Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Molton Brown, Soap and Paper, and WelleCo!

Celebrate National Relaxation Day!

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It’s August 15th, National Relaxation Day! I’m so glad we have a reminder to relax, because it is all too easy to get caught up in your job, your kids, your bills, your house, all those responsibilities…and totally forget to take care of YOU. I always go back to this analogy – if you are traveling on an airplane with a child and the cabin loses pressure so those air masks come down, do you put that mask on the child or yourself first? You put it on yourself first, because if you don’t take care of yourself, you might not be able to take care of anyone else.

Take this day to do something really nice for yourself and RELAX. I have three fabulous suggestions for you that will ease away every bit of stress and tension. Light a candle, make a nice hot cup of tea, and then soak in a fabulous bubble bath – aaaahhhhh………yes!

Molton Brown Single Wick Candle

First up – some beautiful mood lighting. My go-to candles are Molton Brown Single Wick Candles ($49).  The candles come in a handsome jar that looks sophisticated and lush. They are available in amazing scents, including Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Black Peppercorn, Pink Pepperpod, Coco & Sandalwood, Black Leather Accord & Cade, Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise, Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rosa Absolute, Gingerlily, Oudh Accord & Gold and Tobacco Absolute.

Molton Brown candles are not one note affairs. They offer complex scents that are truly delightful. As Molton Brown describes it, the scents start with a bright top note, followed by a complex middle note, then end with a haunting base note. I am currently burning the Rosa Absolute scent, and the complexity of this is fantastic. Top notes are blackcurrent, pink pepper, and raspberry. Heart notes are rose, violet leaf, and geranium. Base notes are patchouli, labdanum and vanilla. It is an incredible, relaxing scent that is perfection for National Relaxation Day.

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea

Now that you have some mood lighting, next up is a nice, hot cup of tea. I can’t tell you how much I am loving WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea ($69). The Tea Caddy, which I have pictured, has 50 tea bags and you can buy refills separately. This tea is so fantastic, especially if you have trouble getting to sleep at night. The ingredients include skullcap, valerian root and hops, combined with lemon balm, passionflower and natural lemon and mango flower. The tea is so soothing and mild, slightly fruity and absolutely delightful. It is incredibly relaxing and the perfect tea for melting away the day and creating total relaxation.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Now that you have an amazing candle and a perfect cup of tea, what else do you need? Why, a fabulous bubble bath of course! Nothing beats relaxing sore muscles and soaking away every bit of tension in a nice, frothy sea of warmth. Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath ($32) is a fantastic choice. It comes in fab scents, including Gardenia, Jasmine, Green Tea, Tuberose, Neroli, Marine, Santal and Vanille, Lavender and Lemon Verbena.

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Mine is Neroli, which is a lovely pure orange blossom scent that is comforting and relaxing. The bubbles are delightfully frothy and really last and skin is left feeling super soft and wonderfully pampered thanks to the key ingredients, borage and meadowfoam. If you love bubble baths, this huge jar of sulfate free bubble bath is exactly what you want sitting next to your tub.

I hope you are able to try out these three products because I really think they are all outstanding.  But whatever you do, take good care of yourself today and show yourself the love you deserve. RELAX. You have earned it.  – Lisa

Getting warm and cozy with Hyleys Tea

Hyleys Tea

I am sitting here with a screaming sore throat and a horrible cold. Even though I feel so awful, I am also feeling totally comforted as I sip some delicious Hyleys Tea. I love my coffee, but tea makes me feel pampered. Hyleys Slim Teas and Sleep Teas  $5.99 for 1-pack of 25 foil envelope tea bags) don’t just soothe my poor throat and make me feel special…they also make me happy because I know they are good for me!

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Hyleys Tea and a beautiful tea set

Hyleys Tea and a beautiful tea set

Before I tell you more about these delicious teas that help keep you skinny, isn’t this tea set stunning??  It was a gift from friends of mine from China. They brought it to me from their home town of Qingdao. I don’t know what the writing says, but I’d love it if one of our Chinese speaking readers posted the translation for us! Marcia and I often meet at our favorite Chinese restaurant for dim sum (Shangri-La in West Bloomfield) and we talk makeup, eat yummy dumplings, and drink tea. Tea is special – it really brings people together.

Hyleys Tea

Hyleys Slim Tea and Sleep Tea

Drinking tea (particularly from my gorgeous tea set) is great year round, but it feels especially right at holiday time. I always have a pot of tea while I’m decorating my Christmas tree, and it’s my first thought when I wake up with a winter flu bug. If you are also watching your weight or have a big New Year’s resolution approaching, you will want to stock up on Hyleys Slim Teas.

Hyleys Tea is perfect for the holidays...and for New Year's resolutions!

Hyleys Tea is perfect for the holidays…and for New Year’s resolutions!

Hyleys Tea

Hyleys Slim Teas are 100% natural green teas made with Senna leaves and fruit flavorings that promote body cleansing, detoxification, and a healthy digestive system. These teas are very pleasant and mild, and are an excellent compliment to your healthy lifestyle. There are five different flavors available:  Acai Berry, Blueberry, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, and Raspberry. I am a big fan of the Five-Flavor Assortment which suits every mood.

At night, I just love the Mint or Chamomile Sleep Tea. They are simply perfect for relaxing while reading a book or magazine before bed.  Hyleys Teas are just what you want to have on hand when company comes to visit, and a box is always a welcome gift.

See www.hyleysteaonline.com for their entire collection of 100% herb- and fruit-infused wellness teas, along with Wooden Gift Boxes and Gift Tins perfect for holiday gifting.  – Lisa

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The best kind of Valentine chocolate with the Made With Love Gift Set from MIYU

MIYU Valentines Day set

Chocolate is a given on Valentine’s Day…and the beautiful limited edition Made with Love set from MIYU Beauty is a little bit of chocolate, a little bit of beauty, and a whole lotta love.

MIYU Beauty is a fabulously elegant niche line from Canada. It is all about beauty from the inside out, pairing artisanal teas with skin care products. The Made with Love set ($50.00, retail value $65) is a great way to get acquainted with the line if you haven’t already.

The LE set includes:

• 1 – hydrate mi beauty essence, 2.7 f. oz. • 1 – hydrate mi beauty tea, 16 sachets • 1 – love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea, 25 g pouch • 1 – heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser • 1 – mini wooden spoon

MIYU Beauty Made with Love

I was lucky enough to be sent the love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea, mini wooden spoon, and heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser to try.

MIYU Beauty Made with Love 2

MIYU Beauty Made with Love 3

The love sweet love chocolate chai loose tea has a great mix of ingredients, including zingy ginger, warming green cardamom, and actual chocolate chips. The best way to make this tea is to scoop some out with the adorable mini wooden spoon into the super cute heartstrings loose leaf tea infuser.

MIYU Beauty Made with Love 4

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MIYU Beauty Made with Love 6The tea infuser has a little latch so the heart doesn’t sink to bottom of your cup as the tea steeps. Drinking this tea is like getting a big hug from the inside out.

While I didn’t get the entire Made with Love set, I actually reviewed the other items in the set last December.

The Hydrate Mi Essence is a spray mist serum. It is a primer for moisturizer, as well as a primer for makeup, too. It hydrates and smooths skin, creating an optimal canvas for makeup application.

The Hydrate Mi Beauty Tea is the matching tea blend for the Hydrate Mi Essence. This is an elegant, citrusy tea that smells as delicious as it tastes. After I drink the tea, I put the bags in the fridge and use them later as a de-puffing eye treatment!

MIYU Beauty Made with Love is a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. This is limited edition and once sold out it is gone, gone, gone – so be sure to order yourself one today!  – Lisa

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