How to Spring Clean Like a Boss

how-toSpring! Glorious, Spring! :) It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Unfortunately, with how gorgeous it is outside, it’s not always gorgeous inside my apartment. :(

Now, I like cleaning. I like to make sure everything is put away and sanitized. But, after a while, papers stack up, junk accumulates, and I can’t keep up anymore. I lose spots to put papers, and random items. That’s when I know I need to go into hyper-drive and spend a day (sometimes a few) to really get-er-done and organize my place!

I’ve come up with a list of spring cleaning tips, per room, that’ll make it simple when you don’t know where to start. So without further ado..

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THE BEDROOM

* Wash all of your bedding : sheets, pillow cases, blankets. Nothin’ better than clean bedding! :)

* Organize your closet : donate old clothing and create a system for organizing with hooks, baskets, shelves.

* Clear off and reorganize nightstands and dust. De-clutter all the junk inside and on top of your nightstands.

 * Throw away trash. Trash can accumulate around the bed, nightstand, etc.

* Re-arrange shelves. Make sure everything has a place in your room.

THE BATHROOM

* Throw out old lotions, creams, products that have expired or you haven’t used in ages.

* Organize cabinets – under the sink, medicine cabinets, etc. and put like products together.

* Wipe down and sanitize all surfaces including the sink and toilet.

* Bleach and scrub down shower/bath.

THE KITCHEN

* Go through drawers and toss/donate utensils, pans, etc. that no longer work well or you have several of.

* Organize cabinets/pantry : create a system that keeps everything organized yet easily accessible.

* Clean appliances : oven, microwave, dishwasher.

* Sanitize all surfaces : counter tops, stove, and around sink.

THE LIVING ROOM

* Vacuum under couch cushions

* Wash/Clean couch pillow cases

* Wipe down surfaces such as tables, etc.

 GENERAL CLEANING

 * Windex mirrors and windows.

* Mop/Swiffer/Sweep/Vacuum floors – around and under furniture.

* Dust – tables, shelves, fans, tv, etc.

You can buy some very cheap and useful organizers and tubs in the dollar bins at Target and also at the Dollar Store or Dollar General. :) I found a ton of great plastic organizers for super cheap! I would highly recommend looking there.

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Jealous Body Scrub

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Happy Easter weekend, beauties! :) It’s been so beautiful this week. I’m loving Spring!

After coming out of winter, my skin has been so dry. I’m sure most of you have had those issues. A wonderful company contacted me a few weeks ago called Jealous Body Scrub. They wanted me to try their Coffee + Coconut scrub and to share my thoughts.

First Impressions

I love the smell of coconut and I love the smell of coffee. So, you can imagine, I love the smell of this scrub. When I first opened the bag it smelled like roasted coffee beans..very relaxing, in my opinion.

I thought the packaging was cute. I love the brown paper bag look and the teal coloring of the logo. The inside of the bag has got a liner so everything stays together. I didn’t bring the bag into the shower with me just because I wasn’t sure what would happen so I put a handful of scrub in a mug and placed it on a shelf in the shower.

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Ingredients

Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Sea Salt

Raw Brown Sugar

Robusta Coffee

Vitamin E and other Minerals

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How To Use

After you’ve wet your skin in the shower, take out 2-3 scoops of this scrub, rub in circular motions all over your body and leave it on for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, rinse it off.

Benefits

Exfoliates

Hydrates

Increases blood flow

Helps repair and replenish skin

Helps to diminish dry skin, varicose veins, acne, and other skin issues.

Over-all Impressions

 This scrub feels incredible. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first used this. Some scrubs can be very harsh – especially when you have dry skin. I found using this to be super relaxing :) I used it in both circular and back and forth motions on my skin and both felt great. After my shower, my skin felt very moisturized and soft. Even after using my Olay body soap, my skin felt very soft still. I used this even under my arms so that I could get my lymph nodes stimulated and my blood flowing. I have had some issues in the past with swollen lymph nodes. I feel like this scrub has worked very well so far. I have no complaints that I can think of. It says it takes 4 weeks to really see results with varicose veins so I will see how that goes. It does get slightly messy in the shower but everything can easily be washed away. Well worth the tiny mess in my opinion. :)

Retail price: $17.95

Have you tried a body scrub like this?

You can find Jealous Body Scrub on these networks:

Website

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

*Disclaimer: I received this body scrub free of cost from Jealous Body Scrub. All opinions of this product are my own.


Two Products That Will Help Clear Your Skin + Giveaway!

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I’ve used 2 products this week that have truly been wonderful for my skin. The first is one that was given to me by Apothecary Extracts. It’s 100% pure Australian Tea Tree oil.

Firstly, you can use Tea Tree oil for so many things. I really had no idea it wasn’t just for skin. It’s anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, so not only can you fix skin problems with it but you can clean with it as well or use it in your hair.

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I decided to use this for my spots because I’ve heard a lot of great things about Tea Tree oil for acne spots. I noticed that within a few days my spots were shrinking and going away. It says you should mix this with another oil at first but I wanted to use it by itself and I didn’t feel like I had any issues.

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PROS:

Works well for acne

Has many uses

Great consistency

Bottle has a small hole in the top when opened so the oil doesn’t spill out everywhere

100% Pure

CONS:

Strong smell that makes me think of gasoline but it goes away fairly quickly and you don’t notice any more.

I really like this oil. So far it has proven to work pretty well. :) I’ve used it every day for the past week and it’s consistently worked to make my spots smaller. I have seen girls mix this with their face masks which I think I will try soon and post for ya’ll. :) I would definitely recommend this.

A large 4 ounce bottle is $25 but can easily last you a year or more. I barely use any when I cover my spots.

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This is a blackhead and whitehead extractor I bought off Amazon by Malva Belle. It cost about $12 and it’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I saw someone on YouTube using one of these and I immediately wanted one because I struggle with both black and white heads.

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The first end is the whitehead extractor. The loop goes around the whitehead and pulls the junk out. It all stays in the loop which is really nice.

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The flat side is the blackhead extractor. You run this down your nose, chin, etc., and it pulls all the little blackheads from the top of the skin into the loop.

This little tool makes clearing spots SO much easier. You don’t get scars, it’s not painful, and it works quickly. All you need to do is steam or clean your face so your pores are open. I’ve noticed that between using this and the Tea Tree oil, my skin has been mostly clear this week and that makes me really happy. My pores look smaller because they don’t have gunk in them.

Like I said before, I would highly recommend buying these. They work well and they work quickly. :)

What top skin care products do you recommend?

GIVEAWAY

Apothecary Extracts wants to give a free bottle away! :) You will receive a code for a huge bottle like I have. Just simply leave a comment on my post!  This giveaway is open to US entrants only, sorry! You must have an Amazon account as well so you can use the code. :)

*Disclosure – I received the Tea Tree oil free of charge from Apothecary Extracts via Tomoson. All opinions are my own.


BzzAgent Box: Kroger Co. Family of Brands

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 This past week I got a BzzAgent box featuring Kroger products from different brands. I shop at Dillon’s every week, which is a division of Kroger stores, so I enjoy their products. I was happy to have gotten an email from them asking me if I wanted to bzz about this. In case you don’t know what BzzAgent is.. have a look at a previous post I did here.

Here is a quick introduction of the Kroger brands from BzzAgent :

Kroger® Brand

The classic Kroger® Brand has you covered with the products you love most in every section of your local store.

Private Selection

Each Private Selection item has been carefully crafted to delight your senses — from the artisanal breads and cheeses to prime meat cuts and decadent desserts.

Simple Truth & Simple Truth Organic

Every Simple Truth product is free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients — taking the worry out of what’s in your food.

HemisFares

Kroger’s culinary explorers traveled the globe to bring you an extraordinary collection of authentic, regional food specialties.

Everyday Low Price Brands

On a tight budget? Look for P$$T…, Check This Out… and Heritage Farm items throughout your local store to discover great prices on everyday essentials.

Here’s what my box contained:

Kroger® Brand Tomatillo Lime Flavored Tortillas

Simple Truth Banana Chips

P$$T… Brownie Mix

Private Selection Coffee

Coupons for FREE Bacon, Noodles, and Sauces (such as Fajita and Queso)

Pass-along coupons for friends :)

Thoughts on the contents of my box:

Kroger Brand Tomatillo Lime Flavored TortillasI decided to slow cook some ranch chicken tacos in the crock pot and have them with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing. They turned out really tasty with these tortillas. What I would say is that I didn’t love the tomatillo flavor as much as the lime flavor that came through while eating these — but they’re not bad at all. My husband and I liked these. I will have to see how they work with other recipes.

Simple Truth Banana Chips  I’m not a very big fan of banana chips but these are not bad. They’re crunchy, not too sweet and, actually, a little filling. I could see these being a great snack to take out on the beach with your kids or on the go. I wouldn’t say I loved them but they’re not bad at all. I am not a dried fruit fan normally, so there you go.

P$$T…Brownie MixAhhh… How do I love thee?… Let me count the ways.. This brownie mix is to die for. I have had quite a bit of brownies in my lifetime and these are super fudgy, soft, chocolate-y and just, all around, delicious. I made an 8×8 glass dish of ’em for my husband and I the other night and, well, they’re gone. John isn’t a huge fan of chocolate, so if he likes something made with chocolate, it’s usually something very good. I would highly recommend these!

Private Selection CoffeeI don’t drink coffee or have a way to make this so I gave it to a friend of mine. I will say this smelled really nice. :) I almost wanted to keep it in a bowl so my place smelled like roasted coffee beans. I really love the smell of coffee. In fact, one of my favorite things is walking past the coffee aisle in the grocery store.. :).. Pure bliss.

As far as the coupons, I haven’t used them yet but I definitely will be. They don’t expire until May of this year. I plan on grabbing some Applewood bacon from Private Selection because it’s super tasty as well as maybe grabbing some Fajita sauce since I am a huge Fajita fan.

Over-all, I liked most of the products. I didn’t realize just how many different brands and products Kroger had until I looked it up — and I go to Kroger stores every single week. Will definitely have to check out more of their great items that I’ve overlooked. I am definitely impressed with the variety of products they have at such affordable prices. A lot of products they have are very comparable to more expensive brands.

Are you a Kroger Shopper? What are your thoughts? P.S. BROWNIES <3

You can like Kroger’s FB for coupons as well as sales here.

*This box was given to me by BzzAgent for an honest and hype-free review. All opinions are 100% my own and are in NO way influenced by BzzAgent or Kroger. #GotItFree :)


Foundation That Gives You a Natural Look

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Let’s just get this out there .. Having to do the same ol’ concealer, foundation, powder routine gets old. Sometimes you’d just like to have your face done in 5 minutes and actually feel like you look somewhat put together. Well, with Bare Minerals foundation you can.

Bare Minerals is a loose mineral powder that covers imperfections whilst also creating an even layer on your skin. Because it’s made up of minerals, it doesn’t have a drying effect on the skin.

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My current shade is “Golden Fair” from the Bare Minerals matte foundation line. Its description is: “for the fairest of porcelain skin with yellow-olive tones”.

PROS OF USING BARE MINERALS

Lightweight
Even Coverage
Matte
No parabens or fillers
You only need to use a little
SPF of 15

CONS OF USING BARE MINERALS

None that I’ve found yet

I really like this foundation because it’s very simple to use and you don’t have to use a lot. You simply put a little bit in the lid, swirl a brush into it, tap away the excess, and buff it into your skin. It only takes a minute or so and you don’t have to really deal with using concealer or anything else because it’s basically an all-in-one product. Not only that, but it lasts a long time. You don’t have to worry about having to redo your makeup in an hour.

The price tag is $28 for a .21 oz. jar — which sounds a little steep, but with as much as you need to use daily, this lasts so long.

 Definitely a must-try! :) You can find more at Bareescentuals.com

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