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What are your weekend plans? My parents are visiting, so I get to play tourist and show them the sites around the city. I am excited for deep dish and many museums. I am equally excited that I have the day off of work. Wishing you an equally restful weekend! Here are four fun things to check out while you’re chillin’.

Loving the art project From Scraps, creating special things our of the discards.

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Extraordinary Routines is a cool page where you can glean wisdom from successful and relatable ordinary people. Tina Roth for example, the founder of Tattly and Swiss-Miss and way more, shares details about maintaining a sense of family for her kids even as a divorced family. I have known families who have these happy-endings divorces, where both sides can comfortably celebrate birthdays and holidays and make co-decisions about their kids life. It was very neat to read her perspective!

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I am equal parts obsessed with and terrified by Michelle Griffiths Instagram. She doesn’t just slackline… she does yoga on the slackline. In insane places like the canyons of Moab!!! I can’t stop looking. She leads workshops, if you’re into that sort of thing. But HOW does she set up the rig???

Have you ever been rock climbing? I have been going on the regular and when my friend posted this on my timeline she summed it up with “This is how I feel sometimes.” No worries, Sara, after watching these I can say with absolute confidence that we are images of grace on that wall.

Mid-Week Roundup

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5 tried and true morning routines of successful people, including Jennifer Anniston and Barack Obama.

 

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It’s back-to-school season, or career change month: here are 18 beautiful laptop cases and covers to change things up.

 

What I’m reading right now.

 

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I know what I’m having for lunch today.

 

Are you ready to watch the eclipse next week?

 

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Obama’s response to Charlottesville, a quote from Nelson Mandela, is now the most favorited tweet ever.

The Skincare Routine That Helps Me Fall Asleep at Night

I am meticulous about maintaining standard skincare routines, such as washing your face before bed, applying various topicals daily, using masks several times a week, but there is one thing I realized I have been completely overlooking: my feet.

I rarely give second thought to the strain that my feet endure. I run most days, and then spend the rest of the day on my feet in some sort of flat or dress shoe while teaching. After school, I am often climbing, which has me in tight shoes that squish my toes, which I am then putting all of my weight directly onto those squished toes. As soon as I stop wearing a winter coat, I start wearing sandals, and I don’t look back until I need that coat again. At the end of the day my feet are always very tired, and in sandal weather, they are also dirty.

My mom has always recognized the value of foot care. When I was little, after a muddy soccer game in restrictive cleats, she would have me soak my feet in the bath tub and then she would rub an invigorating lotion on- usually grapefruit, or mint. This was a thoughtful and refreshing gesture, but somehow I have never been self-inspired to care for my feet myself.

Yesterday my feet were the usual after-school soreness, and really dirty from playing outside with the kindergarteners, so I soaked my feet in a bath salt/ baking soda combo.

Here is the DIY game changer: I filled a small bowl with sugar, and squeezed half a lemon into that bowl of sugar just before scrubbing my feet with said lemon-sugar. This was AMAZING. My feet tingled and my muscles relaxed; the dirt and dead skin was easily removed from my feet, and my legs and feet completely relaxed from the mini-massage. I used the whole bowl of my lemon-sugar scrub, and exfoliated my ankles and calves, too. Bonus: follow up with a tingly mint lotion for ultimate relaxation and easy sleeping. Sometimes I hesitate to lotion up because my feet still feel a little gross from the day (I am a morning shower kind of person) but I will no longer neglect my tired achey feet.

The only other times I have done this were in extreme situations, like right after finishing a hike in the grand canyon or after days of walking in a European city. My sister jokes that the dirt specs tan onto my feet, so my feet look perpetually dirty, even when they are clean. This lemon-sugar scrub minimizes that look!

Do you have a self-care routine that helps you relax instantly? I would love to hear about it!

What’s Your Breakfast Routine?

I recently discovered overnight oats. I am a big fan! They are filling and nutritious. However, I have been making them as “10-minute morning oats” and eating them like muesli, or a similar cold cereal. This works, because I LOVE oats- raw or cooked or in a cookie! The extended school year that Chicago has is feeling especially hard for me as I approach my birthday (and what has always been the end of the school year for me) so I am treating myself to a more indulgent morning oatmeal.

Indulgent Oats

-1/2 cup whole raw oats
-1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk
-a HEAPING spoonful of peanut butter
-loads of dark chocolate (I shave mine off a bar of this)
-Chopped banana, strawberry, and any other fruit that sounds good

Mix it all together, and let sit for oats to soften and flavors to meld. This might mean making it before your shower, or adding the ingredients slowly like me so it is ready to eat by the time you have finished shaving the chocolate in. Enjoy with coffee (or tea!)- don’t be deceived by my Intelligentsia mug, I am usually sipping Gevalia for half the price.

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