SnapPower Winner!

Hey guys! Sorry I’m a tad late announcing the winner, ragweed allergies turned into an infection and I’ve been lying low and healing up for the past few days. And now for the news, the winner is….

Robyn!

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Thank you all for your great tips and comments! I read every last one and filed away some great green methods to start at our house. I have two woodworking tutorials coming up that I’m planning to post this week, so stay tuned! One is a quick and easy fun project, the other, well, it’s a bit bigger…

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Stay tuned for plans! And thank you again for being such amazing readers!

Man Crates and Man Cave Inspiration Roundup

Hello Everyone!

I have such a fun post up today. Have you ever struggled to figure out what gift to get for the man in your life? I know I have. So when I saw these Man Crates Gifts For Men, I knew it was a great idea! Gift baskets have been around for ages, but how about these cool crates? You can choose from several different packages, from jerky to zombie preparedness!

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There’s even sports and personalized gifts. Oh, and the fun part? They arrive in a crate that has to be opened with a crowbar! Much more fun than a plastic wrapped bag, yes? And you can re-use it. I also love that they send crates to men serving overseas, who I know would appreciate the humorous pick-me-up. As a blogger I get a lot of these PR type announcements, but Man Crates really caught my eye. Especially with my husband’s birthday coming up in a few weeks. Which inspired me to dream big, real big, and come up with a total Man Retreat I think he would love. We’ve been talking for months about eventually building a workshop for him that would double as a storm shelter. So I took the liberty of dreaming that we won the lottery and I got to surprise him with what I think would be his dream “Man Cave”. Let’s take a look!

 


Of course, I wanted everything to be sourced as locally as possible, and everything on my list is made in the USA. Starting with the cabin, which would be a kit from WoodTex. I love all the chicken coops and horse barns I see on their Instagram feed, so it would be great to get our own crew out here to build a log-cabin style shed!
I found this awesome liquor bottle chandelier on Etsy, and love that it’s repurposed and has a cool industrial vibe. The John Wayne poster is a nod to the poster he had in his bedroom growing up, which I know he’s dying to hang up somewhere. And if you’ve been on the hunt for a rug made in America, Capel Rugs has a great selection, including this jute number. I’m drawn to this cushy leather recliner from La-Z-Boy, which I recently found out is entirely manufactured in America. Now I know in real life he would probably want camo fabric, but I have standards! I think the idea of a unique end table like this metal drawer cabinet.
My dad found a great vintage wood stove that’s perfect for winter heating, but here is a great source for American made stoves. And while I’m on a vintage kick, this old cabinet radio would be awesome. And since no room would be complete without something handmade, I’m digging this Emerson Console from Ana White. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there ARE still electronics made in the states! These amazing mirror HDTVs are making me drool.
I’m interested to see what my husband thinks about my Man Cave Inspiration. I have a feeling his would be much more low-brow ;) I am just excited there are still so many categories of products made here in the US.

SnapPower Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to share this amazing new product with you today! If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few months, you’ll notice that I have been focusing on ways to “go green” and be a more conscious consumer. I’ve been contacted to do reviews and giveaways for a lot of different products, but have turned them down since they didn’t really mesh well with my lifestyle. That was until the amazing folks at SnapPower sent me an email asking me to take a peek at their website. I am SO glad I did!

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You’re probably thinking, “Um…Brooke that’s just an outlet cover. What’s so special about that?” Well, what makes it special is that this simple little cover goes from this…

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To this!

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That’s right! They’re NIGHTLIGHTS! They are outlet covers with LED lights built right in, so you don’t lose a socket to your night light. And in the example above, they’re great for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, well, everywhere! I see those battery-sucking under-cabinet lights in stores, and though they seem handy I never really liked the plastic, or the cords, or that you push them on and off. With these, I can just pop in a new outlet cover and have automatic backsplash lighting with NO hard wiring required! Plus there is a tiny little sensor that will turn the lights on when it’s dark, and off when it’s light so that you aren’t wasting any power or life-hours on the LEDs. Isn’t that amazing? They’re also ridiculously simple to install. You just unscrew your old cover, press in your new one, add the screw and bam! Light! Want to know the best part? It only costs TEN CENTS A YEAR to operate! And it lasts twenty five years! I’m so pumped about that. It works on all standard outlets (not GFCI) so you really can put them anywhere.

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I kid you not, these are amazing. I put one in my toddler’s room, since her nightlight has already burnt out once, and plug space is at a premium what with sound machines and humidifiers. I also added one in the nursery, and I’m grateful that I did! I’m still feeding my one year old at least two or three times overnight, and it’s nice to have a dim, unobtrusive nightlight that I don’t have to remember to turn on and off. Because let me tell you, it’s never any fun when I forget to turn the nightlight on at bed time and have to fumble around with my phone’s flashlight trying to not shine the baby in the face while I’m getting her out of the crib!

 

I’m already planning to order several more for my kitchen, to make that long walk from my bedroom to the nursery a bit less, um, painful. It will be so nice to be able to find my way without bumping into things or leaving on a brighter light to waste energy. Because who can beat ten cents a year? I urge you to head on over to SnapPower and take a look. And of course, enter the giveaway to win an LED outlet cover of your very own! Enter by sharing your favorite “going green” tip, and follow SnapPower’s Facebook and Twitter for extra entries!
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