What I've Been Up to | Social Distancing & WFH Tips

Most of the country has been social distancing in response to the covid-19 outbreak, and while nerves are running high the number one question I'm seeing online is 'How do I productively work from home during this time?'.

While I've been fortunate to have past roles that allowed me to work remotely from time to time, I've never worked from home for this long. At the moment I am working from home by myself, but in the past I have worked from home with roommates or my fiancé around. It is a slightly different experience working from home with friends or family around, so I feel for those of you who may be struggling with that.

Here are my top tips during this time of social distancing to keep spirits up, and stay productive.

  1. Let the light in, open your curtains and blinds to let the sunshine in as soon as you wake up. According to Healthline "Sunlight cues special areas in the retina, which triggers the release of serotonin". Letting the sunlight in to your space may help beat the social distancing blues. 

Trying EcoLips new Skincare Line EcoLixir

It's been a bit since I've tested and reviewed some PR samples, and with all the hype around oil and balm cleansing I was really excited to try out some new products from EcoLips.

EcoLips is of course known for their cruelty free, fair trade, and organic lip product range, but they recently unveiled a new line called EcoLixir which currently includes a daily facial oil, and a cleansing facial oil.

5 Years Later- About Me

It dawned on me this morning that I've had this blog for five whole years and so much in my life and the way I produce content has changed. I wanted to take a few minutes to write up an 'About Me' of sorts and reintroduce myself. I'm not much of a numbers person, oddly, when it comes to my blog, but I know there are some new readers that I would like to say hello to! And if you've been here with me all five years, thank you!
My name is Patti, I started my blog back in 2015. I majored in Professional Communications, and was assigned a persuasive speech on the topic of my choosing in my public speaking course sophomore year. We were tasked with finding a topic we were passionate about, and convince our classmates to take action or at least agree with our argument. Having worked at Lush Cosmetics that semester I chose animal testing, and compiled a presentation all about lab conditions, alternatives to animal testing and why it's no longer scientifically necessary, and easy product swaps you can make at home to 'cast your vote'. I'm a huge believe that as a consumer you are essentially voting when choosing which products to buy for your household. By choosing to purchase cruelty free products you are supporting a business with the same ethical standards as you, and in turn sending a message to corporations that chose to test on animals that you will not support them, financially or otherwise.

Cruelty Free Wedding Content, and Where I'm Starting My Wedding Planning Journey

I've always put a bit of a lifestyle spin on my blog posts and included content about college life, commuting in Manhattan, and vacation staples, so I thought I would include some engagement and wedding related content in the coming months.

 I'm lucky enough to have friends and (soon to be) family that have recently planned or are planning their own weddings so I have tons of people to ask when I need direction. However, being pretty type-a I wanted something else to help me begin my wedding planning journey. I purchased an Erin Condren Wedding Planner a few days after getting engaged. (Once I decided on a design I liked. There are so many! lol) While I've only just begun planning, I like that there is a checklist of things to focus on for different timespans leading up to your wedding day. For example the planner calls out which vendors you should be booking x-amount of months prior to your special day. There is also a place to plan seating arrangements, guest lists, color schemes, and track gifts/thank you cards. I've already referred to it on quite a few occasions, and it has areas that I feel like I would have forgotten about if I were to plan without this planner.

I chose to design my own cover, and love that Erin Condren lets you add photos to really personalize your planner. I decided on the Starry Sky design.