How To Pack As A Minimalist

Hello Loves,

I am back from my beautiful, adventures and, scenic trip to Arizona! This trip was a bit tricky to pack because we were going from hot Phoenix, AZ to Cold Grand Canyon. Yes, there was ice and snow on the ground at the Grand Canyon and, it snowed over night while we were there. We did not hike down the mountain but, we saw almost the entire South Rim of the Grand canyon. If you follow my travel Instagram Forever Seeking Wanderlust you would have seen some incredible pictures of my trip. So, we were packing for pretty warm weather and, then cold weather. If you are trying to pack for a plane you know it is hard to figure out what to bring with you. I did over pack but, I did a pretty good job picking exactly what I was going to wear. I went with a backpack, carry on and, a bigger bag for my luggage.

  • Shoes: One Pair Of Sneakers, Hiking Shoes, Sandals and, shoes I wore on the plan slip on loafers. I ended up wearing each of these shoes multiple times. I felt I packaged exactly what I needed in shoes and, did not over pack.
  • Tops: I wore every shirt shirt I brought as expect one as, I packed enough shirts for 7 days. So, I could have left that shirt behind.
  • Bottoms: There are two pairs I did not end up wearing which were a skort and, shorts. I could have avoided bringing them because they weren’t necessary.
  • I brought earrings and, a ring that I wore almost everyday.
  • All of the toiletries I used
  • All Of The electronics I used
  • I also, used both of my bathing suits
  • All socks and, underwear were used
  • One dress was not used

I really scaled down with packing this trip and, I think I did a stellar job. Here are some tips to help you pack in a minimal way.

  • Clean every piece of clothing you own including socks and, underwear

This way you can look at your whole wardrobe to see what you might want to wear for your trip.

  • Evaluate what the weather is going to be like- You can check this on the weather channel app on your phone so, you can see the weather pattern leading up to your trip and, get alerts if the weather changes.
  • Get everything together you want to pack and, make outfits. Clothing can always be cleaned so, put together only the amount of outfits necessary for the trip. This includes jewelry, shoes and, accessories.
  • Toiletries can be tricky but, if you plan on checking your luggage have a little travel bag for all your toiletries to go into. Do not over pack your makeup you only need what you are going to use.
  • Download books or movies onto your electronic device. Lugging a book or, DVD with you is too much of inconvenience and, will not leave you with enough room for other essentials.
  • You should pack snacks and, bring food with you. It usually cost money to get food on the plane so, bringing a sandwich with you or, snack can save you from spending a lot.
  • Bring headphones to listen to your device.
  • One thing I never go to the airport without is a water bottle that you can reuse that is not filled. You can fill it up at the water fountain and you don’t have to waste a plastic bottle or, like $4.
Please let me know if you have any topics you’s like me to write about in the comments below and, I will get to them as soon as possible.
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,
allie

Zero Waste Items That Are A Must

Hello Loves,

I have been testing out having some zero waste products and, how to reuse some products. I have not become 100% zero waste yet but, I am working my way toward that way of living. I have a mix of items I have found super useful when slowly transitioning to a zero waste friendly lifestyle. If you have more tips for me let me know in the comments below.

  1. Essential Oils: I use them for everything! I don’t use perfume or, body spray I traded them for healthy essentials oils that do not have anything extra in them. It can be used to make your cleaner smell fantastic. Oh, and, I put tea tree oil in my shampoo to help with dry scalp. Each oil can be used in a different way if you make your own soaps and, lotions. Tea tree oil just happens to be what I use a lot because it is prevents bacteria and, has an extreme amount of health benefits.
  2. White Vinegar & Baking Soda: You can clean basically anything with white vinegar and baking soda. I am switching over all of my harmful/chemical products to chemical free, cheap and, effective homemade.
  3. Don’t throw Away Those Orange Peels: Oranges are not only yummy to eat and, drink but, they are great to make cleaning products with. That is when the vinegar comes in handy! I have a jar of vinegar and, orange peels get ready to become natural cleaners. You can also, compost the orange peels so, either way you are using the entire orange; now that is the kin of stuff I like to see all the time and, not waste.
  4. Mesh Bags: I recently got these they are for you to put your produce in. No more plastic bags you, don’t need them and, it is such a waste. Let’s save our landfills. If you are good at forgetting things always keep them in your purse which, is what I do. I never forget them and, always feel great when I take them out to put my produce in.
  5. Bulk Nuts: I buy most items in bulk and, I make sure to buy my cashews in bulk. I am trying not to consume too much almond milk because of how much water is needed. I want to start making my own cashew milk because it is my favorite and, it looks pretty easy to make! I also, buy medjool dates in bulk, charcoal, and, arrowroot powder. My goal is to make almost everything myself.
  6. Soap Nuts: If you have never heard of these hold the phone! It can be used as laundry detergent, dish washing, all purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, shampoo, body & face wash, insect/mosquito repellent, shampoo for pets, cleaning jewelry and, you can even wash your car! It is absolutely amazing cleaner and, you can add some essential oils to it as well.
  7. Food Planning: Yes, this is a given but, most of America including me has wasted or, thrown out food that went bad. This is a problem I want to 100% eliminate from happening. If you make a least and, have one day where you dedicate to making your meals for the week you will be so much happier that your waste of food was eliminated. Do not forget to utilize your freezer, if you are making man items like soup etc. it can get to be too much and, if you make enough you can save some for the next week. It is a win, win!

I hope you all enjoyed getting some info on products that are a must for me! I have a few things to test that I just received so, don’t worry I have plenty more videos coming your way!

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Forever Seeking Wanderlust

” Today I seek all I sought.

Mountain chuckles are not so distant as I grow closer to my vision.

Repelling off of the hardened surface, longing for a undiscovered purpose.

I unexpectedly become unaware of the thin air.

Stop breath in, run your feet down the stone until your feet are but, inches from the ground.

Thoughts travel, mind in a scramble.

Upper lip drips while my concentration thickens.

Stop breath in, run your feet down the stone until your feet are but, inches from the ground.

Don’t withhold, clear your mind, take in the scene you were so eager to unfold.

Deep, Deep, Deepening, my breath.

My eyes are surely not deceiving, can it be a moment meant for me, its so tiny looking down sparkling blues, deep greens, the shining. Take in the minute never spared.

For we dream of days like these.

With adventures in our reach.

Our presence goes unseen, clouded by the days spent wondering about what is to come.

Never to become what was.

When the sun smiles back you, the ocean whispers a tune and, the mountains chuckle awaiting  your silly joke.

Listen, open your eyes and, send this message back to them;  I long to seek you from a far, as I seek you I am far but, now my eyes truly see no more deceit . It is exquisite once mind lets me be me. “

Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Real Estate Junkie: Colts Neck N.J.

We pass by this little house on the way to church and, my dad says, ” that is the perfect size house for you.” I say, ” I can’ afford that house or any other house at the moment..” Needless to say I found out how much the house is and, I am not surprised knowing how expensive the Colts Neck area really is.. I would need to make a lot of money off of my Amazon book selling before I am even close to thinking about owning a house. I do want to own a few properties and, rent them out. Actually I would like my first house I own to be a rental so, I have even more income coming in when purchasing my home. And, no I definitely do not want to rent an apartment i want to save my money and purchase a home. I’m going to do a Real Estate Junkie my dream home edition next week with ideas about how I would like my first home. Feel free to comment and, let me know about great real estate you think I would like as my dream home. Getting into Colts Neck a pretty swanky area that used to be almost all farm land of course, since hen it has turned into multi-million dollar homes but, still has the charm of having a lot of land and, farms. Being my realistic self I am not showing you all a multi-million dollar property that only about 20% of America could afford instead here is a property that is still within most budgets and, still in Colts Neck.

This cute cape is nestled in the village part of Colts Neck this means you are within walking distance to everything but, unlike most towns Colts Necks doe snot have a main town and you will most likely be driving everywhere especially because the highway is right down the street. Some perks are that it is by two shopping complex’s with a Dunkin’ Donuts, pizza, dance etc. Delicious Orchards is a skip and a jump down the highway which is great for apple picking in the fall an, has that country town vibe however fair warning, Delicious orchards can be pricey so, you may be headed to a ShopRite or farmers market instead..

The backyard does look spacious which is nice because there is a smaller yard in the front which can make it difficult when your children want to play outside. Located in a semi-quiet neighborhood and, the plus is that there is a restriction on the hours traffic can come in and, out of the highway. From the looks of the house it does need some work and unfortunately they did not post pictures of the whole house which gives you all the more reason to take a look. From the looks of the back something I would add to the house is a sunroom, porch and, possibly a deck. They stated that there is enough room if you wanted to build a pool. It is three bedrooms with one bathroom which is why I would probably add at least two more bathrooms if possible. It has an eat-in kitchen and living room on the first floor.

Zillow estimates that you could receive about  $2,200 in rent a month. The price they are asking is about $335,000. In 2007 the peak of the market the value of the house was over $400,000 and, based on the comps in the area if you were to put in a little bit more to the house it could go in the $600,000. I would be sure to check with that before purchasing the house because I am not a professional and, that was an educated guess.

 

I hope you enjoyed this addition of Real Estate Junkie look out for next weeks post on m dream home..

Have an enlightening and adveturous day,

allie

Capsule Wardrobe

Is the capsule wardrobe the most ethical and sustainable wardrobe to own, even if you love fashion. Well, ethical means that you are buying from fair trade companies that do not harm animals and, treat other human beings in a humane way. It can also, be ethical to buy secondhand because you are not contributing to new fast fashion items being made and, preventing the clothing from going into the landfills. I have volunteered at places where clothing is donated and, sold and, they are actually really picky on what they sell so, make sure if you are donating the clothing that is goes to a place where the clothing will be used. Capsule wardrobe was created in the 1970’s by Susie Fox a London

Boutique owner. Susie, strived for a capsule wardrobe to be a small collection of 37 items of clothing to wear for the season. A season last for about three months depending on where you live. In N.J. the weather can be very tricky sometimes it can be very warm and, change to snow all of a sudden. If you can plan for this by knowing what climate you live in and, how the weather changes this will help you a great deal to create your capsule wardrobe. You will develop a wardrobe of 37 items including shoes, coats, sweaters,tops, pants, skirts, dresses, and formal wear. You will be wearing all of these pieces for 3 months so, you will want some basic pieces and colors such as, white, black, nude, and brown. Because you will be wearing these pieces for three months you will want to find your style and, probably shake it up. So, I suggest a few fun pieces or accessories that will pull your outfit together. Keep in mind that your capsule wardrobe will not consist of handbags,

workout clothing, underwear, or bras. Woohoo so, you aren’t totally constriction well, that makes me think should you cap how many bags, and workout clothing you can have for the next three months? I actually think that is in your best interest as well as, your wallets. During the next three months you will not be shopping for any clothing under any circumstance so, taking that into consideration you can save items and, put them together for your next capsule wardrobe. Your wardrobes will probably coincide and, you should only have switch out 5-8 pieces. Before you go on your be shopping spree for the next three months make a list of what you are going to need, make sure you are purchasing preloved or ethical clothing only. If you are on an ethical journey this is not about gouging your bank account it is about minimalist living and, seeing what you need and, what you can do without. Chances are you can shop your wardrobe and find half of your pieces. Shop places like thrift stores or Poshmark to get the best deals and, when shopping Poshmark do not buy NWT (New Wtih Tag) unless, it is ethical clothing. Ok, now that you are brain storming your new wardrobe get ride of what you do not need. Make four plies, keeping(only for your next three month wardrobe), storing ( for future capsule wardrobe), Poshmark ( to sell), and Friends/Charity. Go through your entire closet; clothing, shoes, bags, and, see what piles that they belong. I suggest making a capsule collection for your bags, and workout clothing. If you do this and, reduce what is in your closet it can help a great deal with organization and, sense of space. You will also, see what style your wardrobe goes toward and, if that is the same style you want to portray. I would call my style athletic, casual, classic, chic. That is the style I would like to portray with my fall capsule wardrobe. I will have to make quite a bit of sales on Poshmark to be able to achieve this wardrobe because, I’d like to buy from a few ethical stores. But, let’s be honest almost my whole wardrobe is from Poshmark right now. The reason my style has been completely out of wack is that right now I am trying to lose weight because I did

recently gain and, haven’t been fitting in my clothes as well. Weight gain and, lose can be a major problem when it comes to wardrobes because you may have to get an entirely new one based on fit. Right now I am in the process of eating well and, exercising so, there is no reason for me to invest in a summer wardrobe when I know that I will be losing weight and, may be a completely different size by September. My goal is to save about $500 from Poshmark to invest in my Fall wardrobe. $500 may actual seem low for 3 months $166.66/month but, I plan on buying mostly from Poshmark because it is the most economic for me right now. I will also, be using fall items for Fall, Winter, and most likely Spring so, a $500 investment is well worth it. I have four months to decide what I want my fall fashion to be and, focus on. If you are all invested in a summer wardrobe I suggest siting down and, see what you actually need for the summer. I will be hard at work traveling, working, volunteering, developing my style, and working out. What will you be doing to prepare for your fall wardrobe?
Have an enlightening and adventurous day,

allie

Amazing Blog On Capsule Wardrobes and, her experience: http://www.un-fancy.com/outfits/spring-outfits/how-i-developed-my-personal-style-3-steps-to-develop-your-own/

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