Happy at Home, Links for the Housebound Mom
Hello! Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
It continues to be gray and dreary, but temps are warming bit by bit, which feels hopeful. If you're like me...
1. It seems like you haven't left the house in years.
2. You've asked yourself umpteen times why you don't move to a warmer climate, knowing that this is the umpteenth year you've had this internal debate. (By the time you are resolved to get the hell out, it's May and you find yourself apologizing over and over again to your lovely, practically perfect, city)
3. You're missing, like, nature. Weird.
The reality is, winter's still in full-swing here in the Midwest, which means more time inside, more dark mornings, more cooped up kiddos, more batty moms.
Here are some great ideas and links I found for bringing some life into your stale, winter digs and joy into your frantic mom body.
-Flood the place with good smells. I started using an essential oil diffuser, like the rest of the yuppies on the planet, and am all about it. Peruse The Spruce's 10 Best Oil Diffusers to Buy in 2018. I have this one and use this lavender essential oil. Or close your eyes and pretend it's spring late summer with this cult-favorite candle or this late-summer savory varietal.
-Take a break in the bathroom. I've gone on and on about making shower-time long and for. you. aLONE. Jazz yours up with some with some high-quality bath products and entertainment. Here's Refinery 29's Best Body Scrubs and Goop's Best "Clean" Body Oils. While you wash, catch up what's great in skincare and beauty with a Forever 35 podcast episode.
-Bring the outdoors in. Buy a no-fuss succulent at Home Depot or online at The Sill, a beautiful shop with dozens of options you can ship to your front door. Let them die a slow death or follow these 10 Tips for Helping Houseplants Survive the Fall and Winter. If you're not into real nature, revisit this post on cheap but classic botanical art.
What tips and tricks do you have for staying happy at home? Please share by commenting below!
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