House · McKinney · Texas Life

House Happenings

We have been needing a new HVAC system for the upstairs of our house for some time. We knew the unit we had was too small and that meant our master bedroom got very little air. It also would run more than necessary because it was too small for the space.

Finally we decided to bite the bullet and get it done before the crazy hot summer of Texas. We have been using One Hour Air to do our semi annual services and we went with them for our new system as well.

I was able to get a great price and they started putting the new system in the next day. The speed was great! The professionals who came to do the install were so respectful of our home and belongings. They took great care to do the job carefully and correctly. They took out all the old and our new system is so big and shiny lol. The immediate improvement of air flow was amazing. We actually feel air in our master bedroom now and my husband isn’t complaining daily (about that) haha.

They also did a duct cleaning that got out so much nasty stuff ewwwww. The prior owners of our home really thought they could DIY a lot of things and they didn’t care for the prior system properly. Never used filters and let the coil get caked in dirt. I mean ewwwwww why? So now that we have the new system upstairs and all the clean ducts we can really tell a difference in the amount of dust in the bedrooms and the unit runs less and works better.

So happy but I still hate that kind of investment because of the money. I am cheap and home projects like that are just so vital but costly. Definitely maintain your homes properly and if you don’t know what you are doing I do not recommend DIYing. haha

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Vacuum

You know I love love love to vacuum and clean our floors. I do something everyday to clean the floors. With 2 dogs, 2 adults and a little one the floors are always a mess. There is dog hair, my hair, food, outside debris and who knows what else.

I have a Roomba and I run it when I can but honestly not really impressed. It’s so loud and goes to the same spots over and over. But it helps where it does go. I have a carpet shampooer and highly recommend you getting one. This thing is amazing! It picks up so much and leaves the rugs fluffy and like new. I try to do this about once a month but lately I haven’t had time. I have the Bissel Pet Pro. I also have a regular vacuum but I need a new one. This one is like 10 years old and just doesn’t do as much any more.

I recently added a Black and Decker hand vacuum and I love it. It was $18 on Amazon and is so helpful for inside cabinets, drawers, under furniture, walls, stairs, furniture and so much more. I love this thing. Its battery powered and comes with the charger. It’s very light weight and picks up so much. Definitely something to add to your cleaning collections.

What is your favorite floor cleaner?

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Cleaning Products

I am so excited to tell you about the new cleaning product we recently changed to. BUT first let me tell you why we changed. I was so tired of having a film left all over the counter tops after cleaning. I am just over always re buying and re buying and then having all these bottles of stuff. The strong smells, dry hands, and money. I could go on but these are the main reasons.

I did a ton of research and there are so many options out there. I compared ingredients, price, reviews and word of mouth. I mean this took forever lol. I ended up deciding on Branch Basics. It is a safe product and the concentrate makes all the cleaning products you need including laundry! It is fragrance free and has lots of buying options. You can get an entire kit or just the concentrate.

I got just the concentrate and then purchased glass bottles on Amazon because they were much less cost wise. As you know I am all about the bottom dollar! (aka cheap) I got the concentrate last week and immediately started cleaning. It was very easy to mix and cleans amazingly. There was no residue left behind, no crazy smell, my hands were dry and this bottle is going to last forever!

I have cleaned glass, counter tops, floors, bathtubs, toilets, windows, stainless steel and so much more. All came out perfect! It’s safe to use around my sweet girl and eliminates all the clutter of cleaning supplies.

I had previously switched to microfiber for dusting and floors so now we have eliminated even more waste.

I highly recommend you giving this a try! You will love it.

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Friday

Happy Friday! I honestly don’t know how it is Friday already, I feel like it’s Tuesday haha. This week has been super busy with work, appointments, following up on insurance issues from the accident, decorating for Christmas, moming, and so much more. BUT hey it’s been productive.

I am ready to celebrate the holidays budget friendly with experiences instead of things. I have been looking locally for fun events and things to do so stay tuned as I let you know what we are doing. Our girl turned 1 and I want to make the holiday special for her now that she is moving, grooving, and exploring. If you have free or budget friendly activities you do for the holiday comment below and I will share a full list with all of you!

I got our outside decorations up the other day and just started on the tree last night. I hope to have the tree done today. I actually love the simple look out front with just greenery and white lights. I am hoping to add to the lights next year and get some new lights after Christmas but we will see. We also need a new Christmas Tree, ours is ten years old, losing a lot of greenery, some lights are out, and a branch has to be re attached. I will however still make it beautiful because I am not going to buy a tree right now. 🙂 Again budget friendly this year. We have a tree and are thankful for that and like I said we will make it beautiful and I will share that once it’s finished.

Let me know your Christmas/holiday traditions and your thoughts on our front porch!

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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!

House · McKinney · Texas Life

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.