How’s Life?

It seems as though we not only had quite a year in 2020 but we also are having quite a different 2021 than we planned. I think some people think that once the calendar changed to a sparkling new year filled with everything we hope for or want…our pandemic and daily lives would magically change kind of overnight. But it hasn’t really. The world 🌎 is still sick and people are feeling all kinds of emotions and feelings too. Me included.

I am really sad so many people are dying. BUT I am thrilled there is a vaccine and boy was that a miracle to come in the same year of the pandemic! We are so lucky!

And in these challenging times what I have come to realize is EVERY single day and minute in our lives is a GIFT. It is not just a nice thing to say. It is TRUE! If you’re reading my blog right now you MADE IT and you’re still here and alive.

So, at this time my heart is filled with GRATITUDE and I look to the light and have so much hope. If you are feeling blue you can do this too. Keep going. Stay positive. Keep the faith. We have got to live our lives not die inside.

Here are a few things that give me some happiness and I want to share them with you today. Maybe they will help you in some way.

Surround yourself with people you ❤️love. Extend your safe bubble of people by reaching out and calling to others. Reconnecting and chat on the phone with them. I’ve done it and it made me and the other people I’m calling feel so good too. People need to connect and stay connected.

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Write a letter or create a card from scratch and mail it or hand it to someone you care about. Tell them they are loved. Share your day. See how they are.

I think every day should feel like Valentines day.

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Fill your space with things to make you feel HAPPY or put a smile on your face. Check around your home and see what you might have before you go out shopping for something. I recently discovered something while cleaning my dining room hidden in a drawer under some cloth napkins. I ordered some gold flatware. I completely forgot about them. They are so gorgeous and chic. Why haven’t I used them in years? I shined them up and am putting them to use and enjoying these beauties. DAILY.

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Strategically fill your space home or office with affirmations and words of wisdom. On your wall, on your desk, on a shelf at your bedside table.

Don’t you feel good looking at this already?

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It would be great on a child or teens home classroom desk too for encouragement! Don’t you think so?

Make your bathroom an oasis to escape to. Shower or bath? You’ll love the little touches will make.

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SOAK your cares away! A bath is always a good idea! Or add a little something to your shower routine. Like a shower bath bomb. Or some new hair & body products.

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Fill your bathroom with luxurious hydrating soaps. Nowadays there are so much to choose from. I like to buy soaps in all my travels. Especially internationally. So fun. Find some plush towels and washcloths. Switch up that same old decor. Give your bathroom a lift and hang a sign that you can find like “Hello Beautiful”. OR “It’s a Good Day to have a good day”.

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Flowers and plants add SUNSHINE to your day and plants purify and can detox the air. So simple but gives you so much of a happy feeling. WAKE UP & SMELL the flowers!

Or enjoy the serene feeling of plants 🌱 and all things green! 🍃

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In a Holidaze?

Me too!

I’ve not bought one gift only a few stocking stuffers. How about you? These pandemic days are starting to annoy me and ruining my holiday spirit. I always find comfort in the little things. But lately it’s been a tough thing to do. This is not me. I usually choose happy. Sorry I have been a little MIA.

However, we all must stay focused and keep our eye on the prize. This pandemic will pass and a few vaccines are coming on the horizon. And WE must try and keep it going.

So since it’s National BathTub Party day. Yes, it’s a thing!

Time for a little self care. I know I share a lot of beauty, skincare and self care love. But that’s because my business is beauty and wellness!

Tonight I’ve decided to make bath 🛀 salts for some of the special people in my life.And later will take a lovely bath in a home-made potion too.

Chillax Bath Salts with Eucalyptus

Here’s what you will need to make it.

Tweak recipe if you’d like to us another essential oil or other item.

1 mason jar filled with Epsom Salts

1 eucalyptus leaf 🍃

5-6 drops of Eucalyptus oil

Fill the jar with the Epsom salts and leave some space and don’t fill to the at the lid top.

Sprinkle eucalyptus oil over the salts (I love the Aura Cacia brand)

Shake jar up so the two mix and the salts and essential oil mesh beautifully. Leave and let it set overnight. This way the Epsom salts will mesh beautifully.

Next day shake again.

Add some rustic twine or any pretty 🎀 bow or ribbon to the top of the jar or around the jar.

Include instructions that you have punch holed to the ribbon.

These salts are inexpensive to make and are great to give especially if you are on a budget this holiday season.

Add a note card with your holiday message and you’re good to go and give!

Enjoy tonight or give as gift!!

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Oh the beauty of taking a bath. Especially these days!

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So I hope you’ll enjoy, light a candle and add a bubbly sparkling cider or champagne to a glass and and have a party in your bathtub today! Your way!

It warms the body and soul!

Cleopatra would envy this!

It is written that Cleopatra wore kajal coal to define her eyes. Used all kinds of oils perfumed potions and loved to bathe in milk!

I LOVE to do the above too. I discovered it is even more fun to embelish your bath with other additions for the kitchen.

I recently enjoyed a warm not steamy hot bath with water and a half gallon of real milk. I simply added the inside of a fresh vanilla bean pod. Vanilla beans aren’t cheap but they are worth the treat in a drink,in a dessert and in a BATH!

I have shared this simple D.I.Y. bath with my clients and they loved it. It is not sold on a store shelf which makes it even more fun to make. I so hope you try this special bath one day soon….and bathe your pandemic cares away!

Oh what a sexy aromatic elixir!

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Comforting!

It’s been quite a week. And I find my clients and I are stressed. Perhaps you are too! Life is tough right now.
So, I have recommended they explore a few flowery herbs to keep calm and comforted that I use. I hope you enjoy and find comfort in them too.
I use fresh lavender. I use the buds to make sachets and tuck them in my pillow case. So de-stressing! The aroma is addictive.I also love to sprinkle it on fresh baked sugar cookies just before they are done. So pretty.

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The relaxing beauty of chamomile. Another gem is chamomile. I love it as a tea 🍵 with a dash of honey or agave nectar. Very relaxing. I also find it wonderful as a tea bag compress on the eyes to relax and to help those puffy eyes. Simply enjoy a cup of the tea and save the used tea bag. Apply it to your eye area once it has cooled do my use it hot from tea cup. Chill out for ten minutes.

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Next up are rose 🌹 petals I love to pull them off the stem and make rose potpourri by drying the petals. I find this very relaxing and a creative time. And after it’s dried out I sprinkle them with a few dashes of rose essential oil. Place in a small bowl or sweet basket. So lovely and a relaxing light scent at your bedroom nightstand.

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Have you got a recipe you’d like to share with me and my blog readers? Please share. Sharing is caring. We’re all in this together. One day at a time.