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high-efficiency spring cleaning tips!

April 23rd, 2015 · 3 Comments

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One of the biggest things I’ve learned in the last year is how to be more efficient at everything.  From my job to our errands to even this blog, I’m constantly looking for ways to make everything on my plate more streamlined and easier to handle. 

So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite high-efficiency spring cleaning tips with you guys, in case any of you are struggling with how to re-organize and streamline your homes this season!  From bills to laundry to taking care of our son, I’ve found a few ways to make everything go a little smoother, and I’d love for you guys to chime in with any of your own as well.

Multitask: You’ll almost never find me doing just one thing.  I’ve constantly juggling a to-do list that’s a mile long, so when I have a few extra minutes, I try to find small things I can knock off quickly.  My phone is terrific for this!  Waiting for the laundry to finish?  Order paper towels from the Amazon app.  Sitting in traffic on the way to a meeting?  Perfect time for a chat with my mom.  Instead of letting everything pile up until it’s unmanageable, I knock small items off my list every time I have a spare minute. 

Set Short, Incremental Time Limits: Over time, I’ve noticed that I’m exceptionally productive right at the end of the day.  After a while, I learned to put this habit to use, and it’s honestly changed my life.  If I need to do something, I give myself a reasonable, but small, window to do it in, and tell myself I’ll only do it for that long.  Folding laundry?  Ten minutes.  Prepping dinner?  Twenty.  I even use the timer on my phone sometimes.  I build in breaks along the way so that I’m not rushing from task to task, but setting time limits means that I don’t end up wasting an hour procrastinating about something that only takes ten minutes.  It’s a game-changer!

Thing Big: There’s a limit to the projects that you can get done in ten or twenty minutes, no matter how efficient you are.  So I also set aside time for bigger projects, every few months or so.  Things like re-organizing the pantry or researching home improvement projects that I want to put more time and thought into before tackling them.  Springtime is the perfect reminder for projects like this, and I have a few on my plate right now that I’m making some good progress on. 

All About Efficiency: Our house was built a few years ago and one of the big luxuries in a new house is that you find new, energy-efficient appliances, including our beloved washing machine and dryer.  (And, yes, I’m not exaggerating at all when I call our washing machine “beloved” — living in a walk-up apartment in New York for years without a washing machine made me learn that a washing machine is not something you ever, ever take for granted.  Oh, New York real estate.  Good times.) But even a high-efficiency machine can use a boost to save you some time, water, and money.  Tide’s HE Turbo Clean™ detergent is brand new and is the #1 recommended detergent by leading HE washer manufacturers.  Conserving energy is a big plus in our house, particularly as we start to teach our son about the importance of conserving water and natural resources. 

How does it work?  Good question.  HE Turbo Clean™ detergent saves time and water to make sure your machine is running at peak performance.  It uses quick-dissolving Smart Suds™ technology to help prevent HE Machines from running additional rinse cycles.  Skipping those additional cycles can save you up to 25 minutes and 10 gallons of water!  And the best part is that it’s faster and more efficient than the usual laundry process, leaving you with more time for everything else in your day.

What are your favorite spring cleaning tips?  To learn more about the new Tide® HE Turbo Clean™ formula, visit!

Disclosure: I partnered with Tide® to bring you this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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my results from the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge!

March 3rd, 2015 · 6 Comments


So, that photo above?  That’s my new, healthier smile.  And I LOVE it.

I admit, I was a little skeptical that I’d be able to make over my oral care routine in three weeks.  But, you guys: it happened.  I finished the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge today, and I used antiseptic mouthwash every single day, morning and night.  And you know what I’m going to keep doing every day from now on?  That exact same habit. 

I was hooked with in a few days, but here’s the funniest story from this past month.  My husband reads Sugarlaws, so he knew that I was participating in the challenge.  And after about a week, he asked me, “are you really using Listerine every morning and night?”  And I sort of grinned and told him that yes, not only was I absolutely using it twice a day, but that it was seriously the best feeling to have such a clean mouth all the time. 

And a few days later, as we were brushing our teeth and getting ready for bed, I looked over at him.

And he was using Listerine.

Seriously, he’d gotten his own bottle, and he’d started using it too

That’s how much the 21-Day Challenge affected me: I even spread the habit to him! 

And really, it’s a great habit to develop.  I love the super-clean feeling that LISTERINE® Antiseptic gives my mouth — it’s so fresh and feels so great, now I’m wondering how I ever lived without it.  I’m so grateful to participate in projects like this for Sugarlaws, because this is a habit I’ll be sticking with for years to come.  Adding LISTERINE® to my oral care routine was an easy change that produced immediate benefits, and I’m thrilled to know that I’ll be keeping my gums, teeth, and mouth healthier for years to come because of it.

Did you guys try the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge?  I’d love to hear about your results!  (And, more impotantly, did any of you guys win the Fitbit®?  My mom is obsessed with hers and I’ve been dying to try one!  I clicked through the email every day to see if I’d won, but hopefully one of you guys did!)

Disclosure: I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.


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Wishes for Baby

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments


From the moment your child arrives (or before!), you want nothing but the best for them.  A mother’s Wishes for Baby are the hopes and dreams that fill her heart and guide her decisions in shaping her child’s life.  I’ve teamed up with Fisher Price for their #WishesforBaby campaign. They’ve partnered with artist Adele Enersen to bring moms’ wishes to life in her stunning images!  (You may remember Adele from her beautiful blog, Mila’s Daydreams – if you’re not familiar with it already, she is such an imaginative and talented artist, and obviously an incredible mother too!)

As part of this partnership, I’m sharing a few of my own wishes in hopes of inspiring yours! My first to my son, I hope you learn to appreciate the warmth and beauty of a loving home. Join me in sharing your hopes and dreams for your children using #WishesforBaby!

One of my biggest wishes for our son is that he grow up with a warm and loving home.  I spent months choosing every detail for his nursery to create the happy, cozy environment that I wanted our son to experience.  From choosing the perfect shade of paint to the wall to picking out my favorite childhood books for his nightstand, the time I spent creating his nursery was filled with the dreams of the many hours we would spend in it, playing games and learning new things. 

Because a warm and loving home isn’t about getting everything to look perfect.  It’s about creating a space that will be filled with love and memories, where our son would feel free to explore, challenge himself, and discover new interests of his own.  For our son, that’s my biggest wish: that no matter what he goes on to do, he’ll remember growing up in a home that was filled with warmth, love, and kindness. 


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