Keeping a Healthy Mind // A New Way of Making Lists

*I’m sharing #SwissHerbs in my life as part of a #Ricola sponsored series for Socialstars™.

The end is almost here. I’m not talking about the apocalypse, but to a stay-at-home mom… it’s basically just as impending – just not in a “doom” sort of way. The end of Summer. It’s as joyous for me as the beginning of Summer. At the beginning you’re so excited to spend some extra time with your family whether it be in the day-to-day or that much anticipated vacation. Around mid-July the joy has dulled and you start that “back-to-school” countdown on your calendar.

I’m a stay-at-home mom, but because I’m a full-time blogger I’m also a work-from-home mom. The balance was a struggle this Summer. I’m that person that makes a to-do list every single day, but that puts way too many “to-do’s” on the list. My daily list should basically be someone’s weekly list. At the end of the day it’s disheartening to see that you only completed 3 tasks out of 15.

Throughout the past few months I’ve had to change a few things and learn to juggle my list in a new way. Which, quite honestly, needed done anyway .. the kids being home just forced me to actually do it.

At the beginning of the week make your “Master List”. This list should compile everything you need to do for the entire week. Some people like to keep work lists, home lists, family lists…. all the lists separate. That’s a lot of lists. I don’t do that, but I do keep them organized so that I can pull evenly from them. I write down all of the family responsibilities first, then home/cleaning and then work goals.

The night before (so, for me, I start off on Sunday night) I get out my Master List and my planner and plan out my Monday (or whatever the next day is when you start this). I write down the things that I must do first. You know, those things that can’t/won’t wait a day such as a deadline an appointment etc. Do this ONE DAY AT A TIME. Plan Tuesday on Monday night, Wednesday on Tuesday night and so forth. In my planner I tend to keep work items at the top and then home/family items in the middle and bottom sections.

Throughout the day if I do something that wasn’t on my list I make sure to write it in my planner so that at the end of the day I can see how much I actually accomplished. Before this new way of planning/list-making I wouldn’t do that and it would appear like I only did one thing all day when in fact I did 3 or 4. When it’s not written down in front of you, how are you supposed to get that well-deserved feeling of success?

In most instances of my life I reject change and pride myself on being a creature of habit. But sometimes change is a good thing and I feel like this new way of making my lists has made me a more productive person which in turn has also made me a happier person.

One other way I keep myself and my mind healthy is by making sure my immunities are in check. How would I get my list checked off if I got sick? An easy way to boost immunity strength and fight fatigue is by enjoying Ricola Herbal Immunity every day – before you get sick. This throat drop uses the power of herbs, ginseng and vitamins B6, B12 and C to help you stay well and always be prepared to tackle anything the day throws at you.

Ricola Herbal Immunity is available in two varieties – Honey Herb Lozenges and Citrus Herb Lozenges. They will be available early September in CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid stores nationwide.

How do you keep focused and stay on track all day long?

*I’m sharing #SwissHerbs in my life as part of a #Ricola sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions remain honest and my own. For more info on Ricola visit them on Facebook & Twitter.

Kate Spade Planner & Stickers Giveaway!

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It’s the holiday season and that means it’s time for some giveaways! The first one I have planned is for a Brand New Kate Spade New York Novelty Couture Large 17 Month Spriral Agenda (view it here) and a large assortment of planner stickers!

Some of the stickers are sized for the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner but for the most part you can use them for anything. Even the ones that are “sized” can be used and cut… basically manipulated to use however you like. I have purchased A LOT of stickers over the last year and will absolutely not use all of them. A lot of them are from a mystery pack that I grabbed on a Facebook Group – basically everything you’ll ever need for your planner. It’s A LOT. There is also an assortment of stickers from shops you’ll recognize on etsy AND even this set from my shop (as well as a few others from my shop and a 50% off coupon code!)

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My Guilty Pleasure // Planning!

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YES! You guessed it! My guiltiest of all guilty pleasures is PLANNING. Well, decorating my planner. My Dad is a list-maker, so I probably get this from him, but I make lists like you wouldn’t believe. At any given time, in addition to my planner even, I have 5 lists going. And I rewrite them every single day. I also used to love to scrapbook pictures, but right now don’t have time to be heavy into that. A way to combine my love of list making and decorating pages? My planner!!!

Currently I’m using the Erin Condren Life Planner (click here to get $10 off) Vertical. I love this because it’s easy to plan my day out and decorate it as well. I never feel like it looks too busy and generally leave myself a lot of white space for writing, particularly in the evenings and weekends when random plans can pop up (kids, yo).

The first spread I want to show you features the Vintage Gypsy Road August line and the weekend banner and accents are from My Newest Addiction.

This is the spread I did recently for Back to School! The primary type of colors generally aren’t the way I go but for Back to School they’re must-haves! I primarily used a set from Vintage Gypsy Road but also used quite a bit of accents and washi from PlannerKate1 and some things from Willowfields. My brother-in-law got married on the 5th so that’s why it’s a little different 😉 . Click here to see the Plan With Me Flipagram!

For the next week I went full on Peacocks. I’d been searching for the perfect set when Vintage Gypsy Road went off and made a huge kit full of Peacocks (still available here but it’s LIMITED EDITION so act fast) in jewel tones. How could I not buy this? I also added in a weekend banner from My Newest Addiction and few more accents from Willowfields. Click here to see the Plan With Me Flipagram!

For my first Fall set I wanted to get back to using the white space but also use some Sunflowers. One Orange Snowflake had the perfect kit and Fall sets from My Newest Addiction and Vintage Gypsy Road completed the look perfectly along with accents from Scribble Prints Co and Creating and Co. Click here to see the Plan With Me Flipagram!

There was also a September kit that I swear I took pics of but I can’t find them =( You can see the Plan With Me Flipagram here and all of the shops used are listed. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more Plan With Me videos and sticker hauls!

My favorite sticker shops!

Below are a few of my favorite sticker shops on etsy! Many of them were kind enough to provide a coupon code for you to shop with at their store!

My Newest Addiction: Laura is one of my favorite blogging buddies (visit her blog: My Newest Addiction) and her intelligence and creativity make her the perfect sticker designer. PLUS she’s as obsessed with makeup as me so a lot of her designs are based on makeup products! Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR for 15% off (exp. end of Sept)!
Vintage Gypsy Road: Whitney’s stickers are everything I’ve been looking for. I found her right when I started to play around with my planner by searching “vintage stickers”. The rest is history! Her kits make it so easy and quick to plan out the week and they match up perfectly with the items I buy from My Newest Addiction! Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR for 15% off any order $10+ (no current exp.)!
Scribble Prints Co: If you’ve ever heard of decorating a planner Andrea is someone I’m sure you’ve heard of. Everyone loves the ombre heart boxes, to do headers… the quality is just lovely across the board. Click here to shop! Currently she isn’t using codes for her shop but she does post some randomly on her blog or Instagram.
Small Town Grace: I found Erin because I needed some Mean Girls stickers! Her designs are fun and creative… everything is right up my alley! Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR15for 15% off $15+ (exp. November 6, 2015)!
Willowfields: When I wants me some glitter this is where I go. Her sticker quality is gorgeous and she has every glitter “inspired” designs imaginable. It’s so easy to buy them all! Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR for 10% off (exp. at the end of the year)!
PlannerKate1: I love so many of Kate’s designs, but what really gets me going is her washi! They’re all pre-cut and ready to go! You know I can be lazy so one less thing to do works for me. Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR for 15% off (exp. at the end of the year)!
Creating & Co: This is a recent shop and I found her because she did a HUGE beauty related kit that I had to buy immediately! I’ll be featuring it in a spread that’s coming up but in the meantime check out here shop! Click here and use code BLUSHINGNOIR for 15% off (exp. at the end of October 2015)!
One Orange Snowflake: I love her gold designs and I used her Sunflower set on my first Fall spread of the season (shown above). Click here to shop!

I also LOVE the Kate Spade planners, but I use them more as part of my list making process. I write in things I want to get done on a certain date… sort of like a plan-ahead for work. I found the one pictured below on Shopbop and also grabbed a Kate Spade Pen Set because I loved the sayings!

What’s your Guilty Pleasure? Do you plan? I’d love to know what some of your favorite shops are for stickers and accessories!!

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