Work From Home Hacks to Make Your Day More Productive

My work recently let us know that we will be working from home for at least the rest of the year. I was happy to have clarity, but another 6 months of working alone at home seemed sort of ominous! For the last few weeks, I’ve really tried to level up my work from home experience, and thought I would share some of my best strategies.

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Red White and Boom 2020 Virtual Race Recap

Last weekend, I ran my first “virtual” race. I usually run a few races during the spring and summer, but this year all races were canceled or moved to virtual due to the pandemic. Part of me was excited to finally race, but part of me was nervous about pushing myself in a race that I was running all by myself.

The Red White and Boom half marathon is one of my favorite races of the year. It’s always on the 4th of July and usually really hot, but its so festive and a fun way to kick off the holiday. I’ve been working with a running coach the last few months, so I was excited to test my fitness to see if my work is paying off.

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The Best Skincare Products At Sephora

As I’ve reached my 30’s, I’ve become much more focused on skincare instead of makeup. I’ve always tried to take good care of my skin, but now I’m much more focused on keeping a healthy glow.

I’ve experimented with tons of products over the years and have been a regular at the dermatologist for acne treatments. You can much stronger treatments from a dermatologist, but there are a lot of great products you can buy without a prescription. Here are some of my favorites that are totally worth your money:

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Why I Am Still Training To Run A Virtual Marathon

Until last week, I still had a slight hope that maybe the Twin Cities Marathon could happen this October. I imagined scenarios of how they could distance runners and make it somewhat “safe” in the spirit of the tradition of the marathon. Of course that was all wishful thinking, and the race was moved to a virtual event last week.

A virtual event means that you still run the race on your own and can submit your time afterwards. You still get a medal and finisher shirt, you just don’t have the same day-of experience.

For me, the day of experience of the marathon is the highlight of the fall. You work so hard to train, and then its a 26 mile celebration with lots of people cheering and tons of excitement to carry you when it gets hard. You also push yourself because of the runners around you, and I always think of my parents waiting at the end and how proud they will be when I see them. The thought of going out to run 26 miles on my own and try to run them fast seems honestly awful.

So why do I want to do it?

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What Are Those Instagram Preset Ads And Do They Work?

You may see ads pop up for photo presets that edit all of your Instagram photos to make them look professional and consistent. Most of the ads make the editing appear to be magic, but you have to purchase the presets. The presets cost anywhere from $20-$50 Before you invest in a purchase, you may wonder what the heck they even are, and if they’re worth it for you.

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Pretty Bathroom Storage Ideas

After my recent bathroom remodel, I wanted to overhaul the storage in the room as well. By removing my old medicine cabinet and updating the vanity, I lost a little bit of storage space. In my new room, I not only had to be smarter with how I stored all of my essentials, I also wanted it to look great!

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The first step was to really clean out what I was storing in my bathroom. I got rid of a ton of old products that I was never going to use. I saw the term “shampoo graveyard” somewhere, and now I always think of this term when deciding what I should keep in my bathroom. Minimizing the clutter meant I actually had way less stuff to store than I thought.

The next step was finding the right storage solutions that were easy to use, but still looked nice. I did a lot of hunting through the bathroom, storage, and kitchen departments to find just the right items.

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