back: Sarah B, Cat, Jill, Dawn Marie, Sue; middle: Christine, Lupe, Lisa, Pamela, Sarah J; front: Cindy

Inspiring thoughts, ideas and information provided by women business owners.

The purpose of Keystone Women's Circle is to unite, support and promote women business owners. A keystone is the stone in an arch that binds all others in place. In a circle of stones, every stone is a keystone. We believe that together we can create a foundation, not of brick and mortar, but of relationships and mutual support, enabling all of us to prosper.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Registrations Now Being Taken!

Mardi Gras
Gathering of the Goddesses

Reserve your spot today!
Event will take place on Thursday February 24
5:15 to 9:15
At Marion's Place 
23960 Kittson Blvd
Belle Plaine
Contact one of  us for details on the evening and to secure a spot as space is limited!
Saging~Reiki~ Hypnosis~Food~Entertainment~So Much More!

PLUS once again each Goddess will go home with a wonderful bag of gifts!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


This afternoon, some if us met at Sarah Jaegers most beautiful home to celebrate Cat's Birthday!  Lots of laughs, great food and wonderful gifts were enjoyed.  Cat was so surprised and overwhelmed.  At one point she even said her face hurt from smiling! Here are some photos from the fun event!

And BONUS!!  Just as I was uploading these photos, I caught a glimpse of the TV and it looks like Cat's beloved Steelers just won the World Series!!!!!
(OK wrong sport.  But I know this was an important game and I do not know what it was called and "World Series" is the the only sports thing I could think of).
Congrats on your team's win, your birthday celebration, and life. 

Love, Your Keystone Sisters

Friday, January 14, 2011


With snow predicted again today, and frigid air impending, I thought I would remind  you all that according to the calender, spring is not far off!  The weather is often a topic of conversation, and I always find it interesting to hear different opinions on winter.  I myself prefer summer.  The warm sun, wearing flip flops, green grass, and our wonderful lakes all make me happy.  However, I decided years ago, I live in Minnesota and therefore, I must find things to make our long winters enjoyable.  My family loves to cross country ski.  Over New Years, we were in Cross Lake and were able to ski after much snow had fallen.  It was beautiful. The kind of sight that makes you want to break out in the National Anthem - or in this case Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland.  So as they snow flys again, and you begin to shovel for the 87th time this year, remember that snow is one of natures many gifts to us and try and find a way to enjoy it!

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.
Lisa Fahey

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Weight loss Plateau

There are so many people who get frustrated with their lack of weight loss even if they feel they are doing everything right.  There are some  reasons for this.  One is that they are actually underestimating their food intake and overestimating their activity.  One article from "burn fat, feed muscle"  explains this in more detail.

Under-estimation of food intake and over-estimation of activity
Fourth, almost everyone underestimates their food intake. The famous New England Journal of Medicine study (Lichtman) is the classic example, where women who swore they were “diet resistant” and had thyroid problems were actually underestimating their food intake by 47% and overestimating their calories burned by 51%.
Some of them were eating one thousand calories more than they thought they were! Ironically, it was these women who were complaining the most about being genetically or hormonally cursed! While some people have thyroid problems or other legitimate medical issues which can contribute to difficulty losing weight, in most cases, there are other, more mundane, yet overlooked explanations for lack of fat loss.
To avoid this calorie miscalculation conundrum, the best plan is to educate yourself about the calorie contents of foods you eat regularly, work off a menu on paper and weigh your food. Do this until you have a good grasp on calories and then do it again any time you hit a plateau.

To read the full article go to

Sarah Bran de Leon

Monday, January 10, 2011

You can learn a lot from Dr. Seuss!

Many of you that have come by the shop know that I have a "Words for the Week" board in my front window.  Each week I choose a quote that provides inspiration, humor and just interesting words that I have come by.  Words are power.  They have the ability to heal or destroy depending upon how you use them. 

As we are here in the new year many of you have made new years resolutions.  I am going to exercise more, I am going to eat right, I am going to stop smoking, I am going to find the man (or woman) of my dreams etc.  Many of you have great intentions at the beginning but lets be real, a number of you will fail.  Why is that?  I feel its the "words" you expose yourself to.  Words from your friends, your significant other and more importantly from yourself.  You are human, you will fall off the band wagon but the important thing is that you get back on. 

Words are power.  Expose yourself to positive affirmations, inspirational quotes and surround yourself with people who will encourage you.  You can succeed!  The power is in your hands. 

I came across some words that I want you to keep handy.  Bring it out and read it whenever you feel you are not reaching your goals or when you are feeling down.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
~Dr. Seuss

This is so easy, even a child can understand.  You can do it!
Mystic Journey offers many classes and workshops to help you along the way.  Click here for a list of upcoming classes and workshops
Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey

Thursday, January 6, 2011

DIY facial scrub

I am very much a do-it-myselfer...I found a make at home, natural exfoliator facial scrub.

Citrus Peel Scrub
1Tbsp. dried citrus peel (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit), chopped and finely ground in a food processor
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1tsp pure honey
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
2Tbsp cornmeal

Mix ingredients until well blended and massage on a damp face.  Rinse well with warm water and finich with a splash of cold.  You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. Dec 2010

Have a wonderful week! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Monday, January 3, 2011

Why do people experience feelings differently?

Everyone is different and experiences things differently.  There are reasons for this.  When it comes to feelings there are several factors that come into play.

The first one is:  The nature and depth of wounding pain-  Not being invited to a dinner party of someone you met once would not hurt nearly as much as not being invited to a close friend's wedding.

The second one is: The persons general frame of mind - If you're an upbeat person who generally considers the glass half full, you will have an easier time than the glass is half empty type.

The third is: Your mindset - If you're convinced that you can't handle your pain and just know that you won't survive if you don't get that job, you're setting yourself up for misery. If on the other hand rejection doesn't bother you you'll be able to neutralize the sting much quicker.

Fourth is: If you're struggling with other hurts - If your best friend moves away a week after your house burns down and your dog is put to sleep, you might understandably feel overwhelmed.

Fifth is:  The persons ability to tolerate pain - A persons ability to tolerate both physical and emotional pain depends in a large part on the individuals biochemical makeup or brain chemistry.  Deficits in serotonin for example make you more prone towards depression and anxiety.

And lastly:  History of emotional wounding - If you've been the victim of severe abuse and /or neglect or have suffered other trauma, you will almost certainly be a good deal more sensitive to emotional wounding than other people (even if you don't realize it).

Everyone's pain is different, which makes it  hard to compare to anyone else's, and to not feel alone in our pain.  Remember that there is a reason for everything, and all your feelings are valid and a call to action.

Hope you all had a great New Year and have many blessing in 2011.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Jumpstart to Journaling Class at Mystic Journey Jan. 7

Jumpstart to Journaling

This fun, care-free and affordable class will introduce you to the joys of journaling.  Together we will create a personal journal, explore some of the many forms of journaling and discuss how journaling can be used to enrich your life.

Cost:  $15.00 - Preregistration is required
Date:  Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 - 7:00-9:00pm
Location:  Mystic Journey - 109 N Meridian St., Belle Plaine 

This class is sponsored by Sue Krebs, owner of Albums & Answers - an online scrapbooking store, and Dawn-Marie deLara, owner of The Art of the Home - members of Belle Plaine's own Keystone Women's Circle.