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Pennies from Heaven

How NOT to Sell a Home (& the Simple Way to Get it SOLD)

Living Room makeover - big change!

This post has been sponsored by National Association of REALTORS ®.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Selling a house is HARD!  It is a huge undertaking even in a “good market.”  And it is, honestly, not my favorite thing to do.  It has been 9 years since we sold our first home, but the lessons we learned in the process have been seared into my memory.  Because we did it wrong the first time we tried to sell it.  We learned the hard way that there are a number of things that one can do wrong when selling a home.  And we discovered that there really is only ONE way to sell a home.  Let me share with you what we learned along the way in a list entitled How NOT to sell a house (and the ONE thing to get it SOLD!)

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Pennies from Heaven

Try a2 Milk FREE (& win a trip Down Under)!


This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.  I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

You know all those unique phrases you hear only in specific places?  In the South, you hear, “Well, bless his heart.”  In the Boston area, you hear, “Wicked” attached to almost anything. And in the Land Down Under, you hear, “Let’s put another shrimp on the barbie.”  Which gets me thinking what other phrases you only hear in Australia.  So, I looked up an Australian phrase book and had a good laugh over some of the things they say.

My absolute favorite one has to be “Technicolor yawn.”

What do you think it is?

I’ll give you some hints in this short story:

“I tend to have this problem after drinking regular cow’s milk.  So I am now trying out a new all natural milk to help with the tummy troubles that accompany drinking milk (and milk-based drinks, like milkshakes), called a2 Milk®.  So far, it has made it possible for me to drink milk again without feeling sick afterwards.”

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Nest Building

Showroom Shine for Stainless Steel

restoring showroom shine to stainless steel - the simple way

My kids are running a loop through the kitchen again, smearing whatever goop resides on their hands on my recently clean stainless steel appliances.  There are three, yes three, of them at eye-level.  Yes, there are three stainless steel appliances in a perfect designer’s triangle for my two little fingerprint monsters.  Oh, not three KIDS…yet…that comes in a few more months.  And by that time, my appliances could probably be entered in the next emerging artists show.  You see, when it comes to appliance purchasing, my husband and I are not experts.  In fact, it is one of the things we have done very little thinking about in the past few years.  We, since having children, have purchased two stainless steel appliances with out the easy-care properties.  What were we thinking?

When you add kids and stainless steel, you almost always get a mess.  So, I worked on it diligently and discovered the way to restore our stainless steel appliances to their showroom glory.  And it is relatively easy and completely a completely natural solution – safe for the kids, too!  And I shared it a couple of years ago with Ask Anna – it has been one of my most popular posts over there.  But, even that process has become something that takes too long when I am doing my weekly “deep clean” of our kitchen.  So, I am back with another simple solution for keeping stainless steel appliances clean! Continue Reading

Nest Building

Simple Snack Planning on a Budget

Simple Snack Planning on a Budget


As we get closer to the time to have our next baby, I have been in nesting mode to the MAX.  I have tried to create systems that are easy to understand and follow for when we (inevitably) have help in the home after baby arrives and I recover from the (likely) c-section.   And I know having these systems in place will help our girls to be able to direct whoever is helping with the procedures of our home.  One of the most pressing needs in our home is food.  The girls are ALWAYS hungry – always!   So, I thought it would be wise to create a snack station that is easy to reach for our girls and contains LOTS of options for each week, depending on what they want for snack times.

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Nest Building

Keeping Glass Shower Doors Clean (from Day One)

keeping glass shower doors clean from day one

We are so close to being ready to reveal our remodeled downstairs bathroom…so close!  (UPDATE:  See our full bathroom all done and pretty here!)  And the patience that has been wrought in my heart as a result of this project is indescribable – it has been over a year since we started working on it!  But we have had almost everything done in that room for months now and are waiting on finishing touches.   So, I thought I would share a little preview of the made over bathroom along with a quick tutorial about keeping glass shower doors clean from day one. Continue Reading

Growing Up

Getting More Done, Knowing the Girls are Safe (+ A GIVEAWAY)

Get more done knowing the kids are safe


We are in a kind of strange place as a family.  It is a place marked by transition.  We are in the midst of preparing for the addition of another family member to our household.  This involves lots and lots of projects; nesting is REAL, folks!  But it also involves preparing the girls to be a little more independent in the coming days.  I will be nursing the new little one and know that means the girls will need to have some activities to do during all that time focused on the baby.  And I have been crazy impressed with how their independent natures have come out as I have been running around in the morning doing projects and preparing for baby.   Continue Reading

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