Key Tips On Saving For Your Deposit When Buying A Home

Do you know what I did this morning? I unpacked the last box from when we moved into our current home! Woot woot! (Never mind that we moved in about a year-and-a-half ago…I’ve been busy, okay?!) Once that box was empty, I took a moment to be thankful for our home – this one and the two we’ve had previously! There’s just something about…HOME.

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For many, buying a house might be a dream. The cost of real estate is always on the rise; hence, you may be tempted to think that you can never afford to purchase that home you dream of. As tricky and challenging as it might be, it is not an impossible task. There are many clever ways that you can save up for your house deposit slowly. Here’s how:

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Always have a budget

Often the biggest excuses people have for not being able to save up for a dream house is because their budget isn’t enough. However, the reason why saving is almost close to impossible is that you aren’t working on a budget. When you write down all your expenses and have a budget in mind, you can see where each amount is going to; hence, you can better manage the same.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for 2019

Spring has sprung! The birds are chirping and everything is turning green – a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors after the harsh winter.

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If you are like most homeowners, spring is a time when you get to work tidying up around your spaces. The season is a great time to declutter and straighten up your home. This year, there are many tips you can follow to help you streamline the process, and having an “order” to your spring cleaning can help you spend less time on the process overall! 

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Declutter and Downsize

To begin, declutter and downsize. Think about areas in which you have a plethora of STUFF. A closet is a great place to start! Most people have tons of clothing in their closet and never wear it all. You can essentially create an amazing amount of new space in your home by decluttering just one closet. The kitchen is another area where you might have a ton of items that need to be weeded through. Take some time to think about additional areas in your own home that hold the most stuff and focus your attention on those spots!

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New Product Review: GoopAway

I’ve heard it said that, as a mother, one of your most often-used phrases is, “What IS that?” And I’m here to tell you, IT’S SO TRUE.

I cannot tell you the amount of times I’ve said that to my 2.5-year-olds within the past few months. Or sorted through their laundry and said that. Or walked into their play room and said that. 

And why is it that whatever kids seem to be doing, or whatever they’ve left behind, is always STICKY?! Why can’t it just be some kind of a nice, dry, sweepable mess? Easy to suck up in the vacuum or adios with a paper towel? That is just never my luck!

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So when Sara from GoopAway asked if I was interested in reviewing their product, I instantly knew what I needed that product for! But I also didn’t understand why this product might be different from any other sticky-mess-cleaning product…so I said, why not? Let’s check this out!

GoopAway is a safe and eco-friendly goo, gum, goof, crayon (and more!) remover. The unique aspect of this product is, it’s 100% natural! GoopAway is fully derived from plants, not petrochemicals! And if you’ve been following the blog for any amount of time, you know that I prefer an all-natural product over one filled with chemicals. Especially when I’m using it around my toddlers.

And that’s exactly who I needed to use it around. Take a look at this:

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Cute, right? That is the twins’ toy box – complete with hand-painted lettering and a Cinderella’s castle and coach. But here’s what you can’t see in this picture…

…GOOP.

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A Guide to Saving Money and Energy in 2019!

If your New Year’s resolution was to start saving money or reduce your carbon footprint, then this is the guide for you! I know, I know, we’re basically halfway through March. Just about the time that everyone has FORGOTTEN about their resolutions, right? Don’t forget!

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There are many simple changes you can make to use less energy and reduce your home’s energy waste. These changes don’t only affect the environment and efficiency of your home, they save you money! In fact, these tweaks can save you up to 25% on your annual utility expenses. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at!

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Lights and electronics alone could account for up to 12% of your utility bill. Here is how to reduce their energy waste.

Lights and Light Bulbs

Changing the type of light bulb you use is a simple energy saving adjustment anyone can make. By trading in traditional light bulbs for energy efficient LED light bulbs you could save up to $75 a year in utility expenses. Another word of advice when it comes to lights and electronics in your home is to turn them off when you are not using them. Idle electronics should be unplugged when not in use because they produce “phantom loads“. Put simply, idle electronics draw energy from outlets for as long as they are plugged in. Consider using a smart power strip to keep these electronics from wasting energy.

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New Product Review: Stencil Revolution

I’m always on the hunt for unique things to use in decorating my home. Aren’t we all? I mean, we don’t all want to have the same living room decor, do we? We want something that personifies who we are and what our tastes are. We want a home that reflects US and that we’re proud of! Right?!

Glad we cleared that up.

Along my personal road to domestication, I’ve experimented with MANY different forms of decor – lots of DIY decor included in there, too. Lots of successes and lots of failures! But one thing I have never used before is…a stencil. I know, I know. I’m not sure WHY I’ve never taken stenciling into account, but I just haven’t.

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So when Emily from Stencil Revolution contacted me to see if I’d like to check out their stencils, I thought it was a great idea!

I’ll be honest, it was hard for me to decide what stencils I wanted to try out, because Stencil Revolution has an amazing variety of stencils and sizes! In all seriousness, I’ll probably be back for more – they’ve sparked a few other ideas for me. Looking at their selection, I’d never have thought that Stencil Revolution is a small, family-owned operation based out of Spring Hill, Florida – their selection speaks to a much larger organization! It’s good to know, though, that when you place an order, a member of their family personally cuts, packs, and ships it directly to you!

Here’s what Emily sent me:

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I had specific plans for each one, so I got to work quickly!

I started with the “gather” stencil first. I had a wooden sign I wanted to use with it, but it needed some brushing up to make sure it matched the mirrors that were already hanging on the wall I wanted to add to.

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