Settling in

Hello Again!

Things have been super crazy around the Nest lately. We are finally getting situtated here in Massachusetts.  We had a great drive up. I enjoyed seeing the pretty yellow flowers in North Carolina, purple flowers in Pennsylvania, and rolling farmlands in Maryland.

My little guy was such a trooper in the car! In my perfect world, I would have sewn him a cute organizer in some awesome fabric, and activities would have been in some cute little container, perfectly organized. Reality is that we did what we always do. Our old DVD player that straps to the headrest went up (I usually stow it away in the nifty floorboard compartment), and I loaded up his Robot bag (which is a fabric bag that I made for library books) with crayons and a coloring book that he barely touched, some new books, and his stuffed animals he sleeps with.

I did a fairly good job of not letting him eat snacks and drink too many fluids all day long. We stopped for lunch, and stopped driving around dinner time each day. There were indoor pools at the hotels we stopped at, so he got some exercise.

Looking back on the whole packing/loading/unloading process, here’s what worked and didn’t work. We bought shrink wrap to protect our furniture, but didn’t use it enough. We had some furniture get damaged that we aren’t even sure how it happened. If we had wrapped it like we originally planned…..sigh. I guess I will be pinning wood repair tips later.

One idea from Pinterest that I wish I had implemented was this idea of having a “first day in the new place” tub. Things like toilet paper, cleaner, box cutters, trash bags, etc. would have been handy to have in one spot, rather than digging around. All my cleaning supplies were the last to go in the truck from cleaning our old apartment, so they weren’t hard to find, but somehow toilet paper was something I had to dig around for. Also, I will say that the $2 I spent on a little knife cutter was the best thing ever! I stowed it away in my purse so I had easy access to it. I’m still using it to break down boxes as we unpack.

Another great idea that I liked was using the trash bags for the clothes. I mentioned it in my previous post, Adventures in Moving. You can find it here. It was easy to pack, load, and hang up in the new place! I can’t imagine moving my clothes any other way in the future!

We moved all our stuff ourselves, it’s just too much money to hire movers for us. My husband’s brother volunteered to fly down and help us load and drive up. What an awesome guy, right?! It was a big help. Plus, we had a friend help us with the second half of the unload once we got here. We really needed the extra help for the final push. We are on the 2nd floor, and by the time he got here, we were beat! Another great helper!

I used an app on my phone to clock my steps. I walked 5.7 miles, approximately, 14,288 steps. I can do that in a day at work easy, but up and down stairs? By the third day, our muscles were starting to feel better… A jump in the brisk Sebago Lake of Maine helped a little.

Overall, we are happy to be here. Job chaos seems to be working itself out, and Caleb loves the new daycare. I’m thankful we arrived safely. We’ve only had a few unexpected bumps in the whole process, but they  have been manageable.

There is still a lot of emotional turmoil going on with my daughters over the move. While one is being supportive and is excited to come visit, the other one has completely shut me out. You know a 14 year old is mad when they “unfriend” you on Facebook. I called and talked to her on the phone, and texted her about our plans/progress on the road. After about a week of no communication she sends me a novel of messages claiming that I hate her and that I need to stop talking to her.

It is very hard to deal with this, but I know that I can only do so much, and just pray about the rest. I have told her that she can unfollow me on social media. I still love her. I text her to let her know I’m thinking of her. I love her. I texted her to let her know what our plans were and what was going on because she has a right to know what state her mother is in at any given moment. I still love her. I let her know that I understand why she unfriended me. I get that it’s difficult to see me talk about things that are hard for her to handle. I will let her have her space. But I won’t stop texting her to let her know that I care about her. I love her. No matter what she says or does.

It’s hard, but God gives me strength. Life still goes on.

With boxes piled everywhere, it can be a little overwhelming to see all the work that needs to be done. No rush, so I’m not letting it get to me. I’m enjoying the new scenery and the beautiful weather!

I’m taking life one box at a time.



Product review of Panasonic Cordless Iron

Hi Guys! I wanted to take some time to do a product review for my new Panasonic CORDLESS Steam Iron!

Panasonic Cordless Iron

Yes, I’m geeking out about an iron.

*This is NOT a sponsored Ad. I purchased this myself*

First of all, I am NOT a fan of ironing. I will put something in the dryer twice before ironing it! Admit it, you do it too! I mainly use a small travel size iron for my sewing, and it’s great..but

some garments just need a good old-fashioned iron.

I thought I had an iron in the garage somewhere, but I couldn’t find it, so I started looking around at the stores. I must have been reluctant to spend money on one , because I wasn’t willing to buy the cheapest iron, and I certainly didn’t want to spend $40+ on one. I didn’t find anything that I felt met my needs.

Since I hadn’t shopped for an iron in a decade or so, I thought it was pretty nifty that there are quite a few that have retractable cords! However, almost all the ones that I saw, the cord came out of the right side of the iron. So what, right?

Well, since I’m a Lefty, the cord will come out on the side closest to me. I find that I constantly have to reposition the cord on my little iron. What a hassle. There are irons out there that have the cord coming out of the center, and some on a swivel ball, but they aren’t retractable. So the search continued.

While shopping online at Amazon for storage solutions, my research advisor (aka my husband) started looking at irons. This guy amazes me with his diligence in researching product reviews, comparing prices, and finding the best overall fit for what we need!

That’s when the Panasonic Cordless Steam Iron came into my life.

Here are the features that piqued my interest:

  • Cordless, Baby!!
  • Auto-Shut off (always a great feature, just-in-case)
  • Easy peesy Electronic Temperature Control (3 settings, no more dial) Plus-the light blinks until it is at temperature, then stays on
  • Power base gives you a cradle to place it in so it won’t tip over and fall on the carpet (I did that once)
  • Carrying case
  • Has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval , so not only has it been tested and approved by their panel of experts, GH will reimburse you, up to two years after buying a product, if it is defective!
  • Bonus: part of the iron and the carrying case are a beautiful Aqua, which matches my ironing board, and is my current favorite color! 😉

Let’s open it up, and test it out!

Panasonic Cordless Iron

Panasonic Cordless Iron
Controls of Cordless Iron

The controls are very easy to read. No more dials to contend with. Choose your temperature setting, and the light will flash until temperature is reached. It only takes 2-3 minutes. When I used it the first time, I set it on High for Cotton, which is what I mainly iron. I then remembered that I have a newer shirt that is Acetate, requiring a low setting. I switched from High to Low, and it did take quite a bit longer 7-10 minutes, to reach temperature. It took longer for the iron to cool down. So the smart thing to do, would be to use a lower setting first, and then bump it up to a hotter setting.


Let’s talk about the Power Base. It has a retractable cord, which I love. The neat thing about having this cordless iron with a base, is that the base does not require to be plugged in all the time!

When you need to do some ironing, you simply plug in the base, select your temperature, let it heat up, do your ironing, let it cool down, unplug, and store it away!

Panasonic Cordless Steam Iron
Power Base

Notice the black Roller! This allows you to simply roll the iron on and off the base, for easy access. Also, the case snaps onto the base. Just place the top over the iron on the base, and click! Lift the handle and you’re off to your sewing class, or just to store it away.

Panasonic Cordless Steam Iron
Iron case

Thanks for stopping by for my product review. Now…what can I go iron?