SIMPLICITY : Jessica Muroff

Simplicity_Muroff-01Hi, I’m Jessica! I’m a woman who wears several hats, like so many of us. I’m a mom, wife, nonprofit CEO, friend, sister, daughter, mentor, board member, giver and doer. I live in Tampa, Florida and I love our community! I’m proud that my career gives me the opportunity to create positive change in our community. This is a strong part of who I am and the imprint I want to leave in this world. I lead a terrific nonprofit called Frameworks of Tampa Bay and we build the social and emotional skills of youth. I have two daughters, Danica and Alexandra, ages 9 and 7. I also have two furry babies, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?

I make it a priority to plan time to take care of myself. If I don’t put this as one of my priorities, I can’t do all that I do to support my family, my friends, my team, and my community. There are a few things that I do:

I exercise. I dedicate time to fitness; it is something that is important to me and the best outlet for relieving stress. My favorite workouts are pilates and boxing.

I meditate. I do this at least five times per week. It is important to clear the mental clutter. It takes discipline, but it is well worth the effort.

I write. I love to write, if I’m not writing for my organization, I’m blogging at BePresentProject.com

I create. I love to cook, bake, craft, and use my creative side as often as I can. This is a great stress relief for me.

I love. I love as much as I can each and every day. I work hard to show and give my love. Doing this makes me whole.

In your house, how do the mundane parts of life get done?

With love, fun and music. Always.

I am a bit addicted to cleaning and organizing. I’m busy thinking big picture and focusing on the future success of my nonprofit organization every day, the mundane parts of my life are one of my favorite ways to unwind.

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why?

Each and every night my family sits together around our dinner table for good food and conversation. We always start by asking the question, “What are you grateful for?” It is my favorite tradition that instills happiness, hopefulness, and perspective in my family.

Another one of my favorite traditions is Sunday Night Dinner. I’ve been enjoying Sunday dinners with my sister and her family for more than six years now. This time spent with family (and cousins having so much fun together!!) is the best part of my week.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 products can you absolutely not live without?
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1. Evernote – When I don’t have time to read articles, or if I need to jot a quick note, I use Evernote.

2. Notebooks – I love to write notes in meetings and I keep a notebook completely dedicated to my daily priorities.

3. Note cards/personal stationery – I write hundreds of handwritten notes each and every year. I love having a great supply of stationery and note cards. I buy these everywhere!  I love shopping at Papyrus and Target.

4. Small purses – I’m on the go a lot and I don’t really like carrying large bags. I just need enough for my keys, phone, lip gloss, and business cards. My favorite is my GiGi New York’s All In One Bag.

5. Pink Kitchen Aid Mixer – I really love to bake. I try to challenge myself often and this is one of my favorite creative outlets. (I have a hot pink kitchen aid mixer…I LOVE pink!!)

6. Magic Grip Hair Pins Magic Grip Hair Pins– I have long hair (my girls do, too!) and I enjoy wearing it many different ways. These pins are the best for putting my hair up in so many different ways and keeping it in place!

Anything else you think our readers would love to know? Any additional tips or systems that help you keep it all together?

Being present – This is my commitment in life. I am abundantly blessed and I want to enjoy each and every moment, even the challenging moments. I try my best to be present so that I can make each day a story worth telling. This means putting away my phone when I’m with loved ones or in important meetings. Disconnecting for longer periods of time just to give my brain a break from social media and email.

 

Follow along with Jessica:

Instagram – @jessmuroff

Twitter – @bepresentmom

The Simplicity Series features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

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Simplified Planner Details!

The babies are with me on Mondays (with our awesome nanny on my workdays!) so I made a quick nap time video for you!! A few details on our NEW Simplified Planners! Mark your planners for this Wednesday, May 6 (Academic Daily and 17 Month Weekly) and Wednesday, September 9 (Calendar Year Daily)!! These three editions are exactly the same with different dates! Questions? Email us at hello(at)emilyley(dot)com. Thanks!!

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SIMPLICITY : Cynthia Keenan

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Last week, McKenzie and I visited Tampa’s Blo Bow Dry Bar and Body Bar. It was SUCH a treat! We were treated to blowouts and spent some time chatting with owner, Cynthia Keenan about how she balances life as a mother, business owner, philanthropist, volunteer and wife. Not only is Cynthia owner of Blo Tampa, she is also  the President of the Board of Directors for Alpha House of Tampa – with a heart for young mothers.

One of the things that struck me most about Cynthia was the way she spoke about making choices in life – that balances is never really ever FOUND and SET – it’s something that you must shift back and forth through different times in your life. While Cynthia’s children were small, she was really involved with their schools and extra curricular activities. Now that they’re in college, she’s able to devote more time to her passion – helping women discover confidence and moments of joy (in a number of ways – through Blo Tampa and through her work with Alpha House). Thanks for letting us spend the afternoon with you, Cynthia! Introducing Cynthia Kennan…

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why? I’ve actually got 2. The first is that I’ve talked on the phone with my cousin in Connecticut almost every Sunday morning for the past 21 years! It started when we were both new moms… her son was born 3 days after mine. Between us, we have shared just about every experience a woman can experience. Some weeks, we’re just checking in and catching up. Other times, we talk through our worries. Mostly, we laugh. I always feel great after talking to her. You’d think after all this time we wouldn’t really have much to say, but I swear, last week we were on the phone nearly 3 hours. It’s not the most productive part of my week… but it’s one of my favorite. The other is that my husband and I go to bed at the same time every night we are together. We’ve never really discussed why, we just do, and that’s the way I like it.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 products can you absolutely not live without?

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1. Unite Argan Oil: I use this every time I shampoo. It’s changed the texture of my hair and I no longer do keratin treatments because of it.

2. All things Apple: I’ve always been a “Mac” person. Apple has always been at the forefront of all things creative. In my everyday life, I love that my phone is integrated with my calendar and music. I use my desktops and laptop for graphic design, as a digital darkroom, and to watch movies and play games.

3. Keurig Coffeemaker: I only have one cup a day and I can choose whatever flavor I want!

4. Lavender Oil: I put in long hours and a good night’s sleep is crucial. Several years ago, my son gave me lavender spray to mist my pillowcase with at night. It helps to put my brain to rest.

5. Pond’s Makeup Removal Wipes: one of the best inventions ever!

6. Nestle Drumsticks:  I drive my husband crazy because I call them Nutty Buddies. We both love them and try to eat one every night.

Anything else you think our readers would love to know? Any additional tips or systems that help you keep it all together? I always hug my kids hello and goodbye. And I always tell them I love them when we hang up on the phone. I think young adults are under so much pressure today and I want them to know I love them completely and unconditionally.

 

Follow along with Cynthia:

Instagram – @blomama

Facebook – Blo Blow Dry Bar – Tampa

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Dressing Littles & Mud Pie Faves

When we found out we were having twins, I was OVER the moon. I envisioned matching outfits galore. As time went on and the pregnancy got more and more difficult, I kid you not… envisioning them dressed in coordinating outfits cheered me up every time. Not to mention matching their big brother… that’s a whole ‘nother story. I haven’t gone too overboard on FULL matching, but coordinating colors is so much fun.

In terms of kiddos’ clothes, I really love things that are comfortable and classic. I’m a sucker for a great appliqué or an adorable bubble. Smocking, you say? I die. I was tickled pink when Mud Pie (an all time favorite brand of mine even from when B was little) sent over my favorites from their Spring line. We’re moving into our new house soon and I can’t wait for them to each have their own little closet. I snuck over to the new house to snap a few pics of ALL my babies modeling our Mud Pie faves.

First, my absolute favorites… can we talk about these crocheted animal hats? I can’t even handle them. This one is getting framed.

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That’s Tyler’s blue steel face. Don’t let those baby blues melt your heart. I’m serious. They will.

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Alright, I realize this post is about these adorable clothes and dressing twins… but that smile… I just can’t. Her ENTIRE face smiles.

EmilyLey_Mudpie-01 EmilyLey_Mudpie-04 Back to cute clothes. Now that I have a little girl, I have to have ALL the pink. All the bows. All the girly. This little seahorse romper is so precious and Caroline is ALMOST big enough for it. And that bow on the back!! The next two (Puppy Shortall and Whale Romper) are coordinating colors for T and C.

And somewhere in the last few months, my four year old turned twelve. This boy. I love him so. He loves his baseball tee. Mama loves anything personalized.EmilyLey_Mudpie-07 EmilyLey_Mudpie-06 EmilyLey_Mudpie-08

He was bringing me weed-flowers from the dirt piles in our soon-to-be backyard. Thanks Mud Pie for letting us peek through your Spring line.

Find the links for the items seen above below! You can also visit the store locator so you can find a shop nearby. Mud Pie makes the greatest clothes for little (and big! tear!) ones.

Crocheted Animal Hats – Zebra and Giraffe

Seahorse Romper

Puppy Shortall

Whale Romper

Personalized Baseball Tee

I couldn’t not mention this ADORABLE flamingo outfit… Caroline and Tyler’s nursery in the new house is going to be done nautical – with pink flamingos just for a touch of girliness for Caroline. I cannot wait until she’s big enough to wear this Flamingo Tunic and Capri Set (ok, yes I can… stay a baby forever, please).

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This post was created in partnership with Mud Pie featuring my wholehearted thoughts and opinions.

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Our NEW Simplified Planners FAQs

EmilyLeySpring1514Hi everyone! We’ve been getting lots of questions on our new Simplified Planners coming out this year, so I thought I’d gather them all here and give you the rundown.

From here on out, we’ll be releasing THREE editions every year: 2 Daily Editions and 1 Weekly Edition. Each of those will come in three cover choices (the same three choices across all editions). Two editions will be released in the Spring (Academic Daily Edition and 17 Month Weekly Edition) and one edition will be released in the Fall (Calendar Daily Edition). Here are the details:

DAILY EDITIONS

Academic Daily Edition: This edition runs from August to the following July in a daily format (12 months). The contents of this Simplified Planner are the same as the others. $58 | Available for purchase May 6 at 10am EST in our shop and with our retailers worldwide. To view the page layout of the Daily editions, click here.

Calendar Daily Edition: This edition runs from January to the following December in a daily format (12 months). The contents of this Simplified Planner are the same as the others. $58 | Available for purchase September 9 at 10am EST in our shop and with our retailers worldwide. To view the page layout of the Daily editions, click here. *** We will have more stock of this specific edition than any other this year. So if the others sell out fast, fear not!! September 9 is the big day for this one.

WEEKLY EDITION

17 Month Weekly: This edition runs from August to the following December in a weekly format (17 months). This will replace the current twelve month weekly format some of you are using now. We’ll have a batch available with our Fall and Spring release this year. We created this 17 month format because we realized some women prefer to start their weekly planners in August with the school year and some preferred to start theirs in January with the calendar year. This way you can start it whenever you’re ready and still use it for an entire year. The contents of this Simplified Planner are the same as the others. $58 | Available for purchase May 6 at 10am EST in our shop and with our retailers worldwide. To view the page layout of the weekly editions, click here.

We can’t wait for you to see our three covers for this year on April 29 on Instagram! I’ll also be posting a video that day outlining all the new features of the new Simplified Planners!

xo,

Emily

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Spring 2015: The EL Baby Book

BabyBook-01For months I searched for the perfect baby book for Brady before he was born. I wanted something simple, fresh and easy to complete (knowing I would have my hands full with my first baby). I never found anything that felt quite right and ended up purchasing something I wasn’t totally in love with. I’ve redone that thing twice trying to get it right.

2013 Shay CochraneSo, last year, when I was pregnant with Caroline and Tyler, I knew that if I wanted to be able to document their unique stories, I was going to have to create something totally from scratch. And the EL Baby Book was born.

EmilyLeySpringStock1528On April 15 at 10am EST you can purchase yours. Quantities are limited and many of our retailers will be carrying these as well. I designed the Baby Book to be gender neutral with sweet colors in all shades throughout and a beautiful mint green cover. Inside, you’ll find places for photos (we even noted what size photos to use just to make it even easier!), and prompts for you to use to enter sweet details (one of my favorite parts – I love having these to guide me and inspire new thoughts and memories – it makes for a very robust and complete baby book). Each Baby Book is priced at $62.

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One of my favorite details about the EL Baby Book is that it’s binder style so you can slip pages you need and / or don’t need in and out. Later this year, I’ll be designing adoption and “journey to baby” (infertility) pages to be sold separately. Stay tuned for those!

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Here are a few details:
•  Size: 11 x 11.5 
•  Bound album style (3 rings) 
•  Textured cover with gold foil 
•  Gold foil detailing on every page 
•  64 pages (32 pages front and back) 
•  Packaged in white + gold keepsake box bearing the words “The Story of You”
•  Pages include: 
      •  Mommy & Daddy’s story 
      •  Mommy’s pregnancy 
      •  About your Mommy 
      •  About your Daddy 
      •  Friends and Family 
      •  Celebrating the anticipation (showers) 
      •  Before you arrived 
      •  A letter to baby 
      •  Our predictions for you 
      •  Welcome to the world 
      •  Announcing your arrival 
      •  Tiny hands and tiny feet 
      •  Your birth story 
      •  Coming home 
      •  Your new home / nursery 
      •  The world when you were born 
      •  Growing and growing 
      •  Your firsts 
      •  Your favorite things 
      •  Funny things you’ve said 
      •  Our favorite memories 
      •  Holidays and celebrations 
      •  Months 1 – 12 (page per month) 
      •  1st – 5th birthday (page per year) 
      •  Extra photo / open pages

Images by Shay Cochrane Photography

 

SAVE THE DATE:

Wednesday, April 15, 10am EST: 2015 Collection LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com

Wednesday, April 29, 10am EST: 2015-2016 Simplified Planner covers – REVEALED on Instagram at @EmilyLey

Wednesday, May 6, 10am EST: 2015-2016 Simplified Planner LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com (Academic Daily Edition and 17 Month Weekly Edition)

Wednesday, September 9, 10am EST: 2016 Simplified Planner LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com (Calendar Year Daily Edition)

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Project Life Baby Editions

PL_Baby_EmilyLey_MichaelsWhen I was enormously pregnant with the twins, Becky Higgins approached me about collaborating with Project Life to design two new editions for them: A Baby Boy Edition and a Baby Girl Edition. Naturally, my heart was ALL in! It was so much fun designing all of these pieces (there are so many coordinating pieces to choose from!) with sweet Tyler and Caroline growing inside my belly. Now that they’re here and I’ve been able to see the PL Editions, I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to put albums together for them. BUT WAIT! It gets better!! :) Starting this month, you’ll be able to find exclusive Project Life Baby Boy and Baby Girl pieces in select Michael’s stores across the US (click the link below to see if your store is included!! These include:

  • A 6×8 memory book with prompts for recording details around the birth and first year of a baby’s life
  • A 180-card Project Life Value Kit of coordinating journaling cards
  • Embellishments! Coordinating specialty gold-foiled cards, photo overlays, chipboard stickers, gold puffy stickers, clear stamps and a 6×8 paper pad.

Click here for a list of the stores that will be carrying these. I can’t wait to stop in our local Michael’s store to see them myself! Read more about PL Baby over on Becky Higgins blog! xo, Emily

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Spring 2015: The Simplified Address Book

EmilyLeySpring15Product45Over the years we’ve CONSTANTLY heard that you’d love a Simplified Address Book. Well, wait no longer! On April 15 at 10am EST, we’ll be launching our 2015 Collection at EmilyLey.com. (Simplified Planners launch May 6). We’ll be sharing details and unveiling products over the next two weeks, so stop by often for details!

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First up is our Simplified Address Book. Measuring 9 x 6.75, it’s the perfect size to tuck inside a desk drawer ready for new friends and addresses to be added. We love it for Christmas card lists! Inside you’ll find simply and beautifully designed pages, colorful mylar a-z tabs and a navy and white striped liner. Outside you’ll find a hard cover, gold corners and our NEW true gold binding! ($24)

SAVE THE DATE:

Wednesday, April 15, 10am EST: 2015 Collection LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com

Wednesday, April 29, 10am EST: 2015-2016 Simplified Planner covers – REVEALED on Instagram at @EmilyLey

Wednesday, May 6, 10am EST: 2015-2016 Simplified Planner LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com (Academic Daily Edition and 17 Month Weekly Edition)

Wednesday, September 9, 10am EST: 2016 Simplified Planner LAUNCH at EmilyLey.com (Calendar Year Daily Edition)

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SIMPLICITY : Kristin Austin

Simplicity_Graphic_Austin-01Hi, I’m Kristin! I’m a stay-at-home mom and small business owner. I live about an hour north of Boston with my husband and 3 year old son, Chase (we’re eagerly expecting baby #2 at the end of July!). I left my corporate job to stay home with Chase when he was 6 months old. It was never my plan, but we had a family emergency and it was what needed to be done at the time.

While home with Chase I founded my company, Paige Simple. Paige Simple is a small design studio specializing in stationery and decorations for children’s events. When I was planning Chase’s 1st birthday I became frustrated with how difficult it was to find perfectly coordinated pieces of party stationery that had a simple and timeless look so I decided to design the party myself. This process sparked a new passion that I quickly turned into something I could do for profit. After launching Paige Simple, the 1 year I had planned to stay home with Chase quickly turned into 3 years and currently has no end in sight.


How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?

I focus on tasks that absolutely have to get done, I ask for help, and I’ve learned to say ‘no’. I used to have to do everything myself, but once I had Chase that quickly changed. I realized it just wasn’t possible and that if I wanted to be a good mother I had to be my best self – which meant I needed to ask for help and stop committing to things that didn’t better our family. Every day I only do things that need to get done. Sometimes this means we’re in our pajamas all day, beds don’t get made, and that the house is a mess, but I’m ok with that now. I’m also very careful about how much I schedule for our family. When I have too many things to do and too many places to go I get stressed and that stress is projected onto everyone around me (which isn’t fair to them).

In your house, how do the mundane parts of life get done?

One word… teamwork! My husband and family help out A LOT! He comes home about 6:30 every night and takes care of dinner and bedtime (it’s the only time he gets with Chase during the week). While he’s spending time with Chase I do laundry, clean up, or get work done. We’ve hired out all of the yardwork and house maintenance tasks to free up Matt’s weekends so we can enjoy time together as a family. The only chore that really gets done on the weekends is grocery shopping – which Matt enthusiastically takes on. During the week while he’s at work Chase splits his time between home, part-time pre-school, and his grandmothers. We’re so fortunate to have both of our mothers 10 minutes away. While Chase is at school and with family I focus on my business and getting other household chores done.

07Austin,Chase-NewbornWhat is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why?

Celebrating our children in a big way is very important to me. In our house, we make a big deal out of birthdays and milestones. There are so many families that never get the chance to have children or that have children whose lives are cut short. We have been very fortunate and I’m taking every chance I can get to celebrate them and be thankful for the time we have together.

When I planning Chase’s 1st birthday I wanted to do something special that we could carry from year to year so I started the tradition of a photo ‘year book’. In the age of digital photos it was important to me that his childhood memories didn’t get lost in a sea of files on our computer. So, I came up with the idea of annual year book that we would put together before each birthday and then display at his party for guests to look through and sign – similar to a traditional school yearbook. This allows us to capture all of his memories in one place and also share them with people who are important to us (some family members even request copies of their own). You can read about some of the books I’ve put together here.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 products can you absolutely not live without?

Simplicity_Austin_Pick6 1. Flexible Totes:  I bought these totes 2 years ago to manage our toy overflow and I LOVE them! They’re flexible, stackable (with their covers), sturdy, and washable. We can easily take toys to the beach, the pool, on vacations, or on family visits. When the toy clutter in the family room is too much for me handle I stack these totes in the laundry closet and forget about them. They are amazing!

2. Sugar Lip Treatment: I’m not a big make-up girl so this simple lip treatment is perfect. It’s a clear coat and perfectly moisturizes your lips.

3. iPhone: My phone is my lifeline. I rely on it to keep in touch with family and manage my business when I am away from home. I also rely on the camera because it’s not always convenient to tote around a digital camera with all of the other things that you need for a child.

4. True Blue Spa Hand Lotion: I live in the northeast and winters are brutal. The air is cold and dry and it does a number on your skin. I keep this hand lotion in my handbag and in every bathroom of the house.

5. Tory Burch Ballet Flats: There was a time in my life that I wore heels every day. Once I became a mom that became a distant memory and now I only wear flats. I love my Tory Burch flats because they make my feet feel pretty while also being comfortable. When Matt and I found out baby #2 was a boy a few weeks ago he bought me this baby blue pair.

6. Child Friendly Toilet Seat: Chase never liked using a small potty so when we started potty training he would only use the portable potty seat covers. I found them to be rather annoying to have to move every time someone needed to use the bathroom so I decided to invest in these child friendly seats. They are worth the money! You don’t have to move anything when the littles need to use the bathroom and they are clutter free. We have one in every bathroom of the house and keep the portable cover in the car for when we travel.

Anything else you think our readers would love to know? Any additional tips or systems that help you keep it all together?

I would just like to reiterate that you don’t have to do everything and you don’t have to have everything. If something isn’t working for you – stop doing it. If you feel like you’re overcommitted – quit something. If the clutter in your house overwhelms you – get rid of it. If you only use something once a year – sell it. Keeping a clutter free home does wonders for your stress level. Over the last year, I’ve managed to clean out and organize the main levels of our home and will be tackling the basement soon. Our 1,800 square foot basement… wish me luck!

 

Follow along with Kristin:

Instagram – https://instagram.com/paigesimple/

Website – http://www.paigesimple.com/

The Simplicity Series features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

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SIMPLICITY : Hilari Schaefer

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Hi y’all! My name is Hilari – I’m originally a Midwesterner (go Packers!), but now live in Nashville and have for the past 6 years. I left Wisconsin to attend Vanderbilt, and loved it so much that I stuck around and can’t imagine leaving anytime soon. There’s something so special about the southern way of life! While at Vanderbilt, I met my now fiancé, Grant, and we’re getting married in just under 2 months! In my professional life, I wear many hats, and thrive on relationships and encouraging others – I work as project manager for a boutique market research company, am the Brand Manager at Best Friends for Frosting, and am a nanny to the 3 cutest girls I know, among a few other creative endeavors! I am so fired up about the year ahead and know it’s going to be the best one yet!

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?
Needless to say, there’s always a lot going on and my days are filled to the brim! I wouldn’t and couldn’t do it all without a set schedule. Every night, I set out my clothes, make my to do list for the next day, and prep all of my meals. Come morning, I start every day with an early high-intensity workout at my most favorite local gym. It’s a great way to kickoff the day with others and I’m always encouraged and pushed to be the best version of myself. I also run three to four times a week, as I’m training for my 5th half marathon this April. I’ve learned that if I’m not happy with how I feel physically, I’m not by best self and my productivity suffers. After that, it’s all about lists, lists, lists! Grant and I have also made this year all about intentional living – if it’s not filling us up mentally, it’s not worth our time and effort. This transition has made our lives so much more enjoyable and decision-making is much simpler.

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In your house, how do the mundane parts of life get done?
Have I mentioned lists? ☺ Instead of letting “chores” pile up, I am always cleaning or doing laundry, so that they aren’t so dreadful! I do 2-3 loads of laundry in the morning and clean up the house before bed. I also live by Gretchen Rubin’s 1-minute rule – spend 1 minute cleaning up every so often throughout the day and it doesn’t seem so bad! This makes working from home much easier because it ensures our home is ready to go once the day begins – otherwise I spend my time cleaning instead of working. We also have a chore chart and do specific bigger tasks on set days of the week. And, good music makes anything more fun, so we listen to music while getting things done. Dance parties are a must!

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why?
Sunday Night Dinners are my most favorite part of the week. My parents live about 3 minutes down the street, and every Sunday, Grant, my parents, and I get together for a delicious homemade meal and chat about the week, soak in all of their wisdom, and talk all things wedding (at least currently)! I love this special time together as it is a few guaranteed hours of quality, technology-free, and intentional time as a family.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 products can you absolutely not live without?

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1. Sprinkle shoes I love keeping my feet happy when at the gym and staying active, so these are my current obsession, along with bright and cheerful workout gear ☺
2. Oribe Dry Shampoo:  It saves on my getting ready time in the morning and allows my hair to still have tons of volume, but takes minimal time. I’m all about efficiency! ()
3. Emily Ley Simplified Planner:  It’s the perfect solution for busy and intentional lives, and I love how it guides me through each day without making me feel overwhelmed or look daunting. I use it for my daily schedule, personal to-dos, and meal planning, and love how truly simplified it makes life.
4. My Veggie Chef : A local-to-Nashville vegan meal delivery service that makes healthy eating incredibly easy, convenient, and delicious! For me, half the battle of healthy choices is coming up with recipes and cooking after a long day, so this is something that takes away the stress of meals every night. Carnivore Grant even loves them! (
5. Personalized stationery : I love sending snail mail and believe in the power of a hand written letter. It’s how I landed both of my “office” jobs and has connected me to some of the most wonderful people! My goal is to send at least one note each week, and to simply let the other person know, “hey, I’m thinking of you!”
6. Kitchen-Aid Mixer : When stressed or overwhelmed, I turn to baking. It’s a common occurrence for me to crank up the mixer and whip up some delicious sweets around 10pm at night! You name it, I’ve likely made it. Lucky for Grant, the freezer is always stocked with yummy treats!

Anything else you think our readers would love to know? Any additional tips or systems that help you keep it all together?
I think the fun part of life is just rolling with whatever comes your way! I used to be super type-A (and still probably am), but balancing so many things at once has made me truly appreciate the spontaneity of life and realize that it really is okay to not have everything planned out. Living with this mindset has totally changed how I determine success and failure. If I can still find reason to smile at the end of the day, it’s a win in my book. Attitude determines altitude!

 

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The Simplicity Series features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

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