Our Fence!

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I hinted last week that we have made some changes to our backyard, and let me tell you, they are HUGE!…395ft to be exact! ūüôā

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When Dan and I first moved into our home, we knew putting a fence in the backyard was a priority. ¬†What we didn’t realize was how expensive fencing is! Call me naive, but some wooden posts and pickets didn’t strike me as breaking the bank. ¬†After getting quotes from various companies, we discovered that our ‘little fence project’, was going to cost us about $15,000?!! Continue reading

How to Refinish Bathroom Tile: The ‘De-pinkified’ Bathroom

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Okay, I know it’s been quite a while since my last post; however, a lot has happened in the last few weeks: summer came to an end, we put a fence in (more on that later), and I got a new job! Nevertheless, I’m back and ready to share my latest tutorial on our newly ‘de-pinkified’ bathroom! If there was one part of this makeover that was key to staying within our $500 budget, it was to find to a way to keep the tub and tile that covered 75% of the room intact…no easy task!

After some avid online searching, I came across this product by Rust-oleum called ‘Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit’. The reviews were mixed; some people praised its easy application, while others called it a piece of junk. With a full tank of optimism (and the realization that the bathroom really couldn’t look much worse!), I forged ahead and purchased the four kits it would take to refinish the tile! ¬†To see the before and after photos of the entire process, check out the full $500 pink bathroom makeover. Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Babka Bread

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If you have not tried chocolate babka, you are missing out! It’s a traditional Eastern European Jewish twisted yeast bread filled with rolls of cinnamon and chocolate and topped with streusel. Are you salivating yet?? It’s spectacular. I’d even go as far as to say it’s life changing. The only downside to babka is that is takes FOREVER to make it, and patience is not always one of my virtues.

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The ‘Pool’ Garden Makeover

Did I mention we own a pool? ¬†In fact, it’s a huge in-ground pool that just happens to be smack dab in the middle of our front yard!….you heard me, a pool in the front yard. ¬†Did I also mention that the previous owners filled the pool in with dirt?…yep, dirt!…a non-functioning pool filled with dirt in the middle of our front yard. What’s a girl to do??

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Top Ten Tools and Tricks for Painting a Room

Most people know that painting a room is one of the easiest and economical ways to update a space; however, the process can seem daunting without the right tools and knowledge of where to start.
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I was lucky to grow-up with parents who not only considered Home Depot a weekend family destination (for the record, home improvement stores are about as exciting as watching paint dry when you’re a kid), but who took on more painting projects with each move around the country than I can honestly count! My dad even gave us a ‘Painting Starter Kit’ when we moved into our little pink house, and my mom was there on day one, ready to tackle our bedroom with me! Here’s a list of tools and tricks that have made painting our new house so much easier!

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