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July 12, 2018

Cleaner Products in our Kitchen & Freebies for you!




We're doing our best over here to live a healthier, longer life by bringing in cleaner products into our home, using healthier self care products and eating and cooking with more organic foods.

We are all feeling better these days and living our best life because of the changes we're making.  Our home even feels better too, we sense the changes and all the vibes are good.  


As you all know I've been using Grove Collaborative to purchase our favorite kitchen soaps and other healthy living products.  They carry a huge variety of home care and self care products.  I love sharing with you whenever they're offering their best deals!  Currently you don't want to miss the freebies they're offering just for you (my friends).



My favorite part of buying all of our cleaning products for the last few month from them is having them shipped right to our doorstep. They offer everything for the home and personal care for a healthy lifestyle all while offering their assistance that helps to make your home and everyone in it clean and well to live their best lives. 

Since joining Grove Collaborative, I have Mrs. Meyers soap by my sink always.  I like to change up the scent whenever I can because I'm certain they all smell amazing so given the opportunity, I want to try them all and give you my honest opinion about them. 


Currently I’m enjoying the basil scent for the summer and I'm just as addicted as I was with the Lavender scent! You can get it for free now!  

When you sign up with Grove & place an order with Grove you will get your choice of a Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, dish soap, multi-surface spray and the Grove caddy which I'm absolutely so in love with for FREE

You can check it all out [HERE].


Personally I love the customer service that Grove offers and the free shipping and returns.  They're amazing to say the least!  Your monthly orders are totally customizable and you can pause or cancel any time.  I have friends who have taken advantage of this deal and love it!

Its such a relief knowing that these products show up at our doorstep when we least expect and don't have to think or worry about it, because they're just there when you need them the most.  Saves me every time, without the hassle of having to drive to the store.



Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to visit the blog!  I'm always excited to share the latest with you and it always means a lot when you take a few minutes out of your day to say hi!

Feel free to ask any questions here in the comments below or DM me on my Instagram!





July 5, 2018

Eight 5-Minute Beauty Tips to Help You Tackle Your Day This Summer



I'm back with yet another post today, one that not only will you appreciate this season but probably all year round.

While it is ideal to have at least a few hours to preen and primp whenever we like, it doesn’t always work out that way, does it? Especially for us #MOMtrepreneurs always on the go. Sometimes we have to really make the most out of those 5 minutes we get to ourselves on any given day, and here is how to do just that:




1.    Let night time you be kind to morning time you. Lay out your skincare and makeup routine in the order you use the products in. Rather than diving into the bottom of an overstuffed makeup bag looking for your best peach toned blush, set it all out ready.

2.    Ditto for your outfit. Give yourself more time by tackling this the night before.

3.    Let dry shampoo into your life once a week. Plan the day you want to use it and use that day to spend a few more moments to relax.

4.    Multi-task. As well as taking care of yourself, you probably have to take care of a house too. When you pop on your deep conditioner, use those 5-10 minutes to scrub down the bathroom, if you’ve grabbed yourself the best teeth whitening kit then use those minutes to sort the laundry or catch up on the latest fashion magazine. Of course, you can always choose to do the following instead - ‘mask & relax’ it’s still multitasking if there is more than one thing on the list.

5.    If you have 2-5 minutes at the end of the day and you just want to crawl into bed, then, by all means, do so. But take cotton pads and micellar water with you, or some gentle, alcohol-free makeup remover wipes. It would, of course, be better if you were to make time to remove your makeup, use a toner, moisturize and then hit the sack – but sometimes life gets in the way. Try and keep your skin as a priority – in years to come you will thank yourself.

6.    Back to multi-tasking. Think of shower time as the best time. Before you hop in the shower put on your cream cleanser, the steam opens up your pores giving you a really deep clean. While your face is reaping the steamy rewards, it’s time to exfoliate and clean all of the essentials. You’ll hop out of the shower with a fresh face, no dead skill cells and smelling glorious – in around 5 minutes.

7.    Have some go-to hairstyles pinned somewhere you can see them. We can really easy fall into the trap of clean hair = down, dirty hair =  bun. There is a whole world of looks in between and with thanks to the dry shampoo, you can spritz in a little texture and create a few different looks.

8.    Emergency go-bag. Invest in miniature versions of the products that you use the most. Swap your foundation for a high-end CC or BB cream, and have everything else ready to go. So, if you miss your alarm or need a touch up during the day, you have a lightweight travel kit at your disposal.


I'm sharing some of my ideal favorites throughout this post. Hopefully you find these tips helpful, as we all love a less hectic routine in the Summer time. I know I do personally and less is always preferable for me when heat is on the rise. Don't forget that staying hydrated plays the biggest role of all when it comes to beauty. Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.



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July 4, 2018

Entry Closet is Now Functional & Organized Storage Closet



This downstairs entry way slash bottom of our stairs coat closet was a bit of a complicated space.  We used it as a coat closet for a while but then it sort of became a throw it all in kinda closet.

It got ignored for a while too, a couple of years in fact.  Now that the entry way face lift has been in progress, it meant the surrounding areas needed to get some love too.


Thoughts of making it a doggy retreat crossed our minds, or adding a sitting bench to make it functional, that we even considered taking it out completely but that soon went out the window when eventually we realized we didn't have much of a downstairs storage area for our EXTRAS.  Our consistently used On-The-Go items, such as pool items, dog leashes & accessories, exercise equipment, sports gear, seasonal items, and kitchen necessities like paper towels, bathroom tissue paper, etc.  The kind of stuff we would normally have to store in our garage that is detached from our town home, which makes it slightly inconvenient.  So in reality we could really use more of a storage closet, period.

This year I am committed to completing most of our small projects and I knew that this would be one of them.  Finally. I started to browse to try and to come up with the best, easiest and budget friendly solution possible.  

One day I was in Home Depot looking at their rugs but who am I kidding, I'm there pretty often anyway and in that same department or isle area was closet storage solutions.  I took a look, made some mental notes and I knew I had found what I was looking for.  Of course I held back and did not buy everything right away.  But I knew that once we were financially ready and willing, having written the best option for this closet and detailed costs, I would eventually be back to get the items I needed to get started.

Well that day has come, finally.

Let's take a look at the before shots shall we.



As you can see, this closet was not very functional for us when we first moved into our new owned home and you can almost picture what kind of storage we actually needed out of this space.

Went back to home depot and as you can see in the next pictures below, I only needed to grab a couple of shelves and some metal wall brackets.  I can't tell you how affordable these were.  In total for this part I only spent $45 give or take.  I literally put this project together in a matter of 30 minutes and I am proud to say I did it all on my own.  My hubs was out of town and so I had no choice really but I'm happy to say I'm getting the hang of doing these things on my own and its not hard once you know how to use a drill.



I had previously added the hooks which are from Lowe's. Much needed for the dog leashes.


I forgot to mention that this closet also got a paint makeover a while ago with leftover paint.



This closet is definitely functional now.  

The shelves might have made all the difference in the functionality of this newly restored storage closet but these new baskets from Wayfair.com are truly the stars of the show.  I probably wouldn't have put this project in high gear if it wasn't for the SALE that Wayfair is having right now.

I wanted simple yet functional storage and these three piece Zig Zag Basket Set are stackable so if not in use or if any other storage is needed these are easy to move around.  I really love that they're the perfect size for just about anything, like bathroom tissue, kitchen linens, etc.   The Herringbone Plastic Baskets are plastic but still have that classic woven look and I love their look and texture and are perfect for our extra keys and all the dog accessories.




The shelves are not too long either and the baskets are the perfect size for them.  I love that I was able to leave enough bottom space for our larger bags and front space for the bigger items like yoga mats and vacuum.








I'm extremely happy with how this closet turned out and all under $100.  Wayfair was kind enough to partner with me on this project and the storage baskets I purchased.  The baskets were all purchased under $50.  So believe me when I say, now is the time to load up on storage baskets and anything else you happen to need.



Here are a few other storage bins you can find useful for your next project from Wayfair.


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