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Laundry Hacks and How-To

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As a single woman who is only responsible for washing my own clothes, doing my laundry is one of guiltiest pleasures for the longest time. Washing my clothes is one of my favorite things to do on a lazy afternoon in between cleaning the house and binge watching HGTV on the sofa. So relaxing. So much so, that over the years I’ve learned so much about the process and decided that I would share my personal laundry lessons with you.

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Gold Home Accents

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I love gold! Please feel free to read that previous sentence in the same drawn out way as “Goldmember”. If you don’t know that reference,  do your “Googles”.

Although I love almost anything gold, I know not one to go overboard with it by adorning myself in head to toe gold, despite the occasional desire. Therefore, I try to add touches of gold in the form of accessories. A gold watch and gold hoop earrings here or a chunky gold bracelet with layers of thin gold necklaces there. You know…subtle, but chic.

You can apply those same styling principles when styling your home. Adding gold elements to your home decor with the placement of gold home accents is very easy to do. Here are some simple golden touches that you can add to your home decor.

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Editor’s Note:

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Spring Cleaning The Bathroom

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As a child, like most girls, I was responsible for cleaning the bathroom that my brother and I shared. If you had brothers growing up, then you already know how horribly gross that could get. *cringe* However, it had to get done and my mom delegated that unfortunate task to me. However, over the years, I’ve gained an appreciation and borderline obsession with clean bathrooms. My obsession really shows up when it comes to spring cleaning the bathroom.

When it’s time to spring clean the bathroom, I make every area has been scrubbed, wiped, and disinfected…at leas three times. See? Obsessed. I also take this time to refresh and replace some beauty and health products, as well as bathroom staples. So, keep reading to see just how I tackle the task of deep cleaning my bathroom in the spring.

CLEANING RITUALS

During spring cleaning, I steam clean my bathroom tiles; on the floor and in the shower. I wish I could do this at least once a week instead of 2-3 a times a year, but having floor to ceiling tiles in my bathroom and tiled floor can be very exhausting.

The first thing I do is steam my tiles and grout by spraying the surface with an all-purpose cleaner. I let the cleaner sit for 10-15 minutes. During that time, I look for any areas that need a little more attention and scrub with a nylon bristle brush to loosen up any hard to remove gook. I hardly ever have to do this, but every now and then I will find myself scrubbing some grout. After the all-purpose cleaner has been sitting on the tiles for a while, I come through with my steamer (similar to this one) and the small brush attachment and gently steam all of the grout and tiles. Once done, I spritz a lemon water and bleach concoction over the area for extra sanitizing. When it comes to cleaning bathrooms and kitchen, it’s all about properly sanitizing all areas. Finally, I polish all the fixtures, scrub the toilet (the worst task, ever), clean the mirror, and wipe the sink counter and walls. I feel so accomplished once all of this is done.

BATHROOM STAPLE SWITCH OUTS

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During spring cleaning, I also take this as a chance to purge old towels, worn rugs, and shower curtain liners. In return, I buy new towels, a new rug, and a shower liner. I also replace my toothbrush. This time I replaced it with the new Colgate® 360° Enamel Health™ Whitening Toothbrush, which I’ve been loving due to it’s unique brush. Also, the new Mineral Repair toothpaste has been great. I think my dentist will notice some of these new positive editions in my mouth when I go back in a couple of months. *insert huge grin*

Loofah. Some people don’t realize that you need to replace your loofah and bath sponges 3-4 weeks and not just when the rope breaks (Who else guilty of that?), because bacteria can easily get into all those crevices and live there.  So, keep that in mind. Since they need to be replaced so often and aren’t that expensive, I buy loofahs in bulk.

BEAUTY PRODUCTS SWITCH OUTS

Since the weather starts to get warmer around this time, I decide that this is perfect time to switch my winter time beauty and skincare for spring and summer beauty products. The main area that I focus on is my hair care products. In the shower, I remove the shampoos and conditioners I use when I straighten my hair and replace them with the cleansers and conditioners for my natural curly hair, which I wear mostly in the warmer months.

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The products I’ve been using for my curly hair are a selection of OGX coconut products, because they are hydrating and light which equals to fluffy and moisturized curls. I also move all of my curly hair styling products to the front of the hair care shelf in my linen closet. Plus, I also replace my hair brushes, which I do every year.

I admit that this regimen can be a little daunting, but it’s so worth for me and my love of super clean and pristine bathrooms.

 

*Disclaimer: Some products mentioned were sent for review purposes, but all opinions are of Stained Couture.

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Indoor Neon Signs

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Neon lights are so cool, especially when incorporated indoors. Indoor neon signs and light can add a completely different vibe that’s chill, but also bright and fun. The use of neon lights as lighting options is very unexpected way to add some personality and interest to your living space.

I initially only thought that neon signs in the home would work primarily in the living rooms and bedrooms. However, I’ve seen some images of neon signs being used in dining rooms and even bathrooms that look amazing.

Personally, I would like a a neon signage with text. However, I’ve seen some simple designs and shapes that have peaked my interest. Currently, I would love to find a large sun neon sign to hang over the sofa in my living room and maybe some clouds and a couple of stars to hang over the bed in my bedroom.

I found some indoor neon signs for inspirations.

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Suggestions:

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  • Anchor Neon Light -This is perfect if you’re looking to test the neon light look in your home. Very affordable and not too distracting.
  • ‘Love’ Neon Sign – You fit this into any room. Would work awesomely in a girly bedroom.
  • Neon Art Letters and Numbers – Create your own phrase. Personalization is always in style.
  • Peace Neon Sign – Another sign that you can anywhere. Wouldn’t this look so cool displayed next to a door? Peace out!

 

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Unique Night Lights

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Nights were once used to help small children fall asleep and without having the “boogeyman” sneak up on them while they are in bed and parents to safely go check on their babies without disturbing their sleep by turning on a bright light.

When I was younger, I shared a bedroom with my brother who “needed” a night light on in order to go to sleep, which was usually some cartoon mostly aimed and favorited toward boys. I vaguely remember falling asleep with a soft light coming from one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles plugged into one of our bedroom walls.

Eventually, we got our own rooms (Yes!) and my brother stopped requesting night lights all together. However, now that I’m older and a little smarter, I come to recognize that adults could benefit from night lights, too. Who wants to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and stub their toe, because they can’t see where they are going? This may or may not have happened to me recently after moving my bedroom around a few hours before and forgot. Like I said, may or may not.

Added safety and navigation aside, a soft and subtle light in the background as you fall asleep can be very soothing and appreciated.

Here are some more mature and unique night lights for us adults and still appropriate for kids.

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I love the simplicity and fun feel of this owl night light. Plus, the modern design helps easily blend into your living space for an extra touch of decor. You can never go wrong with a laser cut design of an owl…in my opinion.

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Looking for a traditional nightlight without the kiddie vibes? You might be interested in this moon night light, which is very simple and very cool the same time. It looks like it can be very entrancing.

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As a pseudo-minimalist, I love when convenience, function, and design collide to create something awesome. Case in point, the book rest lamp provides a soft light to read, but also doubles as a book rest to help you never lose your page. Here is where design and creativity enters. When you place your open book on top of the lamp, it creates the look of a house! So cute!

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If you are a fellow fan (read: obsessed) and avid watcher of Shark Tank on ABC, then you might remember the Lumio. It was one of those inventions that was so unique and amazing that almost all the sharks wanted a piece even with the high price investment request. In case you aren’t familiar, Lumio lamp is a portable, multi-functional lamp that conceals itself in the form of a hard-cover book and opens to 360 degrees. Not only is it functional and convenient, but so cool. It comes in various sizes, including one that’s small enough to fit in your back pocket. I want Santa to bring me one this year.

 

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