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Weekly Chat – Practicing Self Love

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Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend ya’ll!

I started a new job last week and as exciting as that is, I’ve been extremely overwhelmed and am so mentally exhausted at the end of each day I barley have the energy to eat dinner. This has also resulted in me being way too hard on myself, in multiple ways.

Now, this isn’t like a “new thing” for me by any means. I’m a first born, I’m a perfectionist, and I’m as big of a people pleaser as they come. There are many instances in my life where I LOVE those qualities about myself. But then there are other times in life ( aka currently ) where I forget that I love those qualities, and in the process, I forget to love myself.

I put so much pressure on myself to be what everyone else wants/needs me to be, that sometimes I forget to just be who I need me to be. Does that make any sense? The past few weeks I’ve been in training at my new job and I came home after day 3 and had a complete meltdown panic attack bawling to Chris because I felt like I wasn’t ready to do the job on my own yet. He looked at me and goes, “Madison, it’s been THREE DAYS. No one expects you to do this on your own after three days.” I was like “wow duh.” WHY AM I SO HARD ON MYSELF?

I know for sure I can’t be the only one guilty of this. When I’m hard on myself in one area of life, I find that I’m hard on myself in other areas as well. I become very critical of my body, of my hair, my skin, my eyelashes, just anything I can nit pick about myself that I don’t “like”. Which is ridiculous because every other day I love each and every one of those things about myself!

So a few days ago ( with a few minor setbacks ) I made a promise to myself to just accept these things about myself and really embrace them, because each and every single one of those things are what makes me, ME, and that’s a beautiful thing.

When you take a minute to tell yourself something positive about yourself, instead of something negative, it changes your whole mood, your whole outlook, your whole day! Every time I’ve done this lately I not only instantly feel lighter & happier, I feel so much more confident. I wouldn’t even say it’s too far to wake up, look yourself in the eye through the mirror and tell yourself, out loud, “I’m a total babe, a total rockstar, and I am going to own this day!”. And keep reminding yourself of that through out the whole entire day. Every day there are going to be good things that happen that make you feel proud of yourself, and there will be negative things that happen that can cause you to be down on yourself. Instead of letting those negative moments have all the power, turn it around and keep reminding yourself that you are doing your best, and that’s all that you can do!

Try practicing more self love this weekend, and please share with me how you feel. We need to bring ourselves, and each other UP way more often, don’t you agree?

CHEERS, Madison

My Motivational Playlist

Happy Wednesday! I hate the phrase “humpday” because I just feel like it sounds gross… LOL but this week it’s a fitting phrase for me because I have just been STRUGGLING. I got food poisoning over the weekend, so Monday was still a little rough on that front and I just haven’t really been able to catch up and feel rested since. This is my 2nd week of a new job so my brain is just flooded with waaaaay too much new information all day long, which I am thankful for, but also makes getting & STAYING motivated a little tougher than normal.

So, today, I thought I would share a few things I do to keep myself motivated when it just doesn’t come as naturally as other times.

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Instead of checking my phone first thing when I wake up in the morning, I take a few minutes to kind of mediate in my bed, just focusing on my breathing, and being really intentional with my thoughts. Then, I like to write down a few things that I’m thankful for. They can be anything from my pillow to my essential oil diffuser to the fact that I have a car to drive myself to work. This takes a few minutes but really sets the tone for my day. Also it reminds me how many amazing things I have going for me, which results in working harder so much easier.

This one might make a few you groan a little bit, but working out daily really, really, realllllly gives me so much motivation. I don’t know what it is! The hardest part is GETTING there. Ya know? Just get yourself there, then the actual workout will come easily. Treating your body with love & respect will make you feel fabulous from the inside out, not to mention very accomplished as well, which in turn results in you accomplishing other tasks through out the day. Try it out, you won’t regret it :).

The third thing I’ve been doing to keep the motivation train chugging along is doing my best to keep off of social media. This hasn’t been that hard because with my new job I have 0 time to look at my phone, then by the time I get home and work on my blog post for the next day, spend time with Chris & eat dinner, its bed time! But I think this tip mostly applies to the morning time. I don’t know why it’s always the first thing we want to reach for? This tip ties in with my first one, by meditating instead. But I’ve found that not spending so much time on social media has really helped me just kind of stay in my own lane ( especially with my blog ) and has helped me not compare myself to other people, which always ends up lessening my creativity.

But my all time favorite thing to do while completing any task that requires motivation of any amount ( cleaning the house, getting ready in the morning, whatever it may be ) is listening to some music!

I am fully aware the music is a very selective thing and not everyone has the same taste in music as I do, but this is my “Motivation Station” on Spotify & I thought why not share it with ya’ll!

These are all my HAPPY SONGS and I hope you enjoy at least one of these songs as much I do :).

  1. It Aint Me – Selena Gomez & Kygo.
  2. Peaches – In The Valley Below.
  3. Say It – Tove Lo & Flume ( Illenium Remix ).
  4. Bad, Bad, Bad – LANY.
  5. Manhattan – Kings Of Leon.
  6. Make Me – Brittany Spears Ft. G – Eazy.
  7. Still Falling For You – Ellie Goulding.
  8. Greek Tragedy – The Wombats.
  9. Tik Tok – Kesha.
  10. Body Like A Back Road – Sam Hunt.

I could have definitely made that list like at least 100 songs long, but I thought I’d spare ya’ll the pain LOL. Making this list has made me realize I have a super random taste in music….

Happy listening & happy motivation! I love each and every one of you for reading :).

Cheers, Madison.

My Favorite Sunnies For Spring

Happy Tuesday! I can’t believe the timing of this post because today is the first day the sun has come out in about a week! It’s been so rainy here in Texas we haven’t needed sunglasses, but I can’t complain because April showers do bring May flowers after all.

I’m going to the beach at the end of next week so I’m going to be posting a lot of “beach needs” themed posts, which can translate to “pool needs” or just plain “summer needs” so be on the lookout for those!

ANYWAYS. Back to the sunnies.

I’m going to tell ya’ll a secret. I actually hate wearing sunglasses. I always have! I just have never been able to find a pair that I feel pretty in, ya know?

UNTIL NOW.

Once I found one pair that fit well on my face and with my style I went sunglasses crazy and wanted to buy a million pairs in all different colors and styles. I didn’t realize how much they could add to an outfit.

Plus, no one needs those wrinkles around their eyes from all the squinting caused by not wearing sunnies, am I right?

Ok let’s get right into them, shall we?

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So basically that is a list of my dream sunglasses. Gives me something to work towards, right?! 😉

What are ya’lls favorite sunnies for Spring? I’d love new styles to try out!

Cheers, Madison

Green Banana Muffins

Happy Monday! I spent my Sunday cleaning & baking. Two of my favorite things 🙂 Another random fun fact about me is that I’m pretty anemic, so, I’m always trying to incorporate things like Spinach into my diet, because I don’t like taking iron pills ( they bother my stomach ). So when I found a recipe for spinach banana muffins I was immediately intrigued. I added my own twist with a handful of walnuts, and added the dark chocolate for a little sweetness, but they are delicious & the perfect on the go breakfast for the busy week ahead!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour.
  • 2 tbs of baking powder.
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
  • 3/4 tsp of salt.
  • 2 whole eggs.
  • 1/2 cup of Organic Coconut Sugar.
  • 1/4 cup of Olive Oil.
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt.
  • Zest of 1 whole lemon.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla.
  • 2 medium ripe bananas.
  • 2 cups of packed baby Organic Spinach.
  • A handful of dark chocolate chips.

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and sugar until they are light and fluffy.
  4. Then, add the olive oil, greek yogurt, lemon zest and vanilla to the egg and sugar mixture.
  5. Mash the bananas, combine to the wet mixture.
  6. Blend the spinach in a food processor until finely chopped.
  7. Add the spinach to the wet mixture, combining well.
  8. Combine your wet & dry mixtures together.
  9. Spray your muffin tin with nonstick spray, or place your paper muffin holders in the tin, and scoop in a spoonful of batter to each space.
  10. Place a few dark chocolate chips & crushed walnuts on the top of each muffin.
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and have it come out with no batter stuck to it.

Recipe adapted from Family Food On The Table.

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These babies are boyfriend & toddler approved which means just about everyone you know will be obsessed with them.

Happy baking! 🙂

Cheers, Madison

April Reading List

Happy April, everybody! I’m pretty sure the saying “April showers bring May flowers” originated in Texas because the storms we’ve been having this year ( and every single Spring… ) are sliiiiightly dramatic LOL. You haven’t seen rain until you’ve seen Texas rain, let me tell ya.

Anywho! I was really struggling with a theme for April’s reading list, so I just decided this month will be a bunch of randoms that have been sitting in my Amazon cart for forever. That way this will motivate me to read them, and hopefully inspire a few of you to read them as well. 🙂

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  1. The War Of Art By: Steven Pressfield: I’ve been wanting to read this for forever! I think this would be a great book for anyone, weather you have a more creative job/passion, or not. It will teach you how to avoid the roadblocks that inevitably come with working on any creative project. Sounds very inspirational.
  2. Big Little Lies By: Liane Moriarty: Ok so I just finished watching the HBO tv adaptation of this book and I honestly haven’t loved a show THAT much in a really, really long time. Like it was SO GOOD. If you haven’t watched it, you are not living your life. I’m dead serious, watch it, all 7 episodes, TONIGHT. You won’t regret it! Since the show was the greatest thing ever, I decided I want to read the book. I usually read the book, then see the movie/watch the show, but why not switch it up every once in awhile, ya know?
  3. Just The Essentials By: Adina Grigore: I recently read another one of her books, Skin Cleanse, and got 1209738 blog post ideas all about DIY natural skincare. This book is all about essential oils and how to use them in your daily life. I got into essential oils about a year ago and am hooked, but still have so much to learn! I can’t wait to read this one.
  4. When You Find Out The World Is Against You By: Kelly Oxford: Kelly Oxford is one of my favorite people ever. She was named “one of the funniest people on twitter” by Rolling Stone, she’s a blogger, she’s a mom of 3, she is an author of multiple books, and she’s just RELATABLE. This is her newest book and I cannot wait to dive in to it. I think I might save it for a juicy read on my vacation coming up at the end of this month. It just seems like a good beach read to me. 🙂
  5. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life By: Samantha Irby: Samantha is the author of the blog Bitches Gotta Eat and she is amazingly real & just plain hilarious. I love bloggers who don’t sugar coat anything, and talk about REAL LIFE. If you want to feel like you’re not alone in any situation ever, this is the book to read.
  6. Hello Glow By: Stephanie Gerber: This is a book of 150 natural, organic DIY beauty/spa day treatments. Need I say more? #girlsnight :).

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to April. Again, how fast is this year going?! What are some books you’ve been dying to read?

Thanks for reading 🙂

XO, Madison

Favorite Neutrals For Spring

Happy FriYAY everybody! My great grandma & my grandparents got into town last night and I am one happy happy happy girl. My grandma is one of my very best friends in the whole wide world and spending time with her is so important to me. I’m actually tearing up a little while writing this and not even ashamed to tell ya’ll that. Family is so important! And it is SO important to make the most of your time with the people who mean the most to you.

There are a few people in my life ( aka my bf, Chris ) who will tell you that I either wear all black all the time, or all neutrals. I’ve been trying to branch out lately and wear brighter colors, I just feel my most confident when I am in black, I have no idea why?! Spring, however, is the SEASON to wear neutrals & pastels so no one can say anything about an all white outfit with a pop of cream. At least not in my opinion ;).

This year I’ve been focusing a lot on getting rid of everything that doesn’t fit just right, or make me feel beautiful, and buying quality clothes that will last me more than one season.

Below I am sharing my favorite neutrals for this Spring, enjoy!

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Instead of writing about a description about each of those pieces I am just going to go ahead and give each of you permission to mix and match every single one of them with each other, whenever you feel like it! 😉 That’s the wonderful thing about neutrals – they all go with each other, NO MATTER WHAT. Pretty pretty perfect, if ya ask me.

I’m off to my lunch break to have coffee with my mom & grandma. My favorite kind of girl time! I hope you all have a gorgeous Friday & an even more gorgeous weekend!

Thank you so much for spending some time on Bliss And Bubbly.

XO, Madison.

Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breasts For Two

Happy Tuesday ya’ll! I thought I’d start the week off on a super positive note with some healthy recipe inspo. I know, sometimes getting in the groove after the weekend is less than ideal, but this recipe is so easy, so fresh, and so quick you won’t have any excuses to eat a fabulous, healthy meal tonight. It’s set up for two, so grab your boyfriend, your husband, your mom or your cat, and make it a spontaneous date night and whip this up together :).

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You’ll need:

  • About 2 ounces of fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into small pieces.
  • 1/4 cup of thinly sliced fresh, organic basil.
  • 10ish organic cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • 2 tbs of balsamic vinegar ( plus a little extra for topping before serving ).
  • 1 tbs of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 – 2 medium organic zucchini’s, sliced.
  • fresh cracked pepper & pink himalayan sea salt to taste.
  • 2, 6 ounce chicken breasts ( not frozen ).

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make a caprese salad: In a bowl gently mix together mozzarella pieces, sliced basil, halved tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. Then, set aside.
  3. Slice the zucchini.
  4. Tear 2 long pieces of foil.
  5. Gather sliced zucchini pieces in the middle of each piece of foil.
  6. Drizzle zucchini with olive oil, and season with salt & pepper.
  7. Place chicken breasts on a cutting board then cover them cover with plastic wrap. Using a mallet, count the chicken until the breasts are thin and flat.
  8. Divide the caprese salad between the two chicken breasts, placing it near one of the edges of each of them.
  9. Roll the chicken up over the salad, securing it with toothpicks.
  10. Placed the rolled chicken onto the zucchini on the foil.
  11. Fold up the foil over the chicken, rolling the edges closed, sealing them into packets.
  12. Bake for 25 minutes, let cool for 5, and serve with a little extra drizzled balsamic on top.

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Total time: 45 minutes. Serves: 2.

I made this last night and it was so good, plus it got the boyfriend seal of approval, which is always a good sign ;).

These can also be made on the grill, just double the foil because it’s so much closer to a flame. Or even over a campfire! How fun does that sound?

I hope your Tuesday is just as fabulous as you all are! What are you most excited to get accomplished this week?

XO, Madison.

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Weekly Chat – Rising Above

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Hello & happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Chris and I took a long weekend and spent Thursday night at our favorite hotel in Austin, Lone Star Court, then on Friday we headed to Medina to meet my parents and my little brother for a stay at this amazing house on 200 acres that they had won in an auction a few months back. IT WAS STUNNING. If you live in the DFW area and want to go somewhere close that will make you feel like you’re not even Texas anymore, anywhere in Central Texas is the place to go. If anything, you can just go for the drive, especially this time of year, because the highways are lined fully with mezermizingly ( my computer is telling me that’s not a word… so I’m officially making it one LOL ) beautiful wildflowers. I literally cannot even put into words how gorgeous it is out there. Ahhh I wish I could go back every weekend!

So any who, I usually do Weekly Chats on Fridays, but I’m going through a “thing” right now and honestly wanted to vent a little bit ( we all need a good venting sesh every once in a while, right?! ), so I decided to have our Weekly Chat today instead.

This week’s theme: RISING ABOVE.

You can interpret that in any way you like, or apply it to any area of your life that works at the moment. For me personally, right now I am having to apply it to my job, more specifically, to my boss. I won’t go into the details, but I know someone out there can relate to a situation where someone older than you, in a “higher” position than you, doesn’t treat you the way that you should be treated.

It is the most frustrating, upsetting, stressful situation to be put into. Adults in a position of power over other adults ( over anyone, of any age, actually ) are supposed to treat you with respect, RIGHT? I guess the key word there is “supposed” to, because, unfortunately not everyone abides by that standard.

Remember in elementary school when we all learned The Golden Rule: Treat others how you would like to be treated. That really stuck with me! I think about it more than a few times every single day! When some one disrespects you, or treats you a way that you know is not right, it takes maturity and self awareness to be the bigger person and not treat them that same way back. Would that be easier? Definitely. Would it feel good for a few minutes just to yell back at them, or reply with a rude comment? Of course. But not in the long run.

It is important to RISE ABOVE the situation, and the person. I pinkie promise you will feel a million times better if you just take the high road.

This morning I got an email and that made me feel almost every single negative emotion. I felt sad, I felt annoyed, I felt frustrated, I felt infuriated, I felt disrespected. There was about 1093943 things I wanted to reply with, all of which were just as disrespectful as the email I was replying to.

But I didn’t reply like that. I took a few really deep breaths, called Chris ( said all the things I wish I could have said ) and then I replied very respectfully. I replied just as I reply to any and every other email I ever reply to. With grace, respect and maturity.

The thing is, karma is REAL, ya’ll. And I know it’s hard in the moment, but if you just rise above, be the bigger person, you will be rewarded in some way. Even if it’s just feeling so much better about yourself every single time you think back to that particular situation.

I believe that if you promote goodness out into the world, you will be rewarded with good coming right back at you.

And as for the person doing the disrespecting and the bad treatment, they have to live with that, you shouldn’t have to as well.

I also believe with everything inside of me that everything happens for a reason. If you really sit down and think about certain situations, or experiences you had, or things that have happened to you, you will be like, “oh my god, if I hadn’t done that, this wouldn’t have happened.” I mean seriously, sit down and just think about one day, even one single situation and all the things leading up to it, and everything that happened because of it. IT’S CRAZY. And if you really, really think about it, you’ll realize that something amazing usually comes out of every single not so amazing situation.

Does that make sense?

What do ya’ll do in situations like this?

XO, Madison.

14 Weekend Getaway Musthaves

I love a good weekend getaway. Especially to a destination that’s within driving distance of your home. It’s really the perfect vacation. You’re not spending tons of money on flights, so you can kind of splurge a little on a nicer hotel room & fantastic food. We live in the DFW area of Texas ( Dallas Fort Worth ) which is 3ish hours from Austin, which also just so happens to only be about an hour from one of my favorite places on earth – Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg is Texas Wine Country and it’s beyond perfect. My boyfriend and I have gone there every year ( sometimes twice ) since we have been together. It’s where we went on our first “vacation” together so it’s quite sentimental to me. It’s also SO ROMANTIC there. Perfect for couples wanting to escape reality for a day or two, relax, enjoy some amazing wine, and spend quality time together. I plan on doing a whole Fredericksburg To – Do post next week when we get back, so be on the look out! 🙂

Today I wanted to share the clothing items that I always pack for a Spring weekend getaway. I am a serious overpacker ( I just like to have options, ok! ), but it’s alright because I accept that about myself LOL. So I had to really, really think about the things that are kind of my weekend getaway staples, and not share my whole entire wardrobe with ya’ll… because I wouldn’t put it past myself to try and just shove my whole closet into my weekender and be on my way!

Texas has officially hit 90 degrees, so this weekend’s outfits will be geared toward staying cool, while still looking fab for some great Instagrams ( #notashamed ).

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  1. RIPPED JEANS – These are the perfect item to bring because 1, you can wear them in the car and be comfy but still cute if you end up going to straight to dinner or something when you get there, and 2, because they go with literally everything!
  2. WHITE V NECK – I mean does this really need a description? You can wear this in the car, you can wear it under the denim jacket, you can wear it for a day walking around town, or just to be comfortable hanging out in the hotel room.
  3. OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS – So I don’t know if I’m the only girl that’s completely obsessed with off the shoulder everything or not but… this is the perfect way to look dressy OR casual, depending on what you are planning on doing. Also, if the weather ends up being 90 degrees, you’ll look chic & feel comfortable.
  4. WHITE MAXI DRESS – Every woman needs a good, simple, maxi dress. These can be dressed up or down with some added jewelry and heels, or sandals and even can be used as a swimsuit cover up. Not to mention how comfortable they are if you end up having too many margs & a whole basket of chips and queso ( like I fully plan on doing LOL ).
  5. OFF THE SHOULDER SHIRT – More off the shoulder, don’t kill me 😉 They’re just PERFECT for spring & summer, in my opinion! You can wear this with jeans, or jean shorts, add a chocker and some mules and you have a totally cute, perfect spring outfit.
  6. DISTRESSED DENIM JACKET – Perfect if the weather is a little cooler and you need to throw on a light jacket. Also, denim is so in this season! Super fun.
  7. NUDE MULES – A spring wardrobe staple. Not to mention extremely comfortable to walk in and can completely dress up any outfit, but they also have the ability of being super casual.
  8. SUNNIES – Because, duh.
  9. LACE UP SWEATER – A way to be comfortable, but still cute, ya know? Can be worn with distressed jeans, white jeans, or your jean shorts! Very versatile.
  10. JEAN SHORTS – If you end up having a pool day, or it’s just too warm for jeans, jean shorts come to the rescue! Front tuck your white v neck, throw on the mules or some espadrilles and you’re good to go!
  11. WHITE DENIM – Another spring wardrobe staple. White denim looks so fresh and bright with all the colors of spring and can be totally dressy, or totally casual. Perfect if you don’t know what kinds of places you’ll be having dinners at and want to be prepared for either option.
  12. NEUTRAL CROSSBODY – No one wants to lugging around a huge, heavy tote walking around exploring a new city. Crossbody bags are the perfect size to hold your lipstick, your phone, and your wallet. What else do you really need, right?
  13. WHITE ESPADRILLES – The sneaker of spring and summer! Comfy, cute, beachy, just pure perfection. They can be worn with dresses, jeans, shorts, the options are endless! Perfect for a day of exploring in true comfort and style.
  14. STUDDED SANDALS – If you want to be a little dressier than espadrilles, but are still looking for comfort, flat sandals are the way to go. I personally just love the studs!

Did I miss anything? What are some of ya’lls weekend getaway must haves?

Thanks for reading!!

XO, Madison

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

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Hey ya’ll, happy Wednesday! I hope you’ve all had productive weeks so far! I personally find it incredibly difficult to be productive in any aspect of life if I haven’t gotten enough sleep. I am one of those people who just literally cannot function if I haven’t gotten at least 9 hours of sleep.

I know some of ya’ll might think that’s funny or ridiculous or whatever, but IT’S TRUE and it’s just who I am.

It’s been drilled into our brains for forever that we’re supposed to get between 7 & 8 hours of sleep a night to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I take that a verrrrry general guideline, because, SURPRISE, everyone is different. I am a big fan of listening to your body, because it will tell you exactly what it needs, and my body just needs a little more sleep than the average person, and that’s ok!

I’ve known this about myself from a super duper young age. My mom tells this story about me to everyone because it seriously just describes exactly who I am, it’s so funny. She says that when I was little, no matter what was going on, who was over, if I was hanging out with friends, literally there could be Ariel herself from The Little Mermaid in the living room, and as soon as 8 o clock rolled around ( or as soon as I felt tired ) I would say good night to everyone, and take myself to bed.

And I literally haven’t changed A BIT. I pride myself on being able to go to sleep early, because I feel like a lot of people have trouble with that. Weather it’s because there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done ( I have issues with this too, just like everyone else ) or you just can’t turn your brain off, or stress from the day, but whatever the reason, sleep is too important for our bodies to just keep putting it off!

It’s so funny because my boyfriend is the EXACT OPPOSITE of me in this regard. He literally hates sleep. I think it’s so funny. He’s like “why would I sleep when I could be getting stuff done instead” and I’m over here like counting down the hours until bedtime because I know when my body needs that time to heal.

I get suuuuuuper irritable, my patience with anything & everything goes straight out the window, I get headaches, I don’t have as much of an appetite, the list can go on. My body just NEEDS an adequate amount of sleep to function properly. As do most peoples! It’s when our bodies do most of our healing and when our brains get a much needed rest. It’s a very necessary part of it.

I wanted to share with ya’ll some of my favorite tips that I force upon my sweet boyfriend, and myself sometimes, that really do promote getting a really great night of sleep.

  • Set Up A Routine. I think this is important because weather you are aware of it, or not, your body responds to routines. Habits, if you will. Around 8 every single night I brush my teeth, wash my face, and turn on our essential oil diffuser ( always with Lavender Oil ) and I can feel body beginning to wind down because this is what I do every single night before I go to bed, so it knows it’s about to get some sleep. It sounds kind of silly typing that out, but seriously, try a routine of your own around the same time every night for a week or two, and let me know if you notice a difference!
  • Diffuse Lavender Oil. I just mentioned this as a part of my nightly routine above, but it deserves it’s own bullet point because it’s so amazing. Lavender is known for it’s healing, sedative, and antiseptic properties. It’s calming aroma can be used as a natural way to treat headaches, anxiety, depression, emotional stress and nervous tension. Diffusing it before bed and while you sleep is ideal for calming your nerves, mind and body for a great nights sleep. Just be sure it’s 100% PURE Lavender Oil, not just a fragrance, or you won’t get any of the benefits.
  • Sleepy Time Tea. Probably the greatest invention ever. We like the one from Trader Joes ( it’s called Well Rested Tea ), and I always add a little raw local honey. I make this for us around 7:15 or 7:30 after I’ve cleaned up from dinner, while were watching a netflix show, just relaxing from the day. There is a noticeable difference for me with the amount of times I wake up in the middle of night when I don’t drink this before bed. It’s a tip I will recommend for forever!
  • Work Out Regularly. Doing some sort of physical activity everyday is not only fantastic for you body, but also for calming your mind.
  • CALM Powder.. I’ve talked about my obsession with this stuff on my blog before, and I’ll probably talk about it again because it’s incredible. It’s basically just Magnesium powder. I like to call it “natures Xanax” because it seriously has that effect, without the horrific side effects of taking actual medication, such as Xanax. It’s an all natural stress & anxiety reliever. I add a tbs to some water and drink it before going to sleep. I originally started drinking it about a year ago because I was suffering from AWFUL headaches every single day and I thought that my Magnesium levels might be low. Not only did this really really help with my headaches, it helped with my stress levels as well. That’s just a no brainer. The lower your stress levels, the better you’ll sleep.
  • Keep Your Room Clean & Organized. This might be a personal preference, but I’m going to share it anyways. I literally can’t relax when the house/our bedroom is a disaster. I need everything to be clean and organized, no clutter. My boyfriend however, is the opposite ( another one! I guess opposites really do attract LOL ). It’s like his eyeballs just don’t see a mess when there is one. It’s kind of an amazing talent he has! So if you haven’t been sleeping well and your room is a little less than organized, try cleaning it up and having it look clutter free before bed tonight and see if it makes a difference! It might relax your mind just enough to get a really good night’s sleep.
  • Don’t Look At Your Phone. Ok sooooo, I’m not sure how doable this one really is, but just try! The blue light electronics emit really hinder sleep, weather you’re aware of it, or not. However, my boyfriend needs something to distract his brain long enough from thinking in order for him to fall asleep, so we usually watch Netlfix in bed. When I get sleepy, I just roll over and fall asleep and he’ll put headphones in and watch until he falls asleep. So I guess this tip is kind of a more to each their own type of tip.

And those are my tips for getting a good night of sleep! Did I miss anything? What do ya’ll do to sleep well? Please share!

Thank you for reading!

XO, Madison

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