House Mix

Outdoor plant shelves

Outdoor ikea lerberg shelves I looked a long time for some metal shelves to put in the entryway to our front door. The reason I looked so long is because I wanted a deal. I searched Craigslist, eBay, a couple garage sales, but people were asking quite a bit for their used shelves.

One day I drove past a house that had some shelves out by the curb for garbage pickup. Alright! They looked good from my drive by, so I asked my husband to go pick them up in the SUV. But we were too late! Someone else was looking for their own metal shelves and beat me to the punch. I was disappointed, but I finally came across these Lerberg shelves at Ikea for $19 a piece! They weren’t free, but I didn’t have to spray paint anything and they were easy to put together.

I like the idea of plants and gardening, but I haven’t put much effort into it as of yet. Half the pots here are empty, as you can see and, honestly, Marcello waters the plants more often than not. I do get my moments of inspiration, though. You see those three small insignificant sproutlets in the bottom right? Those are seeds from a lemon I bought at the grocery store. I thought it would be great to grow my own lemon trees! I painstakingly cut away the outer shells, grew them in a moist paper towel and then planted them. Then I read that they will produce lemons in about 11 years!

Outdoor metal shelves: Ikea, $19 each
Colorful pots: Clearance aisle at T.J. Maxx, $22

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Kid-friendly dance songs for kids (that Mom and Dad can get down to)

kid friendly dance songs

Let’s get this party started! No, my blog is not about music, but if I’m going to name it House Mix, I feel obligated to kick things off with some awesome dance music!

We love dancing at our house. Yes, this is a disco light in our living room that we pretty much just leave up all the time. It’s a small professional DJ light and I admit to owning it before our two little boys were even close to being around. But kids are an excellent excuse to leave the lights up and have impromptu dance parties!

I’m always looking for fun songs for the boys, but also songs that Mom and Dad (and friends) will want to cut a rug to also. That means no 10 kids singing at the same, clapping their hands along, but that also means no cussing or serious adult stuff. It can be a challenge!

These may not cutting edge, underground sort of jams, but trust me they’ll bring out the sprinkler and the running man.

  1. Yeah Yeah – Willy Moon
  2. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  3. Sunday Morning – K-OS
  4. That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  5. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
  6. Float On – Modest Mouse
  7. Grace Kelly – Mika
  8. Sail Into the Sun – Gentlemen Hall
  9. Sandcastle Disco – Solange
  10. Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Hope you find a few new dance songs from my list. Please share you favorites too!

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