Sometimes You Just Can’t Do It All…and that’s ok

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If you’re anything like me, you wear a lot of different hats. For me, it’s lawyer, editor, student, blogger, wife, patient….the list goes on. Once in a blue moon the tasks associated with these hats all fall neatly into place and everything gets done…but that’s not usually the case. More often I am scrambling to cross things off my to do list before bed before so I can attempt to get a respectable night’s sleep before I repeat the pattern the next day. I am constantly wishing there were more hours in the day and what I realize now, after ages of beating myself up over it, is that sometimes you just can’t do it all…and that’s ok. So here are some tips for making the most out of your time when you just can’t possibly get everything done:

1. Prioritize

This is pretty straightforward, but also absolutely essential. Make a list of everything you need to get done. Writing it down will help alleviate the “I need to remember I have to do that” moments. Then rewrite the list starting with the things that are the highest priority (like bill due dates and deadlines) and work your way down to those that can wait (returning a social call or cleaning out the fridge).

2. Set Reasonable Expectations

When planning your day, set reasonable expectations for what you can get done and set aside enough time to do each task. If you only allot yourself 15 minutes to return those library books when it really takes a half an hour, you’re already risking that some other things might not get done, and that equals stress. My rule of them is to budget about 1.5 times how long I think a task will take. This builds in time to listen to hold music or to just catch my breath between errands.

3. Stay Organized

I’m not talking about full-on reorganizing your office, more like planning your day out in advance and keeping any important papers you’ll need on hand in a folder. You’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll save when you’re not frantically trying to find the prescription slip from the doctor’s office or the invoice that has your account number on it.

4. Don’t Multitask

I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but a lot of times multitasking actually makes things take longer to complete. If you focus all of your attention on one task at a time, you’ll be able to cross things off your list quickly, instead of trying to go back and forth between different items on your list. Note: this does not apply to returning emails while listening to hold music…hold music is awful.

5. Know What Can Wait

Sometimes the unexpected throws you for a loop and even though you have the best of intentions, you have to put off something even though you hate to do it. That was sort of what happened on the blog the last few weeks. I was suddenly working 80 hour weeks and attending to some personal matters, leaving little time to hop on here and share some of the many ideas I have planned. Not that I ever want to neglect my online space, but sometimes you have to know when to put some projects on hold while you take care of the big ones.

So when you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and try some of these tips. I’d love to hear from you about how you handle a never-ending to do list?

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BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette Giveaway!

A couple weeks ago I shared some of my favorite looks from the BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette. It is really fun to experiment with, especially with these bright colors being to popular right now! BA Star has been awesome and offered to give two lucky readers their own Tropical Eye Shadow Palette and glue primer. Enter down below using the Rafflecopter widget.

BA Star Tropical Palette

To go along with the giveaway I put together another another inspiration look to show you a more wearable way to apply the product. For this look, I took the silver shade all the way across the lid and then blended a little bit of the purple in to give it some depth. Topped it off with a few coats of my favorite mascara for a perfect metallic evening out look.BA Star Silver lookt


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It’s the Weekend! (Well, Sort of)


Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully your week wasn’t as long as mine, I’ve been working for a while with a day off and will be working for another 10 days straight (hence the sort of in this post title). Things have been hectic to say the least…lots of 14 hour days, so please please bear with me for wanting to crawl into bed at the end of the day and feel guilty for not sharing something with you on here. I want to make it up to you. So much so that I have 2 awesome giveaways coming up.

The first is a makeup giveaway sponsored by BA Star that will go live on Monday along with another fun look from their Tropical Palette.

The second is (at least in my opinion) pretty darn awesome. It’s going to be a selection of my favorite items grouped together in one awesome gift set. For the past few weeks, I’ve been buying 2 of things, just so I can give them all away to you! It’s definitely going to be worth checking out. I don’t have an exact go-live date for that one, but I think it will be a week from Monday. Be sure to check my Instagram this week for some sneak peeks at what will be inside!

Ok, now let me get to bad before my morning self hates my night owl self for not getting enough sleep. Have an absolutely wonderful weekend all!

Blogmopolitan Quiz

Don’t you just love reading the Cosmo quizzes? I do! So today I’m linking up with Two Thirds Hazel for the third installment in the Blogmopolitan Quiz series. Go check it out, download one, and share! If you fill it out, leave me a link so I can read it!

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12 Stylish One-Piece Suits under $100

Although bikinis are cute, they’re not for everyone and there’s nothing wrong with that! A little curve hugging modesty can be just as alluring when you hit the beach or the pool. To keep your one piece looking stylish and far from the skirt-sporting aqua aerobics get-ups, follow some of these tips and check out my 12 favorite one-piece suits under $100 below:

  • Go for a bright color to make a statement. Bright colors are in right now and look great against tanned skin. Hot pink, red, and aqua are some of my personal favorites. You can even mix it up and go a neon banded suit like the one below.
  • It’s all in the details. Look for suits with little details that elevate them like side cut-outs, ruffles, or embellishments on the straps or waist band.
  • Look for rucking to hide trouble spots. Ruched bathing suits in classic colors like black or brown are very forgiving and look great on most body types.
  • Go for a classic cut with a twist like a polka dot print or vertical cut outs at the waist.

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