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The change in weather, amount of sunshine, and the approach of summer have influenced my life of late, and I’ve been heartily enjoying the change. I wanted to share a snapshot of my springtime day: things I’m loving, things I’ve changed, things I’m doing, things I’m eating, and just spring things in general. From sleeping to drinking to skincare – here is my routine!

Exercise – In addition to doing Crossfit 2-3 times a week, I’m walking or doing some form of exercise before work in the morning. That means waking up by 5:20, but it’s worth it. It starts my day off on the right foot and leaves me feeling energized. Plus, it’s so peaceful to start the day out at dawn as the sun rises and most people are still asleep. I also throw in cardio like running or biking a few times a week in conjunction with foam rolling and stretching. I cannot recommend foam rolling enough; Crossfit can make you super sore. Like yesterday, one part of the workout was 60 squats weighed with 35 pounds. Today, my legs are like lead. Foam rolling, painful in that somewhat enjoyable way like a massage, brings blood to the area to help torn muscles recover quicker and prevent injury. It is great!

Eating – myfitnesspal has been my BFF these days. It’s so handy to have an easy-to-use app on my phone and computer to keep track of health and nutrition. I love knowing how much I’m really eating and exercising, and this free app is perfect for just that. In addition, I’ve been upping my water intake. I start every day first thing with two cups of water mixed with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to get the digestive juices flowing. That sounds gross. But, it’s great. Before dinner, I’ve been eating vegetarian and really focusing on eating lots of fruits, veggies, and foods that keep my full. My favourite breakfast is a protein pancake! At dinnertime is when I feel hungriest and most snacky, so I save a more decadent meal for after work. This has been working out super well for me. And recently, I’ve picked up some kitchen tools that will help up my veggie and fruit intake even more…exciting!

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Skincare – I am using products that will leave my skin bright and clear. Masks and cleansers like the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask  and One Love Organics’ Brand New Day and Vitamin B Cleansing Oil are perfect. The Osmia Active Gel Toner is a gentle and light way to moisturize skin, and I’m topping it off with my favourite the Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen on days when I spend a lot of time outdoors. Sunscreen is not an everyday step, even though I know it should be…

Scent – Bright, clean, and citrus are my favourites any time, but especially now. I love spritzing on the affordable and delectable Deep Steep Body Mist in Grapefruit Bergamot for everyday and the luxurious Honore Des Pres Love les Carottes perfume when I’m feeling more fancy. It’s bright and herbaceous.

Make Up – Getting up so early, my make up routine must be streamlined. I’m looking for a fun and fresh five minute face thing, and I’ve nearly managed it. I pat the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up in 11 beneath my eyes to conceal stubborn dark circles and any other discoloration, curl my lashes and coat them with purplish black 100% Pure Mascara in Blackberry and apply Brija Cosmetics Stolen Luxury Highlighter on the center of my eyelids for added brightness. It really opens up the face. Finally, I pop 100% Pure Lip and Cheek Tint in Peach Glow on my cheeks for an instant freshness. I love the twist-up tube; it makes application a cinch. I finish the entire thing off with my lip colour of the moment, Aromi Beauty’s lipstick in Rosy Nude. It’s my current my-lips-but-better shade.

Sleeping – Getting up early means getting to bed early, and I’ve actually been following through these days! And having some super weird dreams. My classes have been assigned novels for the end of the school year, and I’ve been reading right along with them. I love reading, but I haven’t made time for it. I really believe that it helps me sleep more fitfully and relaxes my mind and body right before bed. Plus, it keeps me from squandering time doing useless things online. Reading feels far more productive than just trolling the internet. Currently, I’m reading a book all about Columbine, which is unsettling but sickeningly addictive. It’s insightful, thoroughly researched, and haunting.

Have you switched things up for spring? What are some of your favourite changes?!