5 Ways I De-Stress [My Tips & Tricks]

Happy Friday loves! Hope you have had a great week and have some fun weekend plans ahead. We are planning to spend our second weekend in Boston exploring more! I want to try to visit the Public Garden and also the South End because one of my friends gave us some great restaurant recommendations there.

Today I wanted to share my tips for decompressing and what I do to cope with stress! I have struggled with anxiety for years and I used to not manage it well at ALL. I would just sit there in my own head letting it fester which would result in panic attacks and it also took a toll on my health in general. We also have obviously had a very stressful few months leading up to the move but there are several things that I have relied on for YEARS to get me through taxing times!

1.) Work Out--I know this might be a cliche answer and I remember a few years ago when I was going through a rough patch and wasn't working out at all, I would just roll my eyes when my mom or anyone would suggest working out more to relieve stress. But truly...I believe it is the main reason I have managed stress so well the last few years! I started getting really into fitness the year leading up to the wedding and I have been consistent with it since then. Obviously I love seeing the physical results, but the main reason I do it is because nothing works better than going to the gym after a really tough day at work. It also helps me sleep better at night!
2.) Get outside for some fresh air--Steven and I LOVE going for walks or when we had our house just sitting on our deck with a cup of coffee. There is something about being in the sunshine that is so good for the soul! I love anything that involves being out in nature which I think surprises a lot of people because I definitely seem like an indoor girl. I will say...I do have limits though which include no sleeping in nature haha! 
3.) Read a good book--I definitely go through phases with reading a ton and not reading at all. Sometimes I just can't get my mind to focus but lately I have been on a reading kick and will do a post soon on the books I have been loving! I find reading before bed to be best because it helps my mind shut out any stressful thoughts before going to sleep. Leave any good book recommendations below!
4.) Pamper yourself--This one doesn't have to mean paying for an expensive massage or mani/pedi although I do enjoy those things--don't get me wrong! The main way I pamper myself though is just by taking a long shower (I don't like baths), lighting a candle, putting on a cozy robe and a face mask and enjoying a glass of wine. Seriously...does anything sound better? I do this a lot on Friday nights if we don't have plans or Sundays!
5.) Cook a fun dinner (by yourself or with your partner)--This one I never thought I would say because I used to HATE cooking but the last year or so I really have enjoyed it. I think it's because I have changed my mindset completely! I look forward to it because it keeps my mind occupied. I also think pouring a glass of wine while cooking helps! If you and your spouse are on the same schedule, it's so nice if you can cook with them. Steven and I really love that! 

Hope y'all found these tips helpful and enjoyed this post! 


The LBD You NEED this Summer + FF Link-Up!

Dress: Asos, Sandals: SheIn (Sold out, similar here), Bag: Etsy (identical here and here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban
Happy Wednesday loves! It has been a MINUTE since I've done an outfit post. I will say that Boston has so many great backdrops for these outfit shoots so I am VERY excited to start sharing more. This dress was perfect for our first day exploring the city! So breezy and effortless. I also am loving the button detail trend. I have a couple dresses with this detail and some shirts. I think it's SO adorable and trendy but still timeless!
Side note: these photos were taken right next to the oldest restaurant in the United States! So cool right?!
[Also linking up with Pumps and Push Ups, The Blended Blog, Style Elixir, Style on the Daily, Trend Spin]


Our First Week in Boston! (In Pictures)

Happy Monday loves! This post is going to just be pretty photo heavy because I actually started back at work today and have a ton to catch up on. Sharing what we did on our first week living in Boston!
After a very long weekend of moving and unpacking, Monday we decided to leave our new place and get margs/Mexican food at Papagayo in Somerville!
Tuesday we spent exploring Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market and the whole Boston harbor area!

We grabbed lobster rolls at James Hook & Co. and these will definitely be hard to top! A friend of ours did say he thinks they are the best in Boston!
On Wednesday afternoon we went down to see the Public Library then walked around Newbury Street/Commonwealth Ave!

We grabbed dinner at Buttermilk and Bourbon on Commonwealth and it was REALLY good. Yummy tapas and drinks!
After dinner we went to our first Red Sox game and they won! Such a blast.

Thursday morning I met a friend for brunch at Little Donkey in Cambridge! Very cool atmosphere and loved the eclectic menu.
Friday night we grabbed dinner and drinks at the River Bar in Somerville. OBSESSED with this spot and their food was amazing!

Saturday we explored downtown Boston and the harbor area again! They had a ton of vendors set up throughout the city, a farmer's market, and more!

We are lucky enough to have family in the Cape so we had a big get together on Sunday! My parents are actually up visiting the Cape for the week too so it was nice to be able to see them again so soon after the move. If you're ever in the Cape we did a little wine tasting at Cape Cod Winery and it was only $10 for yummy wine and such a cute atmosphere!

[Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston]