Self Care Ideas

self care

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How often do you make time for yourself? Whether you want to curl up with a book or add some fitness into your routine, help make self-care a priority with these ideas! Self-care has been a topic of discussion with many of the people- men and women- that I know, and I feel like it’s coming up more and more in conversations online as well: we’re busy, burnt-out, and tired, and don’t have enough time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, let alone enjoy a hobby or find time to exercise. We’re getting lost in the shuffle and losing touch with ourselves. We need to make ourselves a priority and find some time for ourselves (even if only for a few minutes!), and that’s what inspired this post.

Whatever form self-care takes, from a favourite activity or hobby to fitness/ health, to trying something new, it’s personal and something that makes you ask yourself ‘what fills my cup’ or ‘what do I need to do for myself’? The answers can be game changers for your mind, body, and soul, but for many it can be a struggle to find/ make the time. I don’t know when self-care became such a hot topic, but I understand it’s different for everyone. This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on we want and need for ourselves for the year ahead and ultimately think about our priorities. Finding simple ways to form or strengthen healthy personal habits can make a big difference in our happiness and overall well-being.

Before you tell yourself you don’t have time, think of it this way: it can start with something as simple as ‘drink more water’ and move forward from there (there’s nothing wrong with baby steps!). If at first you find it challenging to find a block of time, start with 5 minutes and build from there. Be kind and have patience with yourself, this is something to be enjoyed, not be another item on a list to stress us out! 😉 I used to get anxiety at the thought of making time for one more thing, even if it was good for me, something I enjoyed, but slowly over time that melted away and my outlook towards self-care changed. Goodbye guilt, hello… contentment, calm, happiness… fill in the blank. Running has become my main fitness-related activity, largely due to convenience and simplicity, but it’s been instrumental in a lot of positive mental changes as well; over time it’s become something I look forward to on both a physical and psychological level and one of the best self- care decisions I’ve made. Self-care can also take different forms throughout the year and as our interests change; there are no set rules other than to make time and enjoy! Even if self-care takes the form of something we don’t love– such as exercise- we ultimately will feel better knowing we made the time for it, invested in ourselves.

For this post I wanted to include a variety of ideas to hopefully inspire making self-care a priority, so I’ve included everything from something as simple as a candle to a cozy chair to hopefully get you thinking about what self-care looks like and means to you. I love curling up in lots of blankets and pillows and reading; add a cup of tea or glass of wine and I’m happy. Whether you have an area in your house that you can dedicate, like a little reading nook or fitness space, or you just want to add touches throughout your home that remind you to make time for yourself- like that just breathe print– I hope this post helps you make self-care a priority and part of your routine.

What are your self-care goals for the year?

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Hot Chocolate Station Essentials

hot chocolate station essentials for everyday and parties

 

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Who else is whipping up lots of hot chocolate right now? Ari’s two favourite things right now are tea parties and hot chocolate (with lots of marshmallows), and she got me thinking about the idea of a hot chocolate station.  They’re a fun addition to holiday parties or to have set up with everything you need for your favourite warm bevvies when you come in out of the cold (you can also add tea, coffee, maybe some Irish cream or Kahlua…;) ). I love the idea of setting up a station, but if you’re limited for space you can go vertical (use a tiered stand!) or stock a basket or container with your favourite essentials and tuck onto a shelf or into a cupboard and pull it out when you have guests coming over- or when you’re craving a hot sweet drink! 😉

Another twist on this idea is to put together a gift basket that includes everything you need for a deluxe hot chocolate- think a yummy mix, marshmallows (the gourmet mallows from Marsh&Mallow are the best), sprinkles, and some pretty cups – or add essentials to a cute togo cup like this one). I just realized I didn’t include a seasonal essential- candy canes!!!- but hopefully this post gives you some ideas. Side note: how cute with this be to have set up on Christmas for when you’re opening gifts? Add a few snacks and you’ve got a cute buffet!

I’ve included a few ideas from some of my favourite local shops in this post (see # 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9) + some easy to shop online ideas.Have you ever set up a hot chocolate or beverage station? What did you include?

Check out some local shops featured in this post!

Victoria Senges | Dainty Sprinkle Co | Paper + Parties Co | Marsh&Mallow

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Dried Orange Christmas Garland

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!

To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.

Here’s how I made mine.

Materials

– 1- 2 medium oranges

– fresh greens

-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)

-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

Directions

  1. For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
  2. For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices. 

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY  3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).  

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Cyber Monday Sales

Cyber Monday sales- housewares and home

Who’s planning on doing some Cyber Monday Shopping today? I’m rounding up a few of the sales you can find online + some of home items that caught my eye. It’s a great time to pick up gifts on your list and maybe even something for yourself! 😉 What’s on your Cyber Monday shopping list??

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Cyber Monday Sales- fashion and accessories

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CYBER MONDAY SALES

Indigo | 40% off Jamie Oliver Cookware | 25% off S’well | 25% off Le Creuset + more 

Amazon– various

Topshop– 50% off + free shipping

H&M– 20% + free shipping with code 3095

Old Navy– 50% off entire site including clearance (discount applied at checkout)

Gap– 50% off + free shipping with code GAPCYBER

Joe Fresh– 40% off when you spend $100 | 30% off everything + free shipping

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Simple Greenery Holiday Wall Hanging

Who’s starting to decorate for Christmas? Add a fresh festive touch with this simple greenery holiday wall hanging. All you need is some floral wire, fresh stems, and ribbon (maybe add a Christmas movie in the background ;). Choose a favourite festive word or phrase and enjoy a fresh addition to your holiday decorations. 

This wall hanging isn’t too tricky to make, it just takes a little time and patience. Pour a glass of wine, put on some Christmas music and get into the holiday spirit with this pretty DIY.

Materials

  • fresh greenery of your choice (something with a flexible stem and not too much foliage is ideal)
  • floral wire
  • ribbon
  • tape (to help hold the shape of the words)

Directions

  1. Start by wrapping a stem in the floral wire- approx 1″ twists. 

2. Bend the wire to create the shape of the letters. Add in stems as needed, bending the wire to form the shape of the letters. Tip: you may have to break/ cut the stems rather than bend them to form the letters.

3. Use tape to hold down the design as you go to keep the shape. Once you’ve completed the design, go back and smooth out the shape; twist in more wire where needed to help hold the shape of the letters.

4. Add ribbon to hang and enjoy!

 

What are your favourite ways to decorate for the holidays? Share below!

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