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  • Erin Condren Life Planner: How I Plan My Busy Life

    It’s no secret that I am busy. My schedule is jam-packed with a direct sales company (and a team of nearly a hundred boss babes), a Tuesday-Friday job, planning and facilitating the birth of a business, and my personal blog. I got tired just writing all of that! Everywhere I go, my Erin Condren Life Planner goes too. Here’s how I use my Erin Condren Life Planner to help plan and keep my busy life in order.

    BONUS: from September 18-24, 2018, you can get 25% off all Erin Condren purchases this week for the Erin Condren Friends and Family event – this is the BEST time of year to get the Erin Condren Life Planner – click HERE to shop now! Does it seem early to get your 2019 planner? That’s ok, for $5 extra, you can get the last quarter of 2018 added to your planner.

    I Use My Erin Condren Life Planner to Plan Out My Week

    Each week, I sit down and plan the big events of the week. Any training calls, scheduled events, etc.

    I prefer the column version. Each day is broken into three sections. I use those spaces to use for my to-do lists for each portion of the day; morning, afternoon, and evening. Underneath each day, there are four lines. One way that I remain productive is that each day, I write down the top three things that I MUST accomplish – my non-negotiables for the day. This includes connecting with people, going to the post office, etc. These are the top three things that I simply must get done: the rest is a bonus. The act of writing those things down helps in getting them accomplished.

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    Erin Condren Life Planner Accessories I Love

    Every planner addict knows that planning doesn’t end when you buy the planner. Stickers, dashboards, and changeable covers? Erin Condren has accessories galore. Here’s some of my absolute favorite accessories:

    • Interchangeable Covers – friend, these are a WIN. I don’t necessarily want the same cover all year round. I LOVE being able to change the cover based on the season (Erin Condren has so many amazing choices for the seasons). Additionally, you can customize your own cover to fit your personal brand.
    • Sticker Books – I LOVE that the stickers from Erin Condren have the same color palette as the planners themselves. I enjoy using a wide variety of stickers, and always have at least one of these books available.
    • Snap-in Dashboards – get your erasable markers ready, because these snap-in dashboards are perfect! Dashboards can help you track your monthly bills, meal planning, to-do list – you name it, there is a probably a dashboard for it! Plus, the dashboards can be snapped in and out of the coil, so that you can move it anywhere you like.
    • Planner Folio – carry your planner everywhere and anywhere – this helps protect your planner from getting dinged by your purse and anything you carry around everywhere. Plus, you can keep your pens and accessories close so you always have them available.
    • Bookmark – this is the simplest snap-in dashboard EVER, but it helps me immediately flip my planner open to the current date. If there was ONE accessory to get, this would be the one to choose.

    Why Choose the Erin Condren Life Planner?

    One of my greatest struggles with choosing planners is that they ask too much of me. I don’t currently need a full page for each day (a weekly spread is perfect for my planning needs). I don’t need to be able to remove pages and move them around. The sturdy coil is one of the best and sturdiest I have ever felt in a planner (I customized my planner and got the upgraded rose gold color: you can choose from silver, gold, black, or rose gold).

    The monthly calendar spread plus each weekly spread helps me to have a big picture view of what I need to accomplish.

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    So tell me…what planner and accessories are YOU getting during the friends and family event? I will be getting a life planner, the colorful sticker pack (to use the yearly two-page spread calendar for tracking), a set of mini metallic snap in bookmarks, and MAYBE another sticker book….I could always use more pretty ways to plan my life!

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  • 7 Ways to Get Healthy Nails Naturally

    Nail health is important to anyone who does their nails frequently. There’s something about clean, well-groomed nails that make a woman feel put together and complete. Now that I am a Color Street stylist, my nail appearance and health is more important than ever! Here are 7 ways to get healthy nails naturally.

    Moisturize Your Nails Regularly

    Dry, brittle nails are unhealthy nails and are prone to breakage and splitting. You can find a large variety of cuticle oils available at drug stores or beauty supply stores, but I recommend just starting out with the best: jojoba oil. You can make your own nail oil pens using Jojoba oil and buying these empty applicator pens on Amazon. I mix the Jojoba oil with different essential oils, and use the pens to apply the mixture all around my cuticle.

    I have seen a huge difference in my nails as I have started moisturizing my nails and cuticles. I recommend giving it a try.

    Ditch the Emory Board

    You know those orange rough emory boards that every single woman probably owns? Ditch those, friend. That rough grit, combined with the back and forth sawing motion used to file nails, is one of the worst things that you can do to your nails.

    Did you know that your nails are technically layers of keratin? That sawing motion, combined with the coarse grit of the emory board, pushes those layers apart, causing damage to the tips of your nails.

    Here’s what to do instead:

    • Invest in a glass nail file
    • Reduce the length of your nails with clippers, reserving the file for shaping only
    • Only file in one direction to avoid pushing the layers of your nail apart

    Take Collagen Supplements

    Collagen is a secret weapon for nail and hair growth. It’s often recommended for joint health and for skin elasticity, but those who take it often report seeing an increase in hair and nail growth. A study by the National Institute of Health found that 88% of patients in a clinical trial for collagen supplements experienced an improvement in nail health within 4 weeks of beginning an oral supplement of collagen in their diet. Overall, 80% of those in the trial were pleased with the results – that sounds like a win to me!

    Additional benefit: collagen also is known to impact hair growth, so it you’re wanting to see hair improvements (like I am), you’ll be glad you added this to your daily arsenal. I add 1 tablespoon a day into my morning coffee, and don’t notice a difference in taste at all.

    Don’t like collagen from a can? Add bone broth to your diet.

    Use Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

    A major source of damage to nails is acetone nail polish remover. Glitter nail polishes can be more stubborn to remove, so many folks bring out the strong stuff: acetone. Acetone can be super drying to your nails, so it’s a bad choice for those wanting to keep nails strong and healthy.

    Switching to a natural nail polish remover is a healthy choice for your nails. This one is cruelty-free and nourishing to your nails. For it to work best, soak a cotton ball in the remover, set it on your nails, allow it to soak for a few minutes to allow the remover to break down the polish, and then wipe off. I love using these silicone caps to hold it on the nails so that the remover has time to work. Many people use tinfoil to hold the cotton balls on, but I like the silicone caps just for times’ sake.

    For Healthy Nails, Check Your Diet

    Your nails are just another small indicator of what’s going on INSIDE your body. Just like your skin, hair, and appearance can indicate that something isn’t right on the inside of your body, your nails can be telling you that you need to change up your diet.

    Some of the best foods for nail health are:

    • Dark leafy greens (think kale and spinach)
    • Protein (salmon, beef, eggs)
    • Oatmeal (has a lot of micronutrients that help make nails and hair stronger)
    • Bone broth (contains collagen)

    Check out this article from Health magazine about 12 foods to eat for healthy nails and hair.

    Take a Hair and Nail Vitamin

    Micronutrients impact the overall health of your nails, which is why Biotin hair and nail supplements are becoming more popular. While the Kardashians have made supplements like the “Sugar Bear Hair” popular, adding a hair and nail vitamin can be a great addition to your vitamin regimen.

    Biotin, when taken regularly, can help with thinning nails. Remember, supplements are a long term game – it will be at least a month before you begin to see results in your physical appearance.

    Talk to your doctor for the best medical advice, including potential drug interactions with any medications that you are already taking.

    Avoid Nail Hardeners

    Nail hardeners are readily available, but are they really the best for your nails? Some nail hardeners are good, but you’ll want to be picky with your choices. Many nail hardeners contain formaldehyde or formalin, and other toxic chemicals (read more here). Rather than turning to a temporary fix, it’s better to fix your nail health from the inside.

    What are some changes that you are going to make in order to have better nail health? Was this article helpful? Sharing is caring; pin it here.

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  • How to Remove Pilling from LuLaRoe Clothing

    The softer the clothing, the more likely is it to experience pilling. This is a one thing that many people have experienced happening in their closet, including their LuLaRoe, because many of the fabrications are incredibly soft, and therefore, prone to pilling. Purses – especially anything canvas – will rub against clothing and cause excessive amounts of pilling, making your clothing look old and shabby. Fear not: I have two different ways to help you remove pilling from your LuLaRoe clothing to look as good as new.

    Remove Pilling with the Razor Method

    All you need to do this is a standard razor. I recommend a cheap, basic razor (because let’s be real, the kind of razor you rub against your face or legs may have extra blades/conditioner/aloe/whatever, and that isn’t necessary for the removal of pilling.

    Locate the pilling on your clothing, and simply use the razor to shave the extra fuzzies off. It’s that easy!

    Many times, I will use a razor that is dull from use. I used an old razor to remove pilling from one of my favorite Carlys (a belt rubbed the fabric and caused the pilling). I used the dull one, because I was honestly afraid that I would ruin my dress. However, it worked perfectly to restore the dress to it’s former non-pilly glory. I’m here to tell you that this method works.

    I will add, you still need to be gentle with the razor. Lightly shave the pilling off; do not press the razor into the fabric. If you press too hard, you WILL cause holes to form in the fabric (I tested this theory for you so you don’t have to).

    Remove Pilling with a Pill Removal Machine

    Some may prefer not to have a dedicated razor for clothing pilling removal. I prefer having a specific tool for removing pilling in my drawer so I don’t have a razor randomly sitting around. There truly is an invention to meet every need (and more being invented every day).

    You can purchase a pilling removal device from Amazon.com. Here’s the Amazon choice one. Here’s another one that will work equally nicely. And here’s one that is pink, if that is your jam.

    To use this device, ensure that it has batteries (if required & not included), and simply follow the directions on the packaging to carefully remove the pilling. Just a few minutes and you will be set as good as new.

    It’s amazing what new life can be restored to items with a few swipes of a pill remover. Got questions about how this works? I’d love to have you join my VIP community.