The Beauty in Washing Clothes with Safonique!

Just kidding. There is no beauty in washing clothes. It’s only the worst chore everrrr! I wash a lot of clothes, y’all. It’s unreal, really. I’m still in my baby makin’ years but I can’t see myself having more than 2 kids because with each new family member comes more loads. And honestly, washing a family of three’s loads are more than enough for me. And don’t even get me started on washing cloth diapers. It’s not a chore. It’s a lifestyle…

I received a sample of Safonique Natural Cleaning Power Eco-Friendly Lavender Sea Laundry Detergent awhile back and I’ve put it through the ringer (haha, literally) many many times. It’s hard to review a laundry detergent because so many factors come into play.


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-What kind of water do you have?
-What temperature is your water?
-How full do you load your washer?
-What kind of fabric are you washing?

Yes, girl. If you didn’t know there was a science behind washing clothes. That said, I will really only judge on its cleansing power, overall efficacy and how it smells. Developed over 15 years by Patricia A. Boswell, Safonique is a hypoallergenic detergent with pure essential oils. The ingredients are: coconut oil, palm kernels, sugar, baking soda, natural oils and natural enzyemes.

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I’m not gonna lie, it frustrates me when brands don’t go deeper with their ingredients list. WHAT natural oils? What kind of natural enzymes? These things are important to those of us with skin sensitivities. And y’know…just for overall knowledge. What Safonique does tell us is that their formula is Phosphate Free, Cruelty Free, Septic System Safe and free from Synthetic Dyes and Perfumes. Well, okay…I’m down with that.

Because of how concentrated this stuff is, you really only need about 2 ounces for regular loads. And boom…that’s it.

Those not a fan of the scent lavender won’t like this. It really is that simple. After washing and drying, my clothes smelled as if I rolled through a field of lavender and I looooved it. This is a big deal since we typically wash our clothes in detergents without fragrances. Even when I add my own drops of essential oils, I can’t get the smell to last beyond washing.

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In terms of general cleaning, this stuff works beautifully and I think it’ll be a great buy for mamas of little ones, those with sensitive skin and folx who are desirous of gently scented clothes that don’t smell too “fake”. If you’ve got a dirt slinging kiddo or serious stains throughout, you may want to reach for something a little stronger. And as much as I love Safonique, it isn’t heavy duty enough to tackle cloth diapers. Then again, very few detergents are.

Oh, and can we talk about the very cool 50 oz plastic packaging? I’d love if more brands went this route as the pouch takes up less space and looks like it’ll be easier to recycle.

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If you’re a lover of natural laundry detergents, you should definitely give Safonique a try. It is priced well under $7 at Walmart.com.

 

What do you think? Are you a naturalista when it comes to laundering the clothes or do you just use what works?

I am Soooo Lovin’ Jockey Skimmies!

Oh darlings – it’s about time that we have that talk. You know…the talk about our underwear. Or, the things that you wear…under. You know what I mean, right? Through POPSUGAR, I got the opportunity to play with Jockey Skimmies® slipshorts.

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I’ve always preached the gospel that is foundation wear and I am loving everything about Skimmies® slipshorts. They not only fit comfortably and feel cool throughout the day, but they really slim my silhouette and help keep everything tucked in and where they need to be. Don’t believe me? I did a whole video about ‘em!


Fashion icon Rachel Zoe endorses Skimmies® and I’d pretty much wear anything that she agrees with. They’re the do-it-all version of underwear that are incredibly comfortable and can be worn under anything. And by anything, I mean pants, dresses, skirts and jumpers.

Oh! And from May 27th to June 20, Jockey will be challenging America to “Seize the Day in Skimmies®”. That’s right, chicas. Step outside of that comfort zone and jump in the fun daily challenges using the hashtag ##SkimmiesPromo . Participants will score several chances to win a free pair of Skimmies® slipshorts and other great prizes. Details on challenge rules, prizes and entry can be found on JOCKEY’s Facebook page.

Get a pair of Skimmies® slipshorts in your life, girlfriends. And thank me later.



Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jockey Skimmies® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jockey Skimmies®, all opinions are my own.

Rock Teva At Your Next Music Festival – #ReadyToRoo

This post brought to you by Teva. All opinions are 100% mine.

Many Floridians say that flip flops are the unofficial shoe of Florida. Okay, so this may be true. I rock the flops hard while at the beach, but you certainly won’t catch me wearing them y’know…to trips to the store, out and about with the family and certainly not after dark. A girl has to maintain some kind of classiness and hey, flip flops don’t always align with the word “classy”.

The good news is, the brand Teva has a slew of comfortable and trendy sandals that are more than just your cheap pair of flops. Since 1984 Teva has been aspiring people everywhere to take your shoes…everywhere. There aren’t any limits for where you can wear Teva. You can sang a pair from Zappos and before you know it, you and your feet will be ready to take on the world. My favorite pair?

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Teva has been the official footwear sponsor of the Bonnaroo Music Festival. Okay, so I’ve never been and probably won’t make it this year, but I looooove a good music festival. I love everything from the atmosphere, to the weather, closeness you feel with strangers and well, yeah…the music. There aren’t any real rules on how to experience a music festival (well, aside from all of the illegal stuff) but if I had to school a newbie, I’d drop these 3 tips with ‘em.

  • Read the schedule
  • Bring comfy blankets, chairs or towels.
  • Have cash on you.

I know you may be a fan of those acts, but who wants to stand for a good 3 hours waiting for them to hit the stage? No way, José. And always have a few dollars on you as many of the food and swag vendors don’t take cards. I would love to hear some of your music festival tips! And while you’re at it, follow #ReadyToRoo to get more music festival tips and tricks. Or…visit The Fountain!

 

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What’s your body shape?

History of Shapewear - Infographic

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Underwear have come a long way over the decades, from steel corsets and shape diminishing camisoles to push-up bras and the magical wonders of Spanx. Don’t let some of these past designs get you bent out of shape on the idea of shapewear, you may be surprised by the results acquired with today’s newest designs and styles.

From celebrities looking stunning on the red carpet to the envy of the office, women everywhere have a little secret under their wardrobes…Spanx (or any form of shapewear for that matter). It’s true women all over the world have fallen for these modern version ‘corsets’, but better than the much older designs, today’s shapewear allows you to target your problem area. That’s right, you can suck in and tighten anything from your tummy to your thighs…take that bone crushing corsets from our past!

To see how far the fashions and designs of our world of undergarments have come over the years, take a quick gander at this fun little infogrpahic that gives a neat little timeline of what the women from our past to our present have endured to feel and look a little more svelte. There are also some great tips in there to help you pick out the pieces that work best for you and your body type!

Find your best fitting shapewear at Herroom.

Lilly Brush – The coolest lint brush in town

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Wellllls, there’s a first time for everything and I never thought I’d be reviewing a lint brush on my beauty blog. But whatev. My goal is to share awesome stuff that I come across and doggone it, if it happens to be a lint brush then so be it.

So about this lint brush…

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It’s pretty freaking awesome, y’all. I’m not even playing. It obviously HAS to be good in order for me to write an entire post about it. I’ve decided to be a bit of a grown-up and take better care of my laundry. I only use homemade or all-natural detergents (mainly due to my skin allergies) and I stopped using dryer sheets. I want my clothes to continue to look good after 5 washes and let’s face it, sometimes shirts ‘n stuff go south after only one wash.

Case in point…

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I’ve only worn this shirt a good 5 times or so and there’s no reason why it should be all fuzzy wuzzy already. The good ole’ Lilly Brush is saving the day. Keep your eyes on the gray stripe.

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I know, right? It’s like magic yo. There’s a bajillion lint brushes on the market so what makes Lily Brush different? Well, for one it’s portable. I can toss this in my purse or luggage and be on my merry way. I also love that it’s effective at removing pet hair. My dog (you know…the one that hates me) is white and while she doesn’t shed much, I’ll still spot a white hair on my black dress pants every now and then.

POW. Gone. And I find that it’s easier to remove the fuzzy wuzzy than when I use an actual sticky lint brush or razor. Oh. And that whole removing lint using a razor idea is bad because over time it seems to just make your clothes thinner. Not cool, bro. Lilly Brush works on a number of fabrics and can easily be cleaned with a simple rinse of water.

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I know. You’re impressed. And you’re probably all like, “This is such a random post, B but I totally need this.”

Cost: $12.99
Where To Buy: Either online here or at select retailers.

Admit it. You think the Lilly Brush is pretty cool, uh?

Fabulous Fitness Wear from Macy’s. Aren’t I brave to model like this?

FACT: I’m in the gym. Like ALL the time. Remember that post I wrote when I was all like, “I’ve gained weight, blah blah blah blah”? Well, I got my bum in gear. I don’t mess around when it comes to health and fitness. Sure I have my insecurities like most women and may fall off track a bit, but honey, I ALWAYS make my way back to making fitness a priority. Right now I’m in the “zone” and I was beyond thrilled when GigaSavvy asked me to review some of Macy’s workout fits.

And why?

Because if you ever ran into in the gym, you may laugh. I don’t get all cute with my workout gear like some girls. Oh no. I’m that woman that’s all up in the gym with raggedy t-shirts from college volunteer events.

And if you catch me on a good day, I may be wearing something that actually matches.

But usually it’s just me in an old t-shirt that should probably be turned into a carwashin’ rag. And girl, don’t judge me…I am ca-learly very proud of my arms.

Having new workout clothes has turned me into a new woman though. Why haven’t I invested in some before? It just makes sense. Let’s rap on the Ideology Yoga Top first.

I got this seamless ultraviolet cami in an XL because I’ve a woman with a rack on her. I also wear two bras when I work out (the DD’s require this) and so I was hoping the XL was large enough to be comfortable and functional. Aaaand, it is! This top is comfortable, functional and breathable. I’m not sure how confident I’d feel it in by wearing it solo but it does fantastic for layering. Plus it was on sale for $12.99 (originally priced at $19.98) so guess who will be getting more of these on the ASAPness? Yep!

Then there are the Ideology Flared Leg Yoga Pants ($23.99 – regularly $43).

I’ve never actually owned a pair of yoga pants. Which is ridiculous since yoga and I have been tight for quite some time. And speaking of tight, I got these pants in a Large and they are hugging my curves beautifully. They aren’t just for yoga, of course. I comfortably ran and lifted weights in these. And my favorite thing about ‘em? They’re long enough! Nothing sucks more than buying workout pants just for them to turn into workout capris after 1 wash. P.S. – my stretch marks say hi. ;)

And lastly are the Ideology Cropped Active Leggings ($27).

Leggings are everywhere and while some fashionistas say they aren’t for working out, I beg to differ. Actually, after trying out these leggings, I want to wear them EVERY time I work out. These are so so comfortable. I found them to be flattering to my figure, moveable and comfortable. I got ‘em in a Large and kinda glad I did. At first I thought the XL would have been more comfortable for my size 12/14 hips, but I was able to squeeze into these without any problems.

I know my friends at the gym (anyone else have friends at the gym that they’ve never actually talked to?) will be SO happy to see me in some new unfaded and fancier workout gear. You know…because they care about these things. Ha! And I’m glad to see affordable workout wear. I never felt the need to invest in workout clothes because I always felt they would be too expensive. And what’s the point? I’m just gonna sweat ‘em up anyway. But I’ve seen the light and who knows? Maybe for every 10 pounds I drop, I’ll take myself on a mini shopping spree? I think that sounds like a GRAND idea!

Any workout lovers in the house? What do you typically wear when you workout?