March was an interesting month. It flew by, but it seemed like a blur.
Today is the day of my first exam, and by Thursday the semester will be over. I can't say that I'm sad.
Despite the blur of the last four weeks, there are some unique items that stood out. They helped me find a sense of calm, to slow down, and to enjoy a few minutes of peace.
Pine Needle Oil // Vitacost
In the last few weeks I've suffered from a lot of anxiety. With some encouragement from my mom, I've started incorporating essential oils back into my daily routines. While they're not going to solve my problems, they're incredibly helpful and supportive.
I've been diffusing pine almost every day, along with lavender and peppermint. The combination is really earthy, but still refreshing and calming. I've used this combination to make a linen spray, which is really handy for quickly freshening up the space.
Organic EveryDay Detox Dandelion Tea // Traditional Medicinals
I drink a lot of tea and decided to branch out and try something new. While I can't say I've seen any major detox effects, I love how soothing and calming this is. It's got a herbal, earthy taste that's delicious. I'm going to try their Detox Lemon tea next.
The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living // Nathan Williams
One of my not-so-secret passions is for interiors and design. I've grown to thoroughly enjoy the process of curating our home. So when Kinfolk announced this book, of course I was all over it.
It's a visual and literary collection of homes throughout the world. They're designed in all kinds of ways, with all kinds of different interior styles. But they all reflect ideas of simplicity, community, and family.
It was a very thought provoking read, that allowed me to really reflect on what I want for our space, and it opened my eyes to the many different ways you can style your home.
Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More // Erin Boyle
The title sums it up perfectly. This is a personable take on the idea of simplicity.
It's an engaging text filled with personal stories about the beauty of pairing down your belongings. Erin's not telling you to throw everything away, or anything even close to that. But she talks about finding sustainability in decorating your space, in crafting your lifestyle.
One thing that resonated with me the most was finding simple storage solutions. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I moved all of my spices into tiny mason jars. It was a simple change that I'm completely in love with.
I feel like I'll be reading this again and again throughout my simplifying journey.
What things did you really enjoy this month?
Until next time,