Super Simple Holiday Centerpieces

Friday, December 26, 2014

For the holidays we love having decorating and hosting friends and family. This year we were hosting Christmas Eve dinner for the second year and wanted the table to look just as pretty as the tree. Flowers are always nice but they don't last terrible long so we went with what we had hanging around the house. 

All it took was a few branches cut off our Christmas tree, some mason jars, white votives, cranberries and water and we had a centerpiece we can keep through the winter. 

First we taped the jars to some target serving trays to avoid 

Then we cut some pieces from the branches and placed them around the mason jars. All that's left is water, cranberries and votives!

The final result! Festive and simple centerpieces we're going to keep all winter long! :)

Tech Talk: Touchscreen Deadbolt

One of us (me) is a super nerd when it comes to new technology, and it's completely transferred over since becoming a home owner.We're always trying to make upgrades to our home, so we wanted to explore some of the cool gadgets out right now in the world of home automation.  We recently purchased the Schlage Touch Screen Deadbolt with Built in Alarm, and it is VERY cool.

A lot of thought and research went into this purchase. We wanted a lock that was safe, easy to access and affordable, and we found it. The selling feature for us was now we never have to make, or leave copies of our keys anywhere, we can make a code specific for anyone who needs to get into our house and then simply disable the code when they no longer need to get in.

Removing the VERY old original deal bolt actually turned out to be the only difficult part. 

Bye bye old dead bolt!

Lucky for us our door was already correctly aligned so Joe got to work following the installation guide.

After 20-30 minutes of fiddling… TA DA!


What home automation gadgets are you guys into?

Thanksgiving Favorites

Monday, November 10, 2014

The holiday season is upon us! Get togethers with family and friends means decorating and meal planning, all great excuses to shop for new holiday accessories. What's not to love about this time of year? We wanted to share a few of our picks to add a little something special to your home or table, these are our Thanksgiving favorites!