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New Home Photos: Red Brick, Baby!

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After anxiously waiting for construction to end for more than a year and a half, we moved into our mountain dream home and lived happily ever after.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Six months in, this place is still construction central!

Biscuit is walking away in frustration.

SN built the kitchen island. It only needs to be stained and it will be finished. But before he can stain it (for some reason), he must first install a brick backsplash.
He must also do these things before he can complete the complicated matter of installing any toilet paper holders. No, not even one. That's right. You think we're here living the dream in our fancy mansion, but little did you know we are storing our toilet paper rolls on the back of each toilet like animals.

In SN's defense, he has also been busy diligently replanting trees, installing light fixtures, and creating an ingenious tennis ball system in the garage. Oh, and remember our AmerisleepSuperbed, in all its excessive glory? He has replaced it wi…

7 Cinnamon Roll Hacks

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Hey there, bloggy friends. Today I'm going to share my best tips and tricks for turning store-bought cinnamon rolls, like the Pillsbury ones from a can, into something special. All of these ideas are totally company-worthy and delicious. These are also great for taking homemade cinnamon rolls up a notch - but what a pain that is. With these better-than-homemade canned cinnamon roll hacks, you'll never bother to bake them from scratch again.

Test out some of these ideas tomorrow. Won't it be nice to roll out of your comfy Amerisleep bed and dig into a mouthwatering cinnamon roll for breakfast? You can't get a better start to your day than that.



Cinnamon Roll Tip #1

Always cover your pan.

For some reason, the directions almost never say to bake your cinnamon rolls covered. This is the secret to soft, doughy rolls like at Cinnabon! You're not baking bread. If your favorite pan doesn't have a lid, foil will suffice. You'll need to extend the time in the oven (ab…

Amerisleep AS2 Mattress - So Long!

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Amerisleep Promo Code: Save $250 On Your New Mattress
Update: We've been sleeping on our new AS2 for several months. SN still loves it and insists he can't tell any difference between it and our AS3, but I much prefer the AS3. The AS2 is too hard! It also transfers motion more than the AS3 and pulls you toward where your spouse is sleeping if you get too close to them. So, we're doing another switcheroo! Our brand-new AS2 is going into the guest bedroom and our 6+ years old (though still like-new) AS3 is going to return to its rightful place as the master bed. I love Amerisleep's AS3 bed!

You may recall watching me unbox two new Amerisleep mattresses about a month ago. They were a twin-size AS2 and twin AS4 and the plan was to place them side-by-side to create a super comfy king mattress that was firm on my husband's side and soft on mine. But guess what?


Though this new mattress is twice the size of the last one, the box wasn't much larger. Magic!
After years of l…

Family Size Bed (Because a King Mattress is Too Small)

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Look! Up In The Sky! It's a Bird. It's a Plane. It's...

(cue suspenseful music)


DUN NAH NUH

What's bigger than a king-size Amerisleep mattress? An Amerisleep Superbed!

As you know, my nerdy engineer husband, SN, and I recently ordered two new twin XL mattresses from Amerisleep. The AS4 bed didn't work out for us (too soft and mushy for our taste) but we loved the extra-firm AS2 bed. It's perfect for people who sleep on their back (SN) and on their stomach (me). SN liked it even better than the AS3 bed we'd slept on since 2012 and I thought it was at least equal to that mattress, which is now making our relatives happy in the guest bedroom. The AS2 costs a little less than the AS3 and a lot less than the AS4. Who would have thought the less expensive option would be the better choice, right? Money really doesn't buy happiness.
(Okay, in all honesty, I think I prefer the AS3 just a hair over the AS2. Your first choice is usually the right choice.)

We loved our …

5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas from CanvasPop

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Mother's Day is already less than a month away. Can you believe it? I swear we were just celebrating New Year's Eve (by falling asleep at 9 pm, the party animals that we are). If you're going to get your mom, grandma, aunt, or other caretaker in your life a present, now is the time. Actually, I usually receive a Mother's Day gift from my boss - I don't even have kids!


You don't want to place an order at the last moment and be stuck doing that stressful, jittery "Oooh, I hope it comes today. No? Oooh, I hope it comes tomorrow" dance, eventually presenting your mom with just a card and a written description of what she is eventually going to receive. (Been there - don't recommend it.)

Of all the artwork and photo displays in our new home, my canvas print from CanvasPop is easily my favorite. It showcases all our best vacation memories and is a constant source of compliments from visitors. Your mom would love it! After all, wouldn't you rather re…