Savannah Smiled

3.25.2015

Spontaneously New York

Have you ever bought a plane ticket about a week before the trip? That's me! Yesterday as I was thinking about my plans for Easter, I had a light bulb moment...Why don't I spend it in New York? Montrell will be away at a tournament and while I'd love to spend it with family, I haven't seen my best friends since October when they moved and it's been entirely too long!

At work, we get Good Friday off, so it's the perfect time to make an extended-weekend getaway. Thursday to Sunday isn't a huge amount of time, but from my own experience, there's a lot of New York that can be seen in just a weekend! 

Any suggestions for where I must go while I'm there? I know my friends will have plenty of hot spots picked out for us to hit up, but if there's a place I just CANNOT miss, let me know in the comments!

3.24.2015

Our Perfect Pancakes

This weekend, it was time again for some much-needed pancakes. Montrell and I absolutely love these things. Although they aren't as simple as shake and pour, they're just about that easy! I thought I'd let you in on our little pancake secret. 

We're not a cook-from-scratch-type of household, so this is how we roll with pancakes: 
ONE - Whataburger Pancake Mix (best), TWO - Teaspoon or two of Vanilla, THREE - Coconut Spray


Just mix up the right amount of water to the mix, according to the package, and a little vanilla. Once that's done, fire up a skillet or griddle and use coconut oil spray between pancakes. Soon, you'll have a pile of perfect pancakes.

Most of my pancakes do not turn out looking too pretty, but every once in a while, I'll get one that's nearly a circle. Have to capture the proud moment when one comes around!

We love our breakfast and we sure love pancakes! When we can't go out and get our Whataburger breakfast on, we're glad we can still have their pancakes in our home!

3.22.2015

Pale Pinks at IKEA

While pink doesn't seem like a color you'd really want too much of in your home (especially if your husband ever overheard you suggest it), I'm totally here for small pops of pink spread throughout the house. The more they're spread out, the more you can get away with! Here's some pretty-in-pinks you can find at your local IKEA store:


A candle here, a lamp over there. Pink can be done in more than just little girls' rooms!
Where do you sneak in the pink?

3.17.2015

Where Are The Batteries?



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While we're all busy getting our literal green on today for Saint Patrick's Day (Seriously, people will pinch you if you don't wear it), I've been trying to live a cleaner, greener life for the last couple years. Instead of thinking about "being green" as merely a one-time 3rd grade science project, I've begun to incorporate greener, recycled products into our everyday life. Luckily, companies like Energizer are Bringing Innovation and making being green even easier to do!

Our nearby Walmart has the Energizer New EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries available right near the checkout lines at the front of the store (perfect for when that's all you need to grab...and if you can make it in and out of Walmart with only one item, the highest of fives to you). Not only are these the first batteries on the market to be made with recycled materials (green), but they are also Energizer's longest lasting alkaline ever (dependable). Double-win!

In our household, there seems to always be the question, "Where are the batteries?" You don't think about where they are until you're desperate to find them, right? Most of the time, you can see a few in our junk drawer in the kitchen, desk area in the office or in a little box in the guest room. Never any rhyme or reason to where they'll be! I wanted to create a space that will always answer the "Where are the batteries?" question, while using recycled supplies that may otherwise end up in a landfill.

Once you've purchased your new Energizer EcoAdvanced Recycled Batteries, you'll need just a few other items to get your storage system started: ONE: Paper scraps (I used leftovers from Christmas wrapping), TWO: Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls (3 was enough for me), THREE: a recycled cardboard box (I found that a granola bar box cut in half was perfect for fitting TP rolls), FOUR: A marker (if you want to write any labels on yours. I decided to skip it).

This project was super quick to make! Here's all you need to do: ONE: Cover the cardboard box with decorative paper (using glue sticks and tape). TWO: Cover the toilet paper rolls in another decorative paper (using glue sticks). No need to seal the bottom or top. THREE: Set your decorated rolls inside the box. FOUR: Add your batteries. The two taller rolls have my AA batteries and the shorter, middle one houses the AAA. FIVE: Check out your handywork. Good job, girl!

Our little storage system fits in perfectly on our guest room side table. That's the room with the most remotes and portable gadgets, so it's a convenient place for them to be. Now, we will always know where the batteries are (and our guests will too). 

While Energizer is busy Bringing Innovation to the battery world, why don't you enter below and try to bring some money into your own world? I'll cross my fingers for you! Good luck, good luck!

GuiltFreeEnergy Giveaway - $1,000 in Gift Cards

3.16.2015

Ikea Family: March 1 - 31

Every month, my favorite blue warehouse puts tons of items on sale at a discounted price for all IKEA Family card holders. Not a family member? Sign up now. Along with the discounts, you get free coffee or hot tea in the restaurant, more Småland time for the kiddos and a 90 Day Price Protection. Basically, you really shouldn't shop at IKEA without it!

Here's some favorite items I've chosen from the family discount list this month. You can always go see all the discount items on the IKEA website. This time, there's plenty of things to give your home a fresh start for Spring.
1. $14.99 SOCKER Greenhouse | 2. $40 ÄPPLARÖ Chair | 3. $99 PREMIÄR Picture
4. $14.99 STOCKHOLM Bowl | 5. $49.99 HEKTAR Floor Lamp | 6. ENIGT Dishes

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