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My Trick To Taking A Moment of Calm During A Busy Day

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This post has been sponsored by The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!
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My days are busy.  And a lot of times, I forget what day of the week it is!  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in deadlines, projects and deliverables that I feel time moves at warp speed.  I thrive on the hustle of it all though; being an entrepreneur and small business owner and the rollercoaster of running Waiting On Martha is a true thrill.   But as an entrepreneur, it’s impossible not to feel a slight wave of panic when I glance at my never-ending to-do list, and it’s easy to let myself feel drained after a slammed day.  So lately, I’ve really been consciously focusing on taking a breath throughout the day when I need a moment.  And along the way I’ve found a few “tricks” to help me make sure I’m taking those time outs when needed

Like many boss ladies out there, most of those “tricks” can be found in my hand bag.  I always have a pack or two of Orbit® White Peppermint gum, my phone with my favorite meditation app, two notepads/journals, a pen, and a few of my stress-relieving and motivational essential oils.  Funny combination, but these items all work together to help realign and center me.  Allowing me when my day gets a bit too hectic to take a much needed moment; a breath.

For example, there’s nothing better than before a big meeting to sit quietly.  I’ll set my meditation app for two minutes and pop a piece of Orbit White Peppermint gum.  You see I’ve always been a gum person, but the peppermint flavor specifically helps to cool and calm me, clearing away any brain fog I may be feeling.  Not to mention in my line of work with all the meetings and events I attend, fresh breath and keeping my teeth white are also an absolute must!  

So next time you’re out and about and in need of a moment, grab some Orbit White Peppermint gum at your local Walgreens and just take a beat; breathe in and out and just let the cool calm sweep over you.  Truly, MKR

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6 Easy Healthy Habits to Add to Your Daily Routine

Easy Ways to Improve Your Health Day In and Day Out
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Ritual Vitamins, Waiting On Martha

We have the tendency to dive right into wellness topics here—some well known and some not so well known. Everyday mind-and-body wellness is something both MKR and I are both passionate about learning and always improving upon.  But sometimes we need to take a step back and get back to the basics.  

See, I can talk to you for hours about purple plates, mushroom coffee and nootropics I’m currently trying at home, but I can also forget simple healthy daily habits just like the rest!  So today I’m slowing down and revisiting six easy things that we should all be doing every day.  

From changing the way we think about multi vitamins thanks to Ritual Vitamins, getting back to setting a bedtime, and to taking the time to get outside and enjoy some fresh air in those new kicks, these healthy habits should become so in-grained in your routine that they don’t even feel like to-do’s anymore.  That’s the goal, right?!  But let’s discuss; what do you struggle with every day?  

I can sometimes forget to drink enough water if I’m on the go or somewhere new.  I also forget the simple power of walking around the block outside to get the juices flowing and give my mind a breather!  Not to mention how often I find myself reaching for my phone even when I shouldn’t be.  Is there anything you’d add to this list?  Tell us about your healthy habits in the comments below.  Cheers, Kat

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Ritual Essential for Women

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Tip #1: Nourish Your Body

By now we generally understand the importance of nourishing our body with whole foods, and avoiding processed foods while working to limit sugar and alcohol. Taking a daily multi vitamin is a good, and easy, way to round out whatever the body may still be deficient in. 

Ritual came out with a visionary vitamin that has the nine essential ingredients most women don’t get enough of out of their diets alone. It also doesn’t include the vitamins that most of us are pretty good on already, which is a new approach for many multi-vitamins.  By taking it everyday, you’ll likely experience an improvement in mood, more energy, anti-aging effects and healthier skin. 

Ora Organic Trust Your Gut Probiotics

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Tip #2: Prioritize Good Gut Health

Hippocrates once said “all disease begins in the gut.” And he was on to something; one of the most important functions of our body everyday is digestion. And believe me, when you have poor gut health, it affects your life dramatically. That’s why it’s important to focus on small steps to improve your gut health by fueling the good bacteria in there with a probiotic.  It’s an easy way to get started on the road to good, healthy digestion.  After reading this post, I was a changed woman when it came to prioritizing my gut health every day. 

Sony Alarm Clock Radio

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Tip #3: Set a Bed Time

Our bodies crave consistency.  And that includes a daily routine with a bed time and wake-up time. When those are at generally the same time every day, our body systems naturally fall into a pattern like clockwork. 

Creating a calming bedtime routine and target time to go “lights-off”, you’re setting your body up for a better night’s sleep, which will ultimately affect your next day and the one after that.  My advice: make it enjoyable; light some candles, turn on a diffuser with soothing essential oils like lavender and chamomile, drink some nighttime tea, and read a few pages in bed.  

Essentia 9.5 pH Drinking Water

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Tip #4: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Drinking enough water every day is really crucial to staying healthy.  By hydrating properly, you’re helping to maintain the functions at every system in your body. A lot of times when we feel out of whack, drinking more water helps. 

Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Sneaker

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Tip #5: Get Outside

During all of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes it can be easy to forget the power of getting outside to feel happier and healthier.  Consider ways you can soak up some Vitamin D from the sun and breathe in fresh air throughout your day and you won’t regret it…even if it’s for just a few minutes!

The Universe Has Your Back

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Tip # 6: Put the Phone Down!

There’s no denying it; we’re all too connected all of the time.  It’s affecting our everyday thoughts and health more than we may realize.  Don’t believe me? Check out this segment with Anderson Cooper discussing the hold that phones have over us. 

Instead, work to leave the phone in the other room, replacing it with books and activities like coloring and meditation that require you to be all there, in the moment. 

Featured image, Ritual 

What to Pack for the Beach & Everything You Need for Fun in the Sun

Beach blankets, floaties, SPF & more
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What to pack for the beach and everything you need for fun in the sun, waitingonmartha.com

For your next beach getaway, don’t waste time in the last-minute packing frenzy; think of this post as your checklist for everything you need for a fun-filled day in the sun.  From beach umbrellas to floaties, safe sunscreen and insulated cups, these are your essentials you won’t want to hit the sand without. 

Preparedness always pays off on a day at the beach, so remember that more is more when it comes to your comfort.  Think large beach blankets like these from the shoppe, a couple of hand-held fans, as well as a light and portable sun umbrella that you won’t mind carrying for a few blocks for much-needed relief from the strong rays.  Don’t forget a well-stocked cooler bag, along with insulated cups that just so happen to be ice cream cones to keep your drinks cool and refreshing all day long.  And of course, you’ll want to bring plenty of fun floaties like this one and this one, and a good old game of bocce ball, am I right?! 

Scroll down for more ideas on what to pack for the beach, and tell us what items you can’t be without!  Cheers, Kat

P.S. For more beach day inspiration, be sure to browse our Summer Shoppe and these WOM team favorites…seriously you’ll want it all. xo 

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Straw Panama Hat

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Shield your eyes and skin with a chic and timeless panama hat like this one. I now cannot imagine going out in the sun all day without a hat! 

La Lucia Beach Blanket

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Spread out in the sand with a bright and bold beach blanket. This one is perfect because it’s light, extra large and a perfect backdrop for your vacation ‘gram. 

Kandy Gram Sunglasses

Shopbop, $65

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Another vital way of protecting yourself from the sun: stylish sunnies!  This pair won’t break the bank, and has a fun and playful silhouette fitting for your OOO.

Tangier Tassel Grande Straw Bag - Palm

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This straw tote is an absolute beach day must-have.  With multi-colored cotton tassels and leather handles, it also features a cotton-lined interior that doubles as a drawstring closure.  This way, all of your goodies will be protected from the sun, sand and travel!

Ice Cream Tumbler

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How fun are these tumbler cups?! Having an insulated cup on the beach makes a world of a difference with keeping your cocktail or H2O cold throughout the warm day. And in these adorable ice cream cones, how can one resist?! 

Bocce Ball Set

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Lazy days on the beach are not complete without a set of playful games.  This beautiful wood bocce ball set is always a bestseller this time of year for good reason.  It also makes for a great summertime gift at a reasonable price point! 

Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF30

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This lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is a WOM team favorite; it’s formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays. A lot of other safer sunscreens don’t blend well into the skin, but this one does.  It also has aloe to help hydrate skin, and antioxidant-rich green tea and blood orange work to extract fight free radicals. 

Pink Flamingo Floating Cooler

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This flamingo-shaped pool float has a tube-shaped base that holds 5 cups. The spacious interior compartment has a Velcro lid, which will keep your drinks cool and safe inside. 

Havana Cooler Bag

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Don’t forget to bring this spacious cooler tote in a bright, vibrant pattern.  We love the top-zip design and the insulated interior that keeps our drinks cold on a sunny day.  Depth inside is a little over 12 inches. 

Beach Umbrella

Wayfair, $159

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This portable beach umbrella with its timelessly chic stripes is another must-have for a long day in the sun. It weighs about 12 lbs, and comes with a carrying bag and pole…everything you need to set it up in the sand. 

Beach Sounds Speaker & Radio

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This AM/FM radio is designed with a short handle for convenient, grab-and-go use. The interior compartment has a small storage space and an auxiliary cable which plugs into a phone or MP3 player, all while keeping your phone safe from the sand! 

Wet Beach Stuff Bag

Shopbop, $35

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There’s nothing worse than stashing a wet bathing suit into your beach bag to ruin everything else inside.  Pack this adorable bag into your tote next time in advance; it has laminated, ticking-striped lining with a zip top and pom-pom pull that does the trick, in style. 

Inflatable Rose Gold Flamingo Pool Float

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Is there really anything better than floating around on a giant rose gold flamingo float? This new color is an instant team favorite from the shoppe; snatch it up while you can! 

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