I thought it would be fun to share some little splurges, guilty pleasures, and habits that don’t take too much, but give a lot to my everyday life. These are things that I have found myself enjoying, sharing with friends, and implementing in my life more and more over the past few years (or months). So in no particular order, here they are!
- Fancy, delicious-smelling hand soap
I spend a lot of time washing my hands (especially with diaper changes and frequent trips to the bathroom… hello newborn and pregnancy life!). So why not make it as enjoyable as possible? My favorite for the past couple years has been Mrs. Meyer’s (basil or lavender and ALWAYS pine during the holidays), but I just recently started branching out. It’s fun to smell different scents at the store and then enjoy a new one for a few weeks at home!
- Kerrygold butter
Last year when I went through all my dietary changes, I came across Kerrygold butter as being a bit better for dairy sensitivities. Now that I’m not staying away from dairy as much, I’m still obsessed with this butter! It’s definitely more expensive, but so much more flavorful!
I love having a candle burning while I’m home, especially in the winter. Candles are one of the splurges that I’ll use my pocket money on every month or two, and I never regret it!
- Konmari folding
After watching the new Netflix series with Marie Kondo, I’ve gotten into the Konmari folding method, and I have to say I really love it! Not only does it save tons of drawer space, it’s also pretty fun and makes everything look so neat and tidy.
- Adding chocolate chips to smoothies
My brother-in-law introduced me to this idea at Christmas and there’s no going back now! Chocolate chips in smoothies add the perfect crunch, and who doesn’t love an excuse to get more chocolate in their diet?!
- Listening to podcasts during monotonous tasks
AKA driving across town, doing dishes, folding laundry, etc. Learning, being inspired, or laughing along with my favorite podcasts makes the most boring parts of life so much better!
- Colorful pens and markers
It makes me happy when I pull out my Bible Study in the morning to sift through my bag of colorful pens and markers to underline and take notes. Could I just do it with a simple black pen? Sure! But if colorful ones bring me joy, why not? (I love these and these!)
- No overhead lights in the evening
Say it with me—AMBIANCE. It’s your friend, especially in MN winters. So in the evenings, I try to do as many lamps and candles as possible and keep the overhead lighting to a minimum. I’ve specifically started doing this during our bedtime routine time in our bedroom to help my brain start to prepare for sleeping.
- Body scrub & butter
This one has been a total pregnancy splurge! There’s something so luxurious feeling about scrubbing my belly with delicious body sugar scrub in the shower and then massaging some thick butter on afterwards. Top with a fluffy robe and we’re feeling straight up spa-like in here!
- Reading in bed at night
Another nighttime habit I’ve been cultivating is reading in bed before bedtime. Even if it’s just a couple pages, I feel like reading in bed is a helpful way to unwind and get away from my phone right before bed. I don’t do it every night, but on the nights that I do, it always feels so cozy!
So tell me! What are some of your favorite splurges or habits that make your daily life better? What have you been enjoying lately? I’m 100% a recommendations gal, so comment below and let me know! Who knows… maybe it will become my 11th on this list!
Love, Team Douglas