We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!
What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?
Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.
You know, I can write all manner of blog posts here on house and home, and how to organize, and cook, and clean, and care for your family – that’s all well and good. But since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered something very important: if I don’t take care of myself first, before everyone else starts to need things from me, well, that’s a recipe for disaster. So I’ve really been trying to make good choices for myself here lately. It’s hard to get in that habit when I’ve been in the habit of putting myself last for so long, but I’m finding creative ways to do it. It’s definitely a process!
One of my major frustrations of late has been the fact that I haven’t really been able to GO anywhere to work out. We have a great YMCA (with a daycare included) here in our town, and several other convenience-based gyms, too. But my issue has been, every time I leave my girls in a public childcare situation, they get sick. Then the next time I want to go work out, I can’t take them back, because they’re already sick! It’s been a vicious cycle of this for us, so I had pretty much given up being able to work out…until an angel from Aaptiv contacted me and asked if I had tried out the app yet.
Well, no, was my answer. I hadn’t even heard of it! (Which is not Aaptiv’s fault, I’m sure. I kinda feel like I’ve been living under a rock since the twins came along, ha!)
So, in case YOU are also living under a rock, what IS Aaptiv, you ask? Aaptiv is an app featuring trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts. When you add the app to your smartphone, you get started by entering your fitness goals so you can find the programs and workouts that are best-suited for you. After that you choose a trainer and a workout based on your goals and music preferences, and finally, you put on your headphones and follow the trainer’s instructions! Can it BE this simple?! Yes it can!
I’ve been a night owl for as long as I can remember. But lately, I’m a night owl more out of necessity than preference. When you have two 2-year-olds running around the house all day, you have to stay up far past their bedtime in order to actually get things done!
Thankfully we have a room in our house that functions as a home office, so, no matter the time of night, I always have the perfect spot in which to get some work accomplished. But, when it’s 2 in the morning and I’m still up working…this may sound strange, but I was finding it a little too BRIGHT in my office.
The main light in the room is attached to the overhead fan, so it’s pretty luminous. And somehow, in the dead of night, I don’t like that bright of a light on to work by. I had JUST told my hubby we needed a lamp for the office, when Becky from Brightech contacted me and asked if I wanted to check out one of their lamps! Perfect timing!
I hadn’t heard of Brightech before, but when I stopped by their website to pick out a lamp, I found it super easy to navigate. I also found a TON of options for lamps of all colors, shapes and sizes! I knew I wanted something simple, not bulky, and black for our office. That was pretty much all I had to go on, but, since Brightech’s belief is that elevated design should be available to everyone, and not just the folks with big bank accounts and an interior designer on staff…I figured I’d be safe!
In the end, I chose SKY – An LED Torchiere Floor Lamp, in a lovely shade of black.
When the lamp arrived, it did need a bit of assembly, but it was super simple: I was done in about five minutes.
Some of you may remember that my hubby works in homeowners insurance. He also has a background in flood insurance, and is currently working some claims from the recent Category 4 (just a few miles per hour away from a 5!) Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier this month. So, when the guy tells you he knows a thing or two about mold…he knows a thing or two about mold!
Since Fall is now underway, most of us are doing the thorough house-cleaning that comes with a new season. (Or a new set of decor, if you’re like me!) If during that cleaning, you encounter the dreaded black or similar stains on your walls, you may rightfully be worried – you’ve found mold in your home.
However, as my husband, and experts from Emergency Home Solutions of Orange County claim, the situation may not be as serious as you might think.
In fact, most things you read online can be attributed to overzealous mold removal companies trying to sell you their services. Even though mold can be a problem, it may not be a cause for alarm just yet. Here are some useful things to know!
We’ve been doing some major extra childproofing around our house. Why, you ask? Well…the girls are now two years old. They are fantastic little teammates who are bright, eager, and extremely curious. And FAST. Have I mentioned that they’re FAST?! Even though we’ve been “childproofed” for a while around here, it seems like they keep finding ways around our best efforts!
One of their new discoveries is how to unlock and open doors. They’re so tickled with themselves when they accomplish this feat, and it IS pretty cute…but we live out in the country on over an acre of land, with woods behind us and a pond just to our east. If the unimaginable happened…gosh. I can’t even think about it.
So we decided that one thing we needed to add in to our childproofed home was a new lock for the front door. Specifically, a new smart lock.
We ended up going with an August Smart Lock Pro.
Looks pretty simple, right? As I dug into the box a bit, I was happy to see that it WAS indeed pretty simple. Not a ton of moving parts or long instructions with a million pieces. Everything was simply stated and neatly included in the same box.