Sephora Birthday Month Gift

I love my @Sephora birthday freebies!

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During my birthday month, I stopped by Sephora to pick up my free birthday present for Sephora Beauty Insiders, and I chose the @bitebeauty lip duo!

It comes with a Mini Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai, Mini Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Glacé, and Agave Lip Treatment Sample Duo.

I tried the lip scrub that is part of the lip treatment duo, and it left my lips feeling so soft. I can’t wait to try the rest of the stuff!

What birthday gift did you pick up this year?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

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Moving Tip – Declutter

When I talk to my real estate clients about selling or buying a home, one of the first things I tell them is to start decluttering and start packing.  I’m taking my own advice and starting to declutter some plastic bins we have in the garage. 20 years of stuff is a lot to go through but thankfully we have some time to prepare.

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I kept name badges from when I worked at Sears.

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I have an old high school phone directory.

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I also have a vintage 110 Kodak camera.

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For this next one, in my defense, I am a mom and I think most moms feel obligated to keep certain things.  One of those things is report cards.  I kept this particular one for over 20 years.

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That’s right, it’s empty.  I kept the report card sleeve for 20 years and it’s empty.  When I asked my girlies if they wanted their other report cards, Kat said, “Mom.  My diploma is proof enough of my academic success.”

Point taken…haha!

What kinds of things and memories are you holding onto that you should let go?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

National Donut Day

One day I want someone to look at me and say, “That’s her. She’s the one.” And not follow it with “who ate all the donuts”.

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But seriously y’all, I can’t help myself!

Did you know that June 1st was the 80th anniversary of National Donut Day? It was created to honor Salvation Army members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War 1.  It is celebrated on the first Friday of June, although I think you could celebrate how yummy donuts are any day.

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If I had to choose a favorite donut of all time, it would have to be the classic glazed donut.  Which one is your favorite?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

We have exciting news!!

WE ARE BUILDING A HOUSE!! 🏡

And I keep wanting to talk about our house plans, and the layout, and the colors we want to use, and….and…and….you get the idea! It’s just going to be such a fun and exciting and yes, somewhat stressful journey but I can’t wait to share all of that with y’all!

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As some of you already know, this is why I rebranded and changed my IG, YouTube and blog name to Our Gray House.  Because we are building a house and it’s gray and a lot of my content going forward is going to center around that.

I hope y’all stay around for the journey!  If you have any house building tips or advice, please share it with me!

(((hugs))) ~lisa

Kendra Scott Birthday Discount

I believe in celebrating my birthday all month long.  And I mean all.month.long.

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Thanks to @KendraScott for helping me celebrate by giving me 50% off one item during my birthday month. Do y’all know about this deal?  I’ve been taking advantage of this for several years now.

This year I purchased a necklace and two pairs of earrings.  Only one item received the 50% off but I had gift cards for the others!  Happy Birthday to me!

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And I love how they make the process so simple for their customers. You just show your ID and that’s it! Thank you KS!! I can’t wait to wear my new accessories!

What cool bday deals do you know about?

(((hugs))) ~lisa

 

Gifting A Unique Wooden Watch this Father’s Day

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Hey y’all! Today I am super excited to share my collaboration with JORD Watches.  They asked me to partner with them and since it’s my birthday month, and with Father’s Day coming up, I thought it would be a perfect time to do a giveaway.  And the best part is everyone is a winner!  Let me tell you about the watches and how you can enter to win.

I received my Cassia Series watch in Olive and Aegean Blue.  They are all hand-crafted wooden watches which makes them a one-of-a-kind accessory.

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My first impression was that the watch was fancy!  It arrives in a cedar watch box which you can use to store and protect your watch.  You can also use it to store the oil and cleaning towel that comes with it.

Another neat thing is they can engrave the watch and the cedar watch box.  JORD watches use only 100% natural wood and they refrain from the use of toxic chemicals to either treat or protect the wood.  They also have Apple watch bands and ship free of charge all over the world.

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JORD has an amazing selection of wooden watches for both women AND men.  They are versatile and go with just about any outfit!  Classy enough for business attire but transition perfectly to a casual dinner with friends

With affordable pricing as low as $139, you can definitely find one within your price range.

The giveaway takes only seconds to enter https://www.woodwatches.com/g/ourgrayhouse and the winner receives $100 shop credit to JORD’s website, FREE sizing and FREE shipping and each person who enters gets a 10% off code so really, everyone is a winner!

The giveaway will close 6/3 at 11:59pm so hurry and enter today!

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Good luck!

hugs ~lisa

5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

I think one of the key elements of a successful day is getting it started off right with an awesome morning.  Here are my top 5 tops to create that type of morning for yourself!

TIP #5 – Get up 15 minutes earlier
This might be the most difficult part of creating an awesome morning routine but it’s an important one.  Those that know me know that I love lounging in my bed and just relaxing in general but getting up 15 minutes earlier has helped me get a jumpstart on my day.  It’s a small enough time frame that your whole schedule won’t be out of whack but a large enough amount of time to get some things done without rushing.

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TIP #4 – Put your phone down 
Once you are up…put your phone down.  It’s not productive for you to fall into the “I’m just going to check Facebook real quick….” trap.  Before you know it you are 30 minutes into a discussion about something that will not help you have a better day.

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Same thing goes with emails, don’t check those when you first get up.  Whatever is in those emails (or on Instagram or Pinterest) can wait.  If it was an emergency they’d call.  They wouldn’t wait for you to check your email.

TIP #3 – Stretch
This tip is something new that I’ve added to my morning routine this year.  Once I get up I just do some simple stretching to get my blood moving, loosen up any tension from the night before and just get myself in the attitude of taking on the day.

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TIP #2 – Drink water and eat something
This is the thing I struggle with most.  I do try to drink a bottle of water, or a Yeti full of water in my case since that’s what I have by my bed.  I am typically not a breakfast eater.  Brunch on the weekends?  I’m down for that but a breakfast meal during the weekday is typically not my thing.

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I know though that breakfast will help me with my energy levels later, with my metabolism and will just help give me a good start to my day.  You don’t have to prepare a big buffet, just a simple breakfast such as boiled eggs or cereal will get you going on the right foot.

I try to meal prep for the entire week on Sundays.  If you’d like to see a video or blog about that just let me know in the comments.  I have found that it really helps me keep focused with my eating and helps me with my morning routine knowing I have some healthy, convenient meals ready to go.

TIP #1 – Prep the night before
Prepping is so essential for a relaxed morning routine that I just don’t know why everyone isn’t doing it.  I suggest you prep in these three key areas; food, clothes and day.

Food prep will help keep you on track and you’ll already know what you are going to have for breakfast and possibly lunch, which will allow you to move through your morning routine that much faster.

How many times have you gone to your closet and spent time looking for something to wear and then get frustrated because what you wanted to wear is either dirty, at the cleaners or is missing a button?  Were you planning on wearing a sleeveless dress only to see that it was going to rain and you need different attire?  Deciding what you are going to wear the night before will help you have everything ready to go in the morning.  Check your calendar and the weather to help you plan.

What time is that meeting?  If you check your calendar the night before you’ll know what meetings and appointments are coming up and be able to plan for those.  Are you planning on going to the gym after work?  Knowing what’s on your agenda will help you know if you need to pack a change of clothes for that.  Do you have gas in your car?  Do you have an umbrella if it calls for rain?  Prepping will help avoid that last minute rush and help you have a more relaxed morning.

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I also created a quick video that you can watch here:
5 Tips For An Awesome Morning

That’s it y’all, my top 5 easy tips for creating an awesome morning routine.  Let me know what things you do to create a mindful morning!

(((hugs))) ~lisa