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Everything You Need To Fill Your Pro Camera Bag | dreamgreendiy.com

While I still don’t know any proper camera jargon, I feel like I do generally know how to use one. I might not understand what all those numbers inside the view finder mean, but my fingers know exactly how to adjust the manual settings to get the right type of image without even having to think about it. It’s all just second nature after six years of learning as I go, and even though I’m entirely self-taught (and have a lot more to learn), I feel like my camera bag is finally feeling more professionally equipped.

Most of the items I’ve linked to below are already part of my everyday camera bag collection (with the exception of that 35mm lens that I’m still saving up for…). It’s admittedly a major investment, so I encourage you to make your purchases one at a time as budget allows. It has taken me the full six years to build this collection, and I’ve had to learn to be patient as I scrimped and saved before making each and every order.

  1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera ($2,499)
  2. Tiffen 72mm UV Protection Filter ($14.68)
  3. Evecase Large Canvas Messenger SLR/DSLR Camera Bag ($49.99)
  4. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens ($1,299)
  5. Canon Battery Pack LP-E6N ($64)
  6. Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector with Bag ($17.99)
  7. MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod Kit ($199)
  8. Heavy Duty Muslin Clamps ($7.98)
  9. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Wide Angle Lens ($1,049.99)
  10. Canon EW-78C Lens Hood ($34)
  11. Canon LC-E6 Battery Charger ($61.30)
  12. SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB CompactFlash Memory Card ($138.95)

Although I’m gung-ho about recommending that you make these types of camera bag purchases slowly, I will say this: if you think you’re going to eventually go with a full frame (as opposed to cropped sensor) camera, save up for that first. Don’t do what I did and start with cheaper camera bodies to “make do.”

I started with a Canon EOS Rebel T5, and then upgraded to a used $600 Canon EOS 7D. It wasn’t long at all before I felt like I needed to spring for the big investment, and I bought the Canon EOS 5D Mark III that I now use everyday. I probably lost at least a couple hundred dollars in the long run, and regret not splurging on the full frame camera from the get-go. See an example of a post I shot with my Canon EOS Rebel T5 here, an example using my Canon EOS 7D here, and one shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III here in case you want to compare the visual results.

So, if you want the type of photos that you see pros cranking out, do yourself a favor and buy a top dollar camera body! Although you’ll probably have to eat nothing but Ramen for a few months after the fact, it’s worth it in the long run. Did I miss any essentials in my roundup above (like a remote!)? Let me know in the comments below!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Everything You Need To Make Your Bed This Season | dreamgreendiy.com

Ever since deciding to rededicate my schedule to an extra early start, I’ve noticed that I subsequently tend to hit the sheets at night a lot earlier than I used to. As in, I sometimes get in bed before 9:00 pm! Honestly, I’ve never been a late-to-bed type of person, so admitting to such an early bedtime doesn’t embarrass me one bit.

In the past, I would often stay up just an hour or two extra to watch a movie or an extra episode on Netflix, but I don’t really miss that extra screen time now that I’m trying to get more sleep. God knows I log more than enough screen time during the day on my phone and computer, so the sacrifice isn’t all that hard.

At any rate, I’ve been so appreciative of our luxurious bed and linens these past few weeks as I work on adjusting my body to an earlier sleep schedule. Crawling into cozy linen sheets and surrounding myself with plush down bedding makes the process of physically falling asleep much faster, so I wanted to share a dozen of the pieces that could up the ante in your own bed collection below.

  1. Ascott Sham ($60)
  2. Smotherman King Upholstered Platform Bed ($309.99)
  3. Parocela 2 Drawer Nightstand ($192.99)
  4. Breakfast Pillow ($39.99)
  5. Harlow 20.75″ Table Lamp ($179.99)
  6. ‘Home Collection’ Hypoallergenic Pillow ($32.90)
  7. Down Alternative Comforter ($159)
  8. Brushed Stripe Throw ($59)
  9. Ocala Duvet Cover Set ($61.99)
  10. ‘Home’ Room & Linen Spray ($56)
  11. Greer Accent Pillow ($79.99)
  12. Ascott 200 Thread Count Flat Sheet ($110)

We actually already have and enjoy most of the items on this list, and I’m happy to report that they’re all well worth the investment. Ever since turning 30, I’ve been so focused on only bringing the best of the best into our home, and that includes bedding. Sure, high quality bedding is a bit pricey, but if you properly care for these types of items, they could last a decade or more.

Are you ready to splurge on nice bedding this season? I’ve personally got my eye on that Brushed Stripe Throw. See more items like these in the Dream Green DIY Shop here!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Everything You Need For Your Spring Footwear Collection | dreamgreendiy.com

I don’t know about your state, but we’ve experienced lots of spring-like temperatures (and freak thunderstorms, too) here in Virginia, which is making me feel like we’ve jumped head-first into the next season before it has even officially started. I’m kind of okay with it though, seeing as spring is practically my favorite time of year.

Like most people at the turn of the seasons, I’m taking a long, hard look at my closet in anticipation of the weather shift. Truth be told, I’m not very good at clothes shopping for myself, and shoe shopping is one of those tasks that I do only grudgingly. The result is that my shoe collection is—to put it lightly—ancient and grubby. I tend to choose a shoe and stick with just that single pair all season long, and you can tell.

It was the moment this past weekend that I pulled out my trusty pair of (old and dusty) Birkenstocks that I realized it was time to invest in a collection of new spring shoes. So, I’ve spent the morning pulling together a dozen options that will complete my warm-weather footwear in one fell swoop. Which of these 12 catches your eye?

  1. J.Crew, Canvas Espadrille Wedges ($82.50)
  2. TOMS, Speckled Classic Slip-On ($35.37)
  3. Adidas, ‘Stan Smith’ Sneaker ($74.95)
  4. BP., Sophie Lace-Up Flat ($59.95)
  5. Birkenstock, ‘Arizona’ Soft Footbed Sandal ($134.95)
  6. Hunter, Original High Gloss Boot ($150)
  7. J.Crew, Crisscross Ankle-Strap Sandals ($41.50)
  8. J.Crew, Morgan Woven Peep-Toe D’Orsay Flats ($62.50)
  9. J.Crew, Olive Suede Pumps ($79.99)
  10. J.Crew, Cora Suede Tassel Loafers ($49)
  11. J.Crew, Perforated Loafers ($62.50)
  12. Vans, Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($59.95)

Oh, and while I have you, I just wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for the advice, suggestions, and kind words of support you all shared following Friday’s post. Dealing with my travel anxiety feels more manageable knowing that I’m not alone, plus I feel far more prepared to face the effects now that I have so many tips to try out. I just wanted to reiterate how much I appreciate all of the sweet comments and messages. You all are priceless to me! Thank you!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Everything You Need For Your Coffee Station | dreamgreendiy.com

As a 2-person family that enjoys two—sometimes four—cups of coffee every single morning, a small section of our kitchen has inevitably turned into a coffee station.

We have two different kinds of coffee makers set up (a Keurig that we use everyday, and a Nespresso machine that we use when occasional cravings arises), plus canisters for coffee-filled K-cups and sugar. We even have supplies for a French press and a regular programmable coffeemaker that we keep stowed under the cabinet for when we feel like going “old school.”

Case in point, if you’re thinking of setting up your own coffee or tea station at home, this collection of a dozen accessories below should have you outfitted in no time.

  1. Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans ($24.69)
  2. Silicone Paper Towel Holder ($34.99)
  3. 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker ($54.17)
  4. Osaka Titanium Coated Pour Over Cone Dripper ($19.99)
  5. Glass Reusable Coffee Cup ($25.24)
  6. Milk Container ($10.71)
  7. Linen and Cotton Dish Cloth ($21)
  8. Smeg 1.7-Liter Kettle ($127.35)
  9. Coffee and Tea French Press ($34.99)
  10. Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder ($16.81)
  11. Mug Stack, Set of 4 ($56.90)
  12. Sweeper and Funnel (it somehow already sold out but here’s a pretty alternative!)

I’ve personally got my eye on that gold Pour Over Cone Dripper and the sweeper and funnel—I don’t mind admitting that I tend to get more coffee grounds on the counter and kitchen floor than into the filter. Did I miss anything you would have included? Link it up in the comments below!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Twelve People To Add To Your Instagram Feed | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s probably no surprise—and certainly no secret—that Instagram is my favorite social media platform of all. I’m constantly pulling inspiration from those I follow, and I love to post things to my own feed, too. It’s admittedly a challenge to continue coming up with cohesive snapshots to share over on Instagram, but I love putting in the time to make sure I show an authentic peek into my daily life.

That said, I notice that I tend to get a little bored and impatient scrolling through my home feed every couple of months. After seeing roughly the same type of images and promotions day in and day out, I find myself craving something new, so I’ll often pop over to that Explore tab in order to follow along with some brand new people.

This list of a dozen designers, creatives, photographers, and fellow bloggers below is a roundup of the Instagram accounts I’m particularly loving lately. Some of them I’ve been following along with for years, whereas others are new subscriptions for me, but each and every one of them has something beautiful and inspiring and motivating to share. If you’re looking to mix things up on your own Instagram feed, this “Done In A Dozen” collection will do just that in an instant!

  1. @themerrythought
  2. @shelbygoodman
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @houseofsixinteriors
  5. @glitterguide
  6. @andrewknapp
  7. @designlovefest
  8. @oleanderandpalm
  9. @ginny_macdonald (photo by @tessaneustadt)
  10. @freshexchange
  11. @almostmakesperfect
  12. @alexmichaelmay

Oh, and did you hear the news? The Dream Green DIY team has grown! After announcing last month that I was on the hunt for a Marketing Intern to assist me with building a creative community, I received so many incredible emails and messages from those of you who chose to apply.

I had the chance to chat with a handful of really incredible women, and after all was said and done, I decided to offer the role to Nikki McIntosh of Wise Apple Vintage. Happily, she accepted, and I’m so excited to work with her to build on new ideas and to offer all of you a fresh perspective.

You’ll find her over on the Dream Green DIY Facebook page engaging with readers and igniting fun conversations centered around DIY, home design, and so much more. Please join me in offering Nikki an extra warm welcome in the comments below and over on Facebook here!

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5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

So, you’ve started a business of your own—congratulations! There’s practically nothing more thrilling as a working creative than finally stepping out on your own, and taking on the role of “boss.” You essentially now have your entire professional future in your hands, and along with that comes the power to design a customized career that truly fulfills you.

Almost three years ago, I did just that and have never looked back. Going full-time as a freelance writer and blogger has been the most incredible experience of my life, and I thank my lucky stars daily that this is what I do for a living. There’s no doubt that it’s my dream job, but there’s also zero doubt that it is a JOB. While I’ve never been more excited about my work, it’s also undeniably the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There’s no rest for this weary girl, and no one can get my work done but me. Sick days? Yeah, those don’t exist. Vacations? HAHA! But, of course, it’s all worth the hustle.

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

One thing that has been invaluable in my growth as a content creator is my media kit. I send out my 5-page PDF brand breakdown numerous times throughout the day to prospective clients, and I know it has helped me land more than one dream partnership.

In case you’re looking to boost your own marketing sheet or media kit—whether you’re a blogger, wedding photographer, party planner, or any other type of working creative—I invite you to read on for the five elements of a good media kit, plus you can click here to view my own media kit (with redacted rates in the name of privacy)for inspiration.

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

5 Elements Of A Good Media Kit:

  1. Put your best face forward: It’s important that your media kit be a welcoming introduction to you and your brand, so don’t forget to include a small “About Me” section (including your location!) to describe how long you’ve been working and what your passions are. Give your brand a personal edge, and companies may be more inclined to invest in your work.
  2. Make it on-brand: Utilize the same colors and specific design elements (think: circles, boxes, icons, etc.) that you use on your actual blog or portfolio website. This will ensure cohesion across all of your marketing materials.
  3. Showcase your work: If you’re a wedding photographer, include at least one or two visual examples of your work somewhere on your media kit, whether that’s within the design of the main pages, or on the cover itself. The same goes for DIY or design bloggers—add a few photos of your completed projects to show potential clients and brands the type of content and/or imagery you can create for them.
  4. Include your stats: You don’t need to include your entire analytics for 2016, but do give a general idea of your audience so that recipients of your kit know how big your influence is and how far your reach goes.
  5. Break down your rates: A major component of any media kit is the rates sheet. This page offers a clear overview of general investment options and package rates. Don’t forget to include a detailed itemized list of what each package includes if you decide to organize your rate sheet that way. It’s also good to call out the fact that custom options are available upon request so that you show how willing you are to work with a particular budget—within reason, of course!
  6. BONUS! I recently added a step-by-step illustration of the time that go into making a sponsored post at the end of my media kit, and I think that it has been instrumental in boosting brand and client awareness of the value I’m able to offer for their money. Click here for more of my thoughts on this topic!

5 Things Your Blog Media Kit Needs To Include | dreamgreendiy.com

Whether you put your PDF media kit together yourself or you work with a professional graphic designer, these tips should help you ace that first point of contact with interested professional partners. Did I miss anything important that you can think of? Leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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How I Manage To Get To Inbox Zero Every Day | dreamgreendiy.com

One of the fastest day-killers in my line of work (and probably yours, too) are emails. I get hundreds of messages a day from teammates, PR companies, editors, robots, and readers. Most of these I love to get and respond to (at the top of the list are messages from you guys!), but other types of emails have the tendency to waste a lot of valuable time.

In order to help streamline the process, I’ve worked a number of different processes into the way I manage my email responses. From filing and unsubscribing, to custom replies set up ahead of time, these five tricks below all help me get to “Inbox Zero” by the end of almost every single day, and ultimately keep my stress level under control, too. Read on for details!

How To Get To “Inbox Zero” Every Day

  1. Set up canned responses: I have a huge collection of pre-drafted responses set up in my Gmail account that allow me to decline offers, explain my sponsored post rates and policies, and even pitch a new partnership within a matter of seconds. Long 3-4 paragraph emails can be drafted, personalized, and sent literally in the time it takes me to enjoy one sip of coffee. Canned responses in Gmail allow me to hustle through tedious email responses faster than ever before. Let me know if you’d like a separate blog post about how to set these up for yourself!
  2. Create a digital filing system: I treat my inbox like a to-do list. As soon as I finish a task or respond to an email, I move it over to its respective labeled folder. I have folders for sponsored partnerships, reader questions, events, taxes, bills, and many more. Using canned responses to get those emails out faster and then filing things away helps keep my inbox clear and controlled throughout the day. If you take nothing else away from this post, these first two tips are the big ones!
  3. Just delete it: If you can tell that a person drafted an email and then just changed your name in the salutation (or, worse, if they get your name wrong), just delete it. If you’re a blogger, you’re probably very familiar with these types of messages. They’re typically from PR reps who send out massive releases to brands and content creators, and little if any of the message is changed from recipient to recipient. If not a lot of effort was put into sending me a personal message, than I often don’t put a ton of effort into responding. Most of the time I just delete these. Of course, there are exceptions, and (don’t get me wrong) I love to connect with creative brands and PR reps, but that’s not always the case, and you can usually tell whether or not an email deserves a personal response. My assumption? The person will follow up if it really is a personalized message worthy of a closer look!
  4. Add a disclaimer: Over a year ago, I decided that enough was enough and I needed to shut my computer and email down after 5pm. So, I added a quick one-line disclaimer to my email signature: “Please note that my office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. To keep up with my challenge to be more productive and intentional this season, click through to Glitter Guide here!” This goes out to every single person I email so that everyone is aware of my email habits. The cool thing is that, ever since adding the disclaimer, I’ve noticed I get far less emails after 5pm! This is another one of those couldn’t-be-easier tricks, that takes just a moment to set up but goes a long way toward minimizing unnecessary emails.
  5. Hit “Unsubscribe”: You can try signing up for a service to help you automatically get rid of spammy email subscriptions, or you can do what I do and simply hit “Unsubscribe.” I do this manually whenever I notice that I’ve gotten a message or alert that I no longer need (or never even signed up for). If you’re diligent about unsubscribing, you should notice that getting to “Inbox Zero” is a lot easier each day.

Do you have any other tips and tricks to share? How do you get to “Inbox Zero” every day? I’d love for you to leave your suggestions (and questions!) in the comments below so that we can all learn from each other.

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Everything You Need For Your Modern Living Room Makeover | dreamgreendiy.com

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a bit of makeover motivation? Today, in honor of our own living room refresh, I’m sharing a roundup of products that have inspired me to up the ante in our main gathering space. I’ve long been a fan of just about everything West Elm does, and this collection of curated items is just a small peek into the pieces I’m loving from the brand this season.

Lately, I’ve been really inspired by and drawn to neutral textiles, metallic gold detailing, exposed wood grains, and shades of blue. The proof, of course, is in this lineup pictured above and linked to below. While a lot of the accents and furniture I’m calling out today collectively require a sizable investment, I think it’s pretty safe to say that none of it will go out of style any time soon. The other good news is that the dozen pieces can be paired with bolder decor should you (or I!) decide to switch things up with a brighter palette in a year or two.

  1. Embroidered Horizon Pillow Cover ($39)
  2. Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planter ($169)
  3. Sphere + Stem Table Lamp ($159)
  4. Mid-Century Bar Cabinet ($699)
  5. Large Curved Basket ($39)
  6. Reactive Glaze Vases ($12-59)
  7. Cotton Canvas Stained Glass Curtain ($49)
  8. Traced Diamond Kilim Rug ($239)
  9. Macrame Diamond Pillow Cover ($39)
  10. Warmest Throw ($39)
  11. Kiko Futon Sofa ($719)
  12. Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror ($199)

Most of these items have found their way into our real life living room, and I’m just bursting at the seams to show you the new look. Stay tuned later on this month for the full tour, to include our living room, dining space, and even our kitchen, too! Now, I want to know: what’s your favorite pick in the list above? Tell me in the comments below.

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

I really hate to kick this post off on such a negative note, but wow…It has been a doozy of a week. I’ve tried to downplay things here on the blog, but John and I have been struggling through quite a few household headaches that have left us both absolutely exhausted at the end of each day. Suffice it to say, copious amounts of wine have been (responsibly) consumed this week.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

I don’t ever want to seem like I’m not grateful for all of the wonderful things we enjoy in our lives, because we’ve got a lot to revel in—a happy marriage, a sweet pack of pets to love, a beautiful home that’s more than enough for all of us to enjoy. Cars though? Yeah, that’s the brunt of our concerns right now.

Long story long, we decided to sell my car on a whim, and the deal happened a lot quicker than we anticipated. So, then we were down to one car. Next up, John got his car (our only car at that point) inspected and a crumbling frame landed us with a “Rejected” sticker. Hundreds of dollars later, we’re still only partly through the process of getting his car back to approved order. While his SUV was in the shop, we had to borrow a car from our gracious friends, and all the while we were on the hunt for a new car for me.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

The almost hilarious part of this saga is that we found and purchased a super clean new (ish) Subaru for me, but upon getting it home, found out that it has a mid-drive stalling issue. Yesterday morning, I watched my “brand new” beloved car get towed away to our dealer’s mechanic, and that left us back down to our borrowed friends’ car and John’s illegal SUV. Again, it’s an utter enormous mess, and I probably shouldn’t have relayed all of that to you, but I guess I needed to get it off my chest.

Did I mention that I found out this week that I also probably need to get my tonsils taken out? I’m basically considering a glass of wine with my morning cereal at this point (kidding).

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what the heck all of these idyllic park photos now have to do with our car woes. Well, amidst the chaos and confusion of our delinquent modes of transportation, John and I have had to get serious about stress relief. Of course, these things weren’t really under our control, so we just had to accept each bad break as they came and then work on devising a solution. It was leaving us drained and weary, but the good news is that we’re enjoying some pretty comfortable temperatures here in Virginia this week. So, one mid-week afternoon right smack in the middle of all these crap circumstances, we decided to take a long, long walk through the local Serenity Garden.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

This cancer awareness garden sits alongside the South River at Ridgeview Park, and is just a mile or two from our house. Whenever we find ourselves at our whit’s end, we almost always agree that it’s time to head toward the Serenity Garden. Between the beautiful, lovingly planted landscaping and its proximity to the river, it practically can’t be beat. We soaked up every fresh breath that day, and spent more than a few extra minutes looking into the rippling, rushing water of the river.

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A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.comAlthough we’re dealing with quite a bit right now, we’re not so disheartened to ignore the fact that our lives revolve around some of the best stuff this world has to offer—this outdoor oasis being one of them. In case you’re dealing with some negative stuff right now, or if your week has just been an exceptionally busy or stressful one, I hope you’ll consider taking a few minutes to head out to your favorite spot for some fresh air and sunshine. There might not be any better medicine out there for stress and heartache.

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

Thanks, as always, for listening (and watching—there’s another video for you below if you keep scrolling!) and here’s hoping that you enjoy a wonderful weekend, however you decide to spend it. Your kind comments and words of encouragement never cease to add positivity to my day, and I really needed it this week. You’ll never, ever know just how much I appreciate you. Thank you…

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A Mid-Week Walk Through The Serenity Garden | dreamgreendiy.com

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Everything You Need For Your Mental Health Day | dreamgreendiy.com

I think I may be in the minority here, but it has taken me ages to gather momentum this new year. I feel like I’m only just now getting my feet back underneath me after the madness of the holiday season, which has put a bit of a strain on my work ethic. Let’s just say that it has been a struggle for me to muster the energy to pull myself out of bed in the morning before 8:00AM—and I’m usually a morning person!

All this to say that I could stand to have a mental health day pretty soon. A day to push reset on my creative energies, to indulge in a little “me” time, and to dive down deep into an encouraging read or two. If you’re feeling the same call toward stimulating your mental health, I’ve rounded up 12 pieces that I think could get both of us well on our way to more daily joy.

Whether it’s an extra cup of coffee (or, better yet, replacing your go-to Joe with tea!), a sweet-smelling candle, cozy sweater, new bedding, or an oil diffuser, this collection will have you feeling settled in no time. I even included a collection of Bento-type boxes so that you and I can work on prepping balanced lunches ahead of time to decrease anxiety! These pieces are meant to act as small steps in adding calm back into our chaotic lives, and each encourages extra forethought in making sure stress stays far, far away. Are you up to the challenge?

  1. Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mug ($15.99)
  2. Jonathan Adler Pop Candle, Champagne ($28.09)
  3. The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day ($22.92)
  4. J.Crew, Cambridge Cable Turtleneck Sweater ($59.99)
  5. Sunsella Buddy Boxes ($7.99)
  6. Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living ($13.79)
  7. Wood Ultrasonic Aroma Oil Diffuser ($44.99)
  8. Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones ($299)
  9. 100% Cotton Knit Throw ($89)
  10. Snuggle-Pedic Ultra-Luxury Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow ($59.99)
  11. Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path ($15.39)
  12. Herbivore Botanicals, Dead Sea Bath Salts ($24)

Oh, and I have another blogging update for you! Although I’m starting it off small, I launched a new Shop page over the weekend! Click over to see the small collection of pieces, and check back each week as I plan to add new items frequently. I’m excited to have a new space to share the things I’m loving right now, and hope you enjoy the inspiration it provides, too.

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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