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March 26, 2019

Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™ Makeover: Thrift Diving Edition

Don’t let anyone tell you that television doesn’t influence behavior. It does.

I spent an entire week binging on a past season of Project Runway, which started to unleash threads of creativity into my subconscious. I consider myself to “a creative,” but after watching someone smash up bright red bicycle reflectors and adorn them onto a ball gown made of recycled plastic with hot glue….uhhhh….it does something to the imagination.

Soooo….enter the challenge: For their Crafting for Charity initiative, Homes.com invited me to participate in a Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™ makeover challenge against two other bloggers. We were [...]

 
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March 26, 2019

Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™ Makeover: Thistlewood Farm Edition

I love a challenge. Especially if the challenge involves imagination, transformation, giggles, apples and a grocery store.

Homes.com asked me to participate in a special challenge for their Crafting for Charity initiative.  Here’s the basic concept: they sent a tan Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™  to myself and two other bloggers and asked us all to use our imagination to transform it however we wanted.

Stay tuned–you all will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite, and the winner gets to donate their cottage (and an additional $750) to their favorite children’s charity. Plus, one random voter will be selected to win a $250 gift [...]

 
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March 26, 2019

Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™ Makeover: Lolly Jane Edition

We grew up on a dirt road in a small town and our dad, a farmer, built the cutest little playhouse in our backyard for his five girls. We played and played in that little house until it fell apart over 30 years later and was replaced with a store-bought playhouse for his grandkids to enjoy. Our handmade playhouse was white with a charcoal roof (leftover from the home he built our large family a year earlier) and it had a blue door to match our mom’s then-blue door.

When we were challenged by Homes.com to make over the cutest Little Tikes Cozy Cottage Playhouse™, we immediately knew our color scheme and got to work to recreate our childhood playhouse… in the form [...]

 
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March 26, 2019

Lucy Hale Seeks Buyer for Studio City, CA Hillside Home

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has placed her Studio City, CA hillside home on the market. Put in an offer on this one-of-a-kind home today and you could be living like a star.
 
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March 25, 2019

7 Common Problems Residential Homeowners Have and Easy Solutions

Had a faulty HVAC system or experienced a temperamental garage door? You’re not alone. Many homeowners encounter these irritating predicaments, and while you may be grateful to have a home, it’s easy to get frustrated when these nuisances pop up.

When you encounter problems with your home, you need simple and effective solutions so that you’re fully prepared. Below, you’ll find several common problems that homeowners have — along with their easy solutions. Read on to equip yourself with handy fixes for whatever comes your way.

1. Leaking Roof

As time passes and the elements take a toll, roofs can deteriorate, leading to leaks. Whether [...]

 
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March 25, 2019

5 Big Benefits of Adding a Sunroom to Your Home

Have you been thinking about adding on to your home? If you are looking for a new space the whole family can enjoy throughout the year, a sunroom may be the perfect choice.

Building a sunroom allows you to create a versatile space without breaking the bank. These five benefits of a sunroom may convince you to talk to a contractor and start planning your new project:

1. Bring the Outside Indoors

A sunroom is an extremely effective way to bring in natural light and brighten up your home. You can enjoy the view without being out in the elements. A sunroom is also a viable space for creating an indoor garden. With plenty of sunlight, you can grow a variety of indoor [...]

 
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March 25, 2019

Should You Buy a Foreclosed Home? Dismantling Foreclosure Myths

Find out the misconceptions when it comes to foreclosed homes and you can decide whether purchasing a foreclosure it the right choice for you.
 
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March 22, 2019

Could You Move With 30 Days Notice? Now You Can!

Sometimes you have a “normal” home buying or selling process. The agreements are done, you have 45 days until closing and your lists are prepared to help you move. But, sometimes, that perfect home comes out of nowhere, and you have less than 30 days to get your life packed and onto the next adventure. Sounds stressful, right?

Lucky for you, our friend, Jennifer Ciani, of blog Simply Ciani, is here to share her expert tips (as this is a real-life story of her current moving situation).

How much moving supplies will you need?

When moving, it can feel like the number of things you own doubles overnight, am I right?  The guide below can help you figure out how many boxes [...]

 
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March 22, 2019

Eco-Friendly Remodeling Tips to Reduce Water Usage

Every year in March, people around the world celebrate World Water Day to bring attention to the importance of access to clean water. Many want to reduce water usage and commit to a more sustainable lifestyle, but for some, knowing how to make an impact on the sustainable management of water is a challenge.

The truth? Small changes can make a profound impact. For homeowners, creating a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing water usage is a great place to start.

Many homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of putting them on the market. Remodeling is an excellent opportunity to go green and positively impact the environment with sustainable upgrades. In honor of [...]

 
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March 21, 2019

Is a Home Equity Line of Credit the Right Choice?

As a homeowner, it comes with the territory that you must make repairs and improvements to your home. You might need a new roof installed, or perhaps you want to renovate the kitchen. These types of projects cost money, but luckily, you can use the equity in your home to pay for the them.

There are several different products available for people who want a loan based on the equity in their home. One of the most common is a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), a product that many homeowners have used to make improvements to a home.

What is a HELOC?

A HELOC functions somewhat like a credit card. You are given a line of credit based on the equity in your home. [...]

 
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March 21, 2019

Home Maintenance Tasks for Every Season

Whether you are looking to sell your home this year or just want to keep the home you own in the best shape possible, this is the checklist for you! Maintaining your home is not always easy and you may often feel overwhelmed, but don’t be! Continue reading to learn which tasks to tackle when.

Home Maintenance Tasks for Spring

Once winter is over, take advantage of the nicer weather and check the outside of your home. Cold weather can take a toll on the external parts of your home, and it is important to pay extra close attention as you are performing these tasks.

Check Your Roof and Attic

Has it been a while since your home got a new roof? If it has, check your roof for [...]

 
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March 21, 2019

Blink-182’s Travis Barker Seeks Tenant in Calabasas

The iconic drummer from the punk band Blink 182 has put his amazing Calabasas, CA estate up for rent. Ready to live like a rock star? Take a tour of the grounds today!
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