September 5, 2016

Hate Ironing? You'll Love This!

This garment steamer is the best. I’ve now ordered three because both of my grown kids had to have one after they saw how easy and fast it is to de-wrinkle clothes.

I like the small size because it’s portable for travel. But the bigger reason I like its small size is because I can store it in my main bathroom closet where it is conveniently located for quick touch-ups. I use it all the time to quickly remove wrinkles from an outfit I want to wear that day. Within two minutes of grabbing it out of the closet and filling with water, the steam is ready to go.

Not only is it more convenient than an iron, but I also find it much more easy to use. In particular, I find that the steamer is easier to de-wrinkle shirts.  If a shirt needed to be ironed, it tended to get pushed to the back of my closet. With a steamer, there is no shirt that I can’t quickly steam and have it looking good. Deep wrinkles are no problem – they quickly steam out and look crisp. I also used it on new window panels that had fold creases from the packaging.

The cord measures about 64” which is just long enough to reach, but short enough to avoid a safety hazard by someone walking over/under/through the cord and bumping it. The steam is HOT, so be mindful if there are children or pets nearby.

If you’re contemplating buying a steamer, I recommend this BuysShow portable garment steamer. You will love this convenient, inexpensive must-have household convenience.

I received this steamer at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

September 21, 2013

Easy & Cute Ornaments That Anyone Can Make!

Adorable snowmen found on
While we're enjoying fall, it's a good time to start saving bottle caps so you can make these adorable snowmen ornaments in time for the holidays.

A fun project for children AND adults!

October 1, 2011

Dried Hydrangeas

Are you going to cut back hydrangea plants for the winter? Keep them! Dried hydrangeas will bring a bit of life and color to your home year-round. Living in Wisconsin, the color is much appreciated when the mid-winter blues set in.

Hydrangeas do best when allowed to dry on the plant before picking them. I picked them in November last year and they are still just like the day I picked them.

September 21, 2011

Dog Beds That Add to Home Decor

Every dog deserves a comfy bed, but that doesn't mean you have to have a decorating monster in your living room! Here are some ideas for dog beds that will either be a conversation piece or blend with your home decor.

This pet bed was made from a suitcase that I purchased at my local thrift store for .75 cents. I removed the top by simply removing the hinge screws. I used a regular sleeping pillow with a pillow case to make it comfy.

There are many pet supply companies that offer a choice of fabric for your dog bed. A dog bed is a long term investment, and is really very important for your dog. Select one that is not only comfortable for your dog, but also matches your room color scheme.

Is funky more your style? There are plenty of fun dog beds on the market. Go bold, and make a statement with your dog bed!

September 17, 2011

Pine Paneling

Pine paneling made a big difference in our basement. We wanted to take a cold, concrete block basement and warm it up to make it a place for our family to hang out.

However, we wanted to do this remodeling on a budget. Pine paneling was very affordable. Plus, installing tongue and groove paneling was an easy DIY project, saving us even more money by doing it ourselves.

The durability of pine paneling is another great reason to consider it for your home. Whether your trying to add charm to a room, or trying to hide worn or damaged walls, I recommend you consider tongue and groove pine paneling.

August 25, 2010

Rechargable Batteries

"Mom! Please buy more batteries!" As many times as I've heard that, it looks like I may have found a way out of getting batteries off my grocery list.

A nice blog that I like to browse,, announced the opportunity to win an Energizer Smart Charger PLUS a $15 Target gift card to anyone who posts a blog about the Energizer Smart Charger.

By this post, you can see that I feel a battery recharger would really help me out! My son forever needs batteries for his video game headphones and remotes. I sometimes miss a good picture because my camera batteries are dead. Of course it's REALLY bad if the batteries in the TV remote bite the dust!

Energizer, please send me a Smart Charger! I will use it, enjoy it, and think of you often. Thank you for the opportunity.

April 22, 2010

Eco-Friendly Tips in Celebration of Earth Day

In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. "We must recognize that we're all part of a web of life around the world." I try to do my part in taking care of our world everyday, not just on April 22.

Eco-Friendly Habits I always try to do:

1. Shut off lights when not in the room.

2. Use a "lunch box" of some sort instead of brown paper bags.

3. Use plastic containers for sandwiches, chips, etc instead of disposable plastic baggies.

4. Turn the water off while brushing teeth or soaping hands.

5. Map out the route and run errands all in one trip to save gas.

6. Save extra napkins from drive-thru stops. Keep them in the car for spills.

7. When traveling, don't through recyclable items in the trash at a gas station. Save them for home if there's no recycle bins available.

8. Re-use plastic shopping bags. Use in small trash containers or bring back to the store to use again on your next shopping trip.

9. Check vehicle tire pressure - proper PSI saves gas.

10. Re-use the back side of paper that you've printed on, but don't need to keep.

Be sure to read my other posts with Eco-Friendly Tips, and tell me...

What are little things you do to in your daily life to keep green and help preserve our planet?

Happy Earth Day!

February 22, 2010

My Review of 400TC Hotel Elegance Single Ply Sheet Set


By LN from Rhinelander, WI on 2/22/2010


4out of 5

Pros: Nice Thread Count, Soft, Attractive Design

Best Uses: Guest Bedding, Everyday Bedding

Describe Yourself: Midrange Shopper

These sheets feel really nice. I wouldn't say they're luxurious, but at that price they are better than I expected for 400 TC. They fit a deep mattress great, and the color is just as expected.


February 14, 2010

A Little Paint Can Make a Big Difference

Living room before painting.When I get bored with a room, I buy some wall paint and in a snap the entire room is transformed. Paint is budget-friendly, is a quick and easy home improvement project, and it makes a big impact on the look and feel of a room. Bonus: if you don't like it, paint over it and you've only lost the cost of 1 can of paint and a little of your time.

Room paint job in process.After thinking about it for way too long, I finally decided to paint the wall that features a fireplace. The fireplace brick is not my first choice, but it came with the house and for now we'll keep it. Plus, the other 3 walls in that room are mostly windows, so the fireplace wall tends to look lighter in color from all the natural light.

What I did to minimize the no-so-great brick is to paint the surrounding wall a color that would better complement the brick. What do you think, does it look better?
Living room featuring new wall paint color.

February 6, 2010

Get the Hang of It!

Where was the Hang & Level tool when I was putting this collage of picture frames together? Sometimes I purposely don't hang pictures at the same level just to avoid the frustration of getting them perfectly even. Fret no more, the Hang & Level tool to the rescue!

This handy little tool marks exactly where the nail goes, so my days of 2 or 3 nail holes to get it right are gone. See simple instructions on how to use the picture hanging tool and retailers that carry it. I can say it as easy to use as their directions show.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a Hang & Level tool for review.