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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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The Hygge Hype & Tips to Incorporate it in Your Life

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 11, 2017

Now, before we get into all the questions and the weird looks—let me begin by saying that you will want and need more Hygge in your life by the end of this post. And the great thing is that you probably do a lot of these things already, so you’re probably a Hygge expert and you might not even know it.

Do you love a cozy night in with fuzzy socks, a huge blanket, and candles all in your home while reading a book and sipping tea at night? Well, you’re practicing hygge. See? I told you that you would already know more about it than you realize! And I’m sure there are more ways you’re secretly indulging in this term other than a cozy, relaxing night at home.

What is Hygge?

Well, there’s no direct translation into English, but it’s basically the combination of coziness, charm, comfort, security and simplicity in your life. It’s all about taking these components and creating a calm sanctuary in your home. This word and lifestyle is essential in the Danish way of living, and it’s something we can all use a little more of in our lives due to the winter ahead of us.

In essence, hygge is all about creating an inviting and welcoming atmosphere that you find enjoyable when you can practice relaxing and activities you enjoy. Although this seems straightforward, you still need to put in effort to create a positive, warm, friendly environment, especially in winter. Hygge is at its height in winter when seasonal depression can take a toll on your health. So as winter continues, it’s important to stay positive, happy and healthy. Hygge can definitely help with your overall health and happiness during this time. So, if you’re all about being happy and health, be sure to keep reading to learn how you can add a little more hygge in your life.

How to incorporate Hygge in your life:

It’s simple! Find ways to bring in that sense of coziness and comfort into your daily life. Here are several ways to practice Hygge regularly:

1| Light some candles, grab a blanket and read a book.

2| Have hot chocolate, warm socks and enjoy a phone-free night at home.

3| Enjoy a family/friend night in with board games, good food and good conversations.

4| Be present in the activity whether it’s baking a new recipe, or enjoying company without distractions

5| Create a “Hygge Corner” complete with soft blankets and lighting, candles, and your comfiest clothes.

6| Try to spend time on creative, crafty activities and hobbies.

7|  Rethink your home space by bringing nature indoors, and add touches of coziness with soft lighting and candles throughout your entire space.

With a long winter ahead, it’s important to put your happiness and health first. With the addition of a little hygge in your life, it won’t be hard to see the benefits by practicing it regularly. Remember the keywords: comfort, coziness, and charm! This can mean anything from a warm cup of tea, to snuggling under a blanket with a good book.

So what do you think about Hygge? Have you heard of this trend? Do you think you’ll incorporate it in your routine for winter? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

 

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