Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

Why We Installed an Alkaline Reverse Osmosis Water Filter

This post contains affiliate links rewarding us a small commission with each purchase. Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We often hear we need to drink more water. Keep hydrated! Eight glasses a day! Take a water break! But how do we get the most out of the water we drink? And what if the water from the tap just isn't tasty at all? [caption id="attachment_2058" align="alignleft" width="300"] 26.5 pounds of water, 24 pieces of recyclable garbage when you're done![/caption] For years, Laurien and I used to load up on packs of water from the grocery store with each grocery run including two enormous 24-packs of bottled water jammed under the cart. We paid around four bucks for them and lugged them home (they typically weigh more than 25 pounds). The taste was decent and the convenience of having cold water ready to grab and go was...Read More
Prepare for Winter Power Outages

Prepare for Winter Power Outages

Last weekend, Kansas City was slammed with snow. Local meteorologists predicted 5" but we actually ended up getting closer to a foot. Tons of branches broke under the weight of the snow and plenty of trees fell, too. One actually knocked off a transformer when it fell and caught on fire in the field beside our house! There were tons of downed lines which left more than 150,000 residents without electricity. After 50 hours passed and our power finally came back on, I thought it might be helpful to make a checklist for others to refer to if they know a snowstorm or other winter event likely to cause power outages is heading their way. Lucky for me, I married an Eagle Scout. My husband is always prepared. But for those of you on your own or new to severe winter climates, here are some suggestions to keep you as...Read More
DIY Curtain Shelves

DIY Curtain Shelves

It's been almost two years since we moved into our home and (surprise, surprise) my craft room is still a mess. During one of my procrastination sessions on Pinterest, I stumbled upon this easy curtain shelf tutorial from the blog While They Snooze and decided to give it a try. Of course, I put my own little spin on it. What You Need: Shelf/Shelves Two brackets per shelf Screws for walls and shelves Drill Screwdriver Pencil Tape Measure Set Square Curtains Curtain Rod or Wooden Dowel STEP 1: Measure Window(s) Originally, there were plain tan curtains hanging off of those self-mounted cheap adjustable curtain rods. I realized how cheap they were when I decided to hang a tapestry off of one and accidentally pulled half of it out of the wall. Whoops. After taking down the tapestries nailed to the walls to cover my windows, I measured the width of...Read More
DIY Laundry Basket Wall Mount

DIY Laundry Basket Wall Mount

Want an organized space? Utilize those walls! You can have loads of fun using hanging baskets in your laundry room to separate dirty clothes, carry everything folded all at once or store soaps and detergents. The options are endless! And why limit this space-saving idea to the laundry room? These baskets are also great for storing board games, toys, stuffed animals, craft supplies – you name it. Here's what you'll need: Measuring Tape Stud Finder Drill Two long, thin wall mounts (I used two of these) A pair of shelf brackets per basket Six screws or drywall anchors Step 1: Measure the length of your basket's bottom side. Don't measure the handles, as brackets need to sit beneath them to hold the basket. Step 2: Decide where you're going to hang your wall mounts. I suggest finding a stud. If your baskets are shorter/wider than the distance between studs or you don't...Read More