Household Products Review With Babbleboxx

This blog post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com, and as always- all opinions are our own. 

Today we are sharing with you the different products we received from BabbleBoxx's new homeowner box. We obviously love all things home related, so we were excited to receive this assortment of products to try out. We even have some discount codes for you!
The Western Digital My Cloud Home is the product we were most excited to try. We have a major storage problem and Savannah and I often need to access the same files and pictures. The My Cloud is the perfect solution because  it acts like our personal cloud storage, and we can both load all of our files and access them. Even while we are on vacation we can access these files. This frees up so much space on our computers and phone!

Click here to find out more about this product and use code: WDBABBLEBOXX to get 15% off. This is valid for one use per shopper and expires 4/30/18.
I grew up using Comet powder cleaner and I remember specifically using it to clean the grime that builds up in the bathtub. Ick. But it has many more uses than just the bathroom. It's great for tough-cleaning jobs. I had never tried the Comet foaming spray, and I used to clean the bathroom before we left on vacation. It had a nice, fresh smell.

Click here to find out more about these products.
The Wemo Mini Wifi Smart Plug is simple to use and it let's you control devices from your phone. It also works with Amazon Alexa + Google Home. We aren't very advanced when it comes to having a "smart home" so using this will get us one step closer to having a smart home.

Click here to find out more about this product. Use this code: BWM-KX5B-NXLZ-6E56 for $5 off. That code is good until April 12, 2018.
These Smooth Top Easy Liner  can add a decorative touch to your cabinets and drawers while also making cleaning easier. They are easy to install and remove without any hassle. These will work great in our kitchen cabinets + drawers!

Click here for a coupon of $1.00 off 2 rolls.
Wake up every day to a more powerful and invigorating shower massage! Who doesn't want that?! This Waterpik PowerSpray+ shower head comes equipped with the new PowerPulse Massage. Power Pulse Massage is a revolution in shower head technology that delivers up to 2X the massage force of competitors. You might as well have the best shower experience!

Click here to find out more information and save $10 on this shower head.
Let use now if you already use these products or if you decide to purchase them! Thanks for reading guys :) 

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5 Ways To Earn Extra Income

One of my favorite things about life these days is that people really think outside of the box when it comes to careers and making money. When I was in high school, I never would've guessed that I would be where I am today. Just like most high school kids, I thought the next steps were exactly what people said I was supposed to do- go to college and then get a job based on my degree. So I did exactly that. And then half a year out of college I hated my job and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I didn't even know how to think outside of the box when it came to my life. It took me a long time to figure this out, but there are so many different ways to make money. Casey and I have been building our business for over 6 years now and have used many methods for making extra money on the side. I even spent a few months driving for Lyft! So let's talk about ways you can earn some extra income and hopefully you can figure out something that works for you.

1. Start a blog. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are many ways to monetize a blog. The easiest way would be placing ads on your blog. When you start out, you'll want to become part of AdSense and place their ads on your blog. It's easy and there is no requirement on how much traffic you get. Once you do that, you'll just have to create content to bring the people! Other ways to earn money on your blog are affiliate links and sponsored posts.

2. Offer your services/ teach a skill. You probably are an expert on something. No matter how big or small your skill is, there's someone somewhere who wants to learn it. You can reach out to your friends and family to find customers by word of mouth. Another option would be to find a website like Teachable to write a course on.

3. Sell a product. Can you sew or craft? If you have any creative bone in your body, you can probably make something to sell. Check out Etsy to see what kind of things people sell these days and while you're at it, sign up for an account. Etsy makes it so easy to get your product in front of people, but don't forget about Facebook! It's the best place to sell to the people you already know. Use Etsy to reach the people you don't know yet.

4. Become a Lyft or Uber driver. Like I said, I drove for Lyft. It was great for what I needed which was to be able to make money here and there as I needed it. You have to have a car and go through a vetting process, but once you get it all set up all you have to do is turn on your app to start working. At any time you'd like. The best times to drive and make good money are at night so this is a great option for people who have obligations during the day. But driving for Lyft could also be a full time job! Need more money? Spend more time driving- it's as easy as that.

5. Walk dogs on Wag. If you are a dog lover, you can earn extra money by becoming a dog walker! This service is a lot like Lyft or Uber except it's for dogs. You have to know a little about dogs and working with them, but as long as you do, you can make money hanging out with furry friends. This service also has options for recurring dog walks, so you may even be able to have steady income through choosing that option.

While you are growing your blog, you may need to use some of these resources to supplement your cash flow and there is no shame in that! There are many other ways to make extra income- these are just a few to get started. You can make money all sorts of ways-  you just have to think outside of the box. These kinds of things have been very helpful for us throughout the years while growing our blog!

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xo, Savannah

P.S. If you have never used Lyft before, you can use this code for $5 off your first 3 rides! That's a free $15.

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5 Ways To Get Healthier Looking Hair

My hair habits are so different now than they were 10 years ago. I remember reading in a magazine how I should be brushing my hair and thinking it was revolutionary. I mean for as long as I can remember I loved doing my hair. In middle school I loved braids and weird intricate half-up half-down styles and I have the school photos to prove it. In high school I really got into curling my hair. Now I'm more into the natural look, but I still use a curling iron to create that look every now and then!

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1. Stop washing your hair so much. Seriously. I used to wash my hair every single day. And if I missed a day my hair was an oily disaster. Now I can go almost a week without washing my hair before it starts becoming a problem. This is definitely thanks to dry shampoo, but I still can go at least 3 days without a grease problem. If you wash your hair a lot, it'll take to a couple washes to get your hair trained to not be so oily between washes, but it's worth it! Your hair will be a lot shinier.

2. Air dry your hair. We all know heat damages hair, so skip the hair dryer. We all know we are going to use at least one hair tool to fix our hair, so make it a curling iron or straightener on the lower heat settings and use a protectant spray. A hair dryer would be fine if you are just using to scrunch your hair, but steer clear of full on drying your hair from start to finish with a hair dryer. If you absolutely have to use a hair dryer, another option would be to let you hair air dry half way and then dry the rest on a cool setting with the dryer. Blowouts are fabulous, but make sure you have them done sparingly.

3. Brush your hair at the ends first. This is that tip that I read in a magazine years ago. I used to brush my hair from top to bottom because I had never thought of another way to brush. My hair is so tangly and I remember always breaking off so much hair when brushing from the top to bottom. This fixes that problem! Start 1/3 of the way up on your hair and brush downward and then move up the second 1/3 section and brush downward and then brush from the top to the bottom. This allows you to get any knots out at the end of your hair first, minimizing the breakage. It's also hurts less!

4. Do braids instead of pony tails. I have long hair and I'm always putting my hair up when I'm working or working out. I've done this so much my whole life that my hair would break where my ponytail was. My hairdresser would always comment on it. So I started putting my hair in buns or braids instead. When I say bun, I mean the kind where you don't put your hair in a ponytail first, you just twist and secure it. This will reduce your breakage in the middle of your hair significantly.

When your hair is in a pony tail, there is so much pressure on the hair tie that just moving around normally causes breakage. When you braid your hair and secure it at the end, there isn't any kind of stress on the end so you can control the breakage more. Also, if you are going to have breakage, it's better to have it at the end where it can be cut off. If you haven't mastered braids yet, we have a few videos showing you how to do so: Fishtail Braid Tutorial, French Braid Tutorial, Basic Braid Tutorial

5. Use wands instead of curling irons. Curling irons have so many places where you hair can get stuck, which a lot of times results in breakage. To prevent this, just swap out your iron for a wand.  They don't have any gears or levers for your hair to accidentally wrap around and you don't have to worry about pulling while releasing your hair from the clamp. If you are looking for a tutorial on how to use a wand, here is one we made a while back.

BONUS- Drink bone broth. Okay this is one thing that Casey and I have been trying lately. I'm not interested in supplements to make your hair grow, but I so love me some bone broth. The only evidence I have that this works is that when we were drinking 1 cup of bone broth every day, Casey's nails started to grow. Her nails are tee-tiny things that break the second they grow past her finger. Bone broth is great for your skin, hair and nails and overall health, plus it tastes good! It may not make your hair grow fast, but it could definitely make it shinier and stronger. In general, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated and taking care of your insides will show through your hair, skin and nails.
I hope you will try some of these, if you don't already do them. Check out this Half-Up Faux Braid for more hair inspiration. And if you liked this post and would like to see more like it, please pin an image from this post!

xo, Savannah
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3 Ingredient Blood Orange Paloma

I'm currently obsessed with blood oranges. I basically eat one every day and also figured out a way to peel oranges in about 30 seconds. Casey loves cocktails and creating new recipes so we knew we needed to involve blood oranges. That's how we came up with this delicious blood orange paloma. It's simple and bright and just what you need to get through the end of this winter season.

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We hope you'll give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!
Blood Orange Paloma Recipe

Ingredients:
- 4 Blood Oranges
- 2 Shots Tequila
- Splash of Topo Chico

Optional- Lemon wedges & salt

Directions:
1. Juice your oranges into a cocktail shaker.
2. Add Tequila and shake.
3. Rim two glasses with salt (or don't if you aren't a salt on the rim person) and pour the mixture into two glasses.
4. Pour the mixture into the two glasses and add a splash of Topo Chico to each glass. Squeeze a lemon wedge if you'd like a splash of sour!

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xo, Savannah
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5 Instagram Templates You Need!

A couple weeks ago Casey was telling me that we should make some Instagram templates, as she had seen a couple floating around the internet and thought it was a good/fun idea. I wasn't so sure about it, but soon realized that people really liked them. So this past weekend we finally made some. The first one is the game of Tic-Tac-Toe. We thought this would be a really fun way to interact with your friends and followers! Basically you play a game of tic-tac-toe by tagging a friend to make the next move. Next they tag a different friend and at the end you've played a game with 5-9 different people!

Anyway, if you are into the Instagram template trend, just save these photos to your fun and add to your own stories to fill them out.  Also, stay tuned as we have an Instagram course coming soon!

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If you like these templates, save them to your phone and pin the image below on your fav Pinterest board! And don't forget to follow us on Instagram.

xo, Savannah

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A Gluten-free Bread That's Actually Delicious: Bacon + Onion Socca

Last year we started experimenting with grain-free recipes. The one thing that gets a little tricky when using no grains is bread. It's NEVER the same. We started to hear about socca during our grain-free research. At first it sounded a little strange as it is made from chickpea flour. But you know what? It's delicious!

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I found a few recipes online and my favorite one was this one. This bread is also a great alternative for folks who eat gluten-free. It's full of flavor and definitely not your average GF sandwich bread. Although, a sandwich with socca is something you should try. I've done- it's right.
Bacon + Onion Socca Bread Recipe

Ingredients:
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. fresh cracked pepper
- 2 slices of bacon, diced
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 tsp. rosemary

Directions:

1. Mix the chickpea flour, water, olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Let the batter sit for at least 15 minutes.
2. Heat the oven to 450 degrees.
3. Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet on the stove.
4. Add the diced onion to the pan and cook until translucent.
5. Add the rosemary to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
6. Drain the bacon, onion, and rosemary mixture and mix into the batter. Make sure you do not pour the bacon fat into the batter. Keep 2 Tbs. of the bacon fat in the pan and dispose of the rest.
7. Add the batter to the pan and then put the pan in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
8. Once the bread has cooked, turn the broiler on and cook until it starts browning in places on top.
9. Serve warm as a snack or side dish!

Originally I thought this bread would have a bean taste. I kept imagining hummus turned into a bread and that idea sounded like something I wouldn't like. But turns out, Socca bread is just plain delicious. It's like a dense and thick savory pancake. Do yourself a favor and make this dish. It'll spice up your regular weeknight meals, no doubt!

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xo, Savannah
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2 Hour DIY Copper and Wood Coffee Cart

Casey has been wanting a coffee cart for as long as I can remember. Her coffee stuff has been in various places throughout the kitchen, that is, until now. We finally just broke down and made one!
We hadn't ever had room for this piece, but since we are reworking our studio we have the space now! Our next challenge will be styling the coffee cart just right for the studio. The fun thing about this cart is that it matches our Easy DIY copper and wood desks perfectly.

Things you will need:
- 3 pieces of pine plywood, cut into 12" x 36" pieces
- 24' of 1" x 2" wood, cut into
- 1-2 pieces of 10' x 1/2" copper pipe
- 8 1/2" female adapter copper pieces
- 8 1/2" male adapter copper pieces
- 4 copper elbow pieces
- 4 wheels
- copper pipe cutting tool
- drill
- 1/2" screws
- nail gun

I created a video to easily explain how I made the cart. I feel like a visual is way better than me trying to explain in words.

Here are some tips and important details for your coffee cart:
1. Make sure that before you measure and cut the copper that you put the male and female adapters on the end. You want to make to take their length into consideration.
2. Use a plumbing adhesive to secure all the copper connections.
3. We spray painted our wheels with a copper spray paint to match better. You can use whatever color wheels you'd like, we just wanted them to match the copper. Our wheels were completely metal, so the paint dried nicely and isn't sticky or chipping.

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xo, Savannah
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Goodbye Winter, Hello Honey Mint Iced Latte



If you haven't figured this out, I'm obsessed with Spring. It's hands down my favorite season. I feel like everyone loves Fall the most, but Spring means new beginnings. It's a time when the earth is turning green again, flowers are blooming, and the dark dreary days of Winter are gone. The first day it's above 50 degrees, I am ready to plant a garden. Gardening is my favorite Springtime activity. There is so much hope for what's to come when you plant flowers. We also have a lot of perennials in our garden beds, and it so exciting seeing them start to break through the dirt.
My perfect spring day is working in the garden and sipping on coffee. So today I am bringing you another springtime coffee recipe, and this time it's an iced coffee recipe. You guys, I really love these     Coffee-mate® natural bliss® coffee creamers. I got to try the honey cream and the honey pecan, and they are so good. I love honey + mint together and paired with iced coffee, it is the perfect springtime treat.
3 Ingredient Honey Mint Iced Latte
Ingredients:
- 3 sprigs mint leaves
- 1/2 cup cold coffee

Directions:
1. Pull the leaves of the stems and add to a glass or cocktail shaker (if you have one)
2. Pour 2 T of the coffee over the min
3. Muddle the mint. I don't have the right tool for this so I used a wooden spoon to mash the mint into the coffee. I spent a couple of minutes doing this because I wanted a noticeable mint flavor.
4. Pour in the rest of the coffee.
5. Strain out the mint leaves. The cocktail shaker makes the step easy but if you don't have one you can just use a regular fine mesh strainer. 
7. Mix together. 
8. Add ice + enjoy!
For more spring recipe inspiration you can click here. You can find these creamers at your local Walmart. So treat yo' self and pick some up the next time you are there.

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Happy soon-to-be-Spring!

How I Went From 20K To 70K Page Views in 2 Months

In December our blog views hit an all time low. We started blogging in 2011 and 6 years later we had gone through so much with our blog. We started out with a bang with a few hair posts (this one, this one and this one) and rode that wave for a very long time. Even though our views were insanely high- up to 234,000 in one day- we were having trouble getting new content to take off like our first big ones. The problem was that we didn't have a strategy, but we definitely didn't realize that then.

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By 2017 we had paid less and less attention to our blog because we had started a clothing company. We said goodbye to the clothing last year and decided to spend all of our time focusing on the blog. This was a scary step, especially since our neglect had our blog at 20,000 (and sometimes under) page views a month. It basically felt like we were starting over because, well, we basically were.

Now, we know a lot of things about blogging since we've been doing it for so long, but we don't know everything. We even took a course about blogging back in 2014 to try take our blog full time. But turns out, there was still so much more to learn. We definitely don't have blogging figured out, but we work very hard on learning more about it every single day. One day we hope to write our own course about blogging, but for now we are just practicing things we've learned and taking our blog to a level where we want to be. And we want to share some of our lessons with you along the way!

Here are 3 ways we tripled our blog page views in 2 months:

1. Completing Courses // The number one course that I would recommend to you is Pinteresting Strategies. This is hands down the most important thing that is helping us grow right now. I thought I knew about Pinterest, but what I knew was only a small portion. This course opens a whole new Pinterest world and breaks down every little detail that you should be looking at. For real, don't even bother trying to grow your blog until you know what you should be doing on Pinterest.

2. Capturing Creativity // This one can be hard at times. Without creativity, there is no blog. Casey and I both have 15 ideas running around in our heads at any given time, but it can be hard to actually make sense of those ideas and execute them. Creating a blogging calendar really helped us keep track of all this. Make sure to write down every idea you have, even if you haven't had a chance to think it through. No idea is ever too small! Then once you think an idea is worth something, add it to your calendar. If you are in a creative rut, read this post about 5 ways to stay inspired!

3. Creating Consistency // This may sound obvious, but it's very important. We dedicated to post 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to make sure we stay consistent. We didn't post one day and our blog views were all out of whack for a couple days after. It's definitely okay if you miss a day, but make sure you get right back to your schedule. We even go as far as having a video in our blog post every Friday. You could go even further and decide to only post about a specific topic on Mondays. Just figure out what is feasible for you and stick to it. Don't set yourself up for failure by overcommitting, just be consistent in whatever you choose.

The most important thing you can do for your blog is to have a strategy. Right now, these three things are our strategy! We are currently working on an Instagram course that explains in detail how we grew 70% last year. If this is something you may be interested in, please sign up here. And as always, if you liked this post and would like to see more like it, please pin the image above!

xo, Savannah

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5 Tips for Staying Inspired

If you've been blogging or posting pictures on Instagram for any time at all, you know that staying inspired  is a challenge. We all want to have original ideas and to post things no one else has. But the reality of having an original idea is almost impossible. That's ok, though. Even if the idea isn't completely original- there is only one you and you are the only one with your perspective. So we have a few ways to stay inspired and foster having the best ideas possible.

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5 tips for staying inspired:

1. Follow blogs and Instagram accounts that inspire you. This may seem like common sense, but I know a lot of people will only follow people who follow them back. There are lots of problems with that and the biggest problem is that likely the best content creators aren't going to follow you (or me). I would say 80% of the people that we follow don't follow us back. I think it's crucial for your creativity to mostly follow accounts who have original ideas and whose pictures you actually enjoy. And don't be afraid to follow a variety of accounts and people who are not in your genre of blogging. Diversify!

2. Pay attention. The world around you is beautiful but you have to notice it. I am guilty of keeping my head in my phone and not paying attention to my surroundings. But you have to look up! Go watch a sunset or be amazed by a beautiful blooming tree. Maybe even go for a walk!

3. Solve a problem. A huge portion of the blog posts that we write came out of a problem we had. Our post about the 5 biggest Instagram mistakes people make came from what we've personally experienced. It also came from seeing that a lot of people were making the same mistakes. So we wrote a blog post about how to solve that problem. Darn near close to every DIY we've ever done came out of a need. Savannah is currently working on a coffee cart. I've been wanting one since we moved into this house 2 years ago. So if you need some inspiration, just look for some problems (yours and other people's) that need solving. 

4. Keep a journal or notebook. Or keep a list on the notes on your phone. I have ideas for blog posts all the time that come at the most random times so I like to keep a list on my phone. Whatever you do- capture those ideas immediately. Even if they are only a half-idea and you don't have time to think it through fully- write it down. When you are in a rut you can refer to your list!

5. Foster creativity. Even if you write a blog about non-creative things, keeping that part of your brain fresh is helpful. Take an art class. Write a poem. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. If you don't challenge your brain in a creative way, it will be harder to have fresh ideas. Creativity breeds more creativity. :)

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A Springtime Coffee Drink- Lavender Vanilla Latte

The other day I lost my mind and bought a 1 pound bag of lavender. I do love lavender but it doesn't weigh anything so a 1 pound bag is huge. My decision was heavily influenced by the spring weather we've been having. So get ready for lavender DIYs + recipes coming your way.

Today I'm sharing with you an easy latte recipe using lavender. I think spring needs a coffee drink and this is the one. Fall has pumpkin spice lattes and now I'm declaring lavender vanilla lattes the coffee drink of Spring. Let's make it happen!

I made this using a french press. If you don't know how to make french press coffee, check out my tutorial here. It's the best way to make coffee in my humble opinion :)
Lavender Vanilla Latter Recipe
Ingredients:
- 3T lavender
- 4T coarsely ground coffee
- Vanilla coffee creamer (add to taste)
- 16 oz of almost boiling water

1. Put your coffee in the french press and then add the lavender on top of that.
2. Pour the water in and let it steep for 4 minutes.
3. Push the plunger down + pour coffee.
4. Add the vanilla coffee creamer.
5. Stir + enjoy.

You can still make this drink without a milk frother, but if you want to take your coffee to the next level, I highly suggest using one. The great thing about a milk frother is that it will warm your milk/creamer and froth it. For this recipe you could either froth regular milk + add a vanilla syrup OR just froth your creamer. Or if you don't want sweetener, you could just add a vanilla bean.

I'll have to admit the first time I had a lavender latte, I was a little skeptical. The flavors didn't necessarily seem like they would taste good together. But the lavender adds a freshness + floral note to the coffee that is refreshing. Please try and let me know what you think!

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