A Little Label Giveaway

Well, life’s been feeling a bit SERIOUS lately – would you agree? I feel like, at least over here, we move from putting out one fire to another, and there’s not a whole lot of FUN these days! So…for no other reason that to have a little bit of FUN…how about a little label giveaway?!

When I get on a baking kick (which still DOES happen, believe it or not!) and I’ve baked too much for our family and I’m giving items away to friends and neighbors, I like to make things pretty! For instance, this pumpkin bread I shared on the blog previously:

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Kinda cute, eh? 

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Backyard Renovation Ideas for Your Home!

Well, folks, we survived Hurricane Irma! Thank God! (And I’m not saying that jokingly at all – there were many who did not. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families of those who were lost!)

We took an almost-direct hit from the storm – the worst Central Florida has seen since 2004. It packed quite a punch. I won’t lie, as I was sitting against a barricaded window in the twins’ room while they slept and the storm roared outside, for a minute or two, I started to panic. But we were very very blessed. The worst we had to deal with was our power being out for 4 days. (And can I just say that I do NOT recommend camping with 1-year-old twins?! MERCY!)

Anyhoo, trying to get back to normal over here. One of the negative effects of the storm has been a LOT of standing water on our property. We live on just over an acre, and about 25% of it is under water right now, so that’s a little bit of a concern for us. The hubby and I were outside brainstorming the other day, trying to think of something that could help with the water. I stand by my idea that creating a “dry creek bed” element in the backyard would help to funnel some of the water out, and LOOK pretty neat, too! Something like this…

HE thinks that will probably mean a lot of work for him…so he’s hesitant. (He’s probably right.)

So when Zachary Whatule sent me over a post chock full of backyard renovation ideas, I really got to dreamin’! You’ve got to see what he suggested!

The backyard to any home can hold a lot of potential. Maybe you would like yours to be an oasis of relaxation, or maybe you like to entertain a crowd. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to turn a plain backyard into something wonderful.

Check out these renovation ideas for a little inspiration!

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4 Emergency Housework Projects That Just Can’t Wait

I feel like there’s always some kind of housework or project to be done around our home. Do you feel the same way? My goodness, when do we REST?! 

Of course, if I didn’t have any projects to do, I would probably be bored, so I guess, bring on the projects!

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No matter what they are, home projects must be put into an order of importance. Into a priority list. Because if something silly gets taken care of before something that gravely effects the entire household, well, there’s no sense in that! So when Joshua Nelson contacted me regarding a post on some emergency projects around your home that simply cannot wait, I figured it would be good for all of us to take a look at his list!

Certain home repairs and improvements are a matter of luxury or enjoyment. They can be “put on the back burner” while you focus on other things. And other housework projects can’t be delayed without risking serious damage to your home’s value and/or living in extreme discomfort.

Here are four emergency housework projects that you should always be ready to tackle as soon as the need for them arises. Always be prepared for them with a complete plan of action and the right numbers to call.

1. Leaking or Burst Pipes

When you awake in the middle of the night to the sound of rushing water, or come home from work only to find your kitchen or bathroom flooded an inch deep, the first thing to do is shut off your water supply to prevent further flooding.

But you can’t do much with a cut off water supply: dishes, laundry, bathing, brushing your teeth, washing your hands, watering the garden, etc. Therefore, your second step must be to contact a 24/7 emergency plumber, like Plumbing Fix, to get you back to “normal” again as soon as possible.

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2. Mold Growth on Your Walls

In the aftermath of a plumbing explosion or a flood, your home may be suffering from significant water damage. Even weeks later, mold may pop up on your walls, ceilings, and trim boards here and there.

Mold and mildew are more than mere nuisances. Black mold, for example, is toxic; and mold spores circulated by your HVAC system can end up being breathed in causing allergic reactions, incessant coughing, or even lung disease. Young children are especially susceptible, as are those with allergies or weak lungs.

Solution: keep the number for a mold removal and remediation company, like Restoration Elite, handy so you can get help 24/7.

3. Aggressive Pest Infestations 

No home is ever 100% rid of all pests, but when a major infestation breaks out, it is important to act fast to avert permanent damage or the spread of harmful pathogens.

Termites can devour your home, bed bugs will give you bloody welts and sores, ants and moths will get into your food supplies, mice and rats will leave trails of bacteria-ridden feces along your walls, and roaches will scare and disgust you. The list goes on.

You will likely want to eradicate your unwelcome guests yourself, but if that fails, waste no time in contacting a local, reputable pest control service.

4. Serious Roof Damage

If you live in a cold climate and your roof gets covered with an ice dam, leaks are likely to develop. Heat drying and cracking up caulk and sealant lines along chimneys, flashing, and vents can also lead to leakage. A bad storm may hurl broken-off tree branches into your roof of pound it with hail till the shingles are dimpled and badly weakened.

Finally, the mere passing of time will lead to asphalt shingles eventually getting brittle and breaking; and high winds may rip random shingles off, leaving portions of your roof dangerously exposed.

Remember that your roof is all that stands between the weather and your home. Water that gets in through your roofing can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. It’s just not worth putting off a roof job thinking that delay will somehow save you money.

Save yourself the stress by being prepared for the inevitable damages to your home. By having a planned out repair strategy you might even be able to save money in the long run.

Author bio:

Joshua Nelson is a super-connector with ManageBacklinks.io who helps businesses with building their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. Joshua frequently writes about the latest advancements in the SaaS world and digital marketing.

You gave us a ton to think about, Joshua! Thank you!

What is the most pressing repair that your home needs right now? What project just can’t wait?!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Being Organized in the Face of a Storm

Let me show you guys a picture. Just a little picture of a storm…

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You see that?

That is the forecast track for the CAT 5 Hurricane Irma, as of 11:00 this morning! 

And do you see where it says Tampa down there in good ol’ Florida? Yeah. We live in a suburb of Tampa, so if you look REALLY close, you might see me waving…

In short, we appreciate any prayers you feel led to send towards us as this imposing storm heads our way! There is still time for things to change and the track to shift, however, we are BIG on being prepared around here, NOT waiting until the last minute, so we are ready for whatever Irma has for us. We are Florida natives, we know the drill, we’ve lived through this stuff before and we are ready…but we are also feeling pretty cautious…because this is a HUGE storm, folks. We’re talking breaking records HUGE. As of now, we are planning on riding it out. Our home is strong and in excellent repair. Concrete block, double-pane windows, and not covered with trees that could take out the roof. However, as we monitor the path of the storm, we may decide to evacuate. We have places to go, and babies and animals to care for.

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Everything You Need to Know about a Home Inspection

As you may have heard me say a time or two (or two hundred) here on the blog: we recently moved into a new home! Yadda yadda yada…

One thing we made sure to tick off our checklist when buying this home (and our previous one, too, actually) was the home inspection. I’ve seen way too many shows on HGTV where there was no inspection done, and the buyers ended up with a hot mess of a project on their hands. Not me! No siree Bob! 

In fact, with our current house, termites were actually found in the garage, leading to a termite inspection, in turn leading to a treatment. We paid for the inspections, of course, but the folks who were selling us the house paid for the treatment. It worked out way better than it would have if we hadn’t gotten that inspection done!

So when Michelle from The Inspectors Company contacted me regarding a home inspection blog post, I was all for it. These are important, folks! Let’s see what she has to say…

The little things are usually what draws us to a particular home. The marble countertops, brand new appliances and a dream bathroom with a gorgeous walk-in shower. But more often than not, you tend to find all sorts of problems only when you scratch the surface.

When buying a home you have to remember that there’s usually more than meets the eye. You wouldn’t want a home that demands constant, often expensive renovations. But how can you know about the weak foundation, bad wiring, plumbing or a leaky roof?

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Easy: Hire a Home Inspector!

As soon as you sign the purchase agreement, you need to get in touch with a reputable home inspector. The same goes for both old and new houses. Neither is devoid of issues. When buying a new home, a home inspection is necessary, and the cost is nothing compared to the peace of mind you get in return.

How to Find a Reputable Home Inspector?

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