Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Cabin Plants

I took these pictures with my phone, so they aren't the best quality. I just wanted to share some pictures of the beautiful plants at our new cabin. It's fall now and everything is going to die back, but I can come back this winter and spring and see what is going to pup up all around us.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Turn a Counter Top into a DIY Chalkboard and Shelves

This post has 2 projects in one. The first one I will tell you about is the DIY Chalkboard I made with the kids from a leftover piece of countertop (after we did the bottom project.)

As I have mentioned in a previous post, we bought a cabin up north and it was pretty much ready for us to bring our stuff in to it with only a few projects (thankfully!) so some of those projects have been creating spaces outside for the kids to play and encourage them to be outdoors even more.

The picture below show what the leftover piece of countertop looked like. It was a cheap countertop that was clearanced out at Lowe's because it was already cut to size (and either returned or cut wrong). I used Chalkboard Paint Spray that I bought from Lowe's ($6) and painted the entire front side, which would have actually been the underside of it as a countertop.

Then I let the kids help me apply some fun colored duct tape, that they had in their stash, around the edges to seal the wood and over the ledge to cover the paint edges and make it look nice. We bought some Crayola Chalk that is actually a rectangular shape that so it doens't roll off the ledge.

The kids think it is fun to be able to play school outside!

The picture below is how my husband made shelves to go alongside our over the range microwave. Originally in the house there was this HUGE exhaust fan over the stove, but it shorted out and was broken, so we replaced it with an over the range microwave with exhaust. The only problem was that this former exhaust was so big that we couldn't find a microwave big enough to fill it, so we added shelves instead.

My husband bought the piece of counter top because it was the perfect surface for storing oils, spices and more on because it was washable and then we wouldn't have to paint anything (we even put leftover contact paper in the back on the wall). Because the countertop was the same type of material he was looking for to make the shelves and the fact that it was deeply clearanced (where he would had had to pay regular price for the sheets of this material) it was not a huge expense.

And as luck would have it, the leftover piece after he finished making the shelves was the perfect size to make the above chalkboard.

Review: Miss Oops Lace Tube

My Thoughts:

I was sent the Miss Oops Lace Tube to review. They sent me it in the color Beige, but it also comes in the colors white and black. I am wishing I had the black instead because I like it to blend more and I have many black tops and a couple of them can have a bit of a low neckline. Instead of not wearing the tops or having to deal with pins, you should try out the Miss Oops Lace Tube. Mine is in a size M/L and I would say it fits more like a L. I wore it over the top of my bra, as there is not support in it. It is simply a lace tube with elastic. It does exactly what it sets out to do and add more coverage and add visual interest. The top I was wearing below was a jersey material and I thought it helped to dress up my outfit. I like the idea of this product a lot and would love to get a black one as well.

Product Description from Miss Oops:

Need a little extra coverage but would still like a little "peek-a-boo"? Then Miss Oops unlined stretchable lace Tube is for you. It is made like a tube with elastic at the top and bottom to keep it in place. Sold Individually. S/M - sz 32-32", M/L - sz 36-38", L/XL - sz 40-42", 1X - sz 42 -44", 2X - sz 45-48", 3X- sz 48-50" If you wear a D cup, you might need to go up a size. Comes in black, white or beige Lace. Introducing Tube Lace, a stretchable lace band worn around the breasts to transform an existing top into an eye-catching masterpiece. Tube Lace” couples modest cleavage control with the sexy appeal of lace. Tantalizing and tactful, all in one product! Try Tube Lace in black, white, or beige to oops-proof your entire wardrobe.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

GIVEAWAY and Review: HotelSpa Insta Mount Towel Ring

My Thoughts:

I had the opportunity to try out the HotelSpa AquaCare Insta Mount Towel Ring and was pleased with the addition to our cabin. We didn't have a place close to the tub that we could hang a towel from and this was a welcome addition that was easy to install and I did it myself. I was appreciative that we didn't have to drill holes in to the cabinet in order to have a towel ring on the side of the cabinet. We don't have a bunch of tools there with us and had a lot of other projects to do, so it was nice that this one was so quick and easy.

I tried it out inside the smooth fiberglass shower and it easily installed using the suction feature. I thought it is nice to be able to remove the towel ring in order to deep clean the shower. I finally decided that I wanted to install it outside the tub and I tried on both a smooth wall and a cabinet and the suction did not keep, but because it has the holder with very sticky adhesive I used that and it is hanging nicely.

Product Description from HotelSpa:

* Mount instantly on all smooth or textured surfaces without tools, drilling and surface damage
* Safe and secure on ceramic, stone and mosaic tile, shower enclosures, glass shower doors and mirrors
* Dual-mount system includes Power-suction Locks for smooth surfaces and Silicone Adhesive Brackets for textures surfaces
* Patented 90-degree Push-Lock design for superior gripping power
* Portable, can be repositioned instantly at any time
* Can be removed at any time for easy cleaning or if needed
* Sturdy stainless steel tower bars and ring in high-polish chrome finish
* Space-saving adjustable slide brackets allow mounting on small surfaces (even 6" wide) and in corner areas
* Ideal for guest towels, mounts and dismounts when and where needed
* Great for use in bath, kitchen, laundry room and patio
* If used, Silicone Adhesive Brackets are easily removable without damage to tile surface
* Maximum weight capacity for each towel ring is 10lb.

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Easy Fall and Halloween Treats

Do these look like sugar cookies? They aren't. But kids love them just as much!!! But they are SO MUCH EASIER!!!

Just butter a piece of bread and sprinkle sugar on top and cut out with cookie cutter. It's still sugar sprinkles, but they are a healthier alternative to cookies and take very little effort and time!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Go!

I challenge all of my readers just to get out today and this weekend. Here, in Minnesota it is MEA Weekend and kids have off Thursday and Friday from school, so we will be out and about and enjoying this short break part way through the school year. Maybe try something new this weekend, or do something you haven't done in a long time. Whatever you do, just do something. You just have to go.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Old Fashioned Tire Swing

When we bought our cabin, the one thing my son asked for was if we could have a tire swing there. Considering there was no "playground" type stuff there for the kids, we wanted to have some things to help entertain them outside in addition to exploring nature. 

We asked a local tire shop if we could get a used tire from them and then we got some old leftover boat rope and bought a small U-Bolt (98-cents at Lowe's) to help secure the tied rope. You could go without the bolt, but my husband wanted to make sure it didn't come loose or untied.

I remember having a tire swing growing up and how much fun we had on it. I am glad my kids can those same memories, complete with an awesome tree it is tied in to that is also a good climbing tree (our tire swing tree when I was a kid was also good for climbing too!)