Nature’s Bling Rock Shop

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When it’s cold and sleeting outside, my thoughts easily drift back to summer vacations. So today, I thought I would share a throwback post to my summer vacation in Oregon.

As you probably already know, I adore rocks. Rocks are pretty much the coolest creations on this planet. I have rocks all over my house, in my car, inside my suitcase, in my jewelry box; I even have a rock keychain! Well, while I was in Oregon, I found a super cool shop, called Nature’s Bling.

Nature’s Bling had some of the coolest things like this amethyst stalactite – or portable cave as I call it. If I were a rich woman… I would have five of these amethyst caves in my yard… or perhaps my ballroom… 🙂

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Check out this huge chunk of rose quartz. I couldn’t even lift it! I find it interesting that both amethyst and rose quartz are the same type of rock, but have different minerals that change the color. Rose Quartz is pink because of the manganese it contains. Amethyst is purple due to iron impurities -and ultra violet irradiation.

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Nature’s Bling is a fun rock shop, and I’d definitely recommend going the next time you are in Yachats, Oregon!

Nature’s Bling Facebook Page

Hours:

  • Monday -Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday -Thursday: 9 am -5 pm
  • Friday -Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm

Address: 

2334 Highway 101 N
Yachats, Oregon 97498

(541) 547-5033

Weekly Round Up: October 3 -9

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Here is my round up of blog posts for last week!

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Spencer Opal Mines -my first time mining for my own rocks!

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Mint Sunglasses and Skinny Jeans -more thrifting and budget shopping fun. 🙂

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My Adventures as a Mandalorian Mercenary -my escapades this summer in a Star Wars costume club.

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Thrifting Tips: Create A Wish List! -my new blog series that gives thrift shopping advice

 

Spencer Idaho Opal Mines

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One of my favorite parts of my trip to Oregon, was actually a road stop in Idaho. Ben and I went to the Spencer Opal Mines and had so much fun. 🙂 It costed $15 a person, and we spent a few hours searching for hidden treasure.

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The type of opal found at the Spencer Opal Mine is the milky white opal. Unlike peacock opals from Las Vegas, these little friends do not need to be protected with moisture.

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It was a lot of looking, spraying with water (so you can remove all the dust), and more looking. Randy, an opal expert showed us examples of opal, and helped us tell the difference between opal with color play, and “common” opal. I was excited to find a few pieces with opal.

Ben definitely found the best piece. He could have taken it to a jeweler to make a ring. But, Ben likes the raw, rough quality of the uncut opal. I do have to agree that it looks pretty neat.

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I also found George, and couldn’t wait to bring him home! He is made out of rhyolite and obsidian, which the is matrix surrounding the opals in Spencer. I love the pink, blobby stripes running across the surface. He is probably my favorite find at the opal mine.

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This was so much fun -I am definitely hooked on finding my own gems. I’d love to try panning for gold or garnets in the future!

A Family Reunion in Oregon

 

I went to the first Gooss family reunion this summer. We went to Yachats, Oregon, a lovely beach town. It was pretty much the best vacation ever. Here are some of the things we did:

  • There were fun restaurants in the area, and little shops to visit.
  • The beach was just beautiful! I’ve never been to an Oregon beach before. I loved all of the little black stones scattered across it (I learned that they were basalt).
  • We had a family bonfire, where we talked about our crazy driving stories. We spent a lot of time talking and catching up throughout the week. 🙂
  • I enjoyed visiting sites like the Sea Lions cave and the Heceta Head lighthouse.
  • That sweatshirt in ended up in half the pictures! I swear I changed my shirts underneath. It was a bit chillier than I expected. 🙂
  • I found a super neat rock shop called Nature’s Bling -my Nanny loved the tall amethyst cave. I came home with some real beauties.
  • I got to spend so much time with my nieces and nephew. They are growing up so fast.
  • We played pool in the beach house, and had fun making meals (I made my curry recipe!)
  • Most of all, it was so nice to spend time with my family. I miss them so much. ❤

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Weekly Round Up (September 19-24)

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I am starting a new blog post series, called the Weekly Round-Up. This way you can find all the posts in one spot. I think this will be great for my readers who don’t have time to check my blog every day. ❤

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Blog Post # 1: Sunset At The Oregon Coast -The beauty of Yachats, Oregon

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Blog Post #2: My Rocks And Wellness Package -The rocks and goodies I received in the mail from Athena Perrakis

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Blog Post #3: Book Review: Looking Fly on A Dime -Pretty much the best thrifting book ever!

 

 

My Rocks and Perfume Wellness Package

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I received a package in the mail today, and fell in love. One of my favorite rocks/metaphysical shops is called Sage Goddess.  This company is owned by Athena Perrakis, an amazing woman. I’m pretty sure that this is the best purchase I have made from Athena at SageGoddess.com.

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(Athena is quite the character, and her personality and essence are woven into this company. )

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Custom Perfume Blend

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I ordered a Custom Perfume Blend, where you can choose three of Athena’s perfumes mixed together. I chose Transformation, Claritas and Sacra. I discovered this combination one day when layering some sample scents and knew I had to have it. This scent is so beautiful and sophisticated, with a dose of feisty fun. It starts off soft and elegant, then delves into fun fruitiness, and finally finishes off with a spicy kick.

  • Top Notes: Magnolia, Jasmine and Hyacinth
  • Middle Notes: Peach, Mango, Grapevine, Blackberry and Raspberry
  • Base Notes: Ginger, Cardamom

I also purchased the Intention Perfume Sample trio. Athena has several perfume sample options, so you can try before ordering a full bottle. I chose Wisdom, Radiance and Beauty. My favorite is definitely Radiance.

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Well Offering

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I love my Well Offering. This is a fun purchase, where Athena and her SG team choose a gift set designed to nurture you. I chose the smallest option. This set was based on healing, which I loved. It was exactly what I needed!

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The stones included were: Bloodstone, Black Kyanite, Green Calcite, Fuschite, Green Fluorite, Tibetan Quartz (a stone that I was super excited to receive!) and Carnelian. I also received a set of Master Healer Tea Lights.

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Peace, Clarity and Focus Gemstone Set

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I can’t believe I received this extra! I thought I had missed the free Peace, Clarity and Focus gem set with that with the Well Offering purchase, but I didn’t!

It came with Purple Aragonite, Lepidolite with Tourmaline, Golden Labradorite and Fuschite. I have never even heard of purple aragonite -it is a pretty rare stone. Such a beautiful set!

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Extra Treasures

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Here are the rest of my “extras”. Athena often does free item with purchase, and I was able to get some amazing treasures.

I received a mini sage smudge bundle, which I can’t wait to burn. I love smudging! (In case you don’t know, smudging is when you burn sage, wood or herbs as a form of aromatherapy and emotional clearing. It is so relaxing.)

I also received a smoky quartz sphere, and my piece is just beautiful.

Lastly, I received a mini-bottle of Athena’s 5 Year Anniversary Blend. This perfume was one of the main reasons I ordered! The main notes are Clary Sage, Hibiscus Flower and Barrier Reef. The scent reminds me of flowers and ocean, although it is hard to describe. So lovely.

And that sums up my recent purchase from Sage Goddess!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any shape or form for this post. All thoughts, opinions and feelings are my genuine and mine.

Rocks For My Birthday!

I have pretty much the most amazing husband in the whole world. He sure gets me! They say a diamond is a girl’s best friend, but in my case, it’s any kind of rock! Well, Ben came home with a whole handful of rocks for me for my birthday. It was so cute –he had them in his pocket, and was going to wait to give them to me (it was a couple of days before my birthday). But… Ben’s not the best at keeping surprises secret. 🙂 He ended up just giving them to me right then and there! I love the emerald he picked out for me! He also brought me home an emerald jewelry set, which I love. 🙂 He knows that rocks are the way to my heart! I am just enchanted by rocks. There’s something magical about them to me. The colors and the textures and the shapes are so cool, and every stone is so different.

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My awesome rocks part two: zebra jasper, sapphire, citrine, jet, Idaho jasper, black amber, red sardonyx, apache tear obsidian, brown aragonite, shungite, fuschite, turquoise and selenite (in the center). 

I went back a week later, and picked out some more rocks for myself. We go to a little shop called Treasures of Seas and Earth here in Bismarck. It’s crammed full of rocks and seashells, and smells heavily of incense. It’s a fun eclectic little place. 🙂 I got a piece of real turquoise that I am really excited about.

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Also, I found a chimpanzee in one of the rocks I’ve hand for a while! Can you see him? Aren’t rocks just amazing? I sure think so!