Posts tagged ‘decorating’

hello budget. {and tax return}

First off, let me just say that I am so excited! We finally got our tax return!! AHHH!!! We have been waiting long and hard for this money! And it is a lot. A whole lot of money! :) Thanks you first time homebuyer tax credit and many, many other credits we received! I owe it all to you! :) There are so many things we have been waiting to do with our house…but we haven’t really had the cash to do it. Can I saw window treatments?? Yes, I proudly, after 5 months, still have sheets hanging in my windows. I know, very stylish. But part of it is that I still haven’t figured out what I want. But now that I have the money, I think I will be able to decide quickly :) We are also fencing in our yard! We thought about a chain-link fence…but I just don’t think I can do it. I have always wanted a privacy fence, so I think that is what we are going to go with! We might possibly also be getting new flooring. We really want laminate wood floors…we will just see how much of a priority it is. I am trying to get us to be extra smart with our money. My new friend, Dave Ramsey, has taught me a lot in the Total Money Makeover. I am determined to get out of debt!! We alreay paid off our credit card debt as soon as we got our tax return yesterday! It felt so good! :) The big thing is student loans. Dun-dun-dun. We, I mean Stephen, spent a lot of money on that nice school of his! :) I am so glad he did, but I would like to get rid of that $70,000 of debt! I am all set to follow Dave’s plan to help us achieve our goals!! We sat down the other day and did our budget. We are going to attempt to use the whole “envelope” system and see if that works for us! I am super excited because I want to have a secure financial future and be able to enjoy life!! 

I am working on re-vamping my blog :) I am trying to learn all the tricks to make it awesome! I would love to make blogging apart of my everyday! If you have any tips or tricks, let me know!!

That’s all for now!


What a crazy month this will be…

This next month and a half is going to be a very crazy chapter in my life! Today is November 3rd.  Today is the day we are closing on our first home!! Five thirty cannot come soon enough!! The first step in this whole process is getting in the house and cleaning and painting! The sooner we do that, the sooner we can move in!! Again, like I said in a previous post, I need to figure out what colors I want to paint my house!! This whole experience is going to be pretty interesting considering there is a little guy in the picture now.  I cannot devote 100% of my time to this like I wish I could.  So as if cleaning and painting is not enough, we also have to move in! That is going to be fun, fun, fun.  Only half kidding.  I am so excited to move in, I just know that moving is a very time consuming task.  So, that is a pretty big project for this month! Let’s see…what else. Well, Thanksgiving is at the end of the month.  Luckily, we are going to Bradenton to be with Stephen’s family for a {big} reunion.  That means that I do not really have to put much effort into that. (Minus the dish I have to bring)  However, Stephen’s parents are staying with us. Not sure how long.  That does involve some cleaning and effort….considering the fact that we basically will have just  moved in which could equal chaos! But that’s okay.  So after Thanksgiving I will probably be ready to decorate for Christmas.  That means lots of rummaging through boxes trying to find just where we put all of our Christmas decorations. Another big chore…Christmas shopping! I am very proud, however, of the fact that I have started buying gifts here and there! I have always said that I was going to start early, so there, now I finally have!  Hmm…what else…Let’s see.  I know there is another small thing… oh yeah! Riley’s FIRST birthday is December 19th!! AHH! I cannot believe that my little pumpkin, who I feel as if I just gave birth to, is turning ONE! It’s not fair. Time flies by without asking permission of any sort! So, amidst all of my chaotic unpacking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping, I have a birthday party to plan! I am still trying to decide if I want to have it at our house (only if it is somewhat put together and presentable!) or at a park somewhere.  The Florida winter weather is beautiful, so I definitely plan to have it outside! My vision for our house is to have our cute little white fence up and have a wonderful backyard birthday party! Of course, if that is not the case, the party will not be at our house! Lakes Park will just have to do. The biggest pro, though, of it being at our house is the convenience of just that…it’s at my house! No hauling back and forth with car loads of stuff.  I guess we will just have to see. So. That brings us to Christmas.  This is going to be a wonderful time of year!! I just have to plan ahead, be organized, and be prepared! I can do this…I can do this…

So, what can we learn from all this?? I have A LOT to do.  :)

Wish me luck!

oh dear…

Why is it so hard to define myself? I swear, sometimes I have no idea who I am! This is all coming from trying to figure out how I want to decorate my house.  I see one style, and I’m in love, then I see another one, and I totally change my mind! I took a “what’s your decorating style?” quiz on and I was told I’m eclectic. What is that?!  I am not sure if that is exactly what I am.  I love the somewhat moderny, natural look…but then I also love shabby chic country cottagey look.  However, Stephen grew up completely surrounded (and in his words suffocated) by Shabby Chic.  I know that he would not totally be into that style for our house.  I have been clipping pictures out of mags and online of styles and looks that I like.  That helps somewhat…but I’m still stuck on what colors I want to paint my walls.  I need to figure this out soon! 

We are still waiting to close on our house :( It was supposed to be the 15th…and here we are November 1st…and still no closing!! Fingers crossed for this week!! 

Anyway…I have entered two giveaways! They are both from Mommy 2 Gavin and Gage. The first one is for GAD cloth diapers! Super excited because I am new to cloth diapering, and would love to try out some different diapers! The second giveaway is for Rockin’ Green detergent! I have heard awesome things about it and would love to be able to try it!! 

Well, that’s all that’s new for now! 

Talk soon! :)

new house = excited.

So we finally got a house! After looking at a house on Wednesday afternoon, and still being somewhat disappointed that we have not heard back from our offer on another house, we got the call from our realtor (and dear friend) that our offer was accepted!  I couldn’t help but run to the living room where Stephen, Riley, my mom, and step-dad were sitting and start jumping up and down screaming “we got the house, we got the house!” (mind you I was still on the phone with our realtor.)  So now we wait… they will sign the contract in 2 days.  Then we have to schedule an inspection (fingers crossed!)  Then hopefully by the middle/end of October we will close!  I really do love this house!! It has so much charm! After we went to look at the house that night we went to Lowe’s just to look around!  We need to buy a fridge and toilet…other than that we have everything in there that we need! Oh yeah, closet doors in the two bedrooms…but that’s not too big a deal.  The house is going to require lots and lots of paint! Which I am so excited about! :) I can’t wait to just get in there and start decorating! However, wish I could just throw out the old and bring in the new! Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to just go out and shop all over again! Maybe a little at a time.  But we do have nice stuff! It would actually be sad to get rid of the first furniture/decor that Stephen and I picked out as a married couple.  Just the thought of new is always fun.  Our house will be a work in process, which is really what we wanted!  

Well, we still have to get through to closing! That really is a scary thing — the thought that maybe something will go wrong and we lose the house! :( Sure hope not!  The other thing to worry about…financing.  Not too fun to deal with, but wow, that would be great to hopefully get all that help with down payment and closing costs.  

On another note, Stephen and I are going on a date tonight!! It has been way too long! The other night it was kinda fun, we wanted to run up to {my most hated store} Walmart to look and see what kind of deals they had on car seats, since Riley will be moving up to a new car seat pretty soon :(  Anyway…we did that, but with no luck.  Why would I expect Walmart to have anything good. Actually, I can’t say that. I did score a super cute shopping cart/highchair cover for $25!   Well, after we went there, I had a sudden urge to go to Perkins and just sit and talk (over a nice cup of coffee, fries, and a shared chocolate milkshake.) We used to do that all the time when we were dating, and it has been a long, long time since we have done that. So we did. And it was really nice to just be able to talk.  It was our first “date” in a long time.  Tonight however, is a little more formal :)  We are going to a nice dinner, not sure where, and then to a movie.  I really want to see “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”  I haven’t heard any reviews, but it seems like it is going to be great!  Luckily Riley goes to bed fairly early –8:15/8:30–so we can still get him down to sleep and then go have our date!  We still have never left him to be “babysat” by anyone.  I just can’t do it, even if it is my mom.  No one knows him or knows what he needs like I do.  I couldn’t imagine not putting him to sleep :(  That is silly, and I’m sure soon enough I will be over that. 

But, I hear the little guy stirring in there, another nice 2 hour nap.  I should probably go try to get ready for the day. :) See ya.


This is going to sound weird, but that’s okay.  Sometimes I feel as if my spirit, who I really am, is trapped deep down inside me unable to surface.  Huh?  Yeah, I know. Sounds strange to me too.  I feel like I am capable of being so much more than what I am letting myself be. {I am not, in any way, talking about my potential as a Christian or about my role in God’s kingdom.  Although usually that is what Christian’s mean when they say they are not living up to their own potential.} <–(I really like the way these brackets look!)   anyway.  This is just me.  I really, really limit myself.  Then I get inspired.  Go at it for a while.  Then I guess just get lazy again.  I feel like an artist trapped in a dark room.  Okay, I have no idea where that came from, but whatever.  I’m trying to soul search here.  So anyway. I feel like I have so much inspiration and creativity stored inside of me, but can’t don’t know how to let it out.  Stupid stuff.  Decorating. Journaling.  Photography.  Cooking. I think I am a smart girl.  I have a lot going for me.  I think, though, that being in this awkward place {back in CC, living with my parent, carless aka. stuck at home doing nothing} has really put a damper on my spirit.  I just want to be able to create.  To inspire {myself or others}. Not only to dream, but to envision.  I need someone in my life to inspire me — in a different way than Stephen does.  I don’t know. Maybe it’s a girl thing.  I would love to have a girl in my life right now that I could call a best friend.  It’s a really sad thing to go through this amazing time of my life without having a girlfriend to share it with.  I am blessed with an amazing husband and son, but maybe a girl needs more than that.  

Life really is like a box of chocolates.