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Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Difficult Times

Self-care is vitally important, but even more so during the unsettling time that we are dealing with worldwide. Self-care helps not only with stress relief but also for overall mental health. Social distancing, self-quarantining or extra family time might have some feeling like they are losing their mental sanity. And although it also doesn’t take a lot to take proper care of yourself, it can be easily overlooked, but during this time it’s crucial.  Here are some different ways to practice self-care now during difficult times now and every day after. Get More Exercise Self-quarantining is affecting everyone’s daily schedules. But now is not the time to get lazy and stay in bed all day or neglect your physical health. Doing a little bit of exercise every day will make you feel better about yourself and raise your self-confidence, which also helps your mental state.  Exercise is really good for helping to…

Spinach Chicken Pasta

A couple of weeks ago, I did an Instagram poll to help me decide what to make for dinner. The choices were Chicken Spinach Pasta and Baked Spaghetti and at the time I was grocery shopping, chicken spinach pasta was winning. The dish was so good, I wanted to share the recipe with you guys below. Spinach Chicken Pasta 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped2 tbsp olive oil drained from sun-dried tomatoes8 oz spaghetti1/4 tsp red pepper flakes4 roma tomatoes, chopped (can also use 12 cherry tomatoes)3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts2/4 tsp salt1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped8 oz fresh spinach3 cloves garlic, chopped3 tbsp olive oil1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, drained from sun-dried tomatoes to a large skillet, on medium-low heat. Add the chopped chicken and garlic to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes.Add red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt over all…

Building Floats & A New Business – February Goal Recap

Each month I share my goals as a way to motivate myself to get things done and stay accountable. I hope to inspire you to set goals as well. Last month I shared how bad I am at saving money, so I decided to get smarter about doing it. I changed my direct deposit allocations so that money goes directly into my savings account every pay period vs. me having to withdraw from one bank account and deposit in another. Now the money is out of sight, out of mind and out of my pocket to spend as soon as I get paid. I hope eventually saving money will become more natural to me, but for right now I have a love/hate relationship with saving. I hate saving, but love to see the money sitting in my account. In the continuing effort to be smarter about money, I recently spent…

I Suck at Saving Money, But I’m Gonna Do Better This Month

So we’re almost halfway through the month when I realized that I forgot to post my goals for the month. This post has actually been written since the 3rd, but my work schedule has been so busy. And when I finally get home from work in the evenings either even up having to continue working another couple hours or I don’t even want to touch another computer until the next day. And here we are, on the thirteenth of the month. Just reviewing my goals for the month. #dontjudgeme Let’s just get into my recap of January’s goals below. Finish My Vision Board I gave myself the entire month to finish my vision board because I was lacking the images I needed to complete the board. I asked friends for magazines and even attempted to purchase magazines before I realized the prices had increased drastically since the last time I…

How to Disinfect Your Hotel Room

Traveling makes us susceptible to all kinds of germs, whether it’s at the airport, on the plane, in our taxi and especially in our hotel rooms. A survey done several years ago found that 81% of hotel room surfaces tested held at least some fecal matter. DISGUSTING; but when you think about it, hard surfaces are what people touch the most, whether it’s the handles of doors, the drink tray on a plane or the remote in a hotel room. If you want to know which surfaces in a hotel room are the most bacteria-laden, you can read this article. I am already somewhat of a germaphobe while traveling, so with the continued spread of the coronavirus, I am taking extra precautions. Here are some tips on how you can disinfect your hotel room while traveling: 1. Pack travel-size cleaning products. Before you even leave for your trip, make sure…