#BeRecycled in the Bathrooom and Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Ends 5/8

Friday, April 24, 2015

This giveaway was is sponsored by Bloggin' Mamas!


Since Earth Day just passed and I'm a freak about the environment I wanted to share some info that I myself was surprised to learn about recycling.  Apparently I'm not alone since 52% of Americans don't really know what they can recycle in the bathroom!  Read on and enter to win this giveaway where the prize is a $100 gift card to Amazon and commit to get educated too with some new recycling bins or maybe stock up on some recyclable bathroom products. Good Luck!
Blog­gin’ Mamas (a group I'm affiliated with) would like to sup­port the Ad Coun­cil and Keep Amer­ica Beau­ti­ful, the national non­profit orga­ni­za­tion, which recently launched the newest phase of the “I Want to Be Recy­cled pub­lic ser­vice adver­tis­ing cam­paign. The PSA cam­paign aims to raise aware­ness and inspire indi­vid­u­als to recy­cle more with the lat­est series of ads focused on recy­cling in the bathroom. Bloggin' Mamas is sponsoring a $100 Amazon giftcard as a prize for a giveaway designed to spread the word of the campaign.

Per­sonal care prod­ucts like sham­poo and lotion bot­tles, toi­let paper rolls, and tooth­paste and soap boxes are sig­nif­i­cantly less likely to be recy­cled than kitchen prod­ucts. New research com­mis­sioned by the Ad Coun­cil found that 47% of peo­ple are not recy­cling mate­ri­als in the bathroom. Accord­ing to a recent study con­ducted for the Ad Coun­cil, 52% of Amer­i­cans don’t know which items can be recy­cled in the bath­room. And only 10% of Amer­i­cans have a recy­cling bin in their bath­room, com­pared to the 45% who have them in the kitchen. That’s why the “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign has partnered with Vevo’s Do It YourSelfie with Tess & Eva, who recreate the looks from today’s hottest music videos. These two glam experts, known for their DIY hair, makeup and design tips, created a new PSA this Earth Day reminding Americans that those bathroom products deserve to be recycled too! Check out a quick video they made on how to recycle old clothes into a new bath mat:

Whether it’s hairspray, leave-in conditioner or dry shampoo, many of your favorite beauty products and packaging can take on another life through recycling. For example, your shampoo bottle could be recycled into a hairbrush, or you might find a great new dress made from the recycled plastic of your favorite bottle of lotion.  Click here to learn more about what your personal care products can become when properly recycled.

And Now the Giveaway!

Prize(s): 1 win­ner will receive one (1) $100 Ama­zon Gift­card. We encour­age the win­ner to use the gift­card to pur­chase items to encourage recycling.
Num­ber of Win­ners: 1
Give­away Starts: 4/24/15 at 12:01am EST
Give­away Ends: 5/8/15 at 11:59pm EST
Eli­gi­ble: United States Res­i­dents ages 18+.

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The Habitat For Humanity Restore

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Last week I finally made it to two of the Habitat for Humanity Restores that have opened in San Jose. The Restore is a place that you can donate construction materials and furniture and they resell them to the public. They had new faucets, toilets, ceramic tiles and gently used furniture.  We saw some great pieces and for reasonable prices.

This table was $40.

This gorgeous sofa just about stopped me in my tracks!

It was also really nice to see the Las Plumas facility, one that I worked on in graduate school. Our class was tasked to take a old warehouse and create a place that the Restore could do business out of and also include a small business incubator. 

This is what the building looked like the last time I saw it.

This is the same building now!

The building is so gorgeous and everything wowed me, from the drought resistant landscaping (permeable pavement of course) to all of the immaculate conference room spaces.  This place was an absolute dump the last time I had seen it but it was great to see the before and after.  

Be Well!

Easter Weekend Recap

Monday, April 6, 2015

We had a lovely Easter weekend.  We hosted a small brunch (quiche, fruit salad, muffins and mimosas) and a egg hunt for the girls.  The plan was to do it early because of the promise of rain but not one drop fell yesterday!  Our drought is pretty serious so we could have used that rain.  

Easter baskets included American Girl accessories, legos, fruit snacks, Hello Kitty toothbrushes and a wood puzzle.

Tonight is the Duke v. Wisconsin game and I am so hyped!  I have Duke winning all my brackets and even if no money is won bragging rights are.  

I finally got around to starting Turn now that it's on Netflix.  I plan to binge watch and finish this week in preparation for the Season 2 premiere this week.  It has great actors, intrigue and is so much better than 80% of the current shows on tv. 

On tap this week is figuring out how to successfully use grey water to water my plants and finishing up some spring cleaning.  I’ll also be posting a spring themed giveaway this week!  

Be well and have a great week.

A Few Thoughts on Cinderella...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A few weeks ago A and I had a Mommy-Daughter date and went to watch Cinderella in the theater. She mostly wanted to go to watch Frozen Fever and I went in with a really open mind that 1. it wouldn’t beat my all time favorite Cinderella adaption (Ever After) and 2. that we would probably leave early because A wouldn’t want to sit through the movie. I’m happy to report that it was an excellent movie and A lasted the entire time, although right before the end she got a tiny bit squirmy in her seat. 

I love Lily James in Downton Abbey and was happy to see that my beloved Game of Throne actors got some screen time. The costumes were beautiful and I think Cate Blanchett’s take on not just a a simple wicked step-mother but a woman whose heart had been broken too many times was brilliant. 

In Other News.... 
  • A new trailer for Mad Max is out! It’s looks ridiculous and terrifying. But it has Tom Hardy as the lead role therefore, I’m all in.  
  • After several people telling me to watch the show Fixer Upper, I am totally hooked. I binge watched about 6 episodes in one day, I love Joanna Gaines’ style. 

Dillon Beach Recap!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m sharing some pictures of our trip to Dillon Beach that we took last weekend.  We wanted needed a weekend away and we headed up north to enjoy some time near the beach.  I’ve never been to Dillon Beach, but it’s just south of Bodega Bay, a place that we’ve spent time in before.

The weather was gorgeous the entire weekend which was a nice surprise considering on Thursday night the fog was so thick driving to the house was a slow process.  We worked on a puzzle, drank tons of tea and hot cocoa, watched movies, hung out at the beach and generally tried not to get on each other’s nerves too much ;)

 Since the closest store is about 30 minutes away from the area, we ended up bringing the majority of the food to make meals.  My Sis and P whipped up a large batch of french toast for the whole gang on the first morning.  We paired it with fresh fruit and chicken-apple sausage.  My Dad created this amazing meal from an Ina Garten Clam Boil recipe and seafood from the Bodega Bay Oyster Company.  We paired it with Pinot Grigio, corn chowder and garlic bread.  It was delicious!

Overall I think everyone had a solid good time.  There’s something about the Northern Coast and Marin that I just really love.  it’s peaceful and forces us to slow down.  P and I spent a lot of time away from our phones just hanging out, talking and reading books. 

Be well!

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Once again I’m linking to Jen’s Thursday Thoughts, which is essentially a summary of the crazy things I’m doing in real life or reading on the interwebs…. 

  • I finished House of Cards last weekend. I didn’t think it was better than the first season but still good enough to attempt to binge watch. I finished it in a little over a week. 
  •  I’ve seen this Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen floating around and it’s been very helpful! Since we cut out a lot of sugar and have been exercising on a regular basis again, our weekly trips to Whole Paycheck have ramped up again. 
  •  Speaking of exercise, the other day my Fitbit completely died on me. Fitbit customer service is amazing and replaced it within a week! 
  •  Mother Earth is such an amazing wonder. Check out these photos of the newest Tongan island created by a volcano eruption in January.  Makes me long for Hawaii which has nothing to do with Tonga but whatever.
Be well!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gorgeous weather around the Bay these days so we spent some time in the yard cleaning up! I planted some smart plant succulents in our benches and I purchased some Purple Rockrose to complement the lavender in the front yard. We are still in a drought so I wanted to purchase something that would be drought tolerant and the clerk suggested these.  I chose the succulents because we have had the hardest time getting something to grow in these planters.  

I surely did do some Valentines Day 90% off clearance shopping this weekend. I bought in moderation and only stuff I knew I could give to friends and family or keep for my babies. If you want to hunt cheap Target stuff make sure to follow my deals instagram @tbl_deals! I've been starting to post the prices and photos of stuff while I'm in the store.  When I found a ton of things I deposited them in the clearance area to pay it forward.  Here are some of my finds.... 

Everything pictured wasn't more than $1.50.  Hunting takes patience but it can pay off!