The Winter Project: Week 9

Monday, January 27, 2014

As I write this my dining room table is covered in Legos. COVERED. My oldest son turned eight on Thursday and it has been a week of cake and presents and celebrations. Wonderful, yes; but tiring too. I have been so thankful to retreat to our cozy nest at the end of each day.

How is your nest coming along?

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Welcome to week 9 of The Winter Project!
(What is The Winter Project?)

Surviving the cold with warmth and comfort: Nurturing bedtime ritual

Challenge for week 9: I mentioned before that having a simple ritual to close your day can be very comforting. After sipping a hot drink or watching your favorite show under a soft blanket, consider how you prepare your body for sleep. Whether you have a full bedtime regimen or you simply crawl into bed at the end of the day, think about treating yourself to one simple nurturing step to ease you into sleep mode. Again, you want to choose something simple that you can look forward to (and not dread as an extra step) at the end of the day.

A few of my favorites: 
  • A warm bath with essential oils or a bath bomb (I really enjoy the products from Lush!)
  • Good, natural facial products like these: EARTH  TU FACE (I adore their face wash and it is made less than 100 miles from my home!), Annmarie Gianni Skin Care (the coconut honey face mask is lovely!), MyChelle Dermaceuticals (I like the Unscented Revitalizing Night Cream and their eye cream), or Eminence Organics (all of their products are wonderful! I have used and enjoyed the Linden Calendula Treatment Cream, Herbal Eye Make-Up Remover, Antioxidant Mineral Foundation, and Rosehip Whip moisturizer.)
  • Massage homemade body butter into dry feet and hands. I use this recipe, which is as simple as making buttercream frosting! I love knowing what is in this cream. A very large percentage of what you apply to your skin is absorbed into your body. If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!
  • Gentle bedtime yoga (affiliate link)
What are some of your favorites?

As we move through this project, I would love to hear about your survival skills, struggles, and success in the comments or by email (you can reach me at!

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*Important note: I am not a licensed mental health professional. This advice is not intended to take the place of therapy or medications. Please seek professional care if you are suffering from depression or anxiety symptoms.

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