How to keep your jeans from shrinking

how to keep your jeans from shrinking

wearing: sunglasses / statement earrings / lilac top / tweed blazer (under $100) / spring nail polish / moon shaped bag / straight leg jeans / lug sole boots /

How many times have you purchased the perfect jeans, with the perfect fit, and the perfect length? Then, you go to wash them, and they shrink! My hand is way up! Thankfully, I have found a solution to the incredibly shrinking jeans; and it isn’t rocket science. Love that!

So, without further ado, here is how to keep your jeans from shrinking. It is quite simple. Although the instructions on the label of your jeans may say warm water is OK, or a low dryer temperature is OK, trust me, it is not. When it comes time to wash your jeans, you should always, without fail, wash them in cold water. The instructions on the jeans will lead you astray; unless they say dry clean only. If that is the case, you have some fancy fabric, and I would not mess with it; take them to the dry cleaners.

After washing your jeans in cold water, never ever, and I mean never ever, throw them in the dryer. Immediately flatten your jeans and hang them to dry. The best way to allow your jeans to dry is to hang them in a place where air can get around them. A shower curtain rod or door hook is typically ideal. You can also drape them over a towel rack; not the rack attached to the wall, the free-standing rack you can move around. I would place the towel rack in the bathtub so the jeans can drip and also get 360 degrees of air.

The downside to air drying your jeans, is that they will be stiff and possibly wrinkled. You can solve this by putting them on for a few minutes and walking around the house. Do a few shallow squats, and voila! Your jeans will be ready to wear.

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your jeans from shrinking when you wash them? Please share in the comments below!

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How to fix cracked heels

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How to heal cracked heels from left: heel exfoliator / foot cream /

OK, this is an age-old problem with our feet which occurs every time we are getting ready to show off our feet in our fabulous spring and summer footwear. Ugh! Our heels are cracked! Now, don’t sit there and claim you have never had this problem; everyone has this problem.

For the duration of the winter season, our feet have been hidden away in socks which are hidden inside boots. All of this warmth and moisture has allowed our heels to appear fine. They are not fine. As soon as the socks come off, and the slides, mules, and sandals come on, our heels start cracking like crazy! It is an annual annoyance.

You might already know how to solve this problem, but most people, think foot cream alone will solve the cracked heel issue. I can assure you; it will not solve the problem. We need more than foot cream alone; we need to exfoliate our heels.

Some people might think a complicated routine needs to occur to fix cracked heels, that is not the case. You don’t need to bother with foot masks, sticky stickers with big claims, or other strange routines which do not produce results, or offer too complicated and expensive a solution. There is a really simple way to heal cracked heals, and some of you may already know this routine!

2 simple steps to fixing cracked heels:

  1. Exfoliate: I don’t mean use an expensive product to exfoliate. You can use an inexpensive product which can easily be cleaned and re-used year after year. An exfoliating file is the ideal way to get rid of those cracks and smooth out your heels. They work like a charm! The one I use is no longer made, but the one pictured above has really good ratings and is quite similar to the one I use. It should do the trick!
  2. Foot cream: After exfoliating, wipe off your heels and apply foot cream. L’Occitane makes a great cream which helps soften heels. I recommend applying it morning and night; and as needed.

That’s it! If your heels are really, severely cracked, you may need to do this a few times before you are happy with the results. Otherwise, I do this once a year and it works like a charm! Of course, I keep using the foot cream throughout the spring and summer seasons. Now, if winter would go away so we can actually have some sandal weather!

Here are a few products to help make your feet fabulous for sandal season!

If you have any other simple solutions to healing dry, cracked heels, feel free to comment below!

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Tips for surviving your child leaving for college

One of the most anxiety ridden activities of high school is going through the application process. After your child is done receiving acceptances, waitlists, and rejections, then what? There is a short period of time when your child picks a school. Then, your whole family is excited, and you buy the sweatshirt for their new school. Then, you snap photos of your child wearing the sweatshirt and announce the big news all over social media. Your child tells all of his/her friends and then everyone is excited about the new school year in the fall.

One day over the summer, your child attends orientation at the new school and receives a schedule; then it hits you. Your little baby, who you used to carry around, feed, cloth, and snuggle with, is going to leave the house. This means no more good night hugs, no more good morning greetings, no more cooking a favorite meal and seeing the joy on your child’s face. It is over until Thanksgiving vacation. If your child leaves for school in August, it will be three full months before they come home for Thanksgiving.

You might get lucky, and your child attends a school with a Parent’s Weekend in early October. This is a weekend designated for parents to come on campus and visit their student. Chances are, your student will also have their own activities planned such as study groups for mid-terms and projects. You might get a little bit of time with your student, and some meals off campus, but it won’t be the full time attention you are accustomed to back home. Your student has their own life now.

This is hard. No-one tells you how hard it is. Everyone tells stories about how proud they are of their child, but no-one tells you how much you will miss your student. While nothing will replace hugging your child, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain, and to help you survive your student leaving for college.

  • Get a hobby. If you have a hobby, especially a new one, it will add something new to your life and also distract you from the missing person at the dinner table.
  • Concentrate on the other kids. Do you still have other kids at home? Don’t forget about them. Stay focused on their lives and enjoy parenting them while they are still home.
  • Don’t tell your child how much you miss them. If you tell your child how much you miss them and break into tears, they will feel guilty for going away. When you speak with your student, tell them how proud you are of them, and ask about their life.
  • Help them break-away and be excited about becoming an independent adult. Of course, no college student is fully independent. They will ask you for pizza money and call you for things such as how to remove a coffee stain from their favorite shirt.
  • Try to keep texting and calling at a minimum. If you need to reach out to your student, wait until the evening when they are back in their dorm room relaxing. You don’t want to bother them while they are studying and running from class to class.
  • Plan for their return. Look at the schedule for when your child returns for vacation. Plan some activities for those days and also schedule in down time for your student to sleep in and relax.

A child going away to college is a natural part of the parenting cycle. Your child is eighteen years old, and while he or she may not be ready to own a house and care for it, as well as themselves, your child will be ready to tackle things like laundry, getting to the cafeteria for food, keeping their room clean (well, we hope, haha), waking up in the morning, and paying attention to their studies.

Although your child went away to college, they still need you. They will still come home for vacation and breaks. While they aren’t in the house full-time anymore, your student will always be your child, and they will also love you. Embrace the growing up part, and help to guide them through the struggles.

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