How to Organize Your Drawers: The KonMari Method Way

February 9, 2016   


Spring cleaning on your mind? It's only a few months away and one thing I struggle with the most is keeping my drawers organized. I'll fold my clothes nice and neat, but then when I'm rushing to find something, I just end up messing everything up (just take a look at my drawer below haha).

So I decided to give the KonMari Method a try. By now you've probably already heard of Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She's a Japanese organizing expert and her book has been all the buzz.  I haven't had a chance to read it, but I have seen some YouTube videos, including one that talked about how to fold your clothes using her method.


All it is, is basically rolling your clothes and storing it vertically, instead of folding it in a "squarish" shape and stacking it (like I've been doing for years). It sounds like such a no-brainer, but I had never thought of it before. This simple change has made a world of a difference. 


When your clothes are rolled and stored vertically, you can see where everything is at a glance. It makes finding thing SO much easier. And hence, your drawers stay tidy. I even started organizing my son's drawers this way. 


Here's what it looks like when it's all done. I can't recommend it enough. 


What do you think? Have you tried her organizing methods? 







Steal her Look: Kourtney Kardashian's BodySuit

February 8, 2016   


Kourtney Kardashian was spotted wearing this bodysuit from Naked Wardrobe ($34) paired with light denim jeans and pointed-toe heels. We absolutely love her 70's vibe (and might just have ordered this bodysuit for ourselves too). 

She been spotted wearing it in different colors from white, navy and taupe, it's also a favorite among all the sisters. Here's where you can get her exact bodysuit and the rest of her look for less. 

Bodysuit, Naked Wardrobe, $34 (same exact one) 
Flared Jeans, H&M, $49
Pumps, Zappos, $69 (in Light Pink) 


Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

February 4, 2016   

Wedding season is right around the corner, including my own sister's wedding. She's getting married in May and I absolutely can't wait. This past week, we took a visit to David's Bridal along with my sister-in-law (who is also a bridesmaid) to check out some dresses.

They have a ton of selection (more than 100 styles for under $100 bucks and most styles for under $250). Their dresses also range from size 0-26 and are available in 50+ colors, which is always a plus because you're sure to find a dress for everyone in your bridal party.

I absolutely love their White by Vera Wang collection, so that's where we decided to look first.


She wanted to go with a floor length gown, so that helped narrow down our selection. All their dresses are really beautiful and fit so nice, it was hard to pick just one. 



After trying on a few dresses, she finally picked a winner! She decided to go with this V Neck Halter Gown with Sash from the White by Vera Wang Collection. Here I am trying it on in their Blush Pink color. It retails for $199, but they were having a special $20 off on bridesmaid dresses. 





My beautiful sister-in-law tried on the dress in their "Cassis" color. Isn't the back so cute? I love the bow detail.


I can't wait to share with you what color she finally picked. Let me know what you think. 




Steal her Look: Emily Ratajkowski

February 2, 2016   

We are in love with Emily Ratajkowski's style. It's alway on point and best of all, she's constantly seen wearing pieces we can actually afford, just like this dress from H&M. It's currently on sale for just $24 bucks. Here's where you can steal her look for less:

Dress, H&M, $24.99 (same dress she's wearing) 
Ankle Boots, Aldo, $45 (on sale) 
Handbag, Forever 21, $29
Choker, Asos, $7  (or this one from UO


Beauty: How to Make Your Own Natural Deodorant

February 1, 2016   


I never realized how easy it was to make your own deodorant, that is until I tried making my own for the very first time a few months ago. It all started when the one I use on a regular basis ran out. They only sell it online (it's called Truly's) which meant I would have to go a few days without deodorant--until it came in---eekk. To be honest, all the other organic brands I've tried really didn't work for me.

So I decided to look at the back of the ingredients and realized it only had 3 INGREDIENTS! I mean, how hard could it be to try to make my own at home (instead of buying it online). I googled a few natural deodorant recipes to try to find the right mix and finally came up with this one. 

You might be wondering why on earth would I want to make my own deodorant? I've said this over and over again on the blog, but your skin is your largest organ. What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your system.  Many deodorants now in days have ingredients such as parabens, aluminum, propylene glycol and many others that can alter your hormones and disrupt your immune system.  Parabens can also mimic estrogen in the body and have been found in breast cancer tumors (here's more info on that). 

I'm also all about the 90/10 rule, 90% percent of the time I try to be very healthy (only use organic beauty products and only eat organic food) but 10% of the time I give myself a little wiggle room. There are some days, for example when I might have a big TV segment and I really want to make sure I stay really "dry"and that's when I'll use a "non-organic" deodorant lol. 

But other than that, I'm in LOVE with my new homemade deodorant. I just finished making this jar today. 


INGREDIENTS

3 T Aluminum Free Baking Soda

3 T Organic Coconut Oil (I use a brand called Radiant Life, but WholeFoods also has several organic coconut oil options).

Optional: 5 Drops Organic Essential Oil (I used Lavender)

Small 4 Oz Mason Jar with Lid 


Mix equal parts baking soda with organic coconut oil and then add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (you can add more drops depending on your liking). I decided to use lavender, but there are so many options like tea tree oil (which is also anti-bacterial). Mix it all together until it is well blended and place in a small mason jar. 

I found these mason jars, which were the same ones I use to store my son's homemade baby food. They work great. 




Have you ever (or would you ever) try making your own homemade deodorant? Let me know if you make it and how it works for you.





Home Decor: 6 Easy Upgrades to Household Items

January 29, 2016   



I've mentioned here are there about little updates I've been doing to our house, but one thing many of us forget is those everyday household items that can really change the overall aesthetics of your home. For example, in my bedroom I still had an old lamp from when we first purchased our house six years ago. It was super old and really had to go. I ended up getting this ceiling lamp from Kohl's and man, did it change the look.

I also got this chic dish rack from SimpleHuman, which makes this kitchen essential less of an eyesore to leave out (especially since I'm really bad at drying the dishes right away).

Kohl's is having a Home Sale right now (until February 6th) and you'll also get $10 off when you purchase $50 or more using the promo code HOME10 so be sure to check that out.

I rounded up a few of my favorite easy upgrades to everyday household items from Kohl's you might like.








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