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Sunday, September 24, 2017

For the Home: Kitchen Gizmo Snap'N Strain #spacesaver #strainer

One of my biggest problems with conventional strainers is the space required to store them. It takes a matter of seconds to strain pasta or potatoes, yet my precious shelf space is filled with several bulky strainers. Then, after being used, into the dishwasher it goes, taking up even more space that could be used for several dirty dishes. It's such a silly problem, but it drives me crazy. Thankfully, Kitchen Gizmo has rescued me with their ingenious Snap'N Strain!

Home Safety:with First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm #10yearbattery #FirstAlert

With the recent hurricane in Florida and all of the generators being used, we've been hearing so many sad stories about carbon monoxide affecting loved ones in the home. It is considered the 'silent killer' and prevention should be taken just as seriously as fire prevention in your home. Many people may not realize that carbon monoxide can come from a variety of places, such as your generator, chimney, furnace, garage, gas stove, water heater, and even the gas grill if it's a little too close to an intake vent. Of course, our number one priority is keeping our family safe and we hope that this information will help to keep yours safe as well! Carbon monoxide detectors are a MUST. We use the First Alert 10-year Carbon Monoxide Alarm in our home, which has quite a few additional features that most detectors do not. Check it out below!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Take the Hassle out of Halloween with #TrickorTreat #HalloweenCandy

Halloween is creeping up on us! It's one of our favorite holidays, but between the costumes, the candy shopping and the parties, it gets hectic and time consuming. This year, we've decided to make life a little easier on ourselves with the help of After perusing their site, we found exactly the candy variety we wanted and had it delivered directly to our door. No trips to the store to wander through the candy aisle needed! With that checked off the list, it leaves more time to actually enjoy the holiday.

     Candy Warehouse has a fantastic selection to chose from. We selected the 175 piece Hershey's Halloween Pumpkin Bowl because it contained such a nice variety of popular candies that we know our neighborhood kids will be excited to receive. The package arrived today and it is exactly what we expected, all the way down to the festive reusable pumpkin container!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Transform Your Shower with the Razor Luxury 3-way Rainfall Combo #forthehome #luxuryshower #DIYBathroom

     One of the easiest ways to upgrade a bathroom is to install a luxury showerhead. It's as simple as a DIY project can get — taking only a few minutes to install — and creates a noticeable transformation to any bathroom. Personally, we love the upscale look of a waterfall shower head, but a handheld shower wand is also a must in our home. When we found that the Razor High-Fashion 8-inch Slimline Design 3-Way Rainfall Combo Shower Head from offers both of these features and more, we were really excited to try it.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Add a Touch of Class with Personalized Stamps from Stationery Xpress

     I have always been a bit envious of people who send fancy letters and beautifully put-together packages: inked stamps, calligraphy, elegantly handwritten notes on high-end card stock, etc. When I receive gifts with those special touches, it always makes me smile. I truly appreciate the extra effort they put forth. I, myself, am not a crafty person. Fortunately, the great folks over at Stationery Xpress have made these extra touches easy for anyone to do with their Hamilton Personalized Self-Inking Address StampThis stand-alone self-inking stamper from Three Designing Women is the perfect tool to add elegance and style regardless of your crafty level.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Go-Go Giraffe Print for the Month of September! #Giveaway #ThirtyOneGifts #babygifts #WinIt

You all know that we are huge fans of Thirty-One Gifts and can't get enough of their designer prints. Well, for September only, they are offering this completely adorable Go-Go Giraffe print for three fabulous infant care products: the Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote, Cool Clip Thermal, and Super Swap-It Pocket! My husband always jokes that the giraffe is my spirit animal, so it's no surprise that I'm extra excited about this pattern. These three items are perfect for Moms On-the-Go and will also make adorable baby shower or holiday gifts for baby boys and girls alike.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Home Makeover: How to Paint Perfect Stripes on Your Wall #Wooster #paintsupplies

     With summer almost gone, we are making the most of our last few weekends. This weekend, we decided to tackle one of our biggest home make-over projects of the season by adding a modern style to our guest bedroom walls. We've been wanting to try something a little more funky and fun, but my husband and I are amateurs when it comes to painting. We did our research as far as the process goes, and I think it turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself! One of the things that helped us the most was using the right painting supplies, so I've put together a quick 'How-to' below and included the Wooster painting supplies that made this project a million times easier. Check it out below!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Promote Strong Study Habits with Ready-Made Index Card Packs #debradaledesigns #indexcards #studyhabits

Part of starting the school year off right means building solid study habits from day one. The key ingredient to learning is practice, and one of the best methods we've found is to use index cards. Whether you're using them to create a storyboard, as flashcard facts, or for note-taking strategies, index cards are the backbone of solid studying. We were so excited to find that Debra Dale Designs had created ready-made index card and ring packs to make organization and study prep much easier!

Monday, August 28, 2017

5 Benefits to Storing Dry Goods in Mason Jars #pantry #organization #BallJars #WinIt #Giveaway

About a year ago, we gave our kitchen a major overhaul to create a quick and easy way to to improve the shelf life of our groceries and add organization to our pantry. We started by making the switch from keeping our dry goods in store packaging to putting them in sealed glass mason jars. We've found that storing dry goods in mason jars has some big benefits! It's about the easiest thing to do and requires almost no effort to get it done.

Thinking of making the switch? In this post, we've provided five benefits to using mason jar storage, some information on the Ball® Collection Elite® Regular Mouth 32 oz. Glass Mason Jars and 4 oz. Mini Storage Jars we use, and common bulk items to look for. 

When you're ready to get started, is a great site to order jars directly to your door!

    Sunday, August 27, 2017

    Step Up Your Fall Fashion with prAna #FairTrade #Yoga #fallforprAna

         With summer coming to an end, it's time to break out the Fall fashion! Sweaters, pants, boots, scarves...I love them all. Those of you who follow us often know that I'm a huge online shopper and I love to find new sites to purchase unique clothing pieces. My latest online discovery is a store called prAna. If you haven't perused their site yet, grab a cup of tea and settle in, because you're going to fill up your cart pretty quickly. (As an added bonus, you get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their email list!)

         Since this is the first time I've tried their site, the good people of prAna offered to send me a couple of items to review, so that I can share my thoughts on the product quality with our readers. I chose to give the Daria Sweater Hoodie and the Juniper Pants a try. If you're into stylish comfort, read on...