Spring Cleaning + a DIY!

I don’t really know how I feel about Sundays. I really like that I get to be at home..sipping coffee, working around the house, & watching Netflix, but then there’s that impending moment where you realize “I don’t get to sleep in tomorrow!” and “It’s going to be 5 more days before I get this bliss again.” I’m currently caught between the two emotions, but I’m more on the happy side. The sun is shining, it’s beautiful outside, my sweet sweet nephew is coming over this afternoon, and the handsome husband is coming home in a few hours from the lake. And a happy Sunday to you!

I stayed home this weekend while Charles went to the lake for a few different reasons. First, I had a hair appointment on Friday afternoon that I was NOT going to miss. Second, our house needed a good cleaning + we needed groceries, etc. The plan for me was get my hair done on Friday afternoon, meet some girlfriends for dinner, and then Saturday morning, wake up and start re-organizing the kitchen, scrubbing everything, cleaning windows, cleaning the clutter in the guest bedrooms, wash the sheets and all the laundry, etc. I had lofty goals and I was in the right mindset to accomplish them. It’s so much easier to get things accomplished when your husband is out of town. I know you feel the same way.

This plan was on track until I woke up at 3 am on Saturday with what I believe to be food poisoning. It. Was. Miserable. I didn’t sleep, I had a headache, I was sick to my stomach..you name it, i had it. PLUS it was dreary and cold outside which didn’t help matters. Luckily I managed to get out of bed for short periods at a time in the morning, and was able to get all of the laundry done / sheets washed. I even managed to go later in the morning and stop by the local farmers market for some nice flowers before picking up some soup for myself. And look at these vintage taper candle sticks that I found for .99 cents at a thrift store? I was SO pleased. Luckily, we live in a day and age with Walmart to go groceries, so I even ordered my groceries from bed and all I had to go was pick them up. DIdn’t even have to get out of my car, & I went in my pjs. Luxury!

I did manage to finish all of the dishes, most of the dusting, washed the insides of all of the windows, cleaned the bathrooms, etc. I even felt well enough last night to go sing at church and go to dinner with my parents. I woke up this morning feeling SO refreshed and ready to go {I know..why couldn’t i have just felt this well and motivated yesterday?}

I want to share a quick DIY with you for something that helps me when I’m cleaning, and I hope it will help you, too! It’s DIY Toilet Bombs! There are literally the easiest things you’ll ever make, and they work SO well. I use these when I’m cleaning the toilets and it greatly extends the amount of time I need to go before I have to scrub the toilet again. It’s a busy time of year, one where you’re having BBQ’s, cookouts, bonfires, friends over, etc, so what better DIY is there to help with the increased bathroom traffic? I actually use these as garbage disposal cleaners as well. They are all natural, reduce odor, and clean + prevent dirt. Here’s how to make your own!

Here’s the cast of characters:

  • 1 + 1/3 cup baking soda {reduces odors, keeps clean}
  • 1/2 cup citric acid  {all natural! This is found in the fruits that we eat and causes the “fizzy” sensation of the bath bombs. It can be a pain to find..I found it by the mason jars in Wal-mart, but it took me three stores to find some!}
  • Essential oils of your choice  {I used a mixture of grapefruit, lemongrass, and lavender!}
  • Spray bottle of water  
  • Some sort of ice tray / silicone mold   

First you start making the bombs by mixing together the baking soda and the citric acid in a bowl. Mix well!

Next, take your spray bottle of water and add in your essential oils. You don’t need to add three, I only did because I love the way these smell. You really only need one! Don’t be stingy with the drops! You need between 30-50 drops of oil total. Shake well in the spray bottle of water! {added bonus, you’ll end up with leftover water + essential oil mixture..I recommend using this as a pillow spray to help you relax at night! I use this mixture on my pillow and can instantly feel myself relax and fade away into a fast and peaceful sleep!}

Next, spritz the citric acid + baking soda mix with the water {I used a small bottle and spritzed about 10 times at once.} IMPORTANT: make sure you don’t spritz more than this at one time, or else the citric acid will all fizz up and won’t work with the toilet bomb. Mix up well, and then repeat the spritzing and mix again. You’ll end up doing this for about five minutes. You know you’re done when your mixture has the consistency of wet sand.

You should be able to take a handful of the mixture, squeeze it in your hand, and have it stick together like below. That’s how you’ll know you are ready to go.

Once it’s reached this consistency, you’ll begin placing the mixture in your ice cube trays or silicone baking molds. I searched HIGH AND LOW in Target for some cute silicone ice molds {pineapples, hearts, ANYTHING} but all I could find were these regular ice trays. But get creative!! This can be SO fun. Make sure to FIRMLY pat them down in the trays, and don’t fill the trays too full, because this mixture will rise. Let sit in the trays for about 6 hours or less if they are hardened, and then remove.

Toss a “cube” into your toilet and let the fizzing begin! I swear you will fall in love with this DIY, you’re cleaning routine will thank me!

We interrupt this blog to bring you PUPPIES

Don’t worry – we will be back shortly to resume our #LiveLocalFS segment, but you know when get something so new and exciting, you just can’t contain it {and have to share it with everyone?!} This is one of those times.

Let me introduce you Cholla, Milli, & Hobbs new best friend: {drumroll, please…}

Introducing KAI KRATES!

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the “box of the month” clubs, I mean they pretty much have them in every genre imaginable: wine of the month {mm…wifey likes}, cheese of the month club {yep, I can come to terms with this..}, razor of the month clubs..you name it, you can get random varieties of it each month. Well Kai Krates is an affordable dog toy & treat of the month club. Let me first start by saying that Charles & I have been anxious to try a dog box for months now {if you’re a dog owner, you know that dog toys and dog treats? They’re not cheap y’all!} but they have seemed so expensive that it wasn’t worth it. Luckily, I was introduced to Kai Krates, which is an affordable option. Not only do they completely crush the competitors in terms of price, but you can get your dog boxes in different sizes, dependent on your furry friends size – and the prices fluctuate depending {check out their website here to look at their 3 different pricing levels!}

Not only does Kai Krates provide affordable treats and toys for your best friends {yeah, I don’t have kids, my dogs are my life, leave me alone}, but they also provide treats that are tested and GOOD for your dogs – and you’ll always get 4-5 toys and treats each month.

Okay..now for the story time {the true testament to the box}

I received my box in the mail on Monday evening of last week, and I was in the middle of packing / showering / getting my life in order to be in Houston for almost a week, and I knew I wanted to blog the dogs with their Kai Krate, so I didn’t want to open the box at that time. I set it on the kitchen counter, slapped on a hair mask and a face mask, and got to packing. While packing, I kept hearing our big dog, Milli, whimpering and trying to knock something off of the counter. I rushed into the kitchen to find that she was wanting the contents of our Kai Krate box – she could smell the treats even inside the packaging! I felt so guilty, but I had to place the Kai Krate in a high location in order to hide it from the girls {and our sweet puppy visitor, my in laws dog Hobbs!}

Yesterday, I decided it was time to give them their Kai Krate and reward them for being good puppies while we were gone, so I got the Kai Krate down and placed it on the counter {again..bad idea}. I started fiddling with my camera, and the whimpering from the girls started again. When I finally busted open the contents of the Kai Krate, these dogs flipped, they were jumping, hiding the toys from each other, calling dibs, sneaking around, giving each other sad puppy “share with me” eyes, and just pretty overall excited. I had such a relaxing lonely afternoon since the pups were so interested in their toys, I hardly saw them.

Since my precious fur children loved their Kai Krate so much, I wanted to help you all get your very own subscription! As a special treat, Kai Krates & I have partnered to do just that!

Use the code “rightupouralley” on the Kai Krates site {once again, found here!} to get 10% off your Krates! 













The after-vacation hangover

Happy Wednesday, my friends, and I hope you had as wonderful of a Fourth of July holiday as I did! Am I the only one who comes back from long weekends and is completely & utterly exhausted? I can’t even get back into a normal schedule until the next week. I’m serious! It goes a little something like this {feel free to chime in if any of this sounds familiar..}

Upon returning home, you start unpacking your bags and get the dirty clothes into the laundry {you know what they say about a sunday well spent..} You begin to make your grocery list..nahh, who needs groceries on a Sunday when you just got back into town? You’ll just swing by the grocery store tomorrow after work!You decide that it’s already after 12pm and laundry and cleaning are much easier when you’re in pajamas..and since you aren’t going to the grocery store anymore, pajamas and no bra are the perfect combination! The hair goes up into a bun. You unpack your makeup bag, throw your clothes into the washer, hang up the clothes you totally-intended-to-but-never actually wore,  and then you sit down o the couch. A couch has never felt SO GOOD…and you have shows to catch up on! You decide to watch at least one episode before changing over the laundry. Well two..crap, three…aaaand here comes the nap. You wake up groggily to your husband and your dogs snoring beside you, so you decide to stay put {I mean..you wouldn’t want to wake them, would you? That would be selfish.} Your husband finally wakes up and is STARVING. Crap, you didn’t go to the store. Take out it is! 7pm? Wow you’re beat, now it’s time to lay in bed, I mean after all you have to work in the morning and you’re not on your normal time schedule. You wake up the next morning, angry at the world and your alarm clock, and you slowly get ready. You go and try to find something to wear and — AH CRAP..you forgot to put that load of laundry in the dryer..now you have to rewash! You end up going to work looking like a slob, and it’s the longest work day ever. You really just need to go home and take a nap, you’re so worn out! I mean you worked hard. You take a small nap and – oh crap, you were supposed to grocery shop. Well it’s too late now, you’ll just do it tomorrow. TAKE OUT FOR THE WIN! You’ll get your act together tomorrow, you promise. Repeat for the rest. of. the. week.

Welcome to my week after fourth of july. I won’t lie to you, this is usually how my life goes after any weekend trip or any holiday. This week? No exception. I mean well, honest I do, but LIFE, you guys, LIFE. After this long week, i’m ready for a fun filled weekend. My nephew Liam is having his first birthday party, and I cannot wait to see all of the cute little kiddies running around!

This weekend also brings in an event that I am SO stinking excited for — ALES FOR TRAILS! Now you probably know that I’m from a semi-small town in Arkansas, and we don’t have a whole lot of things that go on in this town that our patrons get excited about – not necessarily for lack of events planned, but often times for lack of community involvement! I am hoping that the tides will turn soon, and who can stay home when such a FUN event is going on this weekend at our riverfront park? This park is right by the river, has a nice stage, walking trails, party rooms, pretty much everything you need. My friends Griffin and Casey are hosting this event, Ales for Trails, in order to raise money and awareness for more trails in our great city. Live music, a beer tasting tent, food trucks…who could resist? For more information on this event, check them out here!

In honor of the event, I thought I would take some fun pictures from the Riverfront Park here in Fort Smith. in the most easy breezy dress a girl could own!

Dress: Suite One         Shoes: Shoe Carnival         Shades: Suite One

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Sundays are for snuggles..

Is it just me, or does anyone else out there get “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson stuck in you head when you think of lazy, cozy sundays? I feel like the two go hand in hand.

No matter what kind of bottomless list of to-do’s my husband and I have to accomplish, somehow when Sundays roll around, staying at home and lounging around in comfy clothes cuddling on the couch with Cholla and Milli {who always, I repeat, always have to squeeze in between us like toddlers..}, and watching a movie {or a golf tournament…} seem to take precedence on our sundays.

This Sunday is no exception. Even with our never ending list of things we probably absolutely should be doing, we still felt that Pho Vietnam and movie watching on the couch will trump our chores today. I know that they say “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content,” and don’t get my wrong, I know there’s validity to that statement, but in our world, Saturday’s are for adventures and Sunday’s are for snuggles. 


When I lounge, I love a few tried – and – true things: A messy bun, a cozy sweater, and some sort of ripped denim. This sweater is from a local boutique with the sweetest owners {that are also sisters!}. It’s called Indie {how perfect is that name for a boutique? As a special treat for all of you – they just announced today that they will be launching their online store very soon! Go enter your email address here and be the first to know when they go live!} I pair this sweater with a variety of pieces in my closet – jeans, maxi skirts and even over floral dresses for a unique twist. I still kick myself for not buying the grey version of this top when I had the chance. My ripped denim is my absolute favorite pair. You guessed it, they’re from Suite One and they are the brand JustBlack {like I could make it through the day without wearing at least something from Suite One…}


I also have a love for rings. Rings are kind of my kryptonite – they’re my favorite accessory bar none. The two gold rings are from Suite One and I am wearing one as a regular ring and one as a midi ring. The midi ring by my wedding ring is also from Suite One. The final ring I’m wearing is from Old Navy {find it here!}.


I love drinking coffee throughout the day on Sundays. I’m not really sure why, but I just love cuddling up under a nice blanket and sipping on a hot cup of coffee. I switch up my mugs often – I’m kind of a coffee mug addict. The mug I used in this picture is from Target {this one here!} and I’m loving the funky flair it has. I originally bought a few of these to use in place of copper mugs when I drink my moscow mules, but the cup is versatile and can be used for hot or cold beverages.

What are some of your favorite things to do on a Sunday? If you want to stay in bed all day, I hereby give you permission {you can thank my by hitting the follow button… }

Don’t forget to check out my instagram to stay in touch – link is in the sidebar!

And we’re off

Home Office

With many sleepless nights and countless cups of coffee behind me, I’m STOKED to finally bring to you all Right Up Our Alley – A fashion and lifestyle blog by ME {Michele Alley!} When you have a last name like Alley, you sort of, kind of, are required to use it anyway you can.

To kickoff this party, I want to tell you a bit about myself {don’t worry, this won’t be an every-blog-post-occurence {trust me, this is not that kind of blog}.

My name is Michele Alley. I live in a small town in Arkansas with my husband Charles and our two overly adorable dobermans, Cholla and Milli. My husband and I both has 8 to 5 jobs, but we are very much work-to-live and not live-to-work kind of people. We enjoy being together, living life slowly, and enjoying every minute. I’ve always had a love of writing things down – you’ll never rarely catch me using my cell phone for notes or grocery lists – I’m a pad and paper kind of girl, and blogging has always been something that’s excited me.

As far as my style goes, I wish I could tell you what you’ll expect to see from this blog. My style varies – you’ll catch me in things that are on the more edgy, funkier end {such as below}, or you might catch me in something very minimalistic, such as blue jeans and a cozy sweater. My fashion varies based on my mood – I usually dress the way I’m feeling…I guess that explains why I can never pick my outfits out in advance. I break a ton of “rules” of fashion {mainly because I don’t know all of the rules..and who doesn’t love to break a good rule}. I’m a religious offender of the hairband on your wrist faux pas {sorry mom, you taught me better!} My nails are bare a good deal of the time, although I’m trying to get better at this one. My closet is basically work-to-play fashion, if I can’t find some way to transition a piece from work to play, I have a serious mental tug-o-war situation going on before I make the purchase. I’m truly bringing you things that are “Right up Our Alley.”

It took me a long time to find my style and stop purchasing things just because everyone else was! Feeling confident never came easy for me, but the game is changing. I hope you stick around on this blog, I hope you share with your friends, and I hope you find the fashion that is right up your own alley.

With that out of the way, let me bringing you my first outfit! You’ll probably get sick of me talking about my FAVORITE place to shop {Suite One Boutique in Fort Smith, AR – check them out here!} This entire outfit was from Suite One Boutique – and you can find in store or on their website.


ShoesQupid – lace up and peep toe, and for UNDER $50! Insane. Jeans – JustBlack – inexpensive and they feel like pajamas. And the fit? Nothing better than the fit. V-Neck tank – Lush – comfiest thing you’ll put on, guaranteed. I have them in four colors, and they also come in regular v-neck tees. Bralette – not sure on the brand, but from Suite One as well, for only $20! It’s criss-crossed, which adds such an edgy and interesting touch to anything you wear it with.


Check the blog out on instagram – rightupouralley – and stay tuned for a fun giveaway! {Oh, and if you want to click the follow button to the side here, I wouldn’t hate it!}