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The cost to decompress

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Good morning Loves.  Do you ever feel like you just need to take a break from it all?  From all the stress of being an adult, worrying about paying bills, stressing about that deadline at work and worrying about family woes.  Do you ever feel like you just want to step away from life and take a break?

Life can be a ball of stress

I’ve felt like this way for the last month or so and I can’t seem to shake it off (Yes that’s a Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey reference).  As you know two weeks ago I took a last minute trip to NYC hoping it would help me get rid of all my stress and although I had a great time I still came home feeling restless; less than when I left, but stressed nevertheless.

Trust me when I say I’m trying every trick in the book to try and wake up stress free.  Actually now that I think about it may be a good night’s sleep is exactly what I need.  You know that deep sleep where you don’t even know where you are when you wake up.  Yes, I could definitely use three days of deep deep sleep.

Unfortunately that’s a luxury I just don’t have, with my new job, additional responsibilities with one of my freelance clients and ongoing fights with my internet provider because of service interruptions  I just can’t catch my breath, let alone sleep through the night.

OK enough about my problems and back to my solutions.  As I said I’m trying everything under the sun to try and decompress.  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

A full body massage: $125

Half a day at the spa can do a woman wonders!  I work online as a Social Media Consultant so any quiet place that doesn’t allow cell phones is my happy place.  For $125 you can usually get a one hour massage and if you use a deals websites such as Groupon you can probably get it for less.  I just booked an aromatherapy sauna treatment and a 60 minute massage for $69 on Groupon.

Spend a day with retail therapy: $100

I am not a big fan of impulse spending because it can be detrimental to your bank account – at least it is to mine.  However a day of shopping can do wonders for my psyche and emotional wellbeing.  Wouldn’t you agree?  They key is to go out with a budget in mind.  I usually let myself spend $100 which includes lunch.  I can live with spending $100 if it helps my mentally stability and especially if I get good deals.

A big bowl of ice cream: $5 – $8

There is just something really cathartic about ice cream.  It always makes me feel better.  If you want to splurge hit up Ben & Jerry’s and if you’re on a budget a chocolate sundae with nuts from McDonalds will do.

The good ol’ chocolate bar: $0.89

If you’re having a really bad day and just need a super quick fix never underestimate the power of chocolate.  Grab your favorite candy bar and don’t worry about the sugar, calories or carbs.  Just eat it and enjoy.

How do you decompress after a stressful day?

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Time to Spring Into Action

I’ve been waking up lately to a whole new world. As I open my eyes and slowly adjust to the unusual experience of sunlight falling upon my face, I can hear the sounds of chirping birds, the rustle of the breeze in freshly budding trees and my heart beating with joy. Finally, what seemed like an endless winter has gone, and spring is in the air!

Excited about the possibilities of fair weather and warmth, oh yes, actually sunny warmth, I have been relishing the chance to get outside and get active. If you are anything like me, your body may have gotten a bit softer in places over the winter, and your endurance and strength might have taken a vacation. Well, now is the time to get inspired, get active, and get fit and healthy in time to really enjoy the summer.

My favourite health generating, soul satisfying, fitness activity is running. And by running, I mean the sort that gets you outdoors and breathing fresh air, not the motivation crushing repetition of the treadmill. I love getting out and embracing the smells and colors of the changing season. I love taking the time to push my body while getting lost in the quiet of my mind.

Adding to the motivation of getting outside to experience the natural delights of spring, I seriously enjoy treating myself to some new running kit. Fresh, snug running shoes. Crisp shorts, tops, headbands and sunglasses. For this season I’ve picked up some amazing discounts on these at Finish Line. What else does a girl need to get out and enjoy some exercise?

Oh, thats right. Something delicious to end it with. For me, after the winter drudgery of hot porridge, I’ve been finishing my runs with a fruit and coconut smoothie. A banana, pinch of cinnamon, natural yoghurt, coconut milk and a little water is my fav. With this and a run under my belt, I’m ready to take on the blossoming world outside.

5 places to go in NYC

ApolloGood morning Loves.  Well I’m back from NYC and as I mentioned on Monday I had a great time.  When you saw the title in this post I’m sure you were thinking “Haven’t I already read this?”  The answer is most likely YES.  But this time it’s all brand new, I swear.

PS – That’s me at the Apollo Theater, how cool is that?!

I love NYC and I try to go as often as I can.  This time I went to NYC to get away from the current stress ball that is my life and while in the city I explored a whole bunch of places I’ve never been as well as some old favorites.  I know I shared the best things to do in NYC last July, but trust me you’ll want to hit up these new great places I discovered next time you’re in the city that never sleeps.

Big Daddy Diner – Union Square

This is one of the those authentic all day breakfast diners.  It’s loud and crowded but the food is worth it.  They have everything from big burgers to stacks of French Toast and Waffles.  They also specialize in milkshakes.  I sat at the bar – because that’s the only place I could find a spot – and I saw a milkshake with real cotton candy in it.  Now that’s a great way to start your day!

The Apollo Theater – Harlem on 125th street

This was my first time going into Harlem and I have to tell you it’s a great neighborhood.  I originally went because BF wanted a Lebron James t-shirt and the Champs store in Harlem was the only store that had his size in stock.  So I hopped on the subway and went uptown. I spent the afternoon walking up and down 125th shopping at street vendors and I saw The Apollo Theater which was a big highlight of my day.

Eataly – corner of 5th Ave and 23rd

This is a big warehouse that’s been converted into a market place/restaurant.  You get every type of food from fish and cheese to pizza and pasta at different stations but you can do your weekly groceries at the same time.

Chipolte – every few blocks anywhere you go

I love Mexican food, it’s vegetarian friendly and it’s always fresh.  You can get a bowl, a burrito or tacos for under $10.  It’s fast food, but it’s fresh and they have really good guacamole.

Broadway – Times Square i.e. 42nd and 6th

The truth is Broadway theatres are all around Times Square in a five block radius or so.  There is something so New York about going to a Broadway show.  Now the tickets can be expensive so let me share a few tips.  There is the TKTS booth in Times Square and they sell last minute, same day tickets at half price.  However they only sell premium tickets so it can still be expensive.  I like to buy my tickets directly at the theater box office.  This time I saw On The Town for $49 and I sat in the first row balcony, total center. Great way to spend a Saturday night.

Friday Faves: I’m Home Sweet Home

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Happy Friday!  Time to take it easy at work and make your plans for the weekend.  Mine include sleeping, lots and lots of sleeping.  I travelled quite a bit this week and after spending two days on a train and three nights in a hotel I’m ready to spend some time in my own bed.

That’s the thing about travelling, I love it but at the same time I’m happy to come home.

Have a great weekend and enjoy these good reads from our friends:

Frugal Beautiful – 4 Ways to Get Better Sleep Tonight

Broke Girl Rich – What Did Your First Job Teach You?

Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses – Tax Season: Why I Love It and My Husband Hates It

Add Vodka – My Emotions Got The Best of Me

The Frugal Farmer – 7 Ways to Trick Yourself into Saving Money

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