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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tips for an Easier Work Week

I may not have kids running around but that doesn't mean surviving a hectic work week with a husband who works shift work is easy. Over the last few years I have come up with and learned a few tips that help make the days go by a little bit easier.

1) My biggest tip of all is start the work week out right. This means have all the laundry done and put away, the house cleaned, groceries bought, dishes clean and not left in the sink dirty. By doing these things your starting your week off fresh and not overwhelmed that you don't have any clothes to wear Monday morning or food in the fridge for lunches.

2) Lay out clothes the night before. This seems trivial and something you always hear about, but it really does work. By laying out your outfit and accessories the night before can save you time in the morning and endless outfit changes when nothing seems to look right. 

3) Keep everything together. If you need to remember to bring a book, a sweater, etc to work or an appointment keep it in a bag or pile by the front door. This way you aren't searching for it on your way out the door, or forget it in a rush. This also works great for sunglasses and your car keys. I find by having a bag to keep everything in I can just grab and go in the morning.

4) Pack a lunch the night before. I always try and make my lunch the night before so I'm not rushing in the morning, or if I am running late I can just grab and go. This includes throwing snacks in my lunch bag. I also try and keep some non perishable snacks and drinks in my office so if I do run late or forget my lunch I have something to fall back on. Cup of soups, instant noodles, and a couple of bucks to go buy lunch is a great back up plan. Although if you plan ahead you save money by not needing to eat lunch out because you "didn't have time" to make lunch.

5) Have easy breakfast items on hand. I ways try to have yogurt or English muffins  on hand for quick breakfasts in the morning. Instant hot cereals are great too in a bind.

6) A slow cooker is your best friend. Hubs and I got a slow cooker from my parents and it's so nice to be able to through meat and veggies into it before work and come home to a fresh hot meal after a long day at work. This is especially true with winter approaching. Another great tip is to make a little extra and you have lunches for the next couple of days.

7) Have a few treats or easy food on hand. I like to keep fresh fruit like mango, bananas and apples in the house. They make for great on the go snacks for work and home. It's also a lot cheaper to buy "specialty" items like muffins, croissants, sandwhich items at the grocery store instead of buying it at work individually. Buying precut fruit can save time too (although it can be pricier). Or just do some prep every few days so fruit and veggies are grab and go.

8) My coworker and I went halfers on a kettle at work so we can make our own tea and hot drinks. This saves us times and money since we just bring in our own tea and don't have to pay for overpriced tea at the coffee shop. It's also much cheaper to buy specialty tea at the grocery store vs by the cup at the coffee shop.

9) Tidy through the week. I try and keep on top of the laundry and cleaning throughout the week so I can enjoy my weekends. Even if it's doing laundry on a Friday night, sweeping the floor another, and washing the dishes the next. Breaking a large workload up into smaller tasks makes the work not seem so large and time consuming. 

10) I always try and keep a sweater and personal kit at work. My personal kit consists of hair ties, a couple band aids, some vitamins, lip balm, hand cream, a comb and anything else you may find useful. These little items are great as you don't need to run out and buy them if you find you need them. I.e. You straightened your hair and then it pours rain at work, a hair elastic means you can throw it up quickly and go about your day  confidently. 

11) I always keep a book or 2 on hand at work for a stress release during break time or for some light reading at lunch.

12) Keep the car full of gas and other fluids. Nothing worse then beig stuck in traffic and worrying about your car running out of gas, or running late for work and your plan to fill up the tank has to wait.

Hopefully these tips help you out and make your work week run a little bit more smoothly. Do you have any useful tips that help you get through the week?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving !

Wishing my family and friends a very happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Wish I could be there to celebrate with my family, but it was great to visit with them while they were here for 2 weeks in the summer.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Welcome Fall

It's hard to believe it's October 1st. It's been a busy month and I've been behind in my blogging.


* We attended Hub's step-sisters wedding the end of August (Blog post to come on this).
* My parents came out for a 2 week visit the beginning of September so we had lots of fun and did lots of sightseeing (Blog post to come on this as well).
* We were supposed to attend a wedding this weekend gone by (Hubs cousin), but Hubs and I both ended up catching a cold and decided to not go and get everyone else sick.
* My cousin welcomed her first baby, a boy named Lincoln on Sept 26.
* Today was my coworker's birthday. She just got back from a week in Mexico and I surprised her with a cake. She didn't suspect a thing at all and I had all the boss's and coworkers in on it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

September

Hard to believe September is well underway. For the long weekend of august we went to Kelowna for my hubs step-sisters wedding (I will do a separate post on this later). My parents are here visiting for 2 weeks and we have been doing lots of sightseeing. Tonight we head west coast salmon, Indian style potatoes and plum crumble with plums fresh from our tree.

Congratulations To the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge

Congratulations to the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge on the announcement that Prince George is going to be a big brother!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

On August 11, 2014, the world got a little less funnier when Robin Williams was found dead. The world not only lost a great comedian, actor, father and husband, but we all lost a friend. 

"I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people that make you feel all alone.” -World’s Greatest Dad (Robin Williams)

If heaven exists, to know that there's laughter, that would be a great thing." - Robin Williams 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th Anniversary

4 years ago today I married my best friend. 

It's hard to believe that 4 years have already gone by! It feels like just yesterday we got married. In the past 4 years we have already:

- Purchased our first home
- Bought a new car
- Been to Cuba, Dominican Republic,     and Mexico 5 times
- Renovated our home
- Been camping 
- Traveled to Halifax
- Advanced in our careers

This list is only the major things we have accomplished in our 4 ppwedded years together. We have gone through many happy times, some sad times, met so many new people, tried new food, experienced new sights together, and have overall grown as a couple. 

Here are some pictures from our day.

Getting my hair done at the hair salon
 
Mom and sister tying up my dress
 
First kiss as Mr & Mrs
 
 Walking down the aisle after the "I Do's"
 
Walking down the aisle after the "I Do's"
 
Married pics

Bridal party
 
First Dance
 
Father Daughter Dance 

Looking back at these pictures brings back so many memories of our wedding day. I look forward to creating more memories and celebrating many more anniversaries.
Love you to infinity and beyond Hubs.

X O X

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Congrats Kathryn & Matt

Today is such a happy and sad day all in one. 

My best friend is becoming a MRS. today, marrying the love of her life.

I was supposed to be there, standing by her side, but unfortunately, due to unfortunate circumstances, I was unable to get the time off work to attend the wedding. 

I wish you both a lifetime of happiness, and may this special day stay with you for the rest of your lives. 

I will be thinking about you all day, enjoy your day, have fun, and welcome to married life!