When is the last time you took a shower and felt like you were at a luxuroius, five star spa. For many of us, the answer to this question is never. Why not change that? Showers don’t have to be solely for hygiene!
Unless you’re showering with someone else to conserve water (wink wink), showers are one of the only times of day when we get a few minutes by ourselves to just breathe. For some of us, it’s a chance to think or even sing those songs that just can’t seem to get out of our heads. Showers can also be a great form of self-care. Here are some ways to pamper yourself while getting squeaky clean!
If you love to bathe…
Bath time isn’t just for babies! Adults in recent years have perfected the art of bath taking with some amazing products and gadgets!
These little guys are strong, but mighty! Not only do bath bombs make your tub look just beautiful, there are also some amazing benefits associated with diffusing them into your next soak session! Most bath bombs are infused with ingredients like essential oils that are known to have moisturizing effects, leaving your skin feel so smooth! And they also have the same powers as your favorite soaps and body washes, so your skin will also be squeaky clean when your done!
You gotta keep yourself busy while bathing, right?! Bath trays are a great way to maximize your bath. These mount themselves right onto your bath, and make it the perfect surface to keep tea candles (romantic!), and even books or tablets so you can binge watch! The best part? Some of them come with built in cup or wine glass holders. Where can we get one?
If you prefer to do it standing up…
Get your head out of the gutter! We mean taking a shower, silly! You may be thinking, is it even possible to make a shower luxurious? And the answer is YES YES YES! Here’s how:
Exfoliating has so many benefits for your skin. It removes the dead skin cells, and creates a silky smooth base for shaving and even helps create a smooth tan if you like to self tan (who doesn’t?). Make sure to use a body brush or exfoliating mitt for the best application! You can find some really great body scrubs at any drug store.
If you aren’t using a body wash, then what are you doing? There are so many body washes out there that not only, smell delicious, but are so hydrating and leave your body feeling so refreshed. If you are really looking to splurge, buy this body wash by Nécessarie. Made from multivitamins and niacinamide (vitamin B3), this cleanser has rave reviews. This gentle cleanser is great for sensitive skin too. On a budget? Not to worry! Olay also makes a body wash with Vitamin B3!
Nothing is worse than getting out of a steamy shower and using a cold towel. Towel warmers have been a popular gadget recently, especially during the colder winter months! These bad boys heat your towel up while you shower, making for a perfectly warm and cozy exit from your self-care shower!
What are you waiting for? Start running that water and treat yourself!
4 Best Amazon Finds
Amazon is an all time favorite of ours because it is quick, easy, and affordable. Plus, not only is it convenient, but it also sells some pretty great products. We have found this month’s 4 best amazon finds that you have to add to your cart right now.
Let’s get to online shopping
Chill out anxiety relief essential oil roll-on
Perfect for when you just need to ground yourself. This flower scented product is handcrafted and uses nine different essential oils. It has so many benefits and is helpful with releasing tension, calming emotions, balancing mind & body, and helping with sleep. It is great because it is easily accessible, so you can feel calm everywhere you go! Plus, 15% of your purchase is donated to the WorldWildlife Fund, a foundation that helps preserve plants and environments that contribute to the ingredients used in the roll-on oil. This is also vegan, non-toxic and cruelty free. This product sells for $14.
Urmust laptop stand and notebook holder
The at-home office worker or the zoom university student needs this product. With over six colors to choose from, this unique product can help your work productivity and be a stylish new decoration! This stand allows your laptop to be on top of your notebook so you can have both in the same place and be organized. It is adjustable and works with laptops of all sizes. It’s aluminium alloy material is processed to be durable and allow ventilation. This means your laptop will not overheat and can safely stay on the stand. It is also foldable so you can transport or store it easily! This product sells between $20-$25 based on the color and size you choose!
Ley’s dog lick mat
For the doggie that eats just a little bit too fast, this mat helps your dog eat slower, fight boredom, and has a calming effect for anxiety relief. The product is made out of BPA free food-grade silicone so it is easy to clean and can be put in the dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator. Similar to a baby, dogs also get separation anxiety. This mat has been proved to help that feeling by providing a calming effect. Licking makes them less stressed and is a good distraction! Since it enhances your dogs saliva and slows down eating, it will help with acid reflux, bellyaches and indigestion. Also, it has oral health benefits because it helps take bacteria out of their mouths. Find the right size for your dog on Amazon! This product sells for $8.
Essence lash princess false lash effect mascara
This is the IT mascara. Vegan, cruelty free and acknowledged by PETA, essence out did themselves with this product. The new waterproof formula has a voluminous effect similar to wearing false lashes or lash extensions. This is from the conic shape of the brush, which sculpts the individual lash to avoid clumping. It also lasts all day, so you can go about your day without any touch ups. Coconut oil, micellar water or gentle makeup remover will take the product off easily. This product sells for $5
Which products will you add to your shopping cart?
Tips to Work Smarter NOT Harder
With limited time in the day, it is important to learn time management. Working productivity will help you have more time in the day to do the things you want to do. We have composed a list of tips and tricks that will help you work smarter and not harder.
Let’s get to work!
Limit interruptions and distractions
Whether it is your phone, a siren outside, or people talking around you, it can be hard to focus with distractions. In order to work efficiently, you need to limit these interruptions. We suggest putting your phone across the room and sitting in a more secluded space. When you have limited interruptions, it is amazing how much you can achieve in a shorter period of time!
When you have a million things on your plate, it can be hard to get everything done in the time you need it to be. That is why prioritizing your tasks is so important. We suggest keeping a planner and prioritizing your projects weekly. By doing so you will stay on top of your work and will get the most important tasks done when they need to be! At the end of the day, This will give you some peace of mind.
Don’t be afraid to say no
It can be hard to say no when your boss gives you a task. However, if you have so much on your plate you can barely breath, it is okay to say no. If you have an understanding boss and are in a healthy workplace environment, they will understand. Concentrating your time on specific tasks instead of multiple will allow you to do the best work you can. Your boss will be happier with the results and appreciate you communicating effectively with them about this. Plus, you will be happier overall! Everyone knows you’re great at what you do, but there is no reason to stress yourself out. It is always acceptable to say no if that is what is best for you!
Take a break and give yourself breaks
Breaks are not a bad thing. In fact, studies show taking 30 minute breaks will keep you more productive in the end. It is a misconception that you have to get everything done before you can relax. Your brain needs time to decompress and digest the information before going back to work. After you take a break, notice how much faster you complete tasks! Overall, utilizing breaks will make you more productive and happier in your workplace.
Which tips will you utilize?
6 Starbucks Iced Coffee Recipes to Recreate At Home
Let’s face it. For many of us, Iced coffee is way better than hot coffee, especially during these hot summer months. However, making Iced coffee at home never tastes the same and buying coffee everyday can really hurt your wallet in the end. But this does not have to be the case anymore! We have found 6 at home Iced coffee recipes to try right now! Delicious, easy and affordable. Now that is what we are talking about!
Let’s get energized
Regular Iced Coffee
A classic, this OG drink will have you feeling refreshed during a hot summer day!
• Simple Syrup
• Half & Half
fill a glass with half ice and half coffee, stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and splash in some milk.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
This sweet and delicious iced coffee will make you look forward to mornings.
Add together ⅔ cups of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of milk and half a glass of ice together. Top mixture with a single espresso shot. Drizzle caramel sauce on top.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
The seasonal special is always a huge hit. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you definitely need to try this delicious recipe.
•Half & Half
•Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• You also need a french press to make this recipe!!
Add half a cup of half & half and pumpkin spice syrup into a french press and pump a few times. In another glass, mix pumpkin spice syrup into 8 oz of coffee. Then pour the coffee over a glass filled half with ice and top with foam from the french press.
Rich and chocolatey goodness mixed with coffee. Sign us up! This recipe will be your new favorite drink.
Shake 8 oz of Coffee and 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup in a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware. Pour concoction over glass that is filled halfway with ice and a splash of milk
Salted Caramel Cold Brew with Cold Foam
This is for the at home barista that loves to go above and beyond.
•Cold brew coffee
•Half & Half
•You also need a french press for this recipe !!
Add ⅔ cup of half & half and two tablespoons of simple syrup in french press and pump a few times. In a cocktail shaker or airtight tupperware, add together 8 oz of cold brew, three teaspoons caramel sauce, and two pinches of sea salt. Shake these together until evenly mixed. Pour coffee over a glass filled halfway with ice. Top with caramel cold foa
Iced Brown Sugar Coffee
A new addition to the starbucks menu and your new favorite to make at home. Try out this Iced Brown sugar for a delicious and refreshing drink.
Directions: Boil water. Once water is boiling, add brown sugar and mix. Quickly set aside to cool. Once a little cooler, add simple syrup to the glass. Then add ice to the glass with milk. Top the drink with coffee. You should be able to see three different layers in the glass!