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First Day of School 2018

What a beautiful homeschool space! I would love to learn here!
This entry is part 4 of 27 in the series Homeschool

We just finished our first day of school for the girls (and AG, by surprise) in our updated homeschool space.  I know it is Labor Day. But Labor Day means Daddy is home and I have help for the day. We also have our first community day with Classical Conversations tomorrow.  I am trying to alleviate the busyness of the morning tomorrow whilst establishing an understanding that we do school AT home.  I had to explain this to the girls a few times because excitement has an affect on their ears!

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DIY Knockoff Chainmail Lamp

DIY Chain-mail Knockoff Lamp in Entryway

We had a mishap a little while back with the lamp in our entry way.  It got broken.  It happens – no big deal.  And our entry way is relatively dark, requiring a lamp for when guests are over, so they can find their way in and out of the house.

But replacing a lamp is not very easy in our house.  My husband has strong opinions about two things decor related: lamps and rugs.  It is not that he doesn’t have strong opinions about other things, it is more that he and I see eye-to-eye on everything else.  I tend to be more accepting of lighting options in general.  He seems to be particular.  And though we have been married for almost 10 years, I have yet to discern what appeals to him.  He is like a moving target in regards to lamps – I can’t pin him down. Continue Reading

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#HouseProud in So. Cal. #ChampionsofHome

We are in the midst of a remodel of our home.  In other words we are falling back in love with our home.  We have owned our home for the past seven years and I have to be honest with you, the relationship was getting pretty worn.  I think we were hitting the seven-year itch.  Rooms just weren’t working for us the way that they used to.  Our decor was wearing out or becoming dated.

So, we started dreaming of what we wanted in our relationship with our home.  We started rethinking how we use the rooms in our house and how those rooms could be modified to fit our newer style.  We did a number of things so that we could be proud of our house once again.

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Task #3: Bathroom Decor

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Tackling Tasks

As I mentioned in my introductory post for Tackling Tasks in October, we have lived in our home for almost seven years and we still have blank spaces where art or something interesting should be.  We often have grand plans and pieces of art literally sit propped against the wall for ages.

I have wanted to put some piece of art on the wall over the bathtub in our master bath almost since we moved in, but I just never got around to it.  Why is it that the simplest projects are the ones I put off for way too long?  And then when they are completed (5 minutes later), I wonder, “Why did I put that off?” Continue Reading

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The Builder’s Wife Shares: Wood Flooring

I had my first reader question come in last week and I am so excited to share on the topic of wood floors.

Here is the question from Sarah at Frugal Fun for Boys:

We are looking into new flooring. We’re thinking tile for the kitchen, since it gets wet the most often. We’ve been hearing mixed reviews on wood vs. laminate. Personally, I have not seen any laminate that I really like (you can often tell it’s not real wood). Some people say their wood floors are all scratched up by their pets and kids, and others say their wood floors are great for pets and kids. What is the best flooring for high-traffic areas with four boys and a dog, and if it’s wood – how do you pick a good wood floor?

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A Cleaning Challenge: Week 3 in Review

I am loving the results in the house from the 30 Day Clean House Challenge from Money Saving Mom.  It is so nice to complete some of the lingering projects and see rooms the way I would like them to be.  The only problem is the maintenance.  If we could just leave it absolutely clean (like go on a vacation and have a webcam set up so I could just sit and look at it), I would never have to clean again.  But life, it is messy!

I am currently sitting and looking at a sink full of dishes from dinner and a kitchen counter that is cluttered with stuff.  (sigh)

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