As we continually adjust to a “new” normal found in quarantine, the conversation has ought to shift towards how we can cultivate healthy habits for our minds. Having personal time and space away from those in your home to center yourself may be difficult to find now. I want to share a way I have been practicing mindfulness and “checking in” with myself, even for just ten minutes a day.
When is the last time you’ve sat down and allowed for your mind to just wander? For many of us this can seem like a nightmare, as our minds are often flooded with nonsense and daily tasks. Have you ever considered just letting yourself daydream and ponder whatever comes to mind? Set yourself up in your favorite room of the house or special corner in the backyard . Put aside all distractions and let your mind unleash any and all of its thoughts. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to witness the amount of creativity and realization that can come from this short amount of time. I’ve incorporated this practice into my routine and have noticed a great boost in my overall creativity and clarity.
We prioritize carving out time for our everyday to-do’s and even to spend time with others, but let us not forget how fulfilling and necessary it is to check in with ourselves. Caring for your mental health is no daunting task. We can incorporate simple and meaningful practices into our routines that cultivate healthy habits and refresh the soul.
There comes a time when things are up for debate, such as if pineapple belongs on pizza or if the center of a brownie is better than its edges. With this national holiday, it’s an absolute non-negotiable; ice cream is hand's-down one of the best sweet treats to ever grace the planet. Why you might ask?! Well, there’s something for everybody!
Experimenting with flavor combinations lies at the core of Etta+Billie’s DNA, and ice cream flavors are no exception. When it comes to unique pairings, we've got a handful of favorites:
Bring on the refreshing salads and anything you can char up on the grill… it’s summertime! There’s something just so nostalgic about the foods we eat during this season that evoke memories of warm nights and being surrounded by friends and family. I’d argue that the best recipes for this time of year are the simplest and highlight the season’s ripest ingredients- like fresh and sweet tomatoes!