Monday, March 25, 2019

How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter

Stephanie Kamp Blog: How to Make Work Days Seem Shorter
Hey guys,

Okay so now that I work a normal 40 hour work week job, this is such a huge thing for me. I am always trying to figure out new ways to make time go by faster. Yes, I love my job but obviously everyone would rather be back at home doing stuff that they need to get done around the house or spending time with their loved ones or even going out and doing the things they enjoy most.

My number 1 tip is to make sure you avoid looking at the clock as much as possible. My job is a computer job so I am always looking at a screen and my eyes always wander down to the clock. I try to avoid looking at it but I can admit it, it's very challenging. However, I have noticed that when I am focused on my work and don't look at the clock that time goes by so much faster. But I do have to admit that this only happens on some days. For example, Wednesday's and Friday's, time basically does not move and I feel like I am going to be stuck at work forever. The fastest days for me are definitely Tuesday's and Thursday's, these two days just fly by for me and it is absolutely wonderful. 

My next advice is to make sure that you are keeping yourself busy as much as possible. If you work off of a task list then just stay focused and get your stuff done. With that being said, make sure you aren't working too fast though because you don't want to finish with your tasks and there still be 3 hours left at work with nothing else for you to do. You also want to make sure that you are taking your time and not making any mistakes. Another way I keep myself busy is by interacting with my coworkers. We don't really have any rules that says we can't talk during our shifts and sometimes our supervisor will come over to us and tell us about her personal life for like 20 minutes. So if your work allows you to be social with one another then make sure you are engaging in conversations but also make sure you are still doing work. It's okay to turn around and talk to each other for a few minutes but you don't want to make it seem like you aren't working. You are getting paid to work not to talk!

Another tip is if your work allows two 15 minute break then you could definitely take them. They will go by fast but if you think about it, then that's 30 minutes total a day that you are doing something you enjoy doing or taking a break from doing something you might not love doing. I personally don't do this because I usually never know what to do during these breaks but there are quite a few people I work with that make sure they take their 15 minute breaks. 

I also recommend that you find a little joy in whatever it is that you do for a living. If you absolutely hate your job then your days are going to drag on! They will seem like they are never ending and you're just going to keep hating your job. Also, if you really hate your job then I highly recommend that you either talk to a supervisor and discuss this with them and see if you can come up with some kind of solution or if they have any advice. Most companies force their supervisors to have an open door policy so technically you are allowed to speak freely with them about whatever you want. If you guys can't come up with a solution then it might be time to start looking for another job. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and happy Monday! May your day just fly by so you can get back home to your family!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring 2019 Update

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Spring 2019 Update

Hey guys,

So yesterday was the first day of Spring! I love spring because it's the season right before it gets too hot, summer. Granted I do live in Florida so it's pretty much always hot but spring is definitely still cooler than summer here. It also means rainy season! You know, April showers bring May flowers! I love rainy season, yes it makes it hard to go out and do things but I just love it when it rains and I don't have plans for the day. My favorite thing to do is sit on the couch, watch a movie in my sweatpants and just look out the windows and watch the rain fall.

Anyways, I just wanted to do a fun little short post kind of about life. So about a week and a half ago my parents bought a new puppy. I'm not going to be sharing any pictures of her just yet because I want to do a full blog post on that. But her name is Tory and she yes she is named after the designer Tory Burch. She is a Cavapoo which is a Cavalier King Charles mixed with a Poodle. She is very cute and we all love her very much already! The reason they got her is because I used to have joint custody of my dog with my parents. I would get him during the week and then they would get him on the weekends. But it was becoming too hard on all of us to constantly have to say goodbye to him and switch him back and forth between the houses. So we figured it was time for my parent's to get a new dog! So look forward to that blog post.

I don't really have anymore trips planned for the rest of this month and I only have one planned for April and that's Disney for my moms birthday! We are going to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival which is something we go to every year and we plan on going every year for who knows how long. It's a lot of fun and it's something I highly recommend. We're staying at the cabins at Fort Wilderness and our 3 dogs will be coming along so that should be very interesting! But we plan on spending a lot of time at campground, enjoying our time there and then only going to Epcot on the Saturday. We're staying Friday through Sunday. I'm sure I will blog about our trip! 

Work is going well! We are constantly having issues with our program going in and out and our customers not being able to print out their permits or upload any of their documents that they need to upload to get the permit reviewed. But we have been told that we are due for an update and it should be happening soon so hopefully that solves all of our problems. But who knows!

Basically to sum up my life I go to work and just wait for the 5 days to pass by so I can enjoy my weekends and get as much done as I possibly can, which includes relaxing and having fun! I enjoy going out of town pretty much whenever we can. Obviously Disney is my favorite but I'm super excited for a few other trips that we have planned. We're still not sure about what we have planned more towards the second half of the year but hopefully we end up going somewhere good or can plan some fun trips!

I also try to work on projects around the house on the weekends. I currently have two projects that I'm working on and I hope to finish them sometime by the end of the month. I plan on blogging about them which is why I'm not saying too much about them. We also plan on having a garage sale sometime in April I believe so that should be good. Hopefully we are able to sell a lot and clear out as much junk and not needed stuff out of our house. We have quite a few bags of clothes to try and sell. We also have some furniture that needs to be sold and some furniture that we want to redo before we can sell it. We also have random things from around the house that we've added to the pile. I also need to work on refurbishing my old MacBook a little and then selling it somewhere.

One of my main goals for this year is to try and get rid of as much stuff as possible that I just don't need or use anymore. I always think about living a minimalist lifestyle and then I go to Homegoods and fall in love with so many things for the house and it's like well there goes that plan! But I really just want to deep clean my whole life and get rid of things that I just don't need anymore. I also really want to focus on re-organizing everything in my house and make sure that I'm maximizing the most out of every space. The reason I say that is because I have a kind of small room and my queen size bed barely fits in it. I literally have a bed, 2 nightstands, a vanity, and this lingerie chest/tower thing and that's all I could fit in my room and technically it all doesn't really fit. It's very cramped! I use my nightstands to hold my pjs and my comfy clothes and then the rest of my clothes are in my closet and the lingerie chest. I also have things like jackets and sweater dresses stored in our guest room closet.

I would eventually like to be able to use the entire closet in the guest room as our craft closet so I'm hoping that If I redo my closet and figure out how to fit more in it and maximize the space I currently have then I should be able to remove the clothes from the guest closet and move them into my main closet. I also need to go through my shoes and get rid of the ones that I just don't wear anymore and probably never will wear again! Particularly some of my heels that are just crazy!

Anyways, I think I've gone on for long enough! I hope everyone has a great spring! 

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My Workout Routine Spring 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: My Workout Routine Spring 2019
Hey guys,

It's hump day! YAYYY! It's also the first day of Spring! So I just wanted to share a quick little post with you guys about my current workout routine. My routine literally only takes me like 5-10 minutes and that's mostly because I'm kind of easing my way into working out. Eventually I want to be able to work out for 30 minutes to an hour every day just because I think it's healthier to live that kind of lifestyle. I also have higher cholesterol than someone should have my age and I think that working out and living a somewhat healthier lifestyle with help that. 

So currently for my workout routine I'm literally just working on the lower half of my body and trying to tone my legs. I used to dance and so I'm really used to have muscular but also lean legs and I've definitely let them go ever since I stopped dancing back when I was a senior in high school. So I figured I would start with my legs and then kind of work my way up my body. So next I'll be adding in exercises to tone my stomach and then hopefully tone and gain some strength in my arms. So many of my cousins and friends have babies and boy are they heavy! So I definitely need to work on my strength so I can be prepared for when I had kids someday. 

I primarily only do 3-4 exercises and the main one is squats. I started off slow, I used to 25 squats a day but then I recently upped it to 50 a day. My goal is to be doing at least 100 a day by the end of this. My sister and I were trying to do a squat challenge last month but we kept being lazy and missing days. So far I haven't really missed a day. I don't really workout on the weekends, I use those as my rest days and then I just workout Monday-Friday and then if I'm feeling motivated I will workout on a weekend day.

My next exercise is one we used to do in my dance classes so I'm not really sure if it has an official name but basically you lift your leg behind you and this helps to tone your behind! But it's a super easy exercise and I feel like it really helps and works everything out at the same time. I also do these side lunge things. Again I kind of just made up my own exercises. I googled a little and the ones that were recommended I had done in the past and I felt like the never really worked so I kind of just started messing around and figuring out what type of moves worked the muscles that I wanted to be worked. I basically do 25 reps of each move on each side of my body. I think the only thing I will be increasing the amount on is the squats. 

My last move is one I recently added this week and it was one that I had googled to help tone the inside of your thighs and so far I think it is working, My inner thighs have been pretty sore, I just hope that I see some results. Anyways, I basically do like a side squat and bounce my side to side and I only do 20 of these because so far they hurt and 25 is an odd number and it would just be weird to do 26! So I'll just start in increments of 20 and hopefully work my way up from there.

My goal is to do my legs for the month of March and then add in my abs for April and then my arms for May. Then after that I will create some kind of workout routine where I alternate days so I'm not working everything out all on the same day. I also want to add in some cardio to help with my heart and making sure that I get all of my blood pumping through all of my veins and arteries! I'll probably figure out a better rest day routine rather than just the two days on the weekend. 

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Sephora Haul March 2019

Stephanie Kamp Blog: Sephora Haul March 2019

Hey guys,

I mentioned in yesterday's post that I did a little shopping at Sephora while I was at Disney this past weekend and I just wanted to share with you what I bought! I only bought 5 things but boy did I spend enough! I have been trying to watch what I spend lately so I can put my money towards things that I either really need or towards paying off debt. I'm trying to be responsible and you know do this whole adult thing! But anyways, it has been quite a while since I've like really shopping at Sephora and I had been craving to go there and buy some stuff!

Two of the items I purchased were foundations from Makeup Forever that I used to use all of the time and that work really well for my skin. The two that I bought were the Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation and the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. I have been using drug store foundation for about 2 years now and I wanted to treat myself to the good stuff! The other items were items I had never purchased before but have heard good things about them. The first thing was the beauty blender solid cleanser. My sister actually bought this before I did and she said it worked really well so I figured I would give it a try. I've watched a few YouTube reviews on it and they all say it works really well. 

The next thing was the Makeup Easer which I have heard pretty good things about as well. I honestly thought I would never buy one because it's $20 and I honestly just remove my makeup when I wash my face. But when I was looking around I saw this super cute bag with pineapples on it and had to check it out. I think this is just the cutest thing and it was such a good deal. It comes with a bag, a free sleeping eye mask and the actual towel and they all have the adorable pineapple print on them rather than just the plan pink print. And I only paid $20 for this so I thought it was a super good deal and couldn't pass it up.

The last item is something I'm probably going to lose or forget I bought before I need it again, which is the Evian Water Facial Spray. Whenever I go on long plane rides I always end up getting really died out and have a hard time breathing out of my nose and even my mouth sometimes. I basically have to constantly drink water and not think about how dried out I am. When we flew back from Paris a few years ago I almost had a panic attack because I had such a hard time breathing on the plane. I also thought I was going to get a nose bleed which just created more anxiety. Anyways I've read a few reviews and watched a few YouTube videos and people say to bring this on a plane ride to help with getting dried out. However, the last couple times I've remembered this before getting on a plane I searched all over and none of my local stores had it soooo when I saw it in the checkout line, my sister told me to buy to for the next time and at least I will be prepared now! But like I said hopefully I don't lose it before then!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph

Monday, March 18, 2019

Disney Trip March 2019

Hey guys,

Happy Monday! Or at least I hope it's happy! So I just wanted to do a post about my recent trip to Disney this past weekend! So funny story, we have had this trip planned since January but our original plan was just to stay one night, which was Saturday night. But somehow we managed to forget this and so the night before we left, my mom texted us and was like so guys we only have a hotel for Saturday night so we all got on our phones and tried to find another hotel to stay at! So we ended up staying at 2 different hotels. The first night was the Swan and Dolphin and the second night was at Shades of Green.

So on Friday, we ran around in the morning doing some errands and then we headed to Disney! Our first and only park of the day was Animal Kingdom! When we got there it was a little after lunch time so we headed for Pandora and grabbed some food. While we were there we only ended up riding 2 rides and watched one show. We rode the safari ride, which is something we pretty much have to ride every time we go and then we rode Dinosaur, which is also a favorite of ours. The show that we watched was the "Up! A Great Bird Adventure" show. We had never seen this before because it's fairly new so we figured we would give it a try! Also we waited till like the very last minute to book fastpasses so there wasn't much left! At this point we pretty much just go to the parks to enjoy them and walk around, take in the sites, and try some new food.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019 
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
After we left Animal Kingdom we went to our hotel to go check in. We were trying to decide if we wanted to go to another park but we ended up just relaxing at our hotel and then we walked to the Boardwalk to find dinner. We were going to try a restaurant but by the time we got down there it was like 8 and the waits times were awful so thankfully we found a quick service place and I got a corn dog and some Mac n cheese bites, which weren't really that tasty. After that stuck around to catch some fireworks and then headed back upstairs to go to bed.

On Saturday we woke up and headed to Magic Kingdom! Which was super packed! We rode our 3 rides that we had Fastpasses for there which were, Jungle Cruise, Pirates, and Haunted Mansion. We also took a ride on the People Mover and on the Steamboat to help pass time in between our Fastpasses. We ate lunch while we were there too and then at around 3-ish we headed to check in out our second hotel for the weekend! We stayed at the Shades of Green which is a military sponsored hotel. It's located on Disney property but they are not managed by Disney. You do still get some of the perks such as Extra Magic Hours and they also have a bus that will take you to the parks.
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
After we hung out at the hotel for a little bit we changed into some warmer clothes because it was supposed to get a little chilly in the evening and then we headed to Epcot. We ended up eating dinner here which consisted of a variety of things. Currently the Flower & Garden Festival is going on which means that they have different booths set up selling extra food than they normally sell. This is something that they do at each of their festivals and each festivals get something a little different. We ended up eating at 2 different booths and the first one was the booth in Canada. We had some steak, which was pretty good and my father had scallops as well.

We then made our way around the different countries checking out the different booths seeing if there was anything else to eat and by that I mean if there was anything else I wanted to eat since I'm such a picky eater. We stopped at the booth in Morocco and we had some chicken kebabs with dried fruit couscous. I shared with my dad and he ate the couscous and I ate the chicken! Next we ventured to Japan because we thought it was going to rain and we would hangout in their really large store that they have there but instead we ended up searching all over for the bathroom and discovering the cutest little quick service place that sold Ramen! It was really good food and I highly recommend it! Plus it's so hidden and absolutely adorable! I would say I'm shocked I didn't know it existed but I feel like we either learn or discover something new about Disney every time we go!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
Next, came the rain and so we took cover in Germany. After it had slowed down a little we went and got dessert at Werther's in Germany and I had a caramel chocolate covered s'more. It was very delicious! Then we headed to Norway to see how long the wait would be for Frozen which said about an hour but  I believe we only ended up waiting about 45 minutes so that was nice. While we were at Epcot we also rode Journey into the Imagination with Figment! That was the first thing we did when we got there because we had a Fastpass. We thought about trying to get another one but once you make it to the World Showcase it's not easy to get back to the part of the park that has all of the rides.

Once we got off Frozen we then decided it was time to leave. But before we could do that we had to get our passholder magnets and do some shopping of course! My mom bought one of the Spirit Jersey's that's for the Flower and Garden Festival this year and then my sister and I bought the Tervis Tumblers which we buy pretty much every year. My mom also bought a couple mugs and I bought one as well! Once we got all of our errands done then we decided to head back to our hotel and call it a night!
Stephanie Kamp Blog: Disney Trip March 2019
On Sunday we got up and we were going to head to Hollywood Studios for extra magic hours but I didn't pack enough warms clothes so we didn't end up going. We ended up grabbing breakfast at the hotel and then we headed to Disney Springs. We ended up just walking around and taking in some new stuff that opened and then we did some shopping at Sephora! I haven't really shopped at Sephora  a few years and I've really been craving a good shopping spree. I didn't really do a spree per se but I did spend almost $200 so that's a lot for me especially because I've been trying to watch what I spent all of the time so I can pay off some debts and put some money in savings for trips and things around the house. After we finished at Disney Springs, we headed home and said until next month Disney!

Talk to you soon!
XO, Steph