Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Creating a Happy Healthy Home, Our To-Do List

When you buy a fixer-upper house the to-do list never ends. My husband and I bought our house in 2010, yes at the bottom of the market. We bought a fixer-upper because it was the "smart financial choice." Plus, it's what we could afford even though we were approved for more than we could afford.
There are often times we wish we had purchased something bigger, but then again eight years ago we were looking for a starter home. Over the last eight years, we've turned this house into a home. Maybe even our forever home. Only time will tell. Anyway, back to home improvements.
This is currently the kitchen.

And on the other side, it looks like is this.....

Before we even moved in we replaced the carpet, painted walls and gutted the bathroom on the cheap. Since then we were able to save up and remodel the kitchen. We've also completed a number of smaller projects like painting the house, replacing windows and doors and minor landscaping the front yard. Needless to say, there's still a ton to do or redo (cough the main bath).

So what better way than to make a list so we can start checking things off.

- swap out barstools
- update kitchen runner
- update curtains, dining table & chairs
- swap out 2 random sliders to big windows
- fix door and paint

Main Bathroom (While I would really like to redo the entire bathroom that likely won't happen for a hot minute.)
- refinish vanity
- finish painting

Powder Bathroom
- update paint
- update mirror
- swap out light fixer
- replace flooring
- install baseboards

- paint doors, walls, trim and ceiling
- swap out water heater to tankless
- replace flooring
- install trim
- build a bench, shoe storage, etc.
- build in washer/dryer and additional storage above

Master Bedroom (aside from fresh paint & carpet this hasn't been touched since we moved in)
- New bed frame, nightstands, dresser
- paint everything
- update carpet (when we moved in we installed super cheap carpet I would like to update the carpet in all three bedrooms)
- swap hollow doors to solid doors
- swap out slider to french doors
- art

Guest room/Home office
- paint everything
- update carpet
- swap hollow doors to solid doors
- art

Emerson's room
- paint
- update carpet
- swap out dresser
- add family & friend photos 

Living Room
- buy an area rug
- swap out coffee table
- paint fireplace
- swap out mantel
- add built-in the left of the fireplace
- find an occasional chair
- hang some art/photos
- refinish lawyer bookcase
- swap out slider to french doors
- add curtains?

Front Yard
- update porch, walkway, and driveway

- come up with a plan and execute it! Eight years later and it's still a blank slate.

- drywall
- organize everything

So I guess I better get to work! Tips, deals or suggestions are always welcomed.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Simple ways to Save and Make Money

Let's talk money, it's never an easy subject and typically a topic of the table at dinner parties, etc., but today I want to dive into simple ways you can save and make a few extra dollars. Remember a few dollars/cents here and there can add up to a few hundred dollars by the end of the year.

ThredUP | A quick and easy way to buy and sell clothes. Order a bag online, fill up the bag with gently used items and send it back. ThredUp will purchase what they think they can resell and donate the rest. It's pretty much hassle free. Want $10 off your first purchase join ThredUP via my LINK and start shopping.

PoshMark | Ok, with a few clicks on your phone you can set up your own consignment shop via the PoshMark app. This app has been a real money maker for me. Yup, since may I've sold 14 items and made roughly $130. Oh does it work? You list your item and set your own price. PoshMark keeps 20% and provides you with the shipping label. While you might have to wait a few weeks for items to sell the return is can be higher than ThredUP. Download the app today and start selling! Sign up with code PTGUE to get $5 off your first order.

EBATES | Get paid to shop online. I personally to 90% of my shopping online. So why not make money for doing something you would do either way. Stores pay EBATES a commission for sending members to their websites, and they share a percentage with you. For example 1% at Target, 6% at GAP, and 9% at Macy's. They even offer cash back on travel! Get cash back for shopping on Ebates! Sign up with my invite link, HERE, for a $10 bonus when you shop at over 2,000 stores!

Ibotta | In short, Ibotta is a rebate app giving you cash back on qualifying purchases. How does it work? Before you shop, add rebates by completing simple tasks. Buy the products you selected at any participating store. Don't forget your receipt! Redeem your rebates by taking a photo of your receipt or just by linking your loyalty card. Ibotta matches the items you bought to the rebates you selected and gives you the cash! Your cash back will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. Use my referral code, eoltjxx, and you will receive a $10 welcome bonus! Sign up, HERE.

eBay | While I'm not a power seller and having listed anything in a while I do still occasionally dabble in selling items via eBay. If you have the time, patience, and the right items it's worth listening on eBay. In the past, I've sold gear, clothes, fine jewelry, and name brand purses.

Craigslist/Local Online UpCycle Groups | Have some big ticket items, but don't want to host a garage sale and would like to make a few bucks? This is your next best option. Plan to haggle, but again if you have the time and patience it's a great avenue to make a few extra bucks. I typical price things to sell to limit any haggling.

There you have it. Just a few ways I make a few extra bucks. In our household, all the "extra" money goes into our fun account.

So what are you selling? Do you have tips?

Disclaimer: I'm not a financial advisor. I'm just a gal who was taught the fundamentals of money i.e., saving and budgeting. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Burrito Bowl Intentions

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Although, I've been radio silent for some time I'm ready to dive back into blogging, inspiring, oversharing food, fitness, and fun with all my peeps. This summer has been crazy good and hectic on the life and business front. While at times, I've wanted to pull my hair out I honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. Unfortunately, that means from time to time, this space is neglected. I'm working on balance, but is that even a thing?! HA.

Anyway, yours truly is still counting macros and slaying the food making game. Because everything is better in a bowl today I'm sharing one of my favorite dinners, the burrito bowl!

What you need to build your next burrito bowl.

- greens (I prefer spring mix)
- protein (chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc.)
- beans (I prefer black beans)
- veggies (think corn, cauliflower, etc.)
- salsa or hot sauce
- avocado or guacamole
- rice (pick your favorite; sweet potatoes work too)
- cheese (I prefer feta)
- chips on the side (optional)

Once you have all the goods cooked start layering your bowl. I start with greens and end with salsa/avocado and a sprinkle of cheese.

It's honestly that simple and quick. This a great way to use leftovers during the week. I even used a 90 second Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice pack for the bowl above. We buy a box at a time from Costco. For the black beans,  once drained and rinsed I cook them on the stove top with minced garlic, onion, cilantro, and lime.

Also, I don't use little cereal bowls. I like using these bigger bistro bowls from Crate & Barrel.

Well folks, there you have it my go-to burrito bowl. I eat this at least once a week - not kidding. The goal this fall is to check in more often so I hope to see you around. Until then don't forget to follow along on Instagram!

Chicken Burrito Bowl Pictured Above
Macro Breakdown: 49C/11F/29P
Calories: 410