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Quarantine Series – 5 Tips to Working From Home

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Working from home for an extended period of time is completely different than working in an office format. I will be the first to admit that I am not perfect at it, but I work in a restricted space and have learned a lot of lessons in my time. Below are my 5 tips to working from home!

Morning Routine

Continue doing the same morning routine that you have been doing for years. Get up, shower, get dressed, etc. Don’t just roll out of bed and pull up your computer. I can promise you if you don’t keep up your morning routine you will spiral. You need your mind and body to stay consistent and know it’s time for work. Just like you would any other work week. The more consistent you can keep you life during this time, the better.

Separate Space

If possible, create a separate work environment for yourself. Make a space that you can stay focused in and then can walk away from when the ‘work day’ is over. And honestly, you will need the space just to keep your mind clear and focused. This space is critical for you to not get distracted and to keep focused during your work hours. I don’t have the luxury of a separate space as I work in a 32 foot trailer, so I just focus hard on creating and maintaining boundaries. The more boundaries you can put in place the better life will be.

Create Boundaries

Seriously, create real boundaries. Don’t overwork just because you are at home. If you are supposed to work until 5pm, work until 5pm and then stop. Work from home boundaries are absolutely critical to your sanity and keeping yourself focused. If you don’t create them in the beginning, it will be harder to enforce them later on. People will respect that you keep boundaries, don’t be afraid to make them and keep them.

Take Periodic Breaks

In an office setting, you get up and get coffee, head to lunch, and take several small breaks throughout the day. You need to continue a habit of getting up and walking around even while you are working from home. These breaks clear your mind and keep your body from getting stiff. Don’t stay in the same spot all day long. Get up, move around, just make sure to get your blood flowing.

Stay Healthy

Without doubt the thing I struggle with the most working from home is staying healthy. So I implore you, get up and exercise. Eat healthy and don’t eat all the food in your house just because you are home. This is where all of your self-control comes into place. You will need to keep yourself healthy while you are working from home. It’s critical to your health and ability to do your job well that you stay healthy. So be diligent and stay on top of this while you are working from home. You will thank yourself later.

There are many ways to work from home, many different techniques and styles. But these are my top 5 tips to at least get you started. If you have any tips of your own, please list them below!

Malibu Wine Safari

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Wine, safari rides, and good friends. There is nothing better!

I discovered Malibu Wine Safari’s through Amanda Stanton from the Bachelor, and couldn’t resist getting out there to try it out myself! My husband and my friend from college, Victoria, were kind enough to join me on this safari adventure!

Malibu Wines is a gorgeous winery 40 minutes North of Los Angeles. You can choose to relax and enjoy wine at their garden location, or you can choose to go on one of their 5 Safari trips! These Safaris include varying wine tastings, a trip around the venue enjoying the views, meeting the exotic animals, and if you choose the right tour you get to meet Stanley the Giraffe!

Stanley the Giraffe is the vineyards celebrity, he has been on multiple commercials and was featured in Hangover III! He has since retired from the movie life, but is such a fun part of your tour of the vineyards! I highly recommend a Safari that includes a meet and greet with Stanley.

We chose to do the Giraffe Tour which started with a Safari ride around parts of the vineyard overlooking the exotic animals they house. You then go on to feed the alpacas, donkeys and zebras some cut up carrots and lettuce before getting your first flight on wine. The first flight of wine had my favorite wine of the safari, their rose wine (I definitely bought a bottle before I left). You then head off to see more of the vineyards as well as get a glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion! After your glimpse of the Bachelor Mansion you get to see Stanley, which was my husbands favorite part! Stanley is fed almost every 20 minutes with heads of lettuce making him one of the friendliest giraffe’s I’ve ever met. After your time with Stanley you head off to your second flight of wine coupled with cheese and crackers at the vineyards adorable cottage.

This Safari is worth every penny and is a must do event if you are in the LA/Malibu area! If you head to the Malibu Wines, be sure to let us know!

 

xoxo- Kayla

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Prices as of 8.24.2018 Please check the Malibu Wine Website for Updated Prices.

The Safari Trucks You Ride In!

Enjoying Our First Flight Of Wine

Views Of The Vineyard

Loving These Views Of The Vineyard

Feeding the Zebras

Love Feeding The Zebras

Views Of The Vineyard

Views Of The Vineyard

Safari’s Are Best With Friends

When Stanley Photobombs You!

Wine and Crackers

Finishing Up Our Second Flight Of Wine

Travel on a Budget

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Traveling on a budget is a unique experience. Because my husband and I are still in school (well he is), we are stretched pretty thin on how much we can spend on trips. Let me tell you what my plan is when we look for our vacations!

First and foremost, we look up the travel cost. As that is the most expensive portion of the trip, how much we have to pay to get there is half the battle. I scour for deals on all sites looking for times, dates, coupons; anything that will help us get there without spending so much. The big thing will travel costs when you are on a budget is be patient. It can get overwhelming when you want to go somewhere and you just can’t make the costs work. Stay the course, stay calm, and keep searching!

Next, we try and find a cheap place to stay. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful, stately hotels and it’s hard to not stay there. But if you can make it through a mediocre, slightly crappy hotel, you can save your money and use it to explore the sites! Let me paint you a picture of the most extreme example of this that I have done so far. My husband and I went to San Diego and he let me choose the hotel. I chose a hotel about 5 miles from the Mexican border at a Motel 6. Yes, I am fully aware these aren’t the best places to stay, but it was a holiday weekend and it was my cheapest option! The hotel was surprisingly very clean, with a giant flat screen and Direct TV. There weren’t any fancy accessories or anything special about the room, but it served the purpose of giving us a roof over our heads. By taking this room we were able to save our money to try new restaurants, activities and view the sites!

It may seem like you are missing out by not having the best hotels and amenities every time you travel, but its okay! Making small sacrifices gives you the ability to spend money on the things you really want to do, like taking a surfing lesson, going to a famous zoo, or exploring new parks.

Another good example of saving money when going on trips, is exploring the possibility of camping. I will be the first to say that camping has it’s downsides. But if you look in the right places, you can find a campsite with clean showers, sinks and general stores to help with your unexpected needs! We found a perfect campsite in Malibu, called Malibu RV Park. The campsite has a gorgeous view, clean shower rooms, and everything was well maintained. Camping ended up being so much better than staying in a hotel, and we were able to save a couple hundred dollars!!

Lastly, we only eat out one meal a day. Don’t get me wrong, when we do go out each day, we try a fun local place! But, when deciding between exciting activities or eating out, I will choose the activities every time! My suggestion is bring pop tarts and granola bars for breakfast and materials for sandwiches and chips for lunch. That and a 24 pack of water will get you through your trip on a skin tight budget. You may need to spend a little bit of money on a cooler, but the cooler will pay for itself after a few trips of following this regimen!

At the end of the day, you need to be patient and not worry about how you look. Don’t worry about what people think if you aren’t in the fanciest place or eating the fanciest food. As long  as you are enjoying your time and making memories you will have the best vacation!

And as always, remember travel is good for the soul!

 

Malibu. Sun, Surf, Good Times

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My husband and I haven’t had a week of vacation together since we were married two years ago. With me working full time, and him being a full-time student, we don’t get a lot of time off. So, I was thrilled to get so much time together! We had no stress, no responsibilities, and no worries!

We made plans to go camping in Malibu for a couple of days. We had never been to LA/Malibu, so we were ecstatic to see what the area was like. Let me tell you, Malibu is GORGEOUS! Between Los Angeles, San Diego and Malibu, Malibu won hands down. The beaches were pristine and well maintained, and it was so much more relaxing than LA and San Diego had been. Our campsite was located in the mountains at Malibu RV Park, on the east side of the Pacific Coast Highway. Our campsite overlooked the ocean, and it was stunning! No matter where we were  in Malibu, the ocean was just a few steps away.

Our first stop was the Santa Monica Pier. I had heard that it was a must see place in LA, and it was such a unique and fun experience. There are so many rides for kids to play on and there are tons of tasty food vendors and places to buy souvenirs. If you head to the end of the Santa Monica Pier you will see some locals fishing off the dock. If you are lucky you will even see a seal like we did! Now, this seal wanted fed. When he wasn’t he left. But it was still so fun!

We also went to the beach on our first day and spent time enjoying the sights. My husband is normally a very tan person. But he has been so immersed in schoolwork, he is not outside as much. He got burnt to a crisp that day, which put a bit of a damper on the rest of the week. 😉 

Zuma Beach was without doubt our favorite beach, especially since we saw dolphins there almost every day! Evan’s plan was to try surfing for the first time, and I was going to paddle board for the first time. The water was too rough that week for me to try paddle boarding, but Evan could try his hand at surfing. Let me tell you, he really enjoyed it! I give credit to all the surfers out there. Surfing was definitely a lot of work, he was exhausted!

We went out to eat at some amazing places while we were out in Malibu: Malibu Seafood, Spruzzo, and Burger Fi. Malibu Seafood was right next to our campground and was definitely a local favorite. I am not a huge seafood fan. However, I got a deep-fried shrimp platter, and I am pretty sure I have never had such tasty food! It was unbelievable! Everything was made fresh and so well done. Also, if you stay at the Malibu RV Park, you get a 10% discount on dinner! The next night we tried Spruzzo, a local restaurant near Zuma beach. We went there for the $20 combo pizza, and it did not disappoint!

We took one of the days of our vacation to go and visit Hollywood! We have a bucket list of places we want to hit while we live out west, and Hollywood was definitely on there! Our first stop was the Hollywood Walk of ame. Who knew it was so long! It was such a fun time seeing all the new and old stars. After the walk of fame, we drove to a neighborhood near the Hollywood sign to get some gorgeous photos!

During our trip to downtown LA, we ate at Chili Johns. Whenever Evan and I go on a trip we try to stop at least one restaurant Guy Ferrero ate at. Let me warn you up front: it is located in a rough area, and the outside looks like it hasn’t been updated in years. However, the food is unbelievable. The chili is fantastic. But the lemon cream pie was to die for! I haven’t had that good of pie since the last time my grandma brought me pie! We spent the rest of the day saying goodbye to the ocean, with a promise that we would be back soon.

We loved Malibu and would highly recommend staying there on your next trip to California!

My husband and I haven’t had a week off together since we were first married two years ago. With me working full time and him being a full time student, we don’t get a lot of time off. I was so excited to get so much time together! We had no stresses, no responsibilities, nothing but just enjoying our time together!

 

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Malibu has the best beaches!

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Santa Monica Beach

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End of Route 66

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Santa Monica Pier

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Zuma Beach

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First Surf Experience

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Good luck!

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Burger Fi

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Don’t let the outside fool you!

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Amazing chili!

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Our campsite