Gratitude Playlist

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With songs that focus on showing gratitude for both yourself and others, this playlist is designed to help you release into feelings of thankfulness and appreciation.

Up & Up - Coldplay

Kind & Generous - Natalie Merchant



Piece By Piece - Kelly Clarkson

The Lucky Ones - David Cook

She Treats Me Well - Ben Howard

Float On - Ben Lee

Hello My Old Heart - The Oh Hellos

Cannonball - Lea Michele

Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper


This Woman’s Work - Kate Bush

Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan

Home- Phillip Phillips

Orange Sky - Alex Murdoch

Thankful For - Adam Sanders

Home - JOHNNYSWIM

93 Million Miles - Jason Mraz


I Wish I Would Knew How it Felt to be Free - Nina Simone

I’ll Be Your Mirror - Velvet Underground with Nico

Be Here Now - Ray LaMontagne

The Lime Tree - Trevor Hall

Tomorrow’s Charms - Tom Francis

Not For Nothing - Mutual Benefit

Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion - Oliver Tank

Into You - The Cinematic Orchestra

The Days That Are to Come - John Vincent III

Only Want You - Brett Dennen

Shine - Birdy

Imagine - Jack Johnson

If You’re Out There - John Legend

From Gold - Novo Amor

Bluegrass - Matt Phillips

Carry You Home - Jamie Scott

Birdsong - George Ogilvie

Simple Things - Amos Lee

Warm Coffee (The Market Song) - Ziggy Alberts

Slow Down - Scott Orr

Blossom- Noah Gunderson

After The Storm - Mumford and Sons

Timshel - Kina Grannis

Courage - Villagers

Duet- Rachael Yamagata

Monday- Matt Corby

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Cozy Warm Drinks for Autumn

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Warm up and take a moment for yourself with one of these cozy and yummy warm drinks this autumn season.

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Blackberry Hot Chocolate // Little Sugar Snaps

This tasty hot chocolate is filled with deep flavours, pairing dark chocolate with blackberries for perfectly sweet drink.

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Spiced Apple Cider // In Search of Yummyness

Cider is a go-to autumn drink, and this spiced apple cider is no exception! With cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and orange, it’s both sweet and spicy.

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Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate // The Happier Homemaker

Indulge your sweet tooth with this PB hot chocolate, which combines peanut butter with chocolate - yum! Top with whipped cream and peanut butter chips for extra fun.

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Crockpot Chai Spice White Hot Chocolate // Whole and Heavenly Oven

Because it’s made in a crockpot, this autumn white hot chocolate is super easy to make - and leaves your house smelling like yummy chai spices!

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Beetroot Latte // Aline Made

This beetroot latte is creamy and comforting - but its also nutritious! Made with cashew milk and cooked beetroot, the dash of cinnamon and vanilla make it perfect for fall.

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Golden Turmeric Elixir // In It 4 The Long Run

Because its made with coconut oil, this elixir is super creamy, helps to boost energy without caffeine, and helps to fight inflammation thanks to the turmeric.

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Cinnamon Maple Latte // Pumpkin ‘n’ Spice

Sweetened with maple syrup and with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg, this Cinnamon Maple Latte is the perfect way to upgrade your morning coffee for fall.

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Hot Apple Pear Cider // The Seaside Baker

Warm up with this cider which pairs apples and pears, alongside cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon - yum!

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Chamomile and Cardamon Tea // Sarah Bell Nutrition

This calming latte is perfect for cooler mornings and evenings. Chamomile and cardamon are light, cozy ingredients, making this latte perfect for when you want to calm down.

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Autumn Spiced Apple Tea // Mostly Homemade Mom

This tea was made just with fall in mind! With apple, cinnamon, cloves, and tea, it’s everything you love about autumn in a mug.

Best Essential Oils for Fall

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Cinnamon Bark

Cinnamon is often a go-to scent for autumn, but it’s got some pretty cool benefits, too. Naturally anti-bacterial, cinnamon is also great for promoting circulation to help with pain and inflammation, stimulates the immune system, plus its scent is naturally energizing and grounding.

Try it: Detoxify with Ecodema’s Cinnamon & Chai Body Scrub

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is great for promoting circulation, and is also helpful for relieving pain, swelling, and inflammation. It’s also awesome for promoting sleep and a sense of calm.

Clove

With natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, clove essential oil is great for boosting your immune system. It’s also helpful for pain, and is packed with antioxidants.

Try it: Unwind with Is It Bath Time Yet’s Orange and Clove Bath Bomb

Cedarwood

With a woodsy, natural scent, cedarwood essential oil will help to bring the outdoors in, and is naturally grounding. It’s also great for helping to balance oil skin.

Allspice

Smelling like a mixture of clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, allspice is perfect for fall. Allspice essential oil is great for helping to relieve pain, and is a natural way to relax.

Black Pepper

Though black pepper might not be the first essential oil you think of, it’s got some pretty great benefits. It’s warming and naturally anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory, meaning that it’s great for muscle aches and pains as well as arthritis. It can also be helpful to improve digestion and increase circulation.

Fennel

With a scent similar to black licorice, fennel is an essential oil that is well known as a digestive aid. It can help to relax the muscles in the gut, plus its also an antimicrobial agent.

Ginger

Another spicy, warming oil, ginger essential oil is another great one for digestion. Ginger is also great for helping with inflammation, and is said to help encourage feelings of ease and confidence.

Myrrh

With a smoky, sweet smell, myrrh is naturally antibacterial and is great for soothing skin as well as promoting relaxation.

Try it: Relax with Frequency’s Ancient Secrets Aromatherapy Roll-On

Sandalwood

Warm and spicy, sandalwood is the perfect oil for cooler weather! It can help ease restlessness and insomnia, and can also be helpful with headaches and colds.

Vanilla

A comfy, cozy scent, vanilla essential oil is one we love for Fall. It helps to naturally boost mood, and had a mildly sedative effect to help relax your body and mind.

Try it: Boost your mood with Red Lemon’s Vanilla-Mocha Whipped Sugar Scrub

Frankincense

Another comforting spicy scent, frankincense is calming but is also great for helping with cough and cold symptoms.

Orange

If you’re feeling a little dreary, orange is a wonderfully uplifting essential oil. Plus, it’s also helpful for dry skin.

Try it: Soothe your lips and boost your mood with Lo and Behold Natural’s Ginger Blood Orange Lip Balm

Delicious Autoimmune Paleo Ice Cream Recipes

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Just because you're following the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet, doesn't mean you can't have a delicious cool treat!  We've put together some of our favourite AIP-friendly ice cream recipes, all dairy-free.

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Strawberry Basil Balsamic Ice Cream // A Clean Plate

This unique, artisan inspired ice cream flavour combines strawberries with basil and balsamic for an ice cream that is delicious and not overly sweet.

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Strawberry Ice Cream // Rally Pure

Classic strawberry ice cream is made autoimmune paleo compliant and vegan as its made with coconut milk and sweetened naturally with maple syrup.

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No Churn Mango Turmeric Ice Cream // Unbound Wellness

No ice cream maker? No problem!  This mango ice cream is made without an ice cream maker, and is laced with anti-inflammatory turmeric for a cool treat.

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Mint "Chocolate" Chip Ice Cream // Rally Pure

Made with avocado or spinach for that added green flavour (and bonus nutrients), this ice cream recipe also includes instructions for carob chips for that AIP-friendly chocolate flavour.

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Chai Coconut Ice Cream // Nourished Kitchen

Vanilla and spices combine to make this ice cream that is like a comforting cup of chai - only in frozen form.

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Double Berry Coconut Ice Cream // Pure & Simple Nourishment

Take advantage of summer's fresh berries with this coconut ice cream, featuring blueberries and blackberries.

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream // AIP Lifestyle

This super creamy ice cream is made with coconut milk and coconut manna, with a yummy salted caramel flavour.

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Black Plum Ice Cream // A Clean Plate

If you've got a plum tree or find a great deal on plums, you can't miss out on this ice cream!

Best Essential Oils for Summer

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Whether you're looking for an energizing oil, needing a little extra zen, or looking for something to deal with common summer ailments, these essential oils are great options to have on hand.

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Peppermint

Peppermint is a naturally cooling and refreshing oil, making it a great go-to for summer!  It's also energizing, and can be great for relieving sore muscles as well.

Try it:  Mix water and a couple of drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle to make a cooling body mist, or swipe on some of Red Lemon's Mint-Grapefruit Tinted Lip Balm.

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Lavender

We love lavender all-year round, as its calming and stress-relieving properties are always welcome.  But, lavender is also a great treatment for cuts and insect bites.

Try it: Diffuse lavender for relaxing benefits, or use the power of lavender in Twinkle Apothecary's Bug Away Spray.

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Eucalyptus

Helpful for relieving allergies and insect bites, and also a natural energy booster and muscle pain reliever, eucalyptus is a fresh scent that's awesome for summer.

Try it: Rub in Lo and Behold Natural's Eucalyptus & Tea Tree Hand and Foot Salve or add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to your shower floor for a DIY steam shower. 

Cypress

This earthy, clean-scented oil is great for summer and is awesome for treating muscle aches and cramps, making it an essential.

Try it: Get a natural energy boost with  Good Common Sense THE HARE Essential Oil Roller Bottle or add a couple of drops to your facial toner to reap cypress's oil-balancing properties.

 

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Rosemary

A stimulating oil, rosemary is equal parts energizing and relaxing, making it a great essential. It's also awesome for soothing skin, headaches, and muscle aches and pains.

Try it: Add a couple drop of rosemary essential oil to your bath water or try Nootka & Sea's Rosemary Hair & Scalp Tonic

Spearmint

Milder than peppermint, spearmint is refreshing, uplifting, and great for boosting mood and focus.  It's also helpful for digestive ailments.

Try it: Cleanse with Coast & Clearing's Sage & Spearmint Cold Process Soap or add a drop of spearmint essential oil to a carrier oil, and use it to massage your abdomen.

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Basil

In addition to being cooling, basil is helpful for reducing muscle tension and is both relaxing and energizing.

Try it: Cleanse with 7 Chakras Soap Basil and Mint Whipped Soap or add a drop of basil oil to a carrier oil and apply it to the back of your neck to help with tension headaches.

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Grapefruit

Invigorating and uplifting, grapefruit's citrus scent is perfect for summer. It's also naturally antibacterial, making it great for skin (just be sure to avoid sun exposure for 12 hours after application as it can make skin more sensitive to the sun).

Try it: Boost your shower with   Is it Bathtime Yet?'s Pink Grapefruit Shower Steamers or try adding a drop of grapefruit essential oil to your wrists to benefit from its mood-boosting properties.

Wild Orange

Sweet and fresh, wild orange is uplifting and purifying, making it a great go-to oil, especially in the summer. 

Try it: Diffuse some wild orange oil or chill out with Sudsatorium's Night of the Bed Bubble Bath

Tea Tree

A natural antibacterial, tea tree oil is a great one to have in your arsenal.  It can also be helpful for healing skin, improving dry scalp, and fighting skin conditions.

Try it: Moisturize your scalp with Bestowed Essential's Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Shampoo Bar or add tea tree oil to jojoba or avocado oil, and use it to moisturize your cuticles.

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Roman Chamomile

A calming scent, chamomile is perfect for relaxing, and is especially great at bedtime.  It can also be soothing for the skin.

Try it: Unwind with Kismet Essential's Day Dreamer Relaxing Mist Spray or place a couple of drops in your hands, rub them together, and inhale when you need a moment of calm.

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Geranium

With a sweet, floral scent, geranium is a grounding oil that can be helpful in reducing stress.  It's also a great oil for skin and hair.

Try it: Add one or two drops of geranium oil to your facial moisturizer or treat your whole body with Wild Jasmine's Floral Gardens Body Oil

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Lemon

With a clean and fresh scent, lemon is a a great multipurpose oil that is useful for cleaning, aiding digestion and more.

Try it: Add a drop of a food grade lemon essential oil to a glass of water to aid with digestion, or get cleansed with EcoDerma's Lemon Body Scrub

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Ginger

A warming oil, ginger is great for stimulating and balancing.  It's also a great oil for digestion. 

Try it: Burn Canvas Candle Co.'s Sweet Georgia Candle for an extra mood boost, or try creating a massage oil with ginger. 

 

The Perfect DIYs for A Summer Spa at Home

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Whether you're looking for an awesome summer scented body scrub, a relaxing face mask, or a soothing bath soak, we've got you covered with these DIY bath and body products.

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Blueberry Lemon Scrub // Dear Crissy

Blueberry and lemon is an awesome summer scent combination, and this sugar scrub is great for sloughing away dry skin to reveal smooth, renewed skin underneath.

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Pressed Flower Bath Melts // Mary Makes Good

How gorgeous are these bath melts?! With shea butter, coconut oil, and various essential oils, they'll leave your skin silky smooth.

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Foot Bath with Essential Oils // Country Hill Cottage

Our feet can take a real beating during the summer, and a foot bath is a great way to show them a little extra love.  Epson salt helps to calm any inflammation, and the combination of tea tree, peppermint, rosemary, and lime essential oils is cooling and refreshing.

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Key Lime Sugar Scrub Bars // Life N Reflection

Sugar and natural goat's milk soap cleanse skin while coconut oil and vitamin E oil provide much-needed hydration in these deliciously scented scrub bars.

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Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub // Suburban Simplicity

Inspired by one of our favourite summertime drinks, this sugar scrub will leave your skin smooth, soft, and fresh.

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Aloe Green Tea Face Scrub // Sweet Simple Living

This scrub is super exfoliating but, thanks to coconut oil and aloe, it's super moisturizing at the same time.  The green tea is also great for clarifying skin.

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Mojito Bath Salts // Crazy Inspired Life

Relieve sore muscles and boost your mood with these mojito-inspired bath salts, made with lime, peppermint, and vanilla essential oils.

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Strawberry Sugar Scrub // Mommy Musings

This yummy scented sugar scrub is all natural, and smells good enough to eat!  Coconut oil, strawberries, and vanilla are the stars of this sweet scrub.

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Matcha Cucumber Mint Face Mask // Kale and Caramel

This antioxidant-rich mask tones and tightens skin, while also minimizing pores, making it the perfect facial mask for summer.

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Energizing Green Tea Eye Mask // Catching Seeds

With only three ingredients, this mask is super easy to make, and works to depuff the eye area and reduce undereye circles.  Place the mask in the friedge before applying for a refreshing treat.

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Homemade Eye Masks // HEDONISTIT

With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cooling ingredients, these homemade eye mask pads are stored in the freezer for whenever you need to take 15 minutes for you.

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DIY Detoxifying Lemon and Charcoal Body Scrub // Let's Live Lively

Activated charcoal and lemon are both detoxifying ingredients, making them great for clarifying your skin while also treating any breakouts you might have on your body.

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Mermaid Face Mask // Cream and Honey

Loaded with vitamins and antioxidants from honey and spirulina, this mask also has banana for added hydration.

7 Wisdom-Filled Harry Potter Quotes

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series is filled with many life lessons, and plenty of memorable quotes, too.  Here are some great words of wisdom from various books.

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"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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"I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.’ An’ he was right.” - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?" - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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"No good sitting worrying about it. What's coming will come, and we'll meet it when it does" - Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live". - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

15 Self-Care Ideas for Summer

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While self-care is important all-year round, we love switching things up with some new seasonal ideas to add to your self-care routine.  With longer days, summer is a great time to re-prioritize your self-care. 

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Visit the Water

Water is inherently soothing.  Whether it's a trip to the beach, visiting a local lake or river, or just spending some time in your bathtub, water is pretty much an essential for a summer of self-care.

Use Refreshing Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils that can be wonderfully cooling and soothing to hot skin.  Peppermint, cypress, sweet marjoran, lemon, and grapefruit are all great choices, and can be diffused or added to bath and body products.  Bonus: they're all naturally uplifting, which is great for the summer.

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Play Outside

Summer is the perfect time to try new outdoor activities - or take advantage of the nice weather for ones you already love! Try kayaking, tennis, or bocce ball.

Nourish Your Body with Cooling Foods

Embracing seasonal foods is something we love!  In summer, it just so happens that many of these foods are naturally cooling and hydrating.  Enjoy watermelon, cucumber, tomato, and pineapple.

Practice Yoga

When it's warm outside, stretching and practicing yoga can be even easier, because your muscles are already warmed up.  Plus, it's a great way to practice mindful movement.  Beach yoga, anyone?

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Go Stargazing

With warmer nights and often many opportunities to see shooting stars, stargazing a great way to spend a summer evening.  Bonus points if its a location away from any city lights.

Make a Summer Playlist

No matter what your energy levels, a playlist is a great way to set the mood.  Opt for something beachy, your favourite songs of the summer, or relax with our Summer Chill Playlist.

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Hydrate Your Body

Though its a less glamorous part of self-care, staying hydrated is still important!  Make it more fun by infusing your water with fruit and herbs, or opt for unsweetened herbal iced tea.  Noshing on water-rich fruits and veggies like berries, cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe is great, too.

Protect Your Skin

Though protecting your skin is important all year round, it's especially important during the summer.  Be sure to use an SPF sunscreen and don't forget a lip balm, too!  Refreshing your skin with antioxidant-rich products and cooling mists are great to help ensure your skin stays hydrated, too.

Wear Clothes That Make Your Feel Comfortable and Confident

With summer, comes less and less clothing as well as swimsuits.  Make sure that you're wearing the clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, and get rid of the ones that don't!

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Choose Guilty Pleasure Beach Reads

Light, easy reads are perfect for summer days!  Whether it's chick lit, YA, humour, or a magazine, make sure to get in a good read this season.

Celebrate What Your Body Can Do

If you're dealing with chronic illness or mental health issues, it can be really easy to compare what you'd like to do versus what you can do.  Make sure to enjoy the things that you can, even if they might look a little different.

Enjoy Your Local Library

With free air conditioning, comfy seating, and wi-fi, your local library can be a great hangout spot for summer.  There are often special events during the summer, like summer reading clubs, to take advantage of, too.

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Embrace Your Inner Child

There's something inherently playful about summer, so why not do what you used to love as a kid?  Whether it's running in the sprinkler, enjoying ice cream, or blowing bubbles, make time to have a little fun.

Do Nothing

Just because it's summer doesn't mean that you have to be on-the-go or outdoors all the time.  Making time to do absolutely nothing can be a wonderful act of self-care.