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?
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?
If there’s one thing I LOVE around my house, it’s a good smell. When I come home, or even just when I’m walking from one room to another, I enjoy smelling something nice. It brings a certain amount of satisfaction to me, for some reason.
So when Jane Dizon asked to share a post here on the blog about scented candles, I was all about it! I love her idea for having different scents for different rooms and different moods. Check it out!
When your friends walk into your house, how do you want them to feel? Impressed by the fresh aroma of a clean house? Maybe an instant comforting vibe from the décor? How about both?
Scented candles are more than just freshening up your living space. Aromatherapy through scented candles can dramatically change one’s mood based on the scent.
Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years to the Egyptian era. Chemicals in the brain react depending on the smells, which have mental and physical effects. It can even help with insomnia, muscle pain, and reducing stress.
We came up with a list of best scents for each room of your home. From relaxing in the bedroom to studying in the office, your mood, and your nose will thank you.
Your bedroom is a place to relax, spend quality time with your significant other, and sleep. Certain fragrances aid in those feelings.
Lavender is an excellent choice to promote sleep. The smell can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure which slows the body down. Vanilla is another great option to induce sleep.
I have to laugh at my girls.
When it’s time to vacuum, and I turn on the vacuum cleaner, I have one twin who shrieks in excitement and crawls around after me, watching me vacuum. Then I have another twin who bursts into tears and must be held while I’m vacuuming, trembling the entire time.
Some may say that one year old is a little soon for me to be able to notice their preferences and tendencies, but I’m not sure that’s the case. After all, the one who loves the vacuum cleaner is the one who IS like ME the most! But I feel like, eventually, I’m gonna have to talk the other one into helping out around the house.
Do YOU find it hard to get your kids motivated to help clean the house? I think the key is to have a little fun along the way!
Let’s be honest here – cleaning your home (or anything for that matter) isn’t exactly a job that fills you with excitement, so why should your kids feel any different? Most people would rather be doing a million and one other things than scrubbing and dusting surfaces, but these jobs still need to be done. So, if you sometimes struggle to get motivated to do the housework, how are you meant to entice your kids to get involved too? Make house cleaning fun and easy, of course!
I’ve been wearing my aprons in the kitchen a lot more recently.
Ah, because you’ve had a chance to start cooking more now that the twins are a bit bigger, you say?
Because I have a faucet in the kitchen that I HATE.
Why do I hate my faucet, you ask?
Because it’s not well-suited for the sink!
On a daily basis, I walk away from my sink soaked in water after rinsing up a few dishes, or sometimes even after just washing my hands.
See, I’m only five feet four inches tall, and I really think the counter tops in our new kitchen are higher than the counter tops in our old kitchen. When I stand and lean up against the counter or the sink, it hits me just above the waist.
And somehow, when the water from the faucet that I hate in the kitchen hits the kitchen sink, it splashes up and hits ME right above the waist. Soaked, I say. SOAKED. So I’ve been wearing aprons a lot if I’m going to be by the sink. They do a pretty good job of keeping me mostly dry.
But I got to thinking, it’s probably a good idea to replace the faucet.
Since I’m not ready to replace the sink yet, I know I want to stick with something that coordinates decently with what’s already there. My husband suggested something like this:
I’m the type of gal who loves to host events “from scratch”.
Know what I mean? If it’s a birthday party, I like to make the cake, snacks and drinks from scratch. I like to craft all the decor. I like to think up and put all the favors together myself. I’m that kind of “from scratch”.
Buuuuut…I have twin 1-year-old girls. ‘Nuff said, right?! Sometimes “from scratch” is simply not possible! And, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that time is FLYING. And it’s really hard to enjoy yourself at an event that you really want to enjoy yourself at if you’re worried about the things that you still need to finish crafting.
So, sometimes I have to make events easier.
A couple of weeks back, we celebrated the birthdays of our twin girls. Y’all, I CANNOT BELIEVE they are already an entire year old!
(Clearly they can’t believe it, either! HA!)
So, for their first birthday party, I kicked in three simplicity factors: