Hello, Monday! After a weekend back in Madison catching up with my family, I woke up wishing I could pull the covers over my eyes and catch a few more minutes of sleep. I wish this was a rare occurrence, but I often find myself forcing my eyes open when my alarm sounds. Wanting to have more energy in the morning, I decided to change my nighttime routine to encourage a good night’s rest.
Here are five things you can add to your evening routine to facilitate better sleep:
- Turn off all screens: Thirty minutes before you go to bed stay off all of your devices. It’s tempting to scroll through Instagram one last time or watch TV before bed, but it’s beneficial to take some time to calm your mind before sleep.
- Drink tea: A warm drink, especially tea, is a nice way to unwind and relax before going to sleep.
- Calm Stories: Some nights a silent room is an enabler to my racing mind. In these cases, I like to open my Calm app and turn on a nighttime story. These are soothing audio stories that help calm your mind and allow you to drift to sleep.
- Sleep Masks: I was never one to wear a sleep mask, but when we traveled to Scotland I bought a mask for the plane journey. Suddenly, I was wearing my sleep mask all the time. Obviously, it helps keep light from interrupting my sleep – but I also found it was a nice signal to my mind that it was time to unwind and fall asleep.
- Pillow Spray: Is it necessary? No. But sometimes it’s nice to feel spoiled! After spraying your pillows, you will get into bed feeling pampered and ready to drift off to sleep.
What tips do you have to get a better night’s sleep? I would love to hear them in the comments!
As I was walking through the craft aisle at Michael’s, I found this heart ornament. After confessing my love of heart-shaped items, it’s no surprise that I left the store with the ornament in my bag. I played around with the idea of decorating it with a monogram or our wedding date, but in the end, I decided to make a reversible conversation heart ornament.
Hung on a door knob, this simple DIY adds a subtle Valentine’s Day touch to your living space. Feel like freshening things up? Simply twist the twine around to reveal a second message on the back!
Conversation Heart Ornament
- Clay heart ornament
- Acrylic paint
- Paint Brushes
- Lightly write out your message with a pencil
- Using a small paint brush, paint over the penciled writing
- Let dry, then gently erase visible pencil marks
- Flip over and repeat with another message
We’ve officially entered the Valentine’s Day season! I never thought I was a huge fan of this holiday, but as my shopping cart filled up with heart-shaped sweets and flowers I had to be honest with myself – I love celebrating love. Taking that into consideration, it only seemed natural that I bought a heart-shaped silicone mold.
My first gut instinct was to use the mold for mini chocolate hearts, but then I thought I would try something a bit more adventurous – sugar cubes! Initially, I thought I was stepping outside my comfort zone, but sugar cubes are surprisingly simple to make. Never-the-less, having heart-shaped sugar cubes in your cupboard for tea or cocktails can add a bit of brightness to your day.
Heart Shaped Brown Sugar Cubes
- 1/2 C. Brown Sugar
- 1 Tbs. Water
- Mix the brown sugar and water in a bowl until well combined
- Spoon into your mold, gently pressing the mixture evenly into the mold
- Set aside overnight to set
- Gently push out each sugar cube from the mold and store in an airtight container