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Self Care Sunday: What Helps You Relax?


By the time the weekend rolls around, I’m exhausted. Like, nap on the couch past dinner exhausted. Perhaps I’m just “getting old”, but chances are there’s a little more to it. In order to embrace relaxation and get in good habits, I’ve tried / am planning to try the following:

  • Apps
  • At-Home Treatments
  • Exercise
  • Spa Treatments & Alternative Medicine
  • Travel

1. Calm App
I’m pretty sure this app was advertised to me on Instagram, and I happened upon it at a time when I literally needed to calm down (seriously though, how did they know?). Since then I’ve been playing around with it, and have been very pleasantly surprised. I’ve also heard great things about the Headspace app (tagline, “Meditation Made Simple”), but I have yet to try it myself. If you have a review of it, please let me know in the comments below!

Calm provides meditation, sleep stories, and music, all focused on helping you get to a calm, serene place.



2. Beautyrest Sleeptracker
Tagline: “Monitor your sleep. Understand your sleep. Improve your sleep.”

In our experience, The Beautyrest Sleeptracker does exactly that! You can monitor up to 2 sleepers with each kit – just pair the smartphone app with your device over WiFi and you’re set! The entire setup process takes about 10 minutes.

Sleep Reports
The amount of data it collects with every single sleep is pretty incredible. Each morning, you’ll get an email with your Sleep Report. You can also pull up “Sleep Analysis” stats within the app, such as your week-in-review or month-in-review metrics.


Sleeptracker-App-Daily-Email Ok, this is a screenshot of the highest sleep score I’ve received since using the Beautyrest Sleeptracker system. I’m really not a great sleeper, typically going to bed pretty late and needing to wake up early for work. But, this data can be used for good, and those “under 65-point” scores can only improve by being armed with this data!

I received this Sleeptracker product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes : )

At-Home Treatments
I’ve been lucky to be able to test-drive spa-like products in the comfort of my own home, like:

Colleen-Rothschild-Radiant-Cleansing-Balm This Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm is such a treat! It comes with a white muslin cloth you dampen with warm-to-hot water and then place over your face for a mini-facial. Leaves your skin soft and glowy!


I only recently started using this Erno Laslzo White Marble Peel, and I’m already hooked! It’s packed with Vitamin C and works quickly to scrub and polish your skin. It’s a 2-step process that only takes a few minutes, but the results are noticeable right away. Find Erno Laszlo at Sephora.

And when all else fails (or you’re just in the mood to stay in and do nothing), the old scented candle + blanket + red wine trick works, too. On that note, my favorite candle is Baies by Diptyque. I also love a good Frasier Fir, when in season, or Volcano by Capri Blue in the summer.

I’ve been a long-time runner and biker. But, it gets darker and chillier here in the Midwest, I find it difficult to exercise outdoors. So, I’m going to try a series of new workouts this winter, including:

1. Orange Theory
2. Corepower Yoga
3. FlyFeet
4. Barre
5. Spin
(we don’t have a SoulCycle in MN though. …maybe that’s a good thing?)

…Anything else you’d recommend? I’ll be writing a full-length post on this soon : )

Spa Treatments & Alternative Medicine

1. Floating
2. Massage
3. Facial
4. Pedicure
5. Up NextI’m going to try Acupuncture, Salt Room Therapy, and pay a visit to the Aire Ancient Baths NYC. I’ll create a supplemental blog post reviewing spa treatments & alternative medicine  after experiencing all of the above!

My most recent massage was at Elements Massage – Saint Louis Park, as part of their grand opening week!

I enjoyed their welcoming lobby, and the ability to choose from these 4 aromatherapy scents to be used throughout my massage. I went with Radiance (although it was a tough call!). More details on the experience coming soon as part of the full Spa Treatments & Alternative Medicine post : )

Last but not least, travel. When I get out of my routine and outside of standard scenery, my mind opens up. And on that note… we’re headed to NYC this Thursday and can’t wait for plenty of exploring ahead. But, it’s never too early to plan another trip. Suggestions welcome!

Spa Day with VMV Hypoallergenics

I’ve always been completely content doing at-home masks, exfoliating, manis/pedis…all of that fun stuff…but, when I had the opportunity to go to VMV Hypoallergenics in Soho I couldn’t say no. A good friend of mine introduced me to the brand last year and I’ve gone to several events that they host at their shop on Mott Street. Last fall, I won a 90-minute treatment so I finally carved some time out of my weekend to go and see what it was all about.

VMV Hypoallergenics

First of all, I really love the brand. I have pretty sensitive skin that I’m always so nervous about agitating. With VMV I don’t have to worry about that because all of their products are free of all the things that could irritate your skin (regardless of the type)…parabens, preservatives, fragrances, and dyes. I was happy I didn’t have to stress about what was going on my skin which helped me to relax even more!


My aesthetician  talked to me about my skin and problem areas before diving in. She gave me some suggestions based on the issues I was experiencing and then explained how she would address them in the session that day. Honestly, I thought I was doing a pretty good job taking care of my skin but after my appointment I walked away with a lot of ways I could be doing better. It can be overwhelming to know the best way to take care of your skin or the best products to use so it felt good to walk out with a more focused plan. I need to exfoliate more and make sure to wear sunscreen everyday – even if I’ll only be outside to walk to and from work (news to me!).

From there, the most relaxing 90 minutes of my life (okay, maybe a little extreme but at least of my year) began. The spa treatment I won was the 90-min “Let Down Your Stresses” so it included a facial but also a full body massage (amazing!). Everything felt so soothing, and I was warned by some friends ahead of time that facials can really swell your face or even flare up acne. None of that was an issue for me even immediately after my treatment. I felt like I was glowing and fresh walking out of the treatment room and it just got better over time!

VMV Makeup

If you live in NYC I would definitely recommend making a trip to their storefront in Soho and if you’re not local – check out their website! Not only is their skincare great, they also have a makeup line that is hypoallergenic as well. Personally, I’m a big fan of their boo boo balm (so good for lips and patchy areas on my face), sunscreens, and this eyebrow powder.