I started getting Better Home & Gardens
magazine again, thanks to my mother-in-law. I just got April's issue and saw something in it that I thought was so cool! I love cool gadgets for the house and anything to make my life simple and easier. Thought I'd share them with you on this Monday.
Is this cool or what! Better Homes & Gardens says that according the the U.S. Recycling Institute more than 80% of our soda cans end up in landfills. Wow! 80%! That's a lot! SodaStream turns your water into soda! It's so eco friendly. It comes with the plastic bottles you use and they are made from reusable materials. You buy the packages of your favorite sodas to make with your water! I don't drink a lot of soda, but JT does and I want one of these. And there's an added bonus! SodaStream's flavors have two-thirds fewer carbs, calories, and sugar than retail sodas. The packets cost less than $5 and make 33 cans of soda. (and no, they aren't paying to me advertise!)
Along with my Better Homes & Garden, I got the new Pottery Barn Kids
and let me just say. Oh. My. Goodness. I love getting ideas from that magazine. My list of things in Pottery Barn for JT to build me just keeps getting longer and longer. Here are a few things that jumped out at me. Things I "tagged" for the future. (you know, when JT and I build our dream house and I have rooms like that. HA!)
Ok, this picture just really struck me for many reasons.
1. It's two little girls, sharing a room. This hit close to home because my sister and I shared a room when we were about this age and our beds were set up very similar. I would love for my baby girl to have a sister this close to her and for them to share a room....which brings me to #2....
2. I have two antique white, iron twin beds from Pottery Barn. Not exactly like these pictured, but very similar. They were my neices' beds and my sister sold them to me for a very low price of $60! (she paid I'm sure close to $1,000). I have a dream that my two little girls will use them and hanging above them will be the framed prints my mom is saving that were hanging over our twin beds when we shared a room.
3. The doll house. John Taylor's grandfather was a master carpenter (now you know where he gets his talents from) and he built each grand-daughter a doll house. Those grand-daughters have now passed those down to their daughters. I think that is so special and I told JT that he WILL be building the Button a doll house.
I LOVE these Anytime chairs, which now come in a sofa like lounger! (shown in green) Great ways for your children to have a place to sit and watch TV without it looking tacky! I also love their Anywhere Recycled Bean Bags
. Jack has one in denim.
I love every thing about this picture. The tung and groove walls and the shelving system. I like for everything to have it's own place to call home. I also don't like things that are just sitting around for looks that have no purpose. Maybe that is a decorating no-no, but I just don't see the point in having things sitting around that aren't meant for something. They either have to have a function or they have to be a framed picture or artwork. I also love the fact there are 2 boys and 2 girls in this picture. "Look John Taylor, it's our 4 kids hanging out in our game room we'll have one day!". He just shot me a look that said, "FOUR????" Yes, four. I feel every girl should have a sister and every boy should have a brother. :)
Last, this picture of one of Pottery Barn's "Study Rooms". If you look at Pottery Barn magazine often like I do (because they send one in the mail once a week!), then have you ever realized they have a lot of rooms that look like they are geared towards Homeschooling families? I mean, think about it....who has spaces like this for their kids to just do homework? I would love to have a space like this for my kids to learn one day. Ha! Forget the kids, I would love a space like this to work every day! :)