9 Ways You Can Step Up Your Sleep Game

9 Ways You Can Step Up Your Sleep Game

"Why fall in love when you can fall asleep?"
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Whoever knows me understands how deeply in love I am with my bedroom. Taking naps is one of my favorite activities. Throughout my years of studying to become a professional napper, I have accumulated many tricks to make my room as comfortable as possible. Here are a few of my favorites to up your napping game. Trust me; it will put your slumber on a whole other level. By the end of this article, I bet you'll be yawning sleepy and craving to get to bed.

First and foremost, get an animal. If you can't get an animal, here are some alternatives:

1. Blankets

Even if its the middle of the summer I will pile my blankets up as high as possible. It's basically the princess and the pea in a way. If I don't have enough blankets, I can't sleep. Obviously, I have to pack a blanket when I go on vacation. I like the extra weight, its a strange quirk of mine. For Hanukkah this year, I was blessed with a weighted blanket. I shed a few tears. I am currently writing this while wearing a snuggie.

2. Lights

One thing to know about me is the fact that I hate having the lights on. I will always use the lowest setting or turn on lamps instead of the main light. My sister reprimands me on a regular basis for refusing to use certain lights in our apartment. Is it a crime to believe that mood lighting is essential for a comfortable atmosphere? I don't think so.

3. Tapestries and Decorations

I cannot tell you how many tapestries I have on my walls, my tables, stowed away in cabinets (Because I don't have enough wall space). They come in all shapes and sizes, and if you don't have one, you must be living under a rock. My walls are also decked out in posters, drawings, mirrors, you name it. I hate having a blank space on my wall. It makes it cozy and uniquely my own

4. Pillows

I find it absolutely vital to have a bed covered in pillows. I sleep with a body pillow. A few years back I had surgery and wasn't allowed to sleep on my stomach. I was told to use a body pillow instead, and since then, I was hooked. You cannot tear that thing away from me if you tried. I have so many pillows and blankets that I can quite literally get lost in my bed. My dream is to one day have the giant wrap around body pillow. Oh, a girl can only hope.

5. Sleeping Mask

I highly recommend you click on this link. he one I own is technically a pillow for your face. There's always something missing if I don't go to bed without it. This item will change your life. It will make you look super cute too. (That is a lie)

6. Blackout curtains

Isn't it the worst when the sun wakes you up in the morning, and you have a few hours (or few minutes) left to sleep? Blackout curtains will change your life

7. White Noise

A big thing that I noticed helps me to fall asleep is turning a fan on. It isn't because I'm too hot (which is very likely due to the number of blankets and pillows I smother myself with). It's because of the noise. Now, if the fan gets too chilly for you, just download one of those white noise apps. Bless technology these days. When I was little, I use to love falling asleep to the noise of my parents talking in the kitchen. I also love to crack open a window...this is where the blankets come into play as well.

8. Twilight/Sleepy scented everything from Lush

If you don't like the Twilight scent, candles are an obvious choice. I would call myself a candle hoarder. Just make sure you blow it out before you shut your eyes!!!I think it's quite obvious by now how much I love my bed. I honestly can go on and on, but no one would want that. Here's a quick video showing you how important it is to sleep. I'm really not that crazy.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!
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Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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How To Bloom This Spring

Embrace the season of growth

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I've always said that spring is my favorite season. Life is full of seasons. Happy seasons, sprinkled with some somber ones. Some difficult seasons, and seasons of love. But through every season of life, there is always something beautiful. Usually in the darkest of seasons, a season of light follows soon behind. And so, through every cold day, I'd feel the darkness in my bones. It would lie heavily on my spirit. I was never too worried, however. Because I knew that the world would soon allow the brightness of spring to illuminate my world and allow joy to find itself once again.

So, I'd like to talk about what spring means to me. Aside from the tangible manifestation of spring—whether it be the flowers, or the buds popping through, or perhaps longer days, and vibrant energy—it's the idea of spring that I personally associate with so greatly.

Spring is all about finding light after darkness. It's about poking your head through the earth even if there's a layer of snow covering the ground. It's about taking that first step toward of a journey of growth.

I always talk about this one particular type of day. The very first spring day. And I'm not talking about the calendar day. But it's first day where you don't have to wear a jacket, and all you want to do is be outside. It is a weight lifted from your spirit, and it is permission to feel the sunlight seep into your pores. The beautiful weather can dictate your growth. It can inspire you to change with the season, to jut out of your darkness and to bloom.

So this spring, allow the beauty of the flowers and the trees, the songs of the birds, and the long, wonderful days of sunlight to foster some growth. Choose to go outside, spend time with people you care about. Allow yourself to listen to what you need. When you take off your jacket this spring, take off any negativity from your life along with it. Free yourself of impurity and pressure in an effort to release into a state of liberation. Spring is the time for rebirth. Ask yourself this spring: What would you like to change? What would you like to do? But most of all, ask yourself what would make you happy. Take this spring to bloom into a better version of yourself. Allow yourself to fall deeply in love this season.

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