Thursday, July 19, 2018

My sexy fridge

Remember last year when I asked your thoughts on the type of fridge we should get? Specifically one with or without the water dispenser on the front? You can read all about that here (there are some great comments on that if you're in the market). 

My plan all along was to go with one with the water dispenser inside the fridge. I liked the idea of a cleaner look on the front, and at the time we used more water in bottles instead of from the fridge. Your comments had me on the water inside train even more. 

But then I showed my husband the options (we wanted to match the appliances in the rest of the kitchen). And he was SOLD on the sexy version with the dispenser on the outside. You'll understand why I say sexy in a minute. YES. A sexy fridge
French door counter depth Kitchenaid refrigerator

Anyway, I actually found this Kitchenaid refrigerator a year ago while my son and I were killing time in Lowe's one day. We both (yes even the 10-year-old at the time) thought it was the prettiest one we've ever seen. You'll see why in a minute. 

Fast forward to picking one for our new house, and I was leaning toward the one without the dispenser for the reasons I mentioned, plus it was a lot less expensive. It felt like we were bleeding money the months before we moved in, so I was doing anything possible to slow. it down. But then my husband, who rarely has a strong opinion about anything house-related, saw this one and was sold. We also found out from a friend that we could get a significant discount through her and that sealed the deal. 

So...the pretty fridge it was! Yes, it looks good from the outside: 
Counter depth Kitchenaid fridge

But the inside is where it really shines. The first time we opened it I swear we heard angels singing:
Refrigerator with wood accents and bright lights

It's the lights, right? It's SO bright. Love it. And the gray interior. And the wood. Have you ever seen wood in a fridge? We hadn't. So not needed but so sharp. 😆

I have to say -- we didn't care for this gorgeous specimen for the first few months. I was so disappointed. There was NO room inside for tall items like drinks so we didn't have room for everything. Tall drink containers had to sit towards the front and took up all the space. We later realized you can make the shelves a little higher, and thought that would fix everything. But it only helped with a few of the beverages. 

I was kicking myself later when I realized the drinks are supposed to go in. the. door. DUH. Total game changer. It was like getting a new refrigerator.  I was so annoyed with myself for not realizing it earlier:
Fridge with drinks in door

The right door is super deep so big containers fit perfectly. 

NOW we love it!:
Kitchenaid refrigerator with wood accents and gray interior

I cleaned it out this week, so keep in mind it's not usually this empty. But the doors and drawers hold a TON of stuff. Speaking of the drawers...did I mention they are soft close? Like cabinet drawers? Yeah, it's ridiculous and I love it. 


We do keep extra cans of soda and bottles of beer in the garage fridge. A good amount would fit in here but we like that we can keep large quantities out there for entertaining. 

I've learned over the years that if I keep healthy food OUT in front of my face, I'll reach for it. I ended up removing one of the door shelves to fit the 2-liter, so I used the container to hold fruit and snacks for easy access: 
Keep healthy snacks out in fridge

There are a few things I like about this refrigerator other than the looks:
  • We can close either door to shut the fridge -- on our old one we had to shut the left one first, then the other. 
  • The water on the door. Now that we don't use water bottles anymore (I showed you what I use instead) I am so thankful we went with that on the outside. I fill up so many times a day (with ice and water). 
  • The water dispenser has a "favorite" and "measured" fill. You can pick from a precise amount to fill a water bottle or measuring cup. It will turn off at the perfect amount.
  • The lights are pretty but really do make it easy to see EVERYTHING:

Refrigerator with wood accents

The only downside to this refrigerator is the freezer -- it doesn't hold as much as our last one. It's not too bad, but it makes me thankful we have something in the garage for long term freezing. 

There you go -- a tour of my fridge. 😂 She's a beaut! I ask people if they want to see the inside when they come over, no lie. I feel very spoiled every time I open it up! 

Do you prefer a refrigerator with a clean exterior or one with the dispenser on the outside? 

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 


Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Amazon Prime day! Come see my favorites!

Well hey there friends! It's one of the best shopping days of the year! Another Amazon Prime day has arrived, and as always, I like to share my current favorites. Many of these I've shared with you before, but it's fun to gather them again...especially because I'm still using them and most I've had for years. That's a good sign of something that works! 

I always take advantage of Prime day every year because they have amazing deals. And you don't have to leave your couch -- score! I usually do some Christmas shopping and plan to do even more this time. 

If you don't have Amazon Prime and want it, you can use go here to find out more about it and get a free 30 day trial. We LOVE the quick and free shipping. Many times we'll order something and have it by the end of the day. 

Here's a few of my favorite Amazon items that I thought you'd like! (Affiliate links included.) I got a lot of questions about the bench on my porch when I shared the tour of our exterior a couple weeks ago. I couldn't find the link for this one at the time but did today!:
folding porch bench

It's more than 40 percent off right now! Edited to add: I thought for sure I had the right link but unfortunately this one is slightly different! The design on the back is different than ours. Still a pretty bench though! 
Dark gray house white trim

My tub caddy is one of my all time favorite Amazon finds! I keep it on our tub at all times because I think it looks cool: 
Soaking tub with wood tub caddy

It expands pretty wide so it fits most tubs. It has a spot for a book or device to lean (and it's adjustable), a spot for soap or a candle and (the best part) your wine glass slides in at the other end. Everything you could need for a relaxing bath!

I talk about this book all the time, I know, but it's because it's made such a difference in our lives. This book about the Konmari method is a super quick and easy read too:
Tidying up book Komari method

It will change how you look at all the stuff in your home!

This is a fun one and is always a conversation starter at our house. Poo-pouri is a natural spray that you use before you "go" to the bathroom...and it prevents the bad scents from escaping: 
Poopouri toilet spray

It is especially useful when you have company or when traveling with others. I keep a travel version in my bag at all times. :) It really does work and lasts a long time. 

I've shared my love of the Amazon Dash buttons before -- they are such a great convenience! You can pick from hundreds of options and when you run low on an item you just push the button and a new one will been to you by the next day (usually): 
Amazon dash buttons

I use it for things around the house that we run out of most often -- and they are items that you don't want to be without. Toilet paper, detergent, tissues and cat litter are my favorites. I absolutely LOVE this little invention. AND they are usually $5 each and during this sale they're only a buck. I've never paid more than that for one. 

Anyone else have the travel pillows that you put around your neck? And they don't seem to ever work well enough? My head was never propped up enough and they never stayed where I wanted them. We tried brand after brand and I hated them. I was so thankful when I decided to give this Jintop travel pillow a try: 
BEST travel pillow

It's totally different because it's mostly flat -- not a pillow at all. It's got boning in it that supports your whole head/neck and it is a game changer. You wrap it around your next and secure it with Velcro. You can put it wherever you want it. I prefer it in the front, but you can move it from side to side. It's the only travel "pillow" I've found that works and is comfortable. 

I shared this leather purse with you a few years ago and it still looks like the day I got it: 
Best leather purse Amazon

If anything, it looks better as the leather has softened up a bit. It comes in a few colors but this brown is just luscious. It's got long handles and deep pockets. Big devices and even smaller laptops fit easily. I LOVE this purse and use it every year. That says a lot because usually I'll get a purse and it will be worn out within months. I usually pull this one out about now for the fall and winter season and it still looks so good. 

And finally, I love this little doodad! It's a tool that's a quick and easy way to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes
Makeup brush cleaner

You use one of the grips (it comes with a ton of sizes) and attach it to the brush. I put water and some hand soap in the pot and then push the button to spin it: 
tool to clean make up brushes

I did it by hand in the past and didn't get it close to this clean. If you've ever tried to clean out a paint brush you know how much stuff is inside you can't get to. It's SO much easier to dry them too -- just pull it out of the water and spin while it's in the pot. The brushes keep their shape and dry much faster. 

There you go! Some of my all time favorite Amazon finds! Have you used any of these? Do you have a favorite item from the 'Zon? 

If you don't have Prime you can use this link to get a free 30 day trial. The Prime sale goes through tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Happy shopping my friends! Let me know if you find anything good!