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*This post is sponsored by Walmart. All product selections and opinions are my own!
Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

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Talking self care today!  If ever there was a year for it, right!?  I remember reading once that self care isn’t just taking care of your health.  Self care is doing something that you truly enjoy.  Something that fills you up and brings you happiness or peace.  Something that centers you and makes you feel like a better version of yourself, which then helps you take better care of the people you love.  That has always stuck with me!

I really struggled as a young mom when my girls were little.  I missed my career as a teacher, I had no help (my family wasn’t close), I hadn’t made many friends in our area and my husband worked pretty much 24/7.  I learned a lot about myself during those difficult years and about what self care meant for me.  I learned small things that I could do each day or week to help me not just survive but thrive in my new role as a stay at home mom.  Even though motherhood in general is easier for me now and my life looks very different today than it did 12 years ago, there are still difficult days and the self care routines I worked on establishing then still save me today!  It was during those difficult years that I started my little family blog.  A place where I could share things that brought me joy (my form of self care!) – decorating, organizing, fashion and family.  A place for all things “sunny” because frankly I needed to cheer myself up daily.  Guess what?  It worked. ;)  12 years later this blog and everything I pour into it still brings me immense happiness and is my #1 form of self care.

Another form of self care for me is getting some exercise outside.  I don’t have to even work up a sweat, but this year especially I’ve tried to get outside (even for just a 30 minute walk/hike) every single day.  It makes a HUGE difference in my overall mood and sanity.

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

I’m a bath person!  If you’ve been with me for a while you know this already.  Many people have tubs that sit unused most/all of the time.  That is not the case at my house!  I LOVE taking long, hot bubble baths.  I wish I had time for one every night!  Nothing relaxes me like a bubble bath does.

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

Years ago I started a little weekly routine of taking a bubble bath every Friday night and I still do it!  I rarely miss my Friday night bath and have even scheduled things around it.  That’s how much I look forward to it!  Now that it’s cold I love going on a walk or hike Friday evening and then coming home to take my bath when it’s dark outside.  I’m always freezing from being outside and it feels so good to soak in hot water!  I dim the lights and light my candles and Kenny always shakes his head and thinks it’s so funny.  He teases me about my candles and my little routine and he can’t believe that I can sit in such hot water (I make my water HOT.. love it that way!).  But after he gives me a hard time (his routine!) he leaves me alone and makes sure the kids don’t bother me for 30 minutes.  That’s all I ask!  Leave me alone in my tub for 30 minutes every Friday night.  Moms need to squeeze in self care whenever possible, right!?

*Funny sidenote.. I had a clawfoot tub picked out for this space when we were building (love the look of them!) and then I tried laying in one at the store and it just wasn’t comfortable.  (Yes I actually laid in tubs to try them out.. important decision!  Ha.)  When I laid in this tub I knew right away it was perfect!  My dream tub was delivered early so I had it sitting in my garage in my previous house for months.  Sometimes when I was having a long day and the kids were acting crazy I’d sneak into the garage and hide in it.  Seriously!  Once or twice with a bowl of ice cream.  Since the day I bought this tub it has been a major form of self care for me.


Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

I recently bought this beautiful Acacia wood serving tray and it’s perfect to hold my candles!  Walmart has so many fun bath/spa essentials.

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

{dove bath salt/dr. teal’s epsom salt/dr. teal’s lavender epsom salt}

I always soak in bubbles and some type of bath salt.  These are three options I love and rotate often.  (Obviously I’m a fan of lavender.) :)

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{anchor hocking glass storage jar/smaller glass storage jar}

I’ve been keeping my bath salt in simple glass jars on my tub shelves.  Easy access!  I designed the small drawers below these shelves to hold all of my bath essentials –  bubble bath, candles, wash cloths, etc, but I love also having most of those things set out around my tub so that my cozy setting is ready to go the second I am!

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

I’ve also been using this set of twisted lattice baskets and couldn’t love them more!  Seriously beautiful baskets for such a great price!  I was thrilled when these showed up on my doorstep and I saw them in person.  I also love this set of herringbone baskets, but decided to order the lattice baskets because they are so unique (love the round shape) and perfect to hold bath towels.

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

I picked up these diamond drop bath towels and the matching hand towels too.  We’ve had this similar set of towels in our bathroom for over a year now and they are still favorites so I have been looking for another good BHG set.  Love the grey criss cross pattern on these!

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

The smaller basket fits perfectly in the corner of my tub and I added this beautiful Acacia bowl to hold washcloths and soap.

The best part about this little self care routine?

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

Is how magical it feels at night!  I added some simple string lights around my window for the holidays and don’t plan on taking them down anytime soon!

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up){small apothecary jar/dove lavender salt/acacia wood tray}

It’s such a cozy space with my candles going!

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

Self Care Routine (Sunny Side Up)

Self care: doing something that you truly enjoy.  Something that fills you up and brings you happiness or peace.  Something that centers you and makes you feel like a better version of yourself, which then helps you take better care of the people you love.

Done and done. :)

This year has been a difficult year for everyone in one way or another.  It’s so important to help others, but we can’t really help others and be there for our families when we aren’t in a good place ourselves.  I’ve learned this lesson over and over throughout my adult years!  As difficult as it can be to make time for self care, I promise that it’s worth it!  You will 100% be a better mom, spouse, sister, friend, daughter, etc.  Put yourself on your calendar.  Find whatever it is that fills you up (it’s different for everyone!) and do more of it.

My wish for you all in 2021! :)

If you need some last minute gifts (or you want to kick off your own self care routine for the new year) below are some of my favorites!


xoxo, Erin
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15 thoughts on “Self Care

  1. Important and timely message, Erin. Thank you for sharing it and some lovely options if a good long soak is on the list of preferred self care routines. I haven’t had a bath in years, to be honest. I might do it more often if I had a gorgeous space like you do! :) But I DO read (for fun) daily and most days I work on making some sort of hand craft item. When it is warmer out, I do try to take daily walks. I’m trying to psyche myself up for walks even when it is colder. LOL So glad you have a routine that helps you so much. Have a lovely day :)

    1. I think you are the norm Jeanne! I don’t have many friends who take baths! It’s a dying art I’m trying to revive.. ha. ;) Reading is a perfect escape and I wish I had time to read more. I was in a good routine of listening to podcasts in my car driving kids around all afternoon but that stopped when their activities did! Maybe I’ll read a good book over the break. :) It’s hard to walk outside when it’s cold for sure. I have to psyche myself up for it every day too and it’s a lot warmer here than in your neck of the woods right now! I think you have a pass this time of year. ;) Enjoy your evening! xo

  2. Such a beautiful, relaxing looking space, and I love those drawers you have near the tub….what a great idea! I’m looking at your shelves and drawers and thinking I may have a new DIY project for my husband. :)

    I hope you have plenty of time to relax and recharge this holiday, Erin. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much Mary Beth! I’m so happy you like it! Yes! Put that hubby to work! Just don’t tell him that came from me. ;) Wishing the same for you and your sweet family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :) xo

  3. Erin – I love that you are doing posts from some less expensive stores in addition to high end retail. I love all your posts and use them for inspiration in my own home but sometimes the amazing things you use are a little out of my price range – so I shop for substitutes. My friends think I’m really good at decorating but in truth I’m just really good at reading your blog! Thank you so much for mixing in some more affordable decor/fashion/organizing options too!! I look forward to every addition of your blog.

    1. I’m so happy you feel that way Tina! What a thoughtful comment. That’s why I love working with Walmart. They have some really great options at better prices than a lot of places for sure. Honestly the baskets I ordered look much more expensive than they were! So fun to find deals like that. It means a lot to me that you read and enjoy my blog and use some of my ideas! Makes me so happy. :) Thank you again and enjoy the holidays! xo

  4. Beautiful! I also believe we all need self care, and I think your Friday bath ritual is outstanding! Beautiful blog, I enjoy it very much…Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy New Year!

  5. Hi Erin!
    I really enjoyed this post! My daughter loves to take baths too so this gave me a lot of ideas for her! Can you tell me where you got your bath rug? I love the pattern. Happy New Year!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed this post Nancy! Thank you! My daughter Addison loves baths too. :) I got my rugs from Nordstrom but they sold out soon after! Happy New Year to you and your family! xo

  6. I’m going to try taking relaxing baths this year because of your post. Can you tell me what kind of bubble bath you use and where you purchase it? Thank you!

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