Your 2019 Holiday Season Survival Guide
Over the last few weeks, my inbox has been flooded with Holiday Gift Guides. While those emails are helpful for thinking about what to get for everyone else, what about YOU?! (Yes, you!) During the busiest time of year as you take care of your friends, family, and important people in your life, it’s all too easy to let your own needs slide.
This season, let’s not have that happen. Let’s finish 2019 and head into the new year and new decade (!) with a full – or better yet – overflowing cup! It’s time to put yourself on the list…
Introducing my very first Holiday Survival Guide featuring some of my all-time favorite wellness items that make me feel special and enhance my life daily… and I’m confident they can do the same for you!
Here’s how to get through the holidays feeling calm and centered:
CREATE CALMING RITUALS
Who needs a spa to feel revived and relaxed when you can add in a few easy practices in the midst of a hectic day.
Blue Flowers Essential Oils: These uniquely formulated healing blends are developed by world-renowned experts. The Belly Bliss Digestive Aid, Dream Restful Sleep, and Mantra Stress Away Blends will support you right now! Or keep things simple with their expansive line of single oil droppers and rollers. (Use code blueflowerkale for 20% off your order)
Palo Santos: Whenever I want to clear the energy and ward off any signs of negativity, I light these aromatic sticks. This brand is sustainably harvested and ethically sourced.
Meditation Pillow: Whether you have an established meditation practice or want to incorporate it into your life, this eco-friendly cushion made from natural and organic materials will give you a comfortable and supportive place to get your om on!
SIP ON SUPPORTIVE ELIXIRS AND TEAS
Just the act of wrapping your hands around a warm mug can help you instantly relax. Add in some healing and functional ingredients to help induce joy and calm!
Joya Elixirs and Teas: Think functional foods meet pure joy! Not only are the products meant to bring sharper focus, better skin, and deeper sleep, they’re also beautiful with eco-friendly packaging. I’m sipping on Bliss this season, a blend of raw cacao and adaptogenic reishi, or getting my holiday Glow with the vibrant turmeric blend.
APOTHEKARY: Add these superfood blends and herbs to your favorite beverage or meal. Even if you’re not looking to reduce stress, improve gut health, or feel radiant, the names alone are worth reading! (THINK: Haters Think It’s Photo-Shopped, Slay All Day, Better Than Botox, and many more!) (Use code KALEANDCHOCOLATE for 10% off your order)
TAP INTO NATURE’S FARMACY
With the crowds, travel, and chaos of the season, it’s an opportune time to tap into the power of plants to boost your immunity, give you a holiday glow, or help you chill at the end of the day.
Medterra CBD: CBD is everywhere but not all brands are created alike! This Medterra tincture is my go-to for stress support, and the Rapid Cooling Cream helps relax my muscles when I’m feeling sore. They even have a pet line, which Monty and Cadence swear by:) (Use code ELISEM for 15 percent off your order!)
Daily Harvest: When you don’t have time to meal prep, Daily Harvest won’t let you down! Choose from organic and superfood-infused smoothies, harvest bowls, soups, bites, oat bowls, chia bowls, and lattes. Stash a fresh supply in the freezer so you can eat well no matter how busy you are right now! (Use code ELISEM for $25 off your first order)
Hu Chocolate Starter Kit: What’s a holiday season without an overflow of chocolate? The mood-boosting benefits are scientifically proven. So, get your fix with these low sugar, vegan, paleo and dairy-free innovative flavorful bars.
STOCK THE KITCHEN
A few game-changing essential tools in your kitchen will make nourishing your body simple and stress-free.
Le Crueset: I love this entire line, especially the stock pots for whipping up a fresh batch of soul-warming soup. The bright colors are instant mood-boosters, too!
Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher: Staying hydrated is key to feeling vibrant and alive, but not all water is safe. This pitcher removes 99.7 percent of 232+ contaminants! It gives me peace of mind knowing that my water is clean and pure.
Water Bottle: To go along with your fresh pure water, the S’well bottles come in bright happy colors!
NutraMilk: A big but life-changing purchase that you can give to yourself or have someone else send your way. It makes the creamiest alternative milks and butters in a matter of minutes while using up all the parts. This eco-friendly machine is hands-down my favorite kitchen appliance! (Use code ELISEM50 for $50 off your order + FREE shipping)
START A CLEAN BEAUTY ROUTINE
Safe personal care products are just as important as the food you eat, and a non-toxic skincare routine will make you feel like you’re flooding your body with nourishing ingredients. With strict standards of testing, I rely on Follain for all my clean beauty needs.
A few ideas to get you started…
Rosy Recharge Duo: Detoxifying bath salts and deeply hydrating body butter set the scene for a calm night in. (Use code ELISEM for 10% off your order.)
Follain Favorite Kit: Test out the cult-favorite Everything Soap, moisturizing Everywhere Lotion, the luxurious Instant Glow Body Oil in travel size. The nourishing Lip Balm leaves your lips feeling happy and hydrated. (Use code ELISEM for 10% off your order.)
Body Brush: Before getting in the shower, try dry brushing for an instant pick-me-up. In a matter of minutes, you can whisk away dead skin cells to reveal smoother (and softer!) skin! (Use code ELISEM for 10% off your order.)
Rose Quartz Facial Roller: Add this dual-ended tool to your beauty routine to increase circulation, aid in lymphatic drainage, and reduce puffiness. The act of rolling rose quartz on your face feels totally luxurious! (Use code ELISEM for 10% off your order.)
Twice Toothpaste: Early Bird and Twighlight are the two tubes of toothpaste that you use daily to keep your smile twice as nice! I have been searching for a non-toxic brand that tastes good and actually works. This duo helps soothe gums, promote wellness, and create a lasting, healthy environment in your mouth. (Use code swipetwice to receive the first duo subscription free!)
SLEEP LIKE A CHAMP
None of these products or rituals will make you feel your best unless you’re getting adequate rest. I call sleep a superfood because EVERYTHING improves with quality zzz’s!
Fisher’s Finery Pajamas: The most comfortable eco-friendly pj’s that I have been wearing and gifting to friends and family for years! Once you try them, you’ll understand the large cult following.
Organic Sheets: The ultimate in sustainable luxury, made exclusively from rare and prized organic certified Indian Suvin Cotton. The lavishly soft feel, lustrous Sateen finish, and environmental standards push “eco-luxury” to new heights.
BlanQuil Premium Weighted Blanket: I bought this for my son, and he said that he has never slept so well. The weight provides an immediate calming effect when you’re stressed or want to wind down after a hectic day.
Set time aside to light a fire and cozy up with a good book. You probably have a stack by your bedside, but here are my top choices to amplify your wellness during the holiday season... and beyond!
The 5-Minute Journal: Boost happiness and increase productivity during this busy time of year. I love how I get into better morning and evening routines with daily journaling!
Becoming Super Woman: Nicole Lapin teaches you how to put your own oxygen mask on first so that you can stop prioritizing everyone else and start prioritizing yourself.
Breathe to Succeed: Nothing will calm you down faster or connect you to your body than tapping into the power of your breath. Experience the magic of deep breathing with easy-to-read guidance.
Do One Thing that Makes You Happy: This journal will guide you to look inside and outside yourself to discover and appreciate what makes you happiest.
The Yoga Plate: Learn how to make eating a sacred (and satisfying) experience with 108 nourishing plant-based meals from my friends and podcast guests, Tamal and Victoria Dodge!
BOOST YOUR MOOD
Want to give yourself a little extra TLC to amplify your mood, protect your brain, and sharpen your thinking? I love this e-course Eat to Beat Depression by Dr. Drew Ramsey, leading expert in nutritional psychiatry. Using food to get unstuck and promote mental health + happiness is an incredibly powerful and underestimated tool. (Use code KALEANDCHOCOLATE15 to get 15% off at checkout!)
I hope you find something (or a lot of things) on this list just for YOU!
Wishing you happy, healthy, and stress-free holidays,