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Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Skincare with St. Ives Scrubs and Moisturizers #hydrate #exfoliate #healthyskin


With summer here, healthy skin is top priority. Our skin is exposed to the sun more than ever this time of year, and our feet are put through the ringer in our flip flips and sandals. I talk about UV protection a lot, but proper exfoliation and moisturizer are super important, too! Whether you're swimming in salt water, taking a dip in a chlorinated pool, or just spending the day in the heat, your skin can lose its hydration pretty quickly. Hydration is one of the keys to healthy, younger-looking skin, so I take it pretty seriously. With that said, it's awful to slather on a heavy, greasy lotion in 90 degree weather, just to sweat it off a few minutes into the heat. Personally, I like to use St. Ives products because they are lighter, absorb quickly and keep me hydrated throughout the day. I have a few summer favorites and a new exfoliator that I've added to my routine. Check them out below!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Update Your Bathroom on a Budget...Giveaway! #LushDecor #shower #WinIt


This month we've been focusing on easy ways to update our bathroom. Now that we've found the perfect shower head and added our personalized embroidered towels, we wanted to find a new shower curtain to brighten up the room and tie it all together. Those of you who follow us regularly know that we used Lush Decor to update our bedroom a while back, which turned out beautifully. Since we were happy with the quality of their bedding, we felt confident that we'd like their shower curtain selection as well. There are plenty of modern and trendy designs to choose from that will match a variety of color schemes. Because our downstairs guest bathroom is small, we wanted a light color to open up the room, which will make it look larger. We chose the Striped Medallion Shower Curtain, which turned out to be even better in person than it looked on their website!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Father's Day Guide: Master Skewer Set #BBQLovers #giftsforhim #grillmaster


Father's Day is about a week away, so there's still time to order a thoughtful gift for Dad! Not sure what to get him? No need to wrack your brain trying to come up with something. Thoughtfully.com has already done that for us! Now that summer is here, they know dads will be ready to show off their grill master skills. With that in mind, they've created a Master Skewer Set that is upscale and ruggedly fun. If Dad's a barbecue lover, he'll appreciate opening this set. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Father's Day Guide: Metal Pegboard Utility Tool Storage Kit #Garage #Organization #WallControl


This Father's Day, we've found the ultimate gift for Dad — the Metal Pegboard Utility Tool Storage Kit from Wall Control. Whether he's working on much-needed home repair or a new project all his own, this pegboard allows for easy access to tools, safe storage and a solid solution to an overcrowded workspace. Work gets done faster and tools last longer when properly cared for. We've chosen the Wall Control Metal Pegboard because it's substantially stronger than conventional pegboards and allows for a lot more versatility with the pegboard accessory selection included in this set.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sloggers Flower Power Rain and Garden Boots #gardening #outdoor living


My husband and I have a relatively new-found love of gardening. We started small last year with indoor house plants and felt that if we could keep them alive, we would be ready to move on to bigger and better things. When spring arrived, it was the perfect opportunity for us to try our hand at a basic vegetable garden and flower beds. So far, we're doing an awesome job, if I do say so myself! Since starting our new hobby, I've found a few must-haves to get down in the soil. One of which is a pair of true gardening boots. I used to slip on a pair of loafers or tennis shoes, which always left me battling chunks of dirt and mud in and on my shoes and irritated skin around my ankles and lower legs from lack of protection. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gear Up Garage Bike Rack #organization #garagestorage #bikerack #forthehome


This weekend we vowed to get our garage organized once and for all. My first goal was to find a solid bike rack to store our bikes on the wall, since it felt like an obstacle course each day trying to get to our car. After researching recommendations online, we went with the Gear Up Floor-to-Ceiling Aluminum Bike Rack and couldn't be happier with it.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Qualtry Personalized Embroidered Bath Towels #homedecor #personalizedgifts


The spring season is a popular time of year to update the look of a home. Whether you're totally renovating a room or trying to give it a fresh look, there are some really affordable ways to modernize your home on a budget. One site we love for its upscale home decor at reasonable prices is Qualtry.com. They offer a wide selection of personalized home goods that bring a touch of class to an otherwise ordinary piece.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

5 Reasons You Need Yoga in Your Life #yogamat #KESSInHouse #stressreliever


Yoga has become increasingly popular over the years, and for good reason. It's been toted as a an excellent way to relieve stress, balance metabolism, and improve cardio, circulatory and muscular health, among other things. Many health organizations have backed this up with ample research. I once heard someone say that yoga can create strength, awareness and harmony with your mind and body. It may sounds a little hippy-dippy, but I think this is pretty accurate when done regularly. 

As someone who suffers from anxiety and isn't comfortable taking pills, I can tell you, it's made a world of difference for me. Though I didn't set out to reap additional benefits, yoga surely provides them. Below we'll discuss a few of the benefits of yoga and provide information about yoga equipment for beginners. We've also include a recommendation of one of our favorite yoga mats from KESS InHouse, which they have generously provided for this post. We recommend checking out their full line of yoga accessories as well.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Versatile Sun Protection for the Beach and Beyond #rashguard #LandsEnd #sunprotection


The summer season is upon us which means tons of fun in the sun! We love spending hours at the beach or a lazy day floating in the pool, but it's important to remember to protect skin from the dangers of the sun. Growing up, sunburn was almost like a rite of passage. We didn't know about the long term damage it can cause our bodies. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. 

These days, we're much more informed about the dangers of sun exposure. Hats, sunglasses and some type of cover up are a must. Our family loves rash guards as a healthy way to enjoy the outdoors this time of year. They're comfortable in and out of the water and dry the moisture-wicking material dries quickly, so that you can wear them around as a top throughout the day. Most importantly, they provide an effective UV protectant for your skin. As someone who breaks out from most sunblocks, I am especially appreciative of rash guards. The people of Lands' End have a wide variety of rash guards to choose from and kindly agreed to let us try a few.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Modernize Your Home with Home Square #homemakeover #homedecor #forthehome


Spring is the time for home makeovers and updated decor. We've been on the hunt for unique furniture pieces to give our home a more modern look. While we would love to have an interior designer come in and work their magic for us, we needed a more affordable solution. Most of the furniture and department stores in our area carry items that are almost identical to each other. We want furniture with a little more individuality, which is exactly what I found when I happened upon Home Square. I wish I had known about this online store years ago. They are all-encompassing when it comes to home needs. We found a gorgeous ceramic garden stool similar to what I'd seen in other high-end stores for a fraction of the price.