My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

My Guide to a Bedtime Routine

We all know how important sleep is, but too few of us actually get the high-quality sleep we need. Working at a doctor’s office, I need as much sleep as I can get, so I make sure to set aside some time to relax before bed every night to ensure that I get the best sleep I can. To help inspire you to do the same, I’m sharing my own nighttime routine.

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1. Shower/bath
I start my routine every night with a shower about an hour and a half before bedtime. It helps me relax and feel clean when crawling into my sheets. Typically about once a week, I’ll treat myself to a 30-45 minute bath with a scented bath bomb. In the winter, I’ll go out for a 30 minute walk or jog then come in to take a warm shower before crawling into bed. It makes me warm and cozy which creates the perfect sleep environment for me.

2. Skin care routine
After my shower, I wash my face to clear it of the makeup and dirt that might have accumulated on my skin during the day. Washing with warm water helps open my pores to make sure the soap can do its job most effectively. Then, I apply my facial toner and moisturizer, liquid spray tan to my legs, and moisturizer to the rest of me. I prefer to use lightweight products that smell good so I don’t feel sticky after my regimen.

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3. Practice some self-care
To unwind, I make sure to set aside some time after I’m washed to just relax. After a day spent on my feet, I like to give myself a five minute foot massage. Next, I turn off all blue light devices, including my cell phone, laptop, tablet and the TV to make sure that my sleep doesn’t get disturbed. I’ll then sit at my desk and do some writing. I like to jot down my to-do list for the next day and spend 30 minutes journaling my thoughts. I try to write everything down I’m thinking, from random thoughts to things I’ve been pondering all day, usually with a little perspective splashed in there to help reflect on the day.

4. Prepare for the morning
Even though I only wear scrubs to work, I like to pick out my clothes for the next morning the night before. It helps save me those extra few minutes to move slowly or sip my coffee and leaves me pretty carefree once I climb into bed for the night.

5. Meditation/Yoga
To round out the evening, I usually take 15 minutes to do a little meditation and my bedtime yoga routine. It helps me rest my mind and clear it of all the stress of the previous day. I always feel rejuvenated and at ease after dedicating just a few minutes to this.

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6. Say goodnight
When I finally crawl into bed, I tell my cat goodnight, turn on my ceiling fan, and I’m out like a light. I’ve been getting some of my best sleep in recent years, and I’m sure that these few extra steps that I take for myself are an investment in my sleep, and therefore, overall wellness.


I hope some of my routine has encouraged you to carve out some extra time before bed just for yourself. Whether it’s stretching before getting into bed, investing in a cozier mattress, or listening to a sleep playlist, I’d love to hear what tricks you use before bed to get better sleep!

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How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

How to Rejuvenate Your Beauty Regimen

Aging can be a beautiful thing. It often comes with a sense of renewed confidence, new-found wisdom, and unique experiences. The physical signs of aging, however, aren’t always as welcome. Here are some quick tips on how to adapt your beauty routine to meet your changing needs.

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Your Skin

Boost your diet
Subbing in a few healthy choices every day can have a surprising impact on your overall appearance. Healthy fats like nuts and avocados strengthen cell membranes and can nourish your skin. Similarly, foods rich in vitamin-C, like green veggies, can boost collagen levels and skin elasticity.

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Create a night routine
If you begin incorporating some quick skin care into your nightly routine, you will be enjoying the benefits of brighter, clearer skin in just a few days without feeling overwhelmed. First step is always removing makeup, then introducing a serum to hydrate and regenerate your skin. Try exfoliating just once a week to physically rid your face of dead skin and dirt. Just be careful to use a gentle product and not overdo it with the scrubbing to protect your skin from damage.

Your Hair

Get the right color
As we age, our scalp loses some of its natural oil which can make our hair lose color and become weak. Guessing the right shade for your changing hair can be risky when you’re bombarded by all the choices at the grocery store. Bring new life to your hair by switching up its appearance with a dye that’s custom made for you.

Skip the shampoo
Surprisingly, most people don’t need to wash their hair more than twice a week. In fact, overwashing can strip your hair of the natural oils that give it shine, and leave your scalp dry and itchy. Try cutting out a shampoo cycle every now and then and see if it helps your hair look more youthful and thick. As with most beauty advice, however, it all depends on your lifestyle: if you’re running marathons everyday, you might want to follow your own shampoo routine!

Your Makeup

Use warm colors
Lighter tones can brighten your whole face, while dark hues with silver undertones can accentuate dark circles. Peach, rose and gold eyeshadows can make your eyes appear bigger, and rosy blush or lipstick can perk up your skin and overall look.

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Find the right foundation
With age comes diminished skin elasticity and unfortunately, wrinkles. Investing in the right foundation to meet your needs can be a huge help in your own confidence. Let your skin type guide your choice: those with dry skin should use a hydrating liquid foundation while those with oily skin should look for oil-free liquid, or powder foundation. Check out this helpful guide for more specific information about your skin type to make sure you find the right foundation for you.

Whether you celebrate your age or want to hide it, make sure you’re taking small steps like these to ensure that your regimen accentuates your changing beauty. After all, your beauty on the outside should match that of the confident woman on the inside.

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

5 Simple Things To Know When Moving In With Your Significant Other

Moving in with a significant other is certainly an exciting step in a relationship, but it can also be a stressful one. There are bills to cover, chores to divide and suddenly you’re faced with a lot less alone time than you’re used to. One of the biggest stresses you might not expect can be trying to find a way to peacefully blend your decor into one cohesive look. But it is possible to create a space you’ll both love without ripping each other’s heads off. These are a few quick tips for surviving the process!

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Upcycle Your New Style
Blending styles certainly doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture to make it fit your new decor. There are plenty of easy DIY solutions to upcycle your current pieces and create a customized look. My post on the basics of upcycling furniture should be a great guide to help you get started on transforming your existing furniture. Going thrift shopping together can also be a fun way to find unique pieces to make over together that will work for your new place.

Give Their Style A Chance
An important tip throughout this process is to not write off your partner’s style right away. Even if their suggestions seem kooky or out there, give them a chance to show you their ideas and really consider if they’ll work in your home. You might find yourself liking some of their ideas that normally wouldn’t be up your alley. Moving in together is a great chance to expose yourself to new ways of doing things, including home decor.

Get Professional Help
Trying to figure out how to blend your classic, girly style with your boyfriend’s masculine, industrial tastes can sound impossible, but the good news is there are professionals out there who can help. Enlist the help of an online interior designer who can create a design that blends both of your decor preferences. They might even help you discover a brand new aesthetic you can both fall in love with that you never would’ve considered before. Best of all, they can be the ones who break it to your partner that his ratty Scarface poster from college isn’tgoing to work for the design in your new shared space.

Agree On A Color Palette
You can make two very different design styles work cohesively in one room with a unified color palette. Check out what colors you’re both already drawn to in your decor or use a color scheme generator to create a palette you can come to an agreement on. Once you’ve done this, it will be easier to incorporate decor pieces in a united way, even if your preferred styles are wildly different.
Pick Your Battles
You’re not going to be able to get your way on every design choice so talk to your partner about which spaces in your home are most important to you. Maybe you couldn’t care less about place settings, but creating a serene bathroom is important to your sanity. Or you know that your significant other will spend a lot of time in the office, but you prefer to work in the living room. These things will help you decide who should get the final say on certain decisions and avoid unnecessary arguments. Being open about what’s important to you and what isn’t will be key in creating a balanced style that represents both of you equally!

Herb Crusted flank steak

Herb Crusted flank steak

I had a craving for some meat! So I decided I’d cook, since it had been awhile, It turned out to be a great idea! The day was rainy and lazy so i whipped up some homemade horseradish sauce for the side too. I have a love hate relationship with horseradish sauce though.

I made fingerling potatoes and snow peas for the sides, which we quickly gobbled up. 

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Herb Crusted Flank Steak 

Ingredients:
2 tsp rosemary, finely minced
2 tsp thyme, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 lbs flank steak

Get cooking:
1. Chop the rosemary, thyme, and tarragon for the marinade. Next, mince some garlic, and add it to your herbs.
2. Drizzle in the olive oil and add pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir well.
3. Lay the flank steaks out over plastic wrap and pour the marinade right over. Rub in the marinade all over with your hands, make sure you don’t miss a spot.
4. Grill the steaks about five minutes on each side (for a beautiful medium steak).
5. Slice it into strips on a platter and serve.

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This is a great weeknight meal and can be mixed with a little wine. I love shedding a busy day starting with dinner, a glass of wine, then a shower before bed.

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Monthly Goals: June 2018

Hello June, thank you for bringing gorgeous weather, chirping birdies, and time for adventures outside! 

Who else is excited that June is here? What are your plans for this month? New months are always fun because there is a little surprise in store for each. That is the beauty of life after all, isn’t it?

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Monthly Goals: June 2018

Freelancing // I’d like to expand a little. Although I work 5 days every 2 weeks at the part time job I’d like to pick up another freelance client or two. I am currently working with one and I absolutely love it! I feel like I am getting my footing.

Time management // I am horrible at time management, even when I KNOW I have things to do I may wait until the last minute to get it done. So I am going to try working on this in June. I’ll try by waking up 5-10 minutes earlier each week instead of peeling myself out of bed, taking a 5 minute shower, then rushing to get dressed and head out the door.

Saying no // I’ve been practicing this very recently, to say no to things that I don’t find suit me or on days I know I need a break. I recently said no to a day out and opted for a massage. Needless to say I felt great days afterwards too.

Blog // I would one to focus on the blog too. I’d love for this month to be the best month since I’ve owned this domain. The first six months of owning it I didn’t really do anything with it, I’d like to change that. June 21st is my one year blog anniversary, I can’t believe how fast time has gone by!

Meditation // I’m rather new to meditation. Though I’ve done yoga for years I’ve never gotten into meditation. People I’ve talked to who do meditate praise it, so I’m going to give it a try. With every little thought giving way to four different thoughts, I need a way to clear my mind and give it a break.

These are in no real order who has time for that, but I hope I’ll get slightly better with organizing too.

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I do a lot of things friends and family question. There is a lot more than ten things but you know, why not turn this thing into a series?? Jk, I won’t do that.

I chose the ten that I get questioned about more than most. 

10 Things People Don’t Understand About Me

I’m an introvert // sure I seem cool calm and collected while I’m laughing but in reality I’m always looking at the door. I enjoy all of my friends company, I love them I do. I just like being alone in my own space.

Crowds freak me out // the world is mutating into a different place than it was when our parents were our age. It freaks me out to be around 15 strangers or more at any time. Maybe I watch too much ID Network but it’s made me cautious. I don’t know what those people are thinking or how they’re feeling; they could be simmering to attack whenever! 

Why all the hand sanitizer // you have no idea how hard it is to be a germaphobe, hah or maybe you do. Everything you touch sticks to your fingertips! Think about what you touch all day everyday.

I eat dessert first // when going to dinner I usually have a sweet treat in mind, so I order it first. If I’ve still got a little room I’ll order an entree to box up and take home. My sweet tooth pretty much rules my life.

What’s with two part times // I have two part time jobs as opposed to one full time job because things just worked out that way. I actually love it because I’m doing different jobs on different days so it breaks up the week a little.

Freelance writer // I’m trying to start a freelance writing business. I want to focus on creative writing and blog articles with advanced SEO for the time being. I love writing so much! 

Horrible car sickness // Yup, que the all natural Dramamine! This stuff is a life savor! I’ve been driving myself around since I could drive myself. I don’t like being a passenger, it’s boring over there. Matt likes giving me a break while he drives us so I always have Dramamine on hand. I didn’t the first time I rode with him and I turned a 45 minute trip into an hour 1/2. 

Why listen to songs four times // I love music with all of myself! I love all types and love finding new bands & songs (leave your favorite for me to check out). I listen to songs at least four times the first time. I do this because I listen to the words the first 2 times then the actual music the last two times.

Meditation practices // I have so much going on in my mind at this point in my life. I need a quiet place to retreat to, to find answers, to be able to focus. I get a lot of “whys” but that doesn’t bother me, it’s not really anyone else’s concern what I choose to do not to lose my mind.

Showering before a bath // I’m not bashing anyone who doesn’t shower before taking a bath, in the only person I know that does. I take a bath to relax or detox my body. I don’t want anything extra like dirt and what not in my bath with me.

8 Bad Habits To Break

8 Bad Habits To Break

I’ve become more aware of my bad habits as I’ve gotten older. Not all of these habits steam from childhood, some I have picked up along the way. Allowing them to hitch hike along the road of my journey.

It’s due time I let them off to find the nearest bus stop. I no longer want to drag these bad habits around with me, so it’s best if they find shelter elsewhere.

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Sleeping until the last minute
I’d love to start waking up early on mornings I work. I love to sleep so I usually sleep until 6:30am, have a 8 minute shower, use my liner & mascara, pick out an outfit, head out the door. No wonder I’m always feeling rushed!

Not preparing for the next day
I admire people that pick out their outfits the night before. It seems like a simple enough task, so why is it so hard for me?!

Failing to make a “to do” list a priority
I kind of do things as I think of them. Which is totally unproductive because then I get overwhelmed. I think having a prioritized to do list would help tremendously.

Trying to always be in control
I’m more than positive my anxiety has a ton to do with this nasty little habit. It’s draining and exhausting! I need to realize I have no say in what the universe has in store for me. I seem to think as long as I am in control I won’t disappoint anyone but myself if things go south.

Self doubt / feeling insecure
I have no idea where most of my self confidence up and went. I think it’s because in reality 2017 was an extremely tough year for me. I lost track of important things, gained weight, struggled with my mental & psychical health.

Overthinking
This is a huge one to say the least. I overthink everything, even what I might eat for lunch. I feel like if I overthink it then I won’t be surprised of the outcome because I’d already analyzed everything to death.

Procrastination
I’ve always been a procrastinator, since I can remember. There is nothing like saving everything until the last minute and then have a full blown panic attack.

Being indecisive
I am the worst at this! It’s hard for me to pick a choice and stick with it. Picking a place for dinner or lunch reservations is near to impossible. This bad habit is also time consuming and so aggravating.

8 Yoga Poses For Anxiety

8 Yoga Poses For Anxiety

Anxiety is the most common mental illness, it effects about 40 million Americans. If you haven’t been diagnosed with anxiety chances are you still experience stress in your everyday life.

Practicing yoga is a great stress relief, with each breathe you feel your body let go of worry, tension, and anxieties. The focus yoga puts on the body helps give way anxiety to thoughts of mindfulness and peace.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder:
– You feel panicked, uneasy, or scared
– Frequent heart palpitations
– You have trouble sleeping
– Excessive worry
– Fatigue
– Restlessness
– Poor concentration

If you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing any of these symptoms make sure to let your family physician know so you can help get it under control; your not alone.

When anxiety finds its way to me I like to do a sequence of yoga poses. You may be thinking “how are yoga poses going to help me right now?!”, Yoga is a great untapped resource by a lot of people. The poses help by releasing stressors and anxieties with concentration on the body and breathing.

Giving your mind something other than your anxieties to focus on. If your willing give these poses a try and tell me how you feel afterwards. The outcome will be a welcomed relief and you’ll have a smile on your face once the sequence is finished.

I am in no way shape or form a doctor or a yoga instructor, I am sharing what I know to help me. If you’ve had or have back problems or shoulder problems do not try this without consent from your doctor.

8 Yoga Poses For Anxiety

Childs Pose

Sit on your knees that are spaced shoulder-width apart. Take a deep breath and lower your torso down towards your thighs, extending your arms forward. Rest your forehead on the mat and breathe deeply.

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Corpse Pose

you’re basically laying down with arms at your side, mentally the corpse pose can be difficult. The goal is to relax your mind as much as your body, so anxiety and stress fully leave.
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Half Moon Pose

Start by bending your standing leg without lifting the back leg off the floor. Use your whole arm for balance as well, moving the weight of your body forward so it is directly over your front hand and foot. Stay there for a few breaths, allowing the intensity to build in the standing leg until you start to feel solid and stable. Then, press down through the ball and heel of the foot as you direct the center of your kneecap toward the toes. Be sure to turn and open the outer thigh enough to maintain that direction of the knee. Lastly, keep your leg steady as you revolve the shoulders, chest, and abdomen upward.
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Half Standing Forward Fold

Begin in Standing Forward Fold with your hands or fingertips on the floor at the side of each foot. You can also rest your hands on your shins, or press your palms into yoga blocks at the sides of your feet. Inhale as you raise the front of your torso away from your thighs, straightening your elbows. Lift your collarbones and sternum away from the floor. Reach the crown of your head forward and your tailbone behind you. You can bend your knees slightly to help straighten the torso and spine. Press your fingertips or palms into the floor, to help lift and straighten your torso. Lift your head slightly and gaze forward without compressing the neck. Your torso should be straight. If your back rounds, bend your knees or place your hands higher until your spine is straight. Engage your quadriceps (the front thigh muscles) and draw them up toward the ceiling. Do not lock your knees; keep them slightly bent. Bring your weight to the balls of your feet. Keep your hips aligned over your ankles. Slightly lift and lengthen your torso with each inhalation. Hold the pose for up to one minute. Exhale as you release into standing forward fold. Repeat 5-10 times.

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Legs Up The Wall

Lay with your feet against the wall, bottom touching as well, with your arms down to your sides. Take deep breaths to both center your mind and calm down.
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Fish Pose

Begin by lying on your back with arms at your sides. Slide your hands under your buttocks and keep them there. Then inhale and lift your upper back and head off the floor, pressing your forearms and elbows into the floor. You can keep your legs straight out in front of your, bend at the knee or the most complicated- folded like the Lotus pose. While in fish pose, take several breaths and lower torso and head back down.
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Eagle Pose

Begin standing in Mountain Pose with your arms at your sides. Bend your knees. Balance on your right foot and cross your left thigh over your right. Fix your gaze at a point in front of you. Hook the top of your left foot behind your right calf. Balance for one breath. Extend your arms straight in front of your body. Drop your left arm under your right. Bend your elbows, and then raise your forearms perpendicular to the floor. Wrap your arms and hands, and press your palms together (or as close as you can get them). Lift your elbows and reach your fingertips toward the ceiling. Keep your shoulder blades pressing down your back, toward your waist. Square your hips and chest to the front wall. Draw your belly in and up. Gaze at the tips of your thumbs. Breathe smoothly and evenly. Hold for up to one minute, focusing on your breath and keeping your gaze fixed and soft. Gently unwind your arms and legs and return to mountain pose. Repeat on the opposite side.
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If these poses worked for you then check out my bedtime yoga routine too. It helps curve the restlessness so your not anxious and you drift off to sleep in no time.