December 29, 2017

5 Years

5 years.  That’s how long it has been since I was steadily blogging. I had a few posts in 2015, but that was nothing of significance.  Time is such a funny thing, it seems like it drags at times but in actuality its moving at lightning speed.  Here I am almost at the point where my 20s are about to end. It’s a weird feeling that I haven’t fully wrapped my mind around yet. I have heard the saying that age is just a number, but in a lot of ways it feels as if my youth is over.

There are lots of regrets I have in my 20s. There are also a lot of happy moments in my 20s.  I would wish to change a lot of things these past 10 years. I wish I would have not taken for granted the blessing of growing up in a Christian family.  I wish I didn’t live a sinful life. I wish I had taken serious the truths I had been taught and avoided a lot of heartache.  I wish that I hadn’t been selfish and hurt people.  I wish I had lived more intentionally and focused on building meaningful relationships.  Despite all the regrets, I am still so blessed. Things can always be worst. My family has always been there to support me no matter what. I still have life in me to be better each and every day.

I’ve always been the kind of person to go with the flow. That could be a good thing but also a bad thing. I haven’t lived intentionally or lived with a purpose. There are many things I could have accomplished but only myself has stopped the progression or growth. And now years later the depression and anxiety has only intensified with the normal occurrences of life that can leave a person feeling trapped.

What I have realized as I’ve gotten older is that there are so many hurting people. We are all going through the same things one way or another. It is literally a daily fight with the mind to stay focused and not look at the past or let the negativity win.  I am by no means perfect or have it figured it out, but I do have a better sense of hope. Each day I strive to be better. I am forever grateful for family and for my church.

2018 marks another year of being grateful for life. Another opportunity to start living intentionally, because God’s not done with me yet. 

March 16, 2015

Creating a Cleaning Schedule

I've been trying to figure out a schedule to help me become better at keeping the home clean.  Having an organized home is great, but it's no good if I can't keep it in place and clean.  I have come across multiple bloggers and articles talking about creating a clean schedule. I've drawn my inspiration from Clean Mama and A Bowl Full of Lemons and adapted their ideas to work for me.



Monday
Bathrooms

Tuesday
Clean Floors


Wednesday
 Mid-week Pick Up

Thursday
Laundry Catch Up

Friday
 Rotation Task

Saturday
Sheets/Towels

Daily
Clean Counters
Check Floors
Clutter
Laundry

The schedule should be easy to follow. I want to point a couple of things in my list. I have Wednesday as mid week pick because I want that to make sure I'm keeping on track. I can do a little extra if necessary to get behind. Friday will be dedicated to cleaning tasks that don't have to be done as often, such as cleaning the blinds. The key I believe will be maintaining the daily tasks. Keeping up with those will help me not to have too many all day cleaning days.

March 11, 2015

DIY Wednesdays

     I decided to make a charging station for my electronics. I'm trying a thing of not being on any electronic one hour before bed. The addiction is real people! :-) 

Materials



 The struggle was real because I don't really have crafting items. I recommend that you get an X-ACTO knife to help with cutting out the holes. (I will be purchasing one very soon.)  You can decorate your box any way you want. I only had white constructions paper. That in itself is a surprise, because I like I mentioned I don't craft or DIY.

Steps

  1. Choose a box
  2. Cover box with decoration
  3. Measure and cut out holes
  4. Insert cord
  5. Plug in devices

 Here are is the finished results!



March 9, 2015

Slow & Steady

   

   Last week I mentioned that the month of March I wanted to focus on organizing the home. I follow so many home organization blogs and yet I'm sitting here in my home still unorganized.  I decided that it's time to make it happen. One thing about home organization is that it can be really overwhelming. I'm not even in a large home and it is still overwhelming.  The key I've taken from the many articles I've read is to just start small and over time you'll find that everything is organized. My goal is to organize on a budget because it can definitely be pricey looking for storage items.

Here are the two phases I'm doing for each area I decided to organize:

Phase 1: Questions to ask
  • What do I want to use this space for?
  • What steps do I need to create to keep this space organized?
Phase 2: Taking action 
  • Purge
  • Clean
  • Organize
   I have completed two areas so far this month. My front closet and my beside table. First lets talk about the front closet. I decided that I wanted the front closet to store the most used winter coats, work out equipment, cleaning tools and regular tools. I will no longer put anything else in that closet to not overcrowd it and keep it organized.

Before & After

I bought the 2 bins from 5&Below for $5 each. One holds the tools we have and the other holds work out items.

The other thing I organized was my bedside table.


Before

This area was another place I would just throw things in to get out of site. I decided I wanted these two drawers to hold the following things:

Top Drawer
  • Lip Balms
  • Eye glass cleaner
  • Tissue
  • Chargers
  • Items for purse & work 
Bottom Drawer
  • Bibles
  • Notebooks
  • Kindle
  • Extra chargers

I bought 4 baskets to create dividers from the Dollar Store. I am confident this will help keep everything neat and organized.

After

The total is $14 for organizing these two areas. Not too bad. Now what area can you tackle this week?



March 2, 2015

Making it Happen





I'm baack! Two years have gone by since I've regularly blogged. I did not have any motivation or urge to write which is how time just flew and next thing I know it's 2015. A lot of things have happened in this time span. It's crazy to look back and see how you change as a person. For me 2015 is the year of getting back to the basics in all areas of my life. 

My theme this year is to Make it Happen. The book really makes you examine things in your life and what is stopping you from making things happen. I'm still a work in progress, but I hope to share my journey with you. Check out the book here: http://laracasey.com/book/


March's blog post schedule will be Mon | Wed | Fri. My focus this month will be on organizing the home one task at a time.  I will speak more on this top in my next post. Make sure to follow me on on social media for daily happenings in my life.



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May 4, 2013

My 5 Favorite Beauty Products

Naked Palette

I literally use this everyday. I love love love this palette. I don't feel like I need to get the other two that came after this one. This has all I need.

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Queen Collection Cover Girl 3 in 1 Foundation

What can I say this foundation is the bomb. Seriously go buy it now. Primer, concealer and foundation all in one.

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Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I don't think this makes my eyelashes look like falsies, but I still love it.

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NYX Eye Pencil

This eyeliner glides on so smooth and you cant beat the price (3.50). 

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

I love using these pencils as a base for my eyeshadow.

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