Five (okay, six) Minute Make-up

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So this is not my greatest picture, but I don’t care because it was taken at 6am and I have a 2 month old and a 22 month old 🙂  What I do love about this picture is that it took me exactly 6 minutes (I timed it) to go from the left to the right!  I might not have a ton of free time but 6 minutes to feel like myself, I do have.  My hack is the awesome III Foundation Palette by Maskcara. This single palette gives me my highlight, contour, foundation, blush, lip color, and illuminator and is so fast to put on.  Plus, their website has an awesome how-to video that shows you exactly how put it on.  My eye makeup is a limited edition Bobby Brown palette (similar to this one) and Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara.  Sometimes I will skip the eye shadow and just do mascara, but it is nice to know that if I am in the mood for a full face of make-up I just need 6 minutes 🙂

How to Keep your Tasks Organized

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I used to hand-write my to-do lists because I absolutely love using a pen and paper.  However, I realized that I often think of something I need to do when I am on the go, and typing it out on my phone has become much easier.  Instead of keeping one running list though, I break it up into chunks  This technique to organize my to-do list has been life-changing; I am not exaggerating.  I told my husband about it and he started doing it to and loves it – here is how!

  1. Download a to-do list type app, such as Color Note (that is the one I use).
  2. Create daily, weekly, and monthly lists.  I like to call mine “today”, “this week”, and then I name the next 2 months.
  3. Add tasks to each list.  Things that I really either need or want to get done right away go on the “today” list (pay a bill, fold laundry, etc.).  Things that aren’t super pressing but I should get to soon go on “this week” (make dentist appointment, send out invites, etc.) And then things that are a bit farther out go on the monthly lists (monthly donation, work on Shutterfly album, plan party, etc.).
  4. As you think of a task, immediately add it to your list.  I would forget probably 80% of things I need to do if I didn’t write them down.  For example, you are in the shower and notice you are low on shampoo.  When you are done with your shower, bust out that phone and write down to get more shampoo!
  5. When you have a minute (I do this several times a day), glance at your lists.  Did you get through everything on your “today” list and have some extra time?  Take a look at what you want to do this week and see if you can move any tasks over to today.

Once you get in the habit of looking at your list and adding to it and re-arranging, it becomes second nature 🙂

Getting Re-Organized

LIS_Curren_Lincoln_Family-60-ZF-0958-96726-1-001-018.jpgWhen A was born, it was like a shock to my system.  On one hand, I was filled with love for this precious baby and felt a huge need to protect him.  I worried constantly about him and he became my main focus. On the other hand, I wondered – what about me?  I was so used to being independent, going to work out class on a whim, doing my girly things like getting my hair done, etc.  Suddenly, I had a little buddy attached to me.  To make it to workout class, I needed to make sure I had enough pumped milk and coordinate with J.  To get my hair done, I needed to ask my mother-in-law what her schedule was like.  Little things like getting through a pile of laundry seemed impossible all of a sudden.

It took me a while, but I found my new normal and suddenly I preferred my new life to my old one.  I got used to relying on others to help me get my “me” time.  For day to day life, one of the things that helped me the most was figuring out what was stressful or challenging and creating a system to address it.  For example, washing bottles after coming home from work to get ready for the next day really got to me for some reason.  After weeks my coworker was like, why don’t you just buy extra bottles?  Um, duh.  I have no idea why that never occurred to me, but problem solved!  Over months this evolved into creating a schedule for chores, meal planning, and pre-making A’s lunches.

Now that baby #2 is here, I am re-organizing my life again but this time I already have my toolbox: figure out what is stressful, and make a plan for it. I I noticed that A sometimes has a hard time transitioning from daycare to getting home for the afternoon, so I have a snack and his water ready to go now and that helps him.  This week C has been needing a supplemental bottle in the middle of the night after nursing (that is a whole other story) so after a few nights of running downstairs and fumbling around with bottles and formula, I started pre-making small bottles and putting them in the fridge ready to go.  I’m finding another new normal now, and I know that just like before, this will be the best “normal” yet.