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FebYOUary: 5 Things to Treat Yourself to This Week

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on February 12, 2018

Friends, it’s important to treat yourself, but treating yourself doesn’t always have to be about indulging in your favorite dessert. (If that is your way of treating yourself, that’s great because I would love a cupcake right now.)

There are a lot of things you can treat yourself to that has nothing to do with dessert or a glass of wine. To be honest, I think it’s important we rethink the way we treat ourselves. Oftentimes, we get caught up in guilt after we treat ourselves, and that’s no bueno. Instead, think of the other ways you can treat yourself throughout the week that are nourishing for your soul, and don’t leave you feeling guilty in any way. If you’re looking for a few ways to treat yourself this week, keep on reading!

Treat yourself to…

1| A worthwhile morning. 

Set your alarm 20 minutes earlier than normal, so that you can have time to make AND enjoy breakfast at home with your morning cup of coffee. The beauty of simplifying your morning routine is that it can be a calm, positive experience to begin the day. However, the exact opposite can be said when you rush and running around to get out the door on time. So, take back your mornings and make mornings time for YOU! Take five minutes to do meditations, or focus on your mantra for the day while eating your meal. You’ll begin the day blissfully when you actually enjoy the mornings before work!

2| Time with people you love.

Spending time with friends and family is a wonderful thing. It’s amazing to see the affects of spending time with people who lift you up and bring nothing but happiness to your life. Make it a goal this week to grab lunch with your friend, or FaceTime your parents after work. The truth is that building and nourishing positive relationships in your life is important, and we should work on this regularly. Text your long distance bestie to let her know you’re thinking of her and catch up. The beauty of technology is we have the ability to do this without driving a few hours when the week is hectic. So, utilize that time to focus on important relationships in your life.

3| A meal that takes time/fresh ingredients.

I joke all the time that I don’t feel like I’m cooking when I use my crockpot or when I make a casserole because all you’re doing is dumping everything in one place and cooking it for a bit. It’s all easy peasy. Instead, encourage yourself to make a recipe out of your comfort zone and that doesn’t include frozen items. Get fresh bread from the bakery, fresh produce for your salad, and truly enjoy the process of making a home-cooked meal that you truly enjoy. Even if you don’t LOVE cooking, everyone can appreciate a fresh, wholesome meal that takes time and effort.

4| Re-organizing your life.

Don’t think of this as just organizing your cabinets and closets. Although, you could easily do this if it’s something that you feel is important to you! Turns out that your space could be the source of your stress and problems. Tackle that accordingly by taking time to purge your closet, master your morning and evening routine, and working on other small improvements to live a more blissful life altogether. You can also remove unnecessary, time-wasting activities like watching YouTube for three hours a day and replace it with working toward your goals. Treat yourself to time, and use that time wisely to create plans to achieve your dreams whether it’s with a hefty to-do list or a vision board.

5| Adequate rest.

REST, Y’ALL. It’s so flipping important, and I can’t express its importance enough. You deserve rest, and you need to treat yourself to rest. Set an alarm, and make it priority to get in bed at 11 p.m. every night. When you’re constantly working all hours of the night, your body and mind can’t properly recharge. This eventually will lead to stress, and you’ll realize you aren’t being as productive as you could be during the day. So, take the time to rest and treat yourself to adequate rest every single night. You will thank me for this one, I promise!

So tell me, what one of these things will YOU treat yourself to this week? What is something that you find important to treat yourself to regardless of the day or week? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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FebYOUary: 7 Ways to Pamper Yourself This Weekend

Posted in Beauty, Health
on February 7, 2018

Because Treat Yo’ self.

It’s February, and I know that you’re looking to treat yourself to a little pampering session. Most of us after even considered getting our nails done since the holidays, so why start now? Well, as we have learned so far, taking care of yourself is important, and you deserve to treat yourself to a some pampering this weekend. Instead of making too many plans that you can’t possible commit to in 48 hours, spend part of your weekend alone to take care of your mind, body and soul. If you’re looking to add a little bliss to your weekend, keep on reading!

1| Deep stretches

No, I’m not saying you need to go all out with a workout here. I’m saying that it’s amazing how calming and soothing stretching is for your muscles. You can even give yourself a massage throughout the process. Stretching is in a sense, therapy, because of how it relaxes your muscles and removes tension and pain from your body. It’s something we should do FAR more than we should. So, if you don’t feel like making your own face mask, spend 20 minutes really stretching out your body and working on your muscles.

2| Treat yo hair

Now, if you’re into all the DIY treatments and fun things, you should treat your hair to a little pampering this weekend. I don’t know if you all have had the same CRAZY cold weather recently, but let me just say that my hair is not having it. We moisturize our skin, and we should also moisturize our hair with a deep-conditioning treatment. My favorite is simply adding coconut oil to the end of my hair, leaving it in for 10 minutes, and then get in the shower. I treat my hair by adding sugar to my shampoo while I wash the coconut oil out of my hair. Yes, you hear that right! It’s an easy way to exfoliate and treat your scalp to some TLC, too. Take your hair care a step further by not using heat-styling tools for the weekend. Your hair will thank you!

3| Essential oils + soundscapes

I never knew the hype around essentials oils until I began using them. Now, I’m a smell away from a luxurious spa. The power of scent and sound is truly incredible. I didn’t realize how pampered I could feel until I played into the sound and scent more in my home. I purchased my first essential oil, and I massage it into my temples, behind my ears, and neck. While I do that, I play soundscapes like a thunderstorm, rainforest sounds, or sounds of the ocean. Needless to say, after 10 minutes, I feel completely refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s honestly my own form of meditation and now it’s something I look forward to practicing regularly.

4| Hygge

If you haven’t been on the Internet for the last year, you may not know what hygge is. Well, here’s what hygge is all about and why you need to incorporate it into your life. The main point of this Danish way of living is to create a calm and cozy atmosphere. All my candle-loving, hot-cocoa-drinking babes can rejoice! Set the mood with dimmed lights, your favorite warm drinks, candles, blankets, and enjoy the moment. How is this pampering, you ask? Oftentimes, we only see pampering as creating a spa-like environment in your home. Well, you can pamper your mind and soul by indulging in hygge. Another key component to hygge is about being present and enjoying the moment whether it’s with friends or by yourself. So, invite your close friends over for a nice meal and time together. Keep your phone away, and enjoy each other’s company.

5| Deep clean your skin

We’re talking about your entire skin, girl. You’re going to need about an hour or so for this much pampering, but I promise you will feel like a whole new person afterwards. Start with a deep exfoliating scrub all over your skin: arm, legs, elbows, knees, etc. Then, wash it off with warm, soapy water. Now, take the time to shave your legs (because I’m sure it has been awhile since it’s winter). Next, moisturize your skin all over to finish the job! Moving on to your face will take a few more steps, but begin again with a exfoliating treatment. After washing your skin, steam your pores with boiling hot water. Do this for about five minutes. Allow your skin to rest for a few minutes before applying your favorite sheet mask or pore-cleaning mask that has charcoal in it. Moisturize and apply your serum as normal and you will feel like you walked out of a 2-hour spa session!

6| At-home nail care

As if you needed another thing to pamper, am I right?! Sometimes, you need to give yourself a break from spending money at the salon on your manicures and pedicures. Instead, treat your nail and toes to an at-home, pampering session when they can get a little rest from the gel polish. Cut your nails and file them. Treat your cuticles to an oil treatment, and push back your cuticles. Massage cream into your hands for about 10 minutes, and you’re good to go. Repeat the same steps for your toes!

7| Rest

Is there anything more important than true rest? Pamper yourself by allowing yourself time to take a nap in the middle of the day, or going to bed two hours early, or by sleeping in an extra hour. Take time to lay on the couch and watch a few episodes of your favorite show. Take the time to rest your body properly. Between work, working out, and just being human—we need to give ourselves more time to rest. Allow yourself to do just that. Put on your comfy clothes, grab your coziest blanket, and relax.

What are some things YOU treat yourself to during a pamper session? How will you treat yourself this weekend? Make sure to tell me in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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FebYOUary: A Month of Bliss

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 29, 2018

I’m so excited to finally tell you what I have coming up on the blog this month.

FebYOUary: a month of self-care posts where you can focus on living your most blissful life!

Y’all I’ve been excited about this idea, and I’m pumped for you to focus on YOU all-month long. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next month on the blog:

1| Self-care posts.

2| Healthy living posts.

3| Self-love posts.

And everything in between!

I know that you have been working SO HARD in the first month of 2018. I’ve seen your tweets and Instagram Stories where you share how much time, effort and energy you have been putting into your dreams and goals. That. Is. AMAZING. But, it’s important that you also take time for yourself, so if you find that you went a little too hard on work and didn’t spend enough time resting—stop back every Monday and Wednesday for new posts. You won’t regret it.

I’m sure you’re thinking, Kiara, do I really need this whole “self-care stuff” in my life?

YES. Yes, you definitely do. You deserve you take care of yourself and make yourself a priority. When you don’t make yourself a priority, you begin to lose motivation and inspiration to continue working on your dreams and goals. It’s best when you do take time for yourself consistently, so that you always feel refreshed and ready to take on your new projects that you’re working on.

Before you make any excuses, let me tell you a few things:

1| It doesn’t cost anything to practice self-care and self-love.

2| It doesn’t take a ton of time to practice self-care and self-love.

3| It doesn’t hurt anyone to practice self-care and self-love.

Now that we got that out of the way, you don’t have any excuses to NOT join me. This month will be all about good vibes, good energy and a whole lotta bliss. So who are these posts good for? The answer is: anyone who is human.

Let’s be honest. We ALL have felt drained, overworked and mentally/emotionally/physically exhausted, but all we do is roll into bed for some sleep to start all over again instead of many changes to our lives for consistent self-care.

I’m hoping that this month will open your eyes to the beauty of frequent self-care and self-love. I’m hoping this month will show you that you deserve time to rest, recharge and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. I’m hoping this month will show you that you are worthy of loving yourself the way you love others.

The truth is: I want this for you because I know what it’s like living a life where you’re constantly working on another project. You’re rushing through a meal without enough nutrients and drowning in cup after cup of coffee. You’re on edge from lack of sleep, and you find your motivation slowly slipping. My goal with these upcoming posts is to inspire you to take care of yourself first because that’s the only way you’re going to take care of your dreams and goals.

How do you practice self-care and self-love? Do you think you could work on adding more self-care to your routine? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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