Thursday, September 21, 2017

Autumn Knitting Wishlist


I recently finished the scarves I was working on my myself and my boyfriend and I realized I didn't have a knitting project I wanted to start after that. After browsing the internet and Pinterest for different knitting project, here are some projects that I would love to work on this autumn!


I absolutely adore this blanket! I think it looks so cozy for a cold winter night. I'm planning on making this my next project just so I can cuddle up under this blanket with a warm mug of tea and a book! 


Isn't this bag cute? The perfect bag for a knitting project or to use as a large tote! This is definitely going on my to be knit list.


The perfect autumn pattern! Wouldn't these pumpkins look adorable on a fireplace mantle? 


I've never knit a sweater before but this one seems like the perfect place to start! This looks so cozy and warm for relaxing around the house.


I follow Gabi from Maison Dene on IG and the first time I saw her post this pattern I fell in love. This sweater is definitely in my future.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What's on your to knit list?

P.S. the tea of the day is iced citrus green tea ^_^




Thursday, August 24, 2017

How to Maintain a Work Life Balance


Working a full time job and being able to enjoy the time after work can be tough. Too much focus on work can lead to stress that makes it hard to enjoy life. Here are a few tips on how to maintain a good work life balance!

Calendar. Use a calendar to plan your days. Giving yourself time to work, complete household chores, and relax is important. For tips on using a calendar see my post here
       Free time. Schedule in free time for relaxation – working hard for your many goals isn’t fun if you can’t enjoy some TV, a good book, or some time on the phone with a friend!
 Prioritize. Make sure to prioritize your goals. Outside of work, what are the most important things you want to get done? Complete the items of most importance right when you get home or during your lunch break. After those items, smaller tasks can fill in during the evening.
 Weekends. Enjoy the weekends! Don’t just cram your weekends full with the things you couldn’t do during the week. Remember, you work a lot during the rest of the week! Take the time to enjoy your days off. Make sure to get some quality relaxation time to recharge for the new week ahead. 

How do you maintain a good work life balance?

P.S. the tea of the day is green tea with ginseng and honey ^_^

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Weekly Inspiration: Gratitude


In my post on Thursday (see here) I spoke about the gratitude journal that I have been trying to write in every morning. I have found that even on the hard days, when I am stressed or upset about something, it is still very easy to find 10 things to be grateful for. This habit helps me keep perspective on the day. Just because something annoying happened the previous day or in the morning, it doesn't have to taint the whole day. By stopping and thinking about the good things in the midst of those negative feelings, I've found that my mood starts to improve immediately.

At the end of the day, if I notice that something has upset me or I start feeling down, I can just look back at my list and remember all the things I was grateful for that morning. In this way the journal serves 2 purposes; thinking about the things I am grateful for in the morning, and providing me a boost during the middle or end of the day if something starts to get me down. With this journal I have found myself fully appreciating each and every day.

Do you have a different way of keeping track of things you are grateful for? Tell me about it!

P.S. the tea of the day is green tea with ginseng ^_^

Thursday, August 3, 2017

July Favorites



My goodness, where has the time gone? I feel like I was just posting my June Favorites and now it's already time for July! This past month flew by, so this post is a bit shorter, but here are some July Favorites!


Gratitude Journal. Towards the end of June I started writing down 10 things I was grateful for *almost* every morning. I’ve kept it up through the month of July, and now into August. I absolutely love it! It’s so refreshing to sit down each morning and jot down a few things I am feeling grateful for. It can range from big things, like having a good job, to small things, like a warm mug of tea. Especially on mornings where I wake up feeling frazzled or I’ve had a stressful week, it’s a nice reminder not to take anything for granted and to appreciate the small things in life.

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The Handmaid’s Tale. I absolutely flew through this book! I have been wanting to read it for a long time, but it kept getting pushed to the bottom of my TBR pile. I finally decided to just request it at the library so I didn't see too many spoilers online from the TV series. Once I received it I read it in less than a week! A fantastically written and interesting ntriguing book, I would definitely read this again. Now I want to watch the TV series to see how it compares!

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Chai tea. Recently I have been adoring having a mug of chai tea, with a little milk and sugar, on weekend mornings. In an attempt to cut back on sugar I try to drink herbal teas during the week, and save this abs a treat on the weekends. This makes it so much more enjoyable! Having a simple treat to enjoy on the weekends has definitely made me appreciate the time at home more.

P.S. the tea of the day is Teavana Defense Wellness tea ^_^ Did anyone else see that they are closing all the Teavana stores? I better stock up!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bookshelf Wishlist

Recently I've been daydreaming about books I would love to add to my collection. Here are 5 books on my bookshelf wishlist!


"S. Morgenstern's timeless tale—discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman—pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime." -Barnes & Noble

This movie is one of my all time favorites. However, until recently I didn't even realize that it was based on a book! I can't wait until I get my hands on a copy and I can read it.


"Tristran Thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman's most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie." -Barnes & Noble

This one is also a movie I love that I didn't realize was a book. I know the movie is decently cheesy, but I just can't get enough of it! It is just so cute and funny and I can only imagine how great the book must be.


"An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world." -Barnes & Noble

Science was never my favorite subject in school, but this memoir makes it all sound so fascinating. I would love to lose myself in Jahren's life as a scientist! 


"This book contains the original tale by Madame de Villeneuve, first published in 1740, and although the classic elements of Beauty giving up her freedom to live with the Beast, during which time she begins to see beyond his grotesque appearance, are present, there is a wealth of rich back story to how the Prince became cursed and revelations about Beauty's parentage, which fail to appear in subsequent versions." -Barnes & Noble

I can't believe I have never read this one before! I was obsessed with Beauty and the Beast growing up, and when I saw the 1946 film I loved it so much more. I can't wait to see what the story I love so much was based off of. 


"In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic." -Barnes & Noble

This book has been on my TBR list for quite a while now. The concept of the book reminds me so much of my favorite short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. This novel sounds so fascinating and I would love to spend a weekend engrossed in it.

What is on your bookshelf wishlist?

P.S. the tea of the day is an Arnold Palmer ^_^

Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Favorites


Can you believe it's already the end of June? This month has been flying by and now it's time for another favorites post! I forgot to do this post in May, but I loved it so much in April I made sure to do it this month. 


Ear to shoulder/chin to chest neck stretches. Recently, I have been loving these stretches. They are the perfect way to stretch out your neck, shoulders, and spine after waking up in the morning or after a long day at work. I usually end up doing these in every practice, no matter what time of day, because it always feels so wonderful on my neck. 


Private Selection Cinnamon Hibiscus Herbal Tea. If you've seen my Instagram stories recently this is the tea that I am drinking almost every morning. I just can't get enough of it! The cinnamon adds a bit of spice but is balanced out well by the  the right amount of spice but it is balanced out by the hibiscus, chamomile, and orange. Even though the tea doesn't have caffeine, the blend of these flavors makes the perfect taste to wake up your brain in the morning. 



Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. I bought this lipcolor as a little splurge for myself when I was out shopping a few weeks ago. I had been wanting something that would add a small hint of color to my lips without being a full on lipstick. This was exactly what I wanted! It's still in the nude color family so it's not too dramatic, but it adds a nice pop of pinky/brown color to my lips during the day. This is perfect for work where I don't want to be too flashy.


House of Cards. I'm a little late to the party but I am finally watching House of Cards! I watched a few episodes of season 1 years ago when it first came out, but for some reason  never continued the series. My boyfriend is an avid fan, so when the newest season came out (season 5) he told me I had to watch the whole thing so we could talk about it. I am slowly making my way through the first season and I am loving it! I think this weekend I am going to have some serious House of Cards binge time. 

What have you been loving this month?

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for little tidbits of what I am enjoying throughout the month! 

P.S. the tea of the day is citrus green tea (again) ^_^

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekly Inspiration: Daydreams

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I have recently been catching up on YouTube videos and blog posts from the various people that I follow. On top of being a fun way to relax I am constantly amazed at how much many of these people have achieved. From starting side businesses selling beauty products to writing multiple books, it seems like they are never finished with the things they are expanding into. 

Looking at the people I follow, it reminds me that anything we dream is possible, as long as we put in the work. Sometimes I get scared when I think about starting a new project. My daydreams will include things like writing a book, becoming an international yoga teacher, or selling the items that I knit. In the past, I have shied away from these things telling myself that I wasn't good enough or I didn't have the time to practice something to the extent needed. Watching YouTube and reading blogs the past few weeks has really changed that perspective. 

We are capable of doing anything we put our minds to. It might be hard, it might take longer than we thought, and we might not get it perfectly the first time. That's okay! We can't let ourselves get discouraged and need to keep working hard on the things that we love. In the end that is all that matters. Putting time and effort into the things we love, no matter what the outcome, is the best way to stay inspired and happy. 

People who have been inspiring me recently:

P.S. the tea of the day is chai ^_^