4 tips for transforming your bathroom into a spa

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When it comes to decorating the home, the bathroom tends to get neglected. However, it’s usually not thought about the fact that the bathroom is mainly the first and the last room that people enter before getting up and going to bed. Since this space has so much significance, why should it get neglected? There are so many ways to switch up the style and the décor of a bathroom so it can be like a more relaxing space.

This can even include the smallest of bathrooms as well. Spas are wonderful and they have the power of rejuvenating us, and our bathrooms have the capability of doing the exact same thing. With the right accessories and planning, you can transform your bathroom into a luxury spa, and no, no tubs or saunas are needed for this transformation either!

Begin by looking at your countertops

Take a good look at your countertops in your bathroom, what exactly is on them? For most people, it’s their makeup, hair care accessories, and their toothbrush. What you’ll want to do is to remove the clutter and put it somewhere else in the bathroom such as storing it in a wicker basket or placing it underneath the sink in one of those cabinets. One of the easiest tricks for creating this beautiful spa-like bathroom is by simply removing the clutter and begin by adding some natural elements to the countertop. So look into place bamboo-made items, seashells, and other natural materials on your bathroom countertop. This tip can even be applied whenever you’re upgrading your kitchen!

Keep it minimal

Have you ever noticed that spas are never cluttered? This is one of their secrets for creating a nice and relaxing space. You’ll want to try to organize your space by removing all of the clutter. But this can also include the appliances within the bathroom itself such as the shower, tub, and toilet. If you plan to make any changes with these, you’ll first want to waterproof your basement first just as a precautionary step in case any accidents may happen.

Display luxurious towels

Towels are wonderful for adding some texture to your bathroom, as this is going to add a lot of softness to the space. You can also add some lush robes and some fluffy slippers to add some more comfy texture to the bathroom as well. These sort of comfortable and soft textures are often found at hotels and spas, and they make a world of a difference in terms of the atmosphere in the space. There are plenty of ways to display the towels such as nicely placing them on top of one another, hanging them on a towel bar, or even having them nice and snug in a basket. If you’re wanting nice and plump towels that are filled with fluffiness, then you’ll want to look for Egyptian cotton or Pima material, as these are mostly used by hotels and spas.

Incorporate some calm colors

If you’ve ever visited a spa or the wellness section of a hotel, you may have noticed the color scheme that they have. Spas will usually have natural colors such as greens, beiges, browns, soft grays, and whites. These are very organic.

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recipe: vegan pumpkin pie tarts

It’s almost Halloween!!

Full disclaimer- this recipe takes awhile to prepare. It is my promise though, that it is so worth it! Having fresh ingredients always makes a huge difference. As always, you don’t have to make this dairy-free. Simply substitute vegan butter and almond milk for those with lactose.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Makes 24

Ingredients:

(For the tart crust)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup cold water

(For the filling)
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Steps:

1. To begin, start with a large pie pumpkin. Cut it in half lengthwise, scooping out the seeds and stringy bits. Using a large spoon, remove the inside flesh. Then place it in a food processor or blender, and blend until it becomes a smooth paste. (This took me upwards of 20 minutes in a blender. Be sure not to add water! It will get there eventually.)

2. Prepare the tart crust. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the muffin trays and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and butter. Mix well at first, then knead by hand in the bowl. Slowly add the water, ensuring that it is well-combined before adding more. In the end the dough should be somewhat sticky but mostly crumbly. 

3. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Continue to knead until it is ready to be rolled out, cut into 24 circles, and place in the muffin cups. Once you have completed those steps, it is time to fill them.

4. Prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, almond milk, eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Beat over medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring that it is completely combined. Then scoop the filling into each tart, filling no more than 3/4 full. Place the tarts in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until filling has firmed up and tart shells have turned golden brown. Remove, let cool, and top with your favourite dairy-free (or not) whipped cream or ice cream! Or, just eat them as is.

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making breakfast the most exciting meal of the day

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Most people agree that breakfast is the most important meal you have each day. Having a good breakfast can be the difference between having a good or bad day, but it can be all too easy to neglect this part of your day when you fall into a poor routine. Families should always work hard to avoid this trap.

To help you out with this, this article will be exploring some tips that will help you to keep breakfast exciting, all without compromising on the healthy foods that you want to serve. You don’t have to spend much time working on breakfast when you fall into the right pattern with it.

Why Is Breakfast So Important?

Before we explore some ideas to help your breakfasts, it makes sense to think about why this meal is so important. Your body will work to digest food during the night, often leaving people with very little energy when they wake up. Eating a good breakfast can help to solve this problem, giving you the fuel you need to conquer the day and make the best out of the time you have.

This is even more important for children, with their time at school being heavily impacted by the breakfast they eat each morning. This will be the first meal they have before they do a whole morning of work, making it crucial that they are able to focus on the things they are doing. In the long run, this could have a serious impact on your child’s education, and this is worth considering when you are preparing breakfast.

What Makes A Good Breakfast?

While most people will want their breakfast to be tasty, there is more to this meal than mere flavor alone. You also need to make sure that your breakfast provides you with energy that will be released slowly throughout the day. Having an overly large breakfast can make you feel too sleepy, making it worth thinking about the portion sizes you serve on days when people have things to do.

Using Fresh Ingredients

While it doesn’t guarantee a healthier breakfast, using fresh ingredients will help when you are working on this side of your daily routine. There are loads of fresh ingredients out there that can allow you to make delicious breakfasts. Fruits are great for this, but options like meat, bread, and dairy products can also make for a very satisfying and healthy breakfast.

Making Cooked Breakfasts

Alongside using fresh ingredients, making cooked breakfasts can be a good way to improve the meals you make each morning. This isn’t something that you have to do each and every day, but it can help to make the mornings in your house happier when everyone wakes up to something delicious to eat.

There are loads of cooked breakfast options out there, and many of them are very healthy. You can find recipes online to help you with this, giving you the chance to improve your cooking skills while you make breakfasts that the whole family will love. Options like oatmeal, tasty egg waffles, and even toast can all be great for this, providing you with easy meals that will get everyone in your family ready for the day.

Having Plan B

It will be hard to make cooked breakfasts each and every morning for your loved ones. This makes it worth having a plan B in place for the days when you don’t have the time or energy to handle your breakfast. Cereal can be a good choice when you are looking for options like this, but you need to make sure that you aren’t eating this each and every day.

Getting Everyone Involved

Getting the whole family involved at breakfast time can make it harder to finish the meal, but it will also make it far more fun for your kids. You can have everyone work to come up with their own breakfast ideas throughout the week, making the whole experience something that your kids can enjoy. Of course, though, you have to make sure that their choices are both healthy and affordable.

As you can see, making sure that you and your family get to enjoy good breakfasts each morning is easier than you might expect. This can be achieved while also making this meal more exciting, giving you new things to eat each day without making you bend over backward in the process.

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gifts you should get yourself this christmas

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With the holiday season on the horizon, quite a few people are starting to think about presents. While you’ll have a few people to get gifts for, there’s one person you mightn’t have thought about; yourself.

Many people overlook getting themselves Christmas presents. It could be more than worth it, however. After all, who knows what you want better than you do? You’ll need to minimize the chances that you get yourself something that a loved one will, however.

If you already know what other people might get you, that can cut down on this. You still need to wonder: What Christmas gifts should you get for yourself? You could consider quite a few.

Christmas Presents You Should Get Yourself

Sleep Tracker

Many people have difficulty sleeping during the year. For some, that can get worse during the winter months. If you’re in this position, you might want to improve your sleep schedule. Using a sleep tracker could be a recommended option.

While these would be one of the more practical Christmas gifts, it’s still one worth considering. What could be better than getting your sleep schedule back to normal? A sleep tracker will analyze your sleep patterns and give you suggestions for improving your sleep quality.

After a short while, things should be back to normal.

Sandals

Sandals are one of the more reliable footwear that you can pick up. They’re something that many people might overlook. While you mightn’t wear these often during the winter months, they can be a wise investment once the spring and summer months come around.

Sandals could also be the more stylish and comfortable present to get yourself. With the wealth of brands on offer, such as Birkenstock, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a pair that fits your style.

It could even be worth picking up a few pairs to make sure you have options for any outfit.

Cosmetics Brush Collection

If you wear makeup a lot, then your brushes might look well-used. That’s going to be the case regardless of how well you take care of them and how often you clean them. It could be time to pick up a new brush collection.

Like some other potential Christmas gifts, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. These could be one of the more affordable options to choose from. It could be worth going for a larger brush collection that includes pieces of different sizes.

You’ll take your makeup game to the next level once you’ve got yourself a new box.

Loungewear

The holiday season isn’t exactly the warmest. There’ll be more than a few days where you’ll want to stay in and relax to enjoy the heat. Why not do so in some comfortable loungewear? There are more than a few outfits you can put together that’ll be warm and comfy.

Depending on your style, you could even add a robe to this. Putting comfort first means that you’ll have no problem relaxing over the holidays. Add in a new pair of slippers, and you won’t have to worry about the colder weather.

Perfume

Perfume may be one of the more obvious Christmas presents you can get yourself. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get some, however. There’s quite a large price range of options, but it could be recommended that you go for one of the more expensive options.

After all, who wouldn’t want to smell great this holiday season? While you might want to go for the tried-and-true favorites, you could go with something new. Since many retailers have samples on offer to smell, there shouldn’t be an issue finding a fragrance you like.

If you’re planning on getting a few new outfits this Christmas, why not complete them with a fresh fragrance?

Why You Should Buy Christmas Presents For Yourself

You might wonder why you should buy Christmas presents for yourself. After all, the holiday season is supposed to be one for giving, so it might be strange to buy for yourself. It’s a lot more common than you’d think, however. There are a few reasons why.

Better Gifts

Nobody knows what you want for Christmas better than you do. As a result, you’ll be the best person to buy your gifts. You may already have an idea of what presents you’ll want to get. While people will get you some of these, they mightn’t get you all of them.

If there are some Christmas gifts that are really important to you, then it’s worth getting them yourself. That way, you wouldn’t have to be disappointed if you don’t get them.

Less Stress

Just because you’re getting yourself Christmas presents doesn’t mean that you have to wait until then to use them. You could use them beforehand to help relax. If you get yourself a spa treatment, that’s especially true.

Taking the time to relax could help with the stress that many people feel over the holidays. It can be quite hectic, after all. There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to look after yourself, so why not do so with some Christmas gifts?

Indulge Yourself

Everyone needs to pamper themselves sometimes. When’s a better time to do so than Christmas? Buying yourself a few presents to enjoy over the holiday season could be the perfect way of doing so. Depending on the gifts you get yourself, there could be multiple other benefits.

One of the best ways to indulge yourself is by getting a few presents to look after yourself. That could include some loungewear and a facemask to relax or a holiday to take the load off. Regardless, it’s a great way of indulging yourself.

There are multiple reasons why you should get yourself Christmas presents. At a minimum, you’ll be treating yourself to something nice. If there’s something that you want and you think nobody’s going to get it for you, then why not buy it for yourself?

Any of the above Christmas gifts could be more than worth the price. There shouldn’t be anything stopping you from picking them up.

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5 reasons to choose frozen

One of the most insignificant things that people want to shame others for is eating frozen dinners. When you’ve worked all day and the kids need to eat, sometimes chucking frozen meals or meats into the oven is the easiest way to make sure that everyone eats a good dinner before bed. Not everyone has the time to make gourmet meals from scratch, with homemade sauces and everything chopped fresh. 

Does that mean you’re not eating well? Absolutely not. Sometimes, choosing frozen Mexican food or frozen Chinese food is a quick, convenient way to eat and it’s still nutritious. You can still eat just as well on frozen food as eating on fresh foods and when you utilize frozen food, you can save time and make easy meals that are filling and healthy. With this in mind, here are five reasons to go ahead and choose frozen.

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  1. Packed with nutrients. It’s a common misconception that frozen food is less nutritious than fresh foods. The thing is that through the winter some of the fresh fruits and veggies aren’t available all year around. Once the veg is picked in the summer, it’s blanched and flash frozen, which locks in all of the nutrients to make sure that the food tastes amazing. Frozen fish and meats are just as good-tasting, too.
  2. It’s affordable. Frozen foods are cheaper than fresh foods, and that’s a fact. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t taste as good! There is less waste, less spoilage and you can keep the food for longer. Fresh carrots are often more expensive than a bag of frozen carrots, and the bag of frozen carrots will last longer.
  3. They’re easy. There is nothing easier than breaking open a bag of already chopped veggies and chicken and making a meal out of it. Everything is usually trimmed, portioned and packed up for you, so you don’t have to worry about standing around chopping and storing anything. You can steam most frozen veggies, too, which makes for much tastier meals and they’re easy to prepare.
  4. A sensible option. Frozen meats, fish and veggies can all be prepared for a delicious meal just as fresh food can, so not all frozen food has to be nuggets and pizza. It’s very easy to throw on pizza and garlic bread, but it’s even better to throw on meat, veggies and delicious sauces. You can even add frozen fruit to a blender and have delicious smoothies without having to buy in tons of fresh fruit that could go bad.
  5. You can be creative. There are so many options with cuisines and flavors when you choose frozen foods. You can buy fried chicken, Mexican, Indian – no matter where the food is around the world, you can buy it frozen and cook it up as you please. You can try new and added veggies in sauces, so frozen food doesn’t have to be boring.frozen 

Next time you are planning your meals for the week, make sure that you don’t discount the frozen section. You can believe it’ll be a good option for you!

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to four (two on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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