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April 23, 2014

Spring Cleaning & Organization Tips

spring cleaning and organization tips

I usually give our apartment a pretty good cleaning to prepare for the Lunar New Year but it's when Spring rolls around that I really get to the deep cleaning and organizing. With this also comes the purging which I find so liberating and so necessary. We have decently sized closets and our apartment isn't actually cramped but somehow clutter still manages to build up. I've always been good about having a place for everything but now I'm also trying to be more mindful of what I bring in and have routines for regularly disposing of things. So far I've tackled the pantry, refrigerator, linen closet and my beauty stash. I'm in the process of cleaning my closet now and this always feels like a real process even though I do it twice a year. As I was cleaning my computer I found a number of helpful links to cleaning/organizing tips I had bookmarked and thought I'd share them here. 

Is Spring cleaning something you do? How do you conquer clutter?

Image Source: Lisa Congdon

April 21, 2014

Snacking With Graze

I scored an invite code to try out Graze recently. It's an online subscription box service that delivers healthy snacks straight to your home or office. I set up an account and waited for my nibblebox to arrive. It showed up in my mailbox a week later. Each nibblebox contains 4 different portion controlled snacks in individual packages that are convenient and easy to take on the go. A personalized nutrition guide is also included for your information. 

April 18, 2014

Flashback Friday

Found these photos when I was spring cleaning my computer. So hubster and I both lived in Taiwan for awhile when we were kids... at around the same time period too. We sometimes like to joke about how "fashionable" we were back then and how we actually could've met each other as children. No matter since we obviously still met and have been married for twelve years now. Gosh I can never get over how cute he was and what a sharp dresser too! And he's still both. Happy weekend and Happy Easter!

April 16, 2014

Recent Loves

Real Techniques Stippling Brush : This brush makes cream blush application a total breeze, creating a natural well blended look effortlessly. I got it for $8.99 and for the quality it feels like it should cost more. It's nice and sturdy and the bristles are soft and don't shed. People also use it for foundation but I've never tried it for that since I don't wear foundation. I am definitely interested in trying out more brushes from this line though.

Aerolatte Milk Frother : I like my tea lattes but I don't like shelling out the $ for them. Yes I'm frugal when it comes to certain things. Starbucks would be hard pressed to get money from me haha. I picked up this frother to make matcha green tea lattes at home and it's so simple to use and clean up. Easily one of my favorite purchases of this year.

Dried White Mulberries : I kind of got hooked on Dr. Oz when I was sick over the holidays and have been watching the show sporadically ever since. He introduced these as a superfood and I loved them at first taste. They're lightly sweet and crunchy with a subtle nutty flavor. What's more they're low in calories and sugar while packed with fiber, protein and antioxidants. Benefits include heart protection, lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar so I can feel good whenever I grab a handful or two.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your recent loves?

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April 14, 2014

Color Love : Lavender

Lavender is such a lovely color. It's feminine and chic without being overly sweet which makes it kind of perfect across seasons. It's somewhat subdued so it's also easier to wear than radiant orchid. I think it looks really sophisticated paired with burgundy and shades of grey and so fresh when coupled with mint. Are you a fan of lavender? What shades do you like to pair with it?

1. RayBan Ice Pop Icon Wayfarer Sunglasses ($120) 2. MakeUp Forever Mauve 151 Eye Shadow ($21) 3. Alexis Bittar Lucite Skinny Tapered Bangle ($55) 4. TopShop Leather Chain Strap Pouch Bag ($56) 5. Essie Full Steam Ahead Nail Polish ($8.50) 6. Forever21 Refined Bow Hair Tie ($1.80) 7. Kaliko Lace Overlay Dress (£139) 8. J. Crew Collection Wool Silk Scalloped Pant ($298) 9. Eyelet Floral Oversize Top ($31) 10. Keds Crash Back Zigzag Slip-on Sneaker ($29) 11. Two Timer Jersey Infinity Scarf ($26)

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway for a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System.

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