Dare to Dream of Cleaner, More Organized, Living Spaces!

Because my office has been a hot mess and storage room since our move, I cleaned up with Zep Commercial® as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TryZep

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Our recent move was kind of a mess in general. We moved on August 15th, but by moved I mean, we brought over the big stuff like the beds, kitchen and bathroom supplies, our clothes, my laptop, the TV, living room furniture, and the dining room table. We had until October 6th to get everything out of the condo which sounds amazing right? Well, not so much. That just made us procrastinate and go back over to the condo here and there and grab some “stuff” each time. Somehow most of that “stuff” just landed in my office. It just kept piling up. I kept closing the door and ignoring it while I worked away at the dining room table. Not ideal. I’m incredibly OCD (seriously, I have the papers to prove that my tendencies are incredibly high) so I need order in my life. I need an office atmosphere to work effectively and I sure as heck didn’t even want to think about walking into that “office” that had become utter chaos and downright dirty. I needed something powerful to light a fire under my butt and get this place in order. Thankfully I found Zep Commercial® Quick Clean Disinfectant and All-Around Oxy Cleaner and Degreaser and as soon as I realized that @%!# will clean anything, I knew I was free to dream of a clean and organized office again.

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First order of business was to move all of the “stuff” into the middle of my office so I could actually move around in there. Then, I did what all good Disney fans and daydreamers would do in this situation. I carefully placed and affixed this applique on the wall, just inside the door, and I started to dream of my new cleaner, organized, dusted, and disinfected happy place. Then I got to work. I started digging through boxes to see where they belonged and moved the ones that needed to go into the attic out into the hallway (I don’t do attic stairs so B handled that part). Then I started sorting through the other boxes and de-hoarding my belongings. So much trash. So, so much trash! And then I started taking out my most favorite things (and realizing that my taste is somewhat that of a teenager when it comes to my happy place). I immediately cringed when I saw how dusty/dirty most of them were from being stored for far too long, I cleaned them all thoroughly with the Zep Commercial® All-Around Cleaner and Degreaser. Bonus, this stuff not only cleans just about anything and everything (awesome in the bathrooms and kitchen too), it smells amazing! And as a final prep for the big makeover, I disinfected the doors, door knobs, baseboards, furnishing, and every other non-porous surface with the Quick Clean Disinfectant because we’ve already had colds, flu, and stomach bugs in our house this year and this is the room I’ve neglected the most. And then the real fun began.

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I was able to turn that hot mess of a cluttered, dusty, dirty, more than likely germy room into something that was beginning to resemble an office. A happy (and clean) place where I could work productively while singing a happy little working song. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out, once again, that my office decor is probably not age appropriate, but it sure makes me smile. Because who doesn’t want a monkey with a crown sitting over them while they work?

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And this monstrosity of a corner filled with books, laundry, boxes, an Elsa doll I still haven’t sent (I’m sorry Summer, I’ll send it now that I found it), a bike flag, cords, and so much more? This was probably the biggest challenge. But fueled with Zep power, I tackled this too.

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A $30 bookshelf did wonders and now we have a reading room as well. Plus I have additional space to put more of my important stuff. You know, like my Marilyn Barbie and such. Yes, that stuff. But there was more work to be done and I was on a roll!

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I know what you’re thinking now that you’ve seen there’s a closet in the room. You think that I shoved all of this stuff in there and jammed the door closed, right? OK, I was tempted but my OCD said “no, no, no”, and besides it wouldn’t have all fit even if I tried.

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I organized all of my crafting supplies (yes, I have those) in a tote, and I left all of the “stuff” I use regularly in there as well as some pictures and plaques I still need to hang. Yes, there’s still work to be done in the room, but I’m really happy with how well it’s turning out.

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Ready to tackle a HUGE cleaning project like me, or do you just need some new cleaning products that do an amazing job at a reasonable price (and smell pretty awesome too)? We’ve got a Zep for that! Zep Commercial® offers a complete line of cleaning and drain care products that deliver professional results. Whether you’re a cleaning professional or just want to get the job done right while saving time and money, you’ll be able to clean with confidence and have pride in the results like me.

Like my sparkly results? Read more about Zep Commercial® on their website. You’ll also want to like them on Facebook and follow along on Twitter to find out about all of their amazing cleaning products. Seriously, cleaning has never been so simple thanks to Zep! Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there are a few bathrooms in need of cleaning calling my name. Happy cleaning!

Natural Looks for Summer: Get that Sun Kissed Look for Less with Rimmel

For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and their client. However, all photos, opinions, and ideas are entirely my own! #RimmelRealBeauty #shop
Summertime means fun in the sun here on the island. We play at the pool, we go to the beach, we ride bikes, walk the Seawall, and play at the park as much as we can. And summer brings out my fun, lighter side. Not only in my attitude, but in my clothing and makeup as well. Luckily for me, the makeup trend this summer is to “go nude” and Rimmel products make that affordable.

I could take that whole “go nude” thing literally, but let’s face it, clothes are an acceptable societal norm so I wear them. And not wearing makeup at all is unthinkable to me. I’ve always been a makeup junkie and the older I get, the worse my addiction gets. I keep a budget for it. I’m not kidding.

During the colder months, when we stay indoors more, I wear a pretty heavy “face” to cover my pores, hide the bags under my eyes, and minimize the wrinkles. Plus I’m pasty white during those months and I like to liven things up a bit. But during the summer, I stay very tan and I like to let that natural glow show. I do wear heavier sunblock on my face now because apparently the sun wasn’t my friend all of those years so my face tends to stay much lighter than the rest of my body now. So for more reasons than one, I refuse to go nude.

That’s where Rimmel products come in. I needed a fresher, sun kissed look for summer, without the look of heavy makeup. Rimmel offers affordable makeup so I didn’t have to break the bank to achieve my natural glow. They offer a wide variety of products and I love all of the earth tones they have available. For me, there are only a few essentials and Rimmel offers them all at Walmart for only $3.97 each. So let’s get down to business shall we. I’m going to show you how I got my look but I must warn you, you will be seeing something very few people have in the past 10 years. ME WITHOUT MAKEUP!

Always start with a good foundation applied with a brush, not a sponge. I used Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation for a poreless finish. Then for the sun kissed glow, apply a bronzer to get the appearance of a tan without all of the skin damage. For this I used Rimmel Natural Bronzer.

The eyes, it’s all about the eyes. Seriously, your eyes are the windows to your soul. You need to make them shine. I picked an awesome Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad, Sun Safari, to fit my theme, and I loved how the earth tones blended with my skin tones and only served to enhance my eyes rather than make them look made up and heavy. Split your eye up with the colors. Dark in the crease, light on the upper lid to brighten and open the eyes, bright on the inside lower lid, with a subdued darker color on the outer lower lid.

Although I did buy two of these Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliners, I chose a brown shade for this more natural look. I do wear my eyeliner heavy no matter what, so that will never look totally natural, but I just feel a good outline opens up your eyes and brings attention to them. And this one is waterproof which is great because yes, I even wear my makeup at the pool and beach.

My lips are thin so I like to use lip colors to highlight them but I don’t want anything bold. I chose to use a base color from the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate collection to shape my lips.

And gloss that up with Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss for that extra shine and sparkle that I enjoy so much!

I love this gloss and at only $3.97 a tube, I can buy lots of different colors to wear all summer long. And it lasts for 6 hours, that’s not just a claim, it really does!

I’m pleased with the look that I achieved and the money that I saved achieving it. All 6 products that I used cost just under $30. Now I can just sit back, relax, and enjoy my summer being “nude”. And it’s our little secret!

Be sure to check out Rimmel on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up to date on all of the latest beauty trends!

If you want even more ideas for your own natural, sun kissed look for the summer, be sure to read the LiveSoFab Summer Digital Magazine. You’ll love all of the fun stuff inside. Happy summer y’all!

My Wishes for a Happy 2013

With every new year that approaches, we all hear people making resolutions and promising to follow through on each and every one of them. Rarely does anyone accomplish such a task, even with the best of intentions. We all set lofty goals for ourselves that would take a total life revamp to accomplish. That’s a tall order. I’m not big in to the whole “resolution” thing. That’s way too concrete for me. Instead, I make mental notes to try to fix things from the past year, to better myself for the coming year, and to complete things I should have done from all of the past years of my life. I like to call them “wishes” because I truly wish that I will follow through this year, at least at some level. And I usually do, at least at some level. 
So without further ado, my 10 wishes for myself for the coming year (in no particular order of importance):
  1. Work smarter, not harder. 
  2. Spend more time with my family away from this little black box.
  3. Every time Bubby yells “huggy time”, stop what I’m doing and participate.
  4. Tell B more often how much I love and appreciate him (even if he’s ranting about a bad day at work)
  5. Get back to the Island, and stay there.
  6. Be a better friend.
  7. Sparkle more and never let anyone or anything dull my sparkles.
  8. Enjoy my new job (more on that later).
  9. Learn how to properly use my new bad ass awesome camera.
  10. Enjoy life and my children more no matter what drama gets tossed my way.   
So there you have it. I’m sure I won’t stick completely to this list, but I assure you I will work toward making myself a better person while trying to achieve all of my wishes for the new year. That’s the best any of us can do. 
Happy New Year! I hope all of you have a beautiful and sparkling 2013 and I hope all of your wishes, for yourself and for others, come true!