Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Homeowners Again!

We bought at house!

It sounds so easy doesn't it? Let me be a little more specific: we searched for, found, had inspected, received financing for, and officially closed on A HOUSE! Our official close date was December 2nd so we've actually had it for over a week now. We had a few things to take care of pre-moving in like installing insulation in the attic, but we're hoping to schedule our movers for this weekend. Weather permitting - and moving in December adds another snowy dimension that we have never dealt with before since we've always moved in either August or September.

This time around (you know, as veteran second-time homebuyers), we have far fewer large scale DIY projects to get out of the way before we move in. Last time, we repainted a bunch of rooms, ripped out second floor carpet (gross.), and completely demo'd and reinstalled a master bedroom closet. This time we're working with a house that was just flipped and the seller did a great job at making it totally modern and liveable. The attic insulation had to happen because before we closed on the house, the seller had vermiculite insulation (i.e. an insulation type from the 50's that contains asbestos) removed because our plan is to create a master bed and bath suite on the second floor in the spring. It was a pretty glamourless job, but the good news is that 1. it didn't take terribly long (about 4 hours?) and 2. no one fell through the ceiling! It wasn't a huge project, but I'll try to share how we did it soon.

I'll be sure to share a full house tour in the next post so you'll get to see some pics of the house before the furniture arrives.

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Birchbox Review: September

Things have been a little crazy around these parts so I'm just getting back to my September Birchbox Reviews. I have received October, but at least I haven't seen November yet!

Anyway, September was my first monthly Birchbox and I was super excited to see it waiting at my desk after returning from a weeklong off-site meeting. I made the decision to have them delivered to work so I could share my monthly treasures with some beauty loving co-workers.

amika: Perk Up Dry Shampoo Full-size $21
Love this! It has a nice, light scent works well and the bottle is super cute to throw in your handbag.

BCBGMAXAZRIA: Bon Genre Full-size $55
While I liked this scent overall, it was a little too girly, but that's what it's all about if you read the description!

Grand Central Beauty: S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Polisher Full-size $38
This skin polisher is really neat. You rub a small amount on to your face until little beads form and start polishing. It left me with smooth skin that wasn't irritated.

Le Couvent Des Minimes: Gardner's Hand Healer Full-size $19
This stuff is intense! If you have very dry hands and need some serious moisture this will work for you. I'm not the type to be pawing around the garden without gloves so a Gardner's Hand balm is a little extreme for my needs but if your hands need some healing, this product will probably work very well for you!

RUFFIAN: Nail Lacquer - Fox Hunt Full-size $10
Pretty and seasonally relevant orange color.
I was most excited to use my orange nail polish! I love these little sizes because let's be honest, how much nail polish can you go through before you're sick of the color, or the nail polish is too old and gross. It was very easy to apply and after 2 coats the color was nice and vibrant and has lasted me at least 2 weeks with a little chipping here and there.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Home Buying Limbo

I wanted to post a quick update to let you know what we've been up to since closing on our house in Norton on September 10th. The short answer is.... RELAXING! We gave ourselves about 1 month before we agreed to go into house hunting mode, and as it turns out, our deadline ends tonight! Tomorrow we really start to dive into the process head first with 5 showings. The weather is starting to turn into hibernation mode in New England so the inventory is looking preeettty low. Especially since the specific area we're looking at is pretty small. Who knows what we'll find or if we'll have to wait until Spring. We'll see!

Friday, September 27, 2013

TJ Maxx Online Finds

Last week I discovered that TJ Maxx is ONLINE! And the selection isn't as broad as what you would see in store but it's preeeettty satisfying if you're feeling that online shopping urge.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pink and Gray Nursery

Want to know the story behind the real life pink and gray nursery? Check out the full post over on Grace and Josie!
Pink and Gray Nursery

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Before and After: Master Bedroom Closet

Matt and Poppy assess the situation

Walls marked for demolition

Master Bedroom with custom walk-in closet; Paint - Sherwin Williams Rainwashed; Floor - Schon Hardwood Brazilian Koa

Monday, September 16, 2013

Selling Our Home: Seller To Do List Part 1

[Note: requirements of sellers will differ in each state so be sure to consult your Real Estate Agent. We're selling our house in Massachusetts so will discuss our experience from that perspective.]

We sold our house in 3 Days. We closed in another 30 Days. Was it stressful? Heck yes. Did we wish we knew what we were doing, yes. Did we survive it anyway? We DID!

Our favorite posts are the ones where we hope that some part of it can help out someone else in the same boat who happens to find us via Pinterest or Google so if you're in the process of selling your home, take a look at our experience and hopefully something in here will be of assistance to you.

How did we get here? Here's a quick timeline of events:

July 27-28: Staging and photographing our house for MLS listing
August 1: Susan Circle listing goes live on MLS; we have 1 showing scheduled right away for 6pm that evening (cue panicked frenzy as I rush home to make our bed because we weren't expecting that. At all.)
August 2: Showing at 6:30pm
August 3: Showing at 4:30pm; Offer to purchase at 6:00pm
August 4: Counter offer; Final Offer accepted by us at 2:00pm (happy dance!)
August 5: Signed Offer Acceptance, Inspection scheduled for next day
August 6: Inspection by Buyers & Agents
August 7-8: Purchase and Sale prepared by Seller's (our) lawyer; back and forth between Seller/Buyer's lawyer
August 8: First visit from Title V Inspector
August 9: Purchase and Sale signed by both parties; Closing date of September 10th confirmed
August 10-12: Holiday weekend (RI holiday) = finally able to relax!
August 14: Run around town to collect Water Usage Report from Water Dept.; Schedule Fire Dept. Inspection
August 15: Fire Inspection; Septic Tank Pumping & Title V Inspection
August 20: Estimate from moving company
August 22: Oil company appointment to bring furnace up to code (requirement from Inspection)
August 23-25: Quick trip to the West Coast for a Wedding in La Jolla (I know, perfect timing!)
August 27: Charity donation pick up (these are so key when you're trying to reduce the amount of things you need to pack)
August 30-September 2: Serious packing long weekend, followed by serious packing week
September 7: 1-800-Got-Junk appointment, self move with Budget truck
September 8: Moving Company
September 9: Final cleaning and one more appointment with 1-800-Got-Junk, Walk through of Buyers at 6:00 p.m.
September 10: CLOSING!!!! 11:30 a.m. celebratory lunch with Real Estate Agent.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

The Importance of Staging Your Kitchen While Selling Your Home

Here's our Kitchen on moving day in 2010....

Moving Day in August 2010
And on "Staging Day" in August 2013. We didn't touch a thing in this kitchen but it shows you the power of staging!
1 Susan Circle, Norton, MA 02766 Home for sale - MLS #71563315
August 2013

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Boxed In

As you can see, we're starting to get boxed in. After spending an entire Labor Day just packing our kitchen, I'm starting to get a little crazy! Luckily, the kitchen HAS to be the hardest room to pack, right??

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Before and After: Guest Bedroom Makeover

Ahhh Susan Circle's Guest Bedroom, the last outpost in our DIY rampage over the past 3 years. Truth be told, if we hadn't been faced with the prospect of selling our house it would still probably rest in the state you see below. Untouched by the current residents (us) and begging for a mercy makeover. 

The real offender was that wallpaper border just whimpering to be ripped down. Pair that with a washed out wall color and you have an easy recipe for a makeover!

I love painting so I took this one on all by myself. It only 2 days of baby-free time to get it done!

The paint we used was Sherwin Williams Watery. The same paint we used in our breezeway last fall. 

Ahhh now isn't that better? The update, along with some sheer curtains almost makes this room float on air!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Virtual Moving Sale

Rules of the Game:

  • We accept Cash, Checks, PayPal, Major Credit Cards (through Square)
  • All items must be picked up before Moving Day (September 7)
  • No shipping (must be local enough to pick up in Southeastern MA)
  • Items sold "As Is" - condition is stated in description

More items will be added each week! Let me know if you are looking for something in particular!

Ikea Table with 4 Suede seat chairs.
*Pen stain on one seat. Pictures upon request.

Ikea TV Stand/Printer Stand with pull out drawer and media storage

Pillows not included, unless you realllly want them.
Can be disassembled to fit in a large car or SUV

Light Blue - refinished desk with custom knobs (sorry this picture is a mess, the desk is really cute, I promise)