Pergolas – Outdoor Living in Style!

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We decided to build a pergola onto our back deck at one of our first rehab houses to make it like an outdoor living room so we could enjoy the view. The backyard featured a canal and boat dock that was very enjoyable to look at and the back deck adjoining the house was in dire {Read More…}

Rehabbing Furniture – DIY Desk to Vanity Tutorial

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I love it when I enter someone’s home and they have stories to tell about the furniture they own. I personally love for my home to be filled with things given to me from friends, passed down from family and some from my travels. It’s nice to be able to look around each day and be {Read More…}

Baby, It’s Cold Outside… Time to protect those faucets and pipes!


Excuse my late night post but I just got in from freezing my butt off outside in the bone chilling weather that we are experiencing here. It is getting down to below freezing tonight (a whopping 14 degrees) and I remembered as I was putting the girls down to sleep that the hose out front {Read More…}

When Life Gives You Puddles…

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I’m reminded daily by my first born that life can be spontaneously fun. It was raining and we were supposed to go outside and play today. Mommy hadn’t thought to check the weather report before making that promise so when I realized the weather wasn’t going to let up and give us a break we {Read More…}

Going Green – Being Renovation Responsible

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Shockingly, according to the EPA, home construction and demolition projects produce 58 million tons of waste annually, 90% of which could be reused. If you renovate, consider donating your discarded materials (doors, toilets, cabinets, sinks, light fixtures, tile, and more) to one of the re-use centers in your town. We donate all of our unwanted {Read More…}

DIY Board and Batten Shutters

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For anyone willing to put in just a little bit of elbow grease, building your own board and batten shutters is VERY simple to do and they make all the difference with the look and feel of your home. Our home went from looking colonial to a contemporary mission style in just 2 days… And the {Read More…}

Coco-Panko Chicken Salad

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I know most people like salads, some people tolerate them and if you are on a diet, you eat so many that you just wish that you could eat one with enthusiasm again. But if you have ever wished to LOVE or CRAVE a salad… I have the salad for you! No joke, my stomach {Read More…}

Save Empty Spice Jars and Use them for Storing Seeds for the Garden

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If you’re anything like me you use a lot of spices. I’ve always saved empty spice jars and reuse them by drying out my own spices and filled them up with fresh spices. A lot of plants go in and out of my garden each year and as much as I use, I also try {Read More…}

Tips on Buying Foreclosed Homes:

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I was looking through some notebooks I keep on things we’ve learned throughout our home buying experience and what kept catching my eye today was the notes I kept on buying foreclosed homes. We’ve purchased two so far and have had great success in doing so. Buying a foreclosed home is a little different then {Read More…}

Our 5 Survival Guide Tips to Renovating a Home - Our Survival Guide Tips to Renovating a Home

I’ve had this thought of doing a website/blog/DIY tutorial site/store/website for quite some time now… ok, really… it’s been about 3 years since I first started thinking about it. I’m not a procrastinator, really, I’m not! Truth be told I just haven’t found the time with everything that has happened since my husband and I {Read More…}

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