4/16/14

7 Easy Steps To Become A Morning Person

morning person
7 Easy Steps To Become A Morning Person
I have always been at my most productive in the morning so it is important that I start my day off right and get out the door without any problems. I cannot remember a time when I did not have to wake up early almost every single morning. I am sure it was likely in middle school. Below are the easy to follow steps that have ensured that my mornings go smoothly and that I get my day started on the right foot not to mention on time.

STEP ONE // Do prep work the night before. There is always dozens of things to do before heading out the door in the morning. Save yourself some time and stress by taking care of the tasks that can be done early the night before. The night before I like to make sure the kitchen is clean so I have a space ready for me to make breakfast, to choose my clothes for the next day so I am not trying on 6 or 7 different looks in a panic in the morning, and pack my lunch and snacks so I have healthy food options for the next day.

STEP TWO // Establish a morning routine and then just do it. Establishing a patterning and waking up with a game plan will you sail more smoothly through your morning. My typical morning consists of in order: waking up, feeding my cat, making my bed, enjoying “me time”, washing my face, showering, having breakfast, checking the weather, brushing my teeth/styling my hair/makeup, getting dressed, and then heading out the door.

STEP THREE // Place your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Having your clock next to the bed facilitates hitting the snooze button. On the other hand once you are out of the bed it is easier to stay there. Sit your alarm clock across the room means you have to get up to turn it off.

STEP FOUR // Eat breakfast. You have heard it since you were a kid breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is hard to be productive when you are hungry. Plus studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to weigh less, remember better, and are less likely to develop diseases like diabetes and heart disease. A typical breakfast for me is a glass of water with half of a lemon squeezed into it, scrambled eggs, a slice of 100% whole wheat toast, and a banana. It can be prepared in a matter of minutes and helps me power through the day.

STEP FIVE // Go to bed earlier at least 30 minutes earlier than your current routine. Perhaps because I already wake up at 5:00 and sleep is important to me I am not a proponent of waking up earlier. I do recommend getting in bed earlier. Until recently I was staying awake until 11:30 each night. Now I try my best to make sure I am asleep by 10:30 and I have noticed the hugest difference. I wake up feeling better rested and with a lot more energy. When you are not tired getting ready in the morning seems doesn’t seem like such a chore and I am able to get a lot more accomplished in less time.

STEP SIX // Make your bed as soon as your alarm goes off. It starts your day on the right foot and ensures that you will not be crawling back under the blankets. I am also one of those people who cannot stand an unmade bed. It is just a tidy positive little note that says I am already accomplishing things today.

STEP SEVEN // Include a few minutes of me time in your morning routine. I have always been someone who appreciates and enjoys quiet time. Each morning for as long as I can remember after making my bed but before showering I have paused for 5-10 minutes and just gathered my thoughts for the day. It helps me center myself and mentally prepare for the day. A few other suggestions for how you could use your “me time” is to pray, mediate, write in a journal, or count your blessings.

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4/15/14

Picnics in the Spring

a beautiful picnic

A few days ago, Tracy shared her Spring goals with you. One of her goals that I am in definite agreement with is to get outside more often. Winter has been harsh this year. We have had more snow, ice, and bad weather conditions this year than we have in the previous several years. This resulted in staying inside out of the cold and road conditions did not permit any travel. Being cooped up at home also kept us from spending a lot of time with our family and friends. This Spring we plan to make up for being stuck inside all Winter.
What better way to do this than to have get-togethers outside? Every gathering of friends and family needs good food. It doesn’t matter if you have a few of your absolute best and closest friends or a dozen family members; a picnic is always a great idea on a nice, sunny day.
After you have the friends invited and the menu decided on for the picnic, make sure you have all the other picnic necessities. You need to plan foods that travel well in containers and will hold up outside. Don’t forget plates and the necessary silverware. Also, a cute basket is a must for carrying your goods. You can find wonderful picnic necessities and beautiful picnic blankets at Urbanara. A great picnic blanket is an essential item if you are going out in search of a pretty spot. After all, it is kind of hard to carry a picnic table with you. Remember to have that iPod charged, so that you can play some tunes. If you plan to be out past sunset, some flameless tea lights would provide instant light in a breeze.
I hope I get the chance to go on a picnic with my best friends soon. I’m planning delicious food, pretty drinks, and time to relax with some nail polish and good chit chat.

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What To Wear: To A Music Festival

what to wear to a music festival
What To Wear: To A Music Festival
Music festival season has begun. Where you lucky enough to attend the first weekend of Coachella? It has been a few years since I have actually attended a music festival but I would love for that to change this year. Below is exactly what I would wear if I was headed to a music festival. I think a flower crown is a necessity. Here and here are two other pretty options. I would opt for a lace dress ( here is another option) or a maxi dress in lieu of cutoffs.

Do you have any great music festival memories to share?

music festival fashion
Essie Play Date / Arrow Cuff / Sunglasses / Lace Dress / Coin Drop Necklace / Sunscreen / Flower Crown / Striped Flat Sandals

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4/14/14

See You Tomorrow

catching a taxi

See You Tomorrow Tracy and I had a very busy weekend, which has put us behind on things. So we are taking a break today, but we will be back on schedule tomorrow.

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