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Slow Down in August

Slow Down in August

In this post, the 100 Memorial Blog has some advice on how you can rest and relax this month. Take a day for yourself this August, and treat yourself to decadent desserts, an at-home spa day, and a good book. We hope that you get the chance to take the day off and relax this month!




Make a delicious dessert or two for your relaxing day at home. Put your kitchen at the 100 Memorial to good use by baking a cake, making a batch of homemade ice cream, or freezing a tray of summer popsicles. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these loaded Oreo cream cheese brownies from Averie Cooks. These decadent, delicious brownies use brewed coffee and instant espresso granules for an even richer, smoother taste. The cream cheese topping mellows out the rest of the recipe with cream cheese, granulated sugar, white chocolate chips, Oreo cookies, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Want something lighter for your summer dessert? Meatloaf and Melodrama has an excellent recipe for brown sugar cinnamon baked peaches.


At-Home Spa Day


Relax this month with an at-home spa day. Basin is a store that offers natural facials, shampoos, and amazing bubble baths, milk baths, and bath bombs. Navigate their site to find what you need for your next at-home spa day. Slice up a cucumber, put on some relaxing music, draw a bath, and get some much-needed rest and relaxation this month.


Good Books


Read a book or two this month. It’s summer, so pick a book you can read on the beach or challenge yourself to tackle an impressive classic. We’ve included one of our favorite classic novels below:


Middlemarch by George Eliot

George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands town in the midst of modern changes. The proposed Reform Bill promises political change; the building of railroads alters both the physical and cultural landscape; new scientific approaches to medicine incite public division; and scandal lurks behind respectability. The quiet drama of ordinary lives and flawed choices are played out in the complexly portrayed central characters of the novel—the idealistic Dorothea Brooke; the ambitious Dr. Lydgate; the spendthrift Fred Vincy; and the steadfast Mary Garth. The appearance of two outsiders further disrupts the town’s equilibrium—Will Ladislaw, the spirited nephew of Dorothea’s husband, the Rev. Edward Casaubon, and the sinister John Raffles, who threatens to expose the hidden past of one of the town’s elite. Middlemarch displays George Eliot’s clear-eyed yet humane understanding of characters caught up in the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge.”


Do you have any tips to help us relax on a summer’s day? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post and have a great month here in Cambridge, MA.