Ah, spring is almost here which means it is time to deep clean, organize, and refresh your home. Spring cleaning and organizing your home are some of the best ways to usher out winter and welcome spring.
While deep cleaning your home can be hard work, once it is completed, you will that it is worth the effort. Your home will have a new freshness to it and your space will be clear of clutter after it is been deep cleaned.
Tips For Spring Cleaning:
Cleaning Lists and Reminders
Surfaces to Disinfect – If you like to make a list of places to disinfect in your home while you are cleaning, this is for you. This free printable includes a list of surfaces to disinfect as you are cleaning. You can simply go down the list and mark them complete when finished.
Hard to Reach Places – When deep cleaning, it is important that you do not miss those hard-to-reach places in your home. Sometimes we forget those unseen places, so this is a great list to help you remember.
Cleaning supplies are a must, and you can either purchase your supplies from the store or you can make your own homemade cleaning solutions.
Green Cleaning Recipes – If you are looking for some green cleaning recipes that use more natural ingredients, this is for you. This is a list of recipes that you can use to deep clean your home with natural cleaners.
With everyone stuck at home, there are fewer opportunities for friends to enjoy happy hour together. Here are some simple tips for hosting a virtual happy hour!
The old normal of getting together at a local bar and having a few drinks with your friends seems impossible right now. It can make you feel sad, anxious, and annoyed that you can’t gather safely with friends, but I have a solution!
Today I’m going to show you how to host the perfect virtual happy hour. These tips will allow you to stay safe at home while getting your much-needed social time in. You can use a virtual meeting place, such as Zoom, to host this virtual happy hour with friends.
I’ve already said you can use Zoom for your virtual happy hour, but there are many other platform options to choose from. There’s HouseParty as an option for up to eight people to have a virtual happy hour complete with games and trivia hosted in-app. Google Hangouts, Skype, and Snap Camera are a few other options that people use as a platform for their virtual happy hour.
Take a look at each of the options to host your virtual party and determine which one suits your desires for this virtual friend gathering event.
Choose a Theme
Now that you have the platform determined, it’s time to choose a theme. Yes, I said a theme! You want to make this virtual happy hour as fun and unique as possible because you’ve been stuck at home for too long. It’s time to get creative and have some fun. Take a look at the latest trends or popular themes, make a list of ideas.
Send this list to your friends who will be attending the virtual happy hour to take a vote on which theme everyone can partake in and set the theme.
Consider Other Options
If your friends are more of the movie gathering types or love playing games, then you may want to make this virtual happy hour a space to watch a tv show, a movie, or have a virtual game night. You’ll need to consider what your friends enjoy most when you gather in person so that you can match the energy of the old times!
Talk with your friends to see what they may want to do during the time you have together and make a list of ideas so that you can host a party everyone wants to attend!
Set a Date and Time
Now comes the tricky part! With many people having to tend to remote learning kids, remote jobs, and other responsibilities since the pandemic, you must set a date and time that works for everyone. Get on a group call with your friends to review calendars and see which date and time will work for everyone. You’ll want to have as many people attending as possible so that no friend is left out.
Once you have the date and time set in stone, send out the invitations virtually so that everyone can add this virtual happy hour event to their calendars.
Now that you have the date, time, theme, and platform to host the perfect get-together, all you need is to get your drinks and décor ready. Have each person decorate their room along with the theme of the party so that you feel as if you’re all together in person.
Have fun chatting about your life, the old days of normalcy, and anything else you would typically chat about during a virtual happy hour.
I am so excited to bring you another sponsored brand collaboration and review. Mayraki Professional had reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in receiving free hair care products in exchange for a review and I couldn’t say no!
This is a sponsored post and includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links and I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link at no cost to you.Read my disclaimer here.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve had long hair and I have tried SO many different products because my sister is a Master Hair Stylist and she gives me the down-low on all of the amazing products out there. She’s the only person I let touch my hair and the only one I allow to color it, so I got her go-ahead. I didn’t really need her permission (sorry sis!), but I wanted to check with her before I did anything since I had just colored my hair a week before I started using the products.
My hair is long, thick and clearly color-treated. I’ve been struggling with dull and frizzy hair for a long time and have developed more hair loss because I’m 35 and I’m honestly not washing my hair every single day now that I’ve been working from home for an entire year. Real Talk. I’ve also been using dry shampoo on the regular in between washes if I need it. I’m definitely one of those “throw the hair in a bun and get shit done” kind of women.
Because of that, I wanted to bring you this great sponsored review of the Mayraki hair care line and give you my honest feedback. I am always one to try out new products and as I said before, this review ended up landing in my lap at the perfect time. Without further ado, here’s a brief introduction to Mayraki Professional and everything about the products I received!
I also couldn’t go without giving you promo code! Get 20% off with my code BELIEVE20 if you shop through this link.
Mayraki Professional Hair Care
Mayraki Professional is a hair care company founded by a group of hair professionals, herbalists, and chemists. Their mission is to provide solutions for the endless hair and scalp problems through years of scientific research and combining the latest hair care technology with the purest organic ingredients.
Why should you switch to our Paraben-free, Sulfate-free, and Silicone-free hair products?
Parabens can lead to scalp irritation and exacerbate some skin conditions. With our paraben-free products, you get to gently clean your hair without irritating the skin.
While Sulfate can get rid of dirt and oil, it is one of the causes of hair loss and thinning hair. It has properties that destroys hair follicles and inhibits hair growth. That’s why our products are different! We’ve combined natural alternatives that clean the hair and promote growth while preserving its natural oils.
Silicone creates a synthetic shine on your hair that can be pretty tricky to wash out. Thus, forming a layer over the hair which prevents moisture from penetrating. When this happens, it can lead to dryness and brittleness of the hair, and sometimes an itchy and dry scalp. Mayraki have developed silicone-free hair products that instantly enhance shine in the hair, without creating this barrier.
All of the Mayraki hair products are:
Produced with natural ingredients and the latest hair care science and technology
Proven to produce quick visible results
Constantly improved to include the latest findings in hair and scalp care
Environmentally sustainable and cost-saving. Reducing the need for hair extensions and wigs by promoting the health of natural hair.
Mayraki hair remedies are focused on solving common hair problems including:
Onto the Hair Care products…
They were amazing and sent me a bunch of different products to try, including some free samples. Here’s what I got:
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Ultra Repairing & Weightless Moisture Shampoo
This shampoo combines the power of the latest hair care technology with the nourishment of sustainably sourced natural ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Aloe, and Canarium Album Leaf Extract to provide a cleansing and moisturizing anti-dandruff shampoo that is free of sulfates and parabens. The perfect shampoo for regular washing that thoroughly cleanses buildup and gives hair weightless body without stripping it of its moisture. It provides nourishment to the scalp and strands that repairs any signs of damage such as dryness and split ends.
This shampoo was great to use a few times over the course of the past month. I didn’t want to over use it because I was using the other products when I did wash my hair, so it was nice to throw it in the mix and actually cleanse my hair and reduce buildup. This is a great place to start if you want to try out their products!
Hair Growth & Anti Hairloss Shampoo Kit
I was SO excited to get the Mayraki Hair Growth & Anti Hairloss Shampoo Kit because as I told you earlier in the post, I lose a ton of hair with every shampoo! It’s insane. I constantly tell my sister about it and she tells me it’s normal. I was actually looking into alternative products when this opportunity presented itself to me. Talk about divine timing!
Mayraki Hair Growth & Anti Hairloss Shampoo Kit is enriched with natural vegan ingredients such as castor oil, almond oil, and the highest concentration of Artemisia argyi extract to boost hair regrowth, thicken and strengthen hair strands, and prevent hair fall.
The second I put the products on my head and started massaging them into my scalp and hair, I could feel the difference. It was already working. It started to lather immediately. Within two uses, I noticed I wasn’t really losing as much hair as I had before. This just continued to get better over time. This product is amazing and is a must try if you’re experiencing hair loss, too!
Silky Smooth Proactive Hair Repairing Treatment
Mayraki Proactive Hair Repairing Treatment contains essential nutrients and herbs. An all-natural solution able to completely transform and heal your hair.
I used this several times before shampooing my hair because I have color-treated and damaged hair. I have used a TON of products before to try and repair my hair, but this one worked almost immediately. There was a major improvement in appearance and felt a change in the condition of my dry hair. Of course, I was using it in conjunction with the other products they sent me so I was reaping all the benefits of the all-natural hair products.
Wooden Paddle Brush
This paddle brush is great. I loved using it to detangle my long hair. The quality of the wood is beautiful and it’s heavy duty!
The Mayraki Wooden Paddle Brush is perfectly designed for every day detangling. Features extended bristles with elastic nylon tips which can easily stretch even those with thick hairs for easy detangling, effective natural oil distribution, and a soothing scalp massage. Smooths down frizz and gentle on the hair, preventing pulling and breakage
Overall, I would recommend the Mayraki products if you want to switch up your hair care routine. We’ve all been struggling with trying to stay balanced, stay hydrated, and stay sane, but we haven’t been focusing on the basics… like hair, skincare, and trying to fit into those skinny jeans again. And yes, I said skinny jeans — they’re not going anywhere. Stay tuned for a post about that later. LOL
I believe that every woman deserves to be pampered and I believe treating yourself to quality products is a big part of that. I’m a big advocate for splurging on things that make you feel good and I’d have to say these products did that for me. I am going to continue using all of the hair care products and will purchase more in the future!
If you decide to try it out yourself, you can use my promo code:
This is a sponsored post and includes items that I received for free in exchange for promotion and a review. All thoughts and views are my own. This post also includes affiliate links and I will receive compensation for any purchases made through my link at no cost to you. Read my disclaimer here.
When you go shopping at Target, I bet all you see is red and pink. Valentine’s Day decor is EVERYWHERE and I’m not mad about it.
I love the color red and have since I was in high school. While I don’t wear too much of it anymore, it’s always a fun color to decorate the apartment with. I even bought myself a Buffalo Check wreath a few years ago for Christmas and it’s been on my front door for the past year. It’s too pretty to take down, to be completely honest.
This year, not only did I want to give you some fun Valentine’s Day gifts to buy for yourself, but I also wanted to share some amazing Valentine’s Day decor ideas too! I’ve included some rustic, farmhouse-inspired decor and a ton of throw pillows. Honestly, who doesn’t love a good throw pillow?
These items are super fun and can be utilized all year round if you’re creative enough.
It doesn’t matter if you’re single, taken, or just looking for a way to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. Everyone deserves the chance to get something special this year! Get into the Valentine’s Day Spirit by treating yourself!
If you know me, you know that I am a BIG fan of treating myself to the things I want any day of the year. I work hard for the money I earn so why not treat myself to things I want ALL year round. I wanted to add items to this list that are versatile and can be purchased at anytime. So why not make every day a day to love on yourself a little more!
Now, forget about the box of chocolates and flowers… Get something that’s on that wish list of yours.
One of my favorite luxe purchases was a Burberry scarf about 10 years ago (to be completely honest) and I absolutely love wearing it in the fall and winter! It’s a comfortable, cozy staple that I can look forward to wearing every single year! So, what are you treating yourself with this year? I’d love to know! Comment below.
I wanted to create a gift guide for the modern woman who loves rose gold. I spent hours scouring the internet and handpicked the following 20 items that I think you’ll love!
This post was originally published in October 2017 (wow, that was a long time ago), but I knew I needed to update the products and give you some new items to consider! I also made it so you can shop directly from this post!
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