My Number 1 Laundry Tip

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about OxiClean™ Laundry, all opinions are my own.oxiclean-laundry 1

It’s taken me five, almost six years of doing laundry for my little family of three to feel like I finally have a decent routine down. It’s about time, right? I can pump out laundry like no one’s business, stains don’t stand a chance, my jeans are staying dark and my whites are staying white. And that, my friends is a huge victory!

Just the other day I texted this exact statement to two of my friends in a group message:

“LIFE CHANGER: Separated the laundry out so each person had their own basket to make putting away clothes ten times easier. WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE?”

I’m still in shock that I just now figured this out, but it’s honestly made my laundry time that much easier! Prior to my epiphany I would fold clothes as I took them out of the dryer and just pile them in the laundry baskets with no rhyme or reason. Then it struck me. Three laundry baskets and three people in my family! Hello!

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In addition to discovering a smarter way to do laundry, I’ve also discovered a smarter way to clean my clothes as well. Prior to discovering OxiClean™, I was pretreating stains, using this pretreater on these clothes and this pretreater on those, packets on whites and not on colors. It was like I needed a mind map in order to do my own laundry “correctly”!

OxiClean™ Laundry detergent is now my go-to laundry detergent because I know now that I can just toss it in with whatever clothes need washing and voilà! The stains come out without a hassle, my whites stay white, my colors don’t bleed and my jeans don’t get washed out after a few washes! It saves me time and my sanity, and it only takes one wash to get most clothes perfectly clean! There are also no additives—just the things you need to get your clothes clean!

It can’t get much better than that, can it?

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I almost want to do laundry now that it’s just that much easier. But don’t tell my husband I said that, because I’d be more than happy if he offered to take over this household duty!

How do you keep your laundry in tip-top shape?
What are your sanity-saving laundry tips?

Note: Please follow manufacturer directions for your garments. For best results, pretreat stains with laundry detergent, wait 5-10 minutes and then wash.

Meal Planning Tips and Tricks

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I’ll admit that up until a couple of weeks ago, my meal-planning had completely fell to the bottom of my list of priorities. I honestly can’t even remember the last time that I had meal planned. When we lived in our previous home before moving to Wisconsin, I was a meal planning queen and I always knew what we were having for dinner on any given night and our grocery trips were always based around those meals. It made life so much easier!

I knew I needed to revamp our current grocery and meal habits after sitting down one night and totaling up the amount of money we spend each month just on food. That includes grocery trips, eating out, fast food, and the food that I was purchasing at work instead of bringing my lunch. Boy was that a wake-up call! I knew that meal planning and packing my lunch again would help us save at least a little bit of money on our food bill. (Truth be told, we were spending more on food than we do on rent! UFFDA!)

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Meal planning can seem a little tedious and a little daunting, but with just 30min of planning and a trip to the grocery store, you’ll be saving a little extra money and you’ll actually know the answer to the question, “What’s for dinner tonight?”

Meal Planning Tips:

1. Grab your cookbooks, your laptop and pull up your favorite Pinterest recipes and list requests from your kids and your spouse.

2. In addition to cookbooks and Pinterest, you’ll also need a notebook and a pen. Title your first page, “Grocery List” and the second page “Meals”. Further divide your grocery list into each section of the grocery store. (i.e. Produce, Meats, Dairy, etc.)

3. As you peruse your cookbooks and Pinterest, add your meals to the “Meals” list and the ingredients for each recipe onto the correct section of your grocery list.

4. You can take it one step further and even add each meal to each day in your planner or to a calendar in your kitchen. That way you’ll have your meals planned out for each day.

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I don’t know about you, but when I’m driving home from work at the end of the day and Cory asks me, “What’s for dinner tonight?” I get a little cranky if I don’t know the answer to it. Knowing ahead of time what I’m making for dinner has immensely decreased my evening stress and increased my productivity after I get home from work at night!

In addition to evening meal planning, don’t forget to plan out any school lunches, work lunches, and breakfasts as well. Add those ingredients to your grocery list and you’ll be good to go! Prior to starting our meal planning again, I was constantly stopping at the grocery store on my way home from work to just grab “a few things.” That always turned into grabbing a few more things that we didn’t need or running through the drive-thru, which obviously costs significantly more than what it would cost to just take the extra time to plan ahead!

Hooray for organization and saving a little extra money on that grocery tab!

What meal planning tips and tricks do you have?
I’m dying to hear them– anything to make this process easier!

Easy Wavy Hair Tutorial

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If you know me then you know that I wake up at the very last possible minute when I have to be up for work in the morning. It’s almost a little ridiculous, and I’m perfectly okay admitting that. I just savor every last minute I can laying in bed before getting up and frantically beginning my day. I always have “plans” of getting up earlier and attempt to set my alarm a little earlier each morning, but more often than not I’m hitting snooze!

That being said, my hair usually isn’t on the top or near the top of my list of priorities. I just never felt like I had enough time to really get my hair looking presentable before going to work. Everything I could think of besides throwing it in a messy bun or in a ponytail just took “too much time.” Or so I thought!

I’ve discovered the magic that is a good shampoo and conditioner, the wonders of a curling wand, and the easiest 15 minutes of my morning! Let me tell you more…

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1. I start with CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. I started using this shampoo and conditioner about a month ago and absolutely love how it’s completely changed the health of my scalp and hair. It’s formulated with Nutrium 10™, an advanced moisture complex of vitamins and nutrients including vitamins B5, C & E, sunflower, almond, soybean & coconut oils, glycerin & aloe vera making hair resilient to dryness for an entire 24 hours! (You can grab yours at Target or Walgreens!) Now that fall is on it’s way, now is the time to really start taking care of your scalp to avoid the transition to dry scalp that typically comes with the cooler temperatures.

I typically wash my hair at night so I don’t have to worry about using a blowdryer in the morning and adding those extra tasks onto my already busy morning. This not only helps save time, but it helps save damage to my hair as well!

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2. No need to section off top, middle and bottom layers. I just leave all of my hair down and work my way around my head. I start at one end and take a 1″ section of hair after brushing through all of my hair.

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3. I wrap that 1″ section of hair around my curling wand with my curling wand pointing downwards. This part takes a little getting used to, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

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4. Let your warm up with curling wand and let your curl form for about 15-20 seconds depending on hair thickness. Sometimes I’ll even count with each 1″ section just to make sure they’re all curling at about the same consistency.

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5. Let your curl fall from the curling wand and gently pull the 1″ section down. This will make it more wavy and less like a Shirley Temple curl!

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6. Run your fingers through your curls after you’ve curled all the 1″ strands around your head. Then spritz lightly with hair spray to ensure your wavy curls stay throughout your busy day.

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See, curling your hair doesn’t have to take hours upon hours and it doesn’t have to be difficult to do. Just start with some great shampoo and conditioner, and about 15 minutes out of your morning and you’ll be well on your way to gorgeous, compliment-worthy waves.

What’s your favorite way to style your hair?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.