Move Binder

My First Move Went Poorly – Your Next Move Doesn’t Have To

You might be wondering why I haven’t posted in a while.  Well, I’m moving!  Isn’t that exciting?!?  Yes, it is, but moving is also stressful.  My last move was a nightmare.  I left myself with too much stuff and too little time.  It was in those moments of pure stress and fighting the clock that I promised myself never again.  Never again!

However, I bet you’re wondering, “How exactly should I prepare for a move?”   Don’t worry I’m here for you.  I struggled so you didn’t have to.  I’ve spent the past months leading up to my move scouring the internet for moving do’s and don’ts to make the ultimate moving templates and an informational Pinterest board!

Click HERE to view and print my Move Binder pdf and click HERE for a Moving Pro Con List Excel file.  I love the Excel file, because it’s great for any big decision you need to make.  The link to the Pinterest board is below plus there’s a sneak peak of what’s inside the Move Binder Template.  Enjoy!

See you in a few weeks, Sweeties.  Moving day is this Friday, so I might be out of pocket for a while.  However, be sure to let me know what you think of my moving templates in the comments!  Stay sweet, Sweeties!

I Tried a Silicone Toothbrush

The Foreo Issa Mini 2 Toothbrush to be exact.  Silicone is one of my favorite materials for skin and oral care right now.  I love how easy it is to clean, how long it lasts and it’s waterproof.  And of course, recently, my Phillips Sonic Toothbrush died… Right after the warranty ran out.  It was time for a change.

If you read my previous post where I reviewed the Luna Foreo FOFO you’ll know that was my entrance into the Foreo brand.  While browsing their site I noticed that they also had silicone toothbrushes, so with a 20% off coupon in hand I thought it might be worth a try.

There are a few different brush designs and colors to choose from on their site.   The Issa 2 that is marketed towards adults (Millennials, if you ask me) and the Issa Mini 2 that is marketed towards children or those with small mouths.  However, to me, the Issa Mini 2 screamed to me that it had a cheaper price and offered my favorite shade of yellow.

I’ll name a couple differences between the Issa 2 and the Issa Mini 2 in my review, but just keep in mind that some of the features I mention are specific to the Issa Mini 2.  Now let’s get to reviewing!

Long battery life between charges: “ISSA mini 2 puts the power of improved pulsations into a combination brush head sonic toothbrush and a 265 day charge that can keep up with the busiest schedules!”  This has yet to be tested, but as someone who has used an electric toothbrush for 10+ years I can say that I’m already impressed with both the time to full charge and the battery life.  It used to drive me crazy how long it took my Phillips Sonic brush to charge, 12+ hours!

Sonic Pulse Technology: After my first brush I could already feel the difference between using a standard manual toothbrush and the Issa Mini 2. My teeth felt sparkling and my tongue plaque free and fresh.  Comparing it to other top of of the line brushes it might fall a bit short, the Issa Mini doesn’t give you the option for increasing the pulse intensity like the bigger version, but it’s certainly more quiet which is a major plus.  Nothing was more awkward than brushing my teeth in the dorm with my standard electric brush and people popping their heads into the communal bathroom to see what that suspicious noise was…   That woudln’t be a concern with the Issa Mini 2; you can barely hear it!

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Long Lasting & More Hygienic Brush Heads: The Hybrid brush head that comes with the toothbrush can last up to six months!  If you decide to go for the all silicone brush it can last up to a year!  This definitely beats out the standard electric toothbrush. Those heads barely last three months and are super expensive to replace.  Issa Mini 2 wins here, hands down!  There’s also a little extra bristle going on to the neck of the brush that’s great for brushing your tongue.

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The Design:  It’s much easier to hold on to than a standard toothbrush, electric or manual and looks great while you hold it.  Now I made my choices, so I can’t complain, but if you have big hands you may find there’s not quite as much to hold onto as you might like with the Issa Mini 2.  However, all in all it’s not a bad size for an adult.  I have large hands, but after some adjustment in grip the small size of the Issa Mini 2 hasn’t been a problem.

In Conclusion:

Pros: Fast charge time and long battery life.  Fun colors and non slip grip.  Brush heads that last a long long while and are super hygienic at the same time.  Awesome for tongue cleaning.  Vibrations to remind you to switch sides of your mouth and make sure you get in the recommended brushing time (the mini even frowns at you when you cut brushing short or smiles and lights up when you hit the recommended time).

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Cons:  The price, even though the battery life and brush head replacement cycle are unreal the price still seems a bit too steep.  However, with the right coupon I think the value is definitely there.  Brush head size, with the mini this wasn’t a problem, but I can only imagine how big the brush head on the full size Issa 2 must be.  Processing time before shipping, they have a couple different ways to pay.  I decided to use Amazon Pay and had to confirm my order with a screenshot of the confirmation email.  The approval didn’t take long but it took a day to get that email and a day after that for my order to say shipped.  In a world of 2 day shipping (including processing time), it seemed to take eons for my brush to arrive.

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All in all I give the Issa Mini 2 4.5 stars and would definitely recommend.  The brush works great; I certainly expect it to much outlive the warranty.  This isn’t an endorsed post (Foreo, please love me, lol), so I don’t have some nifty personal promo code to share, but I do have something for you.  You’ll be seeing another post about this soon, but I can’t recommend the browser add-in Honey enough.  Honey scans the inner-webs to find you the best deal and promo code.  Below is a screenshot of the code it found me and how much it would have save me on a Foreo Issa 2.  Give Honey a try!

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I Made Travel Themed Luggage Tags!

Look at me go! Almost a month in and I am absolutely loving my Designer Ruby Royale Sewing/Embroidery machine. It was made with the sewist at heart and it showed on my latest project! Be on the lookout for a comprehensive video and blog review of the machine soon.

Anyways, my machine is awesome and I’ve been feeling inspired to try new things! I’ve always wanted to do an in hoop design, all or most of what you are making is created in the hoop, I just never got around to it. It just still seemed too complicated. Boy was I wrong. In the hoop embroidery is the stuff!

I decided to make travel themed luggage tags, because they’re the perfect gift for my friend who’s retiring and vacationing in Paris. Not to mention they go hand and hand with the big launch I have been working towards for my Etsy shop.

I downloaded the designs from Embroidery Library’s website. You can download the luggage tags here. They can be purchased separately or in a design pack.

They fit in a 4 by 4 hoop if you leave the design as is. I decided to make mine a little bigger, so a business card would fit. However, don’t fret if you decide to keep them as is; there’s a link they give you to contact card printouts that we’re made for the tags.

I used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut the fabric for the project. Highly recommend! This made the already simple in the hoop project ten times easier. Then I just followed along with the detailed instructions and watched the magic happen. It’s like appliqué on steroids!

For extra depth be sure to go over the final design elements more than once. If you want the appearance of even more depth pick a slightly lighter shade the second run over the design. It really makes the design pop!

The whole design only took about 15-20 minutes to complete when I had all the materials prepped and ready to go. My machine even allowed me to add an eyelet hole right on screen on the design, so I didn’t even have to use any metal hardware. How cool is that?!?

Pictures are below. Let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure once you take a look you’ll have the travel bug. Do not fear! My tags will be here in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned and remember… Not all who wander are lost.

The Evolution of My Sweet Weekend

It all started with a Weekender Bag pattern I found on Pinterest.  Since then I’ve made four Weekender bags.  Three of them I will highlight in this post.

The thing I love most about sewing, is that when I take a pattern or create my own, I can honestly say that with each one I make I get better at making that item.  The Weekender Bag is no exception.  It might even be the rule!  I’ve decided to call my interpretation of the bag Sweet Weekend.  Too punny?  Get used to it.  When you name a site like I named mine, there’s only more of the same.

Enough talk.  Time for you to see the bags…

Weekend in Grand Rapids (Sweet Weekend #1):

I found this fabric on one of those giant upholstery bolts and just had to purchase yards and yards of it.  Like most fabric purchases, I had no idea what project I would actually use it on.  Luckily inspiration hit and it did not disappoint.  I wish I had more pictures than the two below to show, but for as detailed as this bag looks, it is pretty basic.  There’s not even a lining inside!  The horror!

Imagine yourself on trip somewhere nearby home, but much more exciting than the nearby town that has the better mall… *Cough cough*  Not Portage.  Think bigger.  This bag is simple, but flashy.

Weekend in Chicago (Sweet Weekend #2):

I made this black and cream number for my Aunt (cousin actually, but you know how families be).  She commented on the first bag I made after I posted some pictures on Facebook and asked when I was taking orders.  You got to treat family right, so I felt compelled to share the love.

I love how this bag turned out.  I decided to use more of the faux leather trim that barely showed on the first bag.  To really add something extra I used embroidered faux leather.  Imagine yourself taking the train or driving into Chicago for a fun weekend with old friends. #BagEnvy

Weekend in Belize (Sweet Weekend #3):

I could not Belize how well this bag turned out…  Okay, I’ll stop (I won’t).  One of my closest friends asked me to make a bag for her.  I figured it would be good practice, so I agreed.  Little did she know just how bad my procrastination would become on this project.  I think it took me about 4 months longer than it should have (keep in mind this bag only takes about a weekend to make).

It definitely turned out to be my best Sweet Weekend to date!  I went all out for this one.  Tons of pockets.  Reinforced straps after a faux leather strap accident (don’t ask).  Lots of pockets inside.  I even added a big mesh pocket inside using a coordinating lace fabric! Definitely not what I would call a “perfect” bag, the detachable pocket inside could use some rework, but it’s gorgeous on the outside (just don’t look too closely).  Isn’t that all that really matters? 😉

Drop a comment here or on my site and let me know what you think!