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Friday, July 7, 2017

The No-Brainer Purge:


20 Items to Get Rid of Right Now Without a Second Thought

If you're anything like me, de-cluttering is downright exhilarating. But knowing where to start can be a major mental roadblock. If you've got the urge to get some stuff out of the house, start with this list of items you can say goodbye to right now with little thought and no impunity.
1. Expired coupons. A good app to use might be Evernote, with a "delete" tag and deadline reminder so you can eliminate this paper clutter altogether. Read more here.
2. Old magazines. If you're keeping them to look back at later, you won't. If you're keeping them for your kids to use for collages, keep three, max.
3. Expired pantry items (canned goods, spices, etc.). Check your local food bank for donation guidelines.
5. Old/extra/excessive wrapping paper and supplies. If your stash tends to grow and sit, paring it down leaves you with less decision fatigue when it's time to wrap.
6. Excessive plastic and paper bags. They'll multiply again, trust me.
7. Broken things you've been meaning to repair. Take that pressure off yourself and breathe easier.
8. Old/extra/stained/torn linens. Chances are you never reach for those anyway.
9. Chipped dishes and mugs. They're fung shui energy stealers.
10. DVDs you know you'll never watch again. You won't waste your time on them; don't waste space on them either.
11. Duplicate kitchen tools. Keep only the ones you reach for when you have a choice.
12. Accessories you haven't worn in a year or more. It means you don't actually like them.
13. Take-out menus. They're all online. Free up that junk drawer real estate.
14. Extra boxes and empty storage containers. Professional organizers say you should buy containers specifically for what you know you need to store, not the other way around
15. Refills for items you no longer use. Examples include regular light bulbs after you've switched to LEDs, coffee filters for a pot you no longer own or use, or toothbrush head replacements for an electric toothbrush that kicked the bucket a long time ago.
16. Expired or compromised bike helmets. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that helmets should be replaced every five years or if they have been involved in any impact.
17. Expired medication. Use these guidelines for proper disposal.
18. Expired cosmetics. Components separate, ingredients lose their effectiveness, and fragrances can turn rancid. Don't put them on your body.
19. Old cell phones. Check out HopeLine, Cell Phones for Soldiers, and the FTC's guidelines for making sure your personal information is wiped clean.

20. Books that don't move you or that you haven't used for reference in three or more years. Editing your collection leaves you with an autobiographical shelf that's a distilled literary portrait of you — and makes room for new favorites.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Chic Peek : Upgrade

Hi everyone! 

Recently, I shared that we purchased our first home, and yes, it still feels surreal.  Now that we've been living here for over two and half months we decided to do some work on the front of our home. So, I wanted to share our landscaping improvements that we did on the Fourth of July.


We were pretty excited to spend this holiday working on our front garden. As you can see, it needed a little pick-me-up.


I mean... look at all those pine needles. They were everywhere.  ALL. THE. TIME.  They had to go.


We also rearranged some of the plants so they would compliment each other.


The boys having fun while mom and dad sweat their butts off.


HELLLOOO pretty new garden!  It was a lot of hard work, especially with 80% humidity, but definitely worth the end result.



Until next time...

Monday, June 19, 2017

My Social Book. Me. My friends. My life. My book.


With everyone and everything going digital in the world it means that most of us haven’t printed out photos in ages or have few pictures framed to show for all of the memories we’ve created.  I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to cherish family photos, vacations, holidays, and life events. And I’ve found the easiest, quickest, and perfect way to do it and it’s called My Social Book.


Everyone has a Facebook page or Instagram page (well most do), so it only makes sense to utilize this outlet to help us document memories for our family. My Social Book is a company that transforms your Instagram (or Facebook) timeline into a memory book. It’s completely customizable and you choose what types of posts you want included in the book. Don’t want to include posts others have shared on your page? No problem, you don’t have to! I decided to capture my Instagram page of shared family outings, life events, and silly snapshots of our daily lives.  Through My Social Book, I’ve been able to take those shared posts and create a memory book.


 And you want to know the best part of My Social Book? It's not time consuming like scrapbooking. Creating a My Social Book literally takes a few minutes, at most! If you are a busy person like me, this may be the answer to your prayers.  Pictured above are the two books that I’ve created so far. I began last year and have documented through 2013 so far. These books were kind of pricey, but can you really put a price on memories? 


I now pay more attention to the events and photos I share with my friends. I've always been big on capturing memories for my family and I am documenting our lives. My Social Book has been a true blessing for us and I’m so grateful to be able to capture and preserve memories in such an easy way. Also, they are completely customizable from the colors, to the styles and covers.


Below is a page documenting my time in Georgia with my cousins.


And here is the time Andrew's family was visiting and we took the kids to the Aquarium in New Orleans for the day.


Happy Documenting!


Until next time... 

Baby Shower.








A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Mama and Baby Levens with a baby shower brunch at The Chimney's. It was a lovely morning to get together and catch up also.  We all can't wait to meet the little girl (or boy)... since we don't know, but they'll soon be here to steal the show.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Feeling high tech.

I'm always looking for ways to spice up my blog and today I learned...




(photo credit to Carrie Loves)

I mean... c'mon.  Look how much better the before and after is when viewing from a mobile device.

Big thanks to Carrie Loves post with the coding on how to make your blog have a little more pop to it.  I love Carrie's blog! LOVE IT.  She designed the template for my website and helped with the coding to set me up.  I've used a few of her tips too along the way to add things here or there.  She makes it super simple to do yourself.  I hope everyone enjoys my changes as much as I do. 



Until next time...