2.24.2015

5 tips to manage your time

You know the saying “time is of the essence”, right? Well, these days it seems like there is never enough time in the day. Especially between working full time, getting ready to go back to school, family time and social obligations.... there's just not enough time in the day (or coffee). I'm sure you can relate. Whether you are a student running from class to class, a mom of 4 juggling family and work or somewhere in between, these time management tips will help keep you organized and get you back on track.


Use a calendar // This has to be one of the MOST important tips. An organized calendar helps you to physically see what has to be done and when it has to be done by. Your calendar can be a variety of different kinds (chalkboard, dry-erase board, paper, or electronic). I personally love my my calendar on my iPhone but I love my pocket planner as well. I have it with me at all times (well, maybe not at happy hour). You have to know what type of calendar is going to work the best for you (and your family). I had the hardest time getting used to jotting all my appointments, assignments and events down, but now I can't live without it!
Tip: Make your calendar more organized (or family friendly) by using certain colors for certain tasks, obligations  or person, to easily distinguish who has to do what, when and where.
Don't procrastinate // Believe me I know, it's harder said than done. A good way to combat procrastination is to make a will-do list. This is personally one of the HARDEST of the 5 tips for me to stick (hello, Netflix queue and sweatpants). But I've been working on not waiting to the 9th hour to do errands, tasks and assignments. 
Write a will-do list // When you write a to-do list you tend to put a lot of things on your list that you need to do, not necessarily what you will do. Only write tasks and errands that you will do today or tomorrow. You will feel more accomplished and will actually get your “to-do” list done. Plus, who doesn't love crossing things off their "will-do" lists?
Prepare a meal-plan // Pre-planning your weekly meals will not only save you time but it will help save you money (a win-win in my book). Knowing ahead of time what’s for dinner tomorrow, will help you be prepared. Did you run out of bread crumbs (always happens in my house) or maybe you only have one egg and you needed two? You'll know ahead of time if there are any last minute ingredients that need to be picked up from the grocery store. An added bonus? You'll know whether or not you have to take the chicken out of the freezer to defrost, one of my biggest problems (oops, guess we're getting take-out).
Bedtime // Remember that bedtime is not only for kids. The average adult needs around 7.5 to 8.5 hours of sleep a night. Constant sleep deprivation can lead to obesity and other heath side effects. The amount of hours you need will variety depending upon your needs, but be sure to go to bed with enough sleep that will work for you. By getting to bed at a consistant time, your body will be in tip top shape for tomorrow.

What are your favorite time management tips?

2.16.2015

{easy} crock pot turkey chili

There's nothing I enjoy more than a delicious bowl of chili but there are so few days you can really enjoy chili when living in Florida. When the average temperature in February is 77, chili is not on the menu. However, for the last few days we've had a cold front (hello low 50's) and all I kept thinking about is a warm bowl of chili!

Typically chili tends to be a bit greasy...but this recipe isn't. I try to substitute turkey meat instead of ground beef whenever possible (and I don't think you can tell the difference but my brother begs to differ). An added bonus: you don't even have to drain the meat when cooking. This chili recipe is great for those working professionals. Set it and forget it!



2.15.2015

Welcome!

Welcome to With love, Stephanie. I've been wanting to start this blog for a while, but honestly I've been nervous. Once you put it out on the interwebs, there's no going back.

I hope that With love, Stephanie becomes a place where you can come to find new {easy} recipes, book reviews, easy DIY's and more.

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!