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How to Build Your Dream Home- Part 1

Home Project

About a year ago now, we set out on our home building journey by accident. When our move down to Texas was imminent, we started looking for a house. Because we had previously looking for houses together and are self-proclaimed real estate experts with imaginary awards from HGTV like Most Valuable Viewer and Virtual Renovator of the Year,  we knew exactly what we were looking for in our next home: 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Large master suite on main level Large kitchen 2 living spaces and 3 car garage This house in our heads seemed SO perfect and SO well laid out that we just KNEW it was already out there and waiting for us to find it…we would find it within a matter of minutes with a quick search online. 3 months, 1 realtor, and a lot of frustration later, we came to the conclusion that this perfect house didn’t exist…yet.  Since finding a house that was already built didn’t work out for us, we were thrust into the world of building…we’ve learned a lot in the past year that could come in handy if/when you are getting ready to embark on turning your own dream home into a reality.   Step 1: Loan Pre-Approval This is the really boring and really non glamorous part of all real estate transactions. Unless you’ve got cash to buy your land and build your house (high five if you do!), you will need to find a bank or credit union to finance…

The Organized Girl’s Guide to Packing

Guide to Packing

VACATION! We are going on vacation with 3 of our closest friends this upcoming week. We are all leaving our babies behind with their very loving and very capable grandparents. I’m equal parts excited and nervous. We’ve never spent any time away from either of our babies but know what great hands they will be in with my parents and sister. They will have a great time getting spoiled by Nanna, staying up past their bedtimes, and eating cake for breakfast with Papa but man, I already know how badly we will miss them. Here’s hoping that the WIFI at our resort works as well as TripAdvisor claims so that we can FaceTime them as often as we want! As all moms know, with littles ones in tow, just leaving the house requires a deliberately packed diaper bag with extras of everything loaded in the back of your vehicles just in case something unexpected occurs. You’ve never felt true panic until you’ve been 45 minutes away from a store with a diaper blowout and pulling out the last diaper you have packed to find it to be two sizes smaller than your baby’s growing bum. The truth is I have always been an over packer. Since becoming a mom, my packing neurosis is in overdrive. Keith and I went through a few years of constant travel for work. We were living in hotels and out of suitcases through most of our first year of marriage and most of my first…