The 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.
Even 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 8 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
A 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!
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
I’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
I 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.
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