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Ways to Take Care of Yourself

I’m a firm believer in self-care.  We’ve been given one body, one opportunity to live this life.  Yet, we allow basically everything in our lives to take precedence over us.  If I were to ask my readers if they feel like they take adequate care of themselves, chances are that the majority of you would say no.  I get it, you’re busy.  We’re all busy.  It feels as though we’re living at a pace never before known to mankind, and maybe we are.  But here’s the thing: you only get one body.  One shot.  That’s it.

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I’ve talked to several girlfriends who are wives and moms and are just worn out.  It’s almost always the same story, they can’t remember the last time they did something for themselves.  Life happens.  Jobs, kids, marriages, moves, family issues, they all happen.  We put ourselves on the back burner, then we literally burn ourselves out.

What if that didn’t have to happen?  What if we trained ourselves to carve out some “ME time” regardless of our hectic lives and schedules?  If we could achieve this, I’d venture to say that we’d all be happier, healthier and less-stressed.

When the opportunity arose for me to partner with Massage Envy to visit Scottsdale, AZ earlier this month, I was so excited.  I’m a firm believer in the services that they offer.

Massage Envy (ME) hosted an Influencer Summit and invited me out to learn more about the brand, their offerings and the new services coming soon.

I was able to sample their amazing new product selection consisting of essential oils, massage tools and facial care products.

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Surprisingly, one of my highlights was being treated to this awesome Total Body Stretch session.  Total Body Stretch is a new service being offered by ME that can be selected as a stand-alone service or done in conjunction with a massage and will be launching mid-May across the country.  Total Body Stretch is literally that; stretching.  Except this is in a total professional, blood flow promoting, muscularly healthy, and also a feel good kind of way.  I’m the type of person who loves to get a workout from their massage.  I want to feel the pain of my knots (and I have a ton) being worked out.  I want to leave feeling like my body got a workout.  The Total Body Stretch provides the opportunity to really stretch out those muscles and helps to improve flexibility and mobility.  My tight calf muscles felt properly stretched for the first time since I started running.  I left my session feeling so much more calm than when I arrived and ready to take on more.

Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

I also experienced their new chemical peel.  I’m no stranger to facial treatments.  I’m all about preventative treatment.  So many people start to do something about the signs of aging when they really notice changes.  Preventative treatments, such as chemical peels, will help to prevent that premature damage from occurring.

Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

If you’re new to the world of massage and/or facial care, ME is truly a great option.  They have spas located all over the country.  If you’re a member, you’re able to use your membership at any of their locations while traveling (WIN for me!)

Ways to Take Care of Yourself

  • Exercise:  The best stress reliever.
  • Massage:  Works out your tension, your pain and your knots.
  • Facials:  When you look good, you feel good.  Beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin.
  • Schedule alone time:  Carve out time to be alone so you can do whatever it is that you enjoy doing.  Maybe that’s reading a book or taking a nap.  Whatever it is, make yourself make time for yourself.
  • Eat good things:  Instead of looking at food as something to just shove down our throats to get us through the day, let’s look at food as fuel.  Food is what gives us the energy to operate, start paying better attention to what your daily fuel looks like.
  • Start a vitamin regimen.  Take the time to figure out which supplements are right for your body and start to implement them.
  • Drink water.  Put down the sodas and reach for water.
  • Get your sleep.  Try to create a sleep schedule and stick to it.  This is near impossible for new parents or travelers, but creating a schedule will help train your body for regular sleep.

Thank you to Massage Envy for partnering with me to create this post.  All opinions are my own.

How to take care of yourself. Beauty Guide by Angela Lanter
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Saturday Six – April Recap

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Saturday Six!  I love these posts because it’s just a fun way for me to quickly share six things with y’all.  These are some of the things I’ve been loving in April. 😊

1. Let’s kick things off with my latest YouTube video.  Yesterday I posted a video all about Hunter Boots.  I wear my rain boots all the time, so I thought it would be fun to create a video about my experience with them.  Leave a comment on YouTube if you have Hunters and let me know what you think about them!

Hunter Boot Collection and Full Review 2017

2. Royal Highnies PJs.  I fell in love with these insanely soft PJs while vacationing recently in 30A.  The Royal Highnies team was kind enough to send me a care package which I gave a sneak peek of on Instagram Stories yesterday.  I ran a full test on these jammies by sleeping in them last night and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you they are the softest I have ever felt!

Royal Highnies Pajamas Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Royal Highnies Pajamas Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

3. Bistro Chairs.  I’ve had my eye on bistro chairs ever since we visited Paris.  I snagged a pair of these chairs for $175, which was an awesome price.  The quality is amazing and they’re going to be so adorable on our patio!

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4. Biore Self Heating Mask.  Another post from my Instagram Stories is this mask.  It’s a one minute self-heating mask that feels so nice on your skin.  You can purchase a box with 4 masks for only $7.50 here.

5. Homegoods Lanterns.  I’ve been a Homegoods fiend for a while now.  I love that you can walk in and discover something new for your home that you didn’t know that you couldn’t live without.  The downside?  It’s almost always impossible to find a matching pair of anything.  I did score these amazing distressed wood lanterns this week for $25 each.  I can’t wait to see them on our new patio table!  In case you love them as much as I do, I found them on Wayfair for you to shop as well!

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6. Chrome Nails.  After man years of acrylics, I decided to take a break from them this week.  My nails were pretty long because I only had an overlay at this point, so I decided to go with a gel manicure.  I chose this rose gold chrome gel polish and I’m totally obsessed.  I don’t know the name or brand, but I can tell you that my nail tech used a bright coral gel polish then applied a fine, loose glitter on top for the chrome affect.

Chrome gel nails mani manicure rose gold angela lanter hello gorgeous

Do you have any new discoveries this past April that you’re dying to share?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Hunter Boots, video review by Angela Lanter
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Fresh New Life Goals for Spring

At this point, I’m as tired of apologizing for my absence from Hello Gorgeous as you probably are of hearing my “sorry’s”.  After a very transitional past two months (actually, more like past year) we are finally back home in LA and in our new home.  Here’s where the plot thickens…  We’re in a basically empty new home.  Someone had the bright idea of starting from scratch with the furniture since it was a new space.  Hint: it wasn’t Matt.

Anyways, I’ve been knee deep in wood, linen and rug samples, and quite honestly, I’m enjoying every second of it.  We’ve been in design mode since we arrived back home.  It’s really perfect timing when you think about it.  Personally, I associate Spring with fresh starts, new goals and clean slates.  Yes, that’s what New Years is all about, I know, but I never seem to really get motivated to start things up until the temperatures start to warm up.

I wanted to do a check in with my Gorgeous Girls about fresh, new goals for 2017.  Many of you set goals on January 1st, but many of your goals have changed in the past few months.  This is a great time to reassess what you realistically want to achieve over the course of this year.

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Fresh New Goals for Spring Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

What are my goals for 2017?  I’m so glad you asked!  I want to focus on our home.  I want to create a space that is warm, inviting and cozy.  With all of the traveling we do, I want our home to be our haven.  When we return to our house, I want to walk in the door, take a look around and uncontrollably sigh out of relief to be there.

I also want to make my health a priority.  I have barely exercised at all of the past year.  Honestly, it’s embarrassing.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family, so I can’t afford to not take care of myself.  I’ve been running with Matt the past couple of weeks and started doing yoga at home.  My goal isn’t to lose weight, but to be healthy and toned.

I try to make healthy choices about my diet pretty consistently (of course I like to splurge as well) but I want to buckle down even more this year.  I plan on including more fruits and veggies in our menu.  I share a lot of my recipes on Snapchat and Insta-Stories.  I recently posted a Healthy Breakfast Ideas YouTube video, so check that out if you missed it.  Let me know if you’d like to see a blog post or video about what I eat in a day or what’s in my fridge, as well as more recipes.

I plan to be more consistent with scheduling time for my daily devotions as well.  I have to remind myself that my body is my temple.  God gave me only one body and put me in charge of caring for it.

Let me know in the comments section what your goals are for the rest of 2017.  I’m considering sharing some of my home design process on my blog with y’all, so let me know if you’d like to see some of my design inspiration.

Photos by Kara Coleen.

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Top: Sold Out; similar ruffle top here, here, here and here  //  White Jeans: Hudson

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