I’ve recently jumped back into the dating game. Ok, not really recently, within the last year. But being that I’m not much of a cook, I have to be pretty comfortable with someone before I will cook for them. In fact at 35 years of age, I have never even cooked for my parents. Yeah, that pretty much describes my anxiety towards cooking for others.
Luckily, being a fashion blogger, my strong suit is definitely more in the design and style of cooking dinner. So while I may not be Rachel Ray, I can Martha Stewart my way around presenting a beautiful meal. In fact, what I’ve learned recently is that it really is in the details. I guess in a way cooking is kind of that way too, adding the right spices, the right taste, and right amount to really give it that little something-something.
To get myself psyched up for a lovely dinner date (and to hopefully overcome the nerves of preparing that Mushroom Risotto Correctly) I started with what I am most comfortable with. I found a pretty set of flowers, purchases some new candles and candlesticks and set up the table. (I’m hoping this little show will distract my date from my slightly overcooked dinner) but he is a man after all, so let’s be real. Flowers probably aren’t going to phase him. But it does put me more at ease!
What I have noticed about what men notice (besides how little meat shows up in my dinner – Hey! I’m vegetarian!) is that they tend to notice the other things goin’ on around. Like my cat sneaking out of the bathroom where his litter box is. Gee Sebby, thanks for that wonderful timing! So I make sure to make a quick trip to Costco before preparing a meal he will never forget (probably not in the way I want him to remember it!) and load up on the must-haves. I get some Febreze Air effects by Proctor & Gamble in the lovely Spring scent, because in my 9 years as being owned by a couple of cats, I know it’s an absolute must have! It works far better than other air sanitizers I’ve ever used too! It doesn’t just mask that nasty odor but completely eliminates it!
I actually have a great set of Karen Neuberger square dishes I love to show off. But If there is one thing I’ve learned from all my years of washing dishes, is that you need a good quality soap to keep the water spots from showing up. I use my trusty Cascade Complete pods which have never failed me. I can skip the pre-rinse too, Cascade is powerful enough to clean even my dirtiest of dishes!
And then last but not least, if it’s going to be a good dinner, red wine will most certainly be involved. And while I’m not too worried about him, I know me, and I’m a bit of a spiller. I save my nice white linen napkins for the meal and go straight to my Bounty Advanced paper towels for cleaning up my red wine that has just spilled all over myself and the table. (Oops. I should probably find better ways to relieve the nerves of cooking!) Bounty paper towels are super strong and durable, even when wet! Perfect for that red wine mess! Like the little details of my dinner date and adding a little touch of style and decor here and there, (as well as being prepared for the messes and more) Proctor and Gamble Products and their love of the small little details is what keeps me coming back to their products time and time again. These products work hard so I don’t have to.
Spring is here and that means finally being able to get outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather!
April has been a busy month for me as I’ve been doing a lot around the house, yard, and even getting some maintenance done on my cars to be ready for the warmer months! Spring cleaning, gardening, and some home organization have all been made easier this year thanks to a handy tool that keeps my knees pain-free and my body able to last longer when getting down and dirty!
The soft, cushy Knee Cloud comes in handy WAY more often than you think! I’ve already used it for gardening, meditating, sitting at my desk for hours on end, and even while making my video for this blog post!
This perfectly sized, thick, yet lightweight knee cushion works great for bathtime, any projects you may have around the house, cleaning, yoga, sitting on bleachers watching sporting events, you name it! The list is endless! I keep mine handy and nearby as I’ve found I keep finding new ways to use it!
It is incredibly soft and cushy, and thanks to being made of memory foam – it’s super supportive for the knees and body. Memory foam is also amazing for holding strong and not flattening or breaking down over time!
It is also made to last too! Thanks to the strong durable neoprene fabric used for this cushion, it won’t tear or puncture either, even when using outdoors!
Check out my video review on this handy knee cushion below:
Available in blue or red!
Happy Healthier Living!
*This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely my own. I only share reviews with my readers, I feel will be beneficial or informative in some way.
Home selling season is almost here! Beat the spring market rush with home-stager, Tori Toth’s easy tips home decor staging tips!
Tori is sharing how to stage a bathroom and kitchen on a budget, how to attract young buyers, and more!
Tori Toth is an award-winning home stager and can show anybody how to EASILY add more value to their home. She works with consumers, real estate agents, or anybody else who wants to make their home look its best quickly and easily.
Below are Tori’s simple ways to create a show-worthy home in time for spring:
Tori also shares how to stage homes and be an immediate success in her bestselling book, FEEL AT HOME: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell.
Happy Selling and Decorating!
With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to boost your health and well-being with an edible garden. Gardening is relaxing and rewarding for people of all ages and has been clinically shown to reduce stress and improve mood.
Additionally, growing your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices is a great way to stave away produce contaminants, hormones and pesticides you’re exposed to when shopping for non-organic produce. Locally-grown foods are also better for the environment because they require much fewer resources to reach consumers.
For beginning gardeners, starting a garden can seem like a big feat. With these tips and “what to plant” list, get your hands dirty this spring and start gardening!
For cold climates, start indoors with medium-sized pots placed by a window with lots of sunshine.
Tips for What to Plant:
1. Opt for semi-established starter plants instead of using seeds. Seeds often require pre-soaking and seedlings often die before they can make it to a larger pot. Established plants are much easier to grow.
2. Start with durable plants. Pay attention to the care information that comes with your plants. Plants that grow naturally in your region will most likely succeed in your home.
3. Don’t get discouraged! Plants are complex and it’s okay if your plants don’t make it. Learn from your mistakes! The best gardening tools are practice and experience.
Hey lovelies! Already thinking about some spring cleaning and getting your place organized for the new year? Join the FREE Organizing class by TORI TOTH and learn exclusive Home Organizing ideas to help your home life become easier, beautiful, and more organized!
This class will be Hosted by Tori along with YouTube favorites Cas Aarssen and Toni Scott-Daniel, this online class reveals insider tips and tricks to get any room in your home organized and clutter-free for 2017. It’s a fool-proof way to make your space show-worthy.
The FREE class will be held January 25th at 12:30 PM EST. Space is limited and will fill fast! Here is the link to sign up: http://bit.ly/2jsnfCn