Installing up-lighting on the exterior of your house is something that you can do in one night.
First, find your exterior outlet – then figure out how many areas/lights you’d like to highlight. Once you have your plan, head to your local hardware stores to pick up your materials. Install should take you less than 2 hours.
Install. – Connect the Wire to your Low-Voltage Transformer (following the instructions included in the transformer) – Insert lights into the ground where you’d like the up-lighting. – Connect lights to the wire, following the instructions. – Plug the Transformer in and make sure the lights work. Unplug the transformer to finish the following steps. – Using wire cutters, cut the excess wire. – Separate the wire. Grab your electrical tape, wrap each of the individual wires (using electrical tape). This is where I got a little hung up, because I originally taped the wire without separating the two wires and the lights didn’t work. – Plug the transformer back in (to make sure everything works) – Mount the Transformer and Solar sensor to your home. I mounted ours behind our Boxwoods to keep it hidden. – I set ours up to go on at Dusk and be lit for 7 hours – but you choose what’s right for you and your home.
Our kitchen table is solid wood, but needed a face lift. We painted the table and chairs and my dad made us a new table top. The project took much longer than I thought it would, but I couldn’t be happier with the end product.
We’re really digging the updates love the updates we’ve made, and are finally ready to make a few more changes after living in the space a little longer. There’s so much value in living in a space before making big changes. We’ve updated our plan for Phase 2 and it’s something I never would’ve thought of before being home for so long.
Phase 2 Ideas:
– Rearrange some of our uppers and add open shelves next to our sink. – Hire an Electrician to move a 120 volt behind the range. – Update paneling on the Peninsula – Paint the Cabinets – Update Cabinet Hardware
Approximate Cost for Phase 2: $1,770
Open Shelves: ~$300 (6) Metal Shelf Brackets – $230 High Quality Lumber – TBD on species – ~$50-70
Y’all – our Master Bedroom is done. After living in our home for 4 years, this is the second room in our house that is “finished”.
The finishing touches were the Square Bevel Mirrors from Pottery Barn (they’re currently on sale for 50% off – $73.99). It’s only available for Curbside Pickup and I don’t think it will last long (goes in and out of stock very frequently), so RUN don’t walk to pick this up.
Having our Master Bedroom feel complete is a breath of fresh air.
It’s been a wet few days weeks here in Michigan, and I’ve been dreaming of installing a Rain Barrel (insert an earth loving GIF). I’m dreaming of having it in our backyard, tucked away behind our deck – which would still allow us to use the rain water to water our grass – are you getting as excited as I am???
– How frequently are there problems with the pickets? – Is it really worth the small savings we’d see in our water bill? – How many headaches will we have (water not flowing correctly)? – What other items would we need to successfully connect your current gutters to a Rain Barrel? – Again, is it worth it?
If you’ve installed a rain barrel in the past, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I will be sure to take you along as we install our Rain Barrel over on Instastories!
I took the leap and bought Air Pod Pros. Blame it on quarantine, overlapping conference calls and trying to multitask on said conference calls. I originally was going back and forth between the two different models. Finally got some intel from a friend who has had both that Air Pod Pros were the way to go, and pulled the trigger. Now would be a great time to tell you, that I over research any purchase (small or large), so found it a little shocking that I made such quick decision.
Long story short – I’m not a fan (enough so that I’m giving them to my husband, and y’all I’m frugal – so this is 1) a huge pick up for him and 2) speaks loudly about how I feel about them). Now let me give you my pro-con-pro (hello to all my former sorority girls out there) feedback.
They’re a nice headphone, which my husband will now be the lucky recipient of. But if you have small ears like me, stay away from them.
– Great Noise Cancelling Headphone with option to turn Noise Cancelling off – Audio is improved over corded Apple Headphones that come with your phone’s purchase. – Love the cordless feature. Honestly didn’t think it was necessary and laughed at myself a little for thinking I needed it, but it’s ruined me and I don’t think I could use a corded headphone again) – Offers different sizes for in-ear piece
– Difficult to transition form noise canceling to transparent mode. – They fall out of my ears if I’m doing anything other than sitting down. – I accidentally end calls when trying to push the headphones back into my ears.
– Love the idea of them and will be giving Apple more of my money when I buy AirPods.