Month: June 2016

Smells & Experiences: An Ash Soap Review

Think about your grandmother. Picture your first car. Imagine the streets of Paris. You probably also thought about what those things smelled like. The human mind attaches certain smells to specific experiences, people or places. It’s a beautiful thing, really, and it’s something that Ash Soap tries to capture in their handmade soap products. It’s something that they capture well. The soap comes in very minimalistic, black packaging with block lettering. After taking a marketing class in the spring, I can’t help but admire good packaging and Ash Soap definitely got it right. This clean and simple theme shows up in, not just the package, but in the product itself. The soap smells of peppermint and a sweetness that I can’t quite put my finger on. Essential oils, peppermint and cedar, combine with charcoal to create an amalgamation of a soft, gentle cleanser. I used the soap block on both my body and face and found it to be a satisfying, cool solution to a heat-beaten summer day. You can check out Ash Soap’s website here. Ash …

A Quest For Rest In The Summer Season

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”- Anne Lamott After periods where we endure long work hours and what seems like unending toil, we must seek rest or risk burnout. With the summer season comes opportunities for rest in our daily lives. Rest transforms us to physically, emotionally, and spiritually centered beings again. Above all, periods of rest help us to be the best versions of ourselves in the workplace, in our social groups and families, and in our communities. In practical terms, rest comes when we turn the world off for just a moment in order to reset our minds. This can be done by going without electronics for a day, spending time soaking in the presence of loved ones, or spending a day doing things just for the fun of them, not because they have some sort of work value to them. Use these summer, sunshine-filled months to restore your body, soul, mind, and spirit. For those of us who can’t seem to find time …

7 Ways To Unplug This Summer

As we approach summer, a season that many of us use to catch up on our favorite TV shows, the lazy screen-sucking habits can start to set in. That’s why I made it one of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to cut down on the amount of time I spend with technology. Let’s be honest, twenty-somethings (and people in general, if we’re being real) spend way too much time online these days. We all do it. I, for one, want to spend more time with people than I do looking at computer screens, and this is how I plan to do it. Here are seven ways to unplug this summer. 1. Monitor your computer use. Are you spending your computer time being productive? If you’re spending your time online pinning things for three hours or Netflix binging, it’s time to reevaluate. Try to limit your computer use to work or school related activities. Leave the Pinterest detours for days when you want to try a new recipe or DIY, the Netflix binges for sick days and …