Free Printable: Joie De Vivre Checklist

Hello my lovelies! I have been discussing the concept of joie de vivre with my students this week, and so I thought I would create a quick, fun little goodie for you to download, print, and use. It is a "joie de vivre checklist" with some simple ideas for infusing your day with simple pleasures morning, noon, and night. Yes!

Free Printable: Joie de Vivre Checklist

Download the Joie de Vivre Checklist!

So often I think we just need a reminder to slow down and savor the simple pleasures of our life, don't you agree? If you download the checklist and use it, I would love to know if you find it helpful! 

xo Laura

10 Bedtime Routines for a Better Night's Sleep

Ever since becoming a mother, getting a good night's sleep has been one of the top priorities in my life ... and as a former night owl, believe me it wasn't always this way! But the more I learn about how important sleep is to our bodies + minds, the more I am convinced that protecting your bedroom and keeping good sleep habits is essential to our well-being. Read on for 10 bedtime routines that I have found helpful — adopt one, or try them all!

Brett Donar for Stocksy

Brett Donar for Stocksy

1. Clear the clutter. A clutter-free bedroom is free from visual reminders of work and to-dos. Get back to the basics with a freshly made bed and cleared bedside tables, removing any work items, children's things, and piles of laundry.

2. Freshen the air. Open the windows each day to let in fresh air, vacuum (including under the bed) and bring in an air purifier or potted plants to help reduce allergens and pollution.

3. Put away the screens. For the last hour before bed, I try to stay away from the TV, laptop, phone, and other devices. The blue light these items emit makes it more difficult for your body to relax and rest.

4. Take a warm bath. I love adding essential oils like rose, lavender, or eucalyptus (great if you have a cold!) either directly to the water, or sprinkled atop a handful of epsom salts.

5. Do a few gentle stretches or yoga poses. Slowly stretching is a wonderful way to begin to release the tension of the day. And in the morning, doing a few rounds of sun salutations is a lovely way to awaken your spine and prepare to face a brand new day.

6. Sip something soothing. A cup of hot chamomile or rose tea, or a glass of water with fresh lemon at your bedside is a relaxing way to end the day.

7. Gradually dim the lights. Beginning about an hour before bed, start turning down the lights. First shut off the brightest overhead lights, then gradually dim the other lamps until you have just a soft glow.

8. Read something positive. Right before bed is not a good time to pick up a book with very violent or dramatic themes. Choose something positive and uplifting instead to end your day on a good note and inspire positive dreams.

9. Write in your journal. Writing can be quite therapeutic! You can record your thoughts from the day, or keep a list of things in your life you are grateful for. 

10. Visualize your life. I have asked the students in my current e-course to spend the last few moments before sleep visualizing what they want their home + life to look and feel like, and  this is a wonderful practice for all of us! All you need to do is close your eyes, and vividly imagine your home, your day, and any other aspects of your life you wish to, until you drift off to sleep.

Happy Weekend!

Happy weekend, friends! I came across the photo below when I was cleaning out my digital photos, and it made me swoon a little for our old cottage back in Providence. We had finally painted the porch floor white! And hung new house numbers, replaced the mailbox, and put up new porch lights. I mean of course it finally looked utterly charming when it was time to sell it and move away, because ... well, isn't that always the case?! But I clearly remember savoring those last weekends on our front porch, sipping lemonade and reading my way through a stack of fresh magazines while Bixby did sidewalk paint or rode his scooter up and down the sidewalk. It was one of those times I will always look back on and feel all warm and fuzzy inside....

Cottage style front porch with hydrangeas and red wagon

And speaking of Bixby, this weekend we are off to Big Sur, the home of Bixby's namesake ... the Bixby bridge! Yep, that's right, we named our child after a bridge. Of course it's not just any old bridge; it happens to be located in one of the world's most gobsmackingly beautiful places, and because it's on the way to our favorite place to camp, crossing the Bixby creek bridge has always signaled to me that we have arrived. So while we are enjoying a weekend in nature-induced bliss, I wanted to leave you with a few fun links to follow:

You may have missed (things I have written elsewhere)...

And a few more links, just for fun...

And p.s., I have decided to leave registration open for the Mindful Clutter Clearing e-course through the weekend, so in case anyone has been on the fence, you can still join us! With 6 whole weeks of class (and continued class access after the 6 weeks is up) we are just getting warmed up!