Are you tired of waking up for work each morning feeling more tired than when you fell asleep? Instead of reaching for your morning coffee, try lighting up one of these scents as soon as you wake up.
Cinnamon – It’s one of the coziest scents out there — but this sweet-smelling spice can also boost your brain power. Lighting a cinnamon scented candle improves cognitive functions like visual-motor response, working memory and attention span.
Citrus -Scents like lemon, grapefruit and orange are well-known for their ability to boost energy and alertness. In addition, after catching a scent of citrus, your body will automatically begin to produce serotonin, a ‘happy’ hormone. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, so it has the ability to transfer signals from different parts of the brain. When serotonin relays messages to the brain, your mood automatically changes. Goodbye morning grumpyness.
Vanilla – When it comes to our happiness levels, vanilla is where it’s at. Researchers found that vanilla scents elevate feelings of joy and relaxation.
Peppermint– Improves cognitive stamina, motivation and overall performance. Known for invigorating the mind, it’s especially useful to light while studying. Feeling a little under the weather? It is even possible to trick your brain into thinking that it alleviates stuffy nasal passages.
Jasmine – This floral scent also has serious mood perks. The smell of jasmine create a sense of alertness, and it also helps to alleviate depressive thoughts.
Whether you are in a relationship or not, quality time with your girlfriends is something you should always fit into your calendar. In addition to being good for your spirit, it’s been scientifically proven that hanging out with your girlfriends is good for your health also. What better way to show your love and appreciation for your gal-pals than by throwing a Galentine’s Day party?
Here’s what you will need: 1. Send cute invitations via email/text message to your squad (I used Evite)
2. Decorate! Get whatever decorations you think are cute. Fresh flowers and candles add a nice touch. Valentine’s day themed paper plates and napkins are a cheap way to add girly details. I even found festive heart toilet paper to really set the mood.
Tell love how you really feel… hehe
3. Treat yo self. And your girls too! Skinny Banana Pudding Recipe:
Prep time: 15 minutes | Serves 12
– 2 (1 oz.) packages of instant vanilla pudding (Fat/Sugar free)
– 4 bananas, sliced
– 2 cups of non-fat greek yogurt
– 8 oz. of fat free cool whip
– 30 reduced fat Nilla wafers
1. In large mixing bowl, beat milk and pudding mix together until creamy
2. Beat in greek yogurt
3. Mix in cool whip
4. In a serving bowl, layer wafers, bananas, then pudding mixture. Repeat layering until pudding is gone
5. Chill for 3 hours before serving. (I also put pink sprinkles and chocolate on top to match the holiday)
Because nothing says I love you like chocolate:
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4. Prepare activities for the day. I bought a few prizes for added incentive. Here were some of our favorites:
–Secret Cupid – Tell your guests to bring a Secret Valentine gift, and do a white elephant exchange. CLICK HERE to shop these cute wine glasses and more Enter LANI at checkout to receive 15% off your entire order 🙂
–Bingo! I found the game for $2.99 at party city
–Print out the lyrics to popular love songs and have each girl do a dramatic reading of the song. The girl with the most correct guesses wins! CLICK HERE to download a PDF of 10 songs to use
-Make a list of lovey-words, and a list of gross words (phrases can be included as well). Cut the words and place them in two cups. Have each girl choose two words from each. Set a 5-minute timer and have everyone write their own love poem using the words they have selected. This game is HILARIOUS. Whoever has the funniest poem wins. CLICK HERE to download a PDF of some words/phrases that can be used
–Choose a handful of words that guests are forbidden from speaking, such as: Love, engaged, boyfriend, sex etc. When someone says the word, they get a sticker placed on their body (and may also be forced to drink extra) . The girl with the most stickers at the end of the day wins a prize (and is usually crowned drunkest of the party)
–Buy a V-Day card for each girl. Write their name in their card, and toward the end of the party pass the cards around so everyone can write a sweet personalized message to one another. At my party everyone read their fav message they received aloud. The author of the best love notes won a prize 🙂
I hope this post inspires you to gather the true love’s of your life this weekend (your girls, duh) and celebrate ONE ANOTHER <3 Who else thinks Galentine’s Day should be made into an official holiday?!
I have put a TON of thought into this blog. I’ve given thought to what I plan on writing about, the pictures I will post, but the main thing I thought about before launching my site was everything I wanted my blog not to be. Nowadays, it seems like everyone calls themselves a ‘blogger’. However, more bloggers does not necessarily mean more variety. I’ve found that there are so many clones out here and though it may work as far as getting you a following, whenever I see another chick talk about her “favorite skinny tea” my only thought is ‘Boringggg’. So I have put together a list of everything you will NOT find on my little slice of the internet…
1. Rainbows and butterflies.
This blog is not for the light hearted or easily offended. I’ve never been the type to sugar coat anything so if either of those descriptions applies to you this probably isn’t the place for you. You definitely don’t want me commenting on your look if you blatantly look like crap, and you certainly don’t want me telling you that your breath smells like complete utter shit if you’re not equipped for such statements. It’s just an attribute I self-identify with and one that my personal friends love me for…or hate me for. In my defense, after keeping it real, I’m always quick to help you pick out a flattering, bomb-ass outfit and/or offer you a stick of gum to mask your dragon breath.
2. Filtered bullshit.
Having no filter with my wordage works in my favor majority of the time; other times it leaves me in a deep shit-hole where I have to dig myself out to recover. My regular speaking voice (which includes lots of expletives) was formulated at the ripe ole’ age of two and has stayed with me ever since. Now that I’m a grown functioning woman, this voice regularly translates into my writing. I just feel that sometimes you need to throw the f-word around to really drive your point home.
(orbit really needs to bring this commercial back)
3. Ordinary things.
I’m not your ordinary (or so my mommy tells me, and probably yours too). And I’m not talking about not being basic. Because I have my basic bitch moments also (We all do). What I really mean is, these are some types of oddities which interest me and always will, and once in a while you’ll be probed to having to see me blabber about these things such as: Aliens and ghosts, they definitely do exist (no one is winning this argument that they don’t with me). I can literally feel when my chakras are off balance. I blame everything on Mercury being in retrograde, valid excuse right? And if I ever hit the lotto, I would absolutely build a dope post-apocalyptic crib like the people on National Geographic’s ‘Doomsday Preppers’. I’m going to try my bestest to stick mainly to fashion, fitness and travel, all for the sake of normality, but there’s really no other way to put it— you’re probably going to see and read some weird shit here every once in a while.
4. Health freak mumbo jumbo.
I am not one of those fitness girls who eats spinach for breakfast, lunch, dinner, I have desert when I want, and it’s not calorie counted. I don’t have the time to count the macros of everything I put into my mouth. I go through my phases of working out and eating right, but I also have my junk food days. And it’s OK. It’s important to have a healthy relationship with food and not feel guilty every time you eat anything made with enriched flour. I’m all about balance. Yea, going to sleep early and waking up early for the gym will give you some great abs, but the truth is, most of life’s memories are made during those drunk nights that you are up til 2am with friends eating buffalo chicken pizza covered in ranch dressing. (Yes, dump some ranch dressing on top of your slice next time, you’re welcome)
5. ME ME ME ME ME.
Let’s not tip toe around this. No one is REALLY interested in me, my life or my stories. Yes, I’ll talk about my experiences and things I like to do, because after all I’m talking out into the great world-wide web hoping that some people appreciate it. There’s also a part of me that thinks I’m sometimes funny and I tend to do fun stuff from time to time. But I will only share when it helps YOU, the reader in some shape or form. Whether it be in a healthier way, a happier way or just plainly in a way that inspires. Before finalizing a post I choose to share, I will first ask myself how that particular experience can add significance to anyone else’s being. Truly and ultimately, my main goal is to add some form of substance to someone’s mundane web crawl scroll, not waste anyone’s time.
No one is perfect, and this blog is never going to be perfect either. Ever. Nor do I want it to be.
7. Product pushing.
We’ve all seen a thousand “What I Wore” posts, “Must Have” pre-workout pills, “Favorites Roundups” and products you just “Can’t Live Without.” If I’m talking about it here, it’s because the product is actually amazing and I really use it in my real life, not because I’m getting 10% commission for posting it. Frankly, if the product is shit, then the time it takes to write the post isn’t worth it because it won’t be selling either way— right? Also I’m not interested in getting a bunch of useless products sent to me simply because it’s free. That is a waste of my personal space. The clutter in the apartment isn’t worth it. I don’t settle for what everyone else is doing so you won’t find me promoting any products/supplements that don’t actually work here.
And so with that said! THANK YOU so much for reading my spiel. I hope I reeled you into keeping up with my adventure. What are some blogger posts that you are tired of seeing on the internet? What are some topics that you would like for me to highlight in future posts?