The Habe Travel Makeup Bag

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in accessories, beauty products, Toiletries, Trips | No Comments »

I bought a Habe travel makeup bag from Amazon.com as a gift recently for my mother and she loved it.  Had I not already owned a similar case from years ago, I would have bought another for myself.  You can see for yourself how much it can hold and the variety of items you can store.  It’s perfect for those of you who tend to pack on the heavier or more prepared side, just so you don’t have to limit yourself too much ;).  The dimensions for the large case is listed as 11.4 in x 7.5 in x 3.9 in.  Since my purchase, they are currently also offering an extra large version which measures 16 in x 12 in x 5 in.

*Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Choose to Reuse!: Envirosax & LOQI Reusable Shopping Totes

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in Handbags, Organization | No Comments »

I’m so surprised that I never blogged about Envirosax or LOQI and that’s why I’m taking the opportunity to do this today.  I believe being environmentally conscious is a good thing, which means decreasing our use of plastic bags and such.  My neighborhood has also ceased the recycling of plastic shopping bags and have required us to discard them along with our regular trash.  A number of local shops have begun charging for their paper shopping bags so I’ve had to remember to include some reusable totes in both my purse and car for just in case.  I’ve even gifted a few to my parents for their grocery trips and have given several as stocking stuffers over the years.  I find that the Envirosax and LOQI brands make bags of the perfect size, are sturdy, and offered in attractive patterns.

*Photo Credit: Envirosax & LOQI

Choose to Reuse!: Earthwise Bags

October 22nd, 2018 Posted in Kitchen, Organization | No Comments »

Several months ago I purchased a few reusable mesh produce sacks with drawstring cords from my local supermarket.  They are made by Earthwise Bags.  I am pleased to find that these bags have been doing a great job keeping my produce neatly separated in each of my fridge drawers.  When I first began keeping house, I didn’t quite understand that the plastic produce bags encouraged rot by trapping in moisture despite the unsealed tops.  They have been handy in temporarily storing onions, any fragile type of vegetables like broccoli florets, cilantro, cauliflower florets and keeping them all neatly contained.  I also love to organize groups of the same fruit in these bags.  On the packaging, it suggests that you can wash your produce prettily easily in them, although I haven’t tried this.  I normally rinse out the mesh bags under running water and leave them on the dish rack to dry, though the packaging states they are also machine washable.  I wonder if one can use them to spin water out of rinsed salad greens?  They are very handy to have and I’m glad I gave them a chance.

*Photo Credit: Earthwise Bags

My New Planner for 2018-2019

October 19th, 2018 Posted in Organization, Paper Planners | No Comments »

As a long-time planner enthusiast, I find it tough to commit to the same type of planner year after year.  There’s so many great ones out there and also ones you can customize yourself.  You must also consider that your needs might change from year to year e.g. student, personal, entrepreneur planners are very different from one another.  Therefore, there’s no shame in giving other organizers a try.  I began 2018 with a half letter sized planner I created on my own and began using the small spiral bound one by Katie Daisy once August rolled around.  I didn’t have to experience the guilt over switching since I had always printed just a small batch of the pages beforehand.  While I do find that the KD planner is convenient for toting around in a bigger purse and that its pages is pure eye candy, I must admit I’m missing my bigger daily pages from my previous printouts.  That being said, I can make do and commit to finishing out the entire book.  The KD planner covers from August 2018 until December 2019.  I’m attaching pics below of mine so you can get an idea (keep clicking to enlarge photo).  I purchased mine from Amazon.com and snagged it on discount at $9.07.  It’s still a sweet deal even at regular price.

P.S. I’m planning to do a chronology of all my past planners or at least as many as I can find.  I think it’ll be fun to take a trip down memory lane.  Stay tuned for that post :)

*Photos by NYCupcake

 

2018 Hallmark Mini Haul

October 19th, 2018 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

I usually purchase these Hallmark ornament series in July but this year it slipped my mind until now.  I’m so excited to be able to say that they are on their way to me.  As an aside, I was so sad to find out that my local free-standing Hallmark store closed it’s doors for the last time during this past Spring :(.  I had really loved this store too.  I have to travel much further now if I want to see any Hallmark items up close.  Though they have an online presence, it’s not the same since another issue is that there are ornaments which are only available for in-store pick up.  I’m really disappointed :/.  Another bummer is that I believe they have discontinued the gnome home series since there are no new designs which can be found for the holiday season of 2018 :(.  Where are you elemental/gnome lovers out there???  Hallmark needs to hear your voice!  Anyway, to end this post on a more positive note, here are pics of what I purchased.  Can you tell I’m a big admirer of Marjolein Bastin yet? ;)

*Photo Credit: Hallmark.com