January 2018 archive

How to Get Out of A Funk – Love Yourself Series

 Maybe you’ve been doing some organizing in January and you’re starting February with a clean slate.  What an awesome feeling, right? However, due to the weather you may also have the winter blues.  We were immediately hit with 13 inches of snow and stuck in the house for several days.  How can you cope when life hands you a little too much and you’re just in a funk?

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Don’t Choose to Do Nothing

There are things you can do to help yourself get out of a funk.  You can brighten your home with some spring like items such as bright colored pillows, fresh flowers, and other accessories. Fresh flowers really brighten my day. Trader Joe’s has gorgeous flowers for great prices.

Don’t Procrastinate

If you have some projects hanging over your head go ahead and tackle them.  Set a plan ahead off time so you have a schedule worked out of how long it will take you and stick to it as closely as you can.  This will give you as sense of accomplishment when you complete each stage of the project. Set small goals at first until you have completed several of those.

Don’t Slack on Sleep

Coming from a true insomniac you don’t want to skimp on sleep.  Everyone thinks I’m so organized. I am a type A personality, but mostly it’s because I don’t sleep much (not by choice). I get a lot done in the wee hours of the night when all is quiet in my home.  Sleep is so important to good health.  Did you know lack of sleep can actually make you gain weight?  Yikes, now that’s a reason to catch some ZZZZZs.

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Do Ask For Help

I’m not great at delegating.  It is important for your sanity to give some tasks to other family members when things get too overwhelming.  Plus your kids need to have responsibilities at your home anyway.  They need to be able to go out into the world and be productive citizens and that is learned at home.

Do Have a Self-Care Plan

Are you taking care of yourself? Are you eating right, exercising, and doing some pampering activities?  Even small things like lighting a candle makes me immediately happier.  You can take 15-30 minutes to have a little down time to read a chapter in your book or take a bubble bath with a glass of wine. It doesn’t take long for these kinds of activities, but the benefits are amazing.

Do Vent

Find people to talk to.  It might be family, friends, or even a professional.  Whatever is too overwhelming may just need to be worked through with someone else.  Sometimes even writing in a journal helps with the venting process.

I hope some of these tips will help you start off your new year by loving yourself and shaking off those winter blues.

Yours Truly,



10 Ways to Get Out of a Bad Mood

Taking Care of Yourself Series

Welcome back to the taking care of yourself series.  If you missed the first post, I hope you get a chance to check it out. I’m kind of excited about today’s post. It doesn’t happen often, but when I’m in a bad mood it seems like the whole tone of the house changes.  The old saying, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” seems to be true.  Here are ten things that help me get out of a bad mood.  Sometimes it just has to pass, but hopefully this list will give you some tips that will help.

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Ten Tips To Get Out of a Bad Mood

  1. Keep busy–  Sulking isn’t going to help your mood.  Get up and find something to do.  If not, you will sit around and stew about what is bothering you.
  2. Listen to music–  Music to me is a game changer.  It really pulls emotion out of me depending on what I’m listening to.  Throw on some upbeat music and get something done.
  3. Be productive– That leads us to productivity.  Getting stuff marked off my list always makes me feel happy.  I’m a list person and I love getting things accomplished during the day.  If you’re in a bad mood, get going on your “to do” list.
  4. Distract yourself- I’m sure you used this technique with your kids when they were little. Bring it back around for yourself. Make a phone call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.  I’m sure it will distract you and also brighten their day as well.
  5. Get a make over–  Getting a new haircut or color helps me feel so much better about myself. That alone could get me out of a bad mood for sure.  Even a nice blowout would have my hair looking nice and make me feel great for several days.  How can you be in a bad mood when you look so good?
  6. Find something to look forward to– Don’t you like to have something to count down or think about in the near future?  Maybe it’s an upcoming long weekend, a shopping trip, or a goal you’re working on.  Having something to look forward to really gets my mind thinking of positive things.
  7. Guilty pleasures–  What are your guilty pleasures?  Do something that you love.  Take a bubble bath, go on Pinterest, watch a movie, read a book, or get a massage.  There are so many fun things you can do to make yourself happy.  Make a list of your “go to” guilty pleasures so you can easily access them the next time you’re in a bad mood.
  8. Get physical–  You knew this one would be on the list.  Take a walk, go for a swim, jump on the trampoline,  It doesn’t need to be much, but find something to do that you enjoy.  Getting those endorphins going will really make you feel better.
  9. Journal–  Write it down.  Get your feelings out in a short brain dump and you will be surprised how much better you will feel.
  10. Get some fresh air–  Go on a walk or sit on your porch and get some Vitamin D.  It is amazing how many people really have the winter blues.  I really do believe people are happier when it is warmer.  Try to get outside.  If you have a desk job, take your lunch break and try to get outside if you can.  If not, try to set yourself up by a window where you can get some sun coming in while you work.

I hope these 10 tips will help you when you’re in a bad mood.

Try them the next time you’re feeling a little off and see which ones help.  Have a great week.

It’s a great day to have a great day!

Yours Truly,


Taking Care Of Yourself Series

Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be sharing a series on the topic of caring for yourself.  I think January is a great time to start that because everyone is focused on being at their “best” and February is Valentine’s Day which promotes love.  There will be four posts written about taking care of yourself and one will. be shared each week.  I hope you will find these helpful and share them with your friends and family so they can also benefit.

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Taking Care of Yourself

  1.  Plan out your morning routine-  I did a whole post on morning routines and how you can benefit from having one. Hopefully you can click on that and check that out as well.  I have to tell you I’m not really a morning person because I stay up so late or I go to bed super early and I’m up in the wee hours of the morning.  Either way, having a morning routine has made my mornings a lot easier because I know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing and it’s easier than just fumbling around like I used to do.  I love lists and routines.
  2. Set weekly and monthly goals- This can be in your personal, professional, spiritual life etc… This is whatever you make it.  I’m a super visual person so writing down goals and seeing them written down really helps me to accomplish what to get done.  Also I think it makes it more of fan urgent matter when it’s written down and staring at you from your desk, phone, or bulletin board.  This will also help you with those yearly and 5 year plans.  You know those stupid where do you want to be in 5 year questions.
  3. Get rid of physical and mental clutter- for more organizational tips you can read some great posts here and here.  I recently wrote a mental clutter post on Essentialism that I would love for you to check out. Christine Scalise said,  “Clutter is the physical manifestation off unmade decisions fueled by procrastination,” I think that is totally brilliant.  You can’t feel free to be your best self if you are surrounded by clutter.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others- Comparison is the biggest way to lose your joy.  I’ve always loved this quote, “you can’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”.  I apologize that I don’t know who originally said it because I have heard it so many times now in the blogging world, but it is so true.  I see all these beautiful blogs and Instagram accounts and it’s so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself. However, you need to remember no one else has taken your journey and has your prospective on the world.
  5. Be Full of Gratitude- Everyone has their problems and things they are working on , but there is good in every day.  Go to bed thinking of the things you are grateful for and be thankful.  I like to say 3-5 things I’m grateful for before I go to bed.  It just helps me end the day on a positive note.  You can always say your family and your dog.  Those are two things I’m so grateful for.

I hope you think about these things as you head into February.  Are you taking care of yourself? Remember the speech they give you on the plane rides? If you should lose cabin pressure, put your mask on first and then help others.  If you don’t take care of yourself there is no way you can keep going to help the others in your life. Have a great week!

Yours Truly,


Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Ultra Violet Pantone’s 2018 color of the Year

Pantone’s color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. Do you know for about 30 years my favorite color was purple. My wedding was purple.  It was always easy when you played those games where you had to guess your teammate’s favorite color.  Mine never changed until about 3 years ago.  Now it is black, pitch black, dark black, light black, pastel black, midnight black etc….

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Fashion, florals, and interiors, are all linked to the color of the year.  The inspiration of all of these designers are intertwined together and used in collaboration with a lot more than we even know.  I can get inspiration from the craziest things.  Like I said at Christmas, my theme came from a scarf and a friend of mine used a rug design for her theme.

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This color actually has a blue base and compliments the already trendy grays used in many homes.  Many florists are fans of purple as it is a common and favorite spring/summer color for landscapes and floral arrangements.  I wonder if we will see this color back as a popular wedding color.

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2016’s Pantone colors of the year were Rose Quartz and Serenity, a shade of baby blue. This pink hue really took off and led the way.  The whole industry became pink obsessed and honestly still is.  To this day, pink is considered a neutral that goes with many other shades.  It is used frequently among fashionistas and interior designers bag of tricks to bring a feminine touch to an outfit or room.  If ultra violet is not your color then pink and soft blushes are still pretty popular so you could always choose that shade.  whatever your preference, use it with confidence to reflect your personality and you can’t go wrong.

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What shades are you guys using in your homes this year?  Do you have any huge projects planned for 2018?  I have some things up my sleeve that I hope to get done this year, but you know how that goes. I’m having so much fun on my Instagram with some new editing techniques.  I would love for you to follow me over there. Check it out here.

Yours Truly,



What is Essentialism?

What is Essentialism and How Can It Help You In The New Year?

This is the time of year when we have received lots of new things and are also putting away our Christmas decorations. Lots of things need a home in your house.  I think it’s a great time to also clean out some of the older things that you may not be using in your closets, garage, or attics. You don’t have to be a minimalist, but learning how essentialism can help you organize your life may help you in the new year.

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Greg McKeown wrote Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and was interviewed on the topic to cover the basics from the book.  The concept of essentialism is to take away the mentality that you can have it all and you have to do everything and replace it with:

The right thing

In the right way

At the right time

To live your best life

 Essentialist say no a lot more.  It is that time of year when most of us are coming up with resolutions, bucket lists or ways to improve our lives in some way. Investing in the right activities is so important.  Our plates are so full with activities.  Many are trivial leaving only a few that are vital. “Learning to filter through all those options and selecting only those that are truly essential,” Says Greg McKeown. Have you ever looked at a menu in a new restaurant and there are 4 pages of entrees and you are so overwhelmed because there are too many choices? This is the same concept.  Pare down the activities that you include in your weekly schedule so you can focus on the essential acitvities.  We are of the mentality that the busier we are the more successful we are.

So how do you choose what to say yes to?  Have you ever tried to do multiple things at the same time and it didn’t go so well? Juggling 5 balls at the same time only leaves you frustrated that you’re not giving anyone 100%.  Either your family suffers because you’re trying to work while spending time with your family or work stuff isn’t complete because you’re at the beach trying to finish a presentation while trying to spend time with the family.

Essentialism is not getting rid of everything like minimalism, but choosing what is most essential to you.  Reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was helpful to understanding this concept as well.  I read that last year and cleaned out so much stuff. That allowed me to reorganize my Chrismtas décor in a brand new attic configuration.  This is a way to clear out your physical and mental clutter.  It can also help you balance your work and home life which for some people is very difficult.

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Ask yourself so you’re not regretting your decisions, Does your schedule each week, month, year represent what you’re wanting to uphold?  (spending time with your family) Actually break your schedule up and write it out. Build a weekly routine that matches your ideal week that balances your work and family time. Seeing it in writing will help you see how much time you actually spend on stuff that is not essential to your goals.  It may be eye opening to see how much time you spend at work and how much time you actually spend with your family.

If you want to make a slight shift in the new year work through your schedule and put it in writing. You don’t have to make drastic changes.  Small steps in the right direction is still progress. Making changes that are too big too soon may leave you feeling burned out and falling back into your old ways and not making any changes.

Yours Truly,




How to Handle Putting Away Christmas the Right Way

How to clean up Christmas the right way

New Years has come and gone and you are probably in the middle of taking down your Christmas decor. The best way to tackle this chore is to do it in a way that will give you a smooth opening the following year. You want to make sure you know where everything is and you can get to it easily.  Here are some steps to help you tackle this chore to make it less painful and to keep your home as tidy as possible in the process.

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Ten Tips to Help You Clean Up the Christmas Clutter

  1.  Don’t start unless you can devote a block of time to “UNDECORATING”.  You don’t have to finish the task, but try to set aside a decent amount of time to devote toward this and work on it until you find a good stopping point.
  2. You will want to organize well.  You don’t want to throw stuff in any old way because it will be a mess next year when you pull it out.
  3. Never go upstairs/downstairs without carrying something up. There are so many boxes, lanterns, tree pieces etc…. that you need to put in storage that every time you pass by you need to carry something up/down.  This will help in the long run when it’s actually time to put the boxes away.
  4. Store your decorations that are similar to each other in the same room.  They are easier to sort that way so you know which tubs to take to what room.  This will make the final packing go faster.
  5. Keep up with daily tasks like dishes, laundry etc… or you will become so overwhelmed and the house will start to look very untidy with all the extra clutter.
  6. Ask for help.  Your family can help you carry your trees and tubs back to your storage area.  I have a hard time asking for help so I could listen to my own advice on this one.
  7. Get rid of your trash from Christmas.  Any wrapping paper, boxes, or bags that you’re not going to keep need to be thrown away immediately.
  8. Sort items that need to be taken back to the store and put away gifts that you are going to keep.  This will drastically change the look of your house.  Once everything has its own place in your house then your home will start to look back to normal.
  9. Put your storage away with next year in mind.  If you know you’re not going to use your red and silver ornaments next year, then put those ornaments in the back and on the bottom.  This will help when you are getting out your ornaments and decor next year.  You will be able to get your front boxes off the top. WIN!
  10. BE PATIENT! It took me 3 weeks to finish my Christmas decorating so it will take me some time to take it down.  I need to remember that and give myself a little slack when trying to take down and organize everything.

I hope these tips were helpful.  I enjoy Christmas, but I do like getting everything back in order and getting back on a schedule.  Happy “undecorating” and Happy New Year.

Yours Truly,