My Linen Closet Organization – Under $18

My Linen Closet Organization – Under $18

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Hey,

I’ve been obsessed with organizing my home more than ever lately and decided to attack my Linen closet. Most people would say that my Linen closet was pretty organized to begin with but I wanted to be a little more detailed when it came to grouping the products in my closet.

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I stood back and took a look at how my Linen closet was already laid out and took a mental note on what I wanted to change about it.

I started by removing EVERYTHING from ALL of the shelves in my Linen closet. I went through all of the items and threw away anything that was expired and grouped together items by their likeness. As I was organizing my items, I found a few things that didn’t belong in the Linen closet and moved them to their rightful place.

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Next I sprayed the shelves with a Vinegar & Water mix and then I wiped each shelf clean removing dust, dirt, and any spills.

I purchased a few white baskets and trays in various sizes along with a pack of Tags and a box of gallon sized zip lock bags from my local Dollar Tree store (formerly known as Deals) all for $1.00 each plus tax. I repurposed a few boxes and bags that I had available for some of my storage needs which in turn saved me money.

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I placed the items back into my Linen closet in their new home location. I flipped the shelf that held the linens with the shelf that held the hair products so that my two-year old couldn’t reach the hair tools and in turn it made it easier to access my most used products without bending which saved my back tremendously.

Working from top to bottom…

Shelf #1 held

  • Nail Care
  • Teeth Care
  • Soap
  • Paper Goods

Shelf #2 held

  • Sanitary Products
  • Body Care
  • Perfume & Deodorant
  • Meds
  • First Aid
  • Writing Utensils

Shelf #3 held

  • Hair Products
  • Hair Oils
  • Body Oils
  • Hair Tools

Shelf #4 held

  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Wash Cloths

Closet Floor held

  • Misc. Items
  • Heavy Items
  • Iron

It took me about 4 hours to complete the organizational makeover of my Linen closet with me taking many breaks in between. After the task was completed, I felt accomplished and couldn’t stop checking out the new look of the Linen closet whenever I passed by.

Lets Talk: What have you recently organized or want to organize around your home? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Dachee Bohemian Style Laptop Bag Review

Dachee Bohemian Style Laptop Bag Review

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Hey,

After purchasing my new laptop I knew I needed something that would protect it from damage and make transporting it a breeze. I did my search online and came across a beautiful bag listed on the Amazon website. The quality of this bag is worth way more than the purchase price and I was so happy to reap the savings. The laptop bag was affordably priced at $17.99; a savings of 64% off the original price.

Features

1 Exterior zipper pocket with 2 slit pockets and a place to store your writing instruments inside.

Both the front and back sides of the bag have pockets located near the carrying handles.

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The place where you store your laptop is padded with a suede-like material and has a zipper closure to keep your laptop safe when traveling.

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A detachable strap is included; This strap can transform your laptop sleeve/briefcase into a crossbody/shoulder bag.

20170303_164839The hardware on the bag is a gold-tone color.

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HP Stream 14″ Inch Laptop Review

HP Stream 14″ Inch Laptop Review

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One of the reasons why I’ve been away for so long, besides life, is that I needed to replace my broken laptop so that I could write my blogs with comfort and ease. When in the market for a new laptop I wanted something that was light weight, small in screen size (but not too small), and appealing to the eyes. I came across the HP Stream 14-ax010nr priced at $219.99 at BJ’s and fell in love with it.

After checking out the HP Stream for a few days, I came up with a few likes and dislikes. I noticed how light weight (3.17 lbs.) the laptop was when carrying it around in-hand; the absence of an optical drive may have something to do with it. One year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal is included along with 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage.

The only issue that I’m having with the HP Stream thus far is that the computer doesn’t come with enough memory initially for a Windows update. I’ve been instructed to connect to an external hard drive or delete unwanted files in order to install the needed Windows update. I’m not sure if you can use the included OneDrive cloud storage for the Windows update but that wasn’t one of the options that was offered with the on-screen prompt.

Once I purchase an external hard drive (1 terabyte or more) I know that this laptop will be what I need to get the job done. If I were to give the HP Stream a star rating I would give it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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I love the textured aqua blue colored shell.

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 Clean white colored Island-Styled full-size keyboard with a HP Imagepad.

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A front facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphone used for video calling apps like Skype and Facebook messenger.

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Features 1 HDMI port, 3 USB ports, a Microphone/Headphone combo port, and 1 multi-format SD media card reader located on the left side of the laptop.

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A 45 Watt AC Power Adapter port is located on the right side of the laptop.

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Included AC power Adapter.

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Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits

Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits

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Hey,

I have naturally kinky hair and when I find products and or practices that will make managing my hair easier, promote stronger strands, and retain length naturally, I’m willing to give it a try. I came across two types of D.I.Y. hair rinse that only used two ingredients to make; Rice Water rinse and Tea rinse. Today I will tell you the benefits, how to make, and how to use the Rice Water rinse.

I first came across hair rinse from a YouTube channel and used the method that was shown which was the fermented rice water rinse method. Only after I tried the fermented method (with unknown mistakes at the time), I desperately searched for other ways to make the rice water rinse so that I could reap the benefits.

During my search (again on YouTube) I saw that there were actually a total of 3 ways to make a rice water rinse. Fermented (the method I’ve tried…again with unknown mistakes), Washed, and Boiled; all producing similar, if not the same, benefits.

  1. The Washed method is the process of 1) rinsing the rice with water to remove any possible debris. 2) placing the rinsed rice into a container and adding enough warm water to cover. 3) letting the rice & water sit for about 30-45 minutes or until the water gets cloudy. 4) straining the water from the rice and then applying it to the hair & scalp.
  2. The Fermented method is the process of using the steps taken in the washed method but after straining the water from the rice, you will then store the rice water in an air tight container until the water starts to ferment – become sour to taste/smell; approximately 2-3 days. Once the rice has been fermented, you can then apply it to your hair & scalp. *The warmer the stored location, the faster the fermentation process. Tip: Boil the fermented rice water to stop the fermentation process if you want to store it for later use (a mistake I made the 1st time around…smh).
  3. The Boiled method is the process of boiling rice as you would normally do when cooking a pot of rice (hold the salt and or butter…lol). When the rice begins to boil, strain the water from the rice and let it cool before applying it to your hair & scalp.

Tips: Store remaining rice water, if any, in the fridge for later use; Good for 3-4 days. Add water to the concentrated rice water if needed for individual hair volume, hair length, and/or to dilute the pungent smell of the fermented rice water.

The Benefits of using either one of these methods on your hair & scalp:

  • Contains about 16% protein (can be used as a protein treatment)
  • Contains Inositol – A water-soluble carbohydrate; grouped with B Vitamins
    • Increases hair elasticity, making hair strands flexible and defines your curl pattern.
    • Decreases hair surface friction – smooths the surface of hair strands preventing tangles & knots.
    • Has the ability to remain in the hair strands even after it is rinsed out. benefits.
    • Repairs damaged hair & protects hair from future damage.
    • Strengthens hair strands from the roots.
    • Adds Sheen
    • Promotes healthy hair growth

After experimenting with making Rice Water, I prefer to use the boiled method. I feel that I get more protein released into the water when its boiled out of the rice opposed to the washed method. I like that the boiled method allows me to use it the same day (within an hour or two) after its made unlike the fermented method, where you have to wait a minimum of 24 hours.

Applying the Rice Water rinse

After Shampooing/Co-washing – removing any product buildup – you want to evenly distribute the room temperature rice water to your hair and scalp.

  • Massage the rice water into your scalp using the pads of your fingers in a circular motion.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic bag/cap and let the rice water sit on your hair for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse hair thoroughly.
  • Optional: apply a conditioner of your choice and rinse it out thoroughly.
  • Style hair as usual.

The Rice Water rinse should be used as often as you would use any other protein treatment as no one persons hair is the same in damage, strength, and tolerance. *Protein treatments, if done too often, can cause a protein overload which can result in hair breakage.

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Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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This Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookie recipe first started out as a recipe that I used for Lactation but then I tweaked it, removing two unnecessary ingredients.

Women looking to help increase their milk supply can still eat these cookies because they contain Oats which are a  well-known galactagogue. You also have the option of adding what you feel will benefit your breast milk supply and production to this recipe; so tweak on..lol

These Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies are a delicious and satisfying treat the entire family can enjoy.

Things You’ll Need…

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Wet Ingredients

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1/2 a Cup of Unsalted Butter, 1/2 a Cup of Granulated Sugar, 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar, 1 Egg, 1/2 a Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract, and 1/2 a Teaspoon of Cinnamon.

Dry Ingredients

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1 Cup of All Purpose Flour, 1/2 a Teaspoon of Baking Soda, and 1/2 a Teaspoon of Salt.

Mix-Ins

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1 & 1/2 Cups of Rolled Oats, 1/2 a Cup of Chocolate Chips, 1/2 a Cup of Dried Cranberries, and 1/2 a Cup of Coconut Flakes.

Lets Get Started…

Preheat the oven to 350°F; Recipe yields about 35 cookies.

 

Set your timer and bake cookies for 15 minutes @ 350°F

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Set cookies aside to cool..I know, I know you want to taste one but just wait a few more minutes.

 

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Eat & Enjoy!

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Roaches – Creating an Extinct Environment

Roaches – Creating an Extinct Environment

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Hey,

I’ve been dealing with roaches slowly infesting my home for about a few months now and it had me losing my mind. I thought to myself “why are there roaches in my home when all I do is clean around the clock?”. I’ve gotten to the point where I decided to get help from a professional, and so I made an appointment to have an Exterminator come out and exterminate the roaches that were trying to claim my home as their own.

♥ Exterminate: To get rid of completely usually by killing off. »Merriam-Webster Dictionary

To solve any issue you must first learn as much as you can about the problem so you can then come up with the best possible solution. I asked my Exterminator a few questions before she got started because it was my first time receiving this type of service. I wanted to know what I needed to do to prepare the area for service, what results I would expect, how long I should wait before putting things back, how to keep pets and small children safe, and preventative measures to take to maintain a pest free home.

During our conversation I’ve learned so much about roaches that will help me and maybe you in creating an extinct environment free of roaches (or extremely close to it).

Did You Know….

  • YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE DIRTY OR LIVE IN FILTH TO HAVE ROACHES!
  • Roaches are attracted to water that’s why you tend to find them in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Roaches are drawn to electrical currents that travel through the cable wires that may be anchored to walls during a cable installation. The same goes for microwaves, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and other electrical appliances.
  • The poop that is left behind by the roaches (brownish colored speckles) contain pheromones and if not cleaned away, they can find their way back to that particular location.

♥ Pheromones: a chemical substance that is usually produced by an animal and serves especially as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses. »Merriam-Webster Dictionary

  • If the remains of  dead roaches aren’t cleaned away, the roaches that are still alive will eat them for protein. (eww right? lml)

♥ Tips:

  1. After vacuuming/sweeping away the dead roaches, wipe down surfaces with a mixture of bleach and water killing not only germs but the pheromones that are left behind in the poop.
  2. Make a follow-up appointment for another extermination a week later to kill off any remaining roaches that may have not been exposed to the previous dose of pesticide.
  3. Control the reoccurrence of roaches with store-bought pesticides such as Raid Max® which can keep killing for up to 6 months.
  4. Remember to clean away roach poop and roach remains as soon as you notice them to prevent them from coming back. Popular areas from my personal experience are door frames & hinges, medicine cabinets, light fixtures, and carbon dioxide/smoke detectors.

With this new-found knowledge of roaches, I and even you can now take the necessary steps to properly clean and maintain a home that will one day be free from roaches (or extremely close to it..lol).

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The Real – Crack That Hangover!

The Real – Crack That Hangover!

 

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Hey,

Today Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 I watched one of my favorite daytime talk shows, The Real. One of the segments on the show was called “Crack That Hangover”, and not only was it informative but it was hilarious as all hell. During the segment each co-host would tell you a myth of what people would perceive to be true about avoiding hangovers when consuming alcohol, then they would take a breakable liquor bottle and crack the co-host that sat to the left of them over the head stating that they were “shattering the myth”.

Tamera Mowry-Housley was the first to crack a bottle over her unsuspecting co-host, Jeannie Mai’s head. Jeannie was in shock when she was struck by the bottle shouting “oh my God Tamera, oh my God…you could’ve warned me first…that hurt” all with a smile on her face. Jeannie then had her turn with celebrity guest host, Evelyn Lozada from Basketball Wives L.A.. Evelyn sat there and took Jeannie’s bottle to the head with stride. Before Evelyn would state her myth to be shattered with the breaking of a bottle, she felt the need to apologize to Loni Love who was next in line. Loni took her head bashing from Evelyn like a pro but you couldn’t say that about her fellow co-host, Adrienne Houghton. During the entire time that Loni was informing us of a myth, she was holding Adrienne by the arm making sure she didn’t evade the situation. Adrienne covers her face, ducks down low, and fluffs her ponytail for the impact when Loni cracks Adrienne over the head; the pain must’ve been all in her head as she popped up as if nothing happened.

The finale and most hilarious part of the entire segment was when Adrienne had to take her turn at cracking her co-host Tamera over the head with a liquor bottle. Adrienne reaches for her breakable bottle after stating her myth alerting Tamera to get up from her seat and duck underneath the table. Adrienne makes her way towards Tamera and Tamera makes a break for it; booking it around the table. Loni grabs Tamera by the arm as she passes and holds her in place till Adrienne gets to her. Adrienne goes in for the kill and guess what?…the breakable liquor bottle fails to break and Adrienne is shocked thinking she has hurt Tamera…lml. Loni then snatches the unbreakable-breakable liquor bottle from Adrienne’s hands and successfully cracks it over Tamera’s head with the look on her face like “that’s how you do it!”…lmao.

This was absolutely the best episode yet. This segment reminded me of how a group of close girlfriends would act; very playful and real.

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