Are you prepared for Prime Day?

Prime Day is July 11, are you ready? There are a couple of things you should do so you are ready to take advantage of the amazing deals that are coming this year!

 

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First of all and Most important: If you do not have a PRIME membership with Amazon you’ll need it before you can order any of the Prime Day special sales. But don’t worry. You can sign up for a free 30 days! Enjoy the benefits of the sales prices and all that Prime membership has to offer. If you don’t won’t to continue your membership you can cancel anytime!!

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Next,  mark your calendars!! Sales will start some time in the evening of July 10th and will be released periodically for the next 30 hours!!

 

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It may be a good idea to start your wishlist and have a talk with your husband/wife about a budget?! (only if you want to avoid problems at the next budget meeting!! ?)

Last year there were lots of appliances… Amazon sold 215,000 Instant Pots alone during last years Prime Day. If you are in the market for one or even a 2nd one (wouldn’t that be amazing???!!) I expect they will have another great deal this year!  I also expect to see a lot of big play items like trampolines, play sets for the back yard, toys of all kinds so think Christmas and Birthday stock piling!   Electronics were a big sales category last year as well! Even household things like robotic vacuums… really it’s going to be a ton of different things, big and small!

 

Something new this year, Amazon has started selling IKEA Items… so maybe we’ll see some deals there too?!!

If you can’t tell already, I’m really excited!! It’s fun to see all the deals and I’d love to help you all get what you are wishing for! 🙂 So leave a comment or send a message and let me know what you will be looking for so I can keep an eye out for you!

 

 

Happy shopping,

Deanna Grace

 

 

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Let me just pause right here and say, I never really expected to get into this kind of “everything” home-made kind of home making… and this project intimidated me a lot! but now that I’ve made it once, and wrote down some notes for next time, I am so beyond excited!

It is pretty fun to provide home-made goodies for my family, and it’s especially nice when you can find recipes and methods that have already been ironed out!

 

I wouldn’t have even attempted to make yogurt if it wasn’t for my amazing Instant Pot! Man, I love this thing! Best Christmas present ever! (Thanks Babe!) From applesauce, to a freezer full of dinners, making my lunches a breeze and now even making yogurt… The Instant Pot has been (dare I say it?) life-changing!  If you aren’t familiar with this miracle appliance ? You can read my previous posts about it here.

I was nervous to take on yogurt. So, I’ve been looking into it for a while now and preparing myself for the task.

I started with buying just a few things

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toys toys toys and how we organize the chaos

Toys toys toys
boys and toysIf you have young kids then you know that toys can very easily take over your life!
Especially when birthdays and Christmas come around!! We love that our boys get fun new things and that they have family and friends that love on them! 🙂 But this lady quickly became overwhelmed by the mess!!

Since I know that we can’t be the only ones, I thought I’d share the method that has worked for us. It may not be what works for everyone but if you need to try something new, give it a shot!!


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So, with so many toys we started with trying the fabric cubes in a bookcase idea… something similar to this.

I even made labels with pictures of the different kinds of toys. I like the idea that it would look cute, organized and still be accessible to the boys. This simply did not work for us. at all!

First of all , not all our toys fit in these cute little bins. labels were ripped off and toys still seemed to all be dumped, every. single. day. So, the chaos continued. (we now use this bookcase and bins for the boys clothes in their closet and it works really well for that!)

I will say that this method works for some people. especially if you have one child, who is still young and just now getting into toys.

So, we moved everything to big plastic tubs. This way our whole collections of trains, blocks, cars whatever will fit in the same tub and has a lid!!

Still, having them in the play room meant that there were days that every bin was emptied… even if we tried the idea ” you have to put away one before you get the other one out. ” thing.
bonus points to you if you monitor your kids play time that well! 🙂

Eventually what I decided to do seemed drastic, but it works so well for us!!

ALL of the tubs of toys found a place in the garage. Every one of them!!
The boys know that they get 1 or 2 tubs into the house at a time. When they are ready for something else, we pack them away and get another one from the garage! Usually it’s trains and cars that stay in the house but everyone once in a while William will remember a certain toy and will ask where it is, so we switch them out!

This has brought a ton of peace to our play room! It’s so much easier to clean up when everything goes into the same tub! And I realized the boys weren’t even able to really play when they had so many toys surrounding them!
Also, right before Christmas I will put EVERYTHING in the garage so they can really enjoy the new things they get! And both our boys birthdays are soon after Christmas so we’ll probably spend a few months just exploring our presents! 🙂

I hope this helps if you haven’t found what works for your house!

 

I would love something like this for in the garage (as of now they are just stacked up on the side) but maybe some day 😉  (for now it will stay on the forever growing honey do-list)

This Kitchen Is Beginning To Look Like a …. Kitchen!!

This week has been a full one and very exciting for the kitchen project!!

It began with prep prep prep! 🙂  Covering the new floors with paper, patching up some more holes, etc.

paper covered floors

sidenote: I’m leaving it like this as long as I can! protecting these floors during construction is no joke!

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The walls were textured (thank you to my Father in Law for doing a great job!) on Tuesday afternoon.

beautifully textured walls

The girls flew into action on Wednesday night for painting the ceiling and walls! Want to see?

Sherwin Williams paint. salty dog

Sherwin Williams Paint from Lowes. Salty Dog in High gloss

paint!   girls painting

I love the dark color and I think we get away with it because it’s only in a few spots and everything else will be a calm color/feel.  It’s also high gloss. The benefits to this is it will be easily cleaned and it also gives a great shine to it! We also painted the drop ceiling a new white color.. I don’t remember which white.. there are far to many options for white!!

We took a break Friday night for a wonderful birthday date!! Ryan’s birthday was Saturday but since we knew we would need the whole day for the kitchen, we took off friday night to dinner and a movie! It was great to have a sitter for fun instead of work 😉 And it’s always fun spoiling and spending time with my husband! Man, I love that guy!! 🙂

And he makes 33 look smokin’

birthday date

 

Saturday Morning (after more birthday presents!! ) We got to work. These guys put in something like 13 hours on this kitchen today! And it really shows… It starting to look amazing and this is the fun stuff, we actually get to see the transformation (instead of all the work hiding inside the walls or wherever)

We decided to wire the oven and get that in, in hopes of allowing me something to cook in! The cabinet for the oven/microwave was a bit to big for me, so the guys had to assemble that one.  It’s beautiful, seriously!! And I’m super glad Ryan insisted on the Microwave we found at Ikea’s as-is department. It was just a display model, but they took 45% off of the price!  The oven and microwave together just has such a sleek look!  very fancy!

oven cabinet   oven cabinet

 

It was a really fun surprise when I came home from picking the boys up to see the progress the guys made while I was gone!! check this out!!

hanging cabinets

window glass cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wall of cabinets

This center cabinet will hold my cooktop. Between the wall cabinets will be where the hood is! and that whole wall will be the backsplash that I am soooo excited about!

I really like how much the molding at the top of the wall cabinets adds just a little finishing touch! There will be molding at the bottom edge of them too!

molding

 

I  felt like celebrating the progress so I ran out and bought an apple pie and some ice cream! So, we baked a pie in our brand new oven!! * A note on that.. our manual didn’t say anything about it, but if you get a new oven I suggest turning it on empty at first, there was a lot of smoke and burn off from the factory dust or whatever.. didn’t smell very good at first!

Pie in the new whirlpool oven

 

 

Then we decided to install my little desk area and this little cabinet even has the countertop!!!  Jonathan used this little area to test out the cement counter! The only thing it needs is some finishing touches and a seal on it. I absolutely love it! And we even put in an outlet and usb outlet into the countertop! (Can you tell I get really annoyed with my phone dying?? haha and I always have to look for a spot to charge.. well, not any more!!)

 

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I think we were all feeling pretty good about how the hard work is turning out!

And before calling it a day we got one of the pendant lights up!  It’s gorgeous!

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pendant lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These Home Depot lights look like the ones I fell in love with at pottery barn! but instead of costing over $100 a piece they were $30.00.

30 bucks that’s it!! 🙂

 

We bought the old-fashioned styled light bulbs at Battery plus and I think it adds a great little touch to them!

 

 

 

 

 

I think it’s turning out beautifully! I’m excited to be able to bake some dinners now and give our crockpot and bbq a little bit of a break! And the plan is to work on the sink soon so that’s super exciting!!

And the boys have loved playing with the cardboard…we sure have plenty! 🙂

 

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Well, what do you all think of it all so far?  Are you able to see the vision? It feels like it is actually working, we may even get a kitchen out of all this! hahaha Yes!!

 

Our favorite product for chores!

About a year ago now,  We decided to look into purchasing a hand-held vacuum. A dustbuster! We have a lot of carpet in this house and two little boys who like to wander while they snack 😉 and it was just becoming quite the chore for me to drag out the big ol’ vacuum for every little mess. So we bought this  and I LOVE IT!

It’s a powerful little thing, fairly easy to clean ( I wash it out probably once  a month or so) and came with a nifty holder to hang it on the wall near a plug! ** We made sure to hang it where the boys could easily get to it. It has become their tool for clean up time. Even our  2-year-old loves to vacuum up messes with it. The boys actually argue over who can help Mommy… which is wonderful to say the least!