Won’t be online today, starting now. #cispablackout April 22, 2013
I just shipped my pants laughing at Kmart’s commercial! April 20, 2013
Funniest commercial ever. Shipped my pants should win many awards! Kmart’s new commercial. I don’t want to spoil it if you haven’t seen it, but these still shots are my favorite parts. I giggle every time. Pure advertising genius!
YouTube link: Kmart #shipmypants Commercial
Painted a wooden shelf same color as the wall and flipped it upside-down to double as a bookshelf over my double closets! #spacesaver thanks Rachael! April 18, 2013
Kalamatas Mediterranean Restaurant April 13, 2013
Just wanted to share one of my favorite locations in Nashville. Kalamata’s offers the absolute most consistently fantastic fare in Nashville. Seven years ago, my friend Max Abrams (Max on Sax) and I planned to have lunch together. He brought me to Kalamata’s where it seemed like the owners knew him, remembered him and after we ordered, our food was ready within a few minutes.
My favorite thing to order is the hummus appetizer and the lamb gyro. I promise that you’ve never had EITHER dish that tasted so good. Kalamatas prides itself on healthy meal options. Their salmon salad seems to be a huge favorite with friends of mine, but I’ve never been able to pass up my gyro on a visit.
My Kalamatas is the green hills location, right off Crestmoor and Hillsboro Road. They have a couple other locations, but I’ve been a consistent customer at this location.
Green Hills is always the place to be in Nashville if you like to enjoy the “finer” things in life. The Mall at Green Hills promises and delivers many luxury shops, but lacks a food court.
When I lived out of town, I would plan my at least on visit to Kalamatas while I was in town. Seven years later, I consistently return the favor by sharing my love of Kalamata’s with my friends and visitors.
Today, after a particularly pleasant (I’ve never had an unpleasant trip here) visit with a long overdue lunch here at Kalamatas, I figured I would give them a long overdue public shout out. For those of you who love to do the celebrity spotting thing, Phil Vassar just came by for a bite too.
One thing is for sure – with great food, great service and a relaxed atmosphere, Kalamatas is a place that will keep people coming back week after week, year after year. If you’re in town, check it out!
An updated version of the toy lockdown…#meanmom April 9, 2013
Homemade Dishwasher Cubes April 2, 2013
I was browsing Pinterest and Facebook a while back, and saw a couple ideas for some dishwasher cubes. They looked easy enough to make, and when I did a search online, there were a few different recipes for homemade dishwasher soap, but I modified a couple and this is what I came up with.
Tools you’ll need:
A mixing bowl
3 Ice Cube Trays
A sunny day or warm windowsill
2 cups Borax Laundry Booster (found in the laundry aisle)
2 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (I got mine at my Kroger- in the laundry aisle- Alternately, I learned that you can make your own by heating regular baking soda at 400 degrees in the oven for about an hour)
1/2 cup Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Lemon Juice
5 drops either Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil (Optional- but to make it easier, add it to the lemon juice)
Mix all the dry ingredients together well, then add your lemon juice/EO mixture. Because of the reaction with the Epsom salts, it may fizz a bit, but just start mixing and keep mixing till all your dry ingredients are dampened with the lemon juice mixture. You’ll have a “wet sand” type consistency.
Pull out your trays and spoon/spatula the mixture into the ice cube trays, pressing each compartment down with the back of the spoon to compact the “sand” mixture into the ice cube tray. This mixture should fill 3 ice cube trays (I bought a set of 3 at Walmart for 1.13).
Set the trays in a sunny windowsill or outside to dry in the sun for a couple of hours. You could leave them on the sill overnight. When they’re dry, gently un-mold the cubes and store in a plastic storage container or plastic bag.
Pop them into the compartment for your dishwasher and VOILA! I’ve added vinegar where the “jet dry”/rinse aid section is for my dishwasher as well. These work just as well, if not better than most of the store bought dishwashing detergents and because of the essential oils, there’s the added benefit of a pleasant naturally antibacterial fragrance.