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A 2014 Minimalist Gift Guide

12/12/2014   Personal   2 Comments

2014 Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again! Here is my gift guide for the minimalist who still wants to gift something special to loved ones this year:

  • Succulents: This is my go-to gift this year for the casual yet special people in my life that I owe a big “Thank You!” to. Succulents are cute, cheap, enjoyable in the longterm, and really easy to take care of. You can also get creative with the pot that you use to present them in.
  • Lip Scrub: Another cheap alternative that will last the receiver a long time. These little jars of lip scrubs are really cute and can be a DIY project, check out this post on an easy DIY lip scrub. If you’re in a pinch, just pick one up from LUSH!
  • Quality Stationary: Gifting a great set of paper for stationary use or simply taking notes is usually always appreciated. Rifle Paper Co. is a favorite of mine. This Rifle Paper Co. Shopping List Pad is a great example, it’s even magnetic to place onto your refrigerator.
  • Minimalist Planner: Another great DIY, make a planner or calendar as a gift to someone. You can even print the planner pages yourself and have fun decorating the outside of the planner. There are wonderful resources on Etsy, like this Printable 2015 Planner from 505design. Buying these on Etsy also supports an artist!

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Firmoo Eye Glasses Review

11/11/2014   Beauty   Leave a Comment

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I’ve purchased glasses online with hit or miss success throughout the years. When I came across Firmoo, I few things made me want to give them a try: the glasses seemed fairly priced, the styles were modern, and the amount of customization was beyond what I’ve seen from similar companies.

I decided that since I had a pair of reading glasses already, I wanted to have another pair of sunglasses. Like I mentioned, Firmoo is great about customization, so you can take any style from their website and order them as sunglasses or reading glasses! I ended up ordering this style in burgundy.

The Good:

  • Fast shipping
  • Great customer service
  • Nice websites with virtual try-on feature
  • Provides a ton of information about the glasses
  • Plenty of styles, especially modern!
  • Order included a bag, cleaning cloth, cleaning spray, and a screw for tightening the glasses screws
  • Offer a lot of promotions to get a good deal

The Bad:

  • Low to average quality frames for the price
  • Grammar on the website can make some information confusing

All in all, I’m happy about the sunglasses I received and the process in general! However, on the downside, I can’t help but feel they were a tiny bit overpriced. I say to take advantage of the awesome styles they have available, but only order when you see they’re offering a great deal. If you order right now, they actually have a Veteran’s Day sale going on and free shipping with orders over $39. Not bad!


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10 Tips to Organize Your Home Finances in a Single Weekend

09/03/2014   Minimalist   4 Comments

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Organizing your home finances may sound like an overwhelming task, but, with proper planning, you can get it all done in just a couple of days. Here are 10 tips to organize your home finances over one weekend:

Create a Filing System and File Appropriate Documents

First, you’ll want to gather all of your financial documents— utility bills, bank statements, mortgage bills or rental receipts, tax forms, and anything else relevant. When it comes to filing, you have a couple of options: paper or electronic.

If you receive most of your bills and statements through the mail, or you’re not overly familiar with computers, filing paper copies is probably the best option. Make sure you designate a labelled folder for each category, and organize your documents by dates. If you’re comfortable with technology and receive most of your statements and bills electronically, the best option for you is electronic filing. Make sure to back up all of your files. If you have paper documents, there are many ways to convert them to digital.

Create a Budget, Decide Where You Can Cut Expenses, and Plan to Establish an Emergency Fund

If you have Microsoft Excel or a similar program, you can search the internet to find a simple template for setting up your monthly budget. Be honest with yourself when setting your budget. If you spend five pounds a day at Starbucks, for example, it’s probably not realistic to cut Starbucks out of your budget entirely. You should plan for gradual changes, instead. An emergency fund is one of the most overlooked parts of a budget, but, according to Juilet Schor, professor at Boston College, it is the most important part. Ideally, you should plan to save three months of living expenses in case of an unforeseen emergency.

Set Goals and Calculate Future Expenses

Once you create your budget, you should have a better idea of how much money you have left each month to spend, save, or invest. This will help you set financial goals, such as buying a car or house in the near future. Tools such as a mortgage interest calculator can help you to better determine future expenses if you are planning to buy a house

Calculate all Debt; Make a Plan to Pay It Off, and Close Any Inactive Accounts

You should have already calculated your debt in your budget, but go back and check anyway, as you may have overlooked some of your smaller debt. Having even just a few hundred pounds of debt on a credit card or bank account can be detrimental to your credit. Plan to pay off what you can as soon as possible. In addition, closing inactive accounts will simplify your finances and improve your credit.

Organizing your home finances needn’t be overly complicated or time-consuming. In a single weekend, you’ll be well on your way to being financially sound!

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Ideas to Transform a Dull Corner Into a Focal Point

08/26/2014   Decor   Leave a Comment

If you have a dull corner in your home that you find yourself looking at and wondering, “what can I do to make that better? Make it a focal point?”, look no further because we are here to help you out. Turning a boring, drab and dull corner into a focal point that will make your guests and you smile is not that hard nor is it that expensive. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest tips to brighten up any drab corner.

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Using a creative and different TV stand in a dull corner that is taken up by TV or a media unit is one of the best ways you can better the space. By making the area about more then just the Television or media center you will add a little pop to the area. While when you have the Television on it can be a focal point but when it is off, it is just another set unless you add a little pop of unique shape and color.

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TV stand/coffee table & media stand from Zespoke

Along the same lines as the TV unit is a media stand. Instead of just stacking DVD’s or CD’s any kind of media you have on their own, or in a dull shelf you can add a drop of color with a smooth shaped stand that has a colorful trim. This will make the area turn into a pretty focus with minimal effort.

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If the area is not only drab but dark you could try giving it some extra light. A lamp that is both brightening and unique in an area will give an instant focal and conversation piece to any formally boring corner. It is a simple fix and one that will help with the light in your room too.

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Miro lamp & bottle vases from the Olive Tree Company

If lighting is not your style and you prefer something more natural you can give vases with fresh or silk flowers a try. Flowers have long been a focal point in any room and there is no reason you can’t use them for your corner as well.


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Review: Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

07/01/2014   Beauty   4 Comments

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Soap and Glory The Righteous Butter

Price: $22.00 USD for 10.1 fl oz

The Good:

  • Long lasting fragrance
  • All-day moisture for very dry skin
  • Great packaging for full body moisturizing
  • Vegan
  • Not tested on animals

The Bad:

  • Parabens
  • Strongly-perfumed to the sensitive

Ingredients:  Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Potassium Hydroxide, BHT, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

Full Review

One of the most popular products from the Soap and Glory brand, The Righteous Body Butter is best described as a rich moisturizer with long-lasting perfume fragrance. The cream is great if you have dry skin and will not leave any type of residue. However, because it’s a body butter, it will take a while to completely sink in. A little goes a long way, making the product worth the price. If you’re still apprehensive, try their lotion version of the same formula!

The scent is described as Soap & Glory’s signature Pink Fragrance combined with fresh bergamot, mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oakmoss, and amber with woody and warm vanilla notes. The smell is very signature to the Soap and Glory brand, walking the line between sweet and musk, and lasts for many hours before wearing off. This moisturizer can replace your perfume, but don’t attempt to mask it with one because the scent is just too strong. This can be a downside to the cream for those with sensitive noses.

The only other downside to this product is the amount of parabens in the ingredients, used to prolong the freshness.  Parabens are still very controversial in the ‘natural beauty’ world, so you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons here to decide if this product is worth it. I think it is!

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