Night In: 3 ideas for a relaxing night at home

At 24, I live my life on the move. Work, friends, one event to the next. I’m just so popular and in high-demand.

OK, not really. But I do have a life. Every once in a while, especially during the winter months, it’s nice to relax in your PJ’s with an old movie playing in the background. So, at the risk of sounding like a cross between Martha Stewart and a bored housewife, I want to share with you 3 things that you can do tonight, or any night that you’re planning a night in, just with yourself.

1. Dinner: Make Stir-fry or Spaghetti squash

“What is a spaghetti squash?” That’s the question I asked my co-worker and friend, Melissa, when she suggested it. I had been rambling on about getting my bikini body ready for the summer and also how I needed to eat cook more and eat healthier. It sounds like a daunting task, but really it isn’t (As long as you get the right squash, as I didn’t, but that’s a different story). Buy a spaghetti squash from your local grocer, cut it in half. Gouge out the guts and seeds, and throw it in the over at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. When you take it out, use a fork to scrape the squash into “noodles”. You can then season it to your pleasing. If you do it right, it should look like this:

If the squash is a little too intimidating for your liking, make a stir-fry. It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Buy some brown minute rice, cut up onions, tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli (or vegetables of your choosing). Saute the veggies while you’re making the rice:

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Combine. Throw some soy sauce on there and you have yourself a meal.

2. Soothe your senses: Make some stove-top potpourri & have a cup of tea

I have to credit my friend Melissa for introducing me to the idea of stovetop potpourri. Originally discovered on Pinterest, I am so glad I tried this. No lie–if Heaven has a smell. This is it. It looks like this:

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You can be creative with this one. What I did: I cut up an orange, threw in a spoonful of whole cloves, and 3 cinnamon sticks. I added a drop of vanilla extract as well. Put ingredients into a pan and pour some water over it to ensure it doesn’t burn. Turn your burner on low and let simmer. I am telling you, it makes your apartment/house smell absolutely amazing, and it’s really easy to make. My friend Melissa uses fresh cranberries, but they are not currently in season. Mine haven’t included cranberries yet, but it still smells awesome.

To please your taste buds and warm your soul, make a cup of tea. Now you’ve really shown winter what’s up.

3. Organize your mind: Tackle your chores

The last thing I want to do after a long day at work (or ever) is clean. Actually, cleaning isn’t that bad. It’s organization that I find to be the most daunting task. However, I have found that by cleaning and organizing things, home becomes a more relaxing and stress-free place. Chores at home, and even duties in the workplace can become overwhelming, especially when things pile up. Put on your favorite movie, T.V. show, or music, and tackle one thing at a time. For example, start with the dishes. As you scrub those plates, imagine you scrubbing your stress away!

So, if you find yourself at home be it a weeknight or weekend, throw yourself a little party. If you try out any of these ideas, I would love to hear about it. Leave me comments below. 🙂

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