Time For Relaxation: Bath Time Essentials

Hi, loves!

Do you want to know one of my favorite ways to relieve stress?

My go-to stress reliever is simple: a bath. The past two years of college I have lived in a dorm room and my sorority house, so taking baths as a stress reliever never happened. As soon as I go home during breaks or the weekend, I take advantage of my nice, clean bathtub.

Are you feeling a little stressed? Go home, fill up your bathtub with warm water, lock the door and make sure you have my bath time essentials by your side:

1. A Good Book

One of the best ways to relax is to take a little escape from reality. What is the perfect way to do that? Make sure you have a book on standby for days you just need to hop into the bathtub and relax. Tonight (yes, I am taking advantage of being home this summer) I am going to start The Reader by Bernhard Schlink. My Nana recommended it to me, so I hope it is good!

2. A Cozy Robe

There is nothing more relaxing than wrapping yourself up in a cozy robe while you prepare to get in the bath and then putting it back on when you get out of the water. My personal favorite robe is my fuzzy, pink robe from Victoria’s Secret. It is literally the coziest thing ever.

3. A Candle

A scented candle is a must when taking a bath. You want to make sure you have something yummy to smell while you relax. Plus, scents are one of the best ways to relax. My favorite candle at the moment is the Buttercream Icing scented candle from Bath & Body Works.

4. A Face Mask

I love a good face mask while I am relaxing in the bathtub. Not only does it help you relax, but you get to purify your face at the same time. Double win! Tonight I am trying out the Green Tea Detox Purifying Fiber Mask from BioRepublic skincare that I got from my June Ipsy Glam Bag (check out my review of this here).

5. Wine

Well, duh? What better way to unwind for the night by popping open a bottle of your favorite wine. My personal favorite is Cupcake Moscato D’Asti. If you have not tried it yet, you have to I promise it will change your life.

6. A Cute Wine Glass

You cannot drink wine without a cute wine glass! My personal favorite at the moment is my pink sparkly wine glass from Francesca’s that says “Wine is my Valentine.” Shoutout to my best friend for buying it for me.

7. A Bubble Bar

Who does not love a good bubble bath? I might be 20-years-old, but I will not pass up putting bubbles in my bath from a cute little bubble bar from Lush (aka heaven).

8. A Bath Bomb

Bubbles are great, and so are bath bombs! I do not think I will ever get over watching a pretty little ball dissolve in my bathtub and turn the water a pretty color (preferably pink, of course). Another one of my favorite things to buy from Lush.

9. Soap

You most likely got in the bathtub to relax, but also to get clean of course. So, another must buy from Lush is their yummy smelling shower gel. Wow, lots of products from Lush, but I promise I am not a spokesperson for them I just seriously enjoy their products. I mean who would not love a company that does not test their products on animals and (for sensitive people like me) does not break out your skin! That is a double win for me.

10. Body Lotion

Hydration is key. Once you get out of the bathtub, do your skin a favor and make sure to hydrate it with some body lotion. My personal favorite at the moment is Victoria’s Secret Coconut Milk Hydrating Body Lotion. It smells yummy and makes my skin feel silky smooth.

What are your bath time essentials? I would love to know! Make sure to comment and let me know your favorite products to use during your baths.

XOXO, Sierra

Tis The Season of Stress

15056381_1445567062120889_5386928071452584417_nIt is finally fall in Oklahoma. The temperature is starting to drop, the leaves are changing colors and falling from the tress and Starbucks’ holiday cups are officially back. I am not the biggest fan of cold weather, but I absolutely love fall mainly because that means it is time to go home for Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner.

Fall also means that it is crunch time for college students. Dead week and finals week is approaching faster than we expected, projects and papers are piling up and stress is at an all time high right now. It is our last chance to attempt to bring our grades up to where we would like them to be (even though the pessimist in me knows that it will not happen in my case). The stress will not subside until we are on our way back to our hometown after our last final, only to return when we come back in January.

Stress is incredibly hard to deal with. It makes a lot of people cranky, physically and mentally exhausted and it can even plant doubts in our head. For me personally, when I am stressed I start to question everything. I question my self-worth and my ability. I question my purpose. I question if I am on the right path. Then, all of the questioning makes me stress out even more. It is a vicious never-ending cycle.

Today I decided to sit outside of the Oklahoma Memorial Union at the University of Oklahoma to work on homework and study.  Then I just stopped. I stopped to look around me and just put life on pause. I looked around to see my beautiful campus and the signs of fall around me. It was an incredibly beautiful day: not too hot, and not too cold. The lovely colored leaves were falling onto the table where I sat.  I took it all in for a moment.

In this moment, I realized that stressing out over all the things I have on my plate right now was silly. I know that it will all get done and come together as long as I keep working hard. This is my second year of college, I know that if I put my mind to it, I can do anything. Even though my studies are super important to me, I realized that my grades and my degree do not define me. What defines me? My love for Jesus Christ and my dedication to glorify Him in everything from my words to my actions.

I also realized that there was no point to allow my stress to consume me and make me question myself. All of that doubt that was placed in my mind came straight from satan trying to discourage me, but you know what? Satan is defeated by God. The devil holds no power over me because God always wins. I know that my worth comes from God, so I am worthy. I am able to do anything with God on my side. I know that God has a purpose for my life. I know that no matter what path of life I am on, God already knows the outcome, yet He still walks right beside me as I go down any road.

I love the little reminders of how incredible God is whether it be simple or complex.

It is hard not to be completely in awe of God when I simply walk outside and see his masterpiece. It is hard not to realize your worth when you think about the fact that the same God who created this universe, created you and me. He could make anything He wanted, and He decided to create each of us unique and special in our own way.

It is easy to get wrapped up in what the world has to say about who you are and what you should be doing, but just remember where your worth comes from. It comes from your Heavenly Father who loves you more than you even know.

So if you need a reminder of your worth and value today, just walk outside and realize that God created everything around you and YOU. It is the perfect reminder of His perfect love and mighty power. If that does not make you feel special, then I do not know what will.

With all that being said, the next time you are overcome with stress, just pause for a minute and realize who you are and whose you are. You are a son or daughter of God. You are His child. You were made perfectly and uniquely in His image.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, and I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14-15