September 1, 2014

How To Stop Making Excuses + Get Stuff Done


I am a pretty productive person, if you haven't noticed already by my addiction to my daily routine and my obession with to do lists.  But everyone reaches a point whether it's daily, weekly, or monthly where they are in a slump and can't get things done that need to get done. I've blogged before about how to be more productive but what if you just can't get to that point?




Whether it's cleaning out a closet, doing a budget, or obnoxious tasks like cleaning the mesh filter on your hair dryer, here is how you can be more productive and kick you to do list's ass!

//Be Honest//
So you don't want to meet up with your aunt for dinner, but you know it's necessary because it's the right thing to do.  There are 2 ways you can be honest - to her or to yourself.

To yourself, you can ask why you dread it so much? Is it just because you don't want to take the time and spend an entire evening of your week doing dinner with her while you could be relaxing? Too bad.  Realize that you're being petty and commit to following through.

To be honest to your aunt, if you really don't want to go just because you have so many work deadlines this month, ask if it can be rescheduled, or if it can be a quick morning coffee date over a weekend. 

Sometimes when you realize WHY you keep putting something off, you can accept it and stop procrastinating.



//Set A Deadline//
If you have a to-do list this shouldn't be too hard because you can just add certain things you make excuses for onto specific days in your planner.
But if you aren't that organized on paper, just give yourself a mental deadline.  You NEED to redo your budget by the end of the week.  
When you stop telling yourself "I'll do it later" and say "I'll do it by Friday", you make yourself more accountible and more likely to follow through.



//Look At The Situation From A Different Angle//
Does your boyfriend say that you are stubborn and never want to do things with HIS family?   Instead of making the excuse that he's in the wrong, look at the situation from his eyes.
Really, is it killing you to sacrifice and do something for someone else in your life?  It's important to be realistic and make sure that you aren't being stuck in your own ways. 
Too often people think change is bad and that they shouldn't have to change.  If what you are being asked to change is going to bring good to a situation, then why the hell not?
Have you used any of these tips before? How did they work for you?







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My Month Without... Excuses





I'm participating in my own little project called My Year Without. Each month, I go without something different.  


January-texting and driving.  

February -cursing.
March- spending. 
April -candy.
May - Fast Food
June - Gossip
July - Indoor Tanning
August - Complaining


I kinda didn't do so well in August.  I did try to keep my complaining in check.  But for September I'm giving up making excuses.  I am actually pretty good with this already but I want to be even better.


What can you live without this month? 












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August 30, 2014

Exfoliate With Exfolimate

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One thing I can't stand is dry flaky skin.  Even when I use brushes and scrubs, I still have the same issue.   But now I use Exfolimate which is a whole new way of removing dead skin!





Exfolimate was inspired by the ancient technique of clearing the skin of impurities and build up by removing dead skin with a tool.  It's crafted to lift and remove dead skin cells and debris that harbour in the surface layers of our skin.   So an easy to handle tool was invented to glide across skin at a 90-degree angle to remove up to 98% of dead skin, dirt, and oils that clog the pores and causes blemishes.

A lot of traditional methods of exfoliating just coat the skin and then push debris all around but Exfolimate lifts and removes the debri and uses micro-groove technology to make sure no lingering oils or skin flakes are left behind.  It's like uncovering a whole new layer of skin that is softer and more youthful.  

With each set of Exfolimate tools you get a face and body combination.  The smaller tool is what I use for my face and neck and the larger one is great for the chest, legs, and arms.  It's also perfect for spray-tan prep or removal! Honestly, I'm so impressed with how will this works and it leaves my skin so beautiful and smooth!!!  Every girl needs this!












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August 29, 2014

HUGE Online Shopping Deals Going on NOW!


I put together a list of coupon codes and sales going on NOW online at some of my favorite stores. You're welcome!


adidas // Extra 25% off all sale items 
DATE: Ends 9.1
CODE: EXTRASUMMER
 
Anthropologie // EXTRA 20% off sale items. 600+ styles added
DATE: Ends 9.1
 
BCBG // Extra 20% off markdowns at BCBG.com
DATE: 8.28-9.2
 
BCBG Generation // 40% off sitewide
DATE: Ends 9.1
 
bebe // Additional 50% off already reduced prices – select sale styles 
DATE: Ends 9.14
 
Birchbox // 50 extra Birchbox Points with $35+ purchase
DATE: Ends 9.2
CODE: WEEKEND50 

Calvin Klein // Extra 25% Off 
DATE: 8/28 – 9/1
CODE: LABOR2014

DSW // So many sandals up to 50% off at dsw.com

Gap // Up to 40% off
DATE: Ends 9.1
 
Gymboree // 40% off everything 
 
J.Crew // 40% off final sale with free shipping on orders over $100
// Free Shipping on all orders on Labor Day 
DATE: 8.29 – 8.31

Juicy Couture // Take $15 off orders of $100+
DATE: Ends 9.1
CODE: JCLABORDAY 

LOFT // 50% off sale and select full price styles 
DATE: Ends 9.1 11:59 PM EST
 
Nautica // 50% off sale items and 30% off everything else:
DATE: Ends 9.3 11:59pm PST
CODE: LABORDAY
 
Nordstrom // Clearance sale: 40% off Mens, Womens, Juniors, Kids, Home & Gifts
DATE: Ends 9.7
 
Old Navy // 40% off the entire store 
DATE: 8.29 – 9.1 
  
Sally Beauty Supply // Save 25% on orders of $50 at SallyBeauty.com
DATE: Ends 8.30
 
Sephora // Get up to 75% off summer favorites
 
Sole Society // Select styles up to 70% off: Footwear (including select Best(ie) Brands), Bags & Accessories. Final Sale.

Sunglasses Hut // Additional 33% off sale items
DATE: Ends 9.1
 
Target // Save up to 25% off select Home, Outdoor and more
DATE: 8.31 – 9.1
 
Too Faced // Up to 70% off
DATE: Ends 9.3


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Personalize Your Decor With Fabric

 
The fabric you choose for your furniture or window treatments plays an important role in setting the mood of the room. When you begin exploring an online site such as 1502 Fabrics, you may see such a diverse collection of fabric that you may feel a bit overwhelmed. Don't worry. There are professional customer service representatives that will assist you with the selection and ordering process. There are also several ways that you can narrow down the options to create a list of favorites.

One way to simplify your search for fabric is to decide on a theme that interests you and concentrate your search to that specific category. Another way to narrow down your field of options is to explore the fabric options you have that feature a specific color. Your search may then involve choosing various shades of a color to add interest to the room decor. It could involve searching for patterns and designs that have a certain color as their background. You can instantly narrow down your fabric options by concentrating your search on either indoor or outdoor fabric.

With new upholstery, you can completely reinvent a sofa, accent chair, headboard, ottoman or any other upholstered surface. Window treatments function as a part of your wall decor. This is something to keep in mind when making your fabric selection. Small details can make a big difference. This is evident in the influence a unique fabric on an accent pillow can have on the decor.




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What's Your IdealShape + A Giveaway

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I am super stoked to share my new favorite line of products with you!!   IdealShape is a brand that seeks to provide the simplest and easiest weight loss program so that you can keep up with your goals in the most realistic way possible.  They help you achieve your ideal shape by empowering you to control your hunger with some delicious and budget-friendly products.






Their shakes and bars allow you to replace any meal with a low caloie alternative that will curb hunger.  They also contain essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to work efficiently.   In order to use them you have to start slowly by replacing just one meal a day, and then you can work up to 2 meals a day.  It's still important to make sure you always have at least 1 meal each day that isn't replaced. 


When I started using their IdealShake Meal Replacement Shake I thought it was delicious.  It's a great way to reduce calorie consumption of a meal that would normally be 600-900 with a simple 120 calorie shake.  Of course I get my vitamins and minerals but I also get the power of Slendesta, a patented hunger blocker and an all-natural potato protein that blocks hunger and helps control cravings during the day.   It really does work.  The shake is very filling and delicious and I seriously didn't feel like I was starving all day, seeking out junk food!

Then, it was on to the IdealBar, a meal replacement bar with a delicious Strawberry Yogurt flavor.  It's perfect for on the go and it's designed to block hunger as well.  It contains 10 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, and 5 grams of fiber.  Seriously, this is the most delicious 140 calorie meal I've had in a long time!   I love that it has a dessert taste to it so I can still get my fix!
And finally, there's IdealBoost Raspberry Citrus Weight Loss Drink which is fantastically delicious.  It contains Slendesta and Fibersol for three hours of appetite control, B Vitamins for health, and green tea, caffeine, and raspberry ketone for increased fat burn and energy.  This was a great way to stay away from sodas and energy drinks.    



And if you use the code ASKAWAY20 you can get 20% off your order!




So on to the giveaway! 

One lucky US ONLY Winner will receive:
 
1 Tub of IdealShake Mix (choc or van)
1 Box of IdealBars (Choc. Peanut Butter or Cinnamon Caramel Crunch, Strawberry Yogurt)
1 Shaker Bottle
$70.00 retail value

 

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