January 29, 2010

caught my eye…

I was going to do a feature like this about once a month, but there are too many good things out there!
First of all, I need to tell you about an online auction for a sweet boy named Mark, who suffers from a rare condition of Idiopathic Sclerosing Mesenteritis. I have donated a full room consultation (not sure that it's going to help, but I wanted to donate something!) and there are some fantastic goodies over there you can bid on to help this brave boy and his family.



January 28, 2010

Ralph on a Ring

When I heard that Ralph Lauren was discontinuing their paint at HD, I went into a bit of a panic and decided I had better get my hiney over there to pick up the color cards before they were all gone! When Martha Stewart discontinued her Living line at Kmart, I was so sad that I didn’t get the cards of some of the colors~they are so hard to find now! I wasn’t going to let that happen again, so I went and started collecting:January 2010 023


January 25, 2010

Getting it Sold....


This is not a fun market to be putting a house up for sale. For those of you facing this soon, my heart goes out to you!
Ours sold quickly (4 days, 2 offers) and some have asked for tips or things we did to help it move quickly. I'm no realtor or expert, but here are a few thoughts:
1. Start Now
If you even think there's a slight possibility that you could be selling in the next couple of years, make a list of all of the projects you want to complete to make it sale ready. Replace those brass fixtures, put in that flooring, get that wallpaper down, dig the paint rollers out. Tackle one project a week. Don't do all the work for the new owners~get it done and
enjoy it.
If you are in a time crunch with lots to do, really consider taking some time off of work. This is the biggest ticket item you'll ever sell and a few days of projects around the house could mean thousands of dollars in the end.



January 22, 2010

caught my eye...

Thank you soooo much for all of the basement help. It's like having our own personal team of experienced basement consultants and the contractors are gonna hate all of the questions I'm brewing up for them.

I wanted to share some things that caught my eye this week. Some are older, but we just got our internet hooked up this week and I'm playing catch up...




January 21, 2010

Can we talk basements?

Comments are most definitely OPEN. I need to know your experience with basements.
What do you love about yours?
What do you wish you had done?
Any cool features you have, have seen in others, or wish you had done?
Warnings or things to watch out for?
Money saving tips?
We're having some contractors come by this weekend that have given us quotes and we want to get more specific with what we want.
We're paying cash, so when it's gone, it's gone. We want to know exactly what we're getting into so we don't spend too much and then realize we're out of money and oh...we don't have a door and the blowing snow is flying in :)



January 18, 2010

3 questions to ask your wardrobe + deals!

I'm trying to figure out a creative way to consolidate our master bedroom closet~it is 1/3 the size of our old one, and I've decided I really need to get rid of some clothes. I was reminded of the 3 golden questions to ask when buying or going through your clothing I shared with you last year, and I thought it was a perfect time to go over them again so maybe my closet could look like this? :)

Photo: Bob Heimstra

1. Do I love this?

2. Is it flattering?

3. Is this the image I want to portray?

I wish I could remember the source of these, but I think it was from Oprah a long time ago? I keep them on a card in my wallet as well.

In other news, Old Navy is having their add'l 50% off their clearance prices, plus Deal Seeking Mom shares the secrets of getting some printable coupons to use with the sale.

Also, my friend AnNicole over at Our Suburban Cottage shares some great paint deals at Home Depot in her last 2 posts. She had me at RL paint for $9 a gallon...

If I'm a good girl and get all of my chores done today (unpacking my closet!) I may try to slip out tonight to check these out.

Happy Monday~


January 15, 2010

Our (new to us) house!

Here are some pics I stole from the realtor~I included the floorplan too. It has the space we need: 1600 on the top and an unfinished 1600 on the bottom. It’s in a great neighborhood with the school we wanted and was about 60k less than the others we were considering. Most importantly, it just felt right. You know when you walk in and start looking around and you just know “this is it!” Even if it may not be exactly what you were envisioning? God has been good to our little (okay…big) family. It’s been crazy, but has all worked out. I cannot wait to get settled and you don’t even want to know how plans have been stirring in my head. The walls are white and there is no wallpaper…blank slate! Enjoy and thanks for looking at the potential with me. Much more to come….have a great day!home up


January 12, 2010

a new direction...

I started this blog when my husband was getting his PhD. It was my "outlet" during his long hours away from home and helped out financially. BlogHer is a dream to work with~they have taken care of all of the advertising, I just have to write the posts. By visiting this blog, y'all have helped pay for the "extra" things like piano lessons and sports for my kids that we didn't think we'd be able to afford while in school. I can't thank you enough for that.



January 8, 2010

A real 320 Sycamore

(not my photo)

I came across this real estate listing last week and the address caught my eye:

320 Sycamore
Bradbury, California

It's a custom built English manor in California, only 6.5 million, thought one of you might be interested :) It's always fun to look...

It's a little out of our price range, and on the opposite side of the U.S, but what would I pay for that address...
have a great weekend!



January 6, 2010

The New Year Calendar is your friend...

Oldie but Goodie: first posted 1/2009
I love filling out a brand new, clean calendar for the new year. I always wonder what will fill the pages and what I will see the next January when I review it. Isn't it amazing what can happen in one year??

Here's a little hint though: it can save you a lot of money. How?



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