5 Ways To Use A Small Box For Organizing



Sometimes we look at small storage containers and think, what can I do with this? Well I have you covered. I have 5 ways you can use those small storage boxes/containers. 

This small wood box is actually a planter box I got from the target dollar section for about 3 dollars. I was looking for a small wood box but all the ones I came across were the wrong wood grain I wanted. Then I found these beauties and I snatched the last 2 I saw.

Office Supplies

This can be great for all those pens, scissors or just random office supplies that sit on your desk everyday. I added a small acrylic pencil box that nestled perfectly inside. 



Makeup

Makeup storage can be tricky sometimes because f how messy it can get. These wood boxes came lined with a plastic liner. Perfect to store small makeup or makeup palettes.




Nighstand Essentials 

I always have loose stuff  I want easy access to next to my bed, so why not add a small wood box or cute container and put your bed time essentials. Some times I need a hair tie, chap stick, a nail file, lotion or oil etc.


Toiletries 

Bathrooms products always need a good home. I like to put all my everyday items close to the sink in a small container for easy access, especially if I'm in a rush. 



Small Travel Bag

I tend to have a lot of small travel bags. There one of my favorite things to impulse buy. But they can also be a cute display in a small storage box. 




Hope you found these organizing tips helpful.
until next time 


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My Dental Hygiene Routine | Braces



One thing I love, are pearly white, clean teeth. They just make me so happy! A clean, bright smile will light up your entire day. For me it does! Your dental hygiene routine changes a bit when you have braces. Flossing becomes...well a challenge I will say. But I found so many helpful products and tools that make dental hygiene a breeze.


Flossing

Lets start with the most challenging, FLOSSING! I use a water flosser and also dental floss specifically designed for braces.


I use the water flosser first. It gets rid of any food that may be stuck in your brackets and it feels amazing on my gums. I will say, if you use it, start on the lowest level first and work your way to 10. It can make your gums a little sore if you go in full speed. Now that I've been using it for over a year I only use the 10 speed.


These are the coolest flossers I've ever seen. Hence their name is SUPERfloss. They have a pointed plastic end for easy access into your braces and under your gums. These have been a life saver and they make flossing 5 times faster.


Tooth Brush

I switch between my electric Oral B Toothbrush and my new Bamboo Woobamboo (Natural) Toothbrush. Both I love, It just depends on my mood and how my teeth look, and feel.

Tooth Paste

I like Dr Bronners Toothpaste. Its not to strong and doesn't have a whitening agent. Which I try to avoid until I get my braces off.




Mouth Wash

I use this mouth wash because It does an amazing job at keeping your breath fresh for hours.
Thera Breath Mouth Wash 


Keep Those Teeth Clean And Bright!!











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Spring Inspired Orange Body Scrub | DIY



Spring and summer are my favorite times to break out the body scrubs. My skin tends to be more vibrant and glowing in the summer so taking this extra step of exfoliating makes my skin that much more hydrated.
I've used store bough scrubs, but making your own is much more cost efficient and you can find most of this in your house.
I have a whole box of essential oils as well as other oils that I use for my hair and skin (coconut oil etc)

Lets See what you'll need:


Coconut Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil
Vitamin E Oil
Sugar (Brown or White)
A Small Jar
Orange Essential Oil Or Lemon Essential Oil ( Add desired drops)


Mix The Sugar and oils together until you like the texture.Add more oil if you like it softer and less oil if you like more granules.




Enjoy Your Orange Scented Body Scrub!



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My Mini Staycation At Element Hotels



I have to say my mini staycation at Element Hotels has by far been my favorite! If you didn't know I am so obsessed with Hotels (nice, clean hotels that is) I love knowing I can go to a place and relax with all accommodations made for me.

When I think of a staycation I want to feel like I'm in a mini resort, spa etc. I basically just dont want to feel like I'm at home.  Element Hotels made me feel right in my {element} how fitting right. Right when I came in, I knew I was gonna love the place. The smell, cleanliness and overall appearance caught my eye.



I love neutral bright colors with cool wood tones, which is exactly their color scheme. I stayed at the Element in chandler, Arizona, but they have so many accommodating locations all over the U.S.

Relaxation Time


For me this particular stay, I wanted to just unwind from the long week I had. So hitting the gym and relaxing watching a few movies was the highlight of my staycation. I also managed to have a little wine and keep it chilled in their full equipped kitchens.

The fact that I've stayed at this hotel a few times is a sign i may be a little to in love with it. I even had a surprise balloon filled shower for my birthday!

A simple breakfast is all I need


Check out more of what element hotels has to offer.

Element Hotels 

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Mango Strawberry Smoothie Bowl


I was thinking of adding in a fun food portion to the weekly blog posts. Recipe Wednesdays! Where I share small recipes I've been trying, with you. 
This week I'm sharing a delicious smoothie bowl recipe that taste amazing. love a good smoothie bowl. I can add crunch or salty toppings and still enjoy a smoothie. 
BASE:
  • Frozen Mangos
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Plain Greek Yogurt | I like plain yogurt so that I can sweeten my smoothie with a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey 
  • Water | I use water because it's less fat than using a sugary juice or milk. It still taste amazing using water. TRUST ME! 
SWEETENER:
  • Maple Syrup | This is a good alternative for a natural sweetener. It doesn't have those added sugars and It also has great health benefits from Antioxidants to helps protect skin health.
  • Cinnamon | Cinnamon has so many health benefits from anti-inflammatory properties to may help lower cancer risks. Look up more benefits of cinnamon. And it adds a great taste 
Blend Together Your Base And Sweetener And Add Your Toppings!
TOPPINGS:
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Sunflower Seeds | Sunflower seeds are one of my favorite snacks. I love the crunch and the salty flavor it adds. 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Bananas Would also taste amazing with this 

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My Transition To A More Healthy Eating Lifestyle



Wheat Bread Toast

Sunflower Seed Butter

Raisins, Bananas and Sunflower Seeds


OMG! I never thought I would be one of those people that likes making their food look photographically good. I follow so many vegan and vegetarian instagrams, and they have made me so so INSPIRED to really enjoy and love the food I'm eating. And One of those things I noticed Is how beautiful and photographically pretty the pictures are. Lately every time I make food I try and make is as appealing as can be and just overall healthy.



When you take pictures of fruits and vegetables they look so good and refreshing and seeing those pictures is like a constant reminder of how good healthy food makes me feel.

Taking pictures of greasy burgers and fries and just junk food doesn't give me the same happy feeling. As I'm learning more about being a vegetarian. there are just so many things I'm learning along the way.

Food is energy, food is life and its meant to be enjoyed and prepared in the most peaceful way.  I highly suggest you read "How To Eat To Live" There are 2 volumes and they are really amazing books about food and how its meant to sustain our life but can also be a natural killer.



The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a very beautiful and wise man who has a wealth of knowledge and his books are great tools to living a more healthy, longer life. As well as being your best self. And you can only be your best self if you have the knowledge about food and how it affects your body.

I'm slowly but surely getting myself there. It's very gradual, cutting certain foods out of your life, and adding healthier ones and not letting my stomach rule me but allowing my mind to rule my body and my stomach.

Book # 1

Book # 2


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The Truth About Me Cooking?...


So Here It is, Here is the Truth! I love cooking! I honestly enjoy cooking delicious meals and trying to be creative, I just find it so fun and relaxing. But on the opposite side. I am a kitchen snob (sorry to admit it) I would enjoy cooking in a nice, clean kitchen with lots of light and space. Preferably an all white kitchen. If I don't like the kitchen, chances are I wont be motivated or want to cook in it. 
The number one thing I like to make and I have no problem making is appetizers. Boy O Boy! I love appetizers. If they had a restaurant with just appetizers I would go there. They are so easy to make and they are usually mini, and anything mini is the greatest. I love it all from dips, to patties to mini wraps. 
Baking Is Probably the most fun, you can never have to many sweet treats and homemade ones are the best. I love cupcakes, cakes, donuts. All of thee above. so when it comes to making treats that's always a yes.


Let me know in the comments below what things you like to cook. Or let me know if you don't like to cook

until next time xoxo

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Juicing Party! Sharing My Favorite Natural Juices


LET'S HAVE A JUICING PARTY! NO, BUT SERIOUSLY, WHO WOULD BE DOWN TO GRAB YOUR FAVORITE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AND JUICE THEM UP! [RAISES HAND] ME!!!!!

I love fresh juiced juice! It is so healthy for you and on the plus side it taste amazing. Today I'm sharing my favorite recipes that I use when I juice. I'm so simple when it comes to what I want in my juice.



I pretty much use the same ingredients every time but I might add a little zing to it with lemon or ginger.


TIP: USE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT YOU ACTUALLY LIKE. I LOVE ALL THE ONES I PICK!

CAGL- (CARROT, APPLE, GINGER, LEMON)


DIRECTIONS:

1. Add The Carrots, Ginger and Apple to the Juicer

2. Squeeze lemon lemon juice right into the container

3. MIX, CHILL AND ENJOY!


TIP:  ADDING A BAG MAKES FOR AN EASIER CLEAN-UP

CUAC- ( CUCUMBER, APPLE, CELERY)


This juice I like to have when I'm trying to slim down. It's light and very refreshing. It will also taste amazing with a hint of lemon.

LABELING MAKES EVERYTHING FUN RIGHT? OR IS IT JUST ME!


LINKS

Mason Jars

Hamilton Beach Juicer

Label Maker



Happy Juicing Everyone!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew In My Early 20's



 This year I will be 26 years old which means I am going to be a little more than halfway through my 20's which is so crazy to think about! It feels like just yesterday I was 19 and running around my college campus. But this has given me time to think about all the things I wish I knew or did when I was in my early 20's. I wish I had a me when I was younger to guide me to things I wish I knew now.


1. DABBLE IN A FEW INTERNSHIPS [ GET EXPERIENCE]

OMG! I so so wish I interned or got experience in multiple career fields. I think when your just starting out in college this is the perfect time to try different careers, to see what you might like. What you love at 19 or 21 could not be the same when you get 25. So having that experience can go a long way when your job hunting a little later in life. Most jobs want you to know a little about the career your stepping into, so INTERN INTERN INTERN LOL!



2. PLAN YOUR FINANCIAL STUDENT LOANS [SEEK HELP & ADVICE]

Make sure that whatever loans you apply for, you understand them fully. I think at 18 going into college I had no idea what a loan really was or was I was signing. Most of us need loans to pay for college unless you can get grants or scholarships, then that's great. Never be afraid to ask someone who knows about loans and to help you decide.

3. ENJOY LIVING IN THE DORMS [IF YOUR IN COLLEGE]

I feel like when i was living in the dorms I was so home sick. It was just the fact that I didn't live in my room or my old house anymore that really got to me. I enjoyed having freedom and hanging out with my friends but I was still home sick at night. But i think that's part of growing and sometimes you just have to roll with it and enjoy it. i wish i would have enjoyed that experience a lot more. There's nothing like having "free" room and board and endless activities and free time.

4. BE FEARLESS

Don't care about what others say or think about you. this is your life and you can live it anyway you want. There is no set rules to life. be fearless, take risks and just be your true self.

5. KEEP A GOOD JOB RECORD

Keeping good references with employees or teachers can be a benefit for you in the future. Always keep lines of communication open and clear. You never know when you might want to apply for an internship or a job. Having creditable people to reference you is always a good sign.


Hope this helps anyone with there early 20's. Or if your in your mid or late 20's whats some advice you would give to others or your younger self?

leave a comment below

until next time xoxo
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