Why You Need To Make Time To Do Nothing

The importance of doing nothing: Why downtime can be the best self care | If you want to relax, boost your creativity, improve your focus and productivity and build a healthy lifestyle full of self love, then this post is for you! Includes a free self care planner! Woohoo! Click through for the post.

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in the middle of a never ending to-do list? There are always a million things that need to be done. Many of us work our booties off all day only to come home and work even more. But how often do you sit back and literally do nothing?

Even in our free time, we often fill the void with other activities… from checking e-mails, to returning texts and phone calls, to doing all of those chores that seriously seem to never end. Doing nothing can leave us feeling guilty. But if there’s one thing you add to your self-care routine it definitely needs to be time to do nothing. It’s anything but a waste of time.

Let’s talk about why doing nothing can be one of the best things that you can do for yourself.

The importance of doing nothing: Why downtime can be the best self care | If you want to relax, boost your creativity, improve your focus and productivity and build a healthy lifestyle full of self love, then this post is for you! Includes a free self care planner! Woohoo! Click through for the post.

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The Dessert Sweet Potato Fries You Didn’t Know You Needed

The Yummiest Dessert Sweet Potato Fries You Didn't Know You Needed | Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free. This healthy dessert is easy to make and totally delicious. Featuring peanut butter sauce and chocolate whipped cream. Click through for the recipe.

Hello Lovelies:

I’m sure most of us would agree that sweet potato fries are the bomb diggity. I mean, the lovely potato is still pretty nice and all, but sweet potatoes are like their cool cousin that we all wish we met earlier. Or is that just me?

Once I discovered sweet potatoes, I was all about it. They make a common appearance on my plate. But I had never thought about them as a dessert food until sweet potato toast all but took over Instagram. All those shots of sweet potato slices covered in peanut butter had my creativity wheels spinning… What if I made chocolate coconut milk whipped cream and peanut butter sauce covered sweet potato fries?

Well, I don’t have to ask that question anymore. Because it happened and it was awesome!

Trust me, these are the Dessert Sweet Potato Fries you didn’t even know you needed. Get ready for deliciousness!

The Yummiest Dessert Sweet Potato Fries You Didn't Know You Needed | Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free. This healthy dessert is easy to make and totally delicious. Featuring peanut butter sauce and chocolate whipped cream. Click through for the recipe.

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4 Awesome Stress Relieving Activities From Your Childhood

4 Awesome Stress Relieving Activities From Your Childhood that you can easily add to your self care routine | Reduce stress, lower your risk of heart disease, improve your alertness and memory, feel well, strengthen your relationship and more with these 4 simple activities. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed and need easy options that can help or just want to amp up your self care routine, this post is for you. Includes access to a free self care planner to help you make self care a priority! Woohoo! Click through to check it out.

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Remember when you were little and life was a little less stressful? Ok, a lot less stressful? Adulthood came with a ton of freedoms, but it certainly amped things up in the stress department too. And while you left a lot of good things behind in your childhood (bad hair cuts, horrible fashions, puberty…) you may have left some pretty awesome stress relieving activities behind as well.

Obviously, you can’t get into a time machine and go back to the carefree days of your childhood. But you can embrace some of the carefree activities you used to love as a kid. And they can help to support yourself in so many ways!

Here are 4 awesome stress relieving activities from your childhood that you should definitely be doing as an adult.

4 Awesome Stress Relieving Activities From Your Childhood that you can easily add to your self care routine | Reduce stress, lower your risk of heart disease, improve your alertness and memory, feel well, strengthen your relationship and more with these 4 simple activities. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed and need easy options that can help or just want to amp up your self care routine, this post is for you. Includes access to a free self care planner.

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4 Simple Healthy Smoothie Recipes, For Breakfast or Dessert

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What time is it? It’s healthy smoothie time yo! I basically live off of smoothies all year round, but I think I double down in the summer. I mean, can you really blame me? We’re basically living in a wonderful world full of tons of fresh, local fruits and veggies right now. Isn’t summer wonderful?

I love to share my smoothie creations over on Instagram fairly often, but they get buried super fast. I thought it was high time I did a roundup of some of my favourite recent healthy smoothie recipes so you can double down on smoothie goodness too. You in? Let’s do this!

Here are 4 simple, delicious, healthy smoothie recipes that are perfect for breakfast or dessert:

4 Simple Healthy Smoothie Recipes, For Breakfast or Dessert

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What You Need to Know to Find a Healthy Pet Food

What You Need to Know to Find a Healthy Pet Food - What your dog and cats need to eat in order to be healthy. Ingredients to avoid, and how to find a healthy pet food.

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If you’ve taken a spin around mshealthesteem.com you can probably tell that I believe in feeding our bodies with kindness. We all deserve a nourishing, healthy diet that we adore. But what you may not know is that I’m also a huge advocate for feeding our pets a healthy, nourishing diet as well. Something that isn’t as easy as it seems.

With a multi-billion dollar industry that often sacrifices nutrition for the sake of cost and convenience and a dizzying plethora of options, how do you pick a healthy pet food?

Here’s what you need to know:

What You Need to Know to Find a Healthy Pet Food - What your dog and cats need to eat in order to be healthy. Ingredients to avoid, and how to find a healthy pet food.

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Delightful Gluten Free, Vegan Strawberry Shortcake (Only 9 Ingredients)

Simple, gluten free, vegan strawberry shortcake. Perfect summer dessert. Made with oat and buckwheat flour. This strawberry shortcake recipe is healthy and delicious!

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There are few desserts that are as summery and marvelous as strawberry shortcake (or is that just me?) Honestly, when I close my eyes and think back to my childhood summers, I’m right back at my parents’ kitchen table… liking the bowl (I’ve always been a classy girl). Seriously though, you can’t let one dollop of whipped cream go to waste! You’re with me on that, right?

I haven’t had strawberry shortcake in years. And with strawberry season upon us, I decided it was high time I found a way to health it up.

I’m so excited to present you with a vegan, gluten free strawberry shortcake delight. Get ’em while they’re hot; strawberry season doesn’t last long:

Simple, gluten free, vegan strawberry shortcake. Perfect summer dessert. Made with oat and buckwheat flour. This strawberry shortcake recipe is healthy and delicious!

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Vegan Chocolate Covered Banana Pops (Only 4 Ingredients)

Delicious, vegan chocolate covered banana pops. Delightfully sweet and simple to make. Only 4 Ingredients! Treat yourself to this healthy dessert.

Hello Lovelies:

Chocolate covered banana pops are my current dessert obsession. I have a serious love affair going on with bananas. They make a daily appearance in my diet… and if I’m out all day, you can bet your bottom dollar that I have a banana or two with me. I’ve got a healthy sweet tooth to satisfy after all!

And can you really blame me? Bananas are loaded with tons of marvelous nutrients like vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, copper and biotin. And your gut gets some goodness too; the probiotics in bananas help to keep your gut microbiome healthy and happy.

Super bonus – they also help to support your beautiful heart, thanks to lovely potassium. Potassium helps to keep your blood pressure regulated and might even protect you from atherosclerosis (the hardening and narrowing of your arteries). Booyah!

While these gorgeous fruits are pretty fantastical all on their own, I certainly don’t see anything wrong with amping up the awesomeness by dipping them in homemade chocolate! What do you think? Wanna treat yourself to some banana pops too?

Ready to cool off and spoil your sweet tooth in a healthy way? Give these Chocolate Covered Banana Pops a try:

Delicious, vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free chocolate covered banana pops. Delightfully sweet and simple to make. Only 4 Ingredients! Treat yourself to this healthy dessert.

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A Natural Deodorant Ingredient Smack Down (and a Free Shopping Checklist)

A Natural Deodorant Ingredient Smack Down (and a Free Shopping Check List) | If you want to find the best Natural Deodorant but you’re not sure what to look for, then this post is for you! It includes 9 ingredients you might want to avoid in your deodorant (or any healthy self care and beauty products) and 3 star ingredients you definitely want, that will naturally make sure you smell amazing. Yass! Click through to check out all the tips.

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Finding the right Natural Deodorant for you can be tough. As Margaux Khoury, the creator of The Best Deodorant in the World, said in her awesome interview last week – knowing what to look for on a label can make all the difference.

Not all natural deodorants are created equal. How do you narrow it down? What ingredients should you be looking out for? And what brands are worth your attention?

If you’re looking for the healthiest way to keep those pits fresh as a daisy, this post is for you.

A Natural Deodorant Ingredient Smack Down (and a Free Shopping Check List) | If you want to find the best Natural Deodorant but you’re not sure what to look for, then this post is for you! It includes 9 ingredients you might want to avoid in your deodorant (or any healthy self care and beauty products) and 3 star ingredients you definitely want, that will naturally make sure you smell amazing. Yass! Click through to check out all the tips.

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The Best Deodorant in the World + What to Look for in a Natural Deodorant

Let's talk what works (and what doesn't) in a Natural Deodorant, why you should ditch the antiperspirant, what ingredients to look out for and much more.

Hello Lovelies:

Raise your hand if you’ve tried and failed to find a natural deodorant that works for you? Or maybe you’re a healthy living superstar… but your deodorant game is totally not on point, because you just don’t want to stink?

We’ve all been there. Switching to a natural deodorant can be a strange and uncomfortable experience (especially since sweating is such a taboo thing in our culture). But it really doesn’t have to be that way! And trust me, using a natural deodorant doesn’t have to mean being a stinky person!

To help you feel more comfortable finding the right fit for you, I’m excited to share my interview with Margaux Khoury, the incredible creator of The Best Deodorant in the World. This is my go to healthy, organic, vegan, natural deodorant – keeping my pits stank free for 4 years now.

We’re talking what works (and what doesn’t) in a Natural Deodorant, why you should ditch the antiperspirant, what ingredients you should be looking out for and so much more. Check it out:

The Best Deodorant in the World and What the Look for in a Natural Deodorant - I'm excited to share my interview with Margaux Khoury, the incredible creator of The Best Deodorant in the World. Let's talk what works (and what doesn't) in a Natural Deodorant, why you should ditch the antiperspirant, what ingredients to look out for and much more.

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