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WEDNESDAY  •  DECEMBER 9, 2020
 
sleep mantra
via Pinterest
"There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free, and educated woman."
 
~ Angelina Jolie
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🕎 Lighting the digital menorah. Like everything else, the eight nights of Hanukkah are going to look a bit different this year. Keep it memorable by taking some traditions online, like family latke making or investing in some Hanukkah pajamas.

🤳 Finding happiness on (surprise!) Instagram. Mute the influencers and
follow new accounts that will make you smile. For nail lovers, get inspo from @betina_goldstein; for some dancing fun, check out @rickeythompson.

🌵 Showing off the plant babies. Make sure everyone appreciates your green thumb in your Zoom background
with these creative displays that include mixing them in with your bookshelf or adding fun textures.

🥰 Bingeing all things comforting. Add a weighted blanket to your wish list because it can help reduce anxiety
along with more ways to take care of your mental health. (Always yes to a spontaneous dance party).

P.S.
Build your gingerbread house à la IKEA 🏠
mood: lodgevia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

 CAREER 
For when there's a new burnout in town ~ And she goes by the oh so catchy name of 'pandemic-Zoom-WFH fatigue.' Here's how to work through it: "Then there is the problem of working from home — a privilege in many ways, but one that also comes with serious psychological pitfalls. A lack of routine and structure, distraction from children, family and flatmates, constant anxieties about the spread of the virus and uncertainty around the future have made working productively with focus and efficiency very challenging. 'When external structures fall away, we are in danger of thinking we should work all the time, feeling guilty if we cannot do so,' says [Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner, author of Exhaustion: A History] ... [who] recommends establishing a clear beginning and end to the working day with regular breaks throughout as well as finding other ways to switch off from work stressors such as turning off your work emails or notifications to create a clearer division."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when we're taking love online ~ Meeting people virtually may be the only way to do it right now, but it's still a means to start a real relationship. This is what to consider about pursuing online long-distance: "Taking stock of our desires and expectations helps us form clearer understandings of how they may interact with those of the people we’re interested in. That allows for smoother (if not simpler) navigation of romance and all the possible conflicts therein. While we can’t always be perfectly honest with ourselves or see how our desires might change with total clarity, we can do our best to parse out what it is we want ... Are you content to be into each other at a distance, or do you expect a partner to eventually be closer to you physically? It’s important to not only be aware of what the two of you each want, but also what's realistically possible (especially during the pandemic, when most kinds of travel are likely to put you and others at risk)."

 BEAUTY  For when an avocado face mask sounded like a good idea ~ The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our skin (among other things), which makes it the perfect time to embrace patch testing: "There are two types of patch testing. You can patch test at-home to test out a cosmetic or skin care product before you fully incorporate it into your routine, to determine if your skin likes the product. If it doesn’t, you’ll see irritation, redness, or itching, which could also indicate an allergic reaction. That said, an at-home patch test cannot tell you if a specific ingredient is causing a reaction. It can only tell you that your skin doesn’t like a product. The second and more determinate type of patch testing is done at a doctor’s office. This is set up to uncover which ingredients you might be allergic to. Dermatologist Dr. Angelo Landriscina explains that, 'It specifically tests for allergic contact dermatitis, which is a type of allergy where a person develops a rash at the point of contact where an allergen touches the skin.'"

 WELLNESS  For when spirits are up in more ways than one ~ From quarantine to election night, we've had a few reasons to drink more this year. Gentle reminder to do so responsibly and reach out for support when you need: "Now more and more women seem to agree. Wine has long been a staple in many moms’ parenting tool kits, but women are leaning on it more than ever this year. 'All of a sudden, we’re full-time housekeepers, teachers, and short-order cooks as well as parents. And we’re also the constant bearers of bad news to our kids: First, spring break is canceled; then school, then playdates,' says a 40-year-old mom in Denver. 'At a time when there’s not much to look forward to, wine is [a light] at the end of the day.' Isolation, uncertainty, overwhelming domestic duties, health concerns, and financial worries have created the perfect storm for a mental health crisis ... In the end, booze might sabotage the very thing we’re chasing — relaxation."
sounds for sweet dreams
Sports ~ Baby Baby

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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 🙏 "I just want to thank the ladies who shared in the community corner this week! The openness and sweetness of what they shared was so lovely and community posts are one of my favorite parts of the Snoozeletter." ~ Maria K.

last stop to dreamland

🍅🧀 MIDNIGHT SNACK 🥖
Pan con tomate and mozzarella bake that's basically an elegantly deconstructed pizza
via PureWow
Ingredients: heirloom cherry tomatoes, baguette, garlic cloves, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, and fresh mozzarella
 
Directions: pre-heat the oven, halve the tomatoes, toss with baguette slices and mozzarella pieces onto a baking sheet, season, bake, and indulge hot off the pan
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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