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How to Keep the Pollen Out of Your House

I don’t know about other areas, but in Virginia this yellow pollen started in March and is still around.  It is definitely hanging around longer this year. Last year was my daughter’s senior year and she had her prom pictures at our house.  I remember we had already opened our pool by this time to have everything looking beautiful for her pictures.  We do not open our pool until this stuff is gone. We made that mistake one time before and we will never do that again.  I thought it might be helpful to talk about a couple things we’re doing to keep the pollen out of our home.  My son and I have asthma and horrible allergies so we have found these things to work in our household.

Check out these easy ways to keep pollen out of your house.

Ways to keep the pollen out of the home

Wipe off the dog’s feet when they come in.   We started doing this when our dog was little just because she is white.  However, I know this helps greatly when dealing with pollen.   Dogs carry all kinds of stuff in the house on their feet and then jump on the furniture which transfers it to you and your stuff.

Vacuum frequently.  Pollen comes in on your shoes, purses, clothing, and of course pets so vacuuming can help if done frequently enough.

Change your clothes after you work outside.  It is always a smart idea to take a shower and change your clothing if you have been outside for a while and especially if you have been working out in the yard.

Keep the windows closed.  The weather might be starting to feel like summer, but keep the windows closed.  Pollen can blow in through the screens and cause you to have horrible allergy trouble.  No one wants to be sneezing and coughing all the time.

I hope these tips will help you in finishing out this spring season and send you into the summer without any trouble with your allergies. Do you have any other tips or ideas that could save us from this problematic yellow pollen?  Leave a comment below and let us know what helps in your household. Have a great week.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

My Favorite Fashion Bloggers

I really enjoy fashion as a hobby.  I have found several fashion bloggers that I just love to follow. They really wear some beautiful clothing and know all the latest trends. Since fashion and decor are so closely related,  I wanted to share my favorite fashion bloggers with you so you could be up to date on all the latest spring fashions.

Check out my five favorite fashion bloggers for all the latest in spring trends. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Leanne Barlow from elleapparelblog.com has the best style, but seems like the girl next door that could be your best friend.  She has three little boys that are the cutest and she dresses them to the nines.  She does something I haven’t seen anyone else do.  She makes these fabulous dresses in the dress of the month series.  You can see them on her Instagram or her blog. They are so amazing.  I’ve never seen anyone take a hard skill and make it look so effortless.  She is definitely one you want to check out.  Check out her Instagram as well.

Emily from thesweetestthingblog.com is beautiful, has gorgeous hair, and an amazing wardrobe that we would all love to have.  However, she seems so down to earth and loves to spend time with her family and connect with her followers. If you want hair tips, fashion reviews, and some travel sprinkled in; than Emily’s blog and Instragram are great places to check out some amazing content.

Check out my five favorite fashion bloggers for all the latest spring trends. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Rachel Parcell from pinkpeonies was one of the first blogs I ever read.  Her site is such a glamorous place to find fashion and decor ideas. I was instantly hooked and am still one of her loyal followers. I Also have purchased some of her apparel so check out her site for her clothing line. Her sister and sister- in-law also have very popular blogs.  Her home decor and Christmas posts are just as popular as her fashion posts. She is building a house right now and of course everyone can’t wait to see the finished product.

Jade of aspoonfulofstyle is one of those women that just seems to have it all together. Don’t you love those women that push you to do better? She is a gorgeous blonde with two adorable little kids.  Her daughter just turned three and her son is one.  She talks about high end, trendy fashion as well as affordable pieces that you can mix in your everyday wardrobe. Sometimes she mentions kid’s clothing that she dresses her own kids in. what a great bonus. You can check her out on her Instagram here.

My last favorite fashion blogger is Caitlin from southerncurlsandpearls.  She is very young and and I love her take on what is current in fashion.  I love that her mom takes her photos and she really seems down to earth and family oriented.  She includes travel and fitness posts as well. She is engaged and I’m starting to see pics on her Instagram about the wedding. If you guys follow my Pinterest, you know I’m obsessed with wedding planning. Here is a post I did on a small wedding I threw for my cousin and his fiancé. I also have a post on throwing a gorgeous wedding without flowers.

If you are into fashion as much as I am or you’re just looking for some new bloggers to follow, check out some of these ladies.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  Have a great weekend.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Like it, Love it, List

There are so many spring things I’m loving right now.  Sadly, my wallet is paying the price. Since I have had a recent weight loss I really need everything. (post to come soon),  I hope you will love the list as well.

These Nordstrom Vince Camuto peep toe shoes in tan are the bomb.  I can’t believe they are also so comfortable.  As soon as they arrived, I tried to order them in black too and of course my size was sold out.  Try to get these in the tan if you can. We will be shoe twins.

Nordstrom Vince Camuto peep toe sandals in tan. The perfect shoe for spring and summer. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I really love Becca swimwear.  I don’t really want to admit this, but I have a Becca suit that is from when my son was born and he is 16 years old. They hold up so well.  I only bring it out in bathing suit emergencies, but the colors and elastic still look and feel great.   I love this year’s suit that I picked,  I got this fabulous cranberry color. You can mix and match the pieces to fit your style.  The high rise bottoms are very in this year and some colors are already sold out so get them before your color goes.

If you are a fan of black and white decor, than you won’t want to miss Target’s project 62 outdoor collection.  It is fun, trendy, and affordable.  My favorite pieces are the umbrellas, pillows, and rugs.  You can’t go wrong with black and white to give your outdoor entertaining area a resort feel.  Your guests will feel so at home.

Now is the time to be thinking about your graduate. Check out this post I did for Minted when my daughter graduated last year.  Minted always has the best selection of cards for your big day.  Also, I found the best gift for an athletic child.  Check out this ETSY store. She makes quilts out of your child’s old sports tee shirts.  The only draw back is you really need to do this now so she has time to get this back to you.

Minted has a great selection of graduation cards. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

I hope you were able to find a couple things that you like or love from my list.  I’m going to enjoy this weather and hope for it to stick around.  Happy Easter you guys.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

 

Best Winter Workout Finds

I have really found my groove with working out over the last year. I thoroughly enjoy it and crave it for the positive way I feel after a workout. I definitely see what people were always saying about the endorphins released after you workout. In the beginning, I did it to help lose weight, but now I do it for many other reasons.  I have found some products that I think are amazing and I would like to share those with you.  You may have set some goals for yourself this year and I hope you stick with it and reach those goals.

Trigger Point Performance Grid Foam Roller – I have been using a foam roller for 15 years before it was a cool workout piece of equipment.   I was in a car accident and had a therapeutic one for my neck and back for physical therapy exercises.  Mine is not pretty and it’s a lot bigger, but you get the gist. These are great for exactly what they say.  Rolling trigger points after a workout will help keep soreness down to a minimum. I have also found they help you from getting muscle spasms and long term soreness.Trigger Point Performance Grid Foam Roller by Prosource- www.yourstrulyjenn.comBose Sound Sport Wellness Headphones- I have used the beats wireless headphones for about 2 years, but for some reason the ear piece always hurt my ears.  I have not had any problem with these headphones and the sound quality is amazing.  Who could go wrong with a Bose product?

Bose Sound Sport Wellness Headphones- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Hydro Flask– These are a little pricey but you wouldn’t believe how many different water bottles we have at our house that just don’t do the trick so the price justifies itself. This one keeps the same ice when you return 10 hours later. The Hydro Flask doesn’t produce any condensation on the side of the bottle. I can’t speak highly enough about this product.  I have the solid teal one.  My son gave it to me for Christmas.

Hydro Flask- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Athleta Excursion Tights–  I absolutely love the Athleta tights.  I am 5’7″ so I ordered the tall which I love.  After I wear leggings twice they usually are too short which is so annoying.  These are still the perfect length after 3 months.  They also have a pocket on the side that is deep enough for your phone to be completely covered.  Great for working out and then throwing a sweater over to make a Target run. They are the perfect fit, right amount of thickness, oh and did I mention they make your butt look really good.  What else could you ask for?  Check them out in this picture.

check out these amazing workout finds. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Calia Sweater–  My son gave me this women’s effortless metallic hooded sweater made by Carrie Underwood’s line Calia for Christmas. I think I’ve already worn it like 4 times in 2 weeks. I get really hot when I shop and run errands so this sweater is perfect for me.  it is casual but super cute and trendy so it is perfect and can be used for multiple purposes.  The sweater is pictured above.

If you are looking for some new things to add to your workout stash checkout these products. I think you might find some of them to be beneficial to help you in your fitness journey.  I would love to hear about products you are loving.  Leave a comment below if there is something you’re using that I need to try.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

Tips to Ward off The Winter Blues

 As winter rolls on and the weather is less than desirable, I tend to feel a little blah.  The days are short and the nights are long and I yearn for a hint of some warmer weather.  I like to have some things that I can look forward to, so here are some things I do to help ward off the winter blues.

Reward Yourself

I like to make a list of a couple goals and then give myself a reward when I accomplish the goals.  I usually like to purchase an outfit or something special like that so I can also enjoy the day out shopping which makes me even more happy.

How to ward off the winter blues- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Plan A Weekend Away

Plan a little weekend get away with your spouse or some girlfriends. That gives you something to look forward to.  Spend a couple weeks on Pinterest researching places to visit, where to eat, and best places to stay.  If you can’t afford to do that or you can’t take time off from work, plan a staycation that’s packed with tons of fun adventures in your own area.  There is a ton of stuff I hate to admit that I haven’t done in my own area.

Tips to ward off the winter blues- www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Spring Ready Body

So many people have some type of fitness goal as part of their new year’s resolutions.  How about pushing yourself to meet your goal and then purchasing a brand new bathing suit to get ready for your first beach day of the season.

Pamper Yourself

There are lots of things you can do at your own home to pamper yourself.  I love to buy fresh flowers. You can find some great prices and beautiful blooms at Trader Joe’s or local grocery stores. Lighting a candle, taking a bath, meditation, putting on some music, and taking some quiet time to read a book are all things you can do at your own home to bring joy and peace to a chaotic day.

Pamper yourself to ward off the winter blues. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

These are all simple things you can do to ward off the winter blues and have a great start to 2018. If you want more in-depth ideas on how to take care of yourself, check out my new self-care series here, here, here and here.  I hope the whole year will be amazing for you.  I’m looking forward to this year and what is in store for me and my family.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

5 Easy Ways to Deal with Stress

Love Yourself Series

No one wants to be stressed or have anxiety, but life isn’t perfect and it hands us overwhelming situations.  I found, if I do things in preparation I feel a lot less stressed about my day.  I can’t control everything, but at least I can help myself feel as prepared as I can for the day and weeks ahead. Here are 5 easy ways to deal with stress.  I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.

Prepare for the next day the night before

There are several things you can prepare the night before so you’re not so rushed in the morning.  Some people like to sleep in late and leave no extra time for things that may arise. They leave no time for traffic issues, dog problems, and kids not listening.  That is not how “real” mornings play out so preparing things the night before leaves time for when these stressful situations happen in the morning.  You can set out the main parts of your lunch.  You might not want to make the sandwich, but you can set out a banana and crackers.  You can press your outfit and pick out your shoes.  This will save a lot of time in the morning.  You can go ahead and place your breakfast out so in the morning you are just quickly making it. You can also pack up your work bag.  This also means finding your keys and being ready to just walk out the door.

Set out your clothes the night before to have a smooth morning. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

keep your planner up to date

Writing down your schedule and important dates will help you see everything in a glance. Seeing the big picture will help you stay organized and allow your brain to relax a bit. Then you’re not always having to constantly remember all the tidbits of your life. That’s draining!  I also like to keep a pad of paper by my bed so if I think of something important I can jot it down and then add it to my planner in the morning.  This can really help if you’re having sleep issues.  I always feel if I write it down then my brain can relax.

Write down your schedule in a planner so you can see the big picture. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Manage your time wisely

I like using block scheduling in my day.  I like to set up my day in chunks so I can fit everything in.  I try to stick to those times unless something is really pressing.  It really allows you to try to get to all the things on your list. Setting a timer is also so helpful. For some reason, that timer really keeps me cruising along.  I don’t know what authority it has on me, but I really push myself to stay on track if the timer is set. Know your priorities and get the most important things done first.  This is very important with time management.  If you know something doesn’t have to be done until next month do the thing that has to be done tomorrow first.

Spend time with family

Spending quality time with your family has shown to relieve stress.  When you’re around people who love you, you tend to relax and just be yourself. Isn’t that a novel idea that we can be the people we want to be around the people that love us.  Ask yourself, “are you spending the amount of time you want with your family or are you working too much?” This could be one of the causes of your stress.  Evaluate this in your life and see if there is anything in your schedule that you can shift to help you spend more time with your family.

Spend as much quality time with your family as you can. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

Stay Positive

We are all a work in progress.  Taking baby steps is still progress.  Any time you are moving forward is progress no matter how small.  Nobody is perfect and you shouldn’t strive to be.  That in itself will bring you more stress than you know.  Let go of the past and try to move forward with some new priorities set in place to bring about positivity in your life.

Today was the last day of the series.  I hope you have been following along and taking good care of yourself.  If you missed any of the posts you can check them out here, here and here. Have a great weekend.

Yours Truly,

Jenn

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?

Tips on how to get out of funk www.yourstrulyjenn.com

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.

Tips on how to get out of a funk. www.yourstrulyjenn.com

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,

Jenn

 

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,

Jenn

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,

Jenn

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,

Jenn

 

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