Friday Faves: Conair Steamer

October 26
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Confession: I hate ironing my clothes. Like, I rarely do it and I avoid clothing that needs ironing. I am lazy and it is just not my thing. This has been an issue for years.

Enter the  Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Steamer.

I had heard a few bloggers talking about hand steamers, but honestly I really knew nothing about them. I knew about the big professional grade steamers that took up tons of space and cost hundreds of dollars, but that was never on my horizon as an option.  When I started to look into hand held options I realized that there were tons of great products that I could use all over the house to press and refresh fabrics without getting out the ironing board. I bought the Conair Turbo ExtremeSteam Steamer because I wanted a powerful option that would work on heavy home fabrics like curtains along with clothing.

I’ve been using this steamer for a few weeks now and I am in love with the results. I recently steamed the new curtains I bought as well as my outfits for the week. I love how put together I look and how easy this is to use. I can pull it out and use it before work it is so fast.

Now to hit the husband’s side of the closet….

Friday Faves: Cookbooks edition

October 19
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A few new cookbooks have come out this fall so I wanted to talk about a few I am loving and a few more I still want to read. I few of these are from bloggers I’ve followed for some time and a few are just things I’ve seen and tried out. I love to buy my favorites, but I also check them out from the library to test them out and make sure I even want the book.  Some of these are Instant Pot based books which is perfect if you’re just getting in to electric pressure cooking.

I’ve been following Brittany Williams for some time now. I learned of her website, Instantloss.com from an Instant Pot Facebook group I used to belong to. Her recipes focus on JERF (just eat real food) and are a whole foods based diet plan. She lost over 1 pounds using these recipes. I am not on a diet, but I like to use healthy, whole foods when I cook and these recipes fit the bill. Most are gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb. If you are looking for new healthy meals, or to loose weight you really need to pick this one up. Most recipes are made in the Instant Pot and they are all super easy and quick.


I love Lisa Leake and her 100 Days of Real Food books and blog. Her most recent title, 100 Days of Real Food on a Budget is perfect for people looking to get in to healthy whole foods, but afraid of the cost. In the opening of the book she goes over simple budgeting tips as well as swaps you can make at home to save. She even includes a price list from several stores including Aldi. Even if you don’t use the recipes, the information shared in the beginning of the book is priceless. My favorite parts of her recipe section are those for packed lunches which are perfect for adults and kids alike. I sometimes have a hard time finding lunch recipes that actually work for those of us who work outside the home and don’t have the time to prep a fancy meal in the office.


I haven’t had a chance to try the recipes in this book yet, but I am for sure looking forward to it. I grabed Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow at the library on a whim because I’d like to get in to running and quick meals are my favorite. What I love about this book is that each recipe includes tips for runners as well as nutrition tips and tips to help you save time. The book also has a great introduction which goes over proper nutrition, especially for athletes. Like the other books, this one focuses on healthy whole foods and using ingredients that you most likely already have. I highly suggest this book if you are a runner or athlete or want to become one.

Megan, of Detoxinista also released a new cookbook this fall. Her new book, The Fresh and Healthy Instant pot Cookbook includes 75 Instant Pot recipes with photos for each one. What is interesting about Megan and Detoxinista is she follows certain rules for food combining that helps with digestion.  Each recipe is designed with this in mind and includes vegan and vegetarian substitutions. While I have not tried this one yet, I will be getting a copy soon, at least to try.


The last cookbook I wanted to talk about today is the one I know the least about. This one just came up in my Amazon search and it looks intriguing. Although I am not vegetarian, not do I follow a keto diet, I enjoy trying out recipes from both and am curious how the author successfully melds the two. I have it on hold from the library and if I like it I will share more.

Do you enjoy cookbooks? Have you tried a new one recently that you love? Share it with me in the comments on on Instagram!

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DIY Dollar Tree skull lanterns

October 17
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I usually skip halloween decorations in my home. It is not that I don’t love halloween, I just usually do a generic fall decor that I can keep up until Thanksgiving. I’m all about easy decorating.

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But for some reason this fall I decided I needed to add a little bit of spooky. I didn’t want to get too crazy so I decided to just decorate the porch so I wouldn’t spend an arm and a leg.

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Anyways, I  got a lot of my decor at Dollar Tree and while I was there I saw these awesome skulls. This got me thinking. I knew I had some lanterns at home that it would fit in. How cool would that be?

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So I grabbed two skulls and a set of two flickering LED candles and went on my way.img_3020

At home, I cut the bottoms off of the skulls so that my LED candles could shine through. Then I searched the garage (for far too long.) to find these perfect lanterns. I believe these are from the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago for the 4th of July, but I could be wrong. Anyways, I cleaned them up and then added my skulls and candles.

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I love how these make a spooky centerpiece and I only spend $3 on the whole thing.  It pays to think about what you have around the house before you start decorating. Yes, the lanterns have non-spooky stars in them, but who even cares, right?

 

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Travel Tuesday: a glimpse of our Vegas trip

October 16
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If you follow on Instagram you probably saw that we just got back from a few days in Las Vegas. We were in town for a friends’ wedding, but took time to enjoy both the downtown/ strip area as well as the outdoors. I’ll be sharing more about the trip in the future but here are a few highlights.img_2319

By far, my favorite stop on the trip was Red Rock Canyon. We were able to explore the desert and this amazing canyon.

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The Hoover Dam was pretty cool as well. This was a little further away from the city but worth the drive. Also, you get to call everything “dam” while you are there.

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Did I mention there are  like caves? Dam caves!

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We grabbed donuts from Donut Bar and mine was bigger than my hand.

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In-N-Out burger was of course on the list. We opted for a location off the strip which was not as crazy as the strip location.

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Although we stayed off the strip (more on that later.) We did take the time to drive the strip and visit some of the hotels and casinos.

Next week I will be sharing more about our trip including why we stayed off-strip and how that helped us save money.

 

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