The Benefits of Fluorite

Learn all about the benefits of Fluorite and other crystals over on jojotastic.com (and learn how to make these boho crystal planters — a super easy and fun DIY craft)

Continuing this fun series, today we’re talking about the benefits of Fluorite, my personal favorite. I keep this point at my desk at all times, not just for it’s gorgeous color, but for fluorite’s amazing properties.

Many crystals simply absorb or protect the user from negative energy, but Fluorite has the unique ability of transmuting negative energy into positive energy. It promotes stability and harmony, helps clear away road blocks and absorbs negative energies from its environment. Fluorite also heightens mental abilities, organizational skills, and brings clarity/stability to an otherwise chaotic situation.

Different colors of Fluorite have varying areas they work with or on most effectively. Green Fluorite is an excellent all purpose healing stone that promotes self-love, and can remove blockages to dissolve fixed ideas and bring in new ideas and creativity. This crystal is an excellent learning aid, increasing concentration. It helps you to absorb new information and promotes quick thinking. Fluorite points or slabs would be a great addition to one’s desk or office space.

photography by Meghan Klein.

Learn how to make your own DIY crystal planters to purify your home, too!

Disclosure: NW Crystals was kind enough to provide crystals and information for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.

The Benefits of Rose Quartz

Learn all about the benefits of Rose Quartz and other crystals over on jojotastic.com (and learn how to make these boho crystal planters — a super easy and fun DIY craft)

This is a really exciting week, you guys! After the great response we received about our DIY crystal planters to purify your home, I realized it was time to dig deeper and share even more about each of the crystals we featured. For the next 3 days, I’m going to dig deeper into each one and share more helpful info. Today we’re talking about the benefits of Rose Quartz.

Quartz is considered the master crystal and all forms have clear, strong energy. This energy can be used to amplify nearly any intention the user is looking to manifest in their life. Quartz further promotes clarity and stimulates attunement between the mind, body, and soul.

There are many different types of quartz, each with their own unique properties. Pictured above is the lovely pink Rose Quartz, often called the ‘love stone’ as it carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and tenderness, providing healing nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds and circulating a divine loving energy to dissolve emotional wounds, fears and resentments.

As Quartz crystals are profound amplifiers of energy, they can be used throughout your space to balance emotions and bring peace and calm. All carrying energies of forgiveness, tolerance and compassion, enabling us to see the good in both ourselves and others. It’s an essential in all crystal collections and a powerful healing stone.

photography by Meghan Klein.

Learn how to make your own DIY crystal planters to purify your home, too!

Disclosure: NW Crystals was kind enough to provide crystals and information for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.

the Decorist DesignOff with House of Hipsters + Jojotastic, Part 2

It's part 2 of my living room @decorist DesignOff with @HouseofHipsters + @Jojotastic! Check out the two moodboards from my interior designer and help me select a design plan! Weigh in on Jojotastic.com

Ok, you guys… I need your help. Remember when we kicked off the DesignOff with Decorist and House of Hipsters? Well, today I have the 2 official design plans from designer Jessica McCarthy and I need your help picking which one to select! I’ve never worked with an interior designer before, so to see such a strong vision for my space is (simply put) awesome. I’ve really struggled with even picking a paint color, much less curtains or rugs, so these moodboards from Jessica are hugely helpful.

Oh, AND Jessica got really ambitious and decided to tackle my miniature dining room, too! Truth be told, the two spaces open up into each other so much that it makes a lot of sense to do them at the same time… and gives us the opportunity to make a statement with a POP wall. Here’s how Jessica has described each of the looks:

It's part 2 of my living room @decorist DesignOff with @HouseofHipsters + @Jojotastic! Check out the two moodboards from my interior designer and help me select a design plan! Weigh in on Jojotastic.com

Option 1 — Layered Navy Boho

For this first option, we paint the dining room a deep navy, I love the idea of a navy with a more gray undertone to really add as much depth as possible to the space. I think navy if it is less on the blue side can actually act as a neutral. With your dining room leading into your living room, our overall goal is to create a cohesive look throughout the entire space. Your dining room is grounded with a blue and white tie dye rug with a white round table and simple black cafe chairs. We can play up these chairs with sheepskins or pillows, but overall the space leaves room for an art wall and more accessories! For your fixture, I know the ceiling is on the lower side, so it was important that we sourced the perfect pendant. I love the way this lighting fixture has an exposed bulb and pulls in brass (our material of choice). A really cool vintage runner was another goal when sourcing for this design. I wanted something that broke up your space into three sections — an office, living room and dining room. Having three different carpets does this. We will paint the remaining space white to create a clean and airy look, which allows room for layering in lots of additional pattern and pops of color. To stay consistent with the white walls, crisp white linen drapes with brass hardware will keep the space looking fresh and won’t weigh it down. New pillows adorn your existing sofa, as well as a super comfy moroccan rug and leather pouf for a little extra seating, plus every room craves texture from leather. Lots of plants and art will finish off this space beautifully!

PS – Want to use Decorist in your own home? Use code DesignOff20 to get 20% off interior design services for your home.

It's part 2 of my living room @decorist DesignOff with @HouseofHipsters + @Jojotastic! Check out the two moodboards from my interior designer and help me select a design plan! Weigh in on Jojotastic.com

Option 2 — Moody Moroccan

For your second option, we continue with the same color scheme as the first but, add much more daring patterns. The dining room back wall will be wallpapered in this stunning marbled Rebecca Atwood navy wallpaper. Because this wallpaper is so bold, I chose a really neutral jute rug, simple marble tulip table, and black chairs. We can always layer a second rug over the jute. I love jute because it is super affordable and durable for high traffic areas. The black chairs pull in the black accents from your doors, desk chair, and lounge chair, creating consistency throughout the space. Once again, a vintage runner separates all three spaces and adds some individuality. Vintage is my trademark, I think every space deserves a piece that tells a story and has a history. Just as the first concept, your living area will be painted white, white linen drapes with brass hardware will go up, and new pillows will freshen up your existing sofa. I also sourced some new hardware for your doors, which makes all the difference in a space. My favorite part of this concept is the Moroccan rug with a muted pattern. Orange and navy are a stunning combination, I love the way that this space comes together!

So here’s where I need help: which concept do you like best?? Let me know down in the comments, pleeeease!

Also, be sure to head to House of Hipsters to see Kyla’s two design plans — I bet she’d love if you weigh in, too.

Top image photography by Jojotastic.

Disclosure: Decorist was kind enough to give me a makeover for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.

the mountains are calling and I must go

The mountains are calling and I must go. Sharing some personal news on the blog today... head to jojotastic.com to read all about it

(Confession: I’ve always wanted to use that as an Instagram caption.)

I’m gonna get real in this post, guys. Get ready. Basically, I am leaving tomorrow for a 2 week long solo road trip. While the blog has continued to run and look like everything is peachy keen, the fact is that things have not been great for me lately. The past few months have been incredibly hard and not for any one particular reason, but for a multitude of reasons all piling up and feeling overwhelmingly crushing. I started to list them as I write this post and when it’s all spelled out, it seems so trivial — work has been slow… I’m not able to rock climb because of an injury… I’m constantly exhausted and struggling to maintain focus. The list goes on and on, but at the root of it is that I struggle with depression. I have for years and I’ve touched on it here, but never in a big way. Currently, the deep dark abyss is looming and I know it. But here’s the thing, I’ve been there before and I am not going back. I refuse. So it’s time to do something about it.

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new Instagram tag alert! #smallspacesquad

New Instagram tag alert! Meet the #smallspacesquad where we share loads of small space and tiny house inspiration and decor tips! Be sure to tag your Instagram to be featured. Learn more on Jojotastic.com

image source: Liz Kamarul

It’s no secret that tiny living and small spaces are #trending in a big way these days, but I feel like there’s a certain disconnect when it comes to how real people (who aren’t on TV) style and use their spaces. For this reason and because we just love Instagram so much, my friend Erica Reitman and I started a new tag called #smallspacesquad. We’re asking you to tag your spaces that show off totally unique storage solutions, smart styling tips, and all the fun that comes with living in a tiny house. Here are a few of our favorites that we’ve featured over the past month, be sure to give each of these amazing ladies a follow!

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recipe // coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles for Popsicle Week

It's #PopsicleWeek! Head to jojotastic.com for this not-too-sweet and super-hydrating recipe for coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles. They've got bits of lemon zest and strawberry for a refreshing light treat on those hot summer days!

You guys, it’s the most fabulous week of the year: Popsicle Week! As a refresher, every year Billy from Wit & Vinegar gathers his favorite bloggers and we share yummy popsicle recipes. It’s pretty great, not gonna lie. This year, we’re sharing the not-too-sweet and super-hydrating recipe for coconut water + pink lemonade popsicles. They’ve got bits of lemon zest and strawberry for a refreshing light treat on those hot summer days.

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DIY // galvanized planter with copper design

repel garden slugs and add a modern boho design to any planter with this easy DIY! check out the full tutorial on jojotastic.com

I love growing herbs in the garden. Being able to pick some basil and whip up a batch of pesto when the mood strikes is seriously one of my favorite things ever. So I was pretty upset with my garden snails when they chewed through those bright and tasty leaves first! I’ve since learned that slugs and snails like eating basil almost as much as I do, but that there’s an easy way to stop them: copper tape. Don’t worry, the copper isn’t toxic to your garden. It repels slugs by giving them a small shock whenever they come in contact with it. So grab your favorite outdoor planter and you can have a slug-proof oasis for your herbs in no time.

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