Small space living with a family is all about adapting to meet changing needs. We live in a condo that was designed for a couple to have a home office and a guest room. Making this blueprint work for our family has been a creative endeavor from the beginning! We have had all four children sharing one room, and we put one child in the master bedroom turned playroom … [Read more...] about Shared Sibling Bedroom and Adaptive Small Space Living for Families
Mike and I spent New Year's Eve transforming our kitchen – and this easy DIY kitchen remodel only cost us $50! The kids helped, too. New Year's Eve morning we went to Home Depot and picked out paint. Mike is a big fan of neutral colors, but somehow the kids and I (with a little help from Pinterest) talked him into this anything-but-neutral green, and he is thrilled with the end … [Read more...] about DIY Kitchen Remodel: Add Color!
I’m a big fan of energy efficiency. It saves money, and it’s good for the environment. We put a lot of thought into making our home in Massachusetts energy efficient, and by the time we left our monthly utility bill had dropped 60% in the wintertime! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite energy saving hacks, and I would love to hear yours in the comments for this … [Read more...] about Energy Saving Hacks: Tips, Tricks, and DIY Solutions
Silicon Valley has one of the world’s highest costs of living. So, when we moved here, we jumped at the chance to get into a (much more affordable than other options) condo owned by Mike’s employer. We didn't even see it before agreeing to live there, but it had MORE square footage to our little ranch in Massachusetts, so we figured we could easily make it work as our home. Now … [Read more...] about Creating a Family-Friendly Living Space
Our house was built in the early sixties, and back then it was red wood with red bricks, and a concrete porch that was also, apparently, painted red. The red bricks are still there, but vinyl siding has replaced the red wood, and the red paint was mostly gone from the front porch, and Mike felt that the remaining bits were destroying our curb appeal. We didn’t really want to … [Read more...] about Easy DIY Curb Appeal Project: Paint the Porch