above, I have found to work well for me and I enjoy the simpleness of it compared to my last skin care routine, which you can find here,  My More Consistent Skincare Routine which I still love all of the products I used.

Cleaning your Essential Oil Diffuser

Anyone one who has an essential oil diffuser knows they should clean the diffuser at lest monthly. No? That’s okay because I didn’t either, it wasnt untill one day I went to add oils into the one in our bedroom and notice it was very dirty inside and thought, hmm I should clean this. But I didn’t know how to. So I did some research (meaning Pinterest and google) and found a very easy way to clean my diffusers.

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In order to keep you diffuser to run well you should wipe it out after each use and letting it air dry. You can run some lemon oil in your diffuser for a bit and it will make wiping out the inside much easier. Some diffusers don’t use water and you can still clean it by rinsing the nozzle and wiping it clean.

But first before you start cleaning make sure of what kind diffuser you have since there are so many different kinds out there.

Deep Cleaning

  1. Turn off your diffuser.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway to the line with clean water.
  3. Add 10 drops of white vinegar to the water reservoir.
  4. Turn it on and let run for 3-5 minutes, allowing the vinegar to run through.
  5. Drain the water reservoir completely.
  6. Wipe down the edges of the reservoir and the ultrasonic mist chip at the bottom.
  7. Rinse the water reservoir with clean water.

This method of cleaning works well with the diffuser’s that I own. I hope this helps anyone with a diffuser who was unsure how to clean one or didnt know they should!

 

 

My New Glasses From Zenni Optical

Recently this pass month I went and had my yearly eye appointment. My dr made me go since I am diabetic and was due for one anyways. So I had to get the dilated eye exam done to make sure there are no signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Which I am happy to say  my eyes are healthy and I have no signs at all.  He did say my astigmatism did improve and that my eye sight did change slightly but he wasnt concerned at all. He also gave me my prescription for glass some samples of contacts to try out and to come back in a few weeks to make sure they fit right on my eyes.

Normally after I have an eye exam I would pick out a pair of glasses right there but decided that I want to order a pair online. The last time I bought glasses, which was last June/July I ended up paying over $150 just for one pair, I picked out the cheapest frames and  my prescription isn’t even that bad.

I had heard of a few sites, Zenni Opitcal and Eye Buy Direct where both having clearance sales. Zenni Optical had more styles and colors that I was looking for, so I went with them. The ordering process was so easy, I created an account and entered in my prescription information and save it, so it’s always there and I don’t ever have to retype it in again.  The lens already come with  free Anti-Scratch Coating and UV Protection Coating and you also get a hard case and a cleaning cloth with each pair.

But I picked out two frames and added a couple of extras to both pairs like Super Hydrophobic (water resistant)  and High-Index UV+ Blue Blocker that also includes Standard Anti-Reflective Coating.  I did have to measure my Pupillary Distance myself, which is between the center of one pupil to the center of the other. But they offer a print out so you can do it your self or with a friend. 

Roughly for both pairs I only paid $40, so after tax and shipping it was $86.  I will take that any day. In the past I never would get any “extras” beside insurance and the anti scratch coating. I paid standard shipping, which was 14-21 days, it took 14 days for me to get them.

I love them both. The first pair is oversized black square frames with a slight red color on inside. I picked these as my everyday pair.  At when I first tried them on I wasnt to sure about them since I normally pick smaller frames for my face, so it has been an adjustment to get use to. Everyone so far has told me they like them on me, and they are now starting to grow back on to me. But I do have 30 days from the date I have received them to decide if I want to keep them or return them for another pair. I don’t think I will but I like the option.

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My second pair is a Brown Vintage-Inspired Oval Frames with a solid vanilla color that turns to a swirling pattern. These were going to by my “Fun” pair but these might just be my everyday pair now. I havent decided yet.

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I plan on ordering in the future from Zenni Optical again, my husband will be needing a second or third pair of glasses soon and I still have my eye on a few pairs from Eye Buy Direct as well. The only minor con in my mind is that you can’t try them on when ordering online but you can upload a picture of your self so you can get some kind of idea if the frames will work for your face. Which does help a bit.

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