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Your on your way home from a days worth of shopping - daydreaming of your home - specifically your living room with a special corner that you spend daydreaming in with a cozy blanket and favorite book.

You drift off into a little nap and dream of all the home cooked COMFORT FOOD that you'd like to make, starting with a batch of raisin cookies. I made my list to be sure I'd have everything I need to make all of these delicious meals so I should be off now to bake my cookies, BUT FIRST...


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Have you been craving one of those all-inclusive, week-long wellness and yoga retreats, but keep coming back to the same conclusion that most of us do? That conclusion being, “I don’t have the time or the money.”

1. BOOK IT -

Open your calendar, take a look at the month ahead and find ONE day – ONE single day (at the least) – and take a red pen and put a big red circle around that day.

Make the appropriate arrangements, have your kids schedule a sleepover at their friend’s house, and tell your significant other to make plans without you. Make the arrangements and book it. Plan a day devoted solely to you.

2. Prepare Your Space -

Pick a room in your home where you feel comfortable. Clean and de-clutter the room prior to your retreat to avoid any distraction.

Put on your comfy loungewear, light some candles, and pull out some cozy throw pillows and blankets to make it extra retreat-like. Also, make sure you do all necessary grocery shopping the day before.

3. Cut-off All Communication - Ditch the TV, laptop, cell phone, iPad, etc. Use this time to detox from all of the technology that we constantly inundate ourselves with. Get back to the basics.

4. Practice Yoga -

Indulge in a nice yoga practice. You can create your own, just doing what feels good to you in the moment, or for some great free yoga practices, visit Yoga with Adriene on YouTube.

She offers a variety of practices that will be just what the retreat doctor ordered. I enjoy a “Morning Flow with Adriene.” This video will energize you, get the blood flowing, and help calm your mind. You’ll have to break the no technology rule, but it will be worth it. Just don’t check your emails or social media.

5. Meditate -

Stop breathe and think! Go into your app store and download the free app “Stop, Breathe & Think.” This FREE meditation app allows you to “check in” with yourself.

You determine what feelings you are experiencing in any particular moment, and the app will then provide you with meditations that correspond to those emotions. This app also offers a self-meditation timer if you’re not in the mood for a guided meditation. Again, this is an allowed exception to #3.

6. Hydrate - Hydrate - Hydrate -

Let your day be a cleansing, detoxifying, relaxing day. Use this “you” time to flush the body of all of the junk that has accumulated over time. The benefits of drinking water are endless.

You will leave your retreat feeling lighter and cleaner. Also, we’ve all heard the trending term “teatox.” Prior to your retreat, grab a couple of your favorite teas. I recommend a chamomile tea with fresh lemon or roasted dandelion root tea which is good for detoxification of the liver.

7. Treat yourself to an exfoliating facial or back scrub -

Use one that’s created from a few simple ingredients. One of my favorites is a mixture of sugar, fresh lemon juice, and almond oil.

8. More Essential Oils Please -

Have your essential oils ready, put a few drops in your candles, and/or apply some to your hands or pulse points (wrist, neck).

Use them in your yoga practice or meditation. Combine them with a mantra for the day. Do anything you like with them! For relaxation, I recommend lavender essential oils.

9. Take a hot bath - Nothing relaxes the mind and body like a hot bath. Use some or your essential oils and Epsom salts to create your very own bath salts!

10. Get in the kitchen -

Cooking can be a very therapeutic and mindful experience. Find a healthy recipe and replicate it. Use fresh ingredients that you enjoy and go for it!

Be mindful of the smells, tastes, and sense of touch as you cook.

11. Journal Your Little Heart Out -

Journaling and recording thoughts can be extremely healing and restorative. Purge yourself of all of the thoughts or stresses that you have going on, or simply make a list of the blessings in your life.

Sometimes writing down all of the good things that we have in our lives makes such a difference in our perspective. And if you can, do this outside, on a porch, balcony, swing, or throw a blanket down in your yard. Try to immerse yourself in the nature around you!

Homemade Raisin Cookies and A Good Book

The snow is falling outside my window. And not just a few flakes. It's the snow that makes you want to stay home, cuddled under your warmest throw, sipping a hot mug of cappuccino reflecting on how grateful you are that you get to stay indoors. Do you know those days?

Reading more in the winter is due to days like this. It seems to be the season where it is best to hunker down and not stress so much over getting your to do list accomplished.....although it does seem to be the time of year that we are also more inclined to clean out our kitchen drawers and purge piles of clothes from our closets. I guess some days we are just motivated more than others.

On this particular day, a stack of books is calling my name....along with that cappuccino. My taste has been a little varied lately: some fiction and some non-fiction, some inspirational and some self help.

Now I'm content with my cookies baked and the home smelling like fresh baked raisin cookies.

I've never grown herbs before, but I'm anxious to learn something new.

5 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year Round

Basil - It is easily grown in water, just put its cuttings in water prior to their flowering and then position the container in a place where there is enough sunlight.

Lemon Balm - Pick several cuttings in spring or autumn, and then put them in water in a sunny place. In 3 to 4 weeks roots will grow from the cuttings. Make sure to change the water frequently, or if the weather is warm outside you can keep the plant outdoor. From the leaves of this herb you can prepare a delicious tea.

Oregano - Put fresh oregano cuttings in water and pinch the growing tips once the herb starts to grow.

Peppermint - This is probably the easiest herb grown in water; all you need to do is to put a few fresh cuttings in water. Peppermint is rich in the volatile substance known as menthol which is the one that offers the cooling sensation on the skin or tongue and does not change the temperature.

Rosemary - Place the semi-woody cuttings of rosemary in the designated container with water; have in mind that the root needs more time to grow, however the new shoots in the spring will grow faster. Make sure that your rosemary has enough sunlight.

Stevia - Put stevia cuttings from actively growing branches in a container with water, and place it on a warm and sunny spot. In this way you will always have stevia for your tea and beverage.

Spearmint - It is grown as same as peppermint, because peppermint is a natural hybrid of spearmint.

Sage - Take some sage cuttings in spring and put them in water. Keep it in a well-aerated place because it is susceptible to mildew, and on a bright place.

Tarragon - There are various types of tarragon, for instance, the French one is best for culinary purposes, and on the other hand the Russian is better for salads. Choose the one that suits you and use some spring cuttings after new growth appears. Position your herb where there is enough warmth and brightness.

Thyme - In the beginning of summer or mid-spring (this is the time before flowering) pick newly grown, green cuttings, and then put them in water. In order to avoid drying you need to spray the parts which are above the water. Once it is grown, cut the stems in order to enhance the branching.

Comfort Food

We love our books and coffee, but we might be cheating on coffee with a hot cup of tea.

Stack the books you plan to read this year for a gorgeous corner of decor with the first one you'll read on top.

I did stop to pick up some of these gorgeous flowers to place here and there in my home.


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These are so beautiful and I don't think I had ever heard about them. They're called Paperwhites and you can buy a fresh plant or artificial ones.

A beautiful living room with Paperwhites.

I've always wanted to find gorgeous table linens like these.

Linen Table Cloth and Napkins

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This is for tomorrow's cooking.

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One of my favorite books, a warm throw and a cup of cappuccino is all I need for a good nights rest.

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