Keep Calm and Relax On


Hi guys! It’s Sydnee! As you may know we’re going with a bit of a theme this week with “keep calm” we were inspired to do this because life has many stresses and since it is my second week of school it is time that I brush up on ways I can de-stress. I figured that I would share some ways to de-stress and relax after work or school with you so we can all chill together!

Light a candle

Lighting a candle is not really a way to relax but it certainly helps you in relaxing especially when it is a cozy smell. The candle I am currently burning is called “Cinnamon Pecan Buns” it is a very fall smell that is super relaxing and is perfect after a hard day of school and/or work.

Read a book

Reading a book is probably one of my favorite ways to relax. Reading not only just a fun thing to do that expands your imagination, it is a great form of stress relief that actually works faster than other stress relief methods such as drinking hot tea and listening to music. A study at the University of Sussex in 2009 stated that reading reduces stress by 68%. Reading also lowers your heart rate and calms muscle tension. Any kind of genre will do but for a great escape, fiction is the way to go. Here are the Goodreads links to the books in the picture:

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Watch a movie or TV show

This is probably the most effortless form of stress relief because you literally choose a film or show and lay down, that honestly sounds amazing right now. Some movies that are great for the endings of long days are “You’ve Got Mail”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “13 going on 30”. Some TV shows I like to watch after a long day are “Gilmore Girls”, “Brooklyn 99”, “Parks and Rec”, and “The Great British Baking Show”. None of the ones I listed are particularly stressful, after a hectic day the best shows are ones that end happily.


I know exercising does not seem very relaxing but exercising releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy! (Legally Blonde reference what a surprise) Maybe don’t go for a 3 mile sprint but a light jog or a walk is sure to do you some good especially if it is outside, nature is calming too. Other forms of light exercise would be yoga or a low intensity plyometric workout. Yoga is probably the best since it is a proven stress reliever and you’ll feel so much better after stretching out all of the tension filled muscles.

Start a Journal

I don’t have much experience journaling but I have seen many things about it on Pinterest and how good it is for you. There are all kinds of journaling, you can talk about your day like the olden days or you can create a specific journal like one for gratitude or a happy tracker. Maybe even a vent journal so you can put all of your negative thoughts on paper instead of keeping them in your head. I recommend looking up prompts on Pinterest if you’re interested! Also a cute journal is sure to keep you coming back if you plan on doing it consistently!

Eat a Snack

This snack can be healthy or indulgent or both. If you want to stick to a healthier snack go for some fruit with yogurt or maybe a small bowl of cereal. If you’re feeling a little indulgent I’d say go for a small bowl of ice cream, a slice of cake, a donut, or anything you feel like really but don’t go too overboard! Small indulgences are good for you so don’t be afraid to break out a little bit of your sweet tooth if you think it’ll help you relax.

Listen to Music

It’s hard for me to just sit and listen to music unless I’m in the car but listening to some calming music is a great way to de-stress. Some artists I recommend are Vance Joy, The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, and Lana Del Rey.

Take a Shower

Not only is this essential to everyday personal hygiene but showers can be quite relaxing. Warm water and complete alone time should always be cherished. Also a great way to make it more relaxing is to imagine everything that happened that day being rinsed off. It speeds up the de-stressing process and overall just makes you feel better.

Wear Comfy Clothes

When you have a chance to wear sweatpants and over-sized T-shirts please take it. Comfy clothes are the key to relieving stress. I like a good pair of athletic shorts and an old or just soft T-shirt. For PJ’s after a shower; make sure that they are your comfiest PJ’s because you deserve it.

Turn your phone off

Usually I would never suggest this because as a teenager I am glued to my phone but lately it has done me loads of good to just turn it off. I like social media and being online but sometimes it’s kind of overwhelming so when I turn my phone off I feel like there’s a weight off of my shoulders, like I can be invisible for a few hours and do things I enjoy that aren’t online like reading or going for a run outside.


That pretty much concludes my ways of de-stressing after school but there are loads more recommendations on Pinterest and such so check those out too. You can use these methods anytime, after or before school and/or work and lazy days. Remember that relieving stress is vital to you living your best life so use these methods and any other ones you find to give yourself the care you need.

Thank you for reading and remember…

Keep Calm and Relax On!

Poolside Must-Haves

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Since we’re getting into the hotter part of the summer, more time will be spent in the pool or sitting poolside. This post is all about what you need for a day out by the pool.

  1. Magazine

Magazines are essential to life just as well as by the pool. Any magazine will do, just make sure it has things that interest you! My magazine is the April issue of vogue featuring Selena Gomez.

  1. A good summer book

Once again it’s your choice what you read but summer reads out by the pool are the best. Over the summer I like to read fun and happy books then when it gets to fall I dive into darker and more paranormal reads. The book pictured is called “Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend” by Katie Finn. For a short description this book takes place in the Hamptons and follows best friends (or ex- best friends), a brother, and a whole lot of secrets . Sounds like Gossip Girl summer edition to me. Linked below is the Goodreads link for the book pictured as well as the links to other summer book recommendations!


“Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend” by Katie Finn

“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han

“Alex, Approximately” by Jenn Bennett

“The Siren” by Kiera Cass

  1. Cute Sunglasses

You’re outside where the sun is ceaseless, you’ll have to protect your eyes somehow so why not with some cute sunglasses? The ones in the picture are from Charming Charlie’s and if you’re lucky you might catch their deal going on which is 2 for $15 on sunglasses! They have a really wide selection of sunglasses so you’re bound to find at least one (or two) pairs you like!

  1. Cup/Tumbler to keep your drinks cold

Taking your cold drink outside in its original container is usually the cause of a hot/gross drink after about 10 minutes (5 in Arizona). To avoid your drink melting or getting hot I’d suggest a tumblr possibly of the Lilly Pulitzer variety. It is important to stay hydrated especially when you’re outside so my Lilly tumbler with ice cold water in it that lasts longer than bottles water. Another cup/ tumbler brand I recommend is Tervis, everyone in my family loves Tervis and we each have more than one in various sizes!

  1. Beach Towel

The beach towel in the picture is a basic pink striped one but our family owns a ton of beach towels. We have Disney, we have floral, we have Tommy Hilfiger, you name it we probably have it on a beach towel. Choose your very favorite beach towel and use it to sit on or to dry yourself off after a refreshing dip in the pool.

  1. Cute Pool Float

I saved the very best one for last. Pictured above is my beloved flamingo pool float that I got for my birthday. I love this float so much, it is big and stable enough to lay on it in normal clothes and be safe from tipping over but probably not safe if any unexpected cannonballs occur. Don’t limit yourself to just flamingo floats, in the background there is a popsicle  pool float that is adorable and was like $5 at Fry’s (Arizona’s Kroger store). Other floats I love are Donuts, pizza slices, swans (like the one Taylor Swift has, obviously), pineapples, seashells, and literally any other food item or bird you can think of. I believe that my Flamingo float was about $35 from Sam’s Club but there are plenty of other cute floats you can get without breaking the bank.



Not pictured is sunscreen! SPF is so important so find a sunscreen or tanning oil that you like and make sure it protects your skin enough to not cause any damage or severe sunburn! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure to take a nice dip in the pool for me!


What are your favorite poolside essentials? Let me know in the comments!