Dehumidifier

I love living at the beach but it does come with its own special issues.  The humidity for one.  It gets into everything, making things from your clothes to your toilet paper smell musty.

I have used different options over the years.  I used DampRid crystals for years.  They work really well but they’re kind of a pain.  I always hated the mess and finally when one I had on a shelf in the top of my closet overflowed I had it!  All that sticky goo all over my clothes, yuck!  That’s when I did my research,  read manufacturer websites and a bunch of blogs and settled on the Eva-Dry renewable mini dehumidifier. 

After a year of using the Eva-Dry I can report that it does a great job. It also appeases my need to cut down on my carbon footprint.  I always felt a little weird about pouring that goo down the drain.   

It’s simple and clean and reusable.  Set it in your closet or under the sink and when the crystals in the window turn a light pink you plug it into a light socket.  Give it a couple hours to dry out and repeat! No mess, no throwing chemicals down the drain and my closets and under my sink smell great!

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A Comfy Bed is Key!!

I love snuggling in to a comfy bed.  My husband says I can “sleep like a teenage boy” and I take that as a compliment!  They are constantly coming out with reports talking about the health benefits of getting a good nights rest.  Bedding is key for me and I found the BEST sheets!

While staying at an AirBnB in Malibu last New Year’s Eve I fell in love with the sheets.  When it came time to strip the bed at the end of our stay I searched for the tag and lucked out!  I wrote down the name and went immediately to Google prepared to spend a small fortune and 100,000 count Egyptian cotton!  To my shock and joy they were on Amazon for $32.70!!!!  Yes, you read that correctly…not just one pillowcase… California King full set with 2 pillowcases in many colors for less than $40…What?!!  

I have a couple AirBnBs and I put them on all my beds.  I swear to you I have had inquiries about where to get these sheets! 

Then, just to prove I was really on to something, last week my favorite daily email, Today’s One Small Thing, featured MY sheets!!  Enjoy!…

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Hang Your Sweaters

Yes I know there are organizing experts who frown on hanging everything but I’m not one of them!  My philosophy is hang it up where you can see it and find it easily.  If you have too much hanging up you might just have Too Much!  But I’ll save the full closet reboot for another day.  Today I’m just excited about this great way to hang your sweaters without stretching them out.  Enjoy!…

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Is Floating Mumbo Jumbo?!

5D8532ED-9289-44B3-98E7-3C3E6FE3A666Last weekend my husband suggested we go to Float Clinic in Torrance.  The flyer said “Being in a float tank is like relaxing in outer space.”  How they know that is beyond me but whatever, sounded good!

So here is how it works… you go in to a private room with a shower.  You put in earplugs then soap up and wash off all the oils on your body and hair.  Then make sure you dry your face.  That will keep you from inadvertently touching your face with your salty hand – you don’t want salt in the eyes!  There is a door in the wall that leads in to the tank.  You step in and close the door behind you.  I hear some places are actually “tanks” but this was more like a room.  It’s pitch black, the water is 93.5 degrees and the air is skin temperature.  The water has 1200 pounds of epsom salt.  You lay down in the water, which is only a couple feet deep, and you FLOAT!   After 90 minutes music comes on and eases you out of your float.  Now don’t panic!  It might be a little hard to find the door but you know it is there!  Just feel around the walls until you come to it.  You get out, wash off the salt water and that’s it!

The only bad part for me was my own fault!  I had just gotten my hair done the day before.  I read the night before that you shouldn’t float if you’ve had highlights in the last 2 weeks.  So I wore a swim cap in an attempt to keep the salt water off my hair.  Don’t bother!!  My hair was soaked and the cap bugged me the whole time.  I suggest you just go with the intent of getting your hair wet and washing it in the shower when you come out.  

Those who advocate for floating suggest there are great physical, spiritual and learning advantages.  I’m not sure about that but for only $45 I really enjoyed the experience and will definitely do it again!!  

My husband said that he was extremely relaxed and just floated on his back the whole time…if you know us you know he is way more Zen than me!  I have a mind that is always working on something.  I did some stretching and worked on a couple projects in my mind…good time to concentrate on one thing and work it out.  It wasn’t until the very end that I was really still and started more of a meditative state.  Even though I wasn’t still the whole time I still enjoyed the whole experience.  

When Easter falls on April 1st

All week the kids excitedly painted dozens of eggs in anticipation of the big day. Finally it was here, Easter!   Time for the hunt! Ready, set, go!!! Off they went frantically looking in every nook and cranny of the huge back yard. Around and around they ran. This year was so hard. They were hidden so well. 2 minutes, then 3 then 5 minutes.

Dad, we can’t find any!

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One Small Thing at a Time

75B8B48F-A903-4CD9-AA7A-B37EAFD1386DI’m not a fan of junk eMail, who is?! It’s such a waist of time to have to read even the title line. I make a point to scroll down and “unsubscribe” to the junk that comes in. I think it helps because compared to other people’s email I have seen I get very little junk.

One daily junk eMail I actually signed up for is Today’s One Small Thing .  That’s just what it is…one small thing each day. Their tag line is “Real ways to make a difference in your life, One Small Thing at a time.”  I really like that!

Most of them are about healthy living. Good little reminders to make better decisions. Or sometimes they are helpful little hints. Today’s was about how to stop onions from making you cry when you chop them. Great tip! You should go sign-up to get your daily One Small Thing. If you decide you don’t like it you can always scroll down and “unsubscribe”!

Favorite Products

B1EA4892-708F-4DFF-9A9D-8C74845A1BB7I like to research everything. I think it comes from a childhood where every time I asked a question I was told to “go look it up”. Who else had that huge set of encyclopedias? AKA…the first Google! So now with vast information at my fingertips I feel compelled to find out all about it. Wether it’s the best reward credit card, a fuel additive for my car or the cream I put on my face. I read the reviews, research the research and then try it myself to pick out my absolute favorite. Then once that’s done I usually stick with it, feeling confident about my choice. Unless it’s discontinued… don’t you hate it when that happens?! You find your absolute favorite lip stick and then they stop making it!!! 😱 Well, that’s what “Favorite Products” is all about. My absolute favorite whatever it may be. Read on and maybe you’ll agree. Or if not, you can let me know I missed out on something even better and maybe tomorrow I’ll have a new Favorite.