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  • 4 Tips To Actively Slow Life Down

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    You’re in the thick of it, summer. The season when life is like a semi-truck, barreling down a hill at 90 miles an hour. The speed is all good and great, it’s thrilling in fact, but problems arise when there’s a deer crossing at the bottom of the hill and you have no way to avoid a crash. Not to mention, you’re going so fast that you miss the road signs telling when you need to turn or watch out for traffic ahead.

    That speed, aka summer, can easily create a life that is out of balance — a life that pushes you forward with such immense force that you need to actively remember how to slow down. It’s up to you to pump the breaks, and it’s important to do so. Slowing down to school-zone speeds will enable you to get more enjoyment out of the highway joy rides. It teaches you to find control and to know when you’re exiting the fun zone and entering into dangerous territory.

    Here are tips for finding actively slowing down, and taking time out. Now, more than ever, it’s important to teach yourself how to do so.

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    Walk, Bike, or Take Public Trans: I recently got rid of my car, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done for my piece of mind. Not only did it take away the extra stress of money, but it created space in my life. I find that I’m walking more, riding my bike more, and taking public transportation. The empty time to think, read, and listen to music does wonders for my brain. It clears my head like a meditation, and allows me to unwind from my day (or settle in before my day starts). It’s also forced me to do less and to prioritize. Because I can’t zip here and there, I have to think about what I really want to get done. I do less running around like a crazy person, and more intentional activity. If you’re in need of a slow down, I urge to go even one day without using the car. Every little bit counts.

    Cook: Making time at the end of the day to cook a meal and share it with the ones you love, is a great way to take time. The beautiful thing about food, is that it can’t be rushed. Watch it cook, smell the aromas, and taste test it along the way. Evenings spent unwinding in the kitchen are a great way to clear your mind, and to get you back to a well-grounded place in life.

    Wake Up 20 Minutes Earlier: Rushed mornings are sure to make you feel out of control. It’s not a good way to start the day. Do yourself a favor, and wake up just twenty minutes earlier than you usually do. Take the extra time to read in bed, sip coffee, or simply stare off into space. The slow start to your day will make getting to work that much easier. You’ll find you feel more ready to take on whatever comes your way. Craziness or not, you have the balanced mindset to tackle anything.

    Treat Yourself: Once in a while, you need to drop it all, and focus on you. Book a massage, stop in for a pedicure — or if you can’t spend the money — create an at home treatment. Whatever you do, it’s important to give back to your body and thank it for all of the brutal stress that you put it through. If you want it to perform when the going gets tough, you have to give it the TLC it deserves.

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    And there you have it, four tips to actively slow down. I hope you’ve found some tools that help you feel more balanced and in control. Life is really beautiful, we need the fast moments and the slow ones, it’s just important to remember how to create a bit of both.

    What tips do you have for slowing down?

    This post is from our guest blogger Naomi. Follow her blog here for more posts like these!

  • Refreshing Ginger Chamomile Ice Cubes

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    Hello summer! July is officially here, and with it, the time for outdoor picnics, beach days, and backyard entertaining. It gets hot, for sure, and we’re always looking for the next best way to cool off. That’s where ice cubes come in, but we’re not talking about just any ice cubes. We’re talking about ginger chamomile ice cubes. These babies are the easiest thing to whip up, and they’re a big crowd pleaser. Throw them into a cocktail, iced tea, or a smoothie and you won’t regret it. Here’s how to make them!
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  • Creamy Lavender Body Wash

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    Making your own soap is surprisingly easy, and a very satisfying thing to do. I like making this blend and having it on hand anytime my skin feels like it needs some extra love. You can substitute any essential oil that you’d like, but I happen to like lavender for the soothing nature that it provides.
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  • Chicory, A Coffee Alternative

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    Caffeine, despite the fact that many of us drink it this way, is one of the worst things to consume first thing in the morning. After a full night’s sleep, our bodies get confused with the huge stimulating kick. The caffeine gives a surge of energy, and then inevitably results in a crash later on. Not to mention, it causes food to speed through our intestines, diminishing our nutrient absorption and dehydrating our bodies.

    There is a happy medium, however. Chicory, is a great substitute for coffee. While containing small amounts of caffeine (50-75mg per cup), it’s nowhere near the 250mg of caffeine in one cup of drip coffee.

    So hey, why not try it out?
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  • DIY Chapped Lip Treatment

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    In the winter months our bodies crave hydration. The cold air dries out our tissues, and there is only so much hydration from the inside can help. In addition to drinking water, we have to apply extra goodness from the outside.
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  • Elderberry Throat Drops

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    It’s that season! Runny noses, scratchy throats, and incessant coughing are everywhere. When they spread to you, there is only one thing you can do: take care of yourself. Rest, warm liquids, and herbal remedies will give you a fast recovery.
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  • Cranberry Seed Muffins

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    I’ve been making a concerted effort to avoid wheat lately, but unfortunately that means cutting out one of my favorite foods, bread. Learning to live without sandwiches or toast is something that takes some getting used to. To help fill the void, I began looking into alternatives, and was really excited when I found this “Life Changing Loaf of Bread” from one of my favorite food bloggers, Sarah of My New Roots.
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  • Whole Foods Downtown: Bakery Spotlight

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    If there’s one thing we love shamelessly indulging in, it’s sweets. One of our favorite places to go to satisfy our sweet tooth in Austin is the original Whole Foods downtown on South Lamar Boulevard.
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  • DIY Aromatherapy Sinus Relief

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    The seasons are changing.Temperatures are rising and falling to new extremes each day, and with them there is a toll is exerted on our sinuses. We are more prone to infections, clogs, and discomfort around our nose and eyes come this time of year. To help keep them clear and to give relief, you can simply inhale some of Mother Nature’s healing scents. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are a dynamic force that help clogs and give soothing energy to sinus cavities. Next time you need a little something to make you feel better, try putting together one of these simple “smelling pouches”.

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  • DIY Healthy Hair Rinse

    After visiting the Officina Profumo Farmeceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence, I discovered hair rinses and became very intrigued to try some of my own. I did a little research and got to experimenting.

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