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    Buying a House: Questions for Your Home Inspection

    I briefly touched on our home inspection in my last buying a house post, but thinking more about it I remember it being a very nerve-racking, sometimes confusing, experience. Trying to search the internet for common questions often resulted in some concerns that were not covered.  Just a warning, some of these questions may seem a bit “off beat” since we were looking at an older home. Depending on what kind of house you’re looking to buy you may have very different concerns and other questions that come up in your inspection. This is just a framework to get you started, so let’s get to it!

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    Reviewing Erin Condren Contact Cards

    Similar to business cards, which is why I ordered them, Erin Condren Contact Cards provide some basic information in order to contact you. Wow! Surprising! The difference is that a lot of their premade templates are super, super cute. Since I was in need of some new cards (I had previously used VistaPrint) I decided to try them out. Now let’s find out more after the jump!
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    2017-2018 Day Designer for Blue Sky Planner Review

    This is the beautiful 2017-2018 Day Designer for Blue Sky planner!

    Help me I’ve never been able to break my love of planners (don’t actually help me, I love them). Today we were at Target, just browsing as one does there, and lo and behold I found one heckle of an adorable planner. The Day Designer for Blue Sky planner is SO pretty and the paper is SO great that I might just switch to it full-time. Well, at least for a few weeks! Luckily it was Andrew that suggested buying to review so…technically it wasn’t my fault. Now, let’s take a look at this adorable planner!

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    Blank Page Philosophies and Apologies

    This is a really yummy dessert from the Garden View Tea Room. Please enjoy.

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    Excuse the silly start all you cool cats, but we’ve been doing some major updating on the site – including making it run faster and switching over the last remaining social places (yes, like Bloglovin) – and I was trying to tie up some unattractive ends before posting. That and I’ve had some health problems lately that finally seem to be coming to an end, and lastly – most majorly – there’s been that fear of the intimidating blank page.

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    Buying a House: From an offer to home

    Today, possible potential homebuyers\those just wanting to read my words, I’m discussing putting in our offer to the closing process of buying a house! It is a journey fraught with anxiety, paperwork, and more anxiety. But we all know the outcome was a great one so let’s read on!

    Be sure to check out the first post in my house series here!
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    The Most Coldest 5k: Race 13.1 Durham

    Not too long ago Andrew & I “ran” our first 5k at the Race 13.1 Durham! I’d love to say that I ran it with great strength and at the end felt an immense sense of accomplishment but…mostly it was 20 degrees and I was freezing my butt off! BUT I did indeed finish it! Since I’m planning a lot of running events coming up I thought I might start writing about them. It’ll be a learning process – I really only know how to talk Disney things?? – but if you bear with me we can figure this out together. 😉
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    The Biggest Highlights Post Ever

    Forever-ever. Hopefully.

    So, obviously I haven’t been on the ball with posting. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I certainly have. Life is crazy and I didn’t make this place (or me) a big priority but ladies and (probably not) gentlemen, that is changing! Now, let’s get to a bunch of pictures and not too many words because, well, photos!
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    Buying a house: From lies to home

    Sooo, we bought a house! We hadn’t planned on making any big purchases in the near future (especially buying a house) so we kind of dove into this process with both feet and no diving board. We didn’t even have time to do much research on the process until we were already in the thick of it! For someone like me, a super crazy type A person, it was not super fun (though it kind of still was).

    Since I jumped in and had to do everything on the fly – as I’m sure all homeowners do – I thought I might bring together a miniseries of our process going from looking at homes all the way to actually moving in and living here (and our list of projects)! I found a lot of helpful information as we were going along in the process so I’m going to contribute, hopefully. 🙂 Today I’m starting with the “looking” process, AKA we like this one but it doesn’t like us!

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    I woke up like this (a year later)

    This is the teacup of emotion

    Wow, one year. That was one heck of a mental health day, wasn’t it? If you’re still hanging around I legitimately appreciate it – now let me give to you an explanation. It may be oversharing but hey, it’s therapeutic for me and maybe you have to deal with some of the same crap. It feels a bit weird to say mental illness, probably because even for me there’s still a stigma attached to it, but that’s basically what my “crap” is. Every once in awhile I’ll have a “flare up”. I’m less capable of dealing with those fun issues and I kind of fall apart. My regular days become a chore, just doing normal errands are almost impossible, and my moods change quicker than quicksand (which, from what I’ve seen in cartoons, isn’t that hard to do). To be frank, it’s pretty shitty. But that’s what we do as people with mental illness – we try to deal.

    Wellll, I wasn’t able to deal so well this time.

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    You Deserve a Mental Health Day

    As the condensed summer session for school is winding down, I find myself more and more averse to the idea of doing -literally- anything. Add on top of that the stress of buying a new car (which we’re hoping to finally have resolved on Monday) along with regular life stressors and I am one wound up little mama (thankfully without the stressor of kids yet).  I mean, this weekend was supposed to be two days of Andrew & I not leaving the house but Saturday turned into anxiety and running errands and car dealerships from 9AM – 6PM. This all has me thinking about the idea of mental health days and how helpful they were when I was in my pre-college days.

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