Bathroom Renovation Progress

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A bathroom renovation is just as exciting as a kitchen reno. Bathrooms go beyond function. It’s a space that plays an integral role in jumpstarting the morning, setting the day’s intentions, and a place to relax and recharge at the end of the day. Our pad has two bathrooms and although we adore the original layouts, it’s in need of an intense refresh of its own.

Our color palette falls within white, grey, a pop of color, and natural wood elements. If you missed our post about our design and inspiration, read here.

Here are some tips on what to consider in a bathroom renovation and what we are doing to transform our space.

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5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips // green living

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Going eco-friendly is easier than you think

When it comes to going green, the little things add up. In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing a few of our easy everyday eco-friendly tips. Over the years we’ve been adjusting our daily lifestyle routines to cut back on our environmental impact. At first, it was difficult to remember stuff like BYO utensils and drinkware, but with some intention and preparation, we’ve adopted these eco-friendly lifestyle choices into lasting habits. 

See how BYO items, composting, and repurposing materials can make a positive impact on the environment and your creativity. Mother earth thanks you!

5 easy eco-friendly tips

REPURPOSE MATERIALS: Reusing food containers and repurposing catalogs/magazines as wrapping paper are one of our favorite sustainable tips. Here are two Trader Joe’s oatmeal containers we’ve repurposed to house pens and markers. We wrapped one with old wrapping paper and another with Anthropologie catalogs for that customized feel. We also like using perfume ads from magazines to make a decorative ribbon topper for small-ish gifts to add that wow-that-smells-so-good-but-where-is-it-coming from effect. Our creative minds go wild here with all the possibilities of repurposing materials.5 easy everyday eco-friendly tips - https://wp.me/p7RBMP-1ns Continue reading

Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2019

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Exploring at Expo West 2019

Every year the It’s Jou Life team count down the days to an epic week of discovering innovative, responsible, delicious, fun, and functional wellness products at the Natural Products Expo West. In its 39th year, Expo West continues to be the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event, and the 2019 gathering surely delivered the goods.

Another record-setting year, we were among 86,000 attendees perusing 3,600+ exhibitors at this multi-day event. As healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and serious snackers, we’re always on the growl for natural products, learning about upcoming industry trends, and connecting with brands that have mindful missions.

We’ve been attending Expo West the past four years and love how alive the entrepreneurial spirit is and their focus on education and innovation. We met many humble founders who share the same goal–to create products that help others create a healthy, natural, and nutritious lifestyle.

6 notable trends at Expo West 2019

BACK TO BASICS: Clean, simple ingredients is what you want. It’s becoming clearer and widely noticed by brands that you are conscientious with ingredients you eat and use on your body. You tend to buy organic when you can and are concerned with foods that are made with artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, and products tested on animals.

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Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew Recipe

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A Spicy Chicken Stew Worthy for Winter

Winter time calls for warm stews. This Korean spicy chicken stew is braised in a spicy red sauce mixture along with potatoes and onions. Served over rice, it always hits the spot.

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Jou Fixer Upper – Pros and Cons of Tile Flooring

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Tile talk

We love tile. So much that we have tile flooring throughout the house. As a fan of the traditional wood flooring look, we selected a porcelain wood-look tile for its durability, non-porous surface, and low maintenance attributes. We don’t have to worry about scratch marks and spill stains.

We hired out the entire main tile flooring and bathroom to a professional contractor, Sartin Tile Co (highly recommend!). Although we know how to lay down tile and grout, it’s messy and laborious. It’s hard work and would have taken us several months.

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What we’re currently snacking on…

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Getting our Noms Snacking On

As much as we enjoy eating whole foods, we are human and do enjoy chips and sweets. Our philosophy is not denying the foods we crave, but really all about that balanced lifestyle and eating in moderation. We select brands that use quality ingredients and are just as delicious.

We’ve discovered loads of brands at the Natural Products Expo, as part of the #NewHopeBloggerBox program, and always perusing the aisles of grocery markets. This is what we’re currently snacking on… organized by stores we shop at (Costco, Sprouts, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods).  Continue reading

Jou Fixer Upper – DIY Electrical Rewiring

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DIY Electrical Rewiring

When it comes to our Jou Fixer Upper, Wayne is such a jack-of-all-trades. His handiwork knows no boundaries and he attributes his DIY electrical rewiring skills all to YouTube University.

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Healthy Muffins Blender Recipe

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My Favorite One-Blender Baking

If you’re a fan of one-pot meal recipes, this healthy blender muffin recipe is for you. I call this one-blender baking. You toss all your base ingredients and blend it together, pour the batter in the muffin tins, top it off with your favorite fruits and nuts (and chocolate chips), pop it in the oven, and then enjoy when they’re ready. It’s that easy!

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ClassPass. Get first month free!

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Get Your First Month of ClassPass Free!

Do something good for your mind, body, soul this 2019.

Get your first month of free with this link, http://class.ps/lv_Rw. Hurry, this offer is for a limited time only and for new members.

As a long time fitness fiend–spending time training for marathons and even owning memberships at two gyms–I finally found my groove in a consistent workout routine. All thanks to ClassPass.

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