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Microwave Neck Warmer

I am in great need of a new mattress, but that major purchase is a little bit low on our priority list right now.  That means that sometimes I wake up with a pretty kinked neck and sore low back.  I’ve had a microwave heat bag for a few years now that’ I’ve been really happy with.  But the time has come for a change.  The cover on it was really dirty and there were a few improvements that I wanted to make.

 

I already had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I decided to check out Pinterest before I started and I’m glad I did.  I found this great tutorial -

Heat Pack How-To via Chez Larsson

that had two ideas I hadn’t thought of my own.

First – make a cover and an insert; like a pillow and pillow case.  That way when the cover gets gross and dirty you don’t have to make a whole new gab, you can just take the cover off and wash it.

Second – to section off the insert so the rice/wheat/pasta stays evenly distributed.  No more having one big clump of stuff at one end and nothing at the other.

I followed the tutorial pretty spot on.  The only difference is that I used 2 hand towels from the dollar store for my fabric – a normal cotton one for the insert and a soft terry cloth one for the cover.  It was so simple!

My name is Missy & I’m a Bibliophile

After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it.  Then I saw a monthly post that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.”  What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading!  So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I’ll update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound?  I call the “column”…

From January until the September of this year I have read 45 books.  I’m totally floored by that number. When did I find the time to do that?!  Here are the latest 4 that got me to that total.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (ebook on phone) – I’m a sucker for a Roaring ’20s novel and this one didn’t disappoint.  Speakeasies, mob families and nightly parties.  It had it all.  And since it’s a YA fiction it was clean too!  I got this one as a free book of the day as an ebook.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James – I picked this book up while I was at BlogHer in NYC a month or so ago. Someone left it in the Swag Swap room so I snagged it up.  I’m always a little hesitant about classic novel sequels, but this one was pretty good.  I think that’s because it didn’t try to further relationships and mess everything up.  It focuses on a murder that happens on the grounds of Pemberley the night before a big ball and somehow Wickham is involved.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I also got this book while I was at BlogHer.  It was in the Scholastic Swag Bag after their brunch party.  I had never read anything by this author before, but had heard good things.  It was good.  It has a lot of the supernatural stuff in it (ghosts, psychics, ancient magical kings buried for hundreds of years), which usually isn’t really my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised.  There was a little bit of unnecessary language though so watch out for that.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – At the Scholastic party last month I meet a fantastic lady that runs a blog called Teen Lit Rocks that reviews YA books.  She highly recommended this one to me.  I really liked it!  It takes the Celtic myth of the Water Horses and gives it a modern spin.  And the leading character is a girl that can hold her own, which always makes a book better in my opinion :).

How about you?  What are you reading right now?

Fall Wreaths {Lovelies via Pinterest}

In honor of it now officially being fall I’ve decided to do a round up of one of my favorite easily changeable decor items…wreaths.  So here are 6 of my favorites, all found via pinterest.

1- Wheat Wreath by Thrive | 2- Glitter Wreath by Homemade by Jill
3- No Sew Wreath by V&Co | 4- Candy Corn Wreath by The House of Smiths
5- Fall Ombre Wreath by Flamingo Toes | 6- Fall Houndstooth Pumpkin Wreath

Image Labels for Toy Storage

Remember that laminate painting debacle a few weeks ago?  Well, it did turn out alright and I finally got around to a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

As any mom out there knows, getting your 4 year old to pick up after herself. But I came up a solution…

And guess what?  It has totally worked!  Now Abi is a pro at putting her stuff away on her own.  No more fights  about where stuff goes.

I used my Silhouette cutting machine and their heat transfer material to make a label for the front of the baskets we have for her Expedit bookshelf.  That stuff is so easy to work with, you just cut it out and iron it on. And no, I was in no way compensated for talking about Silhouette.  I just really like them :).

There is a box for each of Abi’s 8 major toy groups: Kitchen toys, animals, dolls, My Little Ponies, dress up accessories, misc toys, doll house accessories and blocks.

Now there is a place for everything and everything is in it’s place.  Yay organization!!

Do you have any good tips on how to get toddlers to clean up after themselves?

White Chocolate Popcorn {snack size recipe}

One Christmas while I was in high school a neighbor brought over some popcorn as a gift.  It was soo good, but I couldn’t figure out why.  The next time I saw them I asked what was on the popcorn.  The answer…white chocolate.  No wonder it was so good! I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate my love for white chocolate.  It is delicious, am I right?  I’m totally right.  It was just such a totally unexpected flavor on popcorn that I couldn’t place it.

Since then I’ve made White Chocolate Popcorn many many times.  It’s so easy that it makes the perfect movie snack.  It only takes a one or two minutes more than normal popcorn.

I’ve never followed a recipe, but I know a lot of you are recipe people so I guesstimated the amounts that I use to make a quick snack for a movie night {most of the recipes online are all for HUGE batches – I love this stuff, but 8 cups of it is a little excessive most of the time }.

White Chocolate Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn – butter flavor
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup mix-ins (m&m’s, craisins, nuts, ect)

1. Pop the popcorn and put into a large bowl.  Try not to let any un-popped kernels into the bowl.
2. Toss the mix-ins with the popcorn.
3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes or until melted stirring every 15 seconds or so.
4. Pour melted chocolate onto popcorn then stir until all the kernels are coated.
5. Devour

 

A Lesson in Painting Laminate

Remember a few weeks ago when I designed the mood board for Abbi’s room?  Well, I decided to finally getting around to painting the black Expedit bookshelf that we inherited from the people living in our apartment before us.  I wanted it to be a nice crisp white.  So I ran to the local hardware store and spoke with the man at the paint counter.  I let him know that I was painting over laminate and didn’t want to sand so I needed a primer that would cover and adhere well.  He recommended the two-in-one ultra paint & primer and assured me it would work great.

A few hours later I was happy with how shiny and white the bookshelf was looking so I closed the door and let it dry over night.  The next morning I opened the door, happy and optimistic, to find that the paint/primer the man swore would work great didn’t work so great after all.

Whamp. Whamp.  It just peeled right off.  I didn’t even have to try it basically fell off on it’s own.

Once Abbi and I had returned the whole shelf to it’s original black I jumped online to do some research from sources that I trust – home DIY blogs.  And I found exactly what I needed…

Go Ahead & Paint that Laminate via Centsational Girl

I just followed her directions to the letter. After a quick trip back to the hardware store for the Zinnser primer she recommended I was back home and within a few hours had a nice coat of the correct stuff on the bookshelf.  I let it dry over night then followed it with two coats of the paint/primer that failed the first time.

When I walked in this morning I was a little hesitant.  Gone was the happy optimistic girl of yore.  But I was stunned.  That paint is staying put.  I even tried to scratch it with a nail file.  Nothin. Not even a hint of black showing through.

 

So, take it from me.  Make sure you use the right tools for your project or you’ll be one said lady for a few days.  Trust me.  I can’t wait for it to finish curing so I can make it cute!

Have you every had to learn the hard way when doing a DIY project? 

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