Natural Beauty Products I’m Loving

Natural beauty products

Hey guys, let’s talk about beauty and natural products for a minute. I have always been interested in my health and wellness and have just recently started testing out some natural skin and beauty products. So far I have been very impressed with the products I’ve tried and would like to share them with you so you can try them too!

Face

I guess my interest in natural products first started when I switched to using the Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash which has several different kinds of essential oils and no yucky artificial ingredients in it. Along with this change in my skin routine, I also switched to using coconut oil as a moisturizer and occasionally lavender oil. Since I made the change to these natural, more gentle products, my skin has healed so much. As a redhead with sensitive skin, I think my skin just couldn’t handle the harshness of other products.

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After I saw how well my face was doing with natural products, I decided to try a more natural deodorant. I looked at a lot of reviews online because I hadn’t heard great things and wanted to see if I could find something that worked but didn’t cost $30. I decided on Schmidt’s Naturals deodorant (which you can get at Target and also TJ Maxx) for about $4. I love this stuff! They have a lot of yummy and unique scents that I love. My favorites are the Bergamot Lime, Vanilla Rose, and Lavender Sage. My armpits have a tendency to get really irritated and this stuff has made a huge difference. It works pretty well too. I make sure to carry an extra bottle in my purse just in case I get sweaty and need to reapply.

Body

Once we finally used up the abundance of bulk body wash we had already purchased, I convinced Nick to let me buy a more natural body wash. These are typically a little more expensive than other body washes, but I found Raw Sugar Body Wash at Target for about $6 for 25 fl oz which is really not bad at all. I got the Lemon Sugar scent which is so refreshing and energizing in the morning. Nick loves it too so it’s a win! The packaging is also pretty. The company donates a bar of soap to a family-in-need with every purchase which I think is amazing. I’ve linked their website so you can check them out.

Hands

Finally, I think this stuff is pretty well known already but I am jumping on the bandwagon for Mrs. Meyer’s. It costs a lot more than the huge generic soap refills I normally buy but the ingredients in it are great and super moisturizing and the scents are soooooo yummy! I bought the limited edition Apple Cider which is super cozy. It started running out so I also bought the Iowa Pine scent which I am pretty sure is a limited edition for winter. If you haven’t already jumped on the bandwagon and feel like splurging on your hand soap, I would say this is the one you should choose. I also feel like this is such a millennial type thing to do, but whatever. Treat yo self.

As a recap, here are the natural products I am currently loving and would definitely recommend:

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Lavender Oil
  3. Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash
  4. Schmidt’s Naturals Deodorant
  5. Raw Sugar Body Wash
  6. Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap

What are your favorite natural items? Also, do any of you have a natural laundry soap you use that works well? I am wanting to try some but have no idea where to start. Suggestions are welcome!

Peace friends,

-Lauren

P.S. These are just products I love,  not sponsored items.

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Boxycharm Review-January 2017

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share another subscription box review with you! I received a 3 month subscription to Boxycharm for Christmas from my in-laws and have been dying to receive my first box ever since. Keep reading to learn more about Boxycharm and to see the fun beauty products I received in my first box!

Boxycharm Review

What is Boxycharm?

Boxycharm is a subscription box that sends you 4-5 beauty products each month such as makeup, skin care, hair care, or nail products. You can sign up for a one month, three month, six month, or twelve month time period. The box costs about $20 a month which ends up being a fantastic value.  All of the items in my box were full size which is one of the perks of signing up for Boxycharm versus other beauty subscription boxes.

What’s in the Box?

First off, the box was packaged very nicely like a Tetris board.  Most of the items were bubble wrapped which I appreciate. I was so excited to see what I received that I took everything out before taking pics. It was a bit of a challenge to get everything back in so neatly. Oops.

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Each month, Boxycharm has a new theme. This one was “And the Charm Award Goes To…”. You have the chance to receive an exclusive Boxycharm box worth over $250 if you follow the instructions on the card which involves posting about your January Boxycharm on social media.

The card below lists the names and descriptions of the items I received, as well as the prices and suggestions for how to use them. This is a very handy thing to have for people like me who enjoy makeup but aren’t exactly pros at it. One of the reasons I like Boxycharm so much is that it allows you to try out some makeup and beauty products that you might not otherwise buy.

There was also a coupon code for Pur cosmetics in the box.

What was in my Boxy Charm

What I Received in my First Boxycharm

I’m starting with the Vintage Highlighter Double-Chocolate Diamond & Rose Quartz ($35) because it was first on the list above. I was hoping to get a highlighter in one of my Boxycharm boxes because I don’t have any in my collection. However, I was so sad because the Rose Quartz side was completely demolished during shipping. The colors are both absolutely gorgeous and somehow the Chocolate Diamond side was completely fine and not broken at all. I am going to try to fix the Rose Quartz side using rubbing alcohol and will update you if it works.

I only took a picture of this lovely outer packaging because I did not want to get shimmery highlighter all over my house. I really wish I could have shown you the inside because the highlighters really are gorgeous!

Boxy Charm Vintage Highlighter

My box also included the Crown Dix. Soft Fan Brush SS017 ($12.99).  I am actually in short supply of makeup brushes because of my newness to the makeup world. I have a basic collection including one foundation brush, one blush brush, and a handful of eye shadow brushes. This fan brush is supposed to  work well for highlighter so hopefully I will be able to use it when I fix the highlighter I received in this box. The info card also says you can use it to dust powder all over your face so I might try using it for that purpose as well.

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Next in the box was the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray ($23). I was really excited about this product because it is highly unlikely that I will ever spend $23 on dry shampoo. That is about five times the price of the dry shampoo I currently buy.  It is nice to receive a luxury item in the box that I will definitely use. I use dry shampoo pretty frequently because I normally try to wash my hair every other day. This dry shampoo smells fantastic-it has a light fruity scent.

Boxy Charm Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray

I really enjoy trying new blushes so I was excited about receiving the Pur Chateau Cheek Stain: Blush Tint and Brush Duo in Rose ($26) in my box. Some of the cream blushes I have tried in the past have been sticky and hard to blend, but not this one. The texture is very nice and blends into the skin really well. The little brush on the end is soft and would be very convenient for either travel, or just to keep in your purse. Once blended, the blush looks soft and natural, but you can also build it up to give your cheeks more color. I received the shade “rose” which is a lovely, soft pink.

This Adesse Ultra Suede Matte Top Coat ($18) was another cool item to receive in my box. I rarely buy nail products because I am very picky about what color of nail polish I use. Since I have red hair and very pale skin, it can be difficult to find nail polishes that look good with my skin. I try to pick softer, more natural looking nail colors. This product is a top coat that makes your nails look matte. I took a picture of my nails before (left pic) and after (right pic) applying the top coat, but it is hard to see the difference on camera. I promise it does make your nails look matte!

The Results of my First Boxycharm

Okay guys! That’s everything I got in my first Boxycharm! If you add everything up, the total of the box is $114.99. That’s an amazing value for only paying $20.00 for the box! I love this for a birthday, Christmas, or even mother’s day gift. It’s also perfect if you are new to the world of makeup and want to try some new products but don’t want to spend a million dollars.

I definitely recommend trying Boxycharm if you like makeup and beauty products! You can use my referral link to sign up and I will receive a small fee which would be cool!

https://boxycharm.com/refer/Laure-VHPSELZV

Thank you for reading and for bearing with me as I try to figure out the best ways to show you these products! Wishing you all the best!

-Lauren

*I am not paid to endorse any product. All opinions are my own.

Stitch Fix Review-January 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited to share this post with you because my first Stitch Fix finally arrived! My lovely husband gave me a Stitch Fix gift card for Christmas because he knows I have been dying to try Stitch Fix for a few years now. I thoroughly enjoy reading reviews from other bloggers who have tried this awesome subscription box service and hope you enjoy this post too. If you would like to see the pretty items I received in my fist fix, keep reading!

About Stitch Fix

If you are new to Stitch Fix, let me give you the run down. (If you already know about the service, you can skip ahead to see what I received.)

  • Stitch Fix is a subscription box service where you pay a $20 styling fee to have a stylist select five items of clothing. Stitch fix offers clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  • When you first sign up to receive a box, you will fill out a style profile. It’s a quick and easy process that allows you to let your stylist know your likes and dislikes. You can also write a note to your stylist to let them know if there are any specific items you are looking for. I told my stylist that I wanted mostly casual tops and sweaters and that I didn’t want to receive any jewelry in my fix.
  • It is super helpful to link your Pinterest fashion board to your style profile so your stylist can look at what you’ve been pinning for inspiration. Keep it updated and make sure you write notes about the items you are pinning so your stylist gets to know your style better.
  • When you receive your fix you have three days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back. Stitch fix emphasizes the importance of trying on every item in your box, even if you don’t think you will like it. It’s fun to try on things you might not pick out for yourself.
  • If you decide to buy at least one item, your styling fee will count towards that item. If you decide to keep all five items, you will get an 25% discount. This discount can really work in your favor, especially if you are on the fence about an item!

What’s In the Box?

  • A personalized note from your stylist. My stylist was Sahna and she did an amazing job!
  • An itemized bill.
  • Picture cards with ideas for how to style each item in your fix.
  • A prepaid envelope you can use to send back whatever you decide you don’t want to keep. This makes the process so easy and hassle free!
  • Five items of clothing, shoes, or accessories hand picked by your stylist, specifically for you!

Okay, that’s enough info for now! Check out what I received in my first fix!

What I Received in My Fix

First off, I love this Colibri Plaid Henley Top by Market & Spruce ($48). The colors are so pretty, and warm. I think this top will work well for fall and winter, especially here in Texas where it doesn’t get very cold. It is a light weight material and is super soft and comfy. I love the way the it looks paired with my Caslon skinny jeans and brown Franco Sarto riding boots. This top would also look cute with a solid scarf and vest.

It may be hard to see in the pictures, but you can either wear the sleeves long, or you can roll them up and use the tab on the sleeve to button them in place. There is a small pocket on the front which I think is a fun detail. I also love that this is not a full button up and that it is longer in the back.

I absolutely love this next top which is the Mondale Crochet Detail Blouse from Fun2Fun ($44).  This shirt is definitely my style. I love wearing neutrals like black and white, especially for work. I just think they make me look a little more sophisticated and professional. There are so many nice details about this top including the crochet detail around the neckline, and the keyhole in the back. I also love the loose, flowy shape, sheer material, and floral pattern which make the shirt look very feminine and soft. I paired this top with a black cami, my Caslon skinny jeans, and Sam and Libby black scallop flats from Target.

The next thing from my box is the Dinah Open Front Cardigan from Staccato ($48). Cardigans are my absolute favorite item of clothing in the whole world and I wear them year round (even in the Texas summers). I am always cold and love to bundle up in a soft cardigan and this one is perfect.

I was actually not sure about this cardigan when I first put it on because I didn’t know what to do with the drapeyness of the front. However, after my husband took some pics, I was in love and didn’t want to take it off.

It is so soft and warm even though it is a thin material! I think the colors and pattern are lovely and will look good with my black jeans and lighter colored jeans as well. I was also pleasantly surprised at the price for this piece which I think is very reasonable at $48.

I paired the cardigan with my Caslon jeans and the Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee from Market and Spruce ($44). This was the item I was least excited about receiving in my fix. It is just a simple black hi-lo tee. However, since I fell in love with every other item in my fix, I decided to keep this as well because it was essentially free with the buy 5 discount. Even though I normally wouldn’t spend $44 for a plain black shirt, this will pair well with my other cardigans and is a staple piece. It is nice quality and I appreciate that it is lower in the back. The top is also super soft which is a plus!

And finally, the star of the show! These are the Laila Cut Out Bootie from Diba ($70).  I was not expecting to receive shoes in my fix, but I am so glad I did. They are exactly my style and actually went perfectly with the outfit I was wearing when I opened the box. I have been looking for the perfect pair of booties for a long time.  I am amazed that a stranger was able to pick out shoes for me since I am very picky about shoes! They are a gorgeous olive green color (which I love), and have virtually no heel. The material is a buttery suede and they are so comfy!

The Results of my First Stitch Fix

Okay guys, that is everything from my first Stitch Fix! I was not expecting to keep everything, but with the buy 5 discount, it makes sense for me to do so since I loved 4 out of 5 items. My stylist Sahna did an amazing job! She really listened to my preferences and delivered exactly the types of items I was looking for. I am so impressed with this subscription service!

The total with the buy 5 discount and $20 styling fee credited toward the fix was $170.50. I saved $63.50 with the 25% off which is a great deal!

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix (which I highly recommend), you can use my referral code which will give me a credit so I can hopefully make another Stitch Fix post for you in the future! It is really worth trying out even if you decide to keep only one item. It’s also a great gift idea for a friend or family member!

Here’s my referral code:

stitchfix.com/referral/10262239

Stitch Fix Link Up

I’m also participating in a Stitch Fix link up where you can find other posts like this one. Maria Manore from Crazy Together is graciously hosting the link up and her blog is where I first discovered Stitch Fix. Check out her awesome January fix here:

http://crazytogether.com/athleisure-fix-january-stitch-fix-review/

Thanks for stopping by!

-Lauren

*All opinions are my own. I am not paid to endorse any product.

If you liked this post, you might also like:

Boxycharm Review-January 2017

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10 Easy Last Minute Ideas for Christmas Eve

10 Easy Last Minute Christmas Eve Ideas

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I wanted to share a quick post so I could say Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you are all enjoying this festive day! I have a few simple last minute Christmas Eve ideas to share in case you are in need of inspiration!

These ideas for a fun, simple Christmas Eve are based off of things I am doing today or have done in the past.

10 Simple Christmas Eve Ideas

  1. Go to a Christmas Eve service.
  2. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies.
  3. Have a gingerbread house decorating competition (and eat lots of candy!)
  4. Make personalized DIY Christmas stockings.
  5. Have a game night.
  6. Drink hot chocolate, put on the fireplace, snuggle under a blanket, and put on a Christmas movie.
  7. Open one present.
  8. Go bowling.
  9. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
  10. Read the nativity story before you get into bed.

What are your favorite Christmas Eve traditions? Share in the comments below!

A Christmas Thank You

I wanted to say a quick thank you to those of you who are reading this blog! Your support means the world to me. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones today and are enjoying a bit of peace and rest in the midst of what can be a very hectic season. Stay warm and cozy friends!

Merry Christmas!

-Lauren

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Bringing Our Labradoodle Willow Home

 

This post is somewhat an excuse to post pictures of my most adorable, sweet labradoodle puppy Willow. Though she is literally the cutest thing ever, taking care of a five month old puppy is no easy task. There are several things I’ve learned from my puppy that I think are essential for becoming an adult. Puppies are kind of like children (although parents would probably laugh at that comparison). They take a lot of responsibility, time, and effort. Even though I am in a transitional stage of life and things are a little chaotic and somewhat unstable, my husband and I are so glad we decided to get Willow.

Picking up our Puppy

My husband and I picked Willow up from the breeders the morning after we moved into our new apartment. This required us to unpack super fast as we wanted to have a calm, clean home to welcome our new puppy into. We were exhausted by the end of a grueling day of moving (not to mention the 100 degree heat and the fact that our apartment is on the second floor). On moving day we woke up sometime before 7:00 am to pick up the UHaul, grab some Chic-Fil-A breakfast (yay protein!) and a Starbucks Latte Macchiato for me (my favorite Starbucks drink, you should try it!). We wanted to get going as early as possible to try to avoid the inevitable mid-afternoon heat that awaited us.

Moving day was a hard day but I stayed cheerful and non-grumpy as I was super thankful for my family members and their willingness to work so hard to move us. I was also really looking forward to getting my puppy the next morning and knew that meant I had to be a beast to get ready in time. My amazing in-laws came to help once we made it to our apartment and they were life savers.

After the family had gone home to shower and crash, Nick and I continued to unpack and organize. We were both disgustingly sweaty at that point and in desperate need of showers. However, we made a run to Target and Walmart to get some organizational things for our new place which is one bed, one bath, and about 300 square feet smaller than our old place. We stayed up late organizing and getting everything prepped for our puppy. Mountains of boxes, packing paper, and other miscellaneous moving supplies can be scary and overwhelming to a puppy in a new environment so we literally unpacked everything before 1:00 am the day we moved in.

The next morning we woke up early to drive about an hour south to go pick up our puppy from Gray Doodles in Midlothian, Texas. They were wonderful and you should check them out on their website or on Facebook if you are in the market for a labradoodle or goldendoodle. While at the breeder’s home, we got to see Willow’s beautiful labradoodle mom which was nice because it gave us an idea of what Willow will look like and how big she will be full grown. We are going to have a beastly dog! I also loved that it was evident that the breeders treat their puppies like their own.

On the way back from picking up our new puppy Willow, we dropped by my parent’s house to let them, my sister, and my brother-in-law meet the puppy. Willow was great in the car. We could already tell we made a great decision getting a labradoodle as their temperament is so calm, sweet, and quiet. She was also very friendly with my family and not shy or scared of them.  My husband and I researched ahead of time and knew that we wanted either a goldendoodle or labradoodle. Though they are expensive dogs, their temperaments are seriously fantastic. When picking our puppy, we also considered the fact that we would like to have kids in the future and wanted to make sure that our dog would be kid friendly. Willow loves people and while still learning not to jump or nip when playing, I think she will be a great family dog.

Taking Care of Our Puppy

When we decided we were going to get a puppy, Nick and I knew that there would be some sacrifices and expenses associated with doing so. Caring for a pet is one of the important experiences I think young adults should have. Though Willow is a lot more self-sufficient now, at first we had to watch her 24/7. Puppies are very curious and like to try to eat everything. Luckily, labradoodles are very smart and Willow hasn’t destroyed anything of value in our home. We did come home one day to find she had shredded the puppy pad in her crate (cue my freaking out that she was going to die because the paper was going to block her intestine and therefore having a sleepless night because I needed to make sure she was breathing and not dying…). Yeah, there’s some of that anxiety for you. However, I’m pretty sure she was smart enough not to actually eat any of the paper. She just had fun tearing it up. The next day we came home to two massacred cardboard boxes in her crate (that we put in there to make it smaller and more comfortable for her). Needless to say, her crate now only contains towels for some padding and a few chew toys to provide entertainment.

For the first few weeks of having our puppy, we had her sleep in her crate in our bedroom. After the first week she slept through the night without needing to go out but Nick did have to get up to take her out at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning at least a few times. Nick also gets up early to take Willow out in the morning since she still has a puppy sized bladder and makes the trek up and down two flights of stairs to take her out before bed.

When caring for a puppy, you have to be mindful of your time because they need to go potty every few hours, especially at the beginning. This was one of the reasons it made sense for us to get a puppy when we moved. I had planned on taking a bit of a break before applying for jobs so I knew I would be able to stay home to take care of her. Though Willow is about 5 months now and is a big dog, she still needs to go out about every 5 hours or so. This means we can’t spend the entire day out of the house which can be inconvenient at times. She’s definitely worth a little sacrifice and eventually her bladder will be big enough for her to be in her crate for a little longer.

As a puppy parent, you will also be responsible for making sure they are healthy. It is important to find a quality local vet and set up an appointment for a few days after you pick up your puppy. We got Willow at 12 weeks whereas most people pick up their puppy at 8 weeks. This means she had already received another round of puppy shots before that became our responsibility. I’ve taken her to the vet twice to finish up her puppy shots and it cost about $100 each time. She also got a check up and is healthy! The vet we go to is very nice, thorough, and I can tell he loves caring for animals.

Puppy Expenses

Puppies can be expensive! If you are considering getting a puppy, you will need to make sure you have saved extra for the upfront costs including purchasing the puppy (whether from a breeder or animal shelter), getting puppy supplies, taking care of puppy shots, check-ups, and neutering or spaying your puppy around 6 months or so. Do the math ahead of time to confirm you are willing and able to make the financial commitment to caring for your puppy properly. Also, be prepared to want to buy your cuddle buddy all the cute toys when you go to the pet store! Look for a future post about the puppy supplies you will need to purchase for your furry friend!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed the puppy pics!

-Lauren

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Graze Subscription Box Review

Hello all! About a month ago I ordered a free graze box to try for fun. Subscription boxes have peaked my interest recently. I spend probably way too much time scrolling through blog posts about boxes like Stitch Fix and thought you all might like to do the same. Read on to find out what I received in my box!

What is graze?

Graze is a snack subscription box. You can decide how often you want to receive a box and can cancel anytime before 5:00 am on the Monday of the week your box is scheduled to ship.

The website for graze is simple to navigate and they definitely don’t try to make it super complicated for you to cancel which is nice. It’s frustrating when companies make it tricky to cancel the service and you end up having to pay for something you don’t want.

When I signed up on the website I was able to decide if there were any special dietary needs for my box such as gluten free. Then I was able to scroll through all of the snack options graze offers and selected my preferences. You can pick “trash”, “try”, “like”, or “love”.  Graze will never send you something you labeled “trash” which I really appreciate as a picky eater.

Graze offers over 100 salty, sweet, or savory snack options. The people at graze will pick your snacks for you but you can check online to see what you are receiving in your box or you can wait and let it be a surprise. I checked online because I was impatient and waiting is hard.

What I received in my graze box.

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First of all, the box was super cute and made my day. I was so excited to open it and check out my yummy snacks. Those of you who have read My Modified Whole30 Diet post should know that I received this box before I started back on my diet and it is definitely not compliant with the whole no added sugar thing. With that being said, the snacks were delicious and sweet. I have a sweet tooth and my preferences on graze definitely reflect that.

Iced cinnamon bun- This yummy snack was so good! It was a trail mix with vanilla wafer cookies, cinnamon honey almonds, yogurt seeds, and almond slivers. It tasted just like a cinnamon bun but is definitely a healthier option for a snack than an actual cinnamon bun. I also appreciated the protein and nutrients from the nuts in this snack and didn’t feel too guilty about enjoying it.

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Snickerdoodle dip with cinnamon pretzel sticks- This was by far my favorite snack in the box! I also shared all my snacks with my husband and he would probably eat this every day if he could. While we were munching on the pretzels and dip he kept exclaiming about how tasty they were. The snickerdoodle dip was creamy and sweet and tasted almost like snickerdoodle cookie dough. We both would have been happy if graze had just sent us four of these.

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Banana cream pie- This snack included chewy banana slices, fudge, pecans, & vanilla marshmallows. I am a fan of trail mix so I really liked this treat. My favorite part of this one was the little tiny fudge pieces because who doesn’t like fudge?  I wasn’t expecting to like the chewy banana pieces because I am a texture person but they were actually really yummy.

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Oatmeal raisin cookies with oat and spelt and special black tea- I do not like raisins on their own but I am a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies…weird right? These cookies were not my favorite because they were a little dry and crumbly. I typically prefer my cookies soft and chewy. However, these came with some absolutely delicious black tea that reminded me of Earl Grey. I think if I had been patient enough to make the tea first and then dip the cookies in the tea they would have been much better.

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What did I think of graze?

Graze is definitely worth a try, especially if you can get a free sample box. The snacks were delicious and high quality and the service is easy to use. However, my husband pointed out that the snacks are pretty small. The normal boxes include eight snacks instead of four and cost $11.99. For us this is just too expensive for snacks. I did end up ordering another box accidentally because I forgot to cancel my subscription in time. However, I am still excited to try those snacks and am not upset about it.

I think graze is a good way to treat yourself (which is important as an adult). I might purchase one every few months or so for this reason. It also seems like a great option for single adults who are really busy working or doing grad school. For people with gluten allergies graze is an easy way to get a variety of snacks that are gluten-free. Or, if you have more expendable income than I do graze might not be too costly for you. My husband and I try to be pretty frugal so this just doesn’t fit into our budget for the time being.

You can try a free graze box with my code which I get to redeem for points:

http://www.graze.com/us/p/NLJPZ7CTU

 

Thanks for reading my graze box review! I hope you enjoyed it.

-Lauren

*All opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post or endorse this product.

Tips for an Inexpensive and Organized Move

Hey there! My husband Nick and I are in the process of getting ready to move as I finish my Masters program and move on to other things. Moving can be expensive, time consuming, stressful and messy! Here are some of the things I’ve learned along the way that have made the process easier, more organized, and less expensive.

How we Got our Moving Boxes for Free

If you are resourceful and not afraid to ask, it is possible to get most of what you need to
move for free. Nick and I are lucky to have wonderful family members who are willing to let us borrow supplies so that has helped tremendously. We’ve also used some other sources to get all of our moving boxes for free. Here’s a list of where we found boxes for free:

  1. Family members
  2. Nick’s work (he works in retail)
  3. The campus bookstore where Nick used to work (they have lot’s of small and medium sized boxes from all the textbooks)
  4. A Facebook page Nick’s mom is a part of (we also got a lot of free packing paper and bubble wrap from here)

Don’t be afraid to go to local business to ask for boxes. Make sure you can trust that the boxes are clean. Apparently bedbugs are becoming a more common issue (our lease had a long bedbug addendum) and sound like a real pain so you want to make sure you avoid using any sketchy boxes or supplies. Be creative and you should be able to find a variety of boxes without spending a dime!

What you Need for an Organized Move

  1. Plastic zip bags in a variety of sizes-to organize items such as toiletries that might open and cause a mess)
  2. Index cards or post it notes to label your boxes-if you are using old boxes that have been written on previously, this will help you know what is actually in the box)
  3. Different colored masking tape- this can be used to let you know which room to  put boxes in when you are unloading. You can make a key like I have in the picture if you have lovely friends or family who are planning to help you with  your move. *I have seen other posts that suggest using Duct tape but I like the masking tape option because you can just tear it off the roll whereas with Duct tape you would need to use scissors. Saving time is a plus!
  4. Plastic wrap- this can be used to wrap items like storage bins without lids so you don’t have to pack them in another box. There is also industrialized plastic wrap you can purchase but we only needed it for a few smaller items so the Glad variety worked just fine.
  5. Packing tape and holder

If you have the chance, I also recommend sorting through your things before you begin packing and throwing away or donating things you no longer want. Go through your closets and clean out items you know you won’t wear anymore. This way you’ll make space for new things and have an excuse to go shopping, or you’ll feel better about simplifying your life.

As a soon to be grad I spent some time going through my school things and decided what was worth keeping and what was not. I used binders and a file box to organize loose papers as I will be losing my desk in our move due to the fact that we are going from a 2 bed, 2 bath to a 1 bed, 1 bath.

Why Should I Get Organized?

For me the organization is worth spending a little extra money. Even though my husband and I don’t have a lot of stuff (or at least that is what we thought before we started packing our little two bedroom duplex), we want to save as much time and headache as possible so our lives can return to normal quickly. Both of us are organized people and I have some OCD tendencies (not really but really) and just like my home to be peaceful and neat. We are getting a puppy the day after we move so this is also an incentive to have our new place organized quickly.

Good luck with your move! You can do it!

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*Update: The move went smoothly and everything arrived in one piece. We moved and unpacked (almost completely) in one day with the help of wonderful family members. One thing my dad pointed out as we were loading the UHaul is that spending a little extra money to buy boxes that are the same size(s) makes loading the truck a lot simpler. This is something to take into consideration. If you have a little cash, you might find it saves you time to go ahead and buy boxes that are standard sizes.

-Lauren