Pretty Passport Covers

Friday, July 24, 2015

I have my passport and I'm ready to travel. My trip to England and Paris is just around the corner. Thank you for all your travel trips, when I shared a few months ago, I'm taking my first international trip! the beginning of September and let me just say I'm so thrilled I get to spend to weeks with my bestie in her new country is beyond exciting. In addition to thinking about what to pack and saving every penny until my trip so I can splurge on a few items [ hello skin care & charity shop treasures and maybe a new handbag! ] One item I really want for my trip is a cute passport holder! Here's a round up of five, that are just too cute!

Now I just need to choose the a passport holder! Do you have a cute passport holder and a bigger question, if you only have 24 hours in Paris, what would you do? 

Microwave Free Kitchens

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Being a proud owner a small 1950's rancher with a petite kitchen, counter space in my kitchen is at a premium. When we first bought our home six years ago, our little kitchen was a L Shape kitchen with a floating fridge. We had so little counter space making dinners that lots of cutting was nearly impossible. After rebuilding our home in 2012, I re-designed the kitchen layout to a classic U Shape, took out a space sucking hall closet that gave both our kitchen and bathroom extra square footage and made very happy. I pretty much have double the counter space, but this time around I opted to go microwave free. 

We've been microwave free for two years and I don't miss having one. Since our kitchen is small [ visit our kitchen after here ] I love having only the essentials out which include, my Kitchen Aide mixer, large glass containers, our Nespresso and Kitchen Utensils and toaster. I noticed almost all the kitchens, I love and pinned are microwave free too. Below are some fabulous microwave free kitchens. 

In case your wondering when its time to re-heat food, we typically use our oven or stove top, I've practically become a pro going this route. I am thinking about replacing our toaster for a Breville Mini Smart Oven, which is a perfect cross between toaster and mini counter oven, especially since it gets super hot in Sacramento, and I don't want the oven to 'heat up the whole house' 

Friends, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic, in your home are you microwave free? Could you ever go microwave free? 

Getting the Job Done with My Shark® Vacuum

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ever since I was little, I've always loved to vacuum, for me there's something so relaxing about vacuuming. What's not fun is having a vacuum cleaner, that doesn't get the job done, and can't be used on our hardwood floors. In my 1950's Rancher we have hardwood floors throughout and rugs in our living room and bedrooms, and my old vacuum cleaner couldn't handle that small task. I ended up having use a broom to clean our area rugs, so not my idea of fun. Shark®, recently reached out to me and asked If I'd like to try out their new Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away™ vacuum, that's designed with a HEPA filter and Shark’s Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology™ to capture 99% of allergens, this vacuum is also able to transition from carpet, rugs to hardwoods seamlessly while cleaning. I also love that this vacuum is perfect for pet owners, because we've been thinking about adding a little puppy to the family [ wish us luck on our search ] 

I was so happy with our new vacuum cleaner arrived, Its honestly the nicest vacuum cleaner I've ever owned an a breeze to put together. Everything clocks into place. The Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away™ comes with so many glorious attachments! There's pretty much an attachment for everything you need to clean your home. My favorite are the dusting tools for baseboards and hard to reach cobwebs and cleaning vents. Another favorite attachment of mine is the Hardwood Floor Genie Attachment, love it! Visit the Shark website here for more information about the attachments. 

The base of the Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away™, lights up and rotates in a way that makes cleaning under sofas and tables much easier. My old vacuum used to bang the base of my sofa, so I gave up even trying to vacuum under it. The suction power of the Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away™ is amazing! 

Again cleaning my hardwood floors is so much easy now, I can either use my vacuum cleaner or the Genie Hardwood Attachment, I simply hit one button to go from carpet to hardwood. The Genie Hardwood Floor Attachment comes with a washable microfiber cloth.

Honestly this vacuum has been a game changer in my house and makes me love vacuuming again. If you look closely in the above image, you'll see all the dust & icky my Shark® Rotator Powered Lift-Away™ picked up, eww right! I also love how easy the canister is able to be removed from the base and empty. They recommend rinsing the filter that resides inside every three months. I'm so thrilled with our new vacuum cleaner and super thrilled to no longer sweep our rugs! Thank you Shark® for making such an awesome vacuum cleaner! Now if you need me, I'll be cleaning my baseboards! 

Ring My Bell

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Our door bell sticks out like sore thumb, and just all around bugs me. Its dated and white and totally not my choice. After rebuilding our home, our contractor picked out the doorbell and installed it, I knew instantly it wouldn't replaced. A whole two years after moving back into our home, I finally found a fun doorbell replacement. 

After walking past a cute older home on my way into the 9-5 gig, I saw a cute pineapple doorbell and thought, that's exactly what my home needs! I bought a brass pineapple doorbell on Ebay here for under $10 bucks. Below is a picture of my old doorbell next to my new fun whimsical one. Big, Huge, difference right? 

This doorbell upgrade, is such a fun way to say hello to our guests and bonus points its lighted! My husband installed the new door bell in about five minutes, such a fast and happy update. I love the mixing metal finishes inside my. and love the mix of the black hardware pair with the brass hardware. Hopefully over time the our brass doorbell will patina. If you also have an ugly or boring doorbell, change it out! 
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