Organizing on a Budget

Organizing on a Budget

Do you have a messy space you want to organize but have a list of excuses as to why you can’t? If one of them is that organizing is too expensive you can now officially cross that off your list of excuses because I am going to tell you the best ways to save money on organizing. Yes, organizing can get very expensive very quickly if you’re shopping at the wrong places. I have found great ways for finding new alternatives to organize your space without spending half your paycheck on organizational supplies.

In my first post about organizing, I talk about evaluating your space to decide what you may need to properly tidy it up. A lot of times using bins or baskets is an easy way to clean up a space, and can be extremely affordable. One of my favorite places to shop for bins and baskets is the Dollar Tree.

If you have not been inside a Dollar Tree recently, I highly recommend it. They have so many products for, you guessed it, a dollar, and they’re actually surprisingly good quality. I love getting different colored bins there to organize my pantry, office supplies, and tupperware.

These are some of the bins I’ve gotten from the Dollar Tree, they come in a bunch of different colors and are a great way to spruce up any area of your house!

With each bin only being a dollar, you really can get creative with how you want to organize a space and really put your own personal touch on it. Here’s a before and after picture of my pantry, which I recently reorganized using some Dollar Store bins.

Some I already had, but using the baskets really does make a difference and help me keep everything in its place.

Another great way to organize on a budget is to reuse items that you may not normally use for organization. This could be certain types of boxes, older tupperware you don’t really use anymore, recycled candles, mason jars, etc. If you take a look at some of the things you have around your house, you may have everything you need for a complete organization project. So many items can serve multiple functions, and it’s a great way to extend the life of an item as well as save you money.

My third tip for saving money while organizing is to look at clearance/sale items, and at items that may not be advertised as for organizing but could still be useful. The Container Store is a place that is fantastic for organizing, but can definitely get expensive. A great way to shop there is to look for their sales and discounts. I’ve gotten plenty of items from there, but I rarely pay full price. Also, if you join their free rewards programs, you get coupons all the time!

Going off of my last tip, when you’re in Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, or a similar type store, try looking for items that are not advertised as for organizing, but could still be used for it. I recently bought $2 acrylic cups that were meant for outdoor dining, but instead I’m now using them in my bathroom to hold my Q-tips and cotton pads. Much less expensive compared to the $10 designated Q-tip and cotton pad holders.

Basically, the number one thing to take away from this is if you want to save money on organizing, you just have to be creative. It’s not hard to find cheaper alternatives to more expensive organizational items, or just to re use items you already have! If you’re willing to think outside the box, I guarantee you will come up with amazing ideas to tidy up any space in your house .

I hope these tips helped any of you out there looking to organize on a budget! Until next time, always keep it klassy. xo.

Friday Fitness Motivation

Friday Fitness Motivation

Happy Friday everyone! I thought I’d share a little fitness motivation with you guys to start the weekend off strong.

The picture above is from after my run the other day. To be able to complete a 5k in a (barely) under 12 minute mile pace is amazing to me. If you had asked me 6 months ago if I would ever be confident, or able enough to run a 5k, let alone at a decent pace, I would have laughed. Running has always been that one thing I wish I was good at but was convinced I never would be. I hating running in school and in sports, and it just always became a workout I could never tackle. I finally decided one day that I was going to build up my stamina and my running ability, so I started off small and would run for 10 minutes. At first, that 10 minutes was painful, hard, and made me want to quit. It’s been no easy task but to be where I’m at now shows me that I’m capable of achieving my goals if I set my mind to them.

My pace still isn’t super fast compared to all you running fanatics out there, but to me this was such a conquered victory. I can’t wait to see what milestone (pun intended) I can hit next!

If any of you guys are struggling to find fitness motivation or the drive to start, I encourage you to think about where you would love to see yourself in 6 months. Is it running a 5k? Is it running a half marathon? Or maybe it’s just building up your muscle capacity or toning up your arms. Whatever it may be, whatever goal that seems impossible to you right now, I challenge you to take one small step towards it. Running a 5k is only one of my short term goals on a much longer journey I’d like to accomplish in my fitness prowess. It doesn’t have to be a big step, and the progress won’t happen over night, but it will happen, and you will be proud of yourself when you accomplish your goals.

I hope this can help any of you out there if you’re in need of some fitness motivation!

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Product Review: Natural Deodorant

Product Review: Natural Deodorant

So, some of you may have seen articles detailing how bad regular deodorant can be for you. The harsh chemicals, aluminum and who knows what else in the formula of the regular run of the mill deodorants can apparently be extremely harmful. I honestly don’t doubt that applying these types of ingredients to a sensitive area like under arms could be harmful, but do they really work?

I’ve tried a few different kinds of natural deodorants, and I’ve compiled my final opinions below!

☆ Price

Women’s deodorant is already significantly more expensive than men’s deodorant (annoying, I know), but natural deodorant takes it up another notch. You could easily shell out $13 for a stick of regular sized natural deodorant, which to me is can be a little painful. You pay for what you get, so it makes sense that you would pay more for better ingredients, but it still is a downside having to pay that much when you just want a natural alternative.

☆ Variety

There’s a surprising amount of variety when it comes to different brands you can choose from. I’ve tried three different kinds: Schmidt’s, Native and Kopari. There’s also a good variety of scents too, so no matter what your preference is there’s definitely an option for everyone.

☆ Deodorizing/Anti perspirant qualities

So here is where I run into the problem with natural deodorants- they definitely do not work as well as regular deodorants when it comes to sweat control and smell control. I know there’s an adjustment/detox period your body has to go through to get used to the natural ingredients, but that period can extend pretty long. It took me over a month for my body to “adjust” and even then, about a half through the day I would smell like I hadn’t put deodorant on in days (and this is me just going to work…basically sitting at a desk all day long, imagine if I wore it when I worked out). I also started to (warning TMI) develop a rash as part of my “detox” period, which was just as fun as it sounds.

So…is worth it?

In my opinion….I think it’s definitely a trial and error process. Everyone’s body is going to adjust different and everyone has different needs/wants out of a their products. I personally could not find one that worked well for me, and it can get expensive trying different ones when they’re well over $10 each. I have started to find that some men’s deodorant doesn’t have aluminum in it, and work supremely better than women’s deodorant. I know it may seem weird, but I’m all about finding what works best for you, your budget, and your preferences.

I hope any of this can help you guys if you’re curious about natural deodorant!

xo.

Healthy Alternatives for your Favorite Foods

Healthy Alternatives for your Favorite Foods

Welcome back! In today’s post we’re talking about healthier alternatives for your favorite foods. These alternatives come pretty close, or are almost better than their fattier counterparts. Whether you’re on a steady diet or lifestyle plan, or are just looking for some healthier options to switch into your diet, look no further!

☆ Protein Coffee

You may have seen this on pinterest or floating around instagram, but it’s seriously amazing. It’s two shots of espresso over ice with one carton of your premier protein shake flavor of choice. I love the caramel flavor (which they just brought back) and it legit makes your coffee taste like a latte but for significantly less fat and sugar. You can customize the protein shake you use as well, I just love the premier protein ones.

Is this not what coffee dreams are made of?

☆ Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is hands down one of my favorite recipes. I started to experiment with making it a healthier way. The original recipes calls for regular shredded cheese, ranch, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, and chicken. My healthier alternative consists of just buffalo sauce and a small amount of cream cheese. You can sub in the reduced fat cream cheese and use a 1/4 of the amount the regular recipes calls for. I’m telling you it’s taste almost the exact same. You really don’t miss the ranch and the shredded cheese, and you can always add a smaller amount on the side if you really want! I highly recommend checking this alternative out.

☆Smart Sweets

These are a bit pricey, but they honestly taste just like regular candy. I love the sweedish fish style ones, or the gummy bear ones. You can get them online, at whole foods or in other specialty stores. They’re about $3 a bag, and they’re under 100 calories per bag with only 3 grams of sugar. You cannot go wrong.

☆ Built Bar

If you haven’t tried these protein bars, you really should. They’re only 110 calories, have 15g of protein, and have so many flavors. They’re very reasonably priced, and they always have free shipping. They also taste nothing like a regular protein bar so it’s basically like eating a chocolate bar.

☆ Yasso Greek Yogurt Ice Cream

If you love ice cream like me, it’s probably hard to cut it out if you’re trying to be healthy. When I found the Yasso Greek Yogurt bars I was ecstatic. They have a bunch of flavors and they taste amazing. I can’t say they’re as good as regular, full fat, full sugar ice cream, but the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor has actual chunks of cookie dough, so can you really go wrong?

I hope these few suggestions inspire you to look for healthier alternatives for some of your favorite foods! What are some of your favorite recipes you wish you could make in a healthier way?

xo.

Top 5 Workout Products

Top 5 Workout Products

When it comes to working out, something I have found helpful is having products that I not only love, but contribute to my overall physical productivity. Today I’m sharing with you my top 5 favorite workout products that make any workout session your absolute best!

☆ Fitness Watch/Activity Tracker

For me, having a fitness watch was a game changer. Being able to track each workout I do and knowing my heart rate, calories burned, and length/distance is incredibly helpful. It motivates me to keep going during a hard workout, plus it’s always a confidence boost when you see how many calories you burned at the end of an intense workout!

☆ Cute Workout Clothes

This is not a necessity, but I find it helps so much when I have workout clothes that I’m excited to wear. I personally love using Fabletics, a workout clothes subscription where every month you get to pick out new workout clothes to purchase. I love all the fun patterns and designs, and the wide range of products they offer that are extremely high quality. They make it easy to find workout gear that fits great and looks amazing too.

☆ Workout App

Another thing that may not be a necessity, but still an essential to me. I use the Verv workout app for running, and it’s changed my workout habits for the better. I used to make up my own workouts or research some online, but having a set training plan and set of progressively challenging workouts has been super beneficial to my overall progress.

☆ Good shoes

If you do any sort of cardio, especially running, I highly recommend investing in a solid pair of shoes. I use the Brooks Ghost 11 running shoes and I have never looked back. I used to wear a pair of Nikes that were honestly not meant for running and did not fit my foot well. Once I went to a store and had my foot measured and fitted, my workout experience has been so much better now that I have a more supportive shoe.

☆ Quality headphones

Back on Black Friday, I invested in a pair of good quality wireless headphones. There’s a bunch to choose from, but I went with the Beats Solo 3. Not only is the sound quality so much better while listening to my playlists, but not having pesky wires getting in your way while you’re working out is definitely worth the splurge for wireless ones.

I hope these recommendations help anyone out there who is looking for motivation or recommendations to start a great workout routine!

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

Under 200 Calorie 2 Ingredient Bagels

Under 200 Calorie 2 Ingredient Bagels

As a strong lover of carbs, I relish the opportunity to be able to find an alternative that makes my favorite high carb food items better for me while not comprising taste. Some of you may have seen this 2 ingredient bagel recipe floating around instagram, pinterest, ect. A few months ago I thought I would give it a try and I have made this almost every single week since then. They’re easy, fast, and they taste amazing. OH and they’re under 200 calories, have less than 30 grams of carbs, and only 3.5g of fat. (This is also a popular weight watchers recipe, with each bagel coming in at only 3 smart points)

Ingredients (Makes 4 bagels)

-1 cup of self rising flour

-1 cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt

-Seasoning of choice (I personally go with everything bagel seasoning)

Here’s the step by step guide to the (extremely) easy recipe:

☆ Preheat oven to 425°

☆ Combine all your ingredients in a bowl

I recommend mixing the flour and the greek yogurt first with a spoon or spatula and then switching to your hands to make sure everything is well incorporated.

*Tip: if you don’t have self rising flour, you can use regular flour and add in some baking powder and you’re good to go)

☆ Separate your dough into four pieces, and then shape into bagels

☆ Arrange on baking sheet

☆ Brush an egg wash over your bagels and add seasoning of choice.

☆ Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on how thick you make your bagels and how brown you want them.

And that’s it! This simple and easy recipe is one of my favorite Sunday meal prep items.

I hope you all enjoyed my first food post, and always, keep it klassy, xo.

Product Review: Apple Watch……is it worth it?

Product Review: Apple Watch……is it worth it?

So it seems like almost everyone these days has some sort of activity watch or tracker. With Apple Watch being one of the most popular some of you may be wondering….is it worth the steep price tag? With other watches like Fitbit and Garmin coming out with comparable models for a lower price, it’s worth wondering if the Apple Watch really has something that sets it apart.

I first got my Apple Watch back in 2017, and I loved it instantly. I love how it connects to your phone and computer (if you have apple products) and how easily it tracks activity. With that being said, the other two watches do basically those same two things. So I’ve compiled a list of, in my opinion, the best pros and the best cons of the Apple Watch, after now being a proud owner for the past two years.

Pros

☆ It can sync with almost anything

I love how my watch becomes an extension of my phone and my computer, it really makes it easy to multi task when I can check notifications quickly and efficiently on my watch. It also can sync with several health apps, making it even easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle and routine.

☆ It has a plethora of options for activities to track

I love scrolling through the list of different work outs that are available on the Workout app in the Apple Watch, and the daily goals it sets for you within the workouts. It really encourages me to be more active. Which leads me to my next point….

☆ It encourages me to live a healthier lifestyle

I know this may sound cheesy, but it really does help me. With three goals a day- a stand goal, a move goal, and an exercise goal- and constant reminders throughout the day, it really helps get me moving when I would normally stay sitting at my desk. It’s the small things, but I love it continuously coaches you and reminds you how far along you are with your goals to truly maximize physical productivity.

☆ It’s extremely customizable

You can pretty much customize your watch to any way you want. The large variety of different faces you can choose to have displayed is endless, and you can put several faces on your watch to switch through, so you can pick more than one. I love creating my favorite pictures into watch faces so every time I go to look at the time, I can see a picture I love. It also allows you to add in different time zone clocks, sunrise/sunset times, the weather, text messages, your activity, etc. The options are truly never ending.

You can also customize the watch band, color, and size when purchasing, which I think is a nice added bonus.

Cons

☆ The battery

I’ve noticed that if I have a particularly active day, my battery really takes a hit. I usually charge mine every other day, partially due to me putting it in a “battery reserve” mode at night so it doesn’t lose charge as it sits on my nightstand. I’ve definitely had to charge it for several days in a row before, which can get to be a bit annoying, but with a watch that does so much, it doesn’t surprise me that the battery may not last the longest.

☆ The price

For another electronic item that could be comparable to others out there, you may wonder why Apple thinks they can charge a minimum of almost $450 for the newest model of the Apple Watch. When it comes down to it, it’s truly a preference as to how much you want to spend on your activity tracking watch. Also as a note, if you have an older version of an Apple Watch, or just an older Apple product that you want to get rid of, you can trade it in at Apple for credit. I’ve done this several times, most recently trading in my Series 2 Apple Watch for the latest Series 4, saving me about $200 on the newest model.

In conclusion…….

I think the Apple Watch is a great investment. Having had mine for almost two years, I honestly couldn’t imagine not having one. But with that being said, I cannot said definitively that it is better or worse than another activity tracking watch. I have several other Apple products and love them, so for me it makes sense to continue with the brand to allow cohesion across all devices. However, it all comes back to preference and what you really want out of a watch. For me, I love the ease of notifications and the exercise tracking, which allows me to feel more productive throughout the day. I do suggest before investing in any kind of watch, you do your research on the qualities you want the most, and go from there.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay klassy, xo.