1.22.2018

Time to Declutter, Repurpose and Make Better Choices



New year new you, right? Now that we have settled into January, I am ready to tackle some of my 2018 goals starting with decluttering my wardrobe! Here are some of my tips on how to decide what to keep, toss, donate and even purchase!

Tip one: Choose favorites and organize

Don’t feel guilty about keeping your favorite items. Your clothes aren’t your kids, so you’re allowed and encouraged to pick faves. If you wear them often and they are in good condition, keep them!

But this is also the perfect opportunity to organize them properly. Personally, I like to organize my clothes by season first (sweaters, blouses, tees, tanks, dresses, etc.). Then I like to try and color coordinate. When I get dressed in the morning, I usually know what color I’d like to wear so this makes my search much easier!

Tip two: Toss, donate or repurpose?

Donating your clothes can be a great option. You get to declutter, and it gives you the satisfaction of giving back to the community. But first, it’s important that you take a look at the quality of the clothing; if items have holes in them or massive stains, it may be best to toss or up-cycle these items.

I came across some fun and crafty ways to repurpose your old or damaged clothing at Good Housekeeping. You can take that old t-shirt and make a produce bag or take that old stretched out sweater and make a pillow. There are so many different ways to reuse items you already have! Not only is this practical and will help save you money, but it’s also making better choices for the environment.

Tip three: Make ethical and sustainable clothing choices

In the past, I never really paid attention to where my clothes came from and what they were made out of. One of my goals in 2018 is to take a more mindful approach when purchasing new items. Cotton actually leaves an environmental footprint if it is manufactured conventionally. Organic cotton however, is much better for the environment.

When purchasing clothing, look for certifications like the Organic Exchange. A couple of my favorite companies with organic certifications are:
1. Pact - a popular organic clothing company for men, women and children. Many of their items are perfect for creating a capsule wardrobe.
2. Fair Indigo- another organic and sustainable clothing option. They too pride themselves in fashion being done right.

Part of decluttering your wardrobe is finding ways to create a more sustainable lifestyle. By making better choices not only will our closets benefit, but so will our environment.  

1.20.2018

Stay youthful longer

We all want to stay youthful for as long as possible. As soon as we see that first little wrinkle come through, preventing more is all we can think about. But are we actually doing all we can to stay youthful? Chances are we probably aren't. It isn’t just our looks that need to stay youthful, our mentality needs to change too. If we want to live a full and proper life, it is important to stay youthful and have a little fun from time to time. So, if you’re worried you’re getting a bit old in more ways than one, we’ve got some really helpful tips that will ensure you stay youthful for longer.


Mentality

Our mentality can often reflect our age. The more serious you are, the older people are going to think you are. It is so important to stay mentally youthful, probably more than it is in any other way. If we feel you, we’re going to look young. But what can you do? Well, keeping your mind young isn’t hard. All you have to do is find that love for life that might be tucked away slightly, and let it thrive. Make sure you aren’t just going to work, coming home, making dinner, and sitting in front of the TV all night. Find a passion for something and let it give you life. It might be a new health class, painting, anything that helps you to feel young and alive. But arguably one of the best ways of doing this is by getting out and about with your friends and having a good time. Have a couple of drinks and let your hair loose from time to time. You might feel a bit rough the next day, but you’ll feel so much more alive for doing it. Having a more positive outlook on life is also going to help. Try not to be always searching for the negative things in life.

Looks

This is probably the main thing people are concerned with, because it is the main thing people are going to notice first about you. Keeping yourself looking youthful isn’t as hard as you might think. First things first, stay hydrated. Water has so many good properties, but one of them is helping to keep our skin looking hydrated and youthul. The recommended amount to drink a day is 8 glasses of water. Any more than that is just a bonus. Then you want to focus on your morning and night routine. It is all well and good putting some makeup on each day, but not taking it off each morning, or not having a proper skincare routine is going to have a big affect on how your skin looks. Each morning, start with a wash with a facial cleanser to remove any dirt. Always put a light layer of moisturiser on to protect your skin. Then less is more with makeup, so try not to cake it on. Each week you want to be doing a face mask, or a facial scrub night routine. Wash your face every evening with a cleaners. Then two or three times a week, add in a scrub to remove all the dead skin and dirt build up. Finish with a facemask and your skin really will look so much more youthful.

The health kick you need

We all need a little health kick from time to time, because it is often to become a little bit lazy and lethargic from time to time. All this is down to how you live your life, and what you’re putting into your body. Bad foods have off bad results, so it is only right that you’re going to feel a little run down from time to time. So when you get to this point, you should know exactly what your body needs, a health kick. It will give you that burst of life you’ve been looking for, and will often leave you having a better outlook on life itself. Bad foods don’t only have a negative effect on our body, but our mental health too. It will clog your mind much more than you realise. So top stop all of these negative effects, here’s how you can give yourself a health kick.


Your Diet

Your diet plays a big part in your health kick, it is the main part in your health kick in fact. There really is no point in going to the gym, or doing some exercise if you’re going to fill your body with rubbish afterwards. You’re only going to be reversing the effects. But binge eating is something we’re all too good at. But eating healthier is just so much better for you in every way, and it’s not that hard to do if you stick with it for a few weeks. Following the 80% clean, and 20% treat method is probably the best way to ease yourself into a healthy diet routine. So for five days of the week you will have to eat clean, and completely clean. Cut out all the fizzy drinks, little snacks that you’ll be telling yourself don’t count, and all the fatty foods. Research some healthy diet recipes and stick to it for five days of the week. Try and break it up by having one cheat day in the middle of the week, and one on the weekend. It’ll break the week up and give you something to work towards. After a few weeks of doing this, the health benefits are going to be amazing. You’ll be more motivated in life, have more energy, and will often notice that niggling little health issues you used to have will disappear.

Some Exercise

Once you’ve got the diet nailed, it is time to move onto your exercise routine. Possibly one of the hardest parts to master. Actually finding the motivation to get up and go to the gym, or to go for a run etc. is so hard when you’re not used to doing it. Experts say it can take up to six weeks of continuously going to the gym to build up a routine and actually feel motivated to go. Within those six weeks you will have already started working wonders on your body. You strength will improve, as will your cardiovascular and muscular systems. It might take a bit of time to notice changes, but they will come, and you’ll feel amazing when they do.

1.19.2018

How we keep our daughter safe on line.

I will never forget the day when my daughter who is now 14 wanted to go on facebook for the first time, I was terrified, there were so many dangers lurking and I wasn’t sure if I should allow her, she was 10.
My husband is a computer programmer so he did some thinking, we put some rules in place for her and to this day she is still following them.  I think as parents it is important to have rules in place for kids when it comes to technology.

Some of those rules were:
1) we are to know the password at all times.
2) we are to access it anytime we want to ( this means her phone, computer or ipad)
3) Do not accept any friend request or follow request of anyone you do not know
4) Do not send any pictures of yourself to anyone you do not know
5) You can have family and anyone ask you need permission for
6) Parental Controls! need I say more
7. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent about people suggesting you do
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9.) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10)   If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Maybe we were to hard with the rules, but I want my baby girl to be safe as I have had some real strange follow requests, we wanted her to make the best of her time online not be scared of it

Computer is a tool not an escape. Do not go on the computer and vent your frustrations as that is a sure way to start some heated debates.

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