So, we "think" we might have bought a house. I will explain the whole "think" after it is in writing and we have signed the dotted line, but let's just say it has been the weirdest buying experience up until now. Everyone we have explained everything to, gets this blank stare and has some comment about how that is odd. Don't worry I will tell, but want to make sure it all goes through first. Yeah, this house, could be on your prayer list. We are ready to set roots, we have been renting for the past three years. We miss being able to really make a house a home. The house we live in now, is ok, but with the traffic, it is just not working out, and relaxing is one word, I would NEVER use to describe it. It is only about 15 miles from Glass Doctor and about 30 miles from my school, but just yesterday it took me one hour to get home from Glass Doctor after work.
This is a picture we took at the park two blocks away from the house. We will share house pictures, once we can really get in there, (again, explain later). The house is about a block away from the river, two blocks from a park that reminds us of Brisbane, five miles from the beach, and ten miles from Josh's work. I can also get to work without driving on I95, which is huge.
The big thing about this house......it is UGLY! It is the worst house on the street. It has to be completely gutted! That is where you come in....once we sign on the dotted line (hopefully we will) we are going to go in, knock walls down, remove all the flooring, and start an overall. I have had fun playing on Pinterest, dreaming, Here is my mood board. ( I sound like I know what I am doing using the words mood board right?!?!?...HELP!!!!)
Outside House Color
The outside is cinderblock but has been bricked over. I never thought I would suggest painting brick, but WOW the brick is UGLY! So anyone want to give their two cents on painting brick??? What do you think about these colors?
Inside House Colors
If we can get all the floor up, we want to stain the concrete. Any tips? Suggestions? Ideas?
Rest of house
We have an inspection on Monday. We will find out if the house is ok structurally (it was built in the 50's), if we can knock walls down, and figure out about the lower floor in the room. We also hope to find out what, if all, has been permitted. All the websites talking about the house do not agree on square footage.
If everything passes, and no more hiccups (there have been tons already) we should close in July. We hope to do most of the work our self, but would gladly take help. If everything goes as planned, our mortgage should be around what we are paying in rent. We have a very very cheap rent for the area (we are at the end of our county, far from most things) Yes we are still in opening a business mode, and not wanting to be extravagant, but if it is around the same, why not?!?!
Anyone for a working beach vacation? Anyone still think "work camp" would be fun? Any DIY project that you did cheap but added value to your house to help make it a home? Any suggestions about doing this are appreciated! Anything you wish you would have done? Would not have done? Something you love about your house? Something you hate about your house? Let's start a dialogue. We need help!
Last weekend we had friends of ours while we were in Australia come visit. We all left Brisbane around the same time, and we had extra room in our shipment so they put a couple things in our shipment, and came down to get their stuff, see us, and have a babymoon. We had so much fun showing our friends around in our new life.
They flew in Friday evening. We met them on the beach with our favorite food in Melbourne, Seafood Station. It is the best seafood to grab, head to the beach, and have a picnic. Think butter, garlic, and seafood, cant go wrong. After we had dinner we grabbed some decaf coffee, headed to the beach and just talked and laughed for a while, before heading back to Palm Bay.
The other day I was in desperate need to just stop running around and get back into books. One of my first friends I met here, we actually started talking because I said I had just moved here from Australia and she told me about one of her favorite authors who was Australian. We both loved the same author and had an instant connection, I actually have two of her books on this post. Anyway, she posted on Facebook asking for book recommendations, I decided to follow along and buy a couple of the books. Some were books that would have caught my eye anyway, while others I would have never picked up.
It is just wedding season at this point. Josh's brother, Jake got married recently. Jake and Jenn came to visit us in Australia two Decembers ago. They had recently gotten back together, and I guess going overseas with someone helps you know, "they are the one." Quickly after they got back to America from their visit, Jake, "put a ring on it." I met Josh through meeting Jake at church group called the "Tweeners" (worst name ever). We were in between college and getting married, and if we didn't stick out enough, they called us a funny name. HA! So Jake and I have always been pretty close.
Josh and I really didn't want to miss the wedding, but we couldn't miss work. So Josh tried to fly out Thursday evening, but Atlanta airport had a different plan. He ended up flying out Friday morning first flight of the day, and I flew out Friday evening last flight of the day.
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I am always one who is quick to say all the internet marketing and, "peddling of wares," is annoying. To be honest though, I have tried quite a few of them, but never admitted it. I would never tell people I bought them, let along recommend them, I have actually been given products and then decided I would not be the best person to tell my thoughts. Well I have found a product, I feel like I should share. Now, before I start, I am in no way selling this stuff. I was just asked to try it and give my honest opinion. So here it is.....
Brown spots have always been an issue!
Rodan + Fields is different. It isn't something that I am putting in my body, to make "health claims," it isn't something that I buying to cover up the real me. It is a product to actually better the real me where I don't feel like I have to, "cover up." I have only wore make up twice (two weddings) since two weeks after I started the product. The times I wore make up, I only wore mascara, eye liner, eye shadow and a small bit of light powder. I felt just as dressed up and ready as if I had caked the makeup on. My face is so smooth and happy.
Brown spots have always been a struggle for me. I have never really cared for makeup, and at a young age, I would forget sunscreen. When I found a suncream that didn't make my face feel, "trapped." it was only a spf 25. I am always funny about things on my face, I can't stand things on my face that do not let me, "breath."
One month, trial
For years I have used the brown spot make up from Clinique. It is a cream and makeup. It has helped through the years, but nothing like Rodan + Fields has in the two months I have been using it. I actually get compliments all the time on my skin and how pretty and natural I look. I love that this product is just my skin, no cover up. It is a four step product, a face wash, toner, moisturizer and then a spf 50! Yes, you read that correctly SPF 50!
I honestly want to scream about this from the rooftop. I really love it. Protecting my skin is important. I had to have two places burned off my face while I was in Australia. I know my skin is better protected, My face feels like it can, "breath," and it has boosted my confidence. If you haven't tried it, it is available in US and Australia.....GO TRY IT!
When Amy asked me to try this, she also had me try lash boost. My eye lashes have grown so much. When I put mascara on it is like I have the fiber stuff on, but it is all natural. I love it!!! Natural is my style.
Rodan and Fields is currently available in the US and Canada but launches in Australia soon. You can only order Rodan and Fields online through a consultant. My consultant is Amy Marie Hann. Please reach out to her with your questions and let her know that I sent you! She'll take good care of you.
Amy Marie Hann
One of my best friend was while I was in Australia got married recently. I have written about how we met before, but make a long story short, IT IS A SMALL WORLD. Her wedding was a destination wedding since she and her partner live in Brisbane, her family lives here, and they both have lived many other places. It the most international wedding I have ever seen.
The morning of the wedding we jumped on a horse drawn carrage after Cafe Du Monde of course and decided we would learn a little history about the French quarter.