Nordstrom | Jeans: Express (Similar) | Bag: Fossil | Shoes: Amazon "Natural" | Short Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift) | Long Necklace: Express | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff (Gift, Similar) | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks | Nails: OPI Let's Be Friends (Similar)
This t-shirt is a favorite that I own in a couple of other neutral, basic colors (white, grey, and black to be specific), so when they came out with a striped version it was a no-brainer. It runs true-to-size and has a nice relaxed fit. I normally air dry mine so they don't shrink but my white one accidentally went through the dryer once and it did shrink just a bit, but not so much that it was ruined. I still recommend air drying just to be safe, though!
My exact jeans are old/no longer available from Express but they have a new distressed knee option (currently available in all sizes and lengths) that I want now thanks to shopping for a similar pair to this one! Maybe next time they go on sale for 40% off since I really don't need any new jeans right now.
These shoes run true-to-size and I have to give you fair warning that they're very stiff at first. It took several wears for them to break in and I was almost regretting them at first. But they worked so well with so many outfits I couldn't send them back (and I also couldn't find an affordable alternative at the time, either). So I kept them and I'm glad I did because I do find them pretty comfortable now. The footbed doesn't have a lot of padding but some inserts would easily take care of that.
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Back in January, I started a Monday Motivation series to keep myself accountable and on track with the goals I made for the new year (you can see those here). One of the values I'm focusing on this year is Time Management. In our family there are four different schedules to coordinate, and as a stay at home mom, it's primarily my responsibility to keep track of it all, especially when it comes to the kids and myself. It's a juggling act for sure and I have dropped plenty of balls in the act over the years! There are two key tools I'm using right now that help me stay reasonably sane and organized...
1. Weekly-View Planner:
This year, I made the slightest change to the type of planner that I keep at my desk and it's been a big help in keeping me more organized. In the past, I used a weekly planner, but the week was broken up in two pages. Like the one below, it was spiral bound so when it's open on my desk, I can only see half of the week at once. With this version, my whole week is staring me in the face all the time. I use it like a weekly checklist of things to accomplish since a lot of things I need to do don't necessarily have to be done on a certain day (e.g. make a dentist appointment for the kids), but I probably should get it done by the end of the week.
My planner is Sugar Paper brand from Target, and I have still seen them in stores here, usually on an end cap in the office supply area. Unfortunately they don't have this exact one online. This one is the same size but the interior pages don't have the week-at-a-glance view as I'm loving with mine.
2. Cozi App
I first posted about the Cozi app a year ago when I had just stared using the free trial version, and I was already a fan at that point. I've now been using the Gold Version ($30) for a full year and it is a huge help in keeping our family organized and in helping my husband and I communicate effectively about scheduling for the entire family.
We primarily use the calendar feature and not the list features (we're set in our ways with the Our Groceries App for groceries), but it's worth the $30/year for that alone. It allows us to share a family calendar and see what everyone has going on each day. One of the key benefits of the Gold membership (and the main reason I was willing to pay for it) is that when I create an event in the app that my husband needs to know about (and vice versa), I can choose to send him an email notification for the new event as my way of telling him about the event. One of our common issues is that one of us will get an invite or makes plans and then forgets to tell the other person by the time we see each other again at the end of the day. Then when they day comes, one person insists they told the other person, and the other one swears this is the first time we've heard of it! Now we just say, "it's in Cozi" or, "it's not in Cozi" and that pretty much settles the debate. It has taken us some time and missteps along the way to get consistent about using it, but it's a great tool and I expect to be using it for quite a few years to come.
If you have any key tips and tricks for keeping yourself on task and managing your time, I'd love to hear them in the comments!
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