~ Tips on how to stay refreshed this summer!!

Tuesday, June 20th 2017 is the 1st day of summer this year, even though Houston’s temperatures have been soaring high already! In all honesty, it’s still not that bad and often there is a nice cool breeze cooling things down. We’ve also been having way more rain than usual!

So with summer just around the corner, I thought of sharing some tips that help me keep refreshed during the brutal summer months here in Houston, for these tips, read on:

Drink up!!

Chilled water is my go-to choice during the summer, but it doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with lemon wedges and mint leaves or for something different, here’s my ~ Detox Water… post that shares some yummy recipes to make your regular water interesting. I always carry a bottle of water with me when I am out and about to stay hydrated at all times, and I suggest you do too!!

My recent find at the grocery store (maybe I am late to this party) is Sparkling Flavored Water!! I’ve tried the Strawberry flavor as well as the Key Lime and they are both very refreshing especially for someone like me who does not drink alcohol and also tries to stay clear of soda.

Choose the right fabric to wear!!

Read cutesy dresses, flowy tops, shorts, skirts! Light flowy fabrics in cute prints and pastel shades is what my summer wardrobe is made of as comfort is key! The more breathable the fabric, the better.

I am loving the latest collection at Old Navy, Gap and even Ann Taylor / Loft has been a wonderful surprise since their clothes aren’t only constrained to work attire now! I’ll be doing another post soon on where I shop, so stay tuned!

Don’t forget your workout:

Being an outdoorsy person, preferring to work outdoors over the gym, this heat can challenge my dedication but I don’t give in. I take either early morning or late evening walks, sometimes both, because it’s the best time of the day to be outdoors during the summer. The fresh air is a welcome change!

On the weekends and usually once over the weekday, the hubby and I make our way to the pool for a refreshing dip. The water is still a tad bit cold for my liking, but it’s surely refreshing!! We are water babies and the swimming pool, a lake, the ocean are always calling our name. We often make our swim trips into BBQ dinners as well, and here are my recipes on what we BBQ: ~ Paneer Tikka! and ~ Chicken Tikka / Tandoori Chicken!!.

Eating the right fruits:

Tropical fruits are my go-tos during the summer! Even though now days all fruits are always available all year round, my summer favorites are Mangos, Watermelons, Strawberries, Bananas, Oranges and Apples.

Smoothies is also a good way to go, and here’s some recipes that you could try: ~ Smoothies!!

Get the right haircut / hairstyle:

Before the start of summer 2016, I colored my hair and also got a new hairstyle. This summer, I am due for a haircut, but I am definitely not chopping my hair off or coloring it! Instead just going for a trim and maybe some bangs.

If you are into coloring your hair, you’ll find these posts helpful: ~ Hair Coloring 101… and ~ Hair Conditioning 101….

Being a comfort chic, I usually throw my hair up in a bun and it’s not so sexy! LOL!! Currently pinteresting cute ways to throw my hair up in a bun, for more on what I find, follow me on Pinterest: Niti Shrivastava Shukla.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and are all set to be refreshed and enjoy this summer!!

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~ 7 Things to do for Yourself everyday…

Happy Monday folks!! 

Since it’s a new week and we all strive to be the better version of ourselves, atleast at the beginning of the week, before slipping back into the usual, by the end of the week, I thought of sharing something different today.

Today I am talking about 7 things we should all do for ourselves,  because we need to love ourself and make it a habit to take care of ourselves. After all, how can you serve from an empty container?! Similarly when you aren’t happy from within, giving happiness to people around can be tricky, almost impossible.

So for 7 things (in no particular order), that I think we should all do for ourselves, read on! Once you start doing these or atleast a part of these, for yourself every day, trust me it will make a huge difference in how you feel.

1) Plan out your day:

Every night before going to bed, make a plan for the next day. Take into consideration work, personal commitments and family time as well as running errands, workout time etc.

Having a plan for your day will make you wake up feeling like you can take on the world!! And also, don’t shy away from asking for help from your partner. Every once in a while we all get overwhelmed and need some help!

2) Don’t forget to workout:

I am not a fan of the gym but I definitely do get in atleast 30 minutes of workout in my day.

Lately, the hubby and I have made it a habit of waking up an hour earlier every morning and go for a nice 30 min walk in the morning. It’s definitely a very refreshing start to the day!

To motivate you, take a look at some of previous posts – ~ Workout Motivation…~ Arm Challenge…~ Spell your Workout….

3) Take out time for your skin:

A skincare routine is a must – I myself do not have an elaborate one, but definitely follow one religiously.

Taking time for your skin is extremely important! I’ve shared some posts talking about the CTM process (~ Cleansing, Toning & Moisturizing (CTM)… Skin Care Basics!!), my favorite face products (~ Face Products I swear by…), skin care 101 (~ Skincare 101…), detox water (~ Detox Water… for a good skin and clean system) which might be a good place to start.

4) Keep in touch with family and friends:

Our families are not in the US and our friends are scattered all over the US. We often try to FaceTime with our family over the weekend and constantly try and keep in touch with friends via WhatsApp, messages and Facebook.

Thanks to technology, keeping in touch has been made easy!

5) Hydrate:

Drink up! And mostly water 😉 Hydration is key. It makes your skin clearer, relieves headaches, and is usually the cause of not feeling well. I try to constantly drink water throughout the day.

Flavored detox waters (~ Detox Water…) are my favorite and I’ve shared some in my previous post which is linked above. You should aim to be drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water per day, I am working on it. Also another healthy way to hydrate is smoothies (~ Smoothies!!).

6) Smile:

Smile, it will make you and everyone around you happy. It’s as simple as that!! 🙂

7) Spend time with family: 

Don’t forget to spend some time with your family every day before going to bed. In our busy lives and mundane routine, we often forget what’s most important – family!! And also friends. But mostly family! Sorry friends 🙈😉 Anyhoo, each day before heading to bed, make sure to do something with your loved ones that makes the day special and adds to those wonderful memories we all strive to create – be it the beverage of your choice and a chit chat session, games night, cooking together or cleaning up together, painting with the kids, helping them with their home work or just simple as reading a bed time story. Trust me, by being able to spend some quality time with your family, you will be going to bed a lot more happy and content.

So, what do you do for yourself every day?