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Spoke Too Soon

By on May 26, 2017

I mentioned the reasons why I’ve been missing in action in my last post,  but it seems like I’ve spoken (or posted) too soon. I’ve been hit hard with morning sickness and it’s the sort that lasts all day. Couldn’t keep anything except a can of Sprite down yesterday. Is facing the toilet seven times in a day normal? 

Fiesta Friday

Unfortunately,  morning sickness has kept me far from the kitchen and it sucks because this week I am cohosting Fiesta Friday with Lindy from Love in the Kitchen.  Fiesta Friday is a fun and welcoming linky to join and while it has taken on a focus on food posts, it’s actually open to all posts that share how you are getting your fiesta on for the weekend. I’ll be visiting and commenting on posts,  so look for me when you’ve joined the linky!

If you dropped by looking for some food posts,  check out my Eats category for some fun and easy ideas.  

If you want to be chosen as a feature post, be sure to follow the guidelines found on the site (mainly about linking back to the correct Fiesta Friday and the co-hosts).  Don’t forget to tag Fiesta Friday on your post so it’s easy to find. Drop by Fiesta Friday #173 to join when you’re ready!

Leave a comment if you join Fiesta Friday so I can keep a special eye out for your post! Also, any ideas to combat morning sickness? I’m dying here. 

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Much Ado About Nothing

By on May 22, 2017
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How do other mom bloggers do it?  I can’t possibly be the only one to deal with extreme first trimester fatigue, nausea, an energetic toddler, and a summer cold to boot all at the same time.  With all these things happening all at once, I just couldn’t find the energy to put any love and attention to Her Life Is Love.  I apologize for going MIA these past few weeks.

Finding an Obstetrician in America

My pregnancy is official and I’m currently 9 weeks along!  It took me a couple weeks to find a doctor because my insurance coverage sucks.  The first place I called could no longer take in new patients for the month of my expected due date.  The second place did not accept my insurance at all.  The third place no longer delivers babies.  At this point, I called my old obstetrician who delivered my first child and found out he no longer delivers either.

I called a couple other places and they don’t take my insurance either.  So, I tried calling my preferred hospital directly and they told me I could see a rotation of 12 residents for my pregnancy care and delivery.  Would you feel comfortable being under the care of final year medical students?  Another hospital said I could see a rotation of four doctors, not medical students.

For those in America, I have discovered you should just call your insurance company directly for a list of doctors in your area.  Calling is more accurate than checking their list online.  The list of doctors in my area only resulted in one that accepted my insurance AND delivered at my preferred hospital, the one closest to me.

Differences From First Pregnancy

My main concern with this pregnancy is dealing with morning sickness.  When I was living in South Korea, my morning sickness was awful.  It was so bad that I had to go to the hospital multiple times to get an IV drip for hydration and nutrition.  It’s very affordable to do so over there.  If I had the same level of morning sickness in America, I worried that I would have to just grin and bear it, but thankfully, I am able to eat a little here and there this time around.

I have been experiencing more pregnancy dreams this time around.  This is probably because I am experiencing a lot more fatigue this time around and am napping and sleeping that much more.  I am really looking forward to when this extreme fatigue will level out so that I can actually get things done around the house and with this blog.  Even writing up this personal post took a lot longer than usual. but we’ll be back real soon!  Thanks for understanding, everyone.

What symptoms hit you the hardest in your first trimester?  

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Redistribute Cleaning Chores During Pregnancy

By on May 14, 2017

The following is a guest post submitted by Bethany Nolan.  Her Life Is Love cannot vouch for the content in the post, but all accepted guest posts are ones that Paula from Her Life Is Love enjoyed reading and wanted to share with her readers.  For further information, check our disclosure.

There are household chores which are dangerous for pregnant women and should be implemented by someone else. As a matter of fact most household tasks can be risky for the mother and the child before giving birth and can lead to doing this prematurely. The chores presented here you should avoid while you are expecting to protect you and your baby’s health. Delegate the presented below to the members of your family to keep your home tidy and hygienic.

Mopping and Vacuum Cleaning

These chores can deteriorate sciatica which is a painful soreness of the sciatic nerve running from the lower side of the back to the entire leg. Sciatica is most commonly suffered during pregnancy because of the weight gain. All activities which make you bend forward can worsen it. It is estimated that although pregnant women can feel good while doing some domestic task, they often experience pains as a result of the efforts later. So, leave the vacuum cleaning and mopping of the carpets and floors to other member of your family and avoid leaning forward.

Bathroom Cleaning

The cleaning of the bathroom involves using of chemicals which pregnant women shouldn’t be exposed to or inhale. Even some essential oils can be bad for the health of the expecting mums. So, in case you decide to clean the bathroom, you better make your own cleaning preparations using safe ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and others. As a rule if some detergent smells repulsive or contains chemicals you shouldn’t use it. It is recommended to delegate the bathroom cleaning to someone else.

Cleaning the Litter Box

This is another chore which you should avoid and leave for someone else to do. Cat faeces in the litter box can transmit to you and the foetus a dangerous infection which causes brain damage, vision loss and even kill the baby. Happy Cleaning Services Dulwich advises no matter what cleaning work you decide to do always make sure to wear gloves and protection mask on the mouth.

Cleaning Ceiling Fans and Hanging Curtains

As a rule you should avoid climbing and staying on high from the ground places risking your and your baby’s health. These chores which have risks for the mother to fall should be delegated to someone else. It is estimated that pregnant women’s centre of gravity changes and this makes them vulnerable to accidents and falls.

Doing the Laundry

If your doctor has advised you not to lift heavy items you shouldn’t do the laundry. A hamper weighs much and by lifting and carrying it to the terrace you can create to your body and the foetus problems. The results of doing this chore during pregnancy can be pre-term labour, high level of blood pressure and some other unpleasant health conditions.

Lifting and Carrying Heavy Loads

Your doctor should tell you how much weight you can carry safely so, adhere to his recommendations and advice. As the baby in your belly grows, your back experiences more pressure carrying more weight. You will strain you back and feel more uncomfortable if you carry heavy loads. So, avoid or be extra careful when carrying laundry baskets, vacuum cleaners and buckets.

During pregnancy you should avoid standing for too long, bending and climbing. As was explained above, these are risky for your health and the baby. Standing upright too long can harm you by creating high blood pressure, disrupting the blood flow, stress your body and create swollen feet.

The cleaning and household chores mentioned above should be avoided by pregnant women and should be provided by the other member of the family or a housemaid. Being exposed to chemicals and harsh products as well as doing risky activities are dangerous for the foetus and the mother.

I love any excuse to avoid housework.  Honestly, I will continue to deal with mopping and vacuuming, but bathroom scrub work will be delegated to the husband!  What chores did you continue to do and avoided doing while pregnant? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Spring Cleaning Series – Organizing the Bathroom

By on May 8, 2017

It’s been a couple weeks since I tackled my Spring Cleaning Series.  We last conquered Cleaning Out the Bathroom, which is a guest post published over at Namaste and Eat Cupcakes.  This time we will focus on organizing the bathroom.

I have tiny bathrooms in my home so organizing the bathroom takes a lot more work because you need to fit your items into a small, confined space.  From my experience, I have some tips that will help keep your bathroom organized and clean.  If you haven’t yet, please take a look at my 5 Simple Rules for a Clean Home which establishes the foundation for this entire Spring Cleaning Series.

Keep Things Out of Sight

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The biggest key factor to organizing the bathroom is keeping the bathroom clear of clutter.  Try to keep as much of your bathroom stuff out of sight as possible.  Keep your counters clear and only place the minimal essentials like your toothbrushes, soap, and hand lotion.

Inside your bathing area, you should only have one of each item you use during your shower routine.  Optional items like bubble baths and pumice stone should be stored out of sight.  Having less in plain sight helps your bathroom look well-kept and clean.

Store Only What You Need

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Now, I recommend keeping things out of sight, but that does not mean you should stuff your storage bins, drawers, and cabinet with everything else.  Everything that is stored in the bathroom should be things you actually use in the bathroom and they should never be stacked on top of each other.  The only exception to this would be towels, if you store them in the bathroom.

I highly recommend NOT storing in bulk because it’s a habit that will keep you from easily maintaining your bathroom.  If you come across a sale on hand soaps and stock up on them, storing them in your bathroom means having less room for other necessities.  Limit yourself to storing up to one or two extras of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, hand soap, and toilet paper.

Towels and Other Extras

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Towels are the exception to the no stacking storage rule as long as they are stacked so that you can immediately see each individual towel in one glance.  Interestingly, I find we end up with a lot more towels than we actually use before laundry day so I really condone cleaning out your stash of towels.  You probably have more than you actually need, too.

If you store cleaners in the bathroom, be sure that the space they are stored in is roomy enough so that you are able to see the labels of the cleaners and remove them easily.  Making your cleaners accessible will make it easier to motivate yourself to clean the bathroom often, as well.  Organizing the bathroom cleaners is easy when you take advantage of multi-purpose cleaners.

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What are some tips you have for organizing the bathroom?  Please comment and share this post!

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It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell

By on May 3, 2017
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I received this book for free from SheSpeaks.  It is my choice to write a blog post about it.  All opinions are my own.  For more information, check out my disclosure.

Ever since I started reading chapter books, I enjoyed reading mystery books.  I like to play the part of detective and try to solve the mystery before reaching the end of the book.  It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell is a mystery book that involves a trio of unlikely friends and a sudden death twenty years into their friendship.  When I finished the book, I was reeling from how the mystery all unfolded.  Now, I won’t divulge any spoilers while reviewing this book, so feel free to continue reading and decide if you’d like to add this to your must-read list.

The Story

Michele Cambell takes an interesting approach in her storytelling.  There’s no one main protagonist and one point of view.  Rather, the story unfolds using the point of view of each friend and later on, adds additional point of view storytelling from the cop and the husband of the deceased.  While this is unique, it’s hard to discover any facts when everything you’re reading is tainted with personal opinions.  It does, however, allow you to uncover potential motives behind each character you meet.

I did not like how Cambell kept adding more characters into the mix of potential suspects.  She added way too many red herrings that felt forced.  For example, you read that one minor character developed anger management issues after an accident and the timing where you find out this new piece of information was far from natural.  An experienced mystery writer would not have ended up throwing in these details haphazardly.  However, for a debut novel, Cambell did well in keeping the reader hooked into turning page after page.

What had me hooked were the scenes describing a life of opulence and the authenticity of university life.  I do not envy the privileged life, but find it intriguing to read about as fiction.  Because this follows friends from university and on, there are some romance aspects written in that I enjoyed, as well.  My favorite genre is romance mystery and since this touched on it a little, I found myself liking this book despite its flaws.

The Delivery

My version of It’s Always the Husband is a little over 300 pages long and I must say that it’s an easy read.  There aren’t many difficult vocabulary words and the flow of the story with the dialogue goes quite smoothly.  I finished reading this in a couple of days.  The mystery gets solved with a twist and it was not what I was expecting.  I loved it!  The only issue is that the story remains incomplete.

There are a lot of questions leftover about what happened with all the other characters and the cop.  I do not like unresolved endings and would have preferred a concrete version of “this is how the other cops resolved this matter” and “this is what happened to the other prime suspect”.  There’s none of that in this book.  I also didn’t like the cop character because he was completely inappropriate.  He wasn’t objective and didn’t handle the case as a cop should have.  The story explains why, but I did not like having that classic detective character absent from the mystery.

Despite these faults, I could not put this book down until I reached the end.  This is a wonderful concept for a mystery story, but I felt the execution could have been better.  I do recommend giving It’s Always the Husband a try.  For a debut novel, it is done well and it’s exciting to see the mystery unfold.  It goes on sale May 16 and you can pre-order your copy here.  If you enjoyed this review, check out my latest review on Influenster’s Poppy Voxbox and my recommendations for 8 books that a one year old must read.

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What other good mystery books do you recommend?  Comment and let me know!  Please share this post if this book sounds like a fun read!

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Influenster’s Poppy Voxbox

By on April 30, 2017

I received Influenster’s Poppy Voxbox for free.  It is my choice to write this blog post about it.  All opinions are my own.  Find out more in my disclaimer.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed some of my posts were encouraged by Influenster, a platform for reviewing products, asking questions about products, and answering questions others have about products.  Influenster also sends out free samples of products in a collection called a Voxbox where you can try new products and give your thoughts and opinions about it through Influenster and relevant social media accounts.

While Influenster was US based, they are now available in the UK, too!  If you are interested in signing up to try and receive a Voxbox, please sign up here.  That’s my referral link.  All it does is give me the benefit of adding 5 points to my impact score if you sign up and connect your Facebook account, valid for the first 20 people only.  Having a high impact score helps your chances of receiving a Voxbox in the future.

Influenster’s Poppy Voxbox

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I’ve been a member of Influenster for two months now and recently received my very first Voxbox.  It held a wide assortment of stuff to try.  There was an eyeliner, lip gloss, foot peel socks, face polish, in-shower lotion, laundry pod, and dry shampoo (not pictured).

While my policy for Her Life Is Love is to only post about complimentary products if I truly loved it, for the sake of writing a thorough review on my experience with Influenster and my first Poppy Voxbox, I have tried to accomplish all the activities required to obtain badges in the Influenster app.  These activities include posting on Instagram or tweeting about it, but I was honest about what I didn’t like about a product, if applicable.  Check my Instagram for my opinions on every single Poppy Voxbox product I received.

Poppy Voxbox Products I Loved

Rimmel London Cosmetics sent me a black eyeliner and a lip gloss in the color Smart Pink.  The eyeliner has a ultra fine tip so I found it a little tricky to draw close to my lash line and although it says it’s waterproof, it smudged very easily.  I don’t use liquid eyeliners much, but this would come in handy for drawing the wing tips of cat eyes.

The lip gloss they sent me, however, quickly became a new favorite.  I loved how it applied without leaving a sticky, overly done feeling on my lips.  The hint of color was just the right amount to complement with the shine from the gloss.  I enjoyed using this during my quick trips out of the house.  You can find this at Walmart.  I’m wearing both products in my Instagram post.

New favorite finds for the month of April. #somethingyouwant #RimmelRebelUSA #gotitfree @Influenster @RimmelLondonUS

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Another favorite is the Kenyan Coffee Face Polish from Nyakio Beauty.  The color is less than appealing, but I like this because it works!  I first cleansed my face with a cleanser before exfoliating with my sample.  I massaged the product lightly into my face for a few minutes before rinsing off.  It did leave my face red and hot for a little bit afterwards, but the smooth feeling of my face was amazing!  This is available at Ulta.

Using Influenster’s Site and App

I ran into a bunch of technical issues when using Influenster’s site and app.  These are annoying for user experience, but if you can look past it, Influenster is a fun platform to use.  I first started using Influesnter through the site.  In the beginning, you will have a bunch of Snaps that you can answer about various topics.  Think of these like survey questions so that Influenster can get to know your profile better.  Answering snaps often leads to suggested products you can review.

The first problem I ran into was reviewing products.  I would submit a review through a snap and go back to my snaps, only to find the same products pop up again, asking for a review.  My reviews seem to have gone through, but it wasn’t registering as a completed activity.  You will need to skip the snap to be able to answer the next one.

Occasionally, I get asked to reconnect some of my accounts, particularly with Google.  I never have this issue with other similar sites, but Influenster seems to lose connection with my Google account fairly often.  You want to keep your accounts connected so that you can maintain your impact score, which gives you a better chance of being selected for a Voxbox if the score is high.  My score was around 1500 when I got chosen to receive the Poppy Voxbox.

When completing the Poppy Voxbox activities, you will need to make use of the Influenster app, as some activities can only be completed through the app (Instagram activities).  I have run into some problems where completing the activity as directed led to an automatic rejection.  I would re-submit several times before it actually went through and gave me credit for the activity.

Luckily, the support team is pretty responsive to your inquiries.  I also like the variety of products you can search for.  You can find reviews for many different products.  It helps to review products and answer other user’s questions on products.  Being an active user seems to help your chances of getting a Voxbox.

Even with these little issues, Influenster is fun to use and it’s so rewarding to get selected to receive a Voxbox.  Influenster takes your support inquiries seriously and aims to improve user experience.  Influenster was US based, but is now available in the UK.  Join Influenster to try your hand at getting a Voxbox!

Have you tried Influenster or any of these Poppy Voxbox products?  Comment and let me know your opinions!  If you liked this post, please share!

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Fun Activities for National Pretzel Day

By on April 26, 2017
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Today is National Pretzel Day and all I can say is that they make a day for everything, don’t they.  In the spirit of National Pretzel Day, I have planned out a cute little itinerary for me and my daughter that you can definitely try, too.  I’m a bookworm and love cuddling up with my daughter and reading a book, so today we will read a fun little book that requires some problem-solving and munch on some sweet pretzel snacks.

Sweet Pretzel Snack Recipe

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This is a super easy snack to make and it doesn’t really need a recipe.  Since it’s so easy to make, a toddler can help make it with a little adult supervision.

Ingredients

  • a handful of pretzels
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • Optional: toppings made from crushed Oreos or finely chopped peanuts

Recipe

  1. Place one cup of chocolate chips (milk or white works best for toddlers) in a bowl and microwave for two minutes.  The time will vary based on your microwave power.  Some will fully melt the chocolates in 30 seconds!  Mine takes two minutes.
  2. Dip the pretzels into the chocolate and roll it around in the bowl of toppings, if you have them.  If your toddler is helping, you can have her dip half the pretzel in chocolate. Half chocolate pretzels are pretty cool, too.  If you want to add the drizzled chocolate lines, you can scoop more melted chocolate into a small sandwich bag, cut a very tiny corner off, and squeeze out over the pretzels.
  3. Spread them on a plate and let them harden for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.  If you place the dipped pretzels on top of wax paper before letting them harden, it’ll be a whole lot easier to remove them from the plate.

Read Walter the Baker

Walter the Baker by Eric Carle is a fun little story to read on National Pretzel Day.  It’s a story about a baker who receives a challenge from the duke after he makes a mistake.  The challenge is to bake a roll that uses one piece of dough, but allows the sun to shine through three times.  Walter struggles to meet the challenge until he finally has a breakthrough.  This is a great story about not giving up, although I must say the personality of the duke is less than stellar.

Walter the Baker by Eric Carle

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What are some fun ways you are celebrating National Pretzel Day with your kids?  Leave a comment and share below!

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Pregnancy Week 5 in South Korea Versus America

By on April 24, 2017
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Quite recently, I wrote about how I scared myself with the term Second Infertility and how I was concerned by how long it’s been taking to get pregnant with my second child.  Well, this post isn’t a pregnancy announcement.  It’s just an “I missed my period!” announcement.  And I never miss a period.  I have not taken a pregnancy test yet, but is this pregnancy week 5?

My First Pregnancy Week 5

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was unaware of pregnancy week 5.  I didn’t even realize I completely missed my period until my husband asked.  When I told my husband I was a week late, he was very excited and immediately bought a pregnancy test.  I’ve read that pregnancy tests are most accurate if used in the morning when you wake up.  I guess this is because you haven’t put anything else into your body during a night of full rest.  I woke up with a sudden urge to pee around 3 AM and decided to try the test as my husband continued to sleep.

I was a jumble of emotions when I saw that the results were positive.  Could it be a false positive?  Were my eyes playing tricks on me during the bewitching hour of 3 AM?  We were newlyweds and I had just started a new job.  I didn’t feel ready to be a mom yet.  I woke my husband up and he was just elated.  He told everyone in his family as soon as it became a reasonable hour!  And this was before we even visited a doctor to check.

Being Pregnant in South Korea

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I got pregnant with my daughter while we were living in South Korea.  It was very easy to make an appointment with a doctor to get an ultrasound and check to see if I was indeed pregnant.  By this time, it was already past pregnancy week 5, but we got to hear a heartbeat.  At week 6, this was a very special moment.  I hadn’t realized a baby’s heart would already be formed and beating by this time!

Living in America now, I am a little unsure of how to proceed with this possible pregnancy.  I am pretty sure I am pregnant, even without taking a pregnancy test, because I never miss periods.  Do I need to have a positive pregnancy test before I can see a OB/GYN?

Health insurance in America is a lot trickier than the nationwide health coverage available in South Korea.  I will have to call around and ask if the doctor takes my insurance.  I also know that some doctors won’t take in new patients if they have reached their limit.  This was never an issue in South Korea.

Perks of Being Pregnant in South Korea

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  • South Korean government provided me with a special card value of 500,000 KRW (currently about $440) to help pay for health checkups that are not fully covered by insurance.  I managed to use it all within six months.
  • South Korean government provided me with folic acid and iron supplements to take during the first trimester at no additional cost.
  • Special priority seats for pregnant women to sit down in the subway or bus.  But, it’s hard to use these in the first trimester when you’re not really showing because people will judge you for using these seats when you’re “not pregnant”.  I had terrible morning sickness and still had to go to work using public transportation during rush hour.  I never got a seat during the first trimester, but as I started to show, some started offering me their seats.

I expect my experiences with a second pregnancy to be quite different because I am living in America now.  Just the prospect of having to find a OB/GYN who is recommended and available to take me in as a patient is overwhelming.  Even with this exciting development, I am still working on the Spring Cleaning Series.  My next step is cleaning out the bathroom, which is a guest post I wrote for Namaste and Eat Cupcakes.  Please drop by and leave a comment!  I will continue the series with organizing the bathroom on Her Life Is Love.

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To the recently pregnant and currently pregnant moms, please advise me on what I should avoid doing and eating as I have forgotten most of the information I read up on from my first pregnancy.  Leave a comment and let me know!

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Accepting the Liebster Award

By on April 21, 2017
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While answering my questions for accepting the Liebster Award, I have made use of affiliate links.  This means that Her Life Is Love will receive a small commission from purchases made through the link at no extra cost to you.  For more info, check out my disclosure.

Big news for Her Life Is Love!  We have been given our first award, the 2017 Liebster Award, for bloggers by bloggers.  Liebster.  Is this some guy’s name?  Turns out, liebster is a German word that envelops all the warm and fuzzy feelings and thoughts.  I don’t speak German so if you have more details on the meaning of this word, fill me in!  Some thanks are in order for Addison at Coffee With A Side Of for nominating Her Life Is Love to receive the Liebster Award next.  She’s another newcomer to the world of mom bloggers and she has a unique take on Parenting with ADD that I recommend checking out.

Questions from Coffee With A Side Of

As per the rules of giving and receiving the Liebster Award, Addison has asked five questions that I will be answering below.  I hope you enjoy getting to learn more about Paula from Her Life Is Love.

What is your favorite blog and why?

I love reading Lucy At Home, a UK parenting blog, but one that I can relate with a lot as my daughter is the same age as Lucy’s youngest.  I learn a lot from Lucy’s experience mothering two girls and I like the personal approach she takes with some of her posts, like in When Discrimination Strikes: The Curse of Being Tall and When Selfless Love Becomes Self Abuse.  Aside from writing posts that are honest and familiar, she is active in interacting with the blogger community.  She hosts a blog link up that encourages sharing other blogs and she also does a guest blog series that features another blogger each week.  It’s actually an interesting version where the guest blogger writes three stories, but only two are true stories.  If that’s something that sparks your interest, you can check out this one featuring Intrepid Bebe.  Let me know if you enjoy Lucy’s blog, too.

What is your favorite TV show?

I don’t watch American TV, but I do enjoy Korean variety shows.  I make sure to watch one called I Live Alone which follows a select group of Korean celebrities who live alone and captures what they do from the moment they wake up until they call it a day and go back to sleep.  I like watching this because it gives me a “inside look” at how someone else lives.  I’m sorry, I’m nosy.  I find it fascinating to compare my life with a celebrity.  Right now, the group includes a supermodel, an actor, a boy band idol, and a comedian.  You can watch the episodes online for free with English subtitles.  I recommend having an ad blocker, though.  Do you know Daniel Henney?  He was featured on I Live Alone, so if you’re curious how Daniel Henney spends his day, check out the episode.

If you had unlimited funds, where would you travel and why?

Gee, can I travel the whole world and keep travelling?  That would be ideal if I had unlimited funds.  I love visiting new places and trying new things.  I have already been to many countries in South and East Asia.  If I had to choose one place to travel, I would choose to visit Australia.  I had always wanted to visit a country in the Southern Hemisphere, but all the plane tickets to Australia are so expensive!  I couldn’t manage it before, but with unlimited funds, I’d definitely go and visit around the country.

What challenges do you have while blogging?

My biggest challenge is publishing posts on a regular schedule.  I have read many advice stating that a regular schedule is highly important to keeping readers aware of when to expect a new post from you, but I have a hard time choosing and sticking to a schedule.  I try to put up a new blog post every two or three days, but there are times like this past weekend when each day was packed with family activities and I was unable to publish a post for four days.  I should try to write some posts ahead of time so I can schedule them to be published regularly, but for now, I am unable to do so.  If you have tips for me in this area, I’d love to hear it!

What is your favorite book?


I love romance mysteries and one of my favorite books in this genre is After Caroline by Kay Hooper.  The mystery portion is well-written and the romance is not overdone.  No matter how many times I re-read this one, I enjoy the story each time.  This has been my favorite book for over a decade.  If you have another book in the romance mystery department you would like to recommend, let me know!  I am always looking for the next book that will become my absolute favorite.

Bonus: 10 20 Random Facts About Paula

The rules for the 2017 Liebster Award has made this optional, but I recently made a video for my YouTube channel on 20 Facts About Me.  What a perfect opportunity to share it with you!  I hope you enjoy, like, and subscribe to continue watching more videos from me!  I no longer have access to the video editor I used to use, so I’m currently trying to learn a new one.  I promise video quality will improve in the near future!

Rules for the 2017 Liebster Award

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you should do the follow:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. You will need to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.  There is no one set image for the award.  You may save my image and use it on your blog or find others at The Global Aussie.
  1. For the 2017 Liebster Award, write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
  1. Optional: Provide 10 random facts about yourself. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you.
  1. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award. The blogs must have less than 200 followers. Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!  Then, create 11 questions for them to answer.
  1. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.)
  1. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it.

If you have been nominated before at any time, please share the love (comments!). The main idea of the Liebster Award is to help promote each others’ blogs.

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My Nominations and Questions

I nominate the following blogs to accept the 2017 Liebster Award.

Questions for Nominees

Remember to write a 150-300 word blurb about your favorite blog and why.  Provide links.  Then, answer the following questions.  Comment on this post with your award acceptance post link and I’ll visit and comment!

  1. What is something you vividly remember being afraid of as a child, but no longer fear now?
  2. What is one thing you use everyday, but could live without?
  3. If you had to plant a garden full of lettuce, basil, or random flowers, which one would you choose and why?
  4. If someone was going to visit your hometown, where would you recommend visiting and why?
  5. You must have a roommate with the personality of Dory (forgetful, but positive) or Marlin (logical, rational, negative) from Finding Nemo/Dory.  Who would you rather live with?
  6. Would you rather chase bears or bees (under the assumption that no harm will come to you, the bears, or the bees during the chase)?
  7. Sunny or rainy?
  8. Can breakfast be skipped?  Yes or no.
  9. What is one thing on your bucket list you haven’t done yet?
  10. Is there a 2D world you would want to live in?  If so, what is it and why?  (2D world can be comic strip, animation, paintings, etc.)
  11. What is the one song you can’t resist dancing to?

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Spring Cleaning Series – Organizing the Bedroom

By on April 17, 2017
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This past weekend was busy and blessed.  I celebrated my birthday with family and friends, plus there were Easter festivities at church and we had a family dinner with my brother-in-law’s side of the family, as well.  My daughter needed to pee at the restaurant, but being newly potty trained, she didn’t take well to sitting on an adult toilet while other people were using the loud hand dryers by the sink.  Thankfully, she held it until we got home!  Now, I’m excited to present to you the next step in my Spring Cleaning Series, which is organizing the bedroom!

In order to properly organize the bedroom, you need to have completed cleaning out the bedroom.  If you haven’t already, please take a look at the 5 Simple Rules for a Clean House post in order to have a good foundation for this post as well as the rest of this series.

Organizing the Closet

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Organize by length and type of clothing

My husband and I share two small closet space.  I designated one for outerwear because some of those can get bulky and take up a lot of space.  Our other closet space holds the clothes that we have chosen to hang.  The rest go into our dresser drawers (we each get three).  Your bedroom probably has a different setup, so adjust my advice as needed.

I have seen some people suggest organizing the closet by color and while it looks nice, I don’t find it particularly easy to use.  I organize by the type of clothes and length.  Since I share closet space with my husband, I chose to use the left side and hung my husband’s clothes on the right.  It’s not exactly half.  I definitely have more clothes to hang.  Here’s how we do it.

  • Outerwear:  Simply organize by length.  I hang the longest ones (trench coats) to the left and they get shorter as you go to the right (cropped jean jacket).  Same goes for my husband’s side.  It just looks nice to open the closet door and see a gradient according to size.
  • Order of the Clothes You Hang:  Again, organizing by length, but this time, also organizing by type.  Each type of clothing will all be hanging from longest to shortest in the closet.  First, I hang my pajama dresses and slips.  Next, dresses.  I hang cardigans and vests after the dresses, the clothes that you wear over other clothes.  Finally, knitwear, button up shirts, and other tops that I need to hang.  I hang knitwear because it gets bulky if I try to roll it up and place it in a drawer.  If tops have embellishments or other features that make it difficult to roll up into a small bundle, I hang them up instead.
  • The Order of my Husband’s Side:  I hang his dress pants folded over the bottom part of a clothes hanger and keep this on the left side so that it is easy for him to find what he needs each morning.  Next, I hang his sweatshirt hoodies and jackets.  Then, I hang his knitwear because these get too bulky when rolled up.  Finally, I hang his button up shirts.

Organizing the Dresser Drawers

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Rolling up clothes items helps you fit more in drawers

My husband and I each have three dresser drawers to use, so I made the first drawer for socks and underwear, the second for tops, and the third for bottoms.  His first drawer also includes neckties, mine includes bras.  You do not want to fold and stack clothes because it is difficult to see what you have at a single glance.  If you can’t see it, you most likely won’t wear it and it will become forgotten.  We are trying to avoid that.

Rolling all the clothes that go in your dresser drawers help confine each article of clothing to a small space and allow you to see all that you have in one glance.  The only exception is bras because you don’t want to lose the shape.  You want to roll everything into a set width and as tightly as possible.  Here’s an image of my first dresser drawer.  I have a lot of socks so I hold one layer within the lid of a shoe box.  I can easily take out the lid and see what I have underneath.  This does not count as stacking, since I can take the lid out and see everything I have with one glance.

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Quick and easy way to roll your underwear
  • Underwear:  I learned this method of folding underwear from my aunt while I was living abroad and loved it.  You want to place the underwear down so that the back is facing up.  Fold the sides to the center in thirds.  Take the bottom part up and push it into the opening at the top made from the front and the two folded sides.
  • Socks:  I used to fold the ankle part of the socks over the rest and called it a day, but one day, I unfolded my socks to find that one elastic was stretched out, while the other sock still fit tightly around my ankle.  I realized I was wearing down my socks just by storing them in the drawer.  Rolling them up together kept this from becoming an issue and it was easy to store in my drawer and find the one I wanted to wear for the day.  I only wear cute socks and no two are the same!
  • Neckties:  Roll up like socks starting from the bottom.
  • Bras:  Don’t roll these up.  You don’t want to mess with the shape and wiring.  Instead, lay it out so that you only see the cups and order by color gradient.  I have my lightest ones in front and black ones in the back.
  • Tops: Everything is rolled, but I order by sleeve length. Sleeveless tops are on the left, short sleeve tops in the middle, and long sleeve tops in the right part of the drawer.
  • Bottoms:  Everything is rolled and organized within the drawer based on length and type (if you have skirts).  Shorts are on the left, jeans and long pants in the middle, and skirts and leggings to the right.
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How you should be rolling up socks

I’ve only focused on organizing the clothes in the bedroom because this tends to be the tricky part of organizing the bedroom.  Everything else you need to organize in the bedroom should follow the 5 Simple Rules for a Clean House.  Later this week, we will be moving on to cleaning out the bathroom so I recommend subscribing to our newsletter in order to keep up with the latest updates as well as additional tips and ideas that I like to share outside of the blog.

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How is the setup in your bedroom?  What non-clothes category are you having trouble organizing?  Let me know in the comments and I will include some tips in the next post.

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