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Francois et Mimi Mugs Makes Me Smile

Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs Makes Me Smile

Hello friends, I hope all is well is your world.  Which room in the house is your most favorite?  For me it’s the kitchen because it’s the place where I enjoy preparing meals, creating, reading and relaxing. 

I can’t help but smile when I walk into the kitchen early in the morning and the sunshine that is streaming through the window is bouncing off the colorful items surrounding me.  That is just one reason why these Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs makes me smile.

Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs

The Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs are a new product recently launched and they are so cute with the bottoms, base and handles of all different colors.  They are a perfect size to hold 12 ounces of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even soup.  The set of 4 mugs are stacked neatly inside a metal rack, they are dish washer and microwave safe, and made of lead-free stoneware ceramic.

Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs Review

The Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs would make a perfect Mother’s Day or Housewarming gift and can be purchased for a quick ship from  I can’t wait for Spring to arrive so that I can sip some herbal tea on the back deck in one of these colorful Francois et Mimi Stacking Mugs. 

Cheers to Spring

Oh and don’t forget to check back in on Sunday to watch “Brunch with Blake” on my YouTube channel…you’ll want to see what I’m cooking!

New Year ~ New You


5 Things You Don’t Have in Your Bathroom But Probably Should {Guest Post}

5 Things You Don’t Have in Your Bathroom But Probably Should {Guest Post} 

Author: Amber Brubaker

You may think that your bathroom is outfitted with everything necessary for you and your family’s needs. But think again. There’s always a way that you can spruce up your bathroom for both looks and functionality. Once you try these five functional and attractive bathroom additions, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without them!


1. Nifty, Creative Storage

Maybe you don’t have very much cupboard or drawer space and something always gets left out without a home. Or maybe you have plenty of cupboard and drawer space, but they’re always cluttered and unsightly. Either way, you need some new, creative DIY storage solutions like the ones below.

Mounted Mason Jars: Mason jars are the perfect and cute way to store your cotton balls, q-tips, and makeup brushes. Just nail some large metal, adjustable hoop rings to a painted board, put your mason jars in the rings, and hang the display for some adorable storage!

Cupboard Door Cubbies: Use some wood glue to attach boards to your cupboard door to create an open box where you can store lotions, toilet paper, and more. Or, if that seems a little too complex for you, simply use adhesive plastic hooks and hang wire baskets from them.

Floating Shelves: Over-the-toilet stands are bulky and not always classy-looking, but floating shelves are the perfect, attractive solution to your storage needs. Whether they’re over your toilet, next to your towel rack, or by the door, floating shelves will look great and work perfectly for your towels, toothbrushes, and bathroom decor.


2. Framed Bathroom Mirror

Don’t you love that giant mirror spanning the entire wall of your bathroom? That big mirror is the reason you and your partner never argue about space in front of the mirror in the morning. But that’s pretty much the only good thing about it. It’s not exactly the most attractive part of the room. That can all change if you frame it.

Start by measuring the perimeter of the mirror so that you know how much trim you need to buy. Carefully remove the clips around your mirror and make sure it’s glued to the wall. If it’s not, glue it on. Ask advice from a professional on this one.

Next, collect your trim from a hardware store. You’ll want the edges to be angled so that they’ll fit together in a nice corner. Spray paint the trim with the color of your choice, and use wood glue to attach it to the wall around the mirror. Voila! A perfectly attractive frame to enhance your favorite bathroom feature!

white bathrobes and towels stapled on brown wooden shelf with flowers

3. Indoor Shutters

You’re curtains may be cute, but honestly, they aren’t the best window covering for your bathroom. They fade quickly, aren’t exactly sanitary, and it’s hard to keep them clean. If you want the best possible window covering, you should look into indoor shutters for your windows. They’re the most modern, yet cozy window covering available. You can get them in any color to match your bathroom decor, not to mention, they’ll increase the value of your home. If that’s not enough to convince you that your bathroom needs indoor shutters, read this article for more dynamite reasons.

4. Reminder Boards

Do you have little ones who forget to brush their teeth, wash behind their ears, or any other hygiene necessities? Sounds like you need some cute reminder boards to give them a hand. You could use a plain white board to write daily reminders for your forgetful mini yous, but if you want it to be really cute and match the decor of your space perfectly, make a cute dry erase board out of a picture frame.

All you need is a picture frame of any size, a piece of scrapbook paper that matches your home decor, and some dry erase markers. Put the scrapbook paper in the picture frame, hang the frame on your wall, and use it for your reminders. The dry erase markers work on the glass just like they would on a white board.


Mature woman in bathrobe adjusting hair, smiling, view through shutters

5. Towel Hooks

Boring towel racks are a thing of the past. They aren’t exactly attractive, and they usually only hold two towels. You probably also end up with a pile of wet towels on the floor every morning. If that sounds like your bathroom, remove the towel rack ASAP and add cute hooks instead.

You can make your own with some fancy, decorative hooks attached to a painted board that you can hang on the wall. Or, look for a row of hooks in your favorite home goods store. This update is not only stylish, but it will also encourage the other members of your household to hang up their towels because it’s so easy.

So, there you have it! Some simple bathroom remodel ideas that will make your plain bathroom fabulous!

Disclosure: This Guest Post was written by someone other than the author of DeDivahDeals. The author of this post submitted the article to me for the purpose of being published on this blog as a Guest Writer.

Home for the Weekend or Home for the Holidays

Last Friday when Malik came home from college for the weekend he also brought a friend.  I really didn’t mind having an extra mouth to feed but having just the right amount of snacks was definitely important. 

Earlier in the week he sent me a text message stating that he was bringing home 3 friends so I stopped at the grocery store after work.  I wanted to pick up some chicken wings, cheese and crackers which are all his favorites, but I also needed to include some healthy items so I also bought fruits and veggies.

Whether entertaining friends for the holiday or my son and his buddies for the weekend, having just the right kitchen tools is always essential. 

I recently received these KitchenwarePlus Bamboo Cutting Boards from Digital Awol and can honestly say that they are by far the best I’ve ever owned.  These top quality boards are sturdy, and extra thick made from Bamboo and the large one measures 18” x 13”, the medium board is 13” x 8.5”.

Bamboo Cutting Board Review

As you can see, they were the perfect size for “cutting the cheese” and serving snacks to my son. The boards are available via, so if you order a set today you will receive them before your holiday entertaining begins.

Bamboo Cutting Board Review

What are your kid’s favorite snacks?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Weekend Wind-Down Party #4

Hello Friends & Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party #4

This has definitely been a whirlwind week for me and tomorrow is my son’s 18th birthday, I still can’t believe it, where has the time gone?   Before you gear up for Super Bowl Sunday we hope that you’ll share a few of your favorite posts at this Weekend’s Wind-Down Party.

Which team will you be rooting for?

Last weekend’s party was great where I found some awesome recipes, fashion tips and home/garden decorating ideas so thank you all for sharing.  We have chosen the following posts to be featured this week and they are also posted on our Pinterest Board.  Please feel free to copy and paste this “I Was Featured Button” to your blog.



A Pinch of Joy














Savings and Education – Kirsten Womack


From This Kitchen Table

Weekend Wind Down Party #4

Carrie This Home

Weekend Wind Down Party



Busy Mama 911

Weekend Wind Down Party

The Casual Craftlete

Weekend Wind Down Party

 It’s Always Ruetten



Year-Round Giving

Now Meet Your Hosts Because We Love Meeting You!


Annette (This Simple Home) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest

Antionette (De Divah Deals) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Danielle (My Snippets of Inspiration) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Kay (A Ranch Mom) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter

Nicole M. (Mendez Manor) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram

Nicole R. (A Living Sacrifice) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn

Sarah (Mustard Seed Mommy…ME!) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram

Teresa (Moms Who Save) – Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest/Instagram/Website

The Rules Are As Follows:

WWDParty Rules

Now let’s get this party started!



$10 Gift Card for Go and Gift Shop

The holidays are just around the corner and most of us are a bit more budget conscience, however, if you are looking for cute and unique gift items at affordable prices, please check out GOANDGIFTSHOP.COM. Go And Gift Shop is an online store that sells all types of gifts, collectibles, home, garden and seasonal decor that fits into most budgets.

With some gifts priced well below $20.00, and others more than $50.00, you are sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list. They also carry unique items such as this “Shoe Wine Holder” for the fashionista in your life.

wine shoe



Do you want to give your home a mini makeover or just find something special for a family member, friend or co-worker?  Take a look at their online catalog and if you are not ready to make a purchase create a “wish list” or order a Gift Card.  Also, don’t forget to sign up to receive exclusive promotions and discounts for when you are ready.

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As an added incentive GoandGiftShop has offered my readers a $10.00 off Gift Code to use towards their purchase, valid only until December 15th.   Simply send an email to with “I want a $10 gift card to GOANDGIFTSHOP.COM” in the subject line and you’ll receive a reply back with the discount code.

PicMonkey Collage

Now is a great time to start thinking about indoor and outdoor decor for next year’s season at today’s discounted prices.  Check them out and let me know what you think.



Happy Shopping and Saving!



I was not compensated for the writing of this post and all opinions are 100% my own.