New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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I don’t so much like the word “resolutions” and prefer the word “goals” but they seem to be used interchangeably so insert whichever word you would like. We often set goals for ourselves as people or families but do we think about setting goals for our house? The ideas below will bring you a higher value when you decide to sell your home or bring a better feel and improve your current living situation.

One Little Word 2020

I have felt like, in the last few months, that this needed to be my word for some reason in 2020.
At first, I wasn't really sure what it meant or how I could apply it to my life, but after talking to Tony, I realized that it means to do things with purpose. 
I think that a lot of what I do in my life has purpose but it's also something I don't spend a lot of time pondering when I choose to do certain activities. 
I think it's not something that I'm going to be 100% the best at, at least not right away. I have many goals and plans for this year already made, even when it was still 2019. One thing that crosses through my mind is a dear teacher and friend of mine said something that really resonated with me and it was basically along the lines of not wanting to waste anyone's time. I was in a social media marketing class at LDSBC when she said that and it's stuck with me ever since. When I do things (host events usually), I really try to make it worth people&#…

Why An Email List?

If there is one thing I have learned (and not applied) over the years in attending various blogger conferences and classes, it's that you own an email list. You don't own any of the social media platforms you choose to land on. Your followers there could disappear if it goes down, as I noticed last year when Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all had glitches. It was unsettling and scary and really drove the point home to me that I HAD to start an email list.

So why had I not done it in 2019? I thought of so many reasons why I couldn't do an email list. 
- I didn't know where to start - I didn't feel like I could maintain it - Couldn't decide if I keep all my categories separate or all in one email - I didn't know the best way to collect email addresses - I didn't know if what I had would be of value to my readers - I didn't want to add one more thing to my plate
So you would think that by taking various email classes at blogger conferences, I would know where…

Winterizing Your Home

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It’s that time of year where temperatures outside drop, heaters switch on inside and most likely you
are changing from summer bedding to winter bedding. In the midst of all the season change, have
you thought about other ways you might get your home situated for cold temperatures and winter
storms? I came up with some good things to assess during this season.

Where Did 2019 Go!?

Well, ultimately I think it's a silly question to seriously answer on where did 2019 go. "It went away Carol, it went away." But with the year going away, I'm holding on to many wonderful times and memories. It may be one of the best years yet!  Here's a bit of a recap of what I've been up to lately...with more blog posts to come!

Craft Storage Review Gallery Glass November Christmas Pinterest Party Christmas Pinterest Party 2.0
Cathedral City Balloon Glow Sunnylands Center and Gardens Thanksgiving Day 2019 Black Friday Shopping 2019
Lifestyle Grandma's Funeral Day 5 Ways to Be Kind BlogHer Biz Event - LA The Scenario Studio Christmas House in Ridgecrest

Stay tuned for more fun in 2020. It's going to be great ~ can't wait!

Home Protection While Traveling

This post is sponsored by Homie. A great way to buy or sell your home without a realtor and keeping
extra money in your pocket.
If you are thinking about leaving for the holidays or any other extended trip, here are some ways to
save money and keep your house safe while you are away from your home base. Your beloved castle.
Your fortress. 

House Breaker - Turn off or unplug devices that won’t be needed while you are out of town. You can
flip switches to certain areas of your house to save power from the breaker box. Beware of doing this
though, we had some friends do it in the past and they accidentally turned off the power going to their
fridge/freezer and they lost so much food.

Thermostat - Readjust thermostat. I would not recommend turning your thermostat all the way off
because you don’t want your house getting too cold. I also had friends (may or not be the same ones
in my previous story) that turned off the heat to their house because it was going to be just a few days
and when t…

Getting to Know Your Homie Agent

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I thought it might be fun to get to know one of the Homie agents so you can learn a little more about who they are and what they do.  Enjoy the interview!