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Ensuring the Purest Air in our Home: Austin Air

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NEW YEAR

First of all, happy 2020 to you all! We are incredibly grateful for the community that has developed on LSK. It is truly one of the greatest highlights from this past decade! As you guys probably know by now, I am so passionate about living a clean and nontoxic lifestyle. My life experiences, personal research and wellness journey has all led me to where I am now, which I am ultimately so grateful for!

NEW HOME

Okay, so…I have so much to fill you in on. We have been in a bit of a holding pattern as this past year was wild yet exciting, challenging, and quite adventurous to say the least. I will get into way more detail in blog posts to come, but a small portion of this year was digging into the renovation and remediation of our new home! 

MOVING FORWARD

Long story short, we were in escrow on a house we fell in love with, and it happened to be in the Woolsey Fire 4 days before we closed. We first made sure our house was still there as the house next door burned down, prayed if we should continue forward, felt extreme clarity to do that, and then the remediation and renovation process began! What an intense learning curve this last year has been. We truly had no idea what we were getting into, but I must say, it ultimately has been so rewarding and worth it. 

NONTOXIC RENO

We aimed to do a fully nontoxic renovation + made sure to remove all toxic contamination in our home caused by the fires and smoke damage. We installed a special HVAC system, we painted the interior of our home twice with non-toxic, no-VOC paint, had several deep cleanings, replaced insulation, installed a whole house water filtration system, and did multiple toxicity examinations with solutions to follow.

CLEAN AIR

Even though we installed a rare and highly productive HVAC system to filter toxic air that could remain, I felt like there was more we could do to make sure we had the cleanest air circulating through our home. This has been my top priority. I did extensive research to find the most effective air purifier , and through many recommendations and research, Austin Air takes the cake. We chose to get the HealthMate Plus because it removes the widest range of gases, chemicals, VOC’s and formaldehyde. This broad-spectrum adsorption makes it the best choice for anyone exposed to smoke from wildfires and people living close to busy highways. The HM+ filters the broadest range of pollutants, so it totally won me over.

HEALTHY HOME

We run our filter 24/7 as they are designed to do. I love to know that our air is being filtered all day; it is the most settling feeling! They have three different levels of filtering strength, and we love turning it on high when we are out of the room or house so it’s extra productive when we are gone. At night, we put it on level two. For max health benefits, it is so great to run the unit in your bedroom when you sleep. And the best part is, it’s so easy to move, so we run it in other areas of the house during the day, but we always do it in our bedroom at night.

THE BENEFITS

My favorite part is seeing how pure air inside our home, thanks to Austin Air, physically affects our health!

-Eases headaches and reduces nausea related to chemical exposure

-Strengthens the immune system

-Eases coughing, wheezing and sneezing

-Reduces dry mouth and runny nose

-Sounder sleep

-Reduced snoring

-Lessens night time allergies and asthma attacks

Another bonus: it actually filters viruses and bacteria! What’s not to love?

THANKFUL

Jase and I are so thankful to have this running in our home. It is worth the investment as the air we breathe is one of the most important aspects of our wellness. Also, Austin Air is so kind and is offering a code for you to use to receive 15% off your purchase!! Use code: LSK15 at checkout

If like me, you’d like to clean up the air in your home, check out the Austin Air HealthMate Plus here. And its free shipping if you order direct with Austin Air. And thank you, Austin Air, for this collaboration! 

Cozy Jammies from Serena and Lily

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One of the things I look forward to most during the holidays are the long cozy pajamas that you just want to live in all day every day! Who else tends to wear them a little too late in the day? Or is that just me? ♥

I couldn’t love these PJs from Serena and Lily more! They are so cozy and get softer and more snuggly the more you wash them. What makes the holidays extra cozy for you?

 

 

thank you, Serena & Lily, for the jammies and for sponsoring this post! xo

Our New Custom Closets

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When someone asks what my favorite part of the house is, I immediately think the kitchen and the master bath. But I realized that the closet is very high up on my list! It is such a personal space and if we think about it, so much time is spent there! We have been remodeling our home for the last eight months, and I must say, amidst the excitement of seeing everything come together, what I looked forward to the most was closet install day by The Container Store.

You might also know that organizing is such a passion of mine, so partnering with The Container Store to customize our closets was a complete dream. The Container Store Custom Closets is made up of 4 closet lines that fit any size, style, or budget. The particular line we used in both closets is called Avera, and it not only helped maximize the space in each room, but it created a relaxing and organized atmosphere. We were drawn towards the clean lines and peaceful color + the choice of adding LED lights under each shelf was a game changer. My sweet friends from The Home Sort came to completely finish our closets with the drawer organizers, shoe boxes, and in Jason’s closet (hence the extra space), beautiful wooden hangers.

As we are approaching the holidays and the new year, right now is the perfect time to invest in a custom closet by taking advantage of the Avera and Laren spend and save! The best feeling entering the new year is a fresh space, especially a fresh closet!

Thank you, Container Store, for partnering with me! 

Old Jeans Can Insulate New Homes

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Y’all have probably seen that Jase and I recently moved into a new home that we are so excited about. The renovation has been quite a journey (updates + lots of blog posts coming soon!), but the one thing that struck me the most happened this week. #ad

We moved out of our home in February anticipating a month of living in a hotel while our renovation was in progress, so we packed a month’s worth of our clothing to prep for our time away. One month turned to eight, and this week I started tackling the clothes in the garage; doing loads of laundry (pun intended) and processing the need for another purge. My denim is in major influx and to be honest, it astounded me. It’s almost like it took living on a minimal wardrobe to realize how we definitely don’t wear all of what we have.

To get to the crux, I struggled with knowing what to do with my old jeans! Did you know that since authentic denim is made from cotton, a natural fiber, it can be recycled and used to create something new? I became aware of the Denim Stack Challenge by Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program and was so elated! I had no idea that I could support sustainable living through recycling my denim + I never had any idea that my old denim could create natural cotton fiber insulation to help building efforts around the country.

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Want to join me? P.S. by participating, you enter to win a $150 gift card to Madewell.

• First, gather all of your unused denim, snap a pic, and share it on social tagging @DiscoverCotton with the hashtag #DenimStackChallenge.

• Tag your friends and encourage your peers to do the same.

• Drop off your old/worn denim for recycling at one of the many participating Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Greenprogram brands or retailers, or mail it in for free by downloading a prepaid shipping label from Zappos for Good.

• Any type of denim apparel can be contributed for recycling so long as it’s at least 90% cotton so be sure to check your labels.

Happy recycling! 👖

& thank you, Cotton, for partnering with me!

Serena & Lily Bedding: A Guest Room in the Works

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Moving brings up so many feelings, right? It’s so rewarding yet so overwhelming, and project manager mode goes into full gear (at least for me!). But the biggest blessing after a tedious renovation is that the furnishing and decorating process starts now.

I have realized over time that one of my favorite things to do is to make a house a home. I learned so much from both my mom and dad about how to make your house a sanctuary; extra cozy, personal, and full of peace!
Another thing I have realized (and definitely got from my parents) is the love of hosting someone in our house. The main goal? Making them feel so at home and covering every need they may have (hi, Puracy toiletries, essential oil diffusers, coffee and tea, and Boll & Branch robes just to name a few). And on that note, a comfy bed is the KEY.
All that to say, one guest room is getting started. This process is just at the beginning since we are only ten days out from moving, but it’s so fun to already start to see little spaces coming together. We used Serena & Lily bedding for the guest rooms in the past, and we (and more importantly, our friends and family) couldn’t have loved it more.
My favorite part about it besides the comfort is that it is Oeko-Tex certified and free of harmful chemicals! And P.S… the bedding right now is 30% off until Monday! It’s the perfect time to invest in some bedding refreshments!
*Thank you Serena & Lily for gifting me this beautiful bedding! 

Favorite Cleaning Tool: Nellie’s WOW Mop

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For all of you who know me, cleaning is a top priority in my every day life. I live with lavender wipes in my car, a hand vacuum at full disposal, and now, my new favorite cleaning tool, the Nellie’s WOW Mop.

You guys. This cordless and rechargeable, lightweight mop is first of all the cutest mop in all the land, and not to mention, it’s super easy to use!

It comes with reusable pads that can be thrown in the wash and reused up to 100 times. It is great on ceramic, hardwood, and tiles floors…and my favorite part? The Floor Care solution is plant based, contains a naturally derived fragrance, and is the best tool for removing dirt and odors.

Other benefits I love about this product line:

1) the products come in tins, which are easier to recycle and are in turn eco-friendly.

2) they are biodegradable and friendly to the environment.

3) they are hypoallergenic and are perfect for sensitive skin.

4) the powder is more concentrated than liquid detergents, so you’re not shipping water all around the world. Another eco-friendly perk.😉

5) the dryer balls are used to replace dryer sheets, which are usually very toxic!

P.S. Did you know? Most scented detergents just mask your clothes in a chemical fragrance instead of actually cleaning. Nellie’s powders are fragrance-free, leaving your clothes and dishes scentless – so you know they’re clean!

This line is becoming one of my favorites and a staple in our home. Shop it here and use LAUREN for 25% off at checkout!

Thank you, Nellie’s, for sponsoring this post! 

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