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21 Ways to Survive Full Time Job and Living Life.

I am starting my 4th week at my new full-time job and have come to realize a myriad of ways I need to help myself survive working full time AND living life. If you have a full-time career, mama, entrepreneur, etc…this is for you. 





OUTFIT DETAILS
BLOUSE c/o | PANTS (NEW favorite!) | HEELS | CLUTCH (DUPE)| EARRINGS | BRACELET |
LIPS (Snob)

This meme has been going around and it is completely relatable. Am I right?! Trying to balance everything is difficult. It’s like a separate full-time job! If you aren’t in the full-time job career category, you still connect with this. Keeping life in balance when you are raising kiddos, have your own business, etc. are all hard jobs! 

My 21 Life Lines for Work and Life Balance

  1. Organize Calendar: make sure your days are organized at work and at home. I work my blog during my lunch hour. Do what you have to do to get it all done.
  2. Plan out meals: I HAVE to do this other wise we wouldn’t eat. Plain and simple. I prep all the meat, including seasoning, on Sunday or Monday. The veggies are easy to make and taste better fresh so those I have ready to cook each day.
  3. Prep lunches: I will either take leftovers or prep my lunch the night before. Jason preps his all on Mondays!
  4. Organize living areas: You have to be able to function at home. If you are constantly moving around clutter, you cannot settle in and live. PS Do not look at my house right now, it has not recovered from our long weekend!
  5. Schedule time for YOU: Whether it’s a coffee and a quick stop at TJ Maxx on your way home from work or reading a book when you come home from work for 30 minutes, do something that feeds your soul.
  6. Make time for working out: I am SO not good at this yet. I have decided to make an attainable goal for me each week, once that goal is a habit, I up the goal to the next level. Right now I am trying to work out twice a week.
  7. Give yourself grace: Seriously, don’t be hard on yourself. This makes it harder to actually find balance. Know there will be days you can’t do it all and that’s OK!
  8. Be consistent: Whatever you do, be consistent. This is key to adjusting your lifestyle. Don’t tackled very area all at once. Start with one thing and move onto the next once your first task is a habit.
  9. Grocery Shopping Date: This is so fun! Jason and I will grab a coffee and then go grocery shopping together. Mostly on Sundays after church. This also gives us a time to food prep when we get home.
  10. Remember Yourself: Don’t lose who you are as a person. You are unique and have unique interests. Be sure to keep those alive. You don’t want to end up 10 years down the road and not remember the things that give you passion or drive. Whether it be creative or scholastic, do what creates a fire in your heart. This spills into every area of your life.
  11. Make Lists: Yes. I have a list for everything! I would forget everything if I didn’t. My mirror in my room is the best place for me to put a list on the weekends. It helps me to stay on track with cleaning and such. Each day I make a list of everything I need to get done for my blog and tackle it on my lunch and right after I leave work. Keep your thoughts organized and lists condensed. The overwhelm of your to do’s won’t be able to settle in.
  12. Set REACHABLE Goals: What’s the point of a goal if you have to brutalize yourself to reach it. You need goals that can give you drive to pursue them but also rewards to encourage you to keep going. For me, I set a goal of making our bed every day for a month. By the end of the month it was a piece of cake and a new habit.
  13. Friendship Time: Seriously, those girlfriends are needed in life. Even if it’s a short check in during the week or a fun girls date every couple weeks. Schedule it in there. We all need that friendship connection. Sacrifice some cleaning time, it’s worth it.
  14. FUN: Make time for fun. Play board games as a family, go to the zoo, have a picnic, kayak, etc. Make time to have fun in your life, obviously a balance. You want to enjoy your life not just survive.
  15. Relationship Time: This is the most important thing to keep in a balance in your life if you have a spouse or significant other. If you don’t put the time into your relationship everyday, when life gets crazy, your relationship suffers. I know this all too well and have had to make conscious efforts to change this. Make the time and invest in your relationship.
  16. Organize car: Seems silly but it really helps. Mine is insane right now so it’s driving me insane! I usually keep it clean and have certain things in it that help me throughout my week. I always have gum, a second pair of shoes, Advil, hair ties, bobby pins, snacks, etc. Things I may need or forget during my work week.
  17. Cleaning Schedule: Get on a schedule for cleaning. Find what works for you and stick with it. If I don’t clean on Saturdays, it literally won’t get done throughout the week. I have to make sure I deep clean on the weekends so my week goes by smoothly.
  18. Accountability: Ask someone to help you stay on top of balance in your life. Ask them to call you out if they see you creating habits that are unhealthy in your relationship or life. It is important to hear other peoples observations of things you may not see in yourself.
  19. Clear Concise Communication: You have to clearly communicate with your spouse, significant other, and or family when your schedule is busy. Busy mamas or busy careers, there are lots of moving pieces. I have a huge calendar on my wall that I keep up to date on work schedule, appointments, family events, or activities so that Jason and I can both see it.
  20. Sleep Balance: I have found I need a good 8 hours of sleep right now to function properly. As I get more used to full time work and part time blogging, that urgency for that much sleep should adjust. Find what your balance is. It may be 6 or 4 while drinking coffee all day. Who knows!
  21. FLEXIBILITY: This is key for survival. There is no way that the above 20 items will always happen in perfect fashion. If they do, tell me your secret! Be flexible and roll with what each day gives you. Like tonight, I am way past my bedtime but I had blogging I needed to get done. Tomorrow I know will be an earlier to bed kind of night for me and that’s ok.

You can keep balance in your full time life,
it takes at least 21 days to create a habit.

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Beauty Spring Style

What’s In My Handbag | Spring Edition | EOS

Each season brings different necessities in my handbag. This is the Spring edition for weather changing tips and tricks as well as my go-to products in my handbag! 





OUTFIT DETAILS
DRESS c/o | HANDBAG (TJ Maxx!) | HEELS (Dupes for THESE) | BRACELET |
EARRINGS| NECKLACE | LIPS (Snob)

HANDBAG NECESSITIES
SUNGLASSES | WALLET | TIDE PEN | BLISTER BLOCKER | EOS LOTION c/o | EOS LIP BALM c/o |
PHONE CASE | GUM (all time fav!) | SUNSCREEN c/o | SOLE SERUM | BOBBY PINS | HAIR TIE 

I love hearing about others necessities. That is how I have come to know a lot of these products. I thought I would share with you what I can’t live without in the Spring. The weather is changing and so is our skin as well as our outfits. I can’t live without these products being in my handbag right now, especially these eos products for my dry recovering from Winter skin. 



SUNGLASSES: By far, my favorite pair of sunglasses. They don’t leave that nasty imprint on your nose either. I love the shape and the lightweight feel of them. Plus, they are super slim so they fit in any handbag! 

WALLET: This has been my favorite style since I worked for KS in SoCal. It’s so convenient and fits in anything! I have a rule that if I buy a crossbody bag, it HAS to fit this wallet because this is the smallest wallet I will buy. 

TIDE PEN: A funny thing to NEED in your handbag but seriously, you need it. I live in the color white and I live on coffee. Do you get where I am going with this?! This pen is super slim so it’s easy to fit in a handbag. Plus, it gets out any spot I may have on my outfit. 

BLISTER BLOCKER: Spring is when you bring out all your beautiful strappy heels and sandals but boy oh boy those feet have been living in boots and tennis shoes all Winter. I found this product about 3 years ago and can’t live without it. When you are breaking in new shoes or shoes you haven’t worn since last Summer, put this on the parts the shoes rubs…you will not have blisters. 

eos LOTIONThis is my FAVORITE lotion ever. I love the smell, subtle floral scent but it still goes with all of my perfumes. I have a big jug of it on my nightstand! This little bottle is perfect for any handbag. I have one in my desk at work and in literally every handbag I own. I think this is because I forget where they are and can’t go without it so I buy more! My hands are SO dry in the Winter when the seasons change, I have to help them along the way. 

eos LIP BALM: Just like my hands, my lips are so dry from the Winter. I have to put lip balm on throughout the day, especially over my lipstick. This is by far my favorite. The smell is sweet but not overpowering. I have been using this for close to 10 years. I have one in my nightstand, desk at work and at home, every handbag/laptop bag, medicine cabinet, car, etc. This pink one is the coconut milk flavor and it’s my favorite. I also love the sweet mint one. 

I have purchased both THIS product and THIS product at Target, Wal*Mart, Ulta, Amazon, and Costco!

PHONE CASE: This caseapp case is the best I have ever used. The rubber bumper has saved my phone so many times but I haven’t had to sacrifice a cute case for my phone’s safety. Winning! 

GUM: I was the kid in middle school that hid that I was chewing gum. I was SO excited in high school when it was allowed. All of this to say, I can’t live without gum. The Mentos gum is my favorite right now!

SUNSCREEN: Suncreen is so important, especially for your face. Due to my acne, a lot of sunscreens don’t work for me. I found this one and it has completely changed sunscreen for my face. It has 50 SPF in the powder. The applicator is a brush that can sweep over your makeup or on a clean face when outside. I love that I don’t have to smear it on with my hands and that I can reapply during the day over my makeup without messing it up! It also lasts a long time so don’t let the price scare you. Your skin is worth it. 

SOLE SERUM: I love heels but heels don’t always love me. Especially in the transition time after living in boots for the Winter. I will put this serum on right as I am feeling a slight twinge of pain from my heels. Think of it as Advil for your feet!

BOBBY PINS and HAIR TIES: Wearing my long hair down is not always a good idea. The weather changes so rapidly throughout the day so I need these in my handbag to be sure I can put my hair up if it gets too warm. 

What are some of the items you can’t live without?

Thank you to eos for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own.

Athleisure Spring Style

Why would I give up Dairy…rather, cheese? | Giveaway

Why on earth would I ever give up dairy?! I am sharing my 8 week journey so far about giving up my favorite food group and WHY. Plus, I had to share these cute pictures of Tana <3





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| TANA LEASH (similar) | TANA TREATS c/o

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If you follow me on IG and saw my stories on this subject, then here is the back story. If you DON’T follow me on IG, I shared 8 weeks ago that I was giving up dairy for my health. It has been a long time coming that I was in complete and udder (pun unintended but rather hilarious!) denial about.

My sister and husband both have encouraged me for years to get rid of it in my diet. Try telling a cheese obsessor to rid themselves of their most favorite treat, it will result in tears. Trust me.

Fast forward 8 weeks and I am here to say I am so glad I chose to do this. I have never felt better in my life, except when I accidentally eat something with dairy in it. Then I feel the absolute worst. I have never known what normal felt like. Doesn’t everyone’s stomachs hurt whenever they eat?! No, Nicholle. No, they do not. Normal means you aren’t in pain, have aggravating acne (still working on this one), and monstrous headaches all the time. Instead, the headaches come from stress or dairy exposures but that’s ok, it’s much better.

There have been trials and mistakes as I am getting to know a whole new way of eating. Seriously, cheese was an entire food group for me: bread, fruit, vegetables, sugar, milk and eggs, and CHEESE. The trials have been worth it. I would love to share more about this health journey if y’all are interested. This would help if you are looking to lose a little bit of stubborn weight, vegan, allergy, or just curious! Let me know via email, comment, etc.

Why this topic and sharing an athleisure wear look?! Well, taking dairy out of my diet has meant I actually feel good to work out. It has been an amazing change for me. I no longer feel super ill which would make me feel unmotivated to work out. Let’s be real though, the past 2 weeks of starting my new job has made me exhausted and not able to balance working out yet. When I wasn’t in a transition time, I felt amazing and motivated to workout.

The point of all of this is to take your health seriously. No matter what it is.

 

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