20 Time Savers for Easy Mornings

20 Time Savers for Easy MorningsThe mornings are a really important part of my day. How much I get done before noon is a good indicator of how the rest of the day will flow. When it comes to Monday mornings, starting well typically means finishing strong come Friday, and having a really easy weekend with lots of tea and Netflix.

Early riser is pretty synonymous with my name, but I’ve found that even rising before the sun does not mean you’ll be productive, or that your morning will flow as planned. There have been days when I wake up as scheduled, only to get caught up in my Instagram or Twitter feeds, wasting moments meant for other tasks. Distraction is a downer. So, I’ve challenged myself to create this list of 20 time savers, to help you and I have really awesome and easier mornings.

Because rough mornings lead to tough afternoons and uneasy evenings –and that’s no fun.

1. Make a big dinner and package leftovers as tomorrow’s lunch so you can grab & go (saves time and money).

2. Set the coffee maker to automatic so that your first cup (of many, I’m sure) is ready when you are. BONUS: Keep your travel mug/cup next to the coffee maker and clean it the night before so it’s ready, too.

3. Create a morning playlist. The changing songs will keep you conscious of the time flow, and you’ll recognize where you should be in your routine based off of the song playing.

4. Place your keys & wallet on top of something you don’t want to forget (like your breakfast bar or those important papers).

5. Avoid checking your phone until you’re completely ready. If your phone is your alarm, consider a traditional alarm clock to cut temptation.

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Mood Board: Modern & Traditional

Mood Board: Modern & Traditionalimages // coffee in bed / hunters alley / it’s ok / wall / chic office / monospace

I’ve been going insane collecting photos, taking screen shots and filling the camera roll on my phone with inspiring snaps. Putting together this mood board took a while. Typically, I know the mood I’m going for and play around with images that flow with the tone I’m trying to reach.

This time, no image seemed fit, each color scheme I built wasn’t quite right. I made about four mood boards before arriving at this one.

What finally helped was taking what I wanted to enhance about Ember & March’s visual brand and describing it in words, then finding photos. Even though I have such a deep appreciation for design, words have always come easier to me than the visual element. I wanted to create something that embraced me, and all that this blog represents. With a new year on the horizon, I want to start fresh and refreshed.

So, what did I write?

I broke E&M’s brand down into two sections – the internal and the external…

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On Blogging: Responding to Sponsorship Offers

How to Respond to Sponsorship OffersWorking with different brands and other bloggers was a huge goal of mine when I rebranded. I had previously offered advertising space in my sidebar for different brands and bloggers, but I really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of creating more sponsored content on the blog as a means of producing more interesting and diverse content.

Since opening myself and the blog, I’ve received a lot of great inquires from different brands and other bloggers. In the mix of those, of course, are other offers which are totally off and a bad fit for the blog and brand.

I know many bloggers are considering offering paid advertisements, or working with sponsors to create content. When a brand is totally wrong to work with, it’s easy to say no, but what about when a brand is seemingly legitimate or fitting, but then ends up being a bit off?

There are a few steps I take after receiving an offer for sponsored content or collaboration

Review the email

You can tell a lot about the company reaching out to you just from closely observing the email they send. First, what’s the email address they mailed you from? Is it off of a company domain (ex: chelsea@legitbrand.com) or does it seem to be a more obscure personal email (ex: puppiesandglitter_123@yahoo.com). Sponsorship offers are professional transactions, and should always come from a secure and professional email account. If the address seems off, I’d be skeptical of the email body.

Next, what exactly did they email you? Most legit offers that I get read something like this:

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