Mar 16, 2018

Ten Things I Love For Spring

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Happy Friday friends! Today is super exciting because I'm heading downtown Chicago with my family to look at a few venues for my sister! She recently became engaged to her sweet boyfriend Dan and we could all not be more excited for her and they start the wedding process. We have a few other things planned before we head out this weekend to get back to Atlanta and see the kids. I can't believe we'll be officially move back here in a few short weeks. So much is happening so quickly! I'm so happy to finally be on the mend of this stupid cold too! WOO! As you saw on my stories, it's been one of the longest weeks for me that's for sure. Pass the tissues and DayQuil.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite items with you in hopes that you'll love them or already love them just as much as me! Let's get started!

1. Favorite Place To Get SwimSuits - I've finally being ready to get some new swimsuits for the upcoming warmer weather. I loved this one and this one but I mostly get a few of them from Amazon and SheIn because they are less expensive and way too cute to pass up!

2. Favorite Pizza Topping - I love a deep dish pizza from Lou Malnatis. What? Haven't heard of them! They are the best pizza in the whole wide world. Come to Chicago sometime and I'll take you. I promise it's worth it.

3. Favorite Shoes - I love all these espadrilles because they are so comfortable but I seriously adore all of these great sneakers  I've been looking.

4. Favorite SkinCare For Spring - Clearisonic has had my heart the last few years and I don't go anywhere with out. In order to keep my skin feeling fresh and clean, I always get this one. I also love these 5 step therapy treatment kit. It leaves my skin

5. Favorite Cleaning Products - I've attempted to switch our family to a more clean and green household products when it comes to cleaning and I recently came across the Mrs. Meyers basic kitchen clean day online and am loving the results, the smell and the price point! I love the lemon smell too!

6. Favorite Laundry Detergent - As spring approaches I love opening the windows, letting fresh air in and actually making sure all our clothes and sheets are freshly washed. My favorite laundry detergent is only $24 or $17 for a small one and I can't share how happy I've been with ( more on that HERE ). You'll love it too.

7. Favorite Quote From FRIENDS- I think a few of you know how much I love the show FRIENDS and while there are several hysterical quotes throughout all 10 seasons, a few that stand out to me are as follows: "PIVOT" because if you haven't watched the blooper section of it, you're missing out and "It's A MOO Point"

8. Favorite Garment Gadget - I hate when my sweaters start to pillow and thought I could do nothing about it until a friend told me about this incredible fabric pillow shaver and I had to have it ( plus its only $10 ) It's a game changer and takes only seconds to use! Now my sweaters are ready to go into storage without me worrying about all those pills.

9. Scallop Shorts- I'm actually a huge fan of cute shorts and over the years have really found it difficult to find shorts that are not only flattering but comfortable. These scallop shorts caught me while shopping the other and I grabbed a few other colors too. They are perfect and on sale too!

10. Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Styler - I recently just purchased this because so many bloggers shared their love of this incredible hair dryer and styler on Insta Stories over the last few weeks. Although I have super super SUPER thick hair, it does take me a little longer myself for my hair to dry using it. Plus, it's on sale right now so you don't want to miss out!

What are you super excited to purchase for Spring? 

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Mar 15, 2018

How To Overcome Being A Recovering Workaholic + A Book You Need To Read!

Have you ever heard that you're a workaholic? Do you constantly put your work before others? I know that I'm super guilty of this and have been most of my adult life. In fact, I really should say this workaholic started when I was in high school because I worked a few part time jobs and still was able to have a social life, make good grades in school and enjoy myself. How the heck did I do that?

In college I was no better. I took about 18 school credits along with 5 ( yes you read that, 5 ) part time jobs. Was I crazy? Probably. There were def a few things I learned over the years and even now as an adult, how I need to stop working so much, and start living. I've began to read "Girl, Wash Your Face" by Rachel Hollis and it's so good so far. She talks about her fears, her worries and her embarrassing moments including how she's also a recovering workaholic. Here are some of your helpful tins plus a few of my own too!

1. Make Time For Sleep  - When I tell you that I go to bed at 9pm, you probably think I'm crazy or wonder how I even have the time. I make it a point to turn everything off and get into bed around 9pm so I can get enough sleep. I know that I need to get to bed to feel more productive, especially because I function better with 8 hours!

2. Avoid Talking About Work All The Time  - When I used to work that I used to talk about. Work work work Ugh. How about lessening your time talking about it, especially when you're around friends and family. Your loved ones need to know that they are important to you and by talking about work, they'll begin to feel neglected. Leave work work.

3. Deal With Criticism Positively - When you are so focused on your work, you feel as if you have done everything right, which sometimes can be it hard to accept that you have made a mistake. Instead of getting upset, try to accept with a positive outlook. Having that outlook can help you have better relationships with those from work and all around you.

4. Relax - I know this is much easier said and done but try to do something each night to relax after your long day at work. For me, that simply means just grabbing a great book, a warm tea and settling in for the night to enjoy this cozy moment. For others, it could be a hot bubble bath, a massage or a long talk with a best friend. However you choose to relax, do so!

5. Go To Therapy - For some, this may seem way out of your comfort zone, but I'm super open and honest with you al las you know and I'm here to say for me, therapy has been incredible and extremely helpful when I'm under stress. I've shared a few posts ( HERE ) about going to therapy but believe me when I tell you, it's worth going, sharing your thoughts and making a plan of action to help you in the long run.

How are you overcoming being a workaholic?
What are some tips you have? 

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Mar 14, 2018

We Decided On..

Happy Wednesday friends! I'm slowly starting to feel better thank goodness. I hate being cooped up inside especially when we're here to house hunt, but thankfully as you read yesterday, we actually made a pretty quick decision.

So, what did we decide on when we last talked? A new build or an existing home? Well...

We're going to build! It's been a life long dream of Zach and myself to build our own home and now that we know we 99% sure we won't be moving again we're anxious to get everything started and have our dream home! I've shared a few sneak peeks on my Insta Stories of the kitchen and the incredible walk in closet I'll have to create some great custom shelving in there in the months to come. It won't be ready to be moved in until this fall but that'll give me plenty of time ( with your help too ) to figure out what I want and design! Get ready for lots of pinterest post too ha.

And yes I'm sure you're wondering where I am in this great photo. Clearly nowhere because I'm still extremely under the weather so Zach was sweet to go out and get a picture taken for us.

Wishing you a great HUMP day friends! If interested feel free to check out some of these other posts going on around these parts of the blog!

My Favorite Espadrilles For Spring

My Monday Motto Being A Goal Digger 

Garlic Crushed Pasta

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