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Monday, March 18, 2013

Featured on Apartment Therapy's My Bedroom Retreat

Man, I am one tired lady - with starting a new job (I scored an awesome Registrar job at the same school as the hubs), taking care of a high-energy toddler and coaching track I have had absolutely no energy to dedicate to the blog.  I definitely need to recharge because I love DIY-ing and sharing my little adventures with you.

In the meantime, why don't you pop on over and take a look at Apartment Therapy's My Bedroom Retreat Contest and vote for yours truly.  Our tiny little bedroom, which I updated this past summer, made the cut amongst a bevy of beautiful bedrooms.  I'm so honored and excited that our humble, little room was chosen and can't wait to see all the other rooms!

Looking back at these pictures makes me want to get busy on getting the upstairs fixed up. Hopefully I can muster up some motivation soon because our To-Do list is neverending!  Have any energizing tips for a working Mom?  Aside from caffeine, that is - I'm already a coffee addict!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DIY HOME: Choosing Flooring for Your Remodel

Since the hubs is a teacher....and is in grad school....and fishes in Alaska during the summers (man he's busy!), we typically use his break time to get some projects done around the house.  With Spring Break only a few weeks away, we're drowning in last minute planning for the mudroom room and breakfast nook.  You can check out our general plan here and here which will hopefully look similar to this with built-in features like a laundry closet and bench.

While most of the design was easy to decide, we have been struggling picking flooring.  A few months back when we installed the window and put the drywall up I had ordered some easy to install stick on premium vinyl tiles, but as soon as I made the purchase online my stomach tied in knots and I began sweating profusely.  This nauseated feeling stuck with me through the night as I tossed and turned. For both my conscience and my home's well-being, a fast, convenient, inexpensive and potentially harmful (for our home's air quality and the environment) fix was just not as important as using more eco-friendly options.
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