Life Lived Well
May 26, 2016

5 Ways To Cut Back On Life Clutter

Cutting back on stuff or clutter brings peace to your home.  It makes it easier to enjoy the things you love.

When you cut back on life clutter it can bring peace to your life and help you enjoy the things AND the people you love.

What does cutting back on life clutter look like?  It’s the process of cutting back or eliminating anything that is keeping you from truly enjoying your life and the people you care about.  Unnecessary things that take up valuable real estate in your life make it difficult or impossible to actually enjoy your life.

We all get so busy doing things and acquiring things that we think we are supposed to do and have.  Not long after I turned 40 I realized that quality not quantity needed to be my goal.  I no longer need more, more, more.  The “more” was making me miss the world around me.

The “more” was also making me tired.  Trying to keep up and catch up all the time.

Cutting back on life clutter also means being aware of how you spend your time.  What’s eating up all your time and effort?  And, is it truly making you happy?  In my 40’s I also realized I can say “no” and the earth would still turn.  I don’t have to be all things to all people.  It’s ok to be choosey about things that I agree to do and when I do them.

Here are 5 ways to cut back on life clutter.

  1.  Volunteering for everything.  Whether you choose to volunteer in the community, your church or at your kids school it helps so many people.  However, when saying yes to volunteering make sure the project or program speaks to your heart.  Don’t spread yourself too thin.  When I say yes at my daughter’s school it’s yes to bringing in supplies, cookies, or helping with field trips.  I do not volunteer for the year long position of “room mom”.  When our family does volunteer work we make sure our daughter is involved.  She needs to see us involved and we choose only local projects.  I want her to see ways to help the people or causes in her local area.
  2. Social Media.  There’s so much out there.  Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Periscope, oh my.  The list grows constantly.  Social Media is a fun way to see what’s happening in the world and what your cousins and college roommate are up to.  But, it’s a time sucker.  You don’t have to be on all the social media platforms.  Find a couple you really enjoy and forget about the rest.  Find a good time to check it, get caught up and then forget about it the rest of the day.  Facebook tip: since the posts on Facebook get more personal (your phone number, pictures of your kids, your birthday, etc.) only become friends with people you would give the keys to your house.
  3. Clean up your apps.  The apps on your phone take up valuable data.  They also clutter up your screen.  They make it hard to see the things you really want when you want them.  If you don’t use an app, delete it.  If you haven’t used it for more than a month, delete it.  You can get it back out of the “cloud” if you change your mind, but uncluttering your apps is like pulling weeds.  Suddenly you’ll see all the things you really enjoy and need.
  4. Take a Friend Inventory.  We all have friends that are tiring.  You know the ones I mean.  They take a lot of effort and offer nothing in return.  Friends should make you happy and support you.  If you’re doing all the “heavy lifting” in any of your relationships, it may be time to move on.  Read another article on friends hereOr this one.
  5. One in one out.  I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on house clutter at least a little bit.  We downsized our home a while ago (read about that here).  When we moved in to a smaller house we decided we would adopt a “one in one out” policy.  We don’t bring anything in our home, unless something similar gets thrown away, donated or sold.  Our child is painfully aware of this policy and is reminded every time she absolutely positively MUST have a new toy. (Smile)  We also go thru the house in summer and right before Christmas and make sure we are donating clothes, books, toys, and anything else that’s not needed or nailed down.

Life clutter wastes time and energy.  I’m sure we can all add more to the list.  This is a good start on cutting back on anything that makes it hard to see what’s really important.

Love and Less Clutter,

Dawn

5 ways to cut back on life clutter

Get time back for your life and your family. 5 ways to cut back on life clutter.

 

 

 

 

 

Favorite Recipes
May 20, 2016

Coconut Milk Chai Creamer

Tea is the “go to” drink at our house.  Hot or cold.  In hot tea we like a bit of creamer.  Creamer intensifies the flavor and makes the drink silky and smooth.  Today, I’m sharing with you my super healthy coconut milk chai creamer recipe.   This recipe has the ability to change your life and your health.  Really.

We try to stay away from traditional dairy so coconut milk is our creamer of choice.  And we like it a little spicy. In addition to creamer in tea or coffee, coconut milk is one of my favorite ingredients.  I buy it by the case and make sure I’m never without.

When buying coconut milk there is a BIG difference between the cartons in the dairy section and canned coconut milk.  The way to remember which is which is to think of the carton as a beverage like regular milk (only dairy free).  It’s usually watered down and has other ingredients including sugar.  This is NOT what you would use for cooking.  Canned coconut milk is an ingredient.  It’s thicker and can be used as a base for smoothies, recipes and sometimes in place of half and half in soups, etc.  Read more about the different types of coconut milk here.

My chai creamer calls for canned coconut milk.  This little can is a health powerhouse!!  Depending on what side of the “fat” fence you’re on, coconut milk is either evil because it’s full of fat or it’s healthy for you because it’s full of “good fat”.  I’m definitely on the side of the fence that believes in good fat.  Read about the benefits here.

Buy a good brand of coconut milk.  As with anything, you have to read the ingredients to make sure you’re getting a healthy version and a BPA free can.  I buy this brand.

In addition to the health benefits of the coconut milk, there are mighty spices in this recipe as well.   Cardamom is one of my fav’s.  It’s benefits include gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, aphrodisiac and may help with erectile dysfunction.  Cinnamon is used in many cultures to help with diarrhea, menstrual cramps, digestive problems and colds and flu.

Anise star is antimicrobial, antiviral and has antioxidant properties.  It’s a great digestive aid and helps with female hormone issues, helps produce milk for lactating mothers, and increases libido. Ginger helps reduce gas and is a digestive aid. It boosts bone health, helps relieve pain, and aids in relief from nausea.  Wowza!!

This creamer is spicy and yummy and could keep you healthy!!  So let’s get started.

  • 1 can coconut milk (I use this brand)*
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1 anise star (look for broken stars, they are often cheaper).  You can substitute 1/8 tsp ground anise
  • Heat on low just enough to let coconut milk get creamy and spices to marry.  Store in the refrigerator and shake before adding desired amount to your coffee or tea.

I hope you enjoy this coconut milk chai creamer as much as we do!!

Love and Great Tea,

Dawn

coconut milk creamer

My super healthy coconut milk chai creamer recipe. Spicy, clean and yummy.

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Marriage/Love
May 13, 2016

Are Your Friends Ruining Your Marriage?

Friends can be supportive and fun.  They can throw you a rope when you feel like you’re drowning in life.  They listen to you cry and complain.  There are the friends from college, friends from work, the funny friend, our best friend in the neighborhood.  Have you ever asked yourself whether any or all of these friends are helping or hurting the most important relationship in your life?  Could they actually be ruining your marriage?

You promised to love, honor and cherish your husband.  You’re focused on date nights, attending church together, planning vacations, and raising kids.  You support each other’s goals and dreams.  You’re trying to do all the right things (around work and kids of course).  But, after all the time and energy you spend growing your marriage, it’s important to make sure your friends aren’t undermining what you’re working so hard to build.

Your friends could be sabotaging your marriage and you may not even recognize the signs.  Here are some things to look for to make sure your actions and your friendships are supporting your marriage.

  1. Spend time with couples who want to double date.  When you’re invited to go out with “just the girls” try going for lunch instead of after hours.
  2. Avoid friends who only want to see you and never want to get together with you and your husband.
  3. If either of you has ever had an issue with temptation or jealousy in the past, avoid those situations at all cost (parties, certain friends, or a combination of friends, etc.).  Especially if alcohol will be involved.
  4. Don’t talk bad about your spouse in public.  When you do it opens the door to your friends “piling it on” and possibly making it worse.
  5. Social Media can be a slippery slope when it comes to your marriage.   Facebook is proving to be detrimental to relationships (read about that here).  I could talk on this subject for days.  The bottom line is this; if you wouldn’t do it in front of your spouse, don’t do it on Facebook.
  6. Are your friends in healthy relationships?  When we have friends (or a couple) who are cheating, divorcing, verbally abusive to their spouse, etc. those bad habits can actually be “contagious” (read more here).

When we are single, most of our friends are single.  We are able to go anywhere, any day of the week and stay out as late as we want.  No responsibilities at home make it a lot easier to do that.  After we’re married our priorities change, as they should.

Friends who support your marriage invite you and your husband to double date.  When you and your husband get into an argument they encourage you to sit down and talk to each other.  They might even keep the kids for you so you can have time alone together.  When you have more serious problems, they steer you toward a counselor or a pastor.  They care for you and your marriage.  They pray for you and ask you to pray for their marriage as well.

It’s important to take a “Friend Inventory” occasionally.  Make sure the people you surround yourself with are helping and supporting your marriage.  Marriage takes work.  It’s not just you navigating through life anymore.  You are part of a team.  In order to constantly stay focused on what’s best for both of you, the people closest to you should build you up and support your goals as a married couple.

Moving on from certain relationships can be difficult but a very necessary decision.  Remind yourself that certain friends may have been a good fit in the past, but possibly pose a threat to your present and your future.

Love and Healthy Relationships,

Dawn

Your friends can ruin your marriage

Some marriage problems can come from the people around you. Ask yourself if your friends ruining your marriage.

 

 

Life Lived Well
May 5, 2016

The Very Best Part Of Turning 40

Some women dread turning 40 and see it as a “downward turn”.  Others find it empowering.  I believe there are definite advantages to reaching that milestone age.  I came to realize the very best part of turning 40 early on, even before my actual birthday.

On my 40th birthday some girlfriends took me to dinner.  During the food and laughs one friend asked me what I thought was the best part of turning 40.  I thought I’d already figured it out, but I let her tell me.  “The best part of turning 40 is that you really don’t care“, she said.

I knew I had already had this epiphany, I just hadn’t put it in to words.  I didn’t care.  I still don’t.  I’m quite comfortable with the fact that I don’t care and I don’t make excuses for my lack of concern.

I’m not being ugly or rude when I say “I don’t care”.  I mean I’m comfortable in my own skin.  Yes, I still care about what I look like and still wear makeup, but I do it more to make me more comfortable and less to please anyone else.

If someone doesn’t like me, I’m ok with that.  I’m certainly not going to intentionally harm or insult anyone but if I meet someone and we don’t instantly “hit it off”, it’s ok.  We all have different personalities, we all have to live together (so to speak), but we don’t have to be best friends.  Be nice and be kind, but if you don’t want to hang out and go to lunch, I’m good with that.

I’m perfectly content managing my house and letting you manage yours.  I do not need to know what’s happening at my neighbor’s house.  As long as it’s not illegal and doesn’t harm my family, it’s ok.  I do not need to keep up with the Jones’s.  If they want to have the fanciest house on the block, good for them.  Not me.  As a matter of fact we just downsized our home (read about that here).

I’m comfortable with myself enough to know that not everyone will see eye to eye on everything and that’s just fine.  When I hear women in their 20’s say things like “I don’t think she likes me” or “I don’t like her, she’s stuck on herself”, I think to myself “bless her heart.”  “She’s young and she’ll get over that.”  Eventually these women will be in their 40’s and none of that will matter.

It’s liberating not to care.  Not to worry.  It’s a wonderful feeling to live your life and let others live theirs.  At this point in my life, I know how blessed I am.  I want the people around me to be blessed as well.

The best part of turning 40 is the peace.  If you don’t have it yet, I’m betting you will soon.  You’ll appreciate life, your past experiences and the freedom that comes from letting everyone around you live their life as they see fit.

Love and Peace,

Dawn

Best part of turning 40

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Health and Beautiful Living
April 29, 2016

SPF Pros and Cons

Could there be benefits to NOT wearing SPF?  We know there are definite benefits to wearing sun protection.  But, is it possible there are times when you shouldn’t put on SPF?  Let’s explore the pros and cons.

As a 40-something women, I know I damaged my skin in my teens and 20’s.  Lying in the sun for hours covered in baby oil.   Probably not the smartest thing I ever did.  As a teenager, you don’t consider skin damage or even skin cancer.  It either never crosses your mind or you consider the mere thought of skin cancer completely ridiculous.  When you’re younger, it’s easy to think nothing will happen to your skin because the signs of damage usually don’t show up until later.  Read about that here.

Sun protection (SPF) has an important role in preventing skin damage, premature wrinkles, sun spots and helping to block the cancer causing effects from UVA and UVB rays.  We do need to wear SPF for extended periods of time in the sun.  I like this one.  It’s good for my skin and I can keep it in my purse and apply it right over my makeup.

So, we know what SPF can do for us.  Let’s talk about “cons”.  Could there be any benefits to NOT wearing SPF?  Yes! 

The biggest benefits are vitamin D and calcium.  Our bodies need vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium.  Calcium helps keep teeth and bones strong.  We also need vitamin D for our muscles and to keep our immune systems functioning properly.  As a woman, and a mom, I want to make sure I’m caring for myself now and in the future (thinking about osteoporosis).

Your best source of vitamin D is the sun.  Read more here.  When exposed to the sun your body actually makes vitamin D. You can eat food fortified with vitamin D.  Did you see that I said “fortified”?  That’s because very few foods have vitamin D naturally.  Not that you can’t get it from food, but if your body can make it naturally why wouldn’t you make this work for you?

How much sun exposure do you really need?  Truly, only about 10 or 15 mins.  That’s not much time at all to receive the huge benefits the sun can provide.  That’s good news.  So, don’t be afraid to go out and check the mail, walk to the neighbor’s house or water your flowers.  (Unless otherwise advised by a doctor.)  The sun is actually working for you and making you healthy.  However, if you plan to spend the day outside working in the yard, going for a hike, or cheering on your favorite team in the stands, wear your SPF, sleeves, a hat, etc.  Note:  high SPF blocks the absorption of vitamin D.

Can you get too much vitamin D?  You can only get too much when taking supplements.  You can’t over do it from the sun because the body limits the amount of vitamin D it produces.

Important tip:  there is no vitamin D benefit while driving.  UVB rays are blocked through glass, so there is no vitamin D absorption while in the car.   Read more about that here. 

So, get out of the house and let the sun shine on you for a few minutes.  Your body will thank you.

Love and Sunshine,

Dawn

SPF pros and cons

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Health and Beautiful Living
April 21, 2016

5 Steps To Start A Real Food Lifestyle

4 years ago, during the holidays, my husband and I were shocked at the amount of weight we gained.  Cookies, pie, candy, yikes!   So when the new year started, as most people do, we began thinking about our weight and (more importantly) our health.  We took a hard look at the food we eat and how it was affecting both.  We slowly started taking steps toward a real food lifestyle.

What is “real food”?  Real food (in a nutshell) is food consumed as close to it’s natural form as possible, organic when possible and as little processing as possible.

My husband had a few health concerns and was going to the doctor once a month to have his blood tested.  Our weight wasn’t horrible, but not great either.  When you’re over 40, it’s not as easy as it once was to lose weight and get healthy.  Gone are the days when you can simply drink more water and cut out candy bars and BOOM you lose 10 pounds!!

We knew diets were short-term fixes and usually don’t work.  We wanted better for ourselves.  Losing weight would be great, but what we really wanted was to be healthy!!

After some research, we quickly discovered the biggest culprits to bad health and weight gain are sugar and chemicals.  Believe me when I tell you we did not change all of our habits overnight.  It was a process.  Truth be told, it was a slow process.

Here are the 5 easy steps we took to start a real food lifestyle.

  1. Identify your WHY?  If you simply want to lose weight, you probably won’t stick with a real food lifestyle.  If you are concerned about your health, what’s in your food, and what the food (good and bad) does to your body, you will most likely make this change and stick with it for many, many years.
  2. Baby steps.  Unless otherwise advised by your doctor, I suggest starting with baby steps.  Cutting back on every unhealthy thing at once will make you angry and people around you will hate you.  (Just kidding, not really!)  We started by cutting back on sugar first.  I’m not going to lie, this is probably the hardest part, at least for me.  I can eat meat, fruit, veggies all day, but take away my dessert and Starbucks and I might have to hurt someone.  But, and this is a big but, cutting back on sugar (especially processed sugar) will have a huge impact on your health.  For us, it had to be done first.  Read why here and here.  We cut out sodas and started making iced tea.  We went thru the panty and fridge and made sure we didn’t have anything to tempt us (e.g., Halloween candy, breakfast cereal, etc.).  We stocked the house with good choices like fruit and 100% juice for our daughter instead of “juice” boxes (which are usually only 5% juice).  Read about more changes you can make here.
  3. Start reading labels.  The fewer the ingredients, the better.  5 ingredients or less is a great goal, but not always easy to do.  Make sure the ingredients are things you can pronounce.  Don’t assume that if the label says “organic” it’s low in sugar, high in protein, etc.  Organic is definitely a great place to start, but do your own research and know your ingredients.  Watch out for ingredients like these.
  4. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  “Real food” or “whole food” is most likely going to be found around the perimeter of the grocery store (i.e., meat, produce, dairy, etc.).  Not to say there aren’t good choices down the aisles, but this is where all the temptation is also.  Take your time while shopping and go with a list.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up.  We are not perfect eaters.  I still have Starbucks once in a while and eat dessert and don’t lose sleep over it.  90% of the food choices my family makes are good choices.  We do our best when we eat out and when we’re home we make sure there are good choices at the ready in case temptation hits.

After 6 months my husband’s doctor told him his blood sugar, white blood cell count, cholesterol and blood pressure had all improved.  Plus, he lost weight.  He went from visiting the doctor once a month, to every other month, to every 6 months.  Now, he checks in once a year with the doctor for a simple physical.

Our family is so much healthier.  We rarely need to see a doctor and our pants fit a little better also.  Changing to a real food lifestyle was a great choice for us.

I hope this helps encourage you to make a healthy change with these easy steps.  Just remember to make health, not perfection, your goal.

Love and Healthy Choices,

Dawn

5 steps to real food

5 easy steps to start a clean eating lifestyle for beginners.

Health and Beautiful Living
April 14, 2016

2 Makeup Must Haves – If You’re Over 40

Whether you love makeup or consider it a “necessary evil”, there are two products I think are MUST HAVES if you’re over 40.  Both are easy to use and will make a world of difference for you.

As we age, our skin changes quite a bit.  None of the changes are any fun and unfortunately we notice them more on our face.  In addition to crows feet and wrinkles, our skin becomes more transparent (read about that here) and pale.

It drives me crazy to see these beautiful women in makeup and skin care commercials.  They are gorgeous in the makeup they are selling.  Well, yes they’re gorgeous, they’re 23 years old.  They don’t have sagging skin or sun damage and certainly not going through menopause!!!!

23 was a while ago for me.  Now I have to work a little harder to look and feel good.  That’s why I have a few makeup must haves or, as I like to call them, secret weapons.

The first is eye shadow primer (this is a good one).  Don’t you hate it when you apply eye makeup and a few hours later it either creases or fades away?  Eye primer (or base) keeps your eye makeup in place and the color true.  Apply primer to your lid before your other makeup.  In addition to the lid, apply it to the inner corner of your eye.  It will brighten that dark area and make you look like you had an extra hour of sleep.  Bonus!!!

My second makeup must have is cheek and lip stain.  This one is my favorite.  If you’ve never used a cheek stain they can be a little tricky and take some practice.   A little goes a long way.  (I suggest applying it to your finger and then applying to your cheek.)  If you’re not a big fan of makeup, this is the little “wash of color” that will make you look more awake.  I apply this stain under my regular makeup when I need a little extra color or wear it alone so I don’t look pale and tired.

I always want to look and feel my best, I’d really like to do it without makeup.  But, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.  (Smile).  In the meantime, I like having a few secret weapons to boost what God gave me.

Love and Good Makeup,

Dawn

Makeup must haves for women over 40

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Life Lived Well
April 7, 2016

We Need Good Friends Even More As We Get Older

I am very lucky to have a few great girlfriends.  There have been several times when I’ve really needed them and I’d like to think they have leaned on me a time or two also.   The older I get, the more I realize we need good friends even more as we get older.

As women, it’s usually pretty easy for us to strike up a conversation with other women, even complete strangers.  The next thing you know they are an integral part of our lives.  We have friends at every stage of our lives.  We can remember our best friend from grade school, our best friend in high school, our college roommate and the maid of honor at our wedding.  But, life happens and we lose contact with a lot of those friends.

If you’re married, your husband is probably your best friend, as he should be.  But, we need female relationships outside of our marriage.  As we age it’s more important than ever to cultivate and feed the relationships we build with our female friends.

We need women in our lives who will encourage us, love us, cry with us and give us advice.  Sometimes we need the kind of advice only a woman can give.

Typically in our 20’s fun things are happening in our lives.  We graduate college and get “real” jobs.  We get married and have kids.  Usually all great things and our friends are there to celebrate with us.  But, in our 40’s our lives look different, not always bad, but different and we need good friends by our side.

Kids grow up and move out.  Sometimes we get difficult news from the doctor.  We have big job or career changes.  Divorce.  Death of a parent.  You name and it happens.

Good friends build up our confidence when career changes come our way.  Good friends are there to talk you through a divorce.   They can support you and your family through illness or the death of a loved one.  But really good friends can also help us with big decisions.

It’s important to listen to our friends and be willing to gently offer advice when our friends are going through tough times.  Words of encouragement and sound advice can be just what you need to change a potentially bad situation to a more manageable life experience.

During our 40’s and 50’s we have great life experiences also, but our lives don’t look like they did in our 20’s and we need good, stable friends by our side.  We need to foster our friendships by going out to lunch, sending birthday cards or calling just to say hello.

Be the friend you want your friends to be.  Take time to invest in your friendships.  You never know when life will serve up an expected surprise and you’ll be glad you have a good friend there to help you through whatever comes your way.

Love and Good Friends,

Dawn

We need good friends even more when we get older

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Dressing Your Best
April 1, 2016

Stitch Fix Review March 2016

“Stitch Fix Day” is my favorite day of the month.  I’m always excited to see what was picked out just for me.  My stylist hit it out of the park in March.

Scroll down to see what I received.  If you’re not familiar with the clothing service Stitch Fix, here’s the scoop.

Stitch Fix is a monthly subscription box.  You start by filling out a style profile here on their website that includes your budget for each item.  You can even link a Pinterest board to your profile.  It’s a great way to build your wardrobe and get out of your comfort zone, without driving all over town.  I’ve been receiving Stitch Fix for over 2 years.

The initial cost is $20 for the “styling fee”.  The styling fee covers the cost for your personal stylist to pick out your clothes/jewelry/shoes and covers shipping.  They will send you 5 items.  Pay only for the items you keep, send back the rest.  If you keep all 5 items you get a 25% discount and they deduct the $20 styling fee.

A few tips to help you have a great “fix”.  First, be specific about what you’re looking for in your clothes.  Also, be specific when you send something back.  Tell them why ( i.e., I don’t care for this color, this dress was too short on me, etc.).  This helps them make better choices for you in the future.  Second, understand that someone who doesn’t know you is picking out clothes for you.  It may take a time or two for you and your stylist to get it right.  You can also let your stylist know if you’re looking for something special, like if you’ll be attending a wedding or need clothes for a vacation.

My first “fix” was just ok, but they keep getting better.  After 2  years, they can go back and see what I’ve kept and why and what I didn’t like and why.  I receive a lot of “fixes” where I keep all 5 items.  But, I’ve also had them where I sent back all 5.  I look at it this way, if I only keep 1 or 2 items from each box it’s a win.  I do so much less shopping in stores because of Stitch Fix.  It’s so easy and convenient.

On the to the box!!

 

Stitch Fix Review March 2016

Left – Crescent Windsor Bell Sleeve Tunic. Right – Kut From The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant and Mia Amari Scallop Trim Flats

Stitch Fix Review March 2016

Left – Liverpool Zarina Button Down Top w/ Siena Cropped Pant. Right – Gentle Fawn Alesia V-Neck Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the Windsor bell sleeve tunic, especially with white pants.  The fuchsia pants were a little out of my comfort zone, but they fit great and my husband loved them.  As it turns out, they were perfect for church on Easter Sunday.  I’m not a fan of the Liverpool Button Down Top.  I don’t care for light denim and this is a little big on me.  But, it was cheaper with the 25% discount to keep it.  The dress was amazing.  It’s lined and hit me just above the knee.  LOVE!!!!   The blue scalloped flats are super cute.

The cost of the entire box after discounts and the styling fee was $205.75.

Stitch Fix is a fun experience.  If you do try it and it’s not for you you’re only out $20.  But, I think you’ll love the excitement of seeing what your very own personal stylist picks out for you each month.

Love and Great Clothes,

Dawn

Stitch Fix Review for March 2016

My Stitch Fix Review for March 2016.

 

 

 

Dressing Your Best
March 24, 2016

2 Ways To Remove Smells From Your Clothes

When you’re allergic to antiperspirant and deodorant you become a master at removing smells from clothes.  I can’t wear antiperspirant AND I’m peri-menopausal, that means I sweat.  A lot!!!   January or July, it doesn’t matter, I sweat every day.  I’ve been allergic to antiperspirant for several years, but my allergies to the ingredients in deodorant are a relatively new problem for me.

I’m very self-conscious about the way I smell.  I change my shirt often and do all I can to ensure my clothes and laundry smell good.  I only wear natural fibers.  Can you imagine wearing polyester tops and sweating frequently?  Then you’re stinky and wet.  Gross!!!   God bless my husband.  He swears I don’t smell but I can’t help but worry and I always try to stay proactive.

Whether the problem is you or another sweaty body in your house, how do you handle odiferous laundry?  I have 2 ways to remove smells from the clothes that really work.

Tip #1 – White vinegar.  Did you know vinegar can rid your laundry of odors?  Did you know it can remove sweat stains as well?  Soak the spot in question with white vinegar for a few minutes before laundering.

When I do laundry I just pour white vinegar where I would normally add liquid bleach.  Then, it gets added automatically during the wash cycle.  When my clothes need “extra help” I run an extra rinse cycle and add vinegar instead fabric softener.

White vinegar removes odors, acts as a fabric softener, reduces lint and helps keep colors from running (perfect for new jeans).  Read more tips here.

Tip #2 – Baking Soda.  Adding baking soda to your laundry also helps with smells and boosts your bleach for whiter whites, BUT here’s another great trick.  This is terrific for removing smells from your clothes that don’t really need to be laundered.  Have you ever ordered clothing and an item came with a foul smell or you come home smelling funky from a restaurant or club?  Yuck.

Lay the offending garment out on your table and sprinkle baking soda liberally over the sweater, coat, etc.  Let it sit overnight.  The baking soda absorbs the smells just like that little box sitting in the back of your fridge.  I shake off the baking soda (outside) and repeat the process on the other side of the garment.

Whether you have skin allergies like I do, you live with a professional athlete or just don’t like smelling like country fried steak, these tips really work and will help keep you smelling like a rose.

Love and Sweet Smelling Laundry,

Dawn

2 ways to remove smells from your clothes that really work

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