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9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

I love spring cleaning.  There’s something so satisfying in ridding your home of the clutter.  If you missed my post, “5 Tips for Purging” you should check it out.  I talk about practical ways to start the purge process.

Spring cleaning isn’t just purging…  It’s actually a good deep clean.  I tend to lean a bit towards the OCD side when it comes to cleanliness level.  I like my home to be spotless.  Messes make me crazy.  I can’t focus when I’m surrounded by mess.  Living in a house full of boxes these past three weeks has just about driven me up a wall.  Matt & I made some moves this weekend though and got a lot of our unpacking finished.  Let me know if you’d like to see an organization post on my closet.

Speaking of closets, with all the unpacking, we boxed up tons of stuff to donate or give away.  I saved some special pieces to add to my Poshmark shop, so if you live in the US and you’re interested in shopping my closet, be sure to follow me there.  If you’re new to Poshmark, use code: JTHJG to get $5 off your first order. (This is not sponsored BTW… I just love Poshmark!)

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nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

nordstrom sweater dress angela lanter hello gorgeous

9 Spring Cleaning Tips and Hacks

  1. Give your towels a refresh.  Ever notice that your bath towels start to lose absorbency?  I’ve found that’s usually because of fabric softener build-up.  Every so often, I like to use this trick to freshen up my towels: One cycle with hot water and one cup of white vinegar.  Then run them through a second cycle with cold water and half a cup of baking soda.  Dry as normal.  I first discovered this remedy on Pinterest about five years ago and I couldn’t believe the difference it made in my towels!
  2. Wipe down your baseboards and blinds/shutters.  These two jobs are perhaps my least favorite housekeeping tasks.  I prefer using my vacuum attachment first to remove dust then going over them with a damp microfiber cloth.  If you have a baseboards hack, please let me know…  I’d love to find a way to make this job less painful.  I also use a damp microfiber cloth on our plantation shutters.
  3. Deep clean the microwave.  This one isn’t terrible.  I fill a bowl with water and several drops of vanilla extract.  I microwave my water/vanilla concoction for at least three minutes then immediately wipe down the inside of the microwave with a cloth.
  4. Clean out your hair drawer and brushes.  Oh girl, you’re not fooling me…  We all have a hair drawer that holds our dryer, curling iron, brushes and about 1,000 loose bobby pins.  I try to empty mine out every single spring and start from the bottom up.  I clean out all dust and debris from the drawer (and all of my bathroom drawers for that matter).  Collect all the loose bobby pins, hair clips and bands and throw out the ones that have seen their day.  I now organize my bobby pins and hair ties into small glass jars to keep things tidy.  I also clean out all the nasty hair from my brushes and combs and deep clean them in hot soapy water.  Trust me, you’ll feel such a sense of relief the next time you open that drawer and see clean brushes and organization where there was once craziness and loose hairs.
  5. Deep clean the fridge, freezer and pantry.  Check expiration dates.  Toss the stuff you know no one is going to eat.  Remove the shelves and trays and clean them with hot soapy water.
  6. Don’t forget the utensil drawer and tupperware cabinet.  I couldn’t believe how many pieces of tupperware I had without matches.  Those things are like socks; their matches just always seem to come up missing!
  7. Flip the mattresses.  Unless you have a pillow-top of course.
  8. Clear out that magazine rack.  I’m guilty of constantly letting my magazine stacks grow way too large.  I love the idea of donating your magazines to local women’s shelters or doctor’s offices to repurpose them…  Just be sure to remove your name and address from the cover.
  9. Give your purse and wallet some TLC.  Trash all the old receipts, expired coupons and credit cards.  If your wallet and handbag need repaired, now’s the time to do it.  Your shoe repairman typically also works on handbags, so stop in and get that zipper fixed, lining stitched and bag shined up.

What are your favorite spring cleaning tips, tricks and hacks?  Let me know in the comments section below!

Photography by Kara Coleen.

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Thankful for You, Mom!

As a kid, your world revolves around your mom.  She’s your first best friend.  She cares for you, she does everything for you.  Then you grow up.  You learn to do things on your own because of what she taught you.
I am the epitome of a mama’s girl.  Being an only child, my mom was not only my mother, but also my playmate, my teacher and my companion.

As Mother’s Day draws near, I find myself reflecting on the matriarchs in my family.  The women that have come before me were strong, beautiful and full of love for their families.  My mom has been no different.  She has been an amazing example to not only me but every girlfriend of mine who has encountered he

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Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

If you’re a mama, know that what you’re doing is so important.  Know that your love and hard work may feel like it’s unnoticed right now, but it will pay off.  Your babies are so blessed to have you in their lives.

Some of us weren’t raised in the traditional way and others filled the role of mom in your life.  This is also a great chance to recognize the impact they had on you.

 

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Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

 

Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

We always have a good reason to celebrate the moms in our lives, but life sometimes makes that easy to forget.  Mother’s Day is a great reminder to spoil our moms.  A chance to love on them.  To pay back a tiny fraction of the love and attention they’ve given us all these years.

When selecting a gift, I want to choose something that’s high quality and will last mom forever…  And Jared The Galleria of Jewelry will help you do that!  They have such great gift ideas to help celebrate your special bond with your mom this Mother’s Day.

I selected these gorgeous earrings from the Brilliant Moments Collection for their timeless style.  These diamonds were hand selected and set in 14K white gold.  The halo trim of smaller diamonds is my favorite earring design.  My mom picked out diamond stud earrings for my 21st birthday gift, so I knew these earrings were the perfect way to say “Thank You” to her.  I love the gift of jewelry because it often marks a special occasion and, in my family, we pass down our pieces to our loved ones.  Not only has jewelry been passed down in my family, but the love and appreciation for it from my Mawmaw to my Mom and now to me.

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How and who will you celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

I’ve partnered with Jared The Galleria of Jewelry to bring you this post and the opportunity to win FOUR #JaredTimelessMoments prizes, featuring the winner’s choice of jewelry from Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry valued up to $400. PLUS one grand prize winner will get the chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry.  The #TimelessMoments Mother’s Day Sweepstakes will run from April 18 – May 15, 2017.  Click below to enter for your chance to win!

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Thank you to Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry for sponsoring this blog post.  All opinions and text are my own.

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Ways to Take Care of Yourself

I’m a firm believer in self-care.  We’ve been given one body, one opportunity to live this life.  Yet, we allow basically everything in our lives to take precedence over us.  If I were to ask my readers if they feel like they take adequate care of themselves, chances are that the majority of you would say no.  I get it, you’re busy.  We’re all busy.  It feels as though we’re living at a pace never before known to mankind, and maybe we are.  But here’s the thing: you only get one body.  One shot.  That’s it.

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I’ve talked to several girlfriends who are wives and moms and are just worn out.  It’s almost always the same story, they can’t remember the last time they did something for themselves.  Life happens.  Jobs, kids, marriages, moves, family issues, they all happen.  We put ourselves on the back burner, then we literally burn ourselves out.

What if that didn’t have to happen?  What if we trained ourselves to carve out some “ME time” regardless of our hectic lives and schedules?  If we could achieve this, I’d venture to say that we’d all be happier, healthier and less-stressed.

When the opportunity arose for me to partner with Massage Envy to visit Scottsdale, AZ earlier this month, I was so excited.  I’m a firm believer in the services that they offer.

Massage Envy (ME) hosted an Influencer Summit and invited me out to learn more about the brand, their offerings and the new services coming soon.

I was able to sample their amazing new product selection consisting of essential oils, massage tools and facial care products.

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Surprisingly, one of my highlights was being treated to this awesome Total Body Stretch session.  Total Body Stretch is a new service being offered by ME that can be selected as a stand-alone service or done in conjunction with a massage and will be launching mid-May across the country.  Total Body Stretch is literally that; stretching.  Except this is in a total professional, blood flow promoting, muscularly healthy, and also a feel good kind of way.  I’m the type of person who loves to get a workout from their massage.  I want to feel the pain of my knots (and I have a ton) being worked out.  I want to leave feeling like my body got a workout.  The Total Body Stretch provides the opportunity to really stretch out those muscles and helps to improve flexibility and mobility.  My tight calf muscles felt properly stretched for the first time since I started running.  I left my session feeling so much more calm than when I arrived and ready to take on more.

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Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

I also experienced their new chemical peel.  I’m no stranger to facial treatments.  I’m all about preventative treatment.  So many people start to do something about the signs of aging when they really notice changes.  Preventative treatments, such as chemical peels, will help to prevent that premature damage from occurring.

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Ways to Take Care of Yourself Massage Envy Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

If you’re new to the world of massage and/or facial care, ME is truly a great option.  They have spas located all over the country.  If you’re a member, you’re able to use your membership at any of their locations while traveling (WIN for me!)

Ways to Take Care of Yourself

  • Exercise:  The best stress reliever.
  • Massage:  Works out your tension, your pain and your knots.
  • Facials:  When you look good, you feel good.  Beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin.
  • Schedule alone time:  Carve out time to be alone so you can do whatever it is that you enjoy doing.  Maybe that’s reading a book or taking a nap.  Whatever it is, make yourself make time for yourself.
  • Eat good things:  Instead of looking at food as something to just shove down our throats to get us through the day, let’s look at food as fuel.  Food is what gives us the energy to operate, start paying better attention to what your daily fuel looks like.
  • Start a vitamin regimen.  Take the time to figure out which supplements are right for your body and start to implement them.
  • Drink water.  Put down the sodas and reach for water.
  • Get your sleep.  Try to create a sleep schedule and stick to it.  This is near impossible for new parents or travelers, but creating a schedule will help train your body for regular sleep.

Thank you to Massage Envy for partnering with me to create this post.  All opinions are my own.

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