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DIY Epsom Salt Scrub

I hope the New Year is still treating everyone well and you are sticking by those resolutions! If one of your resolutions was to make self care a priority I have the perfect solution for you!

I made the Epsom salt scrub as a present for my mom for Christmas and then it smelled so good I made extra for myself! This is so easy and you only need three things!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt
  • 2 cups of coconut oil
  • Essential oil of your choice

Step 1:

Take a giant Ziploc bag and put the the Epsom Salt and coconut oil inside, if you aren’t a huge fan of the consistency you can always add more Epsom salt or coconut oil. I personally end up using more like 1.5 cups of Epsom salt but that definitely feels rougher.

Step 2:

Add the essential oil! I used the BluZen original scent and I love it! Next time I take it I’m definitely going to try the lavender. The amount of oil you use is totally up to you. I personally lost count because I wanted it to smell really nice and just kept shaking.

And just like the Christmas Crack, you can put it in a cute mason jar and add a little bow! Maybe not a Christmas bow now, but you can definitely find something cute at Michaels!

Happy crafting!

xox,

Marissa

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Wellness Wednesday: Meditation

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m going to be talking about the benefits of meditation and sharing some links to meditations that I have used in the past.

I think meditation is so beneficial but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and forget everything on your to do list. To me, it’s similar to yoga in that I always feel better after I do it but it’s sitting down to actually do it that’s the hard part. Sometimes I think why would I put off finishing all of these things that are stressing me out when I could simply just do those things now.

Here’s misconception #1 meditation can be as long as you need it to be! I will be linking 15, 30, and 60 minute options but there are so many more out there! You don’t need to sit clear an hour of your day to do meditation. You can also meditate anywhere! Meditation is a form of mental exercise you can take with you everywhere.

The following information is from this Mayo Clinic article:

  • Meditation helps you focus on the present.
  • Meditation helps increase patience.
  • Meditation increases self awareness.
  • Meditation can help medical conditions like anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, sleeping problems, and tension headaches.

Here are the types of meditation out there:

  • Guided meditation: This is the type of meditation I am most familiar with. Of the different types of guided meditation I am most familiar with the ones that talk you through bringing awareness to different body parts or the ones that have you visualize a relaxing scene.
  • Mantra meditation: This is when you repeat a word or phrase in your head or outlaid for a period of time.
  • Mindfulness meditation: This is a type of meditation that focuses on being in the moment.
  • Qi gong: this is a type of traditional Chinese meditation that that combines meditation, physical movement, and bringing awareness to our thoughts and breath.
  • Tai Chi; I took this type of meditation as a physical education class for school and it was so much fun! Tai Chi is another way to connect mindfulness and breath with movement.  I learned Tai Chi Chuan which incorporates a sword into the mix. This is also a great way to improve balance.

Here are some resources for you guys to try your hand at mediation:

Guided Meditation  & To End Your Day: from the creator of the Pilates Challenge. She also has a meditation challenge that I will be trying soon! Both of these are around 15 minutes.

Silva Meditation: about 30 minutes long, just a heads up… I have never made it to the end of this one!

Tai Chi: here is a beginning Tai Chi lesson. The whole video is around 10 minutes but once you learn it it should only take 5, unless you chose to repeat it.

Choosing Mantras: this is a short clip that teaches you a little more about picking mantras.

Stay relaxed!

xox,

Marissa

 

 

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Wellness: Yoga

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At the beginning of all of my posts from now until December 31st I will be including a link to my Dressember fundraising page. I will also be sharing facts about modern day slavery. Today’s fact: Women often get passed around from trafficker to trafficker before they arrive at a final destination. This can mean they go through several different countries which leaves women confused and isolated (information found here).

Here is the link to my fundraising page if you want to join me in helping exploited women experience freedom.  Part of Dressember is just starting the conversation, but another large part is raising money to help Dressember’s partners carry out rescue missions. Just $200 dollars helps with the immediate needs a woman has when she leaves a trafficking situation. Whether or not you make a donation, start the conversation!

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Starting this week I am planning on having a new posting schedule! Check it out below:

Monday: Lifestyle

Wednesday: Wellness

Friday: Weekly Style

 

I wanted to give you a little sneak peak into the wellness category because the holidays can be stressful!

I’m currently working on my 200 hr yoga certification I wanted to share a quick yoga flow with you guys! Unfortunately my WordPress account does not support videos but I can send it on Instagram (@sunflowersandseersucker) if anyone wants the visual.

This can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes if you stop in each pose for a few breaths but feel free to repeat this as many times as you want. Poses are in bold so you guys have an idea of where to stop and hold. And remember just because we’re holding a pose does not mean we aren’t actively engaging our muscles!

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Start in forward fold

Walk your hands out to a high plank

Bend at the elbows (hugging them into the ribs) and lower yourself down to  chaterunga

Straighten your arms and look up to the sky for an upward facing dog

Bring your chest back down to your mat, engaging your cores push up through a high plank and send your weight back into your hips for a downward facing dog

Stay here for a moment bending the knees one at a time and together. Focus on keeping a flat back and sending all your weight into those hips trying to get your heels as close to the floor as you can.

Then lifting your heels, roll through your spine one vertebrae at a time until you are back into a high plank

Then push back into downward facing dog. Repeat rolling through to high plank as many times as you want. I typically do it for 3 or 4.

Once you’re back in downward facing dog try stretching out that spine by reaching your left hand to your right ankle. It doesn’t matter how close you are just try and feel a stretch! Then reach your right hand to your left ankle.

Coming back into downward facing dog, bring your right knee into your chest and then extend it out long behind you into three legged dog. You can repeat this motion a few times, I do 3 to 4.

Bring your right leg back down to your mat and then bend your knees into a child’s pose. You can walk your hands to one side of the mat to stretch out your sides.

Then push back up into downward facing dog to repeat the three legged dog sequence on both sides. Bringing your knee into your chest and then sending it out long being you.

Coming back into a downward facing dog walk your hands out to a high plank again.

If you want to add little core work into your flow you can do plank drifts. Here you’ll shift your weight forward so your shoulders and past your wrists and then back again. I typically do 10 plank drifts.

This part should look familiar:

Bend at the elbows (hugging them into the ribs) and lower yourself down to  chaterunga

Straighten your arms and look up to the sky for an upward facing dog

Bring your chest back down to your mat, engaging your cores push up through a high plank and send your weight back into your hips for a downward facing dog

Walk your hands back into your feet for a forward fold

Bend at the knees and lift your arms and chest for chair pose

Exhale back into forward fold

Roll up one vertebrae at a time into mountain pose

And congratulate yourself on taking tie out of your day to do something for you!

Here’s 10 minutes worth of music to get you in the zone:

Billie Jean- Kodaline cover

My Mind is for Sale- Jack Johnson (one of my fav people to flow to!)

Silhouette- Aquilo

Happy flowing!

xox,

Marissa