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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Eight (8) ways to make your bedroom feel more relaxing

October 26, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Most of the rooms in our homes are abuzz with activity. There is just one home area meant to calm and comfort us: the bedroom. Creating a more relaxing bedroom can be a great way to improve our mental health and create a cosy space in our home where we can escape from the world. 

Here are some tips to make your bedroom feel more relaxing:

1. Tidy and clean

First, you should make sure your bedroom is clean and decluttered. A tidy room is better both hygienically and aesthetically speaking. It is also a less stressful environment. 

bedroom with light walls

2. Good mattress

Your mattress makes the difference between a good night of sleep and an unrestful one. Invest in a good one and always choose the best you can afford.

3. Light or neutral colours

When choosing colours for your bedroom, it's important to use light or neutral colours. This will help to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere. When choosing the palette for your bedroom, the best choices are shades of green and blue, followed by grey, beige and white.

bedroom with blue walls

4. Soft lights

To create a calm atmosphere, avoid using bright, white artificial lights - reminiscent of an operating room. Instead, consider dimming the lights. You can also use fairy lights or candles. This will help you feel calmer and at ease in the space.

Georgia peach scented candle

5. No electronics

Make it a point to turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime or keep them out of the room; an e-reader is the only exception.

6. Bedside table essentials

Make sure you have everything you'll need before bed and throughout the night within reach. Things like a noise machine, water, an eye mask, lip balm, etc.

7. Heavenly scents

Aromatherapy is a great way to create a soothing and relaxing scent in your bedroom. Create a spa-like, peaceful environment using essential oils, diffusers, incenses, or scented candles. Some popular scents include tangerine, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine.

flowers and diffuser on bedside table

8. Nature elements

One of the best ways to relax is by including natural elements in your bedroom. You can add stones, seashells, crystals, plants and flowers. Or you could hang pictures or paintings of natural scenes such as forests, mountains, lakes and beaches.

Is your bedroom a calming space where you can recharge?

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Colouring: The secret to de-stress

April 13, 2016 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably noticed that adult colouring book are all the rage right now.  I wanted to see for myself what the fuss is about, so yesterday I picked up two adult colouring books.  Colouring is not just an activity for keeping kids busy, it has also been shown to have stress-reducing benefits.  

These are my colouring books; 2 Craft Sensations (by Grafix) Creative Colouring For Adults.  Each book has 160 pretty designs to be coloured in.  I'll make sure to find some time to start colouring these fun designs asap.    

Similar books:

Supposedly, adult colouring books can help you relax and unwind after a long, stressful day.  Some people even report sleeping better when colouring before bedtime.  I hope this works for me as well since I suffer from insomnia.  I'm hoping colouring will be relaxing and de-stressing.  It's definitely a fun activity that takes me back to childhood!  Between my hula hooping workouts and now colouring, I'm definitely in touch with my inner child.  Or maybe it's because, as they say, Geminis never grow up! : ) 

If you don't want to buy any books you can find free colouring pages online and you can also colour on your smartphone or tablet with  Colorfy (free app).  You can download it from iTunes or GooglePlay.

Ever tried colouring for relaxation?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's day at-home spa experience!

May 12, 2012 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Tomorrow is mother’s day.  You can go the predictable way and give your mom a gift certificate to a spa, or you can take a unique approach and give her a spa experience in her own home.  Pampering your mom for mother's day is a fabulous and thoughtful gift she'll surely appreciate.  

At-home spa ideas:
  • facial
  • relaxing warm bath
  • manicure and/or pedicure (Click here for DIY pedicure tips.)

Make sure you set the perfect mood for your mom's at-home spa experience!  You can make it visual with candles, use sound by playing soft music, use scented candles or  aromatherapy oils, and activate taste with relaxing herbal teas.

What are the benefits of creating an at-home spa?
An at-home spa experience allows you to relax at any time and is very inexpensive.  And sometimes people relax more at home.  

You can take the at- home spa experience all the way by making your own beauty treatments.
These are some of my favourite recipes:
…For more DIY beauty click here and here

You can also make this mother’s day a mother-daughter spa day!  What are your plans for mother’s day? 

Have an awesome weekend!

Picture from here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Facial sauna

January 17, 2012 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

My favourite gift this Christmas was a facial sauna.  For those of you who don’t know what it is, it’s basically a facial steamer you can use at home.

The benefits of facial steaming:

  • Deep skin cleansing.
  • Softens the skin and removes blackheads, dead skin cells and pollution.
  •  Boosts blood circulation, which is essential for the reproduction of new cells.
  • Can reduce acne.
  • Unclogs stuffed sinuses. 

Facial sauna

Facial sauna

You don’t need facial sauna equipment to give yourself a steam facial at home.  Follow these instructions to safely steam your face at home, using a bowl and hot water.

·         Pull your hair away from your face.
·         Wash your face with a mild cleanser, and rinse well.
·         Put 5 cups of distilled water into a large pot and bring to a boil.
·         Transfer the hot water to a large glass bowl.  
·         Place your face over the bowl of steaming hot water.
·         Cover your head with a towel.  If at any point you feel the steam is too hot on your skin, move your face farther away from the water.
·         Stay over the steam for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the steam cools. 
·         Wash your face with the cleanser of your choice, and then rinse with lukewarm water.
·         Final rinse your face with cool water.
·         Pat dry with a clean towel.


Be careful not to burn your face with the steam.  Stay as close to the steam, as it’s comfortable for you.  Remember, steaming should be a relaxing experience, not torture!

I use my facial sauna once or twice a week and I love the way it makes my skin glow!  Facial steaming can be beneficial to all skin types; however, I suggest reducing the frequency of steaming if you have very sensitive or very dry skin.  In that case, try steaming once every two weeks.

So, tell me what are your opinions on facial steaming?


Monday, November 14, 2011

DIY: Bath salts

November 14, 2011 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

In my last post, I wrote about the many benefits of using bath salts.  It is also very easy to make your own bath salts.  Here’s how…

  • 3 cups Dead Sea salt, regular sea salt, Epsom salt or a blend of these salts.
  • 15-24 drops of your selected essential oil or essential oil blend.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, olive oil or another carrier oil (moisturising)
  • Food colouring
  •  2 tablespoons baking soda
  •  2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons finely ground oatmeal
  •  Rose petals
bath salts and candles

  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix very well with a spoon or fork.
  • To keep your salts from hardening, lay them out in a thin layer to completely dry before placing them in a container.
  •  Store in an air-tight jar.  Salts that are kept in a container that is not air-tight will lose their aroma more quickly.

To use: Add ½ cup of the salts to running bath water.  Mix well to ensure that the salt has dissolved well in the tub before entering.

Also, DIY bath salts in a decorative jar, with a small measuring spoon, make a great inexpensive gift.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

The many benefits of using bath salts

November 10, 2011 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

A long soak in a hot bath can be very relaxing, right? Of course, but adding bath salts can dramatically improve the experience. Bath salts come in different colours, scents, and textures; from fine to coarse. But relaxation is not the only benefit of bath salts.  

woman taking a bath

Bath salts also offer many other benefits including certain healing properties. For instance, few people know that adding a little salt to your bath water can actually help improve your circulation. Bath salts are great for easing sore muscles and aching feet and legs. Consequently, those that suffer from muscle spasms, arthritis and back pain can all benefit from the use of bath salts.

Bath salts open the pores to purify the skin, cleansing away dirt, sweat, and toxins. They aid in the healing of dry skin, making skin softer and smoother. Salts, such as bath salt, sea salt or Epsom salt, are also good for exfoliation.

Salts can help improve common irritations such as insect bites, minor rashes, and calluses on feet, and more serious skin conditions like athlete's foot, eczema, and psoriasis.  

Salts made with essential oils also have the added benefit of aromatherapy. Bath salts can help you unwind at the end of the day and help you get a good night's sleep.  They are the perfect way to relax, mind and body.

So, what are your favourite bath salt scents? I love sweet scents like; strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. And I also love the classic lavender scent.