Happy at Home, Links for the Housebound Mom

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.  

-Buy some new stuff!  Check out Apartment Therapy's Top 50 Home Essentials.  I love these and think this would make for a nice bedside upgrade.

 Salt and Pepper Grinders from AT 50

Salt and Pepper Grinders from AT 50

-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.  

 This well-loved candle smells like a bouquet of roses.

This well-loved candle smells like a bouquet of roses.

-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.  

 Friends and "not-experts" Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer talk lotions and serums and ask guests to share successful self-care routines.

Friends and "not-experts" Doree Shafrir and Kate Spencer talk lotions and serums and ask guests to share successful self-care routines.

-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.

 Succulents trio available at  The Sill .

Succulents trio available at The Sill.

 

What tips and tricks do you have for staying happy at home?  Please share by commenting below!

 

-Cathleen

 

 

Cover photo for Boras Tapeter Wallpaper

Culture Maker: Artist Meghan Borah

Culture Maker: Artist Meghan Borah

Friday Five, February 16, 2018

Friday Five, February 16, 2018