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House pictures

Since it is Friday and many of you have asked for pictures of the inside of the house…how’s about we have a little You Asked For It Friday, hmmm?

So excited to share this with you all. Thank you for all your excitement with us. It means a lot.

Here we go: These are pictures of the house as it was shown on the market. All of the rooms we intend to paint at some point or another. Everything downstairs will be painted before we move in.

Not pictures are the other two bedrooms and the two full baths.  Oh how you will giggle when seeing pictures of the bathrooms in their full 1970’s-bright-colored-tile-glory. They also beg “re-do” and at some point during our stay here, I am sure their needs will be met.  Until then…anyone have some bright pink or yellow porcelain bathroom fixtures they are not using…cause they would match our baths perfect 🙂

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The Robinson Family Yard Sale

Lots of you have asked how the infamous Robinson yard sale went.  So for this You Asked For It Friday, I will tell you about it.  🙂 (Maybe boring to some…but if you make it to the end, you’re in for a little laugh…)

I so enjoyed organizing my 1st yard sale!  Thanks to Pam , for all her help in giving her time and home to make the sale happen, and thanks to my momma and poppa who taught me all I know about the art that is Yard-Saling. 🙂 Here are the top things I learned about having a successful yard sale!

1) Price everything!

2) Do not over price anything, its a garage sale for Pete’s sake.  Most things should be under a dollar (exceptions made for expensive items such as electronics, designer clothing/leather apparel, furniture, etc.)

3) Display your items attractively.  i.e. Hang clothes, lay things out in categories (glassware, electronics, books stood up so spines show making browsing easy, and put desirable items toward end of driveway/yard so potential buyers are lured into stop at the sale)

4) Advertise. Put up signs at the entrances of the neighborhood the day before the sale with large, bold lettering that includes YARD SALE, the address, and the time that it will start and end.  Also utilize free advertising like Craigslist.

5) List big items that would attract potential buyers when advertising in newspaper/online.  (Ex. 10” screen TV, stereo system, baby clothes, LOTS of jewelry all under a $, etc.)

6) Be ready to haggle. The best yard-salers come ready with their bargaining shoes on so be ready to stick to your ground.  From what I found, if they are carrying it around and making an offer, they want the item.  Come back with a price in between their offer and the asking price, most of the time they will take it.

7)Don’t haggle to early. If a buyer comes by at 7:15am offering you $15.00 for the TV you have priced at $20.00, tell them you aren’t willing to take less this early, and that if they are still interested and it is there towards the end of the sale, to come back and offer again.  Chances are, they will buy it at full price or another buyer will come along and snatch up the good deal after they leave. (I learned this lesson the hard way…welp, you live and learn right?)

8 ) Have plenty of change. The last thing you want is to run out of change in the middle of a sale.  (side note: take cash only and do not take 100 bills.  Ask the buyer with a 100.00 to run to the closest store to get change…) keep your change on you, guarded or hidden except for when a purchase is made.

9) Have some light background music. I intended to have a  little boom-box on under a display table so it wasn’t awkward when one buyer was browsing by themselves or if two were discussing a potential purchase.  I did not do this and wish I would have.

10) Don’t make arm gestures at the customers suggesting that you may bust-a-cap on them…like me…

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You asked for it…

So several of you have asked me to share different things on our blog which I am more than happy to do, however I have struggled finding how to post these things (seemingly random to those who did not ask for them, that is) .  I have seen other blogs have cute little themed days every week like “Not Me Mondays” or “Works For Me Wednesdays”.  So here we go…are you ready for this?

I present to you, You Asked For It Friday.

Is this cheesy?  Yes.  Am I ridiculous for doing this?  Oh I am certainly sure I am.  Do I mind that in doing this I reveal to you that I am both cheesy and ridiculous?  Not in the slightest 🙂  So ask away!  And I will do my best to post the answers to your questions.  You can email them to me, call me, tell me in person ,or leave a comment on this post. For every question that is asked there will be a Friday to share it.  From recipes to crafts, meal planning to what we believe is the purpose of our family, our faith to family traditions, the floor is open.

And for our first You Asked For It Friday, I will be sharing…[Drumroll please]… pictures of our new place!

TA-DA!

IMG_3475Here is is.  Our two bedroom town house.  The picture is a little off center so that you can see the little grassy yard we have to the left.  It even has a few pieces of playground equipment on it as well as a (somewhat sad looking) picnic table.  Hubby and I have toyed with the idea of fixing it all up for us as well as the rest of the tenants to use.  This little outdoor spot is that which Isaac begs to play in by attempting to put on his shoes by himself and pointing to the front door.

View from the front door:

IMG_3440Downstairs is a half bath to the left of where I am standing taking the picture, the stairs to the right, the dining area ahead on the left and the kitchen to the right of that, and the family room straight ahead complete with a fireplace!  It adds such a homey feel!  I love it!

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Above is a look to the left and a look to the right from the front door step.

Here’s a picture of our little yet efficient kitchen, and we all know how I love efficiency! (Seriously I do!)  I thought the small size would drive me crazy but I think I really have grown to like it!

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Below is a picture of my favorite part of our new home, the fireplace!  I can hardly wait for it to get cold so we can build a beautiful relaxing fire.  Yippy! Little Man is just as excited as I am, as you can see.

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The fireplace hearth was one thing we were not as excited about, as there is much history in both of our families of babies falling and getting pretty bad bonks on the head from the stony edges.  Solution?  My first attempt at quilting.  Oh yes, Hubby taped a foam pool noodle over the sharp edge and I made a cushy quilted slip cover for the hearth to cover the neon blue noodle.  I am pretty happy with the results if I do say so myself.  A fun little project for me too.

Below  is another picture of our living room  and a picture of the view from our living room onto our back porch. Its very secluded and woodsy feeling, like we have our own little back yard.

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Here is a view from the landing in the middle of the stairs looking into the hallway.

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(Please make sure to note the cuddly baby boy in his PJ’s.)

To the immediate left at the top of the stairs is the door to Little Man’s room.  Beyond that on the left before the master bed room is the large closet containing the washer and dryer which I LOVE having upstairs.  Vvvonderful!

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Two views of the master bedroom: One from the doorway and one perched on top of the red chair you see in the corner. The door you see on the left of the bed in the right picture is the door to the bathroom.  The bathroom connects  the two bedrooms.  I’m not too fond of this feature as it makes taking showers in the morning when Little Man is still sleeping next to impossible.  We’re still trying to figure out the details of how to make this work.  Little Man however, LOVES to run laps around the upstairs.

(When looking at this picture you may say to yourself, “Hmm…wow…look at those nightstands.  They are marvelous!  What a perfect fit!  Where could I find a pair of stylish tables like that?”  Then I would answer you saying, “Well I must apologize because you see, my incredibly talented husband custom made them out of our old coffee table, so although I would have to agree that they are the most marvelous night stands out there, you will not be able to find them in stores.) 🙂

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Picture of the upstairs bathroom.  Opposite of these mirrors is a little room that holds the shower and toilet.  It does have a door so that helps to muffle the sound of the shower in the morning a bit.

IMG_3464 Walk through the bathroom into Little Man’s room and this is what you’ll see.  Still needing to hand his decor on the walls as well as figure out how to keep out the blazing sunlight that enters this room at dawn in a more stylish way that this dark bed sheet…don’t judge me.  🙂

Here’s a few more views of Little Man’s room:

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Above is the view from Little Man’s room, through the bathroom to our bedroom.

Back out into the hallway via the door on the left and that completes Little Man’s running track as well as this first You asked for it Friday!  To many this may have been the most boring post ever and to you I do apologize, but keep in mind…You Asked For It. 🙂

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