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    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    Do you feel stuck when it comes to creating a relaxing bedroom environment? Are you having trouble falling asleep? I created this short, simple guide to help you create the ultimate relaxing bedroom.
    This post is sponsored by Yogabed.

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    Sleep and I have always had a complicated relationship. But 2018 unintentionally became a year of self-care, and that self-care has transferred over to 2019, where I’m actually learning how to take care of myself and doing a pretty good job of it. Except sleeping, the one area where I still struggle.

    Part of why I have trouble sleeping is because I’ve never taken a minute to actually set up my bedroom the way that I want it. It seems to be perpetually filled with clutter and piles of art that I have yet to hang up, which means I go to bed every night looking at a pile of things to do tomorrow. So finally, I said NO MORE.

    About a month ago, I did a complete overhaul on not only the bedroom, but also my office (still a work in progress). I cleaned out all the junk, hung up all the art, moved things around to create a big, open, breathable space. And wouldn’t you know it, I’ve been sleeping better. Here are my 6 must-haves for the ultimate relaxing bedroom!

    1. Plants, plants, plants.

    Plants not only create a happy, relaxing living environment, but they can also help you sleep. Certain indoor plants are air-purifiers, which means clean air, which means breathing easier and sleeping better.

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    2. Comfy bedding.

    This seems like a no-brainer, but you won’t believe the difference it makes when you switch to sheets with a higher thread count. I slept on those awful cotton sheets from Target for way too long, and just recently upgraded to these olive green silk sheets. They breathe better, stay cool, and ultimately make me feel like I’ve moved up a little bit in the world.

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    3. Art that you love.

    Art is one thing that is not scarce in our home. Between my boyfriend and I, the walls are all covered in art that we’ve collected over the years. To me, art is something that truly makes a house into a home, and hanging art in your bedroom is no different. Having art that you love on the walls will put you in a better mood and a better state of mind. At the very least, it’ll make you smile. And at most, it’ll relax you and help you sleep easier.

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    4. Essential oils or candles.

    I love having a small oil diffuser in the bedroom because it keeps everything smelling great (especially with my boyfriend’s stinky socks in the closet). I usually run the diffuser during the day, and right before bed I’ll spray a little bit of room freshener (I like the lavender scent from Mrs. Meyers).

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    5. Lighting that suits you and your schedule.

    Light is a huge make-or-break for your sleep schedule. If total darkness helps you sleep, then invest in some blackout curtains. If you prefer to wake up with the sun, then get some breathable translucent curtains. My personal favorite thing to do is to leave the blinds on our windows cracked. This allows me to fall asleep while watching the traffic outside (weird, but soothing to me for some reason), and helps me to naturally rise when the sun comes up.

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    and finally… 6. A good mattress (the most important thing).

    Buying a mattress is a huge expense, I know. It’s something I put off for a long time because I couldn’t justify the cost. But it’s something that we all need. How can you get a good night’s sleep if your back hurts the minute you lay down? True story, btw. My old mattress was a nightmare.

    I recently got this mattress from Yogabed and I have never slept better. Yogabed is a company with over 50+ years of experience making sleep products that are both comfortable and eco-friendly. They ship the mattress directly to your house, and all you have to do is take it out of the box, place it on your bed frame, unroll, and cut the plastic off. Within 5 minutes, my Yogabed was fully fluffed and ready to go. I literally plopped down with my book (Eating Animals, because duh) and read for a bit before I even bothered putting the sheets on!

    6 Must-Haves for a Relaxing Bedroom

    Not only is it crazy comfortable, but my new Yogabed mattress gave me the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years. The Yogabed Mattress has four layers of cooling comfort which cool you down 7x faster than your average mattress (which is much needed in San Diego summers). And above all that, the mattress cover is removable AND machine-washable. How cool is that?

    Thank you to YogaBed for sponsoring this post!
    All opinions are 100% my own. I only work with brands that I trust and use in my real life.
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    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners

    Want to fill your home with plants but don’t know where to start? This is your foolproof guide to the best houseplants for beginners.

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners

    I’ve recently started my descent into crazy plant lady territory. It started innocently enough, with my mom giving me a bag of succulent clippings to replant at my house. And one by one, we’ve added new plants to the house and good news: they’re all thriving.

    This is beyond exciting to me because I hate to admit this, but I’m terrible at taking care of plants. Animals? Great with them. Humans? Fantastic. But for some reason I just don’t have it in me to grow plants. Until! I got a Bromeliad and two Golden Pothos, and they’re going strong.

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Shane and Ethan, my little baby Golden Pothos

    Here is my foolproof guide to the best houseplants for beginners. All of these plants listed below require little water, thrive in low light, and (best of all) are almost impossible to kill.

    Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Image courtesy of Costa Farms, Amazon

    Golden Pothos are one of the most well-known indoor plants for a reason. They thrive off of dry soil and low light, and they’re almost impossible to kill. When they mature, they grow long vines and get beautiful mottled leaves.

    Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Image courtesy of Costa Farms, Amazon

    Bromeliads are easy to take care of because they don’t need frequent watering. They love light, but not direct sunlight, so they’ll grow well in any room with a window.

    Succulents

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Image courtesy of Amazon

    Succulents are known for being one of the easiest plants to take care of because they require so little. They rarely need to be watered, they grow in direct or indirect sunlight, and they’re incredibly hard to kill. Succulents add a nice pop of color or pop of green to any room in the house.

    Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Image courtesy of Amazon

    Spider plants can grow with frequent or infrequent watering, and they thrive with indirect sunlight. They grow these beautiful long leaves, and best of all, they are air-purifying! This makes spider plants a great choice for a bedroom or office.

    ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

    5 Best Houseplants for Beginners
    Image courtesy of Costa Farms, Amazon

    ZZ plants make a beautiful addition to any home. They grow quickly and easily with low maintenance and require infrequent watering. They aren’t prone to any pests, and they thrive in shade or indirect lighting.

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    How to Organize Your Recipes (7 Different Ways!)

    I don’t know about you guys, but I am always looking for better recipe organization. Recipes get out of hand so quickly and before you know it, the recipe you’re looking for is lost forever in a sea of magazine clippings and printed out papers.

    Today I’m sharing 7 different ways you can organize your recipe mess. I’m including both paper recipes as well as digital recipes (I’ve got both, and I’m sure you do too!). Let me know in the comments which method is your favorite!

    How to Organize Your Recipes (7 Different Ways!)

    If your recipes are on paper:

    In a recipe binder.

    This is my personal favorite and the system I always stick to. There’s just something about having a physical copy of the recipe in front of me while baking that I love. My favorite method of keeping everything together is my DIY Recipe Binder (check out the blog post for a step by step!).

    In file folders / in a filing system.

    Another easy way to organize full-sized sheets of paper or printed recipes is to organize them in file folders and use a filing system. This keeps everything super organized and makes it easy to find exactly what you need.

    In a recipe card box.

    If you prefer a more nostalgic recipe organization, you can always write your recipes on recipe index cards and line them up in a recipe card box. Plus you can customize the index cards as well as the recipe box itself, and I’m such a sucker for anything customized.

    In zip-up plastic folders.

    This is something I had never thought of until I noticed my mom organizing her recipes this way. Sort your recipes by course (appetizers, dinner, etc.), ingredient (chicken, fish, etc.), or type of recipe (cake, cookies, etc.), and stick them in plastic folders. Easy peasy.

    If your recipes are online:

    On Pinterest.

    Pinterest is my number 1. My ride or die. My favorite thing in the entire world. Pinterest makes it easy to keep literally thousands of recipes and organize them any way you want to. Pinterest also makes it super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, instead of having to search multiple pages on Google!

    I tend to scribble down recipes that I find on Pinterest, test them, and if I like the recipe enough I’ll print it out and stick it in my recipe binder.

    In Evernote.

    Evernote is a personal organization and note-taking app. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews from people who have had success using Evernote. I have never personally used it, but I know that it’s great for recipe organization!

    In Google Drive.

    Google Drive is a file storage system included when you sign up for a Google email address. Drive is great for not only note-taking and recipe organization, but also for sharing recipes with others! Drive also allows you to access your files on any device, which makes finding your recipes super simple.

    Which method of recipe organization do you use? Let me know!

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