What you need to know about AirPods

Technology has begun to take over the world.  Before we can get use to one specific device another one is coming out doing something better and different than the last.

AirPods, are Apple’s first wireless Bluetooth earbuds and was released on December 13, 2016.  Upon it’s original release, I knew I wanted them but to be honest I was very skeptical.  So I put my want on the back burner and continued on with life.

Again, with every new invention, a better one will soon be released—at least this is the case with Apple.  So in March of 2019 the second iteration of the AirPods were released.  I thought it was finally time to give these AirPods a try, besides it was time to see what the hype was all about. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning with my Favorite Vacuum

We’ve finally made it!  Spring is here; it’s time to hang up our coats, clean out our closets and tuck all of our extra blankets into our storage tubs until next winter.  Finally, we can open the windows and let the sunshine in.  With extra sunlight we’re doomed for being exposed to extra dust!  Hence, the term “Spring Cleaning!”  So, with that being said, I want to inform you guys of my new robotic vacuum–just in time for your Spring cleaning rituals!

Honestly, I never knew that I would be so in love with a vacuum until now.  This just goes to show that 1) I’m getting older 2) Anything that can operate on its own while getting the job done, is a WIN in my book. Continue reading

Watch out for the Big Girls!

Gone are the days where plus size or curvy girls can only shop at certain stores in the mall because those select stores are the only stores that sell “our” size.  It is a great feeling to finally have some of the barriers around plus size clothing knocked down.  Nowadays, more and more stores are providing curvy girl selections, whether in store (and not in the back of the store) or online.  We just have to get out there to shop and we have to be adventurous.  No one said that just because you’re a certain size that you can only wear sweatsuits or long granny dresses.  No, No, No! Continue reading

Should you Clicklist or should you not?

Ordering groceries online is the new thing.  Just about every store these days has a newly renovated pickup area outside where you can just pull up, call into the store, and someone bring your groceries directly to you after you’ve already submitted your online order.  For the store I frequent often, they refer to this as “Clicklist.”

I will say, that is very convenient.  I’ve done it twice.  But it is not my favorite thing to do.  I just think to myself, how much lazier could one be?  I’m paying a few extra dollars for someone else to walk around the store and pick out my groceries.

I felt obligated to tip the workers the first time I tried the service but they quickly told me they weren’t allowed to take tips.  Huh?  For some reason that really shocked and bothered me.  Besides that, whenever I think about doing the “Clicklist” option I’m always out of the timing brackets for the day.  For a service such as this, I need it either really early in the morning or really late at night.

Perhaps, its a great option to have if you have several little kids at home and a working husband and going to the grocery store is a hassle for you.  But for me I’d rather be able to pick out my own items while browsing the isles.  I want my tomatoes a certain way, I want my bananas green, I don’t want my canned items to be bent, and I could go on and on.  I’m just a picky person.

So I don’t want to tell you that you should or should not “Clicklist.” I think it’s a personal preference for sure.  With the busy Holiday season approaching I would imagine that going the “Clicklist” route could very well come in handy.  Although it’s not my number one way to shop for groceries don’t look at me differently if you see me pull up to the pickup section.

Have any of you tried the “Clicklist” option at stores?  I know Kroger’s offers this service if you have one in your area.  Walmart also has this option and a handful of other stores.  Let me know your thoughts.

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Get paid to shop online!!

Where are my online shoppers?  I love shopping online, waiting for my package to arrive, and being excited to finally hold it in my hands.  I do a lot of online shopping but even more during the Holiday season. If you’re anything like me, and as busy as I am, then lets get ready to rumble as we approach our favorite time of the year and tons of boxes at our doors. Continue reading

The Purge by way of Poshmark!

Back in January I started my journey of letting go.  But this letting go was a little different than usual.  This letting go required me to face reality and my closet.  For a woman this can be dramatic.  We all keep things entirely too long.  We’ll buy a pair of shoes and wear them once and they will never get to see sunlight again because they tore our feet up that one time.  Or we may have old jeans that we swear we are going to get back into one day, when really we won’t.  One year block heels are in and they next they are out.  We go from pointed toe shoes to square to round trying to keep up with the latest fashion.  All of this, plus more, has left me to needing to declutter.

I’ve mentioned before how I’ve had separation anxiety even when it came down to material things.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m not a hoarder by any means.  I don’t collect junk (sorry if I offended you) but if I’ve paid good money for something or if I’ve had something a long time, I often find it hard to let go.  I had shoes in my closet that I had not worn in five or more years.  Not only was it time to let go but I was running out of room.

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I thought I would try selling a few of my clothing/shoe items online.  I posted a few things on Ebay in hopes of selling a few pair of shoes just to test the waters.  Nothing happened.  I mean no clicks, no likes, no offers.  I felt like I was amongst senior citizens in a public library my page was so dry.  I knew then that I would need to find another means of doing business.

After that big failure I decided to try Poshmark.  Again, I didn’t know what to expect but I really had nothing to lose.  To start, I posted a few pair of shoes and a few clothing items.  The buyer has the opportunity to purchase your item at the amount you list it as with no questions asked, or they can offer you a price and it’s then up to you if you are willing to accept it.  So the ball is always in your court.  Once I saw that people were interested in what I was posting,  I then decided to add more of my items, including purses.  FYI: I joined on a Sunday evening, by Tuesday of the same week I had already sold 3 things! I’m not telling you who to do your online business with but let me just say that Poshmark is the place to be!

When posting on Poshmark your listed items are then placed into what they refer to as “your closet” and I was adding items to my closet daily.  Later, I would invite my mother, sister, and aunt to join Poshmark with me and their closets have been in high demands as well.  We often joke and say we’re working in our store and that it’s our side business!

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My closet is always OPEN

When I first started posting, I felt bad for listing items at such high prices.  For instance I had a pair of casual/dress Timberland® boots that I literally only wore twice.  They looked brand new.  The heel of the shoes weren’t even dirty. Timberland Shoes - Timberland boots. Worn twice. Great condition

I listed them for $25.  Now that I think about it, I could have listed them for at least $35 and they probably would have sold for that price.  In my mind, I’m thinking I’ve had these shoes for at least 6 years.  Twenty-Five dollars is better than nothing!  But I’ve learned to never underestimate what someone else is willing to pay for your items!

What I love most about Poshmark is that it’s easy.  Poshmark does most of the work for you.  All I have to do is post my items to my closet.  Once someone decides to make a purchase, Poshmark will send me a label to print.  I have free boxes shipped to me from USPS (learned this through Poshmark), I add a nice “Thank You” note to the buyer, attach the prepaid label (the buyer pays for shipping) on the box and drop if off to the post office OR I can arrange for USPS to come and pickup the item for FREE (also learned this through Poshmark)!  Once the items are delivered to the buyer and it is accepted on their end, Poshmark then deposits the money into my Poshmark account.  At any time, I can have that money deposited into my bank account or I can let my account build up.

It’s really that simple.  So, if you’re looking to purge and get rid of some items that you no longer wear plus get paid for it….join me on Poshmark!  You’ll be surprised at the number of things that you haven’t worn in years.  I was also surprised when I found new items still in my closet that had tags on it.  Today, I’m still adding to my closet.  Every closet in my house is subject to be purged!

If you believe that you have items to sell or if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and is interested in shopping, join me on Poshmark. Use the code LUVLYTOY at sign up to receive $5 off your first purchase.  Ahead waits your chance to get rid of old items while building your bank account.

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You can access my personal closet HERE.

Hint: If you’re looking to buy some authentic name brand items; Gucci, Prada, Chanel, etc. etc.–visit Poshmark!

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College Survival Kit!

A few years ago, my god-daughter graduated from high school and headed off to college soon after.  For her graduation gift I gifted her this special curated survival kit in order to survive her first year in college.  Since then, this has been my go-to gift for graduates.  Of course, you can curate the kit to fit your specific grad.  For me, I wanted to create something based off of my own experiences from college.

I printed off the list and shopped for each of the items listed.  I placed all of the items inside a tote along with a copy of the list so that the grad could refer back to it when needed.  Going to college brings on so many different emotions for everyone involved, but especially for the graduate.  You find yourself in a foreign place where you’re expected to thrive and excel in all areas of life.  It can get tough.  Hopefully this kit lightens the load just a little.

Chewing Gum– Good for chewing while studying or just hanging out.

Make-up Bag– Good to throw in your gym bag when whenever you work out (you can find guys in the gym…IJS) or for quick weekend trips here and there.  When I couldn’t make it home…I often would go home with my friends or roommates.  You certainly learn a lot about yourself and other people.

Tide to go Stick– To get rid of those stains from all those parties you will attend 🙂

Notepad– For writing quick notes, grocery reminders (yes, you have to grocery shop now), studying, or jotting down campus numbers. Network! Network! Network!

Peppermint– Peppermint is known to the smooth the stomach.  There will be a lot of “college firsts” this year!  First time on campus as a freshman.  First time going to class. First time sleeping alone in a foreign place, etc.  These will be a “Life Saver” (I purchased Life Saver Peppermints).

Sleeping Mask– Let’s face it!  Having a roommate isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be. Some of us are lucky to get a perfect roommate and it usually takes a few years until you find the perfect one.  I have so many roommate stories.  One time, I came home late, my roommate had the light switched taped so I couldn’t turn on the light when I walked in. Long story short, I ended up moving out.  Another roommate didn’t like people sitting on her bed or doing anything in the room.  You will soon find out that you can’t live with everyone.  That is ok!

Duct tape– See above. You might need it. LOL

Popcorn– This is good for movie night, study night, game night, or a midday snack.

Oodles of Noodles– At some point, you’re not going to want any more cafeteria meals and you will not have any money to eat out.  Your parents will say…I’m not sending you anymore money! This is when these will be your best friend! Believe me when I tell you!

Wal-Mart Gift card– If you’re anything like I was when I was in college, Wal-Mart was our essential store.  For some reason, we always did our Wal-Mart runs at midnight too. Don’t ask me why.  I guess we thought we were grown and could do what we wanted. Haha.

Advil– Sometimes, college can be stressful, and headaches are known to occur.  Believe me, this will come in handy!

Tissues– Of course these are great for when you are sick. You’re in an unfamiliar place, so that may just happen. But, from my personal experience, these tissues were my best friend after I studied my tail off and still didn’t past the exam.  I called my mom crying on the phone.  I was devastated.  These tissues were also my best friend, after I got myself all involved with a young guy here and there and that didn’t work out either.  Just save them for a rainy day….if you know what I mean!

Quarters– You do want clean clothes, right!  Here’s a little change to help you at some point! HOWEVER, if you’re able to find you a friend in college who is local, I would suggest that you get in good with her. Maybe she’ll invite you to her parents’ house to wash clothes.  You’ll get free washing and probably a home cooked meal too!  Worked for me!

Kit Kat– This is to remind you that sometimes you just have to take a break.  There will be nights when you study all night.  There will be days when you feel like you have so much to do and not enough time to do it in; projects, twenty page papers.  It’s coming, but don’t fret.  Just learn when you need to take a break and everything will be fine.

Storage Tote– Dorms are small.  You will not have enough closet space or drawers.  The best way to deal with this is to start gravitating towards things that can be used for more than one purpose.  Hence, this tote!  Use this Tote for additional storing, fast trips to the grocery, beach day, as a cooler of sorts for those football games, small loads of laundry, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.  The number of things it can be used for are endless.

Security– There wasn’t a gift I could really give for security but I’d like to leave you with some advice.  While you are away, please be very safe.  Always walk with someone, especially at night.  You have to protect, YOU!  If you’re meeting a guy, take someone with you.  Again, especially at night!  Always, let someone know where you are.  Keep your doors locked.  Trust no one!  Make yourself aware of where the campus police are located for your sake as well as others.

Congratulations graduates and WELCOME to the BEST YEARS of your LIFE! From this day forward, remember that “Life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once!”

Please let me know how your kits turned out!