Building a Home and Self-contracting

Building a Home and Self-contracting

I’ve been getting lots of questions about home building and how it was to be our own General Contractor. Before you start thinking “I could never self-contract a home build,” read this and then decide. It’s definitely not for everybody, but it COULD be for 

Board and Batten

Board and Batten

Everything you need to know about Board and Batten Inside and Outside the Home Board and batten is a classic way of siding a building. Before plywood, builders used the widest boards they could make from a tree. Often that was about 12″ wide. They 

Giving an Outdoor Space Relaxed Vacation Vibes

Giving an Outdoor Space Relaxed Vacation Vibes

Hello and welcome to the Summer Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop hosted by AnnMarie & Anne from Simply2Moms! If you’re visiting from Kim at Shiplap and Shells, or if you just happened to stop by, I’m so glad you’re here.  When I imagined this outdoor space, 

Spring Bedroom Tour

Spring Bedroom Tour

Howdy! Hello! Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! I’m excited to be a part of the home tour and share my bedroom Spring update. In October of 2019, we moved into this house we designed and built ourselves. When I say “built”, I mean we 

10 Tips for Cooking with kids and making memories in the kitchen

10 Tips for Cooking with kids and making memories in the kitchen

Cooking with kids can be enjoyable. For me, I think attitude is everything. I have to let go of perfection, be open to anything, ready to laugh, be silly and carefree. Here are some tips for making it an enjoyable experience! Go in knowing it’s 

Our Wood Flooring

Our Wood Flooring

I have been getting lots of questions about our wood floors so I thought I’d make a blog post covering everything about them. First off, I LOVE these floors. I paid full price for my flooring and I’m sharing this with you because that’s what 

Pantry Design and Organization

Pantry Design and Organization

The pantry is really having a moment. They are being showcased with beautiful antique doors, and some pantries are as elaborate as the kitchen itself. They range from a little cabinet space to a closet with shelves to small rooms. Some pantries even house the 

DIY Custom Tile Words

DIY Custom Tile Words

I’m sure you’ve seen beautiful images of custom messages in tile. This “Hello Lovely” is made using small hexagon tiles. When I saw this I was very inspired and thought it would be so fun to do something like this in our new home. I 

Shop our Home – Flooring

Shop our Home – Flooring

This blog contains affiliate links. I may receive commissions when you click links and make purchases. However, this does not impact my reviews and comparisons. Building or remodeling a home means making a lot of choices. It’s easy to get decision fatigue and throw your 

Lighting and other Fixtures

Lighting and other Fixtures

Below you’ll find direct links to the items we are using in our home. I’ll update the list as we go. Disclosure: some links are affiliate links     Sconce   LED Edison Bulbs 4000K   Glass pendant over kitchen sink   Small Flush Mount 

Master Bath Design Boards

Master Bath Design Boards

I realized the other day that I needed to have the master freestanding tub decided so the plumber could rough in for the drain before the foundation is poured. Some tubs have the drain in the center, some on one end. And I needed to 

Christmas Ornament Cookies

Christmas Ornament Cookies

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make cookies.  There are so many memories made in the kitchen.  I pulled up this old recipe from 8 years ago to make this year’s cookies, and I realized that when I made these ornaments, I was 

Here we go!

Here we go!

We just got our building permits!  We are really doing this…building a house for our family.  It’s overwhelming and I just have to have faith that even though I don’t have every step and detail figured out, that it will all work out. I designed 

Homemade Sunscreen

Homemade Sunscreen

When my boys were 3 and 2 years old, we took them to the beach.  Each morning, we’d coat them head to toe in store-bought baby sunscreen.  The brand was one that I considered more natural and safe. Everyday, about an hour later, they’d be 

How to Get Laundry Done Fast

How to Get Laundry Done Fast

When I envisioned my future family life as a young person, I never had visions of doing the dishes. every. single. day.  Also mysteriously excluded from my future family fantasies was the mountain of laundry that mocks me from the dining room table day after day. 

Lemon Meringue Pie: Low carb, gluten free

Lemon Meringue Pie: Low carb, gluten free

(This post is copied from my food blog, www.defiantlygoodfood.com.)  Growing up, I remember my grandmother making the best Lemon Meringue Pie. There are family legends about her pie. She made it look effortless, pie shell from scratch and all! And it was so lemon-y it would 

Clean Eating for Cinco De Mayo

Clean Eating for Cinco De Mayo

I’m gathering up ideas for dinner on Cinco de Mayo.  Here are four delicious recipes from DefiantlyGoodFood.com.   All of these recipes are low carb and gluten free!        

10 Tips for Cooking with Kids + Making Memories in the Kitchen

10 Tips for Cooking with Kids + Making Memories in the Kitchen

Cooking with kids can be fun, adventurous and educational.  For me, I think attitude is everything.  I have to let go of perfection, be open to anything, ready to laugh, be silly and carefree. I sometimes rush to get through the daily grind of life like dishes 

12 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Help Cook

12 Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Help Cook

12 Reasons to Involve Kids in the Kitchen Its good old fashioned fun No electronics, no EMF, no violent games, no competition.  The pull of the iSomething is strong and it seems everywhere I look kids are hunched over some device.  I know some apps 

It’s getting cooler outside…

It’s getting cooler outside…

You know what that means?  Time to break out the sweaters! I love sweater weather…cool crisp air, rustling leaves, warm coffee in my hands. This cup sweater is from Mallina Designs on etsy.com.

Milk and Cookies

Milk and Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are excellent. I mean they are tender, melt-in-your-mouth darn good chocolate chip cookies and they can certainly hold their own against the sugar laden, gluten-filled version!  They use Lily’s chocolate chips which I love!  They are sweetened with stevia instead of sugar or aspartame. 

How to create a SMOOTH chalkboard wall

How to create a SMOOTH chalkboard wall

We know it looks cool in the home, but did you know that writing on chalkboard walls is really good for kids?  This article does a great job explaining! Have you seen chalkboard walls and wished you had one in your home?  We did too.  So we 

Colorado

Colorado

It’s official…We are in LOVE with Colorado in the summer!  It was so easy to find gluten free options all over Colorado…even in small towns and hole-in-the-wall restaurants!  You know we loved that!! If you have travel plans to go to Colorado next summer, please 

Seaside, Florida

Seaside, Florida

Seaside is one of our favorite places to go…it’s like a summer home away from home. That reminds me, we need to book our house for this summer! “I Lived” by One Republic Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall Hope