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The 5 Apps We Can’t Stop Talking About

discover more mindfulness throughout your day with these simple apps
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Headspace Meditation App and other apps we can't stop talking about on Waiting on Martha

I LOVE discovering helpful, new apps.  I mean there’s literally an app for everything; they’re not just limited to social media and online banking anymore.  And both MKR and I have been raving about several new-to-us iPhone apps lately, and we honestly now can’t imagine life without them. 

These apps I’m sharing below, including the Headspace meditation app and the MyFlo period tracker, are definitely technology for GOOD, and they’re improving our day-to-day routines with more mindfulness and intention. 

When we started The Well Code, our sister wellness brand, we wanted to tap into the feeling of “keeping your well full.”  These apps I list below all help us do that, whether it’s through yoga on-the-go, a few minutes of meditation and more understanding of our health and our own bodies.

I’m really excited to share these new finds with all of you in hopes that you’ll enjoy the simple benefits of them throughout your day, too.  I’d love to know if you use any of them, or which ones you’re downloading today!  And if you’re on a downloading spree, check out these apps too.  Cheers, Kat

P.S.  MKR and I have both reformatted our apps on the phone by categorizing them and putting them into folders.  We’ve found that this has been a real game-changer in keeping us streamlined when we pick up our phones!  This way we don’t get as distracted or inundated with the ever-growing ability to access just about everything at the touch of a button. xo

Headspace

A popular meditation app

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Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple, and both MKR and I swear by it. Headspace is the go-to app for making meditation simple.  The voice is absolutely amazing (he’s Australian I think?) and the messaging is extremely relevant and helpful in introducing more mindfulness in just a few minutes each day. Highly, highly recommend this app! 

Relax Melodies

A free app for music to focus, meditate and relax

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This one’s pretty simple and straight forward, but one not to be missed.  Sometimes you just need some relaxing melodies without all the fuss.

I find myself needing soothing background music and white noise a lot of times throughout my day if I’m trying to meet a deadline, taking a few moments to meditate and breathe, and of course when I’m falling asleep at night.  This app is one of my favorites, and it’s free! 

MyFlo

A period tracker & fertility app

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I’ve been really fascinated with hormone health lately, as I’ve been learning how much our hormones affect our energy levels, our metabolism, our moods, and really just overall health.  After reading this post and this post, I was ready to give MyFlo a try.

This period tracker and fertility app tells you what to do to be symptom-free and feel 100% all month long.  You can learn why you have specific symptoms during each of the four phases of your cycle, and what actions to take to fix them, like workouts to do, conversations to have, foods to eat, and simple self care reminders.  This app has changed my life! 

YogaGlo

An online yoga & meditation app

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With more than 4,000 classes, this easy app helps you practice mindfulness on-the-go wherever you are.  At $18/mo and a 15-day free trial, it’s cheaper than one class at most studios, too.  MKR uses this app to take classes throughout her week, and loves that they can be as short as 5 minutes and as long as 120 minutes. The app syncs to all of your devices too, in case you want to toggle between iPhone, iPad and laptop. 

Beddi

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MKR can’t stop hyping this app and I really just need to download it now.  It boasts mood lighting with a sunrise simulation, which is HUGE this time of year as it starts to get darker in the mornings. It also features real-time traffic alerts, seamless Spotify integration to get you going with your favorite playlist, USB charging and more.  

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Be Well: A Grounding Essential Oil Rollerball Recipe

A calming blend that enhances focus, relaxes the mind & fuels creativity
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"Be Well" calming essential oil blend recipe on Waiting on Martha

As many of you know by now, I’m deep into essential oils.  And by deep, I mean if you’ve got a problem, I’ve got an oil for it.   I find myself reaching for oils for just about anything these days; think immunity support, mood balancing, sinus issues, energy and creativity boosts, household cleaning…the list goes on and on. 

That’s why I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my love for the oily life down at 30-A this week during The Southern C’s Watercolor Wellness Retreat.  I’m dishing on social media and digital strategy to small business owners and creative entrepreneurs, but I’m also sharing my journey with essential oils and why I launched The Well Code, WOM’s sister wellness brand. 

The cat’s out of the bag on this one, but we’ll be sharing our favorite DIY essential oil rollerball recipe with all of the retreat attendees.  We dubbed it “Be Well” because its many benefits pretty much sum up our entire mission over at The Well Code: to keep your “well full.”  This special blend of essential oils includes lavender, cedarwood and orange, and it is incredibly calming, grounding and relaxing.  It’s perfect for the bosses and dreamers out there—hello, creative friends!—because it enhances focus.  The lavender and cedarwood work together to help relax the mind, while the orange really reinvigorates and enhances creativity. 

Like all DIY rollerball recipes, when making this blend yourself, pick up some 10-ml dark glass rollerball bottles.  The dark glass helps preserve the beneficial properties of the oils inside.  You’ll simply mix the essential oils in the bottle, and top off with a carrier oil of your choice.  If you’re new to all things oily, you can use whatever oil you prefer here; I used organic grapeseed oil in this recipe, but I also like to use fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil too. 

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils—or just have questionsdon’t hesitate to email us at hello@thewellcode.com, leave a comment below, or DM on Instagram at @thewellcode.  We’d love to help you get started on this holistic path to well-being and answer any questions you may have.  Truly, MKR

P.S. Looking for custom labels like ours? You can order them HERE. xo 

"Be Well" grounding rollerball recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 15 drops lavender essential oil
  2. 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  3. 8 drops orange essential oil
  4. top off with carrier oil of choice, I used organic grapeseed oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the essential oils in a 10-ml glass rollerball bottle.
  2. Top off the mixture with a carrier oil (you can use fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc.)
  3. Apply to wrists, temples, etc. when in need of calming, yet energizing support. If you experience skin sensitivities at all, be sure to do a skin patch test (place 1-2 drops of a diluted essential oil on your inner forearm and take note if you have any reactions).
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Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

Worth Noting: Fall at Home

It's time to get cozy, embrace some hygge and tuck right in
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Okay, okay, okay, I’m ready for fall.  And that doesn’t just mean the boots, sweaters and leather jackets.  I’m talking about the warm, you’ll-just-want-to-stay-in details at home too!  Now’s the time to weave in the hygge details you’ve been dying to display.  

Don’t know where to start?!  Think TEXTURE with natural hide pillows, wood and brass accents, and woven throw blankets.  And don’t forget oversized mugs for hot tea and apple cider!  I’m especially in love with this zodiac mug from our shoppe—I’m a Libra and have this exact one…and it is absolutely amazing—and cozy candles galore!  Cheers, Kat

P.S. For our team’s top fall style finds, click HERE. xo

One. Extra Large Libra Zodiac Mug, Waiting on Martha Home Two. Four Panel Hide Pillow, One Kings Lane Three. Twig Cheese Knives, Nordstrom Four. Mango Wood & Marble Striped Paddle Board, Waiting on Martha Home Five. Antique Bottled Long Fireplace Matches – Black Calligraphy, Waiting on Martha Home Six. Hand Carved Cherry Wood Bowl, Houzz Seven. Palo Santo Incense Sticks, Waiting on Martha Home Eight. Mini Round Cocotte, One Kings Lane Nine. Jersey Honeycomb Throw, One Kings Lane Ten. Chenille Throw Pillow, Target Eleven. Copper Whistling Tea Kettle, One Kings Lane Twelve. Roots cookbook, Waiting on Martha Home Thirteen. Brampton Sofa, One Kings Lane Fourteen. Gilded Gold Feather Tray, Waiting on Martha Home Fifteen. Large Ceramic Beige Marbled Candle, Waiting on Martha Home Sixteen. ‘Black 01’ Print, Minted Seventeen. Evanston Vases, One Kings Lane

 

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