5 Simple Ways to Make “You” Time

As women, moms, and wives, we often find ourselves doing several things at once. And free time? What’s that, right?! For many of us, it seems like there is always something that just has to be done; that just can’t wait. Well, I want to tell you it can and it should! The next time you find yourself with “free” time and are about to clip coupons, switch the laundry, or check your emails STOP! Yes, those things do need to be done at some point I know, but for now just trust me. Do one of these 5 simple things instead (come on, just this once). Even though they may not be the most thrilling or glamorous things-they are sure to lift your mood, even if just a bit. Don’t stress, the coupons can be clipped later.

1. Paint your toe nails. Yes, paint them. I don’t care if it is winter and no one sees them-paint them. Trust me.

2. Visit your closet. We so often run to our closet and grab something to pull on as we run out the door to school drop off. Remember when you used to take an hour to get ready, trying on top after top? Go ahead- change your clothes. Oh… and take your time!

3. Make a smoothie. Yes, I know you probably remember to eat (I sure hope so). But how often do you make something YOU want to eat? If you’re like me you probably just make an extra PB&J in the afternoon for yourself right? Make something for yourself, not just what the kiddos are requesting.

4. Walk to the mailbox. It doesn’t matter if it is at the end of your driveway or a block away, why not take a stroll and check the mail today? I know that I usually drive up to it, grab, and go. This will force you to take a stroll even if it is a short one.

5. Watch TV! Yes, I said it. For me this is hard because I often think of what else I could be doing. But let me tell you, sit back and watch your favorite 30 minute sitcom (for me it is Friends hands down) and your mood will surly change. Sometimes we have to force ourselves sit back and relax.

These are just 5 ways I suggest you take some “you” time this week. But really, the point is to make time for a bit of relaxation time- even if for only 30 minutes. The house will still be standing and the children will be safe, I promise!

What are your favorite way to use your “free” time (and don’t say to clean, please!)?
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Trendy Personalized Shirts For Your Little One

All moms want their little one to stand out from the crowd, right? Well, one fabulous company has figured out how to capture the personality of your little one in a trendy and stylish way. Check out these fabulous personalized tees from Bug & Goose.

These personalized tees are definitely an attention grabber. You can choose you favorite style shirt, color, fabric pattern, and personalization. The great gals over at Bug & Goose sent my 2 year old an adorable tee brown and pink tee with a “L” for her name. We love it! It is super cute and very well made. The cozy material fits perfectly and feels good too. We’ve washed it several times {she is now requesting the “L” shirt about every other day} and it looks just as fabulous as when it arrived.

With so many styles and options {for both boys & girls} I think these tees from Bug & Goose would make fabulous personalized gifts. They can be ordered in sizes 2-12 and all of the products from Bug & Goose are made right here in the USA. Fabulous! And to top it off, all of their adorable tees are priced under $26.00!

P.S. I am loving this Baseball Raglan Tee. So cute!

I really can’t get enough of these adorable tees! Plus, Bug & Goose offers a variety of high quality {and unique} games, accessories, and toys…..so check them out!

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Tiffany Blue Wedding Inspiration

If you are considering Tiffany blue as your wedding color, you have many options. I was looking around for some “blue” inspiration and found so many different shades. You can choose baby blue to navy, and everything in between. My favorite shade of blue is this Tiffany Blue shade, I think it is crisp and cool and can really pop.

Little touches of this fresh color can really make an impression. Try pairing Tiffany Blue with either pale yellow, grey, or a chocolate brown. Above inspiration found from The Knot.

  • Simple and modern programs let guests know who is in the wedding party. Tied with a single blue ribbon.
  • Tiffany Blue bridesmaid dresses paired with yellow bouquets compliment their dresses.
  • Yummy cupcakes with just a touch of blue tie in the theme. Consider these instead of a traditional wedding cake, or serve these at the bridal shower before the big day.
  • What better than a signature drink at your reception? Check out these Blue Martini Recipes.
  • Fans help keep waiting guests cool. Consider fans if your ceremony will be in warmer months and outdoors.
  • Simple touches throughout the wedding site, like this blue ribbon, can really pull your theme together.
  • This Wedding cake is gorgeous! A peek of yellow from the lilies is the perfect touch.
  • Reception tables draped with Tiffany Blue overlays and topped with chocolate brown napkins.

Wrap up your favors in these tiffany blue boxes! I have used these several times, and they really are great quality and very impressive!

And what a way to pull it all together than these modern wedding announcements, blue of course!

This blue modern wedding announcement is from Wedding Paper Divas ($1.44 each).

If you’re looking for more tiffany blue wedding invitations, check our our round-up here.

Thanks to The Knot for the fabulous Tiffany Blue wedding photos!
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5 Ways to Ruin Valentine’s Day

You should not be stressed out when coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, but you probably are right? The pressure to do the “perfect” thing and buy the “perfect” gift can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are dating). My advice is to keep it simple and intimate, perhaps even a bit fun. Here are 5 ways you can ruin Valentine’s Day– so please avoid them!

1. Stress yourself out about the details and in doing so stress out your boyfriend/other half. Guys already feel the pressure, no need to add to it.

2. Go out to a formal dinner, because you think you have to. If you both wouldn’t enjoy it on a normal day….what makes you think you’ll enjoy it now?

3. Spend a ton of money on the “perfect” gift. Why not make or buy something less expensive that he will actually enjoy? How about a new CD or book? Even just bake him some sweets…. most guys really don’t care about extravagant gifts.

4. Get your expectations up. If you expect to be wooed and swept away, and this does not happen exactly how you had dreamed- you will be disappointed. Why not just except to have a nice day together, and I bet all of your expectations will be met or exceeded.

5. Sulk. If you are single, don’t sit around and dwell on how you rather be dating. Instead, grab someone else who doesn’t have plans and hang out with them. Make plans with a girlfriends or even surprise your mother or grandmother and rent a movie and just stay in.

By: Tori Tait
Share! What are your suggestion for keeping Valentine’s Day simple and fun? I would love to hear what you are planning!
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Sweetheart Martini Recipe


Sweetheart Martini

A berry cute garnish for this maritni!

Ingredients

2 oz. Boru Crazzberry Vodka
2 oz. Pallini Raspicello

Instructions

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and/or blackberries and enjoy!

Recipe and Photo from Bar None Drinks

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Mainstream Cleaners Gone Green

I have talked a lot about cleaning green here on Thoughtfully Simple. From do-it-yourself mixtures to some of the leading “green” brands; I am always looking to share new ways to clean your home in an earth friendly way. One thing I hear a lot of is how it is just so easy to grab the traditional cleaners that have always worked well at the grocery store. Well, in response to your comments…I have found a simple solution!

I recently had the pleasure of trying out a new green cleaner from the SC Johnson, A family Company. Nature’s Source is a new line of fabulous Eco-friendly cleaners that (dare I say it) work well! A new twist on your old favorites like Windex for your glass cleaning needs and Scrubbing Bubbles for your bathroom detail. Right at your local grocery store, you can find these trusted brands now reformulated with a more earth friendly formula.

I was impressed with how well these cleaners worked and how they really smelled fresh and clean without smelling like cleaner. From the kitchen to the bathroom (and many places in between), these green cleaners really get the job done.

So, there you have it….. green cleaning really is simple after all!

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