Happy 2018! I don’t know about all of you, but I’m thrilled that 2018 is finally here. 2017 had its highlights, for sure, but overall, this gal is ready for a brand new start in so many ways. 2017 definitely wasn’t the best year of my life, but it was also not the worst so for that I’m grateful. Plus, I love a new year and a fresh new start!
Speaking of the new year, I have several things that I’d like to go differently this year than they did last year, as I’m sure many of you do. So I’ve set some personal goals–not resolutions–and have been thinking of steps that I’ll need to take in order to make those happen. That’s the tough part about goals: not setting them but actually making changes to make sure those goals happen.
Anyway, as a result of wanting to make significant changes in 2018, I have taken the last couple of weeks off and given myself a break from social media as well as blogging. It’s felt strange to me since it feels unproductive, but also refreshing and so “peaceful” and restorative. Plus, with mom’s slow recovery from her cancer diagnosis, it’s been nice to be there a little more for her during the holidays than I normally am able to be.
But now, it’s a new year and time to get back to a more normal schedule!
So I’m starting out the new year with a brand new post sharing two DIY recipes that are perfect for a new year and have nothing to do with diets, cleanses, etc. As most of you know, I write for Vitacost.com (one of my favorite places to shop and save money) on their VitaVibes blog and some of my favorite types of articles to write are DIY posts. I recently shared two new ones that I thought some of you might enjoy, so I’m sharing them here with you to give you a sneak peek at my work elsewhere. 🙂
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First, check out my Homemade Chai Tea Mix which is one of the most incredibly easy tea recipes you’ll ever make and it’s also a healthy one at that. Chai tea is full of digestive benefits due to the cinnamon, ginger, and other spices it contains; the black tea in chai tea is also fermented so it’s good for gut health, although you can use caffeine-free tea options in it too as I share in the recipe. Chai is also full of antioxidants which are great for the skin, brain, and heart making it a must-try for healthy beverages to consume during winter.
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I also shared a DIY Coconut Mint Soap bar recipe on VitaVibes this winter which is really fun to make, plus it smells so nice and is incredibly nourishing to the skin. I actually started making my own bars of soap when I developed dry skin (which runs in my family) a little over a year ago. Even many “natural” soaps on the market contain chemical-derived ingredients that dry the skin or sketchy ingredients like palm oil (which is horrible for the skin and environment) that I’d rather not use if I can avoid them. Plus, soap is inexpensive and easy to make at home (even though I’ll admit it’s usually easier to just buy a bar at the store). I highly recommend making your own soap as a new year’s wellness practice to at least try once. Plus, this recipe smells so fresh and clean! Get my recipe for this easy Coconut Mint Soap here.
Finally, there are a couple other articles I wrote for Vitacost this winter season that you might be interested in checking out since they’re appropriate for a brand new, healthy year which you find down below. So until my next post here on the blog, I hope you enjoy these!
More of My Wellness Posts at Vitacost You Might Enjoy:
Once again, Happy 2018 to all of you, and cheers to a brand new year full of possibilities! Thanks for joining me, and feel free to subscribe below for regular updates if you’re not already subscribed to my free newsletter. 🙂 See you again soon!
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