Inexpensive Updates to Fixer Upper House 2020

Updates We’re Planning to Make Before Moving In To Our New House

Good news! All systems are go for us closing on the house this month, and it’s actually looking like–knock on wood–we *might* even be able to close a little earlier than planned (though if we can’t, that’s okay too!). While we love our new place and can’t wait to move in, there are a few …

What We're Looking For in Our Next House

What We’re Looking For in Our Next House

In case you’re not currently looking for a change of home yourself, lemme just summarize the whole process as being ABSOLUTELY CRAAAAZY right now. Utah has one of the hottest housing markets right now in the country, and prices are sky high, mostly thanks to a major housing shortage in the state. To catch you …

Lessons I Learned From Staging Our House

Mistakes I Didn’t Know I Was Making Until We Staged Our House to Sell

In case you missed it, our house went on the market last Thursday and is now currently under contract as of last night. While we did get four offers on it, this is not a post on how you can sell your home quickly, or on how you can get top dollar for your home. …

It’s Official: Our House is Under Contract–We’re Moving!

Funny how fast life changes, huh? At the beginning of this year, we had zero intentions of moving anytime within the next several years and were happily planning out our yearly house and yard projects for 2020. Even when the company Matt works for started throwing around plans to move the business, we didn’t really …

How to Make an Income Stretch with Six Kids {An Interview With My Mom!}

I’ve been wanting to try something a little different on the blog for awhile and see how you lovely readers liked interview-style posts. (So if you like this, let me know in the comments and I’ll do more of them!) And in honor of Mother’s Day this weekend (and in honor of the best mom …

Quarantine Lunch Ideas for Kids

A Week of Quarantine “Making It Stretch” Lunches for the Kids

I have to admit, “quarantine cooking” doesn’t look much different than my regular cooking, because I was already in the habit of doing just one big grocery shopping haul at the beginning of every month with minimal (2, maybe 3) very small grocery trips in between for things like milk and produce (where I try …

The Cook Your Shelves Challenge

The “Cook Your Shelves” Challenge (+ 11 Family-Friendly Cookbooks!)

If you’re anything like me, you have scads of cookbooks shoved on a shelf somewhere. Some are well-loved, with spatters of grease and chocolate smeared across multiple pages and several handwritten notations on favorite recipes. Others are in pristine condition, maybe having only been cracked open once or twice soon after being acquired. With the …

Suburban Homestead Diaries: Using Winter to Improve My Homemaking Skills

Now that I’m a so-called grown up and can largely choose where to live, I sometimes wonder how I’ve somehow managed to land my winter-hating self on a property where winter can last up to 6 months out of the year, where you drive down the hill into town and see yourself descending into The …