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Month: November 2016

Thanking Thanksgiving

I’m hoping your plan for the day is similar to mine. I plan to eat so much food I am in a blissful trance of fullness and happiness the rest of the weekend. Thanksgiving is the perfect day to wear stretchy pants and eat too much with the ones you love. It is also a great reminder to be thankful for all that we have before entering in to a season that can sometimes be the season of “want.” Thank you Thanksgiving, for the day off of work, for a day of not counting calories, and for the time to pause our busy lives and be thankful.

While I too am thankful for my family, friends and food on the table, I wanted to focus on what I am thankful for in my home. I am creeping up on my 4 year anniversary as a home owner, and I am so thankful every day for what homeownership brings to my life that living in an apartment could not.



[Paisley and Orange Kitty sharing the love]

First and foremost, my home is complete with these two fur balls. There are no animal restrictions when living in a house, which means I look forward to adding more furry friends to my home in the years to come! There are so many animals at the Humane Society, I wish all rentals allowed pets, but unfortunately they do not, so that is one big perk to owning your own home. I hope I can love my future children as much as I love these kitties. #crazycatlady



[Cars as snug as a bug in a rug]

The next perk some rentals may have, but with a house, there are no extra charges. I am SO thankful for my attached garage, especially during the painful winter months. With a push of a button I am able to pull in to a snow-free, slightly warmer space for the night. It is a simple luxury, but one that I appreciate daily.



[Picture wall is still in progress]

If you know me, you know I love my pictures. Some rentals are particular about nail holes and may not allow any. While there are ways around that, I am happy my pictures are secure with nails and I don’t need to worry about them falling down. These are my walls and I can do what I need to to fit my style and family.


[Saving money makes us happy]

A perk to owning versus renting that is not aesthetic is being able to pay yourself instead of a landlord. Every month I write a check to the bank which in turn builds my equity instead of going in to the pocket of someone else. You can’t see the benefits to this right away, but you will thank me later. Often times price to square foot is better in a home as well (double bonus!).


Owning a home takes work, but the benefits far out weigh the negatives. I am in charge of my surroundings, I am paying myself instead of a landlord, and I have a place to call home that is truly mine. I am beyond thankful that owning a home is feasible for me at this age. Especially in this market, you would be surprised what you are capable of. Let me connect you with a great mortgage banker to see what you qualify for!


Thank you thanksgiving for this designated time. And thank YOU for reading. I am blessed to share my passion for writing and helping others.



1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Last week my husband and I were fortunate to visit his sister and brother-in-law on the East Coast. Having lived in central Pennsylvania for nine years, being in this area of the country feels like home, and it was so wonderful to be back. Over the weekend we indulged in some shopping and enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage in Annapolis, MD, and Georgetown with Steff and Ben, and on Monday and Tuesday Jaime and I played tourists in DC.

I have yet to take a tour of the White House, but it is definitely on the list! If you’ve ever been to DC, you know there are a million things to do within a couple mile radius. This picture was taken about 12 hours before the election results were announced. Surprisingly, there was no “action” going on that day, and it was just a normal beautiful day in the city.




Since it was election day, we decided one of the museums to visit this trip was the The National Museum of American History. My favorite display is the collection of First Lady dresses dating back to the 1800’s. Truly an impressive and fun piece of history to admire. I was also elated to find a display sponsored by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The house pictured below stood at 16 Elm Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about 30 miles north of Boston for nearly 200 years. The original home was build in 1710 with additions being made in 1760 and then again in the 1800’s. In 1963 it was taken down piece by piece and reconstructed at this museum.




“The house and the exhibition that surrounds it tell the stories of five families who lived there over the years and made history in their kitchens and parlors, through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice. Through their lives, the exhibition explores some of the important ways ordinary people have been part of the great changes and events in American history” (Smithsonian).




Another fascinating keepsake I found at this museum is the dollhouse pictured below. It was constructed by the White House gardner around 1896 and given to the children of Grover Cleveland during his second term. The intricate details and large size made it one of my favorite pieces in the museum.




Washington DC has countless fun and educational activities for all ages. If you have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it. And as always, if you’d like to talk travel, old houses, white houses or doll houses, give me a shout. I love them all!


Happy early Thanksgiving. Let’s all be thankful for this wonderful country we live in.