Wrangling the Ribbon Collection

Hi there! It seems like I’ve been trying to organize my ribbon collection for.ev.er. As I mentioned back in this post, I was storing my ribbon in little photo boxes. My average size ribbon collection had already filled two boxes and it was a pain to figure out what was where. So I toyed with some other storage ideas, but I was coming up short. Then, for my bridal shower, we got these decorative luggage boxes from Michaels.

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An Organized Entryway Drop Zone

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing our entry drop zone. A couple months ago, after searching for his wallet and keys for several minutes (an almost daily occurrence), My Man asked me if we could have a designated place for such items. And my heart grew three times it’s size! He was asking me to organize something for him. It was a miracle.

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Easy DIY Jewelry Board

Hello blog friends! Today I’m sharing a little project my friend and I whipped up to organize our jewelry. My current necklace holder is a giant key from Anthropologie. I LOVE it, but my necklace collection has more than outgrown it. So I made a fabric-covered cork board that would hold several necklaces and look great displayed in our bathroom.

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Model Home Tour – Take 2

Well friends, this past weekend we may have found our future house.

We’ve been going back and forth about when we’re going to move and have been teasing ourselves with looking at houses. I think we’ve decided not to move for another year at the earliest, but I think we found a good contender for a house when the time comes. It’s in a new community again, so we would build it and be able to pick out a lot of our own features.

ModelHome.ExteriorThe Exterior – We can pick our own colors and brick, but structurally, this is what it looks like.

Model.LivingRoomThe living room area – It’s a nice size and very open, with an optional fireplace.

KitchenThe kitchen and dining area – which is open to the living room. The kitchen is about the same size as our current kitchen, but the overall layout to the dining area and living room is more open. Plus, we would gain a pantry and little desk area (below).

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The left is a little “planning center” with a desk and cabinets – a place for mail, bills and, down the road, a place for kids to do homework. No more mail strewn across the island! The picture on the right is the huge pantry – score!

Office.EntryThe entry is pretty, especially with the architectural detail of the chair rail. To the right is the office, which is right off the entry. It’s a great size for an office.

GameRoomThis is the optional upstairs living space. They call it a game room. It is huge – bigger than the living room downstairs. We are thinking of adding the game room instead of a basement.

Master1The master is about the same size as our current master, which works for us! There are also 3 other bedrooms upstairs and an additional full bath.

Master3Master bathroom with double sinks and a shower (sadly, no bathtub and a little bit on the small side). The master closet is a definite upgrade in size though!

Laundry1The super laundry upstairs. This room is huge! I could seriously put a chase lounge in here.

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A couple more views of the laundry room. Tons of hanging space. I will no longer have clothes hanging all over the guest room and clothes baskets all over the place.

Overall, we think it fits all of our must haves and we’re exciting about the possibility! What are your must haves for your house?

House Hunting and Model Home Tour

So as I stated in this post, My Man and I have started to get the house hunting itch. We aren’t in serious ‘the-hunt-is officially-on’ mode yet, but we’ve been researching and looking around in the community we’re interested in. We’re thinking about making our big move within the next two years.

It’s been really exciting but also a dose of reality and nerve wracking at the same time. We’re learning what we’re each willing to compromise on and what we both consider must haves. Plus we’re learning what kind of compromises we’re going to have to make to stay within our budget. I’m sure everyone can relate to that right? 🙂

When we originally started looking, I did not want to be in a subdivision with neighbors who were a few feet away. I grew up in the country and appreciate the large yards and privacy that life afforded. So I was looking for a good sized yard with some privacy in a new house. But, after looking around and truly understanding what our options would be closer to the city, I’m realizing that a subdivision may be in my future.

A few weekends ago we toured a model home in a subdivision we are considering and I thought I’d share some pictures since I always love seeing how nicely decorated everything is in a model home and thought you’d enjoy it too.

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I really liked the open layout of the kitchen and living area in this house. It was more of a square room so you could really have a conversation from the kitchen to living room if you wanted and it was a good size for us.

ModelHomeTour.KitchenLiving

The kitchen had pretty white cabinets and a large island and everything I wanted in a kitchen.  Although I wouldn’t opt for the gourmet kitchen – I mean who am I kidding? I’m not a gourmet cook by any stretch of the imagination.

ModelHomeTour.DenLaundry

The den was decorated nicely, but I’m not sure if it could be an office that would fit both of us. The laundry room had a cute ‘lost socks” sign with socks clipped to it. I loved that the laundry was right off the master on the second floor with lots of counter and cabinet space.

ModelHome.Master

The master bath was big with double sinks and his and hers walk in closets – love that idea! And the master bedroom was bigger than our current master and a great size for us.

Overall we really liked this house, but with all the must-have items that we wanted to add on it may be out of our price range. We’re still thinking about it though. And we’ve really thought about our list of Must Haves and narrowed/expanded it to the following. (I know you blog readers probably aren’t all that interested, but it’s definitely helpful to write it down and work through it personally.)

Must Have:

  • 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths
  • About 3,000 square feet of house
  • Backyard! (decent sized and relatively private)
  • Master and kids rooms on the same level (most likely upstairs)
  • More storage space (bigger closets and more of them)
  • An office and/or space for 2 offices or desks
  • Double sinks in the master bath

Nice to Have:

  • Finished basement (Man Cave)
  • Laundry room on the second level with bedrooms
  • Formal dining room
  • His and hers walk-in closets
  • An updated kitchen with: white kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, an island and a pantry

What we’ve found really challenging is that the square footage that we are gaining in a house versus the condo we have now, is usually found in the additional bedrooms and not always in more living space. Since we don’t need the extra bedrooms right now because we don’t have kids yet (but we plan to in the next 5 years) it makes it hard to justify/swallow the larger house payments for something we aren’t ready to use yet. Just something for us to work through.

I hope you enjoyed the home tour and will probably be sharing more here as we continue our research!

How Pinteresting: 5 Cleaning Pins that Worked

Hello blog friends! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite cleaning tips and tricks that I’ve found on Pinterest. When I moved in with My Man a year + ago, there were tons and tons of cleaning supplies built up. Since then, I’ve been trying to use them all up and reduce the amount of supplies we have, because who needs an entire closet full of cleaning supplies?! I’ve also been looking to save money in this department and use less harmful products while still getting my house deep cleaned.  Of course, Pinterest came to the rescue and here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve used with success so far!

1. Cleaning faucets with baby oil

Our faucets are always plagued with water stains, even after I’ve cleaned them. After putting a little bit of baby oil on a paper towel and rubbing it on the faucets, they really did shine! It didn’t take any elbow grease, just rub it on and they were immediately looking great.

2. Keeping a scrub brush in the shower

I followed this pin and made a mix of dawn and vinegar to fill up a scrub brush and stuck it in the shower. I touch up spots while I’m in the shower and my shower looks so much better! The vinegar and Dawn mixture works wonders! No more staring at a little dirt spot thinking “I need to clean the showers this weekend.”

3. Using a dryer sheet to help scrub surfaces.

I always have a spare dryer sheet floating around somewhere (in the dryer, in a clothes basket, on the floor somewhere along the path from the dryer to the bedroom…sigh). I never thought to reuse them for some extra scrubbing power. These definitely come in handy with those stubborn, stuck-on spots on the kitchen counters or for helping clean around the toilet seat (ew).

4. Cleaning around faucets with vinegar

I followed these tips and soaked a paper towel in vinegar and wrapped it around the bottom of the faucet and let it sit for a while. What I usually can’t get clean with my usual sink or kitchen counter cleaners, came off clean after soaking in the vinegar. I’ll definitely do this again!

5. Cleaning the mattress with baking soda and fabric softener.

I did this a couple months ago and our bedroom smelled heavenly! FYI – This post says to use lavender essential oils, which I didn’t have on hand, so I used fabric softener instead. I can’t tell if all the dust mites are actually gone (’cause ya know, you can’t see them), but it smelled so good and makes me feel like it’s much cleaner.

So, what are some of your favorite cleaning tricks?