Living Intentionally

intentionalHappy New Year! I’m still trying to process that we are now in 2019! I’m so thankful for my experiences in 2018 both good and bad.  I have grown so much because of them!  Which leads me into the inspiration behind this post.  If I had to describe how I handled things in 2018, I would say I “winged” it!  Thank God it worked for the most part! Lol

This year my goal for 2019 is to become more intentional! Intentional is defined as done on purpose.  I no longer want to “wing” it.  I am going to do everything with purpose.  I want to be intentional in every area of my life.  One of my favorite Gospel Artist, Travis Greene has a song titled “Intentional”.  The lyrics in the song describe that God is intentional and I’m learning that I should be too!  Intentional about living my life as a Christian, intentional about how I’m spending my time, intentional about how I’m handling my finances, intentional about becoming the best version of myself that I can be.

Below are 10 tips that I’m using in my pursuit of intentional living.

  1. Spend time with God.
  2. Get enough sleep (Rest)
  3. Prepare the night before
  4. Develop a routine/Create good habits
  5. Make a list
  6. Celebrate the “small victories”
  7. Implement a timer
  8. Plan down time
  9. Turn off electronics/Less time on Social Media
  10. Stay focused (Even through the distractions)

 

 

Fall Shopping On A Budget- Three Money Saving Tips

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Fall is here and I’m prepping my wardrobe! My main goal while shopping this season is to stay within my budget.  One thing that I’ve learned about shopping and staying within budget is that you have to be strategic.

Below are three (3) shopping tips that you can use to help stay within your budget!

1. Set your limit.

Decide what you are going to spend ahead of time, so you are not doing calculations to see if you can afford the two pair of boots that you have fallen in love with.  Setting a budget before you shop can help prevent you for going overboard and having buyer’s remorse.

2. Take an inventory of all the fall pieces in your closet.

This requires patience and will power!  Patience to try on all of your fall clothes plus accessories and the will power to let some of them go! 🙂  After inventory, you will know exactly what fall pieces and accessories you already have in your closet.  This process will help you create a foundation to build upon.

3..  Create a shopping list.

After you have taken inventory, it’s time to create your shopping list!  Personalize your list with must have items for the season.  This list should reflect pieces that fit your lifestyle and budget.  It will also help keep you on track while shopping and help with preventing impulse purchases!

Before you take your next trip to the mall or visit your favorite online boutique, implement these three (3) tips to help you save both time and money! 🙂

Happy Fall!

XOXO

 

Your Chicness Meets IGTV!

yc+igHello!!  It’s been awhile since I have posted on my blog and I’m so happy to be back!  A couple of weeks ago, Instagram rolled their newest feature IGTV where you can upload 10 minute videos to share with your followers!  I’m so excited because this gives me the opportunity to not only blog but to also vlog (video form) as well!

Today, I kicked off my first Your Chicness TV on IG TV to answer a question that I’m asked the most! “What do you use on your hair?”  If you haven’t checked it out already, update your Instagram app and head over to my IG page @YourChicness and check it out!  I’m already working on my next episode!

XOXO

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How To Find Your Personal Style

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Happy New Year!! 2018 is here and in true fashion, I have set a couple of New Year resolutions/goals.  One that I’m really excited about is revamping my wardrobe!!  I truly feel as though my style has evolved into another direction than some of the pieces that I currently have in my closet.  Therefore, I will begin to revamp my wardrobe to fit my personal style.  Being that this project is going to be an investment, I want to go into this with a plan.  That way, I can stay within my budget and stay focused.  So, before I shop online or head to the nearest boutique or Galleria, I thought it would be a good idea for me to define my personal style first.

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Gift Idea for Him: The Five Senses Gift

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Happy Friday!! We are 16 days away from Christmas and I have not purchased not one single gift.  Honestly, that’s nothing new because I’m always a last minute shopper.  When it comes to my kids, shopping is pretty easy.  The difficulty comes in when I’m shopping for my husband.  It’s not that he is hard to please, it’s the pressure of trying to top the gift I gave him last year.  As I was thinking about what I was going to get him the other night, it hit me!!  It’s not the value of the gift that counts, it is really the thought that counts!

So, instead of browsing Amazon, Best Buy, or Saks for the latest and greatest gadget or designer threads, I’m going to really put some thought into his gift this year. Which brings me to this awesome thoughtful gift idea I found!  The five senses gift concept.  This idea is easy, romantic, inexpensive, and definitely thoughtful!

The concept revolves around the five basic senses (sight, touch, hear, taste, and smell). Therefore, I will give him a gift for each sense. I haven’t purchased the gifts yet but I wanted to share the concept with you and gift ideas for each sense! 🙂

1. Sense of Sight

  • Trip to his favorite game (basketball, football, hockey, etc.…)
  • Gift card for a movie date night
  • Sexy lingerie for him to see you in! 🙂
  • Photos of you, the kids, etc.…
  • A handwritten love letter

2. Sense of Touch

  • Full body massage (a certificate to a spa or massage oils for you to massage him)
  • Silk boxers
  • Touch screen electronic device
  • Pillow

3. Sense of Sound (hearing)

  • Concert tickets
  • Watch (I thought the “ticking” of the watch could fit into this category)
  • Wireless earphones

4. Sense of Taste

  • Favorite bottle of wine, beer, vodka, etc…
  • Dinner to his favorite restaurant or cook his favorite meal
  • Favorite snacks
  • Edible massage oil

5. Sense of Smell

  • Cologne
  • Scented body wash/ lotion
  • Cigar
  • Car air freshener

These are just a few gift ideas for this concept to help get you started! Another great thing about this concept is that it can be used for any family member or friend!  Cheers to thoughtful Christmas gifts this year! Be sure to check out Pinterest for more inspiration! Happy Shopping!

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Office Chic

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Happy Monday!! If you are like me, then it’s time to head to the office!  I have been working in an office for years and have seen business attire evolve from boring to fashionable!  Majority of my career, I have worked in organizations with conservative dress codes.  However, there are some organizations today that have adopted a more casual dress code.  Either way, you can still stay true to your sense of style while looking professional.  I like to refer to it as being office chic!

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Five Easy Ways To Relax After A Long Day

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My mornings begin somewhere between 5:30am and 6:00am every morning depending on how many times I hit the snooze button. I usually leave work anywhere between 5:00pm and 6:00pm.  After I leave the office, it’s time to put on the wife and mommy hat and get stuff done.  That can mean picking my nine-year old up from after school care, taking him to any extracurricular practices, running errands, cooking, washing, and the list goes on.  Needless to say, by the time I’m done, I am EXHAUSTED.

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