Let’s Start Fresh in 2022!

Starting fresh means different things to different friends. For some, it’s New Years Resolutions to Eat Better, Lose Weight, Get Organized, Spend more time on Self-Care. Whatever Starting Fresh means to you, I’m here to help.

For me, Starting Fresh means grabbing new calendars for the kitchen, kid’s rooms, and my room (I have a bulletin board next to my vanity with a wall calendar so I can review each day while I brush my teeth in the morning). I update the calendars each month with appointments, days off school, birthdays, etc. I usually get free calendars in the mail towards the end of the year and use those. For the kitchen, I get a Holiday a Day calendar and use that- It’s a great way to include silly “national” days into the meal plan or weekend plans. Like National Pizza Day (it’s in February) or National Bake Cookies Day (that was yesterday- we’re celebrating today).

Other Ways I Start Fresh Each Year (and keep it going through the year):

  • Inventory my Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry (and donate/share any unwanted still-in-date food). You can buy my inventory sheets here on Etsy.
  • Deep Clean/ Organize one area of the house each week. Start small. I start with the front coat closet.
  • Clean my car out. If you are a parent, you know. I take a laundry basket and a trash bag down to the car, and once the trash is out, and the stuff that needs to go into the house is in the basket (and back upstairs), I take my car to the carwash and pay $20 to have someone else wash and vacuum the car (and clean the windows inside and out).
  • Get rid of stuff that no longer serves you. I like to start in my closet. It’s a great chance to weed out clothes that no longer fit or serve me, and I can donate or share them.  I tend to do one area a month. I work on it for 10-20 minutes a few times a week, so it is not a mental burden.
  • In the same vein, do a toiletry/beauty/makeup purge. Travel-sized/sample-sized toiletries can be donated to homeless or domestic abuse shelters or local rehab/inpatient centers. Makeup and personal care items do expire (check out this article from Insider for more deets). If it smells weird or has a strange texture- toss it!
  • Space out Appointments or other “Adulting” tasks. As someone who had two mental/behavioral health appointments, an IEP Meeting, and a doctor’s appointment last week, I can assure you I was mentally and physically exhausted. As it was the end of the year, provider time was limited, so I didn’t have much of a choice, but going forward, I’m limiting myself to 1-2 “Adulting”/appointments per week. Otherwise, it is overwhelming and everything else, like tasks of daily living, gets pushed aside (shower, what’s that?).
  • Spend time Doing Stuff I Like. Yeah, seems weird? Spend a little time doing something that makes you happy. Play a game on your phone for 10 minutes, read, do a craft, work on a project, play Legos with your kids, go for a walk.

A content creator I really like, Rayna Cohen put it simply, ” Allow yourself to enjoy the new energy of the new year.”

My kid’s school sent out a Kindness Calendar for January. I plan on incorporating some of these RAOK throughout January and beyond.

Talk Back: I’d love to hear about how you are Starting Fresh for 2022!

Cents of Style: Essential Henley & Thermal Tops Starting UNDER $6!

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Fall means layers! Here in So Cal it’s freezing in the morning, and by 2pm it’s in the mid-80’s.

Cents of Style has us covered (pun intended), with their deal of the week!

Favorite TopsThermal & Henley Tops Starting UNDER $6 with coupon code is YAYFALL. Don’t forget FREE Shipping on ALL orders over $35!

Oh, and there are 8 styles to choose from in sizes from S-3xl.

The Kailey is my favorite style on sale this week.

The code expires 11/2/21 at midnight.

 

My Favorite Things and a $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

I had respite last night, so I ran some errands and stopped to pick up a couple of my favorite things, and after my trip to CVS the other day, I knew I had to do this post. I posted about my trip here on Instagram.

I’ve shared my favorite things before, and this autumn I’ve got some new favs to share.

Note: This list is 100% pumpkin and pumpkin spice free. I know y’all love both, but I’m not a big gourd fan.

Gaiam Finger Massager Dual-Sided Hand Massage Roller Tool for Circulation, Stress, Arthritis and Hand Pain Relief- I picked one of these up at Target and it has done wonders for my stiff hands and fingers. And less than $10. I use it daily.

Tree Hut Sugar Scrubs. I like the Moroccan Rose (which I assure you does not smell like roses or old ladies), but the mango is good too. I usually buy it at Target, and it comes in 4 or 5 scents. Because it’s made with sugar, you can use it on freshly shaved skin!

I needed new sneakers for my job, so I picked up these New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam 1080 V11 Running Shoes and it’s like walking on a cloud! If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you’ve seen my weekly posts of my step counts. I get a lot of walking in each weekday, and my feet needed something more supportive.

Speaking of support, I’m going to fully embrace my descent into becoming an old lady when I tell you compression socks are where it’s at. Seriously, they keep my legs warm, and they keep the soreness in my feet and legs at bay. This is super important when you are walking upwards of 15,000 steps a day.

How do I have the energy to do all that walking? I’ve recently come to appreciate the Espresso Con Panna. It’s two (or more) shots of espresso topped with whipped cream. Yup. so delicious.  And water. Lots of water. don’t forget to hydrate!

And possibly my most favorite items this fall are Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser. I have been in love with these products for like 10 years. Probably longer. Ever since I was introduced to Dermalogica in beauty school, I fell in love with their products, and for the longest time, I didn’t use them because I couldn’t afford them.

Now it’s sold at CVS. In the fancy/expensive product area. Where it’s all locked up. I had a 30% off my entire purchase coupon and I also had some extra care bucks, so I decided to splurge.

My skin has not felt this good in so long, I am frugal, and I always try to use quality skincare products, but I think I’m going back to Dermalogica 100% now.

Life has kicked up a notch, and I’ve been so busy. You’ve probably noticed fewer posts here and on Social Media.

I wanted to celebrate my new job and this awesome season by giving away a $100 gift card. The winner gets to choose either an Amazon.com GC, or a Target gift card to be delivered via email. More information and deets will be listed below.

Enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter here. Your first step is to leave a comment on this blog post. I want to know what you would buy yourself if you won. I want you to spend this gift card on yourself! New cozy sweaters, or some of the items on my Favorite Things list! I’ll choose a winner on 11/6/21- that gives you plenty of time to enter- there are entries you can do daily.

**Details, etc. Contest available to US residents only. The winner will select from $100 Amazon.com GC or $100 target GC to be delivered via email within 24 business hours of confirmation/certification of the winner. Failure to respond within 24 business hours to the winning email will result in forfeiture of the prize and a runner-up will be selected.

 

Cents of Style: Lounge & Jogger Sets EXTRA 20% OFF Starting UNDER $16

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Sets Today for Fashion Friday, Cents of Style is offering an EXTRA 20% off the lowest marked price on our lounge and jogger sets! These pieces are comfy and will be so cute to snuggle up in all Fall and Winter seasons! If there is a world where jogger sets were the uniform, I’m in! Since we’re always in the mood for much-needed R & R, why not do it in these fabulously gorgeous and fabulously soft lounge sets.

These sets come in a variety of sizes from Small-3XL, so there is something for everyone. To take advantage of this deal, use coupon code FALLSET at checkout.

This is a great chance to start your holiday shopping! These sets make a great gift- and they come in the season’s hottest colors. Don’t forget FREE Shipping over $35! The code is active until 10/19/21 at midnight.Sets

Cents of Style: Warrior Shirts Save an Extra 20%!

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Favorite TopsThis week Cents of Style has a great deal of their Tuesday Special. Their Warrior shirts (which come in sizes xs-3XL) and sweatshirts (sizes vary) are an extra 20% off their already low price when you use coupon code FEARLESS at checkout.

In addition to shirts, they also have Warrior necklaces and bracelets as part of the sale! These make a great gift for the strong person in your life.  They come in either gold-tone or rose gold-tone. Perfect for every style!

Warrior LineThis sale ends soon- so go get shopping! I’ve already picked up a few as holiday gifts!

 

Women’s Clothing Swap at The Chapel at Grossmont (La Mesa, CA) 10/2/21

OMG, friends! There is a clothing swap coming up! I just learned about it last night, and I know that so many of you have missed these swaps.

The Chapel at Grossmont (Address: 5651 Water St, La Mesa, CA 91942)

Saturday, October 2,2021 12pm-3pm

SWAP & SHOP: It’s time to spring clean your wardrobe ladies! Bring your gently worn WOMEN’s CLOTHING *Max of 20 items

How it works:
Bring your gently used WOMEN’s CLOTHING, accessories, shoes, etc., and trade them for items you want to take home. No selling, no buying, just swapping. You simply drop your items on the front table and you can start taking shopping for items you want to take home for free!
If you don’t have anything that you want to share, but need new clothes (I know a lot of people in that boat) bring along $5 in lieu of bringing items to swap.
Items can include:
-Gently used or semi-new clothing pieces
-Gently used or semi-new shoes
-Jewelry pieces
-Accessories: scarfs, hats, purses, belts
-New or unopened scented candles, lotions, perfume sprays (i.e., Victoria Secrets or Bath & Body Works)
Come and drop all the items you want to swap and leave with items that will bring value to you.
Reminders:
* SHOP FOR YOU. NO LUGGAGE PLEASE. NOT FOR RESALE.
* Bring a bag to cart home all your finds
* Please bring clothing pieces on hangers or folded (not scrunched up in a big trash bag)
* Wear tights and a fitted blouse to easily try on clothes.
* All leftover items will be donated to a local charity.
Contact the coordinator if you would like leftover items. Arrange pickup with her. Event Coordinator: Raquel (619) 873-6016

Cents of Style FASHION FRIDAY! ALL Feminine Tops UNDER $19.99

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Cents of Style has put together a collection of fun and feminine styles for this week’s Fashion Friday! They have hand-picked OVER 50 styles of feminine tops that are PERFECT for this time of year, and they are priced them all AT ONLY $10-$20, which is up to 50% OFF!

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These tops come in sizes S-3XL and are perfectly styled with your favorite pair of pants or shorts and sneakers, or paired with a pencil skirt and your favorite pair of heels! These tops have the prettiest details that will make heads turn!Favorite Tops
Remember to use Coupon Code POWERFUL at checkout!

Naomi’s Closet: Helping San Diego, CA area women in need

I’ve written about Naomi’s Closet before, but it’s been a few years, and I wanted to bring it to the attention of some newer readers.

If you are a San Diego, Ca area resident, female, and in need, I have a great resource for you.

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Naomi’s Closet is run through the Santee United Methodist Church (Located at 8964 N. Magnolia Ave., Santee, CA 92071). They provide up to five items of clothing per month (Your choice from a very good selection in a wide variety of sizes), and 2 toiletries.

Starting in September, Naomi’s Closet is open on the following days and times:

  • Wednesdays 10am-12pm
  • 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am-1pm

No appointment is needed, just show up during open hours. You do not need to show proof of need.

Donations accepted during open hours: Seeking clean, gently-used casual and business-casual clothing (no suits please), accessories, shoes. New/unused undergarments, sports bras, toiletries, and hygiene items of any type or size. I donate a lot of the toiletry freebies I receive, as well as clothes that I no longer wear.

If you have questions, or you would like more information, you can contact Naomi’s Closet at naomiscloset@cox.net.

 

Cents of Style 40% off the ENTIRE SITE

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Who says Back To School shopping has to be only for kids? Cents of Style is having an amazing fall sale this week for Fashion Friday!

They are offering 40% OFF SITEWIDE for ANYTHING (sale items included) on your ENTIRE order! With “Back to school” coming this is the PERFECT time to get all those things you’ve been eye-balling…or do you even need a reason!

The code is SAVEBIG and it takes 40% off the ENTIRE purchase!

Don’t forget FREE Shipping on ALL orders over $35!
The code is active ONLY until 8/15/21 at midnight.

Tea Collection: It’s the BIG one

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Are you ready for Back to School? Do your kids need some more shorts and summer gear before fall and cooler weather take over? Here in CA, we have at least 2-3 months before the weather cools down and we can look forward to sweater weather (just in the early morning or late at night, it will still be in the low 80’s during the day until Christmas).

Here are a few of the sale pieces that my little bit has picked out for her Back to School wardrobe:

Tea Collection specializes in kids clothes in sizes Newborn to size 16.

What I love about Tea Collection is that they are very well made and hold up over years of wear, and that means hand me downs!

Price Point Category prices as marked on site. Offer valid from 8/6/2021 through 8/8/2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Discount taken will be pre-tax. Cannot be combined with other promotions. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Limited to stock on hand.