Tracking your Home’s Memories

hashtagMoving Day.

Your first night in your new place.

The first time you entertain.

Tackling your first DIY project.

The before, progress, and after photos of your kitchen renovation. 

Bringing home baby for the first time.

In a perfect world, these photos would be taken, organized, labeled, and even printed into a coffee table book for guests to flip through and enjoy. Although we all have great intentions when it comes to our family’s photos, following through on these plans isn’t always a reality. Busy days and life’s endless demands tend to put “getting all of these cell phone photos organized and printed” to the bottom of our to do list…. permanently.   Continue reading

 

An Easy DIY Housewarming Gift

Housewarming-gift-home-sweet-homeSome people hear the word “DIY” and they’re instantly afraid. They picture paint, scary tools, and a whole lotta time. But today’s DIY project isn’t scary at all and it will take you less than 10 minutes to put together. Yep, we’re pretty confident ANYONE can tackle this project. Continue reading

 

Are You an Average American? $100 Giveaway

Photo of the Statue of Liberty

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July celebration, we thought it was only fitting to do a post with a little dash of patriotism. Why not chat about the good ol’ US of A in order to celebrate America’s birthday? And the icing on the patriotic birthday cake? We’re giving away one $100 gift card to Manready Mercantile – menswear & gifts made right here in the USA. (giveaway details at the end) Continue reading

 

How Do I Remove Smoke Odor From My New House?

How Do I Remove Smoke Odor From My New House? Pic 1

A friend of ours recently bought a house in which the previous homeowner was an avid smoker… meaning their new house reeks of cigarette smoke. The smoke smell was so severe that she and her husband actually got a great deal on the property. They loved the price but they definitely do not love the looming smell of smoke, especially since these newlyweds have a baby on the way. Before they move into their new place, they want to make sure they remove the disgusting smell and create a space that is safe for their growing family.

How do I remove smoke odor from my new house?

Here are the tips that they vowed worked best for them: Continue reading

 

Hidden Costs of Homeownership

Hidden Costs of Homeownership Opening ImageMy husband and I are currently looking to buy a home in Chicago (we know right where to find move help in Chicagoland)) and it’s been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, fear, anxiety…let’s just say that making this big purchase is a bumpy ride.

While we have many must-haves for our new pad (2 bedrooms, quiet neighborhood, close to public transportation), by far the biggest factor is our BUDGET. Continue reading