Happy Friday! It feels silly even writing that as it does feel like every day is kind of the same now BUT I am trying to maintain some sort of normalcy so I will continue to say it. Happy. Friday. Today I wanted to share a little list of little things that make my day a little better… or at least a little more normal. With all of the uncertainty going on right now I have found that having little things to look forward to makes the days a bit brighter! (AND, if you are up for it I’d love for you to share your little things in the comments!!!)
Making my bed every morning.
I am a pretty tidy person but have been trying to keep my bedroom as close to perfect as possible. I’ve always treated my bed as a sanctuary: I keep it a work-free zone and it’s extra extra important to me to have it feel as serene as possible. I’ve thought a bit about why I feel this way and I think that a) it gives me a sense of control over SOMETHING and b) I’m immediately doing something productive and am starting my day with a (tiny!) sense of accomplishment. So every morning, as I make my coffee and while it’s brewing I make my bed and tidy up the bedroom. That way at the end of the day, my bed (and bedroom) is ready for me.
Burning the good candles.
Does anyone else do this? You hoard your favorite fancy candles and rarely light them? I do that. It’s so silly. I realized I have so many of my favorite candle because I leave them on my table but never light them; opting instead to burn candles I’m less excited about. Lately I’ve been burning my nice candles and not feeling bad about it. I picked up four more at the Sephora sale and also ordered a few new ones from BeautyPie (love their candles and they just released a bunch of new scents) I don’t feel bad about it!
I will admit that I’m having a little bit of Facetime and Zoom fatigue but I try to talk to someone at least once a day. Whether it’s to vent or just check in, it’s so important to stay connected, especially as I’m pretty isolated right now! I know my friends who are isolating with their families feel the same way though – it’s a break for them!
I try to take a walk every day. It doesn’t always happen (I didn’t get outside yesterday) but a little bit of sunshine and exercise really does make the day better!
As with non-quarantine times, I make a big Nespresso coffee every morning and then usually have another one around one. I love my Vertuoline machine (I’ve had mine a little over 5 years now!) My favorite pods are the Dolce XL – I like the big ones!
Making a fresh piece of flatbread almost every day.
Okay so it’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE Alison Roman’s Sour Cream flatbread. It’s one of my favorite recipes from her cookbook Dining In and while it’s time consuming (you need about 5 hours total to make the dough) it is EASY and most of the time is just letting the dough rise so you don’t actually do much hands on work.
Recently I made a big batch just to see what happened. I made four pieces. I ate two and refrigerated the other two. The bread itself heats up wonderfully. But I didn’t want to make a million pieces of bread only to have them go bad so I refrigerated the rest of the dough. I wasn’t sure if it would be okay and I am delighted to tell you that the refrigerated dough is fab! So most days for lunch this week I made soup or a stew or a salad and then I just heat up my cast iron skillet with a little bit of olive oil and cook the dough for a few minutes on each side. It is WONDERFUL. Fresh, fluffy, and just delicious. Highly recommend!
Take out rituals.
I am definitely cooking a LOT more which is mostly fun (besides all the dishes). But I have a few little take out rituals and those are always bribht spots in the week. Once a week I get sushi from my fav local spot (Bozu), on Sundays I order in brunch (usually from The Butcher’s Daughter or 12 Chairs) and on Tuesdays I get Dunkin. Having little things to look forward to makes a BIG difference!
Taking my nightly baths.
Baths are just life right now. I’ve always been a big fan of baths but now, without fail, I take one every single night. Every night. It’s all about the little ritual and is usually the best part of the day. The end of the work day, the beginning of wine and TV or reading time. I alternate between doing detoxifying soaks, hydrating oils, or relaxing CBD salts. I talk about baths a lot. This page has all of my favorites and these lavender CBD salts are amazing and a part of the Sephora sale! I set a timer for 20 minutes, grab a book, and put the phone in another room.
Honestly Summersalt partnership on Instagram could not have come at a better time as I’ve always loved fancy PJs but now sometimes feel like my sanity is hinging upon my nightly bath followed by a change into pretty pajamas. Maybe it’s because I’m not getting dressed up anymore, so in a way, I dress up for bed? Is that crazy and weird? I LOVE all of Summersalt’s new pajamas (take $10 off with code GRACE10) so much. I also got this pajama set, which is so pretty. And these house shoes are pretty great too. The prettiest.
Tell me your “little things” if you feel like it!!!