How Often Do You Clean Out Your Makeup Bag?

You might be an enthusiastic lipstick collector, or a “less is more” kind of person. Wherever your passion lies when makeup is concerned, one thing is for sure. Makeup, like other products, has an expiration date, and you should be vigilant not to use products past this date. Usually, the expiration date is printed on the container or the box. However, it happens that some pieces of makeup go bad even before their official expiration date. That may happen if you don’t store the products properly. As most of us keep at least some of our makeup in a makeup bag, it is essential to revise the contents occasionally. Spring might be an ideal time to do all sorts of clean-up and an excellent chance to address even your toiletries. So, the question is, how often d

 

o you clean your makeup bag?

Take a good look at your makeup bag and imagine what it would say

If you took a good look at the contents of your cosmetic bag, you could be surprised how many products have gone past their expiration date. Even if they are not expired, it may happen they have a short shelf life. Once you open a product, it can last three to six months, a year, or two. No one can remember when they opened a lipstick or a compact powder, but a quick inspection should tell you the difference. If your liquid powder is separated or it smells funny, it is time to let it go. On the other hand, if you have been using your bronzer for over a year now but still have plenty left, don’t worry. Powder-based products like bronzers, blushes, and eyeshadows can last for three years. Also, lipsticks have a longer shelf life and can last more than two years.

 

Clean out your makeup bag and throw out old products

A good piece of advice is to take everything out of your makeup bag and go item by item. Look at the color, the texture, and the smell. If something feels or looks off, it is better to replace it. If your mascara is dry, don’t hesitate to buy a new one. Also, if your liquid eyeliner is getting lumpy, toss it and get a new one. It is better to invest in a couple of new things than risk putting something filled with bacteria on your face. Taking good care of your skin and keeping it healthy is essential. Avoid skin irritation, and try to dry your face with a clean towel and change towels frequently. If you are a tissue kind of person, you can get yourself a tissue box cover to make a statement in your bathroom.

A tissue box cover can be an excellent gift for your makeup-loving girlfriends.

Cleaning your makeup inside and out

When you decide what to keep and throw out of your makeup bag, look at the cosmetic bag itself. Inspect if it is dirty and whether it requires a good wash. Well, there are a few ways to clean it, depending on how dirty it is. You can use waterproof makeup remover to remove stains and traces of your lipstick or eyeshadow. Also, try using some eco-friendly products you have in your kitchen, like baking soda and water. Scrub the insides of your makeup bag as this is a great green way to clean your space and your belongings. If the makeup bag is made of durable materials, you can put it in a washing machine and program it for delicate washing. After cleaning it thoroughly, you can spray it with alcohol or some other alcohol-based sanitizer.

Keep it simple and stick to the essentials

When you manage to clean out your makeup bag, it is time to start fresh and fill it with your stuff. This time keep it simple. Put only the items you use and need. Don’t clutter it with everything you have. There is no universal rule on what makeup essentials are; it all depends on your preferences. If you put mascara on every day, be sure to include it in your makeup bag. However, if you put on your bronzer once every couple of months and often forget that you even have one, it doesn’t go in your makeup bag. Besides having a clean makeup bag, remember to have enough beauty sleep on clean, high-quality pillowcases. You will be doing your skin a favor.

Sleeping on clean pillowcases is great for your skin.

Prevent your beauty products from going bad

Now that you have filled your beauty bag with your makeup essentials. Here are some tips you can use:

  • Make sure you tighten the lid on all your products
  • Always wash your hands and dry with a clean cotton terry cloth towel
  • Store all products away from the sun or sources of heat
  • Don’t keep your beauty products in highly humid places
  • Never share your makeup with anyone
  • Once in a couple of months, check on your eye products

Clean cotton towels are the best option for drying your wet hands.

Spring is a great time to get a clean start

If you are wondering when is the best time to clean out your makeup bag, the time is now. Spring is a great time to have a fresh start. Usually, as spring comes, we use the time to go through our old stuff, declutter and get rid of the things we don’t use. You can use this opportunity to go through your closet, as well. Pull up all the clothes that you haven’t even worn once during the past years. Consider giving them away, selling, or donating them. Also, it would help if you pulled out clothes you don’t need for the season and put them in storage. You can use storage at home or even rent a storage unit if you have the need. You will undoubtedly feel a lot better after decluttering your closet, bathroom, and cosmetic bag. It is a great way to summon that springtime magic.

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How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Everyone has fitted sheets at home and at the end of the day we all need to know how to fold our fitted sheets. We all use a fitted sheet for their elastic corners, which keep the sheet perfectly neat on the mattress. But, even though a fitted sheet is exceptionally convenient, it becomes a nuisance once we have to fold it. Whatever we do, the folding process always ends up messy, and the sheet is still crumpled, wrinkled, and all over the place.

However, we are here to tell you that folding your fitted sheets does not have to be a frustration anymore! We have figured out a way to do it neatly and quickly. Here are some tips and tricks on how to fold a fitted sheet and some advice on packing and maintaining it for later on.

The Rules of Folding a Fitted Sheet

Let us begin by saying that there are many types of fitted sheets – single, twin, queen, king, etc. There are also various materials fitted sheets can be made of -silk, cotton, Supima, etc. The good news is that whatever type of fitted sheet you have, our folding rules always remain the same. So, here are the steps that work every time:

Step #1

Make sure you have a clean (decluttered) surface to work on. It would be best to use a big table, for example. If you do not have a table big enough, feel free to use a mattress or even the floor. Once you have decided where this activity will take place, take your fitted sheet, put it on that clean surface, and be sure that the corners are folded up! If the sheet still looks messy at this point, do not worry; we will fix it in the next step.

Step #2

Now, it is time for folding. You should take one side of your sheet and fold it to the side, so the seams of the corner create an entirely new corner. Once you do this, your sheet is supposed to get an L-shaped fold that is running precisely along the two edges you created previously. Moreover, be sure that the elastic is on the inside of the fold.

Step #3

If you want your sheet to be nicely folded, you are probably doing that for two reasons – to make it look neat and to make more room for your belongings in your closet or wherever you plan on putting it. So, to do that, after finishing the two previously mentioned steps, make sure to smooth out any wrinkles. You can do that with your hands. Just run your hands over the entire sheet and smooth out all the surfaces, including the new creases you made when folding it.

beautiful and nicely folded bed sheets
Once you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, they will never look messy again.

Step #4

Once there are no wrinkles, you should fold the sheet into thirds vertically. First, take one (top) third of your sheet and fold it down, so the corners are tucked in. Smooth it out again with your hands. Then, take the other (bottom) part of your sheet and fold it up. You should end up with a long, thin rectangle sheet whose all corners and elastics are completely hidden inside the sheet.

Step #5

If you own a single or a twin fitted sheet, the previous four steps will do the folding trick. However, if you own a queen fitted sheet or even a king fitted sheet, you might need to do some more folding. Take that rectangle you made in the previous step, and fold it into a square once (if it is a queen sheet) or twice (if it is a king sheet) more.

A man trying to fold a fitted sheet.
When you learn how to fold a fitted sheet, it won’t be a nightmare any more

Traveling or Moving? Here is How to Pack Your Fitted Sheet

In case you are one of those people who, when traveling, like to bring their own sheets and pillow-cases, we got you covered. We guarantee that your fitted sheet will be folded nicely and in a way that it takes as little room as possible by following the previously mentioned steps.

However, if you are worried about how to move and pack the entire bedroom with ease, we got you covered too! When you pack your sheets (and other things like covers, duvets, blankets, pillow-cases, etc.), just make sure to fold them as neatly as possible. Then, once folded, wrap them in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will keep them fresh and away from any potential stains. You can pack your sheets into boxes or just (once wrapped) place them over some other things in your moving truck.

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Whether you are traveling or moving, never pack wrinkled sheets!

Taking Care of Your Fitted Sheet

Let us not forget one thing – if you want your fitted sheets to remain clean, fresh, and neat, you must take care of them. Luckily, that is a breeze. All you have to do is toss your sheet into a washing machine. However, as tempting as it sounds to collect all your sheets together with other items like towels, blankets, cotton nightgowns, etc., do not do it! The lint from other fabrics will stay on your sheets. Thus, wash them separately! Also, when washing, add some fabric softener. If you can find one that is plant-based, your fitted sheet will come out of the washing machine brand new.

And, when it comes to drying your sheets, you have two options – take them outside or put them in a dryer. The first option will not work for everybody as we do not all have balconies and yards, nor do we all live in sunny areas. So, let us go for the second option – place your sheets in a dryer, but not at a high temperature. In the end, just ask yourself – to iron or not to iron? That depends on you! Iron your sheets if you like them to be crisp. If you do not care, do not bother ironing them at all. After you have learned to fold a fitted sheet, it may even not be necessary.

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Top 5 Reasons To Wear Slippers When You Get Home

When you get home, take your shoes off and put on our comfortable, cozy waffle weave slippers. They are the best! Here’s why it’s important to put on clean slippers and take your shoes off before entering your home.

  1. Protect your health!

Now more than ever, it is crucial to take care of our health. COVID-19 outbreak is a serious threat, and one of the reasons to leave shoes at the front door is to stop the spreading of bacteria and viruses in your home.

If you have small children or pets around the house, they probably spend a lot of time on the floor. By putting on our comfortable slippers and removing shoes before you enter the living room, you keep it clean and bacteria-free. The best way to additionally protect your kids is to get soft indoor booties to keep their feet warm.

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At the end of a long busy day, these comfy Slippers enjoy hugging weary feet!
  1. Avoid spreading dirt or damaging your floor

Besides preventing harmful bacteria or toxins from entering your home, leaving shoes at the front door will help you keep the dirt off your precious carpet! Another reason is to prevent any damage to the floor. If you wear large boots, they can often catch a few pebbles on the soles. Once you start walking on your hardwood floor, there is a chance it will get scratched. With that in mind, heavy boots off – cotton slippers on!

  1. Maintain clean hygiene

Besides doing everything you can to protect your health and boost your immune system, it is also crucial to keep foot hygiene at a higher level. Wearing shoes all day long will cause an unpleasant smell and sweating. Your feet need some time to relax and breathe.

One of the reasons shoes should be left at the front door is to prevent this issue and take care of your feet.

As soon as you come home, take your shoes off, and give a nice, bubbly bath to your feet. You can even apply a few massage moves to relax your soles and fingers. Feet play a crucial role in our health, so treat them with care.

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  1. Show off your favorite embroidered slippers!

Even though the holidays are behind us, there is no reason to stop wearing those awesome vacation slippers you love so much! Many people like to buy colorful slippers with different designs and patterns on them, but no one gets to see them if you wear shoes all day long. Now that we are all working from home, you might as well show off your favorite designs.

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show off your favorite slipper designs to your friends and family at home
  1. Set an example for your children

Kids are like sponges; they learn everything, good or bad. When we see a child who misbehaves, they have probably picked that up from someone close. Parents often unintentionally transfer their bad habits to children.

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Children love comfy clothes, introducing the new Zoe dress for your cute princess.

If you wish to raise your kids the right way, make sure to set an example for them. If they see you removing your shoes at the door, they will start doing it themselves. This is an excellent way to teach them proper manners, which may help them in the future. Some cultures take shoe rules very seriously. Set the precedent for them! Shoes off at the front door, slippers on. 🙂

Top 5 reasons shoes should be left at the front door 

Let’s do a quick summary of the top 5 reasons shoes should be left at the front door:

  1. it helps protect your health
  2. no dirt on the floor or your expensive rug
  3. it is easier to take care of hygiene
  4. show off your awesome slippers
  5. set an example for your children

Rest your tired feet at the end of a busy day to just hang out at home! You’ll want to slip them on from the moment you get home … every day.

White Waffle Weave Slippers
Pamper yourself in these soft ‘comfy pillow beds’ with a ribbed waterproof rubber sole for better grip.

Slippers are the way to go! Wear slippers as soon as you get home, stay clean and comfortable, and stop bringing in dirt from outdoors to your home. Spread love, treat yourself and a dear friend today, and have a great week!

 

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The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton

The benefits of sleeping in cotton are endless but one thing for sure is we pride ourselves of producing quality cotton gifts at Jacaranda Living.

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” exists for a reason. Dosing off and waking up after a good eight hours’ sleep is now considered a luxury, thanks to the busy lifestyle we all lead. A glass of warm milk, a boring movie, ambient music, the sounds of rain, or complete darkness is not always enough to have a good night’s rest. Even though people are always looking for crafty ways to get themselves to sleep, one thing often gets overlooked. The quality of your bed sheets plays a crucial role in the quality of your sleep. With that in mind, let’s see what the benefits of sleeping in cotton are and why you should choose it as the material for your bedding.

Cotton is a Breathable Fabric

The number one reason everyone likes to sleep in cotton bedding is that the fabric is light and breathable. It is pure, natural material. People often wake up at night covered in sweat, which happens if you are sleeping in the wrong type of material. Cotton solves this problem. Moreover, for the same reason, it’s a perfect choice for bedding during summer.

Cotton linen is the best choice for your family.

However, cotton should also be your choice during winter. Since people usually crank up the heating once the snow falls, the temperature in the apartment or a house goes up overnight.

Cotton is Easy to Clean and Maintain

I have a really cute tissue box cover made of white cotton. I have been using it for a long time now, and every time I get it out of the washing machine, it looks pure and white, just like the first day.

White cotton tissue box covers are easy to clean and maintain. Just stick them in the wash with other whites and they come out just as new!

This is an excellent example of how easy it is to clean cotton. We sleep in cotton sheets, but a tissue box often gets from one hand to another, and it is so easy to get it dirty. Knowing that I can throw it in a washing machine without worrying about anything makes me really happy about using cotton for bedsheets as well.

Despite Being Light, Cotton is Very Durable

You might think that cotton will easily rip since it is so light. However, that’s not the case, especially when you consider the price. Natural cotton linen usually costs more than any other material for bedsheets, but it’s a great investment in the long run. It can last twice as any other bedding, so it will actually save you a few bucks. Also, considering how versatile the fabric is, it is not strange that people often choose to buy 100% cotton products as gifts for their loved ones, even if it costs them a little more.

It’s Soft and Cuddly

Now that we have covered all the more “technical” benefits of sleeping in cotton, let’s focus on the most exciting advantage; cotton is soft and cuddly! If you are looking for something snuggly for your little ones, there is no better choice for bedsheets and pillows.

Furthermore, cotton is a fantastic material for decorative pillows. We all know how easy it is to fall asleep in front of the TV, especially if you have the inviting cotton pillows to lean on. And knowing that washing cotton pillowcases is a piece of cake, they can easily be both decorative and useful.

Cotton Fabric is a Solution for People with Allergies

Since it is naturally hypoallergenic, cotton linen is the go-to solution for people with allergies. If you have sensitive skin and you cannot sleep because you are itchy all over your body, buying cotton bedding will make your problems go away as if they never existed.

Since it’s a natural fabric, the use of cotton reduces the chances of skin irritation to minimum. And if you have allergies, our embroidered cotton tissue box covers are a pretty way to cover your tissues! 🙂

You Will Sleep Better

Considering all the benefits of cotton linen, you will sleep better. It keeps you warm during winter and cools your down in summer. It is light, durable, and soft, making it comfortable and, therefore, an ideal option for sleeping. This fabric is also a must for your sleeping garments – cotton pajamas, nightgowns, bathrobes, etc. And not just for sleeping, many people prefer clothes made of cotton because they are comfortable, pleasant to wear, and easy to maintain.

With cotton bedding and sleepwear, there is no need to worry whether you will have a good night’s rest or not.

Different Uses of Cotton Fabric

While we are on the subject of cotton’s usefulness, let’s talk about the different ways to use cotton and get the most out of it.

It can protect your belongings from dust and dirt

If you are placing some of your belongings in a self-storage unit, the number one issue is dust. The longer they stay inside, the more dust forms on the surface. Unless you plan to clean the storage every few days, getting cotton covers and placing them over your things is a smart idea. Simply speaking, you get all the benefits and avoid problems with self-storage units. Well, at least some of the problems you can easily solve with cotton covers.

Are you painting your house? No problem.

By following the same example as before, you can use cotton covers to protect beds and other furniture while painting the ceiling or walls in your home. Since they are so easy to clean, you don’t have to worry about paint spilling anywhere.

The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton Explained!

You should try a lot of materials before you find the right choice for your bedding. However, consider the benefits of sleeping in cotton mentioned above before you purchase anything else. We have a lot of solutions for you at Jacaranda Living. We’re all about cotton! Have fun picking out gifts this year for your loved ones, and remember the benefits of sleeping in cotton. Once you go cotton, you never go back!

To Iron or Not to Iron, That is the Question

a woman holding a black iron

The dilemma of whether you should iron or not has probably sprung up in your mind every time you have had to iron two loads of laundry before work, sleep, lunch, etc. Should we really iron every single piece of clothing? What about bed linen, pillowcases, towels, and other things that nobody in the world outside of your home would know or care whether it is ironed or not? Is ironing absolutely necessary, or is it a remnant of housecleaning times that are long gone? Read on if you want to find out what you should iron and the benefits of doing so.

Why do people iron clothes?

If you were to ask your friends and family members if they iron their clothes, you would probably get different answers – it depends; yes, absolutely; no, never… This shows that the conundrum is almost as existential as Hamlet’s famous ‘to be or not to be’ – some people prefer the tidiness and order that ironed clothes project. In contrast, others do not care about their appearances that much or perhaps think that you cannot tell whether something is ironed or not in the first place.

Of course, for important professional or family events, wrinkled clothing can leave a terrible impression. You probably wouldn’t trust a financial advisor with your money if he showed up to work wearing a sloppy, creased shirt and hanging trousers. Whether your shirt is ironed or wrinkled can move the scales toward you nailing or messing up your job interview. Particular social norms have to be adhered to on certain occasions, and ironing is, in those cases, mandatory.

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Ok, so you might want your nightgowns and pajamas that you wear to be ironed. If you like your sleepwear to be crisp then yes iron it, it’s 100% cotton so will be wrinkled out the dryer. If you hang them when damp the wrinkling is minimized, and a quick smoothing with your hands when they come out of a warm dryer works wonders!

crisp white cotton ironed pajamas

But what about T-shirts, jeans, shorts, dresses, and other casual clothing? And what about bed linen, table linen, towels, pillowcases, bathrobes, and other such items?

The ‘to iron or not to iron’ dilemma usually pops up in times when you urgently have to iron your shirt right in the middle of something else that you have to do in your home.

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The ‘non-ironing’ school of thought

People who dislike ironing note that ironing everyday clothes is unnecessary because you do not have to look spick and span every time you leave your home. You may not even know who your neighbors are, not to mention that you may not care whether they iron regularly or not. This kind of thinking is completely justified in this day and age, and luckily we live in a world where your personal appearances are becoming less and less important.

Proponents of the non-ironing approach to living further argue their case by saying that what one does not see, one does not know about. So, clothes such as socks, underwear, and other such garments and household items such as bed linen, bath towels, and others definitely fit into this worldview.

Some people avoid ironing clothes such as jeans or underwear because they feel it does not make a difference.

a green iron standing on a white jacket

In light of this, some ‘non-ironists’ swear by the following technique – leaving your clothes to dry on hangers. If you previously shake off the piece of clothing and put it properly on a hanger, it can flatten out the fabric and thus leave your shirts, pants, and dresses looking as if they were ironed.

Interestingly, there are products on the market that could eliminate even this ‘natural’ drying method. You might consider getting a wrinkle release spray or automatic ironer, a device that uses warm air to dry and iron your shirts and blouses. You just set the timer, and before you know it, you are ready for a new day at the office. The manufacturers of automatic ironers note that this appliance saves money, time (and sanity for some), and is also more gentle to the fabric.

The ironing school of thought

There are, of course, people for whom even unironed socks are anathema. Tidy people and people who have to keep up their appearances have integrated ironing into their daily lives, just like brushing your teeth or showering. However, there is more to ironed clothing than projecting you are self-disciplined and well ordered.

Organizing your personal space is not simply a matter of being meticulous with your personal belongings. It has a convenient purpose, as well. For instance, if you have to move out from your apartment, washing and ironing your clothing beforehand will make packing much easier since you will be able to stack your clothing without taking up too much space. You may even considerably shorten the process of packing if you decide to give away clothing that no longer fits or is too old and rugged.

Some people enjoy ironing because it gives them a feeling of control over their things.

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On the other hand, ironing is crucial if you want to make sure that your clothes and sleepwear do not carry any germs, mold, or skin parasites such as dust mites. As an example, steam irons kill bacteria and germs efficiently since they reach extremely high temperatures. Especially if you have little kids, it is necessary to iron bed linen, pillowcases, and any other thing they might reach, such as baby door hangers or tissue boxes. These things tend to soak up dust and other potentially dangerous substances fairly quickly, so ironing them provides extra protection against germs and bacteria.

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Naturally, there are other benefits to ironing your clothing. Firstly, steam ironing softens the fabric and returns stretched clothes to its original state. This makes your clothing look as if it has just been bought. Not to mention how much money you would save on dry cleaning, especially if you have a white-collar job where crisp white shirts are mandatory. Additionally, dry cleaning services use chemicals to clean your clothes. That is why dry cleaning should be used only sparingly as it is meant for those items of clothing that cannot be washed and ironed at home.

Finally, we are not being ironic when we say that, no matter if you are an ironist or a non-ironist, it is crucial to know whether and under which circumstances to iron or not to iron.

 

 

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Five Tips for Packing Cosmetics

The time has come to pack for the relocation to your new home. Don’t forget that you should pack some of your cosmetics and toiletries last. This is so important because you need to stay organized before the big move! Plus, you will need those toiletries (most likely) until the last minute and shortly after you relocate. Properly packing cosmetics is vital for their safe transport and your peace of mind. Here at Jacaranda Living, we love cosmetic bags, cosmetic cases, makeup pouches and all things that help you keep your personal belongings neat and in place.

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Convenient for travel or for everyday use. This functional Cosmetic Case only comes in one size. It has a sturdy top zipper with “heart” shaped sliders and a single inside compartment that has inner waterproof lining.

Tip #1: Know your daily routine and make a list

Before anything else, you should know when and what to pack. If you go through your daily routine, you will get a clear image of which items you should pack last. Several necessary cosmetics products should wait outside the moving box until the moving day morning. All must-have items should go into the bag or backpack you’ll carry on your person, so make sure you wrap them tightly.

Take some time to make a (short) list of essential items if you’re unsure which ones you use daily. Don’t worry if you put away something you might need soon after you move in. If there is anything important that you can’t find in your moving boxes right after the move, you can always purchase it online during sales and promotions. When it comes to cosmetics and toiletries, there are the items you use every day and those you need only on special occasions. Moving day is not one of those occasions. You will want to feel comfortable, and we’re sure that doesn’t require several layers of makeup or hair spray. You are unlikely to use such products within the first few weeks after the move, so you should pack them first. We love embroidered natural linen cosmetic bags because they are less likely to get dirty (compared to white waffle) but regardless, you can throw both fabrics in the wash to get clean if they get dirty along the move.

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Natural Linen (with inner plastic lining). Convenient for travel (especially when packing and organizing!) and everyday use. These Natural Linen Cosmetic Bags have a sturdy top zipper with a “star” slider and a single inside compartment that is plastic lined. Custom monogramming can be added for an extra cost. Please contact us at info@jacarandaliving.com to do it for you.

Tip #2: Declutter before you pack

The less space your moving boxes take, the less you are likely to pay for the move. Saving on the moving costs starts with smart packing, and that is where our toiletry bags come in. Moving is also an excellent opportunity to check what you have and dispose of the excess. If you have too much makeup in good condition, give them away to your friends. That is already one bag fewer to pack!

Most of us buy XL packages of favorite toiletries, and they are often less than half full when we need to move or travel. Ideally, you should pour the liquids into smaller bottles and get rid of bulky packaging before packing. Also, remove your tissue box covers to see how many wipes you have left and place them in a resealable plastic bag to save space. Most importantly, check the expiry dates on your cosmetics. If your makeup has dried out or changed color or scent, don’t waste your time packing it. Get a trash bag into the bathroom with you, check your beauty items piece by piece, and dispose of everything you’re not going to use after the move.

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White Waffle Weave (with inner plastic lining). Beautiful embroidery designs – choose your favorite! A range of sizes to choose from too. The fabric is 100% cotton and easy to wash and dry in the machine.

Tip #3: Get the right moving box

There are various moving containers in the market today made to fit every moving need. You have a choice when it comes to packing cosmetics and toiletries: you can either use cardboard or plastic moving bins. Cardboard boxes are lighter and easy to come by for free. However, take into consideration the safety of your belongings. If one of the more massive pieces of furniture leans on your box with cosmetics, your bottles with liquids may break, soaking not only the cardboard box but all nearby boxes and belongings.

Plastic moving bins, on the other hand, are sturdy, water-proof, and air-tight. They also come in various sizes. While they are not as inexpensive as cardboard boxes, they are worth the price. Not only are they versatile and reusable, but you can easily clean and disinfect them as well. That is something you can’t do with regular cardboard boxes.

Moreover, getting the right moving container before you start packing cosmetics will also help you unpack systematically to save time after the move. The good thing about methodically packed plastic bins is that you don’t even need to empty them. Use them as a container for your toiletries even after you relocate. These floral printed cosmetic bags make it easy to pack because of the plastic lining and waterproof exterior.

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Striking colors with happy, digitally printed designs! Go ahead and make a statement at home or while traveling.

Tip #4: Have a system for packing cosmetics

Even though your movers will do everything in their power to ensure smooth loading and unloading, you should wrap your cosmetics tightly. Unscrew the cap, put plastic wrap over the opening, place the cap back, and tighten it. You can always put bottles with liquids of the same type, such as shower gels, in a resealable zipper bag. When it comes to your powdery cosmetics, make sure you don’t leave any space between their packaging. You can use cotton pads as a buffer for your compact mirror, blush, face powder, and similar items. Don’t hesitate to tape the packaging if you worry it’ll open and spill out in transport. If your moving box is too large for its contents, you can use your decorative pillows as the padding material.

Another essential thing to keep in mind is the temperature. If you’re moving during the summer season, note that the moving vans are not climate-controlled. If you leave the box(es) with cosmetics and toiletries in a truck, you risk a few things. High temperatures can cause some of the product packaging to burst. Some temperature-sensitive items can melt, causing their ingredients to separate and, thus, become ineffective. Also, high temperatures can affect your makeup’s quality (and color), so don’t expose your high-end items to the extremes.

Tip #5: Label the box with cosmetics

Making an inventory and labeling your moving containers comes as the last but not the least important tip. Once the moving day is over, there is nothing people need more than to freshen up. Searching for the box with toiletries in the sea of other boxes is the last thing you will need at that moment. Unless you’re moving your cosmetics bags in your car, clearly label the container and mark it as “Fragile.” You can use a specially colored tape to mark this box and find it quickly when needed.

Clearly labeling your box will ensure that nothing else is stacked upon your sensitive belongings, especially during unloading of the moving van. As long as your container with toiletries is on top of other boxes, the items within tightly closed and buffered, your items will arrive safely to your new home.

mermaid cosmetic bag
Convenient for travel, moving homes and for everyday use. This Waffle Weave Cosmetic Bag has a sturdy top zipper with a “star” slider and a single inside compartment that is plastic lined.

Have a safe move and enjoy picking your favorite type of bag to hold all your precious belongings at Jacaranda Living. Be well!

How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget

If you’re moving into a new place, you are probably excited to decorate it just to your liking. Interior decorating is particularly thrilling for those living alone for the first time. You get to be in control of every single thing about your new abode.

Even if you are not crazy about interior design, there are so many places to get inspiration. You can look at everything, from magazines to blogs and Pinterest. However, as moving can often be quite pricey, money might be tight right now. People who just purchased their first home will be feeling it in particular. Even though it might sound impossible, there is a way to figure out how to furnish your home on a budget. Follow our tips, and you’ll be able to get a fabulous design without breaking the bank.

Get thrifty

If you are decorating on a budget, start by looking for items that add a touch of elegance without breaking the bank. You’ll be able to find some quality items for a low price at Jacaranda Living. We carry tissue box covers, embroidered boudoir pillows and beautiful guest towels that can help elevate any room of the house. Check out our promotions page here where we have a lot of items on sale.

Don’t be prejudiced about thrift shopping. Many people dislike the idea of having a yard sale but still want to get rid of the clutter in their homes. They end up selling their belongings to a thrift shop for next to nothing. So be persistent and keep an eye out. You are bound to find some worthy pieces that you’ll love.

Shop online

Shopping online is another way to furnish your home on a budget. You’ll be able to go through a lot of stores and products in a little time and get easy access to different promotions. Subscribing to newsletters is also a neat way to save some money shopping as companies often send special discounts to their loyal customers. Finally, shopping for home decor items online is just more convenient. You’ll easily be in control of everything – from colors to size.

Shop seasonally

Do not put away pieces you no longer want just yet. Storage is an excellent solution for items that might not fit into your new setup but are still usable. You might not be ready to throw them away. Storing them will give you extra space to work with and the potential of using them again in the future. However, try to avoid putting them away unless you’ve already found their replacement at a good discount. When it comes to electronics and appliances, you will do well to wait for seasonal sales if you can.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are peak opportunities for getting a good bargain. However, do not fret if you are just not up for the frenzy of these two days. October and November are typically months when there are lots of discounts on electronics. Companies choose this time of year to introduce new models just in time for Christmas shopping. You could get some great deals during these months.

The same goes for the end of January. If you hate having to use that inherited sofa in your new place to furnish your home on a budget, even for a limited time, there are things you can do to freshen it up and make it more you. For example, get some decorative pillows or drape a throw over it to match the rest of your interior.

Make do

As we mentioned in that last example, having a budget will often mean making do with what you already have. However, just because you are not able to afford some larger new furniture pieces at the moment, or precisely the ones that you want, there is still a way to make your taste come through in smaller ways.

Focusing on small details in a room can bring its whole look together. Something as simple as a tissue box cover in the right color is an affordable addition that will always make you happy when you look at it. Pick the color scheme you want and add details in those colors here and there. Besides just doing it within a room, you can do it throughout the home to tie the whole space together.

A targeted approach

When you’re eager to move in, you could be in danger of that desire getting the better of you. If you wish to furnish your home on a budget, it is vital to take a targeted approach. This approach works in two different ways. Firstly, you want to prioritize rooms in which you’ll spend most of your time. These are the rooms that you should furnish first. While prioritizing, think about the things that you can’t do without in each of the rooms. Those purchases should also come first.

Secondly, you want to ensure that you do not choose quantity over quality. Again, think about your necessities and don’t try to pinch pennies on them. For example, outfitting your child’s room will probably be your top priority. Getting them a comfortable mattress or the right bed frame is much more important than choosing those end tables for your living room that you loved. If you feel like focusing on quality instead of quantity leaves your child’s room looking bare, you can always double down on the details. You can find all kinds of whimsical lamps or door hangers at a substantial discount. They will help create a cozy atmosphere in the room.

Nautical Items You’ll Love for Hot Summer Days

Let’s face it, the weather is scorching, so, turn the AC all the way up, and dress your home up with our favorite beach themed items. Also, wear nothing but flowy cotton dresses around your house. Our nightgowns are where it’s at because they are comfortable, loose, and breezy. Other than these gorgeous nightgowns, we also have other ideas to keep you busy this summer like gifting friends and neighbors gorgeous nautical embroidered towels, pillows, and tissue box covers. Check out our roundup below and let us know what’s your favorite!

Beach Life 

Let’s get nautical! We’re into the end of July – have you dressed up your home with some fun beachy designs? Start with our Siesta lady….

Soak in the rays like our Siesta Lady… nothing like beach days and taking dips in between naps.

and our gorgeous coral embroidery….

Can’t get enough of our coral embroidery! Who is looking for new gift ideas this summer?

Coral Embroidered Items

Host in style with our beautiful coral embroidered cocktail napkins and tissue box cover for the bathroom.
Sand Dollar embroidery or Coral? What’s your favorite?!

School of Fishies are divine in summertime or for your beach house. Gift it to a friend who loves to fish, snorkel or scuba dive!

For Children

I’m sure your little girls and boys are complaining about this heatwave too so put them in cool cotton pant sets and English girl’s dresses. Some of our favorites (including pillow designs) for summer below:

sweet cheeks wearing our sweet pea little girl’s dress 💗💗💗. Order one today for your little girl! #JacarandaLiving
childrens pillow
Meet Freddie the Fish 🐠 children’s boudoir pillows available to shop online 💗
Beach days in our Ava cotton dress with rosebud embroidery is a great choice for your little one.
Snack time! Little Caroline wearing our Wendy Whale dress and looking adorable in her pink bow.

 

For Ladies

The smocked Lisa nightgown will keep you cool during this #heatwave. Order one for you and a friend today.
Cool Cotton Nightgowns are the BEST for hot summer days.
Smocked detail of the Lisa Cotton Nightgown for ladies…. keep cool out there!

Heading to the beach? There’s nothing quite like our new one-size fits all floral embroidered caftans for carefree caftan days. A great cover up and 100% cotton, easy to wash and dry and most convenient to pull over a bikini or wear while pottering around the house trying to keep cool.

Beautiful floral embroidered cotton caftan for carefree summer days! The perfect beach cover-up with drawstring ties at the waist and butterfly sleeves, shop it now online🦋

Sealife Cosmetic Bags

To keep all your small possessions organized like sun screen, make up, car keys, sunglasses and more.
Gift ideas (cosmetic bag and terry towel) that will bring good beach vibes this summer 😎

Have a wonderful time choosing from our roundup. We can’t get enough of some of these gift ideas for friends. Also if you’re looking for a comfortable night’s sleep during summer, we recommend not only wearing one of our breezy nighties but sleeping on a CBD infused pillow from pilozzz – every pillow is made of hypoallergenic down alternative fibre and a superior double knit cover. It is the most luxurious cooling pillow you will ever own! A new company that seems to please a lot of our customers.

Have a great rest of your week! We’ll leave you with these happy new mermaid designs because…. we all want to be a mermaid in summer, don’t we?

We’ve been so excited about these new mermaid embroideries, custom ordered for a sweet shop in Bermuda! Now available online for you and your girlfriends. 🧜🏻‍♀️🧜🏼‍♀️🧜🏽‍♀️🧜🏾‍♀️🧜🏿‍♀️

Treat Mom to Something She’ll Love this Mother’s Day

Hope everyone has been hanging in there over the past few weeks! We’re excited to offer you 20% off all regular priced items on our site for Mother’s Day!

Show mom how much you love her with any of these darling gifts from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.
Enter code MOTHERSDAY20 at checkout to get 20% off your orders. Sale goes from today through Sunday, May 10th.

Elegant Cotton Nightgowns your Mom will Love

Gift Mom a Luxurious White Cotton Bathrobe 

 

Waterproof Cosmetic Cases to Hold Mom’s Little Possessions

Tissue Box Covers to Brighten any Room in Mom’s Home

Whether mom would prefer a natural linen Tissue Box Cover or a simple white linen/cotton Tissue Box Cover, we carry it all.
Have a wonderful weekend. Sending you lots of virtual hugs and a little reminder message below 💞

 

Tips To Stay Sane and Comfortable While Working From Home

It is important to stay comfortable and sane during this pandemic crisis especially while you work from home and spend the majority of time at home. Here are tips to help you have a routine that works for you so you don’t feel flustered. Scroll through to find what might work for you and bookmark this page to come back to it.

Journaling and Writing a Daily Schedule

Have you been writing down everything you want to accomplish in the day? Working from home has taken a toll on a lot of people because it’s different, and people don’t like to adjust to a completely new way of life. There are ways to cope, however, and you can make it a lot easier on yourself if you take some pressure away and you make lists. By writing down a schedule you will be sure to accomplish at least 80% of the things you planned on getting to that morning.

Make Your Home Pretty

Get a few things for your home that make you smile. Either tissue box covers or pretty embroidered pillows that will keep you from going insane. It’s important to take the trash out and scrub the floors because no one likes journaling or living in a house that gets dirty. One little idea to add to every room in the house is this:

Decorate your home with pretty things. Our embroidered tissue box covers are the perfect addition to jazz up any room in the house.

Picking Out Your Child’s Outfits

Kids don’t like to be forced into uncomfortable outfits that will be a mission to get them in and they just want to be comfortable at home. If you want them to be dressed in something that is decent and makes them at least look nice but isn’t a pain to wash, then pick something from the children’s section on our website. There are white cotton pants and shirt sets for little boys with embroidered sailboats and then there are a dozen of cute English cotton dresses for your little girls. These outfits are very easy to be washed and will have the kids smiling as they can play around the house freely without any discomfort, and they’ll look pretty and elegant. Nothing is nicer than seeing your kids happy and smiling in something that you can toss into the wash after without worrying about wrinkles or shrinkage.

Some favorite outfits for the children are below:

 Boy’s Ship Shape Shorts Set

Einor Elephant and Wendy Whale dress

💘 stay home with your cute little ones. Enjoy cooking, doing puzzles, playing games and sharing laughs.

Lucy Dress

Lucy dress with embroidered flowers and butterflies. Just darling.

Amelia Dress

New arrival! So perfect for spring.

Yoga Pants and Meditate

Ladies, I’m sure you want nothing more than to just lounge and relax after all your chores and hustle around the house. If you’re a mom, you probably have resorted to keeping on your pajama pants for most of the morning unless you go straight into yoga pants which you’ll be wearing all day. We suggest a morning routine of working out or doing yoga to get you in the zone for the day. There’s a lot to be done especially if you’re a working mom and it’s hard enough being the teacher to your kids on top of your full time job. The world is crazy right now but remind yourself this is only temporary, and you are a boss woman.

Kick on those yoga pants and do an at home workout video to calm your mind. We suggest checking out @whitsich from Instagram or any Yoga and Pilates class from HYP Yoga (based in Needham, Massachusetts). Such a favorite and all the instructors are passionate about their practice. Don’t be shy to donate to the tip jar via Venmo after you take a class. Their classes are free but tip jars are highly encouraged to keep small businesses like these from sinking.

After you do your little morning workout and have a meditation session, your mind will be feeling at ease. You are ready to take on the day and your next list of things that are listed on your schedule. Pick out something comfortable to wear and get to it.

Lounge in Cotton Pants or Breezy Nightshirts

Once you’ve checked off a few more work or house related tasks from your list, take a shower, and get into something cozy and comfortable.

If you’re not a nightgown lady, we suggest a cotton nightshirt or comfortable cotton PJ pants and classy top. These options might seem like Pajamas but they’re really just chic loungewear. You can dress them with flip flops and a lightweight cardigan and no one will know! These days pajamas are hardly looked down upon and if you wear any of the below around the house before 5pm, no one will call you out for it. Get comfortable!

Pru PJ set

ON SALE now too!

Cute Nightshirts

Do Some Puzzles and Set the Table

It’s puzzle time. Set out a plate of carrots, homemade hummus, with custom monogrammed dinner table napkins by yours truly for an elegant table setting.

It’s important to differentiate work time and relaxing time. After most of your list is checked off and you are in your cozy little Jacaranda Living outfit and the house looks somewhat tidy, then you can unwind from your day. It’s APERITIVO TIME!

Play some music (we’ve personally been loving Rita Wilson’s Quarantine Playlist on Spotify) and put the news on in the background so you can keep up with the news on the pandemic. It’s important to be in the know so you and your family are aware but it is also important to keep to your old schedule and have a little fun and time to relax.

Set the table with elegant table napkins and proper glassware to add some sanity back into your work from home life.

After an hour or two of relaxed chilling, you and the family can get to cooking together and setting the table.

Back to Journal and Lights Out

The next few hours are time to relax, laugh, unwind to a movie or TV show (we’ve already binged Tiger King) and before bed journal a few things down. What did you love about the day? What scares you about the pandemic? What do you want to tell your future self after all of this dies down? Has this new routine given you hope or made you tap into a new creative side you didn’t realize you had? This is a crazy time for everyone but it will help you stay sane by keeping to a schedule and jotting down your thoughts along the way. I hope it helps.

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Team