Have you ever walked into someone’s home and thought you were in the midst of another Martha Stewart? Yeah, story of my life. These types have it all together and are never frazzled (they also wear dresses or some cute outfit everyday). I know these ladies all too well and I admit to being envious. It leads me to think, what can I do differently?

Life Made Simple

Lilly_pulitzerThe first thing these people tend to have is a very intense schedule. Their scheduling books (because its never just on their iPhones) are packed with every day’s activities. Personally, I have no desire to keep a schedule. My life isn’t nearly cool or important enough to keep one. But for those of us who are fairly busy, buy one!

Along with their schedule they seem to have lists made up of everything Peoniesthey need to buy for that week. I notice on Instagram the popular bloggers take photos of their lists or what they buy every week. One thing they tend to buy weekly is flowers for their home. I truly believe that some sort of living thing in the home lifts the spirits. My favorite flower is a Peony. However, I cannot afford this weekly and I somewhat doubt they all can either. Find a flower that’s a little less expensive and you can still have that energy flowing in your home.

Tupperware_SistemaPeople who have their lives together also tend to make meals ahead of time. They designate one day a week just for cooking (usually a Sunday) and they prepare all their meals for the whole week. This particularly applies to those who don’t have families. I found some great containers for keeping food in for the week. Sistema!

Another glamorous element of these individuals is their morning ritual. Now, before I go any further I hate mornings. They are of the devil, Workout_Clothesespecially if you have school or work to go to in a few short hours. However, you really can get a lot done. Workout, take a shower, get ready for the day, do a few chores, enjoy some coffee on the terrace. It all makes the day a little better.

They spend the weekends enjoying life. This is why the chores are important to do during the weekdays. Go do something fun. Hang out with friends, BBQ, lay on the beach, find a quaint area to sit around and relax. Just do something that makes your life worth living. If you live for work, you’ll also die by it.

Have you ever noticed that these Martha Stewarts are also well connected? World_VisionIts because they participate in so many different things! Find a cause you would like to work for and a group that focuses on it. Donate some time with them and make some friends. I am a Child Ambassador for World Vision International and I’ve met a lot of neat people through that.

Finally, put value in yourself and your life. Realize that you are worth every effort you put into life. Build confidence in who you are and be around people who are positive and won’t put you down. There’s nothing worse than someone who’s toxic!

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~Liz


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My best friend Lindsey and I have so much in common it just makes our friendship that much more enjoyable. We love Tiffany’s, coffee, pretty pinks, candles, BLOGGING, cute clothes, and so much more. We truly need each other!
~Liz

The time has come in most of our young lives where seeing people get engaged and going to their weddingsPlanning_a_wedding isn’t just a nice celebration, its starting to become a norm. This ‘special time’ in our lives revolves not so much around the events themselves but more so around the pressure and internal sighs of seeing a new engagement or wedding and God forbid I say ‘baby’ announcement. For the people who are starting out on this new adventure in life this really is a special time for them and we send our congratulations. No really we do (or at least I do). To the rest of us, we’re having our own special time in this crazy new chapter of life.

Lord help any of us who have been dating someone for over a year because inevitably someone will ask when we’ll get engaged or if he or she is the ‘one’. Believe it or not, it usually takes longer than a year before we can be sure. So relax, just chill like we do.

I can’t get on Facebook or Instagram without a new engagement The_great_gatsbyannouncement or bridal portrait on my newsfeed. By all means friends, I’m glad your lives are happy and you have something to celebrate! However, the rest of us who aren’t quite there yet feel a little, how do I put it, bewildered? It was only a few years ago that we either started college or graduated college and now our beloved friends, roommates, and old pals are growing up so to speak. We’re left wondering where the time went and what the heck has gotten into these people? Just a few years ago we were talking about how we wanted to be young forever and live our 20s like it was an on-going party. Way to jump ship guys.

Nights out on the town with our group of friends are starting to dwindle in numbers between the frequency of nights and the amount of friends. Sooner or later these events will ultimately be replaced by dinner with the in-laws and date night with fiance/spouse. Both can be enjoyable events but sometimes there’s nothing like hanging out with your buddies.

Suddenly our friends are moving out of their coveted lofts/apartments and are thrilled with their new 3 bedroom house in suburbia. The two-door sporty cars they used to drive have been traded in for a four-door something. Our mail boxes are flooded with save-the-dates, we’re expecting announcements, and wedding invites that just don’t seem to stop coming. I literally have a fund set up for these sorts of announcements because its only appropriate to at least send a card.

Laying_by_the_poolThis special time in our lives has become a contemplative period where we just sit and wonder what’s going on and when will everything go back to normal? I’m slowly figuring out that it never will go back to ‘normal.’ Our youthful existence is slowly fading and we, or some of us, are becoming adults. This transition time is difficult and truthfully I don’t know how I’ll handle it. But for now I’m going to sit back in my lawn chair by the pool, sip my pina colada, and flip through Vogue. Why? Because today I still can!

P.S. I’m not jealous, bitter, or hater of love. I’m only a little lost and confused.

~Liz

 


Afternoon Run
The ideal running outfit!
What’s yours?
~Liz

I count down the days until the Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale starts. Ever since I was a pre-teen it was such an exciting event for me. Tell me I’m crazy but I really did get excited over it! My mom would look at me like a freak (she was never much of a shopper anyway) and everyone else was like “eh yeah, its a good sale.” My reaction? “A good sale?! Its an amazing event where we can stock up on our favorite things and save some for gifts and such. Its not just a sale.”

But just like with anything on sale you have to know what’s worth the buy and what’s not. I have a tendency to buy things because they’re on sale not because I like them or even need them. So after scouring the store for the past several days in a row here’s my list of things to skip and things to buy.

Hit or Miss

Miss- Seriously its only half off and its still $10. Unless you're in desperate need of spa products its not that great of a deal.

Miss- Seriously its only half off and its still $10. Unless you’re in desperate need of spa products its not that great of a deal.

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Hit- This pretty little bottle is only $4 as opposed to $12. Stock up for yourself and in case you forget a birthday.

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Miss- I love soap but this stuff is only half off and it really doesn’t last very long (especially with kids around).

Candles

Hit- These candles burn for a pretty long time. And they’re only $11 each. Move over Yankee Candle!

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Miss- Unless you really love the scent these are just not the best buys. I think they’re like filler scents for the store, they take up space and occupy us until better things come out.

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Hit- I love this stuff. I gave some to my boyfriend to help him with stress relief and it really worked! And its only $6 this week.

Comment below with what you’ve bought at the sale! Like and share with your friends!

~Liz


CoffeeI have found a new coffee company to love and obsess over almost as much as Starbucks: Illy! I was in desperate need of caffeine yesterday (and we were out of my favorite creamer at the office) so I wandered down to the cafeteria to get something there. I look in one of the coolers and I see a pretty little bottle of Latte Machiato chilling. I decided for only $2.50 it wouldn’t hurt to try it. Now I am running down there a little too often to get my Illy! Forget my Starbucks love!

Illy (as far as I know) doesn’t have stores or anything. You either order online or find it at a retailer. Their own website is full of crazy cool things they sell besides their bottled espresso creations (they sell Espresso machines!)

Comment below if you’ve found Illy in a store or know of another great coffee company! Coffee lovers unite!

~Liz