Rustic Furniture

When we are traveling through Springfield, Missouri, we like to stop at a couple of places in town.  One of the places we like to go to is the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.  It’s entertaining just to walk through this huge multi-level store.  They have everything from a section with rustic decor, which would be great to have in a cabin in your favorite location (Colorado for us), to children’s clothing.  It’s an amazing store!  (The other place we always like to stop at is Andy’s Frozen Custard…yum!!)

Knobs & Handles

Do the cabinets and drawers in your kitchen have handles or knobs, or neither?  Ours have neither.  Sometimes I think about putting some on, or I should say having my husband put them on for me.  I would want something fancier than aluminum angle pull handles, although those are great for a small space that needs a better grip.  I look at knobs and handles when we go to a hardware store sometimes but haven’t decided on any.  The fact is that I’m so busy with school that knobs and handles are at the bottom of my to do list.

Making Pregnancy More Comfortable for Sleeping

Anything that helps during pregnancy such as body pillows or whatever, means a lot to the mother-to-be.  Our daughter is pregnant with their third child and thankfully doesn’t have trouble sleeping.  I remember with both my pregnancies, however, that it was hard to get comfortable at night during the last couple of months.  We had a waterbed during my second pregnancy and that was so awesome and helped tremendously.  I also had a body pillow which helped a lot.  Whatever discomfort is experienced during sleeping, though, is quickly forgotten once the precious bundle of joy arrives!

Tempurpedic Mattresses

We love our king-sized Tempurpedic mattress which we’ve had for eleven years now.  Before that, we had two different regular mattresses, and a very long time ago before that, we had a waterbed.   All of these beds were king-sized, too, but the Tempurpedic is by far the best mattress we have ever owned.  It definitely helps our backs having such a wonderful mattress to sleep on at night.

One thing, though, about having such a good mattress to sleep on every night is that we miss it when we’re traveling.  If we stay at a motel or hotel, which always have a firmer mattress, we can really tell a difference.  Earlier this year we traveled to see our family.  The place we stayed at had such a very firm mattress that I woke up feeling so stiff the next morning.  It took me at least an hour or longer to loosen up and not feel stiff anymore.  I was so glad to sleep on our own mattress after we got back home, and the next morning my back felt so much better when I woke up.  It makes a huge difference what type of mattress we sleep on at night, and we believe it’s been worth the investment to have better quality sleep and healthier backs.

* Note:  This is a sponsored post for Healthy Back, however, all views and opinions are my own.


“Fairy Hobmother” Visit! Be Sure to Comment!

Guess who visited me!  The “Fairy Hobmother!”  And your blog might get a visit, too, if you leave a comment here on this post.   In fact, I left a comment at Frugal Novice earlier this month, and less than two weeks later I got a visit.  Why is this so exciting?  It’s because the Fairy Hobmother comes all the way from the UK at Appliances Online to visit bloggers and also give them an Amazon gift card!  How exciting is that!!

Appliances Online sells freezers and other appliances plus has been visiting a lot of bloggers and leaving them a nice present.  So, if you haven’t been visited by the Fairy Hobmother then leave a comment here (and include your URL so you’re easy to find), and there’s a good chance you will be visited too!

Around the House

Being a school teacher makes it hard to do “spring cleaning” around the house, so I usually end up doing that during the summer.  I have a whole list of things I want to do such as cleaning out all four walk-in closets, cleaning out drawers, organizing my kitchen better (probably should check out knives and see if I need blade sharpening), and giving away a bunch of things to a thrift store that benefits a children’s home.   I’ve already done a little “summer cleaning” such as cleaning windows, but I have a long way to go on my list.  Summers always fly by, so I plan to seriously start working on my list this next week.

Chair Cushions

When we go on long trips, I take my memory foam chair cushion.  This really helps my lower back on a long road trip.  This type of chair cushion is also good for elderly people who sit a lot, maybe all day.

Now that I’m thinking about comfortable chair cushions, wouldn’t these type of chair cushions be wonderful to use in the kitchen at the breakfast table.  They could be covered with cute cushion covers, ones that could easily be removed for washing.  The problem with that, though, is that the chairs would be so comfortable that people might not want to leave the table but keep sitting there longer instead.


My husband is so good at fixing things around the house!   Once, he repaired our washing machine by getting some appliance repair parts.  He’s repaired and replaced faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms, plus he installed an Insinkerator Garbage Disposal.  When we were at my mother-in-law’s house recently, he repaired the plumbing under her kitchen sink.  All of a sudden, we were without hot water in the kitchen, and hot water is a necessity in the kitchen.  We were so thankful he knew how to work on the plumbing!

Dream Cabin with Deck

Colorado has always been my very favorite place to visit since I was a young girl.  What would be a dream of mine would be to live up in Colorado during the summer months in a nice cabin with a porch or deck with rustic outdoor furniture and a beautiful view of the mountains, a complete kitchen (dishwasher included), complete bathroom (absolutely no out-house), and nice neighbors.  I would love to get up every morning and sit on the deck while drinking a cup of tea and looking at the gorgeous scenery.  I guess I’ll just have to keep on dreaming!

Single Cup Coffee Brewers

There’s something about the smell of coffee in the morning that smells extra good.  I don’t know what it is, but that smell also signals that it’s time to get up and going.  If you’re the only one drinking coffee and you just want one cup, however, it’s not convenient to brew coffee in a regular coffee maker.  That’s where a single cup coffee brewer comes in handy.  It’s so quick and easy to brew a fresh, aroma filled cup of coffee!

Not only are the single cup brewers easy to use, but coffee pods come in so many different flavors that one can have an assortment of flavors at their fingertips.   I think a Breakfast Blend would be good for the morning, and then in the afternoon maybe have a Hazelnut Creme or Vanilla Creme Brulee.   That would be a nice treat to combat the drowsiness that happens many times after lunch.

Another convenience with the single cup brewers is that they don’t take up much space.  In fact, I was talking to a teacher recently who said she keeps a small single cup coffee brewer in her classroom.  In the afternoon when she starts feeling sleepy, she goes and makes a quick cup of coffee to give her the energy she needs to make it through the rest of the day.  And a co-worker of hers will also come in to get a cup of coffee to invigorate her for the rest of the day as well.  There’s just something about having a freshly brewed cup of coffee that is energizing!


Deck & Patio Planters for Container Gardening

Container gardens have been a huge favorite of mine for many years.  With it being so extremely hot here in Texas during the summer months, it’s easier to keep a container well-watered than a huge flowerbed and it also saves on the water bill.   Placing several containers of varying sizes together in groups around one’s deck, patio, or next to trees can turn a rather “blah” backyard into an oasis.  One could check out for a decorative planter or their local nursery for planters to suit their taste.   And by looking at ideas online, a plain backyard could be transformed in one day’s time.  It’s that simple!