As soon as it's June, all I want to do on the weekend is camp. Despite rain warnings, Jonah and I took our chances and drove the two hours from L.A. to Big Bear Saturday morning. We figured that, between our ample rain gear and platform-raised camping spot we found on HipCamp, we'd be comfortable through the downpour. (Note: I've attended a training course for camping in a lightening storm; don't do it unless you're properly trained and equipped!) Lucky for us, the promises of "ceaseless rain" magically turned into blue skies—it didn't rain a drop! After grabbing bagels at Maury's (my new favorite in L.A.), we spent the entire afternoon reading outside our tent (I devoured Tara Westover's Educated) and sipping hot chocolate. We were in Big Bear for fewer than 24 hours, but, without phones or technology, it felt like days and served as a reminder to get outside, even if just for one night. Let me know if you'd like me to write a post on my camping must-haves! Here's what else I'm loving this week:
I made this "stress-busting sleep tonic" last night on the basis of the click-baity title alone, but to my surprise, it actually delivered. The idea is that it helps regulate your blood sugar to encourage restful sleep, but I love the taste of it as a post-dinner treat. To make it, you blend warm chamomile tea with cherries, nuts, coconut oil, and cinnamon, and it is delicious. Scroll down on this article for the full recipe.
Last week, I listened to a podcast episode that talked about the real-life impact of reframing stress as a challenge. For example, I can think of a packed week as overwhelming and insurmountable, or I can think of it as a series of challenges I have the tools and ability to tackle. The more I think about it, the more I realized that goals can also be rephrased, to be more enjoyable and, I suspect, attainable. For example, instead of berating yourself for not eating as healthy as you'd like, think, "I'm going to make dinner at home every night this week, testing new recipes." Eating healthy will be a side-effect, not something you have to consciously think of! Instead of saying "I need to exercise more," think: "I'm going to spend an hour soaking up the evening sunshine tonight." And instead of, "I really need to clean the house," think, "I'm going to put in headphones so I get to listen to that new podcast, while cleaning." You get the picture! I'm curious to hear if you can think of other goals that are easily rephrase-able into something positive?
Last year, I read an article about how Evian crates, of all things, had become a full-on decor trend among ultra-modern Scandinavian and European apartments. I stopped laughing when I saw the gorgeous Instagrams... When I saw similar pastel collapsible storage bins in Copenhagen earlier this year, I nearly lugged home a case of them. Luckily for me and my bag limit, I recently found that they're available on Amazon for under $9 a pop! I'm buying two lilac boxes for my car trunk, to organize on-the-go workout gear, and considering a pop of salmon for my kitchen.
Earlier this year, I created a goal of reading 25 books this year, which I keep track of via Goodreads (I'm not public since it makes me self-conscious of my reading choices, just me?). By logging my books, I've been able to keep track of my goals and "binge-read" to stay on track (I recently read Educated over the course of two evenings, and it was dreamy). If you're looking to start a goal, what better a place to start than halfway through the year? While I prefer Goodreads, the app Bookly is another great way to track your reading if you're analytics-oriented. While it's a bit too much information for me, you can set monthly and year goals, and keep track of the exact amount of time you spend reading (it even provides ambient sounds while you read, should you prefer them). How many books are you hoping to read this year?