Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4 Tips for Balancing a Full-time Job and a Blog



This is a sponsored guest post by Alex from The Berger Bungalow. Thank you to Mollie for letting me take over your blog today!

As most of you know, a full time job takes up a lot of time, energy, and effort. For most people, they are at work from at least 9-5 each day, sometimes more than that. Let’s look at teachers, for an example. I know that not all teachers have the same schedule, but most of my teacher friends work from 7am-3pm and then go home (or stay at school) to grade, fill out reports, and more. One of my good friends does not get finished with her work until 8pm. So, how are these people that work so much supposed to clean their homes and eat dinner, much less run a blog?! It almost seems impossible!

Most bloggers are not making enough money to support themselves or their families and have to work a full time job on top of blogging. If this is you, then I give you all my props!! Congratulations for rocking it! This used to be me - I would nanny (yes, it’s a real job!) for 10+ hours a day, babysit at night, and then I would have to find some kind of time to write my blog posts. This was especially hard when they were sponsored blog posts because I needed good lighting and I was rarely home when it was light outside. While I still nanny part time for extra money, now, I spend most of my time writing - freelance work and blog work #SoThankful but I remember the days of working and blogging very clearly and I wanted to give you some of my best tips for balancing a job while being a blogger. I really hope this helps all of you out!

Stay organized
Organization is everything. I think this is hands down the only way I got through my time as a full time worker and blogger. Organization looks different to each individual person, but for me, this meant that I was keeping a monthly calendar, a daily calendar, and a to do list.

My monthly calendar would have all of my jobs, meetings, and events on it and I would color code them to make it easy to glance at. I made all of my blog jobs (including non-sponsored posts) purple, all of my nanny jobs yellow, and all of my social events pink. My husband Ian was included in my calendar - I would put any dates I needed to know about him in blue. This would just give me an idea of how full my month was at a glance. I tried to schedule my blog jobs out over the month so that I wasn’t overwhelmed all in one week.

For my daily calendar, I would have all of the times that I needed to be at my jobs. So, if I was working 7-7 and then coming home to write a blog post, I would have that all jotted down. I would also include my top 3 things that I wanted to get done that day, to make sure that I was somewhat productive each day.

My to do list was my life. I have no idea what I would have done without it. I would star the tasks that were most important and I made sure to cross things off as I got them done. I highly recommend creating a to do list, if you have not started one yet. I remember forgetting so many blog post ideas before I created this list!

Don’t take on too many obligations
Don’t take on too much. I know this is easier said than done, but 1 or 2 quality posts each week is better than 4 or 5 posts that were just thrown together to try and get content up. Really focus on quality and if you can’t post one week, don’t stress about it - it really is okay! This goes for sponsored posts, as well. Only accept what you truly think you can do, without getting stressed out about it.

Don’t do it alone
I have two ways to ensure that you won’t be ‘doing it’ (aka. writing and working full time) alone and they are both equally as helpful. First of all, find your tribe. Find friends that are doing the same thing as you. When you start to feel overwhelmed, they will help you see the light at the end of the tunnel because they have been there before! There are so many people in the blogging world that work full-time and write - my best recommendation would be joining Facebook groups for bloggers. Secondly, you cannot do it all alone because you only have so many hours in a day. My advice for this would be to hire out what you need help with - there are so many people willing to help! For example, if you need help with your search engine optimization, you could check out SEO New Jersey. They are the #1 Marketing Agency in the New Jersey area and provide digital marketing solutions to increase your organic search score drastically, to improve your rankings on search engines. Over the past 10+ years, NJ SEO has helped hundreds of clients achieve great results across many key areas, including, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing and Digital Marketing. The Georgia branch is run by Dan Anton, while the New Jersey branch is run by Matt Anton, who was cited as an SEO expert and is listed in the top 62 Local SEO marketers. They have many reviews and testimonials on their website and Google, so you can know that you are choosing a company that will provide you the best service out there.

Matt Anton and daughter

Practice makes perfect
Nobody is going to succeed 100% of the time. If you are human, then you will fail (or at least feel like a failure) at some point. I have been there! But, don’t quit when you feel that way. Push past all of the hard times and I promise you - in the end, you will be so thankful you did! As you are balancing full time work and blogging, it will be hard, but you will get better at it as time. Practice really does make perfect, especially in the blogging world!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Our [Mini] Honeymoon at Disney World



Over the past couple months, I've been slowly sharing moments from our mini honeymoon on YouTube


Our whirlwind four days in Orlando was the perfect way to cap off our cross country wedding adventure. 

Join us on trip!

MAGIC KINGDOM:

EPCOT & HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:

DISNEY RESTAURANT GUIDE:


Stay tuned on details for our full honeymoon in 2018!


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sephora VIB Sale Picks & Wishlist



The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and no--it's not the holidays. The Sephora VIB sale is here! This is the biggest annual sale offered by Sephora. 

Here are the details:
VIB Rouge: 20% off in store & online November 3-6 + November 10-15
Use the code: 20FORROUGE online
VIB: 20% off in store & online November 10-15
INSIDER: 15% off in store & online November 10-15

I have to share my favorite products and the items high up on my wish list before we jump into this sale. Without further adieu...

MY PICKS:

Colourpop Feelin' Fine Lip Gloss Trio I was over the moon when I heard Colourpop was heading to Sephora. My immediate fear was the potential price increase--I've been so wrong. Sephora has created several sets with Colourpop to offer their goodies at the same price point. As per usual, the colors are incredible!

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer Hate blow drying your hair because it takes forever? The Buttercup is the best and most efficient blow dryer I've ever owned.

Fenty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer When Fenty hit the shelves, this was the first item I picked up. It is gorgeous for any time of the year.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate My absolute favorite skin savior is now available at Sephora. Kiehl's products are conveniently available at my go-to beauty store and I will be stocking up on my winter skin care essentials during this sale.

Kopari Coconut Lip Love My current favorite lip balm and for good reason--this coconut-based product is so hydrating and will be perfect in the colder months

Sephora Collection Luxe False Lashes I always pick up lashes during the sale. These are luxurious lashes are the best. I don't always like the splurge on them so this is the best time to get them!

Smashbox Always Sharp Kohl Eyeliner Fine tip. Waterproof. Built-in sharpener. Need I say more?


MY WISH LIST:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit This highlight palette is high on my list for that apres ski glow.

Colourpop Golden State Of Mind Palette 15 metallic shades for $26?! Sold!

Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter I'll be the first to admit that I have a slight obsession with highlighters. This Fenty duo is one I can't wait to try.

Huda Desert Dust Eyeshadow Palette This coveted palette is at the top of my wish list. 

Kevyn Aucoin Molten Liquid Lipstick Can we talk about gorgeous?! This rose gold lip product is stunning.

Kopari Coconut Rose Toner One of the few Kopari products I've yet to try!

Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask My lips get so dry in the winter so I definitely want to try out this product--and the price point isn't bad!




SAVE EVEN MORE:

Use Ebates to get cash back on online purchases. Sign up here so you can start saving!

What are you planning to pick up at the sale?


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Our Wedding Video



The day has come when we FINALLY have our wedding video! We've been waiting for months to receive this highlight reel of our special day. 


From personal vows to dancing in the moonlight, this six minute film encapsulates our perfect day. 

I hope you enjoy coming along on our special day!

WATCH OUT WEDDING VIDEO HERE:


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vermont Weekend Getaway Guide



Over the weekend, Joe and I are escaped to Vermont. This was our first trip to Vermont and we figured fall would be the perfect time to visit. Even though we only visited for the weekend, we were still able to fit in plenty of fun and I want to share my highlights here. 

Waterbury


Our first stop was Waterbury. This cute town is filled with farms and delicious food. We started out downtown with a quick bite and Heady Topper [local beer] at Prohibition Pig. We continued the food tour with trips to the Ben & Jerry's Factory, Cabot Farm Store, and Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

Ben & Jerry's



The Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour is a must when passing through Waterbury. The tour itself is roughly 30 minutes--a quick video of the history of Ben & Jerry's, brief factory tour, and a sample. We spent $4/person on the tour. After the tour, we had to get a cone from the ice cream shop out front. 


We wrapped up this spot with a stroll through the Flavor Graveyard--a fun way to reminisce or be thankful these flavors no longer exist! 


The Cabot Farm Store offers a variety of locally produced cheddar cheeses. We were able to sample over 20 types before selecting our favorites to take home. They also sold several other fun products--from ciders to baking mixes.


For some hot apple cider and fresh donuts, we visited the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. This cute farm shop was the perfect spot to pick up some cider-related products to take home.

Burlington


Even though we stayed in Burlington, we didn't spend as much time there as we'd anticipated. We mostly ate and walked around Church Street Market


Church Street Market is the downtown area in Burlington. Streets are lined with fun shops and restaurants. We picked up a few souvenirs and sweets from Lake Champlain Chocolates. 


We also walked down to Lake Champlain and spotted some cute buildings along the way.


And found some breathtaking fall foliage!


Of course we couldn't travel without finding some delicious local restaurants [thanks to my cousin-in-law, Lauren]. We ate at a couple mentionable eateries:

American Flatbread: We visited this restaurant for dinner. You can probably imagine what they make ;) Although their flatbreads were delicious, I'm not sure if I'd wait 1+ hours for a table next time. Overall, I do recommend their food though! 

Spinning Pinwheel: We hit up this cozy spot for brunch. We ordered half plates of a few dishes to maximize our meal. We selected the apple popover [pictured above], blueberry sourdough pancakes, half waffelini with Vermont maple and bacon [basically a panini pressed waffle, filled with bacon and drizzled with maple], and a piglet [half portion of pig in a pancake]. 


These were just a few highlights from our trip. There are many more places we want to explore in Vermont, especially in the warmer months.

Have you been to Vermont? What are your recommendations?





Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Night Time Routine



As the air gets a little crisper and my skin starts to feel a bit dry, I like to modify my skin care routine in the evenings. To be honest, my skin care routine is really simple. I've never been one to incorporate too many steps on a daily basis. I like to find a routine that is sustainable and gets the job done. Several products and steps have made all the difference in making me feel my best before bed.


For the past few months I've been obsessed with my Quip electric toothbrush. It's amazing! The design is so sleek and lightweight. I love that the brush has a built in two minute timer, which pulses every 30 seconds to help you take care of your pearly whites. The brush kit includes a wall mount, three month supply of toothpaste, and a travel size toothpaste. This post is not, by any means, sponsored but I do have a discount code [to save you $5!]. 


As far as skin care goes, I keep it pretty straight forward. I start by taking off any makeup with my tried & true micellar cleansing wipes and then I go in with a gentle cleanser. I will also use my Clarisonic a couple days a week for a deeper clean. After cleansing, I'll either apply moisturizer or an overnight mask and eye cream. Although this is relatively simple, it does the trick and keeps my skin feeling hydrated. 

What are your to go skin care products?

PRODUCTS I USE:



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