Relaxing Night Time Routine

So it may be the end of a long week and you’re looking for a little me time?

Here’s my rendition of a relaxing evening routine that will have you ready for the land of relaxation and slumber.

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  • Pour yourself a mug or glass of your favourite drink and head on over to the ‘spa’ *ahem* your bathroom
  • Remove all your jewellery and accessories and put your hair up into a bun so it’s out of the way. I love using a fuzzy hair turban too πŸ™‚
  • Fill up your bath tub and add your favourite bath bomb, bath salts or bubble bath product and as you wait,
  • Complete your skincare routine to remove sunscreen/and or makeup
  • Apply a sheet mask or any mask of your choice to your face, you could even use this as an opportunity to use some nose strips (the pain of ripping it off after kind of puts me off adding this to a relaxing night time routine, but the option is there)
  • Take a long soak in the bath
  • Take advantage of the bath water and use an exfoliating mitt/glove or body scrub to get rid of all your dead skin cells, something I neglect to do when taking a quick shower!
  • Moisturise your body with your fav body lotion and don’t forget to apply serums, lotions and moisturisers to your face as well
  • Get into your PJ’s
  • Make yourself a warm drink such as decaf coffee, hot tea or a hot chocolate
  • Eat an indulgent snack
  • Moisturise your hands and apply your favourite lip balm/mask to hydrate your lips
  • I like to read a magazine or book, sometimes watch IG stories and I do catch up with some of my YouTube subscriptions. All of the latter make me somewhat tired although I know the screens aren’t the best *cringes*
  • Write down your to do list for the next day or week
  • Reflect on goals, past achievements buy writing them down in a journal or you could put a little mediation music on and visualise

Do you have a relaxing technique you’d like to share? Or maybe you could use a few of these for your next at home spa session. I hope it gave you some relatively easy ideas.

Remember to always take a little time out of your day for ‘me time’.

Love your health.

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Strategies for a Mindful Life

How can you effectively pull yourself together when things get rough? Everyday life stressors are normal, but we need to form healthy habits of mind to conquer fears and focus on forward thinking.

Remove Your Phone

Reaching for my phone first thing in the morning is usually to turn my alarm off. But then the temptation to check my email inbox, followed by social media soon follows. Coming out of a hopefully restful slumber, to immediately checking your phone creates unnecessary stress to the brain when it automatically is forced to begin processing too much information without ‘waking up’.

Tip: Think about getting a traditional alarm clock and going to sleep with your phone charging in a different room overnight. This means no distractions that disrupt sleep time and wake time.

Breathing

My regular watch needs to get a new battery installed so in the meantime, I rescued my husbands Fit Bit Blaze from it’s position collecting dust on his bedside table. Not only is it helping me track time, daily steps, water intake etc, but I found a cool little ‘Relax’ setting that provides a 2 minute or 5 minute breathing session. It’s amazing what deep breathing can do for slowing down your heart rate but it’s also a great way to distract your mind from anxious thoughts.

Tip: Take a 4 second long inhale through your nostrils, and exhale through your mouth lasting about 4 seconds.

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Gratitude Journal/Diary

When the months fly by as quickly as they do these days, (hello Easter!) then it’s quite easy to forget about personal goals we have achieved and those we wish to make in future.

Tip: Each day, take some time to list 5 things you’re grateful for in your life. This might be something you wish to incorporate into a morning routine to help your day get off on the right foot. Add to this list daily.

Routine

Keep to a routine even if you’re home all day. It’s tempting to stay in your PJ’s or comfy sloth clothes when you don’t have somewhere to be (it’s okay to do this every now and then of course).

Tip: Having a shower, combing your hair, even putting on some light makeup, a bold lipstick, spray your favourite perfume or cologne, or putting some effort into how you dress/style your clothes can be a tremendous confidence boost. If you look good, chances are you feel good too.

Exercise

Even something as simple as a change of scenery can help change your mood. Move to a different room or better yet, go outside for some air. Getting outside is an amazing distraction as well.

Tip: Why not take a small walk around the block or visit a local library, sit at a park and maybe smile at someone coming your way. It can lift your mood instantly while giving you time to reflect.

Love your health.

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Casual Friday’s – A 2018 Slightly Disney Inspired Halloween

I’m pretty envious of kids in Australia nowadays. October brings with it stores where shelves are stocked with grim grinning pumpkins,Β ugly old hags, creepy skulls my child self would have jumped on at the chance.

Celebrating Halloween just wasn’t done in the 90s and early 00s Australia. *womp womp*

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And yes, I chose to upload my ‘Casual Friday’s’ post on a Wednesday as it is after all the spirit of Halloween!

Last year as I pushed the grocery trolley around my local supermarket I was pleasantly surprised with the huge pallet of pumpkins sitting in the corner of the vegetable section. Was I tempted to buy one? Yes. Have I got a clue how to carve a pumpkin for Halloween? Well no but I’m sure there’s a YouTube video somewhere.

It still sparked something within me. Later that week I headed over to Target and bought what would be some of my first Halloween Decor items of the season. Having your own house means you get to do whatever you want really. So I decided my entryway was going to be transformed into a Halloween Spooktacular Event!

Note: No children and their parents following behind them visited my home last year. But it hasn’t stopped me this year.

With the help of my wonderful cousin Anna in Florida, USA I was able to purchase some, you guessed it, Halloween Disney Decor. I mean I’m all for Disney everything at any time of the year but celebrating with the two mice just make it seem so much more special.

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I couldn’t pass up another pair of Minnie Ears USD$24.99
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Mickey Pumpkin Votive Candle Holder USD$16.99

Both were purchased here.

Welcome Foolish Mortals, to the Haunted Mansion!

Okay not exactly the HM ride you’ll find at Disneyland and Walt Disney World however, on with the tour!

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Last year I found a couple of these cute Mickey & Minnie witch and wizard, vampire bats and pumpkin stencils on Pinterest
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I free handed these as at the time, I didn’t own a printer to print the stencils

 

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β™«”It’s really not so scary”β™«
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These 3 spooky candle holders I purchased from Target last year. I placed LED tea lights in them
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Who could have woven this web?
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Aha! Have a chocolate, if you dare!

I purchased a bag of Halloween Candy from Costco. It has cute little pictures on each individual wrapper, all Halloween themed.

I was very underwhelmed by the Australian supermarkets poor marketing attempts this year. It didn’t work on me *cackles*. I just found that placing bags of original chocolates in big orange coloured boxes with ‘Halloween’ and ‘spooky’ written all over the box, that are not in anyΒ way, shape or form different from how you sell chocolates 365 days a year really disappointing *sighs*

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Birthday flowers from my husband, the colour was just perfect and once they wilted, created an even better effect!

I really hope you enjoyed this weeks Casual Friday’s Post.

Stay spooky and enjoy trick or treating!

So from my home to yours,

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*evil laugh*

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