×

Join our Mailing List

for news + special offers

HOORAY! 2019 SIMPLIFIED
PLANNERS ARE HERE! 🎉
MENU Sign in/Register     Cart 0  
Help you find something?
Browse by category

2012
2012 planner
2015
2019 planners
50% off sale
a day in the life
accessories
ad
ad design
advertise
advertising
advertising design
after
agenda
alabama
amber moon
anchor
angel food cake
anxiety
app
ASL
assistant
assistant creative director
auburn
authenticity
avery
b-man
babies
badges
bahana
beauty
before and after
best planner ever
bibs
binder
binder planner
birth story
birthday party
bley
blog calendar
blog simple
blog topic idea
blogging
bman
book tour
bounty
bow tie party
boy's birthday
boys clothes
brady
brady lay
brady ley
brady was here
brady's birthday
brady's first birthday
bradyley
branding
brian ley
brianley
brightly designed
Bryan Ley
bryanley
bulls
Business
busy
buttons
cabinets
calendar
careers
checklists
children
Christmas
classic
classic invitations
clean
clean planner
Coffee Break with Em
Collaborations
college
college binder
college day planner
college planner
coming soon
contest
cotton twill
courtney scowby
cover reveal
creative director
cross
cupcakes
cupcakes by dusty
custom clothes
custom invitations
date book
datebook
day planner
delayed
design
disney
disney world
do what matters
downloads
dwarfism
easier
easy
easy planner
easyplanner
el
emily
emily and bryan
emily and bryan ley
emily lay
emily ley
emily ley agenda
emily ley is hiring
emily ley job
emily ley paper
emily ley planner
emily planner
emily simplified
emilyely
emilylay
emilyley
emilyley paper
emilyley planner
emilyley simplified planner
emilyleypaper
Entrepreneur
ephesians
erin mcdermott
etsy
exhausted
failure
faith
fall 2012
Family
fashion
fertility
first birthday
first birthday invitations
first birthday parties
first birthday party
florida
florida state
football
free printables
fundraiser
garden hose
garnish.com
gators
geaux tigers
getting married
giada
Gift Guide
gina hafley
gina zeidler
ginazeidler
giveaway
Giving
go brady go
Goal Setting
god
gold corners
gold foil
gold paper clips
Grace not Perfection
granite
green cedars farm
gut check
hair
happy
hayden reis
health
healthy cooking
healthy family
healthy options
Heart
help
hiring
holiday
Holidays
Home
home base binder
home office
honest company
hustle less
i can do it
i will hold myself
idea list
infertility
inside my planner
Inspiration
iphone cases
ivf
jessica haley ink
jessica ulrich
jewelry
job
job applications
job opening
jobs
journal
joy unspeakable
jv clothiers
kitchen
kitchen remodel
kitchen reveal
knot and bow
land of nod
lara casey
lara casey planner
laracasey
launch
launch day
leather planner
leaving kids
lemon honey angel food
letters to bman
letterstobman
ley babies
Lifestyle
lila was here
lindsay letters
linen planner
louisianna
Love
lsu
luna bars
magic kingdom
makeup
makin
making brands happen
making things happen
mama
Marriage
marriage is hard
martha home office
martha stewart
mbh
mbh2012
meal planning
michael newman photography
mj paperie
mom
mom slump
mommy
mommy's memories
mompreneur
monogram
monogrammed
monogrammed iphone case
Motherhood
Motivation
moving
mth
mth2010
mth2011
mth2012
mth2013
mud pie
national stationery show
nautical
neat
new orleans
nicole yang
nicoleyang
now hiring
nursery
of grace
ohss
olive manna
organic
organization
organized
organizer
packaging
pearl
pensacola
pensacola strong
perfection
personalized
personalized iPhone cases
photography
pink sugar photography
pitbulls and posies
plan to eat
planner
planner for moms
planners
planning
plantoeat
plantoeat.com
pockets
pottery barn kids
printables
prints
prizes
quiz
recipes
remodel
rhythms
ritz-carlton
roll ride
rsv
sahm
sale
salsa
scripture
sec
seersucker
Self
sewing
sham
sharon montrose
shipt
shop
shop opening
shorts
sick
sick baby
simple
Simple Favorites
simple planner
Simple Style
Simple Tools
simple wedding planner
simplicity
Simplicity Series
simplieplanner
simplifide
simplifideplanner
Simplified
simplified blogging
simplified notepads
simplified planner
simplified planners
simplified wedding planner
simplifiedbinder
simplifiedplanner
simplifying 2017
simply planner
southern
southern boy party
southern party
southern picnic
sponsor
Sponsored
sponsorships
spring cleaning
standard of grace
staples
stationery
stationery academy
stay at home mom
stephanie cowan
sticky notes
style
subway tile
summer 2014
tabs
target binder bands
team
the challenge
the fullness of God
the happiness project
The Shop
The Simplified Planner
the stationery academy
three ring
three ring binder
three ring planner
tigers
Time off
tips
to a standard
to do
toddler
toddler food
toddler in disney
toddlerhood
travel
traveling
travelling
tricky times
trust
twins
uf
usf
vegan
vegetarian
vita cost
wahm
walt disney world
war eagle
washi tape
wedding
wedding calendar
wedding organizer
wedding planner
Weekly Top 10
Weekly Top Ten
wfhm
wham
wholesale
woman
work at home mom
work from home mom
 

SIMPLICITY: Mandy Volpe

October 28, 2014

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self for others?

I kick off the day with some quiet time with my main man JC. It gives me time to focus on the day, journal my prayers, and read some truth before emerging myself into the world of marketing.

As for physically, we have been on a journey for the past year 1/2 to transform our lives into a healthier lifestyle. We have collectively lost over 175lbs through monitoring what we are putting in to our bodies, working out, and having active dates rather than just a movie with popcorn. It hasn’t been easy but to see the transformation of how we are stronger and have more energy is absolutely amazing. It proves that with a little will power and perseverance you can accomplish your goals.

In your house, how do the mundane parts of life get done?

We try to keep everything “in the cloud”. We both share a drop box account to share files and pictures easily. We also use google docs for meal planning/figuring out what needs to be restocked/what activities will have us away from the home for the meal. As for laundry, we both do our own because we like it done a certain way and wanted to avoid the fight that came with the expectations surrounding folding/shrinking/color-washing that comes from mysterious clothing with multiple parts. granted, if there is something that needs to be washed for Conner, he has to ask for the help, otherwise it is left to him to get it done. Our motto: “You wear it, you wash it”.

What is one tradition or routine that’s really important to you? And why?

We have two and funny enough they both are about food. Ha! 1) Dinner around the table every.single.night. This is where we pray together, catch up on the day, game plan for the next day, and talk through things that need to be helped around the house. 2) The second tradition we have is what we call our “Post travel breakfasts”. (Southern Weddings actually featured a photo shoot from one of our breakfasts a few months ago). My husband travels alot so it gives us time to go get some bacon and eggs the morning after he returns. When he is out of town, it makes it difficult to talk as much as we do when we are both working from home, so these PTB keep us connected and help us to recharge after being away from each other.

Your PICK SIX: What 6 products can you absolutely not live without?

1. Google Calendar: We have joint access to a family calendar via Google. We both must put any travel/activities into the calendar that will affect each other. Basically anything that draws us away from the house for an extended period of time or a meal period..gets put into the calendar. Also special events or celebrations go in the calendar, too.

2. Brinkley Diaper Bag– I got a Thirty One make-up bag embroidered with our dogs name (yeah I am that person. ha!) The bag is the perfect size for carrying his food, harness, scoop for meals, and leash for when we need to drop him off at the grandparents house or the vet.

3. My Fitness Pal App: We use this to track all of our food and exercise. It has helped us stay accountable in our healthier lifestyle change.

4. Google Doc Grocery List: I got tired of the question of “What’s for dinner”, or the complaint that the paper list was never with me when I went to the store. Now the google doc has Sunday-Saturday listed out for Dinners and is a place for us to both look quickly to figure out what is on the meal plan for the night so that either of us can easily pitch in to make it. Also, the same document keeps a running total of items needing to be picked up from the store so that we only have to go grocery shopping on Sunday afternoons. 

5. Tervis Tumbler: I have a shelf for just my tervis cups. They are insulated and keep everything the appropriate temperature. It also helps me to stay hydrated with fewer trips to the fridge to fill up. I work from home so there is the temptation to just hang out in the kitchen all day and eat snacks. By having the 24oz tervis cup, I can fill up a couple times in the morning and afternoon with fewer trips to the kitchen. This cuts down on the random need to snack when visiting the kitchen for more water. 

6. I have a horrible memory. But I want to love on people and remember the tiniest details of their lives. I utilize the “notes” function under people who are listed as contacts in my phone. Random things like what types of pizza they like or their kids names helps refresh my memory.

 

Anything else you think our readers would love to know? Any additional tips or systems that help you keep it all together?

I love to use Pinterest for new ideas on outfits and food. I tend to get in a rut so going on that site and actually doing what I pin is vital. I also love party planning so on my phone you will find a running list of event ideas for the next celebration. I love on people through party planning so I am always trying to come up with outside of the box ideas to make people feel special, not like it is an obligation to celebrate them.

Follow along with Mandy:

Blog: http://mandyandconner.com

Instagram: @volpemandy

 

The Simplicity Series features busy gals, in different stages of life, making what matters happen and tips and tricks they’ve found to be helpful. Simplicity is about building margin into your life and spending time on and with that which fuels your heart. While we love to share products and services that help us day to day, but simplicity is about HEART and intentionally choosing the thing that matters most (your TREASURE) more than anything money can buy. We wear many hats and we know you do too, so we’d love to hear your thoughts as well! For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34

We want to know how you intentionally create joy in your life as well as the ways you make your busy life simpler. Submit your story here.

copyright 2018 emily ley