If your family is anything like mine, your spring cleaning may lead to spring remodeling. We've done so much to our home since we moved in and we still have quite a bit to do! While our plan had been to tackle our horrible kitchen last year, we ...
If your family is anything like mine, your spring cleaning may lead to spring remodeling. We’ve done so much to our home since we moved in and we still have quite a bit to do! While our plan had been to tackle our horrible kitchen last year, we ended up transforming the basement into a LuLaRoe room instead. Now is the perfect time for us to get started on our kitchen. Best Buy’s Remodeling Event is going on right now!
Best Buy makes it easy for you to stretch your remodeling dollars by offering the best deals during the season on LG appliances. You can get up to 30% off Major Appliance Deals. The minimum savings is 5%. (valid 3/22-4/12). Plus, you can get a free $100 gift card when you buy 2 Major Appliances totaling $1500 or more. You can learn more about this offer here.
Best Buy has some amazing deals to make it easy for you to upgrade to an awesome new fridge! Check out this InstaView™ Door-in-Door® Refrigerator. The LG Instaview Door-in-Door is huge! It has 24 cubic feet of space. InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerators have a sleek glass panel that allows you to see inside the easy access door without letting the cold air out. Simply knock twice on the glass to illuminate the contents within. Seriously…how cool is that?!?
This fridge is also ENERGY STAR® Qualified so you’ll save money and energy with this LG refrigerator that exceeds energy standards. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the color!
I am absolutely in love with the LG Black Stainless Steel Series. The LG Black Stainless Steel Series elevates your kitchen with a satin-smooth, warm and sophisticated finish unlike any other. It’s such a great look!
If you purchase LG appliances, you can receive up to $400 back from LG via mail on select Kitchen Packages. What a sweet deal! You can learn more about this deal here.
I love crafting and decided I needed to spice up my home with some DIY Valentine Decorations. To start with, I made this DIY Valentine Wreath! It was easy to whip up and it turned out sooo cute!
Since we didn’t do a whole lot of Christmas decorating around here, I thought I’d make a fun Valentine’s Day wreath to make my house look a little more festive. I originally planned to hang this on my front door, but since we got 15 inches of snow over the weekend and since it’s been blowing like crazy, I decided to spruce up my sewing area instead.
This wreath is super easy to make and can be customized to fit any holiday. All of my embellishments are pinned on using Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins. You could also use hot glue or spray adhesive to attach embellishments.
DIY Valentine Wreath Supplies
To make this easy project, you will need the following:
This project is really easy to make. The most time-consuming part is wrapping the wreath. It took me less than an hour to wrap the wreath, but I was listening to an audiobook, so the time flew by.
DIY Valentine Wreath Instructions
To begin with, spray some adhesive on a small section of your wreath form and wrap the yarn tightly around that section. Continue wrapping the yarn around the wreath. It does not need to be perfectly wrapped as you’ll end up doing about 3 layers of yarn to make it look even.
Once your wreath is completely wrapped, you can use more spray adhesive to secure the end of the yarn or you can hot glue it. I used spray adhesive and a pin to secure the end.
Once your wreath is fully wrapped in yarn, you’re ready to add embellishments. You can make your own flowers out of felt (I’ll do a tutorial soon) or you can purchase pre-made felt flowers. I made my own flowers and attached them using Pearlized Ball Head Straight Pins.
The LOVE garland was super easy to make. I used a pink Sharpie to write the word LOVE on pink felt.
Then I cut the words out. I also cut triangles out of a lighten color pink felt. If you cut out your letters first, you’ll have a better idea how big you need your triangles to be.
I also cut out strips of felt that were the same width as the top of the triangles. (Do NOT attach them as pictured below. I was just laying them out before I glued them.
Once I cut out my triangles, I glued the letters to the front of each triangle using hot glue. Then I glued a long piece of gray yarn between the triangles and the small pink felt strips I cut.
Once my garland was finished, I simply pinned it onto my wreath and then I hung my wreath!
This project is super easy and it can be created in any size and customized to fit the occasion or the recipient!
I have been working hard to make health a priority for our family! We’ve been going to the gym regularly and eating healthier! One of the things that has helped us is using our pressure cooker for quick easy healthy meals! For those of you who are on the fence, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on pressure cookers and let you decide which is the best pressure cooker for your family!
There are plenty of reasons that a pressure cooker is a good kitchen gadget to buy. You can make meals in less cooking time. The pressure cooker helps to keep the nutrition in food, even in ones that are heat sensitive.
A pressure cooker can maintain both the flavor and moisture in food. It also makes meat tender. There are so many things that a pressure cooker can do for you!
Which is the best pressure cooker?
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker
It’s super easy to use, too. All you have to do is press a button to have vegetables ready to eat in as little as 4 minutes. If you’d like to have some real potatoes, you don’t have to wait for them to cook in the oven.
Throw a potato (or 2) in the pressure cooker and it will be ready to eat in about 15 minutes. The Instant Pot can also make chili or soups. You can even use it to make yogurt.
The entire time the cooker is preparing your food, it constantly checks the pressure along with the temperature. The technology in the cooker allows it to adjust not only the time but the temperature of the cooking process.
This appliance is designed with safety in mind. It has a safety lid lock, a pressure regulator, a magnetic lid sensor, a leaky lid sensor, an anti-blockage vent, excess pressure protection, automatic pressure control, automatic temperature control and high temperature monitoring.
It comes with different selections for cooking and includes a timer so that you can delay cooking for up to a day. It has a warming function that will last an impressive 10 hours.
You can wash the both the lid and inner pot in the dishwasher but the rest of it must be wiped clean.
Cuisinart CPC-600 6 Quart 1000 Watt Electric Pressure Cooker
It’s another option you can use to make healthy meals. This is a cooker that can take the place of a lot of other appliances such as a rice cooker or steamer. This model comes with some of the most often used functions already programmed into the appliance.
You get the chicken and meat button, one for soups or stews and another for beans or lentils. There’s also a pre-programmed button for rice or risotto and one for fish or vegetables.
Other function choices include a can/preserve button, one for keeping food warm and one for canning or preserving. This model has a timer delay as well as a time adjustment.
You can choose to cook food on quick, medium or well. The rice cooking option includes white, brown or wild rice. There’s also a slow cooker option so it can be used in place of a crockpot. The pressure cooker has the technology that locks flavor in the foods that you cook. The inner pot is removable and is dishwasher safe.
I am sooo excited to share this printable habit tracker with you. People who know me well know that I love the beginning of a new year…and the start of a new month…and I even love Mondays. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I like a clean slate and a chance to set new goals and accomplish them. As I look back at the goals I’ve set over the last few years, I’ve been quite shocked at how many I accomplished. I was also just as shocked at the ones I didn’t. You see, some of the goals I accomplished were far more difficult than some of the ones I didn’t. And when I evaluated why it came down to 1 thing…habits!
There are lots of definitions for the word habit, but this one is my favorite…
Habit – an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.
When we create great habits and stick with them over a long period of time, they become nearly or completely involuntary. One of my favorite books of all time is The Power of Habit. It does such a great job of explaining the science of habits in a way people can understand. It is a fascinating book.
While it has been repeated frequently that it takes 21 days to form a habit, that is unfortunately, untrue. Sorry to burst your bubble. A study by Phillipa Lally shows that it takes 66 days (3 times longer than what is often cited) to form a new habit while for some people it can take even longer. Her results showed anywhere from 18 days to 254 days. Crazy huh?!?
So…what’s the point of all this habit talk? When I sat down to write out my goals for this year, I also made a list of habits I would need to form to make those goals become a reality.
And then I created a habit tracker, so I could track each of my habits. When you set a new habit, it is so important to track your progress! Sometimes, just knowing that I’ll have to leave a box unchecked or break a chain of good days is enough to make me follow through with my habit. I think you’ll be surprised at what happens when you write down the habit you wish to create and then begin making progress toward this habit.