A Page from My Planner: Create Themed-Days

This Forbes interview with Mike Vardy, a productivity specialist, addresses how daily theming is a great way to boost your productivity. It gives you an overarching focus for every single day.  It’s a framework, but it’s a framework with flexibility. “What day is it? This day. This day means this.” Vardy’s website Productivityist is full of all sorts of articles, tips, and resources to help you better manage your time.  His company is built with the quest to help people stop “doing” productive and start “being” productive through developing practical and tactical approaches to their work and lives.  He also has a podcast here. In my 90-day planner (My Next 90 Days), there is a section designated for “structure” and an outline on creating my themed-days. This allows me to batch projects together, creating a weekly rhythm and gives me peace of mind.  I sat down and created mine: Motivation Monday … Continue reading “A Page from My Planner: Create Themed-Days”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats

We think white coats and jackets are the perfect winter wrap.  From dressy coats to puffers, they can be dressed up or go casual…you get to decide! So let’s start with a casual look…puffers!  Calvin Klein’s quilted coat with a faux fur hood from Dillard’s is great for our Texas weather ($101.40).  And a bonus…it’s water-resistant. Another Dillard’s white puffer we are smitten with is Donna Karan’s faux fur-trimmed hooded puffer ($143.40).  The good news…both coats have been permanently reduced!  Shearling and Sherpas meets the warm and cozy test!  A shearling knock-off we love is Top Shop’s biker jacket trimmed in brown faux leather ($150.00).  Wear it with slacks or jeans…the ideal “town and country” look. The perfect coat for our Texas weather is a Northface water repellent, reversible Sherpa parka…available at Dillard’s ($179).     For the ultimate in a dressy coat, a wrap sets the pace for elegance.  Point proven … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Winter White Coats”

14 Valentines – Ideas for Giving

Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday behind Thanksgiving. I love conversation hearts, cherry sours, chocolates, and anything pink and red. I’ve rounded up fourteen ideas to celebrate this sweet little holiday. I’ve pinned all of these ideas and more on my Pinterest page “Be Still My Heart.” College student – Amazon has a RedBox Movie Night Kit ready to go. Free Prime shipping includes one movie code, candy, and popcorn.  How fun for them to receive this in their mailbox at school. Add a note “Even though you’re far away, you’re still my Valentine every day!” Love, Mom. Personalized Gifts:  I found a ton of things on Personalization Mall and it was hard to narrow it down, but I did find two unique gift ideas: Personalized collar stays. This is perfect for the man that has everything. If your guy wears dress shirts and is always needing collar stays … Continue reading “14 Valentines – Ideas for Giving”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear Winter Brights

If what you wear shouts so loud, we can’t hear what you say…then obviously you love color.  And just like you….we think January is the perfect month to brighten things up!   An easy way to accomplish this is by wearing a bright winter vest!  We are feeling warm and cozy with all the vests featured on our Pinterest board…perfect for running around town.  To give your vest a preppy vibe, wear it over a layered shirt and sweater. A bright vest will also add a fun pop to your fitness style, and think about color blocking with a vibrant scarf!  So, who’s up for a brisk walk?   Remember when bright puffer jackets were just seen on the ski slopes?  Not anymore….these vivid beauties are ideal for any scenario. And who doesn’t love a double-duty ski jacket?  From Bloomingdale’s aqua packable puffer to Aritzia’s super puffer, (available in 7 neon shades), … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Ways to Wear Winter Brights”

The Healthy Way to Start the Day – From Ritual

This article, from Ritual, is too good to not share with you – word for word. Extolling the virtues of a nutritious breakfast? We know—groundbreaking. But even if you don’t need to see yet another study that measures the influence of “the most important meal of the day” on our physical well-being, can we point out that starting things off on a healthy note can have a fresh psychological impact, too? A quick reminder: Research tells us that good habits tend to breed good habits, so there is something to be said for setting the bar high as soon as you wake up and riding that wave of motivation. But the pressure doesn’t have to be high—it can come down to simple decisions like waking up, drinking some water, taking your vitamins, and whipping up a nutritious breakfast recipe you actually enjoy (avocado toast, Greek yogurt parfait, veggie frittata, or blueberry smoothie, … Continue reading “The Healthy Way to Start the Day – From Ritual”

Cast Iron Cooking – Fleischmann’s Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are my #spiritanimal – that and white cake and sprinkles. I love to cook in my grandmother’s cast iron skillet.  You know you can use it for anything, not just savory. It’s the perfect baking dish for cakes, cobblers, biscuits and cinnamon rolls. I was flipping through a magazine recently and saw an advertisement for Fleischmann’s yeast.  I looked up their website which has tons of terrific sweet and savory recipes and gave the one for cinnamon rolls a whirl. Do not be intimidated by making homemade bread.  It’s super easy, you just can’t be rushed.  This is a Saturday afternoon kind of activity.  Here’s the link to the recipe.  They bake beautifully! Homemade Skillet Cinnamon Rolls These easy homemade skillet cinnamon rolls are ready to eat in under two hours and will bring the entire family to the table. Yield 10 servings Prep Time 40 minutes Rise … Continue reading “Cast Iron Cooking – Fleischmann’s Cinnamon Rolls”

Best Planners for 2020

If you want to start the year with a fresh, new planner, I’ve researched for you!  I’ve got a few to share with you based on different themes.  Here goes: Savor Life Planner – This is a 90-day concept planner with a self-care meets soul-care for successful living. The mission of founder, Angela Jia Kim, is to help you nourish to flourish, create daily rituals, and organize your “gorgeous chaos,” so you can make time to savor the sweet parts of life.  Use the planner for 90 days, then purchase a new one to re-set for the next 90 days and so on. Since my Word for 2020 is Nourish – this is the planner, I chose to help me track my goals.  I like the prompts on each page as you plan your day, week, and month. Cost: $29.95 Hope Planner – This 6-month planner is a combination of … Continue reading “Best Planners for 2020”

What’s Your Word for 2020?

I had such a great time leading a workshop recently for the members of my book club helping them craft their vision for 2020. It was empowering for us to spend this time together focusing on what’s important. We discussed the big differences between the more traditional style of “making a resolution” versus the recent philosophy of intentions. Simply put, resolutions are fixed absolutes, somewhat inflexible demands we put on ourselves to commit to a change in our behavior. It’s the goal we want to achieve but does not outline the steps to get there.  Here is an article on the “Top Five Resolutions” and I have made all of them over the years.  Did you know 80% of us will fail at the follow-through of our resolution by mid-February?  This is due largely to our lack of self-discipline (link here for a great article).  A resolution doesn’t focus on … Continue reading “What’s Your Word for 2020?”

What Would Holley Wear: True Confessions of a Fashion Writer

So…I’m starting off the New Year sharing some style confessions!  Here’s the deal…I don’t own or wear everything I write about. That being said, I’m happy to research and share what I do know.  Whew…glad to get that off my chest!    True Confession:  I prefer wearing a skirt versus a dress because it allows for stylish creativity! How many ways can you style a printed skirt?  More than I can count. Some Pinterest looks I’m loving feature animal print skirts styled with a sweater, or a t-shirt, or layered with a leather or denim jacket, etc.   True Confession:  A pop of color is a style influencer’s best friend! Bag matching is my favorite way to do this.  And here’s the good news…nothing has to match exactly.  Another idea is matching accessories. For example, match a bracelet with a belt or your boots with a scarf.  How fun is that?    True … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: True Confessions of a Fashion Writer”

It Happened in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! Travel Tips to see the Pioneer Woman

Bestie and I made a pilgrimage to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to check out all things Pioneer Woman and it did not disappoint.  Located in Osage county in the northeastern part of the state it should be called “Pawhuska:  Pretty Happy People.”  The hospitality in this town was by-far the best I have ever received. We started our 72 hour getaway with a stop in OKC to tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Musuem.  We spent several hours just taking in all the powerful moments captured in the thought provoking exhibits.  Honestly, I could have stayed at least another few hours, but we needed to head on to Pawhuska another three hours down the road.  If you’ve never toured this memorial, it’s a must.   Beautiful, reverent and inspiring. Our next stop was for a treat at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies.  Who wouldn’t brake for fried pie dough stuffed with filling!  We … Continue reading “It Happened in Pawhuska, Oklahoma! Travel Tips to see the Pioneer Woman”