Makeup Brush Cleaning Techniques and Homemade Cleaner

Let’s face it, cleaning makeup brushes isn’t the most enjoyable activity to do. Because of that, often times it gets put off and we are left with dirty brushes that cause uneven makeup application and breakouts on our skin. It is so important to clean your makeup brushes! I used totally dread cleaning them, but I have learned a few tricks to making the process a little faster and more enjoyable. I want to share my top two makeup brush cleaning techniques and my top secret homemade brush cleaner!

Makeup Brush Cleaning Techniques and Homemade Brush Cleaner Recipe on www.girllovesglam.com

You can watch my video where I demo both of my preferred methods and scroll down for links to everything you need to wash your makeup brushes and beauty blenders! [Read more…]

Getting the Family Involved with Housework

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I think we live in a time where homemaking has been looked down upon and I don’t think it should be that way at all! Making a house a home is something that is something that not just anyone can do. As I have grown as an adult, I have realized just how important homemaking is for my family. We have created an environment where we all help with the homemaking in order to create a home where we can feel joy! I absolutely love that Mrs. Meyer’s® Brand embraces homemaking to make products that turn homemaking into more than a duty, but more of a creative endeavor.

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Because we strive to all take responsibilities in our home, it leaves more time for all of us to be together. I am not left with all of the cleaning responsibilities just because I am the mom. I think that by having my family involved with cleaning has also help give them a sense of pride in what our home looks like and how our home feels. It also has made them more responsible for the messes they make. [Read more…]

20 Organization Tips and Hacks

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I am an organization junkie in the purest form. Seriously, I love it. I love tearing apart closets and turning them into organized, functional spaces. I have shared a lot of organization solutions on my blog over the years, but I have several other organization tips I haven’t ever shared. There are a lot of them that just aren’t big enough to have a post on their own. I decided to compile all of the organization projects I have ever done AND share new tips and hacks I have learned too! Here are my top 20 organization tips and hacks! I hope they help you organize your life too!20 Organization Tips and Hacks on www.girllovesglam.com

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Organization Board Family Command Center

In March 2012, I made an organization board to help keep my family in order. I made it with a baby strapped to my chest and decided to put it on my blog that I had just quit my day job for. Three months earlier, I had decided to take the plunge and be a full time blogger… at the exact same time as I had my first child. Interesting timing, right? Well, that little organization board tutorial went VIRAL! I had no idea what was going on. I just suddenly was getting hundreds of comments, emails, and my life was completely changed. That post is still one of my top traffic sources to this day, but I cringe every time I see it pinned on Pinterest, which is over 500k times… that is a lot of cringing! The lighting was terrible and I am SO over chevron print and the colors aren’t exactly my style anymore. You can see the full tutorial for my first organization board, here.

Organization board

I have wanted to change up the good ol’ organization board for a while now, but just have had ZERO motivation to do it. Once we moved, I decided to finally take on that project. I set my entire old board a side and started fresh! Ladies and gentlemen (for the one random dude who happens to come across this post), I present to you… The Organization Board Family Command Center version 2.0!

Organization Board Family Command Center tutorial on www.girllovesglam.com

Ahhhhh… isn’t that so much better? I really wanted to bring in some natural elements with the stained wood, while keeping some funky features like the stripes and the metallics.

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That one time my husband cleaned my house

It was a miracle day! For more than one reason. It was the day we were cleaning out our house because it had sold. That was a huge miracle because I had been living apart from my husband for a few weeks while I was trying to get the house ready to put on the market. By a major miracle, the house sold in just 6 days! I had to stay there until all of the paperwork was signed and everything, but it was a major miracle that our house sold that quickly. I wanted the house to be spotless for the man who was purchasing our home. After we got the trailer all loaded up, I enlisted the help of my husband to clean our house. Before he even had a chance to moan about it, I put our new, handy dandy Swiffer Big Green Box that we had just gotten on our doorstep in his hands. Inside it, he found a Swiffer Wet Jet. He promptly got to work getting the house all mopped up. Talk about a second miracle! A man who cleans and doesn’t complain about it? I’ll keep him!

Swiffer Wet Jet

He even decided to take the Swiffer Wet Jet back with him to our new place so that he could keep it clean for when I moved in. That was the moment I fell even more deeply in love with my husband. There is nothing more attractive than a man with cleaning tools in his hands, am I right? [Read more…]

Teaching Toddlers Laundry Skills. Stop Sorting Laundry!

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It is every mother’s dream. The day that her kids can do chores. The day that mom doesn’t have to do absolutely everything to keep the house in order. Well, that day may come sooner than you think! I believe that toddlers are capable of having chores of their own! Recently, I have started teaching my 2 year old how to do laundry. She absolutely loves it! It makes her feel like a grown up, while she is honestly helping me out with one of my least favorite household chores. One of the biggest frustrations early on, was trying to teach her to sort the laundry by certain types of colors and if the item would bleed more than others. Thankfully I was able to stop sorting laundry all together and I don’t have to go through that frustration anymore!

Teaching Toddlers Laundry Skills

Enter Purex® No Sort™! The rules have changed in laundry! We have to reprogram our brains with this laundry detergent. We no longer have to sort out our laundry like we used to. This detergent has anti- color-transfer technology that traps loose dyes in the wash and doesn’t let them get on other fabrics. Of course it is always good to put strongly colored fabrics like new clothing and jeans in a separate load for at least 5 times, but beyond that, there is no sorting required!

That is why it is perfect to help teach toddlers to do laundry! Teaching them the ins and outs of laundry sorting can be tough and can be something that they could learn later, but for a 2 year old it was just too much right now. Here is what I taught my two year old about doing laundry.

Teaching Toddler's Chores

First, we bring her laundry hamper out to the laundry room and I let her put all of her dirty laundry into the washing machine. Remember the no sorting thing? I can just have her dig right into those dirty clothes and put them all into the washing machine at once!

Teaching Toddlers to do chores

Then, I get a chair for her to stand on and get the laundry soap out.

Todder Chores

I measure out the amount of laundry soap that we need and then I have her dump the laundry soap into the compartment. She feels like such a big helper when she does this part.

Toddler Laundry Chores

I tell her what buttons to push to get the washing machine started and she gets to start the load of laundry up!

Cleaning list free printable

Next we head over to the cleaning list that I have. I recommend having a cleaning list for your family to see what needs to get done so that it can be a very visual, hands on experience. You can find my free printable cleaning list HERE.

Teaching Toddlers Responsibility through chores

I give her the dry erase marker and show her what chore to mark off. She feels like she is helping out our family by doing what she sees mom doing all of the time. It has been a really fun experience to watch her learn and grow as I let her help me with little chores around the house. Laundry is definitely a favorite of hers.

Remember to keep your kids safe! That is always going to be the first priority. Don’t leave any stools or chairs near the washing machine when there isn’t adult supervision around. Don’t ever leave your child by the laundry machines without adult supervision either. It is important to teach children how to be responsible, but it is more important to keep them safe!

Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent at Walmart

You can find the Purex® No Sort™ laundry detergent at Walmart in the laundry detergent section. I found mine up on the very top shelf, closest to the edge.

Rethink how you do laundry too by following Purex on Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook!

What chores do you teach your toddlers?

Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo Vacuum

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First, let me start off by saying that this vacuum is freaking amazing. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to try it out. With as much as I vacuum my house right now with millions of house showings, I need a reliable vacuum. Something that is also important to me right now, is a vacuum that I can move around quickly as I rush like a mad woman to get fresh vacuum lines before my house is shown while my husband sits in the car with my family, waiting for me to come out to leave. Carrying around our old vacuum while running through the house frantically was a work out! The Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo vacuum is so lightweight. I can easily take it from one room to another no sweat. I was shocked at how inexpensive this vacuum was too! A quality vacuum for under $100 is really hard to find. The suction was just as good as vacuums that I have used that are three times the price of this one.

Eureka Airspeed One Turbo Vacuum

I got my Eureka AirSpeed ONE vacuum at Walmart. It was in the vacuum section and it was the LAST one there when I bought it. It looks just as nice as the vacuums that are much more expensive, but the price is a lot more affordable. It was nice to be able to pick it up, get it in my cart, pick up my groceries and be done with it. I didn’t have to bother going to a store that was totally out of my way. To see my entire shopping experience, look here.

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Another great part about this vacuum is that it was so easy to put together! After getting it all out of the box, it only took about 15 minutes to get it all put together and ready to use. It was easier to put together than most of my daughter’s toys are!

Eureka AirSpeed One Turbo Assembly

I can’t even tell you how impressed I am overall with this vacuum. I was shocked at the value of it! Be sure to go check out Eureka on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about all of their vacuums they have to offer.

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Spring Cleaning Quick Tips

I was on the local lifestyle show, KPVI More this week talking about Spring Cleaning. I don’t love cleaning, but I do love how my house feels afterwards! You can watch the segment here.

Here is the pin I talked about in the segment…

Cleaner from The Craft Patch

Be sure to follow my cleaning board on Pinterest too!

For more cleaning/organization posts, check out these posts here!

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New Pretty Chore List

I am sure that most of you have seen my organization board. It basically rocks my world. But not all things are perfect. That is why I needed to do a little tweaking… The chore list.
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My first chore list came from Brown Paper Packages. I love it. BUT she is a little more clean than I am apparently. I just couldn’t keep up with some of her chores. Plus, the color of her chart clashed just enough with the green color that I chose, that it really drove me crazy. Enter my new list…
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I am offering this list that is customized for you over on my Etsy shop. If you would like this list customized to what you need, please go there to purchase. You can find that HERE.

SO much better! The color matches perfectly and the chores are ones that actually need done at my house. Who else is loving the new look? I can’t wait to do it this way! If you want to use this, just save the picture and print it off. Please only use this for personal use! This is still very much inspired by Brown Paper Packages and I can’t take any credit for the design, just the chores that I do!

Organization Board Tutorial!

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UPDATED! I CREATED THIS POST OVER 2 1/2 YEARS AGO AND MADE A FRESH NEW TUTORIAL WITH NEW PRINTABLES AND A MUCH MORE MODERN LOOK THAT YOU CAN FIND ON ANOTHER POST. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO TAKE YOU TO THE NEW POST!
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I was sick and tired of having lists everywhere. A to do list, grocery list, menu list, and schedule. It was time to put all of my junk in one place! After much research and deep thought, I finally came up with my perfect organization board. It is a command center for my family so we can all keep our lives straight!
Organization Board
A clip for receipts. A whiteboard calendar.
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A pen/marker holder. Whiteboard To Do list.
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A whiteboard menu. A whiteboard cleaning list.
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Clip for the ongoing grocery list.
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Now for you to make one of your very own! Here is what you will need…
19×31 inch piece of plywood
2 5×7 frames (found at the dollar store)
2 8 1/2×11 document frames (found at the dollar store)
paint
glue gun
paper print outs
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First, paint your plywood. Remember to paint the edges too.
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I used a paint color sample of Martha Stewart Sultana.
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Optional- Put your chevron print vinyl on the board.
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Cut off the edges of the vinyl.
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Lay your picture frames our on the board to determine where you will put them.
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Print out the menu, to do list, calendar, grocery lists, and cleaning list. The cleaning list can be found on Brown Paper Packages here. The rest, I made, and you can take for yourself!
UPDATE- I made my own chore list that you can find HERE! Due to the amount of requests I was receiving, I now have a listing on my Etsy shop for these printables that are customized for you. You can find that listing HERE.
Chore List
Calendar- Print 8×10 on colored paper
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Grocery lists- Print several 8×10 copies and cut apart.
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Menu- Print 5×7 copy.
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To Do- Print 5×7 copy.
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Take the glass out of your frames. Put hot glue around the inside edges of the frame and replace glass, gluing the glass to the frame.
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Put printed papers in their frames and clips.
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Paint your paper mache box. I painted mine a very light blue.
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Measure where you want your picture hangers to be on the back of the board and nail them in place.
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Get your Command Strips and distribute them to each of your frames and clips.
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Put the Command Strips on the backs of the frames and place them where you want them on your board.
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Hang up your board, and fill it in with all of your lists!
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I am basically obsessed with this. Not only is it a fun piece of art in my home, but it is totally functional!
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THIS TUTORIAL IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY! DO NOT SELL ANY OF THIS OR PRETEND YOU MADE ANY OF IT. IF YOU WANT TO USE A PHOTO OR FEATURE THIS, PLEASE ONLY TAKE ONE PHOTO AND LINK IT BACK TO THIS POST WITH PROPER CREDIT GIVEN.

Because you loved this organization post so much, I just know you will love these other cleaning and organization posts I have done too! Click on the photo to take you to each of the posts…
Home Office Organization
Laundry Organization Center
Jewelry Organizer