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Master Goal Setting - Get Stuff Done Without the Stress

Back in January, we ran our #5minutegoalsquad challenge on Instagram, where we emailed participants a 5 minute activity every day for 5 days, that would help them master getting their goals accomplished.  It was great to see people putting in the effort to organize their thoughts, using these tips on their Instagram Stories and made me realize we should share it in a blog form with everyone who wasn’t able to participate. Below you will see FREE printables that goes along with all of these challenges. You can do one challenge a day like we did in January, or just space each “Day” however you’d like!  Ready to get started?   DAY 1.  WRITE DOWN Your Intentions Your first day’s...

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30 Incredibly Talented Home Decor Bloggers You Need to Follow on Instagram

This summer we wrote a blog post with a roundup of some of Cleveland’s most interesting bloggers, and loved seeing the response from our followers!  If you’re like me, you’re always interested in following people that not only have aesthetically beautiful feeds, but also have something to share from their point of view.   Since I make candles, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to style them, and home decor in general.  Not to mention - we are in the process of remodeling our house, so home design inspo is a must in my life right now.  What better way to inspire myself, and share that with you guys, than to look up some of the most...

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Interview with the Owners (and Sisters!) of The Salvaged Boutique

We had a chance to ask sisters Kathy and Karen of the The Salvaged Boutique some questions about their business, and any advice they had for aspiring shop owners.  Their business caught our eye because not only do they sell antique and upcycled housewares (and our candles), they also run workshops in their store. The combination of retail and creative space got us thinking that these two sisters have something figured out in the world of retail that has become increasingly important - the experience in the store.  Meet these two forward thinkers, female entrepreneurs, and first generation immigrants who share their insights with us below.  What do you think is the number one thing women need, in order to...

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Is Your Retail Store Self-Care Ready?

One thing is for sure, the notion of self-care has become a big buzzword over the last year or so.  Google searches for "self-care" are up 25%, and no doubt you’ve heard the term thrown around. Apps aimed at well-being have exploded in the first quarter of 2018.   The idea behind self-care is being empowered and proactive about your health.  Being intentional about taking time for yourself in order to live as your best self.  Millennials (of which I am one) view practicing self-care as an extension of our health overall.  The good thing about self-care is it can be free (going to sleep on time, saying no), or it can be purchased - manicures, gym memberships, lighting candles...

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You Need These 3 Things for an Effective Self Care Ritual

Is it fair to say you're a bit stressed out?  I know I struggle with balance some days, running a business while a five year old is running circles around me, means that my time for self-care is limited.  We read so much lately about the importance of self-care, but what is it, and how can you implement it in your busy life? Self-care is the time you take to disconnect from your normal routine and check in with yourself.  It's time that you take for yourself to do any activity you enjoy that rejuvenates you mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually.  The pursuit of self-care as an aspect of health can also cause stress for people.  The questions of "am...

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