Holiday Storage Favorites From Walmart

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I sometimes get strange looks from people when I tell them I take down my decorations on the 26th. It has become a routine that starts with the inside and within a day or two I tackle the outside and this year was no exception!

When you are putting away holiday decorations start by purging what is broken and items you no longer use. It makes room for the things you love and will use year after year. Having the right containers to store your holiday decorations is the next essential step to staying organized. I often say you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get organized and these favorites from Walmart will get you organized without breaking the bank!

Faux Christmas trees have grown in popularity so I like to give a few different options to store them so they look great when you pull them out each year. Make sure you measure before you buy because they come in multiple sizes.

Storing ornaments is an individual preference. You can store by room, types of items or by color. I choose a color scheme every year so I like to sort by color so it makes it easy to see what I already own. There is no right or wrong as long as they are contained and organized to make it easy the following year.

We have all bought Christmas wrap that was never used and after the holidays are over it gets thrown in a closet. Keep it stored in a gift wrap container so it will be in great shape and ready for next year.

Untangling string lights is something everyone dreads and we usually throw in the towel and they go in the garbage. Keeping lights organized and contained prevents buying new every year which saves money.

I love to hang wreaths inside and out during the holidays and keeping them organized and free of dust is simple with these storage bags.  Inexpensive and easy to use is a great combination!

Once you have everything in containers don’t forget to label so you know what is inside. This label is a favorite because they are self-adhesive and erasable.

It may be a bit of work to purge and organize your holiday decorations on the front end but next year when you are able to find everything and see what you own, you will thank me!

 

My Secret To Healthy Hair

I get so many questions about my hair and the products I use so I thought I would take the opportunity to answer some of them in today’s blog.  I want to start off by saying my hair is extremely thick, coarse and naturally wavy so to say it has been a struggle managing it my entire life would be an understatement. I feel very lucky that I don’t have the normal hair issues that come with getting older. I know a lot of it has to do with genetics because my mother has great hair and she is 81. I wish I could say it is just one thing I do to keep my hair healthy but when you have hair like mine it’s a combination.

Find The Right Stylist The first and most important tip is to find the right stylist for your type of hair. My stylist understands my texture and type of hair which is so important. I love so many short hairstyles but because my hair is thick I found that short hair is not an option for me. Whether your hair is thick or thin a good stylist will understand what hairstyles and products work best for you.

Deep Condition I color and highlight my hair so deep conditioning it once a week is key to soft shiny hair. I prefer to leave the conditioner in overnight and style the next day. It keeps my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Wash Less Frequently I only wash my hair only once a week and I can hear the gasps as I write. I know this sounds impossible for some but I have been doing this for almost three years and although it wasn’t easy in the beginning it has definitely made my hair feel and look healthier. Shampooing too often strips your hair of its natural oil and makes it dry. I highly recommend a good dry shampoo when you start to wash less frequently. I have tried so many and this is my absolute favorite because it really works!

Hot Rollers The question I’m asked most is how do I achieve the fullness in my hair. It may be a throwback to the eighties but I use these hot rollers and have for years. I put them in my hair before I apply my makeup and take them out when I’m finished. It’s just enough time to give my hair the body I want and no dry ends.

Hair Care Products There are so many hair care products to choose from and I have tried so many through the years and I have found that my holy grail products are from Oribe and Kerastase. All my favorite products are listed below.

Vitamins Another important part of keeping my hair thick and healthy are vitamins. As you get older your hair loses some of its volume and luster. The supplement I use for hair, skin, and nails is Biosil and I have definitely noticed a difference. This is not a paid endorsement it’s just something I found that works for me.

Everybody’s hair is different and that is why it’s so important to find what works best for you. It has been a lot of trial and error over the years but I have finally found my secret to healthy hair!

Check out my YouTube channel for a detailed video on how I style my hair and tons of organizing videos. I love answering your questions so keep them coming!

 

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Kitchen Storage Favorites at Walmart

1. Lidded Glass Jars  The options are endless on what you can store in these jars. I use them for coffee, flour, sugar and keep them on the counter but they would look great in a pantry too! They come in many different sizes and these labels add the finishing touch!

2. White Ceramic Canister Set 4 piece This inexpensive canister set is another option to store everyday essentials. Use these chalkboard labels and personalize what is being stored.

3. iDesign Pantry Organizer These are a favorite to keep food items organized in a cabinet or refrigerator and they have a handle to make it easy to access what you need and slide back in.

4. Mini 4 Ounce Mason Jars (24-pack) These are really great because it can be so hard to find the perfect jar for smaller items. Store spices, oils, powders for tea or arts and crafts. These round clear labels are simple and fit smaller jars perfectly.

5. Ball Glass Wide Mouth Mason Jar Ball Jars are mainly used for canning but these wide mouth jars can be used to store leftover food, arts and crafts, pantry items, spices and they are just so cute!

6. Glass Food Containers (13 piece set) I love using glass storage containers because they can be reused and go in the dishwasher. When you have a big group for the holidays these make storing leftovers a breeze.

7. iDesign Stackable Refrigerator Berry Bin My family is a big fan of all types of berries and these make it easy to clean and store fruits and vegetables. They also keep items fresh longer which is another plus!

8. Glass Meal Prep Containers (3-pack) These are a favorite because they make prepping and storing meals a breeze which will come in handy during the hectic holiday season. These are also glass so they can go in the dishwasher too!

9. Montana Kitchen Canister If you love the farmhouse style these would look great on a kitchen counter or in a pantry. The black lids are modern but with a classic design.

Take advantage of Cyber Monday deals and get your kitchen organized!