Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer

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Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
     When I moved into my new house I went on a painting/upgrading spree, trying to improve each area. The one spot I never got around to is the entry closet. It turned into a dumping ground for coats and in the warmer months, I never even open this closet. I wanted the entry closet to not only look nicer and more organized, but to be able to hold our beach gear. I teamed up with Ziploc® Space Bags® to give my closet a fresh, summer makeover!
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Here's what the closet look like before- yikes!!! The first thing I did was remove everything and give the closet a new coat of bright white paint. Then I unscrewed the hanging bar and raised it up about a foot. This immediately made the small closet feel more spacious, plus it gave my more storage room underneath.   
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
I wanted to store a lot of the heavier coats. The down puffer jackets take up sooo much room in the closet! I used the Ziploc® Space Bag® 2 Cube Variety Pack to tackle the coats. The key is to choose the right Ziploc® Space Bags® for the right usage occasion. The cube bags are very large and they're perfect for coats and other bulky items.



Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Fold the coats nicely and put them in the Ziploc® Space Bag®. The bags are marked with a fill line at the top- don't add clothes past this point.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Once your clothes are neatly folded inside the bag seal it. The bags feature Ziploc® Double Zipper and an easy to seal slider.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Here's where the magic happens! Insert the vacuum into the attachment on the bag and watch it shrink up in a matter of minutes! The Ziploc® Space Bags® provides 3x the storage as compared to uncompressed storage volume.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
This bag was filled with down puffer coats and now it's compressed flat making it easy to store. So cool! I tucked the bag away on the side of the closet, and then I did one more with the remaining bulky coats. The Ziploc® Space Bags® protect against dirt, bugs, mildew, and odors keeping your winter items safe.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Once I saw the amount of space the Ziploc® Space Bags® created in my entry closet, I decided to tackle my pile of winter accessories. Ziploc® also makes these handy Flexible Totes. I piled up all my hats, gloves and scarves in the tote which freed up a bunch of room on the shelf.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
Ziploc® Flexible Totes have a zipper closure, handles for carrying and a mesh insert around the top which allows air to circulate.
Refreshing My Entry Closet for Summer
With all the newly free space I was able to store my beach bag, some towels and Indigo’s beach toys in the closet. Plus, the coats are crammed together on the bar which makes it look so much cleaner and more organized. I'm loving my tidy closet- thanks Ziploc® Space Bags®!
Next time you're at Lowe's, be sure to swing by the Closet & Organization aisle to pick up Ziploc® Space Bags®
Do you store out of season items? I'd love to hear your methods! 

Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony

Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial




     I wash my hair every other day, but between the recent humidity and my morning gym trips by the second day my hair isn't looking so great. I usually resort to some dry shampoo and a ponytail on Day 2, but I've found a style that looks cute and only takes a few minutes to make! This Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony is my take on the classic braided ponytail. 

     My go-to dry shampoo is HASK Coconut Dry Shampoo (available at Ulta) It uses rice starch to absorb extra oil and it's free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. The coconut smell is perfect for summer and it doesn't leave behind a residue (which is a problem I had with a lot of other affordable dry shampoos)


Want more Summer Hair Tutorials?
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Spray HASK Coconut Dry Shampoo on your roots and brush through.
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Put your hair in a high, tight pony. Wrap a strand of hair around the elastic to hide it and pin in place. 
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Bring the ponytail over the top of your head and in front of your face. Divide the hair into 2 equal sections.
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Fishtail braid the ponytail and secure the end with a clear elastic.
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Pull on the sides of the braid a little to make it fuller. 
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
Flip your braid over
Easy Twisted Fishtail Pony Tutorial
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Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popsicles

Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
 



     When most people hear "vegan dessert" they think of something sad and flavorless. These Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popsicles are anything but!!! I've been serving them to guest and not telling them that they're vegan until after they tell me how delicious they are 😀 They are under 100 calories and they make use of strawberry season.
     I made these using my trusty Popsicle molds that I bought off Amazon. I'm getting way more use out of these things than I ever thought I would! Fact: everything tastes better in popsicle form. Give these a try- you won't regret it!!!
Ingredients: 
Almond milk yogurt (2, 5.3 oz containers)  
Fresh strawberries (cut in small slices) 
Granola
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
Start by placing a few strawberries in each mold. 
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
Spoon in some almond yogurt.
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
Add some more strawberry slices and top off with more almond milk.
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
Add a thin layer of granola to the top of each mold. Press in the sticks and freeze. Run under warm water to release the popsicle from the mold. If you want more granola (like I did for the pics), spread honey on the bottom and sprinkle it on.
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles
Vegan Almond Yogurt and Strawberry Popicles

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My Favorite Night Creams





No matter how tired I am at the end of the day I always wash off my makeup and do my nightly skincare routine. I'll cover my full nightly skincare routine at a later date, but today I wanted to share my favorite Night Creams. If you're unfamiliar with night creams, think of them as the more powerful version of your daily moisturizer. Night creams are more hydrating and the anti-aging ones often contain higher levels of active ingredients (because they won't be reacting to UV light).
Night creams are great for dry, combo or normal skin. If you're skin is super oily you may want to steer clear. I use one on my face and another cream designed specifically for the eye area. Here are my favorites:
This is a great choice if you're looking for something on the lower end of the price spectrum. The Weleda Night Cream is rich which makes it ideal for dry/combination skin. It contains Iris root which strengthens the moisture-retaining ability of the skin. It also aids in the natural regeneration process. Weleda Hydrating Cream is made with natural, organic ingredients and it's free from synthetic preservatives, fragrance and colors as well as mineral oil. 

Alchimie Forever Kantic Calming Cream
 Alchimie Forever is quickly becoming one of my favorite skincare lines. I wrote about their amazing Brightening Moisture Mask in a previous post. Their products hydrate my skin, reduce redness and leave it glowing. The fresh, clean fragrance and Instagram-worthy packaging doesn't hurt either! 
     The Kantic Calming Cream is not only a rich moisturizer, it also prevents and repairs free radical damage. It contains natural antioxidants derived from blueberries and grape seeds. My skin really feels wonderful after I apply this!
I love how soothing a rich eye cream feels! Sometimes I put this Kerstin Florian eye cream on during the day when I know I won't be leaving the house. This eye cream packs a triple punch- it moisturises, fights fine lines and reduces puffiness. Best of all, it doesn't feel heavy or greasy.
The Kerstin Florian eye cream contains Horse Chestnut Seed Extract which helps soothe puffiness and strengthen capillary walls, improving the appearance of dark circles. My under eye area actually looks brighter after I apply this.
Products available at: www.skinstore.com

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