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Hostess With the Mostess Tip #1

Hostess tip: I like to leave some mouth wash out on the guest bathroom or powder room counter for guests to swish if they’re feeling less than fresh after indulging in a big lunch or dinner. I decant the mouth wash into an oil dispenser,…

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A Few Ways we Customized Our Builder Grade Home

We bought a brand new, never been lived in, straight from the builder, home in October of 2013. When we first walked through it, it wasn’t quite finished. There was still a few weeks to go before it was ready to close on. We needed a home…

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Kitchen Island Tray

I love using a tray on my kitchen islands to corral things and create fun vignettes with. Using a tray to makes what would be a cluttered-looking counter seem much more neat and tidy. Trays also allow you group together an assortment of objects you…

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Bedroom Update

This may seem totally ridiculous to many, but I’ve been slowly neutralizing my house. I’ve been removing a lot of the color and replacing it with more neutral colors. So a few months ago, I decided that as much as I loved my bright yellow…

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House Update #3

After Hali’s piano lesson this morning, we swung by the house to check out the paint sample and give the painters the go ahead: And stone samples: And to check out the progress on the porches:  I wish y’all could have smelt it! All that…

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2013 Semi-Customized Basic Builder Home

In 2013 we bought a basic builder grade home and changed a handful of things about it. We knew it was only a temporary home- we planned on living there 2-3 years. We didn’t even make it 2 years before we sold it and moved…

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House Progress

We went from dirt to this: Then one morning, starting at 4 a.m., the trucks showed up: And they brought concrete with them! And we had a FOUNDATION! Nine days later, the house looked like this: And all of this in a matter of three…

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New Beginnings

New Year’s Resolutions are good and great, but I much prefer this time of year to make changes and goals. With the change in routine that comes with the beginning of the school year, I find it much easier to set and follow through with…