When I first opened my business (and in the months before), I found myself so uptight before bed that it was hard to relax. I would keep my computer beside my bed so if I had a thought about the store, I could complete the task really quickly, and if all else failed and I just couldn't clear my head, I would break out the Netflix, which would almost always result in that insulting message Are you still watching?

Since then, I have really been working towards a nighttime routine that is efficient but also relaxing, letting me unwind after a long day. 

Making the bed before your day starts.Wait, I thought this was a nighttime routine? Yes, it is. But for me, part of what puts me at ease is unmaking my bed and climbing in. When I come home and see my bedroom in disarray, it automatically makes me feel cluttered and overwhelmed, so taking 3 minutes to straighten up in the morning and work wonders when it's time for bed.

Keeping an organized nightstand. My husband is probably laughing at me if he reads this since I have 3 water bottles on my bedside table at any given moment - but I’ve gotten better about having excess clutter floating around. I used to keep books, etc. lying around, but now I put those back on the shelf or in my drawer if it's an in-progress read. I keep a candle and a photo as well as the lamp (and my water bottles) and everything else has to find a new home.
Wearing comfortable pajamas.Sounds like a no brainer, huh? But I sleep so much better when I'm in something lightweight and comfortable. I slipped on a pair of cozy pants the other night but found myself changing because they kept pulling and tugging all night. While they were great lounge pants, they are no longer going in my pajama drawer!

Skipping the TV. This one is tough for me. I used to spend every night watching TV and couldn't even fall asleep without it on but now, it's hard for me to fall asleep with background noise and distraction (my grandmother's advice about no TV in the bed has held true). Though my phone is so tempting (all those TV and movie apps), I now try (keyword) opt for reading a book or just taking a minute to meditate and relax. 

Taking ZzzQuil™ PURE Zzzs™ Melatonin GummiesYes, this is a sponsored post, but y'all - these have been a game changer for me! ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, drug-free and contain the optimal level of melatonin with no next-day grogginess*. They also come in a delicious Wildberry Vanilla flavor so taking two before bed has easily become my new thing. For a while, it was not unusual for me to not fall asleep until 1 or 2 am or to wake up in the middle of the night with a million things on my mind. Now that I have these in my routine - I take them about 30 minutes before bed, before I wash my face and all of that - my sleep patterns and routines have completely changed. I'm so much more relaxed and fall asleep so comfortably and naturally, and wake up feeling refreshed*.

Another thing I've added into my routine? The Vicks® PURE Zzzs™ Soothing Aromatherapy Balm. A little bit of this leaves me feeling moisturized and helps me wind down once I hop into bed. And who doesn't love lavender and chamomile essential oils?

ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid
Last but not least! I take ZzzQuil on those occasional long trips when I need to re-adjust to different time zones. It helps me fall asleep fast and in as little as 20 minutes! 

The Vicks PURE Zzzs Soothing Aromatherapy Balm can be used by itself or paired with either the ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies or ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid, just make sure not to use the melatonin gummies and ZzzQuil together.
What are your favorite nighttime tips and tricks for a relaxing routine? And if you have any questions about these Vicks products, please let me know! They are my new go-to.

Thank you to Vicks for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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My daddy is a very special guy. I think we all feel this way about our dads, but life feels like it would be impossible without him. He has done countless things for me my entire life, but especially when I decided to open a store - he was my hands-on contractor and go-to for so many things. He's also my advice giver, my roller-coaster partner, and so much more.

This year for Father's Day, I teamed up with Snapfish to gift my dad something personalized. I feel like we're always looking at old photos on our phones from vacations and moments past, so a photo book featuring the last few years (and a few throwbacks of just him) seemed like the perfect memento for my dad. 

What I love about Snapfish is that the personalization aspect is so unique and it makes such a wonderful keepsake. Though you can start from scratch, I opted to use the "Best Dad Ever" template. While creating the leather-bound book for my dad, I loved that there were so many great Father's Day embellishments to create a unique gift that was just for him. Even better, I gave it to him just before my grandparents and aunt stopped by to visit, so they loved looking through some of our treasured memories as well! I included photos from vacations, our wedding and a few old photos from by dad back in the day. We also love spending time together out on the boat, so I used a few fun selfies from our favorite days out on the water. 

Another thing I ordered for my dad was a photo card. While I love browsing the card aisle, what was great about this is that it's a card completely unique to my dad and one that is a perfect photo keepsake too! I used a template specific to Father's Day and included a few of my favorite "dad and me" moments from my wedding. 

If you're looking for a budget-friendly gift idea that's personalized for your dad, I would highly recommend checking out Snapfish! I think I'm enjoying the photo book almost as much as my dad.  And great news! Snapfish is offering Southern Style readers 40% off sitewide through the end of June! Use code GIFT4DAD at checkout. 

Thanks so much to Snapfish for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies that keep Southern Style in business!
No. It's such a negative word, right? And a word I have a really hard time saying sometimes. My mom reminds me all the time that's been in my inherent nature to stay busy since I was a little girl. I woke up wanting to know the plan, and I'm still that way as we get ready to head into my 27th year. 

I have never loved missing out on things - FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real issue around here. It would make me so upset when I was in college and I had to miss out on a social outing due to another commitment. And along with that, saying no began to get harder and harder. Even now, I spend countless hours on the road trying to fit everything in when I really just need to take a minute to myself. 

But last weekend, I was not scheduled to work at the store and Stephen and I had our staycation at the beach. It was the first weekend that I had absolutely no plans, other than the plan to relax. I had a few things I could have committed to but as Friday approached, I realized how freeing it was to have absolutely nothing on my calendar. I started my work week that next Monday feeling so refreshed. And since then, I'm making plans to say not right now a little more often.

I think in today's day and age, it's hard for everyone to take a step back - with commitments, school schedules, work obligations, social media "expectations" and more, all of a sudden you're drowning in things that are supposed to be fun that end up feeling like a chore. And what kind of life is that? I read a quote from Lysa Terkheurt that said, "We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please." Wow. How poignant is that? 

Don't get me wrong - the things I may be saying not right now to may be things that I truly want to do. But will it be stressful to fit it in? Will it compromise the down-time needed for my health? Will it conflict with something I already committed to? Those are all things I'm going to set as my goal to ask myself. 

It wasn't until a few weeks ago when I was reviewing my 101 in 1,001 list that I realized that I hadn't read nearly as many books as I did a few years back. I absolutely love reading and it's my little bit of escape. But as of late, I've not made time for it - something that truly makes me content, happy and at peace. Each of us has that - maybe it's a coffee date with a friend, or a golf date with your dad, or a day at the beach with a good book - the thing that makes us feel refreshed and reset. 

But more than that, I want to have more time for the people in my life. I don't need constant activity as much as I need time with the people I love. Whether it's reconnecting with a friend over dinner, celebrating a friend's accomplishment, or having much needed family-time, those are the things I want to have time to say yes to more often. 

And so as we head into this new and crazy work week, that's my goal. Let's say yes a little more to self care, "me time," and healthy relationships and not right now a little more to all the extras.
It's been quite a few months since I shared an update on my 101 in 1,001 list - but what's crazy is that I'm only 5 short months away from finishing my 1,001 days! I still have quite a few things left to cross off my list, but I have checked off items here and there and have a couple more in progress!

70. Go to NYC with Stephen
We technically went with my whole family, but Stephen and I went to New York City right before Christmas and had a blast. It was his first time in NYC, and it was so fun doing some exploring!

80. Have a staycation
I feel like we do this in a way each summer, but this past weekend, Steve and I stayed at our beach house just the two of us and it really felt like we were on vacation. We had no plans and truly just lounged like we would have if we were vacationing! Read about that here.

82. Host a dinner party
We had the pleasure of hosting our friends this past December for our Christmas supper club! Nothing quite speeds up house projects like hosting your friends. 

In progress:
9. Organize another fundraising event for the ALS Association - May is ALS Awareness month so in a couple of weeks, we will be holding a fundraiser at ZIA

11. Redo my (it is now our) bedroom - this is definitely a work in progress but one I am slowly but surely conquering. We bought new bedside tables but are using furniture that each of us already had, especially since we are still in a rental. The photo in this post is the latest on the bedding - and Sophie unable to keep her eyes open ;)

48. Find 15 new blogs to read - another one of those that I'm quite certain I've completed but I just haven't made a note about what new blogs I've checked out. I come across new bloggers daily on Instagram and while social media is great, I love visiting their websites to learn more about them. 

89. Read at least 40 new books - I know I've read more than what's below in the last couple of years because I fly through books, but I'm the worst at keeping track of them! These are the ones I know I've read so far. 

  • The Magnolia Story
  • Me Before You
  • The One and Only
  • Lies and Other Acts of Love
  • Silver Girls
  • The Rumor
  • Everyone Worth Knowing
  • Pink Lies
  • The Identicals
  • First Comes Love
  • Here's to Us
  • Beautiful Day
  • The Secret to Southern Charm

95. Read a Royal Family memoir - this one is semi-in progress. I was at the bookstore last week and saw several, but they were all about Harry and Meghan. And while I love them, I wouldn't mind reading more of an overview of the whole family. Any recommendations?

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One of the things on my 101 in 1,001 list was to have a staycation. In some senses, I feel like we do that every summer as we move into the beach house with our family, whether it's for a night or two or a couple of weeks. However, this weekend, Steve and I decided to head over late Friday night and we spent the weekend with absolutely no plans.

It was so nice to still be in our town which allowed me to pop into the store for a quick second to drop off a few things and have the luxury of being nearby if we forgot anything, but we ultimately treated the last few days like a vacation. On Saturday, we cooked breakfast together, took Sophie on a walk around the loop and then spent the rest of the day outside. My brother and his girlfriend came into town so we spent the afternoon with them along with grabbing dinner. Then it was a lazy Saturday night in watching movies.

On Sunday, we did break out of our Wrightsville Beach bubble and go to Wallace to play some golf at River Landing, and by play golf, I mean my brother and Stephen played while Morgan and I drove the carts. It was fun spending time with them again and then once we got back into town, we made an impromptu decision to go see the new Avengers movie (if you've seen it, how about that ending?!) It's safe to say I'm sad to see this weekend go, but I am excited for a summer full of more just like them. 

Speaking of staycations, these adorable shorts give me all of the heart eyes! Anyone who knows me knows I can't get enough of a cute pair of palm print shorts, and these are seriously the cutest. I love everything that's part of the new Show Me Your Mumu x Barbie collection, but I couldn't resist these as I've worn my other Mumu shorts so many times. 

I also feel like I could have easily loved being a part of the Jackie O. era - these big white sunglasses? Yes, please.

Outfit Details:
Top - Nordstrom
Clutch - ZIA or Cult Gaia
Sunglasses - Nordstrom
Lips - MAC

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News is out! Shopbop surprise sale is here! The last thing I need to be doing is shopping - however, this sale is so good I might not be able to resist! Some pieces I've had my eye on are up to 30% off, like this Mar y Sol tote that's now under $100! I'm also loving this adorable dress, but it's selling out quickly. And I feel like it's almost impossible to find these Miller sandals on sale especially at this time of year, but there are a few sizes left!

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