{Girl On A Budget} 5 Ways to Treat Yourself

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It feels like these are the days where you are doing everything for everyone else, but yourself. You’re a wife, mom, friend, sister, employee, chauffeur, therapist, and so much more that sometimes it’s hard to make “me time” to pamper yourself. It’s easy to get burnt out from the daily grind and hustle and bustle. I feel it often too, and there are times where I just need some time to myself to feel rejuvenated. There are the obvious ways to treat yourself like a mani/pedi or shopping trip, but I wanted to share some inexpensive ways to feel a little more refreshed.

{Explore}  Find a new coffee shop, farmers market, or antique shop in your town. Travel is always good for the soul, but when your budget and time constrain you, why not “travel” locally and find a new place to checkout in your neighborhood or in towns around you. You don’t have to live in a big city and you don’t have to spend much. I’m sure there are plenty of places in the suburbs around you that you have yet to discover. Local Tip: If you are in the Chicago suburbs, I highly recommend Conscious Cup in Crystal Lake. They are a *conscious* and family owned coffee shop, that do almost everything in house. I just love their Almond Milk Mocha Latte.

{Get Active} If you have been cooped up all day indoors at the office or home, and just need a breath of fresh air (literally), one of my favorite things to do is take a quick stroll in our neighborhood. It allow you to clear your head, and get some vitamin D. If you live in the suburbs, you may not have lake views like you do if you were in the city strolling down the beach paths of Lake Michigan, but there are some beautiful places in the suburbs to get a few steps in. Local Tip: Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, IL is stunning year round (it’s also where we got married!) and offers so many outdoor activities, including bike paths, walk/run paths, and water activities.

{Buy} Sometimes you just need to treat yourself to some really beautiful flowers. I love having fresh flowers in the home, but hate spending so much on them. I work from home the majority of the week, and it’s nice to have some beautiful and fragrant flowers to make our apartment smell good. Local Tip: Trader Joe’s is my favorite place to pick up flowers. They always have flowers that are in season and a single bouquet of Stock flowers is only $4, and are totally beautiful!

{Create} You know all of those DIY’s that you have have saved to your pinterest board and have never done (I know you do it, because I do it too!), well take an afternoon and try something new. You’ll feel accomplished even if it doesn’t turn out exactly like the original post. Local Tip: Learn a new skill and take up classes at your local Paper Source or Michael’s Store.

{Read} Sometimes it’s really nice to get away from all things digital. When you are surrounded by the your phone, computer, and TV, it’s hard to not disconnect. I’m not a big book reader, but even if you aren’t a reader, a great magazine will do just as good! Light your favorite candle, and find a cozy spot. Local Tip: If you’re looking for some great candle selections, I love the ones from Bath and Body Works. They last forever, and always have great seasonal scents.

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