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Weekend Vlog | Decorating & Planning

Weekend Vlog | Decorating & Planning

 

Hey Everyone.

It was great to have a little bit of a productive weekend. I was really happy to get to do a bit of a refresh at my Husbands office. I am not a decorator but I had a lot of fun getting things together to decorate. Everything I found was at Pier One or Home Goods. I have to admit though I love my luxury goods at times, I really love getting a good deal too. My Husband does such amazing work that the space his clients and team spend their days in deserves to be awesome.There is something about a few new things here and there that change the energy of a space. It’s like saying thank you for being our business, lets make you look awesome. Giving gratitude to your space isn’t a concept I was really familiar with until I read Mari Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering. This book changed how I looked at space, and the things I choose to keep in them, and I think that goes for work spaces as well….but that is a story for another post!

I also had a chance to plan a little this weekend. It’s something I have been missing but since the spinal fusion I haven’t been able to sit for very long and planning with decorating takes some sitting. So we have been keeping it simple these days but I feel so much better getting the week down on paper. Hope you all had a productive weekend as well!!!

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One Simple Hack to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season | and always

One Simple Hack to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season | and always

How many times a day does your phone pull your focus away from what you are doing? Research indicates that the average person checks their smartphone 150 times a day, which broken down over waking hours is like every SIX MINUTES. I bet that if this is you, its because something has triggered you to check your phone. Those triggers are normally some kind of alert. So & So has posted a photo on Instagram…..Betty Sue has checked in on Facebook.

These notifications are dictating your schedule and your behavior. TAKE BACK YOUR TIME.

Turn off your notifications! All your notifications, but especially social media and email notifications.

The average smartphone user doesn’t adjust the notification settings on their phones. Don’t be average…make your phone work for you. By turning of notifications your attention won’t be pulled by the ping or buzz of your phone. You are in control of when you check your phone and when you want to take a moment to check Facebook, Instagram of Snapchat, do it. The only notifications I leave on are my health apps. I love a Stand Up Now….Take a Deep Breath…..or, a be present, reminder.

Turning off notifications should only take a minute and will free you from split attention. Part of the reason we feel stress is because we have too many open loops going on in our mind at a time. When you see a notification while you are doing something else it can spiral into a longer visit on your phone than you intended or it can trigger you to do something else, like commenting on photos, or wondering why you weren’t invited to lunch. Next thing you know it’s 20 minutes later, you are now behind schedule and the stress starts to build.

So take a breath, take the plunge and free yourself.

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Runner Up Suggestions for less stress during busy times

  1. Do NOT check e-mail or social media for the first hour upon waking up. If your phone is your alarm clock or sleep tracker check those things then put your phone by the door so it’s ready to leave with you for the day, then leave it alone. Sixty minutes without you phone will set your day up on your schedule. When you check into your phone you check out of your life.

* Studies show that within the  First 15 minutes of waking up, 4 out of 5 smartphone owners are checking their phones and among these people, nearly 80% reach for their phone before doing anything else.

2. Before picking up your phone write down, on paper, the top 3 things you have to accomplish today. This way your days priorities are set before there is any distraction

3. Set phone alarms that are a positive message for 4 times a day. Currently my favorite is a reminder of how I want to be each day it reads ‘Present, Energetic, Bold’. This alarm goes off at 9am; 1pm; 5pm and 8pm.

4. SLEEP! Get to bed by 10:30 at the latest! Our body actually gets better quality of rest between 10pm-12pm. Don’t short yourself of this benefit during this busy time of the year. Remember quality rest also boosts your immune system….no one has time to be sick during the holidays.

 

It’s PRIME DAY! Get the most bang for your buck shopping online today!

It’s PRIME DAY! Get the most bang for your buck shopping online today!

You guys know that I love LOVE Amazon. I use Amazon Prime for tons of my shopping in an effort to limit the amount of time I spend running errands. I watch Amazon Prime Video streamed through my TV because they have tons of TV shows and Movies as well as rentals. We are trying to limit the amount we spend on cable so between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix we have it covered. My family also uses Amazon Fresh for grocery delivery. But today TODAY TODAY, you can do a 30-Day free trial of Prime. If you sign up today you can take advantage of the amazing Prime Day Deals. If you haven’t tried prime, and experienced the Magic of your purchases arriving at your door within 2 days for free!!! For added savings you can hop over to Ebates and get 3% back on your prime day sale purchases. Brief aside about Ebates, I was introduced to this by my friend Kim, you go to the ebates site first, then click through to your shopping site and earn cash back….actual cash. They pay out every three months and will pay directly into PayPal. Yes, this is my Etsy spending fund, so all the money I get through ebates to buy things on Amazon that I would buy anyway gets me cash back. Ebats tracks purchasing habits, but they don’t track you specifically, its more general than that. SO if you want to add up your savings this is the way to go.

I also find that with amazon purchasing I buy exactly what I need when I need it. This is huge for us because we downsized our home to 910 square feet and I don’t want to keep things I don’t need. So now whenever we are running low we can grab it on Amazon and have it in a few days. No keeping 5 bottles of Olive Oil, ( I do have 3 bags of coconut chips but that’s another story), running low on printer ink…it will be here in a few days, out of cat food, not  a worry…It has made it much easier to simplify my life.

I am including a link so you can get in on these amazing deals today because it will make your life simpler, and less time running errands is more time for stuff that’s fun, and that is balance!

 

* I have included my associate link in this post. I have been a devoted Amazon user long before I started this blog. I want to share the things in my life that I use and love, and a little compensation from the affiliate link isn’t bad either. I will NEVER recommend something for compensation, I am here to share, not sell.