Panasonic 1300-Watt Microwave Oven – Stainless Steel

We’ve been using an extremely old Sharp microwave for about 3 years now. Even out of the box, the Sharp model never really worked all too well. It took forever to heat food, and attempting to defrost something felt like it took a mini eternity.

My moms birthday is coming up, and we celebrated it this past weekend. Numerous times I heard her moaning about the microwave, so I figured what better a gift to surprise her with than a microwave?

I checked 3 different stores for a model that was within a fair price, and looked like something she/we would like best.

I went with the Panasonic 1300-Watt Microwave Oven – Stainless Steel, Model #NN-T664SF which I found at Target on sale for $119.99.


The sleek design is what made me primarily choose this particular microwave above all others. It has a gorgeous sleek black door, and a stainless steel body. The microwaves control buttons are all located on the right hand side of the microwaves door.

The microwave has a power output of 1,300 watts with inverter technology. What I loved best, and what I knew my mom would love best was the 1 touch sensor cook. Basically you can plop your food into the microwave and hit the sensor cook button. The microwave will heat up food without any guesswork involved on your part.

Inside the microwave, there is a round glass rotating plate, to ensure proper heating all throughout your food.


The Sharp microwave we previously had contained a 1.2cu.ft. of space inside of it. The Panasonic 1300-Watt Microwave Oven contains the same 1.2cu.ft as well, but it’s casing was not as large as our older model. Although it can fit the exact same amount of food into it, it did seem smaller. This is an illusion though, as it was the same size on the inside. It featured enough room to place in a large plate.

All in all the microwave is approximately 8.88Hx14.75Wx15.19D”, which is rather slim, and will take up a lot less space on your counter, without you having to sacrifice the sizes of plates that can go into the microwave.

The Sensor Cook:

This is my all time favorite feature on the microwave. You can literately just plop your cold food into the microwave, hit the sensor cook button, and the microwave will heat the food to the appropriate heating level. Food comes out perfect, never too hot, nor is it ever cold. It’s like the thing knows…has a brain!!!


I came across a few other reviews stating that the defrost takes forever. Maybe they got a dysfunctional model, because the defrost works so quickly, without scorching or cooking food. Our old microwave would take about 5 minutes to defrost frozen meat.

The Panasonic Model #NN-T664SF only takes about a minute to fully defrost meat.


We are simply in love with the Panasonic Microwave. It is by far the best unit we have ever used yet. It cooks up food in record times, the sensor cook is phenomenal, and defrost times were incredible.

For fast heated food I cannot recommend this microwave more. For the price I paid, I am shocked at how well its worked.…

Spring at the Manor

Happy hump day friends!

I made a few changes around the place for spring that I wanted to share. Mostly the mantle. I’m all ready for bright, light, & airy.

Wanna see?

Here’s the spring mantle & a newish little, side table. I moved it out of the bedroom & I love it with my Valentine flowers on it.

The moss ball is totally my favorite! My fiancé doesn’t understand it though…boys!

I got this burlap canvas for half off at Target the other day & I worked the whole mantle around it.

For some reason, I love this old brick! I found it a while back on my family’s farm. I’m just a sucker for old junky things. Ha!

I got this “&” door stopper last year at Hobby Lobby & think it’s perfect by the mantle because no one in their right mind would actually use it to prop the door open down here. It’s much too hot for that y’all!

This pillow makes anyone happy .

I switched some of my pillows out so now they’re all white, navy & gray. Lovin’ this color combo!

I found this cream tray at Target & got 2 of them for just over $2 on clearance. I put one here for the remotes & the other one down there as my simple centerpiece in the dining room.

What do y’all think? Have you made some fresh changes to welcome spring in your home?

Blessings Y’all,…

Small Organized Spaces

It’s Monday the beginning of a new week. That means a fresh start & maybe, just maybe you’re working on some organizing this week! A few weeks ago my fiancé was out of town, so I took it upon myself to start getting everything organized & in order around the house. Opportunity was calling! I didn’t take any before pictures, but I took plenty of after pictures.

Keep scrolling to see how I organized the laundry room, under the sink, the pantry, the coat closet & the hall closet.

I stash laundry stuff, obviously, & extra cleaning supplies on the shelves in here. I used tin cans, mason jars, & wire baskets for some prettier organization. I like to save as many dryer sheets as possible & use for them other things like dusting the baseboards…which I actually haven’t done yet, but I’m sure someday I will. There’s extra lightbulbs in top tub too. My favorite part? The tide pods in the mason jar & the dryer sheets in the basket. They look adorable & are easier to grab that way. Functional & adorable! What more could a girl want in her laundry room?

On the other shelf is my cute sign (Hobby Lobby), a basket of dusting supplies, & larger bottles of cleaning supplies for refills. I love love love the fact that there’s a rod in here. It’s makes hang-drying so easy.

There’s a perfect amount of space for me to hang up mops & brooms. The vacuum fits snug in-between too. I even have a tiny trashcan tucked in the back corner. Every laundry room needs a trashcan!

On the opposite wall I have a really cute shelf me & Michael painted long ago along with a pretty laundry basket for throwing in dirty kitchen towels. You can see what I store in all the drawers. A few feet down in the door & I store the ironing board behind it for now. I’d like to hang it up on the wall eventually.

Now onto the sink!

I’m sure you all know, there is precious storage space underneath the sink! Luckily, I don’t have too big of a cleaning supplies collection yet. But if I did, I’d use those locker shelves to add a second shelf underneath here. Or maybe add a tension rod to hang bottles on. W’ell see! For now I use some baskets I grabbed out of the One Spot at Target for tidying up.

All the way in the back I have a white bucket filled with soap refills & extra sponges. Then I keep my dish drying junk up on the side. I like to keep it off the counter when not in use. The floor cleaner stands in front.

On the opposite end I keep a huge refill bottle of dish soap then detergent, my scrub brush in the red pig & a smaller bottle of dawn that I refill with the big bottle. I’m constantly grabbing those two items in the front so they’re there for easy access.

I have 6 of these plastic baskets holding cleaning supplies. I tried to stick like things together & put the most used things in the front set of baskets. It works well for me at this point.

My favorite, the pantry. While one day I’d love to have clear glass containers all perfectly labeled, I made due what I had for now.

My future mother-in-law gifted me with all these old baskets she was getting rid of a couple of months ago & I’d been saving them for some project. They got put to good use corralling loose items in the pantry. You could go to the thrift store & find a sturdy collection of baskets for under a dollar each & use them in the same way. Take a look at where everything is in here.  I love looking at organized pantries. Am I the only one?

The closets are a little more boring, but organized none-the-less!

I have a side & he has a side. We both have bins for shoes & a drawer for other random things like scarves & mittens or hats. Plus some luggage & some tubs …

Dream Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. Partly because I love food & I love cooking & I love both cooking & eating Thanksgiving food. I especially love having leftovers for a week. That’s probably my favorite part. Of course I so enjoy having my family together to share our gratefulness. It’s so neat that we have a whole holiday devoted to thankfulness. I love pausing to reflect on the good gifts God has blessed me with. It’s a pretty great holiday. Plus the day after is pretty darn fun too. Who doesn’t love the crazy crowds & insane deal on Black Friday?

Last year I put together a “Dream Thanksgiving” blog & decided I just had to do another for this year. The tradition continues on! Here’s my best pinterest picks for the turkey season. You’ll see lots of cheesy & lots of maple. I’m excited!

Spinach Puffs

Cranberry & Pecan Brie

Roasted Turkey in Light Apple Orange Brine

Pan Gravy

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Cheddar Cheese Sweet Potatoes topped with Maple Bacon

Whole Foods Green Bean Casserole

Squash Bake

Herbed Chestnut Bread Stuffing

Maple Glazed Carrots

Honey Buttermilk Biscuits

Maple Rosemary Almonds & Cream of Zucchini Soup

Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole & Corn Puddings

Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

Maple Cream Pumpkin Pie

Sparkling Apple Cider

Oreo Turkeys

Spiced Egg Nog

To see last year’s Dream Thanksgiving, go here. To see all my Thanksgiving posts, go here.

Happy turkey dreaming y’all! Be blessed!

Let me know if you use any of these delish recipes or which ones are your favorites!…

DIY Personalized Snow Globes

In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas crafting is in full swing over here! Today I’m sharing a fun twist on the oh-so-popular mason jar snow globe. We’re going to personalize it with our Christmas card from Tiny Prints!

Because who hasn’t always wanted to live in a snow globe? I’m pretty sure several Lifetime Christmas movies feed off that idea.

This snow globe is full of possibilities- family heirloom, kids craft, teacher or grandparent gift, new family tradition, the list goes on & on. So get as creative as you want with it.

To make your own you’ll need a half-gallon sized mason jar, hot glue, spray glue, faux snow, glitter (optional), mini bottle brush trees &/or other Christmas figurines, washi tape, & your family Christmas card.

Step 1- Spray a light layer of glue inside the mason jar, coating all sides as evenly as possible.

Skip to step 3 if not using glitter!

Step 2- Shake in a little glitter, not too much! Screw the lid on & shake it all around quickly.

You can totally ditch the glitter if you want, it’s up to you. I thought it made things look more magical & snow-globey. But it can also get messy!

Step 3- Bend your card in half so it will slide easily into the mason jar…

& slide the card snugly inside.

Doesn’t it look magical already??! It’s got that Christmas glow.

Step 4- Wrap the lid with some festive washi tape to make it look a little less industrial.

Step 5- Using hot glue, glue down a bottle brush tree &/or any other figurines you choose to the lid base.

Step 6- add more hot glue all around figurines & sprinkle on faux snow. You’ll want a heavy layer so that some will be stuck to the bottom & some will float around when you shake it.

Step 7- Screw the lid onto the mason jar & you have an awesome personalized snow globe! How fun is that!

I am so in love with the look of this, especially with the gold glitter! It’s like we’re trapped in a holiday-daze with swirls of glitter & snow. Too bad it doesn’t snow here in real life! The snow globe will just have to do for now.

Enjoy making & gifting your own personalized snow globes this season!

Blessings Y’all,…

DIY Washi Tape Lamp

I’ve got to be honest with y’all, in the beginning I just wasn’t catching on to the whole wash tape fad. Then one morning, all of a sudden, I felt I  had to go out & start a wash tape collection. That’s exactly what I did too. True story. Since then, I love it! You can add it to literally anything for extra pizzaz & it’s not sticky enough to ruin anything. Versatility is definitely a plus.

My biggest project using washi tape so far is this classy striped lamp. I’m hoping to show some more glimpses of my studio soon. It’s going to be a work in progress as far as things like paint & curtains go, but it’s coming together. It’s all black & white & gold. No surprise there!

Anyhow, I bought the lamp base at Target for a steal! It was originally $55 & marked down to $16. It just needed a shade.

So I bought a plain white lamp shade at Home Depot & pulled out some black washi tape.

I started rolling the tape around the very middle.

Then I used small strips to space out stripes somewhat evenly. Be warned, there’s most likely going to be an “ugly side” where the seams of the tape meet up & bubble a little.

Then finish it all the way around…I totally did this project in bed one night, hence the fluffy white blanket backdrop. But that just goes to show just how easy it is.

The finished product! Don’t you love the pitcher from the Oh Joy Target collection too? I’d passed it up for weeks before finally getting it, so happy I finally did! They’ll be the best of friends.

Here it is turned on in it’s natural environment. Check out last week’s post for the free Taylor Swift printables seen above & a quick clipboard DIY!

Blessings Y’all,…

Halloween Breakfast Ideas

It’s FRIYAY! Good Morning my Friends! Hope you all have fun weekend plans! I’ll be finishing up all my crafts for my show next weekend. Hoping & praying for a drop in the temperature. This October heat is terribly too much! If you were here you’d agree.

Moving on…Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so you’ll have plenty of time to sleep in then make a festive breakfast & hang around to eat it. Right? Right. Therefore you need inspiration! Boy, have I found it all. Thanks to my bff/timesucker/obsession: Pinterest.

Here’s 31 delicious ideas for breakfast on October 31 or any day in October for that matter. Better not make these after the 31st though or they’ll find you. Then they’ll want some of your breakfast too. Who in their right mind would share breakfast food? The most important meal of the day. You need all that breakfastness for yourself so you can gather all the candy possible then gobble it up in 2.785609 seconds.

So, here’s some grand ideas folks.

These are being made in the Mealey household this month people! Expect an instagram post soon. ?? You can find the instructions at It’s Always Autumn.

Crypt keeper crescents from Our Best Bites.

Candy Corn Waffles from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

I wouldn’t mind one of these monster eye cinnamon rolls from Sweet Treats More.

Pumpkin drop doughnuts from Lara Ferroni.

Mini pumpkin cinnamon rolls from Two Peas & Their Pod.

How about some fruit bowls to counteract all those donuts? Frugal Coupon Living’s got you covered.

Monster blood & guts from Lauren’s Latest.

Halloween hot chocolate from Your Home Based Mom is basically a Halloween necessity.

Spider pancakes from Mama Papa Bubba.

Pumpkin oranges from Milk and Cuddles. So adorable they almost make me want to eat an orange!

Mummy doughnuts from Plain Chicken.

This pumpkin French toast from Cooking Classy looks like it’ll melt in your mouth!

Jackolantern orange rolls from Pillsbury.

These broomsticks from the Etsy blog are made from shredded phyllo dough & get doused with butter & cinnamon/sugar. A scrumptious breakfast for sure. Although it looks a bit time consuming, it may just be worth it for the presentation.

Another one from Cooking Classy, these pumpkin pie pop tarts looks like dessert disguised as breakfast.

Candy corn fruit cups topped off with whipped cream from Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife.

Halloween pancakes from Girl Versus Dough. Get in my belly.

Halloween Greek yogurt fruit dip & spooky fruit snacks from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

These goblin potion smoothies from Clean & Scentsible is another healthy option.

So these mummy hotdogs over at Damn Delicious are a true American classic. How easy would it be to replace the hotdogs with sausage links for a mummy breakfast treat?

Milk and Cuddles came up with these super scary bagels of doom too!

A dark fruit spider complete with beady eyes from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.

Broomstick party skewers from Giggles Galore.

How about this Frankenstein smoothie from Mama Papa Bubba to kick off your day of ghoul?

Jackolantern waffles from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.

I want to eat all the spider eggs from Family Fresh Meals.

These baked eyeball eggs from So How’s It Taste will be sure to wake you up!

Because this post was begging for one more donut, this marshmallow powdered version from Pizzazzerie is the simplest & sugariest of breakfast delights.

Spiced ghost pancakes from Taste & Tell Blog. I just love those little whipped cream ghosts on top. Makes me want to squish them.

This spooktacular breakfast from Gourmet Mom on the Go is genius! I’ve always wanted to set up a cereal buffet.

Remember to Pin it for later!!

Now go off & have a fabulous weekend at a pumpkin patch or something else revolving around pumpkins.

All the pumpkin things,


PS- Linking up at some of my fave places, check ’em out!…

Summer Lovin’

Sadly, my summer’s almost to an end & of course, I haven’t accomplished nearly what I’d expected. I have a million project ideas I planned on working on over the summer. But life gets in the way of my creating very often & quite plainly, I’m very happy that it does. I don’t desire to miss any of those moments.

I leave for Dallas, for my last semester ever (x fingers crossed x), exactly one week from today. While I am thrilled to be finishing up & going back to the city & friends I so dearly enjoy, my incredibly handsome boyfriend, or more appropriately, ‘manfriend,’ will not be joining me this year. I’m leaving him behind to embark on a new journey, an exciting one at that. On the bright side, I will have an abundance of extra time to get things in order & craft my little heart away.

Anyways…that’s enough talking. I was supposed to share some of those projects I’ve been dying to dive into but have not yet found the time to pursue. If I didn’t need sleep, this is what I would do instead for the next week before I head back to school.

#1- Coffee Lotion Bars by Crunchy Betty

I’ve been doing a coffee scrub a few times a week & am so lovin’ it! (Promise to share that recipe here soon too!) So I feel like the more the merrier in the anti-cellulite department. I’m sure every other female over age 15 on the earth can relate. Cannot wait to try these! Anyone else have some cellulite be gone magic?  Please share!

#2- Blooming Monogram by Urbanic Paper

Her blog is totes adorbes by the way. I might or might not have been waiting all week for the perfect opportunity to throw that in. I can already see these floral letters hanging on my dorm room wall. Although I am completely against fake flowers, there is clearly no other option here.

#3- Colored Chalkboard Blocks by A Beautiful Mess

Again, perfect for my girly dorm room. I fear I may never have the opportunity to express my femininity in my bedroom decor ever again so I may as well live it up now!

#4- Homemade Laundry Soap by Notions from Nonny

My mom’s made herself some diy laundry detergent twice now from a recipe that she found on Pinterest. It really does last forever & she uses about a cup per load! The detergent stretches for 8+ people for several months. I have been so impressed by it. She makes hers a liquid but I think this recipe may suit me better for travel etc. Plus I like that you can see the pink & blue colors in the detergent.

#5- Camera Strap & Lense by Mom 4 Real

I was really hoping to get one of these done before we went on our Disneyworld vacay but it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me. I was upset but moved on.  My sewing machine is still out of commission. Hoping to bring it to the vacuum/sewing machine man next week before I go. Hopefully he can breathe some life back into it! Anyhow, anyone who owns a nice camera needs this, especially you bloggers. So whip one up!

I did manage to free my creative spirit with a few endeavors during these hot months. Maybe tomorrow I will share those photos! Did you finish all your ideal projects this summer? Share what you’ve been able to complete or haven’t even started yet!

Enjoy the last few days of summer!…

8 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Get in the spirit of the green holiday with these yummy deserts!

From healthy colorful fruits to minty chocolate decadence, one of these is bound to spark your leprechaun’s fancy. Go on, take a gander!

Leprechaun Pie with a fun treat on the bottom from Oopsey Daisy.

Green Velvet Cake Balls from Bakerella, my all-time favorite baking blog!

Rainbow Pudding Cups from Makezine.

Minty Chocolate Lava Cakes from She Saved.

These too cute Lucky Charm Cupcakes are found on Examiner.

How about a Rainbow Fruit Tray complete with a cloud & pot of gold from Crazy House Reviews.

Fudgy Mint Chocolate Brookies with mint oreos from Averie Cooks has you chocolate lovers covered.

This Irish Style Dirt Cake from Tablespoon is sure to please the little ones.

Which one will you make?

There’s too many choices I know! They all look so good.

Stay lucky y’all!

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Thanksgiving Farmhouse Table

Hey guys!

Turkey Day is almost here! I’m totally up to my eyeballs in things to do to get ready, but at least the table is officially done!

We actually built & stained the table & bench ourselves, (using these tutorials- table -bench) as well as painted & reupholstered the chairs. It was our first ever project like this & we know it needs some work, so please don’t judge too hard!

Anyway, here’s the final product all fancied up for her Thanksgiving dinner debut!

You can see how I made the plates with Dollar Tree plates in this post here.

I used a long piece of burlap ribbon as my table runner for texture.

My centerpiece is a hurricane from Michael’s sitting on a log slice from my stash & surrounded with some gorgeous foliage from Hobby Lobby.

My family isn’t really used to eating Thanksgiving dinner on real plates, if you know what I mean. So I didn’t want to fancy things up too much. I dressed it down & added some color & warmth with the napkins.

I bought a couple yards of plaid flannel in fall colors at Joann’s & cut them into napkin-like pieces. Then I pulled at the threads to create a frayed edge. They’ll be a breeze to throw into the washer later.

I used a collection of glasses from the antique store & thrift store.

Most everything, décor-wise, is from Hobby Lobby or Target, my 2 fave places!

Those little acorn shakers came from Target, of course.

The centerpiece has to be my favorite part of the table though.

I simply cannot wait to have everyone over to sit around this table in a few days!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?!

Blessings Y’all,