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As we’re making over our yard, we’ve had to learn quite a few things – starting a garden from seed, learning what poison oak, ivy, and sumac look like, and cutting back the briers. This weekend we took on a new challenge – chopping down trees. Chopping Trees These two pine trees were growing right [...]

As part of our yard makeover plans, I picked up supplies at the store. The cashier saw all that was in my cart and mentioned how she wished she could start a food garden, but she didn’t have a green thumb. I nodded, I completely understood her feelings. I used to a person who kept a cactus because it [...]

Now that we have settled down for the most part, we’re looking at transforming our place into a home and one of first goals – making over our yard. When we were touring the house we loved the size, but we knew it would take quite a bit of work to get the yard ready. [...]

One of our goals with moving to our place is getting rid of our junk. When we put the townhouse up for sale, we followed the advice our real estate agent to remove the junk. We did a huge round of purging stuff. Throughout the showings we’d dump some boxes. With our tight schedule, it was a [...]

It’s been a busy few weeks for us. After resting from the big move, we’ve been working hard at making this house our home. While we’ve painted and decorated before, many of these repairs are new to us. As we work through this massive repairs and maintenance list, we picked up some books and resources [...]

We’re another step closer to buying our house. We had our home, termite, and radon inspections done. I took a morning off to tag along and ask a ton of questions. Getting a home inspection is one of the smartest moves you can make when buying a place.  Let’s start with the finances. If your home inspector catches [...]

While there seems to be no shortage of posts on how to buy a house (Google has over a billion results last time I checked!), there are only a relatively few on the more important process – how to find the right place for you. How to Buy a House (That’s Right For You) If you’re looking [...]

As we simplify our lives this year there is one thing I will be fighting to keep in mind – it’s okay to adjust as needed. The constant in life is change. Don’t feel bad if you have to rework things. It’s said the done though. I think we can be so hard on ourselves for [...]

One of my goals for this year is to keep my work schedule to no more than 25 hours per week. With two little ones, it’s not practical for me to devote more time. I’d rather spend time with my girls and do fantastic work for a few projects than try to squeeze everything in. [...]

As a new year approaches, many people you know may be making resolutions and goals. Some popular ones include: Lose Weight Exercise More Eat Healthier Spend More Time with Loved Ones Get Out of Debt Save More Money Travel More As wonderful and inspiring as these are, most people will fail. Several factors come into play, [...]

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