Got more great comments, emails, and tips recently! Here are a few of my favorites:
From my "Keep your house clean with 1 chore per day" post:
- I love this.. it isn't too overwhelming and definitely a great jumping off place to customize to anyone's schedule. My mom worked full time and always did the work after we went to bed, even moms that I know that stay home wait until the kids go to bed at night to tackle these jobs... just because women stay home doesn't mean that we have all the time in the day to get this done. I think this is a very realistic list and thank you for sharing it! - Shawna
- I love this! I am a first time mother and house owner and my house is on the larger side. I have the hardest time cleaning and staying on track! I think that this is great and I am going to try and start doing this! - Emma
- THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! I seen this on Pinterest and it is the best list I have seen. I have read probably 8 others but they didn't suit me as well as this one does. I started 3 weeks ago on a Tuesday so did mon and tues on the first day and wednesday I was so eager to organize I started a day early. I got so much done! It has been really easy to do, about 20min each day and I love going around to pick up and make the beds so I can start my chore list. I've shared this with multiple friends since then. Thanks again for sharing! Love all this extra time! - Crystal
From my "Scrapbook paper baby mobile" post:
- I made this for my baby. A solution for the ring problem is using the inner part of an embroidery ring! They are only $1 at hobby lobby. I wrapped the ribbon around it the same way except I used double stick tape around the ring to attach the ribbon as I wrapped it. I'm a mess with a hot glue gun but I used it to initially stick the ribbon and to stick the last piece at the end. Its held up really well so far. I also hung it up with 3 ribbons instead of just 1 and that helped it to hang straight. I don't have a sewing machine so I just used glue to attach 2 circles back to back with thread in the middle. Made it easier to space out too. So much cheaper than buying one and you can customize it to match the nursery exactly! - Carly
From my "Make an area rug out of remnant carpet" post:
Tara - Thank you so much! And sure, why not :) Give me a little more time to finish some projects we are working on, and I plan to give a thorough tour of our new home!
And after. You can kinda see it, anyway...
Kate, Thanks! Cool story about this entertainment center...
We were really struggling to find one that we liked. We needed it to be HUGE (that wall is 25 feet tall), wanted it to be really sturdy and durable (we want it to last forever), and wanted it to be unique and beautiful...oh yeah, and we wanted it to be $2k or less (they can be SO EXPENSIVE!). We shopped and shopped and couldn't find anything that "struck" us.
So I Googled "white entertainment center", wanting to try something new (we were looking at black and dark brown previously). After scanning for a while a photo of this entertainment center came up in Google Images. We immediately fell in love. BUT...it didn't link back to a site! It was just a photo. No info, no name, no price, nada. I pinned it to Pinterest and we kept shopping, using this as a starting point. NO LUCK (it's next to impossible to find a white entertainment center, turns out!).
After weeks and weeks I finally decided to get all sleuth-like and did some hacking. To this day I still don't know how, but I found out the name of the unit was called "Hartford"...and that's all I had. I Googled it, and found only 3 furniture stores AT ALL that sold it - all 3 were online (so we couldn't see it in person). All 3 had it above our $2k budget.
We called all the stores, haggled and price-shopped, then decided on one. He wouldn't budge on the price, so finally my husband said "Let's do this. Why don't you ask the owner or a manager if you can get us the unit for $2k including shipping. If you can, call me back in the morning and we will buy it right then. If not, we'll have to buy elsewhere." Guess what? We got a call the next morning, they agreed to sell it to us for $2k even, shipping and tax included. WOO HOO! Way to be assertive, babe!
It was scary to buy an entertainment center online SIGHT UNSEEN, but we did a lot of measuring, fine-print reading, and decided to give it a shot. It's absolutely perfect, is sturdy and gorgeous, and came to us without a ding or hitch. Couldn't love it more!
Moral of the story? Shop, shop, shop around before buying anything (make sure it's EXACTLY what you want), and BE ASSERTIVE!
Thanks for all your comments, everyone. Feel free to email me any time, funcheaporfree@ gmail.com, and be sure to leave comments...I love them :) And hey, you might just get featured on FFFriday too!
Happy weekend :)