Sunday, November 23, 2014

1 Week in and some nagging issues..

         We have officially lived in our house for 1 week, we moved last Saturday and I have to say that even though it was only 36 degrees it did not rain or snow. It was a beautiful day and couldn't have been more thankful to our family and friends who helped us move. We have everything we need to "live" out and unpacked. What we are still unpacking is our boxes that sat in storage for four months. We already have two sections in the unfinished part of the basement. One for stuff we are keeping and one full of stuff for the garage sale we will be having in the spring.  So the basement is coming along and will be a continued work in progress.

       Our first floor is shaping up very nicely, I haven't hung up any pictures because I haven't decided where to hang anything. Also, I am reticent to put nails in our new walls. This will pass and I will be hanging pictures very soon.

I do have a complaint about the powder room, I will need to immediately find a shelf for that space. I love the pedestal sink has no place for toilet paper or even a small thing of Lysol wipes. I plan on purchasing something from either Wayfair or Hobby lobby. I think a small cabinet would be perfect in there and then I can store small items. I love the 9 foot ceilings in there and am impressed with the fixtures. Here is what I am thinking for the bathroom, it doesn't have to be a priority but running of toilet paper in there would be a small issue.



Peppercorn 17.38" x 28.75" Free Standing Cabinet

Our secondary bathroom or what we refer to as the girl's bathroom doesn't have an actual spot for drying towels. I am a bit annoyed by this because we left the apartment and we had the same issue. Where do you hang the wet towels. The towel rack is not far enough above the toilet for a wet towel and would touch the toilet. I am working on a solution to this problem but its more than that one issue. There is really no wall to put the towel bar on. One would cover the switch and the other option would be right behind the door. I have not decided on anything definitive but will update as soon as possible. I do love the actual baths. They have plenty of built in shelving (love) that helps with the bottles of shampoo and the bath toys.

I accidentally made this post about bathroom issues so I will end on this one positive note. If you are building and are debating about replacing the tub with a bigger shower then I will say this...DO IT. We took out the tub and we got a 5 foot shower and I love it. I LOVE IT. The water pressure is awesome and I love the Delta shower heads that were installed. The shower is roomy and perfect and has double sided shelves so husband and I do not have overcrowded issues for storage. The other positive about replacing the tub with the shower is you get a very large linen closet where the original shower would have been gone. I love the linen closet,  I love the shower, I love the double vanity and tall counters..I love our bathroom.

I guess, I will sign off for now and next time I will talk about something besides the bathroom...Here is a picture prior to moving in..Next thing on the list is the playroom.





         

Friday, November 14, 2014

We Own a house...

 

     We are the official owners of our Ryan home. We signed the forms last night and today we just completed are final walk through with Mike (PM). We had 2 tiny items that were already addressed and my husband is at our house waiting for our refrigerator and washer and dryer. 



I can't believe it, I am so happy and tomorrow we are moving in. When Mike told us that soon we will be calling the service number if we need something and not his actual number I did feel a little sad. We have had an amazing experience with the building process and now that it is over I will honestly miss a few people.

NVR was just amazing and I can't believe how lucky we were to have such great people to work with. Jessica and Katie are so knowledgeable and kind. I so enjoyed chatting with them and we know that the next family who works with them will be in good hands!

When it came to sales reps and project managers our cups runeth over. We couldn't have had a better team than Michelle (SR) and Mike (PM). They built our house and tomorrow we will make it a home. 

Please stay with us and keep checking back, I have tons of projects for the house and I will commit to keeping up on the building part of my blog. I will have moving pictures and much more. 

Tomorrow is a big day, I will rush home and finish packing up the apartment..

We are finally moving Home!

Friday, November 7, 2014

1 Week from today, we will have our keys.



   One week from today it will be the day we get our keys. The day we see all of our choices come together. I saw the house on Tuesday and will not see it again until the walk through. I want to leave a little mystery for myself and walk into the house with my husband before all the crazy moving happens and just have a few minutes to ourselves.

When we signed the contract in August we were surprised that building an entire house only took 4 months and imagined the time would fly. I have to say I thought the time flew and then dragged on in equal measure. Now that we are 7 days from closing and I am running out of time to pack up the apartment, schedule deliveries of appliances, big girl beds and dining room tables I am feeling like time flew.

So here we go into the final week in our small but cozy apartment. I will pack up one more time and move into the home that we have watched from a hole in the ground to the beautiful house that is there today.

I will try to tamper my need to paint and decorate every corner of our house and for the first couple of weeks I will just enjoy the house and my family.

I will enjoy the holidays and planning a house warming and I will cook something amazing in my new kitchen. I will make my daughters a beautiful playroom on the main floor so that I may hear them playing and laughing and be able to get dinner on the table.

My husband and I will have our own bedroom and be able to talk after our kids go to bed because now the girls will be on a different floor and have a new level of quiet to sleep.

I have been comfortable at our apartment but I will not miss the following things:

1. Having two use 2 keys to get into the building with my girls, my diaper bag, my purse and the groceries...IN THE RAIN.

2. I will not miss the neighbor across the hall who has poor control over their large dog and when we find ourselves in the hallway the same time I will not miss having to dodge a dog jump on me in the morning. Nothing against dogs, but I do appreciate leash control.

3. I will not miss trucking my laundry up two flights of stairs and sharing one washer and dryer with 12 other units.

4. I will not miss our upstairs neighbors who walk loudly and drop VERY heavy things at night..Or wake up and stomp around every morning around 4:30 or 5:08 AM.

5. I will not miss the fact the the apartment front door is in exact line with the bathroom door and that if you are in the bathroom for anything your neighbors have a direct view straight to the bathroom when someone opens the door.

6. I will not miss running out of quarters when my towels are "almost" dry and having to hang them around the apartment.

I just want a little bit of privacy and I know that I am 7 days away from those moments. So last but not least..here are some pictures from my recent visit...7 days and counting.


Morning room with the fan hung..




Kitchen view again..







Flooring on first floor plus our newly laid carpet...



Downstairs bathroom..towel bar hungs. I wonder if the seat up is just a coincidence?




So the last touches are being done, the winter driveway gravel laid down, the grading (not the final) will be done until spring. And the last thing we have to really worry about is the neighbor who is having some trouble understanding property stakes (and moving them).

Yesterday we got our final approval and we are in clear to close...Thank you again NVR!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

15 days and counting down and parking on rocks until spring!

                           

    There have been changes to the house both big and small. I guess to use every thing is progress but maybe most people wouldn't see many changes. I will say that being locked out of the house really presents a challenge and can be mildly frustrated for those of us who like to stop by daily.

Lucky for me I have my favorite and best sales rep Michelle who takes me to the house when I need to go and I really appreciate that she goes with me. Tuesday we popped by and walked the house. The details weren't as big as the last post with my pretty kitchen, this time the devil was in the details.

Here are the plugs that I was going to ask Mike (PM) to fix because they were upside down. I went room to room and noticed that at least one plug was upside down and thought it was funny that it happened in every room. I said to Michelle "I will have to let Mike know about these upside down plugs, easy fix right?" She then let me know that they were upside down intentionally to let us know what lamp works on the switch.  I laughed because that is pretty smart and I don't have to wonder around the room plugging things in and flicking switches.




Another change I noticed was our Guardian key pad was installed.




Girls closet shelves are in . I actually plan to change the closet to be a little better use of space.  I found the picture on the right on Pinterest and  plant to make this my winter project. I will get the canvas bins to put in the shelves and create a better flow. I find the closets in the secondary bedrooms to be a bit small in the Florence as well as the closets to  small.


89May Challenge: Project

Sinks and vanities in all the bathrooms have been installed as well as a few of the toilets. I did not take a great pictures of the toilets but my husband swears he has never seen a smaller tank on a toilet. Anyone who wants to add their opinion about the toilet so I can tell my husband..it would be appreciated.




Sinks


Things I can't really take a picture of is the finished paint job, the baseboards that are in and the doors have been painted and attached. We still have no door knobs but they are working on that this week. We will be taking some out of town family to the house this Saturday and I have not seen the house since Tuesday. We can't wait to show family our house and to hopefully see some changes. 





I have set up all the utilities and feel as prepared as I can until I can start packing. I know this to be true, having our family be able to see the house is exciting and celebrating a wedding is just as exciting. Any advice with 14 days to go??

I am running a giveaway on the blog for Jamberry Nails, If you haven't seen the products from Jamberry you have to check them out. You can win a $45 gift certificate by entering here..

These make such great gifts for the upcoming holidays or for yourself! 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Yummy and quick noodle bake

          
        In our current temporary apartment I have been trying to find easy to make dinners. My husband loves some spaghetti and I always try to change it up a little bit. I thought a "bake" would be a great treat and would allow a little twist on the standard spaghetti and meatballs. I have about 1 square foot of space to cook so anything quick is my favorite recipe lately. My new kitchen will look like this..  
I can't wait to get in there and get some new recipes going..Until then here is my new favorite.





Recipe. Ingredients needed:

1 package of frozen meatballs (we got our from Aldi's)
1 box of noodles (I used bow tie)
1 container of mozzarella balls (in water)
1 jar of your favorite sauce
Fresh parsley and basil


Boil your noodles according to package and then drain.
Thaw your meatballs or cook them in the microwave so they are not frozen.

I used a small glass dish and added a little sauce on the bottom so my noodles wouldn't stick, added the cooked noodles and meatballs and poured the sauce over the top.

Place the mozzarella balls on the dish and place in the oven until the cheese melts and is nice and bubbly. I cooked at 350 for about 15 minutes.  

Sprinkle your parsley and basil on top and serve immediately.
This was easy and delicious and made awesome leftovers, I will be making this one again.

 

From my Kitchen to yours..Enjoy!



Jamberry Review and Giveaway


 I am not a nail person and I often wish I was but I do not paint well so I just usually forego the process. Finally something has come along and I am excited to do my first official product review. I work with Heidi and on the side she has become a Jamberry Representative. The designs were so cute that I just couldn't resist and when she asked me to do a review I knew that we had to include a giveaway. 

The giveaway would be perfect for birthdays, holidays and any other day. The nice thing about Jamberry is that they are easy to apply.  Here are the designs I have chosen for myself. I wanted to make sure I had a mix of items so I picked 2 for winter/holiday, 1 for an upcoming wedding and 1 just for fun. 


My Winter Favorite       My Holiday Fun         Dressing up            Just for fun

                                                     


1. Clean your nails with alcohol wipes and push back your cuticles
2. Match your nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits
3. Peel off nail wrap and warm with a mini heater or your blow-dryer (3-5 seconds)
4. Once warm, press wrap on to the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail. use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticle.
5. Trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion to remove excess.
6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail. 

Here are some cute Halloween nail designs that were already applied..



                                   Giveaway


Heidi and I have teamed up to do a $45 gift certificate to Jamberry Nails. Enter below for a chance to win. These are such a great gift or can be just for yourself.  Thank you Heidi for having me do a review and for my lovely new addiction to Jamberry! You can also visit Heidi's Jamberry site here.



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Friday, October 24, 2014

The True side of Breast feeding - A Guest post



        I was never able to breast feed, I had a breast reduction years ago that took me out of the breast feeding game.  Since I can't speak on what I do not know, I have invited a new guest blogger.  

      Jen and I found each other on  Babycenter and have supported each other during two pregnancies each. Jen has given birth to two adorable little boys and has agreed to share her thoughts on Breast feeding. 

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   Ah, breastfeeding, a love/hate relationship. I love snuggling close with my baby, knowing that I am providing everything he needs to survive. I love that breast milk provides antibodies to help keep my little guy healthy and makes specific antibodies for whatever he is exposed to. I hate the struggles. Who really talks about the struggles?                        
 My little guy went on an 11 day nursing strike! Nursing strike= bottle feed + pump + chase 3 year old + take care of 2 month old. The lactation consultant tells me, “Maybe he just prefers a bottle.” The pediatrician says, “Everything is fine, can’t find anything here.” 

But this mama knows, something is not right. Through my own research and determination I discovered that little guy had an extreme upper lip tie and posterior tongue tie. Who knew? I had never even heard of a lip tie, let alone knew about it’s impact on breastfeeding. We got it fixed, or revised as they call it in the tie world, and surprise, he has been nursing like a champ since. But that’s not all. 

Green poop. Yep, that is what little guy was doing for a month. After cutting dairy out of my diet, we took him to the allergist and turns out he has egg, milk, and corn allergies. Want to lose baby weight fast? Try eliminating those three from your diet! Nursing in public. I don’t do it. Why not? I have no problems with it. Little guy will not do it! He loves to be in his quiet nursery without distractions. He even gets finicky when I talk or eat while nursing him. So add some trees blowing in the breeze, people walking by, or noise and it is game over. Pumping. Not fun. Need I say more?                                         Sometimes I feel like my life revolves around my breasts.                                                           
But all the struggles aside, is breastfeeding worth it? Yes! We have had our fair share of struggles and challenges, but knowing all the many benefits of breastfeeding and all that I am providing for my little guy is soooo worth it!




           Thank you Jen, please come back anytime to   Happily Ever Rushed!