how did i live without these?

One of the blogs I frequent, The Well, started a cool blog series link up and I thought I would participate. It’s a great way to stretch my mind and inspiration. Basically, today, a bunch of bloggers are blogging about the same thing:


I have two answers for this: an actual tangible item and a group of items (oooh, suspense!). First up, the single item that became invaluable to me: a microwave. I know, I know, it’s pretty much standard in any home, but ever since I’ve lived alone, I’ve never bought one. I just figured I would never use it.

Boy, was I wrong.

I never thought I would use it so much. It’s so convenient! I’m a dumbie for not buying one sooner! This one was from Target and was on like super sale so there really was no excuse for me to not buy it. I do have a small kitchen with not a lot of counter space, so I ended up buying a kitchen cart from Ikea to put it on and it added more shelves in my kitchen!

Another thing I bought this year that was absolutely life-changing: facewash that doesn’t have harsh chemicals. I used to use facewash that contained a lot chemicals and I have such sensitively oily skin, so I basically always broke out. Finally, I had enough, bought some Neutrogena’s Naturals Cleansers and it was amazing. My skin feels so smooth! So clean! I also picked up some Simple Moisturizing Wash while on my trip to Austin because I forgot cleanser and that is also amazing.

Of course, skin is different for everyone, so you will have to try a bunch of stuff before you find something that works for you.

That’s it! I know, these are basic necessities, but they are wonderful and did really change my life.

If you want to check out all the other blog posts from the link up, check them out below!

Girl in Betsey • Glitter & Bow • Pretty Much • White Cabana • Healthfully Ever After • Boulevard House • Always Craving • Southern Charm & Prints • Perfect Enough For Us • Modish & Main • Alessandra Marie • Jenn Inspired • Luv in the Bubble • A Little Leopard • York Avenue • PR Blonde • Alyssa J. Freitas • A Loyal Love • The College Prepster • Burlap & Lace • Brunch on Chestnut  • Average Girl’s Guide • The Yuppie Files • Cassandra Monroe • Always Anita • PR Girl Diaries • Life Modifier • Business Betties • Cake & Lilies • Little Wild Heart • The Not Quite Adult • Annie Reeves • Rossetto • Lemon Stripes • Meg Biram • Victoria McGinley • The B Bar

til next time, xo!



  1. January 21, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I’m on the hunt for an all-natural facial cleanser, preferable one that doesn’t break the bank. I’ll have to check this out. And I can’t believe you lived without a microwave! I think I use mine almost every day.

    • Jamie Daez
      January 22, 2015 / 1:36 am

      Hi Erica! I had the same issue – a lot of all-natural cleansers are out of my price range! I do love Simple’s Facewash – it’s great!

  2. January 22, 2015 / 2:28 am

    What an unexpected but fantastic item! I love that you listed a microwave, but I love your face wash even more! As I slowly age I have become aware of the fact that good skincare is super important. I’m always on the lookout for great products.

  3. January 22, 2015 / 4:13 am

    i use the same cleanser — i agree, its so nice and leaves skin really clean but not at all tight!

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