Monday, February 19, 2018

Household Tips: Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Laundry Symbols

We just replaced our carbon monoxide detectors, so I thought I'd do a little PSA on here. :) Carbon monoxide detectors usually last around 7-10 years. After that, they lose their effectiveness. Ours were around that age, so we replaced them. You should have one on every level of your home (including the basement) and in (or close to) each bedroom. Oh, and don't forget to replace your smoke detectors too. They usually last about 8-10 years, but remember to replace the batteries yearly. Also, don't forget to test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors regularly to make sure they're working properly.

Here are the Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detectors we got...

plug in carbon monoxide detector

Click HERE to see similar ones at Target. 

What I like about this particular one is that it plugs in, but has a battery backup if you lose power. It has a digital display that tells you the life of the battery, so you know when it's time to replace the battery. It also has a display that shows the life of the unit itself, so you know when to replace the entire thing. I went ahead and used a permanent marker and wrote the date and year these were installed, right on the side of the detector, just so I'd remember. 

If it detects carbon monoxide, the alarm will sound and it will have a digital display, telling you what the levels are. 

Click HERE to read Carbon Monoxide Poisoning FAQs.

Here is the one in my bedroom:

So, on to laundry. I bought some new clothes recently and was a little confused when I read the tag. It had all kinds of symbols I didn't recognize. I googled it and turns out, there are a ton of laundry symbols I didn't recognize. So I put them together for you right here. Just what you always wanted to know, right? :)

I mean...did you have any idea the more dots there were, the hotter the water? I sure didn't. 

Again, I never knew about these bleach symbols.  

I mean..."Dry in shade???" Not sure when that will ever apply, but it's good to know there's a symbol for it. Lol!

Goodness. That's a lot of symbols! Ha! Who knew?!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 16, 2018

Around The House

Just a few random things today. First up, I made these goodies...

No Bake Monster Cookie Bites...

By the way, Target dollar spot has these mini cake stands back in stock for $1!

They were so easy! Here's the ingredients:

I got the recipe from @sarah_spickler on Instagram. 

Here's the recipe: 

1 cup oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
1/2 cup mini M&Ms
***If the mixture doesn't seem to be binding together, use a little more honey. 

Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to one hour. Use a cookie scoop to roll them into 12 small bites. They were a real hit over here!

I finally decided to try some highlighter on my cheekbones. This is the one I got:

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls $4 at Target

I actually like it! I do my normal makeup routine of moisturizer, foundation, powder. Then I apply some highlighter on my cheekbones using my blush brush. Then I apply my blush and kind of blend it with the highlighter. 

My youngest son has decided to become vegan, so my fridge is filled with things like this "sour cream" made from cashews...

And this...

And this...

Some protein powder...

And of course this...

Then I was stumped when Logan got an ear infection and had to take antibiotics. From what I've always understood, antibiotics kill the bad bacteria, but also some of the good bacteria we need. Because of this, anytime we take antibiotics, I always make sure we eat yogurt to replace the good bacteria. I was a little perplexed as to how I could get Logan to eat yogurt since he's become vegan. Well, a little Googling and I had my answer...

Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alterative! 

And it has the three live and active cultures I wanted...

And Silk Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative...

And it also has the three main live and active cultures I wanted...S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, and L. acidophilus. 

So glad they have these alternatives for vegans. Makes this Mama feel at ease. :) 

Not sure how long this vegan kick will last, but I have to say, he's eating a lot better now and gets plenty of fruits and veggies. 

Do you have any vegan favorites I should know about? 


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Valentine's Day Decor 2018

Sharing a little love today. :) I had fun adding a few Valentine touches around the house last week...

I did a post a while back about this welcome sign. It's from Lillian Vernon and it came with lots of different signs for all the holidays. You can see that post HERE. I don't think this set is still available, but you can find similar ones on Amazon. 

I think these hearts were from Lillian Vernon too. 

My scrapbook paper/doily garland...

I tried out a new icing recipe and it was pretty good! Love making Valentine cookies. 

That's all for now. Hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Some Funnies From IG

Sharing some funny (and inspirational) things from IG today. Enjoy! :) 

I'd love this app! Ha ha! 

So true! 
Alimi Ballard was one of the first people to follow me on IG (many of you probably know him from CSI and NUMB3RS) He has the best quotes and his feed is so inspirational. Such a good man. 

I've never been able to finish them both at the same time! 

Loved this, Lauren! 


Love this one and it's so true. Many times in my life I've been disappointed because something didn't work out the way I planned, or didn't happen when I wanted it to. Then all of a sudden, something better came around and I was so glad the first thing never came to fruition. It's kind of like a new way of thinking for me...For example, I used to get frustrated when I got stuck at a red light. Then one day, an accident happened right in front of me. If I hadn't gotten stuck at the red light, that could have been me. Now I send up a thank you to the universe every time I get delayed by a red light. ;) 

 This is hilarious!!!

Ha ha! Yes! I'm like "Woo-Hoo! I don't have to put on real clothes today!" Lol! 

If you're like the rest of the world and trying to lose a few pounds, these IG pages are so inspirational...

You can follow Rachel @losinggravity on Instagram

You can follow Grace @graciesjourney on Instagram. 

Enjoy your day! 


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