The Perfect Gift: The Gift of Time (and a GIVEAWAY!)

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Time.

Do you have enough time? I never feel that I do. I manage to use every second to my best ability, and I’ve decided that’s just who I am. I’m okay with that, but I’m hyper-sensitive these days to the things taking up my time.

My kids.

My husband.

My business.

Those are the most important things taking up my time, and those are non-negotiable. I can’t don’t want to get rid of the kids and my sweet husband (Happy Birthday, Babe!) or my business. I don’t want to give up volunteering. I don’t want to give up yoga.

There are things I just love so much, and then there are things that are a total waste of my time.

When the amazing team at JORD Watches contacted me to ask if I’d like to work with them on a GIVEAWAY (head over to my Instagram page to check out the details and enter (tiffanyraiford15), I was super excited. Of course, I’d make time for such a fun giveaway for such a cool product.

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And that’s when my new JORD watch taught me the most spectacular lesson.

I might not be able to create more time in the day, but I do have the power to create how much time I waste and how much time I utilize – and my Apple Watch is making that difficult for me.

Sorry, Apple – I do love my watch. It’s great for my workouts. It’s great when I’m working and my phone is charging and I’m getting notifications I might need otherwise. It’s great when I’m driving.

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What’s not great, however, is how obsessed I’ve become with wearing it since my husband gave it to me three Christmases ago. It’s a time suck. I might be doing anything and stop because my watch notified me I have some new emails. Once I see that email come in, I feel the overwhelming need to respond. The same with texts and notifications on social media.

Wearing my JORD watch while we shot the campaign was fun because I wasn’t interrupted – at all. I had no idea if someone was trying to contact me. I wasn’t constantly distracted by notifications and emails and text messages.

Do you know how nice that felt? It’s the first time in a long time I’ve not worn my Apple Watch, and it was such a nice break. My new JORD wood watch is my new go-to for date nights when we’re out and I don’t want the interruption. It’s like I’ve been given the gift of time, and I didn’t even realize it.

If you’re looking for an amazing gift to give someone you love this Valentine’s Day, why not give them the gift of time? The JORD watch is all wood – and it’s gorgeous. It’s delicate while also being strong, and it’s a perfect blend of feminine and masculine. You’re going to love this because it’s the gift that keeps giving.

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You can win your very own chance to own a JORD watch by heading over to Instagram today to enter my giveaway with JORD Watches. Just head to tiffanyraiford15 on instagram, find the photo of this watch and follow the instructions to win. The contest lasts two weeks, and the winner gets a $100 code for purchase as well as free sizing and shipping on your new JORD watch!

If you can’t wait that long, you can visit http://www.jordwatches.com and enter coupon code “tiffanyraiford15” at checkout for an instant $25 savings on your new watch. Good luck!

#LaundryUpgrade Contest: Laundry Room Goals

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I don’t spend much time in my laundry room. My husband does the vast majority of our laundry, and I’m not even remotely ashamed to admit that. He’s good at it, whereas I’m lazy about it. Well, maybe not lazy so much as just careless. Most of my clothes don’t get washed at home, and what does is pretty much yoga pants and underpants – and you can’t do much damage to those.

The problem – according to my sweet husband – is I don’t like to leave things undone. If there is any laundry, I want it washed. I can’t waste time leaving dirty towels dirty because there’s only two of them but plenty of kids’ clothes to wash. So, I ignore the whole sorting thing and just wash. I also (allegedly) over-stuff the washing machine and dryer, and I guess you’re supposed to measure laundry detergent rather than just eyeing it. Whatever.

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So, laundry isn’t my thing – but I do love a good laundry room. In fact, my husband and I are in the beginning stages of a laundry room remodel. It needs it – desperately. All the photos included here are of our laundry room at home. As you can see, it’s ugly. It’s what it looked like when we bought our home, and we need to do some updating.

It’s got great bones. It’s HUGE. It’s the size of a small bedroom, and we tend to use it for a lot of storage. Christmas items we were too lazy to stick in the attic, our beer-rator (which sadly has much more Gatorade and water than actual beer), strollers, coolers, and cleaning equipment make themselves at home here. Like I said – our laundry room is massive and we want to make it more functional.

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“Laundry rooms are no longer the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ room in the home,” according to Tim Johnson, Senior Director of Product Management at Masonite International Corporation. Masonite International Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and designer of doors for both interior and exterior use, and the company believes that every room in our homes should reflect our personal style.

As you can see, our personal style is so absolutely not reflected in our laundry room. Basically, it makes us look like people who have a vacuum obsession, a lot of kids, no desire to get into the attic, and a love of the Yeti cooler.

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True story – I have a vacuum obsession (I have white carpet and four kids, okay?), we do have a lot of kids, we are too lazy to get into the attic, and we do love a good Yeti cooler. All right, then. Our laundry room does say a little about us, but it’s not stylish.

Our goal is to turn one wall into a gorgeous command center for our four kids and their school supplies. We’ll remove the bottom rack on the right wall to make that happen and so we can move the beer-rator over to the corner and out of the way of the window. We need white wooden blinds on the window, a new sink, and we’ll repaint the ugly cabinets a gorgeous shade of antique white, add some decorative baskets (for sorting. Please see my mental eye roll) with labels, and we will rip out the ugly tiles and install wood floors after painting the walls a lovely shade of light grey.

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We have some serious laundry room goals – seriously, check my Pinterest boards – and I think it’s time you create some of the same goals. Imagine doing laundry in a room you love. How much nicer would that be? The amazing team over at Masonite International Corporation wants you to get excited about doing laundry, which is why they’ve launched a fun social media contest called “Laundry Upgrade,” and I’ve been asked to share this news with all of you.

All you have to do is take a phot of your old, ugly, outdated, boring, uninspired laundry room and post it to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LaundryUpgrade to enter your photo in the contest for a chance to win one of Masonite’s gorgeous barn door kits AND a $100 Home Depot gift card to use to update your tired laundry room.

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Don’t put this off, y’all. The deadline is April 30. Photos hashtagged after this date will not be considered valid, so you only have a few weeks left. And since we all know you have your phone in your hand at all times, there’s no reason you can’t snap a quick pic and hashtag it in less than five. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out Masonite and their gorgeous work at www.Masonite.com.

Good luck – and happy laundry days!