Natural Ways To Deal With Stress

Stress is something I’m sure all of us deal with either on a daily, weekly, monthly or rare basis. If you’re like me and stress about nearly everything…these tips are for you! It’s not good to always feel worrisome and overwhelmed – try something down below and see if it helps!

Eucalyptus

Trader Joe’s sells Eucalyptus in bundles for very inexpensive. I’d say I spent under $5 for mine! I love to tie it up in a hot shower to clear my sinuses + makes me feel super calm.

Essential Oils

So many people have found a remedy for their stress by using essential oils. Personally, I haven’t explored them enough to be an expert but I have tried a few like lavender that have definitely helped me feel less-annoyed and concentrated on my day.

Honey & Bananas

Bananas are known to have something called tryptophan. This protein gets converted in the body to serotonin which helps you relax and feel overall more content. I eat a banana in the morning almost every day just to keep my mood going in the right direction.

Honey mixed with chamomile tea before bed has also helped aid my stress. A teaspoon is just enough to get myself in a calm state. Not entirely sure if honey is scientifically proven to have anti-anxiety/stress-free benefits but it sure works for me.

Running

Cardio is hardio, we all know this. But there’s something about running a mile or two that just makes me feel 10x better about whatever is going on in my life. When you exercise, your moving your body and focusing on that, nothing else. It’s calming when you’ve only got one thing to focus on!

Breathing Techniques & Meditation

Taking a few deep breaths or spending some time alone can help you sort out your thoughts on a personal level. I like taking a couple of minutes to unplug from my surroundings and just be.

Indulge

There’s nothing wrong with giving yourself a little bit of something good when you’re overwhelmed. Find a healthy snack that you love and can go-to when you need to calm down.

Listening To Soothing Sounds

Take a walk outside or use a sound machine and listen to soothing chirps, waves, or rain. There are even a few apps out there that can bring the outdoors to you!

Declutter

I’ve found a lot of comfort in decluttering my home lately. Removing items that I have no use for anymore and reorganizing really helps clear my mind. This is perfect to do on a cold winter day too!

Taking A Bath

Find the time to treat yourself by taking a long, hot, bath. I’ll light a few candles and prep my tub with some of my favorite bubble bath – always makes me feel less stressed and relaxed.

reading a book in a bubble bath

Himalayan Salt Lamps

I’m sure most of you have heard of these beauties before. The negative salt ions that are produced under heat from the lamp can boost blood flow, calm allergies, and improve sleep. I keep one right next to my bed and turn it on when I start my night routine.

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Chicago Eats – Cafe Robey

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Cafe Robey in the Wicker Park area. Located on the corner of North Milwaukee Ave and West North Ave, this spot is a place you won’t forget about.

cafe robes in chicago

Modern American cuisine with a twist is how I’d describe this gem. My first indulgence was the avocado toast with added egg. You can also add crab meat for an additional charge. There had to have been at least two whole avocados on my toast. A thick layer was spread across + pickled red onions, chili flakes, and espelette oil. My mouth still waters about this.

menu at cafe robey in chicago with latte on the side downtown

cafe robey in downtown chicago menu

My husband ordered the Cuban sandwich. Which personally, I’m not usually a fan of but boy was this delicious – pork loin & shoulder, gruyère, avocado, red onion, mustard alongside some spiced potato chips. Again, didn’t think I’d enjoy a dish like this but surprisingly I couldn’t stop reaching over the table to sneak bites.

avocado toast and Cuban sandwich at cafe robey in downtown chicago

duck hash at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Lastly, the chef brought out duck hash (I’ve never had duck before so I was very eager to try). The meat was lean and flavorful, almost a melt-in-your-mouth type. The potatoes were seasoned perfectly – not too salty at all or overdone. I think the egg atop everything too made this menu item THAT much better.

Cuban sandwich and avocado toast in downtown chicago at cafe robey

inside cafe robey in downtown chicago

latte at cafe robey in downtown chicago

Overall, this place was a total win and I’ll definitely be visiting again. The atmosphere, the people, and the menu has me head-over-heels. Cheers to brunch lovers!

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Buying A House At 22

I have so many things I want to say in this blog post. Let’s just start with the obvious…my husband and I bought our first home at the ages of 22! Like what?! Yes, it’s a thing and it’s most definitely possible. I’m here to tell you how we did it!

A Dream

Throughout my husband and I’s relationship, we struggled financially. We went from living with my mother-in-law to a one bedroom apartment, a 500 sq ft studio, to a teeny tiny rental home. It’s been an uphill battle but our goal throughout those hard times remained the same – we wanted to be successful, independent, and happy. Despite our less than perfect living situations, we continued to make our future a priority. We knew what we wanted.

Working Hard

We recently got our big breaks a little over a year ago when we both landed jobs that paid well. Each of us probably interviewed a handful of times every week until we finally found companies worth wild. I’d like to point out too that throughout the whole “finding new jobs” process, we didn’t settle. We were offered positions at companies that were only commissioned based or positions that paid out less than what we knew we were worth. Looking back now, those days taught me important lessons about business and communication that I now value tremendously.

The Military

I should mention we would never be where we are now without my husband’s time in the Army. Since deploying this past April, we’ve had the opportunity to replenish our savings accounts and qualify for the VA loan.

My husband is actually an Army reservist when he’s in Illinois but since his deployment he’s been considered active for the last 10 months. To get the VA loan (at least from my understanding) you must have either 90 days of active duty service or 6 years as a reservist. Deployment turned into a positive real quick after we learned those rules. If the hubs never got deployed, we wouldn’t have been able to purchase until after his reserves contract ended. So confusing I know, stay with me here

Closing In Under 30 Days

Thanks to our amazing, and I mean amazing, home loan officers, attorneys, and realtors we were able to close on our first home in less than a month! If you know anything about the home buying process then you know this is very uncommon. Truthfully, it was not simple. I was taking phone calls, faxing, emailing and signing papers 24/7. If you’re thinking of closing on a house in the amount of time we did, be prepared to be available at any given moment!

In addition to the regular home-buying paperwork we needed to complete, I also had the job of getting these papers to my husband who (as I’m writing this) is still out of the country!

We Stopped Listening To Others

This sounds terrible to type but we stopped listening to the opinions of others in the first week of the process. There was a large amount of individuals who felt the need to weigh in on our finances and decisions. They expected the worst out of us. Word of advice, choose to listen carefully when someone else decides to judge your actions. Ultimately, it’s not, nor will it ever be their place to live in.

I know this post was all over the place! I just wanted to share some of the things I went through personally during this whole thing and thought maybe it would help one of you! If you’ve gone through or are going through this process feel free to leave a comment below sharing your experience! I’d love to hear how your story differs from my own!

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