So, if you are a family or friend you know this is a long time coming for us. We've been waiting for months, got really close once, but now the search is over. We bought a house!
We got our offer accepted on a home we have never even seen... We are only slightly crazy I know! Since J went to Germany, we got out of our apartment lease. So, essentially we are homeless when he gets back home (thankfully we have a great friend who is letting us stay with her!) We have had terrible luck finding the perfect home, and have had so many offers denied or outbid.
Our wishlist for a house was a split level, two car garage, and to be unique. But, then we found this home. Going through the photos, having our amazing realtor go through it filming a walk through, and we just completely fell in love with it. The home is in a perfect location, right in the middle of everything we want to be by, looks so cozy and inviting, and is perfect for raising a family in. There are schools nearby, it is close to our favorite shopping center (hello, priorities!), and also close to his work.
This week they will be doing the inspection and from there we will slowly be going through the check list of what will need to be done before closing. It is so exciting to finally have a place we will call home, even though we haven't seen it yet, and it will be our first home together!
We won't be moving in until late fall/early winter but I could not be more ready! I have been pinning home ideas like crazy & I feel kind of overwhelmed having to go from a two bedroom apartment, to a three bedroom, two bath house! What I am very excited about is finally having a yard for Pepper, and on the side of a home is a huge deck which will be great for friends.
I am really excited for when we move in and I will blog the whole process, decorating the rooms, buying furniture (oh my gosh we are going to be such adults! haha), and will blog the overall moving process.
I hope you guys are ready for all this house talk & if you are searching for a home right now, my advice is to not give up and not get attached to anything, unless your offer is accepted. Purchasing a home is such a rollercoaster, so just take your time because your perfect home is out there.
I finally did it! I have been wanting to go blonde for years now, but always chickened out. After my repetitive mentions of it to James & my mom, they finally convinced me to do it. My mom booked my hair appointment at Be You Tiful Salon and the lovely Robyn did my hair! (she also did my mom and sister's hair for my wedding!)
Robyn did a heavy balayage & we did more of a honey blonde. I brought in a picture of Jennifer Aniston for color inspiration haha and I think it is spot on!
I really wanted it blonde, but still kind of fade up into my natural brown roots. I wanted it to be brown on top so when it grows out, it will just look more natural.
But, I do see myself wanting to go lighter blonde in the future haha I love it!
What do you think? Also, have you ever dyed your hair an extreme color, different from your natural hair? I'd love to know!
Also, this is my first time going blonde. I have an appointment today, so hopefully it will look brighter and more blonde.
So, I can explain. Long story short I am a crazy dog lady. Could you figure that out with my multiple posts about Pepper? haha When I got the opportunity to help get the word out on the Petco Halloween costume contest on my Instagram, I knew I couldn't just stop there! My mom is kinda overboard & put together a cute little set up and helped me find the perfect Halloween costume!
I also ended up buying a costume for my sister's kitten Kevin, he's named after minions haha. Imagine how funny it is to yell Kevin when he's being bad! When I saw the taco costume in Petco I thought it would be perfect.
So, our theme. I took Pepper into Petco & after trying the pinata outfit on here I thought it'd be hilarious!
I love this idea and while I am currently doing 14 day, I wanted y'all to have a chance to start preparing for General Conference!
I created a little printable for you to have for the next 10 days as we prepare, to jot down who you listened to and any thoughts you may have.
If you do decide to do this, I would love to know! Feel free to message me & keep me updated on your progress!
(the download link is down below! or you can get it here)
I will (try) to update this post every day until Saturday, with the talk I listened to!
Talk: Put Your Trust in the Lord
Speaker: Elder M. Russell Ballard
Thoughts: I have so been that member who sometimes avoids opportunities to share the gospel with others. I rarely raise my hand to volunteer and I know that I am missing out on the chance to make a difference in someone else's life. Missionary work is SO important, and I have my entire membership to dedicate thanks to those missionaries. You never stop being a missionary, as my husband who served years before he met me, was the greatest missionary ever and taught me so many things. I know I need to do better & this talk is just what I needed to here.
Today's post is by our very first guest blogger, Claire! She is a military wife, an avid homemaker & is budget savvy.
I've always felt my super power was the ability to find or create great financial deals! Since becoming a stay at home wife, my day-to-day goal has been to be extra picky about my tiny families finances!
I grew up around budget-savvy parents, who taught me the value of the dollar and how "living within your means" was the key to staying financially afloat. However, I've come to my own conclusion that living below your means is how to stay afloat.
To quote Henry David Thoreau, "I make myself rich, by making my wants few." He's inspirational, isn't he? I sure think so. Lessening our wants is a great way to avoid breaking even every month, (on top of a beautiful way to practice contentment and gratitude) but wouldn't it be better if we could lessen the cost of our needs? Nobody wants to spend their hard earned money on toothpaste, dryer sheets or toilet paper, right? I can think of a million other purchases I'd rather make. I'm sure you could too.
What if I told you I made my own five gallon bucket of laundry detergent for less than two dollars? I can bet your first question would be, "How?!"
Well, welcome to my DIY laundry detergent tutorial!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
STEP ONE: grate the fels-naptha soap
Have you ever grated cheese before? I'm sure you have. Same task, just with soap! Grab your cheese grater and gate the soap! Easy-peasy.
STEP TWO: fill a pot with 4 cups of warm water & add grated soap!
STEP THREE: on medium to high heat, watch the soap dissolve!
Note: This process takes about 10 minutes! Set your timer and stir every once in a while
STEP FOUR: fill a five gallon bucket halfway with hot water and add soap mixture!
(I always use our bathtub!)
STEP FIVE: add one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda
STEP SIX: (OPTIONAL) go ahead and add in two table spoons of your preferred essential oil!
So far I have used tea tree oil, sweet orange, lemon and lavender- but the choice is yours!
STEP SEVEN: fill the rest of the bucket up with warm water & attach the lid and let it sit for 24 hours.
By this time you have finished creating your laundry detergent! Job well done, sweet friends! Once the 24 hours is complete, you can remove the lid and check it out!
Although it's VERY important to note that your detergent will be gloppy! The reason we wait 24 hours is to allow the detergent to gel. Which is exactly what you will find once the wait is over. Do not panic, this is supposed to happen!
Personally, I find this last step fun! Grab a pair of gloves (or feel free to use your bare hands) and mix the gel into a more liquid consistency. Some people prefer a completely liquid state detergent (much like store bought) So they add the extra step of blending the gel with an immersion blender. This is completely optional and does not change the effectiveness.
As a homemaker, I am always looking for unconventional ways to store ordinary items. There are woven baskets in our pantry and I store our Q-tips in old candle jars! I will do anything to display household items in a pretty fashion!
The laundry detergent was no exception!
If you want to fancy-up your detergent, Walmart sells the super cute drink dispenser photographed above- which works fabulously for soap display! Lastly but surely not least, if you would like the free "Homemade laundry soap" printable I used, a quick visit to Pinterest will do the trick!
Remember y'all, a penny saved is a penny earned and you won't pay taxes on a saved penny!
Thank you for stopping by The Strattons Blog! Here are snippets of my life, motherhood, and the military!