Yes yes, I am still here! Are you shocked?!
Y’all, we’ve had a LOT going on over the past couple of months, but things are moving back towards a routine, and I’m excited to be back in the land of blogging! Woot woot!
So the biggest news is, we sold our house and bought another one! And can I just say that it’s WAY easier to move with no kids than WITH kids?! My goodness! I really had no idea!
We’re getting settled and establishing new routines in the new house, and there are lots of awesome things coming for us and for the blog, but for now, I wanted to share some fun pics with all of you.
NOTE: these pics are of the OLD house. WHY am I sharing pics of the OLD house with you, you ask? Well, I never really got to share ALL of the room tours I wanted to from the old house, and since our realtor brought in a professional real estate photographer to photograph the old house, well, my goodness! I wanted to show off the pics! Plus, you’ll get an idea of what the new house might look like from looking through these – most of the decor is the same, for the time being!
Without further ado…
…welcome to 6843 Cabernet Crossing, our previous home!
This is the first home my hubby and I ever purchased, so it will always hold a special place in our hearts!
My husband and I LOVE “vintage” TV and movies, we call it. The stuff we grew up on, ya know? Full House, Family Matters, the Father of the Bride movies and the Home Alone series. Good stuff that reminds us of our own “good ol’ days!” But we were laughing the other day when we we got to talking about the house in the Father of the Bride movies, and wondered how much the mortgage cost. “Or what about the electric bill?!” he gasped. So funny. I guess this is what being adults does to your perception of things!
So when Louis from Cast Iron Radiators 4U contacted me with a neat infographic on the Top Movie Houses in Cinema and neat facts to go along with them, well. Let’s have a little fun on this Friday, why don’t we!
This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own.
By now, most of you have seen me reference our twins, Baby G and Baby M, here on the blog. Seven months old they are now – I can hardly believe it!
But if you are fairly new to the blog, you may not know the story behind our sweet girls. (If you want the FULL story, just look up at the tabs along the top of the page you’re on and select the “Our Infertility, Pregnancy, Birth Story & Resources” tab – you’ll get all the details! (Or just CLICK HERE!)
In a nutshell, my husband and I tried for three years to get pregnant. One of those years we devoted to trying everything “medically” possible to get pregnant – which made for an EXTREMELY rough year. If you’ve had a similar experience and tried some of the same things we did, you KNOW just how hard it can be! You know the conversations you had to have with your partner were uncomfortable enough, but to have to have those conversations, with your doctor(s), too? It’s not for the faint of heart!
And then there are the conversations that you have to have with those around you!
You’re familiar with the questions. “How long have you guys been married now? When are you planning on having some kiddos?” “So, do you ever want to have kids? Or do you plan on being one of those people who just focuses on their career?” Or the famous comment, “You’re not getting any younger, you know!” (Thanks. I wasn’t aware of that at all. I’m so glad you pointed that out!)
Most of you know that my husband has worked for Geico for almost 10 years now. Throughout his time with the company, he has held a variety of positions, but right now, he is actually a trainer managing a class of new employees who are learning the work of the claims department. So you can only imagine who’s voice I hear in my head while I’m driving, right?!
“The individual backing up in an accident is always at fault!”
“If you were keeping a proper lookout, that never would have happened.”
“Kristen, ALWAYS HIT THE ANIMAL. It’s WAY cheaper to hit a squirrel than hit another car because you were trying to avoid the squirrel.”
You get the idea.
Something else he has always drilled into my head is that the more safety features your vehicle has, the more discounts you can get on your insurance premium! Free advice, folks.
But what I did NOT know was that you can actually ADD IN some of those safety features!
If you’re not ready to buy a new car or recently bought a new car without some of the pricier features, you can still add aftermarket safety products to keep you and your family safe. As safe driving expert and blogger Alex Perdikis explains, roads are becoming safer, but it’s up to drivers to make sure their cars are safe. Here are four safety car add-ons you use right now.
Have you heard of “One Word”?
The basic idea of the One Word movement is to lose the long list of New Year’s Resolutions we strangle ourselves with each year and pick one word to focus on for the next 12 months.
In 2014, the word I chose was PEACE. In 2015, I can’t even remember the word I chose (shows how much of an impact I made THAT year, eh?!) and in 2016, I chose the word WELL.
Enter 2017. To be honest, I struggled with choosing a good word to use this year, because I just felt like, since the arrival of the twins, life is just so FULL. It’s full of wonderful things and not-so-wonderful things, but it’s full nevertheless. How on earth could I get to a quiet place where I can focus on one word when there’s so much commotion?
And then, it hit me. FULL. There’s my word.