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SPRING CLEANING 101: The Tools and Products

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I seriously can’t deal with this cold weather much longer. Here in Memphis, our winters can be very fickle. One day it can be a perfectly cool jacket weather day and the next day you can be stranded in your house trying to avoid going out and slipping on 2 inches of ice that fell overnight. Well, after having 4 snow/ice days off from work the past couple of weeks, I feel like I can comfortably say that it’s high time to get ready for spring. That means only one thing to me: SPRING CLEANING!

Yes, I love spring cleaning. Maybe it’s because when done thoroughly and properly, you are left with a clean and de-cluttered home and life.  So, this weekend, it’s all about the preparation and gathering and/or buying all the tools I need to get started on spring cleaning the next few weekends. I plan to hit up Target and Home Depot to get all the things I need.

So, if you are gearing up or planning out your spring cleaning agenda, here is checklist of items you need to have in your cleaning arsenal to take on the daunting, but fulfilling task of annual spring cleaning.

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  • Air Freshener
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
  • Baking Soda
  • Bleach
  • Dishwashing Soap
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Floor Polish
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Laundry Soap
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Mild Abrasive
  • Mopping Solution
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Upholstery Spot Remover
  • Wood Polish

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  • Broom
  • Bucket
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Dust Mop
  • Dustpan
  • Extendable Duster
  • Hamper
  • Labels
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Sponges
  • Scrub Brushes
  • Sponge Mop
  • Spray Bottles
  • Storage Containers
  • Toilet Brush
  • Trash Bags
  • Vacuum

So, are you ready? Did I forget something? Please, let me know.

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How To Deal With Sensitive Teeth

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I didn’t really have that much of an issue with my sensitive teeth when I was younger. However, over the past few years, it has gotten pretty bad, which is understandable since your teeth get more sensitive over time. Some other things that increases sensitivity in your teeth includes wear and tear from improper toothbrushes, tooth decay, and acidic food.

Over time, I’ve learned some important tips on how to decrease and deal with having sensitive teeth. So, here are some quick bites (see what I did there?) on coping, maintaining, and decreasing tooth sensitivity.

  • Brush and Floss Regularly – Why not begin with a “Duh!” point? Even though regular brushing (2-3x a day ) is a requirement for healthy teeth, a lot of people still defer from this. People with sensitive teeth are probably some of the main culprits, because the sensation from brushing and toothpaste causes them to brush as infrequent as possible. However, there are plenty of toothpastes on the market that can help. My personal fav at the moment is Colgate’s Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste, which helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath, replenishing natural calcium for strong, healthy enamel and protects against enamel erosion. All that awesome stuff! (NOTE: Brushing more than 3x a day can actually do more harm than good and increase the sensitivity. So, limit yourself to 2-3 times a day.)
  • Use Proper Toothbrush – Aside from brushing regularly, having the proper toothbrush is a HUGE key in helping to relieve sensitivity. A soft-bristle brush that is made specifically for sensitive teeth is important. Try the new Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen. This new toothbrush is designed to provide quick and lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. I noticed reduced sensitivity within a little over week after daily use. So, look for that one.
  • Avoid High Acidic Food – Foods(citrus fruit) and beverages (sodas) that are high in acid helps dissolve the enamel of your teeth and exposes your nerves, which in return causes the sensitivity in your teeth to increase.
  • Don’t Grind Teeth – Up until a few a years ago, I was a major tooth grinder. Maybe not a professional grinder, but a really good amateur. I used to grind my teeth without even knowing that I was doing it. However, I stopped once I realized that it was applying pressure and weakening my teeth which caused my gumline and nerves to act up. If you grind your teeth, especially at night, might I suggest you grab and sleep with a teeth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
  • Regular Dental Visits – Well, we started with a Duh! point, so we might as well end with one. I can shamefully admit that I don’t do regular dentist visits, which is every 6 months. However, that is about to change soon, because I recently decided that this is the year that I’m going to finally get my oral health game up to par and that will, more than likely, including getting braces. Yes, I will be that 30+ year old with braces, but I can no longer put it to the side. Therefore, my dentist is about to become my BFF and my wallet’s sworn enemy. With regular visits to your dentist, they will be able to inform you of any new changes or concerns with your teeth before you even notice it. Aren’t you sick of only going to the dentist when you feel like your tooth is trying to rip your heart heart through a cavity? Yeah, I thought so.

So, there are my tips on how to deal and decrease tooth sensitivity. I hope you take these tips and products to mind the next time you feel your teeth being all sensitive and everything.

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A Wasteful Week

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I wish I could say that I was off on some spontaneous exotic vacation or even just swamped by work to explain my absence. However, the ultimate culprit was just a lazy weekend followed by two snow days off from work, which equaled me laying on the sofa binge watching/catching up on shows on my DVR.

Now, I’m back to my daily grind of being in the office, daily inspirations and the want to share them with you. So, I’m back and so will regular postings.

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5 Quick Tips To Have A Productive Day

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Productive days are awesome! I feel so accomplished by being able to get things done efficiently and with ease. Well, I recently did a (or a few) mini experiment to explore some tips that helped give me the result of a perfectly productive day.

If I miss or skip one of these tips, I usually can still rally in the fourth quarter to come up with a win. However, if I omit at least 2 of theses tips, I have found it hard to end my day on a high note and/or feeling.

So, I thought I would share my formula, which continuously helps me achieve and productive day.

  1. Prepare – I like to shave minutes off of my morning, mainly because I don’t like to rush, especially in the morning. A rushed body leads to a rushed mind. I like to have a clear and fresh mind in the morning. So, before I go to bed the night before, I spend 30-45 minutes preparing what I’m going to wear, preparing lunch, and preparing everything I need to have on me when I leave (i.e laptop, planner, etc.) Those 30 minutes help immensely.
  2. MeditateMeditation helps you relax and clear your mind, which helps you with the next tip.
  3. List – Creating lists are one of my hobbies, because I love them so much. The feeling I get when I finish a task and cross it off of my to-do list is exhilarating and motivates me to want to finish another task so I can scratch that off and so forth.
  4. Exercise – Cardio, yoga, or 30 minutes of deep stretching to warm your muscles up and alert your body that it’s time to move will be much appreciated; instantly and in the long run.
  5. Eat – A classic cup of coffee is nice, but your body needs more than that, preferably something with fiber and protein. My favorite breakfast is granola, almond milk, and bananas and wash it down with some lemon water; hot or cold. That’s my go-to breakfast. Fast and fulfilling.

There you go, my favorite tips to help you start a productive day. They are so quick and easy to add to any daily regimen.

Do you have any tips and tricks that you use to start your day off? Please share below or tweet me!

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Online Wishlist: Lulu & Georgia

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Recently, I’ve been clearing a lot of things out of my life and home. The main reason that caused this upheaval in the removing of things that I no long wanted, needed, or used was mainly caused by current urge to live a minimalist life. Since I’ve taken on this lifestyle change, I’m shopping differently, too. I look for versatile, neutral, and classic pieces that I can keep for years without it looking dated, plus versatile.

I love Lulu & Geoorgia and I may or may not stalk their website everyday. Okay, I’m obsessed with the store and it want everything they carry. However, I know I don’t need everything, but there are just pieces that I can’t shake from my design loving mind.Keep reading for more info.

  • Bird of Paradise Print – I like color added to my home to pop, without being too overwhelming. This print is small, but adds just enough color.
  • Grace  Mirror – This mirror has the right mix of clean lines and edge.
  • Rose Gold Oval Platter – I’ve been into rose gold for minute, but have that love reflected in my home.
  • Cohen Floor Lamp – I need a simple floor lamp. This one will do.
  • Typewriter Bookends – So, cute!
  • Black Lovisa Bench – I love benches, because you can use them for extra seating or as an unexpected table space.
  • Flokati Rug – Who doesn’t need a fluffy rug in the perfect pewter? I need this rug.

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