Eight Things

1. House update! We are officially homeowners, you guys! I AM HOMEOWNER, HEAR ME ROAR. We got the keys yesterday afternoon, and the demo crew showed up bright and early this morning. This is going on right this very minute.

(I am a crazy picture-taking woman when it comes to the house. You guys are going to be SO SICK of this renovation before I’m through. I even shot a fascinating 2-minute video of someone tearing down a ginormous wall made of cork board in one of the bedrooms this morning. Who wants to see that? Hello? Anyone?)

Goodbye cork board walls, 40-year-old carpet, wood paneling and built-ins! I’m getting reeeallllly excited over here.

2. I have quite a few articles posting this month elsewhere because, let’s face it, the renovation isn’t paying for itself. I’d love if you would check some out – especially over at my new job, Women & Co. Women & Co covers all things money- how we spend, save, share, donate and manage. Obviously, this was a perfect time for me to jump on board, considering we have made many financial changes in the past few months in preparation for buying a home. Anyway, I’ll be covering the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle angle, if you are interested.

My first two articles are Hair Products: When to Save and When to Splurge and New Tips on Buying Makeup: When to Save and When to Splurge. I hope you find them helpful, and I would love to hear any suggestions for future articles.

3. Elsewhere at Babble, I am sharing the Ultimate Fall and Fashion List via Neiman Marcus (a girl can dream, right?) and the 5 Staples in My Closet for Fall (none of them are new, well, except for the Kate Spade pumps that I scored on eBay).

4. Okay, enough shameless blog post promotion, have you guys seen this pompon tutorial? Tiny pompons with a fork? IS IT NOT THE COOLEST THING EVER?

5. I’m halfway through Gone Girl right now. I keep hearing about The Plot Twist, and I’m dying to know what happens. Can’t read fast enough. Have you read? Did you like? It seems everyone loved it except for my mother. Lini did not like it one bit, no sirree bob.

6. On the other end of the book spectrum, have you read Sh*tty Mom? I have never laughed so hard in my life. “Does the boy whose mom has the Cake Doodle app on her iPhone even know he has a penis?” (Totally out of context, I know, but to those who have read the “Don’t Let Your Kid Become a PDA-hole” chapter, that statement had me howling with laughter.)

7. We stopped for awhile, but we’re back to visiting the library every week.

Although, let’s be honest, Wita just goes to rent DVDs. “Mama, want shine times!” (Signing Times.) Man, that Rachel Coleman has now worked her way into both of my children’s hearts.

8. Okay, I’m off to take some more photos. I think the bathroom floor will be torn out pretty soon. RIVETING.

  1. Elaine C.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Congrats on the new home! There’s no such thing as too many before/in progress/after photos. Gone Girl, once I let go of the fact that I didn’t like either of the main characters, I was enjoy the story for the gripping devil it was. There were times I wanted to throw my Nook across the room, but I’m still thinking about that story – I don’t know if I can say it was entertaining, exactly, but I couldn’t put it down!

  2. Sarah

    September 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Congrats on the house! I’m glad you’re taking so many pictures. Can’t wait to see the before – and – after comparisons.

  3. Jennifer

    September 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I would love to hear more (or all ) about your house renovations, even stuff like the process of design planning, picking a contractor, and did you budget the renovations into your loan, etc. I would love to do something like find a house and make it my own (or even renovate our current home) but get totally overwhelmed in the details and where to begin. And also, I’m nosy. :)

  4. Dawn McCoy

    September 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Sarah – oh, you make me laugh! Thanks for that!! So much to check out from this post. Cannot wait!! I did read Gone Girl and loooooooved it. I looked forward to my bath & bed reading every night with that book. I couldn’t wait to get into it. The true testimonial of a great book!I feel like good things are just going around lately. I just was chosen to be a featured blogger for Giuliana Rancic’s site, FabFitFun! Hope construction goes well today and that your weekend is lovely!! xoxo