Tuesday, December 9, 2014

To the bedroom!

My luck has been rather high as of late. I sold a few things on Craigslist to help raise money for the downpayment on our future home, I got $50 worth of free stuff from Victoria's Secret, and *drumroll* I scored a heck of a deal on a couple of pieces of art from Target for the Spartan master bedroom I told you guys about last week.

Originally $29.99 each, I got both of them on clearance for $18. Ohhhhhhh yeah.

Here are a couple of photos of the pieces in action. And please don't judge my bed making skills too harshly, I never claimed to be the neatest chick on the block.

A good start, methinks! If I come across a couple of dirt-cheap nightstands perhaps I'll consider adding those in as well. We shall see.

Maybe with all of this luck I've been having, I should play the lottery....hmmmm....

What do you guys think? Any other suggestions for our bedroom to make it more "us" on a budget?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back in the saddle

Howdy ho, partner. Hope ya'll had a fantastic Thanksgiving - ours was super low-key and relaxing. And I think we'll have leftovers for the next month or so. Delightful.

Anyway, since we're prepping the house for potential buyers, today we're venturing for the first time into...our bedroom!


You may be wondering why you haven't seen our bedroom on the blog yet - well, folks, that's mainly because it's the one room of our house that typically isn't on permanent display, so it can get rather messy. Trying to keep a house clean with a toddler is like trying to prevent a puppy from eating every pair of shoes you own. So, in an effort to keep the rest of the house somewhat tidy, our bedroom was often left in a perma-messy state.

Since there will be prospective buyers tromping through the house soon, we figured it was about time to spruce it up a bit. I've been debating how to decorate it - did I want it to be tranquil? Exciting? Crazy? Traditional?

In the end, I wanted a mix of tranquil with a splash of our personality (so, that would be quirky) - plus, I need it to be on the inexpensive side, since we're saving every penny we can for our down payment sometime early next year.

I'm thinking about either a gallery wall (we have a TON of wall space above the dresser on the other side of the room) or an eclectic mix of art related to some of our favorite music/movies (i.e., Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Star Wars, etc. - by the way, has anyone seen the new Star Wars teaser trailer?! Have to admit seeing the Falcon fly again was pretty heart-stopping!). Here are some that I found online that I'm thinking about:

Led Zeppelin "All of my love" Poster, Etsy (via SouthernSassArt), $12+ (depending on size)

Queen Poster, Etsy (via Posteritty), $13+ (depending on size)

Star Wars Rebel "Hope" Poster, Etsy (via tkbdesigns), $19+ (depending on size)

Star Wars Han and Leia "I love you/I know" Poster, Etsy (via CreativeSpectator), $21+ (depending on size)

Any other ideas/thoughts on how to spruce up a bedroom with quasi-personalized flair on a budget?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Truth Time

I really hate blog posts that go on and on about why posting has dwindled, apologizing for life getting in the way of blogging. I've done it in the past, and I've vowed to try to keep them to a bare minimum.

However, I'm sure you've noticed it's been a bit quiet here lately, so I feel that - though annoying - I owe you guys an explanation.

Here's a rundown of what's been going on:
  1. Remember when I said I started a new job? Well, there was a reason they hired me - because they needed help handling a lot of work. So that has been keeping me quite busy for the past couple of months. I work hard for the money! ;)
  2. I had a bit of a health scare a few weeks back - while at work, I got really fatigued, lightheaded and nauseous, and just generally felt moody and awful. I had a blood test to get to the bottom of what was going on, and discovered I'm deficient in the sunshine vitamin (aka: Vitamin D). I'm on a prescription strength supplement now, and I'm already feeling MUCH better.
  3. Owen has entered the Terrible Twos...6 months early. Holy cow, can that child scream when he doesn't get what he wants (I think he gets that from me, poor kid). He's gotten a LOT better over the past few weeks due to us taking suggestions from family and friends, like ignoring him when he's having a tantrum over nothing, calmly explaining why what he's doing is not acceptable behavior, etc.
  4. The house purchase that didn't happen quite as we had hoped, which I've already told you about.
Since I'm starting to feel better, posts will become more frequent in the coming weeks. Thank you all for your patience, I just felt like I needed to get my footing back and prioritize myself and my health for the time being.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Well. That was fun.

So, I think I've finally gotten to a not-so-emotional way of sharing this. Which is only done through the healing powers of time passing by.

Long story short, we are not buying the house. It was due to a myriad of reasons, but focused on two: the incompetence of our loan officer and the fact that it really wasn't our favorite house to begin with.

Oh, and it was a touch too expensive. Although we can easily afford it on both of our incomes, if I want any hope of going freelance/part time in the next few years around when Owen starts Kindergarten, then buying this house will be a step in the wrong direction for that.

I honestly was never wild with the idea of buying this house, but we got tired of looking and thought it might be easier. Turns out, it wasn't - in fact, after jumping through hoop after hoop after hoop, we found ourselves asking: "Is it really worth it??"

The answer, my friends, was a resounding no. My gut was screaming at me not to go through with it, that it was a bad idea. I've made the mistake of not listening to it in the past, and I wanted to heed the warning before it was too late.

We are shelving the house hunt for the time being - come early 2015, we'll be back at it, and will likely be regaling all of you with our tales. Be prepared, peeps.

So, I know this blog is all about injecting character into a cookie cutter home - namely, the one we're currently living in. Just because we are going to buy another home does not mean this blog is going away; in fact, there's a bit I'd like to do to it so we can make it more presentable for a prospective buyer, so that should be fun.

Stay tuned. :)