Category Archives: Life

Cozy up in a Pillow Fort to Celebrate Christmas in Summer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Harlequin
What month is it again? If it wasn’t for the streak of 80 degree days we’ve been having, you could tell me it was November, and I would probably believe you. I don’t think I’ve ever spent quite so much time at home than I have over the last five or so months! Because of that, I’m always looking for new, fun things to do at home, and recently reminded of building pillow forts as a child! I wondered, could I make a pillow fort for adults?!

How to Make Pillow Fort for Adults

I’m sure you might also recall similar childhood memories of running around your home, collecting all the cushions from the couch, spare blankets, and throw pillows. Then, you’d pile up all the pillows and cushions, throw blankets across them, and have the perfect, cozy spot to play in, read, or nap for the rest of the day.

So I thought, why not recreate a pillow fort for adults?!

If you’re feeling a bit stir crazy at home, then like me, you might be craving the comfort and joy that comes with cozying up with a good book in the fall. Or, maybe you feel like you want to skip straight through to the most wonderful time of year. Either way, why not treat yourself!

Are you in?! Grab your favorite Harlequin Christmas book (or find one to read on the list below!) and join me as I share some pillow fort ideas, perfect for adults, that you can recreate at home to celebrate Christmas in Summer!

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Summertime Essentials for a Staycation at the Lake

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All my opinions are my own!

This summer, it’s all about the staycation! That’s why I was so excited for a little weekend relaxation at nearby Lake Roesiger, where my friend Megan’s family owns the cutest little lakehouse. Of course, I had to pack all of the summertime essentials for the perfect day away from home!

Summertime Essentials

It was a beautiful warm sunny day as I packed up my car with a giant pool float and a bag overflowing with my summertime essentials to enjoy lakeside! On the list are the obvious, of course: a cute swimsuit, a giant beach towel, a sun hat, stylish sunglasses, SPF, and a change of clothes for later. However, I’ve rounded up a few additional things that made this warm summer day even more enjoyable.

For everything you need for a day at the lake and all of my must-have summertime essentials, keep reading!

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125+ Stylish Face Masks To Buy Online

I don’t know about you, but my go-to accessory over the past four months has been a reusable face mask. No longer is it just a “keys, phone, wallet” check when I leave the house, but now I’ve thrown “face mask” and “hand sanitizer” into the mix. My trips outside the home mostly consist of grocery store pickups, post office drop-offs, and occasionally seeing a friend or family member at a distance. As those outings increase over the next several months as things begin to open back up, my wardrobe of stylish face masks will be expanding to accommodate keeping those around me safe.

Stylish Face Masks for Women
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Just two weeks ago, the state of Washington officially mandated wearing a face covering or face mask when out in public spaces. The only exception would be when you can keep 6 feet of distance outdoors from people outside of your household, like when you walk in your neighborhood or visit a local park. And just this week, face masks or coverings are required in all businesses, and those businesses are able to refuse service if patrons aren’t wearing one.

On average, I’ve been using 2-3 reusable face masks during every outing for each errand. I find it’s just easier to have a few extra than to fuss with the same one for the duration of my trip away from home. Upon returning home, I pop them in the laundry hamper to wash with the rest of my laundry.

As someone who loves to accessorize with my outfit, there’s no reason we can’t show our fashion sense through stylish face masks, too! For that reason, I’ve been slowly compiling a list of all of the best places to buy stylish face coverings.

In this list, you’ll find stylish face masks for women, as well as many unisex options mixed in! I’ve also noted what material each mask is made of, if there’s a filter pocket, what type of tie the mask has, and if the company has any give-back programs associated with the sale.

Ready to shop for stylish face masks? Read on for my exhaustive list of reusable, stylish face masks and cute face coverings! I’m confident you’ll find at least one you’ll LOVE to wear.

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Spring Clean Your Car: 11 Car Cleaning Hacks You Can Do At Home

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Autotrader, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but being in quarantine at home has inspired me to tackle a lot of projects that I’ve been putting off. From home decorating to mending to spring cleaning, now that I’m home 24/7 I’m more aware than ever of all the things that need my attention. When it comes to spring cleaning, one thing that’s often forgotten is our car!

While we’re under the stay at home order, why not use this time to give our favorite vehicles a little refresh, too?!

How to Spring Clean Your Car

11 Car Spring Cleaning Hacks You Can Do At Home

Whether you’re in the market for a new ride or are in it for the long haul, it’s important to keep up with our car maintenance, including cleaning the interior and exterior! It’s amazing what you might discover just by doing a little car cleaning. You might find rock chips on the windshield, worn-out wipers, low fluid levels, or even loose hoses or belts that you didn’t know about. Cleaning and inspecting your car at home once or twice per year will help you keep your car in tip-top shape and running safely longer.

If you’re thinking about buying a new car and are getting your current one ready for sale, there’s no better time to check out Autotrader. They make car shopping easier than ever, even during COVID-19. Click here for some of their amazing auto-related resources and spring cleaning tips!

Today, I thought I’d share some of my car cleaning hacks and easy ways you can spring clean your car at home!

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Things to Do in Kirkland, WA

Well, things sure have changed since I originally wrote this post. In the fall of 2017, I had the opportunity to join the Kirkland Downtown Association for a tour around their city and discover the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington. While I’d visited Kirkland many times over the years, it was a great chance to talk with someone who lived in the community and had a great recommendation for everything. Following that visit, I started working on this post.

Visting Lady Yum in Kirkland, WA // Things to do in Kirkland

Three years later, a lot has changed. Right now, Washington has a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since I’ve been home for the past 3 weeks, I’ve been doing my best to share small businesses in the form of “virtual tours” around some of my favorite Seattle cities and neighborhoods on Instagram. (You can watch the Kirkland tour here!)

In creating the virtual tour, I realized it was about time to refresh this post with some of my new (and old) favorite Kirkland spots. Read on for the best things to do in Kirkland, Washington!

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