Tips for Shutting Down at the End of the Day While Working From Home

When you’re working from home it can sometimes be incredibly challenging to turn off your work brain and get back into home mode. That is why I’ve put together a list of tips to help you shut off at the end of the day while working from home.

Change Your Clothes

One of the biggest things you can do to help yourself turn your work brain off at the end of the day and move into at home mode is to change your clothes. What’s that you say, you’ve been working in your PJs? While that may feel great for your body it is actually doing harm to your mind. You don’t have to put on a tie or do makeup if you don’t want to, but for some people, it makes all the difference! Taking those work clothes off at the end of your workday will help you differentiate between the two times of day, home and work.

Have a Set Time for Your Work Day to End

You might think that because you’re working from home this means you can get up in the middle of the day and do laundry or take out the trash. But you should be treating your work time as though it were time you’re not at home. This means no household chores during work time and no work during home time. Have a set time for your workday to begin and end each day. I recommend keeping the same hours you would at work. So if you have a 9-5 office job, work 9-5 at home.

Turn on Do Not Disturb

At the end of the day turn on your do not disturb settings for Slack and any other tools your office uses. Don’t let your coworkers bother you after hours because they may not be following the rules for having set working hours and they’ll end up dragging you into something in your off time. Limit the opportunities for work to creep back into your life. I turn this on every day at 5pm. It’s helped me stop working on time. I also recommend (if you can) leaving your phone in the other room and enjoy your evening.

Close the Office Door for the Day

At the end of the day close your home office’s door and don’t go back into the room until work starts the following day. If this isn’t possible, maybe because you’re working from your bedroom or living room then pack away your laptop and phone in your work bag. Doing this creates a clear barrier between work and home. If you do end up wanting to use your home office again make sure that you spend some time away from the room making dinner or spending time chatting with family. This will give your brain time to transition away from work so the next time you go into the room you’re not thinking about work anymore and you can instead focus on playing a game or whatever else it was you were going to do.

Develop an Evening Routine

Finally, you should develop an evening routine that works for you and your family. This begins by having a set time for work to end, turning on your do not disturb, then packing away work for the night in whatever way works for you. What you do after that is entirely up to you. But try to make it the same every workday. 

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Blueberry Poppy Seed Cake!

If you have a family event coming up or a get together, this will be a hit. It tastes even better than it looks, if that’s possible 😉 It’s a delicious treat for a Sunday Brunch or an easy treat to make for a party!

Blueberry Poppyseed Cake


  • Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspons lemon peel
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Filling
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Glaze
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, and then add in the lemon peel and egg.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Mix to incorporate.
  • Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients a little at a time, alternating with sour cream and mixing as you go.
  • Spray a 9-10 inch spring-form pan with non-stick cooking spray and add the cake mixture to the pan, pushing it down along the bottom of the pan and about an inch up the sides.
  • Next, mix ingredients for the blueberry filling in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Gently pour and press onto the crust.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the top of the cake is lightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Run a knife along the edges of the cake to make sure it doesn’t stick, and then release the spring to remove the cake.
  • Mix the glaze in a small bowl, stirring the milk into the powdered sugar until a nice smooth consistency is reached. Spoon glaze over the cake.
  • Serve and enjoy.
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My current Summertime skincare routine!

I have to admit, I try and change products ALL the time – these are my CURRENT must haves that I’ve been using daily since pregnant. I’ve had to cut down a lot of products in my routine but will be adding them back once my bundle of joy arrives! I also MISS my hydra-facials.

  1. Tula PURIFYING CLEANSER (TONYA20 gets you 20% off) or Simple Cleanser

2. AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Skin Energy Mist

3. Tula GLOW & GET IT COOLING & BRIGHTENING EYE BALM (code TONYA20 gets you 20% off)

4. ESTÉE LAUDER Nutritious Super-Pomegranate Radiant Energy Moisture Crème

5. PhytoQuench Replenishing Serum

6. Bio oil – I use this from my neck down to my toes TWICE a day, I swear my skin has never felt so good. I’ll be using this from now on, even after my pregnancy. Personally I think it’s WAY better than lotion.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Healthy skin starts with your scalp, and Head & Shoulders!

This post is sponsored by Head & Shoulders. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

You all know by now that taking care of my skin with a proper skin routine is so important to me, especially during the hot and dry summer months, when your skin can take a huge hit.

However, when you take regular care of your skin, are you remembering to take care of your scalp as well? Most people forget that your scalp is part of your skin, too!

Healthy skin is head to toe and starts with the proper care of your scalp. Without a healthy scalp, you won’t have healthy hair. That’s why I use Head & Shoulders, the first-ever hair care brand to win a Skin Care Beauty Award!

Did you know that under every day stressors such as life changes (hello pregnancy!), working out, pollution and other environmental factors can damage your scalp’s skin thus impacting your hair quality? Until recently, I didn’t know either!

Taking regular care of your scalp is SO important. Head & Shoulders has been a staple in my home since I was in middle school. Until recently, many held the misconception that Head & Shoulders a men’s care product. Even though Head & Shoulders was never specific to men’s care, they’ve changed their formula and have continued to emphasize that scalp care is an important step in skincare routines for everyone.

I use Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Scalp Moisturizing Conditioner to keep up my healthy hair for years to come, because it all starts with your scalp! When used together, they can wash away up to 70% of the dandruff fighting ingredients, rejuvenating roots, detoxifying your scalp, restoring balance, moisturizing, neutralizing skin and soothing your scalp!

When my hair needs an extra reboot, I use Head & Shoulders Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask or their Root Rejuvenating Pre-Wash Mask depending on what my hair is most in need of! The Detoxifying Mask with eucalyptus and mint deep cleans your scalp by lifting away impurities caused by product build-up and the aforementioned every day stressors to refresh and restart your scalp. The Rejuvenating wash with tea tree extract works to invigorate your roots and helps to purify and restore your scalp for visibly healthy hair! Both masks are under $2 and really help me to maintain my hair’s natural glow and health!

If you’re looking to change up your skincare routine, start with Head & Shoulders. I’m so glad I’ve incorporated scalp care into my regular routine, because your scalp IS skin!

Like most women, I am so attached to my hair. Over styling, using too many harsh products and not protecting your hair, especially during the summer months, leads to hair damage including loss of shine, dryness, breakage and dandruff.

There’s nothing worse than an itchy, dry scalp, and there’s nothing better than healthy hair and skin! Start with Head & Shoulders to get soft, smooth hair that starts with the regular maintenance of your scalp!

Do you remember to take regular care of your scalp? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx Tonyamichelle

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June Amazon Fashion Haul! All items under $30!! + $200 GC giveaway!

I did a huge haul in June and these are just a few I was able to shoot and also some didn’t make the cut. I never will share items that aren’t good quality, only the items I love. Everything I’m posting ISN’T maternity, I just found items that work for BOTH stages in life! Also at the bottom of this blog post is a $200 Amazon Giftcard giveaway!!! 🙂

My Current Stats: 5’7″ – 155lbs – 6 months pregnant.

Bohemian Blouse $16.99

Other items I’m wearing: SunniesPurseSandalsShorts

I’m wearing my normal size Medium. If I wasn’t 6 months pregnant it would have the perfect flowy feel!

For the sunnies, use code TONYA20 for 20% off any purchase.

Some other options and accessories to complete the look:

Floral or Polka Dot Romper $17

This romper is one of my favorites, I first bought it in black and white polka dots then had to get another design. I’m wearing a Medium!

Accessories to complete your look:

Some other rompers I have:

Midi Bodycon Dress $19.99

Ok, so I first posted this dress on my Instagram stories and I was in AWE. Not only is the material comfortable, it’s NOT see through, its thick enough where your underwear doesn’t show…IN LOVE. I went back online and bought the white, grey and baby blue. HA. I’m ordering 3 more colors as I type this. If you get anything you have to buy this. Wearing my normal size Medium.

Comes in 15 colors!! Sizes XS-XL

Leopard HeelsGucciDenim JacketSunnies

Floral Tube Dress – $19

Wearing a Medium, comes in 3 other patterns. Sizes S-XL

Earrings (20+ colors) – Clear Heels

Bohemian White Dress – $27

Double lined, wearing a size Medium.

Also teamed up with some other bloggers for a $200 Amazon gift card giveaway, enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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10+ Target Fashion Must Haves for Summer, Under $40!

Who doesn’t love Target?! With all of the hauls I’ve been doing recently, I’ve recently gotten a lot of requests to do a fashion haul at Target and I, of course, had to oblige.

Here are the items I purchased at Target along with some other recommendations!

Yellow Crewneck Sweatshirt


Summer nights can be chilly, and having a lightweight sweatshirt in your closet is perfect for cool summer nights! This Universal Threads crewneck is the perfect spring to summer wardrobe staple and comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns! I picked up this yellow one in a size large for a more oversized fit, but could have worn a medium!

Patchwork Print Blue Maxi


If it’s cute and lightweight, I’m buying it! This patchwork print blue maxi is perfect for any summer events that you’re going to. The square neck with tiered detailing and tie straps make this maxi far from ordinary! I’m wearing a size medium, my usual size, and fits comfortably even with the bump!

Coral, High-Waisted Paper Bag Shorts


These are the perfect shorts for summer! The coral color is a fun summer color and the high waist with ruffle detailing is super cute. I got these in a size large because of the bump, but could have done a medium!

Denim Wash Romper


This denim wash romper is SO cute! This might be my favorite piece from my Target haul. Buyer beware, it runs large! I’m wearing a size small and it fits like a medium. This romper would be perfect for any events you have coming up this summer!

Animal Print Tank


You all know I’m a sucker for animal print! This top is perfect for any kind of occasion, whether it’s in the office with a blazer or cardigan, a night out with the girls, or just day-to-day! A versatile piece in your closet is a must and I love that this top can be worn in every season. I’m wearing a size large because of the bump but could have worn a medium!

Colored Striped Bikini


This bikini isn’t from this particular Target haul, but I wore this on my recent trip to Austin, TX and got SO many compliments on it! It’s super comfortable and has a very flattering fit. I’m wearing a size large due to the bump but usually, I am a size medium!

Blue Striped Textured Bikini


This bikini not only looks cute, but feels amazing! The stripes have a towel-like texture to them and are so soft. I like how the stripes are vertical so it has a very slimming effect. I am also wearing a size large in this bikini but am usually a size medium!

Yellow, Floral Off the Shoulder Dress


This dress is a perfect spring to summer transition piece! I definitely plan on wearing this to a summer barbeque this year and it’s very lightweight and comfortable. I’m wearing my normal size of a medium!

Hot Pink Bikini


Everyone needs a hot pink bikini in their summer swimsuit lineup! I found this hot pink bikini and knew I had to have it. I’m wearing a size large and it fits perfectly for pregnancy, but am usually a size medium!

Yellow Floral Pleated Midi Dress


I saw this dress as I was checking out so I did not purchase this in store because they sold out of my size , however, I plan purchase online yesterday! This dress is SO cute! It would be perfect for any special events you may be attending this summer such as a wedding and is the perfect midi length. I would order my normal size of a medium!

Striped Bodycon Tank Dress


This black and white striped bodycon tank dress is another one of my favorites from this haul! It’s perfect for summer and SO comfortable! I love how it can be dressed up or down depending on the weather or whatever you’re doing that day! I am wearing my usual size of a medium!

Some other Target Must Haves:

Which Target find is your favorite?

I’d love to know in the comments below!

Xx, Tonyamichelle

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H&M Haul – All under $40!

I haven’t shopped at H&M in forever and now I’m regretting that, haha. I found so many cute items. I will show you below my favorites, I tried on more but I didn’t like the quality. Also linked other finds that are online!

My stats: 5’7″ – 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) My normal size is a US 6/M, I will show you below what sizes I’m actually wearing.

This leopard dress has been a hit this week, it’s one of my top sellers.
Wearing a Size 10

Shop this exact dress HERE. $17.99

Some other leopard print items:

Kimono & Grey T-shirt Dress
Small in kimono, size Medium in the dress

Shop this grey dress HERE $12.99

Other options:

Shop this dress HERE. $19.99

Other options:

Shop this dress HERE. $34.99

Similar Options:

Shop V-neck Shift Dresses HERE. $19.99

Similar Options:

Sadly couldn’t find this dress online. Denim jacket is HERE. $34.99

Similar Options:

Other picks that I found online and loved:

Happy Shopping! xx Tonya Michelle

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I had so many request this and I’m officially hooked on Loft, y’all created a monster, haha. Below are my in store favorites. Their sizing runs big, so pay attention to the sizes!

My current size: 5’7″, 150 lbs (6 months pregnant) – My normal weight is 140lbs. Ill be helping with sizing with each item.

At the end of this post, I linked tons of amazing online items that I wish I saw in store.

**All items below are the ones I recommend and loved on me.

40% their entire site with code: FINALLY

Black Swing Dress – I’m wearing a XS, fits like a S.

$35 no code needed, Click HERE to shop.

Added this cute leopard top! Couldn’t find online sadly but I found tons of their other animal print, you could also do a white or other pattern.

Click HERE for the animal print!

Light Blue Striped Sweater – This also came home with me! I loved it because it’s not heavy and perfect for those Summer nights.

Also comes in a rose color!

I’m wearing a size Small. Click HERE to shop.

Pull up shorts, size M. These pull up shoes came home with me too!

They are in store, but I linked their shorts HERE. All 40% off!!

Pattern Kimono – Size XS/S

Click HERE to shop! Click HERE for all their Kimonos!

Satin Drawstrint Pants, Size Medium.

Click HERE to shop.

Sleeveless Tie Dress

Wearing a Medium, Could of done a Small.

Click HERE to shop.

This was my FAVORITE. I’m wearing a Small, but I bought the Medium and Large. Medium for when Im not preggo and the Large for when the bump grows more. The fabric is thick, not see thru.

Click HERE to purchase.

Stripped Button Down Dress

I’m wearing a 4, should of done a 6 because of my chest.

Click HERE to purchase.

Loved this jumpsuit, fabric thick enough where you don’t have to wear a bra…win, win. LOL. Only found it in store tho. They do have TONS of rompers and jumpsuits online.

Click HERE to view the others!

Below are tons of others I found online and love. I placed a second order after seeing these. A lot of these are NOT in stores.

Hope you found a killer outfit! Can’t beat the 40% off, shop fast!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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I had a lot of requests to share some of my favorite swimwear, accessories, cover ups and more. All affordable and under $40. **I will list the size Im wearing below, I’m normally a Medium. #5monthspregnant

Diving into it with my must have one-pieces:

Leopard Print! I’m wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $34.99 Sizes XS-XL

Watermelon & Flamingo Print, I saw this and knew it was me, haha.

Wearing a size L. Shop HERE. $39.99 Sizes XS-XL

Also found some cute ones:

I loved this because I can still feel sexy in a one piece!

Wearing a size Large – Shop HERE.

Two Pieces (all supportive, flattering and good material)

The top fits like a sports bra, which I personally love. Size L.

Top: $19.99 – Shop HERE. Bottom: $14.99 Shop HERE.

Black and Red Floral, comes in 4 different colors & patterns.

Wearing a size L, the top is less coverage than the others.

Top: $17.99 Shop HERE. Bottom: $17.99 Shop HERE.

Green and White Polkadot Bikini

Top also fits like a sports bra which I love, super supportive. Size L.

Top $14.99 Shop HERE – Bottom: $14.99 shop HERE.

Top: $14.99 – Shop HERE. Bottom: $14.99 Shop HERE.

Wearing a Size L – Super supportive & thicker material. Love!

Top: Shop HERE. Bottom: Shop HERE.

I’m wearing a medium, this was on our honeymoon! Actually 6 weeks pregnant and didn’t know it! 🙂

Bikini Top: $14.99 Shop HERE – Bottom: $17.99 Shop HERE.

Some fun Summer accessories:

Hope you found something you love!

If you have any questions, let me know.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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The best thriller books to read on the beach this Summer!

I can’t wait until the summer time to lay out by the pool and go on vacation and bring a good book with me and just relax. Putting your phone down and unwinding with a book is one of my favorite things to do!

Lately, I have been loving thrillers. Laying in bed with my favorite sparkling water (Ya know, preggo trying to spice up what I drink) and reading a thriller! I’m always in bed at night going “OMGosh!!!” and Carl laughs cause I’m so into what I’m reading.

The best is when a book is so good you just can’t put it down! Here are some favorites that I’ve read recently that are all available for quick shipping! Each book is linked!

Still Water by Amy Stuart – Order HERE

This story is about an investigator who is tasked with finding a mother and her son who mysteriously disappear. In order to find them, Clare, the investigator, goes to the town where they vanished from disguising herself as the mother’s best friend to get some answers. She soon learns that everyone is hiding something and the answers she finds were not what she was expecting.

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin- Order HERE

Another missing person’s tale, Girl Last Seen, is about a little girl who goes missing outside of her elementary school. The narrator soon realizes the photo of this missing little girl could be her! There are two missing girls, thirteen years apart and now their stories have too many similarities. This is a psychological thriller that will hook you from page one!

Run Away by Harlan Coben- Order HERE

This thriller is about a parent on a quest to find their runaway daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to her abusive boyfriend and doesn’t want to be found. But when she’s found in Central Park, she’s a completely different person. I was hooked from the first page!

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad- Order HERE

If you’ve read The Silent Girls, you must read this book! It’s a sequel and just as good, if not better. This story is about college student Rachel Rath who feels as if she’s being watched. A side glance reveals this man looks like the same person who killed her mother and father. Detective Frank Rath, Rachel’s uncle, adopted her after the murder, and when other girls in the town go missing and are found murdered, it becomes all too real.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough- Order HERE

Louise is a single mom who just got a new job. While she’s out one night, she meets and hits it off with a man who turns out to be her new boss. She then meets the boss’ wife, Adele, and puts the pieces together. These people are hiding some secrets, and Louise is determined to find out what is going on.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn- Order HERE

If you’re a big book to movie person like myself, this is the book for you! The Woman in the Window is soon to be a major motion picture and is a number one bestseller. Taking place in New York City, this book is about a woman named Anna who spends a little too much time in her apartment, giving her ample time to spy on her neighbors. When the Russell family moves in, her spying one night leads her to see something she probably shouldn’t have and she has a hard time distinguishing between imaginary and reality.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld- Order HERE

This book is about Naomi, dubbed “the child finder” due to her knack for locating missing children. When little Madison Culver disappears during her family’s Christmas tree chopping outing, the Culvers turn to Naomi to help find their missing daughter. During her pursuit to find Madison, Naomi slowly begins to uncover the secrets of her own life. This book alternates between Madison and Naomi’s voices so it can become confusing, but is so worth the the read! **My number ONE**

** Updated – below are some others I have also read in the past few months and also LOVE:

xx, Tonya Michelle

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