Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Commercial in my Bathroom

Since we moved into this house, we haven’t done a lot of updates, but have a lot of plans {dreams} to fix it up and make it our own.

My master bathroom is waaaaaaaay down the list of things that need to be spruced up.  It’s not horrible, but I would love to paint the cabinets, maybe frame out the mirror and possibly add board and batten to one of the walls.  And art.  I should add art.  And a larger rug.  And maybe a storage cabinet.  And I’ve never really loved the faucets and knobs that appear to be from the 90’s {our house was built in 2002}.  They are a shiney gold and silver mix, but hey, mixing metals is super chic right now, so I guess I will wait on that one.

P1200897 Anywho, the point is, there were no impending plans to fix up the bathroom when our friend, who is really great with a video camera and helps organize and film commercials and other productions, sent out a note on facebook looking for a bathroom with a double vanity that they could possibly use in a commercial.  My husband told him he could come look at ours.  He came later that night.  It was a Monday.

P1200894The one really good thing that our bathroom has going for it is that it is a really good size.  And it does have a double vanity.  And great light.  Long story short, they decided to use our bathroom to film the commercial in.  They said we will be there at 8:00 a.m. next Wednesday.   Good.  Plenty of time to clean it really well and maybe even freshen it up a little.

P1200896Fast forward 2 days, and I am in my pajamas, glasses, no supportive undergarments and am getting my kids out the door for school.  There comes a knock at the door. 

They are here to do the commercial.

A week earlier than I thought. 

I haven’t cleaned it, I haven’t done anything with it.  To get to the bathroom, you have to go through the master bedroom.  Also not clean.  Bed not made.  Ugh.

While they are moving in to my bedroom and bathroom, with their cameras, sound thingys, and computer equipment, I frantically {while trying to appear not frantic} make it not disgusting, and make my bed.


The camera crew doesn’t seem to notice or mind that my house is in such a state and once I get it to the point of tolerable, I get out of their way and spend the next 6 hours or so making sure that we are quiet.  I hardly knew they were there.  The were very quiet, super nice and gracious, and no trouble at all, and when they left, there was no sign that they had ever been here.  In the end, it was a great experience and I would probably let my bathroom be in a commercial again.

One of the perks of hosting a commercial shoot in your bathroom for teeth whitener is that we were left with samples of the product.  While we haven’t had the chance to try it yet, we have heard great things about Lumist and that you can get the same results whitening with it as you do at the dentist.  I will keep you all posted on this.

So I’m going to share the commercial with you, but no judging my non-updated, barely clean bathroom.

Lumist - The Superior Whitening Strip

Oh, and if any of you are putting off updating or decorating your bathroom, get to it!  You never know when they will be coming to shoot a commercial in it.

P.S.  That horrible blue towel in the commercial is mine.  From college.  20 years ago.  I do have newer towels than this.  I am a white-towel kind of girl.  They asked for a colored towel.  It was all I had.  I didn’t know it was going to be in the commercial.  I thought it would be used to mop up a mess or something.  Sigh.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Do you change up your dinner menus with the seasons?  At our house, we lean towards soups and comfort food in the fall and winter and tend to do more sandwiches and grilled food in the spring and summer.

Recently, we had one of our favorite Chicken Salad Recipes.  I like this recipe because you can make it ahead if you are going to be busy and just pull it out at dinnertime.

P1200629Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2 cups chopped chicken

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons yellow mustard

1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion

1/4 cup sliced pitted olives

1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks or tidbits

1 11 oz. can mandarin oranges

Salt and pepper to taste

Additional options:

green peppers, mushrooms, grapes, nuts, etc.

Drain liquid from canned ingredients and combine with all other ingredients.  We sometimes add or subtract ingredients based on mood and availability.  Refrigerate till ready to eat.  We usually serve this salad on a croissant, but it’s also good on toast, or with crackers.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Easter Wreath

You all know I love a good wreath, and my door had been vacant since Christmas, so I thought I would put together a Springy Easter wreath.  I was browsing through the dollar store a while back and found these fun sparkly eggs. 

P1200679 It was about the same time I was working on this wreath and so it is similar.

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It was an easy project and went together quickly, but I’m not really loving it.  It’s cute and festive, but for some reason I am lukewarm about how it turned out.

P1200698 What do you think?

P1200704 Keep it or toss it ?


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Around Here

P1200710 I’m loving asparagus lately.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle garlic salt and a little bit of pepper.  Roast for 30 minutes.  It’s so good.


We had our Young Women’s New Beginnings a few weeks ago.  It was really fun, and turned out great! P1200644 P1200759 This time of year, I love to have fresh flowers in my house.  They make snowy March days like today bearable.


Here’s a sneak peek at an Easter project I am working on.  It’s sparkly and fun.P1200756And finally, I found some great stuff at Home Fabrics last week and will be showing you what I am making next week.

Have a great Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Visiting Teaching March 2014 {The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Light of the World}

This month’s message is a good reminder that we can follow The Savior’s example and be a light to others.  President Henry B. Eyring said, “Each time we choose to try to live more like the Savior, you will have your testimony strengthened. You will come in time to know for yourself that He is the Light of the World….You will reflect to others the light of Christ in your life.”

So awesome.

So for the message this month, I grabbed an old atlas that I had lying around, and ripped out the pages.  You can find old atlas’ at thrift stores pretty regularly.  Sorry in advance for the blurry pics.

P1200646P1200647 I folded one long edge up 2-3 inches to make a pocket, and then folded the right side in about 2 inches and then unfolded it and stapled to make a pocket for the glow sticks.  Then I folded it in again.

P1200648P1200649P1200650 P1200658 Next, I folded the left side over almost to the edge of the other fold, but stopped about a half an inch before the end.

I then unfolded, trimmed the edge so it looked like an envelope.

P1200652 After that, I trimmed the pocket off of the far left area and tucked the end underneath the center pocket.  Then I stapled it so that the pocket for the message was defined.

P1200653P1200656P1200657P1200659Next, I printed the message {there are 2 per page}, and also the band to wrap around the outside.P1200665

To assemble, I trimmed the message and added it and the glow sticks to the small pocket,

P1200668 P1200669then folded everything up and wrapped the band around the map envelope, securing it with double-stick tape.  To finish, I added a little bit of twine around the band.

P1200670Happy Visiting Teaching!

P.S. These Visiting Teaching Messages are available to purchase at the Country Loft in Lehi.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February Visiting Teaching Message {The Divine Mission of Christ: Good Shepherd}

For Visiting Teaching this month, the message focuses on how our Savior, Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd.  God knows and loves each of us so much.  He wants us to be happy and to love and serve each other—even those who may have gone astray. 

When we follow Him, and help others to come unto Him, our lives will be filled with peace and the joy that only the gospel can bring.

VTFebPic1 For my sisters, I thought it would be fun to create a little Valentine Banner.

VTFebPic2To make your own, you will need 3 sheets of heavy Valentiney paper, about 4 feet of ribbon or jute and 2 bars of chocolate {one for them, one for you}. The message is printed the back of the banner and strung together with jute.  You will need to print an additional page of banner pieces  {without the message} to complete the banner. 

P1200534P1200537Assemble with your jute or ribbon.  To finish, print and cut the letters LOVE and affix to the banner.  I added chocolate {of course} and tied a bow with the ends of the string.

Happy Visiting Teaching!

P.S.  Out of time?  These VT messages are available for purchase at The Country Loft in Lehi, UT.  Also, if you are making your own, they have some great Valentiney paper.

P.P.S  If you make these for your sisters, I would love to see how they turn out!  Post a link in the comments, share a photo on mishmashmom’s facebook page, or send me an email.

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