How to Get it All Done {My Sanity-Saving Tip}

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Ten words is all it takes to help you get it done.

When those ten words are repeated out loud ten times, I’m telling you, it makes all the difference in the world. I’ve conquered seemingly impossible to-do lists with the help of those words.

But before I get into that…

Right now, make a mental list of all your titles. I thought about giving you mine, but I didn’t want to sound like I was engaging you in a busy badge throw down.

Even if you have a short list like: “Mom” or even, “Human Being”, there is plenty enough on your plate.

I keep mental lists of all I want to get done in a day. Are those lists I’ve created for the super-human me who thinks that life is a TiVo box and can be paused for me to get massive amounts of things done in a small amount of time? *Deep breath* Yes. Yes they are.

Sometimes I drop the child off at my mother’s so I can attempt to pause life and catch up on things like the blog and cleaning. The other day as I drove away from the house, I started making that list. I kept thinking of things that were time sensitive and HAD to happen in the three hours I had to myself.

Then I stopped and realized – it was only three hours.

Instead of letting the weight of all I had to do (seriously, the list was long and non-negotiable), I started repeating something I read about.

Last year I read the book, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peal. This book, I kid you not, is a game-changer.

It has changed my life in so many ways. I will read it again this year.

In it, he talks about the power of starting your day by repeating things out loud. One of those things is Philippians 4:13…

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Repeat that to yourself 10 times. It helps that there are ten words in the verse, so I go through and emphasize each word till I get to the last one, that way I know I’ve said it ten times.

You may think that sounds silly. But, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

First, “And hearing” is mentioned twice,  so you know it’s important. Second,  how can you hear something unless someone says it out loud? You are the someone in the room. Say it out loud.

What was the result for me? At the end of my busy long to-do list day – I got everything done and then some. AND THEN SOME (if you didn’t catch it the first time).

Hey, you can’t make it a spiffy day if you’re frazzled and overwhelmed. So I’m here to help with that.

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This Drugstore Product Will Change Your Nightly Routine

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Four minutes is a littler longer than I would have liked for a product review video. BUT the good news is, I cut right to the chase.

The rest is fluff that will make you laugh, refresh your soul and get the wash done – no big deal. Skip it if you’re anti peace and happiness.

The quality of the video isn’t where I would like it to be (#obvs). It was more a matter of – Elizabeth, put away your excuses and film something already. So I’ll work on that. Just hang in there. If it’s quality you’re looking for – watch my video on accessorizing. It was made before I had a child. You know, back when free time was abundant.

I hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out the other two videos on my channel (such a go-getter, I am) and be sure to send it to 100,000 of your closest friends and family :)

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How to Nail the Athleisure Trend

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I try to leave the house looking like I’m a TV Star.

Not a celebrity or a movie star. A TV star on a reality show like on a cable network. I’m not dripping in diamonds or high heeled boots. More like Joanna Gaines (God bless that woman). You know how she always looks pulled together but still comfortable and real? Like that.

I aim for the athleisure look most of the time, which allows me to have polish without sacrificing comfort.

Here are my rules for nailing this look every time…

1. Mix workout wear with comfortable clothing.

If you mix something polished (like work out pants) with something comfortable (like a loose top) you’re more likely to grab it. An outfit of loose sweats looks too sloppy, while tight activewear doesn’t always fit your mood. Mix the two and you’ve got a presentable and comfortable look you’ll always reach for

2. Monochromatic looks = instant polish.

The more you mix mash colors and patterns in this scenario – the less pulled together you appear. I’m not saying everything you put on to run errands must be all black. But notice how I look more dressed up than if those pants were to be pink and my top a patterned blue. And don’t hear me say you need to wear all pink, just consider outfits that flow and match more so than your regular workout wear.

3. Save some pants just for running around…town.

Saving pants for errands will help you in two ways: first, it will give you an immediate pile to choose from which will help you to get dressed faster. Second, your pants won’t look worn. Regular wear and wash cycles tends to show on clothes after a while, so if you save some of your favorite pants for just errands, you’ll have them much longer and help you cause to look more polished as you go.

4. Purposeful hair: You care.

I know “messy hair don’t care” is a thing. But if you make a quick small effort with your hair – i.e: a braid, half up style, controlled bun – it will elevate your whole look and give you the illusion of style. And trust me, when your child has just spilled something everywhere and you’re trying to clean it up, keep your eye on him while saying hi to the person you haven’t seen in five years, you want, NEED, the illusion of style in your life.

5. Take a bag you’ve cared for.

A great bag makes a big difference in your whole look. Notice I didn’t say an “expensive” bag. You can have a great bag you paid $15 for and because you’ve taken care of it, it looks like a $50 bag. Or at the very least, it looks clean and neat.

Your bag can become like your body language – a subliminal message you send out that you don’t notice but others do. Send a good message with your bag. Wipe it down, make sure nothing is poking out. Organize it, and keep it neat. Here’s a post with my tips for keeping a diaper bag organized. It makes a big difference on how you look and feel about yourself, I promise.

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Cheap + Tight: How I Made it Work Anyway

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Shop this look: Skirt | Similar Sweater | Booties

Do you remember what Forever21 was like in 2008?

It had a sparkly floor, clothing racks as far as the eye could see and a jewelry section with a giant chandelier. I would often drive three hours just to be there and gaze at all the beauty. Then I could scoop up whatever I wanted, because it was so dang cheap!

There were so many great tops and jackets (OH THE JACKETS!!).

So what’s changed?

Probably (honestly) me. I’ve watched my taste shift from trendy and cheap to craving more classic and sturdy. Like needing fiber for my closet. Good thing that doesn’t sound like I’m getting older!

Forever21 has changed too, but only because that’s the nature of their business. They’re here to provide us trends. And it seems the trend is now to wear shirts that stop half way down your torso. Yay.

I still wander in there.

I made myself a promise (you were there, it’s in a blog post somewhere) that I would always shop at Forever21 no matter my age. Because the jewelry is great. I often snag pieces that look like they came from J. Crew for less than $10.

Or hey, this skirt! It was $8.

And while it is tight (like TOO MUCH INFORMATION tight) I rose to the style challenge and made it work…for a Sunday morning…at Church!

Here’s how I did it…

Knowing the length and straightness this skirt would bring to my frame; I knew it would need to be severely balanced out with some volume. Enter: this waterfall sweater that thankfully covers my bum. That made the skirt a little less sexy office assistant and a little more mother appropriate.

You know what else would work? This vest.

Because the skirt is so long, you want something that does cover your bum, but doesn’t go much longer past that. Too much length can drag your whole frame down.

To continue the volume up top, I went with a loose gray shirt. I tucked it in for a couple of inches just to define my waist. Again: it’s all about balance and I needed to balance all of that volume I had added with a defined waist. I didn’t want to get swallowed up!

In the spring this can also work with a shorter kimono and maybe some taupe booties instead of black. Just remember…Balance is key!

And know that 30 years from now you’ll still bump into me, shopping for cheap jewelry and possibly really tight skirts ;)

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The Best Kind of Love

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Whether you’re excited about Valentine’s Day or not, you’ll appreciate this story…

Over the weekend I got to witness the beautiful way God works. In this case, it was in my brother’s life.

In 2009 he married a girl from South Carolina. She was an answer to his long-standing prayer for a wife. About a year or so after they were married, she found out she had cancer. This began a long battle, that they strongly fought together. Her faith grew, as did his and even mine as I watched them stand strong on the Word and overcome huge hurtles.

At this point, people usually say someone “lost” their battle with cancer. But I strongly disagree with that. The bible says faith pleases God, so I know Mishelle pleased God big time with her faith. Also, she won. Because, hello, she’s in heaven!

That was two and a half years ago. Throughout the past two years I know every moment wasn’t easy. But I’ve seen my brother stand strong in his relationship with God. In turn, God has blessed him richly.

Over the weekend, I got to see him marry a wonderful girl. The girl God has placed in his life is a direct result of him never wavering in his faith.

On Saturday night, they threw an engagement party that turned out to be their surprise wedding! It was so beautiful. I mean it, it was the most beautiful event I have ever been to ever, ever.

I wanted to share all of that with you on this Valentine’s Day because it’s a wonderful reminder, that we have someone who loves us so unconditionally. God has great plans for us. Even in the middle of trials, He’s telling us to just hold on because He sees what’s on the other side. He knows the good He has in store for us, we just need to trust His timing and not our own.

Just hold on.

After all of that, it seems silly to talk about my outfit. But I can’t end this post without mentioning it!

This skirt was from New York and Co. online. I ordered it (during a meeting – don’t tell anyone) on a Wednesday and was holding it by Thursday night. That’s FAST.

It was on sale – less than $30! And was exactly what I needed to wear because it turns out my child loves a good party under a tent and will run around all night long if he’s allowed to. A long dress that covers 1. My bum and 2. Comfortable shoes – was the absolute best option! Not to mention it’s gorgeous.

My brother took a picture from over the event with this drone, and you can pin point me and my skirt. So technically this thing can be seen from space!!

Here’s the skirt & similar top 

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