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House Happenings

I haven’t updated about our house happenings in awhile so here goes. We aren’t doing anything crazy but trying to focus on certain areas or needs at a time. I am waiting for some new shelves to be built and installed in some wasted space areas to make them more functional so more to come on that.

When we moved in our master bedroom was so dark. The wall color, hard wood floor, lighting, and our furniture was just a dark combo. We pained the room about a year ago, got new bedding, and I have been searching for a rug but no luck yet (yes it has been 2 years of looking lol) . Recently I finally found new curtains, not only are they black out but they truly brighten the room. You may not believe me but just look at the pics. I got the curtains on Amazon from a Instagram recommendation. When I went to purchase they were on such a good sale you could only purchase 3 so thankfully my sister also purchased three for me and sent them my way! Gotta do what you gotta do.

I also took your suggestions for the fall front porch decor. I really don’t like spending a lot of money for things to sit outside. The wind is crazy at times in Texas so things blow all over and could break or be damaged so it’s not worth it. I did choose to purchase a layering front entry rug and some mums…..don’t be shocked but the mums are dead! (If you have been following long you know that I cannot keep a plant alive!) They looked good well they lasted. I will leave the fall decor until after Thanksgiving and then switch to winter/Christmas.

I am taking suggestions for winter ideas. So comment your ideas below.

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Cleaning Trick

Everyone I know, including me, really doesn’t love to clean the bathroom. BUT I mean you can’t go without doing that fun task, if you do don’t invite me over lol. I love to clean actually and really clean something everyday. It helps me to relieve stress and I am a serious Type A person.

I am always trying new products or what to use for different things that work and are cheap! Cleaning our glass shower is a nightmare. ugh the water spots and build up! I use this tool every time I shower.

I got this cleaning want at Dollar Tree for yes $1. I fill it half way with blue Dawn dish soap, yes it matters that you get the blue one, then fill the other have with White Vinegar. Boom that’s it. I store it in the shower and before I hope out I scrub down the walls and floor. Easy as can be and keeps everything from building up and our glass is spotless!

Give it a try and comment what you think!

What you Need!

1 cleaning wand with fillable handle (Dollar Tree)

Fill:

*1/2 with Blue Dawn Dish Detergent

*1/2 White Vinegar

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House Happenings

We have done some major changes recently. We repainted the dining room, office, upstairs hallway, and entry way. We also had the baseboards in the entire downstairs replaced!

We changed out the colors because the tan just made everything too dark. The color didn’t work well with the lighting and flow of the house. We did grey and white and it truly changed everything about the light in the house.

The baseboards were such a mess when we moved in. The previous own thought he could DIY and he could not. 🙂 The baseboards didn’t touch the ground so that gap was very annoying to me and held dirt and dog hair. They also were only primed not painted and the nail holes were not filled either, several areas were different shades of white primer as well. Many were chewed up by their dogs also, such a mess to say the least. I feel so much better now.

I did the painting of the dining room, hallway, and office. We had Sticks and Stones Remodeling do the entryway painting and replacing all the baseboards. They did a wonderful job. Very professional and excellent work. They were also very fast. We highly recommend to anyone in the local area!

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This is the first bigger project we have done. Mostly because we are never in a house long enough! I am so happy with the results.

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House Happenings

It has been awhile since I gave an update on the fun house happenings around here. When we moved in I thought our landscaping looked nice. As time went on I realized there was just way too much planted in the space. I didn’t want to immediately remove anything until I went through a full year to see what happened each season.

We have now started the removal process! I started with some large bushes, pots left all over, dead plants, and plants that just had spread way to much. I am starting a little at a time so that we don’t end up with just empty flower beds because that doesn’t look great either.

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We also removed the raised garden beds, it was falling apart and just always over grown. I do not garden and well I would love to it just doesn’t fit into our lives right now.

Our landscaper is so great to work with and works quickly. We are so thankful for his work because there is no way we could get this done in one day.

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House Happenings

I have had this dresser since my first apartment out of college. I purchased it at Goodwill for $25.00. Perfect for the situation and fresh out of college life. Well now it hasn’t been used much and doesn’t match anything we have, but it has moved countless times and offers a great amount of storage. With baby on the way it was the perfect time to refinish it and save some money buying furniture.

I took one weekend to remove the hardware, sand the drawers and paint them. I haven’t ever done a piece of furniture before so I thought it was safe to try it out on the drawers, smaller surface to fix if I messed up. They turned out pretty great so the next weekend I did the dresser unit itself.

I cannot tell you enough how much I do not like sanding! I did it all by hand and ugh was it exhausting. BUT worth it in the end.

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After the painting was done I got new hardware to add some personality. The top round crystal pulls are from HomeGoods and are Rachel Roy brand, the silver long ones are from Lowe’s. I think they compliment each other and look great but not too flashy. The different colors in her room reflect in the crystals and it looks so sweet.

I could not be happier with how it turned out and saved some money we can use on other items for the baby!

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House Happenings

Lately I have been in full nesting mode in our house. We have been getting so many projects done, small and large. It feels great to get them done but it also makes my list just keep growing somehow and the projects seem to get larger. Many of which are long term projects that we won’t even tackle any time soon.

We painted the baby’s room. I chose to go with grey on two walls and white on the other two. It gives the room dimension but keeps it light and will allow all of our decor to really shine through. I am excited to start getting the bigger furniture items and begin to put her room together a little at a time.

 

We also painted our master bedroom. It was a tan color and just was dingy so we used the same grey and did a navy blue accent wall, we love the way it turned out and it really lightened the room.

 

Our landscaping got a refresh by pulling out a lot of plants that the previous owner had just over planted in many areas so nothing looked great, new mulch, new edging, leaves removed and bushes trimmed. It really does look 100% better and our curb appeal is upped.

 

I also took a day to scrub all of the doors in the house. This may sound silly but they look so much better. The oil from our hands, dirt, dust and dog hair really do build up on the doors and trim before you know it. After doing this the doors & trim really look so much better and brighter. I also spot cleaned the walls which makes a huge difference if your paint is looking dingy and you don’t want to repaint everything in your house.

I have also done little things like hang up some items that have just been sitting around, put up new outlet covers and deep cleaned our bedrooms.

There are still more projects that are upcoming but I feel really good about where we are and where things are headed.

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Grocery Shopping

I took a poll on Instagram recently wondering how many people went to more than one grocery store for their shopping needs. I was surprised at the response but it appears that 60% do! The other 40% thought it was too much work.

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I recently have been going to two different stores because it has been saving a lot of money on our shopping. I will most likely be upping it to three because getting all the cleaning supplies and such I have found another place to go for even less. It does take more time but all the stores are fairly close and the savings is significant enough to make it worth it to me. Some areas or small towns this may be more difficult.

The way I break down our shopping:

  1. Produce & Meat
  2. Snacks, Boxed items, non perishable items
  3. Cleaning Supplies/Personal Care Items

In the past I have used a lot of coupons but that didn’t really make a difference, I now only use coupons on the food items we buy. Trying new brands or products never worked out for us, but it may for you. Using the stores rewards cards and apps actually seem to save us more money. The apps give you coupons you may not otherwise find and special discounts in the specific store.

We tend to go grocery shopping twice a month and cook a lot at home. Especially with me working from home now our shopping needs have slightly changed so going once a month just isn’t enough with perishable foods and produce.

Do you go to more than one store? What are your grocery shopping tips?

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House Happenings

Oh boy have things been going on with the house. I am not happy to say that we found out we had a slab leak, for anyone unfamiliar that means a leak under the foundation of our house! (Yes, we just moved in and yes, we are very sure the sellers knew about it.) However, we needed to focus on fixing it. Who knows how long they let this go but I was immediately alerted after our first water and gas bill. The water company even contacted us to say based on the consumption you most likely have a leak. So investigating began.

I checked everything, nothing was running, but our meter was. Everyone kept trying to say it was a leaking toilet but those had all been checked. When the plumber arrived, who was so nice and professional, he agreed not the toilet. He had a hard time finding it at first but once he turned off our tankless water heater the meter stopped. Meaning a pipe leading to or from the water heater was the problem. Since we do not have a tank we weren’t running out of hot water it was just constantly making hot water. They used sound over our floors to locate the leak and luckily were able to break through the garage floor with no tunneling needed to find and replace the pipe. (For some time we thought they would have to break through the kitchen floor.) The leak is now fixed! I would definitely recommend this plumbing company, Service Contractors Plumbing and specifically James. He was great!

Now that the leak was fixed I had to finally give in and organize our garage. I didn’t want to purchase anything new at this time to complete this because I wanted to get things cleaned out and put away with what we had. Now I can take some time to see what we need or want to change about the garage. I am happy with how it is for now, we just need to find a place to take the 6 huge containers of paint the previous owners left. They actually left a lot of stuff we have had to clean out, including furniture. Some people are just really rude, that is all I will say. 🙂

A lot of people skip organizing the garage and just throw things in there but then you can’t find things easily. So what I did was put the things we use the most in one area in storage baskets/tubs that we can grab easily and are near the door to the house. This section is used a lot and also has our second refrigerator. I put decorations in plastic tubs by season and store them all together so we can change out our decor easily by having everything to put away and get out in one place. After that I fill in the rest with my husbands hunting stuff, sports items and miscellaneous. Through out the process I am eliminating boxes, trash, anything that is broken or we don’t use or need anymore. Don’t store it if you don’t use or need it!

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New Year 2019

Saying goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 is so exciting for me. Some people don’t get into the new year and resolutions and I can appreciate that. I have always set more of what I consider goals for the next year, but close enough. I do however want to say that you do NOT have to wait for a new year, new month, new week or a Monday to make a change or start something new! Every minute of every day you have the choice to make a change or stick to something you have already set for yourself. Don’t wait to set some goals or make a positive move in your life!

 

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With that said I am going to share my goals for 2019 with you! Some of them are the same as I had for 2018 and some are new.

  1. One of my goals is to lead a healthy life style. You will notice I didn’t say “lose weight” Because weight is not the only thing that makes you healthy, we all have different numbers on the scale that make us healthy. I focus more on good food choices, learning about what I am putting in and on my body and staying consistent.
  2. Financial budgeting and success. It is always important for me to budget and stick to my financial goals. In years past I had set out to pay off my student loans by the time I was 30 and I was able to do that! (So proud of this) I have also paid off my car and we are now able to put that money towards other goals and projects and fun we have in life. I want to continue this great path. I keep a spreadsheet and track every penny I spend. This allows me to see where I can make changes and what needs to be focused on.
  3. Relationships are my next goal. I want to focus on putting in the best possible effort I can to make all of my relationships positive and the best they can be. Sometimes this can be hard for me when I am not getting the same in return from other people, however I can only control myself and I want to be positive and happy knowing I made the best effort I could.

Those are my 3 focuses for the year. I don’t want to make too many goals/resolutions because I do stick to mine and I want to keep the focus on these 3 things I find important in my life at this time. 2018 was a year of healing and change for us and I am ready to settle in to our lives in McKinney and move forward to establish the life we want. It is going to be hard and we have already faced several challenges in the month and a half we have been here. I am ready for what is to come and I am happy to move forward.

What are your goals or resolutions for 2019?

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House Happenings/Thanksgiving

We are officially enjoying our new house in McKinney, TX. Just after settling in we were able to celebrate our first Thanksgiving in this house. Since we just moved and scheduling with other family was too difficult, we spent the day just the two of us. It was a gorgeous day so we went on a family walk around the neighborhood before I cooked a full traditional Thanksgiving meal for us. I am big on tradition so we have turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn pudding, green bean casserole and stuffing. (Minimum I should say, when more family is involved always more!)

Our new kitchen is so nice to cook in. Everything is newly remodeled so all of the little touches make is an ease to cook and clean. The kitchen has granite counter tops, under counter soft close drawers instead of cabinets with above cabinets all the way to the ceiling, eliminating the wasted space and added storage. Some of the cabinets are glass front adding a touch of brightness, double oven, cook top, stainless steel farm sink, large island and butcher block. I could go on but instead you will have to visit.

It was nice to have the day just the two of us. The rest of the weekend was spent completing some home projects, hanging things and trying some new restaurants.