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Stainless Steel Mug Rack From Cave Tools

Monday, October 23, 2017

Stainless Steel Mug Rack From Cave Tools

Since I recently decided I want to collect Rae Dunn Mugs and Starbucks You Are Here Mugs, I realized that I need a better way to store them and show them off! After I received my mug swap from Lacey, I put the mugs she sent me on top of the microwave. You can see my other Rae Dunn Mug hidden behind the mini castle as well.


Ultimately, I would like a display that looks like this:

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However, my friends at Cave Tools conveniently offered me the chance to review their Stainless Steel 5 Hook Rack and I thought for now, it might be a perfect mug display rack! The hook rack is technically meant for hanging BBQ tools like the ones I reviewed here, but can be used for hanging anything from work tools to utensils to towels to coats – to mugs!


The rack came with a screwdriver and screws with anchors, but I would have appreciated a bit more instruction. Dave had to help me hang the rack by first determining what size drill bit to use to drill into the wall, inserting the anchors, and informing me that I needed to put the screws first through the little round green pieces and then through the rack before I screwed it in. The silver caps click onto the green pieces for an overall smooth look to the rack.


The hooks aren’t completely far enough apart to fit the mugs side by side, but I am happy with how they look hanging there!


Want your own hook rack? You can find it on Amazon or directly from Cave Tools and receive 15% off with the code HOOKRACK15!

What do you think of my new mug display?


Hooray, It’s Friday! An App, a Card, a Mug, and Simon

Friday, October 20, 2017


Time for another Friday recap post! It’s been awhile because we had a few holidays that had me offline on Fridays over the past few weeks!


Someone in my house decided to share the app Cross Stitch World with our family. Now we are all addicted! It’s totally mindless, basically like color by number, but I can’t seem to stop playing it. You can even upload your own photo and fill it in with color. I did this one:




A few weeks ago, Shutterfly offered 10 free cards, so I decided to upload one of my own images and have it made into a card. I love how they turned out! I really want to send cards to a few people, so if you email me your address, I’ll mail you one! This is my original photo:



My very good friend noticed my photos of my Rae Dunn mugs and told me she has seen them by her. She found one and sent it to me! I love it!

(I might have to retake this photo with coffee in the cup…)


Yesterday before school, Simon wanted me to take his picture. His face is completely better from his fall a few weeks ago. The scab on his lip only took a week to come off and look as good as new. He had his chipped tooth fixed on Tuesday. We had his finger x-rayed again yesterday. It is still broken and he still has to have it taped for another month.



In case you missed it, this week I posted about:

momoutfit  chili  funkidssandiegoillshowyoumy
(Apple Picking)

Have a great weekend!


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Fun With Kids in San Diego

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fun With Kids in San Diego

A few weeks ago, I shared our visit to Sea World in San Diego. As I mentioned in that post, we were in San Diego for a few days while Dave attended a conference. Gabbie, Simon, and I kept ourselves busy while there by being touristy. On the first day there, we visited Petco Park and on the second day we visited Sea World. On the third day, my good friend who lives in L.A. came down to hang out with us and we went to Coronado to the beach!

(But first, a dip in the hotel pool)


We took the ferry to Coronado.

I’ll Show You My…Fall Activity (Apple Picking)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


This month’s topic for the “I’ll Show You My…” Link Up is “Fall Activity.” I haven’t gotten around to sharing our apple picking photos yet, so I thought I’d share them today! I did already share our other annual fall activity – the pumpkin patch!

We have been apple picking for the last few years at Cider Hill Family Orchard and last year my kids were so much smaller! This year, Gabbie had dance, so she didn’t come apple picking with us. It was a pretty grey day out, which was ok because we were not too hot, but it didn’t make for very pretty pictures!

Zachary was really working hard to get the apples down from the trees!

I’m not sure Simon liked this one…

I told them if they didn’t smile, they couldn’t have caramel apples!

If you wrote about a fall activity, link it up here!

Next month, you can join us on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (November 15) to show us the things you are thankful for! Here is our list of topics:


Have you been apple picking this fall? What other fall activities do you like?


Easy Delicious Vegetarian Chili

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Easy Delicious Vegetarian Chili

There’s something about fall weather that makes me think about chili. Chili is also one of my favorite comfort foods. We do occasionally make a meat chili in a crock pot, but for a quick and easy meal or side dish, I love to make this vegetarian chili.



1 can of chick peas (I love Goya!)
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 jar of salsa
1 tsp chili powder



Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.


Serve and enjoy! You can top it with cheese if you like. I like to eat it with macaroni and cheese or on top of hot dogs!

Looking for more fall recipes? Today I've joined a handful of my favorite bloggers to put together a Fall Recipe Blog Hop. Here are the other posts that are part of the hop!


Homemade Applesauce | Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies 
Easy Delicious Vegetarian Chili | Soups, Stews and Chili 
Easy Pumpkin Fluff Dip | The Best French Onion Soup
Beef Stew with Carrot & Potatoes (One Pot Meal)
Fall Festival Ice Cream | Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Do you like chili?