DIY Food Storage Ideas

I often dream about my “Really Real House”…the house where I have everything I want.  The one thing my “Really Real House” has to have is a walk-in pantry.  I’m not a food hoarder, but I do use coupons and stock up on the items that we use  most.  So food storage is a must. Now that I am making most things from scratch (check out my awesome bread recipe), keeping things like flour, sugar, etc on hand is important!

Since I can’t have my “Really Real House” right now, I do have one thing I really like in my house and that is my basement pantry shelving.  It is the ultimate food storage solution for people that don’t have a walk-in-pantry! I could explain it, but it’s probably best to show you a picture of what I’m talking about.

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DIY Food Storage

Food storage shelving like this is very easy to make.  Simply measure your space, decide how much space you would like between each shelf and hang using an L bracket thingy (yes…that is the technical term!).  If my husband wasn’t snoring next to me, I’d ask him the exact term.  But for now, we’ll go with L bracket thingy!

food storage

Yes I realize I am very anal and all of my cans are facing outward, but I like to be able to look at my pantry shelving and read the label as soon as I open the door!  As you can see…I am not a weird food hoarder!  And yes, the Sodastream Soda Maker food storage is very awesome and is something we use A LOT of in our house!

SodaStream Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and SilverSodaStream Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver

Now that school is starting (THANK GOODNESS!) I am going to head on over to Home Depot and pick up a super bright color (like pink) and paint that basement stairwell a brighter color!  But Shhhh!  Don’t tell my husband!


2013 Kia Sorento SX AWD Review

Last week I was given the opportunity to borrow a 2013 Kia Sorento SX to test drive for a little over a week.  As I sat in my living room waiting for them to arrive with the car, I repeated “please let it be red” over and over and over again.  I’ve never driven a red car so I thought it would be fun to test drive a red one.  However, it wasn’t red.  But that’s OK!  Usually I’m not a fan of silver cars, but the Kia Sorento in Bright Silver with black interior was really sharp looking!    Don’t you think?

kia sorento sx

About the Kia Sorento SX

From the second I began driving this car, I knew I was in love.  The thing I liked the MOST, even more than the satellite radio, was the air conditioned drivers seat.  And since I test drove this during our major hot spell, that feature came in handy!  My next car will HAVE to have this feature!  My kids really liked the fact that there were vents in the backseat for them.  In the car I have now, they don’t have vents so it gets very hot back there for them.  But if you ask Zack and Bella what they liked best about the car, hands down it was the seat belts.  I know that sounds weird, but they have a really hard time with seat belts and their booster seats because the seat belt either gets stuck behind the booster seat or it sinks down into the seat and it’s difficult for them.  With the Kia Sorento, there is something looped around the seat belt to hold it up, making it easy for them to buckle!

kia sorento sx

Some key features for the 2013 Kia Sorento SX AWD are:

  • 3.5L DOHC CVVT V6 Engine
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sportmatic
  • All Wheel Drive with Locking Center Differential
  • Dual front advanced airbags, front seat mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags (1st and 2nd row) and front active headrests
  • Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control System and Electronic Stability Control
  • Push Button Start with Smart Key
  • USB/Auxiliary Input Jacks
  • Heated Steering Wheel

If you are like me and you cart around a lot of stuff (or like to keep a pair of flip flops in your car…true story), then you will want to check out this trunk organizer that doesn’t take up floor room…say what?!?

Kodiak Auto Trunk and Backseat Organizer - Space Saving, High Capacity Auto Back Seat and Trunk Storage with 2 in 1 Functionality - Heavy Duty Design, Fits Any Car or SUV Using Fully Adjustable StrapsKodiak Auto Trunk and Backseat Organizer – Space Saving, High Capacity Auto Back Seat and Trunk Storage with 2 in 1 Functionality – Heavy Duty Design, Fits Any Car or SUV Using Fully Adjustable Straps

I obviously didn’t get to try out the heated steering, but I am guessing that would be a really nice feature to have in a car during our lovely Michigan winters!  Overall, I really enjoyed driving this car.  So much so that I was very sad when they came and picked it up.  I would have gladly given them my current car AND continued to pay the lease on it, just so I could keep the Kia Sorento!  I’m serious!  The only thing I didn’t care for, and it’s so minor I feel silly to even say it, is the cup holders in the front seat.  They had a rubber flap around the edge to hold the drinks more securely.  Well I like to get fountain drinks or slushies from Speedway in a Styrofoam cup and it made it difficult to pull it out and put it back in.  While it was annoying, it was definitely not a deal breaker when it comes to how much I like this car!

I’ve now had the opportunity to drive two Kia cars, the Kia Sorento SX and the Kia Optima and I am a huge fan!  My lease is up in the next year or so and I know I will definitely be heading to a Kia dealership for my next car!


Disclosure:  I was given a Kia Sorento to review…unfortunately I had to give it back.  All opinions state in this review are solely mine.  Obviously.

DIY Bathroom Remodeling

We moved into our house 13 years ago.  13 years ago my husband was taking a shower in the kids bathroom (we had grand plans of remodeling the master bath) when all of a sudden the soap dish fell off the wall to reveal a rotted mess on the other side.  So needless to say, our master bathroom got put on hold.  The kids bathroom has been completed for a few years now!  With all the traveling my husband does with his job, it makes these DIY bathroom remodeling projects take a little longer than most.  Now that the kids bathroom is finished, we can finally focus on our bathroom and begin planning it out.  Of course I went to Pinterest to get my inspiration!

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DIY Bathroom Remodeling

Heat Sensitive Tiles

You read that right…heat sensitive tiles! I have yet to find anything like that in the store, but think about it. How awesome would it be to take a shower and have the tiles around you changing color, kind of like the Northern Lights (or those hyper color t-shirtsbathroom remodeling)?!? A much cheaper option is this color changing shower head. I’m ordering mine today!

 

Parit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow LightParit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow Light

Think about how relaxing your shower will be!

Spice Rack Shelves

Do you have a lot of hair products and lotions in your bathroom? My husband is convinced I’m addicted to hair products, and I kind of am. I always want to try new stuff. We don’t have a lot of cabinet space in our bathroom, so attaching spice racks on the wall to hold the products is genius! The spice racks width are perfect for holding the various bottles and tubes!

 

DecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeIkea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4Ikea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4DecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, Bronze

 2nd Floor Laundry

This is my favorite thing I found and probably the most doable bathroom remodeling idea I’ve found!  Currently our laundry room is in the basement (which I hate) so one of the things I want to do in our bathroom is make a laundry area.  Our bathroom is rather large and a lot of the space is wasted space, so what better way to take up the space, and keep me out of the basement, than to move the laundry room into the bathroom?!?  And how cool would it be to have access to the closet like that??? As I was searching Pinterest, I found this great way to store the dirty clothes in the closet, but access them in the bathroom/laundry room area! If you like this idea as much as I do, be sure to pick up this 5-pack of knobs from Amazon. They are on sale and a really good price!

5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)

Have you remodeled your bathroom recently? What are some of the things you did in there? Did you go with really large, oversized tiles, or smaller tiles? I’d love to hear some of your bathroom remodeling tips! Check out our most recently DIY project with our wood wall in our family room.


Does Leg Hair Grow Faster When You Are Cold?

Fall’s approaching and guess what that means…NO MORE SHAVING!!  Yes you read that right.  I said no more shaving.  What’s the point…when you shave during the cold months, no sooner do you get out of the shower and the leg hair starts to grow back.  It’s like BAM!  You hit that cold air and the hair immediately forces itself out of the pores of your clean shaven legs and you begin to grow leg hair. Again. Keep reading. I will give you some great leg hair removal alternatives!

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Now I know some people say it’s a myth…that the hair on your legs doesn’t really grow faster just because you get cold and get goosebumps.  And I see where they’re coming from.  I really do.  I mean…the hair on my head doesn’t grow any faster in the winter time (though…do we get goosebumps on our heads???) than it does in the summer, but I’m telling you…our legs are different.  Any female who shaves knows what I’m talking about.  So I decided to Google it.

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Does Leg Hair Grow Faster When Cold?

“Being cold can in fact cause leg hair to grow faster. Along with any other hair that is shaved and then returns. This is because when cold, the body and all things in it regenerate faster to produce or accumulate heat.”

” my doctor said it does grow , because when your cold the hair folicles on your legs open.”

” What happens is when you’re cold you get goose bumps and your existing/remaining leg hair stands up on end. Even right after shaving, there’s still a little bit of hair left there that you can’t see or shave off. And that’s what stands up when it’s cold. People used to tell me this too, and I never believed it. After you warm again the leg hair will go down, but your legs will not feel as smooth as before because that leg hair is now more prominent.”

“According to WikiAnswers goosebumps do NOT make your hair grow faster.  That is a myth.  It is just that the hair comes out of the folicle when you have a goosebump, then returns under the skin once you’re no longer cold or excited.”

So after reading the above answers, I’d have to say that I don’t think the hair technically grows faster. Instead, the hair that is still below the skin is forced to stand upright through the pores. Once you warm back up, the pores have already closed slightly before the hair can lay itself all the way down.  I wish it were the other way around though cause I would move to Alaska for a bit so I can grow this haircut out and have long hair and not just long leg hair!

If you don’t feel like shaving with a razor in the winter, but still want smooth legs, try the Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Removing lotion! I don’t know about you, but the smell of cocoa butter ALWAYS makes me think of warm weather! Not to mention, it will make your legs silky smooth. Right now, Amazon is offering the Nair lotion below WITH a 20% off coupon! Hurry before that coupon disappears!

Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion, 9 Oz (Pack of 3)Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion, 9 Oz (Pack of 3)

So what do you think?  Do you think leg hair grows faster?  Also, do you do what I do or do you shave religiously in the winter? Below you will find some other great Amazon buys for you to check out!

Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream, Sensitive Formula, 13.50 OunceVeet Gel Hair Remover Cream, Sensitive Formula, 13.50 OunceSminiker 3 in 1 Lady Waterproof Rechargeable Hair Removal Kit ( Bikini Trimmer, Hair Epilator, Callus Remover ) with 2 Mode Power Switch, LED Hair Shaver for Arm, Underarm, Bikini Line & Legs (Gold)Sminiker 3 in 1 Lady Waterproof Rechargeable Hair Removal Kit ( Bikini Trimmer, Hair Epilator, Callus Remover ) with 2 Mode Power Switch, LED Hair Shaver for Arm, Underarm, Bikini Line & Legs (Gold)Silk'n Flash&Go Hair Removal DeviceSilk’n Flash&Go Hair Removal DeviceTria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X, FuchsiaTria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X, FuchsiaSally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit for Face, Brows & Bikini, 34 Strips (17- Double Sided Strips)Sally Hansen Hair Remover Wax Strip Kit for Face, Brows & Bikini, 34 Strips (17- Double Sided Strips)Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion, 9 Oz (Pack of 3)Nair Cocoa Butter Hair Remover Lotion, 9 Oz (Pack of 3)Sminiker Showliss Blue Light Hair Removal Shaving Epilator No Pain With No Side Effects Personal Care Professional Hair Remover Device For Arm, Underarm, Bikini Line & Legs (Gold)Sminiker Showliss Blue Light Hair Removal Shaving Epilator No Pain With No Side Effects Personal Care Professional Hair Remover Device For Arm, Underarm, Bikini Line & Legs (Gold)

Adderall May Cause Hallucinations

Last night my husband and I experienced one of the scariest things we have ever experienced in the entire 12 years we have known each other and the 7 years we’ve had children.  As you may know, my son has ADHD.  We had always managed his ADHD with Metadate CD.  Never had a problem with it until I started noticing that it was wearing off WAY too fast.  Since he was finally able to swallow a pill, I asked his doctor to switch him to something that was an extended release.  Around July 1st of this year, he made the switch to Adderall XR.

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Starting Adderall

At first he was very tired.  He could barely make it through the day.  His doctor assured me this was normal and would go away.  And she was right.  It did go away.  A couple other things started happening, but we attributed it to immaturity and nothing else.  Boy were we wrong.  He began getting emotional over little things.  Sometimes it would sound like fake crying and we would tell him to knock it off.  If we told him no to something, he would have a royal fit.  Then one night he puked during the night (hadn’t puked since he was 2) and since then he has been extremely anxious about eating anything greasy or ham because that is what he ate right before he threw up (his dad made him bacon and fried ham in the bacon grease).

And then the problems really began.  He started having nightmares.  Now for Zachary, nightmares were not a normal thing.  Sure he would have one here and there, but not every single night.  Last nights nightmare was by far the worst.  He woke up screaming.  My husband and I went to him.  Zachary would not let his father touch him.  I climbed onto my bed and he scrambled into my arms, while crying and yelling:

“i just want there to be one of me.  The good me.  I just want one me.  The others me’s are trying to kill me”…and then he pushed away from me screaming:

“The me is on you.  He’s going to get me. Stay away from me”.

Adderall and Hallucinations

My husband and I were scared.  Our poor child was basically hallucinating in front of our eyes.  We followed him into his room where we found him hiding in his bed shaking…his eyes wide and wild looking.  We were finally able to calm him down and I pulled out his lullaby CD that he used to sleep with…it used to comfort him then so I thought maybe it could comfort him now.  My husband gave him the shirt he was wearing so he could sleep with his scent and we left the light on and he fell asleep.  Thankfully he stayed asleep for the rest of the night and had no recollection of what had happened that following morning.

What Should You Do?

I came downstairs and started googling about Adderall and hallucinations.  When I saw the warning list for Adderall, I began to cry.  I asked his doctor to switch him to this medicine.  So, as you can imagine, I felt like I had done this to him.  I then started to look up Concerta (what his doctor had switched him to when I had called her a couple days ago requesting it because of the nightmares…never did I imagine this would begin).  He hadn’t had a dose of Concerta yet and I wasn’t about to give it to him or any other medicine for his ADHD.  We were going to treat this naturally from here on out. Through my searching, I came across this book:

ADD/ADHD Drug Free: Natural Alternatives and Practical Exercises to Help Your Child Focusadderall

Check it out and let me know your thoughts on it. There are a lot of books out there to help parents help their kids with ADHD naturally.

So now my husband and I are in the process of figuring this all out.  I have some great friends who gave me the names and numbers of really good doctors to take him to that will help me treat this naturally.  I’m a little unsure of the road we are about to embark on, but I know one thing…he will not get a single dose of ADHD medicine anymore.  It helped him focus, which is great…but the benefits do not out weigh the risks.

If you are about to take Adderall or any other ADHD medicine, be sure to read all the warnings.  Keep track of EVERYTHING that happens while your child takes it…even if you think it is minor.  I just pray that the nightmares stop once the drug is completely out of his system.  I never want to see my child go through something like this again.