Tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home: Focus on what really matters! The holiday is all about spending time with loved ones and celebrating the blessings in your life. Don't allow the cooking, cleaning or decorating to distract you from the true purpose.

Everything You Need To Host Your First Thanksgiving

You know what is completely overwhelming?  Hosting a major holiday for the first time.  Kevin and I are traveling to New York to spend Thanksgiving with his family this year, but I’m planning on hosting a Thanksgiving meal for some of my family in Kentucky on another day.

We are so excited to finally have space for entertaining, but given that we haven’t been able to in the past… we are definitely lacking in some of the basics we need for hosting.

If you’re like us and plan to host a holiday meal for the first time this year, check out my tips and tricks below. I’ve done all the overanalyzing so that you don’t have to!  Haha.

Tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home: Start with a clean and organized kitchen!

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Top Ten Best Makeup Products Of The Year

Flat Lay With Makeup Products

Disclaimer:  Please note that some links on this blog including are affiliate links.  I will receive a small percentage when you purchase items using these links.  These earnings are used to help offset the costs of maintaining the blog and creating content for you.  I appreciate your support in utilizing these links when you purchase items I recommend!

Do you feel like you always run out of ALL your favorite products at the same time? It always seems to happen that way for me.  Recently, I ran out of mascara, concealer, AND my favorite contour all within the same week.

As someone who has always chased after the next big thing with makeup, I’ve noticed that lately I have settled in to buying my go-to makeup products over and over.  I still LOVE trying new things. Just ask Kevin…  He was waiting in the car while I went into Ulta last week, and I’m not even sure how long I left him waiting.  Oops!

How To Give Yourself A Professional Manicure At Home

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This could be an unpopular opinion, but I’ll say it anyway. I hate getting manicures at the nail salon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having nicely manicured nails but I hate the process of actually getting the manicure for many reasons.

  1. It takes forever, and I hate wasting my time at the salon.
  2. It’s not relaxing or fun for me.
  3. I am usually uncomfortable in the nail salon chairs.
  4. It’s expensive and I’d rather spend my money on things I enjoy.
  5. Even gel or SNS manicures just don’t last very long on me.

Ask Me Anything: How Can I Be More Confident In My Relationship?

I say it all the time, but my favorite part about being a blogger is connecting with you.  When I get an email saying that a blog post I wrote connected with you and that you have benefitted from my work, there’s really nothing better. It’s why I do this and it’s what motivates me to keep going even when things are hard!

My number one goal as a blogger is to provide value to you and support your quest to live your best life.  That’s why I’ve started this series where I answer your questions about life.  The questions can be about anything from fashion to relationships and we’ll talk about whatever is on your mind!

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How You Can Get the Best Sleep Ever: A Big Fig Mattress Review

Disclosure:  I received a free bed from Big Fig in order to review it for you on the blog.  Links in this post are affiliate links, and you can read my disclosures here.  As always, integrity is my number one priority and all opinions are my own.  

I’m not really sure why, but I’ve never been a great sleeper. I struggle to fall asleep. I toss and turn. I wake up achy. There are many days that I wake up tired even after 8+ hours in bed.  My dad still tells stories about how I used to kick, roll and flail when I slept as a child.

As I got older I’d occasionally turn to Nyquil, melatonin, or other sleep aids when things got really bad.  While they would help improve my sleep on the nights I used them, nothing really solved my problems long term.

I accepted fatigue and bad sleep as my reality, but for the past two months I’ve gotten the best sleep of my life.  I’m excited to share my story with you because I believe that the change I made in upgrading to a Big Fig Mattress changed my life forever.

You can check out all the specifics about the mattress here and use my code PLUSLIFEBLOG to save $$$! 

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The Best Wide (And Extra Wide) Width Mules In The World

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My recent post about wide and extra wide width sneakers was by far the most widely discussed post I’ve ever written.  I’ve since had countless conversations with many of you discussing the challenges we all seem to face in finding the perfect shoe.  The STRUGGLE is real, y’all!

I’ve always had a tough time finding cute and comfortable shoes due to my wide feet and occasional swelling, but I didn’t realize so many of you were struggling too.  Because of this, I have decided to write a series of posts about different types of shoes and where to find great options.

How to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Closet

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If you’re here, there’s a good chance you’re pretty interested in plus size fashion… and if you’re like me, sometimes your closet can start to overflow with your purchases.  I’ve always been a frugal shopper and find a lot of great deals on clothing.  Because of that, I’ve always had a large wardrobe that can get messy.

A few years ago, when I was living in New York in a one bedroom apartment with tiny closets, I decided I was no longer going to allow my clothing to overtake my home and cause so much stress for me.

Since then, through a crazy series of events, I have since become a Poshmark Ambassador and have made thousands of dollars selling pre-owned plus size clothing and accessories on the app.

In today’s post, I’m going to give you my tips to getting started with Poshmark.  You can easily make money selling fashionable, name brand clothing and accessories on the app, and it’s as simple as cleaning out your closet and taking a few pictures.

You can check out my closet here!

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My History With Selling Clothing Online

A few years ago, when I was sick of my clothes overtaking every spare inch of space in my tiny New York apartment, I decided to post a status update on my Facebook page to see if anyone was interested in seeing what I had available.  Within 24 hours, I had sold every single piece of excess clothing I had to friends and acquaintances.  They were thrilled to get great deals on pieces I had curated for myself and I was thrilled to make some extra cash and declutter.  I realized I was onto something, and I decided to jump in and see if I could turn my love of fashion into a business.

I created my first website on the Shopify platform and saw fast success selling my clothing and clothing I bought specifically to resell online.  After nearly a year, I  decided that the hassle of maintaining my own website and costs associated with marketing it wasn’t worth it given the existence of eBay, Facebook selling groups and other platforms.  I decided to cross post items I had for sale on my website to a variety of other platforms to see where things sold the fastest and for the highest profit.

Poshmark won by a landslide.  It was not only the most profitable site due to the higher average sale price but it was also the easiest to use by far.

About Poshmark

Poshmark is an app for buying and selling clothing and accessories.  It’s primarily used by millennial women who are interested in trendy and higher end items. On the app you can find pre-owned and brand new pieces in an easy to shop format.  I recently learned that users have sold over one BILLION dollars on the app…. and it’s only just beginning.

The app is different than sites like eBay because it’s a mix between social media and selling.  For example, on Poshmark you can follow other people with similar taste, share your own listings so they will rank higher in search results ,and share the listings of others to build camaraderie and grow your following.

There are also themed “parties” that allow you to share your items for additional visibility.  There are regularly scheduled plus size parties where only plus size clothing is shared.  The plus size parties are my favorite by far.

Poshmark keeps a flat 20% fee from your earnings because they offer customer service and protections for both buyers and sellers.  They also have a deal with the postal service (USPS) that makes shipping easy with a simple flat rate fee that is paid by buyers.

I definitely recommend trying Poshmark if you’re looking for a way to make extra money.  #SIDEHUSTLE

How to Make Money By cleaning out your closet

How To Get Started On Poshmark

  1. Clean Out Your Closet: Start by pulling pieces from your own wardrobe that are stylish and minimally worn.
  2. Take Photos Of The Items:  Photos for Poshmark must be square.  You can either use your cell phone or a camera and editing software.  Try to find a well lit spot with a clean/crisp background.  Natural lighting is your friend!  You can either use flat lay images or take photos of the clothing hanging or on a dress form.
  3. Download the Poshmark App: (use code MirandaSchultz when you sign up to get $5 off your first purchase from any closet)
  4. Upload Pictures
  5. Enter Item Info:  Descriptions should be keyword heavy including brand name, style, color, etc.  It’s helpful to include measurements and fabric content as well. Be as specific as possible with categories (i.e., choose Crop tops vs. just Tops).  Entering sizing correctly is very important because many users default their searches to specific sizes.  When listing, be sure to click on “Plus” for plus sizes and choose one of the sizes from the list.  If a dress is size 22/24, for example, don’t type in 22/24.  Instead, you should choose either 22, 24, 22W, or 24W from the list.  This ensures your listing will show up in any relevant searches by size and will allow you to share the listing to plus size parties.  Be sure to include any relevant notes about sizing in the description to clarify.  I like to take a picture of the size tag and include it in the listing to be safe as well.

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What Do I Need To Get Started?

You don’t need a lot to get started on Poshmark, but a few things are necessary.  Below are my must haves (and a few helpful extras) for launching your Poshmark closet.

  • USPS Boxes – These are free from USPS.  I recommend ordering online and having them shipped directly to your home.  You can use any Priority or Priority Flat Rate box with Poshmark.  If you have these boxes and some packing tape, you’re good to go.  However, nice packaging is highly regarded by Poshmark customers, so I recommend upgrading to Poly Mailers if you can.
  • Poly Mailers (floralwhitepink) – These cute mailers add a little something special for your buyers.  They’re fun to change out seasonally or to add a hint of your personality to your shipments.
  • Thank You Cards – Thank you cards are a great way to let your buyers know you appreciate their business and add a personal touch to your package.  I like to include my social media handles and my closet name so they can find me again in the future.  Repeat buyers are my fave!
  • DYMO  4XL Label Printer – I don’t have a DYMO label printer but I REALLY want one.  For a long time, Poshmark only allowed you to print on 8.5″ x 11″ standard paper but now you can print actual shipping labels on a Dymo.  If I were a higher volume seller, I’d definitely invest in this to save time.  For now, I just print my labels on standard paper and tape them to my packages.
  • Postage Scale – One benefit of selling on Poshmark vs. other platforms is that you don’t have to weigh packages.  As long as they’re under five pounds, they ship for a standard fee the buyer pays.  If you’re selling heavy items like coats or bundles of multiple items, be careful!  If they’re over five pounds, you’ll need to pay additional shipping.  I rarely measure packages because almost nothing is over five pounds, but I do have a scale for heavy packages.
  • Measuring Tape –  I try to include measurements on all listings because if I don’t, people will inevitably comment and ask.
  • Plus Size Dress Form – I found mine on eBay, and it is no longer available.  A similar one can be found here.  This is not a necessary purchase in the beginning – flat lays or hanging clothing on a hanger for photos will work perfectly.
  • Shipping Tape

I’ll admit that I was a little overwhelmed by Poshmark when I first started, but once you get the hang of it I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and also let me know your closet name so I can follow you!  I’d love to see more plus size babes join in!

Happy Poshing, friends!

A Guide to The Best Weekend Ever In Waco Texas At Magnolia Market

True story… I want to be  Joanna Gaines when I grow up.

I’m OBSESSED with Chip & Joanna and all things Fixer Upper, and I’d guess many of you are too.  What’s not to love about a wholesome couple with adorable kiddos and a knack for demo day and interior design?

Recently, my husband Kevin mentioned that he had to go to Dallas, Texas for a business trip and asked if I’d like to tag along with him.  I’m never one to pass up an adventure, but I honestly had no idea what there is to do in Dallas.

Miranda Schultz & Kevin Schultz In Dallas Texas at ATT Stadium

 

Plus size woman's lower legs walking while wearing grey and white sneakers and black capri leggings.

The Best Extra Wide Width Sneakers In The World

Disclaimer:  Please note that some links on this blog including are affiliate links.  I will receive a small percentage when you purchase items using these links.  These earnings are used to help offset the costs of maintaining the blog and creating content for you.  I appreciate your support in utilizing these links when you purchase items I recommend! 

A plus size woman's leg and wide foot wearing black leggings and grey and white sneakers

Out of all my fashion struggles, I think shoes are by far the most challenging for me.  I have REALLY wide feet and sometimes deal with swelling.  I spend a lot of my time wearing stretchy flats and rarely wear sneakers unless I’m exercising.

The Best Way To Get New Panties – Delivered To Your Door

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Not sure about you, but I LOVE a good subscription service!  I’ve tried them for clothing, jewelry, makeup, groceries, and pretty much anything else I can find.

It is SO exciting to get new goodies delivered to your door – such a special treat!

Just when I thought I’d tried (and loved) every type of subscription service out there, I discovered Panty Drop, a subscription service for panties.  First, how AWESOME is “Panty Drop” as a business name for a panty subscription service? SERIOUSLY! Branding genius.  I knew I wanted in based on the name alone!

Miranda Schultz of The Plus Life Blog opens her front door to find an unmarked package on her doorstep.
We had guests in town the day my first box arrived from Panty Drop. When the doorbell rang, I RAN to the door to make sure no one else saw what I got! LOL. Thankfully, the packaging is very discreet and no one knew what was inside!