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La Jolla Mom

How to Find “Me Time” with Favorite Magazines

BY La Jolla Mom

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Every time I pick up Sunset magazine, I feel inspired to spruce up my house and garden or begin a West Coast road trip. Given our lifestyle it’s probably the magazine I relate the most to these days.

I just read the September issue on the plane home from Grand Cayman. My daughter’s school started one day later which means more “me time” on the horizon. I immediately began greening up the house with new air plants and succulents even before my suitcase was unpacked (true story).

Sunset has a knack for making things easy. It’s already slanted toward a water-wise, often eco-friendly lifestyle. The garden renovations like the one on the September cover are just absolutely stunning. But I also love that there are projects, recipes and other ideas on a simpler level, too.

My Sunset inspired “me time” projects began with a trip to our local nursery. I dropped off a few of our bigger succulent planters for rehab. I purchased new residents for our air plant holders. And, I decided to fill these little decorative pots I picked up at the Hong Kong Flower Market with succulents from our garden.

It is amazing how simple projects can make you feel so productive. And they beautify your living space in the process.

Pretty air plants

And how easy is it to cut your own succulents? This planter literally took less than 5 minutes to assemble. Thanks, Sunset!

An easy DIY succulent planter

However, there are times when a flip through People or a fashion magazine like InStyle gives me a total mental break. These are my beach and nail salon (or nails at home) reads. They’re also the first magazines I’ll pick up in an airport lounge or at a friends’ house.

Magazines, manicure and wine - what more could you ask for?

There is also something so soothing about the gentle repetition of flipping through a paper magazine. In my opinion, it’s much more relaxing than browsing a digital version. I’ve been reading so much about how our brains need a break from screens anyway.

I typically buy my magazines at VONS La Jolla. If you’d like to pick up a few retail, too, I have a little discount for you.

 Are you a fan of paper magazines?

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