How to relax after a long day

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Some days (or pretty much every day in my case) you come home from a long day and all you want to do is crawl under the covers and go to sleep. If you don’t actually want to go to bed at 6pm (although I admit this does happen every once in a while!) here are some other ideas of how to unwind after a long day:

Yoga is one of my favorite ways to trick my body into exercising while also de-stressing and stretching. It feels great after sitting in the same spot all day and helps my body and mind get into relaxation mode. Check out the 30-day yoga challenge for a great place to start!
Read a magazine about something that interests you, light a candle and put your feet up.  Some of my favorites include Real Simple, Elle, Elle Decor and Domino.
Drink a cup of tea. Heat up some water and make yourself some chamomile or a nighttime blend of tea.
– Listen to music. When’s the last time you just listened to music and did nothing else?
Go for a walk around your neighborhood, grab a friend to chat with or go alone to just think and spend some time with nature.
Take a long bath, maybe bring that magazine, some candles and some good smelling body wash or bath bombs.
Write lists, a blog, a journal entry, a short story or a poem. Whatever comes naturally.
Call a friend. Preferably one that will make you laugh and put you in a good mood.
Reading a book is definitely my go to after a long day!

How do you relax after a long day?

Wedding Inspiration

Since wedding planning has taken over my life lately, I figured I’d do a post with some of the inspiration I’ve found! Although right now I’m working on getting some of the less fun stuff done (making all the big, important decisions) it’s always nice to take a break and jump on Pinterest to remember the other stuff that’s still to come (and a little more fun)! :)

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Week 3 Challenge: Make your bed

readingI did a little better this week with reading every day but this whole wedding planning thing is taking a lot more of my time than I imagined. Not that I mind, I just need a few extra hours in my day ;) This week I’m going to keep it simple and attempt to make my bed everyday! I’ve been taught over and over growing up, you should always make your bed, not only because getting into a made bed is much more satisfying than a mess of sheets but also in case of unexpected guests coming to your house. As hard as my parents tried to make it a habit, it never stuck. I know I’m happier when my bed is made, so it’s my next challenge! Join me?

Week 2 Challenge: Read every day

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Week 1 challenge is complete! I’ll admit I did better than I thought I would and only ate out one time all week! I bought a lot of groceries that I actually used, ate a lot of leftovers and got creative! We entertained friends 2 nights out of the week instead of going out. I only slipped up once over the weekend (which is actually amazing now that I think about it) when I was becoming famished and we walked right by this little pizza restaurant I wanted to try that had just opened the night before! (btw it was delicious!) So I would say week 1 was a success, now on to week 2!

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Week #2 Challenge: Read every day.
I’m currently reading 2 books (and have many more on my list!) and I want to get in a better habit of reading every day. I love reading before going to bed but I tend to wait until I’m completely exhausted before I head to bed and then I fall asleep rather than reading a couple chapters. So! this is my next challenge. Join me?

Introducing Weekly Challenges: Week 1

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Happy New Year, everyone! Today I’m starting a new blog series of 7-day small challenges to complete each week. At the end of the week I’ll introduce my new challenge and reflect on how the previous week went. I’m hoping some of them will end up sticking for more than a week but it’s a good place to start.  Feel free to join in and let me know how you do! Here it goes:

Week 1 Challenge: No eating out.

I try not to eat out a lot but inevitably I get lazy or didn’t make it to the grocery store or want to go out with friends, etc. I’m also terrible at eating leftovers and awful at getting creative with the random food in the fridge. Not this week!

I’m going to do this by meal planning ahead of time, doing a big grocery shopping trip at the beginning of the week, eating leftovers and getting creative.

I’ll let you know how it goes next week! In the meantime this might create a few recipe posts, so bonus. :)

Time to Reflect

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[My new planner from A Beautiful Mess]

It’s that time again to reflect on the past year and look to the next. It’s been a lovely year and I decided to take some time to reflect on everything I accomplished (or didn’t) and what I want to continue working on/start in the next year.

Looking back on 2014, biggest accomplishments:
– Starting Simple and Lovely: My biggest personal accomplishment was starting my blog. This is something I’ve been itching to do for a long time and I’m so happy I finally did it!
– Learning to cook: I can say this is the year I learned to cook, like actually cook. I hope to take what I learned this year and take it to the next level.
– Decluttering: Although this is a continual process, I’ve managed to pair down my closet and make strides towards defining my personal style and putting quality over quantity when making purchases.

Looking forward to 2015, goals for next year:
– Home: I want to focus on my home. Making it a cozy place filled with only things that make me happy or are useful and getting rid of the rest.
– Blog: I want to focus on my blog. Refining the content, adding more and better pictures and continuing to learn.
– Enjoy the little things: I want to spend more time taking walks, reading, cooking and entertaining at home.

Now it’s time to enjoy the rest of 2014 filled with family, friends, great food, chilly nights and holiday cheer :)