Snow day

Oh, New England. Today is my Dad’s birthday (happy birthday, Dad!) and as I was saying to him earlier this morning, his day is unique as it can either be a beautiful, 70 degree day — or a full-on blizzard. 2017 decided to choose the snow. I’m hoping that spring will come rolling through any day now. In the meantime, let’s [try to] enjoy this weather.

There are some comforting things about a snow storm. For one, you don’t have to feel guilty for hanging on the couch all day. After all, the Governor told us to stay home. It is also a great opportunity to cook up a delicious breakfast and/or dinner you’ve been wanting to make but haven’t had the time.

Here are some other great ideas for your snow day:

  • Relax with a bubble bath
  • Find a new book to indulge in
  • Complete those small tasks you’ve been putting off, like making a Dr. appt. or scheduling your pup to get groomed
  • Do a face mask
  • Make a fire, have some hot chocolate and watch a movie you’ve wanted to see

I’ll be working from home during the day’s storm. But, will definitely be doing some of these things afterwards. What are you planning on doing during today’s snow day?

When life hands you lemons, take a bath

Since I moved out of my parent’s house a few years ago, I have been renting apartments, and have moved pretty frequently. All of my apartments have had a shower/tub, which I’ve typically just used as the shower.

I miss baths. Occasionally, I do want to take a bath but have found myself avoiding these bathtubs that don’t feel like they’re mine. I know you’re probably thinking, just clean the tub? And yes, of course I do. But — I also don’t like the idea of bathing with bleach. I was looking to find a natural way to clean my tub, without then bathing with such a harsh chemical. I stumbled upon these instructions, which only call for two items: a lemon, and salt.

Cut the lemon in half.  Dip the open half of the lemon in salt. Rub the lemon on the bathtub, squeezing the lemon as you scrub to make sure you get the lemon juice out there. After you scrub the tub, let it sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse it out with water!

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I also started cleaning our kitchen sink this way, and love that it smells like lemon afterwards!

JUST IN: Cuppa Charm

Guys! I’ve been MIA for various reasons, one being my site was under renovation. I recently redid my site, and bought a new domain (I am doing cartwheels I am so excited!). You can now find me at: cuppacharm.com. This name “Cuppa Charm,” has held a special place in my heart for over 10 years now, and I am SO.so.SO excited for this name to be officially mine. I also created my new logo:

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There were a few reasons for my switch, and I feel that this new website more accurately reflects what it is that I plan to write about. You’ll notice my tagline

Cultivate happiness through chaos

is really what I want to display here. Physical, emotional, spiritual and mental happiness. Just, happiness. That’s where I want this to go, for all of us.

I hope you’ll check out my new site and let me know what you think. As all things in life, it’s a work in progress.

Cheers!

BRUNCH

I am 100% a brunch aficionado. It is something I would never, ever turn down. I take it very seriously and was heartbroken when one of my favorite brunch spots in Boston recently closed. They had a bubbly brunch, Zocalo – RIP.

I found this list of the best brunch in every state. And now I want to go to all surrounding states.

I started getting suspicious of the validity when I scrolled to Massachusetts and found it was The Hangover Pub in Worcester. Worcester? But… Boston? Worcester is home to several colleges, so it does make sense to have a place with such a name, and a bangin’ breakfast. I went to their site and… wow. It looks amazing (+ all things bacon). I’ll have to go and check this out for myself.

However, I knew the site was legit once I scrolled down to Rhode Island. You don’t have to tell me the best brunch place, I knew what it was — and they did too. The Duck and Bunny, a snuggery. Honestly, having the word “snugg” in there already gets right into my heart. Then there’s this – they have brunch every. day. And champagne, and cupcakes…

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It has been years since I’ve been to The Duck and Bunny, but now I’ll be looking to get back there, now.

EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT.

cheers(:

Morning routine

I believe that small adjustments are a quick way to a happy day. (I know, I’m sorry for rhyming, annoying.)

I wouldn’t consider myself a morning person, I could sleep for many more hours than I do. I try to get between 7-8 hours each night, but I could definitely go for about 10.

Lately, I’ve been trying to be better about my health — both physically and mentally, and one step I’ve been trying to master is my morning routine.

A few months back, I was sleeping until about 7:15, when I have to be out the door by 7:30 — and having to take my dog for a walk before I leave. I was rocking the messy-bun on a daily basis, and it left me feeling exhausted, rushed, and frustrated. I thought that by hitting snooze several times, and giving myself a few extra minutes would be beneficial – how wrong I was!

In recent weeks, I’ve switched up my schedule. I have still been leaving at 7:30, but now I wake up at 6:15. A whole extra hour! And it makes me so. much. happier.

I wake up, and spray this “Breathe Deeply” Happy Spritz right in my face (it’s a mix of pure peppermint + eucalyptus + 100% pure essential oils). It is a wake-up call, and also my reminder for the day to BREATHE. Often when I’m stressed, I’ll find myself literally holding my breathe. It’s so bad to do – and I’m making a conscious effort to knock that off.

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Next, I’ll get up, make some coffee and have a glass of water. I’ll take Cooper out for a nice, longer walk rather than rushing her, too. Then I get ready, maybe even do my hair if I feel like it since I now have the time.

After I am ready for the day, I make a healthy breakfast and actually sit down at our breakfast table and eat it. It’s amazing having time in the morning and not being stressed.

My morning and whole day are so much better with my new routine in place. It is still a little difficult to get out of bed, but now I look forward to my time in the morning, so I’m willing to get up and do it. I look forward to the weekends to sleeping in a bit, but my weekdays have improved greatly.

Cheers!

Happy New Year!

With 365 fresh days ahead of us, it’s time to renew and restore ourselves. Many of us use the new year to look back at what has changed, new friends who’ve come into our lives, and maybe even some who have stepped out.

While I see it is worthwhile to reflect, and typically I do. This year, I’m just allowing the past to be the past. 2016 is closed, and I’m ready for this new year. While I did have a lot of fun adventures in the past year, France probably being my favorite, I feel that 2016 was a pretty stagnant year for me.

If there’s one thing I dislike for myself, it’s feeling stagnant. ONE life. That’s IT. I don’t want to spend one month of it without being in continuous motion. Whether it’s physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, I want to keep growing. Then give myself some rest on a tropical island, and then grow some more.

My resolutions:

  • Start writing my book (it’s always been a thought. This year it’ll be an action)
  • Focus myself on my grad school courses
  • Eat more REAL food
  • Take my dog on longer walks, even in the winter
  • Continue going to yoga throughout the whole year
  • Don’t depend my mood on the weather (when it rains I don’t need to be sad, really)
  • Be more spontaneous

Cheers to a wonderful 2017!