Tips For Better Living

Since January I have been talking about getting back on track and reversing the damage the last couple months has done on my summer body. Well here we are in May and to say I am not ready would be an understatement. I mean don’t get me wrong.. I am SO READY for warm summer days spent at the beach and chilly summer nights sipping Rose by the water, but when it comes to pulling out the shorts and the bathing suites? Can we just pause for a second? There comes a time when the motivation finally sets in and you are ready to buckle down – and that time was yesterday in a Target dressing room trying on bathing suites.

I mean, my motivation really did start last weekend. Last week was spent eating kale, mushrooms, and any other veg I could get my hands on while biking and lifting at the gym. It was a great start and this weekend I didn’t cheat toooo bad (flashback to the Burger King run on Saturday night). But that little Target fitting room brought me back down to Earth with an intensity to keep going like no other. And I am going to share all my tips and tricks with you along the way. There will also be a two week complete detox coming up soon that I will be sharing with you here on the blog.

While browsing through Pinterest this morning while lying in bed I came across this post and I just had to share it with you, my blogging friends.

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Today also happens to be “Wellness Day” at work and it could not be more appropriate.

xx Casey

Current Favorite Blogs

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In the morning before I get out of bed and after I scroll through Instagram (and if I actually open my eyes after only pressing snooze once) I like to read through my favorite blogs posts. I love starting my day with a little inspiration and a couple laughs. So today I thought I would share with you a little list of my five current favorite blogs.

01 The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn’s blog is the first that I open up each morning. I just love her witty charm, her personal way of writing, and of course her amazing tips and tricks for living your best life.

02 Betches. This is my daily dose of pop culture in the morning. I love their wit as well – seems like there is a trend in the style of writing I love to read! I cannot get enough of their recaps come Bachelor/ette time and they love Bravo almost as much as I do which is pretty great.

03 The Everygirl. This blog is literally… everything. They have amazing posts from recipes to home décor to lifestyle tips. There is so much amazing inspiration in this blog so it is a great way to start off the day.

04 Total Sorority Move. Was I in a Sorority? No. Am I in College Anymore? No. But do I still find their articles hilarious? Absolutely. This is my true guilty pleasure and I am not ashamed.

05 The Balanced Blonde. I love a good wellness blog that also has some character to it and that is exactly what Jordan brings to the table.

There are a ton more that I am loving that I may add in a Part II. If you have any others that you love (or your own!) please share them in the comments and I would love to check them out!

Hope it is as gorgeous where you all are as it is in sunny Rhode Island today! Have an amazing Thursday – we’ve almost made it to the weekend.

xx Casey

A Realistic Weekday Morning Routine

Today I was planning on writing this inspirational weekday morning routine all about the benefits of waking up early, taking time for yourself, and walking out the door refreshed and ready to take on the day. But I can’t because lately this just hasn’t been the case. And that is okay. We do not have to be perfect all the time, and everything you read on the internet is not exactly what it seems. The girl who posted a picture of her lemon water on Instagram could be nursing a bad hangover, or the girl pouring herself a cup of coffee from her Keurig could be running late and not have time to stop at her favorite coffee shop. We just see a small blip of people’s lives on the Internet, so we need to stop comparing ourselves to others. But that is a whole other post…

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So for today I am going to share with your my current realistic morning “routine”. This is as real as it gets folks.

5:50AM – First alarm goes off, cat meows hopeful that it is time to get up and have breakfast. Press snooze.

6AM – Second alarm goes off. Snooze again.

6:10AM to 6:30AM – Snooze. Snooze. Scroll through Instagram.

6:35AM – Contemplate how much time it will take me to get ready today. Finally regretfully get out of bed and brush my teeth.

6:40AM – Get out the makeup, plug in the straightener, and turn on the TV. Open up YouTube and put play the newest videos in my subscription box. (Currently loving Tori Sterling and her fitness motivation)

6:45AM – Makeup and hair time.

7:10AM – Fill up my reusable k-cup insert and brew my morning coffee. Feed my cat while it is brewing and get dressed.

7:25AM – Pour the coffee in a To-Go cup, kiss my cat goodbye and head out the door. Put my mellow morning Spotify playlist on in the car and mentally prepare for the day.

So there you have it, my not so glamorous current morning “routine”. It has been a cold and rainy month so far and it is hard to have the motivation to get up and start the day. As the mornings begin to get brighter and the days warmer my goal is to come up with a morning routine that really kick starts my day – and I will be sharing with you my tips to achieve this along the way. But remember, your morning routine is what works for YOU. If this morning “routine” looks similar to yours that is OKAY. You got out of bed, and that is pretty great on its own.

xx Casey

Lemon & Lavender Bubbly Cocktail

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First of all how gorgeous is this sketch? I found this beautiful picture on Pinterest and I feel so sad that there was no link to the artist, but if I find it I will definitely share it. 

Happy Friday Friends! We made it through another week. This was a particularly hard week so it is safe to say that I am ready for the weekend to be upon us. I think we all deserve a drink, so today I am sharing with you one of my favorite light and bubbly cocktail recipes. This drink consists of lavender, fresh squeezed lemon juice, limoncello, and champagne. The absolute PERFECT drink for Spring if I do say so myself.

Remove the lavender flowers from the stem and combine with the limoncello and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle the lavender flowers to release the oils. Strain into the champagne glass and top with champagne.

This drink is light and refreshing and perfect after a long week like this. Cheers to another weekend.

xx Casey

Mothers Day Gift Guide

Happy Thursday Friends! Mothers Day is coming up this weekend so I wanted to share with you a quick gift guide on what to get your mother, grandmother, god mother, aunt, or any motherly figure in your life. I decided to use one of my favorite stores and go-to place for gift ideas Anthropologie. Everything in there is gorgeous and although some things are more on the expensive side, they also have some budget friendly options as well that are just as beautiful. So let’s get into the gift guide shall we!

MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE

01 Mistral Classic Hand Cream $12. How pretty are these little tubes of hand cream? With the floral design and the gold cap these are perfect to throw in your bag for when you need it. They have four beautiful scents including Lychee Rose, South Seas (my personal favorite!), Lavender, and Verbena.

02 Eco Garden Essence Sheet Mask Set $15. Give her the gift of pampering herself with these moisturizing face masks. They have three different types of masks including Mulberry, Chrysanthemum, and Green Tea.

03 Marble & Acacia Cheese Board $65. My mother LOVES pineapples so this gorgeous cheese board would be the perfect addition to her kitchen. And who doesn’t love wood and white marble?

04 The Love And Lemons Cookbook $35. From one of my favorite food blogs Love & Lemons comes this beautiful cookbook organized alphabetically by each ingredient this book will not only be beautiful displayed in the kitchen but provide some awesome recipe inspo as well.

05 Aveyron Pot $14 – $16. These planting pots are gorgeous and are perfect for displaying flowers or planting herbs.

These are some beautiful, useful, and thoughtful Mothers Day gifts that anyone would love. I can not believe that those beautiful planters are only $14! Now excuse me while I try to stop myself from buying all of these items for myself..

xx Casey

Benefits of Eucalyptus

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I’ve talked about some of my favorite essential oils on the blog in the past, but today I am going to talk about the benefits of one of my FAVORITES, eucalyptus. There are so many benefits of eucalyptus plants, and they can be used in a ton of different ways. A little tip if you are from Rhode Island – head over to Raffa Yoga in Cranston and look up their Urban Sweat Rooms. Their eucalyptus steam room is life changing. The steam helps relax muscles, remove tension and pain, and rejuvenates the body. It also assists with anti-aging, flushing out dirt and toxins, all while hydrating your skin. Can it get any better?

Let’s talk about more benefits. Most important to me is that eucalyptus oils can be used as a sleep aid, and the aromas help bring you into a deep relaxation of the body and mind. This is incredibly helpful for anyone who has anxiety, stress, or trouble sleeping. Eucalyptus is also known for its medicinal properties including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant uses.

Eucalyptus oil is also a key part in my meditation practices. On top of the relaxation effects, it also opens the nasal pathways which opens airways for deeper breathing.

Lastly, can we talk about how gorgeous it is? Eucalyptus plants are becoming increasingly popular in wedding bouquets and décor. This plant really can do it all.

What is your favorite plant/essential oil? I will definitely be talking about more in the future so stay tuned. In the meantime, I am going to light my oil diffuser in my office and have a productive Monday.

xx Casey

Friday I’m In Love…

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Another month down so you know what that means – another favorites post.

01 Below Deck: Mediterranean. I have always loved Below Deck on Bravo but now they are on their second season of Below Deck Med and I am hooked. I just finished binge watching the first season and now am on to season two which is airing now. Watching this show almost makes me wish that I was a Yachtie. Almost.

02 KOZE. One of my favorite youtubers to watch in the morning while I am getting ready for work is Kalyn Nicholson. If you do not know who she is go check her out. Her style and personality are both incredible and she just seems like a genuinely nice girl. So this week in addition to her youtube channel she launched her new blog www.kalynnicholson.com and the vibe is just as cool as her other social media outlets.

03 Maui Brewing Co. This may be one of my new favorite brewers. The pinapple mana is a wheat beer and perfect for drinking on the beach. Their coconut hiwa porter is also really good as well as their bikini blonde lager. This will definitely be my beer of choice this summer.

04 Cold Brew Coffee. For the past two weeks we have been making some cold brew coffee in the office with New Harvest coffee beans, located in Pawtucket RI. It’s been life changing and just the thing I need at 3PM on a Friday.

05 Ed Sheeran: Divide. I am LOVING Ed Sheeran’s new album, especially his new single Galway Girl. I can’t get enough and it has been on repeat in my car all month long.

Hope you all have plans to get the biggest burrito and bowl of chips possible tonight with a side of Coronas. Or maybe that’s just me. Happy Cinco de Mayo friends!

xx Casey