How to Get a Good Nights Sleep

Happy first day of Fall & happy Friday!! I hope everyone has some fun weekend plans.

So sleep… It’s so important for your body to get the right amount of sleep!

I need at least 8 hours of sleep a day. I’d love it if I could average 9 hours, but I average about 7ish. And let me tell you, 7 hours just doesn’t cut it. Especially if I’m sick, which I AM right now and I have no idea why. I never get sick *eye roll*.

I think the norm for most people is about 6-7 hours of sleep a night. That may be because you don’t sleep through the night very well, you go to sleep too late and have to wake up too early (ME), you have too much going on that you just can’t get enough sleep, or you’re my bf and prioritize playing Destiny 2 over sleep. Like he literally played until 4am when it was first released, and the dude is supposed to wake up for work by 6am, HA.

 To some it seems like sleep is a huge waste of time. To me, I’m like this is my favorite time of the day- laying in my bed and letting my body relax to the fullest. If you suffer from getting to sleep or staying asleep, keep reading this post!

Tips for being a good sleeper:

» Drink plenty of water during the day. If you go to bed dehydrated, you don’t sleep nearly as well.

» Rub Lavender Body Oil on your neck and hands. Lavender is very calming so it relaxes the mind.

» Put Lavender Oil in your diffuser and let the diffuser run by your bed. I also like to combine Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil together! Lavender is soothing and Eucalyptus is an antibacterial and deodorant, so it cleanses the air.

» Give yourself five to ten minutes of stretching right before climbing into bed. Stretching reduces stress, therefore it’s perfect right before bed. When you can release stress, you can fall asleep much easier.

» Meditate right before bed. This is also a stress reliever because you’re letting go of any tension you built up during the day. You’re also freeing your mind because your mind becomes completely empty, so there’s not a million things zooming around up there. When you’re mind is clear, you’re able to close your eyes without having your mind wander.

» If you can’t meditate or prefer not to, grab an actual book to read. For most people, reading can make you sleepy. It’s also a lot better to read a book right before bed than to look at your phone. When you’re on your phone before falling asleep, you lose track of time and before you know it, you’ve been on your phone for 40 minutes or longer. The light from your phone screen also makes your brain believe that it’s still light outside, so when you go to put your phone down, your mind isn’t ready to fall asleep.

» Get a work out in during the day. That could be going to the gym, going for a walk or jog, going to yoga class (my current favorite!), or doing a work out at home. Again, working out is a stress reliever and makes your muscles tired. Those are both great things when it comes to wanting to get a good nights sleep!

» Finally, this may not work for everyone but, I love to list the things I’m grateful for when I close my eyes. Sometimes I’ll list the things that made me happy during that day. I do this because then my last thoughts are “happy thoughts”. I’m focusing on the good, rather than the bad. And I ALWAYS fall asleep during the process!

I hope these little tips can help you in some way! Let me know what you do to get a good nights sleep.

xx, Aubrianna

How to Love What You Do, by Taylor Reese

Happy almost weekend, everyone!

Today I am featuring a very special person on here – Taylor Reese ♥

Tay and I have a long history and we have been friends for many years, we were 100% two peas in a pod when were getting along, haha! & we basically ruled the OHS! Totally kidding, but we definitely had a blast together in high school and even out of high school. My Tay is always up for having a great time, so you can imagine the memories we share together.

If you know Tay, you know she has a bigger attitude than anyone else in the group. She’s also so bossy, but that’s why we love her so much. She is SO unapologetically herself. Also, Tay knows what she wants when she wants it and nothing can stop her, she’s like a little, adorable/beautiful machine! & she is one of the most driven individuals I know, who has a really big heart.

And most of all, she’s a badass 22 year old, who’s already SO successful in her career. I knew she would be the perfect person to feature on here when it comes to loving what you do for a career because she is so good at what she does!

Everyone, meet Tay:

Tell us some things about yourself, we all want to know about you and your successful life!

I’m successful in life because I’m passionate about my career. I wake up every day loving the fact that I get to go to work and see my clients.


What is it exactly that you do for a living?
I make people beautiful for a living by doing their hair, and it is the most amazing job. I love what I do!

What was the main reason that made you want to get into doing hair?
I wanted to do hair ever since I could remember. I also never had a backup plan, so I’m glad that it all worked out like it was supposed to.

What is it that you love most about your job?
I love being able to brighten someone’s day by making them feel better about themselves. It truly makes my heart happy.

You’re only 22 and already SO successful, especially for your age. You have a growing client base, a popular Instagram page, and landed a full-time position right out of Aveda at a wonderful salon! What was your biggest driver for that success? 
I am driven by the unconditional love and support I get from my family and friends. Hearing that positive feedback from the people you surround yourself with is such an amazing feeling to experience.

Do you have any tips for people to figure out their passion at a young age and to follow that passion?
My advice for people would be to follow your dreams, no matter what anyone says about them!

Where can people find you? 
Salon:
15050 Cedar Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Instagram handle:
Email:
tay.reese31@gmail.com

 
Be a sweetheart and visit Tay at her salon and give her Instagram page a follow!
xx, Aubrianna

The Easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte

Hey, hey, HAPPY Tuesday!

So I’ve really been craving coffee lately, like everyday I need my coffee fix. It’s something I don’t really prefer to crave but it’s damn good so we’re just going to stick with it. I blame my mom because she got me a Keurig for my birthday!

Anyways, I was at the store in the coffee aisle last week and saw overly priced “Starbucks Via Instant Latte” – Pumpkin Spice Latte flavor, and I was immediately intrigued so I put them in the cart! There are only like four packets in the package and they’re totally overpriced, but I figured it’s just a one time buy and I’ll conserve the packets throughout the entire Fall season. Because if I’m being honest, there’s way too much sugar in these little boogers to have every day or even every other day. I’m also not crazy about the ingredients- the first ingredient is diary powder (I think I just gagged even typing that out). If you know me, you know I really am not a huge fan of dairy, especially milk.

I’m sure you get it by now, but just in case you don’t- not a fan of the ingredients or the amount of sugar that’s in these, BUT they taste so damn good and even though they’re expensive, it’s still cheaper than buying a single drink from Starbucks! Also, the pumpkin spice flavoring is seriously incredible, it’s not overwhelming at all, and I figured I needed to start getting into the Fall season because my mind is still 100% stuck in summer mode. Can you blame me, though? I love summer. I love sunshine. I love hot weather. I thrive the most in the summer, but seasons evolve so I need to, too.

I almost forgot! The main reason I love these packets is because of how efficient they are. All you have to do is heat up some water on the stove for roughly five minutes, pour the water into a cute water bottle or mason jar, and then pour the latte packet into your cup! It’s literally as simple as that. I do add a dash of coconut milk creamer to give it some flavor, but you do NOT need to add any sugar to these.

See? I told you, the easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Now, go live a little and buy these super efficient packets. And remember, don’t use them daily! Treat them as a little dessert but for in the mornings.

Talk soon!

xx, Aubrianna