Every once in a while, I deviate from the normal “domestic” agenda here on the blog. Today is one of those days. Let’s talk about beauty products! And you know what, maybe it’s not that much of a deviation at all, right? What domestic superhero doesn’t deserve to be pampered now and again, right?!
Did you know that typical beauty, skincare, and makeup products expose you to hundreds of chemicals on a daily basis? It may come as a shocker to find out that the products we rely on every day can cause serious health hazards due to these chemicals. Many research studies suggest that chemicals in beauty products can cause neurological damage as well as cancer.
Since the skin is the largest organ of the human body, just imagine how many chemicals it can absorb on a day to day basis. If that sounds terrifying, it’s time to make a change.
Life has a way of surprising the heck out of you, doesn’t it? I mean, I guess there MAY be those people out there who always have everything buttoned up perfectly, but I don’t know any of them! Do you?!
Two of our very dear friends are godparents to our two-and-a-half-year-old twins. And they got the surprise of their lives not long after the girls were born when they discovered…THEY were pregnant! That little surprise just turned a year old a couple months ago – isn’t he the cutest?!
We all absolutely adore him!
Yes, life can be very surprising, but, along those lines, one thing I love to do is surprise people who mean the world to us with thoughtful gifts. And for me, if I can get a personalized gift? Even better! And it really is the icing on the cake if I can find that gift online, because I just don’t have a lot of time to go store to store looking for the perfect item these days.
So when Kate from Gifts for You Now asked if I’d like to review one of their Easter products, there was one item that jumped off the screen at me: this Embroidered Personalized Easter Basket! I KNEW our favorite baby boy would LOVE it!
Is that not the cutest?! I fell in love it with as soon as I saw it!
Do you know what I did this morning? I unpacked the last box from when we moved into our current home! Woot woot! (Never mind that we moved in about a year-and-a-half ago…I’ve been busy, okay?!) Once that box was empty, I took a moment to be thankful for our home – this one and the two we’ve had previously! There’s just something about…HOME.
For many, buying a house might be a dream. The cost of real estate is always on the rise; hence, you may be tempted to think that you can never afford to purchase that home you dream of. As tricky and challenging as it might be, it is not an impossible task. There are many clever ways that you can save up for your house deposit slowly. Here’s how:
Always have a budget
Often the biggest excuses people have for not being able to save up for a dream house is because their budget isn’t enough. However, the reason why saving is almost close to impossible is that you aren’t working on a budget. When you write down all your expenses and have a budget in mind, you can see where each amount is going to; hence, you can better manage the same.
Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping and everything is turning green – a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors after the harsh winter.
If you are like most homeowners, spring is a time when you get to work tidying up around your spaces. The season is a great time to declutter and straighten up your home. This year, there are many tips you can follow to help you streamline the process, and having an “order” to your spring cleaning can help you spend less time on the process overall!
Declutter and Downsize
To begin, declutter and downsize. Think about areas in which you have a plethora of STUFF. A closet is a great place to start! Most people have tons of clothing in their closet and never wear it all. You can essentially create an amazing amount of new space in your home by decluttering just one closet. The kitchen is another area where you might have a ton of items that need to be weeded through. Take some time to think about additional areas in your own home that hold the most stuff and focus your attention on those spots!
I’ve heard it said that, as a mother, one of your most often-used phrases is, “What IS that?” And I’m here to tell you, IT’S SO TRUE.
I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve said that to my 2.5-year-olds within the past few months. Or sorted through their laundry and said that. Or walked into their play room and said that.
And why is it that whatever kids seem to be doing, or whatever they’ve left behind, is always STICKY?! Why can’t it just be some kind of a nice, dry, sweepable mess? Easy to suck up in the vacuum or adios with a paper towel? That is just never my luck!
So when Sara from GoopAway asked if I was interested in reviewing their product, I instantly knew what I needed that product for! But I also didn’t understand why this product might be different from any other sticky-mess-cleaning product…so I said, why not? Let’s check this out!
GoopAway is a safe and eco-friendly goo, gum, goof, crayon (and more!) remover. The unique aspect of this product is, it’s 100% natural! GoopAway is fully derived from plants, not petrochemicals! And if you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time, you know that I prefer an all-natural product over one filled with chemicals. Especially when I’m using it around my toddlers.
And that’s exactly who I needed to use it around. Take a look at this:
Cute, right? That is the twins’ toy box – complete with hand-painted lettering and a Cinderella’s castle and coach. But here’s what you can’t see in this picture…