Travel Guide: Stone Ridge, New York

Travel Guide: Stone Ridge, New YorkToday’s travel guide is a little special because it’s a trip that I recently took with my boyfriend (OMG BOYFRIEND!). He lives in NYC and I’m in Philly, so the goal was to go somewhere within a 3-4 hour driving radius. Realizing that I had never been anywhere in New York except the city, we settled on the Hudson Valley for a fun little weekend getaway.

Travel Guide: Stone Ridge, New YorkAfter a friend recommended the Hasbrouck House in Stone Ridge, I knew we had to stay there! The property is an 18th century Dutch Colonial stone mansion that was made into possibly the world’s most adorable inn. On site they had a pool (the original single pour concrete pool!), game room, hammocks, restaurant, and a more casual eatery/bar where you could grab burgers and milkshakes and sit outside.

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Fun in the Sun: Summer Playlist

Fun in the Sun: Summer Playlist It may be August next week, but summer is long from over (especially with this current heat wave, gross). Whether you’re hanging out poolside, on the beach, or on a road trip, you need some tunes! And some sunscreen. Seriously, I’ve been burnt too many times this summer and it is not cute.

I’m still figuring out what my summer song for 2017, but so far this playlist is getting me by. Give it a listen here, or just click play below!

xo
Rachel

Friday Links

Friday LinksHappy Friday friends! I hope you’re all staying cool in this hot, hot summer heat! If you’re looking for some really fun projects to make as you cool off inside in the AC, then here are some links you won’t want to miss:

– Loving everything about these fabric catch alls!

– The perfect s’mores recipe for when you can’t make a fire.

– This loop handle box is so simple and so chic!

– How can I eat another meal without table confetti?!

– A clever easy DIY shelf!

– These tropical vibe napkins are perfect for summer.

xo
Rachel

Let’s Chat: 5 Tips for Staying Focused

 

5 Tips and Tricks for How to Stay Focused[Source]

Man oh man is it hard to work in the summer. When happy hours can finally be enjoyed outside, and the beach is calling, who wants to sit at the desk indoors?! Sometimes life is just too damn wonderful to work. But just because it’s the season of fun doesn’t mean that bills have magically disappeared and that deadlines don’t exist. I know. It’s the worst.

Instead of spending all day daydreaming about what you wish you were doing and not getting anything done, here are my 5 tips for staying focused so you can knock out your work asap and hopefully (fingers crossed) cut out early!

1. Hide your phone. Well, don’t hide it to where you can’t find it, just put it in the other room. And turn iMessage off if you’re on a Mac. We’re all in the habit of mindlessly checking our phones. I mean, how many times have you closed Instagram just to reopen it a second later? Hell, I checked my phone at least ten times while writing this post. But the truth is that 99% of what you’re looking at and doing on your phone can wait an hour or two until you take a break. Use it as motivation; checking your phone in x amount of time is your reward for staying focused.

If you absolutely have your phone by you, delete your social apps. It’s amazing how less likely you are to log on when you have to go through a process to do it. Another trick I’ve found is that on the days I don’t check social media until at least an hour or two after I wake up, I want to check it less throughout the day.

2. Change your music. When I need to get a ton of writing done, I actually turn of my music all together. It’s amazing how distracting singing along to your favorite songs can be. If you absolutely cannot function without background music, try listening to something instrumental. Spotify has so many ‘get focused’ playlists, that I know you’ll find one you like. And you better believe I’m going to work on one for the blog to share soon!

3. Go for a walk. Step away for some fresh air, even if it’s just around the block. You will probably tell yourself you don’t have the time, but you do. It’s ten minutes, if that. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with to-do list and deadlines that we freeze and can’t work at all. Clear your head, slow down for a few minutes, and then get back into what you were working on with fresh eyes and a clear head.

4. Work somewhere new. I recently discovered that a change of scenery can work wonders. Anytime I need the pressure put on, I head to a coffee shop. Not only are there less distractions, but you’re also more inclined to sit up straight in your chair and keep your eyes on your computer. Plus there’s always something about having the pressure of strangers’ eyes on your screen that is a small deterrent from taking Buzzfeed quizzes and looking at memes.

5. Get dressed. Okay, so this one is just if you’re working from home. Working in pajamas is wonderful and comfortable, but when you’re feeling distracted, it’s too easy to go from your desk to your bed without feeling guilty about it. Toss on some structured clothes, uncomfortable shoes, and even do your hair and makeup if that’s part of your normal routine. It helps to feel like you’re working at an office, even if you’ve never left the house.

xo
Rachel

PS If you have any additional tips to share, please leave them in the comments! I’d love to have backup ideas!