I’m doing it: PIIT28

One of my 30 goals that I did not accomplish was to get to a healthy weight. I am a bit disappointed in myself about it as I think I am at my heaviest so far. (I will save my weight journey story for another time.) Hubs and I have joined our local YMCA and we make sure to attend the Sunday spin class. We’re both are trying to squeeze in more time in the gym but it is a challenge as we’re both trying to find our rhythm with getting out of the office on time.

I do blogilates workouts occasionally off of youtube and saw that Cassey Ho started a new 28 day program that launched March 1st. It is March 6 and I haven’t seen too many reviews about it, so I decided to bite the bullet and just purchase the PIIT28 v1.0 Program. It’s a 28 day program that mixes pilates moves with high intensity interval training (HIIT).

I am excited about:

  • The workouts are short (28 mins!!!) and full of dynamic moves
  • The fact that the workouts don’t require equipment. I don’t have to worry about driving to the gym.
  • The community on instagram appears to be encouraging and tightly knit

Things I think needs to improve:

  • There is a pre-workout and post-workout stretch that is currently only in eBook format. It would be nice to have in video form.
  • The discussion forum isn’t really a forum. It appears to be like a comments section of a blog post. I would prefer if it’s like an actual discussion board (with categories and topic posts) or be like a facebook group where you can search for discussions.
  • The lack of discussion forum style, makes me worry that conversations won’t be fostered and discussions will just die.
  • It would be cool if this were an app. So that the community can be fostered in our own space.
  • Meetups to find other PIITPrincesses (or PIITPrinces) in our area.

I am apprehensive about:

  • I don’t know if its apparent, but I am very wary of the community. I really need an accountablity partner which is hard because I still haven’t made any real friends since I moved to the Bay area.
  • I worry that I may not go through the 28 day reset like I do with every failed diet. Again, this is tied to having an accountability partner. I wish Oprah was my accountability partner, but she’s too busy eating bread with WeightWatchers and bread is against the 28 day reset rules.

Well good luck to me! And good luck to any other PIITPricesses and PIITPrinces out there!

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DIY Laundry Detergent


(For my impatient friends, just scroll over the backstory to get to the recipe)

There are bunch of blog posts and pins on pinterest for various DIYs for household items that claim to be cheaper than buying manufactured items in the store. I look at these posts with some skepticism just because the claims of getting more bang for your buck seem too good to be true. However, there is always a part of me that believes that the claims can be true and with enough demonstration I can be persuaded (oh informercials, that’s why I can never watch you).

I’ve seen the recipe posts for DIY detergent for a few years now. I finally bit the bullet and decided to make a batch for my household since we were out of detergent and I had a few bucks to spare to buy the ingredients. Also, my friend HistoryBeauty said she has been making her own detergent for years now so I didn’t feel so apprehensive about trying this DIY out.

Luckily, the batch of laundry that was the test subject was mostly my “house clothes” (pajamas) since I don’t go out much nowadays. I wouldn’t feel bad in case this DIY would be a complete failure since it’s pretty hard to ruin a slew of old cotton t-shirts and shorts.

The recipe I used was from SixFiguresUnder. I’ve seen adaptations of this recipe on other websites where people have substituted washing soda with baking soda, or used Fels Nepta soap versus Zote, or even supplemented their detergent with OxyClean. I liked Stephanie’s recipe since it was very straight forward and seemed to have the bare minimum of ingredients (which means it is accepted by most fabrics). Plus I can build off of that detergent by adding other ingredients before I use it.

The recipe:


3 Cups Washing Soda (Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.)

3 Cups Borax (Borax 20 Mule Team Detergent Booster, 76 Oz)

1 bar of grated Laundry Soap (Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.)


1. Grate the laundry soap bar using a cheese grater. This creates 6 cups of grated soap.


2. Combine ingredients in a blender/food processor. I had to divide this up into three batches to keep my blender from overheating. So I did 2 cups zote, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda per blending batch.



3. Blend the ingredients os that the zote is evenly distributed with the washing soda and borax.



4. Store ingredients in a container. I threw in a tablespoon scoop as well as a silica gel packet to keep the detergent dry.





5. When you’re ready, use 2 tablespoons of detergent per load. My apartment’s laundry room only allows for liquid detergent so I dissolve the 2 tablespoons in hot water and throw the solution into liquid detergent compartment. (Sorry no pictures for this step)


The Math (Cost breakdown):

Stephanie’s numbers come out different than mine because we bought our items at different places. Here’s how my costs break down:

3 Cups Washing Soda ($3.49 at Walmart, $1.52 used)

3 Cups Borax ($8.99 at Smart&Final, $2.99 used)

6 Cups (1 bar) of grated Laundry Soap ($1.99 at Smart&Final)


12 Cups of Detergent = 192 Tablespoons (16tbsp/cup)  = 96 Loads (2tbsp/load)= $6.50

$0.06 per load! = $6.50 / (96 loads)


The detergent works!!!! But the caveat is, it smells like nothing. The detergent definitely did the job of taking out dirt and smells. There is very minimal or no scent at all which is very different to me (being raised as a store-bought detergent girl). I am definitely going to continue using the detergent but will probably supplement it with scent boosters or essential oil. I have to play with it more to determine if its truly worth the savings or if I’d rather pay the premium for scented laundry.


(DISCLOSURE: Amazon Links are Affiliate, but I want you to see reviews on the item  and I would recommend buying the actual items in the store as they can be cheaper)

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Wishlist Wednesday – August 12, 2014

Due to my commitment to save for a downpayment for a house, husband and I have been shopping way less and dining out way less. I do window shop a lot online but I have been pretty good at deleting everything in my shopping cart after justifying why I don’t need that item. It’s been working out a lot for me. But I have to admit, it is losing its appeal. So I think I’ll create a wishlist and post it every Wednesday so that there is a place online where my loved ones can buy me a present! 😀

So let’s start off the first edition of Wishlist Wednesday!


1. Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop and Tilt Up Ice Cream Set Lime Green

Ever since I saw this featured on Entertaining with Beth’s Youtube channel during #IceCreamWeek I was in love! I have an ice cream attachment for my stand mixer and I think this would complete the set nicely. I am not quite sure if I would use it for ice cream but more for frozen yogurt as that is my husband and my preference for frozen treats lately.

2.Presto 06626 11 inch Electric Skillet w/glass lid

This item is on our MUST-HAVE list for our trip to Iceland (and any vacation trip for that matter). We’re planning on cooking at least half of our meals while on vacation to cut down on costs. I’ve seen the sample stations at Costco use electric skillets like these so I assume that they are reliable.

3.New Star FoodService 42313 Commercial Restaurant French Fry Cutter with Suction Feet, 1/2-Inch

Since we’ve been cooking a lot at home lately, we’ve been hand cutting our french fries. So my mind has worked out that gadgets like these will help us enjoy burger night or steak frites night sooner (as opposed to hand cutting the fries). I’ve seen gadgets like this at In-N-Out and I think they are so fascinating!


Those were the items I have been lusting over this week. It’s mostly food related stuff since cooking is the hobby we’re really into right now (that and we need to learn to make better food to avoid eating out so much!). What were the items you’ve been lusting over lately?


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30 Goals Before 30

30 Goals Before 30

Hello stranger, do you remember me? (Wow doesn’t that come off creepy!) It’s been two years since I last posted on my blog. Two years ago this blog had gone through an identity crisis; every 3 months the domain name changed along with the focus that I wanted this blog to have. It took me some time to step back and really think about what I wanted to do with this blog. At first I wanted to be a pure fashion blog, then a pure sewing blog, thrifting, sewing, consumerist beauty, natural beauty, etc! But in the end, why would it matter if my blog had a specific theme? In the end, it’s MY blog.

So….. what am I getting at?

Bluntly said, I am going to post whatever I want! Pretty much anything that will get me to post more: memories I’ve had traveling, conversations, recipes, makeup tips, crap I  bought. ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! This blog is a medium for me to share what’s happening with my life to my loved ones down in SoCal. I know, I know, SoCal is not that far away from NorCal but I wanted to leave a footprint so that maybe the shy long-lost friend will know that I’m doing just dandy. 🙂

And what I want to post with you today, is a list that is special to me. I’ve been doing these birthday goals on-and-off since I turned 22 years old and I’m back on again with a list of things I want to do before I turn the dirty thirty (why is it so dirty?).

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Thrifting Haul October 2012

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I went to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Long Beach and it was amazing. I bought 8 items for under $15. If you’re curious about the location, check out its yelp page here.

Anywho, this is what I got.


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Cheetah(?) shirt. $5.99. Paired with refashioned skirt from a thrifted maroon dress (dress was $7 from Salvation army).

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Floral blouse $3 (originally $5.99 with 50% off). Paired with belt from a 2008 Bebe dress.

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Batwing top $3 (originally $5.99 with 50% off). Paired with Aeropostale shorts, $15 (2005).

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Venice Art Walk Shirt $0.60 (1 of 5 in five for $3 clearance bin).

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Green Eddie Bauer Men’s Sweater XXL $0.60 (2 of 5 in five for $3 clearance bin).

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Yellow Joseph&Lyman Men’s Sweater XXL $0.60 (3 of 5 in five for $3 clearance bin).

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Banana Republic Cargo Pants $0.60  (4 of 5 in five for $3 clearance bin). Paired with 7 for All Mankind Gold Sweater ($7 from Salvation Army), H&M blazer ($40?, its been a while… since 2007). Turquoise multi-strand beaded necklace from Mexico $20.

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H&M Men’s Purple T-Shirt $0.60 (5 of 5 in five for $3 clearance bin).

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