Favorite Things for Surviving the Arctic Cold!

Surviving the Cold!

We wanted to share with you a few of our Favorite Things for surviving this arctic cold many of us are experiencing!  It didn’t take long for us to come up with these four favorites!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

Cuddl Duds

Cuddle Duds Pajamas

Wow!  Angie got me hooked on these!  They are warm underwear and they are soft, they are warm and they are comfy!  They also make great P.J.’s! What more could you want?  They even have the little thumb slit in the cuffs so you can pull them over part of your hands.  Love that!  I have to confess that when I work from home, I sometimes wear them all day!  (Shhh, don’t tell!)

Soft Blanket

Soft Blanket

Who can resist an incredibly soft blanket?  We all ended up with a new soft blanket this year!  This is the perfect blanket to snuggle under on these cold winter nights! There are so many brands out there, this one we found at Sam’s Club and love it.  In fact, you can see it on my bed in the Cuddl Duds picture above – it is lightweight yet very warm!

Heated Car Seat Cushion

Heated Seat Cushion

If you don’t have a car with built in heated seats, then this is the next best thing!  Heated Seat Cushions are wonderful this time of year!  I walk across a cold parking lot to get to my van and feel like a popsicle when I get there!  I can have heat in this seat in 1-2 minutes and my van takes about 10 minutes to heat up! This is a picture of the one I use in my van.  Love, love, love it! You can find some here if you want to find one of your own!

DIY:  Microwaveable and Reusable Hand Warmers

Hand Warmers

These are my microwavable hand warmers that I sewed together a few years back.  They are easy to make if you know a little about sewing.  I can throw them in the microwave for 1 minute, put them in my pockets and they keep my hands warm for about 30 minutes or more.  What I like about these is I used an inexpensive fabric for the actual warmer part – that is filled with field corn from the local farm supply and sewn shut.  Then I created a cover for them – kind of a fabric bag, that can be washed easily for sanitary reasons.  I will be posting about how to make these and a larger microwavable heat pack later!  Stay tuned!

What are your favorite things for surviving this arctic cold?

 

 

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DIY – Favorite “In the Wall” Cabinet

 

In Wall Cabinet

A Little History

My favorite storage cabinet is an “in the wall” cabinet built between the studs in our master bathroom!  About seven years ago, we remodeled our master bedroom and bathroom.  At that time, we had a very small bathroom with no storage.  We took out a closet and added that space to the bathroom which made it much larger.  Even though it is bigger, there isn’t floor space to add an extra cabinet for storage.  So we built a double cabinet between the studs on the interior wall between our bedroom and bathroom.  (Please note… this only works well on interior walls because of the insulation!)   (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.) 

When I was planning the remodel, I knew that adding storage was a high priority!  While we had all of the sheet rock removed, we made sure the studs were placed correctly to make the cabinet.  We then purchased a “cabinet without a box” from a local cabinet company and added shelves for storage and electricity as well!

Cabinet Face Lift

Fast forward to now and we needed to give it a minor face lift on the inside of the cabinet.  The backing had come unglued in a few places and I wanted to add more shelves to one side.  We took out all of the shelves and re-glued the backing in place.  We cut new shelves from MDF board…they are approximately 4 1/2″ deep and 15″ long and there are 16 of them total.

Here is what it looked like while we were working on it:

and here it is with the new shelves in place:

In Wall Cabinet with all shelves

Even though the shelves are narrow, they are perfect for bathroom storage!  This cabinet holds a tremendous amount of bathroom necessities and doesn’t take up any floor space!  We have shown this to our friends and family…and they all want one too!

In Wall Cabinet

Stay tuned… we are going to make a cabinet similar to this at Lynn’s house very soon and we will show you the pictures of our progress!

 

 

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How to Make Fleece Lap Blankets for Seniors

Fleece Blankets for SeniorsRecently, Angie, our friend Sandy, and I decided to do something special for some seniors in a nearby Nursing Home.  One common request from seniors in nursing homes was warm lap blankets.  We were told that the best size for these lap blankets are 3 x 4 feet.

Of course, fleece is a very warm fabric so we definitely chose that as the main part of the lap blanket.  Next, we wanted to make them more unique then just a piece of fleece.  Since we are avid crocheters we scoured Pinterest for ideas and we found two possibilities.  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)

 

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How to Update Your Outdated Nightstand!

NightstandHave you ever wanted to update that nightstand to better match your current style and likes?  When I bought my three-drawer nightstand years ago, I loved it.  Over time it has become worn and outdated!

This is truly my first complete attempt at updating a piece of furniture with success!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)

I searched Pinterest thoroughly for ideas and instructions.  What I found culminated into the following project I am going to share with you!  

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Fast, Frugal, Fun, and Festive Christmas Porch Decor

Christmas PorchNo time to decorate? No money in the budget?  Here is my fast, frugal, fun, and festive Christmas porch decor!  A few years ago, I added a bench to my porch around Christmas time and I needed something to decorate with to make it festive… but there was no money left in the budget for decorations!  I racked my brain to come up with something super inexpensive but still festive!  (This post may contain affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.)

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Simple, Fast Thanksgiving Table Decor

Thanksgiving Table

Ok…Thanksgiving is next week!  Let’s think about how we are going to decorate the table.  Our table is overflowing with plates and serving dishes; however, I love to have some type of centerpiece – it really makes it feel special!  I thought I would show you 3 very simple and fast ideas for centerpieces or a buffet setting!  This means that if you purchase a product through a link we have here in the post, we may be compensated at no cost to you.  

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Preparing the Gardens for Fall!

Preparing the GardensIt is that time of year that our gardens needs some tender loving care!  Preparing your gardens, whether they are your flower gardens or vegetable gardens, is quite simple.  Here is what I do to make sure my garden is ready for spring planting!

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How to Paint Outdoor House Shutters

Outdoor Shutters

In full confession, painting the shutters on my house has been on my to-do list for longer than I care to admit!  But, this weekend, I finally got to them and wow, am I glad!  They turned out sooooo nice (if I do say so myself!)

Here is the before picture of my shutters, faded from the sun for the last 20 years!

Shutters Before

  • Before removing the shutters, I sprayed them off with the hose to get any build up behind them such as old wasp nests, etc.
  • Then, I removed each shutter, making sure to place them so I knew which one came from where.  There were only four, but I wanted to make sure they went back to the same place.
  • I got 24 new matching screws, the original ones were 20 years old!  Each shutter used six screws.
  • I placed some 1 x 4’s so I could lay the shutters down, but kept them above the grass.
  • Then they sun-bathed until dry!

Washing Shutters

  • Painting begins!  I used a spray paint for plastic and outdoor use.  This took about 1-1/2 cans.

Painting Shutters

  • Once first coat was dry, it took a few more times to spray over areas that were not quite covered.
  • An extra step I took was taking the new screws and stuck them sharp side down into a cardboard box. Then I spray painted the heads of the screws to match when I put them back on the house.

Completed Shutters

There you have it!  Don’t they look much better!?  Seems to brighten up the house, I think!

What have you done lately to brighten up the outside of your house?

by Lynn

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How to Make Outdoor Pillow Covers

How to Make Outdoor Pillows

My porch bench needed new pillows for Fall.  The Summer pillows were pretty, but now that Fall is here, I needed to change them out.  However, I don’t actually buy a whole new pillow, I simply make a new pillow cover.

Those black plastic squares in the picture are actually my pillows!  I call them my “pillow base”.  During garage sale season, Angie found me two pillows for a few cents.  One I think she actually got free!  So, I covered them in plastic bags and taped them up nice and tight.

 

 

 

Pillow Begin

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Wedding Favors/Gift Boxes

Wedding Favors/Gift BoxesWe made wedding favor gift boxes!  We are getting ready for the wedding!  It is Saturday, October 28th and we are in working on the final preparations.  We wanted to have favors that looked rustic yet simple.  So we chose these gift boxes that we found at Hobby Lobby:

 

 

 

 

 

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