Ask Away Blog: February 2016

My Post-KonMari Kitchen & Bathrooms

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I wanted to make sure those that don't follow me on social media can still see the amazing way my life has been changed thanks to this method so I'm going to share it each week.   This week I'm featuring my kitchen and my bathrooms.  My kitchen has a lot of storage space but that doesn't mean I have to keep a lot of unnecessary things. 

 Excess toiletries go in the second bathroom's small closet. 

The guest towels are in the linen closet in the bathroom all neatly folded just as Marie Kondo recommends.

This drawer is in the kitchen and it's used for my oven mitts and dish towels.  I always struggled to fit everything in one drawer and I thought folding it Marie's way would only make it more difficult but boy was I wrong.   

Here is my utensil drawer.  Everything is neat and orderly.

This used to be a junk drawer but now it's a utility drawer where I keep all the things I use in the kitchen.

I only have kitchen utensils that I will need for specific purposes so I have them in one drawer. 

This is my beautiful display of dinnerware and bakeware. I love that everything is displayed so I can easily see what I need.

And of all my cupboards - THIS is the one I love most. My organized and tidy cooking/baking ingredient cupboard!

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Dryel 101: Meet Your Wardrobe's New Best Friend

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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Think of all the money you spend on the nice high quality pieces of clothing that hang in your closet right now.   Your wardrobe is an investment and it should be treated as such.  That's why you need to properly care for your clothing.   Clothing should be hung properly so that it doesn't become creased and wrinkled and it should be properly cleaned when necessary.  

The tricky thing about that last part is that not everything can just be tossed in the washing machine on laundry day.  There are some articles of clothing that MUST be dry cleaned.

I don't know about you but I am a busy gal and I don't have the time to run all over town picking up dry cleaning every few days and I certainly don't have the money to do that on a regular basis.  So I'd like to introduce you to Dryel

Dryel is a patented at-home dry cleaning process that is simple and safe on your clothing.  You can refresh your clothing in just 15 minutes in your dryer!   And if you need to deep clean certain items, Dryel has a booster spray that you can use and tumble in the dryer for 30 minutes.  Dryel preserves the shape and protects the color of your clothing without using any harsh chemicals.  The best part is that you don't have to leave your house to dry clean at home!

Dryel is SO easy to use - you just pre-treat and stains or heavily soiled areas with the Dryel Boosters Spray and add a few garments to the reusable fabric protection bag.  Then you toss in 1 ULTRAcleaning cloth and tumble in the dryer on medium heat for either 15 minutes to renew and refresh or 30 minutes to deep clean.  How it works is the heat in the dryer activates the Dryel ULTRAcleaning cloth and it releases chemicals and steam that penetrate the fiber in your clothing.  This steam helps remove body soil and odors from clothing and it gets vented out of your dryer.   

I can't tell you how much easier Dryel has made my life!!!    Stay tuned for some more posts about how amazing Dryel can be for your wardrobe!

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Fixing Your Finances | 5 Things You'll Learn from the Book

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

So in case you haven't seen my multiple posts about my new book last week, it's finally here! Fixing Your Finances is available for purchase.   But why should you buy it and what will you take away from it? Well...

A Night in the Life of My Face

Monday, February 22, 2016

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Spring is so close that I can literally feel it.  I mean really, my face can feel it.  The weather is changing which means the air is changing which means my skincare routine has to evolve.  Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things to do around my home but whenever it starts, I know that it's time to adjust my nightly ritual for my face.   I love spring time because I really start pampering myself more so I feel more energized and refreshed.  So take a look at a night in the life of my face.

When I'm relaxing around the house in the evening I want my hair out of my face so I normally put it up in a little bun with a cute hair tie.  Sometimes when I put my hair up I feel more ready relax so this helps set the mood for my nightly routine.

In order to keep my hair off my face when I'm pampering my face I need to use a sweatband to hold hair off my face.  The sweatband also helps me focus more on spreading a product on my face instead of being extra careful so I don't get it in my hair.

Now we get to the fun part of what I actually use on my face.  My go to products are Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser.  That's right, you heard me!   In today's post I'm using Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub which is great for combination skin like I have.  I usually get really bored when I tend to my facial routine but I love using Bioré Baking Soda Cleansers because I can watch it fizz into action on my face! 

Both cleansers are perfectly pH balanced and excellent for combination skin.  Baking soda is a natural cleansing ingredient and exfoliator so it really leaves pores clean and soft!

 Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is New and it actually feels like baking soda fizz!  It's a powder scrub and it's activated by water! This scrub penetrates deep into pores and dissolves the dirt and oil and it exfoliates dry skin without over-scrubbing.  It's a great gentle way to do it.  The customizable scrub actually lets you dial up or down for the amount of exfoliation needed.

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser is also new and is a dual-action baking soda formula that dissolves deep down dirt and oil and it gently exfoliates your skin.  In just 2 days you can have purified pores! 

I honestly never thought I would love baking soda cleansers so much but I do! What a great way for my face to welcome spring!

You can find Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub and Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser at Walmart in the facial care aisle! If you have oily skin, be sure to check out Bioré Charcoal products!

Would you be more likely to enjoy your night time skin routine with Bioré Baking Soda Cleansers?  Do you have oily or combination skin?

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Love Your Hair [+ a giveaway]

Friday, February 19, 2016

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February is the month for love but I hear so many peopel say how much they "hate" their hair.   There's no reason to hate your hair - it's beautiful, it can help you dress up or down, and it keeps your head warm.  So why neglect it and abuse it? 

So here are a few ways to love your hair more this month.

[1] Use Less Heat
Try letting your hair air dry naturally and only use a flat iron when absolutely necessary.  Over drying your hair can cause breakage and frizz.

[2] Protect it from Elements
The sun can be taxing on your skin AND your hair.  It can make your color fade and it can try out your strands.  The sun isn't the only element that fries your hair.  Coloring your hair, especially when you lighten it is so hard on your hair and people that lighten it year after year often suffer from breakage and can't grow their hair out.  

[3] Wash Less
Rinsing your hair in the shower is fine, but using shampoo every time can dry out your hair so try to go longer between shampoos.  In the meantime you can use dry shampoo to soak up and oil so it looks like you have washed your hair more recently.

[4] Use a Treatment
It's important to do something extra for your hair each week.  That's why I love my hair with VO5’s Hot Oil Therapy, which is a once weekly treatment that only takes one minute.  It has a 5-vitamin protein rich formula which helps restore shine, strength, and softness.  You just apply it to hair right before shampooing and then rinse it out.  It leaves my hair so luscious.

One of you lucky people is going to win VO5's Hot Oil Therapy for yourself!

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My Post-KonMari Office

Thursday, February 18, 2016

If you've been following my social media channels the past few weeks you have surely seen my photos of my post-KonMari home.   Each day I upload one photo from my home, sometimes it's a drawer or a closet, but all of them show how the KonMari Method has changed my life.   

If you haven't heard of the KonMari Method it's an amazing process of tidying every aspect of your life to keep only what is practical and what brings you joy.  It was created by Marie Kondo and she details it in her books  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy

I wanted to make sure those that don't follow me on social media can still see the amazing way my life has been changed thanks to this method so I'm going to share it each week.   This week I'm featuring my office drawers.  I used to have A LOT of storage drawers in my office but now I only have 7. I have 2 sets of drawers on wheels, with each having 3 drawers and I have one standalone drawer for my camera accessories.

This drawer holds my camera accessories like my cleaning equipment, lenses, cords, and chargers.  I went through one by one for each item and asked myself if everything either sparked joy or was necessary to keep. 

 Obviously I have some clothing for my chihuahuas and I use the office as storage for pet supplies so I went through each article of clothing and kept the ones that my dogs enjoy wearing and the ones that spark joy for me.  I kept a few baby shirts from each dog. 
  This is where some excess dog supplies goes - an e-collar for after surgeryies, a heat back, and extra water bottle for my rat, Rocky and Pixie's collars, an extra leash, and a travel water dish. 
  This drawer is for electronics that are used often like thumb drives, a calculator, screen cleaning cloths, and chargers for my Kindle, Fitbit, and my external hard drive. 
 The manuals and warranties for everything currently in our home are stored in plastic boxes which make it easy to carry to a different part of the house if we need to. I made sure to go through and only keep the ones for items we currently own and things that are important.  There were some that were basically instructions for putting together furniture and I'll never have to put that furniture together again so there's no need to keep it.  Also, a lot of manuals can be found online which means I don't need to hang on to them physically.
  This is my Filofax drawer that holds everything I use to embellish my planner.  I kept my favorite washi tapes and made everything easy to see when I open the drawer.
  All of my writing utensils go in one drawer.  They are organized by type - markers, highlighters, pens, pencils, and dry erase board markers.
 This is my craft and office supply drawer that contains my label makers, excess office supplies, sand for filling jars, and other accessories. 
  This drawer is full of headphones, external cell phone batteries, outlets, and extension cords. I only kept what I would need. 

This last drawer contains cards. Some are blank and will be sent out when necessary and others are cards that I have received over the years.   I went through each card, one at a time, to determine which ones bring me joy. I still kept the most meaningful ones!

Stay tuned next week when I show you some more of my post-Konmari home.

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Delicious Gourmet Condiments from Little Acre Gourmet Foods [+ a giveaway]

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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Before I moved into this house, I didn't cook a darn thing.  So when I started cooking in the summer and preparing dinners every night, I had to look up things online like the difference between dicing and cubing.  Now, I know a ton of cooking terms, I can substitute ingredients, and even make things from scratch.   So over the past few months I've experimented with different ingredients and I would love to share one of them with you today.  

Little Acre Gourmet Foods is a line of gourmet condiments that are made from scratch in small batches and turn everyday food into something delicious!  They offer whole seed mustards, gourmet ketchups, onion relish, and bourbon cranberry sauce.   I really want to tell you about these gourmet ketchups! 

First of all you can use these as a ketchup, a cocktail sauce, or a salsa!!   Their Spicy Ketchup Collection has three levels - Original, Spicy, and More Spicy.  All of them have three different peppers in them rather than just one like you normally find in salsa.  Each ketchup has jalapeno, red, and cayenne pepper inside.  These are absolutely delicious and have so much flavor to them. 

I've used them in place of salsa so many times in the past couple of weeks when guests stopped by.  Everyone loves the flavor and the fact that they can choose the level of spice they get.  

I also have used it to glaze chicken before baking in the oven.  These ketchups add so much flavor and while they are spicy, it's not overpowering!  

I love supporting companies that take the time to put love and deliciousness in their products and Little Acre does just that! 
  And one lucky winner is going to get the beautiful collection above from Little Acre!

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