Striped Tee + Time Management Tips + Giveaway

I hope you all had a great weekend and are feeling ready to take on the new week! We have a few too many "extra" things happening this week for my preference (e.g. two doctor's appointments and a school play) and I don't know why our schedule seems to go that way so often. There will be nothing out of the ordinary for three weeks, then three extra things all in one week. This week I'm sure I'll be reaching for a lot of quick, easy and comfortable outfits like this one, and you can read on after the outfit for a few of the ways I (try to!) stay on top of all the activities and appointments in my family.

Top: 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)

Outfit Notes:

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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Monday Motivation:

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.
The opposite page of the book has a checklist area, but since I don't have room to keep the whole book open on my desk, I don't usually see that side so it's not that helpful for reminders of what I need to get done. I mostly use that area for notes throughout the week that aren't critical reminders.
It helps me a lot to visually see the list of tasks I need to accomplish, and if I find myself wandering off task or surfing the net when I have more important things to do, sometimes I'll make deals with myself like "if I cross two things off this list then I can browse for 10 minutes."

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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  1. Love this simple look and this tee really looks perfect. This app sounds awesome for calendar sharing.


  2. Interesting app! Sounds like a great tool to keep everyone informed and on schedule! I'll have to look into it! Thanks for sharing! I also adoreee that striped t-shirt and Jean look! Perfect casual look!

    Xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

  3. That app sounds like such a helpful tool! Your striped tee is so cute and I love this relaxed look! Have a great week!

    Doused In Pink

  4. That looks like the perfect stripe tee! i definitely send the husband a meeting invite when we have to do family things or even for baseball games. Otherwise, it's a mess! My pilates schedules are so fluid that I don't trust making changes in an electronic calendar so I do have a traditional hand written planner for that! Though as I type this, I realize it's not with me and I have anxiety!!!
    Carylee | http://morepiecesofme.com

  5. I've been thinking of getting a few more tees for spring and summer and that striped one and blush one you got from Gap are perfect! So many tees are more fitted which isn't what I am going for. I like the relaxed fits of these! That Cozi app sounds awesome for keeping organized. I need to look into that!

  6. I used to think striped tee were boring and the epitome of "mainstream" BUT I have seen the error of my ways and now adore them GRIN

  7. Striped shirts (black and white specifically) are my favorite. If I were ever to create a capsule wardrobe, all the tops would probably be striped!

  8. I love that striped tee! I prefer relaxed fit tees and this one seems perfect.

  9. That app looks interesting! I have never heard of it! My husband and I use Google Calendar and we both can view it. And, then I have a paper planner for my blog (Erin Condren). For my checklist I just use Notepad on my MacBook and I usually write out to-do's for the week and month! It's interesting to hear how everyone does their own time management.


  10. Love that tee- a classic that can be worn so many different ways! And I need to check out the Cozi app!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  11. the cozi thing sounds brilliant. especially the email notification thing. so many times KC will be like you didn't tell me! he forgets everything/doesn't listen when he's playing video games ;) but i'm so used to him forgetting that i have been forgetting to actually tell him things. haha. i am also intrigued by the grocery app!

  12. classic that can be worn so many different ways! And I need to check out the Cozi app


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