Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Less is More – When Frugality Hurts

Are you a collector? ...a thrifter, garage saler, picker, or might you be a hoarder? How do you know if you have a problem? How do you know if you are out of control? Balance is key. Sometimes good can turn bad quickly when we lose our balance.   If a person overindulgess using frugality as their excuse, then "frugality" hurts.   Ask yourself: Can I afford it? Do I need it? Do I have a place for it? Do I have a specific plan to use it, give it away or am I just buying Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Living Room Reveal

The day is finally here. The Joneses living room reveal has been a long time in coming.     If you remember, they bought a foreclosure and rehabilitated the poor thing. It was a mess and they brought it from an unlivable beast to a beautiful charming home for a family of 5 - oh wait. Home for a family of 6!   We are so long in bringing this reveal to you because a little baby doll, Maddie Moo made her appearance (April found out she was expecting) and everything changed.   She sort of took over their Continue reading

No Christmas Home Tour Here

No Christmas Home Tour Here

  This Christmas season is different for our family this year. We are a family in crisis. There will be no chestnuts roasting on our open fire this year. Normally I would be writing a post about our Christmas Home Tour complete with staged pictures of my home in the middle of Christmas celebration. (Last year's Christmas Home Tour) It’s what we do as DIY bloggers. We decorate and then share it. I had it all planned. I did manage to get my tree up and most of our gifts wrapped.   Then crisis Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Kitchen Demolition

Keeping Up With the Joneses – Kitchen Demolition

To start, the Joneses, and other family members including moi, started ripping down and tearing up. Oh, how I enjoy kitchen demolition! Even the kids got their share of demo, which BTW, shows you and I that if a 6 and 8 year old can do it... You can do it too. I'm gonna preach it till the cows come home. Too often we say, "I could never do that." How about, "I could totally do that!"   April took off the scalloped hoop-de-do above the kitchen sink.   Now, hoop-de-doos aren't necessarily bad, Continue reading

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Kitchen Before

Keeping Up With the Joneses – The Kitchen Before

Welcome to a new series: Keeping Up With the Joneses Join us as we follow the first time homebuyers Jones family as they take a foreclosed house and turn it into a warm and inviting home in just 30 days! Their goal is to have it not only livable for their family of five in just 30 days, but have a 5 year plan to bring it to perfection - to flip it and move on.   Not only is this a huge job, but they have a very tight budget as well.     The Kitchen Before   I'll Continue reading

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 2

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 2

When you see homes that are newly built, staged and on display, do you get the   gimme gots?   I do. Yep. I admit it.   I made a decision a long time ago to enjoy seeing what others have but not to let it make me want something out of my reach. It's all about perspective. But the admitting part - the "yep, I admit it" part, has to do with my goals. Any one of us can look at something like this and use it as inspiration.   What inspires you?   Here's a boat load of Continue reading

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 1

Parade of Homes 2014 – Part 1

Umm, I'll take one of each... We did our yearly jaunt with friends this year to the Wausau area Parade of Homes for our much needed yearly inspiration and laughs. Inspiration came from each home we visited. Laughs came from the wives watching the DH's navigate the Parade of Homes map.   Oh my. Some of them were beautiful! I'll spare you the mundane ones and go right to the top first. Jeremy Voigt homes. Yes, please.   Today I'm featuring two of the 12 of homes - they are both by Jeremy Voigt. Continue reading

Christmas Home Tour 2013 – Welcome to my home!

Christmas Home Tour 2013 – Welcome to my home!

    Hi. Welcome. Merry Christmas! I'm glad you came for a visit. I'd like to share my home with you for Christmas. Tell me about your day; grab a cup of coffee and sit with me a while. I don't know about you, but I'd like to put my feet up and just enjoy the holiday. Have you been crazy busy trying to get everything done for upcoming festivities? It can be such fun, but it can also be so Continue reading