Love is all around and it makes the world go ‘round. We call this month the Love Month! Here are a few of our favourite things for February - hopefully you can make some time for some ideas below and definitely make time for yourself xxo
Put up Valentine’s Day decor
Get a pink manicure/pedicure complete with champagne
Bake sweet treats
Have a Galentine’s Day Brunch
Pink floral arrangement for your desk
Light sweet smelling candles
Curl up in bed with a good book
Create a loving affirmation to say from this day on
Go out for breakfast with your little one
Wear red lipstick
Buy yourself chocolates
Go on a weekend getaway
Buy that thing on Amazon that you have had in your wishlist for an eternity
Host a Cupid’s Tea Party
Indulge in a Valentine’s bubble bath
Enjoy a heart-shaped donut
Write yourself a love letter, literally put it in the mail, and send it to yourself
Five Part Series : Part Two
Here is part two of our Lifestyle Changes Series that will hopefully continue to inspire you xxo
Try to sneak in something green and healthy into your diet The best way to do this would be one smoothie per day. A simple smoothie recipe can include kale, your favourite protein powder, handful of almonds or almond butter, your choice of fruit, pumpkin seeds, maca powder, cinnamon and you’re done!
Always have something healthy to snack on in your purse or desk drawer - we recommend almonds or walnuts.
Eat slowly if you can. Sometimes we are in a rush or as moms, we tend to just eat as we go and cook/feed the kids/clean. In a perfect world, we would have dinner with friends each night, good conversation, wine and that way we’d be able to eat slower BUT it’s not always going to happen that way. At least aim for twice a week to sit down with your meal and really enjoy it.
While you are working, try to step away from your desk at least once every hour. Even if you take a nice long stretch and look away from your computer or get a glass of water - it’ll help your body to take this mini break.
LAUGH AND GIGGLE.
Laugh as often as possible. Watch your favourite comedy or get together with a good friend and share some laughs. It really is the best medicine.
When you wake up and open your eyes, note quietly one reason why you are grateful in that particular moment - it can be anything from your cozy warm bed to the sunshine to your ears, which are able to listen and hear music. And then before you go to sleep, once again note quietly one reason why you are grateful - it could be something that happened to you, something you accomplished, your family, etc.
Create a morning ritual that you will enjoy and look forward to every day. A few ideas for morning rituals can include:
- say a short mantra or prayer
- read an inspirational quote
- practice gratitude
- yoga stretches for 10 minutes
- listen to music
- drink one glass of water
There’s something about waking up early to start your day. You won’t feel rushed and you might have time to sneak in a warm cup of coffee before getting the kiddos out the door for school.
Find time for yourself at least once a week and pick something that you love to do, something new such as a new class or course, or simply just relax. You need to do this and take re-charge so you can take care of your family, business, etc.
Diffuse essential oils that will help you relax, focus or unwind - depending on your mood.
DON’T SEND WHEN ANGRY.
Don’t send emails or text messages when you are angry. The ideal thing to do is write it out, let your feelings out and then delete it once the anger goes away.
Celebrating love with your little ones is truly precious, especially when they are still little and want to snuggle up with you. Here are a few of our favourite ideas for Valentine’s Day.
It’s the perfect thing to do if its cold out and you all just want to snuggle up together. Bring out the pillows and blankets, and get comfy for a Valentine’s Day favourite like A Charlie Brown Valentine or a sweet Disney classic.
Teach your kids how to play tic-tac-toe with these cute valentines. After playing, they can have the chocolate candies as a Valentine’s Day treat.
Hot Chocolate Date.
Spend some quality time at your local cafe and order some yummy hot chocolate along with a special cookie.
Decorate with Love.
Put up sweet decorations around the house to celebrate the day.
Treat yourselves to a fun snack such as Valentine's Popcorn (White Chocolate Popcorn)
Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
Read Valentine’s Day themed books such as Llama Llama I Love You and Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!
Make the morning a little extra special by posting love notes on their doors. We love this idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons.
We love Galentine’s Day! This February 13th celebrate your love of your lady friends by hosting your own Galentine's Day celebration.
Galentine's Day was introduced by NBC's Parks and Recreation and is all about ladies celebrating ladies and honors friendship between women. Grab a few of your besties and celebrate your friendship with a few of our ideas.
HOST A GALENTINE’S DAY TEA PARTY
SWEET INSPIRATION FOR A Galentine’s Day Valentine Brunch
Surprise Them With Mini Flower Bouquets
This is always a good idea! Treat yourself and your ladies to a spa day for a manicure, pedicure, facial or other luxurious treatment. This is a classic for a reason and be sure to do this while sipping on some champagne.
Have a Movie Date Night.
Get dressed up with your lovelies and head to the theatre. Order the large popcorn and soda, and pick your own favorite candy knowing you won’t have to share ;)
Plan a Staycation.
Rent a hotel room in your local city or at a spa resort with your besties or your mom. Treat yourself to a spa treatment, order room service, stay cozy in bathrobes and lounge around chatting the night away.
Have an Ice Cream Social .
You can head to your favourite ice cream shop or host a night in complete with toppings, cones and sundae-making bar.
Plan a Wine Tasting.
A wine tasting is a fun way to try new flavors and catch up with your gal pals. Choose a nearby winery or a restaurant with a great selection of wines, and be sure to book in advance.
Attend a Theatre Show.
Plan ahead and make reservations at a gorgeous restaurant first and then take in some culture by taking in a play, ballet or symphony.
Five Part Series : Part One
Each day should be celebrated and small lifestyle changes can make a difference in your life. Start by practicing gratitude - be grateful for what and who surrounds you and try to see the positives in situations.
Here is part one of our Lifestyle Changes Series that will hopefully inspire you xxo
1. Drink more water.
We love infusing fruit into our water in addition to herbs. It looks pretty and tastes so yummy!
2. Don’t skip breakfast.
You will be less likely to binge or have low energy levels mid-morning. You can prep the night before (overnight oats or smoothie) or simply pop some toast in and make a cream cheese sandwich to-go.
3. Eat a Healthy Snack.
Our favourite snack for either morning or afternoon includes berries and almonds.
4. Take Omega-3.
Omega 3 fatty acids have been proven to improve mood and alleviate depression.
5. Drink herbal tea.
In the evening after dinner, make yourself a cup of herbal tea such as peppermint or chamomile. Give yourself some tea time and just enjoy the moment.
COCOLILY CHRISTMAS PICKS
1. Watching ALL the 🎄 Christmas movies on Netflix
2. Crushing some fun 🍬 candy on Candy Crush
3. Indulging in a Peppermint Mocha ☕ from Starbucks
4. Listen to The Happier Podcast, created by Gretchen Rubin,
to share her findings on happiness 😃 with the world.
She is happier, and she wants you to be happier as well.
5. Take care of colds with a cute little humidifier (and some eucalyptus oil) or take a bath 🛀 with a few drops of the oil.
6. Schedule a five minute walk or just a stretch outside to breathe in fresh air in the sunshine ☀️
Wake up, pop into the oven and smell the goodness baking! Enjoy a delicious warm breakfast on Christmas morning without making a big mess - you'll be able to relax with your cup of coffee and enjoy the beauty of the morning.
We have put together a list of yummy Christmas breakfast casseroles that you will love. xxo, Merry Christmas.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! We love Christmas and we have put together a list of things we love to do - and hope you will too this season! xxo, Merry Christmas