Hi my name is Keri and I am a addicted to donating my clothes! Its not a bad thing really, expect for that one time I was left with about 1/4 of the clothes I had. Which in all honesty wasn’t that bad because I wasn’t wearing the other stuff anyways.Read More
Okay, I have to be honest. Sometimes writing the blog is a really difficult thing for me. I can make wallpapers all day long, the design comes easy to me. It’s the writing that doesn’t. I get writer’s block allll the time. I get these ideas for posts I want to make and then think “but I don’t know what to say”. Then I do one of these things and BOOM I write a post in 20 minutes. So I’m sharing if you have writers block on anything, these are some helpful types I’ve learned along the way just to get stuff done!
Get out in nature - This is my go to. Usually I just need to get off technology, and get outside. This helps me to really think about what I want to write without all the distractions!
Try something new - This always gets me out of a rut and gets me thinking in a different way. I love a new perspective because sometimes that’s all you need to get you going.
Go about life - Don’t get hung up on not being able to write. Sometimes if I just sit and stew I never get it done. But if I continue life like normal all the sudden this urge hits and I can’t be stopped.
Scope out the competition - I like to look at other bloggers, see what they are writing about and what the audience likes reading! Sometimes I see a blog about gift guides, or tips and tricks and I think I could totally write about that. Don’t worry if you feel like you are copying someone. Because unless you literally are copying everyone has a different outlook and point of view!
Do a writing prompt - This is my favorite, I love just googling writing prompts. I do a random one or sometimes I pick a topic and just write totally out of my element. All I need is a few sentences and then I’m confident enough to write my blog post!
Set up your space - Nothing gets me in the writing zone like a nice cup of tea, some lemon water and a candle burning. I use my noise cancelling headphones and I get to work. Taking out the distractions and setting up a place that I feel comfortable really helps me
Tackle small items at a time - Sometimes I put ridiculous expectations on myself and think I want to write all the blog posts for the rest of the month. That usaully just isn’t going to happen. But when I think of writing just one, everything seems much more manageable and easier to accomplish.
If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!
Hi guys, I hope you’re having a good week! I wrote a post a while go about body boss and my first month with it. You can find that post here! But I was getting a lot of questions about whether after all this time I would recommend it or not!
Here’s the verdict, I love the exercises and the program but I just could not commit to it. It was such a regimented routine that I felt like if I took any days off, which lets be real I did because life, I had to go back. Also, it advertises its 24 minutes 3 times a week. Thats a bunch of bull. Its 24 active minutes, but there are rests and a warm up and cool down which is super important to complete. The exercise commitment towards the end is like a hour 5 days a week.
I found myself starting over and over again and then I got bored. I loved the idea of it the time intervals but every 4 weeks the time commitment grew and I just didn’t have an hour to give 5 days a week.
I think I may try this routine again though with a fresh start this winter when I have more time and will be indoors more. I found myself in the summer wanting to get out and now be stuck in the gym the whole time I did my exercises.
I also found I was weak in a lot of areas and could never tell if I was doing something quite right. So for the time being I hired a personal trainer just to really customize something for me and help me to learn form and things like that so the next time I tackle Body Boss I can really get after it.
I do like the program though and really think it will give you results if you are dedicated, like anything though.
I would also recommend buying the physical book if you do get it! I hope this was helpful!
I made an Instagram story about all my money saving codes so I thought that I would just put together a post into one easy spot and why I like all these sites.
Ebates - Its the best for online shopping, and they say you can use it in stores but I haven’t. They give you cash back on certain stores, the cash back changes and sometimes it doubles. But it’s a super easy way to get some money back on your purchases. I have found it incredible during the holidays! They give you $10 when you sign up. And they pay you quarterly either with a check or you can get a percentage more with picking gift cards! Ulta or Sephora are my go to!
Greetabl - This is the prefect gift for someone, its personalized and there are so many cute options for whatever purpose you need! This coupon will give you 15% off “candidlykeri”
Minted - Minted it where I went for all my wedding items and where Im going for our Christmas cards for sure! They have so many cute invites! Here’s $25 off your order!
Zola - Zola is amazing for any of the newly engaged out there but honestly I plan on using Zola long after the wedding. They have awesome items and they are super easy to use! Here is $50 for anyone starting a registry.
Tell me which one could you use the most? I hope you enjoyed this post and it was helpful!
Happy Monday Friends! I hope that you are having a great week so far. If you’re anything like me then you’re busy busy busy! So Im sharing some of the things I do to stay on track and push through a busy season, without hopefully feeling too overwhelmed!
Here are some of my tips!
To do lists - I dont know about you but lists are my favorite and here why
I can see everything on paper, this gives me the full picture
It makes the list less scary, sometimes I have all these things swirling in my head that I have to do. And it just feels like it get bigger and bigger in my head. So if I write it down or say it out loud that power gets taken away.
I can prioritize and mark the big ticket items
See what NEEDS to be done verses what I WANT done. Sometimes I start a to do list and then you can’t stop me. I just add everyone on there that I’ve always wanted to do. Writing lists help me to say do I need to do this or would it just be nice.
Calendar Invites - I have been inviting Henry to calendar invites for our weekend to dedicate time to get specific things done. I write questions or thoughts I have in the invite so we can be effective and efficient with our time. It also forces us to slow down and make sure we are still moving full steam ahead.
I think it’s important though to note, be flexible with this though. Sometimes I put things on the calendar for Saturday and then life happens and I would get all anxious that from 10-11 I was suppose to work on the blog. Just remember you’ll get to it and give yourself some grace. The calendar invite is more to help remind you to do it!
Family calendar - In google Henry and I created a family calendar which has been a life saver because he can see things that I want us both to do or what I’m busy doing. It really helps to keep our days straight and have more visibility on whats going on!
Figure out what really NEEDS to get done - As I said above to do lists help me to see all the things I think need to be done and prioritize what really needs to be done. For example, sometimes I add to my list like clean the baseboards. No getting food rsvp’s for the wedding needs to be done the baseboard cleaning doesn’t. And while we are at is rsvp’s dont really NEED to be done. But I’d be nice. Paying my bills NEEDS to be done ;)
Schedule time for rest and recharge - If you need to put this on your calendar, do it!! Make sure you are making the most with your time though. I always feel ilke watching tv will be more realizing that it is. Usually I just spend my time thinking of all the things I have to do. So maybe schedule an hour to color, read or take a bubble bath. Something that really helps me disconnect!
Prioritize - I can’t say this enough, not only figure out what needs to be done and what doesn’t. But get the big stuff done first. Sometimes I do a few small things just to get me feeling good and warmed up but then just tackle the big things. They always seem bigger in your head and will take a huge weight off your shoulders.
Meal prep - If you can meal prep so that all your meals are ready for the week. This is a huge time saver when you’re hustling and bustling. If you can’t meal plan try to order some healthy meals. Keep your body fueled in the right way. Eating sporadically or eating junk will not keep you moving. It will slow you down but not in a good way!
Try to make time for walks - For me this helps clears my mind or helps me to think of other things that need to be done that I forgot about. It also helps me put everything into perspective and just take a breath. Sometimes we feel so busy we don’t have time to slow down. But in reality we do and we will feel more refreshed and productive getting back to the list.
Drink a lot of water - If you have to knock out a lot to do at your desk, make sure you fill up a big glass of water before you sit down. Water helps from getting pesky headaches and makes you get up everyone once in a while for the bathroom to take a break! Silly I know but water really does help me to just feel better.
Put your phone down - If you really need to get stuff done, put your phone away. Get rid of all notification on your phone or computer and just get it done!
Pomodoro method - I wrote about this in my productivity post. But I love the pomodoro method for when I really need to get stuff done. 25 minutes of work 5 minutes of break. They say though don’t go on social media or anything in the 5 minutes and I agree if you’re really getting stuff done. I would say don’t even check emails. Its distracting and can get you off tangent. I use the focus keeper app. Seriously if you give this you’re all you’ll be amazed by what you get done!
Buy things you need to - If you need to save time, pay people to help. Your time is a hot commodity, if cleaning the house will take up too much of your time and you don’t have that to give, pay someone. Sometimes saving time and the stress is worth more than just money!
Sleep - Its important to make time for sleep so that you can really tackle the day. Bad sleep and feeling groggy will not help you to push through this stressful time.
Workout - Working out is great, if you have time. If you don’t, its okay! I use to stress so much about not getting all my work outs in. But now I just eat healthy and know Im doing everything I can! Working out is a lifestyle not which means its okay if I miss some, its not going anywhere.
Some Tools - Here are some notebooks I like if I really need to get stuff done. This one and this one for lists. I like this one for agendas. This is for the pomodoro method. Here’s a cute timer if you need it!
MOST IMPORTANTLY - Don’t stress too much, at the end of the day all this stuff will get done will get done. It’s not worth it to drive yourself crazy during these periods. Just take a deep breath and remind yourself you’re doing the best you can!
I hope some of these tips help you! Let me know in the comments if there’s anything you do during a really busy time in your life! I’d love to know!