We SOLD (Flipped!?) Our Fixer Upper!

Watch out Chip and Joanna…we flipped our fixer upper! Remember the green Spanish mission-style house with the interior courtyard that we bought last June? We listed the property for sale the week of Thanksgiving and the house sold that weekend. 🙂 I’ll write a separate post on why we sold our fixer upper, but ultimately, […]

The BIG Kitchen Reveal!

First, I’m alive! Yay! I know some of you have been holding your breath and imagining that our home renovation came to a screeching halt because the roof caved in…or something like that. But no. We finished our major renovation in the planned six weeks and we moved into house mid-July. Since then, we’ve been […]

What Nightmares Are Made Of…(What I Found In The Garage)

A 70’s renovation wouldn’t be complete without a few surprises, right? Ross and I made one last trip to the new house on Sunday to check on drywall work and drop off materials in the dumpster. While Ross unloaded the truck, I went through the front gates to unlock the house. I had not been […]

The Renovation Report: Week Two

Week two is in the books! If you’re stopping by Jane’s Dish for the first time, you can read about our fixer upper here and catch up with our first renovation report here. This week was all about drywall. First, we had over 2,500 square feet of popcorn ceiling scrapped. Glitter popcorn ceiling. Okay, the previous owner […]

Before: My Groovy 70’s Kitchen

I told you about my “new” kitchen last week in this post. Today, I want to share more details of my 70’s kitchen so you can appreciate what my kitchen will look like in 4 to 6 weeks. 🙂 In this first picture below, you can see the wall of cabinets and bars that created […]

My Favorite (ORGANIC + FRUGAL) Eye Makeup Remover

Something big happened six months ago: I turned 30. After entering the new decade, I decided to make some serious health and beauty resolutions. After all, I’m not a carefree 20-something anymore. 🙂 One big goal was to take off my makeup every single night. No excuses. No judgment please, but I’ve never been consistent about putting on […]

{Easy} 2-Ingredient Homemade Wood Cleaner

This homemade wood cleaner (and/or furniture polish) was my first successful attempt at a homemade frugal cleaner. After two years of using this cleaner, I’d say it’s a major success! I read about people making homemade cleaners for years, but I was always intimidated by new-to-me ingredients like borax, washing soda, castile soap and even essential oils. Plus, why were there so many different recipes […]

Natural Vanilla Insect Repellent

I live in a house that backs up to wooded conservation land in Florida. For those from other parts of the country, “woods” in Florida usually means “swamp-like jungle.” Think dense vines, spiders, snakes, alligators and wild boars. Yes, REALLY scary pigs! (There’s a reason we have a 6 foot fence.) It makes for a beautiful view, but a miserable experience […]