Are you a bath taker? I totally am. To me, there is nothing better than stepping into a hot, relaxing bath… I literally do this at least twice a week! I haven’t been able to indulge in many baths since the kitchen renovation started because it also took over the bathroom. Over the weekend, I lost my patience and did a crazy deep clean on the tub so I could finally get back to my favorite indulgence! You better believe that I took the most epic bath of all time that night… But while I was soaking, I thought a bit about how my bath routine was really the best type of self-care. It’s the only time when I leave my phone in another room and when Sean knows not to disturb me. So this week’s Wellness post is all about how I set the scene for the most relaxing bath EVER!
At first I was worried that calling this post ‘wellness‘ is a bit of a stretch, but given how stressful our country’s politics have been for the past 2+ years… I think I’m justified in it! Considering that only 58.1% of our population voted in 2016 (source), it feels absolutely necessary for me to use my platform to encourage each of you to vote in this year’s mid-term elections. Also, let’s be totally upfront here: this post is not about convincing you to vote a certain way or along a party’s lines. It is more about why it is so damn important that you go out and cast your ballot and exercise your right to vote. I don’t use this word lightly, but voting is absolutely crucial. Hopefully this post helps to show you the importance of voting + I listed resources to help you vote!
My inability to focus and stay focused seems to be a recent thing. I’ve noticed it in the last 3-5 years, actually. I find that I am so incredibly distract-able, mostly at very inopportune times. My doctor has actually diagnosed me as dealing with ADHD and I am on medications to help manage that, but there have been some non-medication habits that help me, too. And, of course, the reason why I am writing this post is because I am literally sitting at my desk with no idea what to share for this week’s wellness post and then getting totally distracted by something else! I’ve been trying to write this post for about an hour now and just had to remind myself of things that help me stay focused that are tried and true. So here we go!
Making Shampoo Bars Is Easier Than You Think!
I’ll admit, when Joanna asked me to try my hand at making some shampoo bars, I was intimidated. Soap making always seemed like a big undertaking done by the likes of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other sturdy prairie women who had to make do with what they had. But once I started researching the process, I realized how incredibly easy (and satisfying!) it is. After a little bit of math and some crazy scientist-style mixing, you’re left with wonderful-smelling shampoo bars that are way better than store-bought liquid shampoo. Today we’re sharing our customizable shampoo bar recipe made with rose essential oil, shea butter, coconut oil, and other good stuff!
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For this Weekend Wellness, I want to discuss something we all need and do: sleep. I’ve struggled with insomnia for years, maybe even since I started high school. I honestly can’t remember when or how it started; it’s just always been a fact for me. I struggle with both falling asleep and staying asleep. Most nights, in fact, I am awake between the hours of 3 and 5 am just because. It’s not exactly fun… The single biggest thing that’s had an impact on my sleepless nights has been to form a sleep routine. It’s almost as though I have trained my brain to know that these specific actions mean it’s time to turn off and go to sleep! That’s not to say there hasn’t been a lot of experimentation and trial and error… It feels like I’ve tried everything from prescription sleeping pills to acupuncture, so I wanted to share some tips for you on how I’ve learned to cope with my sleeplessness. I hope these suggestions help you, but I would also love to know what has worked (and not worked!) for you.
Greetings from North Carolina! As you might have seen on Instagram, I am hanging out with my friends at Sunbrella at High Point Market and sharing some major design inspiration. Because I am traveling this week, I thought it was the perfect time to share my tips for maintaining self care while traveling. I’m usually the first person to let any semblance of a routine go out the window when I travel, but I’ve been focusing more and more on doing that! Instead, I took some time to plan ahead and that has made all the difference for this trip. When I’m around people all day long for multiple days on end, that can wear on me. But now that I’m armed with these self care habits, I’ve noticed a vast improvement on how worn out I feel from business travel!