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.

Appearance:

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.

Size:

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!!!

Defrosting:

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.

Overall:

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.…

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 …

Red Cup Ornaments

You guys! I am obsessed with these ornaments!!!! I don’t like coffee, but even I can appreciate the adorableness of the controversial red cup in felt ornament form.

I participated in an ornament exchange & drew a coffee lover. I had wanted to make something homemade, so this my solution & I am so happy with the turnout.

I was inspired for my project by this original version at One Artsy Mama.

These are perfect for all your coffee loving’ friends or teachers. They’d be even more perfect paired with a gift card where they can grab their fave caffeinated drink!

To make your own you need felt in red, green, light brown & white, scissors, burlap ribbon & hot glue.

First you’ll need to cut out the shapes- 1 green heart, 1 brown rectangle, 1 larger red rectangle & a white rectangle with notches cut out on both sides of the top half. For the cup I made the top slightly larger wider than the bottom using the faintest diagonal cut. For the lid I cut a long rectangle, a little wider than the mouth of the cup, then cut tiny squares out of the top half on both sides. Cut your ribbon to about 3″ or so for hanging. You will need 2 of the red cup & 2 of the white lid for the backside.

Glue the heart onto the band then the band onto the middle of the cup. Everything can be trimmed so it’s better to cut it too big at first.

Next, glue the white lid onto the mouth of the cup.

Flip the cup over & attached the ribbon for hanging.

Now take your second cup & lid & glue them to the backside on top of the ribbon.

Looks much more finished this way!

Don’t you love them!

I think I’ll use them to adorn some gifts as well. They are too cute!

You could make any sort of ornament you can dream up using the same supplies/methods. Maybe I’ll be sharing some more felt ornament ideas in the next few weeks!

Blessings Y’all!…

Patriotic Door Hanger

The Fourth of July has always, always, always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably my second favorite. Like, Christmas first, Fourth of July second. I just looooove all the patriotism & fireworks & summerness of it all. I’d say over 1/2 of my Fourth of July’s have been spent traveling which makes it that much better. Although, I do keep saying I want to throw a huge July 4th party one of these years. It will have to wait till we have a nice, fancy pool! my original due date was the Fourth of July, I was born 5 days later on the 9th. I almost came on the fourth, my momma even went to the hospital (I was her first baby), but I wasn’t quite done baking yet. So I feel a special connection with the holiday. Also, fireworks are my very favorite thing in the whole, entire world. I wish fireworks shows went on for hours upon hours. Alas, I will settle for 10-20 minute shows. Disney World is my jam for said reasons. It is my dream to one day stay at the Grand Floridian & watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from my balcony.

One extremely long tangent later & we’re on to this fabulous wooden door hanger! I found the wood cutouts blank at Target for $5 a piece in the One Spot/Bullseye’s Playground. The words “Land That I Love” were even cutout already! You really can’t beat that for 5 bucks y’all. It comes blank & was just perfect for an easy Fourth of July DIY!

To make your own you’ll need:

Land that I love wood cutout (Target One Spot)

Red, white & blue spray paint

Blue star burlap ribbon (Walmart)

Painters tape

Step 1: Untie blue hanging cord & set aside. Wipe wood with a cloth to remove lint, etc.

Step 2: Spray paint entire thing white & let dry.

Step 3: Use painter’s tape to make stripes on the America.

Step 4: Spray paint entire thing red & let dry.

Step 5: Remove painter’s tape.

Step 6: Add the blue burlap bow using twine. Tie between the top of the “L” in “Land” & the top of the America.

Step 7: Retie blue cording to hang with. Put it up!

That’s it y’all! Pretty darn easy! You can use other patterns too, of course. I did one all red with white polka dots & one that was navy & red chevron. This version was my absolute favorite & has received the most attention. I made a whole bunch to sell at the shop, but am hoping one is left for me to use!

Blessings Y’all!…