Archives for October 2018

Our Home Buying Journey

When we renewed our lease last April we told ourselves that this will be the last lease we will sign, we were ready to take the leap and try and become home buyers. We are still afraid honestly and unsure how it will be once we are finally pre-approved.

I wanted to share our journey because I wanted to share how real the stress and excitement is and how real this process is. To be clear we are in the early stages which are cleaning up our credit and waiting now that our old debts and current cards are all PAID OFF!

Our area is booming and there are multiple homes being built around our current neighborhood. I decided to look at model homes and once I found “the one” I dragged my husband to check it out. It took him a couple looks before he felt that same desire for the home and floor plan.

Planned Updates and Finishes

We are pretty set on the desired look and feel we want for our home but that doesn’t mean we will be splurging on top of the line finishes and updates right now. We have set upgrades that involve the structure of the home which adds more space and storage. The images of this kitchen are dreamy for sure and I am confident our home will have just the right amount of upgrades to start us off with. Believe it or not, we are super excited to move in and start doing things are self and other upgrades slowly throughout the house to make it ours! With all this said I will be sure to do a post on what will be in our house and our finished mood board!

Self Employed

I’ll start by saying this process is very emotional. I have my ups and downs, my doubts, my fears and dealing with my own self-doubt. I think these are completely normal emotions during this process. No doubt being that I am self-employed things are a lot scarier because we are 100% taking that chance on me maintaining my income. This is why being your own boss comes with its ups and downs, you always have to keep moving forward and don’t sit still for long because sitting still won’t pay the bills.

I have been so blessed with all of you, my readers and followers to keep growing my Neon blog! I love what I do and I don’t see an end in sight. I have had a really great year and my husband has experienced his own growth at work which has brought us to this point of being ready to take this leap from renters to first-time homeowners!

Managing your doubts and fears

For some of us, any big changes or risks comes that anxiety which makes us fear and doubt. My tip is don’t listen. If you work closely with a lender or realtor and know exactly what your signing up for there isn’t anything to fear. I think the worst thing you can do is let all the worry and stress push out any the excitement you should also be feeling during these times.  No matter how you cut it slice it or dice it, buying a home is a blessing!

We have finally gone under contract today 10/26/18! This is the first step and post on this glorious journey of ours. I will be sure to answer any questions you guys have and keep you all updated!

 

Halloween Decor Ideas

Something about Halloween gets me excited for the cooler days ahead. I love to decorate my house the last week of September, it’s a way to get the family excited about the new season! I put a little touch of Halloween decorations throughout our main floor ie. dining room, living room, kitchen, and entryway.

A lot of my holiday decor comes from places like HomeGoods, Target, Marshalls, Pottery Barn, and World Market. My favorite items include the lit black willow lights, paper stock bats and felt ghosts!

Get in the spooky spirit with Halloween Countdown Calendars!

Another great tradition we have for Halloween is this adorable felt Halloween advent calendar I purchased used from a neighbor but its originally from Pottery Barn Kids! I checked their website and it seems like they are sold out of any Halloween calendars at the moment but I would definitely keep checking they usually restock.

I’ve come up with a list of cute ideas to fill your calendars with! It’s always important to keep in mind the age of your children and stock it up appropriately too! With Jude and Eli being 6 years apart I have to make sure to add items that will be safe and fun for Eli too. I often will put something different for each of them in order to keep it age appropriate!

I will be completely honest here, I filled this year’s calendar a week into October ha! Ideally (if your really good and prepared!) its best to stock up on some of these goodies at Halloween sales after the holiday and save for the following year or even a week before October to have it nice and stocked at the beginning of the month. It’s also ok to be late like I was, the months really do fly by!

There are so many ideas you can incorporate with this holiday. I really love when my kids get excited about our little traditions. Our home feels so much more full and happier during these holiday months with all the fun creative decorations. You can never have too many pumpkins and spooky fall decor!

 

Tips On How To Style Your Comfy Jeans

Let’s be honest when we look for jeans, comfort is a rare but a desired quality of the perfect jean. I really needed a jean that would move with me and my body shape. These Lee jeans from JCPenney are a staple in my wardrobe because I can wear them any day of the week while its a day out running errands or working on styling the newest trends.

I really love that these Lee®Slim Fit Sculpting Skinny Jean hug my curves and don’t feel restricting while running errands with my active toddler. Feeling confident in what I am wearing is a must, I can’t go wrong with how Lee® Jeans fit, I can always find my size and my desired fit!

Bringing back my favorite staple black jean which is so easy to dress up with my favorite blazer! These Lee® Slim Leg Pull-On Jeans are perfect for pairing your favorite blouse and sweater. The waistline is so flattering and most importantly comfortable!

Many women have a hard time styling comfy jeans because we can literally sit and lounge in these Lee® Jeans but they aren’t just for those days around the house anymore. Dressing up your favorite pair of comfy jeans has never been easier here are a couple ways to successfully style your comfy Lee® Jeans.

Styling Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to throw on some cute heels or your stylish pair of slides to dress up your look
  • Layer with your favorite cardigan or blazer to create more dimension in your look
  • Dress up with your favorite belt!
  • If they are the pull on jean style, Try pairing with a tucked in top or blouse.
  • Be comfortable, Be confident!

I hope you found these tips helpful and you rock your comfiest jeans no matter what your day has stored in front of you. Be sure to check out all the super adorable Lee® Jean styles over on JCPenney.com! Click here https://m.jcpenney.com/m/jcplee for your 20% off coupon on any Lee Jeans, Online Only. #MoveYourLee #AllAtJCP

Thanks to Lee Jeans and JCPenney for sponsoring this post! Please know all opinions are my own and I only share with you what I truly believe in and love!

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