Create Your Own Work Space

I’ve been holding off getting my own desk and office space for the longest time. It never felt necessary to me. What’s the point of sitting at a desk? Why can’t I just work from the couch? Let me tell you, I was missing out. Big time. While getting work done in a comfortable area is a must, it’s not everything. Before starting this project, I found slouching around on the sofa made me more unproductive. Because of this, I had slacked off on deadlines and activities I needed to get done, it just became so easy to get distracted! I wanted to make a change. So, I decided to create my very own work space.

In this post, I want to highlight some of the things I find helpful to have in an office as well as how I designed my own area. Everything I’ve put together was built on purpose, functionality, and getting myself motivated! I hope you find this helpful when creating your own little headquarters!

The Desk

Let’s start with a basic foundation, the desk. I would recommend visiting Pinterest or your favorite department store’s website first to find out what style desk you think will work for you. In the beginning of my search, I found quite a few furniture pieces I loved, but couldn’t purchase because they were too expensive! To solve this, I headed to IKEA. When I got there I found that the desk selections were large. There were so many to choose from all with similar characteristics of others I had seen online for $400+. There was virtually no difference in the way the pieces looked. I expected the materials were not going to be the best quality, but as a blogger, I knew I wouldn’t be beating the thing around.

Ultimately, I chose a clean look and went for a white desk with a spacious layout. I didn’t need too much storage for my things. The main tool I use at my desk is my laptop, which doesn’t take up much room.

I skipped out on purchasing a design with drawers. I figured if I needed more room I could buy separate pieces in the future! You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a nice look friends! Try to stay as frugal as possible throughout a process like this.

Frames With Photos

I thought by creating my own space, I’d get lonely. It might sound silly but keeping photos of your loved ones at your side can make a huge impact on your productivity. I picked up some small gold frames from T.J. Maxx and stuck a few polaroid sized photos of my fiancé and dog in them. It goes with the overall theme of my area and in a weird way keeps me company! 

Another way you can keep yourself on track is swapping out photos for inspirational quotes. This will keep you working hard when you need a reason to keep going. I’ve used this same tactic in the past with my cell phone and desktop wallpapers, it helps me stay in the zone!
Plants

Plants are a great way for you to stay accountable. Before picking up my own, I never understood this. Think of it this way, when you’re responsible for something you try to take care of it right? By keeping a couple of plants by your window in your office or setting one next to your computer, you’re obligated to water the plant and take care of it each day. This tip is not only effective, it’s also just nice to see some greenery while you work!

The plants I picked up were fairly inexpensive. I got seven small succulents for under twenty dollars at IKEA and the pots were all under a dollar.

Planners

I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan out your days. It not only helps you stay organized, it also is a stress reliever. My planner is a tool I use to track down when my bills are due or when I need to be somewhere. I’ve recently tried to mix up my agenda layout by adding fun stickers, using colorful pens, and washy tape. You’ll always find this item at my desk.

A Clock

Another silly item that you might think wouldn’t come in handy. But, it does. I find having a clock at my desk keeps my attention on my work and away from my phone. I always find myself checking the time on my cell and then wandering off into another area like Instagram, Pinterest, you get what I mean. I purchased a super chic and inexpensive, white, plastic clock and placed it at the corner of my desk. Now, I’m able to easily look over and see the time without having to involve more electronics than need be. I’m already on my phone enough, I don’t need to be on it when I’m trying to be productive.

Desk Calendar

I didn’t realize how great these things were until I got one for my own work space. Aside from my planner, my desk calendar works as a larger visual to map out my days, weeks, and months. It’s obviously a lot larger and is just one more place I can store much-needed important information. I’d highly recommend scooping one of these up and copying your schedule down. Add to your desk calendar by using color coded post it notes on dates of extra importance like you would in your regular planner. Again, this is really just an oversized version of it anyways.

Now that you have all these little tips, it’s time to make your own creative space. Not everything I mentioned will work for you but try them and see what you like and what you don’t. Make a work space worth working in and don’t be afraid to make it your own. I hope these things gave you the small inspiration you needed to kick-start your way towards a more productive lifestyle. If you’d like to find more of these tips + tricks be sure to check out my social links below and tag me in your photos!

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Cook With Me: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Hi all!

As of late, I’ve been trying to cook more in the kitchen! Creating my own meals and experimenting with ingredients has become a ton of fun. I’m really enjoying learning what works, what doesn’t, and what I like to make.

This recent interest in the foodie world, has sparked some curiosity on Pinterest and I’ve been scoping out recipes like crazy. One of the most delicious I came across were sweet and sour meatballs! I’m a fan of tangy tastes and a salty but sweet flavor. This appetizer sounded right up my alley! I scrolled through my options and finally came across a simple recipe I thought I could manage.

In this post, I’ll be sharing the recipe I used along with some minor tweaks I’ve made along the way. If you’re into this type of blog post, let me know! I’d be willing to share more of my cooking adventures with you all in the future! In addition, if you’re looking for more of my go-to recipes, be sure to check out my Pinterest!

Things We Need 

1 Egg

1 pound ground beef

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 onion diced or minced whichever you prefer

1 cup brown sugar

3 tbsp flour

1 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 minced green pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by mixing together ground beef, egg, onion, green pepper and bread crumbs in a medium bowl. Use clean hands to thoroughly combine ingredients.
  2. Once mixture has been worked together, shape into small bite sized balls. Refrigerate meat forms for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, flour, vinegar, water, and soy sauce. Fully mix the glaze until all ingredients are molded into one.
  4. Add refrigerated meatballs into pan and bring to boil. Depending on how large your pan is, be sure not to stick too many in. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 30 minutes or until done. Make certain to stir frequently and add more water if needed.
  5. Plate these little guys with some white rice or cooked vegetables. They’re the perfect dish to share with friends!

V-Day + My New Wood Watch

Hi friends! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and your girl is so excited! In this post, I wanted to share what I’ll be wearing, a new yummy Starbucks drink themed for V-Day , and a cute date night idea!

For my outfit, I’ve ultimately learned I can never go wrong with some simple basics including chunky scarfs, textured booties, and of course a beyond fabulous watch. Below, I’ve listed some of my current go-to accessories along with some ideas for styling. Basically, a collection of items easy to throw on before a dinner date while also running out the door!

JORD Wood Watch

This is my new obsession. I’m a sucker for anything containing natural and neutral toned vibes. JORD wood watches is becoming my muse for tons of cute winter month outfits. As seen below, you can pair JORD watches to any of your daily threads and it instantly spices things up.

JORD has many options, matching a variety of different tastes. I’ve chosen the Reece Watch to wear this Valentine’s day. This beauty features a stunning navy face surrounded by walnut wood. I get such a deep rustic energy from this watch and have paired it with a handful of outfits already.

A neat way I’ve style this watch is by rolling up my long sleeves. This way, I’m able to show off my time piece while also remaining fashion forward and comfort friendly. I’d also recommend placing the watch over your top for a different kind of look. Combine JORD with a long knitted pullover or bulky cardigan, some leggings, along with a set of riding boots and you’re ready to go for date night!

This isn’t the only wood crafted watch JORD offers! Their website features so many more chic, classy, and modern pieces for everyone in your life. There’s a large variety to choose from with details of dark wood, light wood, different colored faces, and more. I’ve really been into this square-shaped style but the choices are never-ending. Find something that fits your own liking. I highly recommend scoping out their website to discover your very own must-have accessory!

Dressing up a casual outfit can be easier than you think. Swap out your sneakers with a little heal. I’d choose to pair these booties with a solid colored t-shirt, long cardigan, and some loosely ripped jeans. The shoes compliment basic pieces nicely and gives the illusion that you put more effort into your outfit than you really did.

Blanket Scarf

I can’t say this enough, make sure you’re comfortable! The worst feeling is being uneasy and uncomfortable while eating dinner with your significant other. Skip out on those itchy blouses and tight jeans. Create a simple look with a plain top and big blanket scarf. It’s still winter and the cold doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. So, kick up your layering skills and add this accessory to stay content all night long. Coziness for the win.

It’s A Date 

Make your own fruit plate by adding chocolate covered strawberries drizzled to perfection. You can do this multiple different ways and make it your own with your partner or friends!

What I chose to do in the photo below, is melt down both milk chocolate and white chocolate. After doing so, you can easily pour each mixture into a plastic baggy. Zip the bag up making sure to push out all the air bubbles. Then, snip a corner of the bag so it’s easier to pipe on.


I picked up some food coloring to make them more festive but you can truly do whatever you’d like. If you really want to get creative, try adding sprinkles, different toppings, or other fruits. Pair your creations with a nice glass of wine (or sparkling cider if you’re not of age) and have a movie night indoors. A super cute idea and you don’t have to spend a ton of money!

Starbucks Drink Recipe


Combine the Valentine’s Day vibes with Starbucks in this delicious recipe. When you go to order, ask for a white chocolate mocha frappuccino, with raspberry syrup, and strawberries mixed in. Top with some whipped cream, a little mocha drizzle, and you’ve got your masterpiece! It’s refreshing and colorful for the day of love.

I hope these things give you total motivation for V-Day this year whether that be rocking the evening by yourself, with friends, or with the person you love the most. Also, if you’d like to win a $100 e gift card towards your own wood watch masterpiece I’ve featured in this post, check out the contest link below! All other entries will receive a $25 e gift card too! Everyone’s a winner! The contest goes until February 19th, 2017 so go get your entry in quickly!

Enter My Giveaway With JORD Here

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