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"Peaceful sleep has become as rare as true love."
~ Amna Dhanani
tonight's pick-me-ups

Things we're doing to unwind and get cozy before bed tonight: 

🧳 Making the most of 2020. Let's not wait the whole year to get moving on those New Year's resolutions, especially if traveling is on your list. These are a few of the best spots to start planning a visit. Cape Town, Indonesia, Guatemala? Count us in.

💕 Spicing up date night. Winter may seem like a dull time for dates, which really makes it the *perfect* time to plan something fun.
Turn to these suggestions for a little inspo. Our picks: making a cheeseboard and playing in the snow.

🍵 Catching up with the latest food trends because Impossible Burgers and oat milk are sooo 2019.
Make room for all the new noms having a moment from the healthy to the down right ridiculous. Cheese tea? Don't knock it 'til you try it.

🧶 Lounging in *affordable* luxury. Yes, in budget AND comfy — it's a miracle.
These joggers are perfect for cozying up whether you're actually on the run or lounging in for the weekend.
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bedtime stories

Reads when you're up late anyway. Here are tonight's round-up for every occasion:

 SELF  For when 'I'm sick' doesn't work as an excuse anymore ~ Plans can stack up fast and everyone needs time to recharge. This is how to cancel plans gracefully (and without losing your friends). "As for whether you can cancel on someone, the experts told me a few obvious rules apply: Doing it for a seated dinner party is worse than for a happy hour at a bar; it’s unthinkable for a wedding but probably fine for a free-flowing Super Bowl party. If you have to cancel, provide a sound reason and issue a genuine, heartfelt apology."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when the best day of your life becomes the most stressful ~ No bride should still be worried about her wedding day after the big day. Potential solution to calm the worries: no bridesmaids. "I saved myself the guilt of asking my friends to spend and plan and book on my behalf. I chose to forgo the stress of wondering if they hated me for demanding too much. I proactively reduced the amount of shit talk related to my wedding and, in turn, eliminated what would have been a significant source of anxiety for years to come."

 LIFESTYLE  For when your house is decluttered but your brain isn't ~ You've cleared out the mess thanks to Marie Kondo, but now what? Maybe color code your closet or even have friends over. There's more joy to spark everywhere. "If your friends have also been on the decluttering train, they probably have items they’d like to get out of their homes too. Make a cheese board, grab some $5 Trader Joe’s wine, and set out everything you want to get rid of. It’ll feel like you’re all going on a shopping spree, but it’s free!"

 FUN  For when New Year's resolutions just aren't your thing ~ Introducing the New Year's vice aka embracing that thing you're *not* supposed to do instead. Sleep in or skip the gym if it makes you happy because you deserve a break from always going at full speed or just DGAF. "Your vice of choice might be something you’ve been taught is antithetical to personal growth (like outright refusing to join a gym). It might be something that is, objectively, quite bad for you. Whatever it is, it should be something that holds special meaning for you — something that makes you feel good, for one reason or another."
sounds for sweet dreams
The Driver Era ~ Afterglow
last stop to dreamland

Friendship soup mix to show you care even when it gets too cold to hang out. Materials: jar, ribbon, dry split peas, pearl barley, dry lentils, dried seasoning and other spices, uncooked rice, and an envelope of beefy onion flavor soup and dip mix. Directions: layer each ingredient, cap, decorate, and warm your bestie's heart.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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