10 Reasons You Should Take a Hot Bath

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I just finished taking a hot bath, which is one of my favorite things to do, and it’s the inspiration behind this post. It always makes me feel mentally and physically great at the same time, so I figured I would list some reasons why you should take a hot bath.

It’s euphoric.
Sure it can be enjoyable to take a bath in general, but a hot bath is even more euphoric. Especially when it burns when you first get in. For the same reason many people enjoy spicy food, your brain releases endorphins, which is an enjoyable effect. I also really enjoy the feeling I get after I get out of the water as my body temperature gradually returns to normal.

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Things I Love About the 90’s

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I was born in the late 80’s, but I’m a straight up 90’s kid. My earliest memories are when I was 3 years old (which I turned in late 1991), so I have plenty of memories from this truly awesome decade. If I had to pick one decade that is my absolutely favorite, it is most definitely the 90’s. Here is a list of some of my favorite things about the 90’s.

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My Life in the Early 2000’s

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My 6th grade yearbook.

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. 2000-2005 is probably one of the most prominent periods in my life. It’s funny because as an adult, 5 years seems like nothing. It literally goes by in the blink of an eye. However, this particular half-decade seems like it waged on forever. I definitely think a lot of things that happened helped shape my life and the person I am today.

▪ I spent tons of time at the skating rink. I always took my own rollerblades along because I preferred them to traditional skates.

▪ I also loved to ride my bike around the neighborhood a lot.

▪ I was in middle school during most of this time, in which I would get my first set of failing grades.

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Five Faves on Friday #8: Essential Oils

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Some people seem to think that roll-on essential oils are like perfumes. That is not the case. In fact, I really only smell the oils for a very short time after applying them, and then I can’t smell them anymore. They actually work by penetrating your skin. You apply them to pulse points, such as your wrist, temples, neck, and even the bottoms of your feet. Since pure essential oils are really strong and are not supposed to be put on your skin, they are diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), which you can rub on your skin. Your body then absorbs the natural oils which can have physical and mental benefits.

There are the skeptics who think that essential oils are pointless, but I personally like them and think they have benefited me by using them. Of course, they’re not a miracle cure by any means, but I think they can be helpful to an extent. Below are five of my favorite blends I like to use, all purchased from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mythic Mist.

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Five Faves on Friday #6: Wax Melts

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit obsessed with wax melts. I’m constantly burning them, which makes my room smell amazing. This weeks Five Favorites on Friday will feature some of my favorite scents from one of my favorite shops on Etsy, House Warming Wax Melts. Not only are the scents amazing, but she decorates each of her wax melts, which makes them even more awesome. Plus, they’re super affordable at only $3.50 a pack. (The seller only ships within the United States though).

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Hippie Chick
This is an Earthy scent. The best way to describe it is that it smells similar to incense. I believe this one is my favorite out of all of them. The smell is incredibly calming for me.

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Scramblin’ Spiders
Despite the name and decoration, this is a very light scent. It reminds me of freshly washed laundry or being at a spa.

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Circus Magic
This wax melt is the perfect level of sweet without being too overbearing. It’s a perfect blend of cotton candy and apples.

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Coconut Rose
If you love the smell of coconut, and you love the smell of roses, then you will love this. It’s the perfect blend of both.

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Fruity Pebbles
This literally smells just like the cereal. If you’re a fruity pebbles fan, you will love it.

What It’s Like To Be An Only Child

As an only child, I would like to share some of my thoughts and experiences about what it has been like. It certainly has its advantages and disadvantages.

Pros:

  • I never had to deal with sibling rivalry growing up. I fought enough with my mother, so it was nice not having to worry about bickering with anyone else.
  • I never had to share my room, my clothes, or my toys with anyone else.
  • I never had to worry about who was the favorite among my parent’s because I was their one and only.
  • As the only one, my parents attention was always focused on me.
  • When I had sleepovers, my friends and I could enjoy ourselves without worrying about a sibling crashing the party.
  • I didn’t have to worry about competing with anyone growing up, whether it be grades or other achievements.
  • I got to have the house to myself a lot. As an introvert, the quiet alone time was very much appreciated.

Cons:

  • I don’t get to experience that special bond that many siblings seem to have.
  • I’ll never get to be an Aunt, unless I get married to someone with siblings. Even then, I won’t be biologically related.
  • I never had someone that could stick up for me, particularly when I was heavily bullied in school. My friends had abandoned me and joined the bullies, and I was on my own.
  • When my parents get sick, I will have the sole responsibility of taking care of them.
  • When my parents die, I don’t have siblings that I can lean on for support. Likewise, I’ll likely be left to pay for and plan funeral/burial arrangements.
  • I’m the only person who can give my mom a grandchild. Granted the decision to have children is solely up to me, but I know that she really wants to be a grandmother. I’m starting to worry it’s never going to happen, since I’m almost 29 and still single. I know I’ve still got time, but the thought that it might not be something that happens has crossed my mind. I had to see the sadness in my mother’s face when her fourth and final sibling announced that she was going to be a grandmother this year. My mom is the only one left, and it must be hard on her watching it happen for everyone else around her. It’s a big burden for me to carry just knowing that.
  • To this day, I still don’t like to share. I blame that on never having to share growing up. I’ve been called stingy more than once, and it’s true.
  • Some people think that if you’re an only child, you’re spoiled and have everything handed to you on a silver platter. That’s never been the case for me at all. Quite the contrary. In fact, one of the reasons my parents only had one child was because that was all they could afford.

Five Faves on Friday #4: Books

This weeks Five Favorites on Friday is going to feature five of my favorite books that I really enjoyed reading.

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Go Ask Alice
This is my favorite book of all time. It takes place in the 1970’s, and is in the form of a diary. It documents a girl’s life as she experiments with drugs and runs away from home.

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Crank
Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors, and I have a lot of her books. She writes in verse, so it takes some time to get used to, but her stories really end up sucking you in. Crank is the first of several books that follows character Kristina’s descent into Crystal Meth addiction. It was inspired by the author’s own daughter. “Glass” is the second book, which I also love, followed by “Fallout”.

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Burned
This is another book by Ellen Hopkins that I was really sucked into. It is the story of Pattyn, a teenager, who grew up in a strict Mormon household. She longs to break free and gain the freedom to become her own person. She goes to live with her Aunt, where she meets a boy named Ethan. They soon fall in love, but this relationship becomes a big problem when Pattyn’s father finds out about it. I won’t go into anymore detail, but I will say that this book is a sad one.

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Lucy in the Sky
This is basically a modernized version of Go Ask Alice. It’s also in diary format, and it takes place in modern day. While I definitely enjoyed Go Ask Alice more, I still really liked this book as well.

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The Hunger Games
I read this book before the movie was released, and I was super sucked into the story. Suzanne Collins has a good way of writing that makes it easy to follow the story and anticipate what’s going to happen next.