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Earth Day. That day of the year people stop and reflect on whether or not they should finally jump on that green living bandwagon or put it off again. Eco-friendly living is only a trend after all right? Maybe for some people, but in my circle it has been going strong for as long as I can remember. I will admit, it is not always easy being green. Sometimes life gets in the way and convenience takes over for a bit. I know that much is true at our house right now as we pack up to move. Nothing forces you to reconcile waste and convenience quite like staring at a big pile of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap. Luckily, living an Earth conscious life does not have to be all or nothing. You can start with easy and convenient. One area I know is very important for parents and pet owners is the realm of cleaning supplies.

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cat kitchen

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dining room

We have just over two more weeks in this house before Two Men and a Truck hauls our things to my sister’s garage for a bit. We got a few quotes from companies that will store your stuff, but the price was outrageous considering we don’t even own much.

This house wasn’t all bad. Most people saw the elements that hooked us from the start. The dramatic house flip that caught your eye and made you ignore quality issues and function.

Now, I am a woman. I like pretty and attractive architecture and decor. But, I also need a highly functional living space. However, we had looked at a few houses and everything was such a disappointment, that this house easily seduced us. Can you blame us? The above pics only show a few corners and they portray a lovely house. Then, within weeks of moving in, the design flaws became apparent. The builder who did the flip was definitely not someone who actually lived in any spaces he worked on. Closets were missing, rooms were backwards, the kitchen made no sense. A giant wall removed to create an open layout, was actually a very important piece needed for function.

This house is beautiful from a distance. I will miss that part of it. I will miss that wow factor people experience when they first walk in. But, there is a reason it was so cheap.

Why say any of this?

Well, we have a new place! At least so far we do. They accepted an offer we figured was a long shot and we have a closing date. We can even forgo the inspection because they just had one and fixed all of the recommendations. We are getting together with their inspector to go over the list. The catch? Well, it is a style I never would have pictured my self inhabiting. A 1960′s build with a walkout basement. This house is good sixties though because it is essentially a time capsule. No jerk-wad came through and gave it a heinous makeover in the eighties. There are a lot of quirks, but at least they have retro cred. Plus, any changes we make to the place will be for personal preference and not because we HAVE to make the changes. No construction needed.

The sellers even agreed to our suggested closing date, which technically was generous on our part, since we went for more than 30 days even though it means more inconvenience and cost for us. So, IF all goes ok, we should only be homeless for about a month. Unfortunately, that will be a very uncomfortable month since the two kids and two cats force us to have very limited options on places to stay. No matter where we end up, I will be completely isolated from the outside world, which has me a bit concerned as far as this prenatal depression is concerned. I will deal with that as it comes.

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Ipsy Glambag April 2014

Ipsy Glambag April 2014

The April Glam Bag is here! And I could use a little pick me up. I do not look like the beautiful, serene pregnant woman of one’s fantasies. More like a spotty, bloated fish with lank hair. Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription where each month you receive a Glam Bag with around five samples focusing on makeup and sometimes nails or skin care. The cost is only $110 per ….

More Than Half

More Than Half

Life is interesting when there are a million distractions. I only wish I was this busy with my previous pregnancies. I am 21 weeks pregnant and we just had our big ultrasound. All is well so far and we even found out how room arrangements will eventually play out with the kids. That is, if they had rooms. You see, we just lost another house. Not for any real reason. ….

Beauty Box Five April 2014

Beauty Box Five April 2014

*This post contains affiliate links. The April 2014 Beauty Box 5 is here! Beauty box 5 is a beauty subscription box with 4-6 sample size (and sometimes full sized) beauty products like makeup and toiletries. It is $12 a month by the month, $10 a month with a 3-month subscription, or $8.25 a month with an annual subscription. Sometimes the value of the box can be six times what I ….

Packing, Packing, Packing

Packing, Packing, Packing

Moving is nothing new to our household. We have spent the past 15 years living as nomads for the most part, and moved a ton as kids as well. In my mid thirties, and I’ve never had to opportunity to decorate a room yet. While this makes creating a home difficult, it makes another move more simple. We just do not have much stuff. Mostly art, trunks, plants, and outdoor ….

A New Home, A New Spring, & A Better Life

A New Home, A New Spring, & A Better Life

*C/o Better Life Moving house is no walk in the park. There are the necessary tasks of cleaning, staging, showings, negotiations, more cleaning, and finally, packing. Then you get to do much if it again when you find another house to buy. Spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning when it involves making a house show ready. And then if you find another house, cleaning to your specifications to ….

A Happy Birthday & Household Craziness

A Happy Birthday & Household Craziness

My little boy is four years old this month. We had a simple little celebration with just grandparents and my sister over for some stew and cake. Gifts were small, or at least planned that way. He liked his Memory card game well enough until my mother busted out with this big plastic pirate ship from some Captain Hook cartoon. Nothing was going to trump that, ha ha. It has ….

Staging Our House to Sell with Silliness

Staging Our House to Sell with Silliness

I thought of including photos of ridiculous staging stations and vignettes, but I really have not accommodated our staging consultant enough to have anything worthy of documenting. See, I hate staging. I get it. It is important. You want people to get a good impression of your house and convince them it is a good buy. I understand having it as clean and uncluttered as possible. I am completely in ….

A Lucky Little Ones Giveaway with Just Add Cloth

A Lucky Little Ones Giveaway with Just Add Cloth

Time for another baby gear giveaway with Just Add Cloth. Are you ready to go green with your little one? Welcome to the Lucky Little Ones giveaway hop with Irresistibly Green, Just Add Cloth, Our Piece of Earth, and a variety of awesome parenting bloggers. This hop is all about your little infants and toddlers! Aren’t they lucky? Each blog is offering a baby or toddler related prize valued at ….