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November 25, 2014

have you seen these?? SnapRays Guidelights

I’m so excited to share a perfectly simple, genius idea for your home: SnapRays Guidelights.

SnapPower Guidelight Super cool night light

Simply cut the power, take off your outlet cover, snap this one into place,
turn power back on,

snap power outlets

and you instantly have a nightlight/guidelight at the bottom of the working outlet that costs less than 10 cents a year to operate! Nothing sticking out, no bulbs to replace,

lights on snap power outlets

and the sensor will automatically turn on the guidelight when it is dark.sensor on snap light

You don’t have to worry about turning on anything. I love these because:

* we had a nightlight in our previous home on the outlet on our stairs. One day when the kids were rough housing the bulb got broken and my 9 year old son got a nasty cut on his arm that probably should have had stitches.

* because of this incident we had guidelights installed on the staircase in our new home going down to the basement. Since then, I have been wishing that we put them in the other hallways so my kids don’t have to turn on all of the lights when they get up at night -- these came to the rescue without having to hire an electrician to hardwire guidelights in.

snap power lights

* they give just enough light. Perfect for a baby’s room so you can see what you are doing without turning on any lights that would wake them up. Or a hallway for getting up at night or in the basement so you can run down without turning on any lights.

*they are still fully functioning outlets! Our guidelights on our stairs are just lights, but these still remain outlets + give the light.

I honestly didn’t think I would be so excited about them, but I am ordering more for our downstairs hall. They are 3 for $42 or 5 for $65 or 10 for $120, plus you can get an extra 10% off when you share on Facebook or Twitter. Consider the cost of hiring an electrician to hardwire guidelights in while losing precious outlets and/or replacing nightlights when they get broken or toddlers play/walk off with them and they are a bargain. They would make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers!

I am thrilled with them and was so excited to share with you -- also, Snap Power just announced on Facebook that they won 2014 Handy Magazine, Handy Innovation Award. I’m sure this isn’t the last you’ll hear of this team:

Today, we are giving away a SnapRays Guidelight 5 pack, just tell me in the comments where you would plug your first SnapRay in!  For an extra entry: share this on Facebook, pin it, or tweet and then tell us in the comments.

Good luck!


* this post was sponsored by Snap Power, but is purely my own thoughts and opinions. When companies approach me for a product review, I only accept if I think my readers will love it. I try it out and if I love it, I’ll do a post to share with you. If it’s not what I thought it would be, I contact the company and let them know it’s not a good fit and you will never hear about it.

November 24, 2014

pottery barn inspired christmas wreath

I saw this wreath in the PB catalog and fell in love, but didn’t love the $299 (gulp!) price tag. So I pulled out a pine wreath I’ve been using on my front door for the past couple of years and spruced it up a little.

pottery barn christmas wreath

I found some magnolia leaves at a local décor shop that were 50% off with their summer stems (Tai Pan Trading for locals -- you can also find some at Save On Crafts online and lots of etsy sellers sell fresh ones!). I stole some red berries from some other arrangements I had from previous years. Good white berries were most difficult to find?? I went with some from JoAnn Fabrics but am still keeping an eye for some fantastic ones. The jingle bells I had from a jingle bell wreath I tried to make last year, and the pinecones were in my Christmas/winter bins too.

christmas wreath pottery barn inspired

And a little secret: I hung it on the door for the picture, but then put my autumn wreath back up until after Thanksgiving, because I’m not ready to re-vamp the whole porch before family comes over for Thanksgiving.

pottery barn inspired christmas wreath

I also tucked some lights in, have you seen these wire battery operated fairy lights?? They are bendable, bright, and have a timer on them so they come on for 6 hours and then automatically turn off for 18. I’ve already used these from Martha Stewart at Home Depot and these at Target for another upcoming project. I love them -- make sure you get the warm white, I’m not crazy about the cool white for Christmas décor. I would have included them in my favorite things but I had already written the post.

wreath with lights
This was very inexpensive for me to put together (about $12?) since I had most of it lying around . Even if you had to buy everything, I think you could easily make it for under $50 and still save yourself $250 :)

Thanks for coming by~

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