Airplane Essentials: 12 Items to Make Your Trip More Enjoyable

Travel can be exhausting and packing a few essentials to make it more enjoyable and provide a little bit of comfort can make it so much more enjoyable. Everyone that travels a lot have a sort of check list while they prepare for a trip. Mine is below and I do hope you find it usefull:

1 Travel Pillow 
I use this inflatable one which is a real lifesaver. It also is so easy to fit into your carry-on and to keep it clean – you can remove the outer layer and wash it after each trip.

2.  A collapsable water bottle
Hydration, hydration, hydration!

3.  Antibacterial wipes
One of the most usefll things ever  – always good to keep it around!

4. A Travel Organiser
Keep all the important documents safe and in one compact place

5. A Sleep Kit
Travel can be exhausting and while you are flying it’s great to have a good rest and be fresh to carry on

6. A Lip Balm
The dry cabin air is hard for your skin, have a good moisturing lip balm with you to keep you lips nourished.

7. Some Entertainment
I always have a good book to help me pass the time. Amazon kindle is a great solution where you can keep a bunch of the book and read the one that takes your fancy.

8. A portable battery charger
I tried so many of portable chargers until I found this one – your phone will never die on you again!

9. A pair of soft, thick socks
A cosy pair of socks really, really makes plane travel soo much more comfortable

10. A toothbrush and toothpaste / mint or gum
Nothing than a bad breath, right?

11. Vitamin C
Keep your immune system strong, especially on holidays!

12. Scarf
Cabins might get very cold and a soft cosy scarf will keep you warm and happy you brought it on board

 

Do you have any other essentials you take with you while you travel?

Love,
Hewnly

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How to Care for Plants While You are on Holiday

Every time I go away for a longer time, I used to wonder and worry – will my plants survive? I am an expat and am in a relationship with one too, meaning, I travel quite a lot between our home-countries as well as new places we decide to visit. So how do I care for my greenery at home whilst I am away?

  1.  Move them away from direct sunlight
  2. Watering, pretty much summed up in this video below, and believe me, it works like a charm!

Pretty easy, no? Now it even surprises me to think it used to be one of the things to stress me out while getting ready for vacations!

YOu can take it a step further and create/buy pretty container for water and keep the watering system all the time – saving your valuable time and minimizing the need to manually water your plants!

I hope it helps you as much as it helped me! If you have any other suggestions please do share in the comments below!

Kiss,
Hewnly

11 Air-Cleaning Plants That Are Easy to Care For

Especially for those living in big and busy cities, air-purifying plants are essential at home. I, unfortunately, do not have green thumbs and used to manage to kill at least one specimen quarterly. Now I try to stick with more resilient plants that can survive under my care!

I have only a couple of these but plan to expand the collection in the future.

Added bonus – they are incredibly beautiful and Instagram worthy!

Besides being beautiful, having any of the plants below in your home may provide a variety of health benefits, including:

• Provide Cleaner Air

• Clear Congestion

• Natural Humidifier

• Prevent Allergies

• Increase Happiness

• Improve Mental Health

• Relieve Headaches

• Provide Inspiration

• Improve Sleep

• Negate Cigarette Smoke

• Reduce Carbon Dioxide

And here is my list of top 11 Air-purifying plants that are also absolutely beautiful

  1. Rubber Plant

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  2. Devil’s Ivy

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  3. Spider Plant

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  4. Dwarf Date Palm
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  5. Chinese Evergreen

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  6. Dracaena

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  7. Ficus/Weeping Fig

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  8. Peace Lily

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  9. Boston Fern
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  10. Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

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  11. Aloe Vera

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I hope you found this post helpful!

If you enjoyed learning about the best plants for clean air, please do share this article with your family and friends x

Love,
Hewnly

 

Yoga Morning Flow and 3 Youtube Channels to Get You Moving

Continuing the Summer Wellness Challenge theme I started with my previous post and the Day 1 Challenge – 10min morning yoga stretch, I thought I will share a Youtube video I would recommend to try and  3 yoga channels to check out to get you started on the yogi journey. And if you are already familiar, maybe you’ll find something new for inspiration!

Morning Flow

 

 

3 Youtube Channels about Yoga I recommend

  1. Of course, The Bad Yogi

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    As Erin describes her channel:

Hi everyone and welcome to Bad Yogi! My name is Erin Motz & I’m not your traditional yoga teacher: I’m the carnivorous, red wine and French cheese-loving type, and my aim is to keep my classes fun and accessible. You won’t hear much Sanskrit, I totally forgive you if you don’t know your asana from your elbow, & I firmly believe that yoga is for everyone, from the kale-loving vegan to the prize-winning deer hunter.

At Bad Yogi, we’re redefining the image of yoga culture. It’s time to remove the snobbery, pretense, and endless “prerequisites” to fit into this community and that’s why we’re here. I may be a Bad Yogi, but if I’m being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of my greatest pleasures; I practice to feed my teaching, but I teach to feed my life. Here you can expect to find yoga classes, Q&As, vlogs and some stuff just for fun. Can’t wait to “see” you in class

 

2.  Ekhart Yoga
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A brief description by the team curating the channel:

EkhartYoga.com offers high quality online yoga & meditation classes so that you can enjoy yoga anytime, anywhere. Your yoga, your body, your way

With EkhartYoga.com you can begin and advance your yoga practice with great teachers and the support of your fellow EkhartYogis. Led by Esther Ekhart and joined by world class teachers including David Lurey, Julie Martin, MacKenzie Miller, Joey Miles, Nichi Green, Katy Appleton, Lisa Petersen, Anat Geiger, Jennilee Toner, James Reeves and more.

 

3.  Method Yoga
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Channel description:

Method Yoga is designed for those interested yoga, fitness and cross training. Because we confined to this body how we move and train is essentially important to wellbeing and success. Any movement system that lacks key insight gained from the biological sciences and modern athletic training principles is outdated and omits key features necessary for students to excel in today’s complex world. Method Yoga represents the current drive of Integral theory though movement and bodily training. Method Yoga is an inclusive system that dissolves the boundaries that isolate and separate various approaches that lead to fragmentation and division. Disunity occurs through recognizing differences and forgetting the implicit unity as well as key drivers. Thus Method Yoga offers the student a processes of development and transformation by uniting methodologies of old and new so one begins to experience true liberation, wholeness and actualization which is the definition and purpose of “yoga”.

 

No doubt yoga or any other way to move/sport is very personal, however, if you would ask me, yoga is probably the easiest to start and if you stick to it for an even short while, you will find many benefits and long-lasting love for mindful movement.

Hope you find this useful!

Love,
Hewnly

3 Daily Habits to Start in 2018

Feel stuck in a routine or standstill? Can’t move forward with your goals?

It’s the little things you do that often determine success or failure.

Just like many, when the New Year starts I spend quite a bit of time contemplating what’s next for me, what have I achieved during the previous year and how would I like to better myself. I try to be as realistic and honest as possible – that is the only way this can work, the only way to improve and change your life, steer it in the direction of your choice.
It seems like not an easy task to change yourself. Trust me, I get you. Sometimes, you just gotta do it for you. And if you’re struggling to keep it all together then take a breath and start with this challenge outline of which I found on zenhabits.net :

How to Develop a Habit
Do a 30-day challenge, focusing on just ONE habit.

  • Write it out on paper, along with your motivations, obstacles, and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Commit fully, in a public way.
  • Log your progress.
  • Remain publicly accountable — report on your progress each day.
  • Have support for when you falter — either in real life or online.
  • Reward every little success.
  • If you fail, figure out what went wrong, plan for it, and try again.

Read full article here

Last year, one of the habits I vowed to myself to start is reading every day. Now, I have a book with me anywhere I go and read (mostly) on my commute which adds to about an hour a day. For then I can’t have a book with me or forget to put it in my bag, I have the Kindle app on my phone with a range of books already downloaded, just in case. Now I feel anxious if I don’t get to catch up on my reading! I try to read a different type of book every time. I alternate between non-fiction and fiction, self-help, historical novels, autobiographies,…

If you don’t read much or at all, this is probably the first habit I would recommend to pick up.

As Todd Henry writes in his article on inc.com:

You can’t draw water from an empty well. Do you take time each day to fill yours? The quality of input that you curate often determines the quality of your creative output. As Steve Jobs once quipped, “creativity is just connecting things”, but to do so you obviously need things to connect.

I encourage you to set aside time each morning or evening to fill your well, to read inspiring or challenging books, to watch videos or listen to talks, or to otherwise fill your well so that you have something to draw from when engaging in your work.

 

There are a number of new habits I would like to pick up this year but I think I will start with these three:

1. Meditation

It trains the part of your brain that is responsible for willpower and self-control. Basically, meditation gives you the ability to train your mind, be more in control of your emotion, focus on your goals and ultimately – achieve them. Meditation also increases your sense of general well-being which makes you more positive and happier.

2. Excercise

I have an on and off relationship with working out, which, I guess, is not that uncommon. However this year I will make it one of my main priorities to have a more regular and frequent workout routine.

I read somewhere that most people who start sticking to a

fitness regimen will often find themselves adjusting their diet as well
even if they’re told not to. Two birds with one shot sound good to me!
It makes sense because if you’re working your ass off, you’re less likely to eat junk food right after because you know it undoes all your hard work.
Because these two habits basically come in a package together, it requires a lot of willpower to maintain – so if you can make them into full-fledged habits, you’ll be able
to take on smaller habits with ease. The more you train yourself to adopt new habits the easier it gets.
It is also likely that whilst you are working on a new habit, such as exercise and better eating as a result of it, feelings of being tired or foggy are consistently replaced with feeling better with every workout and/or choice of healthier dinner. And if you start feeling better on a day to day basis it makes it much easier to start adopting other good habits. This ability to improve your body’s day-to-day function makes fitness and diet an extremely powerful keystone habit.

3. Trying new things

Keeping your routine fresh will help you stay on track! I am a firm believer of this and whilst working on including more consistent habits of meditation, exercise and diet, I want to make sure to mindfully include new things to mix it everything up.
From cactus water to matcha tea instead of my morning coffee, making your daily routine exciting is the game changer.  It’s easy at first to stick to the same regime, but after a while, you’ll get bored. That’s why you need to switch things up!

It takes discipline & motivation.

In order to be motivated, we have to motivate ourselves every single day.

Motivation is like taking a shower.

Remember that every time you feel you are not and go take a motivational shower asap.

It’s up to you how much you’ll achieve, how far you’ll go or how fast you’ll get there.

Love,
Hewnly

Home Wellness Items That Will Make You Zen

The design of your home seriously affects your state of mind, and, in turn, your health. Stress — linked to weight gain, depression, and more — is the enemy of good health.It makes sense to start creating a calming oasis at home and here are a few home wellness items that will help you do that.

1    Clean Air Plants

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2    Soothing Scent Candle

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3   Zen Sand Garden

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4    Relaxation Fountain

5    Himalayan Salt Lamp

6    Succulent Terrarium

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7   Amethyst Crystal Paperweight

Love,

Hewnly