Yoga Mat Cleaner

While I’ve been practicing yoga for nearly 10 years, I’m definitely a little lazy when it comes to cleaning my mat, and yeah, those things can get funky. My Sunday vinyasa class has an amazing smelling cleaner for community use, but there’s only one spray bottle, and about 30 students, so I usually get impatient and head home before giving my mat the cleaning it needs.

I had been wanting to make my own for a little while now, and since the ingredients used in it are so multi-purpose, last weekend I decided to whip one up!


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These two oils are great for a lot of reasons — tee tea is a natural antiseptic that can also be used as a topical treatment for conditions such as acne or fungal infections, and I like to keep the lavender on my nightstand, dabbing my wrists right before bed. The aroma knocks me out cold. Either can be picked up at Whole Foods or your local natural food section.

You’ll need:

  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil
  • 1 small spray bottle
  • 1 cotton rag

There’s pretty much nothing to this little concoction, just drip the oil into your bottle, top off with water, and you’re all set! Mist your mat with the spray, and using a damp cloth to wipe down. Allow to fully dry before rolling back up, and you’re ready to go!


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Happy Weekend!

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Hey all, and happy almost summer! We’re just two short days (well, long days, according to the Earth’s rotation), away from one of our favorite seasons. And what better way to kick it off but with a day where you get to show your Dad a little extra appreciation?? This weekend is full of all sorts of goodness, hope you enjoy it!

cct // 50 States of Doughnuts: The Best Shops in America, YES PLEASE! I will say tho — I’m not impressed by Connecticut’s donut shop…I’m not a fan of Luke’s, and I’ve been seeing some great CT donut shops on the CTEatsOut instagram

rkv // I don’t know about you guys, but my mama raised me to have a healthy appetite. Because of that, I always have snacks readily available (mainly to avoid getting h-angry 🙂 ) So I was very happy to see this list of 10 high-protein snacks to keep you hungry… and the first one has chocolate!

cct // Amy Schumer is amazing, and this couple is so beautiful – all around a solid post (insert the A-Ok emoji here)

rkv // I’m deeply in love with summer, but the insects? Not so much. Here are some ways to get rid of household pests

cct // I love when exercises are broken down in GIFs rather than still shots or video, and I need to start doing these moves asap!

rkv // As much as I appreciate a tasty burger or dog, I also love myself some seasonal veggies in the summer. Here’s a way to get the best of both worlds!

cct // 10 Summer Fashion Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear from The Everygirl

rkv // Looking for a little inspiration this summer? Check out these 5 TED Talks to get you going!

Five Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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As we’ve been mentioning, Christa and Curtis just moved into a new place, and Reg and her roomies will be relocating at the beginning of June. There are some seriously exciting and NOT exciting parts of moving, but the biggest challenge will be making your new place feel like home. To help, we’ve gathered some tips that will definitely be useful in our nesting process.

 

01. Get cookin’

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Before we get started here — how good does this look?? This will be made on our end in the very near future (find the link below!). Ok now, back to business.

One thing that’s sure to make your place feel like your own is to get that kitchen fired up. It may be the furthest thing from your mind when your stuff is all a jumble, but eating take-out for two weeks straight is not going to help your well-being, or your wallet. Once you’re done with your move, start unpacking that kitchen pronto. You don’t have to make beef burgundy or anything, just a simple 20-minute-meal will do. It’ll help you get a sense of the new storage, so you can make things more efficient over time. You can also get a sense of what your new place is missing, so you can get a list going of what to pick up next time you’re home shopping.

 

02. Figuring out the right fit for your furniture

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When Curtis and I moved into our new place we couldn’t wait to see all of our beloved furniture in the open space – we wanted to change the positioning and order of our living room, try new pictures on the wall, reinvent our rooms. And what happened was just that. BUT not exactly on our terms. Our living room is oddly shaped, and we can’t use most of the furniture we originally had in there. At first I was bummed and was trying really hard to fit these pieces in, but now I’ve accepted that those items have to live somewhere else. In our case that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of it (we have other rooms to transfer them to), but in some cases, letting go of the items might be the right thing to do.

If you’re planning on staying somewhere for a while, and a piece of furniture you love doesn’t have a home in your new space but you couldn’t possibly give it away, see if someone you love can make use of it, or rent a storage unit — but think hard on these pieces and try to let go if they’re not right for your new home. Think of the joy someone at goodwill (or on craigslist) will have when they stumble upon your awesome piece.

 

03. Find all items a real home

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While this photo above is beautiful and those paintings are clearly living there, if that isn’t your style and you’re just propping them up until you find the time, or the energy, or the man-power to put them up, find whatever you need and get the deed done. Your place will feel like a real home once you arrange your favorite pieces exactly where you want them! And even if you put it in a spot and then change your mind, that’s ok – how would you know it’s not the right place until you try? Get the boxes out of the way, find homes for those random piles you’ve got laying around, and start gettin’ things organized!

 

04. Freshen up

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Let’s be real, there’s nothing grosser than a former tenant’s dust and crumbs. This past week Reg and her roommates were doing a sweep of their new place before they officially move in so they can see what needs to be done beforehand. They opened the fridge, kitchen cabinets, etc… and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. One major way to make your place feel like your own is to give that bad boy a good scrubbing. If your landlord lets you, try to get in a day or two early to throw some elbow grease into it. Clean the baseboards, windows (and their sills!), bathtub, toilet, the works. Hardwood floors? Polish them! Carpet? Rent a carpet cleaner! This will make things feel so much nicer once you start to bring all of your furniture in.

Once you’re settled, keep the momentum going! Get some potted herbs for your kitchen window, hang some plants in the living room, and put some flowers in the entry way. One of our favorite tricks is to simmer some citrus peels and spices over the stovetop. It’ll make your place smell so fresh. *A nice springy option is lemon rinds and rosemary.

 

05. Start exploring your new neighborhood & community 

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While this chunk of advice doesn’t have anything to do with decorating (boo), it is an important part of a move. Start exploring your new neighborhood, take walks around the block, find a new jogging route – once you’ve become more familiar with your new area, you’ll start to feel at home in your new place. If you move into an apartment building, start paying attention to familiar faces, or if you’ve moved into a split family house, chat with your neighbor whenever you both have a minute. The more comfortable you are in your new zone, the sooner your new apartment or house will feel like home!

 

What do you guys like to do to make your home cozy? Let us know!

 

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Pins We Love

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Hope it was both relaxing and exciting all at once. It’s finally sort of starting to feel like spring around here (and by that, I mean that we can wear flats and rolled up jeans without our ankles shivering), so we’re feeling inspired and light. We feel like cleaning, painting, cooking, & exercising all at once. While of course that’s probably over-ambitions and we’re likely to only get one of those tasks done if we’re lucky, it’s nice to dream! Here are some of our favorite pretty pins keeping us inspired this week:

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Happy Weekend!

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Hello loves — hope you all had stress-free weeks and have exciting weekend plans ahead of you, even if that excitement is in couch form. What are you all up to? Christa and I are both moving out of our current apartments in the near future, so we’ll likely each be doing lots and cleaning and packing, which can be refreshing, especially in early spring — cheers to fresh starts!

cct // Beautiful flower wall hangings that play on animal head trophies

rkv // Eating seasonally is one of my favorite ways to feel strong and healthy, so I was amped to see these detox recipes for spring

cct // Are you or someone you know colorblind? As someone who relies on color every day, this Valspar project is so touching! (hint – just go to the last page and watch the video!)

rkv // A chart for removing any stain, ever

cct // Curtis & I are moving May 1st (yay!) and Cupcake & Cashmere’s 10 House Rules are pretty great!

rkv // We bloggers sure do love us some Trader Joe’s

cct // I love finding new books to read! These all sound promising! Do you have any to recommend?

rkv // Just your average breakfast cereal fan-art

Happy Weekend!

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So, it’s August? Where did that come from? This month has been known to bring us a bit of sorrow in the past, as we suddenly realize that summer is already halfway through. But yuh know what? We say no. No to sulking, and yes to rejoicing. Have yourself a little (or a lot) of ice cream, and embrace these warm nights while we can… #liveitupbaby

cct // Oh growing up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s

rkv // My wonderfully proactive friend Alia and her family have started a fund for humanitarian aid in Gaza. All proceeds go to UNRWA’s (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East) Gaza Emergency Appeal. If you’re able and willing to help this community in hopes for a brighter and more peaceful future, please do!

cct // My internal battle with bangs perfectly explained!

rkv // What do you guys think about the Post Modernism Revival trend? It’s very Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, if you ask me.

cct // Designer/creative friends – this is an amazing website! It loads all of the fonts on your computer to one page so you can see any word you want in that font!

rkv // My kitchen currently has a fridge-too-full-and-always-messy conundrum. Here’s to hoping these tips and these tips help my roomies and I out!

cct // I stumbled upon this online shop and I want EVERYTHING! Especially this, this & this!

rkv // Chance the Rapper covers the Arthur the Aardvark theme song?