Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Today's The Day - Perhaps?

Today we will be putting in an offer on our first house. I'm so excited!!!!!!! I can't wait. Did I ever tell you how much I enjoy filling out paperwork and reading long forms? My whole life has been leading up to this day right here.

I don't know what to expect. We have a great realtor and he is going to call me this morning before 10 to get the ball rolling. It was a little touch and go there for awhile because he set us up with another realtor in his office and I didn't really get the best feeling about her. She didn't locate a house that we really wanted and I just happened to drive by it and call the realtor on the sign and the house was still for sale! Who misses that? She was like "I can't find the house anywhere on the MLS. It must have sold and they never took it offline." Shhhhhya right! So in my eyes she's coming off a bit flaky and I finally told the owner that our trust is in him and not her so if he could help us out that would be great.

Later today he will be walking us through how to negotiate a great offer on the house. If all goes well, then I will be going by there today and taking tons of pics to post on here. I don't want to do it yet just in case we don't get the place and I don't want to be the weird lady who takes pictures of a house she doesn't own.

If this works out, you will soon be meeting the newest addition to our family. Jump for joy with me in a big group hug!! Hooray for putting in offers on a house!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just Breath...

Okay so today is a great day. And here is why.

Awhile back (almost 2 years now) we have been wanting to buy a house and as of today, we are officially really truly honestly in the market and actively searching for a house.

WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!

I can't believe it and I am still coming to terms with it. I just got off the phone with our lender not even an hour ago and can't wait until Michael comes home so that we can celebrate somehow. I am sick and currently not in the mood to celebrate but at the same time I am bursting at the seams with excitement. I can.not.wait. until we find that special place to lay our heads at night. That place that has eluded us for so long. The spot that we can paint, tear, nail, and stucco to our hearts content without fear of losing our security deposit. Haha!

Well that is my big news for today. Mark this date. Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011. The day we started growing up.

Giggle.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Laundry Day


Today is my Laundry Day.

Just me and piles of laundry hanging out, getting along, and getting put away.

I need something to watch though too. So here I am with my clothes and old last season episodes of HGTV Design Star.



I have to catch up on it sometime right?

What do you guys watch on your laundry day? Or does music do it for you?

Friday, July 15, 2011

This Lawn Needs Mowin'!


Look at this picture of our backyard...it needs some serious TLC - stat!


We let it go so much for a couple of reasons.
1) Our mower broke last summer and we never got it fixed - we actually sold it to Harriet "The Mower Lady" in town for a few bucks. Hey if it's broke and you don't have the moolah to fix it, then sell it! Our family motto. :o)
2) Our rainy season leaves little time between downpours to run out and get the lawn cut. Who wants to dodge lightning bolts?
3) We just put it on the backburner and ignorance was bliss. I mean come on, we were indoors in 73 degree a/c all summer. Life was not bad...

But now it has reached critical mass and we want to entertain back there again, so we are finally (using a borrowed mower - thanks mom and dad!) slaying the Backyard Beast that is our yard.

So hopefully the next update on the backyard will go from this...

To this...

photo courtesy hotspringdc

Whaaaat? You say I will have to move to a completely different house to get this desired effect? Ummm...yep, you're right. I have a head full of dreams what can I tell ya?

Is anyone else working on backyard resuscitation right now? Or am I just way too tardy for the party and all alone out there?

Thursday, March 31, 2011

House Update

Okay so here's the new lowdown on our pad. We have decided to sign our lease for another year in this here house. It's a relief of sorts that I won't have to pack up a whole house while my son is still in school and move us all out of here. I say that I won't have to move us because I have come to the realization that I am the one that does most of all our planning, purchasing, boxing, sorting, purging, searching for deals, getting said deals, and then making sure our Master List is accomplished before we pull away from the curb in that U-Haul.

My husband is the muscle for the day of. I might complain a bit, but I am actually proud of the fact that I can manage a whole house in such a manner. I need to keep remembering to put this stuff on my resume for if I ever return to working with actual real-life adults!

So now this brings us to today. We are in this house for another year and I go back and forth as to if I want to put any kind of effort into sprucing the place up. A year comes and goes like lightning these days. Who wants to pour a whole bunch of cash into a rental home? For what? So the next people that step up in the place can go "Ooooo recessed lighting. We'll take it!" I mean come on, we're not making anything of it being updated when we leave. We would just be doing upgrades for our landlord that he can eventually cash in big time when he sells the place. I'm feeling quite at odds today.

Well that's it. I just wanted to tell you whats going on with the house hunting front. I am also realizing that within a years time, if no tsunamis or earthquakes completely ruin our town, I may very well be in my dream home. I only plan on moving 1 more time before our kids are grown and out of the house. Then our master plan at age 45 is to sell the house and buy an RV and hit the road folks! See the countryside and make it to the top of Mt. Washington!

We dream big in this little home of ours...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Magazine Fail


Okay so this is what I get for leaving my House Beautiful in the bathroom after my bath....

Forgotten mag + toddler that thinks she can read underwater = House Beautiful Fail




Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'm a Big Fan

I love fans! I absolutely LOOOOVE a good looking fan! The fans in our rental are generally hideous. Case in point:


And it doesn't get any better once you get into the master bedroom:


Oh yeah, it's all black with GOLD accents! Try not freaking out in the middle of the night when your NyQuil wears off and you are in the middle of a giant spider dream...mmhhmm...it's happened.

But this is what I'm talking about when it comes to what I want fanning me in the cool night air or midmorning sun:

foto courtesy stylehive.com

I live in the South and these things are in every fancy-do hotel I have ever spent time in. The catch is though that you have to have a tall enough ceiling to make the effect work. Sadly, we don't. But a girl can dream can't she?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Most Beautiful Childrens Hospital

Sorry no words from me yesterday but there was a valid reason. I spent most of my day fretting over my firstborn son and his first - and hopefully last - foray into the hospital for oral surgery. Yes, my son is the kid screaming from the back office of the Dentist making your kid start to squirm and get nervous thinking that his fate will be the same. So our last ditch effort was to get him fully anesthetized and do all the work in one shot.

He was fine, I was the blubbery mess, he lived, has nice teeth to show for it, and now onto the goods!

He went to Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital in Orlando, FL. We live nowhere near there so of course the majority of my day was spent in the car commuting to and fro. This place is absolutely gorgeous!

Here are just a few pictures for you to see what they had going on...

This was inlaid at the front of the information desk.

But what is that detail? Is that beading? Wait for it....

They're marbles!!! This is just screaming "Duplicate me somehow!" I can see this showing up in my childrens toy box. Hmm...


Now look at this childrens' waiting table...don't mind my daughter looking over and above me like I didn't just say "Look at Mommy....say cheese!"

It's so Leroy Jetson, this table, isn't it?
And check out this gem of a detail...

A webbed foot like a duck...my head exploded after I saw this. Good thing I was at the hospital.

And finally take a look see at this "tree" at the Nurses Station. The branches reached the ceiling and then they painted leaves onto the ceiling panels as well. Too cute.


I hope you enjoyed this architectural gem of a Hospital. If the decor wasn't comforting enough, the staff was awesome as well. So if your wee one has to get treated for anything while in the state of FL - request to be dropped off here.

I was given permission to take these photos by more than one member of personnel. The only stipulation was no patients or staff could be captured. I hope I followed their guidelines. These photos are my own property, if you would like to use them, just please either drop me a line telling me so, and link back to me here. Thanks!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some Great Do It Yourself Websites and Resources


Okay today will be where I show you my favorite sites that I go to when looking for inspiring DIY Before and Afters and tutorials and all around household hotness.
  • Apartment Therapy - all things household Do It Yourself
  • Young House Love - a dazzling duo of Do It Yourself expertise
  • Funky Junk Interiors - she repurposes things into insanity!
  • This one is a podcast on my iTunes - Decor It Yourself - quick ways to make sparkly and practical things, usually repurposed. Oh and she has her own blog as well @ Threadbanger.com
So click on any of these home improvement sites and enjoy these old friends or new finds!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Milestone I Guess...


As of yesterday we decided that we would start the process of trying to get our credit together so as to purchase our first home! Shreaking like a little girl at a pajama party here....

I'm so excited. As of yesterday afternoon, we sent out all of our letters to our credit agencies contesting anything on them that are looking kinda fishy to us. Now I believe they have 30 days to respond before we can move forward with our next step. Whatever that may be.

Thankfully, while researching from A to Z all things "first-time homebuyers" I have come across many helpful people and guides. At the bottom of this blog actually, you can see the HGTV Home Guide widget. You can click on that for invaluable information wherever you may live and whatever stage of buying you may be in as well.

Not too long ago, I was contacted by a man who promised to help me get my credit in order but he was going to charge us - are you sitting? - $400 bucks! Now since we don't have that kind of cheddar, I kindly declined his offer for help. Again, thanks to meeting a woman along the way that deals with first-time homebuyers she was able to steer me in the right direction towards a program that my state actually offers. There are people on hand in every state that help you sort through credit issues - FREE OF CHARGE!


Come Monday, I am on the phone first thing with him. I'll let you know how it turns out.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Home Now

Hopefully it's no secret on here that I would love to own my own home. There are a few variables that need to be in place however before that step can be taken. There are alot of things that could always go wrong when getting into real estate, but there are also so many things that can go right at the same time.

Here is my list of the Top 5 Reasons Why I Want to Buy a Home NOW....(no pressure hubby...)

1) Even though I get this glazed over vacant stare in my eyes whenever the topic of numbers and math is brought up, even I know that the whole interest rates, loan amounts, housing prices are so low that it would take an actual doornail to be dumb enough not to get in while the gettins good.

2) I have already fallen in love with about 3 houses in our town that just whisper to me "Come home to me, curl up with a good book in my window coves, paint me, water me, take out a low-interest mortgage on me..."

3) The price of homes in my Southern FL town are so low that it's absolutely disgusting. Just short of buying a house for $1.00 like I heard they were doing last year in Detroit, houses here are going for next to nothing. i.e. 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car garage - 79,900 - oh and did I mention that it was built in '05?

4) I wanted to get a dog but the hubs said no. I wanted a new car and the hubs said no to that too. I'm just trying to make grownup decisions here. I am almost 30 and what screams "grown up" more than a mortgage, a leaky roof, and eating in every day of the week to afford said mortgage?

5) I have watched so much HDTV and DIY Network to know how to build a house almost from the foundation up so why let all this knowledge rot and go to waste? These useful hands were made to custom decorate a home with paint swatches and custom curtains for reals!

I think that I have made a pretty good case and now I just have to convince the one with the European man-purse strings to read this post and get my subtle hints! ;o)


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thing I'm Loving This Thursday...


I say thing just because I have been dreaming of this one thing ever since I laid eyes on it earlier this week and just had to pass it along to any of you that may have missed it.

Look at this beaut of bathroom....courtesy of Young House Love.

foto courtesy YHL

Of course the whole thing is just insanely put together (in a good way) but the thing that really makes cameos in my dreams at night is their ceiling to floor 95" shower curtain. They are a rare breed, but guess who is going to track one down in the weeks to come? Moi. Good guess.

Thanks for hosting todays post inspiration Teresha over at Marlie and Me


My Best,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We Came To a Decision - Kinda...

Okay so remember the last post where I was lamenting what kind of house to get? Should we get a fixer upper and just spiff it up over the years or should we get that new construction that is move-in ready but lacks character?

Well we've come to a decision....I think.

Currently we are renting a pretty sweet house down South for basically next to nothing. Its a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom ranch style for only $500 bucks a month. Awesome right? Right. The downsides to this place is the 1 bathroom for 4 people can get hectic at times, nearly every single outlet gives of a slight spark every time we plug something in (which an electrician said to me once "That's perfectly NORMAL!") I think he was lying and paid off by the landlord. Oh and the street behind us had a drug bust at one of the properties. Greeeeeat! Safety is an issue on many levels with this house.

But other than that, this place is awesome. We have a den that is now serving as our office, a large screened in lanai (back porch essentially), huge yard for the kiddies to run amok, tire swing, shed, orange tree, fenced in. It's got a great feel to the place.

So my husband and I have decided to stay. And make this our home. And pray each night that we don't get robbed or blown up because the senior citizens down the street's meth lab exploded.

Until something better comes along..... ;o)


My Best,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Keeping It In Perspective...













mansion: Jim Miotke @ BetterPhoto.com
shack foto courtesy: FriedmanArchives.com



Keeping it in perspective is really what we are trying to do. Between my husband and my own tastes we are almost as opposite as the 2 houses pictured above. My husband wants something move-in ready and new and with a large great room so he can stretch out comfortably. I want a decent sized house with enough room for our immediate 4 person family and then enough room for us to grow into.

But! There's always a but isn't there? Yes, well in our case it's that both of our parents are getting up in years and are no longer spring chickens. And with me being my parents only daughter, I've known since my youth that in the event of any life altering change (heart attack that doesn't kill them but disables them, alzheimers, yada, yada, yada) that it would fall on my shoulders to care for them. "But Lynn, that's where nursing homes and rehab centers come into play." Umm....I've worked in those places and not for nothing, but there's no way my parents are ending up in the hands of that kind of facility.

For all those reasons that is why we must tread carefully when settling on our family home for the next couple of decades. This purchase is so huge and momentous because we want it to be the last place we have to buy for the rest of our childrens youth ya know? No more moving for them, because we feel like they need roots.

So with all of my house hunting prowess (yes I can almost always guess the right house someone will pick on House Hunters and HH International) I am trying to keep MY future house in perspective. I watch all these shows and honestly I start to get kind of disgusted at how greedy people get when it comes to homes. Granted, alot of these people have professional careers and can afford it, but some can't. I was watching an episode of My First Place and there was a family of 4 the husband was a bartender/waiter and the wife was pretty much a Stay At Home Mom that worked once or twice a week waitressing as well. The way they were looking at houses you'd think they were trust fund babies! Their wish list was yay long - "I NEED a walk in closet without a doubt! Granite countertops a MUST!!!!"

Seriously.........????? And how did they plan on paying the mortgage on a house with all those bells and whistles. The end result was they did get a house with alot of things in it that they wanted and you could tell they were getting in over their heads when in the end they said to each other "Yeah we are going to really have to scale back alot. But we don't care. We got the house of our dreams."

Sometimes dreams can become nightmares folks.

So I am trying to now scale back my vision of what my dream house should look like. I am certainly not thinking along the lines of granite countertops, I don't mind painting my own space. Crown molding? Eh...a luxury in mine eyes. Thinking and remembering that there are so many people not only in 3rd world countries, but in our very own United States backyards with absolutely nothing is really helping me to remember that my family and I don't need the biggest, latest and greatest to be happy, cared for, and satisfied.

Besides....who's going to be cleaning this mansion anyway? Me! ;o)




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