Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Produce

It's finally officially Spring! Can you believe it? New seasons mean new food that is IN season, which means different fresh things to eat! Awesome.

Here we have list of produce that is in season during the Spring! Take note and either save our image to print out later for the grocery store or make your own list of the things you like on this list. 

Happy eating!

Hot Spot: Plato's Closet

Imagine walking into your closet which happens to be filled with all the coolest trends in accessories, clothes, shoes, outerwear, menswear, AND CDs and DVDs. This dream could be real with just one visit to Plato's Closet in Cedar Rapids.

These brands are the hottest on the market and Plato's Closet is buying them from you AND selling them to you at a great price. Trends that you can afford? Sounds like a deal to me.

The Plato's Closet in Cedar Rapids is on 3647 1st Avenue SE. Their phone number is 319-247-1821, call to chat with any questions, they're real friendly!

Their info section is as follows, found here at their website:
"We’re not your typical secondhand clothing store. The gently used clothing and accessories that we buy are: top-name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current teen and young adult styles still seen in the mall."

Sound cool? I think so. I will be heading to Plato's to update my wardrobe for Spring and selling some things I haven't worn for a while. Don't forget that you can use your Fun Money here too! Visit their Facebook page here.

Colorful and cool, Plato's Closet has racks on racks of new additions to your wardrobe for less than retail. Check out their denim, accessories, men's, and shoes also!

You don't want to miss the fantastic deals that are happening at Plato's Closet. The deals are even better when you use your Fun Money!

Check out Plato's Closet in Cedar Rapids. Better get there before I do!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Breakfasts Around the World

So many things have been said about breakfast. From a novel by the name of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, "I had a moral opposition to eating before dawn on the grounds that I was not a nineteenth-century Russian peasant fortifying myself for a day in the fields." This page by WebMD gives you many reasons to eating a healthy breakfast daily, an example being that breakfast eaters weigh less on average than those who skip the meal. 

While the decision is up to you to feast before you start your day or not, I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone else in the world thinks of as breakfast.

Try something different and switch up your routine. Yum!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Inspiration: Quotes

Need some inspiration to get you through til warmer days are here to stay? Here are some quotes that we think will help push your motivation upwards.

Feel free to use these or print them out! Stay motivated, friends.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

First Day of Spring

Today, Thursday, the 20th of March, is the official first day of Spring! It's also called the vernal equinox, and equinox is Latin for "equal days." The days aren't exactly 12 hours and 12 hours equally, it rarely works out that way.

Here's the most exciting thing for about Spring (at least I think so): THE DAYS ARE LONGER! Beautiful! What will you do with all the extra hours? Here are some ideas.

Find a new walking route
 - Explore outside with the extra sun that Spring allows.

Come up with a new "uniform"
- It's brighter and warmer! Switch some of your clothes out & dream up a new uniform, like blogger Gala Darling does. Check out her post about it here.

Plan a garden
- Fail to plan and plan to fail! Even if you can't garden, look up different plants that you could keep inside that are bright and fragrant or subtle and pretty in the background.

Spring cleaning
- Get rid of the clutter that's been sitting around or those things that you don't really need anymore for some nice free space.

Do you have any spring rituals you'd like to share? Tell us at

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shampoo Alternatives

Shampoo can be pretty expensive and maybe more harmful to your hair than you think.

No poo is a term that means you don't use shampoo! At least the shampoo that you can buy in bottles at the store. No poo is a phenomenon that is sweeping the country. It's the idea that shampoo actually makes your skin produce more oil than it eliminates. No poo participants from say that they enjoy this method because shampoo is expensive, it upsets the natural body cycle, and it contains chemicals that hurt more than help the user. Click here to see more of the Instructables page on "no poo."

People who participate with no poo actually use a concoction of baking soda and vinegar as shampoo. The website I mentioned before has a recipe that tells you how to make your own no poo mixture with baking soda and apple cider vinegar as conditioner.

Here are some people who have participated in No Poo or Unpoo!

Sara at My Merry Messy Life
Tsh at The Art of Simple
Becky at Care2

What do you think about not using shampoo? Do you have any shampoo recipes we should have added? Let us know at

Until next time!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Style Spotlight: Art Deco

Do you love the flapper style? Can't get enough of the Great Gatsby? Need some ideas on how to spice up your apartment? Try adding some art deco pieces. This style is characterized by bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and ornamentation. It first started in France and was very popular in the 1930s-1940s and then its popularity waned after WWII.

"Historian Bevis Hillier defined Art Deco as "an assertively modern style [that] ran to symmetry rather than asymmetry, and to the rectilinear rather than the curvilinear; it responded to the demands of the machine and of new material [and] the requirements of mass production". During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress." (via here)

Art Deco

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Organizing Made Easy

We adore chaos because we love to produce order. - M.C. Escher

I almost always have a hard time keeping my stuff organized, and like I said a couple weeks ago, my new years resolution is to keep my things more organized! I thought I'd put together some tips that I think will help me and hopefully YOU keep your place tidier!

Yup. Cans. Jars also! Anything that your food comes in *that can be cleaned*, consider it usable storage space! I happen to love Claussen pickles, and they come in a nice big glass jar. It holds my dishwasher wand thing right now next to the sink. So handy. I highly suggest this tip, and get creative with it! Decorate a soup can and it could be your new toothbrush holder. DIY projects, hello!

Another tip that I absolutely LOVE. I hang my keys up along with scarves, purses, hats, earbuds, towels, and literally anything else that would otherwise be laying in a pile somewhere else. Hooks are so handy and are completely underutilized, in my opinion.

Y'know, those things you hang on the back of the door and shove your shoes in? Well, surprise, they can be used for so much more than just shoes. Personally, I haven't invested in one of these yet but I may just have to. From what I hear, they save a lot of space and have a lot of holding power. What more could you want from an organizational piece? NOTHING. That's what.

Alright folks, I hope that you found this post thought provoking and helpful. If you have any more ideas for handy home organization, let us know at! We would love to hear them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Color wheel: Radiant Orchid

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm." - Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®

Radiant Orchid

Pantone picked the 2014 color of the year last year on December 5th and proclaimed it would be Radiant Orchid. Read how you can integrate it into your daily life through Pantone's official blog, which you can find here.

You can add a splash of Radiant Orchid by upgrading your wardrobe, experimenting with a new lipstick or eyeshadow, or even dyeing your whole head Radiant Orchid!

Let us know if you have any great ideas for using Radiant Orchid in your life at