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Nightly Rituals

I don’t know about you, but I have a difficult time relaxing and quieting my mind at night. Ironically, I work hard to ease into a restful state.  In doing so, I’ve noticed that there are certain rituals that I must follow.

Do you have a restless mind, and need to unwind?

What you COULD do is establish nightly rituals that let your body and mind know that it’s time for bed.

Here are 3 things that I do, before I go to sleep:

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1. Treat my feet: I always wash my feet before bedtime. I have a deeply-rooted need to crawl into bed with clean feet. In addition, I moisturize them with organic jojoba oil, then cover them with socks. It never fails to relax and reassure me.

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2. Diffuse essential oils that make “scents”: I select one, or more, essential oils to scent my room at night.  Lavender is my favorite, due to its sleep-promoting properties. However, lately, I’ve been using frankincense for its meditative benefits.  Each of these oils has served as a base for my calming combinations.

3. Cue the music: I play relaxation music in my bedroom, which also helps to create a calming atmosphere.   I’m currently loving the Calm Radio Om, Spa, and Sleep channels.  Their soothing sounds help me to drift-off to dream land.

What are YOUR nightly rituals?

Please comment and share!

XOXO

Wellness Woes: Back-To-School Edition

Sooooo…my children are in a year-round school, and they’re already in their 5th week of classes.

I know, right?!?!

Overall, they’re off to a great start.  Then, the other day, my daughter handed me these…

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*THUD*

Um, yeah…that noise you just heard?  It was me passing out over these two…TWO…Parent Alert Letters about the school cooties du jour.  What can I say?  Mommy is a total germaphobe.  LAWD HELP US ALL!!!

If back-to-school illnesses are threatening your child’s attendance flow, what you COULD do is give ’em a pro-active punch.

Here are 5 things that I’m currently doing to help keep my peeps in their classroom seats:

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1.  Step up their supplements:  In addition to their daily multivitamin, I’m doubling-up their probiotics and vitamin C.  Our naturopath encourages us to do this, especially during flu season.

2.  Let them drink…water:  As challenging as it may be, at times, I encourage my little ones to stay hydrated and flush their systems with H2O.  We’ll often add a twist of lemon, or a few chunks of fruit, to encourage consumption.

3.  Rejuvenate with rest:  I try to wrap things up, and get the kids to bed early.  This way, they are ready to tackle the next day, mentally and physically.

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4.  Find victory in the Vitamix:  Yep, that’s right.  When all-else fails, I know that I can sneak some immune-boosting supplements and *gulp* greens into a fresh juice or smoothie.  More power for my little people!

5.  Help ’em develop healthy habits:  I diligently train my littles to wash their hands frequently, use their hand sanitizer, and refrain from rubbing their eyes and noses to help keep bacteria at bay.  It’s an on-going process, but well worth the effort.

What do YOU do when school illnesses infiltrate your child’s classroom?

Please comment, share, and take care!

XOXO

 

 

Travel Tips: Las Vegas

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Ravenous for a romantic getaway?

Longing to luxuriate in Las Vegas?

Eager for engaging entertainment?

In search of a veg-friendly vacation venue?

What you COULD do is cut the Craps, hit the Strip, and go for the Wynn!

The majority of my trips to Vegas have been for business purposes.  Recently, I returned for a romantic weekend getaway with my husband.  This was my Mother’s Day gift, and I had a FABULOUS time!  Here is a rundown of recommendations, based on my visit:

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We thoroughly enjoyed our accommodations at the Wynn Hotel.  Spacious suite + vegetarian/vegan menus + spectacular spa = WYNN-ING!

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One of my favorite meals was on the patio at La Cave Wine & Food Hideaway.  Here, I ordered the vegan Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula and Cashew Cream Sauce.  Sooooo good!

Other noteworthy vegan meals included:  Le Cirque at Bellagio (we splurged on their Vegan Menu, with wine pairing); Botero at Encore (we ended one of our evenings here with a vegan dessert); Terrace Pointe Cafe (Wynn) for breakfast; and Tableau (Wynn) for brunch.  It was nice to not have to stress-out over where to eat, or agonize over the menus.

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Ooooo YES I DID!!!  I finally got to see “O” by Cirque du Soleil, and I loved it!  This was the second part of an amazing date night with my husband, after dinner at Le Cirque.

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During our romantic getaway, we treated ourselves to 80-minute Custom Massages, and marinated for more than half of the day at the Wynn Spa.  The facilities were beautiful, and the amenities were plentiful.  As someone who worked in the spa industry, with a passion for all things spa-related, I appreciate that.

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The primary focus of our trip was experiences, versus stuff.  However, I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of items while exploring The Shoppes at The Palazzo and The Shops at Crystals.  I received excellent customer service in both places.

During this romantic getaway, we were inspired to plan a kid-friendly Vegas summer vacation.  Stay tuned for more details in another post.

It’s great to be back on the blog.

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

 

 

 

 

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