personal & quick

A new home.

a new home

So life has been crazy lately. whirl wind. painful. exhilarating. crazy.

Let’s start with the awesome stuff.

My handsome hubby and I in the process of buying a new home. This won’t be our first home purchase- but it’s our first single family home (with a drive way and a yard and a garage). I keep calling it our first ‘adult house’ and my hubby chuckles a little bit.

The housing market in Denver is a little bit crazy right now- houses are getting multiple bids and staying on the market for only days. We officially decided to get a new home several weeks ago- but with the wedding and everything we knew that it would be silly to try and start actually looking until we were fully and officially pre-approved and past my brother’s wedding. There is just no point is looking right now if you are not ready to put in an offer the day you look at the house.

So we started building a list of houses we wanted to see the Monday we got back from the wedding, we got a pre approval letter on Friday, we looked at eleven houses on Saturday, and put our favorite house under contract Sunday night. No joke.

I’m insanely excited… and a wee bit nervous. Our new house is technically bigger than our current place… but not by a lot. We are giving up the walk-in closets and en suite master bathroom. I’m okay with that… I keep pushing myself toward the idea of less is more and simplicity. Smaller closets and bathroom space can only encourage that further.

The new house is giving us another bedroom so my parents can stay with us when they visit (HUGE thing in my book) and has more living space. I love this idea of focusing less on the ‘me’ space and seeing how much stuff I can cram into my ‘me’ space and more on the spaces where friends and family can gather.

It is all feeling a little surreal at this point- this time last month I wasn’t even really thinking about a new house. this time last week I was gearing up for a wedding. and now I’m thinking about that fact that in another month I’ll be moving and selling our awesome condo (I’m a little sad about that honestly). I’m anxious (I hate packing and seeing my life in boxes) and super excited (we’ll have a yard for the puppy- no more flights of stairs for his bathroom breaks).

Stay tuned! When I have pics and the like I’ll be sharing them. :D

personal & quick

My Brother is Getting Married!


My hubby and I have boarded a plane and we are traveling to southern Utah from my brother’s wedding!!

I’m very very excited. I love weddings and I love my brother and I love his sweet bride-to-be! I cannot wait to call her my sister this Friday! Keep an eye on my Instagram to see some pictures!!

unique & useful

Hello May! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.


Hello! Yes- I’ve been gone. April was an difficult month- and I’m happy to leave it behind and embrace May. May is going to be a  busy month- full of graduations and a wedding and possibly a big move. My brother is getting married (woah… weird) and I’m very very excited. My hubby and I leave for Utah next Wednesday for their Friday wedding. :)

I feel like walking through what happened in April to you- but I think that’ll will take a full blog post all on its own. It was full of health issues and house problems and it made me very aware of where I still need work when dealing with my anxiety. Once I gather my thoughts I’ll walk you through it. I thought the phrase about April showers and May flowers was very fitting for me right now.


On a fun note- I of course have a new calendar for you. This month I had a little fun creating a more unusual approach to the calendar with a more linear style (but I still built the traditional layout as well). Tell me what you think of the new layout- and if you want to see different styles for the calendar. :)
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decorate & dwell

Natural Spring Cleaning Favorites.

natural spring cleaning favorites

Who’s thinking about spring cleaning right now? Me. I am.

I have gotten frustrated with my home lately- keeping it clean. It possibly is just in my head- and my sweet hubby openly admits he’s not as clean as I am. I’m starting up a new plan of attack for my house now though- I’m going to try to clean a little bit everyday. One room everyday. So far it is working pretty well.

On top of that- I am trying to leave myself a little leeway when it comes to whether I actually do cleaning everyday. No extra pressure needed. :)

A couple years ago I started trying to use more natural cleaning supplies- so I thought I would share with you what I have discovered and love so far in my search for natural options. I was making everything by hand for a while (all my laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soup, etc.) and it was too much to handle. So I don’t make everything I use anymore- but I just make a little bit. Let me walk you through it though. :)
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