Mr. Beams Ceiling Light: Review and Giveaway

One of the things I LOVED about our house when we first looked at it was that it had two pantries. Since I buy most of our food in bulk, having a good storage space is important. In Maryland we had our basement, but you can’t really keep certain foods in a hot garage, which is what we have in Florida.

The two pantries was a great selling point for our new house but after we moved in I realized that our second pantry didn’t have a light. It had a light, but it was a battery powered light bulb that had kind of imploded on the inside. I set out to Home Depot to see if I could find a replacement. I didn’t find what I wanted and when I returned home there was an email from the folks at Mr. Beams asking if I wanted to try out their new ceiling light. Of course I said yes!

The ceiling light is compact and runs off of batteries. It has an LED light so the batteries should last a very long time. My favorite it feature is that it is motion activated and shuts off after 30 seconds if there is no motion. This is a bonus for me because my children are always “forgetting” to turn off the lights. It is super easy to install, my 14 year old installed ours, and works great.

My pantry (which is currently holding games and kitchen odds and ends) is about 6 feet deep and 12 feet tall. The Mr. Beams Ceiling Light does a great job of lighting up the closet even though it is big.

Here are the ceiling light features.

I have a Mr. Beams Ceiling Light to give away to one reader. While it won’t arrive in time for Christmas it would make a great gift. To enter leave me a comment.

I also have an exclusive coupon code so you can save 20% of a Mr. Beams Ceiling Light. Use the code MRBEAMS21 to save 20% on a ceiling light. You can find Mr. Beams on Facebook and Twitter if you want to learn more about the company or find out about other products and specials.


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Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are a simple, cheap, and fun project for your children this Christmas. If your tree is already full you can use these ornaments as gift tags for your homemade Christmas gifts or decorations in a food gift basket.

DIY Salt Dough ornaments

If you are wondering what salt dough is, it’s that same familiar recipe you used in elementary school to make maps!

Salt Dough Ornaments

Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Instructions

  1. Mix together flour and salt.
  2. Then mix in the warm water.
  3. Mix until you have a dough that is similar in consistency to pie crust.
  4. Take the dough and place it on a floured surface.
  5. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don't have cookie cutters you could use a glass to cut circles.
  7. Put the shapes on a cookie sheet.
  8. Then take a sharp object (I used a meat thermometer) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon.
  9. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough, because it will close up slightly while baking.
  10. Bake the salt dough ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until hardened.
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Mix together flour and salt. Then mix in the warm water.

Mix until you have a dough that is similar in consistency to pie crust.

Take the dough and place it on a floured surface.

Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutters you could use a glass to cut circles. Make sure you have lots of helpers.

Also make sure someone is watching the baby….

Put the shapes on a cookie sheet. Then take a sharp object (I used a meat thermometer) to put a small hole in each shape where you will insert the ribbon. Make sure the hole goes all the way through the dough, because it will close up slightly while baking.

Bake the salt dough ornaments for 4 to 6 hours at 200 degrees or until hardened.

After the ornaments are finished baking let them cool completely. The ornaments are now ready for painting. We used Crayola washable tempera paints.

You can mix glitter with your paints for a sparkly paint, glue on sequins, or add stickers. Get creative!

After the paint has dried thread ribbon through the hole and either hang the ornaments on the tree or use as gift tags. If you want to write on the ornaments use a sharpie, it works really well.

See all our homemade Christmas gift ideas here.


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The Happy Home at Christmas


When I was a kid we always had a fake tree because my brother had allergies and real ones made him sneeze. It was filled with ornaments that had been given to us or we made in Sunday School. It looked a little Charlie Brown, if you know what I mean.

My best friend had the perfect tree. Her mom was an interior decorator and the tree was filled with coordinating balls and bows. There were no hand-made ornaments on this tree, it was perfect.

I looked forward to growing up and having my own tree, so I could have a perfect tree too. With coordinating decorations and ribbons streaming from the top, my tree was going to be beautiful.

And it is…

My tree, filled with all its hand-made paper ornaments and hand-me downs is beautiful. Beautiful, because every single decoration on the tree tells a story. The story of my life with the happier husband and our family. It is another chapter in Our Story.

It is a real tree, because we don’t “do” fake trees around here. Christmas season in our house begins with selecting the perfect tree, and we all must agree. This is the first year we have not had the decorated tree fall. I consider that a milestone.

White lights, because I like white.

The ornaments. Each one brings back a memory, a story, as they are hung on the tree. We share laughter and occasional tears as we unwrap each one and hang them on the tree. Before you think we are a sentimental family, the tears are usually from a broken ornament, not memories. :)

The anchor my son made for my husband one year.

The BIG ball, that does a great job of covering the bare spot on the tree. Because all perfect trees have bare spots.

The ballerina my daughter received when she was taking ballet.

Scary Santa.

One of the few ornaments that remain from our very first Christmas tree. We didn’t have any much money for ornaments, so I made them.

And of course, all of the ornaments that decorate the floor around the tree. For 16 years we have had little ones who love to decorate and un-decorate the tree.

Instead of elaborate decorations we stick with Fisher-price and Playmobil around here. There will come a day when there will be no one to set up the Little People Nativity or open the Playmobil Advent Calendar.

I know this because I blinked.

And this little girl grew up…

I’m not ready to blink again…

Enjoy your perfect Christmas this year.

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Handmade Holiday Giveaway from You Can Make This

You Can Make This!
One of my favorite online stores is You Can Make This. They have hundreds of downloadable patterns from dresses to pillows to purses there is something for every skill level.

The directions are easy to follow and many projects can be completed in a few hours. If you are looking to make some inexpensive homemade Christmas gifts be sure to check out the You Can Make This website for ideas and patterns.

From now until November 18th you can receive 15% off your order by using the code BlogThisFall. It’s not too late to get started on some handmade Christmas gifts for your family and friends!

The ladies at You Can Make This, have also started posting some DIY videos every week. If you are a visual learner (like me) these videos are an awesome way to get help with some inexpensive DIY projects.

The ladies at You Can Make This are giving away $100 gift bundle package of ePatterns to one Happy Housewife reader. The gift patterns in this bundle are pre-selected but will all be appropriate for gift-giving ideas. I have loved every pattern I purchased from You Can Make This, so I know this bundle will be awesome!

To enter please leave a comment. Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

If you don’t win the giveaway you can get a free bundle of e-books from You Can Make This just by signing up for their e-newsletter.


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