WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RELAX + 2 Bath Recipes!

If you know me, you know I have a really hard time unwinding. I’m not highly strung by nature, but I just have a hard time feeling relaxed even when I feel calm. The two main things that stress me out even in my downtime are:

-SCHOOL IS COMING AND I KNOW IT. Even on the very first day of Summer, I am already 100% aware that school is still coming.

-Guilt. I feel guilty when I’m not doing anything! I know there’s stuff I need to get done (because there never isn’t) and I have trouble stepping back and taking time for myself (or enjoying that time, at least).

Here are my tricks for beating anxiety when I have downtime:

-Painting, baking or making music! If I’m creating something, I don’t feel so badly about not doing anything but I’m still relaxing.

-Drinking hot chamomile tea! This one is better for end of the day relaxing because it will make you sleepy and it might be hard to snap out of it.

-(Of course), taking a bath! Taking a bath is especially good for when you can’t stop yourself from trying to dive into work. Once the door is locked and you’re in the tub, you (hopefully) won’t still be trying to multitask. Sometimes when I’m having trouble calming down I’ll turn off the lights and close the curtain and maybe light a candle (scents like lavender and eucalyptus are the most relaxing to me).

Here are my two favorite bath recipes:

1. Honey and Coffee // Be warned: this one gets a little messy!

Ingredients: Coffee (I use grounds), honey, milk

-Add Coffee grounds…the more the merrier (and messier…)!
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-Add honey. I go a little overboard with this one but it’s really up to you!DSC_0355

-Add milk. I would recommend about four cups, but again, it really is up to you.
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-Stir it all up and pour it all into the bath! Don’t bathe for more than about 20 minutes unless you want a coffee tan.
DSC_0359Note: This one will leave a brown ring around your tub as well as a lot of little grounds. It’s a lot less messy if you use brewed coffee instead of the grounds, but the grounds are great exfoliants. I wouldn’t recommend the grounds if you have a bath mat (or you can take the mat out while you bathe). You’ll have to get in there with a wet rag once it’s all drained but personally I think it’s worth is because this leaves my skin feeling incredible!

2. Green Tea Detox Bath

Ingredients: milk, green tea, honey

-Add milk (5-6 cups). I still had coffee grounds lingering in my mixing bowl but that isn’t a bad thing!
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-Add honey.
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-Add green tea. Typically for this step I will purchase the cheapest tea I can find and use about twelve bags. I put them in the bath when I first start filling it and squeeze out the bags about every five minutes. Eventually the bags start to deteriorate, and that’s when I take them out.
DSC_0363-Soak! With detox baths you ideally will soak for about 40 minutes so you can sweat out toxins. You’ll want a shower afterwards!

xox

Bec

Happy Saturday!! & 2 Step Ring Holders

Hi hi!!! I know I’ve been a lousy blogger lately but I’ve been balancing school with a new job that’s 40 minutes from where I live (eek!) and it’s all been quite a lot. I didn’t get the chance to do any new projects SO I decided to document one from Christmastime! You’ll have to excuse the lighting, I haven’t quite figured out how to work out the shadows in the afternoon yet.

So without further ado, here it is!! I swear this is the simplest project in the whole world.

Materials:

-Two colors of acrylic paint (choose colors that you like together)

-Paint brush (I found that the spongey ones work best for this)

-Small plates (I got mine from Goodwill in a pack of 4 for a dollar!)

-Small animal figurines (You can find these at Michael’s for $5 each, or better yet keep an eye out when you’re thrifting!)

-Lots and lots of news paper to keep down the mess!!

You can do the whole thing in two easy steps!

1. Paint!!! You’re going to want to do a couple or three layers on the animals as well as the plates. This is the messy part!

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This is how mine turned out after two coats. If you’re using white, I would recommend more than just two coats because mine still looks a little thin. Wait for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

2. Glue!

Admittedly, I didn’t glue mine (shhh!). But with a little bit of hot glue or gorilla glue, viola! You’ve got yourself a ring holder.

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Mushaboom – Feist

xox

Bec