Hi loves! It’s currently Wednesday here in New Zealand so I didn’t want to say Happy Wednesday and completely throw you off!
I am happy to say that we arrived in Auckland yesterday safely and so far handling the jet lag quite well! However, I am extremely heart broken by the news the customs security officer shared with us not even 30 minutes after we landed. As soon as he took a look at our passports he started telling us about what took place in Las Vegas. Obviously we had not idea because we were on at flight but I mean ugh, just another reminder of what could happen in a matter of hours. So many lives taken too soon and so many injured. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected. Let’s donate to the families if you can, donate blood, whatever we can do let’s do that. I know we sometimes feel so helpless in situations like this asking ourselves what can we do when something so much bigger than us happens? Even the smallest gesture we can do makes a difference.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to us. All of our friends and family outside of Texas are seeing the devastation on the news and so worried about us so I just wanted to give everyone an update. Brandon, Tex, Cali and I are safe. Uncle Jon and his kids, Seth and Skyler, have been staying with us all weekend riding out Hurricane Harvey. We have been glued to the news as we watch so much of our city under water. It is heartbreaking you guys. What’s so scary is that the hard rain just started on Friday and by yesterday AM most of the city was flooded. That’s how much rain we have gotten in a short amount of time.
Last night we had our first scare of water getting in the house. It rained so hard in Pasadena that the water in the backyard and in the street started getting backed up. Brandon had to breakdown part of our fence in the back to help the water drain into another part of the yard. We laid down bags of mulch that we had to stop the water from getting in the house. We are some of the lucky ones guys. So many of our friends have received water in their homes and we continuously are watching people still being rescued from their neighborhoods and homes that are filled with 4-5 feet of water.
Pray for Texas please. We expect more rain for the next couple of days. Pray for everyone affected, for our amazing first responders; police officers, firefighters, the coast guard and the amazing citizens of Houston. Yesterday they asked anyone with a boat if they would be willing to come out and help rescue people in need. You guys, it was amazing to watch these people on the news coming out to help on their boats, jet skis and kayaks. I know I am a Californian at heart but these Texans are pretty awesome.
Shelters have been open to people who have had to evacuate and clothing and food donations are already flowing through. If you would like to help here are a few different ways to donate:
Amazon– this one is my favorite you guys. Amazon allows people or organizations to create wishlists of what is exactly needed for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The specific one I linked goes to George R Brown Convention Center who is currently hosting thousands of Texans.
UMCOR- 100% of the proceeds go the Houston Hurricane Relief Fund. I heard about this organization through a gal I know in the blogging community and I have been watching her and her family/friends rescuing people and taking them into her home. You have my word that this one is legit.
Red Cross– I know some people have their opinions about Red Cross but they are out here and they are helping you guys. Again, Houston needs all the help we can get. Even when the weather clears, these families and this city will need help rebuilding. It’s going to take months even years. Please donate as you feel comfortable but linking Red Cross as well because I have donated to them in the past and I am seeing work that they are doing.
JJ Watt You Caring Fund– I mean can JJ get anymore amazing? I don’t think so. He has also challenged other athletes and celebrity friends to donate as well. Any amount helps guys.
If you can’t donate funds, here is a list of shelters that need not only toiletries, baby formula/food, diapers, towels, water and non perishable but they are in need of volunteers.
Lastly, Texas will take all the prayers we can get. Prayers are powerful! Also, once Harvey decides he’s ready to leave find a friend or neighbor that needs help cleaning out their home. I’m sure a helping hand will be very much appreciated.
Again, thank you all so much for your messages and calls. I’ll continue to keep everyone update.
I struggled with what to title this post. I started with “Not So Mellow Yellow”, “More Than A Pretty Picture”, “Stressed AF” 🙂 I figured I’d shy away from the cute catchy title this time and just tell it exactly how I’m feeling it. Actually “Stressed AF” would have done the job too but than Mom would have asked me what that meant and I didn’t want to have to explain that one to her LOL
If you have been reading the blog for some time now you know I love meeting new people! So you can understand my excitement when Bumble BFF asked me to partner up with them to advertise their app.
My first 3 thoughts? 1- what a genius idea! 2-Dang, why didn’t I think of that? 3- Finally, I get to swipe left and right! haha 🙂
Honestly, I think the concept is such a great idea. Actually writing an entire blog post wasn’t even part of our agreement but I am so for this app that I felt compelled to write more than my Instagram would allow me words!
4 Reasons You Should Sign Up For the Bumble BFF app
You just moved to a new city- finding new friends when you’re an adult is a little harder than when you are in grade school. In 2nd grade we had new best friends everyday. At a new job in a new city, we may still be trying to figure out if we like our new coworkers enough to hang with them outside of the office.
You are looking for your mom squad- no matter how fun your single girlfriends are, you just want someone you can relate to and talk about your Mom wins with. You want play dates for your angel but you also want adult conversation. Girl, I get it and so do the new mom’s on Bumble BFF
You’re on the complete opposite end of the spectrum and not married and definitely not thinking about kids-find your new besties with this app that you can explore your city with and even travel with! Who needs boys anyway? 🙂
Somewhere in between 2 and 3 like me- I am happily married and have the best girlfriends but most of my girlfriends are either single and ready to mingle or so busy with their kid’s activities. Bumble BFF can help you find girlies with similar interest in your city.
How do you sign up for the BumbleBFF app?
1- Just go to your app store and search BumbleBFF.
2- Once the app is downloaded it will ask you to sign in with some basic info or you can sign in through your Facebook page.
3-Make sure you take the time to fill in your short bio and some of your interests so the app can find you some new gal pals with the same interests.
**Warning: if you are happily married like myself be careful not to accidentally sign up for Bumble, the dating app. It’s essentially the same app so just don’t sign up for the dating site accidentally, lol.
Today I am sharing this great graphic tank from the Rebel Disciple crew. Their brand mission is to inspire individuals to do the right thing. This topic is actually exactly what I wanted to chat with you about today so this outfit is kind of perfect.
A few months ago during a meeting I shared an “email etiquette checklist” with my team. I’ve been composing emails for…well a very long time LOL. That doesn’t make me an expert, that actually probably makes me more prone to making mistakes because I have to send and respond to so many emails a day and then when I get home add all of my blog emails on top of that which I send at all hours of the night. A checklist is a must have for me.
I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received from brands that didn’t use proper punctuations and goodness sometimes even complete sentences. Even worse is when they don’t even spell my name right. I mean I know we are all very busy and I may have been the 100th person the brand emailed that day but a simple “did I spell her name right?” check would have went a long way.
In the corporate world it is equally as important to use a simple checklist and though there are so many reasons why this is important the number one thing I have learned along the way is you never know who your email is going to be forwarded to. I could send a list of action items to the field and somehow that gets circulated and sent to my Senior VP of Operations. Am I nervous that it got sent to her? No. Why? Because my email had a purpose. It was very clear who my email was directed to, it told them exactly what needed to be done, it gave them a deadline and it was professional.
Below I am sharing a very simple checklist on making sure your professionalism shines through in your emails.
Why is email etiquette important?
It represents your professionalism- your recipient may have never met you in person or spoke to you on the phone. Does your email represent you the way you want it to?
Being direct (but respectful) gets you the information you need by the timeline you need it by- being direct leaves the recipient with clear direction
You never know who your email is going to be forwarded to- as I mentioned earlier, you could be sending an email to someone who you feel very comfortable chatting with but if your “hey girlfriend!” email somehow gets forwarded to your SVP, they may not like that
What to check before you hit send?
Is everything spelled correctly?
Did you address the proper people?
Are you clear whether or not action needs to be taken?
If you are pitching a brand, are you clear on exactly what you project to do for them and exactly what you are asking from them?
If action needs to be taken, are you clear on what answers you are looking for and did you request a deadline?
Email To: who you need a response from and CC: those as an FYI
Did you use all of the proper punctuations?
Does the subject line of your email reflect the information you are sharing?
Clean up emails before forwarding them
If you used acronyms, are they going to be understood by everyone included in the email?