At Home Spa Day

Some days you just need to relax, and Im not just talking about a face mask here and there. I love the days that I have just about an hour to pamper myself so I wanted to share my routine and some of my favorite products. In the bottom of this post I have two playlist I listen to.  And this is the candle I can't stop burning! 

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First I like to dry brush, I've heard that this is really good for circulation and it just gets the top layer of skin off.  The brush I like to use is this one:

Before I get in the tub I usually deep clean my face with my face wash and this padI put aside a large bowl of water thats pretty hot just let my face take in the steam. I like to put some tea tree oil in the water to calm my skin. The face mask Im loving but I also am liking this recently this small packet from sephora. That mask is fun because its small and easy to travel with.

Then I like to soak in the tub with some Epsom salt and essential oils (my favorite), with my face mask on. This is a scrub I use at the end of my bath.  Follow up by this moisturizer, this is a heavy duty one.  For a lighter one I like this spray.

If Im feeling really crazy I like to do this hair mask.

After Ive dried off and Im wrapped in my fuzzy robe, seriously its so fuzzy, I like to pull out some magazines or turn on netflix and do my nails.

For my nails, I usually get warm water and soak my nails so I can get the cuticles off. Then I use this tool to to shine and buff them.  I get a lot of ridges on my finger nails and this helps to smooth them out.  These are the colors Ive been lLOVING recently especially with fall coming up. 

Here are some of the products I mentioned, and below are playlist I like to listen to. 

Here are some of the playlist I listen to while Im doing this! One really makes you feel like your at a spa the other helps me to relax and sing along! 

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Advice for Working at Home

So for my day job and for the blog, I do a lot of work at home, which is great a terrible at the same time.  Pro - Always having a messy bun and sweatpants.  Con - Living in my work space.  

So I've come up with a few tips that  I have learned along a the way that can hopefully help you if you work from home as well! 

  1. Morning Routine - Figure out your routine, whether its; journaling, making breakfast, showering, working out.  Try to get into a routine similar to what you would do if you went into work.  This helps to get your mind ready to work and adds consistency to your day.  Something that sometimes can lack when working from home.  
  2. Set Hours - [According to when works for you] If you are a morning person maybe you want your house from 8-5, if you're a night owl maybe something more 11-8 works.  Find something for you but its important to not work outside of those hours.  Its hard when you work from home to feel like you're constantly on the clock but leaving work in those hours really helps! 
  3. Prioritize to do list - Writing a to-do list helps my day to be so much more productive.  I also put notes on the list like what NEEDS to be done verses what I WANT.  I wrote a post about productivity that you can check out here
  4. Make a space - I have a desk that I work at but I know I write for my blog best in my reading corner.  It's nice for me to separate the spaces so that I know when Im in that space its for a certain thing.  Its hard if I work on the couch to not relax like always and get tired. 
  5. Clean work space - A clean space just really helps me to not have a cluttered mind so I take 5 minutes to clean it off before I get started.
  6. Try not to get distracted - Sometimes when we work from home our family or roommates think we are accessible.  Its important to say you are working now and not to be bothered.
  7. Go for walks - Being inside all day can be draining and make you stir crazy.  Going on walks is really important and if it's a crappy day just eating lunch in a different room works too.
  8. Get ready or Dont ? - Some people work better when they get ready for the day just like going into an office.  I need to be in sweatpants.  But there is something to be said for getting up and showering just to start your day and have some routine. 
  9. Plan snacks and meals like you would for work - This makes the day much easier and helps me from over eating.  Working from home means you have access to all your food so I try to plan ahead so I don't munch all day. 
  10. Always have water near by - I think this just helps me to be much more productive, especially because I get headaches so easily when I am dehydrated! 
  11. Comfy chair - My chair currently sucks and it makes it hard to work all day long without needing to move in some way. So I steal H's usually. 
  12. Playlist - I like a chill playlist but ones that I can bob my head to. It helps me to be productive.  I have shared mine below and an instramental one as well! 

I hope some of these tips help! Do you have any for me? I'd love to hear them! 

Hitting the Reset Button

Have you just ever needed to take a step back and need to take a break? This past month we have been the busiest we have ever been and this summer is not letting up.  I was feeling so overwhelmed and uninspired.  The blog felt like such a chore which just made me sad.  So I took a break and I wanted to let you know when I did during that break that helped me get back to it and feeling inspired. This post is a little creative focused but I think it can apply to a lot of things in our life. 

First - I allowed myself to step away.  I did what I needed to keep it going but beyond that, I just stepped away. Being able to do this and not feeling guilty the whole time was huge.  It just felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.

Centered - I did things that helped to center me, I meditated, journaled, went for walks.  I thought about how drained I felt and overwhelmed and I just sat with it for a while.  I didn't force myself to get over it or push through.  By no means was I trying to throw a pity party I just allowed myself to feel.

Do Something - I had to just do some things that made me happy.  Instead of making time for to-do list I just did some things to make me smile. For me, this was getting outside, reading a book and doing something creative in a different way, like drawing. 

Wasting Time - I stopped doing things that wasted my time.  For instance, I am a binge watcher, I love binge watching but I realized how at the end I felt so unproductive.  I didn't feel good or satisfied.  Where if I sat down and just watched one episode and that's ALL I did, no multitasking, I felt like that was so much more enjoyable! Applying this to several things freed up time I didn't feel like I had and allowed me to be a lot more productive, which made me feel less overwhelmed and happier. 

Ease Into It - I sorta let the blog & other things come to me.  I didn't force it and just jump straight in with both feet. I think after needing such a break this was important.  If I felt inspired I sat down and wrote for a while but it was now because I wanted to and not because I felt I had to.

Sometimes we just go so much we burn out and it feels like we will never be able to get back into the swing of things.  But taking these steps really helped me.  I also felt like these were stages to a certain extent and I let the first stage end before going on to the next.  I knew I couldn't rush this program and I just needed to go with the flow.  

Have you ever felt like this before?  What did you do to "reset"?

 

Self Care Sunday

Have you ever heard of Self Care Sunday before?  I hadn't either until recently, its similar to Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday (jk on this one).  But I recently heard about this and I really like the idea.  It's nice to on Sunday night unwind a little bit and know that going into Monday you are recharged and refreshed.

I have come up with a list of things you may want on your Sunday Night! Ps. turning my phone on Do Not Disturb is really helpful to me

  • Color/Draw/Paint
  • Exercise, especially loving yoga
  • Volunteer
  • Play a game
  • Paint your nails
  • Read a book 
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Hang out with your animals 
  • Plan your week out (set some goals, figure out your schedule, get your lists together)
  • Take a bath
  • Clean out your social media with people that no longer make you happy or inspired 
  • Clean up - Declutter
  • Meditate
  • Catch up on your favorite show
  • Make your favorite drink; tea, coffee, wine ;)

Whatever calms you, eases your mind and gets you ready for the week, you should do more of that! So tell me what are some of your favorite things to do on a Sunday! Do you have a routine or ritutal? 

Here are some of my favorite things for Self Care Sunday:

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Tips on Making a Vision Board

So I know that vision boards can be a little silly, but I love my quotes and I do like being able to see my goals as reminders every day.  So I made a vision board and did my research on somethings to incorporate into yours if you're looking to make one!  There is also a exercise to get your juices flowing below! 

First off I found this site that makes printables for you vision board and Im obsessed! You can find it here.

There are plenty of things you can use to make a vision board; a bulletin board, and empty wall with some tape and string if you want or what I did was use an old glass frame so I could draw all over it with dry eraser markers!  I liked doing it this way with the ability to change goals or fill things in.  Goals can change and so can I.

Some tips for your vision board:

  • A photos you enjoy 
  • Balance the board with things about health, professional, relationships, creative and self help
  • Add images from an unrelated field, or color pallets.  Things that make you happy
  • Incorporate quotes
  • Have monthly and quarterly check points for these goals (change the goal if needed)
  • Add things that are tough but in reach.  Don't put things on there that are unrealistic and will just frustrate you
  • Write downs ways you will achieve this goal.  The more detail the better
  • Lastly, make it fun and happy.  We should celebrate reaching our goals!

Here is the printable and my answers! 

Here is what my vision board looked like:

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What are some of your goals? Here's some more inspiration: