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VEJO Blender review – Smoothies on the go!

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

I don’t know about you guys but this whole quarantine situation has made me crave all things healthy and fresh. I’m finding myself making more Vejo smoothies than ever… so I wanted to make this post sharing my new favorite kitchen toy! 

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

Meet the Vejo! This thing is crazy cool. It’s a portable blender that connects to these super delicious pods and blends. 

It’s the world’s first pod-based blender. What’s awesome about this is you can literally make smoothies ANYWHERE. Just bring your Vejo + a pod! 

We bring ours on day trips all the time! It’s a game-changer if you’re trying to get some more fruits and veggies in your day! 

They have SOOO many blends. I have tried a lot of them and they are all great. Lately I am loving their new Collagen glow

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

The Collagen Glow blend is to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, strengthen hair and nails, and keep you looking young and radiant! I’ve been wanting to incorporate collagen in my day + this is the perfect way to do it. 

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

The Collagen Glow blend has 4x more collagen than other products! It has a hint of watermelon, too – so I LOVE it. 

My other favorite blends are the Strawberry Banana and the Matcha Latte! 

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

All the Vejo Blends are freeze-dried at peak ripeness. So you get all of the flavor of fruits and veggies and all the nutrients! 

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!
Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

Vejo is also super techy. They have an app, too! And their pods are biodegradable which is a huge perk. 

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

Anyways, this is definitely a product I’ve been loving lately and I know you will too! It makes a great gift for someone, too. 

Use my code: GRACEFUL8PACK to get a complimentary 8-pack of blends on top of your starter kit! All you need to do is add both a starter kit and the 8-pack of your choice to their cart, enter GRACEFUL8PACK, and checkout to redeem the offer.

Vejo Blender Review - Smoothies on the go!

Afloat: Not your Parents’ Waterbed!

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

I just woke up from the best sleep, ever. And it’s all because of our brand new bed. And not just any bed. A WATERBED. Did you know waterbeds are making a comeback?!? I’m so excited to share my experience trying the Afloat waterbed. 

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

We’ve been sleeping on our waterbed for a couple of weeks now, and I feel like I have had enough sleep on here to truly tell you all about it! 

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

Let me first start by saying, this is NOT your parents’ waterbed. Not even close. Afloat has redefined the waterbed and it’s incredible. I’ve never tried a waterbed before, so I was super excited to see what the hype was about. 

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

Water contours and supports you better than any other mattress. Water moves as you move, so it constantly reshapes itself to support your body. The Afloat bed truly does contour you while you sleep. It’s seriously magic

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

The Afloat bed was surprisingly easy to setup. It took us about 2 hours (but we had multiple distractions, LOL!). You basically put the platforms down, set up the foam sides, then add the liner! After that you put the waterbed mattress in and FILL HER UP!

What’s awesome about Afloat is it came with a care kit that includes everything you need for setting up the mattress and taking it down (if you’re moving).

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

Another thing I love about the Afloat waterbed is that it reduces any pressure points on your body. The water adjusts to your body fluidly and instantly reduces pressure points that can interrupt your sleep. I totally notice myself not tossing and turning as much in this bed and I wake up feeling rejuvenated and not sore in places. Other mattresses leave my hips and shoulders feeling SO OFF when I wake up. 

What I love about Afloat is that it is temperature controlled! This is a game changer! The Afloat waterbed comes with a temperature control pad that allows you to adjust the temperature of your bed. Water is a great medium for heat/cool transfer + with the remote, you can easily adjust the temp to where you like it best! 

So a big problem about other mattresses is that they aren’t very hygienic. Most beds have critters like dust mites and (EW!) maybe even bed bugs?! But the Afloat waterbed is impermeable to critters! And the Afloat Fabric stretch cover is machine-washable. You literally just unzip it and throw it in the wash and your bed is clean. 

Keeping the bed hygienic is even more important to us now with 2 kids and a BRAND NEW PUPPY! The Afloat bed is pet friendly and puncture-resistant because the vinyl surface is loose. Also, if there are any kinds of kid or puppy accidents on the bed, you just take that fabric stretch cover off and wash it, and wipe the vinyl water mattress surface underneath! No worries! Any other mattress is a DISASTER if an accident happens on it. 

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

Our Afloat came with a memory foam mattress cover to give it a little firmer feel. If you prefer to be even closer to the water, you can opt out of that cover!

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

This bed freaking rocks. It’s SO incredible comfy that it’s hard to even describe. What’s awesome about Afloat is that they give you 100 nights to try it. If you don’t love it, they will fully refund you! I promise you though, once you try it – you’ll be HOOKED!

Shop the Afloat Waterbed here!

My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!
My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!
My Review of the Afloat Waterbed - This is not your parents' waterbed!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

Ahhh! I am so excited to be writing this post! We recently finished our DIY kitchen renovation + I’m ready to share it all with you. It was a crazy project, because we didn’t really expect to renovate, it just sort of happened! We first just were planning on painting our backsplash, but then that led to a whole bunch of things, LOL! So here’s a look at our kitchen renovation.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

Like I mentioned, we actually PAINTED our kitchen backsplash. Can you believe it?! It was actually pretty simple. We used Homax White Tough as Tile and used both a brush and roller to paint it on. This stuff is awesome, but you HAVE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. There are a LOT of important cleaning steps involved. Not hard, just tedious.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

So we cleaned the backsplash (definitely was the cleanest it’s ever been). Then we prepped the area by removing the outlet plates, and taping around everything we didn’t want paint on. We didn’t have drop cloths, so we used garbage bags to cover our granite.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

The crazy thing about the Homax White Tough as Tile paint is that you have to wait 3 hours in between coats, and not longer than 6 hours. So it’s definitely a project you need to plan out. We ended up needing 3 coats so it felt like it took all day… well it did take all day LOL. Another tricky thing about the paint is that it’s a very drying paint. So you have to work quickly while you paint. I used the paintbrush and did the top and bottom of the backsplash and the grout lines, and Dave did the roller right behind me. You can’t go back over things you already painted, either – so you have to be careful the first time.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

So anyways, we painted the backsplash + loved it!! But as we stepped back, we realized that the backsplash looked SO good and it started to make the top cabinets look… well, old? Or yellow? We weren’t too sure, but it made us want to rip out the upper cabinets and replace it with some modern open shelving! So that was the next step!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

We ripped out a few of the upper cabinets + started working on the open shelves! We bought 2in. x 12in x 10ft. #2 prime kiln dried southern yellow pine lumber from Home Depot. It was only $13 per board + we only needed 2!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

The boards were perfect, but they were a little ROUGH around the edges, if you know what I mean. So we sanded the boards first. Then we white washed the boards with a mixture of one part white chalk paint, and 3 parts water. We brushed it on and immediately wiped it off.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION
DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

Then we sanded the boards again, and added 2 layers of Minwax Gloss Water-Based Polyurethane.

Before hanging up the shelves, we put in all new handles on the kitchen cabinets that were left. We got this set from amazon + absolutely LOVE them!!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

We also painted the wall where the upper cabinets were.

Then we measured and hung up the L brackets. We got ours here.

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

We cut the wood boards to size and drilled them into the brackets. Gah… I love them so much!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

My favorite part was the decorating! I’m so happy to have open shelving because not only does it totally upgrade our kitchen, now I can update them whenever I want! I can’t wait to style them for Christmas!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION
DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION
DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION

Here are some decor items I used to decorate the shelves with:

And is a before and after photo of our kitchen renovation project!

DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION
DIY OPEN SHELVING KITCHEN RENOVATION