Showing posts with label Moody Mondays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moody Mondays. Show all posts

Moody Mondays: Goals for the New Year

I honestly can’t believe that we’re more than halfway through the month of January and I’m finally writing my first post of the year.  Believe me, it was never my intention for me to take a break this long and there’s frankly no excuse for it.  However, I’m not over here beating myself about it because I’ve been honoring one of the few goals that I set for myself this year.

I realize that it may seem super late to jump on the New Year’s resolution bandwagon and don’t worry I’m not going to go through a laundry list of things that I want to accomplish for the year.  Just like everyone else, I want to get in better shape, eat healthier, go to church every week, save money and spend more time with family and friends.  But this is a list that I already do for the most part on a regular basis or at least I should be doing it. I also believe that it isn’t too late to start something good.  I think we can all agree that goals are ongoing and there isn’t anything magical about the month of January.  Well, this year I decided to create a few goals for myself to start off just to keep things manageable and to avoid feeling overwhelmed.  The main theme of all of my goals is BALANCE and I'm going to share one of the goals with you here.  

When I reflect on 2017, the one thing that I wish I had more of was sleep.  Even as I write this post, I can’t recall a day last year that I didn’t drink a cup of coffee or take an energy supplement to give me that little extra boost to get me through the day.  And as a result, I created a viscious cycle of sleepless nights and caffeine filled days. Although I powered through to get my work done and even got in a workout at the gym, I was severly sleep deprived.  One of the goals that I wanted to share with you all here is to get more sleep. I’ve decided that I’m going to start going to bed at a decent hour regardless if I didn’t get everything on my to-do list done.  Here are a few ways I’m working on this goal:

i. Limit caffeine and alcohol: 

We all know that drinking a caffeinated drink before bed will keep you wide awake for some time.  But did you know that studies show that caffeine stays up to 6 hours in our body? Therefore, you should limit your caffeine intake up to 6 hours before your bedtime.  Also consuming alcohol might put you to sleep quicker, but it does not help you sleep better. Alcohol can actually keep you awake as the sugars break down.  Increasing your water intake throughout the day allows your body to produce melatonin at night, a hormone that helps you sleep.  I’ve cut out caffeine and alcohol from my diet so far and I try to stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day. 

 ii. Bedtime Routine:

Having a regular bedtime not only helps you get to sleep faster it allows you to wake up refreshed and ready for the day.  Create a bedtime routine that is both calming and relaxing, but at the same time prepares you for your sleep. Your bedtime routine can include taking a hot bath or shower, reading a book or using natural oils like llavendar or eucalyptus scents.

iii. Turn Off Technology:

Turn off your electronics at least an hour before going to bed. The blue light from your electronics decreases the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps you control your sleep and wake cycles. If I happen to wake during the night, I don’t reach for my phone because I’ll have trouble going back to sleep due to the blue light. Turning off my technology has really helped me stay well rested.

I know that little changes can add up to make a big difference to your overall health and well-being.  And I'm totally focusing on that this year.  

What are some of your goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below!

Moody Monday – Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Hi sweet friends! I hope that you guys had an absolutely wonderful Christmas with your families and that you all travel safely back home.  I went to my mom’s house for the Christmas break and had a nice quiet holiday with my loved ones. Spending time with my family is always a lovely time.  We ate traditional Jamaican dishes, watched a few basketball and football games on TV, took tons of pictures and of course spent some time doing a little shopping.  Most of the shopping we did was during the after-Christmas sales. We woke up bright and early to hit up Target and Kohl's to restock my Christmas wrapping supplies and some Christmas decorations for next year. 

And since I received a few gift cards and some money for Christmas, I immediately made plans to spend them on a few gifts for myself. If any of you have gift cards or extra cash burning a hole in your wallet like I did, then the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale is the sale for you. The Half-Yearly Sale started on Dec. 26, 2015 and will end on Jan. 3, 2016 and it’s the best time to save big on those items you’ve had your eye on all year.  For instance, I’ve wanted red Hunter boots for the longest time, so I was able to snag a pair the day after Christmas. For those of you wanting to try any hot new trend, now’s the time to get a great deal.  Well, here are some of my favorite pieces from the sale.  Let me know what are some of your favorites and let me know what you bought, if anything.

1. Hudson Jones Collin Ankle Skinny Jeans / 2. Hue Coated Twill Leggings / 3. BP. Undercover Slumber Party Pattern Flannel Pants (the softest pants) / 4. Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody Bag / 5. Tri-Coastal Antler Ceramic Jewelry Tray / 6. Stuart Weitzman Playtime Over the Knee Boot / 7. BP. Color Block Blanket Scarf (can't wait to get this one) / 8. Kendra Scott Dylan Stone Pendant Necklace / 9. Collection XIIX Solid Basis Knit Head Wrap / 10. Zodiac Small Octagon Glass Jewelry Box / 11. Creative Co-Op Arrow Cheese Markers / 12. BP. Geometric Blanket Scarf / 13. Arthur George by R. Kardashian Reindeer Crew Socks (how cute are these socks? check out this one and this one) / 14. Dogeared Canvas Zip Pouch / 15. Tory Burch Small Brody Tote / 16. HarperCollins Lauren Conrad Beauty Book / 17. Kate Spade Sweet Talker iPhone 6 / 18. Halogen Embellished Crewneck Sweater (loving the details on this one) / 19. BP. Undercover Print Short Pajamas / 20. Halogen Woven Hem Layered Look Sweater (love this layered look) / 21. BP. Stripe Three Quarter Sleeve Tee / 22. BP. Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater / 23. Sun & Shadow V-Neck Thermal Swing Top (can't wait to try on this top) / 24. Caslon Rib Knit Tunic Sweater

Moody Monday – Plaid Scarves

Over the past few years, plaid blanket scarves have become so popular that they are now considered a fall essential.  I don’t know about you, but I’m counting down the days that I get cozy up in one of these once the weather finally gets cooler.  I’m sure that many have seen some of your favorite bloggers rocking old Zara blanket scarves and you may have been trying to track them down. Well have no fear; there are plenty of online stores that carry a perfect replica of the real thing.  So I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite older and newer plaid scarves for you in case you want to add them to your wardrobe.  Most of them are blanket or oversized scarves and most are under $50.  Check them out below and let me know what you think.  Also if you have a chance, check out my Pinterest page for additional blanket scarves. Will you be rocking a plaid blanket scarf this year? Let me know!
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Moody Monday – Tory Burch Sale

Did you know that Tory Burch is having a sale right now? I didn't know until I saw an email about it last Thursday.  I managed to post a pic of my favorite sandals and a little information about the sale over on my Instagram page.  And as I drove home today from Pensacola, I realized that I never posted any information about the sale here on my blog.  So I’m fixing that problem now.  Unfortunately there are no handbags on sale, but there are plenty of clothing, swim, jewelry and shoes on sale.  Here are some of my favorites from the sale.  Let me know if you have any favorites from the sale so far. 

Also, if you sign up for emails on the Tory Burch website, you'll get an additional 10% off your first purchase as well as free shipping.  So it's a win-win!

Moody Monday – J.Crew New Arrivals

I’m loving so many of J.Crew’s new arrivals that were released last week – especially the graphic peony collection print. Have you checked the new arrivals yet?  Below are some of my favorites that are sure to put you in a good mood!  Let me know what you’re loving this month.

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