Good morning, lovelies! It’s been a bit of a hectic week and I’d been feeling a little harried (you know those times when, every time you have a spare moment, you find yourself obsessively going over your various to-do lists? That was me last week.) So I finally took some time yesterday afternoon to treat myself to a deep tissue massage that worked out all those stress knots, made a big yummy salad for dinner, watched a movie with Adam and went to bed early… and I woke up this morning feeling like a new woman. So often, we don’t take the time to pamper ourselves when we’re overworked and overwhelmed, but I really believe in the importance of having a few go-to stress relievers that you can draw upon when you need a boost; and the best part is that some of my favorite ones (a hot bath, a long walk) cost absolutely nothing! I’d love to hear how you pamper yourself when your body and spirit need a boost — leave a comment sharing your favorite ways, and enjoy these fab links from the week!

Five tips to becoming more photogenic.

And five tips for clean eating.

73 questions for SJP.

How to trick people into thinking you’re French.

As the weather warms up, here are 10 great salads I want to be eating.

And I’ll follow them up with this cardamom ice cream with cinnamon swirl!

Inspired to throw a happy, brimming-with-color garden party.

*and a few fun things you may have missed!

We kicked off our new Besties series with the up-for-anything duo, Brooke and Jessica.

My mom taught me how to make éclairs like the ones at Parisian patisseries.

The creative couple behind Cobra Rock Boots gave us a peek inside their day-to-day (and their sweet love story.)

*image source: sean fennessy via the design files.

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  1. 1
    heidi rieck March 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with you on the importance on taking some “me” time. My favorite is attending a body flow class on Tuesday nights.

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    Veronica March 23, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    me time consists of lighting a bunch of candles and doing some yoga and stretching, and lots of deep breathing. I like to end it with meditating for a few minutes–it really helps me wind down after a tough day.

    You have to constantly remind yourself to schedule this time in, or FORCE this time in, to maintain sanity and balance.

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    girlexpat March 24, 2014 at 5:48 am

    me time! I could not agree more! My vacation just started from work, in fact, I quit my job, it was more of a dread than something I enjoyed, where I had “0” me time. I have a little buffer, but I’m contemplating, going back to work in full swing, full time, semi-full time is more my speed.

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    Corinna March 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Getting a good sweat session in at my local hot yoga studio to start my week off or simply any day of the week. This is my go to for a stress-free, feel good me time.

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    Lily March 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Self-pampering is an absolutely must.

    xo Lily