Friday 5+1 {5 Things I Like + 1 Thing I Don’t}

Happy Friday!

Many around here are headed south for spring break, but not us.  Staying here, but we’ll manage to make the best of it, I’m sure.

Lots of fun things to share today!

Hidden Coffee Bars
If you follow me on Instagram, you got a peek at a neat gallery wall my friend had in her new home.  This is the first time I got the whole tour, and she has incorporated all sorts of smart ideas into her new home.  Like this cool, yet hidden coffee bar in their master bedroom.  (And on the left side, the bottom drawers are refrigerated drawers – even better!).  And to have all tucked away in this beautiful built-in – love it.

A Smart and Functional Pantry
Her pantry has a feature that I wish I could incorporate in my own home.  Not only is it huge, with an extra fridge inside, this clever little door opens up to their garage so you can unload your groceries right into the pantry without having to traipse in and out of the house.  I think this might be my favorite feature of their entire home.  And, they have four kids, so I’m sure they have a lot of groceries to haul inside every time they go to the store.  And how cute is their pantry door?

Fun Hardware
I always enjoy fun knobs and pulls that are added to a refinished furniture piece, and thought these fresh ones were worth sharing.  Spotted them at Home Depot.  Cute!

Gliders and Grabbers
I picked these up at my local Woodcraft store, and really find them useful.  The packaging says it all – they can provide extra grip or some slip, depending upon your needs.  I used them for cabinet doors while I’m sanding, and then I used them to mount my painting pyramids for spraying the doors.  Great idea!

Gripper + Painting Pyramid:

My New Festool Sander
I’m starting to geek out with tools as I take on more cabinet jobs, and like a little black dress, consider this Festool circular sander to be an “investment piece” in my tool arsenal.  It’s so much better than my old sander – low vibration, and when you lift it off a piece you’re sanding, it stops so that you don’t get a “skid mark” on the piece when you go back to sanding again.  It makes sanding so much more enjoyable, and was worth the money.

My +1: Teaching my 16 year-old son to drive
I know I’m not the first parent to go through the trials of dealing with a driver-in-training, but holy cow, it’s anxiety-inducing and dare I say it – harrowing, at times.  He keeps wondering why I grab on to the door handle or brace myself while he’s driving, and it’s because I’m not good at giving up control it scares the crap out of me sometimes!  

While it will be nice that he will be able to drive himself to baseball practice and reducing my time spent as the family chauffeur, the process of getting there is nerve-wracking to say the least!

Any words of wisdom from veteran mothers of driving children out there?  I’m all ears.

Have a great weekend!!


  • Reply
    Teresa Tomlin
    March 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I feel ya on the driving! My almost 18 year old daughter still doesn't have her license because it has been such a harrowing experience. We consider it a community service! Darling daughter number 2 is up next, although I expect she will have much less of "ooh, look at the kitty" syndrome 🙂

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    March 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    As far as the student driver goes…it. will. all. be. just. fine! I taught all three of my boys…the best part is you'll have a chauffeur for awhile. My sons always offered to take me places, in order for them to get in more practice time. Besides…it was always great to have one on one time with them! Relax! 😉

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      March 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I may have to work on my relaxation techniques – perhaps I'll draw upon my childbirth prep classes and take some deep cleansing breaths before we hit the road. 😉 But you're right about the one on one time – I do love that!

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    March 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I'm 67, my mom is 88, and she still grabs the door handle when she rides with me! I think it's a mom thing!!

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    March 27, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Haha ! Been there – my son is 18 and my daughter is 25 and we all survived !
    Take a deep calming breath when you get in the car….try as hard as you can to keep your patience and remember what it was like. They are expecting us to lose our cool so they might be a bit defensive. I tried to keep my voice normal and calm, and be supportive instead of critical. I'm sure I grabbed a few door handles and put my foot on a few imaginary brakes…..Just remember – once they start driving, they have wings and you won't be seeing them as much – so enjoy the time together !

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      March 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Great points Patricia! My dad was a calm one when I was learning (which is why I'm recruiting him for some grandfather/grandson driving time). I think another part of my stress is not having control over the situation – something I need to work on too!

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    The Sane
    April 15, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Superb write up mate – you write amazingly and dexterously. Loved it, Nice write up. Keep it up.

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