Unpaper Towels: DIY

It’s that time of year where blankets are near, the fire (heater) is roaring and everyone is crafting. If you are throwing a party and looking to be a bit more environmentally conscious try out unpaper towels this year. Yes, you can buy fancy linens or official unpaper towels from Etsy shop owners and alike cites, however, they can be pricey. For a fraction of the cost you can create your own before the online shops would be able to ship theirs to you, they are that easy to make.

Blueland Update|Worth it?

After publishing the Blueland review I decided to reach out to the company about my main concern regarding the products. If you missed that review click here.

The Conversation:

Breana Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:49 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello,

I am a bit puzzled on what to do. I loved the products, however, the bottles have started cracking. In late August I received the starter kit as a birthday gift, less than two months later two out of the three bottles have cracked all the way through. I do not recall dropping them, my fiancee suggested that they cracked due to the bottles expanding in the heat (we have no ac). Then again if it was from the heat why didn’t all three crack.
I was going to repurchase the two bottles that broke but I do not want them to keep cracking as it defeats the purpose of them being reusable if I have to keep replacing them.
Thank you for your time,
Breana
help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:51 PM
To: Breana

Hi Breana ,

Thanks for reaching out to us. We’ve received your inquiry and look forward to speaking with you. We strive to respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

In the meantime, have you checked out our FAQs? You question might already have an answer there.

We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch shortly.

Best,
The Blueland Team

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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks so much for your e-mail and your support of Blueland.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and poor experience you’ve had. We’re happy to send a replacement Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and issue return labels for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them.

Before we do that, do you mind sharing an image or video of the bottles with us so we can share this feedback with our team to understand your issue better? We’d truly appreciate it!

We’re still working out the kinks and sincerely apologize that you received a defective bottle. Once we receive the defective bottle back, we’ll be sure to further investigate with our product development/manufacturing team.

Best,
The Blueland Team

Breana Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello Blueland Team,

Thank you for the quick response, and of course, attached are pictures of the bottles. I am interested in receiving a replacement starter set, it was ordered under my mother’s name as she ordered them for my birthday. On file it would be under name at address. Let me know if you need any more information.
Thank you again,
Breana
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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks for the confirmation! We’ve gone ahead and sent a replacement Bathroom and Multi-Surface Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and you should receive another confirmation e-mail shortly. We’ve also attached the return labels in this e-mail for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them. Alternatively, if your area has single-stream recycling you can also dispose of them that way.

Thank you for your patience and hope you can get cleaning sooner than later!

Within a week the new bottles arrived. If you are wondering, “why didn’t you update us sooner”, here is why. It is amazing that they replaced the bottles, however, I wanted to wait at least a month to see if the new bottles would have the same issue. I am happy to say that so far the bottles are all blemish free.

Worth the Money?:

Yes, the products are good, if you read the comments on the trial video you will see that others have had issues with the cracking as well as the glass cleaner. The companies customer service is excellent though, so if you have any issues simply reach out to them. When I received my bottles the first time around they were just starting out now they have additional products and no doubt are improving daily.

On the subject of the glass cleaner leaving smudges, if you use too much this will happen. Perhaps they have changed the formula now so this no longer occurs though. Personally I have switched to white vinegar, however, it does not smell anywhere near as good as the Blueland glass cleaner. ha. My favorite ones would still have to be the multi surface and bathroom formulas. I would definitely recommend their products to a friend, they clean well without the annoying chemical smells.

 

XOXO Faith

Plan with Me: Mood Tracker

Not sure why it has taken me so long to produce planner content, I absolutely love them. The new trend has been the bullet journal which allows for optimal customization, however, you can also create that with other types of planners. My go to planner for the last couple of years has been the Happy Planner, I love being able to take out pages without ruining it. It also has the capability of customization just like the bullet journal since you can add pages to the binding. Some of the popular pages to customize in a bullet journal are the tracker pages due to the creative level that breaks away from the traditional check list.

For my first aesthetically pleasing tracker I focused on a mood tracker. Mental health and mood trackers are linked to reaching a level of beneficial growth. At a glance one is able to tell how the month went on an emotional level then you can dive into the weekly side of your journal to see what caused that emotional effect. It is therapeutic and engaging as it becomes a work of art rather than a boring chart.

This particular theme, Live Foxi, is geared toward this fall/ early winter season, however it can easily work for summer months as well. Follow along below in the time-lapse video of me creating this little guy. (=

 

Live Foxi Tutorial

 

Are you a planner addict too? Let me know in the comments. 

XOXO Faith

 

Budgeting 101| Freebie

Adulting always seems as if you’ll be jumping into this magical fairy tale where you get to paint the walls without permission. Then you get there and realize all the negatives that align with them such as figuring out how to afford all the paint.ha. I’ve learned a lot in a short window of time but budgeting has always been a part of me, it’s fun. A game you cannot afford to lose, quite literally.

Buttons & Hook and eye Closures | Beginner

Back in high school I remember my favorite pair of pants button falling off through the mid school day. It was odd since the rivet on the jeans only popped off the top circle portion rather than the entire thing. After trying to press it back on, I scrambled to find anything to keep them closed until lunch when I could change. Eventually, my friend found a safety pin to temporarily fix the situation. It was beyond embarrassing even though only a couple people knew. Now I always keep safety pins in my purse, backpack, car, literally everywhere.

Learn how to fix a broken button on your pants with tips I learned from fashion school. This tutorial is for beginner level sewers, it’s easier than you think. Also, find out how to add extra security to your pants with a hidden hook and eye closure for those pairs you love a little too much.

Have you ever had a fashion mishap in public? Let me know your story down below.

XOXO Faith

The Truth Behind | Fashion Hauls

Magazines, Pinterest, YouTube, and even the various people we cross paths with on the street spark inspiration for new trends, different styles and all things fashion. Recently, it has been brought to my attention that several famous youtubers and social media gurus spoke up about the fact that they buy items simply to use them as content. Fashion hauls are a huge part of this massive consumer issue of want, want, NEED. Titles such as “spending too much at Target” or “massive summer hauls” draw in a large crowd but why?