high five for friday!

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Happy Friday! I've had a lot of competing priorities this week so the blog took the back burner. It's another lovely day here in Colorado and is going to be this weekend too. We're hoping to get a hike in, hit up a local rummage sale (GREAT blog projects and inspiration there!) and enjoy the nice weather. After this bathroom project, which I'll start sharing next week, I kind of want to take the weekend to break from house projects! Have a great one! 1. I posted this on Instagram earlier this week. I was about to start grouting the bathroom and cracked open a beer read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

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Is it me or is the month of March FLYING by? Not that I'm complaining because I'm ready for warmer temps and more time outside! Which, by the way, happy 1st day of spring! What's good for your weekend? We're tackling the bathroom and I'm psyched about it. Signing off now to go lay tile. Happy Friday! 1. We did a massive haul at Home Depot this week to prep for our bathroom reno. I think it was the most items we've purchased in a single trip. Which is great, because I'm trying to be more efficient with our HD trips since we usually go back like 10 times a day. 2. read more this way >>>

our “new to us” vehicle

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I shared with you guys earlier this week how we ditched $10K in debt overnight by selling our newer SUV and purchasing, in cash, an older one. So what’d we go with? We decided to purchase a 2004 Honda Pilot to accommodate the interior space needed for transporting furniture and sliding patio doors (hopefully soon!) and people when we have visitors in town. We found one that was mechanically well cared for by a single dad with four kids. However, with four kids and kind of a messy guy, the interior left little to be desired. Which is why we got a great deal on read more this way >>>

how we ditched $10K in debt overnight

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We’re working hard to becoming debt free and the amount of debt we’ve paid off in the last 5 years is quite amazing. We no longer have credit card debt (and never will again) and the student loans get closer and closer each month. However, we still had a $10,000 vehicle loan that was really just unnecessary. And the vehicle attached to that loan has been getting beat up for the past year with everything from house renovation supply trips to muddy camping trips. It didn’t make a whole lot of sense to be beating up this fairly new vehicle that we were still paying read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

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I can't believe it's already the middle of March and all the St. Patrick's celebrations are happening this weekend! It's supposed to be 70s here in CO this weekend so we'll be taking advantage of getting outside. Have a great Friday & weekend! 1. How can it be that this little love is 3 months already? She's growing so fast and is still as smiley as she was the day she was born. I love seeing her grow and develop and learn new things everyday! 2. Anyone else feel like the car wash is calming? I kind of love it and have been getting our cars washed more read more this way >>>

DIY monitor stand {for healthy work habits}

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We’re clearly pretty passionate about healthy work stations. There has been so much research done about how bad desk work can be for you and your body, so why not try to help yourself, ya know?! While I love my custom-made desk, the positioning of my chair and monitor, plus some existing neck and upper back problems just wasn’t working out. What I needed was a monitor stand to lift it up a tad so I wasn’t always looking slightly down. I made it by using a scrap piece of wood and four door stoppers. The door stoppers come in many different finishes, but I read more this way >>>

my brother’s wedding!

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We spent the weekend out in Connecticut celebrating my brother's wedding! It was a great weekend filled with fun, the indoor pool and water slide, laughter and celebration. I don't have many great photos, but gathered what I could. Sharing below, if you'd like to see... And one last one, of baby Claire, and getting ready to swim for the first time!     read more this way >>>

dining set refresh {with country chic paint}

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This dining set, which I cannot for the life of me find the before photos for, was in need of a major updating. It had tan suede seat cushions and a cherry wood colored table top. You can read the full method behind painting the tabletop and finishing it with a top coat over on the Country Chic Paint blog. We gave it a few coats of Country Chic Paints Pebble Beach color and topped it with their top coat product, which protects the surface. For the chairs, I chose a fabric that was neutral enough, but still had some pattern to it. The transformation read more this way >>>

install a programmable thermostat {and save on energy costs}

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The easiest way to save on heating (or cooling) costs is to install a programmable thermostat. We did this just after we started using our heat this winter because nearly every day when I left the house, I’d get to work and remember I didn’t turn the heat down. Which meant it was running all day long, heating a house that no one was in. Makes no sense, right?! Also, we're doing pretty good with our eye sight and didn't need the sharpie marked original thermostat. We just wanted something that was mid-range. We didn’t feel it necessary to get something so fancy as read more this way >>>

guest room nightstand makeover {with country chic paint}

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I scored this nightstand for $10 at a local thrift store and knew it would be the perfect piece for our guest room. Head on over to the Country Chic Paint blog to learn more about the method behind this makeover. I wanted something that was a bit larger and was open at the bottom so we could add bath towels for when we had guests over.   I love the added pop of the gold wax with the updated drawer pull. It’s also a bit higher for a nightstand, which I like. Makes it easier to reach the top of it and access the drawer. It was a quick read more this way >>>