Adulthood and Lawns: So Many Lessons, So Little Time

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6 years ago when the hubby and I began our Raleigh house search we wanted a short list of items: 3 bedrooms, a garage, and a decent-sized yard. Oh, to be young and stupid.

Lawn-care truly gives me heartburn and I’m going to be 100% up front here, because I know my husband is going to read this and his reaction to my reaction to lawn-care is most likely going to be laughter: I don’t take care of the lawn or anything near it. It never has been, and never will be, my job. I will DIY and renovate the crap out of the inside of the house, but don’t you dare ask me to mingle with the bugs and snakes of the typical North Carolinian lawn. After we moved and stumbled upon the following statistic I knew immediately that any hope for me and the great outdoors was lost: North Carolina has the 2nd highest snake population in the United States.

Ugh, why me.

What I am good at though, is suggestions. I’m a wonderful wife in that I can tell my husband exactly what to do, from inside the walls of our home. I have all sorts of good advice on trimming hedges, edging the lawn, murdering the weeds that pop up in the cracks in the sidewalk. Surely it is unsolicited advice, but advice nonetheless. Continue reading

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Living Green Like Our Grandparents

Despite popular belief, A and I have differing opinions on topics such as religion, politics, men (sorry girl, JT > Channing Tatum), but I am happy to report that when it comes to being sustainable we are on the same, recyclable page. Reading about A’s sustainable up-bringing in Sunday’s post made me feel nostalgic thinking about my own grandparents and how “green” they lived without knowing that “green” would ever be anything but a color, and it really got me thinking about all the things our ancestors did that was not just good for our planet, but good for them and the well-being of their families, and their pockets.

While I feel extremely fortunate to have grown up in a generation that includes iPhones, Facebook, steam dryers, Kindle, and YouTube (for your viewing pleasure), I genuinely believe that to make something right you sometimes have to go back to the basics. Continue reading

DIY: Master Bathroom Makeover

As promised on Saturday, today I am posting about the facelift I recently gave my master bathroom. Basically every room in my humble abode needs a facelift (as it probably will every couple of years, which makes my husband cringe). I started here because this is where I start in the morning and being a big believer in the art of feng shui (not the fad stuff), I believe that your home has in impact on your self and your day to day mental well-being.

Before I updated the bathroom it was a mess (as you’ll see below). Cluttered, nothing where it belonged, outdated, and really no personality. Who wants to start their day off that way? I also believe in the art of small changes = big change. I didn’t feel the need to hire a contractor to come rip up the linoleum (though someday I will) or tile the tub and shower, I felt like some small changes would make a big impact.

I started the makeover by giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. I like the sunny, but mute, yellow color (which also coordinates with our bedroom) so I decided to keep it as is, but replaced the flat with an eggshell finish. For the record, the flat was not of my doing. Honestly, homeowners, flat in a bathroom is a bad idea, mark my words. I then removed the traditional white cabinet above the toilet (which will makes its way to the Habitat ReStore) and replaced with the William Wall Cabinet from Pottery Barn. Something with a little more character, but still serves a purpose.

DIY: Master Bathroom Makeover

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