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2018 Simplicity Challenge

February 06, 2018

 

The process of simplifying your life is a BIG one. It’s so freeing and exciting and it’s HARD WORK. Our 31 Day Simplicity Challenge features one step for each day that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. Physical clutter = mental clutter, so both of those areas are addressed throughout the challenge. At the end of the challenge, you’ll be able to breathe easier knowing that you’ve completed the process of purging, decluttering, and organizing your life to make margin for what matters! For daily encouragement and extra tips on the process of simplifying, join our Simplified Planner Community Group. To sign up for our newsletter and receive a FREE printable e-book of the challenge, click here.

No. 1 of 31: Walk your home with a trash bag or five. Be ruthless. Papers. Receipts. Tags. Empty bottles. Go.

No. 2 of 31Go through your kitchen drawers. Do you have three carrot peelers? Two ice cream scoops? You only need one.

No. 3 of 31Clean out your fridge, pantry, and spice cabinet. Check expiration dates and throw things away. Make a list of restock needs as you go.

No. 4 of 31Simplify your phone. Delete old contacts and unused apps. Refresh your wallpaper and lock screen.

No. 5 of 31Organize the Notes app on your iPhone to hold lists of all kinds (books to read, hashtags you use, or other information you often need to retrieve).

No. 6 of 31Use the Reminders app on your iPhone to set alerts for routines or habits you’re trying to create (IE: take vitamins, put phone away, go for a walk).

No. 7 of 31: Consider reading as a brain break. Make a list of 10 books you’d like to read this year.

No. 8 of 31Walk your house with a donate bag. Schedule a pick-up or drop it off as soon as the bag is full.

No. 9 of 31Start the habit of throwing a small load of laundry in every morning.

No. 10 of 31Set a recurring alarm (or use the Bedtime feature on iPhones) for every weekday. If you’re letting your kids wake you, set it for one hour earlier.

No. 11 of 31Go put gas in your car today. While you’re there, clean out your car. Throw trash away.

No. 12 of 31Buy a few birthday cards (and small gift cards). Keep them on hand for birthdays that pop up that you’re not prepared for.

No. 13 of 31Put your number on the Do Not Call list. Visit donotcall.gov or call 1.888.382.1222.

No. 14 of 31Do something with all those precious photos and videos on your phone. Print. Back up. Store.

No. 15 of 31Consider the amount of INFORMATION coming at you all day. What can you turn off to quiet your mind? Turn off the television. Perhaps (gasp!) take a break from social media.

No. 16 of 31Identify “pain points” in your day (IE: kids getting shoes on in the morning). Alleviate these (IE: put a basket for shoes near the front door for easy access).

No. 17 of 31Dump out your purse. Throw away trash. Create a little bag of essentials. Make your bag work for you.

No. 18 of 31Ruthlessly clean out your closet. Goodbye clothes that “will fit one day.” Goodbye clothes that “don’t fit quite right but I paid too much for them.”

No. 19 of 31Clean out your medicine cabinet. Trash anything expired. Restock essentials.

No. 20 of 31Detox your social media feeds. Follow inspirational accounts. Unfollow anyone draining. Are there platforms you can quit?

No. 21 of 31Go through your credit card and / or bank statements. Identify any “subscriptions” you forgot you had and don’t need and turn them off.

No. 22 of 31Clean off your desk and wipe it down (and your keyboard). Ditch clutter. Keep only the essentials including your computer.

No. 23 of 31: Clear the clutter on your computer. Delete unused files and organize important ones. Empty the trash. Refresh your desktop wallpaper.

No. 24 of 31Take inventory of the mail coming to your mailbox. Visit directmail.com to remove your name from lists.

No. 25 of 31Make a list of ten go-to meals. Tape it to the fridge for simple meal planning.

No. 26 of 31Schedule a vacation or stay-cation for some time this year. 

No. 27 of 31Organize your inbox. Search the word “unsubscribe” and remove yourself from non-essential lists. Try Unroll.me.

No. 28 of 31Using a large piece of paper or poster board, make a list of all your commitments. Which ones can you say “not now” to?

No. 29 of 31Create your own weekly prep-list with tasks that make you feel prepared for the week ahead.

No. 30 of 31Make a list of household items you use frequently. Stock up on these. Pay attention to BOGO sales.

No. 31 of 31Rest. Schedule 30 minutes alone once a week. You give away what you put in. Take care of yourself.

 

 

Our Team’s Favorite Christmas Cookies

December 04, 2017

image via Pizzazzerie’s Coconut Pecan Cookies

We like to take time around the holidays to slow down, enjoy precious moments with our families, and savor the good stuff that we so often miss throughout the busyness of the year. Often times, some of our most memorable moments happen in the kitchen with loved ones (or gathered around a spread of delicious treats!). There are so many reasons to love the holiday season, but somewhere near the top of that list is our love for Christmas cookies.

Christmas cookies (and other treats!) have become so special to us over the years. Not because of our enormous sweet tooth (although that certainly helps), but because they’ve come to be symbols of rich family traditions and homemade gifts for the people who mean the most to us. Each year, we love baking our favorite tried and true recipes as well as trying out new ones with friends and family. So today, we’re sharing our team’s favorite Christmas cookie recipes for you to try. Next time you’re in need of a festive dessert, give one of these a try and let us know what you think!

Chocolate crinkles!! We make these together every year and it’s become such a special memory for our family.” – Emily, Creative Director 

“We love Sally’s Baking Addiction Snickerdoodles!” – Brittany, Director of Sales and Operations

“While I love a fresh baked cookie, my favorite Christmas treat is homemade fudge! I use Nutella, dark chocolate, and sea salt for the perfect combination of sweet and salty!”Whitney, Art Director 

“My family loves this recipe because it’s easy for any age. The toddlers can help, all the way up to MeeMa and PopPop!” – Dusty, Director of Community Development

“My go-to recipe isn’t a cookie – but it’s the perfect addition to any Christmas cookie tray. My friend Kyle brought this fudge to a Christmas Cookie exchange years ago. It’s been my favorite holiday treat since, and it can be whipped up in a matter of minutes!” Gina, Director of Marketing

“These Brown Butter Salted-Caramel Snickerdoodles are always my go-to for a holiday treat. They take a little bit of time to make, but they’re well worth the effort!” Hannah, Director of Content and Brand Partnerships 

 

Lilly Pulitzer APS Favorites!

August 28, 2017

Our favorite sale of the entire year is here, friends! The EL team doesn’t mess around when it comes to the Lilly Pulitzer APS. We’re up early with coffee in hand, ready to hop in the virtual line at 8am SHARP. Since we know the APS can be completely overwhelming, we’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite items from the sale this year (and as of this post, they’re all still in stock!).

Our trick for the sale? Choose items that are versatile so that you can wear them over and over again. We like to splurge on one or two fun pieces for special occasions or vacations, but we make sure the majority of our items are practical for everyday wear. Here are our favorite, versatile items that would make great staple pieces in your closet:

  1. Chesapeake Cardigan
  2. Devon Dress
  3. Callahan Shorts
  4. Lena Dress
  5. Jupiter Sweater Dress
  6. Medina Linen Sweater
  7. Short Sleeved Marlowe Dress
  8. Shawl Collar Cardigan
  9. Girls Rue Fit & Flare Dress
  10. Essie Dress
  11. Crochet Clutch
  12. Del Lago Tunic
  13. Lilias Tunic Top
  14. Offshore Necklace
  15. Owen Dress
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