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Crystel Curley

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Viroqua Food Co-op Shoppers

Posted by Crystel Curley on Fri, Nov 25, 2016 @ 06:30 AM

It has been said that giving is good for you, as it strengthens bonds and evokes feelings of gratitude. It turns out laughing, crying, and hugging are really good for you too. Reducing stress and releasing endorphins, in science terms, all stimulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PSNS: i.e., the “rest and digest” system; opposite of the “fight or flight” system). Activating the PSNS can do awesome things in your body like promote healing, build immunity, aid in digestion, and even lower blood pressure. Turns out all of these actions – giving, hugging, crying, and laughing – tend to happen with higher frequency around the HOLIDAYS! Don’t forget: all are important parts of social connection, human interaction, and family functions.

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For the Love of Beeswax Candles

Posted by Crystel Curley on Thu, Dec 24, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

I like to burn candles any time of year. I light a candle with intention to boost my own mood, to spiritually send out positive vibes to those in need, to remember loved ones who have passed. I enjoy beeswax candles for they are beautiful, smell like honey, give off a warm light and produce negative ions. In this case negative is a positive thing!   

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Tags: Candles, Beeswax, Negative Ions

Nourishing Family Traditions

Posted by Crystel Curley on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 05:18 PM

Sure, we all become equipped with our own set of feelings that come during this time of year – it’s what makes us beautifully human. Fond sentiments arise that you may have always counted on, such as the solid foundations of a family tree. As well, some things you may complain about but secretly enjoy – it’s those small things that weave it all together into that crazy time we call “The Holidays!” I’d like to focus us on those time-honored traditions that get threaded through all of that. With a closer look at my own Christmas past, present, and future I found many patterns uniting my family and this life.

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Tags: Traditions, Nourishing Family Traditions

The Epic Easter Egg Hunt of 2015...

Posted by Crystel Curley on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 04:02 PM

We are ready for spring here at the Co-op. You can hear it in the birdsong, feel it in the sunshine and smell it on the breeze... Spring has arrived!!! With it also comes the fond family memories of hunting for brightly colored items, be thee eggs or be thee baskets, filled with sweet treats or other wee treasures.


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Tags: Chocolate, Easter