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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

 

Our Holiday Shopping Gift Guide and 20% OFF for Black Friday

Our holiday shopping sale is coming up in a few days and we’re so excited to help deck your halls with some festive cheer. This Thanksgiving weekend enjoy 20% off everything on our site!

For the Holidays:

We created a special HOLIDAY page to help you fill your home with fun. Everyone needs to spruce up their home with a few seasonal touches every now and then, and starting this week, there’s no better time to do it. People are going to be buying their Christmas trees, singing Christmas carols, and baking holiday cookies. Everyone feels a hop in their step during the holidays. The streets are filled with beautiful holiday lights, so what’s not to love?!

 

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Happy holiday shopping!

Start getting into that festive spirit. Browse our new holiday gift guide and enjoy picking festive gifts for yourself, your home and those you love most. We want to help you pick something out that will make you smile and that you will love most.

FOR MEN AND WOMEN:

We are known for our tissue box covers….

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Natural Linen TBC with Christmas Wreath
Christmas Wreath embroidery on White Linen Tissue Box Cover

You can never go wrong with gifting someone a tissue box cover with a unique embroidery design on it. It comes from the heart, the design reminds them of you, and it’s timeless so they can use it every year to add some personality and flair to their home.

Our embroidered towels are another way to cheer up a powder room and make a great gift.

You can pick your favorite embroidery design and place it on natural linen or white linen depending on your preferences. They’re both soft, easy to wash, and are an easy way to enhance a room. What’s your favorite? Natural linen or white linen tissue box covers? Do you love terry towels or waffle weaveHave fun, get festive with your designs!

FOR THE KIDS AND LITTLE ONES:

Embroidered designs on tissue box covers and towels aren’t the only thing that keeps our customers coming back to our site. We have tons of baby clothes! Ladies’ nightgowns! And adorable children’s outfits – both boy’s PJ sets and little girl dresses. Pick out something festive for your daughter or son to wear over the holidays… like our Candy Cane dress or boy’s embroidered Christmas Tree PJ set. Pics below.

 

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FOR GIRLFRIENDS AND YOURSELF:

SLEEPWEAR GALORE! We live for nightgowns, we live for comfort. Don’t we ladies? Especially the *new moms* out there. That’s why we deliver 100% cotton, machine-washable, ultra soft, beautiful, Victorian nightgowns and cotton pajama sets. We love to be comfortable, and of course, just love looking cute while sleeping in ultimate luxury.

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Mandi cotton nightgown
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Caroline PJ set with Napoleon Bee embroidered trip

Browse all our nightgowns and cotton PJs and decide what you, your mom, your sister, or maid of honor needs next. There is something for everyone at Jacaranda Living so come visit, take it all in, mark your favorites, and come back from Black Friday to Cyber Monday where we will be having our big 20% off sale.

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At checkout make sure to enter GIVETHANKS20 to get your special discount. Please reach out with any special requests, personal monogramming, or other questions you may have, we’re always more than happy to help! Shoot a note to info@jacarandaliving.com.

x,Jacaranda

Fall-Inspired Decor to Add to Your Home

There is so much to love about the fall season, and now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner, there is even more reason to come up with ways to welcome fall into your home. For the most part, pumpkins are a sure way to excite you and your guests about the upcoming spooky holiday of Halloween. Who doesn’t love Halloween? Many kids and adults spend weeks, even months, deciding on their costumes and perfect haunted house party. For the adults, there are ways to take advantage of this fun holiday by inviting guests over for a dinner party, and incorporating your seasonal accessories, accents, and decor into your home. Read through our list of easy ways to give your home the fall makeover it deserves.

The How-to-Guide to spruce up your home with lovely fall-inspired decor:

Pumpkin Display

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The key to a fall makeover is in the presentation

A little jar with mini pumpkins is adorable and festive. Who doesn’t love a little color of orange and green in their living room when fall hits? Now that the leaves are starting to change color, it’s important to keep your home up to date with the changing season. Adding mini pumpkins will keep your energy up and serve as a reminder of things to look forward to, i.e. Halloween and Thanksgiving! It will also give your guests a warm welcoming as they step into your home and see these festive touches. Everyone notices small things like this!

Fresh Smelling Plants 

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A beautiful bedroom window with a blooming plant and candle creates happiness in the most unexpected ways.

Spring may be special in all its color and glory, but fall is just as wonderful for growing plants at home. Buy a basil plant and keep it in your window sill where the sun shines, and remember to feed it daily. Soon, you will find it flourishing to be taller and stronger than you could imagine. Plus, the great thing about Basil plants is they smell wonderful, and you can always cut a little off to add to your pastas or salads. Decorate your window sill with plants, great reads, picture frames, and some of our high-end embroidered tissue box covers and curtains seen in the above photo.

Candle decorations, Cafe hygge and Fall apartment decor

Neutral or Beige Colored Bed Sheets

Bring out the high-end bed sheets with little touches of beige to highlight the fall theme

Our Jacaranda Living embroidered bed sheets with a Scroll embroidery are wonderful for a master or guest room, especially in the fall season. Put aside your brightly colored bed linens you had from spring and bring out some fresh beige and neutrals. It’s the perfect touch that will complement your new pumpkins, flourishing plant, and candle decorations you’ve placed around your home. Match your curtains to the scroll embroidered guest towels – either in your shower or around the main windows of your bedroom.

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Add some whimsy cushions to your sofa

Who says animals can’t live on couches? Our Whimsical wildlife designs in amusing settings are just what any home needs during the colder months. These pillows of animals lounging comfortably will certainly put smiles on your and your company’s faces. Choose from our selection of designs that best complement the colors in your living room.

Layer the cushions on your sofa or chair for an elegant look that requires minimal effort

 

Table Setting

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Little touches of greenery and glistening gold acorns are easy ways to bring out the season’s colors

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Dine in high style with these beige fleur-de-lis embroidered cocktail and dinner napkins

Our Jacaranda Living leaf embroidered table and cocktail napkins are a wonderful way to make your dinner party that much more festive. Don’t be afraid to host that next dinner party when you have these table setting arrangements down. Order our matching cocktail and dinner napkins today.

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And one more thing, don’t forget to go apple picking! Apples are another great way to display your love for fall.

The little things count. Other additions and design trends for your home can be found on our Fall Season Pinterest board. Check it out!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

The Jacaranda Living team

Unveiling of the Whimsical Collection at the AmericasMart

The Whimsical Collection is a new line the Jacaranda Living team will be unveiling this week in Atlanta, Georgia at the AmericasMart! The team is most excited about their new Whimsical collection, which consists of the Wildlife at Leisure tote bags, beach bags, pillows and more. The Whimsical line has been a big hit for the team as it has in the past consisted of various pieces that are conversation starters – from Julia Baille’s funny guest towels of men and women playing golf or sunbathing to sleepy elephants on pillows next to airplanes. It is a different collection, unique to the brand’s more elevated aesthetic that consists of elegant white linens and it is very exciting to see the company being brought back to its African roots.

AmericasMart information:

Come find us at the show!

 

Below are some of the newer Whimsical styles that will be on display at the show:

Stand out from the beach crowd with these fun, eclectic bags from Jacaranda Living’s newest Whimsical Collection
Grab the orange zebra printed tote bag before your next getaway to the beach!
Electrify your beachwear with the vibrant Elephant tote bag

 

Keep your guests entertained with the Wildlife Airshow pillows. The 2 giraffes behind an airplane will be great additions to any room of the house
Organize your lipsticks and pens into a whimsical cosmetic bag like this one of our sleepy rhino. More styles available

 

So take some time to browse the collection online or visit us at the booth (Atlanta, Bdg 1, 7th Floor, N13) this week! We will be there all week and will also be showcasing embroidered designs for your home and our classic ladies nighties in crisp cotton.

Have a great week!

Xoxo,

The Jacaranda Living Team

 

The Ultimate Summer Gift Guide for the Host or Hostess

Summer is upon us and there is no better way to spend your weekends than on a beach with your friends. If you are planning to visit a friend’s beach house this summer for a dinner party or a long weekend, be sure to bring a few nautical-inspired beach products to thank your host or hostess and leave them with something beautiful that they can add to their home. Below is a list of a few of my favorite gifts from Jacaranda Living that are sure to make you look good in the eyes of your host and hostess this summer.

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How divine are these Lighthouse embroidered cocktail napkins? They are great to have as decor and for guests to use at their next cocktail party this summer.

Bed Sheets

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These lovely blue sea shell embroidered pillows and matching sheets will look beautiful in a guest room. Every host or hostess would love to have this bed set at their beach home.

Tissue Box Covers

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Freshen up your bathroom or living room with these gorgeous embroidered tissue box covers from Jacaranda Living. They make the perfect host gifts for any room in the house!

Cosmetic Bag

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Help your host stay organized with this cosmetic bag so fishing for their lipsticks, lotions and shades will be less of a pain. Choose your favorite style today.

Embroidered Guest Towels

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Your friend will love these embroidered hand towels for their home’s guest bathroom. They are easy to wash and pretty to look at.

Slippers

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The perfect seaside slip on! Comfortable for you, an appreciated gift for someone special!

Embroidered Pillow

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A crab, starfish and sand dollar embroidered Boudoir Pillow – give to a friend so they can use it for a shady rest in a hammock!

So with these beautiful gifts, you really can’t go wrong! Shop the beachy collection at jacarandaliving.com today.

Have a great Monday and enjoy this (finally) sunny weather.

Starting a Tooth Fairy Tradition with Pillows from Jacaranda Living

The Tooth Fairy Tradition is probably the only tradition that actually has TWO national days to recognize it. According to holidayinsights.com,  It’s celebrated on either February 28th, or August 22nd. If you’ve got a little one in the house who is getting to that age when teeth are starting to loosen and big girl or big boy teeth are coming in, why not start a Tooth Fairy tradition in your household?

Pretty embroidered tooth fairy pillow
Tooth Fairy Pillows fit every decor

Why a Tooth Fairy?

While it may seem old news to you, losing a tooth is a new experience. It seems like an every day thing to you, but whether a tooth falls out naturally, or gets yanked out by a string and a door knob, or it some other speedy arrangement it’s a big event that first time. Holding a tooth in your hand that was once in your mouth can be thrilling and scary. There’s blood, there’s a bit of pain, and everyone knows its happening. And if it’s a front tooth, it can be embarrassing for some children to suddenly find themselves struggling to speak clearly. They may even have friends laughing at them.

Introducing the Tooth Fairy! She rewards the child for their tooth, always knows the tooth has come out regardless of whether it’s lost or not, and adds excitement around part of growing up. Wouldn’t we all like a magic fairy to come along when growing older brings that first wrinkle or first grey hair?

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A Joyful Smile

How Much Does a Tooth Go For These Days?

In the US, children receive cash for their teeth. The treasured tooth is tucked under a pillow at night and in the morning the tooth is gone and money is left behind. To make it extra special, why not give your little one a special Tooth Fairy pillow from Jacaranda? It comes complete with a tooth pocket to tuck that newly lost tooth in so it doesn’t get lost during the night. It’s also easier to slip a surprise into the pocket before morning comes! And the pillow is a nice addition to any child’s bedroom decor!

You may be asking yourself though, how much do you pay per tooth? According to mentalfloss.com the average was $3.70 per tooth  back in 2013. Inflation does show a jump year over year, with cbsnews.com stating that some years the jump can be as much as 23%! Why? Well, kids talk, and it seems there is comparison on what is received. No one wants their kids to be the lowest paid. If you’re not sure what to give, and want a comparison, ask the parents in your area. But if it doesn’t matter to you, pay what you feel is right, or consider a totally different tradition. Perhaps a new book, or a new character inspired toothbrush and toothpaste. But if you’ve got multiple teeth falling, that can get just as expensive if not more.

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A cute tooth fairy tribute!

Tooth Fairy Traditions Around the World

You can also draw on traditions from around the world. In many Hispanic countries children are visited by Ratoncito Perez, a little mouse who collects teeth from under a pillow or even left in a glass of water! He leaves behind gifts or money. In South Africa, teeth are left in the child’s slippers. And in Asian countries like India, China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, children throw lost teeth up onto the roof or under or onto the floor and make a wish.

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Cute Tooth Fairy Pillow Designs Perfect for Girls and Boys!

Tooth Fairy Traditions That Can Be Passed Down

Whatever you decide, it’s nice to have some traditions that can be passed down. Jacaranda Living offers pretty Tooth Fairy Pillows that are perfect to recognize that first lost tooth, and provide a place to snuggle the teeth that will certainly follow. You can give each child with their own pillow, or pass the pillow on from child to child. Consequently, once children grow up, they can pass on their own personal pillow to their own children. When those little ones are old enough, they’ll enjoy hearing stories of when their parents were young and going through the same experience. Having a tradition to hold on to and share with future generations is part of making a childhood to remember. Why not build the Tooth Fairy Tradition into your own child’s life?

Sources

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/February/toothfairyday.htm

http://mentalfloss.com/article/58503/7-tooth-fairy-traditions-around-world

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tooth-fairy-inflation-flies-high/

 

New Year’s Resolutions – Renew You with a Home Spa

A Home Spa – Incentive to Stick to Those Resolutions

The big new year’s celebration is over, and for some those resolutions have already been forgotten, but for many a resolution to get healthier is a very real, and very attainable goal. If you’ve vowed to run more, walk regularly or renew that gym membership and really use it, read on! Consider creating a home spa to relax and rejuvenate after your workout. It’s a definite motivator, and It’s easy with these 4 simple steps!

Create a Home Spa Environment

When you go to the spa, what do you notice first? The scent of eucalyptus? The soothing music? The soft, fluffy towels? These are easy to recreate in your home spa!

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Create a home spa you’ll look forward to coming home to

Spa Scents Made Easy

From aromatherapy candles, to essential oils and room sprays, the scent of a spa is an immediate signal to your brain that its time to relax and revitalize. ScratchMommy recommends the following to ease you into a relaxed state of mind:

  • Jasmine, rose, chamomile, or ylang-ylang for frustrations with loved ones
  • Citrus, lavender, sandalwood or sage if dark days have you feeling down.
  • Oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus, pine or rosemary can help with a stuffy head
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Scented candles bring a relaxing glow

ScratchMommy also has a great candle recipe using beeswax or soy to create a soothing scent to turn your bath into a sweet space to rediscover your sanity.

Music to Relax and Inspire

Relaxing in a warm bath with soft music in the background is a great way to end a busy day, or soak away tightness in tired muscles. Kohler has some great tips for adding music to your bathroom to help create that spa environment. The Moxie Showerhead and wireless speaker is an easy addition to make your favorite music a part of your Home Spa. The speaker just pops into the showerhead, and is interchangeable so each family member can have their own.

Or if you’re into a bit more immersive experience, consider the VibrAcoustic Hydrotherapy system which works with your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player to send vibrations pulsing above and below the waterline!

Look for appropriate spa music on iTunes, Pandora, or even your Amazon Echo Dot and you’ll be ready to sit back and relax.

Fluffy Towels, Robes, and Slippers Complete the Sensory Experience of a Home Spa

We can’t forget the luxurious feeling of fluffy towels for drying, slipping your feet into linen slippers and wrapping yourself in a luxurious robe after your home spa experience. Quality cotton like that used in products offered by Jacaranda Living can give you that spa at home feeling every day!

Generous bath sheets – 35” x 70” are large enough to wrap you up after a hot shower, or a warm bubble bath. Choose from white or ivory to give that clean, uncluttered spa look to a bathroom. If you want to give your home spa a personal touch, why not choose embroidered designs drawn from the sea, or our popular Bee Wreath design.

Sweet Accessories Amp Up the Home Spa Feeling

Looking to really transform your bath to give it that home spa feeling? Consider adding a fluffy terry robe, an elegant shower curtain, and even slippers and a shower cap all embroidered with the same design. With 100% cotton, you’ll have the soft, super absorbent accessories you love at the spa, right in your own home! What a great way to reward yourself after a long run, or a yoga class. It’ll keep you on track and be an incentive to continue to treat yourself throughout the year. Why not? You deserve it!

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Quality cotton, delicate embroidery and attention to detail create the perfect home spa

A Few Additional Touches

With just a few more simple touches, your bath will really stand out as a home spa! Add fresh cut flowers in a pretty vase to a small table in the bath. Consider adding a dimmer switch to your bathroom lighting. Add a small table for candles, a favorite book, hand-made sugar scrubs, or a glass of wine. With just a few simple steps your family bathroom becomes a home spa you’ll look forward to using every day!

Resources

www.popsugar.com

www.scratchmommy.com

ideas.kohler.com

Enjoy your Home Spa and Happy New Year from Jacaranda Living!