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#ArtOfTheBath: holiday vibes edition

December 4, 2018

Ahh, the holidays — the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re looking forward to indulging in glühwein (mulled wine, that is) or tucking into your annual screening of Love Actually, there’s no denying the season comes with its fair share of stress, too. If you can, I highly recommend blocking an evening on your calendar between office parties and gift wrapping to slow down and take care of yourself. Read on for our cozy #ArtOfTheBath tips — curated specifically for the holiday season.

 

Smell

Insider tip: our holiday candle flew off the shelves during Brown Amber weekend, but it’s still available in our Home for the Holidays Set. Balsam fir, scotch pine, and cinnamon blend together to create a warm aroma, perfectly suited for the season.

 

Sight

The bath is my favorite place to read. Since it’s definitely a danger zone for iPhones, I find that I don’t get sidetracked by texts or end up scrolling mindlessly. Instead, I’m able to focus on the pages of a book. For this #AOTB, I recommend diving into this Crystal Guide. It’s beautiful and full of juicy “ah-ha” moments. Plus, it can spark some holiday gifting ideas. Shopping for stocking stuffers for someone moving into a new home? The Guide recommends smoky quartz for energy cleansing.

 

Touch

Our Home for the Holidays Set also includes our ultra-dreamy Milk Bath. Made with organic dehydrated coconut milk, the sweet, powdery formulation melts into a cloudy bath when mixed with water. (File under: smells like heaven.)

 

Taste

Combine a classic holiday treat like this peppermint bark (available at milk + honey locations) with a glass of clean-crafted wine. We recommend this fruity, bold Malbec. Don’t forget to pair it with a generous glass of ice water so you stay hydrated throughout your cozy, seasonal bath.

 

Listen

Finally, turn on our holiday playlist and tune out the shopping stress. Your checklist can wait — promise.

Life, Living

create a relaxing space for the season

November 19, 2018

Practicing self-care is essential when you’re feeling burned out or stressed. Being able to relax, rest, and recuperate should be easy, but it may seem difficult to work into a busy schedule. Check out the three tips below for ways to properly care for your mind and body from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

 

  1. Create a private sanctuary at home.

Taking care of your mental space is just as important as your physical health. Designate a space in your home to retreat to when you want some alone time, want to reflect on your day, or simply want to rest. You don’t need to dedicate an entire room to this, in fact, a small corner in your living room or bedroom will work wonders. The size of your cozy nook doesn’t matter as long as you feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.

 

The way you design your home environment can affect your overall mood and wellbeing, so make sure you consider interior design psychology tools to improve your mood when picking out color schemes and decor items for your relaxing space. To ensure your living room nook is a tranquil place, choose a neutral color palette. White, grey, and tan will promote relaxation and allow you to reflect without being distracted by bright colors.

 

Before deciding on decor, it is essential that you pick out durable seating optimized for cozy days in. Don’t base your furnishings solely off style. The best way to set up a space you can relax comfortably in is by choosing a chair or sofa that provides proper support. We love the versatility of these supportive and sustainable living room pieces. Their seating options provide complete relaxation, plenty of room to pile up the pillows and thick blankets, and are made with durable material that is easy-to-clean, leaving you one less thing to worry about!  

 

Finally, warm up your relaxing nook with accessories and decor that are unique to your taste. This decorative teal pillow will add a pop of color to your space and provide you with lumbar support while reading, taking naps, or during long Netflix marathons. Adding in plants will purify the air and provide you with the calm feeling of the natural world, which will improve your mood. Add visual interest to your peaceful nook by placing fresh flowers on your side table in an fun vase (like this one). Bringing the outside world into your home can make you comfortable and more content in your space.  

  1. Soak your stress away.

Stress breeds anxiety which negatively impacts your mental space. Extend your calming experience beyond your cozy nook and into the bathroom to soak away your worries in a hot tub. This relaxing activity is an excellent way to practice self-care and will make you feel at ease. Add a natural muscle soak or a pure bath bomb into your self-care routine to soothe aches and pains. The pure essential oils will detoxify your skin and rebalance your body, leaving you happy and refreshed after a long day.

 

Aromatherapy is another excellent way to practice self-care. You can do this by surrounding yourself (and your bathtub) with essential oil candles or incense, like this sleek lavender and eucalyptus one here. Lavender has many benefits and research suggests it as a useful method for easing stress. The calming and skin-purifying health benefits of lavender make it perfect for cleansing your mind and body and uplifting your spirits.

  1. Immerse yourself in a good book.

Utilize your cozy nook to catch up on some reading. Books have the ability to transport you away to a world outside of your own, and reading can actually provide health benefits. You can check out some of our favorite reads here.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional needs are crucial to feeling happy and motivated after a long day. Reading for self-care allows you to disconnect from technology and recharge in a cozy environment within your own home. Taking a mental break is imperative for good mental health, and reading is an engaging and exciting way to accomplish this.

What are your favorite ways to unwind?

Let us know in the comments.

This post was created in partnership with Arhaus.

Life, Living

how to enhance your nighttime routine

November 1, 2018

Sleep is key to improved beauty and a healthier mind and body. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking the time to prepare for a good night’s sleep before crawling into bed every night. To help you get the best sleep possible, we’ve compiled four suggestions to add to your nightly routine.

 

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what we’re #currentlyreading

September 6, 2018

From our milk + honey HQ office to the halls of our spas and salons, we often find ourselves discussing books. The books we’re reading, what we love to read, what everyone else is reading—you name it, we’ve gone there. We even started #bathtimebookclub earlier this summer to discuss some of our favorite reads of the moment. When we discovered today is National Read A Book Day, we knew it was time to strike up the convo again. In honor of the (admittedly niche) holiday, we’re sharing some of our current favorites.

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how to survive the last week of Mercury in retrograde

April 9, 2018

 

If you’ve used social media at all recently, you’re surely aware Mercury is in retrograde. Every once in a while, the planet becomes our “scapegoat” for the miscommunications and misfortunes we experience. Why is that? milk + honey reached out to our Energy Catalyst, Stacy Davenport, for tips on how to stay positive during the homestretch of this unpredictable time. Today, we’re sharing her advice for keeping it together for the last week of Mercury-in-retrograde.

At the Office

  • Wipe down the surface of your desk and organize the items on the surface. You want to create visual quietness.
  • Put files away into file cabinets.
  • Bring fresh flowers and place them near your computer screen to absorb the energetic negativity.  

At Home

  • Sweep your entry area daily with the intention to clear away any energy that may be blocking your path in life.
  • Dust all surfaces in your home, and while doing so, thank the space for providing you support for your life.
  • Sweep the floors and vacuum the carpets, and while doing so, visualize that any dirt and dust be removed from your home; therefore, unblocking your path to fulfillment.
  • Wash your bedding and towels with a ½ cup of sea salt. This clears any psychic and energetic debris that you’ve released while you’ve slept.
  • Clear your car of unnecessary stuff and take it for a thorough cleaning at the car wash. Cars represent our emotional body.
  • Have a beautiful bouquet of flowers in your home and place them where you can see them as you move about your home.

 

“The end of this Mercury retrograde is a powerful time to complete the incompletes so the new energy can fully activate and flow blessings into your life.”

– Stacy Davenport

 

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seven ways to stay grounded

February 26, 2018

Staying grounded is easier said than done. From small, daily stressors to bigger, fast-paced events, it’s necessary to be mindful of staying grounded. This month, we focused a great deal on reconnecting — in relationships, with yourself, and with the space around you. Now, let’s wrap it up with seven milk + honey recommended ways to keep your cool.

 

Call a friend or family member

It’s easy to have a false sense of closeness these days. After all, we use Facebook updates to represent life events and Instagram Stories to share our day-to-day. What could we be missing? Pick up the phone and call a long-distance pal, and you’ll find out. While social media does a lot to connect us, our online lives are curated and incomplete. There’s nothing like hearing the sound of your BFF’s voice as they tell you the good, bad, and the ugly. Just hearing a familiar voice can be extremely grounding and flat-out comforting.

 

Turn off your phone

While phones are great for say, calling an old friend (nudge, nudge), it’s nice to schedule intentional time apart from technology. We all know how it feels to be sucked into the world of eternal scrolling and it can be extremely draining — for both your time and your mood. Try to block off time first thing when you awake and right before bedtime to leave your phone face down and out of sight. Use this as your time to recharge and reconnect.

 

Incorporate CBD Oil

Ahhh, CBD oil. Before we go any further, let’s be clear — the hemp-derived oil is non-psychoactive and provides relaxation without intoxication. In some cases, CBD oil is ingested (try it in your next smoothie) or it can be used topically.

We love Mary’s Nutritionals patches and gel pen to provide topical relief for pain management. As of this month, both are carried at milk + honey locations.

 

Revisit an old favorite

What’s your favorite book? Movie? Vinyl album? Revisit that. Comfort can arise from familiarity and you may even get a dose of sweet nostalgia along with it. Our old favorites are still our favorites for a reason: they make us feel something.

 

Reserve a massage

Massages are an essential strategy to reconnect with yourself and improve your mood. You may think we’re biased, but there’s actual science to back it up. Studies have shown stress hormones lowering as much as 31% while dopamine and serotonin rose about 30% post-massage.

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Make your sleep habitat a haven

Sleeping is such an important part of reconnecting with your best self. So, why not optimize your sleeping situation? Stacy Davenport, milk + honey’s go-to Feng Shui expert and energy catalyst recommends investing in hibernation. As she says, “Let your master bedroom be luscious.”

Some of our favorite additions:

  • New sheets and bedding
  • Blackout curtains
  • Silk pillowcases
  • Silk sleeping masks
  • Sound machines
  • Sunrise simulating alarm clocks (so much nicer than your iPhone alarm)

 

Take a bath

It’s no secret that we’re proponents of #TheArtOfTheBath at milk + honey. Whether it’s a quick, 20-minute dip or a lengthier, more indulgent escape, the bath can serve as a tool for reconnection.

Unless your phone has a waterproof case, the simple act of being in the bath takes technology out of the picture. It’s the perfect time to open that book you’ve been meaning to finish. Bathtime is also a great excuse to catch up on your favorite podcast or new music. Try to think of #TheArtOfTheBath as a five-sensory experience. You can indulge with essential scents, relaxing sounds, healing ingredients, a great book, and a glass of wine — if you insist. (I totally do.)

 

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how we connect + communicate

February 14, 2018

At the start of February, we talked about the power of connection and the crucial role it plays in our daily lives. Whether they be romantic, platonic, or familial, the relationships we nurture and maintain are essential to our personal growth and happiness. So much so, that we’re taking today — Valentine’s Day — to pay homage to these many meaningful connections.

How? By taking a closer look at the love languages that serve us — and by understanding them, we can continue to improve how we best communicate and connect with one another.

What’s Your Love Language?

The five love languages, as outlined by Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, refer to the way in which we best express and experience love. We’d say that the concept of a “love language” certainly extends itself to more than just romantic relationships; often, we connect to our friends and family members in similar/modified iterations.

Here are the five love languages:

  • Words of Affirmation: You are fulfilled by compliments or words of encouragement and by that token, you also show your love through words of encouragement.
  • Quality Time: You enjoy your partner’s undivided attention and this could overflow into other relationships, where attention is given and received is imperative.
  • Giving and Receiving Gifts: You are sustained by symbols of love, like flowers or chocolates — this also applies to the feeling you get when you give gifts to others.
  • Acts of Service: Setting the table, walking the dog, or doing other small jobs make you happy. On a larger scale, volunteering and getting involved in community initiatives are fulfilling elements of your love language.
  • Physical Touch: Outward affection, such as holding hands, hugging, kissing, and having sex, is your romantic love language. When it comes to friends and family, you show your love through affection.

After reading all five, is there one or two that resonate with you most? Chapman asserts that most people have a primary and secondary love language. Perhaps, you thrive off of affection (physical touch) and verbal support (words of affirmation)? If that’s the case, you know that your best and healthiest connections reciprocate and/or bring out these elements in you.

While this is just one “school” of thought when it comes to how we strengthen and maintain our relationships, we think it’s an interesting one. Thoughts?

Life, Living, Wellness

gratitude is good for you

February 9, 2018

We talk a lot about gratitude at milk + honey — not just because it is in the very fabric (er, walls of our spas) of our ethos but because there is, at any given time, something to be thankful for.

If you’ve ever visited one of our spas, you may have noticed our gratitude jars. We welcome any and all #beegrateful thoughts during your milk + honey visit. To practice gratitude is to intentionally think of the things that make you uniquely happy and thankful. We couldn’t think of a better mental exercise than that.

Today, I’m practicing what we preach:

I moved to Austin in June 2013 with no job (yet), very few friends (yet), no dog (yet), no baby (yet), and only a sweet fiancé (now husband) to hang with as I carved a place for myself in this new city. After enduring my first Texas summer, I admittedly felt more at ease, but I still craved a routine and job to round out my new life in Austin.

Enter milk + honey. I don’t remember how I came across that fateful job posting but I do remember everything that followed. Many interviews and one presentation later, I was offered the marketing position. It felt right. It felt like I was not only gaining employment, but I was also gaining entry into the fold of the Austin community. What I gathered then — and know now — is that milk + honey is a beacon of relaxation, renewal, and comfort for so many in Austin. It is a safe space for people to visit, a place where they can unwind and reconnect without judgment. I’m thankful to be associated with something that has a positive impact on people’s lives.

Four years later, whenever people ask me what it was like to move from NYC and adjust to Austin (almost) sight unseen, I tell them that milk + honey was my turning point. It was the moment I felt grounded here. And that feeling of gratitude — to do something that fulfills me, to work alongside the founder and owners, Alissa and Shon Bayer, and a plethora of incredible individuals, to be a part of this company’s growth, and to contribute to the overarching goal of making people feel good — hasn’t subsided.

This is my #beegrateful moment.

What’s yours?

Life, Wellness

the pursuit of peace of mind {bath edition}

February 8, 2018

The pursuit of peace of mind and reconnection to oneself isn’t limited to the realm of meditation, healthy sleep habits, and a budding yoga practice (to name a few). It’s just as important and effective to carve out quiet time within our already-established daily rituals — specifically by taking a closer look at the ways in which we can silence the mental chatter at the start and close of our days. Today, we turn our focus to the art of the bath.

Giving yourself the time to luxuriate in the bath is a direct act of self-love — and we think there’s a true art to it. If done right, it provides you the space and pause to reconnect with a quieter state of mind and being. Herein find four simple (see! no extra stress necessary) steps to master the art of the bath.

  1. Set the Mood. Our plant-based, pure Essential Oil Candles create a warm, calm space for a relaxing bath.
  2. Draw the Bath. There’s nothing like slipping into a warm bath, infused with one of our organic Bath Soaks. All three blends nourish the skin, promote relaxation, and bring peace to a busy mind.
  3. Luxuriate and Exfoliate. Unwind as our sugar-and-sea salt Body Polishes gently exfoliate to reveal soft, healthy skin. Let yourself revel in the cleansing and the newness — the whole point here is to find indulgence in slowing down.
  4. Amplify the Effects. Reap the mood-enhancing aromatherapeutic benefits by adding a few droppers of our Bath & Body Oils. Or, apply a small amount to your skin for an ultra-hydrating post-bath glow.

Food • for • Thought

How do you carve out time for yourself?

Do you treat bath time as a “sacred” time for reflection, quiet, and a mental reset?

What other self-care moments are important to you?

What does your perfect bath time entail? 

Life, Wellness

setting intentions for february

February 1, 2018

 

Connection is what makes us tick. It is the invisible thread that links us to one another, our ideas, our passions, and our pursuits. Connection lays the groundwork for empathy, understanding, authentic communication, and meaningful interaction. And in an age where screen time is prioritized over face time — unless it’s FaceTime, natch — and entire conversations can take place with nary a word being spoken, we’re going the extra mile this month to put our phones down, observe our surroundings, and connect with the people and things that truly inspire us to lead healthier, happier lives. Whether it be carving out time to sit quietly with our thoughts, drawing a bath to unwind and regroup, reserving a much-needed massage, or catching up with a friend in-person (no phones in sight), our goal is to reconnect with ourselves and with each other. Join us.

 

February • Food • for • Thought

What connections do you value most in your life? Why?

How do you take time to connect to your mind, body, and soul on a daily basis?

Weekly basis?

Monthly basis?

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