5 Pre-Pillow Rituals

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5 Pre-Pillow Rituals to help you wind down tonight:

As a “mompreneur,” the lines between work and home often get blurry. Inspiration doesn’t always strike between 9-5, and I have to remind myself to turn off and relax at the end of a long day. I am a better mom and business owner for it. Not to mention better wife, dinner-maker, and general fire putter-outer! I have a few nightly rituals that help turn my brain off (no easy task) and get the R&R I need. 

Cup of Tea:

My husband got me started on this one. It makes a sweet way to cap the night and a healthy alternative to dessert. I love a good loose leaf herbal tea. My favorite is a blend of Teavana’s Youthberry white tea mixed with their Wild Orange Blossom herbal tea. I drink both hot or cold while listening to my wind-down playlist. 

Wind-Down Playlist:

Frou Frou – Let Go

The XX – Crystalised

Damien Rice – Delicate

Death Cab for Cutie – Passenger Seat 

Postal Service – Sleeping In

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Regina Spektor – Fidelity

Iron & Wine – Boy with a Coin

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

The National – Lemonworld

Journal:

Keep those low-key tunes playing while pulling out a journal. I recently read that Hemingway wrote 500 words a day, so it’s a fun goal and a great way for me to decompress. If 500 words feels like too much, start with five minutes. 

A gratitude journal, or keeping a log of things you are grateful for, helps end the night on a high note and bring a bit of peace no matter how chaotic the day went.

Candle:

Standard Wax makes the best soy-based candles that smell divine. Light up their citrus and black currant candle before hopping in the tub!

Before Bed Bathroom Routine:

Along with the usual teeth brushing and face washing, LISTERINE® NATURALS mouthwash leaves me feeling refreshed. Couple that with these homemade bath salts, and I’m ready to hit the hay.

DIY Bath Salts:

Ingredients

3/4 cup epsom salt

1/4 cup coarse sea salt

1 Tbsp baking soda

essential oils

food coloring (optional)

Directions

Combine salts and baking soda.

Add 3-4 drops essential oil of your choosing and corresponding food coloring if desired.

Funnel into a glass jar (mason jars work great) and add a label.

Drop a few spoonfuls into a hot bath to enjoy! 

Epsom salt helps to relieve sore muscles, baking soda softens bath water, and essential oils give off a refreshing scent.

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Sarah is founder of Emma magazine. Featured by West Elm and Design Sponge for her interior styling, she makes regular appearances on a variety of morning shows sharing culinary and design expertise. Born and raised in Arizona, she received her degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State just before moving to Hollywood as the goody-goody roommate on the 20th season of MTV’s The Real World. She has since dabbled in culinary school and enjoys nesting and baking with her husband, son and daughter.

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