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7 Simple Ideas for your Self-Care Routine

The term Self-Care has taken off this past year. Self-Care while always been essential, it is now even more essential than ever before! Taking care of yourself is important, and doing so will certainly help your mental and physical well being.

What exactly is self-care and what can you do to amp up your self-care routine? An act of self care or a self-care routine can include something as simple as enjoying a cup of tea, a long shower, getting dressed into something other than sweatpants (#athomelife), or sitting down with a People magazine (you know you want to!).


Self-care is the action of taking care for oneself. Pretty straight forward right? So why then, is it hard to do? For one, we tend to feel guilty if we aren’t doing something else or looking after someone else.

Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that if you don’t take care of you, how on earth are you supposed to take care of others? Self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary. And it doesn’t need to be an hour long bath, it can be many other things in small or larger amounts of time. Read on for 6 simple ideas you can include into your self-care routine.

self-care isn't selfish

1. Meditation

10 minutes. That’s all you need for an effective meditation. Start with one minute and work your way from there. Click here to read a past blog post on how to start! The key is to release your thoughts and let go. Take a full breath in taking in the good and breathe out releasing what no longer serves you. Surround your body with positive energy and simply take a time-out!

2. Journaling

Journaling is also effective! Getting our thoughts, feelings, rants, gratitude, poems, affirmations, lists (or whatever it is you need to get out) onto paper is absolutely freeing and cleansing! Give it a try, grab a scribbler, notepad or buy yourself a fun journal for motivation to get you started. There’s no right or wrong to journaling AND no one has to read it.


3. Get in a workout

Roll out the mat! Spend 10 or even 20 minutes on the yoga mat.

Don’t have a Yoga Mat? Do some squats, lunges, burpees, jumping jacks, get that heart pumping! Exercise releases endorphins making you feel oh so good.

The best workout is to simply get outside! Bundle up if it’s cold and go for a walk around the block. BONUS, spending time outdoors in nature can double as meditation (a 2 for 1 self-care deal).

4. Spa Time at Home

The most popular form of self-care is some Spa time.

Try a solo bubble bath full of Epsom salts & a few drops of lavender essential oil, or trade that for 10 minutes under a warm shower.

Spa day! At-home Spa Days have become popular. Try a facial mask, doing your nails (with a new nail color is always fun) or even a full pedicure. Give yourself some love, all the pampering is good for the soul.

My personal go-to is enjoying a marine mud mask and doing my nails at the same time, have some fun with it!

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5. Cook a healthy meal

Good food makes you feel good. Yes, it takes a bit of time and maybe a trip to the grocery store, but your body will thank you for it! Don’t know what to make? Head over to the land of Google, it is full of wonderful recipes. OR invest in a Cook book (yes, people still use cook books).

6. Read a book

Drop the screen time and grab a good book with your morning coffee or read a few pages before turning in for the night. Getting lost in a good book is like going on vacation without leaving your home. You can turn to a book to learn something new, for some personal development or simply get lost in a good novel.

A good book and a lit candle is a great from of self-care.

7. Light a Candle

Lastly, simply lighting a candle is a very soothing form of self-care. Light a candle and have a sit down to enjoy it for a minute or 2. The candle’s aroma & ambient lighting create a sense of calm. A lit candle during your meditation or bubble bath is a wonderful addition and deepens the sense of relaxation.

Taking care of you is essential.

Self-care is necessary, and it doesn’t have to take a big chink out of your day. I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas to add to or get started with your self-care routine! Be sure to check out our other blog posts and sign up for our newsletter in the form below. Thank you so much for the support.

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DIY Face Scrub with honey and cinnamonBeauty DIY's Home & Garden

A DIY Facial Scrub You Need to Try

A DIY Face Scrub with just 2 ingredients; honey & cinnamon! I stumbled across this DIY facial scrub just last week & of course I had to try it! It was so wonderful and deserving of a blog post to share with you all.

Why a DIY Facial Scrub?

Well, it saves on packaging and money! PLUS, most items are in your pantry meaning it’s safe enough to eat and usually tastes good too. This recipe in particular tastes like apple pie!! I couldn’t stop licking it from my lips lol! And, it’s fun trying weird & wonderful DIY things.

This recipe I snatched up from the land of Google is super simple and is a must try.

DIY Face Scrub with honey and cinnamon

The Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons of raw (organic) honey
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Yup, that’s it!A 3:1 ratio of honey and cinnamon.

Mix the ingredients in a glass bowl together with a wooden spoon until the honey & cinnamon paste is mixed up nice & smooth. Then, after cleansing your face, gently work the scrub onto your skin. This mixture is sticky and therefore you should apply a lot to avoid pulling at the skin. I found it easier to add a bit of warm water onto the finger tips to apply & massage in the scrub.

Gently massage the mixture into the skin for a few minutes, be careful not to pull at the skin as that does damage. Wet the finger tips with warm water if needed. After a few minutes of massage, I let it sit there for a couple more minutes like a mask soaking in all the goodness before washing it off with cool water.

Benefits of Cinnamon & Honey on the skin

Let’s dig a little deeper into the benefits of using honey and cinnamon on the skin.

Honey on the skin

Honey is well known as the Nectar of the Gods, and for good reason! Google the history of honey, it’s super cool information!

Acne prone skin (like mine) can benefit from using honey as it is a natural anti-septic removing dirt & bacteria and can help nourish damaged skin. Honey is naturally soothing, has healing properties and is hydrating as well.

Honey is a very gentle exfoliator on its own getting rid of dead skin cells and opening up pores allowing the skin to breathe and rejuvenate. PLUS, honey being full of anti-oxidants has anti-aging properties and is said to boost collagen, talk about a perfect ingredient!

Cinnamon on the skin

It’s the one ingredient I never even thought of using in a DIY recipe to be honest and it is the perfect fine granular ingredient to use for sensitive skin!

Cinnamon is powerful and underrated as it’s benefits are not well known. This common kitchen ingredient has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which, like it’s partner honey, helps relieve that acne prone skin! Also like honey, cinnamon is packed with antioxidants making it the best defense against aging skin. PLUS, it helps with tone and can even “plump” the skin.

2 Powerful Kitchen Ingredients

Honey and Cinnamon on skin

When these 2 powerful kitchen ingredients are combined, cinnamon paired with the honey it is a blessing for acne prone skin, and the antibacterial properties helps in the fight against free radicals which causes aging of the skin. Best of all the worlds! So go ahead, get cooking & give it a try!

Thank you for reading this post, be sure to check out the other posts on the blog for more living well lifestyle inspiration. Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas for future posts!


Beauty Face Masks & Why You Need To Try Them

There are sooooooooo many beauty face masks on the market, and some with crazy claims and materials! Be careful with what you use on your face, there are some serious horror stories out there.

I have 2 personal favorites that I’d love to share with you. (Scroll down if that’s all the info you want.) OR keep reading as to why you should add a beauty face mask to your skincare routine.

A regular cleansing routine will remove the basic dirt, toxins and grime your skin absorbs through the day (think of your skin like a filter). Cleaning it daily kicks out the basics, but once in a while a deep clean is necessary. Think of it like steam cleaning your carpets. Sure, you vacuum, but does it get to the bottom layer?

Enter the facial mask; your skincare steam cleaner.

A beauty face mask will help draw out the toxins from beneath the top layers of the skin. Using a specific face mask can help exfoliate dead skin cells, they can unclog and even shrink your pores.

Deep cleaning for the skin. Let’s get down to the 2 I use from Nu Skin and why.

My 2 Go-To Beauty Face Masks

Yin & Yang Beauty Face Mask

First up, the Yin & Yang Mask

Detox AND nourish in ONE?? Yes people, this face mask boasts it all! A true to it’s name Yin & Yang beauty face mask. See the picture above? It kind of makes me look like a smurf, and I love it!

This mask allows you to either nourish OR detoxify OR both! Apply as-is to nourish and massage into skin to activate the charcoal detoxing side.

The particulars:

• Features specially sourced porcelain flower grown through controlled environment agriculture (ask me about that neat feature!)
• Detoxifies skin for a fresh and luminous look.
• Delivers nourishing phytonutrients to reveal softer and smoother looking skin.
• Leaves skin looking smoother, healthier, and brighter.
• Leaves skin feeling fresh, soft, and balanced.
• Jasmine sambac helps to de-stress and promote inner harmony for a lit-from-within complexion.

The Tube is 38% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic to support our commitment to protecting our planet. This also means every package features its own unique look and feel.

The How-To:

Use the Yin & Yang mask to nourish and detoxify your skin. Here’s where the 2 in 1 comes in…

1. To focus on nourishing, apply a generous, even layer to clean, dry face and leave as-is.
2. To focus on detoxifying, apply then massage the mask to release the microencapsulated charcoal.

Let dry for 10–15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water

Next up, the Glacial Marine Mud Mask.

Glacial Marine Mud Beauty Face Mask
I call this my “Hulk” face!

I also call this my “HULK” mask lol! It does give you a green face and it is oh so good for you! The Glacial Marine Mud mask exfoliates dead skin cells & shrinks those pores!!

The Particulars:

  • Minute colloidal particles of Glacial Marine Mud act as an emulsifying agent by forming a barrier around oily particles, thus allowing them to be removed.
  • Deposits more than 50 skin beneficial minerals and trace elements to nurture the skin.
  • Softens and purifies the skin. By attracting water, the mud helps to hydrate the skin.
  • Helps draw out impurities and toxins.

The How-To:

Apply a generous layer of mud to skin, avoiding mouth and eye areas. Let mud dry 15 to 20 minutes or until it turns a light aquamarine color. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use Epoch Glacial Marine Mud two to three times a week. To be honest, I use this one once a week.

So, which Beauty Face Mask is for you?

Check out this wicked infographic on the benefits of both and choose what suits your skincare needs! Or get both & switch it up.

Thank you for reading! I hope you like this content, check out my last post as well! If you have content ideas, leave me a comment or message my Facebook Page.

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Eucalyptus and its many benefits

I’ve used eucalyptus essential oil for years! I mean years… if there’s a hint of chest congestion, I’ll mix a few drops with a carrier oil and apply to the chest & back. I also use it generally as a room refresher! Here’s a list of many benefits you can enjoy from this wonderful plant.

This is the plant that those cute Koala bears love as it is native to Australia where most species grow as a tree. There are actually more than 500 species of eucalyptus. The species most of us home gardeners will commonly use is known as the globulus or Globe Eucalyptus.

dried eucalyptus plant

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

How to use this wonderful Essential Oil and its list of benefits!

First of all, when using essential oils remember they are super potent, it is recommended to use with care and always try a test spot if using on the skin. Also, dilute it with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil (my personal favorite) to reduce the essential oil potency and ensure the skin stays hydrated as well. Some essential oils seriously dry the skin and can hurt if applied directly.

There are many benefits, but the reasons I use Eucalyptus applied topically as it can help with:

  • Chest congestion
  • Breathe easier
  • Soothe joint pain

Eucalyptus is also known to help with relaxation, and can even be used as a bug repellant!

How-to apply topically

Add a few drops to a carrier oil listed above and apply to the chest to help aid with breathing easier especially if you are stuffed up. You can also apply this to your stiff joints to ease joint pain. I feel eucalyptus oil should come with a warning label as this stuff can be strong on the nose!

eucalyptus plant

Using eucalyptus in the shower or diffuser

  • Add a few drops into your diffuser as directed
  • Hang full eucalyptus branches or a sachet of dried eucalyptus leaves in the shower and enjoy the scent of eucalyptus in the shower steam.
  • Add a few drops to a steam bowl, reed diffuser or clay diffusers
  • If you have a natural luffa, add a couple of drops of the essential oil to it either use or let the steam of the shower disperse the essential oil
  • PERSONAL TIP: I put a few drops into a glass dish and add the warm shower water to it while I do my thing in the shower. It actually disperses quite nicely with the steam.

Breathe easier, feel chill and enjoy all the benefits of this wonderful plant!

Thank you for reading, be sure to check out all the other blog posts as well. Health & Wellness, Life & Style, Beauty, Home & Garden.

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