Continuing on the Christmas Tour of Homes

Have you been loving all of the Christmas house tours across the blogosphere? Sitting on the couch with my laptop looking at all of these beautiful homes sure beats driving around at night trying to sneak peaks inside of my favorite houses. Um, not that I do that or anything…

If you haven’t seen the the most recent houses on the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes, let’s play catch-up. On Day 4, Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange welcomed us into her inviting Texas home where instead of snow, she’s got blooming camellia bushes in her front yard. Before you even walk in the front door, you know her house is going to be a beaut!:

And don’t even get me started on this amazing champagne bucket centerpiece:

Hop over to Cyndy’s home at The Creativity Exchange {here} to catch the rest of her tour!

On Day 5, Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles invited us into her stunning home. Her dining room is one of my favorites and it looks even more amazing all decorated up for Christmas:

Her living room is fantastic too – here’s a sneak peek but you’ll want to check out her blog {here} to see every little gorgeous detail.


On Sunday, it’s my turn to give you a tour! Hope to see you back here then!

Home Inspections: 5 Must-Know Tips

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Buying a new home is not for the faint of heart. From house hunting to negotiating a deal to inspections, contracts, mortgage applications, packing, moving….it’s stressful to say the least. With each of the three homes we’ve bought, we’ve learned a little more about what we should and shouldn’t do the next time around. From our recent home purchase, we’ve become a lot more savvy about real estate disclosures and home inspections. I wish I could say that our knowledge came from educating ourselves prior to our home purchase but unfortunately it came from several “now we know what not to do” lessons on the backend. But there’s a bright light here and it’s that I can send some home inspection savvy your way so we can all have an easier home buying process the next time around. I’ve got five tips to share for getting the most out of your […]

Finally, a To-Do List I Can Handle…

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You know what it’s like when you’ve just moved to a new house, right? The to-do list is out of control. Find blinds for the bare windows. Set up garbage pick-up, cable, lawn care, & phone services. Register the kids for school. Paint. Find a place to put the boxes and boxes of things you’ve unpacked. The list goes on. And on. And on. Sooo overwhelming!So what’s the best way to manage an out of control, stressful new home to-do list? I have no idea because I decided to scrap the whole thing and take the girls on a last minute road trip. We met up with my sister and nephew and headed down to Wilmington, N.C. to visit my parents. “We” of course included the never-to-be-left-behind dog:    I thought that I had completely escaped any and all to-do lists. That was the reason for this trip, remember? But […]