This is Me: My Bedtime Routine

My Bedtiem RoutineYou may have stumbled upon this post thinking about a bedtime routine for a child.  But this is a bedtime routine that I actually follow as an adult.  As many of my followers know, last year was a real challenge for me in so many ways.  All of which led to my  This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme .

Nonetheless, with it being a few months into the year I have been able to establish a regular bedtime routine for myself and has been successful in my ability to get a better nights rest.

Sleeping Deeper & Feeling Refreshed

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On most days, before I can even get out of my car as I get home from work I am greeted in the garage by my two kids.  Collecting my things from the car I ender the kitchen, greet the rest of my family and begin to cook dinner.  Afterward, I leave the kitchen with dirty plates, pots, and pans and head upstairs to begin my bedtime routine.  washes.

Shout out to all the men who wash dishes! Especially my husband!

In 2018, I decided to be more intentional about taking care of myself.  I have found the routine below to work well for me.  However, please read my  Full Disclaimer because this post is not meant to cure or treat any conditions.  And as always, my posts do not contain any affiliate links.


My Bedtime Routine

  1. Shower – Find a good body wash or soap that you really like. I have always been a fan of Philosophy Pure Grace.  I find that taking a shower in the evening helps me to process the day.  I almost feel like I am washing away any troubles and sending them right the drain.
  2. Stop Eating – Our family eats dinner around 6:00 pm and I make an effort not to eat anything afterward.  Now I must admit I may have a treat or dessert after dinner every now and then but certainly not every day.
  3. Essential Oils – My diffuser has served me so well in my bedtime routine!  I usually put a few drops of lavender and orange to help me ease into the evening.  The scent helps me to further unwind and relax.  I have a few favorites and if you are looking for a good one to get started check this out my VAVA Desktop Diffuser Product Review.
  4. Get Headspace – This step can also be called mindfulness meditation.  Sitting down for about 10 minutes I meditate with the help of Headspace.  In addition, if I find I am having trouble settling my mind I will also use their Goodnight and Sleep Sounds meditation singles. I am a full subscriber of Headspace and with all of what the app offers; for me, it has more than paid for itself.  Also, if you are looking for another blog to follow the Headspace Blog may be right up your alley.

In the midst of all of these steps, children are going back and forth.  I am often being bombarded with questions from them or helping my mother.  But the good thing about this is I am progressively finding mindful moments that are just for me.


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National Day of Unplugging

I just took the pledge to “unplug” for National Day of Unplugging.   So I won’t be on social media from March 9 at sundown to March 10 at sundown and my Etsy shop, Peaces by Cortney will be closed.  To learn more or join in this pledge please visit the National Day of Unplugging website.

Won’t you unplug with me! Use #NationalDayOfUnPlugging .

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Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

My current addiction includes eating steel cut oats with berries and walnuts for breakfast. The quick cooking steel cut oats are ok but expensive.  The regular steel cut oats taste better and are way cheaper.  You can buy them from the bulk bin at your local health foods store or co-op.  But let’s be real, being a full-time mom, employee, caregiver, and wife.  I honestly don’t have time every morning to make steel cut oats on the stove.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

And my pocketbook can’t afford me to stop by Whole Food every morning for a cup of steel cut oats from the hot bar.

So I began the search for a recipe but I had a hard time finding one that was made completely with water.  So after much trial an error I have discovered one that works.  If you try it let me know in the comments below.

 

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 4 pint size jars

Directions

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the steel cut oats into each mason jar.
  2. Then pour 1 1/2 cups of water and one pinch of salt into each.
  3. Place the jars into the slow cooker/crockpot and add water to the crockpot until the outside of the jars are covered about 3/4 from the top.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. Turn down slow cooker/crockpot to warm and allow oats to remain in the pot overnight.
  6. In the morning, give each jar a stir. If you would like to store them to eat later in the week, allow then the cool completely. Then cover each jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oats then can be reheated in the microwave and desired toppings added.  Also, these oats won’t go all weird on you once cooled.  Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats will become a bit creamer each day.

This Is Me: Help, I am an indoor plant killer!

This is me and I am an indoor plant killer.  Sad and oh so true.   No matter how hard I have tried I can’t get a plant to live in my home.    I really want to bring plants inside but have continued to struggle for years.  I have tried aloe plants, cacti, succulents,  orchids, bromeliad, lily plants, waffle plants, bamboo, philodendron, and golden pothos.  No luck at all keeping any of them alive at all.

I love plants and when it comes to gardening outdoors I’ve got a green thumb.  There are benefits to having plants indoors and I want them…

I want them bad!  

  • Air Purifying
  • Added Air Moisture
  • Added Oxygen
  • Decreased Stress
  • Increased Creativity
  • Better Mental Health

I want to be the woman in the picture below.  My hands in the dirt with the ability to look at an indoor plant and give it exactly what it needs.  Sure, I would love to have several like her but I will settle for one.  Just one, please!!! I would really love to overcome this challenge and could use your help.

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If you can recommend books, have ideas, thoughts, or simply encouragement please comment below. 

I will do almost anything to keep one alive in my home.  Nonetheless, I am going to buy another plant this weekend in hopes that I can keep it alive.  It is also important to know that plants have been known to die within 48 hours under my care.  So please share your advice ASAP!!!!

Uncertainty is Like a Pimple

Last night I was thinking about someone in particular who is dealing with uncertainty.  Having to deal with anxiety myself I understand its close cousin “uncertainty”.  Nonetheless, I realize uncertainty is almost just like a pimple.

Sometimes you feel it coming on and then other times it just shows pops up out of nowhere.

Yup, that is my simile.  The day can be going great and you walk by a mirror and with a quick glance, you take a double take.  With a step closer to the mirror you have a pimple.  Also, there are times when you can feel one growing right under your skin and you know that in a few days you will have a pimple.  I believe the same to be true about uncertainty.

Even if you used all of the planning and prevention in the world things can still go wrong which can lead to uncertainty.  And uncertainty can show up anytime without your permission just like a pesky pimple.  You may want to pop the pimple of uncertainty with a quick fix to help things look more normal and get things to be smoother.

What are you saying?

Uncertainty is a sure thing that everyone will encounter.  It is a tough thing to deal with.  Not knowing where the money is going to come from.  Not knowing how you are going to make it through the day.  Or not knowing how long you have with a loved one.   There are tons of other forms of uncertainty and I am sure you have some of your own.  However, I want you to keep going in the midst of your uncertainty.  You may have several pimples of uncertainty that you wear every day.  I want you to wash your face and do the best you can each day!  Because just like pimples uncertainty about a situation won’t last always.  Love yourself and own who you are with kindness and empathy.

Disclaimer: As the author of this blog, I have based my writings on my own experiences and beliefs regarding the topics covered in my blog. However, I am not a medical doctor, nurse or professional nutritionist or otherwise formally qualified in this subject matter. The information contained in this blog is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Quotes are based on the opinions of this author and others who contributed to this blog. All diet and health decisions should be made with the approval of your healthcare provider. This blog is intended to motivate and encourage readers to make healthy decisions after consulting with a qualified healthcare professional. Therefore, please read my blog and use the information that you derive from it appropriately and at your own risk.

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VAVA Desktop Diffuser Product Review

While I featured VAVA Desktop Diffuser in my Cortney’s Favorite Things from 2017 I was so impressed that I wanted to share more about this particular item.  I mean I ended up buying a total of four of them – so it is safe to say, I think I am in LOVE!

Overview

When I order my first one I was a bit skeptical.  I liked the sleek, modern and minimalist look of the diffuser but was unsure about how it would perform.  After conducting much research on diffusers I knew I wanted it to have an auto-shutoff and an intermittent setting.  This had both and was so compact and cute… I took a chance!

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It arrived in sturdy packaging and include a users guide, cleaning brush, USB cord, and a black travel tote.  I initially purchased it for my bedside but the light would not go off while it was running (You can set it for the light to be off while it is still defusing. I just didn’t figure that out until a month later… SMH) So I took it to work instead.  And this proved to be so helpful while in the office.

After a couple of days, I felt like a ninja when I added my essential oils to fight off the germs that floated around the office.  And besides, it made my office smell pretty darn good!  I have enjoyed this diffuser so much because of its compact size and ease of use that I ended up ordering a total three more for my two kids and mother.  Now my kid requests me to turn it on at night to help them rest and it helps my mother get some additional rest to ease her anxiety.

Use, Settings & Cleaning

Since it only holds 30 ml it only leaves you the opportunity to add about 1-2 drops of essential oils.  So you could add your favorite single essential oil or a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil blend.  As I mentioned earlier, the diffuser will work with the lighting off.  Check out the guide below:

  • Continuous Mist = Press On Button One Initial Time
  • Intermittent Mist (30 secs on/30 secs off) = Press On Button One More Time After Initial
  • Turn Off Light = Press On Button One 2X During Continuous Mist or Intermittent Mist
  • Turn Off Diffuser = Holding Down On Button

Depending on the settings you use, the time of diffusing can range from 3 – 6 hours.  Also, the machine is easy to clean but I think the brush for the machine could be better. Lastly, it is not silent but only emits a very soft bubbling sound that is actually kind of soothing.

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