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Clothing Hacks To Save You Time and Money

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Wardrobes are not just built on clothes, but on financial investments. As I've gotten older, I've realized that when it comes to fashion and style, quality reigns supreme over quantity. There is always a pair of jeans or shoes or a dress which has a special place in your heart. So what happens when your favorite item starts losing its life? Do you throw it out? Do you re-purpose it? Have you ever experienced wardrobe malfunctions due to your favorite wardrobe items? What can be done to avoid them? Restoring, reusing, and re-purposing your favorite clothes is simple with these tricks.

5 Fab Finds Under $50

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The search is over! If you're on a limited budget but always on the lookout for fun, inexpensive items that add flair to your home, your outfits, or your life, you've come to the right place. I've tracked down five items that you need in your life right now. From entertaining to your office to your outfit of the day, any one of these items is a welcome addition to your life.

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I'm loving this week:

1. Everyday royal family rules for things they can't say, do, or wear via Redbook.

2. The time the royal wedding will start where you live and how to watch it via Business Insider.

3. Five healthy foods that also boost your mood via The Newsette.

Weekend Dispatch


After a jam-packed weekend last weekend which included our oldest daughter's 16th birthday (!!!) and Mother's Day, I am hoping to have some downtime this weekend to catch up. I've been in a total nesting mode recently and have been organizing and de-cluttering like it's my job. This weekend I am hoping to get though all my spring/summer clothes by adding what I want to keep to my closet and separating the rest into re-sell and donate piles. Otherwise, here's what else I'll be up to this weekend.

An Easy and Inexpensive Way To Help Your Local Cat Shelter

This post is sponsored by Cat's Pride but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Our cats are a special part of our family. While one was a backyard stray cat, our other two were adopted from a local shelter. When we decided that we were ready to adopt after our beloved 19 year old cat passed, there was no question that we would go straight to a local shelter in search of the perfect cat for our family.


Through our various adoptions from the local shelter, we learned that it takes a village to operate a shelter. From the generosity of volunteers and donors to the hard work that goes into daily operations and maintenance, it's no small feat. Even if you don't plan to adopt a cat, there's an easy way you can help your local cat shelter.

What We're Reading


With the unofficial start of summer a mere two weeks away, I am making every effort to finish the book I am currently reading so that I can start fresh on my summer reading list (more to come on that topic!). Here's what we are currently reading.

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Fifteen things successful working moms have stopped doing via The Everymom.

2. The best way to eat in each decade of your life via Quartzy.

3. Clothing items you should never wear on an airplane via The List.

Splurge vs. Save

It seems every time I find a bathing suit that I actually like and would flatter my body, it turns out that it's a Marysia bathing suit and it's $$$$$. Instead of becoming frustrated and defeated, I set out to find a comparable bathing suit at a fraction of the price. Surprisingly, there are many knockoff versions out there. Here is one of the fabulous ones I found.

Last Minute Gifts For Mother's Day

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With less than a week to go until Mother's Day, it's officially crunch time! If you haven't yet picked up a gift for the mom or mother figure in your life, it's time. But it's ticking away, so hurry and get ordering so you don't show up to the celebration on Sunday empty-handed and spewing some lame excuse about why you don't have a gift.

Here are a few gift suggestions that any mom (including myself!) would totally love and be every so grateful to receive.

4 Ways To Manage Pet Odors


This post is sponsored by The Libman Company, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Pets. We love them as if they were our children, but we could definitely do without the odors that come with them. Let's be honest. As cute as they are, pets can be stinky. As pet owners, one of our top concerns is always the dreaded odors that accompany our furry little friend.

We own three cats, so I totally get it. I am hyper aware of the odors that come with my cats, and the last thing I want is a guest to sniff out even the smallest of pet odors. In honor of May being National Pet Month, I'm sharing a few tips and tricks I employ to help manage those pesky pet odors

1. Keep your pet clean
Since cats clean themselves, this is a no-brainer for the most part. However if you are a dog owner, you should be bathing your dog regularly or having them groomed professionally. Bathing and brushing cats and dogs on the regular will go a long way to keeping your home smelling fresh.


2. Mop and vacuum regularly
Whether you have cats or dogs, this is a must! Most odors linger in carpets, on wood floors, and in furniture fabrics. Cleaning them regularly helps keep odors at bay. To help manage cat odors, I use The Libman Company's Wonder® Mop. The wonder mop lifts up to 20% more dirt using its powerful GRIPSTRIPS. It features a power wringer that removes water from the microfiber mop head faster allowing you and your family to be back on the floor in no time.


The Wonder® Mop works on all surfaces including wood floors, linoleum, and tile floors and has a removable mop head that is machine washable up to 50 times. After that time, you can purchase a replacement mop head. It works great on hard-to-reach baseboards too!


3. Make the litterbox a priority
The litterbox accounts for most of the cat odor in our home. In addition to scooping it daily and doing a full emptying and cleaning weekly, it's essential to mop the area around which the litterbox is located. Debris collects around the outside of the box, and that often contributes to the unpleasant odor.

Also, deodorize the box by sprinkling baking soda into it daily after each scooping.


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4. Air out your house
If the weather cooperates, open the windows and let the fresh air in. Even in during the colder months, opening the windows nearest to the litterbox for just 10 minutes will make a big difference in the air quality of your home. 

Watch the  Wonder® Mop in action here: