Easy Living Guide to Smart Online Holiday Shopping – Tips for Saving Money and Time

smart online holiday shopping tipsThe holidays are approaching and if you’re anything like me, you’re already doing some browsing online, so I’m sharing some smart online holiday shopping tips to help you save money, time, and your sanity during Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s, and beyond.

Shopping in stores is a complete drain on most consumers. During the Halloween season, you dread going to the stores that sell costumes because it’s like a mad house. I know I do! The closer Halloween gets, the longer the wait to try on costumes.

It’s no fun.

It’s no different on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or during the Christmas rush. Chaos ensues – especially when anything in the store is limited in quantity, and you wind up going all over town trying to find an item – sometimes encountering rude shoppers and surly clerks.

Why put yourself through that? Read more

Funny Halloween T-Shirts for Women

Funny Halloween T-Shirts for WomenYes, I’m already thinking about the holidays (you know you are, too!) and I thought I’d share these funny Halloween T-shirts for women. These are something I create myself!

Creating these allows me to express myself creatively and I get to share my love of tees with customers. Oh, how I love a good t-shirt.

Below, I’m sharing five of my favorite Halloween quote t-shirts for women. Sure, I’m a little partial because I make them, but I do think they’re funny and I do think you’ll like them!

Especially if, like me, you feel most comfortable in a soft tee and jeans.

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8 Best Kids Lunch Boxes with Compartments and Meal Ideas for Back to School | Bentos and More for 2017-2018!

8 Best Kids Bento Lunch Boxes with Compartments and Meal Ideas for Back to SchoolEven though it’s still summer, I know I’m already thinking about back-to-school and I thought it would be fun to share my best kids lunch boxes with compartments – also known as Bento boxes. These make for great school lunches and adults love them, too.

What I particularly like is that you can create hundreds of combinations beyond sandwiches and chips.

In fact, packing these lunches has practically become an art form!

There are even accessories to make endless varieties of lunches that don’t include peanut butter and jelly sammies (but of course there are even more ways to pack your favorite sandwiches!) Read more

Must-Have! Makeup Table with Drawers for Easy Beauty

Must-Have! Makeup Table with Drawers for Easy BeautyA makeup table with drawers – and possibly a mirror and lights – is a must-have for easy beauty.

If you’re anything like me, you like to make a nice appearance but you don’t have time to search for everything you need (cosmetics, hair styling tools, even jewelry…you need it all in one place) and you need a place to get ready, often in record time.

Standing in front of the bathroom mirror is fine but hardly comfortable – especially when you have to share with family members who need to shower and get ready, too!

The solution?

A desk and vanity combo with tabletop, storage options, and even a lighted mirror if you don’t have access to natural light.

The right one can even double as a student desk, which is great for the college student’s dorm! Read more

Almost Perfect Beach Hacks for an Easy and Enjoyable Day with the Kids

Beach Day Hacks - Just Leave Your FootprintsI’m all about beach day hacks and when I saw some of these almost perfect ones, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Some I already do when I go for the day. (Boogie board sled, anyone?)

See, if you’ve ever been to the beach, it’s not all coconut scents and sparkly water (though, there’s a lot of that!)

There’s sand. And hot sun. And little shade.

When you have little ones – or…even not-so-little ones – that can make for a long day that leaves everyone sunburned and cranky (but with great memories…especially if you remember to bring your camera!) Read more

Choosing the Best Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Flip Flops for Plantar FasciitisI started thinking about choosing the best flip flops for plantar fasciitis when I started experiencing heel pain several years ago. When I mentioned this to my sister, she told me what her experience was like (she had plantar fasciitis, too) and that the right shoes, exercises, and stretches really helped.

So much so, that she has never needed surgery.

So I’ve been doing some easy stretches and am very aware of what shoes and sandals exacerbate the pain and which ones seem to do well for me. I’m loving these flip flops right now – I feel like I’m walking on a squishy cloud!

Flip flops – the right ones, anyway – are my choice for (almost) daily footwear because they allow for a full range of movement. I’m not talking about the $2 kind you can buy from Old Navy. I’m talking about supportive, cushiony (it’s a word!), perfect-fitting sandals that – if I needed to – I could wear all day at Disneyland. Read more