A Circle Fits a Square!

Dining Season is fast approaching but you’ve still got time to pick the perfect dining furniture at Big Sandy Superstore. We have a wide variety of style options and table types but how will you know which and what size table will work best for your home? Well, that depends on your dining room.

First, you’ll want to consider the shape of your room because that will ultimately determine the shape of your table. A round table is going to work best in a square space, especially in a smaller dining room. Rectangular and oval tables work great for rectangular dining spaces.

You’ll also want to consider the size of your room and your average number of guests when selecting the size of your table. Your guests should have enough room to push their chair back from the table and rise comfortably which can range from 36-48 inches. You should also allow at least 24 inches of table surface per seat and if you plan to have guests seated at the head and foot of the table add an extra 12 inches at each end. Dining tables are generally 30 inches high and chairs typically measure 18 inches from the floor to the seat. This leaves 12 inches of lap and leg space for your guests to be seated comfortably.

And if you’re like me, you’re not interested in doing the math.. So here’s a handy little guide to help you while you’re shopping! :)table size chartdefault_name

 

Fall, Food and New Dining Tables!

Of all the seasons I think fall is my favorite.. the days are still warm, the nights are cool, the leaves begin to change and there’s pumpkin flavored everything at the grocery store!! But best of all it’s the start of the holiday season which means enjoying extra time spent with friends and family! Which leads me to my most favorite activity of the holidays.. EATING :) Because, let’s be honest, the two most anticipated meals of the entire year are Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!!!

If you’re hosting one these meals then you already know the table where you gather is almost as important as the feast itself! You need space to serve your holiday dishes and your guest need a seat to enjoy their meal. Hopefully your dining space is all ready to go for the holidays! But if not or you’re just ready for a quick update to your dining furniture we’ve got a few, brand new options that will have your guest swooning over your great taste AND culinary skills!!

This one is the most unique as the group has an option pew style bench the base has a gorgeous scroll and the server is on trend with a sliding barn door design.

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This trestle table group is another option your guest will love! Two chair options: wood with upholstered seat and back or a Parsons slipper chair. The weathered grey give this group a current spin on a more traditional style.

And finally, this French Country two-toned group features a beautiful turned leg extension table and  self storing leaf, two chair options, wood or upholstered seat, a gorgeous china cabinet and there’s a matching kitchen island with drop leaf and matching stools!!

 

 

My Kitchen Upgrade Part 1: Fridge Facts

My husband and I bought our house 4 years ago and that included a mismatched set of kitchen appliances by 4 different brands…4 years later they’re still there. They’re fine. They’re basic…and they work. But after 4 years it’s time that we invest in a matching kitchen package that’s better than just basic.

With that said, I’ve been doing some research, starting with the refrigerator, checking out different models and brands and learning a few things along the way.

First thing I have learned is, and this is an absolute must, you have to measure the space where the refrigerator will be placed: height, width and depth – top to bottom, left to right, front to back. Refrigerators have different dimensions and not every refrigerator will fit your current space. You also have to consider the door swing – how far it will open and fill the space of your kitchen. With your final measurement you’ll need to include the proper ventilation space, to maintain the performance of your appliance. Oh yeah…and something I would have never thought of…measure the doorways along the path to your kitchen to make sure that delivery will go smoothly!!

The next thing I discovered… there are several different types of refrigerators, which goes back to the absolute need for a good measurement. Here’s the short list:

Top mount/Bottom mount freezer– This is the traditional style in which the freezer is either located at the top or the bottom. This style features reversible doors that swing left or right.

Side-by-side refrigerators are a two-door configuration, with freezer and refrigerator compartments of similar size. The doors run vertically, top to bottom. This style is a great option for kitchens with limited space.

French door styles feature two doors, opening from the center and third door or drawer to access the bottom mount freezer.

A 4-door French door refrigerator features an additional door/drawer between the refrigerator and freezer compartments that can be used as either an additional refrigerator or freezer compartment.

Door-in-door models are traditionally French door style but the door will open to reveal a door inside the door. This feature is an energy saver because the main refrigerator compartment remains closed resulting in better temperature regulation.

Counter depth refrigerators are flush with cabinet fronts providing a built-in look. You’ll lose a small amount of interior storage space with a counter depth model so keep that in mind!

Our current refrigerator is a side-by-side which I like but I think I would prefer a French door, door-in-door refrigerator best. Hopefully, if my measurements work, I would LOVE to have the extra drawer to keep the go-to snacks we reach for the most. And as far as color or finish, I love the look of stainless and now there are two versions-traditional stainless and all new black stainless steel!!

Taking my measurements and style preference into consideration I’ve found an amazing option that fits both and brings even more to the table with technology! It’s the Family Hub Refrigerator made by Samsung. There is literally a giant tablet built into the door with internet and apps that will keep us organized, connected and entertained! 3 built-in cameras snap photos each time the doors close, viewable from the Smart Home app on your phone! That means I can check in on the contents of the fridge while I’m at the grocery store!! “Do we need milk? Hmm, let me look on my phone!!” lol The Family Hub is a 4-door refrigerator with a FlexZone bottom, right door, so if i need extra space in either the fridge or freezer I can switch with a touch of a button!! Two finish options are available-traditional stainless and Black stainless with finger print proof coating and I have the choice of standard or counter depth!

This refrigerator is the clear winner now it’s time to look at our best options for a new range.. Which I’ll talk about next week :)

Let me know what you think about the Family Hub, if you’re an owner of this fridge or if you have any questions about it!! Until then, Have a great week and a lovely holiday weekend!!

 

Non Scale Victories!

That scale gets us every time! Why are we so ruled by it? Allowing it to define how “good” or “bad” we are. Wrapping our self worth in a solitary number. We need to stop, especially women. You need to cherish the positive outcomes of your hard work towards self improvement and it greatly has nothing to do with that scale.

I love exercise, I know I’m weird but don’t hate me just yet. I’ve always had trouble with the scale though and nutrition cause I’m a recovered sugar addict.  Even now having dropped several pants sizes my weight is essentially the same. Yep I was about 150 lbs when I started my macro nutrition plan months ago and I’m pretty much the same now but I’m a size 4 instead of 8-10. I’m happy, faster, way more muscle and I can deadlift 255 lbs so who gives a poo about the scale…my victories are elsewhere and I love it!! I’m healthy!!

If you are working hard to better yourself and your health then why are you mentally ripping yourself apart over a number? You will not have continued success that way. You have to truly treat yourself like someone you love. So focus on your successes! Celebrate the victories that have nothing to do with the scale. Are your pants looser, Can you lift more weight, Are you faster, More energy, Feeling pride in your hard work, sleeping better, happier, eating clean? If yes to those questions then those are the things that matter! You are setting an example for your family and framing what they see as healthy. Your children need to see the self love and joy in that process to be inspired, not self loathing. You are made new by those efforts and changes so act like it! I’m just saying shine bright and show others it’s truly worth it because it is and so are you!!

 

What Is Maggie Eating??

So I get asked this a lot, mainly while I’m actually trying to eat my food…what is that? What made you think of that? So I’ll share with you all what I’m eating this week. Hopefully it will inspire you to think about food differently and recreate your fave meals into cleaned up versions. I do not believe in boring or mundane…whether  it’s food, workouts, movies, vacations…I love new things and with food I love flavor. This week my meal prep was on a Monday night so don’t be giving me your excuses that you don’t have time…it whether you choose to make time and this stuff is too yummy not to try it trust me. While my children ran circles around me and I threw string cheese their way I cooked up some cool little takes on meals I’ve loved.

There’s this new rage for clean eating called “sweet potato toast” so I had to try it cause I love sweet potato. You cut it length wise so it’s thin slices like bread so about 4 per potato and then put it in the toaster for 2-3 rounds. Top with you fave things you would put on bread. I put sliced avocado and bacon on top…yummo! Yes you could do this with a whole potato but cooking method so easy and portion control on those carbs and totally satisfying side dish. Paired with with grilled zucchini and chicken I dipped in Frank’s red hot buffalo sauce (this stuff is totally my dipper jam).  My next try will be PB and a few banana slices I think…watch out Elvis😉

Furniture Cleaning Codes Decoded!

We’re often asked “How do I clean my sofa?” or recliner or loveseat or.. well, you get the point! Just like your clothes there are cleaning instructions for the care of your upholstery fabric. And you might be surprised to know, for some fabrics, water is a big NO NO!!! WATER? The liquid that keeps us hydrated, our lawns green and our swimming pools full? Yep.. it’s true.. For some upholstery a drop of water will leave and unsightly ring like stain that looks like something far worse was spilled or dribbled!!

So, how do you know if water is bad  and what should you use instead? Check the cleaning code of your upholstery fabric! Manufactures typically tag their furniture with model and serial information and you’ll find the cleaning code there along with the fabric contents.. Check the seat decking below the cushion or underneath the furniture. Can’t find the find the tag..? Give us a call and we’ll get the code!

Okay. You’ve got the code now, right? Good!!

There are 4 general codes and each are defined below..

S is for solvent based cleaners.. no water!! NONONO water..

W is for water and/or water based cleaners..

WS either water or solvent

And then there is X … no liquids period!! if you have kids and pets.. just go ahead and cover that piece in plastic and never sit on it or breath near it.. lol

Here is a handy dandy little chart that decodes the codes:

Cleaning Code Description
S Spot clean only with a water-free dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate. When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material.  Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Do not use water.  Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned.
W Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Do not saturate. When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material.  Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Do not use solvents to spot clean.  Cushion covers should not be removed and laundered.
WS Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or mild dry cleaning solvent. Do not saturate with liquid. Pile fabrics may require brushing to restore appearance. Cushion covers should not be removed and dry cleaned.
X Do not clean with either water- or solvent-based cleaner. Use vacuuming or light brushing only.

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Self Doubt

Self doubt is the mother of all progress and joy suckers. The whole “you got to believe in yourself” motto is more than just a phrase. I’m not talking arrogance but confidence. As women we often bash them both in others maybe because we don’t value confidence in ourselves. We need to lovingly accept ourselves, all the imperfections as they are and own them. That’s how you shove self doubt away. And the awesome thing is the more you do that the easier it is to say “I can do that…I may not know how but I’m going to try”. It takes us more easily out of our comfort zones and allows us to test our limits and challenge ourselves…that’s where the transformation and change occurs.  Eliminating self-doubt is not the same as illusions of grandeur. It means loving yourself enough to try new things, open up to the life going on around you and really live. Self confidence is honestly not something you get by achieving your goals but the other way around. You have to believe you can and then act on it. That process then continues and you realize how powerful you are purely because you believe in and love yourself.  In terms of body image alone results happen and are sustained by those who first love their body for what it can do instead of bashing it for what it’s not. I know for me that journey was tough to grasp but once I did I realize I am my only limit and the same goes for you. So if you want to succeed at your goals then I dare you to really believe you can long before you are ever there and to love yourself as you are right now!! It’s the only way to progress and relentlessly move forward with fire in your life. I’m just saying eliminate self doubt by embracing all the good that you are and belief in what you can be. Forget what others think, only what you think truly does matter and will make you or break you!

 

One Kind Word

One kind word…we often want to hear them but don’t give them out as freely. Imagine starting your day out by hearing that kind word. It makes the chaos of life bearable, something we can survive and thrive through just sharing a piece of joy with others. We may not feel it ourselves when we give it away but it can even develop true joy in the giver.  In a world that is so quick to point out how we are different, to criticize the tiniest details, to complain incessantly….be the giver of one kind word! You can’t change the world but you could change one persons world. So give a true “Good Morning”, “You look great”, “you did awesome today”, “way to go”, or “keep smiling” to someone today!! You could be the only one that is kind to that person today…it could save their spirit and their smile. I’m just saying if you want to receive kindness you often first have to give it.

Mommyhood

I’m so sick of mom judgement!! Being a mom is tough! Such an understatement and heaven knows we women make it that much harder on each other!! But why?!?! Do you really think Suzie Q standing next to you in the aisle at Target looking like she belongs in one of their advertisements has it all together? If you examined her car, purse or heaven forbid the parts of her house that are last to be seen by anyone not genetically related you would realize nope nope not even close! We are all jacked up moms, it’s part of the definition- in fine print lol. Some of us are so much better at hiding it is all. The pressures alone caused by Pinterest and filters on Instagram are enough ladies!! Stop mom bashing each other! We need a hand up, not a smack down. I guarantee with you, where one mom soars, radiating her skillz like the unicorn she is, another flat out sucks and could use your help and visa versa. Life as a mom is a big bucket of suck sometimes (if my mom reads this she’s gonna freak at how many times I’ve said suck…a proclaimed profanity in my childhood home😁). I mean wiping boogied faces with bare hands, catching our child’s chewed gum, countless butt wipings, vomit filled car seats, pink eye for all my friends, holding your 50lb child over the public toilet because they can not yet hover, and shamelessly licking our finger as we clean our child’s grubbed face….it’s all true love ladies, all of it! So let’s extend a loving hand when we see a mom in need or at least a verbal pat on the back. Let’s lift each other up like women do instead of bashing each other like little girls that were never taught any better. Breast feed or not, in public or not. Oh my you don’t do all organic?, how could you not have your child in every program and sport mine is in? you work how many hours?, you’re a stay at home what? Judgement and gossip are nasty things. Nothing more empowering and beautiful than a group of women that fearlessly support each other and believes each deserves the best life has to offer! All the other junk is plain ugly & everyone can see it no matter how much makeup you put on it. I’m just sayin we as women are wonderful, fearfully made works of progress, not perfection…so let’s support each other on our journey in mommyhood domination.

 

We Are All Pebbles

Ok so in the interest of being real I’ve had a hard time figuring out what I’m meant to share with you all this week. And as I write I’m just letting you into my thought process so brace yourself cause it’s scary in here.  Life is weird right now to say the least. I’m about 2 weeks out from returning from a medical mission trip in Africa. I’m trying to find my footing. After all I’m living the American Dream right, so why aren’t most of us happy, kind, content.  Between work duties, needing family time, exercising and fitness goals for my sanity, trying to figure out how to carry love and joy that God has shown when in Africa to others here….part of me wants to scream honestly. I want simplicity back like I had in Africa. Fluff be gone. Self pity in check. Drive for change in full effect. But you just breath. You do that one thing, then you do another. You see God gives us insight where we don’t want it. He gives it in the struggle, in the suffering. He’s shown me this through a wonderful man of God that went on our mission trip and is struck with malaria currently hospitalized and in a very rough state of health. I saw peace in Chris eyes tonight through pain, an amazing clarity of knowing all is good even though he struggles…just one breath at time, that’s all we can do really. God took me back to when I had my feeding tube. Folks spoke of an amazing calming peace they saw in me and heard in my words. Struggle gives perspective…in whom do you trust because I wasn’t on sinking sand and neither is Chris. We know and learn through trials what is important. Is it your Starbucks order that got messed up or that fact that you got to eat today…3 times even most likely. Is it that you’re not a size 2 or that you have your health and clothes that are clean in your size. Is it the mad rush to the game that causes a family argument on the way or the fact that you have loved ones you need to tuck in with a little more love at night. This is not judgement, it’s real life. We need perspective. We need to stop only relishing in the horror of the news but being the good news. We are all pebbles you see, being skipped on water. No two ever the same. Pure grit but made beautiful and shiny with life’s pressures. Our time on the surface is brief but man can we make ripples of change while we are here. I’m just asking…What message are you sending others with the ripples you make? Let mine be hope, inspiration, faith, perseverance & strength. Declare yours and live it while you can.

Please continue to pray for Chris Compston as he heals and shows others God’s grace in struggle as he’s shown me and I pray shown you through these words.