Tuesday, June 24, 2014

{Fashion}: Saltwater Sandals

This summer I've been trying lots of new things. Moving to a new state" hanging out with new people, trying new foods etc. But I found a new pair of shoes that I was told I had to try!

Saltwater Sandals by the Hoy company are water ready leather sandals that work for everyone. They start out a little tight, but as you wearing them the leather forms more around your foot. They even recommend putting them in water to ease up the leather. So when I first saw Saltwater sandals I was all about em'. It wasn't until I moved out here to Provo and my roomates both had pairs that I felt like I really should try them out! So I was impulsive and bought 2 pair off of eBay. I was all about it! I bought one red pair and one tan pair, but I was an idiot and accidentally had the tan pair sent to my home in Minnesota. So I started wearing the red ones and LOVE THEM. I just bought a navy pair last week and love them just as much.

I honestly can't find any cons of these shoes. Some great things about them though:

·they fit my wide feet! They literally fit so well, and are made for those with either wide or narrow toe boxes. They WILL feel a bit snug when you first put them on but they WILL stretch out as you wear them!
·they stay nice in water! They are called Saltwater sandals after all.
·you can slip them on if you need to, you don't need to unbuckle the strap EVERY time.
·they are UBER comfortable.
·they are relatively affordable! $39.99 per pair.

I got mine on eBay from an authorized retailer, but if you can find a store thst sells them near you, it might be Bette so that you can try them on. They are UK sizes, so if you buy a 6, you're getting an 8W. People, im telling you, these are the shoes of the summer. Go find a pair today!!

Have a good week :)


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

{Home Tips}: Natural Laundry Fixes

Today, I tried something different with my laundry. 6 months ago, I used to just throw in a laundry pod or two with my load, and then some fabric softener (to make it smell yummy). That was because I could get my laundry detergent from Walgreens pretty much for free because of my mad couponing skills. Then I decided to try something different with my laundry so that it would be more natural. I started buying Ecos free and clear laundry detergent:
via ecos.com
but I realized that it wasn't making my laundry smell "fresh". I knew it was "cleaning it" but I just wanted it to have that fresh smell. So I've started putting essential oils in my laundry detergent, before putting it in with the load.

I use Lemon, from DoTerra, which is AMAZING! Normally, I hate lemon, but it makes my clothes smell so fresh, and I know that it is actually deodorizing my clothes, not just masking the scent with perfumes and fragrances. The best part about it? It was free! I got this little sample from a friend, but normally, they are about $13 (non-wholesale price) for a 15 ML bottle. I've known about essential oils for a WHILE, but am just now starting to really utilize them for everyday needs. For instance, last week I burned myself on a hot mug. I'm talking nasty blister on my thumb. I put it under cold water for 5 mins, and as soon as I took it out it still hurt like the dickens. THEN I had a miraculous thought: Put some lavender oil on it! Voila! About a minute later it was completely soothed, and feeling great. It was completely healed a day later.

Anyways! Back to the laundry detergent! My next step is to make my OWN laundry detergent. I've used it before, borrowing some from Angel from nourishinggenius.com and loved the results. I know she must have put lemon essential oil in hers, because I could definitely smell it. It was wonderous. I will post more about that later, and definitely put up a tutorial! I'm excited because today at the grocery store, I checked on pricing, and all of the ingredients combined will cost me about $10, and will make me 20 GALLONS of Laundry soap. It's safe to say that I will be set for the rest of the year. It's perfect for a college student who likes to live naturally on a budget!

I will be posting more about essential oils later. If you plan on trying them out, find a distributor through DoTerra, who can give you their wholesale discount. Trust me, it's wayyyy worth it.