Sunday, March 20, 2016

nightly rituals // relaxing before bedtime

nightly rituals  // relaxing before bedtime
I love routine, I love rituals - they keep me grounded. 

Every morning I make our bed, each night it is impossible for me to go to bed with the dishes in the sink, dirty counter tops or an un-vacuumed floor. I actually get really anxious, to the point I can't relax until the above tasks are completed. It's the same with clutter, clutter and I do not get along but that is a story for another day.

nightly rituals  // relaxing before bedtime
In addition to a morning routine I have a nightly one too or a ritual  you could call it.
Dinner, a cup of decaf tea, the normal teeth brushing, lotioning of the hands and about an hour of reading in bed to decompress and settle in for bed.

 To this routine I have added the ritual of essential oil diffusing.

nightly rituals  // relaxing before bedtime
Through my partnership with NOW as a Wellness Influencer I was able to get my hands on my very own diffuser. It was love at first sight when I saw the Faux Wood Diffuser, it is even prettier in person. I had never used a diffuser before and was a little uncertain how it would work- but it is super easy! Drops of essential oil are dropped into the water basin with luke warm tap water, then screwed into the base. Press the power button and instant essential oil mist is born, which has an added benefit of adding moisture to the air as well.

There are 2 settings, one with a night light and one without.


  • Advanced Ultrasonic Atomization Technology
  • Stylish Design With LED Color Changing Night Light
  • 8½" H x 5" W
  • No Heat Involved/No Risk of Burns
  • Just Add Tap Water and Essential Oils
  • Runs Cool Steam Up To 8 Hours
  • Automatically Shuts Off
  • 2-in-1 Mini Air Humidifier Which Can Also Be Used For Aromatherapy
  • Revolutionary Way To Create Soothing and Therapeutic Atmosphere
  • Great For Home or Office
  • BPA-Free
  • Extremely Quiet
  • Easy to Clean

NOW® Solutions Wooden Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser unites scientific innovation with contemporary design to create an essential oil diffuser that's the perfect complement to your home or office. This attractive, flower-shaped diffuser is BPA-free and utilizes high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine aromatherapy mist. This diffusion method doesn't utilize heat, which maintains essential oil integrity and holistic properties. NOW® Solutions Wooden Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser is perfect for daily use and is a healthy alternative to synthetic room fresheners and scented candles.

nightly rituals  // relaxing before bedtime

I love the Clean Air Blend at night and am in love with the Tangerine during the waking hours. The tangerine essential oil is also heavenly in a warm bath with epsom salts + baking soda- it makes the entire bathroom smell amazing!

My go to nightly tea as of late has been the Green Tranquility - it is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day.

I would love for you to experience oil diffusing in your own home along with a cup of relaxing tea!
Now Solutions is giving one lucky reader the following!

(1) box of Green Tranquility Tea

(open to US Residents only)
 Enter below for your chance to win!

nightly rituals  // relaxing before bedtime

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(Diffuser in action!)

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*I was provided this product for review as a participant in the NOW Influencer Program #NOWWellness however all thoughts and opinions are my own

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30 comments:

  1. I love a cup of chamomile before bed and a cup (or three) of coffee in the morning. I can't believe you vacuum everyday! That's something that only happens every one or two weeks at our house, and 100% of the time it's my husband doing it. I'm glad that he vacuums, but it's not something that ever occurs to me.

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    1. Chamomile is a perfect before bed tea! We have a spot bot that does most of the vacuuming for us down stairs and I re vaccuum the hardwood and kitchen each day, I am a messy cook! and since I already have the vaccuum out I do a quick vac throughout the rest of downstairs - upstairs gets spot vacuumed pretty much once a week :)

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  2. Before bed I do some stretching and relaxation. I hit the coffee as soon as my feet hit the floor. PS: My hubby vacuums every day! Can you believe it?!?

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    1. I have always wanted to get into the habit of stretching before bed- this needs to become part of my routine!

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  3. I drink peppermint tea at night and I have prayer time in the morning.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I love cuddling with my dog before bed because she relaxes me more than anything. Breakfast is really important to me because that time of morning sets the tone for the whole day, so I try to make something tasty for myself and eat it in a calm manner. Even better if the sun is streaming in on my face! I also need to work out to feel calm and centered, so a day is not complete without some kind of workout or yoga. - Laryssa lawirstiuk[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Morning + Night cuddles are the best! Totally agree with you on breakfast, definitely sets the tone for the day

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  5. Oooh, I would love to win this one! Right now we are trying to get a good bedtime routine down for Felix so he will (hopefully!) start sleeping through the night. This would be the perfect addition, especially since the diffuser could also act as a night light! And the tea could be our celebration for when he goes down. A girl can dream, right?

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    1. I hope you do! The nightlight feature is awesome- it would be the perfect ritual for felix + you!

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  6. I am currently in the market for a diffuser so this would be perfect! Looks beautiful. And I have several NOW essential oils that would be perfect for nighttime :)

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  7. Thank you so much for the chance to win! One of my daily rituals is watching the news with a cup of coffee in the morning before work. I really look forward to it. :)
    ammauceri@gmail.com

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    1. When I don't have to be at work first thing in the morning I love catching up on my blog reading with up a cup a tea

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  8. Most importantly, I always start the day with lemon water and then green tea. And I always, always wind down with reading in bed before I turn the lights out. Otherwise I just never seem to relax!

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    1. We have almost identical routines morning + night!

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  9. I always end my day with a bath (usually with bath salts or lavender oil) and then reading in bed. Turning off screens has been so helpful & I get a lot more reading time in.

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    1. Just reading that is making me feel relaxed! The only electronic I bring in the bedroom is my Kindle for reading only, it make such a huge difference in terms of unwinding before bed if I don't have access to my phone or Ipad.

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  10. i use a humidifier and drink tea before bed!

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    1. Tea seems to be part of everyone's ritual!

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  11. Thanks for the chance. In the evenings I like to do a little crafting with chamomile tea and try to head to bed without electronics.

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  12. I love a nightly cup of tea with a magazine to read!

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  13. My nightly ritual is always reading on my kindle and I love to enjoy a little sweet treat too.

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  14. Wow. I really like the diffuser. I love, love, love grapefruit. I made body lotion and hand soap with my oil too. Nights are reading with my black tea. I call it wind down time. Lol.

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    1. I'll have to try the grapefruit - thanks for sharing!

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    2. I'll have to try the grapefruit - thanks for sharing!

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  15. Reading has been a nighttime ritual for me since I was a little kid. Especially on nights when I have trouble falling asleep, curling up in bed with some tea or hot cocoa and a good book is a surefire way to relax and unwind.

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