Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Bra Guide: Brace Yourself.

You see what I did there?! Brace yourself?!...Moving on.When I was in highschool one of my jobs that I had was working at Victoria's Secret. My job was to measure breasteses customers to find them the perfect bra fit, as well as find them the perfect style bra for a particular occasion and outfit. Working at Victoria's Secret not only drained my pockets of moolah but it made me realize how completely clueless some women are when it comes to finding a bra. But that's OK because today I'm bringing you the ins and outs of ta tas and bras so that you can totally rock your next bra with no uniboob, quadriboob, or whatever other boob you can think of and not be clueless when it comes to bra shopping.

Know What Size You Are

Measure Band Size-
This is the Number of your bra size. You want to round fractions to the nearest whole number and numbers in between bra band measurements you want to round up, for example if you measure 27" you will choose 30" bra, if you measure 30" you will go for a 32" bra and so on.

Measure Cup Size-
This is the letter of your bra size. With your arms at your side you are going to measure the fullest part of your bust with a measuring tape and again round all fractions to the nearest whole number.

The mathematical equation to get your cup size is to subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement. For Example say your band measured out to 33", rounding up to the nearest band size would equal 34." Your Bust measured out to be 38." You then do 38"-34" = 4." 4"=D so you would be a 34D bra size.

-Keep Bras in shape by placing them with 1 bras cups in the next bras cups, stacking them horizontally in a drawer.
-Hand wash your bras so that they stay in the best condition. Fill a sink with warm water and some mild detergent. Soak the bras for a few minute and work suds into the fabric for about 3 minutes. Drain all of your soapy water from the sink and run each bra under the faucet until water is no longer soapy. Hang dry, never machine dry if you want to get them to last.
-If strapless bras are not your thing simply sew bra cups into your dress yourself or bring them to a tailor/laundromat to have them sew in in for you.
-Always remember to adjust your bra straps. They can make a huge difference in the fit of your bra.
-Avoid quadraboob, its not a good look. when your breast spill over the top of your bra and makes you look like you have four boobs, it is time to go up a cup size.
-Also remember that if you are unable to get the knack of measuring yourself, you can always go to any lingerie store and have them measure you to size as well.

The Best Bra For You

-Wireless/Sports bra- made for comfort and no annoying underwire.
-T-Shirt bra- Hardly noticeable under thin t-shirts and clingy tops. Great for comfort and shape.
-Push up bra- Makes smaller breast look fuller. These come with extra padding on the lower portion of the cup to push breast up and create more cleavage.
-Demi bra- Has minimal upper breast coverage with wider set straps.
-Plunge Bra- Perfect for low cut or "v" neck tops as well as showing some cleavage.

Now you are set! So go out there and get the perfect bra that is right for you.
Do you know what you are looking for when bra shopping?


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Organizing 101

With a busy and hectic schedule on a regular basis, it is very easy for any ones home to become disorganized as you sit and stare, wondering where to start when trying to organize yourself again. With a few simple steps you can get yourself back on track and organized in no time, feeling good, and clutter free.

1.) Set a day- Set a day to focus on just decluttering and organizing. Don't make any other plans until you have finished and completed your task at hand.
2.) Set a goal- Example: Sunday I want to have my home office completely organized and clutter free. 
3.) Start in sections- If you want to declutter your home focus on one room at a time, then focus on a section of the room. For example lets say you want to organize your home office. Ignore every other room in your home for the time being,then zone in on the closet. Bam! We have a starting point. At that starting point you want to take everything out. Sticking with our example, you will take every single item out of that closet.
4.) Make designated piles- Laundry baskets work perfect for this task. Grab two laundry baskets and one large garbage bag. Laundry basket number one will be where you put all the items that you want to donate/giveaway, laundry basket number two will be the keep pile, and your handy dandy garbage bag will be, well....garbage, thrown out, buh bye, sayonara!
5.) Ask yourself the big question- As you are sorting your piles ask yourself this, 'have I used this in the 8 months?' If not, do not keep it. This is how we accumulate clutter and junk and if you haven't used it in the past 8're not going to use it, period.
6.) Make a list- After you are done sorting your piles remove everything but the keep pile from the room that you are working in. Sort your keep pile into organized categories. For example, You have a stack of  blank holiday and birthday cards, extra office supplies (pens, white out, tape, glue), crafting supplies. Those are all little categories that you can divide your keep pile into. Once you have your final count of how many categories you have you want to write that down. After going through each section of your room and following the above steps you want to head over to your local Target, Walmart, or here for storage bins in the sizes that are appropriate for the items that you are organizing and purchase the amount you jotted down on your list. these are also great if you have items that are going to go out on open shelves.
7.) Label Time- Label the boxes that you are storing away so that you can clearly read them and grab them when you need it.
8.) On to the next- Once you are completely satisfied with the amount of work and organizing that you have accomplished in your one room, move on to the next. Some rooms may take longer than others and that's OK. As long as you focus on the task at hand (that one zone at a time that you are working on) you will be fine and your home, office, bedroom, attic, whatever, will be organized and clutter free in no time.
How do you get organized?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cheesy Veggie Quinoa Bake

I love quick and easy casseroles, especially ones that are on the healthier side. As I was preparing my quinoa on Sunday for my weekday lunches I came up with the idea of this deliciously yummy cheesy veggie quinoa bake. Great to serve as dinner or split it up for your weekday lunches too.

What you need:
1 zucchini
2 handfuls of fresh washed spinach
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup prepared quinoa
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
garlic, salt, pepper (to taste)
2 teaspoons Coconut oil
What you do:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-As you are preparing your quinoa you want to saute your veggies
-Put 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan, heat it up, add your zucchini.
-Once zucchini is at desired tenderness, add your spinach along with garlic, salt, and pepper.
-Once your spinach has fully cooked transfer the spinach and zucchini into a lightly sprayed casserole dish.
-Next add a teaspoon of coconut oil to another pan and toss in your sliced mushrooms along with garlic, salt, and pepper.
-Once mushrooms are fully sauteed add them to your zucchini and spinach
-Quinoa should be done at this point, add the quinoa as well as 1/2 cup of cheese to your casserole dish
-Fold all ingredients together well.
-Use your leftover 1 cup of cheese and sprinkle it over the top of your casserole.
-Pop your dish in the oven for about 20 minutes until the top is bubbly and brown.
-Once your casserole is ready, take it out of the oven, cool slightly, and enjoy!
Have you ever made a casserole with quinoa before? What is your favorite casserole to make or eat?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bring The Spa To You For Pennies!

Why go to the spa and spend ridiculous amounts of money when you can bring the spa to you. There are tons of great ways to get yourself lookin and feelin good in the comfort of your own home for pennies! Whether it is a relaxing night alone or a romantic evening with that special someone, here are some great ideas to create your own relaxing spa treatments.

Create a hydrating and repair hair mask with 2 ingredients from your kitchen.
-1 tablespoon honey
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-Combine the 2 ingredients in a small microwaveable bowl and place in the microwave for 30 seconds.
-Massage the mixture through wet hair and let it sit for 30 minutes.
-Wash hair with shampoo 2x's for shiny, healthy, and soft hair.
Create a relaxing bath with 2 ingredients that will sooth your skin as well as your mind.
-1 cup rosewater
-1 cup coconut milk
-Run a warm bath and pour your 2 ingredients in. Light some candles and put on some relaxing music to enhance your relaxation time.
Cypress and Citrus Cellulite Body Oil
(Used to stimulate skin and increase circulation)
-1/2 cup coconut oil
-20 drops juniper essential oil
-11 drpos cypress essential oil
-17 drpops lemongrass essential oil
-5 drops rosemary essential oil
-add each oil one at a time to a mason jar
-Slowly pour coconut oil into the jar as well
-Close jar and roll jar between your hands
-Let mixture sit for at least 1 hour
-Use on legs only after your bath or shower while skin is still slightly wet
On your feet all day? This home treatment is the ticket to soft and relaxed feet!
-Get a large bucket/bowl or something that both of your feet will fit in comfortably
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-3 tablespoons mixed spice
-3 tablespoons coconut milk
-Place all ingredients into your bucket/bowl and then fill with warm water
-Soak your feet in the mixture as desired.
-Towel dry and then apply a bit of coconut oil and socks
-Leave socks on as long as you would like to absorb the oil (be sure not to slip with oil or the mixture on your feet)
Strawberry Yogurt Mask
This mask works great at getting rid of dead skin cells, removing impurities, reducing redness, and minimizing pores due to its salicylic acid in the strawberries.
-4 Strawberries
-Single serve of plain Greek yogurt
-Puree in a food processor or blender
-Apply the yogurt/strawberry mixture with clean finger tips or a paint brush
-Let mixture sit until slightly dry and wash off with warm water patting dry
Use this lip scrub to get smooth soft kissable lips!
-Petroleum Jelly
-Raw sugar
-Place a bit of petroleum jelly on your finger tip with a pinch of sugar
-Rub it on your lips to exfoliate all dead skin
-Wipe of the sugar mixure with a towel and apply a dab of petroleum jelly by itself to your lips.
NOTE: Please do not use any of these if you are allergic to one or more of the ingredients. Please be sure to test a portion of your skin with the product first to make sure you do not have a negative reaction as everyones skin is different. Please also do not use cellulite oil mixture if pregnant or have a medical condition before consulting a doctor as it is used to stimulate and increase circulation
Have you ever done your own at home spa? What are your favorite at home spa treatments?

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Stinky Clothes Solution

After coming home from work, I forced myself decided to do a load of laundry when I realized that there was a load still sitting in the washing machine from the beginning of the week! UGHHH, the smell of moldy old gym socks mixed with rotten cheese (it was nasty boooyyy) came to mind when I opened the machine door. After re washing the laundry with soap, softener, and Downy unstoppables THREE TIMES, I started believing the smell was never going to go away and that my favorite maxi dress was about to be trash. I went through my mental Rolodex of things that get rid of nasty odors and vinegar was the first thing that popped into my mind. One cup of vinegar in a rinse cycle later, my clothes were odor free and I was a happy chica. The sweet smell of non moldy clothes success! Vinegar to the rescue yet again. 

Do you often forget that load of laundry in your washing machine? What tricks have worked for you for getting rid of the stink?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zoodle Veggie Bowl

For those of you who have yet to jump on the zoodle wagon, zoodles are simply zucchini noodles. You create these tasty little zucchini noodles by using a table top spiralizer or a hand held spiralizer. I love zoodles because the possibilities of new dishes that you can create with them are endless, and it is so much healthier for you than regular pasta!  

What You Need:
3 large zucchinis
Coconut oil
Steamed broccoli
2 sliced tomatoes
Feta Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Garlic powder
Hot Sauce (optional)

What You Do:
After you spiralize your zucchini (you will be surprised at how much you can make even with 1 zucchini) saute your zoodles in coconut oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
Once zucchini is to the tenderness of your liking, add your steamed broccoli
Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Separate your zoodles into bowls for lunch for the week or one big bowl if you plan on serving it for dinner.
Add slices tomatoes on top.
Add a sprinkling of feta on top.
I love hot sauce on my veggies so if you want you can add a few drops of hot sauce to your dish as well to spice things up.

P.S. To add extra protein add an egg on top or some grilled chicken. Yum!

Are You a zoodle fan? Do you own a spiralizer? What other veggies do you spiralize?


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amazing Uses For WD-40

This post was created thanks to my amazing husband (hey babe!). It was late one evening after a long day of work and an incredibly satisfying dinner when I started thinking out loud about post ideas. Awesome husband says "why don't you write a post about WD-40? There are so many ways that you can use it." Hmmmm WD-40... "That's a good freakin idea!" I shouted. This was the day, my husband birthed a post idea. Thank you husband! I hope this post makes you proud =P

-Unstick stuck gum from hair or carpets

-Remove a ring that is stuck on your finger

-Loosen a stuck zipper by spraying a bit in the trouble area

-Remove tar and scuff marks from hard surfaces and crayon marks from walls (it won't harm the surface) Just spray on the area and wipe

-Keeps wasps away from your home and prevent them from building nests by spraying under the eaves of your house

-Remove lipstick stains from clothes by saturating the area and throw it in the washing machine

-Remove duct tape gunk

-Eliminate that stove top grease

-Clean and restore your leather dashboard by spraying on and wiping off

-Easily wipe away splattered bugs on your car

-Water spots on your glass shower door or stainless steel? Spray and wipe WD-40

-Protects silver from tarnishing

-Untangles jewelry

-Removes dirt, rust, and grease from the BBQ grill

-Stops squeaky doors

-Prevents rust from forming on tools

-Cleans and restores the roof racks on your car.

-Make your floors look like they were just waxed, minus the slippery aftermath

Did you know that there were this many uses for WD-40? What other ways do you use this super product?


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