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Guest Room Update

January 22, 2016

Now that my office is about half way sorted I’ve moved on to my next project. I’m still debating how I was to possibly incorporate a sitting area with a couch or chairs in there but for now everything is perfect. With the help of my friend Jack, I was able to get a new daybed put together for my guest room. Its a huge improvement over the futon that I’d had since I originally moved out of my parents house back in 2007. This bed is a real space saver with the drawers in the trundle section. I’m able to fit pillows and blankets that I’m not currently using in there and that helped free up space on the rack that I unfortunately have to use for linen storage. That is probably the biggest drawback of this house. My old condo was half the size but managed to fit almost twice the storage space in it. The transition from having a pantry and linen closet to not having either is still a struggle almost three years later.

I’ve got to admit, I might have an Ikea problem now. I’d still like to get a nice linen cabinet for the room and possibly a bedside table, although I’m not sure if it will fit yet (time to break out the tape measure). However, my living room furniture is starting to really show (and feel) their age and I think the guest room might have to take a back burner to a new couch. My goal for this year, as long as I have the funds to budget it in, is to finish both rooms. I have an idea for my living room but again it requires some measuring and careful planning.

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Perfectly Posh

August 3, 2015

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m beginning the process of renovating and refurnishing my house. I’ve already started and have quite a few things bought already. I have a brand new refrigerator and my home office is actually almost done with the first phase, I’m just waiting for the bookcase to come back into stock so I can get that moved in and finish getting everything out of boxes. After that I’ll be moving on to my guest room. The only problem I’ve run into so far is that even with all the budgeting I’ve been doing I’m running into financial stumbling blocks. Between interest rates and higher utilities I’m just not where I had hoped to be so when my sister introduced me to Perfectly Posh I knew it was something I wanted to give a go.

After using the products for about three weeks I was hooked. I’ve always struggled with oily skin, mild acne and dry feet from always being in flip flops. After once use of some bath salts and a body scrub on my feet, they remained soft and moisturized for a week. By the afternoon every day I always felt like I needed to just strip everything off my face and scrub it but using their skin masks two to three times a week have gotten that under control and their soaps and scrubs have helped reduce my overall acne. That doesn’t even cover how much softer and healthier my skin feels from their lotions. Needless to say, I’ve never been so impressed with a skin care line and I’ve tried things from sensitive skin products to $100 mud masks.

Once I’d fallen in love with the products I saw an opportunity to help me reach my goals by signing up to become and independent consultant. This way I can not only enjoy the products myself but easily share them with my friends and family. I’ve been at it for a few weeks now and not only is my skin and hair doing better than ever but I’ve heard from my customers just how much they love the product after one use!

My launch party is currently going on and is open until about 2pm on Friday. If you’re interested in trying anything out visit the site and sign up for a Perks account. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a party feel free to contact me!

Home, Lifestyle, Renovations

New Year, New Me

March 3, 2015
My guest room.

As my 30th birthday steadily approaches I’ve been trying to make a lot of lifestyle changes. I’ve been trying to put away more money into savings (although birthday plans threaten to change that) and also pay off all that debt I managed to accumulate being typically irresponsible in my 20’s. The downside to both of those is that I’m now seeing so much in my house that I want to change and upgrade. I’ve been living on my own for almost a decade now and while most of my furniture has withstood the time and a move I’m seeing more and more I just want to get rid of. While I was in my condo everything seemed to fit just right and managed to reflect me.

Unfortunately as I’ve grown over the last few years that’s changed and I feel like most of my house is a bit of a disaster. It might have to do with moving into a bigger place and having the space to finally spread out and create a home for myself but I’ve made the decision that most of my furniture just needs to go. So I’ve decided to take things room by room and upgrade them one at a time. This way I’m not going to break the bank by going overboard and I’ll be able to save on interest fees on those items that I’ve got to buy with credit. After the bulk of that is done I’ll be able to focus my attention on the actual upgrades like kitchen cabinets, closet systems and the bathrooms.

One of the things that I’ve done is started using Ikea shopping lists to get everything I want for my different spaces sorted out. I’m not planning on turning my house into an Ikea show room but the shopping lists have been a big help on figuring out exactly what I’ll need and the styles that I’m looking for. Last year before Christmas I also created a registry at Bed Bath & Beyond for upgrading my kitchen. The registry is a bit of a hodge podge because I’m doing a combination of four colors for my new dishes and instead of just randomly picking accessory pieces by the color I added one of each to make it random in the event someone picks the item up and if I get two of the same thing I can always exchange it for something else on the list.

The first room I’m planning to start with is in the front of my house and currently serves as a guest bedroom and kind of a junk room for things I had no where else to put. Up until last Friday the room had an old kitchen table that’s belonged to my parents and my sister before it got dropped on me. While its an amazing piece of furniture, I just don’t have to room for it so its been moved out and into storage. It also has a futon that I bought when I first moved out and a wire shelf I’m using as my makeshift linen closet. All in all, its just not working.

My goal is to get a daybed with storage drawers, a linen cabinet and a nightstand for that room to begin with. Depending on how I decide to set the room up and if its needed I might add a matching wardrobe as well but that’s something  that will come after working on the rest of the house. As for the shelf that’s in the room now, I plan to move that into the dinning room for pantry and appliance storage.

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but I’m really looking forward to the challenge as soon as I get past my 30th. We’ve got a lot planned for it but I’ll save that for later.

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Falling In Love With Fall

September 24, 2014

Today I went to the store in hopes of finding a wreath for my front door and ended up leaving with far too many decorations than I needed. And yet now that I have them up, it was only enough to decorate my dinning room and now my living room looks bare. I forgot how much I loved decorating, how much I enjoy transforming my space into one that welcomes the next season. Which takes me back to why I love fall so much. The transition from fall to winter is slow and filled with thousands of colors, smells, tastes, and so much more.

Once fall hits, I know its time to pull out all of my favorite candles and get the oven ready to start baking. This year I’m going to try and go with a much more healthier route. I’ve been trying to cut out as much processed food as I can. In doing so, I’ve discovered how much I love quinoa and mixing it with all sorts of vegetables. The next thing I’ll be trying to bring into my diet is kale.

I’m going to wind this post up now, otherwise I’ll end up going into detail about the dinner party I want to plan for early November.