@mikaperry - Mika Perry

Mom to 3 girls | Wife to @russperry Scottsdale, AZ 🌵 Home, happiness. Family, faith. Lifestyle, love. Traveling around 📍 Good To Be Home podcast🎙
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Just me and the girls here this week 
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Russ is away with his coaching clients. Whenever he’s gone, I get hyper aware on our home security cameras, scramble to remember to put the trash and recycling bins out (that’s his job on Wednesdays and Fridays) and I may or may not let the girls sleep with me in my bed.
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It feels easier in some ways when he’s gone - like the kids don’t get riled up at bedtime with games and craziness with Dad (!) and there’s more opportunity for girl talk at the dinner table.
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But it’s mostly harder in many other ways when you are missing one part of the parenting team - there’s no backup or dividing and conquering for school dropoffs, pickups, mornings, dinnertime, after school activities, bath time, and everything in between. I always, always think of single parents during this time and just think, wow.
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Do you have a spouse that travels often? Do you have the same easier/harder feelings like I do? Our week is going well but I’ll be looking forward to the weekend when we can celebrate Easter together as family  (ps these classic canvas tote bags are 40% off right now. Head to the shop page on the blog!) http://liketk.it/2Bepq @liketoknow.it #liketkit #girlmom
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Just me and the girls here this week • Russ is away with his coaching clients. Whenever he’s gone, I get hyper aware on our home security cameras, scramble to remember to put the trash and recycling bins out (that’s his job on Wednesdays and Fridays

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Good morning! This week’s topic on the Good To Be Home podcast is one I have been eagerly awaiting to cover and bring you more in-depth information about. And that is : HORMONES.
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After I had these little munchkins, especially after Paige, things started to change : memory loss, headaches, brain fog, inability to lose weight, mood-swing-like depression, hair loss, fatigue, etc. None of this was extremely serious - no diagnosable “illnesses” - but it just didn’t feel right and definitely not how I wanted to live.
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Rather than treating the symptoms (I’ve tried that before) I wanted to get to the root cause related to the systems in my body that were creating these symptoms - and treat THAT. I knew I didn’t want to go the traditional medicine route (tried that before too) and I started to find out it all had something to do with my adrenals, thyroid, and gut health.
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Two things I have always been able to trust in myself are 1) my ability to take quick action on my decisions and 2) my instincts. Those two combined led me to Dr. Jillian Smithers @thehormonedoctor whom I can’t wait for you to “meet” today in the episode. She is a smart, down-to-earth, empathetic, and passionate naturopathic doctor and you’re going to hear how I met her. I am so grateful for not only for helping me but being willing to share her knowledge with you!
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In this episode you’re going to hear about how she has helped me heal (and continue to heal) but also address :
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- Why naturopathic practices typically don’t take insurance (and why that might be a good thing)
- How different states govern naturopathic doctors (you need to know this!)
- The three transitional stages women come to see her for (post-pregnancy being one of them)
- Something women are not talking about enough (I’m going to say it : sex drive)
- Vegan and keto diet’s affect on health (one of them being not so great.)
- What the supplements I’m taking actually do
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If you want to learn more about hormone health or have been dealing with any of the same symptoms I have had, you’re REALLY going to want to listen to this one. Link in bio or find us on iTunes!  #goodtobehome #wellness
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Good morning! This week’s topic on the Good To Be Home podcast is one I have been eagerly awaiting to cover and bring you more in-depth information about. And that is : HORMONES. • After I had these little munchkins, especially after Paige, things st

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TIP. One of the best things I did this past year for my wardrobe, closet, and sanity was to toss all my mismatched, multi-brand socks and re-start from the beginning with a clean slate. Because really, how many socks to we actually need?
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I bought these v. inexpensive but v. awesome no-show socks (they are actually no-show, you know what I mean?) in three colors : white, nude, black. Then I used three of my favorite linen drawer dividers, put the socks in them, placed the dividers in the drawer and - tada! It was a small investment both in time and money with a big payout, and it makes me so happy to have this simple system and not have to dig around again. (I did keep one pair of fuzzy socks – everyone should have a pair of good fuzzy socks ️)
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These dividers are part of the closet sale @thecontainerstore right now and you can use them for belts, ties, baby shoes, and really any other small items. So versatile. I linked them (plus the socks - they’re from Amazon!) and the cozy socks, too, under the “shop” page on the blog and on @liketoknow.it. Hooray for socks! (Wow, never thought I’d say that 🧦...) http://liketk.it/2B69Z #liketkit #momstyle
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TIP. One of the best things I did this past year for my wardrobe, closet, and sanity was to toss all my mismatched, multi-brand socks and re-start from the beginning with a clean slate. Because really, how many socks to we actually need? • I bought t

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Good morning!  Who’s ready for some spring shopping? One of my favorite sales of the year is here - it’s the @shopbop sale! I listed my top picks on the blog today with everything from basics to shoes to dresses to swimwear (and your entire purchase is is 20-25% off.) I don’t share sale posts often but Shopbop is one that I don’t miss because it’s always so good. Link in bio! http://liketk.it/2B3ui @liketoknow.it #liketkit #momstyle
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Good morning! Who’s ready for some spring shopping? One of my favorite sales of the year is here - it’s the @shopbop sale! I listed my top picks on the blog today with everything from basics to shoes to dresses to swimwear (and your entire purchase

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Yesterday I spent time going through calendars, papers, to-do’s and realizing the first part of the year is over and I need to plan Q2 goals. Time flies! This is us when we were planning Q1 - including Paige and her scribble-goals 
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As I was looking at my goal board, I was able to cross off a few big important goals I had for Q1. I was reinforced by the fact that if you write it down, there’s more chance of it happening. I truly, really believe that 
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One thing I wanted to do this year was to attend a conference solo for my own personal growth - and this week’s episode of Good To Be Home is how I did that @altsummit last month and what the experience was like! 
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Click the link in bio to hear my guide to attending conferences - plus entrepreneurial takeaways for you creative business owners out there, and my thoughts on Palm Springs! Happy Monday! #mondaymotivation #goodtobehome
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Yesterday I spent time going through calendars, papers, to-do’s and realizing the first part of the year is over and I need to plan Q2 goals. Time flies! This is us when we were planning Q1 - including Paige and her scribble-goals • As I was looking

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The tagline of our podcast Good to Be Home is “balancing business and life.” When you see the word “balance” in there, I don’t want you to think “perfection.” Here’s what balancing means to me :
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Balancing is when your daughter wakes up with a fever and you have to pivot your plans - but you know it’s going to be OK (this was me this morning ‍️)
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Balancing is when you have a million different things going on and you want to scream or cry or throw everything literally or figuratively out the window or all of the above - and maybe you do all of that - but you find your center again 
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Balancing is battling FOMO - but having your priorities straight and making decisions based on those ️
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Balancing is knowing that it’s ok to love working and love motherhood all at the same time - but embracing the see-saw lifestyle that can bring and owning it 
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Balancing is having been a huge perfectionist and worrying over everything- but dropping that in favor of peace and happiness inside of yourself and for those around you 
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Truth is we are all balancing all kinds of things in our lives, whether it’s external responsibilities or internal hopes. It’s knowing how to not let everything takeover you and having the tools to come back to where you feel good .
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Our podcast is about balancing business with life because we have put to certain mindset, lifestyle, wellness, entrepreneurial, organization, faith-based practices into action and they’ve worked. We DO feel pretty balanced now, and on those days that we’re not - we trust we can come back to that good spot. These are the things we love sharing with you 
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Today I was honored to present with and meet podcasters out there talking about allll kinds of amazing topics (some tagged here!) Find the purple Podcast app on your phone, browse around, and take this weekend to listen to a few 
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And may I shamelessly plug taking a listen to Good To Be Home  BTW, our little Paige makes a cameo on there this week! Link in bio to listen  #dailyparenting #goodtobehome
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The tagline of our podcast Good to Be Home is “balancing business and life.” When you see the word “balance” in there, I don’t want you to think “perfection.” Here’s what balancing means to me : • Balancing is when your daughter wakes up with a fever

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“Stepping into the weekend like ________” (fill in the blank)
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Me : Actually getting out of workout clothes and I’m going to put on heels 
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What are YOUR plans this weekend? Happy Friday! #momstyle #fridayfeeling
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“Stepping into the weekend like ________” (fill in the blank) • Me : Actually getting out of workout clothes and I’m going to put on heels • What are YOUR plans this weekend? Happy Friday! #momstyle #fridayfeeling

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This weekend I get to hang out with a ton of ladies all day long and talk about PODCASTING! Ahhhhh this gets me soooo excited you have no idea 
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Come join me at @theemeraldaz “Podcast and Prosecco” event this Saturday 4/6 for a workshop on creating, launching, and growing your own podcast. Audio content has grown exponentially and it’s becoming a medium in which so many awesome voices are sharing knowledge, experience, and stories. It’s probably the most intimate of platforms and I have really loved everything about creating our Good To Be Home community. If you’ve been thinking about having your own podcast, now’s your time to do it!
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Let me personally invite you to Saturday’s workshop and I have an announcement below, but first here’s what you can expect :
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️ The morning will be a panelist discussion with all about our backstories, challenges and struggles, and everything we did to get our podcasts up and growing. So come if you want to hear the details about, well, pretty much everything I’m currently doing in my life 🤣 (You can even just stay for the morning if you want to hear our stories!)
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 Then after hanging out at lunch together, the afternoon will be focused on YOU! You’ll sit down in small groups with each panelist and we’ll analyze, brainstorm, share, and create your own podcast! My roundtable discussions will be centered around social media presence and consistency. But honestly you can ask me anything! So come if you want specific answers on everything from how to create the visuals around your brand to getting clear on your purpose and goals.
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Who will I see there? Are you coming?? If you haven’t gotten tickets yet, @theemeraldaz kindly gave me 5 tickets (plus a guest!) to giveaway right here  To enter :
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1. Comment below with what YOU want to learn more about re: podcasting, social media, business, etc.
2. Follow me and the @theemeraldaz
3. Winner announced tomorrow at 8am! *not sponsored by Instagram. Update : giveaway closed!
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I really hope to see you there  #podcast #goodtobehome
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This weekend I get to hang out with a ton of ladies all day long and talk about PODCASTING! Ahhhhh this gets me soooo excited you have no idea • Come join me at @theemeraldaz “Podcast and Prosecco” event this Saturday 4/6 for a workshop on creating,

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Here’s a fact : even the most organized person will have areas of the home they haven’t implemented a system in yet, or spaces that could use a little organizational update - myself included ‍️
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This cabinet is an example of that. When we first moved in, we just had simple condiments like salt, pepper, oil, and hot sauce. So I just had a very simple system called “place on shelf.” Done 
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But as we added alternative oils and healthy fats (avocado oil and ghee, lately) and picked up new condiments (our favorite Belizean hot sauce, coconut aminos, etc.) it was starting to get jumbled up.
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So I recently bought two very simple bamboo lazy Susans, decanted the coconut oil into a narrower container (it had been in a giant Costco-size one,) and then voilà. Done again - but better. Now we can reach everything more easily and there’s intentional place for each bottle in there. Its a great, simple system. And it’s fun to spin them around!
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I actually used to not like lazy susans at all (btw what a horrible product name! I’m sorry to all the Susans out there - you’re not lazy and I do like you!) But there are a lot of good ones out there now, and they could be the perfect solution to one of your small spaces, too Head to the “shop” page in my bio for the link! #kitchendesign #organized
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Here’s a fact : even the most organized person will have areas of the home they haven’t implemented a system in yet, or spaces that could use a little organizational update - myself included ‍️ • This cabinet is an example of that. When we first move

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After a week away, things like menu planning centers me and gets me back into regular life. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it it can be scaled down to something small (you can even just “meal prep” snacks for the week!) but I believe any step in the preparedness direction can only be a positive. Pat yourself on the back and count it! ️
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I love seeing your berry prep and weekstart checklist posts because that’s exactly what I mean - small, easily adaptable routines and systems that help you feel more put together and saves you time overall. Thanks for sharing those with me 
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We’ve done podcast episodes on how to find motivation after travel, meal prep, organizing tips, etc. And some of my most popular blog posts have to do with these kinds of routines. So today I’m sharing links to these episodes and blog posts on stories for anyone new here, or if you just want a quick listen or read! 🤗 #ourhome #momlife
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After a week away, things like menu planning centers me and gets me back into regular life. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it it can be scaled down to something small (you can even just “meal prep” snacks for the week!) but I believe any step in t

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Ever thought about hiring a business or life coach? Want to know what it’s like to work with one? But really, who needs a coach, anyway?? 🤔
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Today on the Good To Be Home podcast, we are answering those questions in an interview with our former business coach, @denamariepatton !
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Dena helped Russ launch @designpickle out of a tiny idea in his head and a small closet in an office (which is now a 8 figure business - I’m sharing that so you know the scope of growth!) And she helped me grow, then exit, then determine next steps as a business owner. But more than that, she helped us unpack some life-stuff that you’ll hear about on the podcast.
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A coach doesn’t tell you WHAT to do - they help you bring out the best self WITHIN you. They help, as Dena would say, ignite your greatness 
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Link in bio for the episode or find us over on iTunes! #mondaymotivation #goodtobehome
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Ever thought about hiring a business or life coach? Want to know what it’s like to work with one? But really, who needs a coach, anyway?? 🤔 • Today on the Good To Be Home podcast, we are answering those questions in an interview with our former busin

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“Home is where I refuel” - @joannagaines
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This was the comment that struck me the most during her keynote speech this week, and what I relate to the most. I care about home organization and home design and homemaking in general because home is where I refuel. And I think it can (and should be!) for everyone – whether you have a family or not, regardless of what your home looks like or what size it is or where you live or who’s in it. It’s your home base, your recharging station, from whatever you face in the world everyday. I think it’s worth investing in it!
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Currently unpacking over here and then heading out to Reese’s dance competition. Hope you’re all having a good, recharging-kind of weekend!  http://liketk.it/2AOGA @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ltkhome
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“Home is where I refuel” - @joannagaines • This was the comment that struck me the most during her keynote speech this week, and what I relate to the most. I care about home organization and home design and homemaking in general because home is where

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Bye Palm Springs! ️ (I might make this @altsummit experience into another lessons-trip-recap episode on the podcast, interested?) Getting in the car now to make it home in time for school pickups, dance, and pizza night! Happy Friday  #livecolorfully #fridayfeeling
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Bye Palm Springs! ️ (I might make this @altsummit experience into another lessons-trip-recap episode on the podcast, interested?) Getting in the car now to make it home in time for school pickups, dance, and pizza night! Happy Friday #livecolorfully

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The report from the home-front so far  :
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“Is there a button I can push to stop the kids from making messes EVERYWHERE?” *actual text from my husband.
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Welcome to my daily life, honey!  All kidding aside, I couldn’t do this without an involved, supportive, present husband and dad like you, @russperry. Thanks for taking care of the girls while I’ve been here @altsummit! I have a feeling there’s been lots of fun going on with just Dad in the house 🤸‍️ #petitejoys #parenting
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The report from the home-front so far : • “Is there a button I can push to stop the kids from making messes EVERYWHERE?” *actual text from my husband. • Welcome to my daily life, honey! All kidding aside, I couldn’t do this without an involved, sup

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Hello from Palm Springs!  I’m here to learn, amplify my creativity - oh, and hear @joannagaines speak in about an hour  It’s a week of @altsummit and I’m looking forward to connecting with all the speakers and attendees!
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You can take a peek over on my stories to see some of the snapshots of my trip so far, what I packed (and of course then organized into my room.) But what I really want you to go over there to see is my introduction of this week’s guest on the Good To Be Home podcast, @derickeller.
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There are a lot of people here at this colorful, vibrant event, and what I have been thinking about is that in a sea of people - each person has a story. Isn’t it kind of mind-blowing? You just never know what kind of life those around you have lived, and what shoes they have walked in to get to today.
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Our conversation with Deric deepened my understanding of a story that many people walk around with, which is of trauma and trying to fit into “life” after it. If you could have seen me during the taping of this episode, you would have seen my jaw dropping, my face cringing, and trying to fight back tears. It’s a powerful one.
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I’m reminded that inspiring stories of strength, courage, and survival are found ALL around us - whether it’s in combat veterans like Deric or the everyday moms and women like those around me here in Palm Springs. Our hope on the podcast is to continue to share some of those stories with you 
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Head to the link in bio for today’s episode. Grabbing my cup of coffee now and am on my way, Joanna! 🤣 #altsummit #goodtobehome
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Hello from Palm Springs! I’m here to learn, amplify my creativity - oh, and hear @joannagaines speak in about an hour It’s a week of @altsummit and I’m looking forward to connecting with all the speakers and attendees! • You can take a peek over on

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Obligatory sit-on-my-counter pose, I know  But just to tell you that a new blog post is up with the full details on who I see for hair, skin, lashes, brows, etc. It’s my go-to local list! This is a per-request post simply to answer your questions and have it be a resource, but it’s also a “thank you” tribute post to these ladies who have turned their passion and talents into businesses to help a mom like me feel more put together - and save time because I have to do less every morning. They are tagged in this pic and included in the post. Scroll down on the blog post because I also share a little bit of my thoughts on beauty and aesthetics in the context of raising daughters ️ Link in bio - and happy Friday guys!  #beautytips #momstyle
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Obligatory sit-on-my-counter pose, I know But just to tell you that a new blog post is up with the full details on who I see for hair, skin, lashes, brows, etc. It’s my go-to local list! This is a per-request post simply to answer your questions and

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Alright, guys. I’ve shared how we have a no-shoes inside policy (partly how I was brought up, partly for cleanliness and sanitation) and I wanted to share the three questions and responses I have gotten the most! 
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Q : “What do you do with guests? How do you ask them to take off their shoes?” Well…I just ask! Even with workers and contractors I always ask them, nicely and politely but quickly and in a no-big-deal way, and they always never have an issue. Maybe I’ve been doing it so long but I find everyone is always respectful. The only person that is allowed to wear hers in our house is my grandma, who has a little bit of a hard time taking them on and off 
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Q: “I’m Canadian and we do this too!” I didn’t know how many Canadian followers I had until I started talking about shoes!  I love that! Yes, in America generally people wear shoes in the house but I think maybe more and more people aren’t. I grew up in Japan and culturally it’s just not done at all, so it feels weird for me to have them on 🇯🇵
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Q: “Where do you put your shoes?” Here it is! This is in our garage and where we keep our most-worn shoes at the moment (which changes with seasons.) We had the shelves installed, they’re adjustable, and I labeled the shelves for each family member. The rest of the shoes are in our closets, and we just rotate them and carry them up and down the stairs as needed. When we come home we place the shoes here, and when we leave we know right where to find them! (I also like that they are all above ground, too - we have bugs in AZ! )
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Who here is also a no-shoes-inside household like us? ‍️🥾 #garageorganization #ourhome
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Alright, guys. I’ve shared how we have a no-shoes inside policy (partly how I was brought up, partly for cleanliness and sanitation) and I wanted to share the three questions and responses I have gotten the most! • Q : “What do you do with guests? H

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If I were to have a “party trick ” it would be that I can identify and name a @thecontainerstore item out in the wild - and tell you which isle you can find it in  I always see baskets, bins, containers and labels in restaurants, shops, and hotels and (in my mind) high-five the establishment for their organizing efforts 🤚....and then I snap out my internal organizing daydream and realize Paige is rummaging through everything 
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These baskets and all kinds of kitchen and pantry items are still on sale until April 7th, and you can find my handy shopping list for some of their best items in the link in bio! http://liketk.it/2AzJd @liketoknow.it #liketkit #petitejoys
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If I were to have a “party trick ” it would be that I can identify and name a @thecontainerstore item out in the wild - and tell you which isle you can find it in I always see baskets, bins, containers and labels in restaurants, shops, and hotels an

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