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May 19, 2015

Making our Home Healthy with Bona


A few months ago, My father-in-law's uncle passed away. Shortly after I got to work, Sean texted me:

"Can dad stay the night? The funeral is tomorrow."

Well duh, he's family. Of course he can stay. Except...

He's allergic to dogs.

Anise may be short-haired, but girl sheds enough to make a new bath rug to replace the one she just tore up. I am constantly sweeping our old hardwood floors and shocked at how much hair piles up (and how much is still somehow left behind). Don't even get me started on upholstered surfaces.

Before: Dull. Meh.
I'm sure you can imagine how quickly I got stressed at  having such limited time to de-allergify (I'm sure that's a word) our home on such short notice. It was the middle of the week, and I had put off some tasks knowing we were having company Friday and I was planning on a deeper clean closer to that time.

Thankfully, my work is awesome and my boss let me head out an hour early. I hussled home to walk Anise before frantically removing all covers from our futon and pillows and throwing them in the wash before attacking all our floors: a round of sweeping, then a round of vacuuming before finally mopping everything down.


When I say mopping, it's not what you might think. I live in a historic home (if you couldn't tell by the photo above) and the floors are older than I am. I love them. But caring for them isn't like caring for the laminate floors I grew up around. Water needs to be kept to a minimum and the homemade cleaners I prefer using ingredients like vinegar are also a no-go. I was so stressed at how to keep the floors clean and gorgeous without using harsh chemical cleaners.

As I stalked online forums to figure out the best cleaning option, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner came up again and again. Turns out, it's pretty much a godsend for hardwood floors. Even better, they make a Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner (which is now certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America!). I wouldn't have to deal with any nasty synthetic fragrance, and my FIL wouldn't have to worry about allergies - to Anise or the floor cleaner:
  • This non-toxic, effective hardwood floor cleaner removes at least 93.33% of allergens from hard surface floors.
  • Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner has passed the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s rigorous testing to achieve this certification.
  • Free of dyes and scents, Bona Free & Simple Hardwood Floor Cleaner cleans effectively and is hypo-allergenic so it is safe for allergy-sensitive families.
  • All Bona products are infused with more than 90 years of innovation and experience to keep floors looking beautiful. 
After: Shiny and allergen-free!
End of story? Our home was a Bona Healthy Home long before my FIL arrived for the night... a night which was allergy attack free!


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Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!
A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

elcome to the 118th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-host:
PicMonkey Collage
Bekah @ re•solve
Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner!
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A Cowboy's Life
Hi friends! This is Tiffany this week! I fell in love with these pretty DIY Shabby Chic vases from A Cowboy's Life blog! Chastity's blog is so adorable! I love all her posts and she graduated with a degree in photojournalism! That is my dream!
Check out her blog! She is super crafty and creative and takes beautiful pictures. I plan on making these vases someday. They would be perfect centerpieces for an event!
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!




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May 16, 2015

My Routine for Beautiful Confidence with Cottonelle

Cottonelle go commando


One thing that you can't miss about me is how pale fair-skinned I am. And in case I ever forget, the camera is always there to remind me.

I knew I'd be taking outdoor photos to share my routine with your guys; I even used self-tanner in preparation.

But, let's be honest. While Cottonelle has given me the beautiful confidence to Go Commando in those little white shorts (that you probably can't even see) while I enjoy some yoga, my confidence in sharing photos like the one above where my skin looks the same color as the Cottonelle is not so high.

I'm switching the focus from myself to Anise since she's tanner than me.
I don't know what Yoga pose this is supposed to be, but I do know that she ALWAYS goes commando. She's super confident.
Regardless, share I must, because yoga rocks, those comfy shorts rock, and the ability to Go Commando with Cottonelle rocks.  I've been using their products for a while, but their cleaning cloths and toilet paper just got made over and now they're even better:

The Cottonelle® Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology, so they not only offer you a confident clean but also start to break down immediately after flushing. They are:
  • Flushable
  • Break up after flushing
  • Sewer- and septic-safe
  • Alcohol-free
  • OneTouch dispensing tub
  • Great for the entire family
The Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper is:
  • Strong and effective for a confident clean
  • Tuggable, huggable softness that goes a long way
  • Two-ply
  • Pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths for the ultimate in clean
Cottonelle fresh care flushable cleansing cloths and clean care toilet paper
Just look at that beautiful ripple texture!

These are seriously pre- and post-work out must-haves! You're going to want to toss some in your own gym bag. Thankfully, a free sample of the Cottonelle commando kit is available for a limited time, so hurry up and get yours!



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May 13, 2015

save your seats! Zitriom seat cover review


Disclosure: This item was provided in exchange for my honest review. 
This post contains affiliate links to the item.



Anyone else's car seats look like this?


Ugh. When we rescued Anise, I draped a blanket over the back seats and called it a day. Clearly, The blanket wasn't of much use. And car washes got a little more frustrating when I found out about the "excessive pet hair" surcharge. Eeesh.

We rarely carry passengers in the back (besides Anise, obviously), but when we do, we certainly don't want them covered in hair. Plus, I prefer a clean car in general. I started looking at seat protectors to see if they could do any better than a blanket when Zitriom offered me one of theirs...in a beige that nearly matches my seats. Score!

I have to say, it's a steal at $14.99. It was easy to install (it didn't include directions and we still figured it out), looks nice, doesn't leave a smell (despite the rubber backing which does a great job of keeping it from slipping everywhere!), has kept the hair at bay, and most importantly...Anise clearly thinks it's comfortable:

So, run to the car wash, pay that dumb surcharge for the last time, then protect your seats with a Zitriom seat cover:




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May 12, 2015

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!
A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the 117th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)
Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-hosts:
PicMonkey Collage5-8
Bekah @ re•solve
Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts
Christine @ So-Called Homemaker
***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner!
Hi friends! This is Chelsee this week! I am all about making my blog better and when I saw this post from View from in here I thought it was interesting and decided I had to share it with all of you. I find this post contains tons of resources for those looking to better their blog in many ways.
I personally would love to go from 0 to 50 comments on posts and I intend on reading how to do this from the link in the post. If you are looking for a great blog resource, make sure you stop by and check out Nikki's blog!
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

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