Productivity

A habitual list-maker and recovering washy-tape addict, I have a special affinity for all things related to being organized and productive in our day-to-day lives.  Here you’ll find lots of ideas you can immediately implement for how to be productive and get things done.

 

 

How To Plan Your Week with FREE Printable

How To Plan Your Week with FREE Printable

I don’t know about you, but that first week back to school really kicked my booty! Planning my week is so important to stay on track, especially once back to school comes around. So today I’m sharing how to plan your week (with a free printable)!

We’re on to week three after back to school so we are in the groove now, but it was hard to let go of those lazy summer days!  We got a little bit of summer feeling by heading to the pool this weekend though!

I wore my swimsuit from my Amazon fashion haul and two ladies stopped and asked me where it was from while we were there. 

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Meet Shannon, My Blog Assistant!

Meet Shannon, My Blog Assistant!

Today  is a super exciting day, like realizing it’s serious with you and your boyfriend and finally bringing him home to meet your parents!  I have that same giddy feeling today because I’m introducing you to a special person, Shannon, who’s been working with me on my blog for the past several months!  I’ve come to know and love her and I hope you do too!

Gingham Tank • Similar Jeans • My Home Office

Let’s start at the beginning so you can understand why I brought Shannon on to work with me. 

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How To Grow Your Blog

How To Grow Your Blog

Good morning friends!  I’m finally over my lingering cold and had some time to get my life together, so I could finally give you a recap of the Dallas blog conference!  And as promised, I brought you back some blogging tips to help you grow your own blog!

BLOG CONFERENCE RECAP

This girls’ weekend is always a blast and the conference is really well done with gorgeous details, fun parties, and one-on-one time with brands you have worked with in the past or may partner with in the future.

More than that, it’s an opportunity to hang out with friends that you don’t normally get to see since we’re all over the map!

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10 Daily Habits for a Productive Day

10 Daily Habits for a Productive Day

I had the Mondayest morning ever yesterday walking into my living room, being very confused as to why Jordan was standing in a huge pile of sand.  And then I saw the empty breadcrumb container a few feet away.  These toddlers are quick I tell ya!  They don’t miss an opportunity for mischief!  But today is a new day and I think y’all are going to like today’s post!  It’s Part 2 in collaboration with my favorite fitness brand, Zella at Nordstrom, and it’s all about how to kick butt and be productive every day!  I LOVE writing these kinds of posts and sharing things like this,

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My Miracle Morning Routine

My Miracle Morning Routine

Thank you for the love on Jordan’s nursery!  Isn’t it wild how fast she’s growing?!  And now that we’re almost a quarter into the year (already?!), it’s time to check in and re-asses all those goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.  If you read my How to Plan Your Entire Year In Advance or How To Plan Your Day for Maximum Efficiency, then you know how much I love being productive and organized.  It’s easy to feel motivated on January 1st when things are all fresh and new,

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How to Use Affirmations to Improve Your Life

How to Use Affirmations to Improve Your Life

And just like that we’re back to Monday!  How was your weekend? We had a full one with the At Home event with Brittany and Ashley from Shanty2Chic on Saturday (full recap post coming soon!) and then my friend Ali-Shaun and I spent a couple hours at the Galleria on Sunday to help her pick out some new things for her wardrobe.

You might remember her as the adorable one in the heart pajamas at our Favorite Things party and she pops up on my Stories from time to time!  She’s also the one that introduced me to Vietnamese iced coffee!

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How Plan Your Day for Maximum Efficiency w …

How Plan Your Day for Maximum Efficiency w FREE Printable

Hi friends! What a weekend! I don’t usually get to do much Storying (is that a word now?!) on the weekends since we’re doing all the family things, but I made an exception this weekend and did a video tutorial as a visual aid to my hair curling tutorial post.  Then y’all were asking for a Day 2 hair tutorial and I did that too! Well, as best I could with Jordan ‘helping’! If you missed them, the video hair tutorials are saved to my regular Instagram as a highlight.  Highlights are those circles below my profile and above the regular pictures. 

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How to Plan your Entire YEAR in advance …

How to Plan your Entire YEAR in advance with Free Printable

Happy Martin Luther King Day friends! We get the day off school to honor this great man and always stop to appreciate the ways he helped change our world for the better. Thank you Dr. King!

I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I’m so happy it’s finally ready for you!  One of the things I’ve been doing for a long time now is calendaring out my whole year in January.  It may sound crazy or a little too rigid, but if you give it a try, I PROMISE you, you will end up loving it!  

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My Miracle Morning

My Miracle Morning

Every year I like to challenge myself in new ways for personal growth.  In 2017, I started waking up early so that I could get my workout over and done with before my day started and I also I started meditating.  Even though I’m definitely NOT a morning person, I actually loved working out early and how it set my day up for success.  I was really good about getting up early all summer, but have slacked off toward the end of the year, so I’m ready to get back at it!

Similar Jacket • Cowl Neck SweaterBest LeggingsBootsTassel NecklaceCustomizable Bag • Ring • Coin Earrings 

The Miracle Morning

This year,

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30 Healthy Habits for 2018 & Best of Decor/Organization 2017

30 Healthy Habits for 2018 & Best of Decor/Organization 2017

How did that first day of 2018 treat ya?! Because I played old lady and went to bed early on NYE, and yet still slept in, I woke up feeling like a champ! My mom came over, which gave me a chance to get a good workout in on Day 1!  Pretty good start to the new year if you ask me!

Butter Soft TopSuede Moto Jacket •  Jeans •  Bag •  Tassel NecklaceCoin Hoop Earrings • Boots

I’ve already shared with you the most popular posts of 2017 and my intentions for 2018,

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Christmas Recap & Getting Ready for 2018

Christmas Recap & Getting Ready for 2018

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday!  James woke up at about 6am, but Jordan was still sleeping, so we waited for her and when she was still sleeping at almost 7:30, we went in and woke her up too.  I can’t believe James held out for so long, but we wanted to experience the morning together! I love seeing the kids’ faces light up when they see that Santa came- it’s so full of sheer joy and delight!  Jordan saw her big zebra and kept calling it a cow!  James is the sweetest little boy and just so thankful for everything!

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A Day in My Life as a Lifestyle …

A Day in My Life as a Lifestyle Blogger

We are slowly but surely working our way back into normal life around here.  I shared yesterday how you can help the six families at our school that lost their homes during the Hurricane.  I know that Harvey has taken a toll on all of us, but the sun is shining now and there is a real sense of hope and strength surrounding us.  Please go here if you feel led to give to one of those families.  I know they appreciate it more than words could ever express.

Today’s post is perfectly timed because it’s a collaboration with a group of other bloggers to share a day in our ordinary lives!  

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PRETTY PLANNERS

PRETTY PLANNERS

Happy Monday friends!  We’re back from our trip to New Orleans and we had the best time!  It’s pretty rare that we travel without the kids, so this was a special treat! We crammed so much into the two-day trip and I can’t wait to share it all with you on Wednesday!  We got home Sunday afternoon and even though we were so tired from late nights and early mornings, we powered through and got a ton done.  I didn’t want to wake up on Monday morning and still have to unpack, do laundry, grocery shop and meal prep, so we took care of it Sunday night.  

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Back to School Charts

Back to School Charts

Hi friends! How was your weekend?!  As usual, ours flew by too fast and now we’re staring down the last week of summer break!  To celebrate, we’ve got some fun things planned this week, starting with a trip to the zoo this morning. There’s a brand new baby elephant named “Joy” that was just born last month!  I don’t think we’ve ever taken Jordan to the zoo, so I can’t wait to see how she enjoys it.

I think we’ll also go feed the horses, since that’s something James said he wants to do again.  In Houston,

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My Early Morning Routine

My Early Morning Routine

*This post is sponsored by Swanson Health Products, but of course, all opinions and early wake up calls are my own!

Rise and shine, friends! I’m definitely not that chipper in the morning, nor am I a morning person (as my hubby can attest), but I made a commitment to waking up at 5 a.m. at the start of May as a way to get my workouts in.  It’s been a great feeling to be up and moving before the sun is even up and I’m sticking with it!

 

I’ll do another post soon with all my tips and tricks (and there are a few!) for how to get your booty up that early.  

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Back to School Routine

Back to School Routine

Is today your kids’ first day back to school?  If so, I’m sending you hugs and congratulations for making it through the summer with everyone in tact!  I might have squealed the tires out the driveway on our first day back, but maybe you have more restraint. 😉  Our son went back early, so we’re already on Week 3 and Labor Day weekend is on the horizon.Since I’m all about routines to keep our mornings running on the smoother side, I’m sharing how our weekday mornings look around here now with a first grader and six month old!  Gah! Can you believe Jordan is six months old already?!

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On My Master List

On My Master List

Now that the One Room Challenge is over and my office is all mine and ready to be worked in, all those little tidbits and to-do’s that have been swimming around in my brain for the last month can finally be tended to.  Everything was on the back burner while that room was being finished and my brain felt like it was going to explode with the mental list that was piling up.  Whenever I feel that happening, I know it’s time to pull out my MASTER LIST and get it updated.  I always feel so much better after a good brain dump!

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How I Taught My Kindergartener to Get Himself …

How I Taught My Kindergartener to Get Himself Ready for School (on time without nagging)

If your house is anything like ours, mornings are hectic as we prepare for the day and try to get our son off to school on time.  Before our daughter was born, I wanted to make him responsible for getting himself ready for school in the mornings so I didn’t have to be all, “eat breakfast . . . get your shoes on . . . have you brushed your teeth yet? . . .  HURRY UP!!!!” everyday.  That hurry-up and yell routine stressed us both out and certainly wasn’t the best way to start the day.

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