Cleaning Quickly

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Okay, so this is a little late. On December 20th, I was on our local 12:00 news WDTN (Channel 2 for those in Dayton) to share my tips on how to clean quickly for Christmas. Well, it’s no where near Christmas anymore, but these tips work even on days where you find yourself in a time-crunch. I also did the segment with the talented Jim Bucher (of Bucher’s Beat) and had a great time. Check it out!



How to organize your makeup

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*Updated to add that I also had this post featured on WDTN’s Living Dayton!

I have to admit, I’m a total makeup junkie. Over the past year, I’ve fallen in love with more and more Mary Kay products, that I outgrew my little travel case. I was at a loss as to how I should store my makeup. If you do a search on the internet, you’ll be overwhelmed with over 2,650,000 results. Not only that, but makeup organizers can cost you HUNDREDS of dollars and are really only good for that purpose. In my effort to be a little more organized and “thrifty” in 2013, I came up with an idea that not only works brilliantly, but is also super inexpensive. So, without further ado- I introduce you to my make up organizer, the Flambeau Tackle T4 Multi-Loader Tackle Box (I’m a big fan of Flambeau– they’ve got a great small range bag if you’re in the market for one). I paid $28.99 at Wal-Mart, but you can also order it through Amazon.

It’s small (12” H x 13.7” W x 10.7”)- but the storage it offers is smart. To tell you the truth, my husband thought I was a little bonkers with this purchase. I was in Wal-Mart going through all the tackle boxes they had trying to fit my lipstick in each case until I found THE box. He thought it was pretty funny, but as soon as I started filling it he could see where I was going with my vision.

So here’s the start- my tacklebox makeup organizer has a nice see-through top compartment that fits my samples, eye pencil sharpeners, special-edition blushes and Mary Kay Nourishine lip glosses easily!

Then you open the top lid, and you’ve got a ton of shelf-space for some of your odd-shaped makeup, like your gel eyeliners, compact, nail polishes and mineral foundation. The area is the back is very deep, and it’s where I keep my compact pros (eye shadows and blushes), makeup brushes (in the black fabric roll) and lip box.

The lip box (Or what I refer to as the lip box, is actually supposed to be used for large lures. I thought that was funny.) is one of my favorite customizable features. The tackle box actually came with this insert, and the little blue dividers.

Then you’ve got your front compartment. It came with two slide out boxes and small dividers. There’s also a compartment area to the left- I’ve used it to store my extra dividers and larger lip-color samples.

This by far has to be my favorite way of storing my tweezers, brow liners, brow gels, Mary Kay eyeliners, eye primers and mascaras.

So there you have it! My inexpensive and easy way to store your makeup.

The above article may contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own, and no product would be recommended without extensive testing.

Living Dayton, Domestic Debacle and Common Mommy Annoyances!

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On Tuesday, I had the blessing of being featured on WDTN’s Living Dayton along with some fantastic products that solve common mommy annoyances! It was my first time being on LIVE television, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you want to check out my segment, click here! And if you’re curious about any of the products, I’ve posted more information below (and how to purchase them).

    Hiccups: Hicural Hiccup Relief
•    http://hicural.com

–    Eases hiccups within seconds
–    User places tool in mouth horizontally, bites down and drinks from a glass of water
–    First and only effective over-the-counter tool
–    Made from a polypropylene compound
–    Comes in a crystal clear, germ-free plastic tube

Crying Baby: Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water
•    www.mommysbliss.com

–    #1 selling natural colic remedy in the U.S.
–    Safe, gentle and effective liquid formula contains organic ginger and fennel, which are historically known to ease the nausea and discomfort caused by stomach gas and other colic symptoms
–    Recommended by Pediatricians nation-wide as a safe and natural alternative to simethicone-based gas drops
–    Does not contain alcohol, parabens or harsh chemicals
–    Available for purchase at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart

    Dry Mouth: Spry Rain Oral Mist Spray
•    http://www.xlear.com

–    Moisturizes the gums and tissues in the mouth
–    Utilizes xylitol, an all-natural sweetener derived from fruits and vegetables
–    Saliva is essential to our body’s defense system. Saliva helps digest food and aids in cleaning our mouths, which is why dry mouth leads to chronic halitosis (A.K.A. bad breath)
–    Safe and effective
–    Provides calcium
–    Great tasting formula
–    Dentist recommended
–    Retails for $13.99
–    Available at all Vitamin Shoppe locations and online at Xlear.com

Eczema: BabyGanics Bye Bye Dry Eczema Cream and Therapy Wash
•    http://www.babyganics.com

–    Both contain a 100% natural blend of antioxidants that protect and nourish baby’s skin
–    Colloidal Oatmeal provides extra soothing relief for eczema prone or dry “winter” skin
–    Pediatrician and Dermatologist Tested
–    Hypoallergenic
–    Cortisone and Steroid Free
–    Available for purchase online at BabyGanics.com and nationwide at Target, Babies R Us, Walgreens and Buy Buy Baby