Let’s Look & Five in February Challenge Update

Morning, friends! Today is Let’s look with Fancy Ashley and Erika. It’s a monthly link up where you can talk about anything!

So today, I’m updating you on this little challenge I made up to help me get my life back in order by implementing five habits.

You can catch up on this challenge by reading post one and post two

Each week, my plan was to update you and then share how I do certain things. Last week we talked about laundry and how I keep ourselves caught up and organized.

This week, I’m sharing how I plan my months, days and how I create lists to keep me on track.

I am a list maker. I’m visual and like to see what I have to do. And I’m old school and love a pen and paper.

So here are a couple of ways that I stay organized.

1. General calendar

Y’all. I have tried every planner you can try. Just ask my husband. In one year, I bought about 10 different planners. I just struggled to find one that worked for me. I swore that year, that I was just going to design my own!

But here’s one that I’ve kept the entire time and honestly, I think it’s “the one.”

Its from Target and runs July 2020 to June 2021. I love it because it has a monthly view.

But it also has one page dedicated to the day. This is why I love this planner.

I work best when I can see my day in one place. This one has the day broken down in 30 minute increments. It has a space for your top three to-do items and then a place for your to-do list.

I write everything down. From quiet time to making my bed to working out to laundry, I write it down. This helps me see my tasks that I need to complete. And I love crossing things off so this helps keep me motivated and productive.

In the box where it says tonight, I write down our dinner menu. And in the notes section, I’ll write down things to add to the next day or things that I need to keep in mind for some reason.

Joseph and I also keep a calendar on our phone. I am working on this. I’m trying to be more deliberate about putting it all in our phone calendar so that he can stay updated on all of our events.

I do love that I can have everyone down as a certain color!

I also have a dry erase calendar in our pantry. Again, just visual to keep everyone informed. I just started using this one…not sure if it will stay but I think it helps the kiddos more than it does Joseph and I. They like to see what’s ahead for the week, too.

2. Daily List

So I showed you how I have a place to make my lists on my planner. And I try and do my list every night or first thing in the morning.

But my planner is pretty bulky and stays in my work bag or on my kitchen counter throughout the day. So I like something that I can carry with me. I know that I could use the notebook app on my phone…but again I love paper!

I found this at Walmart one day and loved how it was similar to my planner. So I write it all down here and if I have specific things to buy like groceries, I write the list on the back. And it comes with me and I mark off as I go.

I am trying to use my phone more…we will see how that goes.

3. Master List

For years I would write tasks on my planner that were unrealistic. I would write down something like “organize master closet” on a random Thursday and then I’d feel defeated when I would have to keep moving that fast over each day.

So I decided that I would do a “Spring Cleaning” list instead. It’s a master list of all of the things that I would like to get down around the house. Joseph and I normally update this every couple of months.

This list includes things like, install irrigation system to clean out the junk drawer. It’s tasks that I can do when I have time. It helps me keep a visual of it and know that I need to do it. But it doesn’t make me feel like I have to add it to an already crazy day!

Seriously, this list has been great for my mental health, ha!

4. Shared Lists with Joseph

Joseph loves lists, too but he has them on his phone. So when we have something that we are working on together, we used the notes app and create a shared list there.

5. Specific Lists

These I keep in my notes app. If we are traveling and I need a list of items we need. I put it in the notes app. Or if we are working on a project, I normally do it on my notes app because that way it is always with me.

If there are books I am wanting to read, I create a list. If there are items around the house that I need to buy here and there, I create a list. I know, I’m crazy haha! It just keeps me able to visualize and creating separate lists keeps my stress level down.

And that ladies, is how I organize my planner, calendar and lists! I hope that this helps you in someway. I know I always love to see how others do things

I don’t always implement everything others do, but I take away things that work for me.

So a quick update on how the challenge is going….

Well this morning I made my bed! And y’all, last night I unpacked my suitcase and I put all of my clothes alway. All of them! I’m so proud of myself.

Joseph unpacked and put everything away, too!

Here’s my clean bench! No clothes laying in it like last week 🤪.

Laundry is currently caught up 🙌🏼. Trying hard to keep it that way.

I’m making my lists!

Eating at home has been a struggle because we were out of town this week. And last night we had to eat out because our kitchen is currently under construction.

So that answers my next habit….keeping my kitchen clean….well. Here is how it looks right now…

There is dust everywhere! I’m so ready for it to be put back the way it belongs.

When we moved in almost two years ago, this was a project we wanted to do. Since then, we’ve worked on our investment properties but after we sold the condo I told Joseph I wanted to finally update our counters. So here we are!

New countertops and backsplash are being installed today! We are trying to decided on new pulls and light fixtures above the island and we are ordering new chairs for the island. I can’t wait!!

Next up, we are adding a fireplace to our back porch! I’m so excited for that, too.

We were so blessed when we moved in and didn’t really need to do anything other than paint the entire inside of the house. So these projects have just been on our “master list” waiting to be marked off.

And that’s all I have babes! If you’ve joined me on this challenge, tell me how it’s going for you!

I hope y’all have the BEST day!!

XO

Tuesday Talk

It’s Tuesday Talk!

Once a month I link up with Erika and Ashley to talk about anything we want to talk about. It’s the first one of 2021 and today, I decided to tell you all about my Spanx leggings.

A couple of months ago I shared how I finally joined the Spanx trend and purchased a pair of leggings.

Many of you shared that, you too, had been debating purchasing some and I promised I would let you know what I thought.

Well, I LOVE them!! Seriously!

I was always hesitant because years ago, I was in a wedding and needed something to help smooth everything under my bridesmaid’s dress, ha! I purchased spanx to try them out and y’all….they were so tight, I swear I was going to pass out. I couldn’t wait to get them off!

When Spanx came out with their leggings, all I could think about was me at the wedding and I assumed they would fit like their bodysuits and I would suffocate to death. Dramatic, I know lol! A part of me also feared that I’d end up like Ross from Friends in his leather pants.

But I was so so wrong. I tried to purchase several faux leather pants and I just didn’t care for them. So after I watched so many rave about them, I decided to give them a try.

They are snug, so I opted to size up to a medium. I don’t like clothing to fit super snug so I needed some room to breath, and the medium was the perfect size for me.

They stay put and don’t ride up. They look great and I can dress them up with boots or down with sneakers.

For me, they were definitely worth the investment. And I loved them so much that I bought another pair!

And these are now my current favorite leggings. I LOVE the white stripe going down the leg. And girls, they are still ON SALE!!

I also have a 15% off link if you’ve never bought them through Spanx before! Click here for the link.

If you are a local girl, our boutique Polished Chic has them in stock.

And speaking of Polished Chic, they helped me find the perfect jacket and shoes to go with my new Spanx leggings.

They posted this jacket was coming soon a couple of months ago and they finally had it in stock. I also needed a pair of white booties and they had the perfect pair.

What about you? Have you joined the Spanx trend? I know I’m late to the game, but I also know there are some of you haven’t tried them

I give them a huge thumbs up!

I hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!! I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

XO

Tuesday Talk: Random Thoughts

Good morning!

It’s Tuesday talk in blog world and I am linking up with Erika and Ashley.

I didn’t have a specific subject so I thought I’d dump a couple of randomness on you🤪.

We were up bright and early this morning to head towards Hilton Head for a couple of days. We are closing on the sale of our condo and purchase of the new house tomorrow.

It’s definitely bittersweet to think about. We’ve put so much love and time into our condo and have made many wonderful memories. But I’m also super excited about this upcoming project and can’t wait to see it all become a reality.

Our partners, Wes and Jackie are teaming up with us on this project and that makes me so happy!

If you’re curious to see our condo transformation you can read all about it here:

HHI Condo Transformation: Kitchen and Dining Room.

HHI Condo Transformation: Entryway and Living Room.

HHI Condo Transformation: Bedrooms and Bathrooms.

And I can’t wait to share our new project with you! Here’s a sneak peek:

Y’all. This house has such great bones. I am so excited to see our vision come to life!

And that’s my randomness for today! I hope y’all have a GREAT Tuesday!

XO