Friday Five: March 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

1 | Keto

Adam and I started a 28-day keto challenge last Monday and it’s going SO well. Honestly, I can see us sticking with this way beyond the original 28 days…except for the week we’re on vacation. I’m down over 10 pounds already and I feel so much better. With the exception of a couple days, it’s been surprisingly easier to give up carbs than I thought it would be.

There are so many amazing recipes out there and so many quality substitutes for my most of my favorite foods that it’s actually not too hard to stick to. I made this Keto Chocolate Mousse last weekend and it totally satisfied my sweet tooth and dessert cravings. The only thing that’s been hard is having to eat out less (I hate cooking Friday and Saturday night) and not being able to drink. We aren’t big drinkers, but we like to go to local breweries on the weekend, so we miss that. Anyway, if you’ve been considering keto, I highly recommend trying it. And a big shout out to my friend Sarah for sharing her before and progress pictures/story and inspiring me to finally give it a try.

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2 | Sushi Go

Last year Adam and I canceled our cable service, so we’ve been spending more time doing other activities. I thought it would be fun to start playing games together, so I bought the card game Sushi Go after reading some reviews. It’s less than $10, so I figured it wouldn’t be a complete waste if we didn’t like it (or never played), but we love it! We’ve played it so many times. It’s quick and easy to learn, so it was the perfect choice for us just starting out. It can be played with 2 people, but you can also play with up to 5. We played it A LOT when Adam’s brother was staying with us for a week and it was really fun with 3 people.

I also bought Forbidden Island, but we haven’t played it yet. It’s a cooperative game, so it would be a great game to play if someone gets a little too competitive. Honestly, we probably need to switch to this game soon because the competition is getting a little out of control with Sushi Go.

If you have any other game suggestions for 2 players, let me know!

3 | Angels Spring Training

Earlier this month Adam, my dad, and I went to an Angels spring training game. Adam had bought the tickets for my dad for Christmas, so it was fun to finally get to go. We had great seats not far from the Angels dugout and it was fun to see some of our favorite players up close (my dad is a HUGE Angels fan). The weather was pretty nice, so we didn’t completely bake in the sun like some years past. It ended up being a really fun day at the game with my two favorite guys.

4 | The Selection

I have a confession to make: I’m obsessed with the YA book series The Selection! I found the first book at Goodwill a couple years ago and have been slowing the collecting the rest of the series. I eventually found the first 4, but they’ve been sitting on the shelf since. THEN, I was listening to Young House Love’s podcast and Sherry mentioned these books and how much she loved them. So I decided I should start reading them…and I finished the first 3 in less than a week!

I would describe The Selection series as a young-adult dystopian Bachelor. The book follows America, one of 35 girls selected to compete to win the heart of the Prince Maxon and to become a princess. However, she loves someone from home and doesn’t want to win, but her family is a lower caste (the country is divided up into a caste system after a couple world wars) and could use the money from the competition. Of course she eventually starts to fall for Prince Maxon and has to decide between the Prince and her first love Aspen. It’s young-adult drama and I love it!

5 | Phoenix Zoo

A couple weeks ago we went to the Phoenix Zoo for Adam’s nephew’s 3rd birthday. We got there first thing on Sunday morning, so it wasn’t super crowded and a lot of the animals were out. The male lion was actually walking around and roaring! Usually he’s just sleeping in the shade when we’re there. We also saw the new-ish baby giraffe (6 months old) and she’s SO cute! It was a fun morning out with Adam’s family and a fun way to celebrate 3 years!

Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend? We don’t have any plans yet, but we’re probably going to take the dogs to PetsMart tomorrow to get their picture taken with the Easter bunny. I’m not kidding…

Pinned It, Made It #5

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Over the weekend my friend Michelle and I had our monthly craft night, so today I wanted to share the last 3 projects we completed. If you want to see any of our past projects, I put together a list at the bottom of the post. We’ve made so many fun crafts since we started and I think we both still really love our monthly tradition. It’s also fun that Adam is friends with her husband, so they can go hang out while we craft and then we all meet up for dinner later.

Anyway, for our November craft we made winter-themed pillow covers. The fall pillow covers that we made a few months before turned out so cute that we decided to create them for each season. I wanted to be able to use mine after Christmas so I cut out flannel trees using the directions and templates from this tutorial from On Sutton Place.

Michelle wanted to make hers for Christmas, so she cut out stockings and hand-stitched them on. She just used a stocking template that we googled and printed out. This stocking pillow knockoff from 320 Sycamore was her original inspiration.

In December we decided to just make fudge instead of crafting, so our next craft night wasn’t until for another month. In January we made holiday letter blocks. I bought a 4x4 from Home Depot and had it cut into square blocks. We pinned a lot of different ideas for this project, but this one and this one ended up being our main inspiration.

For my blocks I painted everything, so I only finished 2 sides during our craft night (LOVE and HOP with a bunny). I ended up finishing another side the next day, so I now have LUCK too. Michelle used craft paper to decoupage her blocks, so she ended up with LOVE, LUCK, HOP with a bunny, and HOME. Unfortunately, she put her blocks above her TV and it got too hot. The Mod Podge melted a bit and ruined one of the sides, so she’s going to just leave it as LOVE. Isnt’ that crazy?!? I had no idea it would do that.

We missed February because of scheduling conflicts, so we’re finally onto our most recent project. For our March craft we made “Hanging With My Peeps” signs for Easter. This pin was our inspiration and we used this template for our Peeps.

I think it would be safe to say that we both like our signs, but we don’t love them. I love how my Peeps turned out, but I don’t love the lettering. We’ve been trying a bunch of ways to do lettering on signs and for this sign we used the tracing method. Basically you print out your design and then trace it into your wood with a pencil so it leaves and indent and you just fill in the indent with paint. I just can’t get a clean line that way! I think vinyl is the only way I’ll do lettering going forward.

Regardless, it was a fun day and we’ve wanted to make these signs for a long time. I think our next craft is going to be spring pillow covers. After that we have some ideas, but if you have any suggestions, let me know!

Pinned It, Made It #1: Burlap Wreaths, Reversible Scarecrow/Snowman and String Art
Pinned It, Made It #2: Christmas Ornaments, Wood Door Tags, and Painted Signs
Pinned It, Made It #3: Patriotic Rag Wreaths, Wood Sign Post + Welcome Signs, and $15 Dollar Tree Craft Challenge
Pinned It, Made It #4: Fall Pillows, Painted Mason Jars, and Wood Slice Pumpkins

FabFitFun Spring 2018 Box

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It’s unboxing time! The Spring 2018 box is my 4th box from FabFitFun and the last from my year-long subscription. I still really love getting these every season, so I’ll probably sign up for another year when summer rolls around. Today I’m going to show you all of this season’s items. As I mentioned above, I signed up for a full year, so I’m considered a select member. That just means that I’m able to choose between colors/styles for a few of the items. The rest of the items are a surprise (although I’m terrible with surprises, so I always look for spoilers ahead of time). I love being able to pick my colors, but it’s fun to have a few surprises too.

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This box didn’t seem to have a big ticket item like some of the previous boxes, but I think this reversible clutch from Rachel Pally ($60 value) was supposed to be the hot item. This was one of the select choices, so I was able to pick from 3 different colors/patterns. I picked the Bloom print, but there was also an orange floral option or aqua “paradise” print option. It’s cute and well-made, but I don’t see myself using it very much.

My other select choices were this Maya Brenner Designs “Love” bracelet ($65 value), KORRES Guava Body Butter ($24 value), and Anderson Lilley copper candle ($45 value). For the bracelet, select members were able to pick between the bracelet (available in 2 colors) or a pair of Ettika Day Dreamer Tassel Earrings (also available in 2 colors). The earrings were cute, but I have really sensitive ears so I probably wouldn’t have been able to wear them. The bracelet ended up being a great pick! It’s so cute and fits perfectly!

We were also able to pick between the body butter or KNC Beauty Lip Masks. I came SO close to ordering the lip mask because they’re something I’d NEVER buy for myself and that’s kind of the whole point of this box. But then I read a couple mediocre reviews about them in the forums and switched to the body butter. So far I really like the body butter. The scent is light and slightly fruity.

The Anderson Lilley candle was available in 3 different scents and I picked Fresh Linen. The other choices were Manhattan Beach or Super Bloom. I was a little nervous about the scent, but the candle smells amazing. It’s exactly that fresh scent that you would imagine linen to be.

These next two items came in different colors, but they weren’t part of the selection process, so they were a surprise for everyone. I love that this vegan leather Free People x Understated Leather Starry Eye Mask ($40 value) includes a cooling insert. It fits my face perfectly and really helped soothe a headache I had the other night.

The Physique 57 Massage Roller ($20 value) was available in multiple colors, but I ended up with a gray one. At first I wasn’t excited about this product because we already have a couple massage rollers that we don’t really use, but this one feels so good. The spiky balls almost feel like they are scratching your back and it feels amazing. I tried it on the dogs and Abby is obsessed…it’s seriously so cute. Ringo liked it too, but Jelly was too scared of it to enjoy it.

And finally, these last few items were sent to everyone. First the Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Makeover Concealing Ridge Filler ($18 value). I normally don’t like anything on my finger nails and pick off any polish, but I love this so far. It makes my nails shiny and a little shimmery, but it’s not thick like nail polish, so I’m not as tempted to pick at it.

The next item is the Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($40 value). I've been using it for the past few nights and I like it so far. My skin looks clear, but doesn't feel dry. And lastly, the ISH Lip Statement Palette ($42 value). I don’t wear a lot of lip color, but it’ll be fun to play around with different colors.  

We also received a sample of Dove Exfoliating Body Polish. It was a sponsored item, so it’s not included in the value of the box.

So that’s everything that was included in the Spring 2018 box. Overall I really liked this box, but I still think the Winter 2017 box is my favorite. Like I’ve said before, I wouldn’t have picked out any of these products on my own, but that’s the point of the box for me. My favorite items are the candle, sleep mask, and nail product. My box included $354 worth of products for only $45! I don’t think a lot of these items are actually worth the full price, but they are all definitely worth more than $45.

If you want to try FabFitFun, you can use this link and coupon code WELCOME10 to save $10 off your first box. If you don’t want to commit to a full year, you can sign up with that link for just one box, get everything for $40, and then cancel.

Do you subscribe to any subscription boxes? I’m still thinking about signing up for CauseBox. I don’t want to spend the extra money, but the boxes look so good. I’ll probably wait until all of the spoilers are out and decide then.


Raised Herb Garden

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I planted an herb garden! This project was on my 30 for 30s list, fall to-do list, and 18 for 2018 list…needless to say, I’m thrilled to finally cross this project off my lists!

Back in May (yes, this took me almost a year to complete) I bought this raised planter from Amazon. It was only $27 and had amazing reviews, so I purchased it without much hesitation. Then it sat in the box, next to the front door for like 6 months…I’m not even exaggerating. Honestly, the only reason I finally put it together was because I was thinking about buying one for my mom for Christmas and I wanted to make sure it was nice enough to gift.  

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The planter ended up being so easy to put together and it was really nice quality, but then it sat empty outside for another few months. In my defense, by then it was November and I wasn’t sure about planting herbs yet. Although I live in Phoenix and we don’t really get any frost, so it probably would have been fine, but let’s just stick with that excuse.

Finally last weekend I went to Home Depot and bought a bag of soil and 5 herb plants. I thought 7-8 herbs would work best in the planter, but the herb section was pretty picked out. Determined not to let this project sit unfinished for any more time, I went to another store and bought 2 more plants. I planted them the next day and spent the rest of the afternoon wondering why it took me so long to do this project in the first place.

This whole project (planter, soil, herbs, gnome) ended up being about $60, which is a killer deal if you’ve ever seen the price of other raised planters. Trust me, the price is cheap, but the planter is not. The plastic is thick and I can see it holding up for a long time. It also helped that the soil and herbs were on sale last week. If you want to save even more money, you could buy seeds instead of the plants. I don’t have enough patience for that, but I know some people enjoy starting with seeds.

If you do decide to transplant the herbs from the containers, remember to GENTLY loosen the soil before planting. You don’t want to tear the roots or have the whole plant fall apart, but you don’t want to just plant that hard ball of soil either. Also, remember that herbs like sunshine and need proper drainage.

I’m so excited to finally have my herb garden together! It’s so nice to have fresh herbs available without having to stop at the store.

Now I need to figure out what I want to do with our veggie garden this year…


Love Where You Live: Be a Tourist at Home

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Adam and I are going to Nashville in April, so I’m in serious planning and research mode right now. I know some people don’t like the planning part of traveling, but I LOVE it. Searching for activities and restaurant recommendations is so much fun to me, which works out well because my 2 usual travel buddies (Adam and my mom) are not into it at all. Anyway, my current planning mode has gotten me thinking about traveling in general.

I love to travel, but it’s just not possible to go as often as I’d like. I work full-time, so I only get a certain number of vacation days a year. Plus whenever we leave we have to find someone to watch the dogs…oh, and you know, money. So, I’m really starting to embrace the idea of being a tourist at home. 

I first got the idea from an episode of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast. The ‘Try This at Home’ tip in episode 15 was to be a tourist at home and I thought it was genius. There are so many places in the Phoenix area that I’ve never been to, but if I were visiting the city, they would probably be on my itinerary. The weekend after listening to that episode Adam and I spent Saturday exploring Downtown Mesa and visiting the Arizona Museum of Natural History. It was such a fun day, but the idea kind of died out after that.

At the end of the year, for Adam’s birthday, I planned a Year of Dates gift and really took the opportunity to plan dates that involved visiting and exploring new places around Arizona. So far we’ve gone on a hot air balloon ride in North Phoenix, took a food tour in Old Town Scottsdale, and toured Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix. We’ve been having so much fun playing tourist lately, so today I want to share my tips for enjoying your own city.

1 | Create an itinerary
Let’s pretend that you’re really traveling to your city for a day/weekend, what would you plan? I like to start by searching for itineraries already posted online. I usually just google “3 days in _____” or “long weekend in ______” for my specific location. That’ll give you some great advice from Trip Advisor, blog posts, travel magazines, and other travel forums. I like to copy anything that sounds interesting in Word document and then see how often a suggestion comes up. If something sounds really interesting, I’ll search that specific activity and see if I can find out more details.

Then I just sort through all of the ideas and decide what’s a must do and what we’ll have time to do. I also like to group by location, so we don’t end up driving back and forth.

2 | Invite Guests
I think most of us only ever visit the tourist spots in our city when we have company. When we first moved to Arizona everyone that came to visit wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I think we went to the Grand Canyon like 5 times in the first couple years of living here. And honestly, I haven’t been back since. So if you need motivation to get out and explore, invite friends or family to come visit.

If you don’t have any guests coming anytime soon…or don’t want to bother entertaining guests (no judgement here), just pretend! Pretend you have family coming to visit, where would you take them? That question will give you a great starting point for your own tourist at home ideas.

3 | Organize a Year of Dates
Need more accountability? Plan a Year of Dates! Without the Year of Dates that I put together for Adam, we probably wouldn’t have gone on any of our adventures this year. I always have the best intentions of exploring, but I need something to hold me accountable and force me to call to make reservations. Plus it’s a great way to get someone else excited about being a tourist at home. It’s definitely easier to get someone to play tourist with you when it’s part of a gift vs. just a random suggestion to go horseback riding. Adam is pretty easy-going and is up for most things, but he would probably side-eye a couple of our activities if I just randomly planned them instead of being part of his gift. 

If you want to learn more about the Year of Dates idea, you can read all about it here. That post is full of fun date ideas and places to visit.

4 | Look for Deals
As a local, you might have more discounts available to you vs. a visitor. Some places give discounted tickets or offer reduced entrance fees with a local driver’s license. Another great resource is your local library. Our city library has a culture pass program that provides free entrance to two museums a month for 2 people. It looks like most of Arizona participates in that program and I found similar programs in other states when searching around. It’s definitely worth checking out! We’re planning on using this program to visit the Heard Museum for our May date and it’ll save us $36!

Playing tourist at home is such a fun way to learn more about your city. Regardless if you’ve lived somewhere for years or are a recent transplant, you’ll definitely learn something new about the place you call home. So if you’re feeling that itch to explore, consider being a tourist at home. It’s easier, cheaper, and more convenient that planning a full getaway. It’s also a fun date idea or a great way to spend the day with kids.

Do you ever play tourist in your city? What's your favorite place to visit in your area?


Friday Five: February 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

1 | 18 for 2018

I’ve mentioned my love of Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast before, but I’m back to talk about it again. In an episode at the end of December, the ‘Try This at Home’ tip was to create an 18 for 2018 list. A few weeks later they did a deep dive into the 18 for 2018 idea and shared some of the lists that had been sent in by readers. I already have a 30 for 30s list, so at first I wasn’t going to join in, but in the end, I couldn’t resist.

So here’s my list of 18 things I want to do in 2018. Some of the items are from my 30 for 30 list, a couple are from my fall project to-do list, some are inspired by items on other people’s list, and some are new ideas. I’m really excited about everything on the list and I think it’s all doable by the end of the year. I haven’t completely crossed anything off yet, but I’m up to date on the 2 monthly goals so far.

2 | Wildlife World Zoo

Last weekend we went to the zoo to celebrate my friend Michelle’s birthday. The weather was amazing, so it was the perfect day to be outside enjoying the animals. Since our last visit, the zoo added 3 young white rhinos. They’re part of the zoo’s new rhino facility and conservation effort. My grandpa loved rhinos and collected rhino figures, so they always remind me of him.

Of course, the best part is always feeding the giraffes. It’s only 50 cents! Well, it’s only 50 cents if you only feed them one small handful…let’s not talk about how many quarters we actually spend on pellets…

3 | Godless

Adam and I just finished watching Netflix’s limited-series Godless and we both really enjoyed it. I was expecting the story to be more about the town of women and less the usual western plot, but I still found it really entertaining. Michelle Dockery’s character Alice was a total badass, but Mary Agnes (played by Merritt Wever aka Elizabeth in New Girl) was my favorite. She wasn’t taking any shit from anyone and I loved it.

4 | First Comes Love

One of my goals for 2018 is to read 18 books (it’s also on my 18 for 2018 list). I finished my 2nd book last week so I’m still on pace for the year. I read First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and I didn’t love it. I’ve read almost all of her other books and I’m a huge fan, but this one just fell a little flat for me. I liked the idea behind the book – how a family is affected by a tragedy, but I just found the main characters to be completely unlikable.

I was expecting the sisters to grow and evolve by the end of the book, but they didn’t. Meredith was still a total bitch and Josie was still a self-absorbed mess. There wasn’t really a resolution at the end, but I feel like that’s kind of true for a lot of her books. I guess this time I just bothered me more than before.

5 | Nashville

Adam and I are headed to Nashville in April for a long weekend. Neither of us have ever been before, so we’re both really excited. We’re planning to fly into Louisville, KY and stay the first night there. Then we’re going to drive to Mammoth Caves National Park and explore for the afternoon before driving to Nashville. So we’ll then have 2 full days in Nashville before flying home. If anyone has any must see or must eat suggestions for Nashville (or dinner in Louisville), please let me know!

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? We’re going to a Phoenix Suns game tomorrow and we have tickets for Hamilton on Sunday! I can’t wait!!!

Exploring Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I’m so excited to finally start sharing the last leg of our fall trip! We started our vacation in Scotland, made our way to Northern Ireland via ferry, and then hopped on a bus to explore all around Ireland. I’ve already shared our time in Scotland (Edinburgh, the Highlands, and Glasgow) and I shared my thoughts on Northern Ireland on the Go Ahead Tours blog, so now let’s talk Ireland.

Today I want to talk about our first big excursion in Ireland – an afternoon at Kylemore Abbey! Kylemore Abbey is former castle turned Benedictine monastery located about an hour outside of Galway (where we were staying).

Kylemore Castle was built in the late 1800s by wealthy businessman and politician Mitchell Henry as a wedding gift for his wife Margaret. It took four years and 100 men to complete the construction of the 40,000 square foot castle. Sadly a few years after the castle was complete Margaret became ill during a vacation in Egypt and died at age 45. Mitchell was devastated and had the neo-Gothic church built as a testament to his love for his wife.

In 1909 the castle was sold to the ninth Duke of Manchester and he lived there for several years until he was forced to sell the castle and grounds to cover his gambling debts.

(my mom looks like she's freezing)

In 1920 the castle was purchased by Benedictine nuns who fled Belgium during World War I. The nuns who had been based in Ypres, Belgium for hundreds of years lost their Abbey to bombing raids during the war.

And so that’s the abbreviated version of how Kylemore Castle became Kylemore Abbey.

Anyway, we arrived at Kylemore Abbey in the morning and decided to head straight to the main house, so we’d have time to take pictures and explore before the crowds rolled in. The Abbey is absolutely stunning. Situated overlooking the lake and surrounded by forest, it’s hard to imagine a better location.

Inside a few of the rooms have been restored and are open to the public. There are panels in each room detailing the history of Kylemore Abbey and the people who have lived there.

From there we decided to walk to the church that Mitchell had built for Margaret. The church is described as “cathedral in miniature” and once instead you can easily see why. The architecture looks very similar to many of the cathedrals we’ve seen around the world. The green marble used on the columns is actually Connemara marble found in that region.


Also on the grounds of Kylemore Abbey (in the opposite direction of the church) is a Victorian walled garden. The garden is quite far from the main house and entry, so there’s a shuttle bus available to take guests there and back. The shuttle bus is included in the ticket price and runs on a set schedule. Unfortunately, the shuttle schedule didn’t match up with our visit (we probably could have gone if we skipped the church). A few people in our tour group made it to the gardens and said that they were beautiful, but the tea house they were planning on eating lunch at was closed for the season. So that might be something to think about if you ever visit.

After our visit to the main house and church, we had lunch at the café and it was delicious! I had a slice of sundried tomato and goat cheese quiche and my mom had a bowl of Irish stew. It was seriously one of the best meals of our trip. A lot of the ingredients are grown on the grounds of the Abbey, so everything is very fresh.

They also have a nice gift shop in the visitor center/restaurant building. My mom and I both bought a piece of local pottery…and both pieces arrived home safety in our luggage.
Oh, and kind of a funny story: We walked back to the bus after lunch and ended up being like 15 minutes early. We were the first ones to arrive and I was a little annoyed at my mom for always worrying about being late and always causing us to show up early when we could spend a few more minutes exploring. Less than a minute later it started to rain. Not a little drizzle, a full-on downpour! So the rest of our group ended up getting soaked and I ended up apologizing to my mom for complaining about heading back to the bus earlier than I wanted to.

Apart from the long day of driving from Belfast to Galway, this was our first full day in Ireland and it was such a great start to our week. Kylemore Abbey is such a stunning place to visit and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking. Beautiful mountains, lakes and so much green everywhere!

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Clear the Clutter: Guest Bathroom

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One of my goals for 2018 is to declutter/organize a room every month. Originally I had planned to work on the craft room. I figured I should start with the worst space while I’m still really motivated. I actually got a lot of work done in there (3 trunk loads of donations!), but I had to change course halfway through the month. Adam’s brother is staying with us for part of February, so I decided I should work on the guest bathroom instead. I want him to feel welcome and have plenty of space for his personal items, so I ended up cleaning out the guest bathroom for January.

This actually ended up being an easy project because there’s only the medicine cabinet and vanity to sort through. My goal for the medicine cabinet was to have one empty shelf Adam’s brother to use, so he doesn’t have to live out of a toiletry bag. I ended up throwing out some items (see below for disposal info) and organizing some in other areas. With that I was able to make enough room for a completely empty shelf. Yay!

For the vanity, there’s nothing in the drawers, so I only had to worry about cleaning out the cabinet. I got rid of a few things, but mostly just organized and grouped the items. I found so many bottle of bubble bath…I’m set to soak for years!

OK, so let’s talk about where all the extra stuff ended up going. A few things ended up in a donation box (extra straightener, mirror, foot massager, etc.), but a lot ended up in the trash. However, this gets a little tricky when you’re dealing with medicine. We had quite a few boxes of expired medicine and prescriptions that we no longer need. To dispose of those items properly at home, the FDA recommends the following process:

The FDA also recommends that certain medications be flushed instead of disposing in the trash. You can see the full list here, but it looks like everything on the list is a type of prescription painkiller (Percocet, Oxycodone, etc.). They recommend flushing those instead of disposing in the trash because they are considered especially harmful (in some cases fatal) if taken by someone not as prescribed. Basically, those are the prescriptions no one should be messing around with and they need to be disposed of quickly. If you’re concerned about the effects flushing medication can have on the environment and human health, the FDA addresses that here.

Once everything was donated or disposed of, I was able to cross this room off my list. It was an easier project that I planned on tackling the first month, but it feels good to get rid of things and have more space. I haven’t picked a room for February yet, but I’m still decluttering in general and will probably pick a room this weekend so I can get started.

Are you feeling the need to purge too? When’s the last time you checked the expiration dates on your medication. I had a box of cold medicine that expired like 2 years ago!

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