Monthly Goals: May 2017

  • Move to a new city in a new house without going crazy: The last time I moved, I really had my shit together and this time it’s like the exact opposite. As you’re reading this, in two weeks I’ll be moving. Again. And as I’m writing this (last week), I’ve refused to acknowledge it. Wish me luck!

 

  • Get back on my blogging game: While I don’t necessarily expect this to happen, just because of how chaotic everything is… I’d at least like to make a concerted effort to be more present on social media and get more posts written. I actually do miss blogging regularly, but right now I just have too much else to concentrate on 😦

 

  • Get moving on my Project Pan 2017: Up to this point, I’ve clearly been taking in more than I’ve been going through, so I really want to get my skincare/bodycare/haircare routines down in hopes of moving through things a little bit quicker. Trying to not sad shop would also be an improvement on this topic.

 

  • Read a book: This is a pretty simple goal, but I’ve only managed to read one entire book this year, and that makes me sad. I have a lot of books just sitting around waiting to  be loved that I just haven’t gotten to. In a perfect world, I’d like to read at least one book a week. But, for now, I’ll settle for one a month.

 

  • Stop loafing around: I really want to make every effort to start getting back into a normal routine. By this, I mean getting up at a decent time every morning, eating well, being active, wearing makeup, and dressing like a person. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve basically broken all of my good habits since I stopped working for the last year and a half.

That’s all for my May goals! What are your goals for this month? Do you have any advice for me on how I can achieve mine? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Always,

♥Char.

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Marriage Happenings #2

Hi everyone! If you’re new here and don’t necessarily know what this post is about, please check out my first post of this series here.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to write this time around since we’ve just been so engrossed in moving that I haven’t been able to catch my breath. I’ll share with  you the one thing I managed to write down and then I’ll give you guys a little life update below. I hope you enjoy!


Me: *Viciously grabs his butt because reasons*

Him: THAT WENT INSIDE

Me: *cackles uncontrollably*

Him: I HOPE YOU PEE

Update: I did. No regrets.


LifeandBlogUpdateOkay, so now for the actual life update/chatty side of this post. Life just hasn’t been slowing down at all lately. We got the news that we were going to move last month, I got sick a little over a week ago, and also for the last week our house has been ripped apart because of all of the maintenance issues we’ve had here.

I literally haven’t been able to get anything done in terms of planning our move and getting started with the process, let alone getting any other work done. Every time I turn around, there’s another issue with this house that keeps us from using one room or more at a time. Coupled with the fact that as of the last week, we’ve had maintenance, management, painters, plumbers, and contractors in and out like crazy and I don’t see that ending any time soon. In all, we might have maybe a week of peace in this house before we leave. Maybe. 

On top of the issues I’ve written about multiple times in multiple places, we’ve been desperately trying to get ahold of management here to have them fix the major issues in our townhouse before we move so it’s not pinned back on us like we wrecked the place. After months of little to no contact, no matter what we tried, we decided to email the owner of the company to let him know the condition of his property. What do you know? We got hoards of people in our house the next day fixing every last thing that they could find. One of those things happened to be the pipes behind the wall in our laundry room.

Now, the funny part about this is that about two weeks ago, we called to have work done because the dryer that we had been renting from management caught on fire mid-cycle and obviously that was concerning. All I wanted was to have the units removed and the vent flushed before I bought a brand new pair and had them delivered. Did that get done? No. The units got removed almost a week later and the vent was never cleaned, so we had no other choice but to move our new units in anyway.

When they finally came on Thursday to take care of the mess that is our house, they noticed that there was yet another leak behind the laundry room wall, even though “all of the pipes were replaced last summer.” Apparently, they were not. So we had to have our wall ripped open once again, which took four days for them to come and patch up. During the patching process, they got drywall and paint all over my brand new dryer, which was clear across the room, and then left the mess for us to clean  up. I’m not happy. So I spent a couple hours last night soaking everything in the room to get the drywall dust off, and scraping the paint off of my new dryer with my nails so I didn’t damage it more. This is on top of being sick. Still.

I know I’ve said this before, but I seriously can’t wait to move. All this being said, I really hope you all understand why my blog has been so lacking and I haven’t been as timely with my updates as I would like. There’s just a lot going on right now that takes priority. Just know that I’m  making every attempt I can to not let my blog fall to the wayside. Please send some encouragement my way if you’re into that sort of thing! Lord knows I need it still, haha.

Always,

♥Char.

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Master Post: Etsy Reviews

If you’re like me, and you want certain content but don’t want to sift through an entire blog to find it, this is for you.

Since I did a ton of collaborations with Etsy shops last year, I decided to make a master list for everyone so it’s easier to find the specific things your’e interested in. Below is a master list of all of the Etsy reviews I wrote in 2016 grouped by shop. I hope you guys find this useful!


Epic Soap Co.

Hunky Hazelatte Chapstick

Bacon Soap

Ginger Pear Soap

Pink Grapefruit Solid Lotion Bar

Orange Patchouli Clove Soap

Lemongrass Deodorant

Natural.Pure.Honest

Pink Himalayan Salt Soap

Headache Soother Bath Bomb

Lemonade Chapstick

Georgia Peach Soap

Shower Scrubbie

Simple Soap and Gifts

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Soap

Face Soap

Junebug Soap Co.

Activated Charcoal Body Wash


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Update #1: Project Pan 2017

Alright, I have to admit that this ended up being a lot more complicated than I anticipated haha. Whoops! Alas, I think I’ve finally figured out a system to keep track of everything that works for me. Unfortunately for you, that means I’ll have to do an “Update 1.5” before the end of the month.

I realized that not only do I have a massive amount of crap laying around, but so does my husband. With our master under construction (again), it’s been taking me a bit to get everything inventoried, so that won’t be included in this update. Also… I found more stuff of mine, so the total you’ll see will be adjusted for those things. Or at least the ones that I’ve run across thus far. There could be more. I wouldn’t be surprised.


Grand Total of everything I’ve found of mine so far: $4,054.90

Grand Total of everything I’ve purchased this month: $78.06

Grand Total of everything I’ve used this month: $73.10

This brings everything to: $4,059.86


Now, that first number could change. Honestly, it will change since I’ll be adding more things I’m finding around the house, as well as whatever my husband’s total comes out to be. I realized that on top of what I have, since he also has a lot, that I’m going to have to help him use some things up. Plus, it’s a good way to keep us both accountable to get some of our back-stock dramatically reduced (hopefully).

With all that being said and before I get to the reviews, I’m not going to be so hard on myself about bringing in more than I used up in the last month. After next update is when I’ll start really cracking down, since that’ll give me ample time to make sure that everything is accounted for. But I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed to see that I didn’t at least break even. Wish me luck for a better turnout next month!


You can take a peek at the products I used up this month on my Instagram. I’ll be posting empties pictures there every month ♥

Product Reviews:

OGX Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo (13 & 19.6 fl oz.): This is by far the best shampoo I’ve ever found for my hair. You’ll be seeing a lot of this. Probably forever. For those of you wanting to know why I love it so much, I color treated my hair constantly for about six years and this is the only shampoo that makes my hair feel like hair again, as opposed to hay or a dirty mop.

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell Perfume (8.4 fl oz.): This is my favorite winter perfume, and it has been since I was in my early teens. I’m actually really pleased that I was finally able to use this perfume up. It gave me a whole new perspective on how long these last! (Answer: Forever).

Bath & Body Works Sweet Cranberry Rose Shower Gel: I tend to like all B&BW products, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I liked this. Unfortunately, it was a seasonal scent (in the fall, I believe), so I’m going to have to say that I won’t actively seek this out unless they bring it back. It really smelled more like rose than anything else, but it was really nice and surprisingly relaxing.

Neutrogena Skin Polishing Acne Cleanser (5.1 fl oz.): This comes as part of a set for about $20, depending on where you can find it. Ever since I was a pre-teen, this has been the only cleanser that’s ever really helped clear up my acne. I do love this system, but I’ve noticed it hasn’t been working as well as I remember. That being said, I’m going to be trying out some other skincare, so you might not see much of this one for a while.

BioClarity Cleanser: This also comes as part of a set for $30. The company was generous enough to send me this set for a review, but I haven’t finished the other two products yet. It is coming though! Without giving too much away, I would consider repurchasing this cleanser, but it did have one major downfall.

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizers (Island Nectar & Creamy Pumpkin): These are pretty meh. I mean, at this point, these are the only hand sanitizers that I’ll use because the scents don’t gross me out, so they’re all basically the same.

Vagisil pH Balance Wash (1.6 fl oz.): I got this product from PinchMe, I believe, for a review. I legitimately hate this. This may be TMI, but I tried using it on my bits once and it burned like hell. After that, I just used it on my back to try to get it used up and it did nothing for me. What do I mean by that? Logic would dictate that a pH balancing wash would help with blemishes. Did it? Not even a little. I seriously loathe this and I’m so glad that I’m through with it.


Thank you so much for reading! I know that this was probably way longer and more confusing than you signed up for, but I really do appreciate you sticking around. If you have any tips or tricks to help me get through more a little quicker, please leave them in the comments section below!

Keep an eye out for Update 1.5 to see what my official numbers on everything are, as well as some goals I’ll be setting for myself for the next update. If you missed the first post  I made on my 2017 Project Pan, you can check it out here ♥

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Until next time,

♥Char.

The Key to Success is a Clean Home

Hey everyone! This is a little different from the posts that I normally do, but hey, I am a lifestyle blogger, so why not share some tips and tricks I’ve learned since becoming a stay-at-home wife? Hopefully you can gain something from my experiences. Plus, as a bonus just for you, all of these ideas are budget friendly! So let’s get into it:

Tip #1: Plan out your daily chores.

I know this way seem weird, and some people may go “but I do these out of habit…?” but I’m telling you, it helps. I took a note page in my planner and planned out day by day what I want to get done in my home. This means that I can hold myself accountable when it comes to maintaining my household by going, “Hey, I have some free time…what can I do to tidy up a little?”

Check out my weekly list and see if it gives you some ideas:

Every Day Chores That Are Non-Negotiable: Make the bed, clean the stovetop, clean the counters, sweep the kitchen and dining areas, do the dishes, take out trash, and pick up clutter.

Monday: Dust Everything: Ceiling fans, desk fans, shelving, furniture, and baseboards, change out the bedding, vacuum the entire house (including the stairs), and clean the cat boxes.

Tuesday: Rest day, or a day to use to complete some household projects.

Wednesday: Wash the laundry and get it all put away, also straighten the laundry room when needed.

Thursday: Clean the cat boxes.

Friday: Clean the bathrooms: Wipe down the vanities, clean the sinks, clean the toilets, spot clean the mirrors, spot clean the showers and tubs, mop the floors, and scrub the floors where needed.


Weekend:
 Here’s a kicker. I don’t clean on the weekends. At all.

I also go more in depth with a couple more detailed lists including bi-weekly cleaning, and Spring/Autumn cleaning. If you’d like to see my actual master list, check out this photo.

Tip #2: Make A Master Cleaning List.

About once every two weeks, take about 20 minutes out of your day and go around your house and take note of anything that needs a little more TLC. You can do this as frequently or infrequently as you’d like, but I’d strongly recommend doing it at least once a month. Personally, I do this about twice a week (because I’m forgetful). I go around my entire house from entry way to bedroom #3 and pick everything apart from top to bottom. If I find anything that needs extra attention, I write it down on the list and work it in with my daily chores.

Things to look at: ceiling fans, blinds, curtains, baseboards, your entire bed frame (my side rails get grimey after a while because cats), behind and alongside furniture and appliances, behind the toilet, light switches, doors, and decorations. Basically anything you would normally pass by on a daily basis without even thinking about. This includes clutter. If you see an area of your home that doesn’t please your senses, add it to the list and see what you can make of it! I usually try to take on these little projects on Tuesdays.

Tip #3: Get Some Dollar Store Bins.

This really saved my life in terms of clutter. I think I spent about $20 in total to organize my entire house with dollar store bins and baskets. I use them to organize my cleaning supplies, my medications, my dish towels, wash rags, body care, first aid supplies, and other random household goodies. You’ll occasionally see all of my storage on my SnapChat (@hippiehxc), but if you want a more in-depth post about how exactly I organize with them, please let me know. I’m more than mildly obsessive compulsive, so any excuse I had to categorize something in a fun colored bin, I used. That being said, I have more than enough to show you, but it would certainly call for at least one more post.


This may all seem a little daunting to you, especially if you’re new to living on your own or if you have children. However, I promise that taking the extra time for one day to really get a grip on those necessary household tasks is well worth it. Ever since I’ve implemented my “system,” I’ve been way more relaxed about the upkeep of my house (meaning it can get dirty and I won’t kill someone over it). I’ve also noticed that now that a portion of my day is planned out, it makes me want to get out of bed and get things done just for the satisfaction of seeing the pay off.

If you had fun reading this post, please give it a like. Let me know in the comments if you found anything I had to say helpful, or if there’s a tip you’d like to share, please do so! Did you like this post? Do you want to see more posts like this? Tell me your thoughts 🙂

I hope you enjoyed!

Always,

♥Char.

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