Beauty Purge | Toiletries & Cosmetics

I have spring cleaning fever and it’s hit my beauty stash hard!  Yesterday I shared a look at my nail polish purge efforts.  I am continuing my beauty purge reveal today with the rest of my products, including skincare, hair care, bath & body products, and cosmetics.

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All of the items in the photo above are either to donate, toss, give away to family and friends, or store until needed (specifically the empty organizers).  I’m very excited with how much I was able to weed out of my beauty stash!  I give in-depth before and descriptive after tours of my bathroom cabinets and drawers as well as my vanity in my coordinating video below in which I share details about my process and how I whittled down my total toiletries and cosmetics stash by at least a third.  I thought I would share just a few before and after photos here highlighting some of my favorite results and briefly discussing my process in case you’re not in the mood to watch one of my (typically) long videos.

Toiletries Purge

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I used elements from the KonMari Method to sort through all of my bathroom beauty products, mainly the big tip of piling everything onto the floor for that shock value effect.  This also allowed me to make better decisions on what I needed/wanted to keep since I could see everything in one place for comparison.  I did the most purging of my hair care products and tools, since I’ve accumulated them over the years experimenting with ways to deal with and style my baby fine hair.  I was able to part with so many of these in particular, because of my experiences with trying them, which have informed on what types of products and tools work best for my hair.

One of my favorite bathroom transformations is the corner set of drawers I keep on the ample ledge surrounging my tub.  I used to go pretty crazy buying LUSH bath products and had an overly intricate storage method of keeping them in indiviual plastic containers in this piece.  That phase passed and even though I haven’t used this storage method in a couple of years now, I still had the empty containers stored in these drawers, forcing me to store things unnecessarily on top of the unit.  What a waste of space!  I finally cleared out the containers, cleaned off the top of the drawer unit, and was able to tuck everything easily inside with room to spare!  Now I keep my LUSH products which I mostly receive as gifts from my DH in a box in the top drawer.  It looks and feels cleaner and less cluttered in my bathroom with just a few small tweaks.

Cosmetics Purge

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The amount of hair care products I had couldn’t hold a candle to the number of lip products in my stash.  What can I say, I love my lippies!  Just like with my nail polish collection, however, a couple of years ago I started to notice that I had way more lip products than I needed or even really wanted.  Very gradually I pared this down from two fully packed 5-Drawer Acrylic Cases (from Muji) to one and a half as of last weekend, but I knew that more had to go.  I am ecstatic that I was able to get it all down to just one 5-drawer organizer.  Believe me, I know this is still a crazy amount of lip products, but it feels right to me in this moment, and that’s what matters most.

I was also pleased after my purging efforts to be able to fit all of my other makeup items into just one side of my Hampton Vanity Tower Set (from PBTeen) instead of filling up more than half of the other side, as well.  Makeup and all beauty products in general are a very personal thing and are kind of like tools for a favorite hobby in my experience.  I acknowledge I had (and still have tendencies towards) a bad habit of accumulating too much, but it can be hard to resist when it’s so much fun to experiment and play with new things.  Now that I’ve gone through that phase (which for me was mostly in my late twenties) and know better what my style and preferences are, I feel more naturally inclined to have less and am pickier about what I purchase.  I can see this trend continuing with time and experience and have a strong feeling that my beauty stash will certainly not get so out of hand again and will likely continue to shrink to reflect my tried and true favorites over the years.  That’s the hope, at least!

I hope this synopsis and little peak at my beauty purge efforts gave you a sense of my process and what’s working for me right now.  If you’re in the mood for one of my detailed videos and would like to see more about how I pared down my products grab a beverage and a snack and get comfy to watch my coordinating video:

I understand that even post purge it seems like I have a lot of beauty products, and I concur that I do, but please keep in mind that I am exploring my needs and desires when it comes to outfitting my personal style on my own terms.  It is easy to compare oneself to others, boasting that having x amount of any given thing is better than what someone else has, but it’s really neither fair nor accurate to judge someone in this way when you can never live in their skin and know what suits them.  We can only truly know what works for ourselves, and finding this out requires trial and error.  I choose to share my purging process with you in the hopes that it might inspire you in some way.

As I mention in the video, I am purging my home this year one space per month (give or take).  Next month I plan to attack my home office, specifically targeting my books, paper (hoping to make a big dent in this category), and my craft closet.  I’d love to know if you’ve got the spring cleaning bug (purge version or otherwise) like I do and what your plan of attack is if you care to share.
Happy spring cleaning!

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Beauty Purge | Nail Polish

The urge to purge is real and it’s snaking its way from my wardrobe to my beauty stash.  I tore through my products like the Tasmanian Devil!  This week I set aside time to pare down my (admittedly massive) nail polish collection and am super happy with the results.  I thought I’d share the before, my process, and the after with you here.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I had a polish problem in my late twenties.  I got a wee bit carried away, to say the least, and amassed quite the collection!  Three years ago I had four 100-bottle wall racks almost completely filled up.  I certainly didn’t need that much polish, nor did I really even want to have that much.  I just had gotten into a bad impulsive habit of buying more and more of it.  It was around that time that I decided to start cutting back and slowly pare down my massive collection.  This didn’t happen overnight.  It wasn’t really until I hit age 30 in 2013 that I started feeling a natural inclination towards having less in general and became more aware of my tendency to collect more things that I really wanted.

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Fast forward to just this week: the “before” shot shows my nail polish stash taking up just less than three racks.  My polish racks are hung in my home office bathroom where there is light and climate control since no one ever uses the shower (aside from my dog Winnie’s bath once every few weeks) and there are no windows in there.  It’s the perfect place to store polish, but perhaps too perfect because I accumulated way too much!  I slowly cut down my collection over the past couple of years while still accumulating some mainly through my monthly Julep Maven subscription.  Although I cut way back on buying polish outside of the subscription, it still felt like an overwhelming amount to me.  My initial goal going into this purge was to cut it down to fit on just two racks at the very most.  As you can see, I did more than that and managed to get it down to just one.  I plan on removing the three empty racks and sticking to a one-rack rule.  100 bottles of nail polish is more than enough for me!

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This was a relatively simple task; it just required some time.  I prepped by laying out a white towel (to better see the polish colors on), grabbed a few shopping bags to sort outgoing polishes into, and clipped a plain sheet of white paper to a board for polish swatches.  Then, I took all of the polishes down off the racks and sorted them by color on the towel.  This allowed me to really see what I had in each color category.  I pulled bottles I knew I didn’t even need to swatch for the “to go” pile while I was laying them out.  Once I had all of the “maybe’s” on the towel, I started swatching.  Doing this in order of color helped me to see what dupes I had and get rid of more.

OJ_OLJ_04-17-2015_04Once I finished this process and was left with the polishes I most wanted to keep, I piled them back into the basket and took some time to sort the bottles back on the racks.  I decided to put them in order of color as opposed to brand like I had organized them previously, because I can better see what I have in each color category and know when I have dupes or very similar shades.  It’s also easier to find a color this way when I want to paint my nails.

I noticed I was pretty close to having all of the polishes contained to one rack and decided I wanted to go for it, so I brought my swatch sheet into the bathroom to try to weed out the remaining dozen or so I need to make them all fit.  I re-swatched lookalikes until I got it down to one rack only.  I also have a few mini polish bottles that I use for travel, which don’t fit on the one rack, so I decided it would be ok to store those with my travel toiletries instead.

I was happy that only three of the several hundred polishes were dried up and needed to be disposed of.  I’ve searched for places to donate used polish, but have come up short in my efforts, unfortunately.  I’d rather re-home my castoffs than toss them (keep in mind you have to take nail polish to a hazardous waste facility for proper disposal) as there’s a lot of good quality polish to share.  I’ll let my family and friends sort through and see if they’d like to keep any and then see if any of their friends would like some, too.  Hopefully all all of the polish will find new homes and bring others joy.  If you know of any places that accept used nail polish donations, please let me know!

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I realize having 100 bottles of nail polish might seem like a crazy amount to some, but it feels just right to me in this moment.  I now have a nice selection that are all favorites on hand to choose from.  I’m extremely happy with how this purge turned out.  It sounds a bit silly, I know, but I actually feel lighter knowing I’ve cut down my polish collection to a size that feels right for me.  I’m going to experiment with a “one in, one out” policy and see how that works going forward.

I will be sharing an in-depth video next on the rest of my beauty purge efforts, including all of my skincare, hair care, bath & body products, and cosmetics.  Stay tuned if you’re interested!  I’d love to know if you’ve been inspired to purge your own beauty stash lately.  Please share if you like!
Happy spring cleaning!

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 * This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *

Tea Time With Jen | Spring 2015

Tea time is one of my favorite times of day.  I love opening my tea drawer, picking out a blend, and brewing it to enjoy.  There’s something so soothing to me about holding a warm cuppa in my hands, inhaling the steam, savoring the aroma, and of course, the delicious taste.  Today I am sharing my current tea favorites, including any recent empties, what I’m drinking now, recent tea purchases, and my favorite tea accessories with you.

Tea Empties

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Teavana Holiday Tea Collection (not currently available)

∙ CocoCaramel Sea Salt Herbal
∙ White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos
∙ Spiced Apple Cider Rooibos
∙ Pumpkin Spice Brulée Oolong

The Harney & Sons of Tea Holiday Chai (not currently available) Rooibos
The Republic of Tea Ginger Bread Cuppa Cake Tea (not currently available) Rooibos
✻ Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Herbal Tea Herbal
Paromi Tea Cinnamon Chai Rooibos
Harney & Sons Pumpkin Spice Herbal Tea Rooibos
Mighty Leaf Organic Mint Mélange Herbal

What I’m Drinking Now

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Mighty Leaf Organic African Nectar Rooibos
Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf Herbal
Tealeaves Princess Breakfast Rooibos
Teavana Caramel Almond Amaretti Herbal
Stakich Raw Honey with Royal Jelly

Tea Haul

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OJ_TBBB_04-16-2015_04Teapigs Liquorice and Mint Herbal
Teapigs Lemon and Ginger Herbal
Teapigs Rooibos Crème Caramel Rooibos
The Republic of Tea Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea Rooibos
The Republic of Tea Plantain Coconut Green Rooibos Rooibos
Plum Deluxe Self Care BlendHerbal

 

 


Tea Accessories

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Klean Kanteen Vacuum Insulated 12 oz
Keep Cup Alchemy Brew 12 oz

Check out my coordinating video to hear my thoughts on these teas:

It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the awesomeness that is the Keep Cup with you.  The Tea Time Spring 2015 Giveaway will run until Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  TWO winners will receive an Alchemy Brew Magic Keep Cup.  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.  Good luck!

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I would love to know what your favorite tea or other kind of beverage of the moment is if you care to share!
May your tea bring you comfort and joy 

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 * Plum Deluxe kindly gifted me the Self Care Blend Tea.  All other items shown were purchased by me.  This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

Empties | April 2015

Long time, no empties!  It’s not that I haven’t been going through products (believe me, I have!), but I just got out of the habit of sharing.  I decided to bring back the empties video, because I think it’s a great way to share about products I’ve used recently.   I truly enjoy many of them but they might not necessarily make it into my monthly favorites.  I feel lukewarm about others and downright can’t stand a few (although I usually will go through an entire product once I have it, whether I like it or not).

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While I haven’t posted an empties video since last summer, I actually haven’t saved every single empty bottle and package since then (thank goodness!).  These empties are from the last 3-4 months.  I hope to post more regularly and keep down the length of these videos in the future, perhaps every other month or so.

If you’d like to see what I’ve used up, including skincare, makeup, hair products, bath & body goodies, and even some home goods, and hear my thoughts on each product check out my video:

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Here’s the current (and long) list:

= Would buy again
✓✓ = Already repurchased

Skincare

 Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Sage Cleansing Towelettes ✓✓
✻ Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes
✻ Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes
✻ Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths
✻ Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths 
✻ Yes To Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub 
✻ First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
✻ NUDE Purify Cleanser
✻ Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
✻ Bioderma Micelle Solution 
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin Spray ✓✓
✻ MAC Cleanse Off Oil
✻ NUDE Essential Skin Nutrition Set 
✻ Laneige Advanced Hydration Trial Kit
✻ Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
✻ Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Renewal Facial Serum
✻ Tarte Maracuja C-Brightener Eye Treatment
✻ Origins Vitazing Moisturizer ✓✓

Makeup

✻ Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation ✓✓
✻ It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream ✓✓
✻ MAC Prep & Prime Vibrancy Eye Primer
✻ Marc Jacobs Bright Idea Remedy Concealer Pen 
✻ Nars Creamy Concealer
✻ Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ✓✓
✻ It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
✻ Anastasia Clear Brow Gel 
✻ Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara 
✻ Chantacaille Supreme Cils Mascara
✻ Julep Go Big Volumizing Mascara
✻ It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof
✻ Sephora Charcoal Blotting Papers 
✻ Beauty Blender Cleanser Solid ✓✓
✻ Sugar Fresh Lip Treatment ✓✓
✻ LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm ✓✓

Bath / Body / Hair

✻ LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter ✓✓
✻ FCS Cuticle Butter ✓✓
✻ Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream 
✻ Sympatico Shea Butter Cream
✻ L’Occitane Dry Skin Shea Butter Hand Cream ✓✓
✻ MOR Cosmetics Hand Cream ✓✓
✻ Caudalie Divine Oil ✓✓
✻ Bath & Body Works Body Cream 
✻ L’Occitane Pivoine Beauty Cream 
✻ Erin Condren Island Fleur Body Butter
✻ Dancin’ Goat Java Jive Bye Bye Cellulite Scrub 
✻ The Body Shop Olive Body Scrub
✻ The Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub ✓✓
✻ Origins Calm To Your Senses Lavender & Vanilla Bath Oil✓✓
✻ Up & Up Epsom Salt ✓✓
✻ Dove Go Sleeveless Deodorant 
✻ Avalon Organics Strengthening Peppermint Shampoo & Conditioner
Andalou Naturals Lavender & Biotin Shampoo & Conditioner

Home Goods

✻ Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
✻ Method Foaming Hand Soap 
✻ Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap 
✻ Oh Yuk Jetted Bathtub Cleaner ✓✓
✻ Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles ✓✓
✻ Bella by Illume Candle 
✻ Mine Design Chalkboard Candle

I hope you enjoyed seeing my empties and hearing my thoughts on these products.  I apologize for the lengthy list, but hopefully next time it will be shorter!  I’d love to hear what products you’ve recently used up and whether or not you would repurchase them if you care to share.

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Week In Review | April 6 – April 12, 2015

Hiya!  I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s Tuesday ( ;) ) and I’m just now posting my Week in Review.  I’ve decided to go back to posting these on Tuesdays like I did last year, because it gives me a bit more time to work on the post and related video on Monday rather than scrambling to get both up in just a few hours.  This is my most “live time” content which I really can’t do much prep ahead for since I’m sharing pictures and thoughts from the previous week.  So, I’m going back to the Tuesday posting slot so I can work on the content on Monday, simple as that.  If you’re still interested in seeing some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed after that typically long-winded explanation of mine, here’s the buzz:

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I’m always delighted to rediscover that something as simple as changing out our bed linens can give the bedroom a whole new feel.  I tend to do this seasonally for that reason and also the more practical one of cleaning our quilts, shams, and duvet on a regular basis.  We actually got a new duvet late last year, which didn’t include the corner tie anchors that our previous one had.  These help keep your duvet cover in place by securing it with ties sewn into the inside corners.  After dealing with a shifting duvet cover all winter, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and simply sewed on my own corner tie anchors using white ribbon I had on hand.  Easy peasy!  No more shifty covers.

Speaking of home care, it’s no secret that my favorite place to shop for household supplies is Target.  I’ve fallen into a routine of going once every few weeks to stock up when we’re running low.  It’s hard to get there during the weekdays and I’m not a big fan of the crowds on the weekends.  Last week I discovered the perfect time to shop at Target: weekday evenings!  I went after dinner on Wednesday and the store was practically empty!  I enjoyed a quiet and relaxed shopping experience and found I didn’t get as sucked into the mysterious Target Vortex where I end up buying completely unnecessary things like I sometimes do when the store is buzzing with shoppers.  I realize this might seem like a silly thing to blog about, but it’s small things like this that add up and make a big impact on the quality of my days.

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Last week I finally bit the bullet after a few weeks of waffling due to nerves and started running again.  I had to take a few months off mainly due to a tweaky back.  My body just couldn’t handle the high impact of running and appreciated some time off although my heart missed it quite a bit.  I maintained a consistent cardio fitness routine between using the elliptical machine and workout DVDs, but there’s nothing quite like the endorphins from running (think “runner’s high”).  I’m feeling great one week back in the running game!  I can’t take on half marathon training or hard/long runs right now, but I am relishing just being out there in any way that I can.  Low & slow is just fine for me!

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I spent the weekend filming a ton of new content for the next couple of weeks as well as working on purging my toiletry and beauty stash.  I mentioned in my clothing purge post that I am planning on taking on one room/area of the house per month for my home purge efforts to space things out a bit and give myself time to settle into an easy routine with it.  I’m still working through the bedroom this month and am excited to share the results of my beauty purge with you later this week!

In between filming sessions, I was able to spend time outside enjoying this absolutely glorious weather with my pup, Winnie.  I’m also happy to report that Don’s back is finally improving after a lot of work in physical therapy and he was able to start playing golf again this weekend.  I’m so happy he is able to enjoy his favorite pastime once again!  We celebrated with an amazing dinner at Bistro Bordeaux, a French restaurant in Evanston.  This place is a real gem!  I highly recommend the salmon tartare and moules frites (mussels with fries).

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The big news of the week is that I finally got my 2015 Charity Auction off the ground.  Huzzah!  I’ve had some trouble jumping through eBay’s hoops and one of my items (the Louis Vuitton Artsy MM) is still under review, but hopefully that will be sorted out soon.  I’m blown away by the response already, just a few days in.  The auction runs for another 6 days, so there’s still time to bid if you’re interested!  You can see pictures, details, and access individual listings to all of the items here and here or everything all in one place here.  Happy bidding!

I decided a Q&A session was due and I filmed one this past weekend answering some of your questions.  Check it out if you’d like to learn a little more about me:

I’d love to know what you do to freshen up your house for spring as well as your favorite type of fitness if you care to share.  I hope the sun is shining and the birds are singing wherever you are!

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New Posting Plan | Spring 2015

Hello, friends!  I’ve considered experimenting with a posting plan for awhile now.  I tried a posting schedule out last spring (this seems to be a spring theme for me) and it didn’t really pan out.  I’ve hesitated to try again since then because I’ve been uncertain about the regularity of my content, but I’ve gained so much momentum after condensing down to one YouTube channel a couple of months ago, so that’s not really an issue at the moment.  I have loads of new content ideas I’m excited to share over the next couple of months so there’s really no better time than the present to give it a go.

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I’m sharing a look at my desk right at this moment (I literally snapped this picture from my phone right before posting) with no tidying up or edits.  I am doing this, because I believe that the state of my desk (and office and house in general) is an accurate reflection of the state of my mind.  As you can see, my desk is not a jumbled mess, but it could be more organized and tidier.  Same with my brain!  Whenever I start to feel brain clutter creep in I like to develop a stratagem to help me better manage my time.  This usually involves implementing some kind of structure.  This process may not work for everyone, but it’s my go-to brain fixer upper that sweeps away the clutter before it can really take hold.

I have felt so energized lately with my content and the direction my videos and blog posts are taking.  I have so much I want to share in any given week, but it feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to fit everything in.  I get so excited about what I’m working on that I’m losing balance in my personal time.  As much as I relish time spent with my loved ones, lately I’ve missed a few things in order to work on my content.  Making dedicated time for my family and friends is one of the top priorities in my life and I’d like to continue to honor that.  I also strongly believe in the importance of taking care of myself in the ways that feed my soul, which also requires time out of the day.  I feel like experimenting with adding a bit more defined structure to my posting schedule might allow me to share a good amount of content each week and hopefully restore balance in my personal life.  Additionally, this might help me to do more work in advance so I can have content ready to go each week and avoid the pre-post/video scramble I am not so fond of.  Scrambling leads to a messy desk and, you guessed it, brain clutter.

So, here’s what I’m proposing: I am going to run a 6-8 week experiment with using a content plan.  I decided against using the word “schedule,” because I want this process to feel flexible and open to tinkering.  Also, I hate making promises about posts or videos that I can’t always keep, due to life getting in the way.  In calling it a plan, this new order feels comfortable in that it will provide some much needed structure for me at the moment without the rigidity of certain expectations.  This is the plan, as of right now:

✻ Monday – No content

✻ Tuesday – Week In Review blog post & Vlog/Tag/Chit Chat style video

✻ Wednesday  – Optional beauty/product review blog post

✻ Thursday – Beauty/Product/Stuff I Like blog post & video

✻ Friday – Optional Organization/Home/Travel blog post

✻ Saturday – Organization/Home/Travel blog post & video

✻ Sunday – Optional Book Nook blog post

This plan is subject to change of course, but I wanted to give you the rundown and reasonings behind it, so a) you can be in the know, and b) you can help me see how my experiment works.  Your feedback is super important to me and I always value your opinions on my content.  I’ll keep you posted if I decide this isn’t working for me and want to try something different.  In the event that I stick to it for the next two months or so I’ll check in again and we can chat about how you feel about it and plans for the future.  Please keep in mind that while I certainly hope to follow this plan, sometimes I might have to make adjustments based on what else is happening.  That’s just life, though, and we’re all familiar with how things sometimes just don’t go to plan.

Ok, I feel like I’ve said the word “plan” about a thousand times, so I’m going to end this here.  Thanks, as always, for your continued support and enthusiasm for what I do.  I can’t wait to keep sharing with you!  See you tomorrow :)

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* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *

2015 Charity Auction | Planners (Part 2)

I am beyond excited to launch my second charity auction!  The first one I held back in late 2013 was so much fun and I was blown away by the amount we were able to raise for Stomp Out Bullying, which is the charity I had chosen.  I have 42 auctions listed right now on eBay through their charity division, Giving Works, which allows sellers to donate anywhere from 10-100% of their proceeds to a charity of their choice.  I decided to split my auction up into two parts so that I could support two charities.  100% of the proceeds from the planners I am auctioning off will go to Best Friends Animal Society, who is “committed to reducing shelter pet deaths to zero” through work with network partners, local programs, events, initiatives, and their amazing Utah sanctuary.  I recommend checking out their website if you’re interested in learning more.

I am including a slideshow below of the planners I have listed.  You can find a link for each auction listing in the item’s description.  You can also see all of the listings in one place by clicking here.

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kikki.K Small Lilac Time Planner Details:

4.5” wide x 5.75” high x 1.25” deep

- Lilac leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Attached purple elastic band
- Comparable to Filofax pocket size
- 2015 monthly and weekly calendars
- Address pages
- 3 Dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Lined notepad
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Large Lilac Time Planner Details:

8” wide x 9.5” tall x 1.75” deep

- Lilac leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Attached purple elastic band
- Comparable to Filofax A5 size
- 2015 monthly and weekly calendars
- Sections and pages for Address / Birthdays & Anniversaries / Shops & Restaurants / To Do, Expenses
- 7 Dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Lined notepad
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Medium Mint Time Planner Details:

5.75” wide x 7.5” tall x 1.5” deep

- Mint leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Attached mint elastic band
- Comparable to Filofax personal size
- 2014 monthly and weekly calendars
- Sections and pages for Address / Birthdays & Anniversaries / Shops & Restaurants / To Do, Expenses
- 7 Dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Lined notepad
- Comes in original plastic packaging
- 2 available

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Large Mint Time Planner Details:

8” wide x 9.5” tall x 1.75” deep

- Mint leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Attached mint elastic band
- Comparable to Filofax A5 size
- 2014 monthly and weekly calendars
- Sections and pages for Address / Birthdays & Anniversaries / Shops & Restaurants / To Do, Expenses
- 7 Dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Lined notepad
- Comes in original plastic packaging
- 2 available
- FREE kikki.K pen, binder clips set, and pouch

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Black Personal Planner Details:

8” wide x 9.5” tall x 1.75” deep

- Black saffron leather with gold hardware
- Comparable to Filofax A5 size
- Undated monthly calendar
- Section and pages for Meeting Notes / To Do / Blank
- 7 dividers
- 2 lined notepads
- Comes in original box and plastic overwrap

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Gold Personal Planner Details:

8” wide x 9.5” tall x 1.75” deep

- Gold leather with gold hardware
- Comparable to Filofax A5 size
- Undated monthly calendar
- Section and pages for Meeting Notes / To Do / Blank
- 7 dividers
- 2 lined notepads
- Comes in original box and plastic overwrap

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Lilac Personal Planner Details:

8” wide x 9.5” tall x 1.75” deep

- Lilac leather with gold hardware
- Comparable to Filofax A5 size
- Undated monthly calendar
- Section and pages for Meeting Notes / To Do / Blank
- 7 dividers
- 2 lined notepads
- Comes in original box and plastic overwrap

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Pink Leather A5 Notebook Details:

6.25” wide x 8.75” tall x 1 “ deep

- Pink leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Refillable lined journal
- Pen Loop
- Comes in original box and plastic overwrap

* new

See more details here

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kikki.K Mint Leather A5 Notebook Details:

6.25” wide x 8.75” tall x 1 “ deep

- Mint leather with gold foil accents and gold hardware
- Refillable lined journal
- Pen Loop
- Comes in original box and plastic overwrap

* new

See more details here

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Filofax Aqua Pocket Malden Details:

4.5” wide x 6” tall x 1.5” deep

- Aqua leather with silver hardware
- Snap closure
- 2014 weekly calendar
- Address / To Do / Colored Lined pages
- 5 Dividers & A-Z dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

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Filofax Aqua Personal Malden Details:

5.5” wide x 7.5” tall x 1.5” deep

- Aqua leather with silver hardware
- Snap closure
- 2014 weekly calendar
- Address / To Do / Colored Lined pages
- 6 Dividers
- Snap in ruler & vinyl slip pocket
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

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Filofax Plum Personal Osterly Details:

5” wide x 7.5” tall x 1.25” deep

- Plum leather with silver hardware
- Brass toned snap closure
- 2014 weekly calendar
- Address / To Do / Blank Lined pages
- 6 Dividers & A-Z dividers
- Snap in ruler
- Comes in original box

* new

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Whitney English Gold Stripe 2015 Day Designer Details:

9"wide (from the coil to the edge) x 9.25" tall x 1.25" thick (at the coil)

- Coated cardboard cover
- Brass Wire-O binding
- Gold corner protestors
- Interior slip pocket
- 2015 monthly and daily calendars
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

See more details here

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Emily Ley Happy Stripe 2015 Simplified Planner Details:

8.75″ wide (from the coil to the edge) x 10″ long x 1.25″ thick (at the coil)

- Printed cardboard cover
- Brass Wire-O binding
- Gold corner protestors
- Attached gold elastic band
- Interior slip pocket
- 2015 monthly and daily calendars
- Comes in original plastic packaging

* new

See more details here

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If you’d like a better look at the items I suggest watching the video below where I show each item:

Check out Part 1 to see the handbags and accessories I am auctioning off for another charity.  All of my auctions run until April 20, 2015 and are open internationally.  I am offering free shipping worldwide!

I want to thank each and everyone of you who places a bid for one of my charity auction items.  Sharing is caring! ❤

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* This is not a sponsored post.  All items for the auction are from my personal collection.  I am not associated with the chosen charities.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

2015 Charity Auction | Handbags & Personal Accessories (Part 1)

I am beyond excited to launch my second charity auction!  The first one I held back in late 2013 was so much fun and I was blown away by the amount we were able to raise for Stomp Out Bullying, which is the charity I had chosen.  I have 42 auctions listed right now on eBay through their charity division, Giving Works, which allows sellers to donate anywhere from 10-100% of their proceeds to a charity of their choice.  I decided to split my auction up into two parts so that I could support two charities.  100% of the proceeds from the handbags and accessories I am auctioning off will go to Feeding America, whose mission is “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”  I recommend checking out their website if you’re interested in learning more.

I am including a slideshow below of the items I have listed, including a selection of handbags, cosmetic cases, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories from my personal collection.  You can find a link for each auction listing in the item’s description.  You can also see all of the listings in one place by clicking here.

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Coach Willis Crossbody Bag Details:

11” wide x 9.5” tall x 3.5” deep
5” drop handle and removable strap adjustable up to 23” drop

- Light grey, blue, & orange leather with silver metal hardware
- Exterior back slip pocket
- Turn lock flap closure
- 1 interior zip & 1 interior slip pocket
- Dust bag

* slightly worn but no visible damage

See more details here

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Marc Jacobs Crossbody Bag Details:

13” wide x 9.5” tall x 4.5” deep
Adjustable strap with up to 20” drop

- Black leather with gold metal hardware
- Back exterior slip pocket
- Front flap over pocket & 2 vertical zip pockets
- Large zip pocket on flap
- Flap fold over closure
- 1 interior zip & 2 slip pockets
- dust bag

* no visible wear

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Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Crossbody Bag Details:

11” wide x 2” deep x 8” high
21” drop chain strap

- Woven multi-colored leather with light gold hardware
- 2 exterior slip pockets
- 1 interior zip pocket and 2 slip pockets
- Dust bag

* no visible wear

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BCBG Max Azaria Clutch Details:

8.5” wide x 5” tall x 2” deep
Removable chain with 10.5” drop

- Magenta satin with silver hardware
- Pocketbook closure
- Interior slip pocket
- Dust bag
- FREE Sigma crystal heart mirror compact

* like new

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Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack Details:

11.5” wide x 11” tall x 3.5” deep
2” handle drop with adjustable backpack straps

- Navy nylon with leather trim
- Snap/flap closure
- Interior slip pocket
- FREE mini J. Crew zip pouch

* slightly worn but no damage

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Longchamp Le Pliage Small Shoulder Bag Details:

9 ¾"W x 9 ¾"H x 5 ½"D. (Interior capacity: small.)
8” strap drop

- Lilac nylon with leather trim
- Zip top
- Interior slip pocket
- FREE Vera Bradley cosmetic case

* visible wear on bottom (blue) and minor interior wear

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Kate Spade Crossbody Bag Details:

14” wide x 9” tall x 5” deep
3.5” handle with 20” drop strap

- Blue leather with light gold hardware
- Zip top closure
- Outside magnetic flap slip pocket
- Interior zip pocket & 2 slip pockets
- Dust bag
- FREE Vera Bradley small cosmetic case

* NWT

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Dooney & Bourke Large Disney Shoulder Bag Details:

14.5” wide x 11” tall x 5” deep
9.5” drop straps

- Coated canvas with leather trim
- Magnetic top closure and adjustable side ties
- 3 interior slip pockets & 1 slip pocket
- Key fob
- Original Tags (separate)
- FREE set of 2 matching yellow polka dot J. Crew zip pouches

* minor wear on leather upper trim

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Louis Vuitton Artsy MM ** eBay decided my item did not seem authentic so it took down this listing. I hope to contact them, give them proof of authenticity for a second time (I have the original receipt), and relist it tomorrow. I will update the link here if all goes well. So sorry for any inconvenience if you already bid!*

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Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Details:

18” wide x 12.5” high x 9.5” deep
4” handle drop

- Coated monogram canvas with leather trim and gold hardware
- 6 interior slip pockets and 1 zip pocket
- Interior key fob
- Leather bag charm that can be used inside as a key-hanger
- Protective bottom studs
- Dust bag

* like new

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Lous Vuitton Ecaille Insolence Bag Charm

- Tortoise shell with gold hardware
- Original Box and pouch

* like new

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Vera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral Blue Details:

15” wide x 12” tall x 4” deep
12” strap drop

- Quilted fabric in retired print
- Zip top
- Exterior slip & zip pocket
- 6 interior slip pockets
- FREE matching small cosmetic case

* slightly worn but no visible damage

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Vera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral Pink Details:

18” wide x 14” tall x 6.5” deep
12” strap drop

- Quilted fabric in retired print
- Toggle closure
- Exterior slip & zip pockets
- 6 interior slip pockets
- FREE matching medium cosmetic case

* no visible wear

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Vera Bradley Tote in Night Owl Details:

15” wide x 12” tall x 4” deep
12” strap drop

- Quilted fabric in retired print
- Zip top
- Exterior slip & zip pocket
- 6 interior slip pockets
- FREE matching small cosmetic case

* no visible wear

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MAC Hello Kitty Train Case Details:

9” wide x 5.5” high x 6” deep

- Removable dividers
- Brush storage & protector

* wear along bottom edging and some makeup staining on interior

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MAC Hello Kitty Brush & Lipstick Cases Details:

Brush case: 8” wide x 3.75” high x 2” deep

- Wide access zip top
- Interior slip pocket

Lipstick case: 5.25” wide x 2” tall x 1.75” deep

- Zip top

* wear along edging

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Orla Kiely for Target Train Case

9.5” wide x 4.75” tall x 7.25” deep

- Soft-sided train case
- Mesh zip pocket under the lid

* NWT

See more details here

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Orla Kiely for Target Large & Medium Hanging Organizers

Large: closed 12” wide x 9” tall x 3” deep / open 27” tall

- Magnetic closure
- Large vinyl & mesh pockets

Medium: closed 10” wide x 7” tall x 2” deep / open 21.25” tall

- Large clear pouch, makeup brush holder, and 2 mesh zip pockets.
*** missing one zipper pull

* NWT

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Orla Kiely for Target Beauty Organizer Details:

8.5” wide x 6” tall x 2” deep

- Unique design that opens flat with handy built in organizational components
- 2 available

*NWT

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J. Crew Striped Flats Details:

Size 7

- Canvas upper with leather interior & rubber soles
- Made in Italy

* new

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Tory Burch Patent Reva Ballet Flats Details:

Size 7

- Patent black leather upper with leather interior & rubber soles
- Box

* like new (only wore a few times)

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Christian Louboutin Noeudette Specchio 3 Oro Heels Details:

Size 7B/37

- Shiny gold leather upper with signature red soles
- Box & dust bag

* like new (only wore once)

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Michael Kors Women's Runway White Watch Details:

39 mm face

- White silicone with rose gold center link & clasp
- Durable mineral crystal protects watch from scratches
- Not water resistant
- New battery
- Box with original tags and extra links

* minor wear

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Kate Spade Coral Seaport Watch Details:

34 mm face

- Coral acrylic with gold plated metal & mother of pearl accents
- New battery
- Box with original tag & extra links

* no visible wear

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Set of 2 J. Crew Bangles Details:

- Bright green with gold accents
- Cream with gold accents
- Original pouches

* NWT

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Set of 2 Keychains/Bag Charms

- Vera Bradley fish with key ring & hook
- Coach octopus with key ring

* like new

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Set of 2 Baublebar Bead Bracelets

- Silver & rose gold
- Crystal and metal beads
- Pull closure
- Original pouches

* like new

Coach Willis Crossbody BagCoach Willis Crossbody Bag Details:Marc Jacobs Crossbody BagMarc Jacobs Crossbody Bag Details:Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Crossbody BagRebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Crossbody Bag Details:BCBG Max Azaria ClutchBCBG Max Azaria Clutch Details:Longchamp Le Pliage BackpackLongchamp Le Pliage Backpack Details:Longchamp Le Pliage Small Shoulder BagLongchamp Le Pliage Small Shoulder Bag Details:Kate Spade Crossbody BagKate Spade Crossbody Bag Details:Dooney & Bourke Large Disney Shoulder BagDooney & Bourke Large Disney Shoulder Bag Details:Louis Vuitton Artsy MM

** eBay decided my item did not seem authentic so it took down this listing. I hope to contact them, give them proof of authenticity for a second time (I have the original receipt), and relist it tomorrow. I will update the link here if all goes well.  So sorry for any inconvenience if you already bid!*Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Details:Lous Vuitton Ecaille Insolence Bag CharmVera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral BlueVera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral Blue Details:Vera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral PinkVera Bradley Tote in Mod Floral Pink Details:Vera Bradley Tote in Night OwlVera Bradley Tote in Night Owl Details:MAC Hello Kitty Cosmetic Case SetMAC Hello Kitty Train Case Details:MAC Hello Kitty Brush & Lipstick Cases Details:Orla Kiely for Target Train CaseOrla Kiely for Target Large & Medium Hanging OrganizersOrla Kiely for Target Beauty OrganizerOrla Kiely for Target Beauty Organizer Details:J. Crew Striped FlatsJ. Crew Striped Flats Details:Tory Burch Patent Reva Ballet FlatsTory Burch Patent Reva Ballet Flats Details:Christian Louboutin Noeudette Specchio 3 Oro HeelsChristian Louboutin Noeudette Specchio 3 Oro Heels Details:Michael Kors Women's Runway White WatchMichael Kors Women's Runway White Watch Details:Kate Spade Coral Seaport WatchKate Spade Coral Seaport Watch Details:Set of 2 J. Crew BanglesSet of 2 J. Crew Bangles Details:Set of 2 Keychains/Bag CharmsSet of 2 Baublebar Bead Bracelets

If you’d like a better look at the items I suggest watching the video below where I show each item:

Check out Part 2 to see the planners I am auctioning off for another charity.  All of my auctions run until April 20, 2015 and are open internationally.  I am offering free shipping worldwide!

I want to thank each and everyone of you who places a bid for one of my charity auction items.  Sharing is caring! ❤

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* This is not a sponsored post.  All items for the auction are from my personal collection.  I am not associated with the chosen charities.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

Charity Auction Update

Hello, friends.  I have some disappointing news about my charity auction.  I was just finishing up my listings and was literally about to do the last one when my eBay account was put on hold for security reasons.  Apparently I listed too many name brand name items and they got suspicious.  I was required to submit proof of authenticity to eBay and have no idea how long it will take to be approved (assuming that it is).  I had so hoped to have my auction up and running today and worked super hard over the last few days to pull everything together, so you can imagine how bummed I am.  I understand eBay is just trying to protect themselves and their buyers.  Let’s hope the approval process goes smoothly and quickly.  I will list the items and officially announce the auction as soon as possible.  I very much appreciate your patience in the meantime.  I’ll do my best to get back to regular posting soon.

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Week in Review | March 30 – April 5, 2015

Hello, friends!  New week, new week in review.  I wanted to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram feed with you.  Here’s the buzz:

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I spent the first half of the week in Ohio visiting the company that is helping me with my rebranding journey.  I traveled through Ohio many times as a child when we used to drive from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Oak Park, Illinois to visit my grandparents, but I’ve never actually stayed there.  Although I didn’t have much time to explore, Ohio seems like a beautiful place!  I can imagine how lovely it is especially in the spring and fall with all of the trees.  My trip was a lot of fun for me and it was great to spend time with the super creative team I’ve hired in their amazing office space.  I’ll share more about them and my whole rebranding journey when the new site launches this summer.

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The rest of my week felt like a mad dash to catch up with my work and get my house in order in time to prep for Easter.  Last week I talked about how noticing and appreciating the little things and small moments makes time slow down for me, especially when I’m feeling like I’m scrambling.  Some of my favorite little things/small moments from the past week include:

❤︎ The paint-like clouds on a bright, sunny morning walk with Winnie.

❤︎ Noticing hearts everywhere on Friday (like the one left from clay mask residue in my sink).

❤︎ Homemade potato pancakes cooling on a paper bag at my in-laws’ house.

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This past weekend was extra special with the holiday, which we are so fortunate to spend with both sides of the family.  I look forward to the Easter celebration every year, because it means sharing amazing homemade food with my loved ones.  The gorgeous, balmy weather made the day even sweeter!  A hot bath and some naughty treats (peeps are my weakness) was the perfect way to cap off an awesome week.

I vlogged on Easter Sunday if you’d like to see more (actually, a whole lot more with this super long vlog) about how I spent the holiday with my family:

I’d love to hear about how you spent Easter, if you celebrate, or one of your favorite little things/small moments from the past week.  I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

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* This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are genuinely my own. *

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