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Energy Efficient and Smart Home Lighting from Feit Electric

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Energy Efficient and Smart Home Lighting from Feit Electric

IntelliBulb Switch to Dim

The Switch to Dim bulb is great for low and high light settings. It is like 3 bulbs in one that you control in intensity from 100%, 60% or 10%. A great energy saving option because you use only the light you need and no dimmer switch needed.

Filament Bulbs

The LED Original Vintage Glass  is so exciting to me. We just bought a new home so this will be a great piece in some lamps I bought such as for the guest room for a little vintage style. The original vintage line comes in 7 designs.

Glass Color Filament Bulbs will match your personality, with the colors red, blue, orange, green, pink, yellow and purple. This would be the bulb you use while entertaining or taking certain mood photos. I will use this one in my office for product photos and can move it to the dining room over the bar for mood when entertaining. The filament bulbs are a lot of fun.

Earth Friendly, Gift Ideas, Home

Homesick Soy Candles That Remind You Of Home

Homesick Soy Candles That Remind You Of Home

In the summer of 1992 I was told we were moving from Northern California Bay Area to Washington State. In 1992 we had no cell phones or Facebook so the thought of moving the summer before Sophomore year in high school was devastating to me. I would leave my good friends I have been in school with 9+ years and would have to be the new kid in a strange high school. I also would be moving away from my cousins who were always a bike ride away. I was angry and so was my cousin 6 months older than me. We were best friends and so we hopped on our bikes in the heat of summer and attempted to run away. That did not work. We made it to the next town over and the heat and exhaustion hit us and my Mom came to pick us up.

I started my new school as a 10th grader anyhow and I still have some of those first friends in my life today. In fact 4 of us that became friends my first year in the town all became pregnant with in the same year 2006/2007 and all four of us had boys. Our boys are also friends today at 9 and 10 years old. So, it worked out and I have been back many times over the years to visit my cousins. It is always sweet to remember my birth place and first home and now that I have my Homesick candle, the scent takes me right back.

Homesick soy candles are naturally made with cotton wicks. Their custom scents bring your home state fragrances together in one candle. My No. Cal candle has the aroma of bold wines and redwood forests. There is a very light hint of pears, apples, cloves, and cinnamon with a nice touch of sweet vanilla. It is amazing how one sniff of my candle truly triggered what I would relate to as my state and the hot summer days and spring  and fall air.

What is your home state? Don’t burn candles but still want the memory? Try ordering their fragrance oils by state or gifts by state such as logo tees, cutting boards and more. If you need a gift idea for someone who calls another place home I cannot think of a perfect gift than the shop at Homesick. Just shop by state and see all of the choices.

Best Buy, Gift Ideas, Home, Summer

Pictures of Our New Home

Pictures of Our New Home


Great Room-Family Room. I can’t wait for the new furniture to get into this room

I am standing in the dining space as I take this photo with kitchen in front and great room to my right. So excited to have open concept.

The backyard has been landscaped

Laundry right-Office left. The lighting in my office is fantastic!

My husband domain and mandatory 3-car garage.

Entryway as you walk in front door. All wood downstairs. Carper on stairs and upstairs will be installed.

MY Master bath-shower/separate tub. Walk in closet to right inside bathroom space.

Anthony’s room-he chose this one. Identical one in hall as a guest room also. Extra room for lounging a tad smaller across hall.

This will be the much anticipated Star Wars themed game room. This room spans the front of the house upstairs and is long. It will be a boys room made in heaven.

Our Master bedroom with a view of Mount Rainier out the window.

DR Horton has been fantastic to work with. We added some extra like 2″ white wood blinds on all windows, landscape the backyard and screen all windows to the base home and it was much more reasonable than we could do ourselves and saves us hours of window work at move in. I am glad they work well with us on options. We did decide too late to add air conditioning to our forced air system, but they gave us their contacts and the quote was great. So we will add AC at move in.

We needed a fridge, dryer and washing machine and the best deal was the Best Buy Memorial Day sale along with Samsung Rebates and our local utilities also offered rebates for buying energy efficient qualified appliances. We went with Samsung because it had the features we wanted and the value just beat out everyone else. I do wish Samsung offered the fingerprint resistance for their refrigerators but their rebates were what tipped us. We went with the Steam washer/dryer set and because we saved so much I also ordered the bases for them. We also got our JBL sound bar system, TV mounts and media accessories through Best Buy because of their sales and deals.

Our furniture is waiting for us at the furniture store and I can’t wait to share finished photos with everyone late July when it is all put together.

Thank you (and this post is not sponsored) to my stores I have been living at as I shop for the new home:

  • Best Buy
  • Old Cannery Furniture
  • DR Horton
  • IKEA
  • Home Goods
  • Marshalls
  • Michaels

Below are the big ticket items we have waiting to get into our new home (some of these links are affiliated). A bit more of a sneak peek at will will be our finished home.

iconSamsung – 4.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle High-Efficiency Front-Loading Washer with Steam – Platinum


Samsung – 7.5 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle Electric Dryer with Steam – Platinum


Samsung – 24.6 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Thru-the-Door Ice and Water – Stainless Steel



JBL – Cinema 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 8″ Wireless Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier – Black


Rocketfish™ – Full-Motion TV Wall Mount for Most 40″ – 75″ TVs – Black


Home, Summer

6 Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready

*This post is not sponsored*

With the move nearing and our house in boxes I am so excited to get into our new home. For about 3 weeks an Extended Stay will be our home between needing to get out of this house and the build complete on the new one. There is something about our brand new home that has me tossing old furniture and decor to start fresh. I have held garage sales and buy/sell posts to get rid of the old and start planning for new. I have most of my furniture picked and waiting at the warehouse but the decor and organizing has my brain constantly running. So, now I am enjoying a new site I wanted to share with you called Map My House from Life Storage.

To start you choose the US region you live in and a season. I am focusing on Summer posts from where I live in the Northwest. The ideas are fantastic and inclusive to most areas, but you can search areas such as yard and some decor that may be region specific so head over and choose your region to find more.

6 Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready


My pick from their Bedroom ideas that I am going to use in our new guest room is the Guest Room Clipboard Wall Art. I have been collecting brochures as we explore the town and got several from the hotel we stayed in near the new home over Memorial weekend. I plan to buy fun clipboards instead of doing them as a craft. Isn’t this an fun idea for your guests?


With the kids home all summer it may be fun to update their bathroom. Changing the rugs to a fun bright color and adding wall art like these free printables are a fun update.


You know those sports balls overflowing in totes will get used this summer. This is a fun and easy DIY Equipment Storage featured in the garage section of Map My House with wheels to easily move in and out of the garage to keep all the equipment together. Hang rackets and bats. Make it custom to your kids.

Family Room

That hardest decor shopping for me in centerpieces. I have an open concept kitchen, dining and family space so I want it to flow but be practical. Changing a space can be as easy as shopping for new couch pillows and changing your table space and you have a new look. Find some inspiration with these 10 Easy Coffee Table Decoration Ideas.


Map My House has many great dining ideas, but this one sticks out to me. Living in the Northwest we can still have very cool nights so creating a hot cocoa bar in the home or even RV is a fun idea. Find inspiration from this post, How To Create The Best Hot Cocoa Bar.


Guests coming over with last minute notice? Get to the kitchen and grab a pot. These 10 Natural RoomStovetop Potpourri Recipes will help get rid of that dirty dog, diaper pail overflowing, dirt & boys smell in your home.

I am so inspired by these ideas and have this site bookmarked. Head on over to Map My House.

Father's Day, Gift Ideas, Home

Game Room and Bedroom Wall Art for Entertainment Lovers

Thank you EntertainArt for partnering with us for this feature. Opinions are my own

Game Room and Bedroom Wall Art for Entertainment Lovers

Does your space need a new look? As we head into our new home in the next several weeks we promised the bonus room to the boys as their gaming room. There is nothing greater than a room in your home for the kids to play that is enticing enough so their friends come over-the friends you want to get to know that your child hangs out with. With the older boys I always felt more at ease when they were at our home rather than out at ‘someone’ elses house. The theme we chose: Star Wars.

hanging art

EntertainArt has so many options in media favorites that fit for our family. Whether you are a Star Wars or Princess family or have a child with a deep love for Paw Patrol or Captain America you will find fun art for their decor.


The art we have is the original Return of the Jedi movie poster on canvas from EntertainArt. This is our 8 year olds favorite episode and he chose this print. It arrived in great shape and ready to hang.

star wars art

The prints are licensed, wrapped canvas prints that make great conversations pieces in your home and I like the prices. Checking in often finds you promo codes to take advantage of too. There was a good one for Star Wars Day on all Star Wars prints. We ordered a second Star Wars print that shows clips from all of the episodes to add to our new space while the promo was live.

Head over to EntertainArt and see all of the choices and at the very bottom of the page is a link to see sports prints options from ScoreArt. My son’s bedroom will be sports themed so I will be searching in there too. Go ahead and give your child their own space with prints they will love to look at and be inspired.




My Home Office Makeover and New Decor

My Home Office Makeover and New Decor

We will be house hunting in the next several weeks and a separate office is on my must-have list. Right now it is in my family room so as clean and organized as I keep my family room, my chaotic office makes for an eye sore. I had no real organization system so I was constantly cleaning and in no time looked like it does below in my before photo. So I gathered my favorite items, shopped Amazon, Kohls and Magnolia Store for a mini office makeover. Here is the end result….

Home office makeover-before

It was that empty space on the floor that needed the most help so I searched high and low for a matching table and found one at Kohl’s. Now my printer would have a new space instead of taking up room on my desk.

home office b4

Because I an an HP Mom Blogger, I am very familiar with the advantages of having and HP Envy printer. Because I have a new printer table it was time for a new Envy. My old one will go to our son in college who will need one next year when he switches rooms and I get the HP Envy 7640. It prints, faxes, scans and copies all in photo quality print.

HP Printer-new office

I am not saying I love HP Envy just because I am an ambassador. I would say I am an ambassador because I love the Instant Ink program with my HP printers. The HP Envy’s allow for this service. I do not print too often so I am on the $2.99/month plan.

My HP Instant Ink account is connected to my printer and it knows when I am getting low on ink and automatically mails me more. I never run out, never have that sudden $40 ink run to the store. I pay $3 a month and that’s it. There are plans for those that print more but it all saves you tremendously on ink at the retail stores. That is why I will sign our College student up next fall for his printing needs.

HP Envy-office makeover

My newest decor piece is my AmbrosiaScents canister. I simply put in a scented sachet or add my own essential oils to one and turn it on. I get light, music and fragrance. Doesn’t it look pretty?

AmbrosiaScents - office makeover

With myself, the boys and my husband constantly needing devices charged this myCharge HUBXtra portable charger is my office away from home. I keep it charged and when I pack my laptop, planner and tablets this comes with so I have charge wherever I go with lightning or micro-usb charging cords.

charge - office makeover

I also love my new desk lighting. I found this at Amazon. It is the LEDMO Dimmable LED desk lamp with temperature, clock and date feature and a mode to change the intensity of the light with a tab of the base.

 LED Light - office Makeover

This was my splurge. I love Fixer Upper as I am an HDTV fanatic. The Magnolia Market Online Store is my favorite online store and I chose this wood calendar and the tin can for a pen holder and tray for loose papers.

I also have a NixPlay I have had for a while with photos that are in slideshow mode.

office decor - office makeover

I also chose this sign from the Magnolia Market. It is simple and has a great office message. When we move I will rehange without nails so it has no tacks showing.

sign - office makeover

And there you have my new space.

office makeover-after