Before the New Year, I made a list of resolutions. I wanted to sleep better, eat better, be more organized, etc. So like a true scientist, I spent a lot of time researching these serious matters on Pinterest. Now, I made a huge list of things that could help me—“Life Hacks”. Of course, I haven’t done most of them or some are just too much work; however, I have found that a few help me out a lot. So I wanted to share.
For Better Sleep:
I am a very light sleeper, and during the summer I tend get eaten alive by mosquitos in my sleep. The following tips started helping me a lot.
- Lavender – I use it in the form of an essential oil which I put on the back of my ear, or I put some drops on my pillow. I have found Lavender to be my ultimate relaxer. It just knocks me out.
- Homemade Mosquito spray. I hate the smell of mosquito spray so I started making my own mosquitos spray. Here is an article that helped me make it: Essential Oils for Mosquitos & Homemade Repellent Spray Recipe. I also have luck putting the oils in a diffuser.
- GET OFF YOUR PHONE. Yes, this is a hard one; however, I have found that if I don’t look at my phone 1 hour prior to going to sleep, I sleep much better. This is also the same with TV and IPads. There are actual studies that proven this, it has something to do with melatonin and your brain.
- Make a Habit – I find that if I sleep and wake up at the same time; I feel more rested.
- Drink Chamomile- I have found that Chamomile tea helps me relax especially if I am anxious. It is actually proven to be a sleep-inducer. There are also other teas you can drink if you don’t like chamomile. Here is an article about them.
For the Kitchen:
I love cooking, it’s my passion; however, I also work 9-5. I had to develop some habits that help me plan and make the meals that I want, despite my busy schedule.
- Plan your food for the week. I look at my fridge on Saturday morning, and based on the ingredients I have on the fridge, as well as the recipes I want to make during the week, I make my food plan and shopping list for the week.
- Make it a habit to wash your vegetables and fruit before putting away in the fridge. I sometimes even pre-chop the veggies (like tomatoes, onion and garlic) if I am planning got use them in the next two days.
- Take inventory of your pantry.—I keep a list attached to the back of the cabinet door; it tells me what I have in my pantry. I update it every two weeks.
- Busier week, less cooking. If I know that I having a crazy week, I make sure to have fast and easy meals for the week.
- Get fruits and veggies in season and store them correctly. Here is a quick guide.
- If you have a slow-cooker- don’t be afraid of freezer meals—especially if you have a busy week. Here is a list of 31 Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Weeknights.
I definitely need to get better at this; therefore I have one tip:
- Pretty much everything that Debbie said on her last post.
Self-Care Items are expensive!! I have a hard time paying 10 bucks for a lipstick or 15 for a facemask—so I “DYI” it:
- Make a coconut oil and crayon lipstick—I made a few and they are so much fun. Here is how you do it.
- Use coconut oil on your hair (yeah, I am obsessed with coconut oil). Here is an article for different benefits. I even use it on my cat that suffers from dry skin (vet told me about this).
- You don’t need to buy expensive facemask, bath bombs, or exfoliants. I learned a long time ago that a lot of easy DYI recipes online. Many times I already have items at home.
- Peppermint oil is great on a mosquito bite, a sunburn, and muscle strain- I just put a couple drops on the area that is hurting or inching. I also put it behind my ears if I have a headache or nausea.
- Tea tree oil is great for acne. Just put a drop on the infected area or dilute it with water to wash your whole face. It can dry out your face so be careful.
- I actually love essential oils, so I have this article saved: 10 Must Have Essential Oils for Your Medicine Cabinet
I don’t like a lot of chemicals in the house so I also “DYI” it.
- Put your clean dishes away before cooking, so that once everyone is done eating they can put their dish directly in the dishwasher.
- A load of laundry a day, takes the stress away.
- Skip the expensive chemicals, you can practically make most cleaning supplies with baking soda or vinegar. Here are two articles that have saved me a lot of money. Places to Use Baking Soda & Clean Your House for Less Than $ 5.
Well, I hope some of these are useful. Feel free to share tips in the comments or on our Facebook page.