Favorite Essential Oils

If you’re newly into essential oils or want to try them out, I recommend these for starters. They’re very multi functional and highly effective, I like to call them nature’s medicine.

Lavender – Helpful for sleep/insomnia, acne scars, acne, mood boost, confidence, anxiety relief, burn relief, cuts, headache relief, nausea, inflammation, skincare, etc.

Tea Tree – Helpful for blemishes, cough/colds, fungus, other skin concerns, cuts/wounds, household cleaner, etc.

Grapefruit – Helpful for mood boosting, antibacterial, stress relief, circulation and muscle pain relief, skincare, etc.

If you want to learn more, these are great references: Dr. Axe’s Essential Oils Guide and 101 Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

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Favorite Documentaries

Abstract: The Art of Design
Chef’s Table
Colombia: Wild Magic
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies
Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
Fed Up
Food Matters
Forks Over Knives
Helvetica
Hungry for Change
Life
Life, Animated
Living on One Dollar
Minimalism
Moving Art
Objectified
Steve Jobs: The Billion Dollar Hippy
Tales by Light
The Human Experiment
The Kids Menu
The Secret
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
You Can Heal Your Life

This Week’s Favorites #4

Three articles
52 Easy Yet Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Yourself
22 Smart and Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself
The 5 Steps to Focus Your Mind and Flow Into The Zone

Mastering your mean girl – Book
I am still reading the book but I’ve been enjoying it and learning so much.

Brownie Blues – Instagram / Website
I first spotted their beautiful packaging and I knew I had to check them out! I tried their brownie and to keep it short: it is the best brownie I have ever had, no exaggeration. Also, I need to add that I am not easily impressed by dessert for two reasons: I love baking (which means I have high standards) and I avoid refined sugar (I find most dessert too sweet for me). The texture is the softest a brownie can ever get, it is too good to be true. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you the rest. If you are a brownie lover, this is a must try.

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

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There were times when I had this for breakfast for weeks nonstop. I think I might be back to that phase. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and sour, crunchy and creamy, and a perfect start to the day.

Ingredients

2-3 tbsp yogurt
1 handful granola
1 banana
1 handful strawberries (or any berries)
1 tbsp flaxseed (or any seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch cinnamon

Method

1. Mix yogurt with vanilla extract
2. Add granola
3. Add fruit of choice; I like banana, strawberries, and sometimes raspberries
4. Add toppings; I like to add cinnamon and flaxseed

This Week’s Favorites #3

I Only Knew Love – Song

Golden Latte – Recipe
I’ve been making this latte more often the past week; I especially love having it in the evenings. Also, the many health benefits of turmeric are a plus (Google it).

Cairo – Bilingual Typeface
I’m all for well-designed bilingual typefaces (Ar/En). I often get excited about finding new ones and using them.

ActionableBooks – Website
I was doing research when I came across this website. It has a good collection of self help book summaries. I am so glad I found this for two reasons: I have a long, long, long list of books I want to read and I want more nuggets of wisdom in less time; and I need a good quick reminder of the ideas in the books that I’ve already read. A few of the first book summaries I went through: Creative Confidence, The Creative Habit, Big Magic, War of Art, Grit, etc.

Typography Tutorial