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Morning Routine: Creating A Routine That’s Makes You Get Out of Bed……..(Most of the Time)

Monday to Friday mornings are scheduled to fit in a routine which makes us feel energized and awake before work. Each morning George & I have about 2 free hours before leaving for work. We have scheduled our mornings to include activities which make our mornings more pleasant. We rise between 4:45am-5:00am, we need incentives to roll out of bed that early!

The first thing I do when I get up is go into the kitchen and put on the kettle to boil. A short walk to the bathroom to complete each step of my face cleaning and moisturizing routine. Once my face feels fresh and clean I grab my body brush, apply some coconut oil to the bristles and massage in skin in circular motions. Once this little ritual is complete I am fully awake.

After my self-care routine I brew a mug of earl grey tea or Irish breakfast tea. Then I prepare our lunches and snacks for work. This takes about 20min and I like doing this in the morning, so our lunch is fresh, and I find it a lovely way to ease into the morning.

Once lunch is complete, I move onto breakfast. We eat the same thing Monday to Friday. Almond yogurt, ½ teaspoon of turmeric & cinnamon, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, goji berries, flax, granola and blueberries/raspberries or strawberries on top. A large pot of our favorite green tea is brewed and that’s it. Breakfast in total takes about 15min to prepare.

During all the above George completes his morning yoga self-practice routine.

In the summer we eat outside on our rooftop. We place all our breakfast essentials on our tray and walk outside to set up breakfast to watch the sunrise.

For me what helps me get up early these days is the sunrise. I love being outside in the morning before most people wake up. The silence and the stillness are very comforting.

We notice the birds more this hour of the morning. We have a beautiful tree very close to us which several hummingbirds always visit early in the morning. We love hummingbirds. Soo cute, so tiny and super-fast. The other morning one came close to George and was just hovering by his ear! So funny😉

Breakfast takes us about 20min to eat. Once done we bring everything inside. George does the dishes, cleans down the counters and makes the bed.

I like to practice 15min of yoga with 10min meditation after. I do a series of stretches that help wake my body up and roll out any tightness that has formed throughout the night.

Once my yoga is complete I brush my teeth and get dressed for work. Then I spend about 20min applying my make-up and styling my hair. Very simple routine which makes me feel glowing and fresh.

The morning routine can change slightly from time to time, sometimes I have time to read for 10min or I listen to my audio book while getting ready. Generally, however I like as much silence in the morning as possible. We were never people to have a radio or TV on in the background. We need quiet time to ease into our day.

For now this is our morning routine Monday to Friday, maybe it may change but currently we are happy with it. We feel awake and ready for the day after it.

Saturday and Sunday are totally open to how we are feeling. However, we have started a tradition that George makes me breakfast Sunday morning while I read in bed. Love Sunday mornings so much. I realize I need to take these moments to relax and recharge. I love taking time to care for myself and Sunday mornings are my favorite time to do this.

We would love to hear if you have a favorite morning routine.

What do you do to wake up in the morning?

What is the ultimate Sunday morning for you?

Once again thanks for reading, I hope this is helpful if you are planning on getting up a little earlier in the mornings.

Have a great week.

Chat soon,

Theresa x

How Can We Avoid Stress During a Busy Week?

Hello everyone,

This week was a very busy week for me in work and outside work. When I find myself “busy” after work or there is too much going on I tend to get stressed out. Busy during the day in work I expect however evenings after work are usually my time to relax, exercise, read, write, meet a friend, generally do things that are easy and convenient. The one thing all these things have in common is they all help me unwind and make me feel good.

What is “stressed out” for me? My patience wears thin very fast, I snap more, and I tend to be more irritable than normal…. lucky George! Lol! I’m normally a person who has her set routine Monday to Thursday, Friday to Sunday are open. I like to read when I come home with a cup of tea, then I would write a blog and off to yoga for 7:30pm after that. When I get home from yoga I take bath, read and go to bed. Honestly that is Monday to Thursday for me. Sometimes if I am in the zone with writing or reading I will go for longer and skip yoga but go for a walk along the beach instead. My evenings set me up for the next day in work. I like going to work feeling rested and fresh the next day.

This week I had very little time for myself all week. I was going here there and everywhere. Before this week came I had a feeling my evening routine would be a wipe out. There was no time for yoga or any exercise this week. Knowing myself I hate missing my exercise in the evenings. This is one of the major causes of me stressing out. I’m not stressing out because I’m missing my exercise, but I’m stressed out because I haven’t exercised. Yoga, walking, biking, climbing, all these activities I do because I love them and how they make me feel. I could have the worst day ever in work but once I go exercise that evening, the stress melts away. Combine that with resting and a warm bath and I am golden. This is the Theresa we want to meet, chill and relaxed😉

So how can I avoid sacrificing my evening routine in the future, so I can avoid missing my exercise and rest? In other words, how can I avoid stress in the future?

One major thing both myself and George have been working on over the past few years is to be a little bit more selfish. What I mean is to not give too much of our time away to other people. What ends up happening when we promise to do this and that for others we eat into time that would be our time to read, exercise, rest or play. Let me rephrase, learn to say “NO”. You don’t have to meet all your friends or go to every event, party or social gathering. I mean if you want to and that is your thing well then that’s all good. Don’t be a slave to it. There are things on my to do list (which I write at the beginning of each month) that I want to get done and saying yes to all these outside distractions would leave me achieving nothing by the end of the month.

Another great tool I use is my Bullet Journal  (any other scheduling tool will help) to help schedule each month ahead of time. I mark in the days I plan to exercise, weekend trip we have planned, birthdays, social gathering for that month any known appointments that will be going on that month. This is a great method to ensure you have a great overall view of your monthly calendar and your appointments ahead, so you won’t overbook yourself. This week I knew I had myself a busy week a month in advance because of my journal. Somethings even with planning there are not enough hours in the day. And before you say anything about me getting up earlier, I get up at 5:00am so no to earlier mornings! lol!!

My final suggestion and probably the most important is that during a busy week we all need to get our sleep. Usually I sleep around 7 hours. Lately I have been trying for 8 hours. In the summer I find this hard because I want to stay up because its still so bright outside. In winter I have been known to go to bed at 8:00pm. That’s 9 hours of sleep for me😉 Love bed so much.

If you find yourself still wound up before bed and you feel you cannot sleep because of a stressful day, what I like to do is some deep breathing exercises and meditate for 10 minutes before sleep. I ensure all lights are off and no TV or music are playing. This really helps me relax and lets my body know it’s time for rest.

Now for the hard part to take my own advice in the future! I will work on saying “NO” and get as much beauty sleep as possible.

Please let me know how you schedule rest into a busy week.

How do you deal with stress?

How do you avoid it?

Thanks for reading.

Chat soon,

Theresa x

Coconut Oil & My Skin-Care Routine

Beauty Products You Really Can Eat…..If You Are Really Stuck!

In the past I have spent serious money on beauty creams and potions. I bought numerous skin-care products which all claimed a specific purpose and seemed essential to have in every girl’s beauty routine; cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks, spot creams, exfoliates and the list goes on. Honestly, I was spending ridiculous money on all of these. My mind set was the more expensive the product the better it was for my skin. Right? Well, I can honestly say that this is incorrect. For the past 18 months I have switched from store bought beauty products to all-natural homemade beauty products.

I will give you a little background on my skin. I have very sensitive, slightly dry and a very rosy complexion. During my teenage years I never suffered from acne, a spot now and again may appear after a very social week and bad eating but in general my skin was clear. From a young age my Mum instilled in her children to take care of their skin (Not saying we listened all the time!!). I cleaned and moisturized from a young age and still have a routine to this day morning and night.

Then I turned 28 and my skin started to change, pigmentation or intense freckles above my upper lip appeared and acne appeared around my chin area. I was pissed off with this because obviously I was passed puberty and why the hell was I getting acne at this age. Finally, I decided to visit the doctor to get further help. The doctor had asked if I had changed anything in my diet or changed anything with my skin routine, I explained I had not. The doctor prescribed me antibiotics and I took these (even thought I hate taking drugs) alas these did not work either. I returned to the doctor and was prescribed more antibiotics but this time I also got referred to a dermatologist. On my visit to the dermatologist she explained it was very common for women at my age to develop adult acne around the chin area. Apparently, it is related to the hormones in my body…. makes sense as my skin always flares up the week before my period. The dermatologist explained really there was nothing she could suggest and advised that the acne would clear up, but it may take years! Just what I needed to hear😉 Anyway here I am 6 years later, and I still get occasional spots around my chin area. Still waiting for it to pass! LOL!!!

I got interested in making my own beauty products a few years ago to see if it would help my skin. My skin is hydrated (I drink a lot of green tea and water everyday) and except for the monthly breakout in the chin area I am happy with how my skin looks. The main ingredient in my current routine is coconut oil. “Natural Beauty” by Karen Gilbert is a great resource for describing how to make your own beauty products and a  favorite blog of mine like pickuplimes has an awesome article on the benefits of coconut oil.

My routine morning and evening, I splash warm water on my face and then run my organic cotton face towel under warm water and wipe away the top layer of make-up from my skin. I then rinse the cloth with hot water and dip it into a little pot of unrefined coconut oil (I like the smell) and I use this as a cleanser. It is excellent for wiping away mascara (even water proof) and make-up in general. Then I use a rose water toner I made to spray on my face and I use the warm damp cloth to wipe away any excess make-up from my face. The final touch is I get a small amount of coconut oil and rub it between my hand and massage into my skin. My skin looks super hydrated and clean.

This personal routine works for me and my skin. It is uncomplicated and affordable. I am super happy with my skin right now. Coconut oil is cleansing, moisturizing and it smells delicious.

Another way I have incorporated coconut oil in my beauty routine is I replaced store bought body scrubs with my homemade brown sugar body scrub. All it takes is coconut oil, brown sugar and lime essential oil for a beautiful body scrub which I use twice a week.

Every second day I use coconut oil as a whole-body moisturizer. I add different essential oils to this too, right now I have added blood orange to my moisturizer. I love citrus smells.

I have separate jars for all my different beauty products, a small clear glass jar for my cleanser, a blue glass spray bottle for my toner, a small brown glass jar for moisturizer, a large glass jar for moisturizer and one for my scrub. I do this more as a mental thing than anything else, after years of having different jars for cleansers, toners and moisturizes etc., having all separate jars for different functions helped me avoid having feelings of missing out. It was something I did to help the transition from store bought to homemade and it really helped me. I love having a separate jar for each part of my routine and it helps me remember what stage of the routine I’m on!

Make sure to let me know how you use coconut oil in your routine and if you have any cool suggestions I should try😉

Speak soon.

T.