Buy and Selling Simultaneously. Not for the faint of heart.

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Want to go bat shit crazy?  Here’s the recipe*:

  1. Find your dream house.
  2. Decide to put an offer in.
  3. Then realize that in order to buy said dream house, you need to sell your house first.
  4. Start the timer for 1 week.
  5. Have husband break his collarbone playing football (oh boys…)
  6. Get house “on the market ready” which means:
    Clean, purge, organize… even you, basement!

    Take all the help you can get!
  7. Have husband need to travel for work (seriously???)
  8. Hold a full weekend of open houses.
  9. Have dog tear her ACL (okay, this is just crazy now).
  10. Get a fabulous offer on our house!!!!
  11. Apply for a mortgage.
  12. Spend an entire night on the internet locating the 965,765 files needed for mortgage application.
  13. Spend 36 hours negotiating for new house, knowing  full well that you could be homeless in 6 weeks if this doesn’t work out.
  14. Settle on agreement for new house.  YAY!
  15. Start timer for 6 week.
  16. Decide to throw a New Year’s Party for 12 adults, 5 kids, and 3 dogs .  Hey, why not!
  17. Pray every night for no snow until after move day.
  18. Pack UP!
  19. Pick ONE day to close on old house, close on new house, move out of old house, and move in to new house.
  20. BREATHE.
  21. Have a drink (or 8).
  22. Begin unpacking.
  23. Begin Snowmageddon 2015!

*Do all of this while simultaneously feeding, diapering, and providing constant entertainment for a 15 month old child and 9 year old injured bulldog (minus the diapering, thank god).

Got all that?  So that pretty much summed up the end of our 2014.   I’ll be honest, this was one of the most stressful periods of my life.  The amount of paperwork, people and logistics required to go through this process, coupled with the lengthily list of things that were completely out of our control (Would someone buy our house?  Would they offer what we need?  Will our offer on the other house be accepted?) was incredibly overwhelming and oftentimes scary.  We were so lucky to work with Redfin both on the buying and selling side, as they were fantastic, and got SUPER lucky on so many fronts, but still, I think I aged 5 years during the whole ordeal.  Oh and both Tony and Roxy have now recovered/are recovering.  Phew!

Tips for those going through the process?

  • Find an agent that you love (Hi Sandy!) as he/she will occupy 90% of your cell phone minutes and data over the next few months.
  • Get your game face on.  Real estate negotiations can be brutal and everyone wants their piece of the pie.  Be strong and try not to get too emotional (riiiiight!).
  • Plan ahead.  As soon as you even start thinking about selling your house, start prepping.  Get things fixed, throw things out, de-clutter, and keep track of any/all renovations you have done.
  • Be realistic.  Just because you love your house, doesn’t mean others will.
  • Stay organized.  Google Drive = my savior
  • Buy Uhaul packing tape.  Seriously, this is the best product ever made.
  • Invest in a case of wine and bourbon.  You are going to need it to help you sleep.
  • Pray you don’t get slammed with Snomageddon 2015 (we JUST made it!)

For those who have gone through this double process, what else can you add?
Are you still alive to share?

One year later

I’m baaaaaack people!

God I’ve been wanting to write that for so long now.  I’ve contemplated returning to this blog so many times, but then life seemed to get in the way, or the new season of The Bachelor started, and well, you know… priorities.

Well SO much has changed since my last post, which was just about one year ago today.  My then baby boy, who had just started crawling and becoming less blob like, is now a full fledged toddler who walks (okay runs) talks, eats yogurt with a spoon, has opinions, tantrums, and a love of bulldozers, and has changed our lives for the better in every possible way.  I have to hold back from eating him, on a daily basis.  More on him and general motherhood in later posts, promise.

Another big change is that WE MOVED!!!  AGAIN!   I know, we JUST got here, right?  Well turns out the market in Arlington, where we bought our “fixer upper” was HOT HOT HOT, so we decided to sell while the market was in our favor, which allowed us to buy our dream home, in a new town about 25 minutes away.   So much to tell you about the new house and the new projects and decor we have planned, but I’m going to make you wait a bit for it.  I want you to keep following, alright? ;)

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak at the exterior – but please picture 6+ feet of snow on top of every surface, so you’ll get a good idea of what it really looks like.  F U winter.  Seriously, we’ve had enough.
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I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings with HFoP.  I plan to continue writing about all things home related, sprinkled with stories about new motherhood and raising a toddler.  I probably won’t post as much as I used to (combo of juggling being a mom, a career, and a Hulu subscription) but I’m excited to be back and look forward to hearing from you guys!

Stay tuned!

xoxo
Jenny

Quick bites

My mornings used to be a relaxing medley of warm coffee, tidbits of the local news, browsing through my closet in search of a cute work outfit, and several days a week I might even curl my hair for work!  Whoa!

But now it’s jump out of bed, diaper change, nurse, dress Jenny, dress baby (bonus points for matching!) messy bun, and whirlwind to get out of the house for 7:10am.  It’s a good day if I remember deodorant ;)

So when a friend asked if I would sample these new “Karma”ffins from U-Be-Livin-Smart, I could not pass up the chance for a ready made breakfast.

The box of samples came last week, and immediately I called dibs on the Belgian Chocolate with Banana ones. Tony gravitated to the Berry Medley box.  And this folks is why we have a happy marriage :)

Upon reading the box, I was a little nervous.  These bad boys are nutrient dense muffins and each little square is packed with Protein, Fruits, Vegetables, and Fiber; Sweet Potato, Avocado, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Pomegranate, Raspberries, Orange, Mango, Banana, and Apple.   I assumed these would be super heavy and have that protein bar taste that I am never a fan of.

But man, was I surprised!  The muffins are incredibly light and airy, and I could have probably eaten about 3 in one sitting.

Fortunately this lady has will power (or more like time restraints) so I kept things in check ;)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were low in fat and high in protein and fiber.  Win win.

See full nutritional info here.

They currently come in 4 flavors: Smoothie Berry Medley, Belgian Chocolate with Banana, Orange Cinnamon with Mango, Apple Cinnamon with Chia Seed.  I’ve now tried them all, and seriously enjoyed each one!

I’m not sure what I love more… eating a nutritious breakfast that keeps me full for a few hours, or not having to make it myself.  Either way, these are winners.

More info at www.ubelivinsmart.com!

 

Sleep. A poem.

This post is dedicated to all of my mom friends, who may very well be reading this at 2:30 AM.

To my dear friend, Sleep:

You’ve always been a great companion,
Appearing each and every night.
We’d meet right after Conan,
And you’d stay with me till light.

In college we were such allies,
You’d often wait for me till dawn.
Then you’d stay with me through lunchtime
When my hangover was gone.

Remember those daytime hangouts,
Where you’d join me on the couch?
Your patience never wavered,
When I was cranky or a grouch.

There were times I’d need you more frequently,
During pregnancy, or when I was ill.
You’d show up, no questions asked of me,
And help me slowly still.

Well I know lately things have changed, my friend,
Our schedule’s been out of whack.
At night we’re often interrupted,
And you’re never sure when I’ll be back.

Please know I think about you often,
More often than you probably know.
I yearn for a prolonged visit,
Oh the things, for you, I’d forgo!

But I’m learning to function with less of you.
Not always graciously, as you can see.
But with my new role as mom to baby,
For now, that’s just how it needs to be.

I now realize I once took you for granted.
Man, I owe you a round of beers.
But for now I must accept the fact,
That I’ll see you again in 18 years.

Love always,
Your tired new mama friend,
Jenny

 

In my future dream home…

In my future dream home I hope to:

Eat dinner like this:

Work from my home office like this:


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Yes, that’s sand under his feat!)

And then relax on the weekends like this:


(With unlimited access to all the latest RomComs)

Oh I’ve got plans, my friends….

See above sources and more super cool home ideas here!

 

Moments…

The big smile you give me when you see me for the first time in the morning…

When we look in the mirror together, and at first, you so shyly nuzzle your head into my chest…

Your no-hold-back laugh when I kiss your belly…

How you bang your hands in excitement on the high chair tray when you want more bananas…

The way you hold my hand while you nurse…

That last moment in the day together, right before I put you down for the night, how you rest your head, half asleep on my shoulder, and I can feel your little breath on my face…

These are the small moments that make me being your mom the greatest feeling in the world.
Can’t wait for more, little man.

JandC

Pet Peeves

Can I just vent for a sec?

So I don’t really mind doing laundry (and ever since C was born, it seems to be my new part time gig… unpaid of course), but what drives me crazy, I mean reeeeally gets me going, is that the laundry basket is NEVER EMPTY!!!

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Like I do a load (or 3) of laundry and I want to feel all accomplished… but then I look over at the basket that for a split second was empty, and see a dirty t-shirt has suddenly made it’s way in there.  Then throw in a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt an hour later, and now the damn basket looks half full.

This whole cycle… It’s cruel really.

The never empty laundry basket.  This is definitely one of my biggest house pet peeves.

What are yours?

Wood paneling makin’ a come back!

Last weekend I had a long overdue opportunity to browse through one of my favorite home decor shops, West Elm, and stumbled upon something very cool, and now very much on my wish list.

Have you seen their Stickwood Adhesive Wood Paneling?

They come in a variety of woods and finishes, but the weathered wood option is by far my favorite.

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So. Freakin. Cool.

Tony suggested we use it to cover the two panels on either side of the living room TV, and I love the idea so much, I”m kinda pissed I didn’t think of it first.

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Now if I can only justify spending $500 to put a wall on a wall :)

Here’s a quick tutorial in case you’re as smitten as I am!

http://youtu.be/lXj7dPN4KO0

Hey West Elm, need a demonstration volunteer??? ;)

What’s your Tree Style?

You know you’re a newbie to Christmas when your most standout ornament is a Home Depot gift card holder.

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Can you spot it? ;) Yeah, we have some work to do.

Since I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas and this is only the second year I’ve had a tree in my home, I’m a bit lacking when it comes to ornaments.  Not to worry,  I’m totally taking advantage of some after Christmas ornament sales to be better prepared for next year.  Next year Christmas better watch it!

But while we’re on the subject, what’s your tree style?   We’ve had this debate with many of our friends over the past few weeks and there seems to be some strong opinions over the tree decorating, so I’m curious as to what you think!

White lights or colored bulbs?  Or no lights at all?

Real tree or fake tree?  Or has anyone ever bought a white tree?

Do you decorate with a color theme, or anything goes?

Do you decorate with berries, ribbons, or popcorn?

And where do most of your ornaments come from?

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season and new year, and I’ll catch you in 2014!

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We did it again…

I need to come clean.  I kiiinda bought another living room rug.  Ok, not kinda.  I really did.  I think I might have a problem [See previous post here on our musical rug situation].  But this one is totally justifiable… hear me out, okay?

I was practically forced to buy a new rug, for two reasons…  

First – My husband said the current rug made him dizzy.  No joke.  And this has been backed up by numerous house guests (Did he pay them off? Possibly.) But I kind of saw his point as the herringbone pattern looks like it’s moving when you’re up close.

Second – I spend a LOT of time sitting on the floor with Charlie now, and so the very thin kilin style rug we had just wasn’t cutting it.  In other words, my ass hurt.

I ultimately decided on a beige shag style rug because it is super cozy and cushiony, doesn’t shed, and the price could not be beat!  We’re talking $230 for an 8 x 10.  This particular rug got amazing reviews, so click, ship, unroll – it’s now mine!

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And I can’t even believe how much different the entire room feels with this new rug.  The room is SO much more cozy and inviting, and so this is by far one of my best purchases yet.

Here is picture of the room with old rug…  Careful, don’t get dizzy.

And now the new one!

Don’t you just want to come over and sip hot chocolate with bailey’s with me here?

And not to worry, we found a spot for the blue rug.  It’s currently making Tony dizzy in our office. :)

 

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