Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tips For a More Productive Day

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Happy Thursday! I kind of giggled at myself when I first even considered putting together this post for y'all. I can be quite the procrastinator... hence why it took me over a week to even begin working on this post. However, you can be productive even when you are a procrastinator. It just takes some self discipline and probably a couple cups of coffee, lol. But seriously, today, I'm going to share some of my personal tips for a more productive day. Some of these things I just started doing very recently and some of them I have been doing for awhile. My schedule and daily task list might not look like yours but I hope that maybe even one thing could be applied to your daily life to help you have a more productive day! Who doesn't love feeling accomplished?!

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W A K E  U P  B E F O R E  Y O U  H A V E  T O

I'm going to share my best tip first. Wake up before you have to. This is probably one of the hardest things that I have been doing in order to have a more productive day and it's probably the one the that I would say has given me the most results. I am so terribly guilty of saying "I don't have time" but in reality, I do have time, just maybe not the time I really want to use. I also must mention that I am not a morning person. Waking up is rough and I would much rather sleep in. I do not like an alarm clock. But,  I decided to give it a try. I set my alarm for one hour and 20 minutes before I had to get out of bed. The key for me is to get up as quick as possible and not to hit snooze. If I hit snooze, even just once, I probably won't commit to waking up and I'll fall back to sleep. Most days, I just stay in my bedroom to get some work done so I have to turn on the light and open the curtains to help me wake up. The first couple of days went really well and I got so much done. During this time, I work on blog posts, answer e-mails, and read my devotionals. Bonus: the house is perfectly quiet and free from distractions. This little bit of extra time in the morning has really made such a big difference in getting my day started and I have found the rest of the day is much more productive because I started off less stressed out. But, it does take self discipline to set that alarm every night!

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F O L L O W  A  R O U T I N E

Routines don't just work for children, they work for adults too. It takes some time to establish a routine but when you do, you can be so much more productive. Like I mentioned above, I'm not a morning person. Getting going in the morning can be a major struggle for me so I find myself getting easily distracted by tasks that I don't really even need to do at that time or I find myself literally doing nothing if I don't have a set routine to follow. This is my personal morning routine:

1. Open the curtains. It's amazing what a little light will do for your mood.

2. Brush my teeth. 

3. Wash my face and moisturize my skin.

4. Make my bed. This one has been one of the best additions to my morning routine! It's amazing how it can help you feel productive. I literally feel like much less of a hot mess when I take two minutes to make my bed each morning.

5. Put the laundry in the dryer because I always start a load before bed each night. You can read more about my tips for doing laundry in this post.

After these five steps, I really feel like I can start the day and I always feel accomplished when my teeth are brushed, my face is clean, my bed is made, and laundry is in progress. Figure out what five things you could do as soon as you wake up that would help get your day started on the right track. I feel like we set ourselves up for a successful day by starting the day off well. The rest of my day is very routine oriented as well but it just may vary day by day because of my work schedule, exercise, volunteering, and other tasks that I have to do. It's never too late to create a new routine!

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G E T  D R E S S E D  E V E R Y  D A Y

Yes, I know everyone has clothing on their body every single day but that's not the same as getting dressed. I've been a stay at home mom and it's so incredibly tempting to just stay in your pajamas or switch out to an old t-shirt and yoga pants for the day. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love to be comfortable but I am not a bit productive in my pajamas. For me, pajamas equal relaxation so the thoughts of checking things off of my to-do list just don't cross my mind when I am wearing my most comfortable clothing. I just want to sit and do nothing. So, even if it's just jeans and white tee or leggings (see, they are still comfortable) and a sweater, try getting dressed everyday and see how it affects your level of productivity. Also, I know not everyone wears makeup but I put makeup on every single morning, even when I'm going to the gym. It makes me feel more put together and ready to tackle the day. Hair is another story, y'all. My hair gets put in a top knot almost every single morning because I'm usually heading to the gym. But, I always at least try to brush my hair. For me, when I look put together, I'm going to also feel much more put together.

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U S E  P A P E R  A N D  P E N  L I S T S

In the world of all things technology, I have all sorts of ways to create lists and be more productive in the palm of my hand. But, there's just nothing like making a list on paper and crossing things off with a pen. It's just so satisfying! I find myself actually remembering to complete tasks when they are on an actual paper list than when they are on my phone. When I get on my phone to find a list, I almost always get distracted by a social media notification or a text message. Paper and pen lists are the way to go for some old fashioned productivity! 

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M E E T  W I T H  J E S U S  A N D  M O V E  Y O U R  B O DY

I read an Instagram post by Jennie Allen yesterday and she suggested doing these two things every single day. Meeting with Jesus and moving your body every single day are two things that make me a more productive and joyful person overall. Set you alarm, meet with Jesus, get into a good routine, move your body (even if it's just a quick 15 minutes walk; going to the gym everyday isn't necessarily feasible for everyone), and I hope that helps you have a more productive day!

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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S H I R T | I sized up one size for an oversized fit
J E A N S | similar

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Instagram Roundup .192

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Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week! It's already been a busy week with Christmas festivities in full swing. In the midst of all of the busy, I have been trying to find time to be still and have a few minutes to myself. This isn't always easy for us busy moms but I try to make time for it every single day. Some days it means a latte at my favorite local spot or a 15 minute hot bath. Whatever it is that helps you unwind and relax, even just for a few minutes, do it! Sometimes for me it's even hiding in my closet, just a for a moment of peace.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including my outfits from last week. Most of my weekly outfits are weekend outfits since I live in gym clothes and t-shirts during the week for the work. So, most of the outfits you see are my weekend outfits or my mom on the go weekday looks!

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I wore this outfit for some fun with my family on Saturday. I instantly feel sassy when I put on this jacket and boot combination! The boots were such a great purchase!



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This is a mom on the go kind of outfit for dropping my kids off at school and then heading to the gym. This leopard sherpa has been on of my favorite jackets this season!



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Breakfast and a latte at my favorite place! I don't eat breakfast very often but when I do, it's always at The Table Farmhouse Bakery... because it's the best!



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Neutrals for the win! This teddy bear coat is so cozy and the perfect warm layer for these chilly fall days. I even throw this coat over my gym clothes some days!



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The very best flannel shirt because it has pockets! I could wear this shirt every single day and be perfectly happy. I sized up one size to make it leggings friendly for me.



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I'm so proud of these sweet girls! They have been operating a bracelet making business the past few months and donating 30% of their profits to good causes in our community. They have bought clothing for foster kids, donated to our church ministries, and purchased pet food for our local animal shelter! My girls are making a difference one rubber band bracelet at a time!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fall and Winter Bucket List

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Hey y'all! Back in October, I shared my personal fall and winter bucket list here on the blog. I wanted to revisit this bucket list to share what we have already completed. I can already tell we aren't going to cross every single thing off our list and that's totally okay. I like putting together these lists to have a guide for our how I want us to spend our time together during certain seasons. These lists help us be much more intentional about how our time is spent, particularly on the weekends.

So, here's my fall and winter bucket list, in no particular order. I've crossed off the things that we have completed this season and shared additional details as needed.

1. Go to the Asheboro fall festival.

2. Take a road trip to visit a city that we've never explored before.
We went to downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina since we had never been. It was a short visit but we did try a new restaurant, visited a new brewery, and even met a llama!

3. Go for a hike to hunt for waterfalls.

4. Day trip to the Blowing Rock/Boone/Banner Elk area.
This is one of my very favorite areas in North Carolina! You can read more about our day trip to the High Country in this blog post.

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5. Visit Trader Joe's to pick up some new fall foods to try.
Now that we have a Trader's Joe much closer, we have been making much more frequent visits to pick up some of our favorite items. I shared what some of my recent Trader Joe's finds in this blog post.

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6. Go on a weekend getaway with my husband. Just the two of us.
For my birthday, my husband and I had a weekend getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. We had so much fun! You can read about the trip in this blog post.

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7. Visit the Biltmore. (I've lived in North Carolina my whole life and I've never been).
We were hoping to cross this one off of our visit during our weekend getaway to Asheville but we should have bought tickets in advance because it was sold out. We are hoping to make a visit soon because I really want to go!

8. Carve pumpkins as a family.

9. Make s'mores at home.

10. Try a new restaurant.
While we were in Mount Airy, we had to go to Snappy Lunch to try the famous pork chop sandwich. It was a neat experience but I wasn't too impressed with this sandwich. However, I definitely think this place is worth a visit!

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11. Bake a dessert with the kids and let them help, even if it's messy.

12. Start a new tradition. Or two.

13. Take a trip to South Carolina to visit family.
This is on our calendar for the day after Christmas.

14. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
The girls and I picked up our volunteer forms last week so we are planning to walk the dogs this Friday for the first time. They are so excited!

15. Do a 5K as a family.

16. Build a snowman (even the weather cooperates).

17. Read two books.
Um, I guess I should start the first book since it's already December.

18. Make homemade cinnamon rolls.
We are planning to make them on Christmas morning, like we did last year!

19. Try a new soup recipe.

20. Take family photos.

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What's on your fall/winter bucket list?! I'd love to hear!

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Currently Loving .160

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Hey y'all! I hope you've had a great week! Mine has been great but seriously, there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to complete. I mean, where does the time even go?! I'm really looking forward to some extra time to get stuff done this weekend and of course, have some fun and lots of relaxation! That sounds like a really good mix to me.

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm Currently Loving! As I've mentioned before, this is always my favorite blog post to put together each week. But also, did y'all know that I hit publish on four to five blog posts every single week?! I know a lot of my Instagram story friends head over here from there weekly for this post but come back Monday through Thursday for more With Style & Grace. I have been blogging consistently in this little space for ten years!

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Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. J E A N S | I absolutely love this style of denim and I already own a distressed pair similar to these. They are so comfy and flattering! They do run pretty big so I would suggest sizing down (down one size from your typical Madewell denim size or down two sizes from your typical size in our denim brands). You will love these jeans!


2. B A G | I absolutely do not need another bag in my life but y'all, I am really loving this one! And it's currently on sale. I love the shape of the bag and of course, the leopard print. So cute!


3. B L A Z E R | My overall wardrobe is pretty casual since my lifestyle is also, pretty casual. But, I love having a sweater blazer like this in my wardrobe to throw on to instantly make me look a little more put together! I recently wore mine with a leopard button up, skinny jeans, and ankle boots.


4. S N E A K E R S | White sneakers work year round in my opinion and I love this pair! I have a super similar pair from this brand and they are seriously the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I often get asked how I keep my shoes white and all I do is spray them with Scotchgard and I also throw them in the washing machine as needed then air dry. I love pairing my casual white sneakers with a more dressy top or coat this time of year!


5. E A R R I N G S | How cute are these simple, statement earrings from Bohoblu?! I'm always drawn to round jewelry and I love these timeless earrings. They would make such a great gift!


6. T O P | My closet was in need of some casual, everyday, comfy tops and I'm so glad that I recently added this one to my closet. I love the olive color and the length is perfect for wearing with leggings and skinny jeans. It's a great closet basic! The fit is true to size.


7. R I N G | This ring was one of my November purchases and it's even prettier in person! This color is called berry illusion and it's a pretty shade of raspberry pink. It make such a fun statement!


8. S H I R T | I recently bought this shirt and I know it's going to be a favorite this season! When I ordered it, I must have totally missed the fact that it has pocket! A comfy flannel with pockets?! Sign me up! I sized up to a medium for an oversized fit and it works great for leggings. If you prefer a more fitted style, I would stick with your regular size. Oh and it's kind of hard to tell but the stripes are a great neutral, olive green!


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Classic Style, Head to Toe

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Happy Thursday! Today is all about the classics. As I've moved further into my thirties, my wardrobe has definitely changed. I'm drawn less to trendy items and now I gravitate more towards classic. Items that stand the test of time. Things that won't go out of "style" by this time next year. This has also meant investing a little more in my clothing so that it can last more than one season. 

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Today's style is classic and Madewell head to toe. This outfit was selected by me but was gifted to me by Madewell, my favorite store. To be perfectly transparent, I squealed when I got the e-mail from them! I was thrilled and so excited to pick out an outfit that was filled with great, classic pieces that I would be able to wear over and over and year to year. Madewell is my favorite store because the color palette appeals to me, the pieces feel vintage inspired and classic (with a trendy twist from time to time), and their brand fits my casual lifestyle just right!

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The first items I selected for this classic outfit were the boots and large transport tote (with a zipper) in the English Saddle color. This color literally goes with everything. Brown or black or whatever. I recently purchased these boots in the leopard print and they are so comfortable. This pair is a great classic that I know I will love for years! I have loved my medium transport tote in this color so I know I will get a lot of use out of the large tote as well, especially for work. 

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I have a thing for cream/off white/ivory sweaters and I wanted one that was great quality. This sweater is definitely it! It's so soft and cozy but the style is flattering and feminine. Really, just the perfect combination! It tucks perfectly into these straight leg jeans. I've always been a skinny jeans kind of girl but over the last two years, I have experimented with different styles of denim and I really love the look of straight leg jeans. They work great with ankle boots and sneakers, which are my go-to shoes during the fall and winter seasons.

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The jacket was more of a trendy pick for this look because I wanted to add leopard print to the outfit. I also knew that I would personally get a lot of wear out of this jacket! I have already worn it three times since I got it a week ago. It's so warm and adds such a fun layer to any outfit, even just to throw over your workout clothes to go to the gym!

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S H O P  T H E  P O S T:

J A C K E T | true to size
S W E A T E R | true to size
J E A N S | true to Madewell denim sizing, size down one from regular non-Madewell size
B O O T S | true to size; I would not size up in these

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Instagram Roundup .191

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Hey y'all! I hope you're having a great week so far! This year, Josh and I are doing some fun tasting calendar to countdown to Christmas. One of them is wine and the other is cheese. I bought them at Aldi back in November and I have been patiently waiting for it to be December! We are having so much tasting the wine and cheese each night then giving it a rating on a five star scale. You can see our daily tasting on my Instagram stories... it's been pretty entertaining so far!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including some of the outfits that I have recently one and of course, a cute picture of my kids! I have been living in cozy jackets lately and I'm also starting to add a little sparkle to my outfits for the holiday season. 

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I am loving this cute turtleneck that I recently tried on at Madewell. This dusty rose color is one of my favorites! The fit is true to size.


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I wore this cozy and comfy outfit for a fun day with my family (and a date night) last Saturday. This fuzzy jacket and sneaker combo is going to be on repeat!


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Head to toe Madewell! I am loving this sherpa coat and my new straight leg jeans. I use to be strictly skinny jeans a couple of years of ago but now I loving more styles, especially straight leg!


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I unfortunately am allergic to real Christmas trees so this is as close to real thing as I'm going to get. We bought one about six years ago and I was so sick the entire month of December. At the time, I just thought I had a really bad cold but the day we got rid of it, I got better. Team fake tree for us!


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My long time favorite pattern mix: leopard and plaid. These sweet girls did this pose all on their own! Too cute! They love each other... most of the time.


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This is one of my most favorite recent outfits! This leopard boots really just take any outfit up a notch and make you feel put together. They were one of my favorite November purchases!


Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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