Tag Archives: Lessons

Basement Drywall Repair: What We Learned About Hiring a Contractor

So, I wanted to share a little update on the basement to keep you all up to speed about that project, and to share a little bit about what we learned with hiring out the drywall repair to a professional. The short version of the story is that yes, we would consider hiring out portions […]

Fixing the Flooring after the Flood: How to Patch Damaged Wood Floors

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There’s Certainly a Santa – Sponsored Post + GIVEAWAY

**This post is sponsored by Certainly Santa and we received a book for review, but the words and opinions are all our own.** I’m so excited to share another super fun Christmas giveaway with you all this week! This one is so sweet, a Christmas book all about telling your kids the truth about Santa. […]

An Overdue Update on Our Goals

Well, we only have like 7 weeks left to tackled these, figure it’s time to check in and see how we’re doing. (Spoiler–not great.) 1. Add a garbage disposal back under the kitchen sink. Done! Read about this project, here. 2. Revamp the laundry room. Well, with the whole washer flood issue, and the resulting repair […]

How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation

Now that we’ve been finished with our kitchen renovation for awhile, we’ve had some time to reflect on the process and some of the things that helped us and that might help you survive a kitchen renovation, or any major renovation project. Not that we didn’t have issues with the mess and the chaos and the unending about […]

Family-Friendly Design – Toddler Toy Storage Tips

It’s hard to believe, but yes, we really do have a near-toddler on our hands. As Will gets more mobile and does more playing on his own, I’ve found that toy storage has become more and more important. I like the idea of having a playroom dedicated to toys, but right now, that isn’t practical for […]

Ultimate Baby Registry Guide – Our Favorite Baby Gear Purchases – Part 1

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An Imperfectly Pretty Painted Pot

A week or so ago, I started working on a little project for a friend who was moving to a new house. (She’s a friend in real life and a blogger friend—go check her out HERE, or on INSTAGRAM!) I wanted to customize a little ceramic pot and give her a baby from my growing Christmas […]

A Chair Change

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Outtakes from Will’s First Christmas

It seems like the last month was a whirlwind of people, parties and presents. Also, unfortunately, tissues, coughing, stuffy noses. In keeping with his mother’s notorious ability to be sick on Christmas, Will got RSV a week before the bulk of our holiday events. Thankfully he didn’t have to be admitted to the hospital for […]

How We Like It Now: Paint and Painting Edition

Painting stuff is on my mind (CHAIRS!), and since it’s been awhile since we’ve talked about any of this stuff, I thought I’d share a few quick updates on some other items we’ve painted, or painted with, and let you know how we like them now that they’re out of project mode and into the […]

Babies Don’t Keep ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Hi guys, sorry we’ve been totally MIA. We’re soaking up the time and enjoying our little one as much as we can, and he’s keeping us busy, too. Now that Wyatt is back at work, I’m on full time momma duty at home, not to mention I’m starting back to work myself as I try […]

Will’s Birth Story – Part 2

For Part 1 of this story, see this post. We had arrived at the hospital  at 4:30 pm and spent an hour or so getting checked in and set up with the monitors before being admitted. My doctor was out of town, which I knew ahead of time, but was relieved that the on-call doctor was my […]

Will’s Birth Story – Part 1

You guys, it was hard. To be fair, I knew it would be hard. The labor part, that is. I had read the books and articles. I researched. We had taken classes. I knew labor would be hard. And it was. Still, I wasn’t at all prepared for the emotional turmoil I felt in the hours […]

Tips for Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Now that we’re on this side of the kitchen remodel and looking back, we have a few tips that we wanted to share about doing the cabinet installation ourselves. It was certainly worth it, for us, to tackle this part of the process ourselves. When we bought the cabinets from Lowe’s, they told us the […]

DIwYatt: Outlet Upgrades

I think we mentioned in the post about the new doors for the basement guest room that there are a few house upgrades we’re making in every room in the house, slowly but surely, as we make our way through each room. One of those upgrades is switching out the damaged hollow core doors with […]

DIwYatt: Pipe Clamps

When you need long clamps for a project, you head to your local home improvement store. When you get to the clamp section you might find yourself in sticker shock. The truth is, long clamps are kind of an expensive thing. Here is a 48 inch bar clamp from the Home Depot. Instead of spending […]

One Step Forward…More Tips for DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Two steps backward…right? It’s been one of those weeks, and it’s only Wednesday. But, we do have some progress to report. We’ve been busy in the basement guest room… …and the nursery. Which is why the rest of our house is currently a mess of furniture and such. Oh, and we have a giant garage […]

Mudding Through Manual Mode: Giveaway!

Here’s the deal, manual mode is hard. I’ve found that out the hard way, several times. Of course, it’s also awesome when you get it right. Seriously, I was shocked when I got this shot of Wyatt in a semi-dark interior room on a rainy, dreary evening. One of the biggest challenges to overcome was […]

Our Goals for 2015

Well, now that we’ve been honest about how we did last year, I guess it’s time to post our list of goals for 2015. I had fun looking back at our resolutions and goals from 2014, 2013, and even 2012. I’ve started calling these lists more goals than resolutions because resolutions typically are more general […]

What We Learned About Laying Hardwood Flooring Part 1

It’s been a long journey to this point in the remodeling process. Melissa already shared some preview photos of the new floor, here. But we also wanted to share some of the tips for laying flooring that we picked up along the way. First of all, we want to say it’s important to fully research and completely […]

And now that we all know I have no patience…

Here we are, blogging failures lately. Sorry, guys. Not only has it taken us a LONG time to get this Q&A video filmed for you guys, we’ve been seriously slacking in the writing department lately with no new house or remodel updates to share. And as you’ll see in the video below, I’m not very […]

Resolution Update – It’s Time for One Final Push

You guys, it’s November, and that means we only have a few weeks left to accomplish our entire list of 2014 goals and resolutions. To refresh yourself on our progress over the year, you can read our original resolution post, here, and our first update, here, and where we were at the halfway point, here.  This […]

Grout, Doubt, and Seal – Our Backsplash Reveal

It’s time to show you our finished tiling job, guys, and I have to say, it was a lot of work, but totally worth it. I can’t get over how fancy it looks! Like a “Real” kitchen. For grown-ups. To back up a bit, after we finished tiling, things looked like this: We let that […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash – Part 3

We’re back with part 3, after part 1 and part 2 in our tiling tips series, so without further ado, here are tips 11-15. 11. Back-buttering is an art. A messy art.  We already mentioned we had a LOT of cut tiles. (The larger your tile, the more cuts you’ll have to make) So, to […]

Everything You Needed to Know About Tiling Your Back Splash

Last week, we got to work on a big project. The tile back splash. We’d never tiled before so this otherwise “small project” felt even bigger to us. There are already a ton of tiling tutorials out there, so we’re not going to attempt to rewrite the book on back splashes, but we did want […]

Mud and Messes

We’re officially in the mudding/messy stage of drywalling the kitchen. Just a warning, this post is long—and overdue. Sorry for being MIA this week. It’s just been a lot of the same over here. I also know not many of you may ever attempt to tackle a renovation job like this on your own, so […]

Duct Work

To take a step backward from the last kitchen update, here, we need to give you on update on a few more “behind the scenes walls” tasks we had to tackle before we could move forward. For starters, we needed to re-route HVAC vent that is coming up through the wall. You can see it […]