Pantry Organization

This week I crossed something off my to do list – organize my pantry. As a self proclaimed organization queen, it was super fun!! Here’s what was important to me in the process:

  • I knew I wanted uniformity
  • I wanted to be able to quickly see all my items
  • I liked the idea of combining containers so it was not too robotic looking
  • Gray, wicker and black would be the color scheme. (I saw some great baskets with chrome handles but they just did not go well with my decor)

So I set out on a trip to Target and here’s what I found (white bowls in the pic above previously purchased from Macy’s):

Seagrass WICKER BASKETS link

WIRE BASKETS by Magnolia Homes (large and small) link

Clear storage bins link

The after is shown above, here is the before:

I need to make a few more tweaks; but, for the most part it’s done! Get started on your pantry today! You won’t regret it.

Bri Alys

Slip Silk for the WIN!

I have been familiar with this brand for a few years now. I started off with a white pillowcase that I unfortunately left in a hotel in Cleveland two (2) years ago … (note to self: do not travel with a white pillowcase, not easy to spot/identify!!) Then I got another pillowcase (black) and then another one (pink). Love them all!!!

Last year I picked up some scrunchies that I had been eyeing for a while. I purchased the thin ones and they are very easy on your hair! They also have eye masks; but, I’m really not into that.

Slip Silk just introduced GLAM BANDS (i.e. headbands) exclusively on their website and also turbans – I grabbed them both! The glamband is great for your nightly beauty routine and the turban, of course, can protect your hair while you sleep. Imagine how a silk turban on a silk pillowcase would feel. Can’t wait!!! 🥰 Their product mantra is upgrade your beauty sleep routine and I couldn’t agree more! For new product releases, you can stalk their page on Instagram like it do.

For all their products, I do recommend using their wash and being very careful / gentle in your cleaning process. Wash by hand (think the Woolite way) and ALWAYS air dry! If you put these items in the wash and/or dryer they will be ruined! (speaking from experience 😩)

Enjoy!

Holiday Want List

2020 is almost here and there’s no better way to round out the year than with a wish list. For the FIFTH year in a row, I’m sharing my “want list”. This years list items from a few of my favorite / luxury brands across multiple categories. #treatyoself !!! And Enjoy!

LAGOS anything … jewelry $$$$

This brand is amazing. From bracelets, to necklaces, earrings and now Apple Watch bands, LAGOS screams luxury!

DRUNK ELEPHANT skincare $$

Pick anything from this popular skincare line and you can’t go wrong. Their vitamin C serum has been my go to for sometime.

UGG & Barefoot Dreams for cozy apparel $$$

I lumped these two brands together because when I think about staple pieces for the winter, they are my go to. Ugg for the boots (DUH) and actually both brands have AMAZING throws (as in blankets). Barefoot Dreams also has wonderful loungewear.

Sugar Paper holiday wrapping $

Love their designs and color combinations! There’s really nothing more to say. You can find this brand at Target

Stocking Stuffers … from Nordstrom, of course 💁🏽‍♀️ (mugs are by Anthropologie) $ to $$

And finally, SPANX leggings … who knew??! $$

Control, Alt, Google

Mountain View, CA/USA – May 21, 2018: Exterior view of a Googleplex building, the corporate headquarters complex of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc.

There’s a popular keyboard shortcut <Control><Alt><Delete> that, generally speaking, interrupts or facilitates interrupting a function. For example, if a program on your computer hangs or crashes, you press this popular combination to force the program to close.

Today I’m coining a new term, <Control><Alt><Google>. In a nutshell, you can now tell Google to delete the data (or history) it has on / about you. In this post I want to cover three items: 1) What data is stored, 2) Why you should care about deleting it and 3) How to tell Google to delete your data.

What data does Google store (courtesy of my friends at Lifehacker)?

  • Web and app history. This includes voice and audio data from Google assistant and other apps; data collected from apps synced to your Google account; all Chrome browsing history.
  • YouTube search and watch histories
  • Google Maps history and GPS location data

Why should I care about deleting this information?

A more tangible reason is that deleting your data is helpful for up-to-date content (and ad) curation. People change, our tastes evolve, and periodically deleting your outdated content history is like giving your YouTube, Google Play, or even Google Podcast recommendations a refresh based on your current interests.

Deleting it means Google doesn’t always have enough information about you to make recommendations on what it thinks you’ll like, or where you might want to go. CNBC

How do I request Google to delete my data?

  1. Go to your Google activity dashboard.
  2. Click “Activity controls” from the left-hand sidebar.
  3. Scroll down to the data type you wish to manage, then select “Manage Activity.”
  4. On this next page, click on “Choose how long to keep” under the calendar icon.
  5. Select the auto-deletion time you wish (three or 18 months), or you can choose to delete your data manually.
  6. Click “Next” to save your changes.

Repeat the steps above for each of the types of data you want to be auto-deleted, the three noted above (Web and app history, YouTube search and watch histories and Google Maps history and GPS location data). For your Location History in particular, you’ll need to click on “Today” in the upper-left corner first, and then click on the gear icon in the lower-right corner of your screen.

Then, select “Automatically delete Location History,” and pick a time.

UPS @ CVS

Earlier this week I ordered contacts online. When I found out they were scheduled to be delivered by UPS on a day I was traveling, I immediately went online to request that UPS to hold the package (or deliver it on another day). This service usually costs $5.

To my surprise, there was another “hold” option available: Have UPS deliver my package to my local CVS for me to pick up later. Say what now??! I immediately selected that FREE option and as I am now sitting in another state, I just got a text alert that my contacts were just delivered to my local CVS (a place I pass by at least twice a day). It will be in safe hands for me to pickup anytime during CVS’ normal business hours over the next seven (7) days. This is a much better option than having my package sit outside on my front porch.

Way to go UPS and CVS! You can select one of CVS’s 12,000 stores nationwide or pickup UPS packages at Michael’s and Advance Auto Parts stores.

CNBC reports that consumers are demanding more ways to pickup and return packages, which is driving these types of corporate partnerships. A few more examples include: FedEx at Walgreens and Amazon at Kohl’s or UPS. In similar news, UPS’ drone technology will soon be used to deliver prescription drugs to CVS patients at their home. Read more here or watch below.