Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SCBS Link Up: Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Being Thankful by preppy-lizzy on Polyvore

Today's SoCal Blogger LinkUp is so appropriate for the holidays. It is all about remembering to be thankful. Every Thanksgiving season I like to think about what I am most thankful for and for the last few years it seems to be the same few things.

I am thankful for my wonderful husband, who is so much more than a mate, but a best friend, a confidant, a cheerleader, a critical eye, and more. It is so nice to come home everyday to a man who is genuinely excited to see me and cannot wait to hear about my day. There is no one I would rather spend my day with.

I am thankful for the wonderful support system that is my family and friends. No matter the hour, I always have some to call to celebrate with me, listen to me rant, or just be there for whatever is going on in my life. I love spending time with my family and friends and I am so lucky to have those people in my life that I genuinely like spending time with.

And I am thankful for a healthy knee! After two years of surgeries and rehab, my knee finally got the all clear about a month ago and it is thrilling. It has been a long two years and it is so exciting to be back to 100%!

What are you most thankful for this year?

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Setting Your Gift Budget

Setting Your Holiday Budget

Setting Your Holiday Budget by preppy-lizzy 

The holiday season is officially upon us and with that the time to purchase gifts for loved ones. While the holidays bring feelings of love and cheer, many people also experience stress over finances and the cost of the holidays. In an effort to minimize that stress, I've come to enlist a few practices that help keep me focused on the joy and cheer of the season and not the expense of it.

1. If you can, purchased gifts as you come across them throughout the year. I keep a bag in my closet that I can add gifts I come across throughout the year so that when the holiday season is upon us, I can first go through my gift bag to see what I have already purchased. Spreading out my spending over the year really helps me from going overboard at the end of the year.

2. Set a savings goal throughout the year. If you prefer to do all your purchasing during the holiday season (and I get that), put aside some of your income over the course of the year so that you have a predetermined budget at by November. We make sure we save over the course of the year so that when the holidays come we have some reserve funds for gifts and holiday travel and other expenses.

3. Keep a list year to year on who you traditionally gift to and what you bought year to year. This helps me know how many people I am shopping for and set a budget based on headcount. It also helps remind me what I bought year to year so that I don't repeat anything too similar. 

4. Watch sales. Starting at Thanksgiving, watch the holiday sales. Check your emails for sale information from your favorite stores and take advantage of big sale days. I like to go on Black Friday in the late morning (after the crazy rush is over) to snag some great deals on gifts. It may not be a doorbuster, but there will still be huge discounts throughout the day.

5. And Remember the thought is more important than the price tag. Find a gift that means something to the recipient and your relationship. That will mean so much more no matter the cost. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Maintaining Your Inbox

How To: Maintaining Your Inbox

How To: Maintaining Your Inbox by preppy-lizzy featuring tech accessories

We all live in a digital age where we are inundated with email throughout the day everyday. To top it off we are all subscribed to more email list serves than we probably want to be. I pride myself on being prompt to respond to emails but sometimes, things fall through the cracks when we are overwhelmed. As a result, I find that I try to live by a few rules to maintain my inbox.

1. Important emails and those needing a response get flagged or stared. If you have an email that has important information or one that you still need to respond to, flag it or in your Gmail box, star it. Flagging tools allow you to mark your emails with different color flags to differentiate.

2. Use folders. I move emails to their respective folders as soon as I reply to them to keep the numbers of emails in my inbox to the minimum. When you get a reply it will jump back to your inbox and be coded to the appropriate folder, making it easy to keep on top of it.

3. Use tags. Mark your emails to the appropriate folder even if you don't move them there immediately. The colored tabs will make it easy to immediately know what that email relates to.

4. Use an unenroll program. There are number of programs available that will help you unsubscribe to email lists in bulk. Stay subscribed to only those you care about.

5. Use delete. Every morning I scan my inbox for whatever email I received over the night and do a mass delete for any emails that I don't need that day but don't want to unsubscribe from. Then I can easily tend to the emails I still have as unread.

What are your inbox management tips?
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