Life Hack : Habits of Highly Successful People That You Can Start Today

There’s so much pressure now to eat healthy, get exercise, take care of your home, spend time with your spouse/kids/pets AND to balance it all while working a full time (or like me TWO full time jobs). This whole “work-life balance” shenanigan. 

My husband and I always tease each other and call this the “participation point challenge.” Starting of the day with 100 points and marking off points for having to basically participate in life. (I.E. Walking the Dog -25 points). We joke that honestly I end far up in the red each day. We find it amusing to laugh about our stressful day over a shared bottle of wine 😂😂 


I’m by NO MEANS a morning person. But here are somethings I’ve learned over the years that help me feel like I’m at least getting most of that first list accomplished: Exercise, Eat Healthy, Spending Time with Spouse/Pets AND have a clean home. I tell myself everyday when I roll out of bed at the ASS CRACK of dawn >>

“If I do this. If I really really do this. I get everything done. Then after work, when I come home, I’m going to treat myself to a long hot bath and Netflix.”

The “treat myself to….” changes every morning. From Starbucks, to there’s chocolate on the counter in the Kitchen for god sake just get out of bed. 


What I do at night to make a better morning

  1. Make a bottle of water and leave it in the fridge. Here’s the link my current bottle!
  2. Pick up your house: Straighten couch throw pillows, vacuum if you need to, start the dishwasher, start a load of wash Etc. Make everything “company clean” if you will
  3. Pre-pack your lunches. We like to do this on Sundays after grocery shopping, but the night before works too. My go-to right now is grilled chicken and organic veggie pasta with raw spinach. I love these meal prep containers on Amazon!
  4. Layout your work clothes. Pick out an entire outfit, shoes and all. I like to keep labeled week bins in my closet. Done with the wash? Pick out your outfit and throw it into a labeled “Monday” bin. I use these bins for my closet, find something that works for you too! 
  5. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a “drop location” at the front door. Ours is a small dish on our kitchen bar: use this to lay down your work badges, car keys, wallets, wedding rings etc. I picked up an antique glass dish for ours, but you can use something like this too! 

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Woman Crush Wednesday : An interview with Katie 📸

One of my favorite article series and the best part about my job is getting to interview such inspiring #ladybosses. Each of their stores captivates me and this one is no different; this week I had to pleasure of interviewing an old friend who just started up here photography business AND IS KILLIN’ IT 💪🏻💪🏻

Katie and I met about eight-ish years ago? Before we were married, before we had families – we were young and cute. Now with families and husbands  of our own, we’ve reconnected and I’m so glad we did! Let’s jump right into her interview!


Tell the readers a bit about yourself? What projects are you currently working on?

I’m 30 years old, a wife and a mom of a very sweet 3 year old. The project I’m currently working on is editing a wedding I photographed. Currently I’m working on Prom, Graudation and Mother’s Day Specials too!

I know your baby is still really little, how are you handling balancing starting your photography business AND watching after him? It must keep you incredibly busy! 

It’s very hard, but I have an incredible support system. If I have any shoots during the week my mother-in law will watch him or if my family is in town they will watch him too. My husband is incredibly supportive too!

What got you started? Who inspired you to start your photography business?

I had picked up my Dad’s camera when I was in High School and loved it – I didn’t a great job taking photos. More recently, my husband was the one that actually inspired me to get back into it. That’s how KatieMoPhoto got started!

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Any big milestones recently?

I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary for my business!

How about road blocks? What did you do to overcome them?

I have hit road blocks, but my support system (especially my husband and son) were there to help me get back on track.

This article series is all about powerful LADY BOSSES! Is there a female role model that you look up to the most? Why?

I would have to say my Mom, as a child I saw her go through so many challenges – yet she always preserved! She worked hard to send me to dance classes and compitetions. It truly inspires me to work hard today!

What’s next for you, in regards to your business? What would you like to see yourself doing in the future?

I would love to build up my clientele and portfolio – really see my business become a success!

Tell the readers a fun fact about yourself or hobbies? (bonus points if I don’t already know it! 😉).

Fun fact – I danced for 19 years in compitetion! Fun hobbies – hanging out with my son! We love to play with legos or the Nintendo Switch!

You started your business from scratch – What would you tell other women that are looking to do the same?

Follow your heart! Always do what you want to do no matter what; not what others tell you is right.

Lastly, let’s finish this up with your favorite quote!! 

“She wanrned him not to be deceived by appearance, for beauty is found within”

Be sure to check out Katie’s website here!

DIY : Color Blocked Painted Pots! 🌺👩🏻‍🌾

I’m a bit OBSESSED with color blocking > wether we are talking about wall art or notebooks. I saw this craft idea on a fellow craft bloggers Instagram and just had to give it a go for myself! Belows the supply list & let’s get started!


“>Terra-cotta Pots! As many as you want to paint. I’ve included my a link to what I purchased off of Amazon (affiliate link).

Paint! I chose “>orange, “>pink, “>navy, “>black and “>white. OR you can buy a “>variety pack of paint here.

“>Painters tape!

“>Paint brushes

Be sure to pick up cacti or herbs and dirt to fill your pots ☺️☺️ (I’ve actually ordered succulents off of amazon and I was completely surprised by how incredible they were. “>Check out what I purchased here). For only $15 these little cuties were absolutly perfect.

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Now let’s get started! First I want to share with you my favorite tip: always use terra-cotta pots with painting projects; the clay asorbs paint, allowing it to quickly dry. If you are looking to hot glue, let’s say florals always use the PLASTIC terra-cotta looking pots, plastic adheres better to hot glue.

For this project, start off with giving your pots a good coat of white paint. You can use a spong or brush to apply it, you don’t need to be too particular about getting it perfectly even > you’ll be covering it up later.

Next > get inspired. Check out Pinterest or copy the patterns I did on my pots! There are so many options!

Start taping off your pots. Horizontal, diagonal or vertical strips OR HECK just pant cute white starts on yours (like I did).

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Don’t mind the mess! (And the half empty Starbucks cups 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️)

After Taping off the pots, start adding some color! My first pot is this cute half orange/pink and black stripped cutie.

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Add even more character to your pots! Add stripes, swirls and stars. After painting, let your pots fully dry for about an hour before planting! Sitting the pots out in the sun will help speed up the process too.

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Or you can be impatient like me and plant them right away

After letting the pots dry add in some of your favorite plants. Of course I found this project as just an excuse to buy more cacti for my collection. If you live near Orlando, Florida be sure to check out my two favorite cacti places; The Florida Cactus Farm & Lukas Butterfly and Nursery 🌵 > I’m not even sponsored by these places, I actually just live at them (but for real….I have a cacti PROBLEM).


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Here’s how the pots turned out! (Buddy the bunny, helping out of course 🐰)

Thank you all for reading! I would love to see how your pots came out in the photos below! Don’t forget to pin this post for later and follow us on Pinterest to see all of tutorials 😘😘 Thank you!

Healthy Living : The Best At Home Spa Day

So life has been a bit rough lately – I’ve been pretty sick (you can read about that pity saga here). BUT I have been feeling a WHOLE LOT BETTER (new medications/more tests) and I’m on the UP&UP!

ANYWAYS – I figured this weekend, what I could really use is an at home spa day! I quickly ordered some of my spa favorites!


FIRST: Black Mask, Blackhead Peel Off Mask, Blackhead Remover Mask, MagiForet Purifying Peel-off Mask Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask For Face Nose Acne Treatment Oil Control 60g Rosewater Spray 30ml > I picked up this weird charcoal mask? It seems to be the “in thing” right now, so I wanted to give it a go. Here’s a cute selfie of me in this mask #dontmindmycrazyhair #butthatcactishirt

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(I really should have did something with my hair for this picture – but heck it’s spa day)

SECOND: Bath Bombs 12 Vegan Gift Set, w/Free Lip Balm, Organic Coconut Oil & Aromatherapy Essential Oils, Cruelty Free, PABA Free, Handmade in the USA with – from Enhance Me >I picked up some bath bombs! I am WAY TOO lazy to drive all the way over to Lush right now, so I just ordered through Amazon Prime. I have pretty sensitive skin, so making sure I get bathbombs with good oils and organic soaps is a MUST.

LAST: let’s set the mood! I turned up my jams on Spotify; currently “Mood Booster” is my go-to station. I lit some candles, turned off the lights and filled the tub up with hot water. OH AND OF COURSE – I poured myself a glass of wine. I might or might not have just brought the entire bottle in with me – you know only live once ✌🏻


Saturdays are my “Me Day.” Even when my husband is home, it’s nice to have some time for myself after a long week at work. Even if it’s just soaking in the tub, hiding out in my favorite reading nook OR serving myself breakfast in bed with cuddles from Tinsel the dog ♥️🐶

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My Favorite Reads : Amy Poehler’s YES PLEASE ✌🏻

My very first book review! I heard good reviews on this book, so I quickly popped it into my shopping cart – let me tell you I was NOT disappointed.

Yes Please > Click my Amazon affliate link and pick up your copy today #godblessamazonprimeshipping


Amy (Not sure if I can call her by her first name, but after reading this book I feel like I know her better than I know myself) writes this book while filming the hit TV show Parks and Recreation, while pregnant, while still working full time at SNL – yeah she’s a busy lady.

This book starts off with her childhood, through the awkward teenage years and then into her adult life. Her struggle to reach the top of her career and everything she faced as a woman climbing the ladder.

I read this book durning my lunch hour, I wept and I laughed out loud. Amy is honest, blunt and incredibly funny. Surprisingly, she’s actually a lot like me –

 “at a young age I knew I wasn’t the pretties, but HELL I WAS HILARIOUS.”

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But most of all? She doesn’t care AT ALL what other people think. Her very first role was playing Dorthy in a school play, that failed miserably – but the thing she learned from it? She loved to make people laugh. No matter if it was directed at her, she thrived off of it.

The liveleness of her writing makes you feel like your sitting in the room with her – through every struggle, every set back and every single laugh. I seriously could not put this book down and I’m planning on reading it again very soon!

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Exploring the Orlando Neighborhood : Leu Gardens @ Art with LEGO Bricks

Looking for something fun to do this weekend with the kids? Leu Gardens is pretty much known for their incredible family friendly events – like their Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt a few months ago. But these next few months they are doing something different – Art with LEGO Bricks! So here are a few things you need to know if you are putting this on your list!


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  1. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for childern ages 4 through 17 and any child under 3 admission is free.
  2. Parking is always free. But if you are visiting on a Saturday or Sunday parking is a little tight. You should try to get at the garden gates at open or on a weekday
  3. Make sure to get a paper map at the front entrance. They do have an app version of the map, but cell phone signal is limited
  4. Garrdens open up at 9AM and close at 5PM (last entry is 4:30PM)
  5. Currently the Leu House Museum is closed due to hurricane damage
  6. Last but not least, this event is running now unti April 22nd
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(I promise I won’t spoil ALL of the statues) The Peacock is the 1st stop on the scavnger hunt!

Take your map and follow the crowds to find each of the 13 unique LEGO brick statues. Each with an educational description of the animal(s). EDUCATIONAL FUN! The weather was so perfect this weekend (in the upper 60s) and we really could not have asked for a better afternoon.

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The one thing that we would change? We’d pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. So many families brought in blankets and food to have lunch under the big oak trees and it looked delightful! We will be sure to come back again to see this event!

Leu Gardens has several free admission days coming up too, be sure to check out the dates here.


Looking for more date night ideas or family fun? Check out all of my weekend date ideas here. I would love to see pictures of your Leu Gardens finds below! Hope you all have a great weekend ahead!

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Healthy Living : 10 Things to Do When You Are Feeling Your Worst 🤒

I’ve been feeling pretty sick (you can read all about that nonsense here). Even if you aren’t sick and you just want to have some Me Time below is my tried & true methods for making feel better even when I’m at my worst.

  1. A warm oatmeal bath. My Grandmother would always place me in an oatmeal bath when I didn’t feel well. Upset stomach? Oat Meal Bath. Broken leg? Oat Meal Bath.
  2. Right now I have a LITTERAL obsession with adult coloring books. You know the fun detailed coloring pages for adults? There’s just something relaxing about doing a mind-numbing activity like coloring.
  3. Soup. Throw some organic/low sodium veggie broth into canned chicken soup = heaven. (See all of my recipe articles here if you are curious)
  4. Make something for someone. My go-to is creating care packages for other people, you can see some inspiration from the Dollar Tree. <a href="http://Shop gifts under $20 from Dollar Tree“>They have entire thing for gift baskets and care packages 😍😍 I’m actually in the midst of sending a care package for my bestie with the theme “I Miss You A Latte.” Something about giving something to someone else, makes me feel better.
  5. If you are up for it, go for a walk. Breathe in some fresh air and take your four legged friend along with. If you are REALLY REALLY up for it, go for a hike. Hiking soothes my soul
  6. Speaking of four legged friends – that little wiggle butt always makes me feel better
  7. Naps. I think I’ve mentioned this before? Like yesterday? I’m an expert napper.

8. A slightly addictive game on your phone or tablet – I’m currently hooked on playing Animal Crossing Camp. Seriously.

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YESSS 🙌🏻🙌🏻

9. Tea! Lots and lots of tea. Again, I don’t know what is so comforting about it, but my Grandmother always had a pot of tea brewing in her house. The sound of the kettle whistle, the taste of milk tea makes everything just so much better. My Grandmother is one of the most influential women I have ever met, she truly inspired and continues to inspire me. I guess that’s why oatmeal baths and tea are always my go-to healing remedy

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My husband got me this tea mug for my birthday last year “My Best Friend is a Cat” – We don’t have a cat  😂

10. Making some sort of list. Sometimes it’s not about a stomach bug or a sprained ankle, sometimes I’m emotionally unwell too. I get stressed and my #1 for stress is to start writing a list – a list of to-do items, a list of worries, a list of accomplishments. Getting all of that junk in my head on paper, just helps.

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