DON'T FORGET TO LOVE YOURSELF FIRST // FREE PRINTABLES

September 16, 2014

I'm feeling the free printables this week, so I hope you don't mind me sharing another with you all today.

Oh how I miss Sex in the City. I loved that show! There were some great quotes that came from it over the years, and my very favorite:

"Don't forget to love yourself first." - Carrie Bradshaw

It's such a great message, and so very true. 
I decided to turn this quote into a free printable for you. :)






LOVE THE LIFE YOU LIVE // FREE PRINTABLES

September 15, 2014

'Ello - Happy Monday!

Sometimes we all need pretty little reminders to inspire and motivate us. Today I am hoping to do just that with this free printable. 

Although life has its ups and downs, we just gotta love the life we live. :)





You can download this printable by clicking here.

Hope you have a lovely day! xoxo

CHICAGO GETAWAY + FAMILY PRINTABLES

September 12, 2014

Happy Friday - whoohoo!

I am so excited for a quick weekend getaway to Chicago with my mom and sister! I've been a handful of times, but never with my family. We've been talking about doing a trip, just us three girls for so long, and I'm glad we're finally doing it! :)





If anyone has any recommendations on fun things to do in Chicago, please let me know!


My family is a pretty tight unit, and I've always appreciated and loved that. As I get older I am realizing that FAMILY IS EVERYTHING! I can't imagine what I'd do without them.

If you feel the same (and also enjoy printables), you are in luck because I am sharing a few free family printables with you today. :)










Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!!
xoxo

FREE GEOMETRIC DEER DESKTOPS

September 11, 2014

Two things that are super trending right now - geometric everything and faux trophy deer heads. I love both. How about you?

Just yesterday I used a gift card to Uncommon Goods on a cardboard deer head for my office (thanks Joe and Rebecca!). How fun is this? I plan on spray painting it gold, of course. :)





My purchase left me feeling inspired, and I decided to create some FREE geometric deer head desktops. 
I hope you enjoy them!



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Download desktop #3 here




And here are directions on installing one of the wallpapers on your mac or your pc.


HERE'S A THOUGHT // SAVE TIME BY DOING LESS

September 10, 2014

This isn't my typical post, chalk full of DIY tips or free printbles, but I feel like I need to write this a.) to vent and b.) just incase there is one other person out there struggling with balancing it all. Some days it's just difficult. xoxo
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Lately, I have found myself going in 1,000 different directions at once, and I don't like it. I'm trying to balance it all, all the time - being a mom and wife, working my full-time job, working a small start-up gig, running this blog in my "free time" (with the goal of posting original content everyday), and running my freelance photography and graphic design company. 
Some days my head feels like it could possibly explode. Sadly, this is an improvement from where I used to be just a few months back. I just recently started saying "no" and taking on less freelance, but I still feel like a crazy person at times.
Just to give you an idea...I am writing this post on my birthday (I got the day off from work as a gift, and my daughter is at daycare). I'm not complaining about that one bit - I love running this blog, but you see, the plan was to finish two blog posts for later this week really quickly and then go out and enjoy my day afterwards.
It's now 2:45 p.m. How did that happen? I meant to go do lots of fun things that I don't normally get to do today, but instead, I have sat in my home office in front of my computer trying to stay focused on some blogging to dos. This "small task" turned into one giant time suck. This could have something to do with it...
Observance: In the last 15 minutes while trying to write this post I have:
1. Texted back and forth with a neighbor and delivered some different baby bottles to their baby to try
2. While I was outside, I saw birthday balloons tied to my tree and took photos of them. 
3. Posted the balloon photo to Instagram, said thank you to the anonymous gifter(s)
4. Checked and replied to three texts from co-workers
5. Got on Facebook to personally thank people for the nice birthday wishes (I do this all day long as they come in because I'm crazy)
6. Checked my email and replied to four of them
7. Let my dogs outside
8. Painted my toenails
And I still managed to get this far on this post. Holy crap. I take multi-tasking to the extreme. My sister-in-law, Rebecca, and I have chatted about this "curse". We are very similar in this aspect. We both decided that our heads are like a computer with way too many tabs open all at once, with the need to tend to all of them simultaneously. It's just gross. :) 
You may be wondering why I'm even writing this post. Well here's the point... :)
A couple of days ago I stumbled across a great article with tips on how to be more productive, Save Time and Do Less. I really needed to read this, like yesterday. 
These 3 questions resonated with me the most, and are the things I need to work on ASAP:
+ Do you say no?
+ Is Everything on Your To-Do List Necessary?

+ Are You a Slave to Your Inbox?


Once I can answer the above questions with a resounding "YES," I will be on my way to stopping the craziness, slowing down a little bit, and enjoying life even more. Hopefully that day gets here soon.

Am I completely alone here or are there some other people out there in need of some simplifying? Go ahead and test yourself with this list of seven questions.

"Sometimes, productivity isn’t about the systems you put in place or the apps you download—it’s about taking a good look at how you’re spending your time and freeing your schedule from unnecessary to-dos. More hours in the day? I think we can all agree that’s a good thing".

Thanks for reading - I feel better now. :)

And here's a photo because I don't much like blog posts without photos, haha.

This is me "reflecting" sorta stalker-like  :)


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