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Spring Cleaning for a peace of mind, and how to keep it that way

This post is sponsored by Bona but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s around the time of year where we look at our homes and kind of go. Hmm, do I really need this sweater that I haven’t worn in two years? At least that is how it is for me. This year has been an especially clustered one, considering I moved into a smaller place. In celebration of a new year and spring, here is how I have been cleaning and organizing my house. And some of my best tips to make sure it stays clean and organized.

Clean out the kitchen cabinets

One of the most satisfying things I’ve done is cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and organizing all of our dry food. I like organizing them into mason jars and we have extremely little conserved food at home. I also cleared out on items that we never use like extra jars, glasses, food containers that are missing lids etc. By clearing out the items we don’t use we instantly had way less clutter and a more organized cupboard.

Make sure everything has its place.

One of the most important things when it comes to being organized is making sure everything you have has its own place. That way you will always know where it is and it will also be organized. Imagine putting your glasses with your mugs and then looking for a specific glass in the glass cabinet – but you put it in the mug cabinet. Yikes. This also helps me with space because I know what and how much will fit somewhere.

Do the dishes before you go to bed.

I know that a lot of people probably load up their dishwashers and let it run over night. but that also means that in the morning you have to empty it. Rather than having to do dishes the next day as well, run the dishwasher and empty it before bed. Then you’ll also not be left with dishes in the sink the next morning because the dishwasher is clean and full.

Cleaning out the closet, and color coordinating.

Cleaning out and organizing my closet has bene the biggest project. I am still working on how to organize smaller things like swim and accessories. But removing any item, no matter what they are, if I haven’t worn them was crucial. I have clothes that Ive had for 5 or more years that I still wear, but I also have ones that I don’t wear at all. And it was about time for me to get rid of them. After that I decided to color coordinate my closet rather than sectioning it by item. This has also let me have more space to store things like linens, towels and other extra stuff I have.

Do a deep cleaning of your house, then do a routine clean at least once a week.

After you have organized and gotten rid of items that you no longer want, it is time to get down to the nitty gritty. Doing a deep clean of kitchen, bathroom and of course floors! I have been loving my Bona Spray Mop to easily keep my laminate floors clean.When you have a little dog running around it can easily get more messy. But the bona has been so easy to use and made our floors so much cleaner.

The Bona Spray Mop comes in two variants, for either Hardwood Floors, or  Stone, Tile, & Laminate Floors. It comes with a removable and washable microfiber pad. I love that the bigger base plate moves flexible around furniture and corners! And, it also comes with a full cartridge that is easy to refill.

Learn more about Bona Spray Mop

The products you need if you have combination skin

This post is sponsored by Bioré but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Living in the city can be a real problem for your skin. Especially when you live in a big dense city with a lot of pollution like Los Angeles. I have definitely noticed how my skin has suffered from moving here. I am always trying to find great products to help my skin looking fresh, young and glowing. As the season change, my skin changes as well. But, it will always be a combination of an oily t-zone and dry to normal.

I got the opportunity to try the new Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask and the Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser. Please note that the Detox Mask is not suited for people with sensitive skin as it contains menthol.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser

As mentioned, this cleanser is well suited for anyone with combination skin. The cleanser exfoliates dry skin and helps deep clean your skin. It also removes dirt, oil and clean out your pores. The cleanser is oil free and has a pH balanced-formula which will leave your skin smooth and refreshed. I personally saw instant results the morning after using the Cleanser. My pores are visibly less noticeable, and my skin feels soft and clean. The product was not harsh on my skin and I feel like I had a more balanced skin tone all over my face with less redness than usual. Blue Agave is known for soothing and nourishing the skin, so it makes sense that my skin looks and feel so good.

Bioré Blue Agave Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask

So besides for cleansing out the dirt and pollution. Why not use a mask to go even deeper and replenish your skin? All you need is 3-5 minutes (do not leave the mask on for longer than 5 minutes). The menthol in the detox mask creates an intense pore-tingly clean. The mask is whipped so it has a creamy texture and is very easy to apply onto skin. Once applied it has a cooling sensation and a small tingle. The menthol did not affect my skin in a negative way at all and now my skin feels so clean and smooth!

*Please note: Not for sensitive skin consumers or those with sensitives to menthol as it may cause short term flushing of the skin.*

If you’re interested in learning more, you can find further information about these products on biore.com. These products are also available at Walmart, ULTA, Target and Amazon.

Beautiful simplicity

Finding inspiration from old me

Honestly, I used to be such a good blogger. I kind of understand why people stopped following along. I just don’t share anything anymore. It all became so shallow when my motivation disappeared. Life has changed so much in the past couple of years. Like, adulthood started to hit me and I kind of lost myself in the journey.

I used to just post about everything, take pretty pictures and literally share all my thoughts. Now I just think of them, do something else and forget about it. I don’t want it to be that way. My blog is my journal, that was the whole purpose of it. That is what it should be.

I am gonna hit my 6 year mark in Los Angeles this July. It’s crazy to think that it has been that long. 18 year old me landed here in July of 2013 expecting a 2 year stay and then move home and get a job. But that didn’t happen. This fall I’ll have my BS in Marketing and who knows what will happen after that.

Clear you pores with Bioré Witch Hazel Strips and Toner.

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

Anyone that follows me knows that my enlarged pores is one of my main skin concerns. And it has been for quite some time. Bioré is one of the brands who focuses on pores, blackheads and acne so that is why I love using their products for these specific needs. I picked up their new products; Bioré Witch Hazel Toner and Bioré Witch Hazel Pore Strips from Walmart to try out. If you have been around for a while you’ll also know that I tried out their Charcoal line in a post last year.

Witch Hazel is good for many things and I love that Bioré decided to include that in both the Pore Strips and the Toner. Witch Hazel helps with tightening pores, and the salicylic acid helps treat blemishes.

The pore strips, if you’re not familiar with them already, helps lifting clogged pores and blackheads on and around your nose where you tend to be producing the most oil. These strips deep clean, remove blackheads, refine pores, and help prevent future breakouts. Using the toner after the pore strip helps with restoring the skins natural balance.

If you’re interested in checking these out i suggest that you go to your closest Walmart or you can find the toner here and the Pore Strips here.

Starting the BBG 12 Week Challenge

So this year is definitely the year when some changes has to be made. I let myself go way too far and have gained all too much weight an fat to feel good about myself. I think that is mainly why Im no longer comfortable in my body and hate taking photos of myself. So, I decided to go all in with BBG and also going the 12 week BBG challenge that started yesterday.

I am using the SWEAT app and Kayla Itsines BBG program. Right now they do have a special offer and if you’re a first time user you get the SWEAT app for only $1 for 3 months. A super deal if you ask me AND you can join the 12 week challenge! I made a separate BBG only instagram account so if you want to follow my journey on a daily basis you can go follow me there at @sof.bbg

1 week into the program. 158.9 lbs and 37.1% body fat.

Best of ShopBop sale under $50

Initially I was gonna do all my favorites under $100 but I went through almost 1000 items before the $$$ even hit over $50 using their extra 25% SALE code. So instead I decided to do my favorite sale items that will cost you $50 or less using the code HELLO2019 on select sale items from ShopBop. By scrolling though the lookbooks you can just clock on an image to get directed to the product. The sale ends on 1/4 and some items are selling out fast.

Tops/Dresses/Jackets

Bottoms/Jeans/Skirts/Shorts

Shoes/Bags/Accessories

Staying in Portland – The Society Hotel

When I visited Portland with my roommate Arielle we decided to book a room at The Society Hotel in Downtown Portland. It is a Hostel/Hotel style and you can rent private room with your own bathroom or you can do a private room or bunk beds with shared bathrooms. It is a really small boutique hotel but it was really cute. When you walk in they have a downstairs cafe/bar and an area for lounging. We stayed in a “Private Suite” room which has a king sized bed and its own bathroom.

Our room was on the 4th floor with a view of Downtown Portland, this is in the Old Chinatown quarter. Although we did not spend that much time at the hotel itself it had the perfect location as we could walk basically anywhere we were going. It was very close to a lot of restaurants and nightlife. Prices are extremely reasonable. We paid about $260 total for 2 nights in our private suite and if you want to stay here for less you can choose the bunkbeds or room with shared bathrooms.

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