Self-Care doesn't have to be boring!
One of the biggest obstacles on my end is making relaxation seem fun! Why? Because the idea of breathing deeply and laying down can sound kinda boring to people. That's why I made this Self-Care Bingo for this month!
Print out a copy and practice with your family -- they'll appreciate it a bunch!
I am ready for a Summer of Calm!
Are you? It feels like things are starting to get back to normal again. I can finally go around without this dang mask on! I'm so blessed to be vaccinated and for my family to be healthy.
Even then, there's still way too much stuff to worry about. Running my business is at the top of this, but also planning vacations can be stressful. Funny right, what's supposed to make you relax is actually a stressor!
But I am planning a few ways to combat the anxiety and make this my most relaxing summer ever. What is that, you might ask? Well, I'm happy to share:
1) Have a Fizzing Good Time with a Bath Bomb!
I believe every person deserves a good bath once a month. It's a great way to slow down your day. Let your skin soak in the warm water and lather yourself with soap that nourishes your body.
You can also make the bath fun? How you might ask? With a fizzy bath bomb that dissolves right in the water!
2) Wake Up to the Smells of Essential Oils!
I have this setting on my diffuser where it only runs during certain times, so I program it to wake up right when I do in the morning. What better way to start off the crack of dawn then with calming vibes? Getting the kids dressed for school is a lot less stressful when there's lavender in the air, let me tell ya!
Better yet, wear a Wisdom Body & Soul eye pillow as you sleep to give yourself the most comforting rest the body can provide. Not even stress can take you down!
3) Give yourself a Gua Sha Massage!
Gua Sha tools are funny, aren't they? They look like little pieces of Gumby, when they're actually as stiff as they come. But their hard texture ain't a bad thing, because these specialize in unknotting those tight areas of your body. Use a Wisdom Body and Soul version and you'll feel like entire knots just come undone -- it's okay to make noise if it feels good!
Purchase one here!
Shopping can be hard for me, as I'm always trying to find products that are ethical, zero waste, and free of harmful products. But I think my wait is over...why? Because I found Cero!
Located just off of Broadway Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona (228 S Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716), Cero is a vegan and zero waste store that offers the best products for your home and body. When you purchase an item here, you don't have to feel guilty that you're contributing to ruining the planet, because everything here is designed with the planet in mind. Reusing and recycling are a big deal here, and I can't say that about a lot of stores!
I came into contact with Cero last year when I reached out about selling products at their store. At the time, they were brand new spot, focusing on products that a lot of places in the Old Pueblo really don't do. In the past year, I've gotten to know the owners Val and Nelene. They're great businesspeople and even better people. Why? Because they're not just here to make a buck, they're here to make the world a better place. Being a part of that is a huge honor!
Around The Store:
As you can see below, this is a clutter-free store, filled with only the essentials that you need. That's a good thing for this gal, because too much stuffed in the aisles can be a lot to take! So good points already for the clean presentation.
Cero is designed for you to purchase their products without wrapping them in wasteful plastic or aluminum. To wit, I'd recommend you bring a jar of your own if you come to refill products like dish soap or laundry detergent. It's a super-affordable way to purchase household essentials and honestly, it's gonna wind up being cheaper too.
You'll see plenty of products from your's truly on there too, so stop by and check it out...I consider it very big time of me to be in there!
Besides that, Cero also sells items like shampoos, razors, straws, cleaning brushes, tote bags, and even shot glasses. Yes, because you CAN party sustainably! I'm gonna note that...
My Favorite Product:
I just can't get enough of this Soy Wax Candle from Art Over Order. I always appreciate a local company that offers handmade vegan and cruelty-free products, and these candles act as agents of calm on a chaotic day. Stick one in your office and the day becomes a little easier to take -- I'd know because I use them a lot!
Better yet, the candles come in a reusable jar, so you can come back and refill your order at Cero. Good for the environment and your soul!
Product above: the "Naps in the Garden" candle, which contains smells and ingredients of lilac, potting soil and fern. Good for people that want to live a growth mindset, just like a healthy plant!
How to Reach Out
You can go to the address above to shop at their physical store. Or you can call/text them at 520-600-7664. If emailing is better, shoot 'em a message at email@example.com. Both walk-ins and private appointments are available too, whatever you prefer!
They're also super-committed to the community, so you can look at their calendar of events here: https://cerotucson.com/pages/calendar
Check out their website here: https://cerotucson.com/
I have teamed up with several female entrepreneurs to Celebrate and Love Mother’s this May.
Best part is there is a Giveaway!
If you are on Instagram, you need to head over HERE before the end of May 6th.
May 6th, 2021 is the last day to enter to win this amazing set of goodies.
Read more about these ladies and check out there sites below.
Angela Carillo decided to take her career in chemistry in a new direction after children left Long Island to pursue their own dreams. Soap making took her on a journey that led her from library research to classes, conferences and communities of other soap makers. Creating new products by mixing and blending ingredients, scents, and colors grew into a passion, and she knew it was time to bring that hobby to a new level.
Sandy Engels - The Purple Sage...after having spent the past 2 decades caring for others, Sandy knew it was time for some self care. So she created a line of products to encourage the sage inside of you to take time for self care.
The Purple Sage
Benardett (Ben.ar.dett) is the founder of Sénica and a natural product formulator and enthusiast. I know first hand what it is to struggle with dry skin, eczema & dermatitis and how such issues can impact your level of confidence and self awareness. So, in 2007, I created Sénica to offer the products that helped me nourish my skin while tackling eczema and the side effects of the prescriptions that were a bit harsh. Sénica products remain a staple for me and many clients who have tried them over the years.
We take care in creating every product from scratch with organic and food-grade ingredients that work. And, the Sénica Learning Lab serves as the educational component to our holistic approach to skin care, because great products work best when paired with well-rounded lifestyle choices. You'll see imprints of my love of natural ingredients and Caribbean heritage through the rich-plant based formulas, the Creole words and terms used in some product names, and vibrant colors of our product packaging.
Lakshmi Ethirajan is the founder of Srida Herbals. She’s on a mission to help everyone enjoy confidence, vitality and happiness with their skin! Combining the Ayurvedic traditions of her native India, with her 20+ years of pharmaceutical skills. In keeping with her holistic philosophy, every Srida Herbals item is made from non-toxic, certified ethically sourced and cruelty-free plant-based ingredients.
“By founding Srida Herbals, I want to influence the world of cosmetics around me,” says Lakshmi. “Taking care of your skin is a holistic ritual. It’s not just the active process of using products. We want to help you achieve the best skin possible, so in addition to quality products, we help you understand and make choices that support the connection between overall healthy habits and your skin.
Cheryl Keys - CEO & Founder of Keys 4 Life, Inc: Cheryl is passionate about maintaining a healthy balance in every aspect of life and advocates taking time to relax, renew and refresh the mind, body and soul. Between family, caregiving, a full time job, serving her community, and pursuing her dreams of entrepreneurship, Cheryl understands the importance of being “still” if just for a moment. Through combining her passion and creativity, Cheryl launched a line of handmade bath & body products and hand poured soy candles designed for a journey of relaxation.
Keys 4 Life, Inc
Cassandra Wisdom is the founder and designer at Wisdom Body and Soul. She is a mother of two, wife, desert dweller and knee deep in trying not to abandon her selfcare. She enjoys bringing peace and stress relief to the community by sharing handcrafted goods that promote wellbeing and relaxation. "Scents are an essential part of our lives and when they can help you take that moment to just be you, just be present, just be, I think it is important to take that time. I want to share my jewelry designs and self care products that allow you to relax and find pleasure where you can.
My hope is to assist you and I'm glad to be here with tools that will help you find that time!"
Wisdom Body and Soul
Don't forget to enter to win HERE before the end of May 6th 2021
Winner will be announced May 8th 2021
#ThankfulThursday Day 5 of @wearestrob
Taking the time to cherish what is beautiful, what is going well, your wins, thank your loved ones or friends.
#wellnessWednesday Day 4 of @wearestrob #PreserveYourselfChallenge
Okay yes booking a massage would be ideal, but not happening over here!
This is how I relieve some tension and pamper myself right at home
I recently was even looking at buying a cupping set.
I bet there are other options out there, want to let me know how you relieve tension at home?
Day 3 of the #PreserveYourselfChallenge
I hope you have found some me time! Here is a big one… I definitely struggle with….
Sleep more! I always want to make this a priority but not so easily done…
Here are my go-to tips that help me get in some much-needed ZZZZZZ’s
Delta wave sleep music is amazing! Sleep Sanctuary Binaural Beats is my ultimate favorite.
Check with your doctor first! I just love ashwagandha in the evenings.
Getting in a good workout that day, always helps me crash.
Eye pillows are wonderful, they help me keep my eyes shut.
Diffusing essential oils for calm and relaxation.
No electronics pick up a book instead.
Warm cup of tea- decaf!
Relax, breathing exercises, body check or meditation.
What helps you get sleepy?
Just take a moment to slow down.
5-30 min a day! I stick with 10.
So many options to practice this self-preservation I bet I am missing a few.
1. Guided Meditation
2. Mindful Meditation
3. Visualization Meditation
4. Shower Meditation
5. Spiritual Meditation
6. Loving Meditation
7. Progressive Relaxation Mediation
Guided is my go to most of the time.
I also love the shower one, must wash anyway. Might as well get it in then!
Do you practice mediation? What is your favorite?
#mindfulmonday #PreservationCheck #STROBChallenge #PreserveYourselfChallenge
Self-preservation week is about making intentional choices to radically practice self-care.
How does it work?
At the end of the day, self-care by itself is not going to solve the systemic problems that we're facing today. But, we know that to keep pushing forward, we have to take care of ourselves as well as others in our community. We're big believers in the old adage, "You can't pour from an empty cup!" Therefore, STROB Apothecary's Self Preservation Week is about keeping our cups filled so that we can all keep moving forward.
Check out the main event and other cosponsors HERE
Choose your intension and need tools to help archive your selfcare goals and pamper yourself check out the Owlet Membership Box HERE
I will be posing a few of my favorite self care tasks on Instagram!
You can also check out the bingo card download here
Helping you relax, getting back to nature and natural living.