Master Your Weekly Routine

It seems as if the pandemic is coming to an end. Many people are vaccinated and the CDC recently relaxed some regulations. All of this sounds great but many people are also returning to work in the office again. Complete bummer!!!

After a year of working from home and not really needing a schedule, getting back in the routine of going in an office is giving me slight anxiety. The thought of not being able to empty my dishwasher during my lunch is horrifying and I know that I need to re-establish a routine in order for my life to run smoothly.

Here are 5 activities that you consider adding to your weekly routine:

Clean
As mundane as it is, cleaning should be one of the top two priorities of your weekly routine. You should set aside a day to “tidy up” throughout the week and one day to actual clean the bathrooms and vacuum and mop the floors (all things I hate to do). If you don’t set aside cleaning time, you will look up and realize that you’re living in a pigsty and nobody really has time for that!

Workout
This is the other top priority in your weekly schedule and something that I need to reincorporate in my schedule at least 5 days per week. Of course, talk with your physician about a specific workout plan for you but moving our bodies is a must. I current have a goal to lose a considerable amount of weight and with the hustle and bustle of work being added back into my daily life, it will be harder for me to set aside time… but I have to do it for myself!

Laundry
Now I realize that some people may include laundry under cleaning but for me, laundry is in a league of its own. To be frank, I hate laundry days. The idea of washing and that dreaded folding clothes makes me roll my eyes. In my home, laundry has a day of its own! Currently that day is Wednesday. I try to wash every single article of clothing on that day and sadly I just fold when throughout the week as I get tired of looking at the piles.

Relax
Don’t forget to rest! Life (especially this last year) can be exhausting, and if you’re anything like me, we can be extra hard on ourselves. Actually scheduling time to rest can be a game changer. It’s a great time to watch your guilty pleasures on television and have your favorite drink of choice. It’s peach wine for me!

Enjoy
Lastly, remember to do something you love at least once a week, if not every day! I know for me, I can get so caught up in the grind that I forget to stop to breath and just enjoy my life! Within the last year, I have been trying to be more intentional about enjoying every little moment. You should try it, it’s highly recommended!

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Give Thanks
Take time each day to be thankful for life, even if you don’t consider it to be the best at the moment. Having a more positive outlook on life allows you to approach each situation with an optimistic mindset! You can show gratitude by starting a “give thanks jar” or just simply journal aspects of your life that bring you joy each day. Try it for a week and see if your life enhances.

Please let me know me what other must-have activities you have in your schedule in the comments below.

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5 Tips for Planning a Quick Getaway

Ahhhh Spring is finally upon us! The flowers on my bushes have finally bloomed, the sun is shining and everyone on my social media timeline is on vacation. As someone who loves to pack and leave, I know all too well why people are ready to hit the road! My boyfriend and I recently traveled a few hours away to Savannah, GA to celebrate a milestone and get out of town for a little while.

When it comes to traveling, I am an extreme planner. I plan out every part of the trip from breakfast, to naps, to restaurants and activities. For some, it is a bit much but for me, it just makes sense. I am a self-proclaimed travel agent. I take months to research and make sure everything I want to do has an allotted time. I am slowly learning that plans can change and unless I pay in advance, I may not be able to hit everything on my list (but please believe that I will try!)

Here are 5 tips on how to plan a quick summer getaway:

1. Travel with the right crew

I have friends that I can only grab a drink with and then I have friends that I can travel the world with them by my side. You can’t travel with just anybody! Learn who your travel buddies are sooner than later (or earlier in your romantic relationships) so that as salaries increase, you know who to call when it’s time to explore! If you find that no one fits your travel criteria, as long as you take precautions, solo travel is always an option.

2. Research the city

Take time to learn as much as you can about the city you plan to visit. For example, find out about tourist attractions, nightlife, the best hotels, whether its best to ride public transportation or have a car, and how far most of the attractions are from one another. You can never conduct too much research and Google is definitely your best friend. Because I used to live in Savannah for a few years, I knew the area pretty well but I still researched new activities and attractions. Don’t forget to check Airbnb for experiences as they list attractions that Google may have missed. I am so thankful I took time to plan because we were able to ride a sailboat and participate in a romantic candle making class!

3. Create an itinerary

An itinerary is a necessity. As annoying as it is to some of my travel companions, they are always thankful that I took the time to plan everything. Even if you have to deviate from some plans, having an itinerary will keep everyone on the same page during the trip.

4. Make all Necessary Reservations

Whew, this is a big one! Make those dinner and activity reservations well in advance. This is why researching the city is extremely important. In Savannah, there is a popular restaurant called the Old Pink House that books up weeks in advance. Because I knew the city, I made a reservation at the restaurant before even booking the hotel.

Not quite ready for a vacation with your significant other? Try these 7 Spring Date Ideas first…

5. Enjoy yourself!

Above all itineraries, reservations, and activities, it’s most important to have as much fun as you can handle! No matter if all your plans fall through or a person cancels right before you expect to leave, remember why you needed to get away and live your best life! You paid your hard earned money (or stimulus check but no one is judging) to enjoy yourself so make sure you do just that!

If you have any more tips, please share them in the comments below!

7 Spring Date Ideas

Since getting into a somewhat new relationship, I have realized how important dating your significant other truly is in order for a relationship to thrive. Dates (no matter who plans them) should be frequent and intentional. How frequent dates should happen is a needed conversation and should probably happen early on in the relationship to manage expectations.

Spring is a great season to date! Even though it is scorching hot during the day (I reside in the South), it is worth the tiny sweat beads so that you can connect with your guy or gal. Keep scrolling to get some ideas:

Romantic Picnic
Okay, before you scream at that the screen that it’s too hot, just think about it: you and your man or woman in a shaded, semi-secluded area of a park with ice cold refreshments, wine, fruit and good conversation. Ugh, yes please! Picnics are a great way to have good conversation and get to know your other half a little bit better. Don’t forget to take games, people watch and hold each other as you watch the sun set!

Minigolf
I am slightly obsessed with this… probably because it is the only game that I am somewhat good at playing. There are countless places to play minigolf and some even offer the game indoors. It’s a fun way to talk smack and poke fun at one another while having a good time.

Go Dancing
I have never had the opportunity to go on a dancing date but that doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming. This is something that I have ALWAYS wanted to do. I guess I’m showing my age here, but I have always fancied the idea of a man asking me to go dance and us “cutting up the rug” for a few hours.

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Star Gaze
I haven’t done this since college but I have to admit that it was fun to point out the different constellations and talk about what we wanted to be when we grew up. It’s something about being outside looking for shooting stars that is extra romantic. Two extra points if you bring a telescope and get to see the stars up close and personal.

Crafting Classes
Crafting classes have become all the rave within the last few years. I am sure there are a plethora of classes within a short distance from you. I have participated in at least a half dozen painting classes and recently made my own candles. I have yet to try pottery and jewelry making but they are on my list.

Bike Riding
I am becoming more and more of an outdoors girl. I am starting to enjoy walking trails, hiking and parks more within the last year. Bike riding is one of my favorite outdoor activities and I am hoping that I can do it this summer at least once.

New Dining Experiences
Experience new restaurants together! I know that eating for every date can get boring but since I work from home, nothing beats putting on real clothes, makeup and heels and experiencing a new restaurant with my boyfriend.

I hope these tips help. Please let me know if you have any spring date ideas to add in the comments below.

26 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is only 4 days away. Yes, 4 Days. If you’re like me, you are having a hard time believing it’s already May and hopefully not still scrambling to figure out what to get anyone in your life who you honor as a mother figure. By now, you should have a few ideas on what to get her AND Amazon Prime (because they may be the only company who can ship in time at this point and even they have been behind with their shipping). If you don’t have a least one gift, you should take a quick moment to feel ashamed of yourself (only kidding, life is crazy right now). If you need some help, I have you covered! Keep scrolling for 10 last minute mother’s day gifts:

*The following links are not affiliate sponsored. I do not make any specific recommendations and you purchase at your own will.

For the Wine Lover
Electric Wine Opener
Wine Glasses
Wine Stopper

For the Craftaholic
Anything Cricut
Artificial Flowers
Jewelry Making Kit

For the Candle Lover
Candle Making Kit
Candle Accessories
Bath and Body Works Gift Card

For the Health Enthusiast
Tennis Shoes
Tennis Racket
Basketball
Workout Clothes
Year subscription to Paid MyFitnessPal

For the Jewelry Enthusiast
Jewelry Sets

For the Tech Guru
Apple iPad
Apple Watch
Laptop
Tech Class/Certification

For the Homemaker
Cooking Aprons
Pot and Pan Set

For the Mom who Has it All
Fresh Flowers
Gift Cards
Car Wash
Brunch/Dinner
Chef to her home

Welcome to Makings of Malisa

Hello! Welcome to Makings of Malisa. I hope it’s not too obvious but my name is Malisa and I enjoy writing all things about life.

Even though I love to write, I pick up it and put it down more than I’d like to admit. Writing is my ‘Happy Place’ and I feel more balanced when I do it everyday. It gives me a fuzzy little feeling like wearing a warm blanket while drinking a hot cappuccino in the height of winter… it’s great!

Writing brings me joy!

About me – I am…
A Disciple of Christ
Far from Perfect
In Love with People
Not too Fond of Animals
Currently in a Relationship
Super Dope, yet humble
Goal Oriented
Kinda Sappy
Mostly Happy

Oh, and my name is pronounced Ma•Lisa, not to be confused with Melissa, Marlisa, Mylisa or any other name people sometimes call me.

This is enough about me for now. I am so thankful that you read this post! I hope that you come back weekly to engage and we can learn from each other. If you would like to know more, please subscribe below!

Now don’t be shy… tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments!