For me, Saturday morning is the best time to take to pamper myself. I get home from work at 10AM, and I'm ready to sit down and chill for a few hours. I don't always have that opportunity, but when I do, here's how I do it:
1. A Tasty Snack
My favorite at the moment are peanut butter-chocolate no bake cookies...
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 cup honey
-1/2 cup natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts, salt)
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-a dash of vanilla
-a dash of sea salt, if desired
-2 cups of raw old fashioned oats
-Melt down your coconut oil over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder until fully combined; mix in peanut butter over heat as well (it softens and combines much easier!)
-Combine all remaining ingredients except oats.
-When everything is fully emulsified, mix in the oats. The consistency will be a bit thin, so don't worry if yours seems off! Spoon off onto a baking tray & let set in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Or, if you're impatient like me, put them in the freezer for 20 minutes. Does the same job. ;P
2. Cosy pants
These relaxed leggings from last week's athleisure post are my current favorite. So. Dang. Soft. My stars.
3. Minimal Makeup
I like to feel comfortable when I'm pampering myself - and though feeling pretty is part of that, I don't want so much makeup on (read: lipstick) that I don't feel like I'm going to ruin my white bed if I get the random urge to dive into it. Trust me, this is a regular issue. XD A lightweight foundation (like this one), a little flick of my favorite eyeliner (nothing extravagant | long-term love this one), a flush of blush (my current fave), and of course mascara. I'm currently trying this one from Revlon...
4. Red Nail Polish
Nothing says glamour like a nice glossy red, does it? Of course my nails aren't really red all the time, but for this pamper session I was really feeling the Old Hollywood vibes. The nail polish I used, and my go-to red is Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy, in the shade "Get Lucky." It's a classic red; can't go wrong with that.
5. French press
My ultimate pamper-me beverage is a nice French press (my favorite way to have it is iced with cream, because hello it tastes amazing.) However, coffee is a stimulant - normally that's perfect, because Saturdays are busy, and after taking this time I usually have to get back to real life (boo). However, if I'm in a place where I need to wind down, a cup of hot Irish breakfast with a dash of skim milk is my second favorite. Mmm...
Whether this means spritzing my favorite perfume around my chill space (the couch, my bed, etc) or dabbing a bit of essential oils on my wrists and ankles, fragrance is something that really makes the difference between a lazy day and taking intentional time to unwind, at least for me. My favorite is lavender oil.
7. Journal // Read
During these times, the best way to get my day started is by reading my Bible, praying, and journaling my thoughts and prayers. Of course, I would ideally do this every day, but since my schedule usually only makes this study time possible at the end of the day, it's truly a luxury for me to get to do this before I do anything else. It just sets my day going in the right direction.
What do you do to pamper yourself in the morning? I want to challenge you all to take a little time for yourself this weekend, even if it's just a 10-minute power nap! None of us can go indefinitely without taking breaks. Remember to take good care of yourself in the midst of all your busy-ness. ^.^