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  • BASEMENT BUILDOUT : FRAME OF REFERENCE

    With every home project, we’re learning that having the right tools makes things a lot easier. Ashley jokingly claims that I married her for her power tools because she owned more than…

  • BASEMENT BUILDOUT : THE PLAN

    Teaming up for a home construction project probably isn’t the way most couples envision celebrating an anniversary together, but we have never been too concerned about doing things the conventional way. Life is pretty…

  • OUR 5 [?!] CHRISTMAS TREES

    Turns out we have more than one Christmas tree. Not sure if all are worth mentioning, but Mya is proud of them all, so I must include them. Hopefully you’ll see…

  • HOLIDAY DECOR TIPS + TRICKS

    As Derek’s mentioned, I thoroughly enjoy decorating for the holidays. But what I don’t enjoy is having a bunch of stuff in storage that is only used for one month out…

  • 5 TIPS FOR HANGING YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS

    Ashley and Mya have really been getting into the holiday spirit, keeping things fun and festive around the house. After convincing me to cave on my “no Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving” rule to put the tree up a…

  • DRAIN, DRAIN, GO AWAY

    There has been no shortage of outdoor projects to keep us busy again this year as we tried to cross off a few more items from our well populated to-do list. The most recent: taking…

  • PROJECT | PRODUCT UPDATE: from SHOES to FLOWERS

    Time for another project | product update! But first, lemme just apologize for my frantic Mommy post regarding Mya’s hives. The blood test came back totally fine– she’s not allergic to nuts…

  • A BRIGHT IDEA – INSTALLING A DIMMER SWITCH

    Ashley has been busy upgrading our office with blue chairs and project boards, but there was one piece that I had been promising to contribute for quite a while. Ever since…

  • THE BLACK MAGIC TOUCH

    We just painted a blue accent wall and it’s result inspired us to be even more bold. Yup. I painted a wall black– “Black Magic” by Sherwin Williams, to be exact.…

  • SEALING THE ATTIC

    When it comes to home energy efficiency, attics can be an easy spot to overlook. Most of us don’t pay much attention to the attic door on a daily basis, but…

  • THE WALL IS BLUUUUUE !

    Welp, it was totally weird not having our little girl in the house this weekend. Mya was vacationing at Nanapapa’s– the first time ever for two nights in a row! Her contentment…

  • GOODBYE, PMI

    Being a first-time home buyer is an exciting time – taking that first step toward building your future and family. After Ashley and I moved into our first home, interest rates continued…