Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Chakra Gemstone Rollerball Kit - Supercharge Your Essential Oils!

I don't know about you, but when cooler weather rolls around, my essential oils start getting a lot more use.  I always have a Stress Relief roller and an Immunity roller handy to use on myself and my kiddos, which is why I was so excited when Rocky Mountain Oils offered to let me try out their new Chakra Gemstone Rollerball Kit!


This kit comes with 10 gemstone rollerballs, which you just attach to your existing roll-on bottles.  Gemstones have been used for thousands of years as a source of natural healing.  Each gemstone has its own unique properties that contribute to a specific type of healing.  Just add your desired gemstone to your roller to supercharge the benefits of your essential oils.  Here's a list of the 10 gemstones in the kit and what their specific benefits are:

  • Amethyst - stone of spirit and transformation. Opens the mind to new ideas.
  • Blue Lace Agate - improves communication and encourages you.
  • Carnelian - the stone of passion and motivation (my personal favorite!)
  • Citrine - to clear and energize the mind and encourages creativity and decisiveness.
  • Clear Quartz - stone of healing, which enhances your thoughts and energy.
  • Green Aventurine - stone of opportunity that helps you find optimism and prosperity. 
  • Hematite - removes toxins and negative thoughts from mind and body.
  • Red Aventurine - increases energy and vitality
  • Rose Quartz - assists with healing emotional wounds.
  • Sodalite - stone of harmony that brings tranquility.

These chakra gemstone rollerball kits also make excellent gifts for the essential oils users in your life!  You can also buy the gemstone rollerballs attached to prepared blends like these, but I haven't had the opportunity to try them out yet.  

This kit was provided to me free of charge by Rocky Mountain Oils in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

We've all been waiting for it, and Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is FINALLY here!  Early access to the sale started yesterday for cardholders and will open to the general public on July 20th.  I finally caved and opened a Nordstrom credit card so I could shop the sale early, and it was absolutely worth it!

There are SO many good items in this year's sale that I had a hard time narrowing it down, but I'm rounding up my favorite items here.  As always, Nordstrom's sale items will go fast, so if you see something you have to have, make sure to grab it quickly!  If an item you want is already sold out - no worries.  They restock throughout the sale, so check back frequently!


1.  Balloon Sleeve Sweater (Only $32!)
9.  Earrings
11.  Cognac Tote 

Happy Shopping!!!!


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Black Peplum Tank

You can't go wrong with a basic black top.  Any time I'm struggling to find something to wear, I always end up reaching for a plain black top.  Add a few accessories - like these gorgeous cheetah slides - and you're good to go!  And the best part is ... every piece of this outfit is $30 or less!

Peplum tank (true to size)  /  Similar tank (on sale for $9.99 today!)
Sandals (true to size)  /  Shorts (true to size)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day Sales Roundup

Before I'm off to a barbeque, I wanted to give you guys a quick round-up of all the amazing sales that are going on today!  Memorial Day weekend is known for being one of the best weekends to shop, and I don't want you guys missing out!

At LOFT, get 40% off full-priced styles, an extra 50% off sale styles, and FREE shipping with no minimum purchase with code SURPRISE!

At Gap, take 40% off everything with code MEMDAY and an extra 10% off plus FREE shipping with no minimum with code BEST.
At Nordstrom Rack, up to 75% off, no code needed.
At American Eagle,up to 40% off everything, no code needed.

At Express, up to 50% off, no code needed. 

At Sole Society, up to 60% off, no code needed.

And of course, the Nordstrom half-yearly sale is going on now through June 3.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Day 7 of the Closet Cleanout Challenge - INTIMATES & MISCELLANEOUS



You've made it!  You're on the last day of the 7 Day Closet Cleanout Challenge!  You're closet should be looking amazing by now, and today we're just going to finish up the random things we may have missed earlier in the challenge.  If you missed the post that explains what the challenge is, go back and read it HERE.

 WHAT TO KEEP VS. WHAT GET RID OF

The whole point of this challenge is to declutter our closets (and thus, our lives) so that we can spend less time digging for items, as well as have a beautiful space filled with items we truly love.  Today we'll be going through our intimates and any other miscellaneous items we still haven't sorted through, like pajamas, and categorizing each of them into one of three categories: KEEP, SELL, OR DONATE.  Take a hard look at each item and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Would I buy this if I saw it in the store today?
  2. Have I worn it in the past year?
  3. Is it still in good shape?
If you answered "yes" to all three questions, put it in the KEEP pile.  If not, it's time to get rid of it.  For the ones you're getting rid of, if they're in really good shape (especially like-new items), put them in the SELL pile.  If not, they go in the DONATE pile. 

For the SELL pile, you can either sell these in a garage sale, on Craigslist, to a local consignment store, or to my personal favorite, ThredUp.  I use ThredUp because it's so easy.  You just request a free clean out bag from their website, fill it with your name brand clothing that's in good condition, and mail it back (free of charge).  They will pay you for the clothes they keep and decide to resell.

For your DONATE pile, bag it up and take it to the charity or shelter of your choice.  If donating to a charity, make sure to ask for a receipt so you can deduct it on your taxes.  You can find some guidelines for how to value your used clothing here.
 
HOW TO STORE YOUR INTIMATES

I never put much thought into how I store my bras and underwear.  I just threw them in a drawer.  But inevitably, the drawer would become a jumbled mess.  About a year ago, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and started using the Kon Mari method to organize my intimates drawer.  Check out a demonstration video here!  I love this method and finds that it keeps the drawer tidy indefinitely.  I use small box lids to keep everything tidy.  This is not my drawer because I'd rather not post my underwear on the internet, but you're going for something that looks like this:

Photo Credit: Up To Kids

I can't wait to see the final product of all your hard work.  Share your closet pictures (with or without your underwear) on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #7DayClosetCleanoutChallenge to be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Target gift card!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Day 6 of the Closet Cleanout Challenge - COATS & JACKETS


It's Day 6 of the 7 Day Closet Cleanout Challenge!  We're on the home stretch toward having a well organized closet full of the items that make us look and feel our best.  If you missed the post that explains what the challenge is and how to get entered into the giveaway that's taking place at the end of the week, go back and read it HERE.

Today we'll be cleaning out our coats and jackets.  I find this to be one of the easiest days, so hopefully you will too!

 WHAT TO KEEP VS. WHAT GET RID OF

The whole point of this challenge is to declutter our closets (and thus, our lives) so that we can spend less time digging for items, as well as have a beautiful space filled with items we truly love.  Today we'll be going through our coats and jackets and categorizing each of them into one of three categories: KEEP, SELL, OR DONATE.  Take a hard look at each item and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Would I buy this if I saw it in the store today?
  2. Have I worn it in the past year?
  3. Is it still in good shape?
If you answered "yes" to all three questions, put it in the KEEP pile.  If not, it's time to get rid of it.  For the ones you're getting rid of, if they're in really good shape (especially like-new items), put them in the SELL pile.  If not, they go in the DONATE pile. 

For the SELL pile, you can either sell these in a garage sale, on Craigslist, to a local consignment store, or to my personal favorite, ThredUp.  I use ThredUp because it's so easy.  You just request a free clean out bag from their website, fill it with your name brand clothing that's in good condition, and mail it back (free of charge).  They will pay you for the clothes they keep and decide to resell.

For your DONATE pile, bag it up and take it to the charity or shelter of your choice.  If donating to a charity, make sure to ask for a receipt so you can deduct it on your taxes.  You can find some guidelines for how to value your used clothing here.
 
HOW TO STORE COATS & JACKETS

No surprises here - I hang my jackets and coats in our hall closet by the garage door.  I find it much more convenient than keeping them in my bedroom closet, especially bulky winter coats.  The most aesthetically pleasing way to hang coats (or anything, for that matter) is to hang them from shortest to longest.  I put the shortest coats on the left-hand side (generally my kids' coats) and work my way to the longest coats on the right-hand side.  This also frees up space under the shorter coats, where I added a small shoe rack for the entire family to store their most-often worn shoes.  

I'd love to hear how all of you store your coats and jackets - and to see pictures!  Don't forgot to post those pictures on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #7DayClosetCleanoutChallenge to be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Target gift card!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Day 5 of the Closet Cleanout Challenge - JEWELRY, BELTS, & SCARVES


I can't believe we're already on Day 5 of the 7 Day Closet Cleanout Challenge!  Are your closets starting to look clean, pared down, and organized?  I can't wait to see everyone's results after day 7!  If you missed the post that explains what the challenge is and how to get entered into the giveaway that's taking place at the end of the week, go back and read it HERE.

Today we'll be cleaning out our jewelry, belts, & scarves.

 WHAT TO KEEP VS. WHAT GET RID OF

The whole point of this challenge is to declutter our closets (and thus, our lives) so that we can spend less time digging for items, as well as have a beautiful space filled with items we truly love.  Today we'll be going through our jewelry, belts, and scarves one by one and categorizing each of them into one of three categories: KEEP, SELL, OR DONATE.  Take a hard look at each item and ask yourself these questions:
  1. Would I buy this if I saw it in the store today?
  2. Have I worn it in the past year?
  3. Is it still in good shape?
If you answered "yes" to all three questions, put it in the KEEP pile.  If not, it's time to get rid of it.  For the ones you're getting rid of, if they're in really good shape (especially like-new items), put them in the SELL pile.  If not, they go in the DONATE pile. 

For the SELL pile, you can either sell these in a garage sale, on Craigslist, to a local consignment store, or to my personal favorite, ThredUp.  I use ThredUp because it's so easy.  You just request a free clean out bag from their website, fill it with your name brand clothing that's in good condition, and mail it back (free of charge).  They will pay you for the clothes they keep and decide to resell.

For your DONATE pile, bag it up and take it to the charity or shelter of your choice.  If donating to a charity, make sure to ask for a receipt so you can deduct it on your taxes.  You can find some guidelines for how to value your used clothing here.
 
HOW TO STORE JEWELRY, BELTS, & SCARVES

As I've said throughout this entire process, how you choose to store these items is completely up to you.  There's no "right" or "wrong" way to do it.  I'll be sharing how I personally store these items in case that helps inspire you.  At this very moment, I store my jewelry in a large jewelry box.  However, I'm planning on moving my small items, like rings and earrings, to a smaller jewelry box, and then I'm going to be hanging all of my necklaces from hooks in my closet.  I'll be storing my bracelets on t-bars like these.  My belts are also currently hanging, but I plan to move those onto shelves in little cubbies (see below).  Here are my inspiration pictures from Brighton the Day:




I bought this hanger for my scarves about a year ago and really like it, so I'm planning to continue to use that for my scarves.  I'll link up other options as well below.

I can't wait to see all of your photos - before, during, or after the clean out process!  Just be sure to use the hashtag #7DayClosetCleanoutChallenge to be entered into the drawing for the $25 Target gift card that I'll be doing at the end of the week!

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