June 30, 2015

9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


I consider myself a pretty tolerant person, but like most human beings I have certain preferences. Preferences for certain food, certain clothes (can one ever own enough cardis?), certain colors (ahem), and of course, certain household-goods. I truly believe that what's in your home should make you happy, but there are certain common household items that
 I just can't accept. I just can't. 


Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them
For example, the dreaded boob light, or more maturely known as ceiling flushmount lights.
You could swap the fixtures out and replace them but if your house is full of boob lights (insert cleverly, humorous Hugh Hefner joke here) that could be costly. 
Trust me, my home is like a plastic surgeon's dream, it's in need of A LOT of boob jobs.

 Luckily, the internet is full of ideas and tutorials on how to enhance or hide your "boobs". I personally like this Pottery Barn-inspired crystal makeover from Emily over on My So-Called DIY Blog

PS. If I say the word "boob" one more time I think my head is going to explode.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Speaking of lights....how about those awful "Hollywood" style light bathroom fixtures that are in EVERY. SINGLE builder grade home ever to grace the face of this Earth?
Every morning I feel like I'm getting ready for a high school musical.
Hello, Dolly! Well, Hello Dolly! It's so nice to have you back where you belong.....

If you're looking for an inexpensive and quick way to update them, you could always just replace the light bulbs with Edison style bulbs. Pottery Barn is actually selling a similar look right now.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Let's hang out in the bathroom a little longer (meant in the non-creepiest way possible) because I would also like to talk about boring builder mirrors and how we need to the rid world of them....pronto!
 In terms of global issues, I'd say it ranks pretty close to world hunger.
Don't believe me? Just ask Pinterest, where you can find a bajillion and one tutorials like this one on how to frame out your Plain Jane mirror.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


Life is full of annoying things: visits to the DMV to update your license, 
the Kardashians, and wire shelves.
Things drip, fall, and slide through those bad boys--they're just a nuisance!
 Jen from I Heart Organizing shared a really easy and pretty way to tackle this household headache.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


Our homes are surrounded by unsightly doohickies, like utility meters and air conditioning units.
They're kind of necessary if you enjoy your host of common modern amenities such as water and gas (and who doesn't) but would it kill them to be a bit more discreet?

A good looking trellis door was used to camouflage this meter to give it a whole new look. Amen.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


You know what else I want to hide?
Non-conspicuous wall vents.
We had one smack dab in the middle of our living room wall at our old house (my, oh my, how my style has changed!) Proof that we need more female home builders! A woman would NEVER think of putting something so lame in the middle of a wall for all to see. Just sayin'.

How ingenious is this idea from the Friendly Home?

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them



Popcorn ceilings.....are they really that bad? Yes!
Look the only popcorn I want in my house is in a bowl on my lap....preferably the "movie theater" kind but I'll take white cheddar too. They're hard to clean and paint and they can actually be hazardous too!
Pre-1970's a lot of popcorn ceilings contained asbestos. I don't know about you but I kind of like my lungs.

Hands down one of my favorite ways to cover up that cottage cheesy ceiling would be to plank it.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


I'm pretty sure this picture speaks for itself.
I recall a few months ago listening to a story on the radio about Elvis Presley dying in his wall-to-wall shag carpeted bathroom. Who the heck puts carpet....yes, absorbent, hard to clean carpet in their bathroom?
Apparently the King does.
 I camethisclose to having to pull the car over to vomit.

I get that a rug can keep your tootsies warm but EWWWWW I can only imagine what you're stepping into.
Despite good intentions, guys and kids people miss their mark. Shall I go any further?
I'm sorry grandma (God rest your soul) , this is one household item I JUST DON'T GET.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them


A rug to the side of the toilet is probably a much better and cleaner choice.




And now drum roll please for the # 1 most annoying household
 item to ever be invented......VERTICAL BLINDS!!

Who ever invented these should have to live with a permanent wedgie for the rest of their life because that's exactly what they are to me....a pain in the ARSE.
We inherited a set of these on both of our sliding glass doors at the new house.
They're eye sores and I don't know about you but personally I don't like to be slapped upside the face by plastic every time I want to go enjoy the great outdoors.
This isn't "Fifty Shades of Grey" here. 

Plus, to add insult to injury Baby Tarzan likes to hang on them and well, ......did I mention that I LOATHE these things. Like....really, really LOATHE them.
I know what you're thinking "Just switch them out for curtains!"
Do you know how long it takes me to make decisions on home purchases??
I'll sustain five black eyes from our blinds before I ever settle on the perfect set of curtains.
In case you're indecisive like me or switching out blinds is not an option (i.e. rentals) here's a great solution to make them some what bearable. If that's even possible.

Boob Lights, Toilet Rugs......9 of the Most Annoying Household Items Ever Invented and the Clever Ways to Fix Them

















Did I miss anything? Despise something more annoying than "Christian Grey" blinds or urine soaked rugs?
What's your # 1 pet peeve when it comes to household items?




June 25, 2015

Dose of Delight | 6.25.2015 Uh, Oh SpaghettiOs!

Well, guys, it's official. I've ruined my kid. I'm sure you're not shocked. This week was the first time he dropped a four letter word and it wasn't Elmo or his other most popular word "MINE" (of course, imagined that screamed at the decibel level of a stock car race). 
Nope, he said sh*t....four times in one day.


I know exactly the precise moment he picked that word up too, not that I was there or anything *fidgeting in my seat*. I have to admit there's kind of an element of cuteness to an almost two year old cursing, and I'm a little proud because he's using it in the right context but if I ever want him to grow up to be a productive member of this society (or be re-invited to play dates), 
then I've got to fix it.
Therefore, from here on out, when ever I go through my daily routine of dropping my lunch down my shirt--it's "uh, oh SpaghettiOs"!
Because I'm pretty sure that's an endearing term that every decent, successful man uses. 

In the mean time, while I'm busy rehabilitating my potty mouth, check out my favorite links from this week...


Disney invented a secret paint color called "Go Away Green". 
Now if only they could invent one called "Go Away Muffin Top".


Rumor has it these are the 15 best things to buy from Target right now.
Too bad, the Lilly Pulitzer collection sold out in minutes.




Hanging lamp cords are such a distraction. 
Cassie, of Hi Sugarplum, shares an ingenious way to make them less conspicuous.

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For Pete's sake, I need to learn how to sew!
Is this DIY from Brittany the most delightful pillow you have ever seen?
Terrorist should take a cue from this.

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You know you're smitten when you can't stop thinking about a project you saw.
This is the one.
You seriously will not believe how simple it is.
Check out more here.

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Have a delightful weekend friends! I'll be scrambling to prepare our house for out-of-town guests and planning Little B's birthday party that I've totally slacked on and is in 2 weeks. 
Uh, oh SpaghettiOs!

PS. Please don't forget to vote for our colorful camp themed playroom
It's much appreciated!


June 24, 2015

Fourth of July Watercolor Printable


I admit, with Christmas being the exception, I'm kind of a slacker 
when it comes to decorating for the holidays. Mainly because by time I find a free moment to drag out my decorations it's usually too late. Not that there's some law on pre-holiday decorating deadlines, I just find it pretty pointless to put everything out a day or two before said holiday 
(yes, I'm really bad about keeping up with the time of the year!) 
Is anyone else like this? 

That's one reason why I'm so smitten with printables, particularly holiday art ones. They're a convenient, inexpensive way to add some festive flare with out putting forth a lot of effort.
In other words, there for us lazy too-busy-to-breathe holiday decorators.


Fourth of July will be here before we know it.
It's quite frankly impressive that I am even aware of this upcoming holiday over a week away.
Like I said, time really does get away from me.

 So I decided to help you get into the spirit of all things red, white, and blue by sharing this
Fourth of July Watercolor Printable.


This is actually a printable I contributed last year to Uncommon Designs and
just realized I never shared it here with my readers. 

If you would like to get your hands on your own watercolor printable then click here for the free download.
I designed it as an 8 x 10 so you can frame, hang, and enjoy!



If you're really in the patriotic spirit and have a few moments to spare, you may want to check out some other 4th of July projects I've shared over the years.

DIY Washi Tape Planter Stakes

DIY Planter Stakes: What do you get when you cross BBQ forks with washi tape?



 
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