Halloween Link Love

Since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Halloween links.  Have a spooktacular day!!


How to Protect Your Home in a Zombie Invasion by This Old House.

This amputee and cancer survivor’s costumes will put everyone else’s to shame.

These amazing Halloween Pinterest fails make me never want to do Halloween crafts again!

The 10 most haunted houses currently on the market.

Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween, including the Urban Dictionary definition of a Halloween slut.

This new site can tell you if anyone has ever died in your house.  Creepy.

I did a post a couple of weeks ago on Haunted Houses in America.

Some pretty witty puns, jokes, and riddles to tell all your friends today!

And lastly, download the Walking Dead: Dead Yourself app and have fun making scary pictures of yourself…or friends!  Here’s a very disturbing one of me:



Wishful Thinking

It’s hard to believe that my birthday is less than 2 weeks away (Nov. 11)…this past year held a lot of major changes.  Between buying a house, restoring a house, moving, starting a new job, living apart from my husband for a summer, starting a new business, celebrating our first anniversary, and having ankle reconstruction surgery, I’d say I packed just about as much as possible into this past year.


Each year, my mom asks for a birthday/Christmas list from me, and as a non-stop list maker, I’m happy to oblige!  Here are the things that top my list this year.  (Although a few are ridiculously priced and I would never actually ask for them!)

PicMonkey Collage2014 Day Planner, Michelle Armas “That Bowtie I Like” Print, Cards Against Humanity, Crate & Barrel Canister Set, Custom Address Stamp, Urban Outfitters Coverlet,Michelle Armas “Sabrina” Print, Ikea Agen Chair (x2), London Fog Tote

PicMonkey Collage1Ophelia Cocktail Ring, Jeffrey Campbell Rosemore Booties (LLL pic), Ballard Designs Ryland Sconce (x2), Steel Cubist Brass Side Table, Sole Society Phoebe Clutch, iRobot Roomba, Mikasa Love Story Christmas China (still need 6 place settings), Restoration Hardware Faux Fur Throw, Tory Burch Kiernan Riding Boot

What’s on your list this year?

Updated Pictures Posted!

New pictures are up on Shutterfly.  Go take a look!



A few things to note:

  1. The foundation around the back porch is complete, minus painting.
  2. New tongue and groove boards have been installed on both back porches.
  3. New stairs to the basement have been installed.
  4. We are making the foundation vents smaller so that we are able to fit more efficient open-and-close vents instead.
  5. In the upstairs guest rooms, we are keeping the green but changing the pink to yellow.

Allyssa’s Favorite Couches

Today’s guest post comes from Allyssa over at The Barn blog.  If you haven’t checked her out, do it!!  The blog always has lots of helpful tech tips, and Allyssa actually does some design work herself.  Enjoy!


I kind of have a thing for comfy couches. You know, the ones that look like you’d sink right in the moment you sit on them. The cushier, the better. This is probably because my couches are anything but comfy. The cushions slide around and the armrests are just plain hard. I’m planning on upgrading in the near future and I’m 100% certain my next couches will be big and soft. Perfect for snuggling up with a good book.

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My dream couch is probably the ever classic Pottery Barn Comfort Sofa.  Definitely not in my budget though. Luckily, Ikea makes a similar one at a fraction of the price. Plus, there are a ton of color options. Now the only problem is choosing a color…

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What’s your favorite style of couch?  Which colors do you like best?

If you would like to be a guest blogger, please comment below or email me!

Honeywell vs. Nest

When we bought the house, we had a gas furnace in the basement that was coupled with a condensing unit to heat and cool the first floor.  Then we also had a heat pump to heat and cool the second floor. Here’s what that looked like:



When we were basically forced to replace these units, we decided to go a more energy-efficient route.  This plan also gets the gas furnace out of the basement, which was somewhat of a fire hazard.  So now, we will have a gas pack to heat and cool the first floor, and another heat pump to heat and cool the second floor.  Both are Goodman, if you’re interested.  If you’d like to know more about how a gas pack works, click here.  For more on the heat pump, click here.

Here’s our dilemma: we know that we want a “smart” thermostat that we can set and operate from almost anywhere using our smart phones, and we’ve narrowed our choices down to two.  But now we’re having a hard time deciding between the Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat.   We’ve heard pros and cons about both, but none have made our decision any easier.



Has anyone tried these?  Would you recommend one or the other?  Any new pros or cons you can offer?

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