Tiny House Love: Tips for Really, Really Small Space Living

This is a guest post written by Jane Blanchard from Modernize. Jane helps readers make the most out of their small space living with these marvelous ideas!

When exercised to their full potential, small spaces can be both functional and fabulous. Instead of feeling claustrophobic, you can be comfy and cozy when you take advantage of these nifty tricks.

Think Up
Sometimes, the only place you can go is up. With almost non-existent square footage, this is certainly the case. Vertical units, as shown in this picture, are essential to making the most of tiny living. Since ceiling-height storage can be hard to reach, it’s perfect for items you don't need access to everyday such as off-season clothing. For sleeping quarters, consider building a loft. Loft-style beds open up valuable floor space where you can create an office or reading nook. Since privacy is often an issue in a tiny home, lofted locales offer secluded areas where you can indulge in some peace and quiet.

Photo Credit: Contemporary Bedroom by New York Architects & Building Designers William Rogers Architect

Take advantage of wall space
From wasted to working, convert blank wall space into pull-out storage. Not only does it look high end, but the functionality is hard to beat. These compartments are ideal for smaller items such as toiletries. Also, a secret in-wall cavity is the perfect place to protect and store valuables.

Photo Credit: Contemporary Bathroom by Other Metro Architects & Building Designers Susanna Cots

Dine & Stash
When space is tight, a wall-mounted table like this one comes in handy. It's there when you need it, and gone when you don't. Add a few foldable chairs, and you have a dining area that disappears to make room for the rest of life. When in a folded position, the table forms a little ledge that is perfect for displaying artwork.

Photo Credit: Rustic Living Room by Seattle Photographers The Tiny Tack House

Double Duty Furniture
Maximize your square footage by choosing furniture with more than one purpose. The cushioned bench in this picture also acts as a toy box. Similarly, storage ottomans are a great way to fuse style and function. If you have room for a coffee table, choose a convertible, lift-top style that can double as a work space.

Photo Credit: Contemporary Kids by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Denai Kulcsar Interiors

Under-the-Bed Storage
The empty space underneath a bed simply begs to be used. The bed in this photo shows how this type of storage can be both trendy and helpful. If a manufactured storage bed isn't an option, you can create your own by using risers and upcycling old dresser drawers. Even simpler, a few long plastic containers will work just as well.

Photo Credit: Beach Style Kids by Atlanta Architects & Building Designers Historical Concepts

Tremendous living and tiny homes can go together like biscuits and gravy when available spaceis used in clever ways. As shown, you can virtually create a larger footprint by building up, and find storage in unexpected places like your walls.For more tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

Stay hydrated with DripDrop!

Disclosure: Thanks to DripDrop for sponsoring this post and keeping me hydrated & in charge of my overall health!

I'm not sure if you have been following some of my posts but I was recently diagnosed with an overactive thryoid. Unfortunately, this setback has been challenging for me. My hormones are totally out of whack and I feel tired and cranky often. So I started looking into ways on how I can improve my condition and get back on track.

After lots of research I knew that a key component to good health is hydration. So when I came across DripDrop I reached out to them and was elated that they wanted to work with me and sponsor this post.

What's DripDrop?

DripDrop is a scientifically proven ratio of salts, sugars, potassium and other ingredients that helps prevent and treat dehydration by absorbing more efficiently and replenshing fluids and electrolyts mroe effectively than any other hydration options.

Dehydration impacts 75% of Americans and is a hidden cause of ailments like fatigue, headache, stress and lack of focus. It can impair productivity up to 30%, reduces athletic performance and makes a bad cold even worse.

Why DripDrop is better than other hydration options:
*Hydrates 34% better than water alone
*Has 25% more electrolytes than pediatric drinks
*Contains 2-3 times more electrolytes than sports drinks
*Has 50% less sugar than sports drinks
*Has no artifical colors, flavors or other perservatives

DripDrop is a life saver!
DripDrop has been recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the most important medical advances of the last century. Oral Rehydration Solutions save the lives of over three million kids annually. DripDrop is also prefered method over IV therapy for mild to moderate dehdyration by UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and other groups.

My thoughts:
I love DripDrop! Not only did it work quickly the taste was light and refreshing. I've been using DripDrop as soon as I wake and it gives me the energey I need to start my morning - something I have been struggling with for quite some time. My fave flavor is berry. It's delicious. I highly reccomend trying DripDrop. DripDrop has been instrumental to my recovery and made me realize just how important hydration is to keep my body balanced! To purchase can be purchased online here or in many big retail stores such as CVS and Walgreens.

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Balboa Baby shopping cart cover Review & Giveaway!

Disclosure: Thank you to Balboa Baby for sponsoring this post. This product is one of my mommy faves!

I'm so happy that Isla is now sitting up. Shopping has become so much easier for me now that she can sit in a shopping cart and not a stroller (yes, I was using a stroller or going to the store when Daddy was looking after our princess).

A product that I'm fired up about is Balboa Baby shopping cart cover. It's brilliant! Despite what people may think, I do not use the shopping cart cover for fear of germs. To be honest, baby's are always getting into things so I think no matter how hard you would try to protect them it would be impossible. I like using my shopping cart cover because it's comfortable for my baby.

Reasons why I heart Balboa Baby's shopping cart cover:
*Tasteful design choices (11 fabulously chic choices to choose from)
*Made with quality fabric & machine washable
*So comfy - your baby will love how sitting in this shopping seat cover
*Wallet friendly ($50.00 and worth every penny)
*Toy Loops to attach baby's fave toys
*Safety straps work well and keep baby safe
*Four elastic corners for easy one-hand installation
*Versatile! Can be used in a highchair as well
*Easy to use. Unfold out of purse, place around shopping cart, place baby inside, buckle up and go! When finished with your shopping trip, just fold up into purse

Here are some pics below:

What do you think? Have you tried Balboa Baby shopping cart cover? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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eSalon Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: Thank you to eSalon for sponsoring this post. I love my new hair color and I'm so excited to host this giveaway!

One adjustment in motherhood that I have made is my beauty routine. Goodbye 2 hour hair appointments and highlights. Hello boxed hair color.

Before having Isla I had more time to play with color and highlights. Now that I'm a mommy I look for low maintenence style and colors. I'm a natural brunette with long long thick wavy hair. It takes my stylist forever to cut and style my hair and coloring and highlights doubles the amount of time I spend at the salon.

So I decided a couple of months ago that I was going to forgo regular highlights because I was missing my appointments and I hated having my roots show. I used Garnier to cover my roots so that I didn't look too crazy but I wasn't totally happy with the results. It didn't look awful because I tried to match the all over color and picked something very neutral. However, I'm not a stylist and figuring out the perfect match with the available options wasn't all that easy. It covered my hair but I felt that it was too dark and contrasted poorly with my olive skin tone leaving me to feel "washed out".

That's why I was SO delighted when eSalon reached out and asked me if I would like to try their product.

My Review
eSalon is personalized color created just for YOU. Basically they help you to customize your own formula that you apply at home. It's so easy to use and their Color Professionals walk you thru every step of the way.

Here's how it works:
1. Create an account and upload a current photo. This helps the Color Professionals do their job. They look at your current overall color (end to roots) and help you pick out a color that works best for you. My goal was to brighten my hair so that I didn't look tired but I also didn't want a drastic change or orange-y color.

2. Fill out the questionare. Basic questions like "What's your current color and skin tone?" and "What color would you like to achieve?"

3. Pick a color

4. After sending in your information a Color Professional will confirm everything and make suggestions.

5. Purchase color & apply. The entire process is fast & easy. It also gave me peace of mind knowing that a Professional was looking over everything and giving me input.

The Coloring Process
I was so impressed with the packing of my eSalon hair color.
The instructions are simple and the tools are superb.
Here are some pics.

The entire color process took about 40 mins.

Here's how the color process works:
Step One: Prepare (eSalon hair color, tools, old towels, mirror and review product safety & usage insert)
Step Two: Divide hair into sections and secure with eSalon plastic clips (which I love!)
Step Three: Apply stain guard to hairline. Note: this stain guard works so well. I had very little stains on my skin after application.
Step Four: Color roots. I used bottle application for my roots.
Step Five: Color your ends. I used the brush to apply dye to my ends. Make sure to work haircolor into hair.
Step Six: After the wait period is done apply shine (basically add water to leftover haircolor...it's ah-mazing how this step makes all the difference).
Step Seven: Rinse and shampoo!
Step Eight: Enjoy your new color :)

The Final Review
I'm overjoyed with eSalon. From start to finish eSalon was delightful to use. I love working with companies that take pride in their product and it showed when working with eSalon. My Color Professional Courtney was marvelous. She helped me to figure how to acheive my goal and picked the perfect formula to helping me get the color I wanted. We did two different formulas on my hair. One for the roots and one for the ends. It matched perfectly and I am elated with the outcome.

eSalon uses only the highest-quality ingredients and pigments in our advanced salon grade formulas. Here's what type of ingredients are in their special formulas:

VITAMIN E helps condition dry hair & scalp
PROVITAMIN B5 moisturizes hair
KERATIN gives hair strength & flexibility
SILK AMINO ACID strengthens & conditions the hair
SOYBEAN PROTEIN improves hair body & texture
ALOE VERA moisturizes, adds shine & helps manageability
CHAMOMILE moisturizes
WHEAT PROTEIN replenishes & strengthens the hair
LOVE adds brilliance & boosts happiness

Here's a before and after picture. So you can see how long the formula lasts I took my "After Picture" a week after I applied my color.

What do you think? Have you tried eSalon? What where your thoughts? For your chance to try eSalon enter the giveaway below. 3 lucky Domestic Sweetheart winners will get the chance to create their own special formula and try eSalon at no cost. Good Luck!

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Home Sweet Home

Disclosure: Thank you to Minted for sponsoring this post. I'm thrilled to share this lovely piece of art with my readers!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post for Minted about their marvelous online marketplace of independent artists and designers. I'm thrilled to share with you my charming Home Sweet Home framed art piece for our home.

This precious piece has been placed in our entry way to welcome us and our guests. Every time I walk past it I feel uplifted knowing that we have created a home that I can feel proud of. It reminds me of the saying "home is where the heart is" and no matter the physical location of our house my home is with my family and that this piece will follow me through all the stages of our lives. I plan on keeping this framed beauty 4-ever and I hope to pass it down to my daughter one day for when she starts her own family.

This limited edition print was created by Kristen Smith from Augusta, GA. Available in 3 colors: pastel, neutral and earth (I choose earth to match my pretty bohemian style) and has 11 frame options: black, white, natural, natural french farmhouse, whitewashed french farmhouse, whitewashed herringbone, distressed charcoal stain, distressed cottage white, distressed indigo stain, reclaimed barnwood and antique filigree (I choose the reclaimed barnwood as I thought it was breathtaking and timeworn choice).

What do you think? Have you made any purchases from Minted? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Misfit Shine Review

Disclosure: Thank you to Misfit for sponsoring this post and for helping me to stay fit in 2015!

Since I became a mommy 7 months ago my fitness routine has been pretty minimal. I had an unplanned Csection which set me back a bit and trying to find time has become more and more difficult. I have worked out a couple of times but nothing so far has really seemed to stick. I vowed to make 2015 my year to be strong. Lately I feel like I have very little energy which may have something to do with learning I have an overactive thyroid due to my pregnancy.

Excuses aside, I know that the only way that I can feel better is to take care of my body with diet & fitness. It's time to put down the ice cream and put on my sneakers.

To help me get fit Misfit the makers of Shine sent me the Misfit Shine in Coral which retails for $99.99 which includes a clasp and wristaband & their Shine Metal Mesh Band which retails for $49.99.

How it works:
Shine is easy to setup. I typically have to ask Mr. Sweetheart for help putting together my electronics or let's be honest anything that comes with instructions - but I was proud of myself for figuring this out on my own! Here's a breakdown of what to expect.
1. Open Shine and insert battery
2. Link Shine. Download the Misfit Shine App and sync.
3. Attach Shine monitor to clasp, necklace or wristband.

Once, linked set a goal. Since I'm not signed up for a fitness routine I picked a lower level of fitness for a trial. Below is a snapshot of my daily activity so you can have an idea of how it works.

Daily Fitness
From here you can log exercise such as cycling, running, yoga, dancing, soccer. Also, upload your daily eats to keep track of your diet.

Sleep Tracker

Weight Goals

Find Misfit friends (signed up? I'm xoxowendy let's be friends!)

My final thoughts: I'm a Shine addict! Not only do I just heart all of the clever Misfit features I'm in love with the flawless and sophisticated design. Shine is waterproof, comfortable and never needs to be charged!

If you are looking to get motivated fitness wise this year I suggest you look into Misfit Shine. You will not be disappointed!

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Wendy's Minted Wish List

1. Hugs and Kisses
2. Love Is An Adventure
3. Home Sweet Home
4. Constellations
5. Birthstones
6. California Love Location

When searching for some chic and customized artwork for our home I came across the fabulous website minted.com and I'm just in love! Here are a few of my fave pieces. The piece I would love to see in my house the most is Home Sweet Home. It's just darling! I also love how easy it is to customize each piece by choosing different colors and frame styles :)

About Minted
Minted is a design marketplace. They source creative content from a global community of independent artists, then sell the best content in the form of art, home d├ęcor, and stationery, directly to consumers. An early pioneer of crowdsourcing, Minted has held art and design challenges monthly since April 2008. Challenges are open for both submission and voting, the 'crowd' curates Minted's product selection by rating products, and Minted utilizes analytics to evaluate votes.

What do you think? Have you made any purchases from Minted? What are your favorite pieces? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Review: Pura Naturals Soap Infused Sponges

There is not a lot of alone time when you become a new mommy. So after I put my daughter down for the night I really look forward to unwinding with a nice long hot shower.

So I was super excited when Pura Naturals agreed to have me review their natural soap infused sponges!

Why Pura Naturals soap is so great!
No latex
No artificial colors
No artificial fragrances
No petrochemicals
No parabens
No phthalates
No synthetic ingredients
No animal products (vegan-friendly)
No animal testing (cruelty-free)!

Pura Naturals LLC was founded in 2013 as the consumer products arm of Advanced Innovative Recovery Technology, Inc. (AIRTech). Conceived in response to the ongoing degradation of the Earth’s oceans, lakes and rivers, AIRTech commercialized a unique, EPA-approved foam technology designed to rapidly and effectively remove toxic pollutants from waterways. Sensing that the material could be used for other applications, Pura
Naturals has created a line of personal care products to help people clean better, live better and be better.

My Review
I'm smitten! These sponges are super durable and last forever. I also love that they are easy to travel with and leave no yucky soap scum in your shower. I have very sensitive skin and these sponges worked great for me - leaving no red marks behind. I also love the intoxicating aroma of the infused sponges - absolutely delicious!

My fave sponge is the Face Slice Sponge. I felt lighter and fresher instantly. Because of how long these sponges last and how well they work they are very much worth the purchase!

To buy Pura Naturals Soap Sponges you can click here. Have you tried Pura Naturals Sponges? I would love to hear your thoughts!


Does your pup needs some new toys to keep busy day and night? Then you will love Starmark pet toys. Starmark pet toys help prevent destructive boredom behaviors.

Now that Isla is moving around a lot we needed toys to keep Riley happy as well so that he understands he is still our baby dog too :)

If you are looking for safe toys to keep your dog busy then I highly recommend that you check out these two fabulous Starmark pet products.


* Very easy to fill. Just pour kibble or treats in the top (we use Riley's dog food).
* Easy to clean.
* Customize difficulty level - adjust opening to control release of treats. Bobs and tilts on weighted anti-=slip base.
* Keeps your pup busy for quite some time. Puzzle releases treats as your dog paws, nudges and chases. We just pour some of Riley's food in here and it keeps him busy for at least an hour!

Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket

* Throws, bounces and floats in water.
* Made with virtually indestructible material. Stronger than rubber and great for powerful chewers. Free of latex, vinyl & phthalates.
* Pickle Pocket system encourages play which helps reduce anxiety & boredom behaviors.

Easy to use - just add Flavor Waves or Starmark treats and your dog will love you and keep occupied for awhile! Super easy to clean and very durable.

Click here to find the closest location on where you can purchase Starmark Pet toys near your area.
Has your pup tried any Starmark products? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Knock Knock Stuff Miscellany Box

Happy New Year my lovely readers! How was your New Year? How did you celebrate? This year Mr. Sweetheart, Little Sweetheart and I celebrated at home. We lit our fireplace and made yummy appetizers and desserts and talked about all the things we wanted to accomplish in 2015. We had so much to be thankful this year (especially the birth of our daughter Isla) and we are so excited to see what the new year brings us!

One of my goals this year is to really get our house organized. An example of this would be my dreaded linen closet (which is basically a junk closet lol). I found these awesome storage boxes from Knock Knock Stuff and knew they would be a perfect fit for the project!

Miscellany Box (Large)

9.25 x 4.75 x 11.75 inches; color interior
Super easy to assemble! It took me less than 30 seconds to put together.
Stylish & sturdy

The only complaint I have is that I only have 1 box so far! Note: My linen closet organization project is not yet complete. I will be posting before and after photos in a separate future post.

Here are some other of my fav Knock Knock Stuff items that I just can't get enough of.

What do you think? Have you made any purchases from Knock Knock Stuff? What are some of your favorite items? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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