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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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Life, Living

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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Living, Wellness

a return to growth + renewal {april 2018}

April 6, 2018

Springtime represents rebirth and renewal — in our surroundings and in ourselves. So, we’re embracing this notion of a season-in-bloom to focus on our love for the earth, practice everyday sustainability, clear out the literal and metaphorical clutter, and to grow our foundational product ingredient knowledge so we can make smart, educated decisions about the daily impact we make on others and on the environment.

Food • for • Thought

What is one thing you can do every day to minimize your environmental footprint?
How can you clean up your beauty routine — one product at a time?
In your home: where do you feel most calm? Where do you feel most chaotic? Why?
What is one small kindness you can do for another person daily? Weekly? Monthly?

 

 

Living, Wellness

maintain + sustain the good in your life

March 1, 2018

As the year progresses, so does our personal journey to detoxify and simplify our lives. With each month, we turn our focus to another crucial element in this process. For March, we will solidify into place the good habits and rituals we’ve identified as the ones that are integral to our daily lives and our daily happiness. How do we maintain and sustain the routines that ground us and, simultaneously, lift us up? How do we continue to do them so that they don’t slowly turn into dreaded chores? Let’s create the space we need to think thoughtfully about the routines we rely on day in and day out. In doing so, we can — and will — optimize our experiences for a happier, healthier life.

 

food • for • thought

What’s one thing you do every day that you wish were simpler?

What’s one thing that brings you joy every day?

How do you keep yourself organized? On time? 

Life, Living, Wellness

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.

Explore milk + honey massages.

 

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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what is your #AMandPM?

February 21, 2018

When manifesting positivity for the day, we believe the small things can set you up for success. Whether you’re enjoying your favorite cup of tea in the AM or a unwinding in a PM salt bath, these tiny moments of mindfulness can change the course of your day and affect how you impact others.

 

Next month, we are launching #AMandPM, a blog series and collection of Instagram takeovers featuring a mix of milk + honey experts and influencers. Today, we’re giving you a sneak peek into what you can expect. Read on for milk + honey massage therapist, Lala’s #AMandPM.

 

AM RITUALS

 

Stretch | While still in bed, I like to do a morning stretch with deep breaths. I raise my hands over my head and make my body as long as I can reaching from side to side. If I’m feeling fancy, I make a Figure 4 with my legs and stretch across my side body with cactus arms. I’ll curl to the fetal position and breathe for a moment before planting my feet down and starting the day. Deep breathing and gentle stretching helps the circulatory and pulmonary systems wake up gradually without shocking the system awake.

 

Lemon Water | I juice one full lemon into a cup of warm water and drink it down to chase an apple cider vinegar shot & probiotic pills I take in the morning. The lemon water gets your gut moving and wakes up your digestive system along with providing antioxidants and immunity strengtheners. If I don’t press snooze two extra times, I’ll even make a smoothie with greens, frozen fruit, coconut milk, and whatever else may be hanging out in the fridge.

 

Affirmations | Here’s where I may lose ya. I like to dry brush in the morning and then apply coconut oil to my skin while telling myself nice things. Dry brushing is fantastic for exfoliation, circulation, cellulite prevention and all kinds of magic. Coconut oil is great for my skin type and smells fantastic. I find saying affirmations can be cheesy… though when I do them in a power stance in the mirror while listening to Beyoncé, I feel amazing AF.

 

PM RITUALS

 

Foam Roll | My clients never hear the end of me asking if they foam roll. Rolling out the stagnant blood and adhered tissues of your body will make you feel better! After a long day of doing massage or working out, or both, I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller. Roll out your back, legs, IT band, PSOAS, and hamstrings. If I’m feeling frisky, I’ll grab a lacrosse ball and roll around — targeting my upper back or glutes to release the tighter muscles. (m+h has an amazing product called the RAD roller, which I use on my break at work.)

 

Hot Tea | As a tradition from my childhood, my grandmother and mom both used tea as a form of stress relief. Tea was a cure-all. So you can find me curled up on the couch with my cats and favorite blanket. Yogi Teas are my favorite because they have special messages on the bag for you to feel inspired. (Some fave blends are: Detox, Bedtime, Stomach Ease, and Kava Stress Relief.)

 

Epsom Salt Bath | For sore, tired muscles, energetically draining, or treat yo’self days, Epsom salt is straight wizard level. It calms inflammation, flushes toxins, softens skin, reduces pain, and relieves stress from the magnesium in the salt.

 

Keep an eye out for our #AMandPM Stories — launching in March.

What is your #AMandPM?

Living, Wellness

this will make you a bath person.

February 16, 2018

Disclaimer: If you have a bathtub and rarely use it, let this post serve as “what are you waiting for?” nudge in the right direction. If you have a bathtub and are a bathtime enthusiast, continue reading for your new must-have essential.

The milk + honey Milk Bath No. 05 is — hands down — the most indulgent way to unwind and we highly recommend it. Here’s why:

  1. Bathe like royalty.
    We were inspired by Cleopatra’s legendary beauty routine, which included daily milk and honey baths meant to restore and preserve healthy, glowing skin.
  2. Let it nourish and hydrate your winter skin.
    With nourishing and organic dehydrated coconut milk, your skin is in for a moisturizing treat. Pro tip: exfoliate with the Body Polish, then soothe your skin with the Milk Bath.
  3. It is pure bathtime indulgence.
    The sweet blend of vanilla and lemon peel oil provides a deliciously aromatic atmosphere — we encourage deep, relaxing breaths and lingering in the bath a little longer.

Pro tip: Less is more with this Milk Bath. You only need to add two to four tablespoons under warm running water to create the most luxurious, soothing bath. Enjoy.

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Life, Living, Wellness

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?

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