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!
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
So I have been MIA with my posts lately and I am sorry. Sometimes life gets in the way and before I know it it’s a month later. Let’s start with some House Happenings.
We are excited to be relocating VERY soon! Our house went on the market September 1 and I wasn’t really thinking it would go quickly, people told me it would but what do they know lol. I really didn’t think we would be in a new house for the holidays! So all of a sudden our house was under contract and we needed to find our new dream home asap. I am glad to say that under pressure things worked out and we were able to find our new house.
With that being said my free time has been taken up by cleaning out, cleaning up and packing. I don’t like to wait until the last minute for things. We have moved 6 other times together in (8 years) so I know my way around what needs to be done. I start by cleaning out every closet, cabinet, drawer and room of anything we don’t need or want any more. (Including furniture) I sell some and donate the rest.
Then I start by packing all of the framed photos and decor throughout the house. You don’t need these things for daily living and it eliminates so much! As I seal each box I label it and then take it out to the garage. Getting the boxes out of the way helps keep you organized and know what is left to pack. After decor I start with the closets and cabinets in rooms other than the kitchen and bedrooms, usually coat closets, dvd cabinets etc. Making sure the label and move the boxes as I finish. While doing this if we find more to get rid of we do! Next we do the bathrooms and bedrooms that aren’t being used, leaving just our clothes, bathroom & kitchen. This is where we are now.
Once I get to this point I start deep cleaning the house, scrubbing base boards, cleaning out the fridge, cleaning all closet shelves and walls that you can get to. After all the deep cleaning then I get everything in the garage boxed up and cleaned out. Now I am ready to enjoy the last few days in our house and won’t feel rushed to pack our clothes and kitchen. (I also have already packed up everything in the kitchen that we don’t use daily such as serving dishes, mixers, appliances etc.)
So as you can see I have been busy. 🙂 I also had jury duty and work full time. Plan ahead and it isn’t so bad.