In Health on
July 13, 2016

7 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

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Hi everyone! As I have mentioned over and over before, I recently started a second part-time job. Some days, I work 8am-2pm. Other days, I work 8am-4pm or until 5pm if I didn’t finish all my tasks for the day. On weekends, I work all day and night. And at least once a week, I work both jobs in one day. Just the other day, I worked my 8am-2pm job and then my other job at 5pm-9:30pm. A lot of people ask me how I do it. I don’t even know how I do it, especially when I tend to stay up late. But the key to successfully doing it is finding the right balance that works for you. One main factor in doing so is keeping a consistent sleep schedule. For today’s post, I’ll be showing you how to get a good night’s sleep with the help of Vicks #ZzzQuil Sleep-Aid.

7 Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

7 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

1. Work Out!

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A lot of days, I find myself restless and one of the few things that helps is working out. It also helps me relieve stress. Although I get a rush of adrenaline right after working out, it helps me relax when it comes to bedtime and I know I’ll have a good night’s sleep.

2. Take a Shower/Bath Before Bed

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Some people like to shower in the morning but I prefer to do it at night. I don’t like going to bed still feeling dirty. Not to mention, taking a warm shower before bed helps my mind and muscles relax. It also helps me unwind after a long day and prepares me for a good night’s sleep.

3. Drink Up!

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And I don’t mean wine or beer, which actually makes it harder to sleep… so I’ve learned from past experiences. So avoid alcohol before bed and no caffeine after 5pm! I usually try to drink a glass of water when I go to bed and when I wake up. I make sure it’s room temperature so it helps regulate my digestion and circulatory system. I also do this on purpose so my bladder is full in the morning and I’m not forced to sleep in, if you know what I mean.

4. No Technology at Least 1 Hour Before Bed

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I’m sure you’ve read this before but it’s true. If you want a good night’s sleep, you should shut off all electronics at least one hour before bed. No social media, no checking your phone, no laptop, no television. The screens on your electronics send out a blue light that actually activates the pineal gland in your brain, which releases melatonin and regulates sleep, and makes it harder to fall asleep. You can read more about that in an article by the Washington Post.

5. Read or Journal Instead!

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Speaking of reading… it’s a better alternative than scrolling through your phone before bed. While some people prefer to read, I like to journal all my thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout the day. It’s another way to help relieve my stress and anxiety from the day.

6. Take a Sleep Aid

7 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

When insomnia is still keeping you up and all else fails, I recommend taking a sleep aid such as Vicks ZzzQuil Sleep Aid. I recently received a complimentary sample for testing purposes and can’t wait to share with you guys! Stay tuned for a video about it.

7. Set an Alarm… Or Two… Or Three and Don’t Snooze!

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I don’t know why but I have this fear that I’ll sleep through my alarms, although it’s almost never happened. So I usually set three alarms — one for when I want to wake up, another for when I actually get out of bed, and a final one to let me know when I should leave my house to arrive to work on time. I should also mention that it’s not a good idea to snooze. I learned that the more you snooze, the more tired you feel. So it’s best to get out of bed after your first alarm goes off.

What are your tips for getting a good night’s sleep? Let me know in the comments!

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*Disclaimer: I received complimentary samples of Vicks ZzzQuil Sleep Aid for testing purposes.

In Life, Travel on
July 10, 2016

Liebster Award x2!

Liebster Award x2

Hi everyone! I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award and once again, Lara over at the Blackberry Season has nominated me for the same award. First and foremost, I want to thank Lara for nominating me and if you haven’t done so yet, please check her blog out. She writes about life, travel, and art. And if you’re not familiar with the Liebster Award, it’s a way to discover and meet other bloggers. I’m glad to be part of this again! Since I’ve been nominated before, this post will be the Liebster Award x2!

The Liebster Award x2

Liebster Award x2

According to the Global Aussie, the Liebster Award “is way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. A great idea in promoting your own blog and others. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers but this has slowly lowed as the reward has gained popularity. It is now only 200 readers or less.”

The Rules

If the blogs I nominate choose to accept the award, please go through the official rules and find out more about the awardThe rules are:

  • Recognize and thank the person who nominated you
  • Provide the rules of the award (can link back to the official rules post)
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by the nominator
  • Provide 11 different questions to be answered by your nominees
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs
  • Give 10 random facts about yourself (optional)

My Answers to Lara’s Questions

  1. What inspired you to create your blog?
    I was bored and needed a creative outlet. More specifically, I wanted to get back into photography. Blogging has definitely provided that for me.
  2. What have you learnt from blogging?
    Have fun blogging and there is not right or wrong way to do it! Most importantly, blogging should never feel like a chore.
  3. What has been your favourite post to write?
    I have so many! Readers seem to enjoy my Plan With Me posts but I also really like sharing my product reviews.
  4. Where would you like to travel to within the next 6 months?
    Six months is a short span of time! I’d love to travel to another country but I’d most likely stay within the states. My friends and I just talked about going to Aspen for the winter. It was just an idea but it’ll be fun to stay in a lodge and go snowboarding!
  5. Do you prefer solo travelling or travelling with others?
    I usually travel with others but I would definitely love to venture off alone! I just have to get over the fear of getting lost or kidnapped.
  6. Where and what was your most delicious meal in a foreign country?
    The only “foreign” country I’ve been to is Canada… and I was about 10-years-old so I don’t remember much! I need to get out of the states more often.
  7. If you had to move to one of the countries you’ve visited, which would it be and why?
    Please see the previous answer for more details. I really wouldn’t mind living in Canada though!
  8. When is your favourite season to travel?
    Definitely summer time.
  9. Where would you travel to if you only had a tight budget?
    I’ve always wanted to travel along the California coast. I’d assume I’d only have to spend money on gas, food, and hotel so it wouldn’t cost much. I don’t need souvenirs as long as I have photos and fulfilling experiences to remember the moments.
  10. Where would you travel to if you had unlimited funds?
    I’d definitely go backpacking all over Europe and particularly visit Greece and Italy.
  11. What is at the top of your bucketlist?
    To travel as far and as often as I can!

My Questions for the Nominees

  1. How long have you been blogging?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. What topics do you enjoy writing about?
  4. How do you engage your readers?
  5. Where do you find your inspiration?
  6. Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
  7. What is your blogging process like?
  8. Where would you like to see your blog in the next year, in terms of success and direction (i.e. followers, subscribers, development, etc)?
  9. What have you learned from blogging?
  10. What advice do you have for new bloggers?
  11. How do you get out of a writer’s block?

My Nominees

  1. Darly
  2. Voguishly Chic
  3. Helpless Whilst Drying
  4. Nogynyan
  5. A Little Britt of Everything

That’s it for today’s post! How’s everyone’s weekend going? Let me know in the comments!

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In Style on
July 6, 2016

What’s in My Purse?

What's in My Purse?

Hi everyone! If you’ve been reading my blog or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’ve been working nonstop. Even though I work part-time, I somehow managed to clock 82 hours in two weeks. As if I’m not crazy enough, I decided to accept another job offer. So now I’m working two part-time jobs, basically working full-time with the amount of hours I put in. Since I’ve been working so much and finally got a big girl job, I decided it was time to treat myself to a nice handbag. Kate Spade recently had a sale going on and I got the Cedar Street Maise handbag along with the matching Cedar Street Lacey wallet. I’m so happy with my purchase and it’s perfect for everyday wear and for the workplace! Since I use my bag almost every day, I thought I’d share with all of you what’s in my purse.

What’s in My Purse?

What's in My Purse?

Here’s a little sneak preview of what’s in my purse! Keep reading for a more in-depth description of each item.

Quay Australia Livnow Sunglasses

What's in My Bag? Quay Australia Live Now Sunglasses

Like I said on my Instagram for National Sunglasses Day, the Quay Australia Livnow sunnies are my current favorite pair. I feel like this pair is very versatile and classic enough to match with almost any outfit and block out the bright sun.

Keys, Cardholder, and Hand Sanitizer

What's in My Purse? Keys, Cardholder, and Hand Sanitizer

Believe it or not, but my keys and keychains are probably my favorite accessory. Besides the puff ball, of course. I keep the essential keys with me and stylize it with efficient but aesthetic accessories. The cardholder holds up to three cards and sometimes I’ll put extra cash in there. The hand sanitizer is great for when I’m on the go and the container reminds me of Marc Jacobs Daisy!

Facial Tissues & Napkins

What's in My Purse? Facial Tissues & Napkins

Since I’m a hoarder and very accident prone, I’ve learned to always carry napkins and tissues with me. You never know when you or someone will need it!

Hand Cream, Lip Balm, and Matte Lip Cream

What's in My Purse? Hand Cream, Lip Balm, and Matte Lip Cream

My lips and hands get dry throughout the day so I always have to moisturize throughout the day. Since I work long hours, I have to keep hand cream and lip balm with me in my purse. Sometimes I’ll bring my lipstick with me to touch it up.

Gum & Granola Bar

What's in My Purse? Gum & Granola Bar

I have a fast metabolism and if I’m out and about, I need to have a snack with me. If I go for a few hours without eating, my blood sugar levels get low and I get really anxious. To prevent that from happening, I always keep a snack in my purse. And of course, the gum is to keep my breath fresh and minty after meals or coffee.

That’s everything in my purse! What’s in your purse? Let me know in the comments.

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