How to Make the Most of Wherever You Live

How to Make the Most of Wherever You Live

By Kaitlin Harris

Two years ago, I moved to the secluded country town of Newport, Arkansas with a minuscule population of about 7,800 people. Let me tell you, as a self proclaimed city girl, it definitely took some getting used to. No more quaint coffee shops, not a Target (my favorite store) in sight and since there’s literally nothing but rice fields for miles and miles, no more sense of community or any fun things to do. Period.

Does this sound all too familiar? Don’t fret just yet! Here are my tips for finding a great time, even in the dullest of areas. Continue reading

My Life Looks Different Than I Thought It Would

My Life Looks Different Than I Thought It Would

By Kate Kole

Sometime during middle school, I picked the house I would live in once I became a grown up. It was a 10-minute walk from my childhood home, quaint and complete with a white picket fence.

I imagined my brother and sister would buy places in the same neighborhood. We’d all get married and have kids. They’d play little league together and we’d barbecue with my parents on Sunday afternoons. Continue reading

10 Things To Know When Buying Your First Home

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By Chelsea O’Neal

Buying a new home, as we all know, is a crazy, hectic process. Not only do you spend endless hours searching online through listings, but you eventually have to start physically looking at houses you’ve picked out. You go from this house to that house to a thousand more (not literally but it feels like it) only to be let down as reality isn’t anything like what the pictures have showcased. Maybe the house isn’t as nice as you thought it’d be. Maybe the layout is downright awful. The yard is too small. The neighborhood isn’t want you wanted. The list goes on. Having just purchased a home myself, let’s look at ways to take the stress out of buying your first home (or any home for that matter). Continue reading

9 Gifs That Sum Up The Home-Buying Experience

10 Gifs That Sum Up The Home-Buying Experience

By Becky Houdesheldt

Home-buying is one of the most exciting and exhausting experiences ever. I have gone through the process twice, in less than 3 years, and I can tell you that knowing what was coming the second time did not make the process any smoother than the first time.

The first house I made an offer on I fell in love with, only to be incredibly disappointed after the inspection. I was completely distraught. I gave up on the search, and when I picked back up a couple months later, I found my first home! The place I bought was funky and cute. It had subway tile in the bathrooms and tin ceiling as the backsplash in the kitchen. It had open cabinets and lots of windows. It had a laundry room with a window in it, out to my quaint, adorable backyard. It was also at the end of a giant hill that was treacherous in the winter, and only had one other way out, which was through an alley that was not paved. It wasn’t even really filled in. I didn’t see those things when I found it. I just saw a place to call my own, and I loved it. Continue reading

Something’s Got to Go — And It’s The House

By Kristin christopoulos

Since becoming a mom 7 months ago, each day has felt like a marathon.  I start out hopeful and optimistic that I can get everything done that I need to.  I go through bouts of exhaustion and despair, thinking to myself, “when will this day END already?!”  And as the day draws to a close, I nearly cry as I collapse onto my couch, finally having scraped by for another day. Continue reading

6 Easy Ways To Decorate Your Home This Fall

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By Brigitte Evans

You don’t have to be a fall person to love fall; there’s just something absolutely wonderful about its breeze on your skin, the gold, coral and red colors at every step, a cup of hot cocoa in bed in the morning and that beautiful feeling of being part of nature’s change. On top of that, every season offers an opportunity to let your creative juices flow and decorate your space so it fits the spirit of the present moment. Amazing, isn’t it?

With your next decorative adventure in mind, we’ve put together a few decorating ideas to help you do just that – decorate your space this fall and enjoy every second of it! Continue reading

5 Easy Ways To Declutter Your Home This Weekend

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By Becky Houdesheldt

After moving twice in 2 years, simplification is something I value more than I ever thought I would. Considering we’ve added an infant to our household, making room for his many toys, jumpers, mats and swings became a high priority for us. However, the introduction of a tiny human isn’t the only reason to declutter. Maybe home isn’t a place where you can feel relaxed. Maybe it’s full of memories of times better left in the past. Maybe it’s just become so crammed with things you love that it’s overwhelming to know where to start. Here’s my experience: Continue reading

Don’t Just Buy It, DIY It: 3 Simple Home Décor Projects To Get Started

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By Kate Kole

Every time I watch Fixer Upper or Flea Market Flip (which is more often than I’d like to admit), I feel a surge of inspiration. I start looking around our rooms and wondering what areas I could renovate. And then, I remember, I’ve actually never renovated a space and that my home improvement skills extend just about as far as painting (details, details).

Still, I’d like to get my hands dirty in the DIY home décor game and aspire to someday be able to transform spaces the way Joanna Gaines does. Since I have to start somewhere, I’ve been making productive use of my Pinterest scrolling time and searching for some relatively simple projects to launch my wannabe hobby. Continue reading

4 Things To Consider When Buying Your First Place

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By Julie Winsel

It’s part of the traditional American dream: the house with the white picket fence, preferably somewhere that’s green, according to Aubrey from Little Shop of Horrors. Having your own house means you own all the walls and get to hang things and paint to your heart’s content. It means you can landscape, plant trees, and put anything you want in the garage. Continue reading