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The Juggle is Real

We have all heard about work-life balance, particularly now, but what can you do when work and home are happening all under the same roof!?!

As a work-from-home mom with a full-time career in digital marketing and two kids who have been virtually learning since March 2019, I have definitely had to learn a few tough lessons.  Thankfully, these have taught me to work smarter, not necessarily harder.  Read on to see how I am doing my best to pull it all off.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

I pride myself on productivity.  During the pandemic, my sense of accomplishment took a hit, and now, I am ok with doing just enough.  That means letting the laundry sit an extra day (or two), taking some shortcuts in the kitchen, and generally just chilling out.  

Harness the Power of Technology

I have been fighting the need to do this for years, but THIS YEAR, I have finally integrated all of my work and family calendars on Google and also picked up a few tricks to help with the clutter on my desk.  I recently purchased one of these cases for my iPad which has made doing work on the go much easier.  I also purchased an Apple Pencil to eliminate all the notebooks, notepads, sticky notes that clutter my desk.  Pro Tip: Good Notes is an app that has helped me clear my desk by allowing me to write and store them digitally.    

When my personal space is a mess, my mind is a mess.  So I have been doing little things to keep your physical and mental space tidy.

The WEE Hours

For the last few months when I wake up before everyone else, I make a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet.  The 30-40 minutes I have with my thoughts in the morning really set the tone for the rest of my day.  I use this time to JUST SIT, I look outside, check the news, maybe social media and within 30 minutes I already feel caught up and ready for whatever is in store for the day ahead. 

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I am sure all of this seems easier said than done, but after doing these things for several months, they have become a habit.  A habit, I intend to keep long after things get back to normal.

Your Chick,

Rina

All My Favorite Scents – From Detergents to Candles

I have wanted to write this post for some time because, honestly, smells are VERY important to me.  I am always on the hunt for the best-smelling everything when it comes to my day-to-day life.  To help you save some time, I have compiled a list of my favorite smelling products – everything from detergent to candles to help you enjoy life at home a little bit more.

Detergent

My guests always ask me which detergent I use because they can smell it in their sheets and towels when they come over.  After using TIDE Spring Renewal for years (a close second), I discovered Persil and have since converted all my friends and family over. It smells amazing and lingers for months!  TRUST ME; it’s the best! 

Candles

Sonia and I have a GO TO candle when we have company, and it is the Natalie Wood candle.  One candle can make your whole house smell like a garden full of gardenias.  There is nothing quite like walking into a house that smells amazing.  This one is pricey ($30), which is why we save it for special occasions. For day-to-day use, I still use my oil burner with essential oils to get that wow-effect at home!

Shampoo

Since starting Chicks and Salsa four years ago, I have been lucky enough to try various hair care products.  I compared them all in a post last year here.  There is a clear winner when it comes to smell.  Argan Coco is a unique small company. The soft, clean scent of their shampoo lingers for days.  My girls and I use it daily — and I can never get enough sniffs in when we hug.  I am an ambassador for them, and all my followers get 80% off their order with code CHICKSANDALSA (that is MAJOR savings).  Try it and thank me later.

Perfumes

There are so many good ones in this category, but I will share some mid-range and high-end ones that I think are worth it.  I always get asked about the daily wear perfume I use is a surprising find.  Woman by Ralph Lauren has staying power and an elegant lasting scent.  Check it out next time you are at the department store.  On the high end, there are two that make a statement all on their own. The first is Rose Des Vents by Louis Vuitton, and the other is Baccarat Rouge 540 by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris, available at Nordstrom here.  I know that a $350 perfume sounds CRAZY, but I promise it’s an experience (there is a refill kit available for less here).

There are two bottles, one for the extrait de parfum and the other for the eau de parfume. The extrait has a higher concentration of fragrance and therefore is stronger.

Other small things I do around the house to my home smell good are:

-Place one of these Baking Soda packs in the Fridge.

-Grind up all citrus peels in the garbage disposal.

-Place dryer sheets in drawers and cabinets (they also work well for a few days on air filters).

I hope you found this post helpful!

Your Chick,

Rina

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him

To say that 2020 brought my husband and I closer together would be an understatement. Usually, we function in a parallel reality where we divide and conquer the responsibilities of day to day life. But last year was different, with us spending every weekend at home and spending more hours together, I learned A LOT about him and his interests, likes, and needs. This list has truly been created in honor of my husband, but may make sense for your significant other as well!

To see all of my Gift Guides, click here.

To keep things simple, these are all Amazon finds to make shopping easier for you! To see what else I have been shopping on Amazon, visit my storefront here.

Massager | Wireless Headphones | Hair Trimmer | Slides | Bomber | Columbia Jacket
Car Vaccum | Bedside Organizer

Bedside Organizer

I love the idea of creating a little space that doesn’t spill all over the side table like this one.

Also, for phones that can charge wirelessly, I cannot speak highly enough about these charging stands, I HIGHLY recommend them.

Adidas Slides

Every few years I feel that his slides need to be replaced. He uses them for trips to the mailbox, to take out the trash, hang poolside. These are classic and comfortable!

Columbia Zip Jacket

My husband grabs for his zip up jackets EVERY DAY! Years ago I wrote about the cost to wear ratio and with this one it is totally worth it. You can’t beat this deal and style.

Cordless Hair Trimmer

With all the money we all saved taking haircuts into our own hands in 2020, why not upgrade your equipment? This one has 60 minutes of shave time making it the perfect travel set too (whenever we do that again)!

Beats By Dre Wireless Headphones

Ok, if you are going to splurge a little, get these! For $70 you can have some peace and quiet during at home workouts. These not only have great sound qulaity, but also won’t fall out (ahem… air pods)!

Portable Car Vaccum Cleaner

I knew my husband loved his car, but wow, he is more meticulous about it’s maintenance than I am about my makeup! He will be unusually happy about this gift, you are welcome!

Massage Gun

With almost 3000 4.5 star reviews, this device is cheaper and equally as good as the popular Theragun ! This is a gift for him (and you too)!

Tommy Hilfiger Bomber

So if the Columbia Zip Up is his pick, then this bomber is mine. It is a stylish layer that I would prefer he wore when we are out an about. At less than $50, this is a great gift!

I hope that this list was helpful! I know shopping for the guys can be challenging!

Your Chick,

Rina

New Year – New Work Out Gear for 70% Off

Ok January, I see you! I have been loosely trying to reign in all the bad eating and cocktails from 2020 with an occasional workout, but we all know that a new year is the ULTIMATE reset.

What better way to kick off the new year than with some new stylish and affordable workout clothes. Get the latest styles from Fabletics for 70% off sitewide when you become a VIP (you can cancel your membership anytime!). If getting fit is part of your new year’s resolution, then get these looks for $20 or less!

Check out Sonia’s post on resolutions here.

With most pieces coming in at under $25, you can completely haul your workout closet for less than you think during their cyber event happening now.

Check out my Do’s and Don’ts of resolutions here.

I love this set and the color!! Join Fabletics as a VIP today!

If you are as excited about 2021 being better, brighter, and more fun than 2020, then kick off the year with plans to look good and feel good!

Your Chick,

Rina

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