Monday, July 28, 2014

Packing Tips!

Hey!! We are 3 days away from getting our moving truck and 5 days away from being in our new house! Yippee!! That's right, we finally found a house we love :) I can not wait to show you all how it looks now...and after I'm done putting some magical touches to it! I have lots and lots of decorating ideas pinned on Pinterest, so go follow me there, if you're interested!

For now, I am sharing some packing tips that have worked well for us during this process. Let me know what you think by commenting below! Don't forget you can follow me on Facebook to keep updated on our move, as well!

One reason I'm looking forward to the move being over: Going to the grocery again! We have been trying to eat up all the food in our pantry. I'm down to 1/2 a bag of rice and Diet Coke!! HA! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Moving Checklist

In my last post, I announced we will be moving long distance very soon! My plan is to take a break from regular blogging until we get settled into our new city. But, I thought it might be useful to share my 'to do' list!

I have checked off about half of these already!  I am sure there are some things I forgot though, so let me know in the comments what you would add to the list!

Friday, June 27, 2014

We're moving!

I am very excited to announce that we have decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia! We recently vacationed there and had been thinking about moving. So, we decided to start applying for jobs just to see what would happen. Applications turned into phone calls, interviews, and job offers! I start my new job the first week of August. My 'to do' list is a mile long! haha

With all the excitement and things to do over the next month or so, I may not be posting regularly. I will try to check in every now and then to let you guys know what is going on! I will start back with a regular posting schedule once things settle down.

Until then, wish us luck!! :)

I still have the free ebook giveaway going on until July 9th. Check out this post to enter!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HSI Professional Argan Oil: Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

A few months ago, I got the itch to do something drastic with my hair. For years, I have been coloring simply to hide the grey or to add a few highlights. Nothing too crazy! Now, all of a sudden, I was dying to go PINK! haha Well, with working in a hospital, that was not going to be possible. So, I decided to go with the ever popular OMBRE! This may not be a drastic change for you, but for me....well, it is drastic!! But, I LOVE IT!



I just LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! And somehow, with it being lighter, it looks LONGER, too! haha

I was worried about ruining the health of my hair with overprocessing it. I have started to take really good care of my hair this year and I didn't want to ruin those efforts. After getting it ombred, it was courser on the ends. I was so happy to hear from HSI Professional, because I had every hope their Argan Oil would correct that. And it has!

I use this product every day in a couple of different ways.

1. I apply to my hair when wet, before brushing.
2. I use to protect before heat styling.
3. I use after styling to tame any flyaways or frizziness.

I use a tiny bit (about a dime size portion) at a time. I simply pour it in the palm of my hand, rub my two palms together a bit, and run it through my hair. I start it at the roots, then run my hands through the rest of my hair with the excess product. This argan oil does not make my hair feel greasy, oily, or heavy at all! It is wonderful! If you have the same issues I did with my hair, please try this product. You won't be disappointed!

If you would like to try this product, the company has kindly given these offers:

50% off 2 oz. bottle PLUS free shipping with code: ARGANO50
60% off 4 oz. bottle PLUS free shipping with code: ARGANO60

Visit their website to use the codes!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Top 5 Lists of All Things Travel-Review and Giveaway!

I was given the opportunity to review this travel book and I jumped at the opportunity! My family loves to travel and I often search out quick tips about whatever city we are headed to next. The Top 5 Lists of All Things Travel is an excellent book from deciding where to stay to learning how to avoid being scammed.


I can't tell you the last time I was able to complete an entire book, but this book is such a quick read, I finished it in two days! I love that it is laid out very simply: A topic and the lists. It is very easy to read through or to find what you need and just read about that.

The authors, Kristine and Toni, provide tips that you might not have thought of yourself such as staying at a monastery for the truly adventurous! Also, included is valuable information about scammers not just for travel, but every day life! Do you know what a Pigeon Poop Pickpocket is? After reading this book, I do!

Throughout the book, the authors also include bonus material such as stories, blogs, and videos to expand on a topic. Hearing the authors real voice was such a treat! I especially like hearing their tips on travelling solo. As much as I love traveling with friends and family, sometimes it is nice to get away alone. Think about it: Nobody to coordinate your schedule with, you get to do exactly what you want to, and there's nobody to complain and ruin the trip!

If you would like to read this book also, you can visit the Amazon listing (just 99 cents right now!) or enter to win a free copy of the ebook below!! (This is a Kindle ebook, which I found out can easily be read through an easy and free download if you do not own a Kindle!) 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale: Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember weekly updates on our health and fitness goals. I haven't updated in awhile, but we are still working toward them! It's a slow process, but I keep telling myself 'the slower it comes of, the longer it will stay off.' Am I right? lol

Well, one huge tip about staying healthy is to weigh out your food. You may think you are eating a healthy 4 oz. portion of chicken breast, when in reality, you are eating 6-8 oz. Now, that may not be bad...if you account for those calories. But, how can you account for them if you don't know how much you are actually eating? So, in order to be as accurate as possible, use a food scale!

I have the Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale. It is awesome! It can convert to several measurements, is easy to clean, and gives an accurate reading each time. I also like how lightweight it is!

If you don't believe me, check out the product's awesome reviews on Amazon!

More info about the product:

1. Easy to Clean, Durable Tempered Glass Construction (11lb capacity)
2. Measures Grams (g), Ounces (oz), Fluid Ounces (fl oz), Kilograms (kgs)
3. Tare / Zero feature to add additional ingredients or remove container weight.
4. Designed in the USA!
5. Easy to Read, Large 2.4" High Contrast LCD Display
6. Auto-Off Technology
7. 4 High Precision Gauges with 0.1lb resolution
8. 1 Lithium Long Lasting Battery (included)
9. Touch Sensitive Buttons
10. Low Profile Design (15mm thin)
11. Responsive Customer Support
12. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

I hope you'll consider this scale, as it gets daily love in our kitchen!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We're moving! Preparation Tips and Decoration Inspiration

A few years back, we decided to move into an apartment. We were both in school, working full time, and renting a house that the owner decided to let go into foreclosure. An apartment was a better choice for us, anyway, since maintenance and lawn care was taken care of for us. However, four years, another child, and a whole lotta stuff later, I am happy to say it's time to move on! The house hunt has begun!

Moving into a new place is the perfect time to declutter and redesign your living spaces! I have been working on both of those things in preparation of our new abode. Here are some tips I think will help the process of anyone moving and wanting to change up their style a bit.

1. Schedule time to declutter each area of living space in your current home. Moving can be a burdensome and stressful event. Do you really want to move that kitchen clock you've hated for years? Or that box of clothes you don't fit into anymore? Take time throughout the months before your move, to go through each area of your home. Donate, sell, or trash anything that you don't use or love. If I haven't used the item in the last six months, then it's going bye bye. (For seasonal items, they are being donated if I didn't wear/use them in the last season or if I don't love them anymore.)

I broke down our apartment into small chunks, so this task doesn't seem too daunting. Most areas I should be able to get through in an hour or two. Office (the sunroom space off of our living room, so a very small area), movies and video games, board games, kitchen cabinets and drawers, laundry room (tools and storage), Olivia's closet, Olivia's toys, Carter's closet (this is all storage, really), Carter's toys, master bathroom (lots of toiletries that we don't use that I need to toss), master closet, our dressers. I have actually written down the task of decluttering each space in my planner. For me, that is how it's most likely to get done! (I love checking things off a to-do list! lol)

2. Pinspiration. Take advantage of Pinterest! It is a wonderful resource for the aspiring interior decorator. I created a Pin board for each area of our new home. (Even though I don't know which house we are moving into, I used generic terms like 'dining room', 'living room', 'master', 'office', etc.) 

If you have something in mind for a certain space, you can search specifically for that. For example, having my own business requires more office space than I currently have. Because of this, we are searching for a house that provides an extra bedroom or space for an office. If I can find a space just for me, it is totally going to be pink! haha Pinterest allows me to search terms like 'pink office', 'pink color scheme', 'girly office', etc. (You can see my Girlie Office Pin board HERE.) Putting all the images that strike your fancy in one place allows you to get an overall picture of what your space will look like. It also helps you create a mood board, which is a great starting point for the actual dirty work of buying and putting together the perfect room. An example of my office mood board is below!

3. Decorate with photos. There is no better way to feel at home, in your new home, than to have photos of loved ones all around you! Nowadays, there are so many cooler options than just simple photos in a frame. Check out the options I found on Shutterfly!

Shutterfly can print beautiful images onto wood or metal frames. I love this panoramic shot! In fact, my goal for our master bedroom is to use images from our beach wedding and other travels together.
Cute pillows showcasing beautiful moments in your life...

Wall art to jazz up family portraits...

Even options for the kitchen and dining room!
I have always loved using photos to decorate! Try editing your photos to change up your look, such as using sepia tones or classic black and white coloring.

4. Use books as decoration. This is definitely something I want to do more! This rainbow bookcase is an awesome alternative to an accent wall. It adds great color to the room without having to paint, if you don't want to. (My local used bookstore has a section of free books. This is a great place to find a book of the right color to fill in the sections of a bookshelf like this.)

There is just something about old books that appeals to me. This is a great way to keep them safe and display them at the same time.

Find books related to your hobbies, places you have traveled (or want to travel), places you have lived, etc. Let the books tell a story about your family.


5. Pick a Neutral. Currently, our apartment has a dark red accent wall. While I love this color, it is not easy to change up decorations to coordinate! In our new space, I will stick with a more neutral wall color. I am currently lusting after all shades of grey! It is different from the "same ole" beige or tan, but still very easy to style a room with!

There are so many shades of grey available, too! You can use different shades in each room, but the overall feel of your home still flows well.

6. Don't forget about the outside! One thing we really miss living in an apartment is having outdoor space. The kids need a yard to run in and we need a porch to sit on! You can find furniture and decorations at all price points, too.

A fire pit is great for parties and even small gatherings. It can be used throughout the fall to roast marshmallows, too. Yum!
Fire Pit from Target
Outdoor Table and Chairs fromIkea
Add a touch of fun!

Snow Cone Machine from Pottery Barn Kids
I plan on keeping you updated throughout the moving process! I've got some organizational tips up my sleeve that I'll share once I've tested them out. I will also share more decorating ideas along the way. What room would you like to see next?

***All ideas and opinions are my own. I was not compensated, nor given free items in exchange for this post. ***