5 Tips to Look Amazing, When You Really Feel BLAH!

5 Tips to Look Amazing, When You Really Feel BLAH!

“When you LOOK good, you FEEL good and when you feel good you DO GOOD!” – author unknown

Today, I wasn’t feeling it. My hair isn’t done up to my regular standards; it’s just not up to par. I didn’t get any of my laundry done over the weekend because I was super busy, so I have NOTHING to wear to work this week.  I’m low on cash and forgot to bring my lunch to work today, so I’m starving.  On top of that, I haven’t been eating right lately so my body feels TOTALLY OFF and my stank attitude is showing through  because I just don’t do well when I’m sleepy OR hungry.  I’m off balance.

Luckily, I’ve figured out a few things that work for me when I’m having these “off days”. My day started off a bit rocky, by the middle of the day, I have acquired a genuine smile on my face. Thanks to a few intentional acts on my part, and kind words of affirmation from a few of my co-workers, I can say I’ve truly been able to elevate my day. It may not solve all of my problems, but these 5 Tips to Look AMAZING saved me.

Tip #1: Put On A Dress

This may sound simple or ridiculous, but the only CLEAN thing I found in my closet to wear was a short zebra print/flower dress that fell just above my knees. It’s an old thing. I’ve had it for the last four years but what I’ve always loved about it is how it accentuated my curves and how the shortness of the dress brought attention to my nice legs and toned calves.  I’m also forced to wear high heels anytime I wear this dress because sandals or tennis shoes just throw it off, but this is a plus as the shortness of the dress only brings attention to my otherwise unnoticeable legs and toned calves. It helps me embrace my femininity. This is a win for me.

Tip #2: A Pump or Two of Perfume

Co-worker 1: “Ohhh, You smell so good!  Delicious.”

I LOVE when someone compliments me on my scent. I’ve paid special attention to this small detail, ever since that one time I interviewed singer John Legend and he said, “A man doesn’t want a woman to smell bland…”  But beyond it being appealing to men, putting on your favorite perfume can subliminally help you. When a sweet or pleasant scent permeates the atmosphere around you, it helps your mood. If nothing else, it may attract a compliment from someone you pass in the hallway at work. And a compliment on your scent can never hurt!


Tip #3: Wear A Smile

Co-worker 2: “Look at you , you look like sunshine.”

I ALWAYS get the best response from people when I enter an atmosphere, wearing a smile. Even if I’m truly sulking on the inside, I try not to show it on the outside or to those who I come in contact in my day. Just smile. Think of something that makes you happy or something that you are thankful for, or looking forward to. Let the good thoughts take over your day and soon, the fake smile will have become real to you. Try and smile.


Tip #4: Walk High / Strut with Confidence


Co-worker 1: “What’s up boss lady.”

“They can tell by the way I walk,  I aint from ‘round here.”

I loved this quote from Martin Lawrence in the movie Life. No matter how you feel on a particular day, let your body language and even your walk, tell a different story. When you walk confidently to and from, you can send a signal that you are a.) lost, confused, beaten down by whatever is happening in your day OR you can affirm and declare with your walk that b.) I am more than a conqueror and I will not be stopped! Whether I’m walking from my office to a meeting or from the break room to the bathroom, I STRUT like I’m the queen of Zemunda! BOLDY and CONFIDENTLY! I walk like I have places to go and people to see and in doing so, others respond to me passing in the hallway accordingly. “What’s up boss lady.”


Tip #5: Put on Your ‘Face’

Co-worker 5: “You looking all fresh, I see you!”

I can’t tell you how many times I felt like s*&#!  Heading in to work on a Monday morning. It takes a lot of energy to get up at6am to get my FOUR year old ready for school, after being out late on a Sunday night. On a bad day, he can be whiny, uncooperative and downright defiant, which always has me spending more time getting him ready (persuading him to “work with Mommy”) and in the end, I have less time to get myself ready. He’s drained me and putting on makeup is the last thing I feel like doing. But taking a few minutes to at least put on foundation, powder and a bold lipstick seems to do the trick for me! When I’m feeling like I can’t do the full face thing, even just a touch of blush on my cheeks, with a nice lipstick or lip gloss and making sure my eyebrows are touched up proves to do justice for me. This was evidenced when I heard a co-worker say, “You looking all fresh!” (Boy, my co-workers just don’t know how much their comments, observations and compliments mean to a girl when I think I’m having the WORST day ever!)

Check out this quick way to apply make up on the go!


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On-Demand Grocery Delivers to Your Door!

On-Demand Grocery Delivers to Your Door!

Ahhhhh, the convenience of shopping from your own home! Shipt.com, an online service, now lets you grocery shop from the comfort of your bed, or couch or wherever. Right now, you could even get $15 worth of groceries for FREE!

You can now order groceries in 3 easy steps –

1. You order (download the app and become a member)

2. Shipt shops for you (navigate through 40,000+ items)

3. Delivered right to your door (convenience at its best)

Let the shopping begin here!

4 Reasons Why Meal Planning is Best!

4 Reasons Why Meal Planning is Best!

A trip to the grocery store to pick up a few items can go a long way. Sure, you’re tired, don’t feel like dragging the kids with you, you can stop by the store tomorrow (yeah right) and a quick stop by your local restaurant where kids eat free sounds ideal, but you’re only cheating yourself. And it’ll cost you more in the end.

On your next stop to the grocery store, pick up these few items and see how you could plan modest meals by sticking to a more healthy diet AND keeping your weight down (if this isn’t HARD already). To begin, you’ll need butter, eggs, avocado and … to see the full list, check it out here!

For more great ideas, visit chasingfoxes.com



Planning and Budgeting for Back to School

Planning and Budgeting for Back to School

Back-to-School shopping is the nation’s second largest shopping event of the year, second only to Christmas. As summer comes to a close, it’s time to prepare the kids for the start of a new school year. For most households, this includes spending a paycheck or more on new clothes (uniforms) and school supplies for each student in the family. College students are even more costly, needing housewares, linens, costly textbooks and even electronics and appliances. With a variety of costs and purchases, back to school spending should include PLANNING and most importantly, a BUDGET.  Here are some easy money-saving ideas to cut cost and stick to a budget.   

Start at Home

Taking inventory of what you currently have should be the first step. Assessing what you already have helps avoid buying unnecessary items. Decide what can be used again and what needs to be purchased. Start with clothes. Have the kids try on all their “school” clothes and sort through what fits, what needs to be replaced and what can be handed down or donated. Cash Enhancer: Sell clothes to resale/consignment shops or even have a yard sale.  This could be a potential cash opportunity to make money before you spend money.  Also, take inventory of last year’s school supplies as well. Reuse school supplies from previous years to cut down future purchases. Get creative and have a “Supply Swap” party with parents of school aged kids that have surpassed a grade that your child may be starting.  Use your imagination and creative substitutions for supplies. Pinterest has some great creative solutions.

Plan it out… And Budget

Before you step foot out the house, create a detailed list and estimate how much you can afford to spend overall and what the costs are likely to be. Make sure to include small things and don’t leave anything out! Check your child’s school “Supply List” of essentials that need to arrive with them on the first day of school. Also, don’t forget to include school fees that are required during school registration. 

Decide if you will fight through the stores and malls to do your shopping or if you will take advantage of today’s technology and shop online cyber searching for deals.  As you shop, record the actual prices to track your spending to help stick to your budget. Think ahead to find the best deals, the earlier you start, the more likely you’ll be to avoid panic shopping at the last minute – and spending more than you can afford.

Sales and Deals

Many states have sales tax free weekends which include deals for school supplies, books, and clothing. During the back-to-school season you should be able to find just about anything you need on sale. Keeping an eye out for commercials and print advertisements about upcoming sales will guarantee some good bargains. Office and school supply stores will have deals on all the usual school materials like notebooks and backpacks, while department stores can cover the rest of your needs. Department stores often have back-to-school sales on clothing, bedding, furniture and other school and college necessities.  Also, stay on the lookout for deals sent via email and search for coupon codes. You might also find a steal on eBay Amazon or Craigslist.  Signing up on stores mailing lists can also score you free shipping and exclusive savings offers.  Shopping online allows you to compare prices at several different stores without making trips out. That way, you know you’re buying items at the best price possible.

Plan now for next year.

If you’re finding yourself caught off-guard this year by school expenses, start planning for next year so that doesn’t happen again. Setting up a special savings account for back-to-school shopping with a goal that you feel comfortable with get you prepared for next year.

What are some creative budget ideas or tactics you may already practice?  Please share. 

Cicely Jones is the CEO of MPA Financials, a Full Service Accounting Firm with 15 years’ experience. Cicely has a passion to spread knowledge of financial empowerment by education clients and giving sound financial advice.   

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Kroger is Changing the Way You Shop!

Kroger is Changing the Way You Shop!

You guessed it! Kroger is changing the way you shop for groceries and you never have to step foot in a grocery store again! Thanks to their new online shopping offer, Kroger will now allow customers to select form 40,000 plus items online and pick up curbside at designated time slot. Currently offered at five stores, including Tomball, Cypress, Kingwood, Galveston and Baytown, Kroger plans to expand over the next few months. To learn more information, click here!