How to Unwind After A Long Day

How to unwind after a long day: sunset magazine and real simple magazineIt’s hard to believe it’s already fall, isn’t it? The leaves are turning orange, yellow, and brown. The air is crisper and cooler. Pumpkin spice lattes are in everyone’s hands. It’s a welcome change, especially after a busy and fun summer! Between vacations, parties, and family events, it’s time for a little break.

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than coming home after a long day at the office and just unwinding. Putting the day behind me. Doing something that relaxes me, but better yet–feeds my soul. It leaves me feeling centered and mentally prepared for the next day.

The thing about unwinding after a long day? It sounds like it’s easy peasy. But it’s actually a lot harder to do than it looks. It actually takes a little planning ahead, but let me assure you that it’s totally worth it. I’ll share with you what I like to do to unwind, and what you should take into consideration when you step back from the madness and have a little “me time,” too.

How to Unwind After A Long Day: 

1. Find a cozy spot. A comfy chair, sofa, or bed should do the trick.

2. Set the scene. Clear the area of clutter (if possible). Turn down the lights. Light a candle.

3. Grab a drink. Your favorite tea. Your favorite wine. Your favorite green juice. Even water! Sitting down with something to drink makes “me time” so much more enjoyable. I love that feeling of hot tea warming up my body, keeping me cozy.

4. Play some music. Soft music, loud music, dance music–it’s your call! I prefer soft music, or no music at all because I’m surrounded by loud (and fun!) people all day long.

5. Do something!  This is the time of day I choose to do something for myself that either I’ve been itching to do all day long (when I’m reading a really good book) or something that I really just can’t do, or do well, during the day. This is when I do something that I can only do alone, or with little disturbances.

Most of the time, I pick up a book or a couple of magazines and just read away! I just picked up Sunset® and Real Simple® magazine recently at Safeway and found both issues to be really enjoyable and have lots of cool features.

How to unwind after a long day: sunset magazine and real simple magazine

The cool thing about reading magazines like Sunset® and Real Simple® is that you’re filled with new ideas and tips. Real Simple® has inspired me to declutter my living space, while Sunset® has inspired me to make a list of places to explore in the Bay Area and beyond. Even though I live in the Bay Area, there are so many new places to see that I had no clue about, which Sunset® introduced me to.

How to unwind after a long day: sunset magazine and real simple magazine

Since these magazines give me so many ideas and new things to try, I keep a notebook with me and write things down! I write down the products I want to try, the places I want to see, etc. and keep everything in one place. Yes, it’s a little…scholarly but hey, that’s what I like to do!

  You should check out these magazines, too! Take advantage of $1.00 off participating titles (PEOPLE®, InStyle®, People StyleWatch®, Real Simple®, and Sunset®) with this digital offer until 10/18/15 while supplies last.

Now…want to know how I unwind after a long day?

Here’s how I love to relax! I grab a cup of my favorite hot tea in a HUGE mug. Usually one adorned with a large ‘S’. And set it on an agate coaster on my nightstand. I light a candle or two and only turn on a reading lamp. Then I get into my pajamas, jump into bed, and dive into reading! Magazines or novels, there’s nothing quite like reading for me. It’s my favorite way to unwind these days.

Having some “me time” is so important, especially after a long summer! Plus, with the holidays coming up, it’s really the only chance to find some peace before the chaos (and fun) begins.

How do you like to relax? How do you do “me time?”

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Real Simple® and Sunset® Magazines but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BacktoMeTime

Easy Beef Bolognese with Manwich®!

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Easy Beef Bolognese

Sometimes, the last thing you want to do on Monday after coming home from a long day is making dinner. Actually, sometimes is a bit of an understatement. Personally, I feel like that most of the time, because Mondays are always crazy!

That’s why I have to share this recipe with you for an Easy Beef Bolognese. It uses only 4 ingredients and cooks up a tasty meal that everyone will love! I mean everyone. Even picky eaters will be a fan of this one. Adding Manwich® Original Sloppy Joe Sauce gives the pasta dish a delicious sweet, tangy flavor.

Easy Beef Bolognese - Manwich Products

You can use a sauce of your choice—there are three to choose from! Manwich® Original, Manwich® Bold and Manwich® Thick & Chunky. Find out more here!

Having Manwich® in your pantry is great because the sauce is so versatile. Did you know there is no meat in it? That means you can use it as a sauce on pretty much anything!

Plus, when you’re using Manwich® to make sloppy joes or any of these other recipes here, everyone at the dinner table will have to focus on their meal and not on their phones or other devices because lets face it—sloppy joes can get a little messy! You’ll finally have everyone’s attention at the table.

Easy Beef Bolognese - Manwich Products

Easy Beef Bolognese:


  • 1 pound ground round beef (85% lean)
  • 1 can (15 oz each) Manwich® Original Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 1 can spaghetti sauce of your choice
  • 1 lb rigatoni, cooked
  • Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Basil, for garnish (optional)

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain. Add the Manwich sauce and spaghetti sauce to the skillet and simmer for another 7-10 minutes.
2. Add in cooked rigatoni and stir until the sauce coats the pasta.
3. Stir in some parmesan cheese, or top each plate with a little. Serve immediately and enjoy!

There are so many Manwich® recipes to try–check out these Manwich Monday Recipes!
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Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Cream Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

Chocolate Chip cookies are a classic for a reason. So are Oreo cookies. They’re both REALLY good. But what if you combined these amazing cookies? What if you could have the best of both worlds in one super cookie?

BOOM. You can. These cookies literally have cookies in them. Take a bite and you’ll be in heaven.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

These chewy chocolate chunk cookies (I used chunks instead of chocolate chips just as a personal preference) feature little crumbles of Oreo cookies (as you can probably tell by the photos). They just melt in your mouth. The Oreos add an extra, gentle sweetness and texture to these soft, chewy cookies.

It’s so fun to take a break in the middle of the day and reach for these cookies. I love to slowly break them apart and eat them in bite-size pieces. And in my opinion, they’re somehow even better when they’re just ever-so-slightly warmer than room temperature.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

If your sweet tooth is anything like mine, by now you’re probably wondering how you’re going to make these.

Easy. This recipe is easy. In fact, the hardest part is waiting for the dough in the refrigerator. How are you supposed to focus on anything else when delicious cookie dough is waiting for you in the fridge? Grab your stand mixer (you can use a hand mixer, too. You won’t be hunched over the mixing bowl for hours), and get ready to make these supercookies. I think I just made that word up, and I’m going with it.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

Note: Resist temptation to eat cookie dough before making cookies. It’s really hard, that’s why I’m making a note. This recipe was adapted from Joy The Baker, and she also left a note about the cookie dough.

Also remember that you shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough. Food safety, guys. (But I know most of you are rebels.)

Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Cream Cookies

Okay, okay. Here’s the recipe:

Chocolate Chunk Cookies & Cream Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies.


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped Oreo cookies (use the whole package ;))
  • 3.5 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped.


  1. In a stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter with the paddle attachment. Make sure there aren't any lumps.
  2. On low-medium speed, add in the brown sugar, egg. Let this mix for about 3 minutes. Then, beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture (dry ingredients) to the wet ingredients and mix.
  5. In a food processor, chop the Oreos if you haven't already.
  6. Fold in the Oreo cookies and chocolate chunks into the dough until evenly distributed.
  7. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degreers F.
  9. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, roll 1-inch balls of dough and place about 1- 1-1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool to room temperature.
  10. Store in an airtight container.


Adapted From Joy The Baker. Makes about 24 cookies.

Let me know how you like them! Did your life change after having a supercookie? Do you feel like a completely new person? Did your mood go up by three points on a ten point scale after taking a single bite? You’re welcome ;) Enjoy!

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