Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Get a Grip!

New hardwood floors are in our near future which has me thinking about rugs. I'm going to need quite a few area rugs soon, which also means I'm going to need just as many rug pads too. 

My house sees a lot of action. There's always kids running around and seeing this drives me nuts:

This is the rug in the foyer and it's always out of whack, showing the ugly non-slip pad underneath. The current pad doesn't grip well and with more rugs in my future, I don't want a house full of this situation.

If you've been with me for awhile, then you know my history with smelly rugs. I have a very strong sense of smell and buying rugs and rug pads makes me nervous because so many have a chemical or rubber odor that I can't live with. However, I'm happy to say that I've found an answer. Which is a relief, because really, who wants to spend a lot of time on rug pads? Not me. 

I tried a new company, RugPadUSA, that promised a rug pad without a smell. They use ethically sourced materials - no chemicals, adhesives, or bonding agents. The pads are made in the USA, can be trimmed to your exact measurements, ship for free, and the customer service team can help advise which rug pad that's perfect for your needs. 

Since I've switched to this rug pad, I haven't had to fix my rug once and there's no smell. Win-win! While I'm still on the hunt for area rugs, I know exactly where I'll be ordering the pads from. 

RugPadUSA is offering a 5% discount on top of their current sale with the code charisa123 for today only! I encourage everyone to get a grip and take advantage of this discount!

*I was given this product for free, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 5

 - 5 things from the week - 

First things first, Happy Oscars to everyone! It's my favorite award show, and even though I'll miss most of the red carpet this year, you better believe I'll be right on time for the opening act with a glass of bubbly in my hand! Here's a printable ballot if you'd like to play along too.

I made Living with Landyn's Avocado Chicken Salad this week for a quick dinner and it was so good. Will definitely make it again!  
Photo by: Living with Landyn
I was happy to find this all white candle, with a light citrusy scent, at Target. It's exactly what my coffee table needed. 

Allergy medicine and eye drops have been my lifeline this week. I'm loving the warmer temps, but my allergies are definitely paying a price for the trees starting to do their thang. 

In an effort to declutter, I'm finally throwing the kids baby bedding out and it's definitely pulling at my heart strings. Oh, how I loved these Dwell polka dots, but it's time, and they need the closet space. 

We celebrated Vance and his induction to his school's National Honor Society this week. So proud of him and his hard work! (Kicking myself now because I didn't take a better picture that night!)

Happy weekend! Cheers!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday 5

: 5 things from the week :

 Kicked the week off with the Grammy's and a little champagne. Literally. These mini's are perfect for so many occasions! 

I normally don't wear maroon, but this shirt grabbed my attention and it was a win. Bonus is that it'll be warm enough to wear short sleeves this weekend!

Anyone else fed up with Nike Free's? They never last long for Vance, but his pair wore out in record time - less than 3 weeks. ☹️

My traveling hubby missed Valentine's Day, so I'm looking forward to a re-do this weekend. I picked up bundtlet's for us, but hid Justin's in the fridge for when he gets home. Here's hoping the kids haven't found it and eaten it yet! 

Hope you all have a great weekend! Cheers!!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Best $15 to Spend in the Kitchen

Hands down, this is the best $15 that I've spent in the kitchen, and no, this is not a paid advertisement. 

Years ago, I used to get similar boxes at Sam's, but they stopped selling them and since then I've been wrestling with plastic wrap. Uneven tears, sharp box lids, rolls falling out of the stinking boxes, and the unnecessary frustration that comes with it all. No more! This little slicer makes it so easy! Oh, and hold on to your seats, they make them for parchment paper and foil too. Treat yo self!

(It's made by Chicwrap and I got mine from Amazon.)

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Valentine's Day Printables Roundup!

Sharing a roundup of some of the Valentine's Day printables and classroom activities that I've made in the past. Hope these can help you out!

Fortune Cookie Valentine's

Spectacular Valentine's

Jewel of a Friend Valentine's
(two different variations)

(Can also be used for classroom party activity)

Image result for charisa darling valentine

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Gettin' Hygge With It

I first heard of hygge a couple of years ago, and since then, I've been hooked. I love the mindset and the practice of finding comforting ways of getting through the winter. Most activities are simple, like making a good meal and sharing it with friends and the intent is to give you something to look forward to so you're not focusing on the cold and the darkness. Hygge is different for each person, so today I thought I'd share how I get hygge with it. 

{Actually, it's pronounced more like hue-gah, but it's close enough for me. Na na na na na na na nana...}
1. I put plants everywhere inside, since outside is so brown and blah. It makes me happy since to see the green.

2. I like to find new winter dishes to try. I'll be making this Veggie Chili from Running on Veggies this weekend.

3. As a family, we make the most of our Amazon Prime/Netflix/HBO Go accounts and explore new shows to watch and to look forward to. The kid's are loving Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Gortimer Gibbons (a plus, both are tolerable for parents!). I've loved Cafe Society, Lars and the Real Girl, and Schitt's Creek, just to name a few. I'm needing a new series to start, let me know what your fave is!

4. I find comfort in having the space around me tidy and cozy. Kids, clean UP your stuff! Fires in the fireplace, comfy throws, and my favorite candles.  

5. The harsh temps and dry winter air wreaks havoc on my skin, so finding products that keep my skin happy is a must. Soothe 2 and 3 work miracles for the dryness and redness on my face, and I'm always within arms reach of cuticle cream and a good hand cream. This Tarte highlighter palette is great for adding just a touch of brightness, since who knows how long it'll be until we see the sun again. 😉

 Here's hoping for an early spring! 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday 5

 Big hearts are back in stock, and today I'm working on little ones to add to the shop just in time for Valentine's day. They're the perfect little something to send.
Ice storm one day, mid 50's the next. It's typical St. Louis weather and yet I still can't get used to it. Thankful for the birds chirping this morning and the forecasted sun on Saturday. 

Been battling a cold this week, so here's to a healthier next week!



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