Thursday, August 30, 2012

Closet Continuity

Oh dear...does anyone else have the problem where the hangers in your closet turn into an awful mismash of:

  • hangers you stole from your mom when you went to college
  • dry cleaners
  • "do you want the hanger?" (AT EVERY STORE...)
and
  • a few pathetic attempts of trying to be organized?


 Please, someone tell me it's not just me...

Because the end result usually looks something like this.


Now, there's nothing really wrong with this- my father would scold someone who purchased hangers.

"Why would anyone buy something that stores give out for free!"

I could just hear his voice in my head. Well, because it super duper bothered me! Call me anal, but I hated it. And let's not forget the fact that maybe only 10 of my hangers actually had the dips instead of the stupid fish hooks. I don't understand the whole fish hook things. Yes, let's stop your clothes from falling off the hanger by...letting them fall off the hanger?

I don't get it.

And, because i only had about 10 hangers with the dips, I had 1 hanger for all of my camisoles/tank tops. This usually resulted in a horrible jigsaw puzzle at 6am while getting ready for work. I'd waste time and energy trying to untangle all of them them all to get the one specific tank I wanted.

I've always wanted the sexy velvet ones they sell at Home Goods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls, but when I priced it out, it would have been over $60 to get the look I wanted and...velvet and dog hair doesn't tend to mix well...

Enter College Section at Wal-Mart. Thank you Wal-Mart!

I love the college section at Wal-Mart. It is great for finding all the weird stuff that you don't want to pay full price for. Even at Wal-Mart, 36 regular hangers not in the college section are listed at $29.00

In the college section, 18 hangers (with dips!) are $2.00



10 points for Emma!

I scopped up $6 in hangers and giddily came home to tackle my need for continuity.

I'm sorry, but $6 is a small price to pay for my closet not to be a pain in my ass.

Everyone, give me a sigh of relief for this small, but beautiful change.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Build-A-Couch

We have living room furniture! PRAISE JESUS.

(Well...we've had furniture. Using said furniture during Shark Week was more important than posting about it...)

We have been looking for living room furniture for 8 months and wanting furniture for like...4 years.

This is what we had before.





As we had some stuff (aka college furniture...) we weren't so bad off until we actually ordered a sectional and chair in April. Fun fact though...apparently if you order furniture that doesn't mean you'll actually recieve it. I know...I see you raising your eyebrows. We did the same thing after waiting six weeks to get our furniture. Luckily, we got our money back from that horrific experience, but it did make us quite:

angry
skepitcal
angry
disappointed

and angry

Oh, and there was also the fact that because we were expecting brand new fancy-pants furniture we SOLD our main seating leaving us with....a loveseat. 3 dogs and 2 people...a loveseat wasn't gunna work. Poor Nathan had been sitting in a fold up camping chair for 4 months before we finally got new furniture.

Granted, it is actually a good thing we didn't get our new furniture because we had no idea we were going to be buying a house. The whole house thing happened really fast. If we had gotten our original, apartment sized sectional, it would have looked ridiculously tiny in our house. It's not that Blue is oversized, the ceilings are just extra tall causing everything to look extra tiny.

After the awful furniture stand-off of April, we knew we wanted to take our furniture with us that day. You know, just to make sure we actually received it. We weren't going to go with IKEA because most stuff just looks like it's from IKEA. When I read though, that most IKEA couches have a 10 year warranty my opinion was swayed. Both Nate and I have a big family and we have a large group of friends, the idea of getting a brand new couch if something happens to it made me grin like a Cheshire cat.

Oh, and then theres the fact that the cover is washable and replaceable which is always good with three dogs.

I'm a big fan of the replaceable cover. The loveseat pictured above is actually a Klippan from IKEA that has gone through 5 covers (and needs a new one) in the 6 years I've had it. Not so much from wear as much as I just change my mind a lot.

Getting the HUGE sectional and nate's leather chair in my Mother-In-Law's Mini Van was the real adventure that day. Thank you, IKEA in Canton, MI for having an amazing curbside staff that was willing to play Tetris with us for half an hour to make it work.

We got it home, threw the dogs in the yard and it was like Christmas! ...Like Christmas if you got a very, very large puzzle that requires tools.

Here's a shot of us just trying to read the "directions" and put the covers on everything.

At the end of the day though we got her put together and mildly fluffed... The living room still needs a lot of work but it is slowly coming together. At least we have somewhere comfy to sit while we daydream! 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Setting Goals

I don't know why, but something about the impending Holiday season makes me feel the need to get things done! I don't typically think of the "holidays" this early, although our annual Halloween party is coming in two months, and when you break that down to 8 weekends- we are in a crunch!

I know we will do regular holiday things after the Halloween party, but I don't want to be focusing on painting and all that jazz at Christmas. I would so much rather put the effort in to hanging lights and decking ALL the halls.
So I was thinking that we probably need to set some goals to make sure shit gets done. Normally making  a list like this, I would go hog wild, but I'm going to try to make it realistic. Now that the blog exists there is this terrible sense of accountability hanging over us to get things done, well, cute, and affordable.

Thanks for the pressure guys.

Here's my top 10 things I'd like to get done before the Holiday season.

1.) Get the TV Mounted
2.) Get the dining room/TV room, painted and fluffed.
3.) Get the living room painted/ Fireplace checked
4.) Get the hallway re-wallpapered, and get new light fixture
5.) Get the front porch furniture spray painted and cushions re-covered.
6.) Refinish Dining Room Table (the chairs are done, the table is not....kind of feeling a hankering for a new dining set but I will refinish what I have before I do anything drastic)
7.) Paint upstairs hallway
8.) Stain Bathroom Cabinet/ Frame Mirror
9.) Artwork for Master Bedroom
10. ) Strip Wallpaper and paint upstairs bathroom.

What are your goals before we deck the halls? Anything making you crazy?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Safety First!

I feel like Blue is getting a lot of lighting issues done... I don't know if it is because lighting is an easy fix, or if things just keep...EXPLODING around us.


Yes. Exploding. In the 2.5 months we have lived in Blue, four- yes four- lightbulbs have exploded. Including the exterior light. Since I am not a potato kind of gal we have never been able to get the socket out that exploded out of the old porch light. I figured since there wasn't really a "fixture" anyway, that we should probably just start from scratch anyway.

This is what was on the porch when we moved in.


Beautiful, right?


$35 at Home Depot, two tries (four weeks), two helpers, and 15 cuss words later, I finally have a light fixture on my porch.

What is that saying? If a man says he's going to do something, you don't need to remind him every six months?

Helper #1, Brenna
Helper #2, Robby
Doesn't matter how long it took- the point is, lighting (at least out front) is a safety issue. You MUST have lighting on your exits. I'm very happy to finally be able to walk up to my door without feeling like the jaws theme is playing.

LET THERE BE LIGHT.




Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIW: Shalley's Drawers

Enter new section of Broke Ass Home...DIW. Why do it yourself and do it right, when you can WRITE! (I know, so clever, Emma)

Today's DIW comes from Shalley in Illinois.

As luck would have it, her daughter and son-in-law are in the process of remodeling a 1950's home, causing them to rip out both the kitchen and bathroom cabinets. When the solid wood drawers came out of the cabinets and got tossed into the "burn" pile, Shalley swooped in and had a broke ass idea- under bed storage.


Some thoughts before we get going!

The drawers, being cabinets, are well made and solid wood so she advises that she doesn't know how well this would work on press board (if someone tries it let us know!) She also says measure under your bed like...5 times, just to be sure. Notice the risers, if your bed sits really low to the ground you can get those pop up risers from pretty much any store with a college section.

Make sure you also take into account the wheels that you can buy at your local home improvement store.

While you're there (and thanks for this tip, Shalley! I certainly didn't know this), check for "scrap wood" She was able to find scraps of wood for $0.30! That's my kind of pricing!

Here is how freaking easy this project was.

After making sure that the drawers would fit under her bed, she added two support boards on the bottom depth of the drawer (using that awesome scrap wood we just talked about...) and screwed in the wheels.

That's it!

Then slide it under the bed and enjoy some awesome shoe/clothes storage that holds up nicer and looks better than plastic.

Not to mention you saved gorgeous hardwood from the landfill.

If you want to take this a step further, you can stain the drawers to match your bed (so you don't have to bedskirt anymore! *TIP* If you hate bedskirts, put a fitted sheet over your boxspring) or you can paint them a fun accent color. Don't forget, even wal-mart sells drawer pulls and sometimes that is all the facelift something needs.

Here was her cost breakdown per drawer:

Drawer: Free
Wheels: $12 (4 @ $2.99)
Wood pieces: $0.60 (2 @ $0.30)
Screws= Free if you have them!

TOTAL cost = < $15

Thanks for the inspiration Shalley! This is definitely something I'll have to mull over, I'm thinking I may make some each bed in the house and store the sheets for said bed in them. Bad thing about Blue- no linen or coat closet...

Do you have a DIW you'd like to contribute? Mail us your project and photos to lansingbrokeasshome@gmail.com

Snaps to Shalley!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Libman Freedom Mop: Final Verdict

I said that I would post judgement on the Libman Freedom Mop after I washed the little raggy thing. Here's my GHO.

YAY:
1.) I can use whatever I want to clean
2.) I don't have to buy refills
3.) Doesn't require batteries
4.) More even clean

NAY:
1.) It only comes with one moppy thing. That means on days where I'm doing a full house clean I am not actually using a clean cloth (I mop twice a week and my house is ALWAYS dirty)- I need to buy a few more cloths, but after that- this won't really bother me.
2.) Not so great on grouted tile floors. Still had to get out the behemoth mop to scrub down in the grout lines. Muddy dog beards+Water bowl= black grout lines around the dog bowls.

And don't tell me to get one of those little splash pads. We've had one- they were still able to drip water through the entire kitchen in to the rest of the house. We're still working on the drink the water, swallow the water concept. Right now it's gulp up water and run away from the bowl with it falling out of their mouths. If more than one is drinking at a time it usually ends up with most of the water ON whatever dog is shorter.

3.) No fluid switching. The little bottle that hold the cleaner is built in so you can't have a "bathroom floor", "kitchen floor", "hardwood floor" bottle like you could with the Swiffer.

All in all I really enjoy it for $13. I'm saving my pennies to get one of those Shark Steam cleaner things because I honestly think that's the only thing that can actively combat the Butts. (SeaButt, BridgiButt & BabyButt)

If you're debating about switching I would still endorse it over the Swiffer- even if you just look at it from a "green" aspect, it is so much more enviornmentally friendly than all those awful dirty pads going into landfills.

Which do you have? How do you combat the forces of evil in your house?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

DIY Target Lamp

Yesterday, I mentioned that we got a lamp at the Habitat for Humanity store. It was originally $5, but with the 50% off sale yesterday, I snagged it for $2.50.

Nate doubted the value of it for even $2.50- we had to have the whole "Trust me! I know what I'm doing!" talk a few times and he would just shake his head and say "Okay...I trust you!"

Here is the lamp before:

Don't get me wrong. It was ugly. REALLY ugly. The lamp base is 26 inches tall and it was a glossy mohogany with oiled (or just really dirty) brass fittings. So 70's. Like, Kitty Foreman would keep this in her living room.

I looked at this though, and I did not see ugly. I saw the lamp from last season at Target that I never got around to buying and then it was gone. Rude, Target. Don't worry, I still love you.

The Target lamp was completely gorgeous. And about $90 with the base and shade- which was the reason I could never justify buying it. Here's a picture I found of it- it is no longer listed on the Target website. Maybe that means I'm decorating a season behind, but I'm okay with it.




Anyone see where I was going with this? Luckily this project only required one can of spray paint (with enough left over I can probably paint a picture frame or two) and a few sheets of sandpaper. The bad news? This mustard color is apparently not available in Rustoleum. So, after prowling around Brenna and I picked a light canary color and decided it was go time.

I did overspend on the lampshade- I admit it. I spent a whole $24 on the it. But here was the final result!


Here was the breakdown of my faux $90 lamp.

Lamp: $2.50
Sandpaper: $3.00
Spray Paint: $3.50
Re-Wire Kit (I don't know if it really needed it but I thought it was better to be safe than sorry): $10
Lampshade: $24

Total Cost of Lamp: $43

Little more expensive than I would have liked it to be- but I also didn't want it to a.) burn my house down, and b.) Not look elegant

If you're gunna DIY, you need to DIY right!

Did I spend too much? What're your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We're a Fan!

As a former board member of my college's Habitat for Humanity, I have always supported the amazing cause. If you are unfamiliar with Habitat's Mission, please visit www.habitat.org

Many people don't know that Habitat has it's own version of a thrift store called a ReStore. It houses all household items/home improvement items with amazing turnover. My friend, Brenna, hopped in to town today so we decided to go prowl the local chapter's store.

Happy Happy Joy Joy, there were having a 50% off sale!

...this means the ugly fan had to die.

Fans at home improvement stores START at $75 and go up from there. The fan in the fireplace room had been on my list from day one, but it seemed silly to spend the money on a light fixture that was still functioning. But. I hated it. Why? Cane inlaid blades.

Yes. U-G-L-Y

Example:

The fan not only had this basket weaved nastiness, but it also had popcorn globes. I don't know if they were meant to be popcorned or if it was just from 6 million years of dust. Nasty.

Sometimes these ReStores are hit or miss, but they are constantly changing so it's worth going once a week or so if you're looking for something in particular. We struck gold on our first try.

They had 4 of the exact cloudy globes that we have on our dining room chandelier (continuity! I love continuity!) and 4 red oak blades with oiled brass hardware. Like it was meant to be! I snagged them up without even checking for price and a giant lamp (which you'll get a peak at later) and headed to the cash register.

Total purchase: $6.59

YESSSSSSS. 

Now, in true Wagner form, there was no protecting us from a crisis. We got up there (and by we I mean NateNate) only to discover a light bulb had completely corroded in the socket. It exploded in a roid rage (in a moment of genius I thought they were going to explode so I threw a box under it to catch the glass about two seconds before it happened) so there were adventures had trying to force ably remove the socket. That being said, we did not reinstall a lightbulb, just to be safe. So as an added cost, I had an incredibly frustrated and cranky husband.

Since the lamp cost about $2.50 on sale, the total fan facelift was about $4.09 minus tax. For $4, I think this completely fixed my hatred for the fixture. At least for now.



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our $99 Deck Makeover

We're broke.

Not surprising right? We spend money when we're not supposed to and it results in us having to pinch pennies to get things we actually want done.

Living in Michigan, there are only about 12 weeks of summer and about 5 weeks on either side of it that make it enjoyable to be outside. This is why, moving during June, we lost about half of our summer. Despite the season slipping through our fingers, we made the mutual decision that we really wanted to get the back deck converted into a living space this summer and not next. It is so crucial to soak up the sun before we get plunged into the nasty gray winter.

But...we were broke. So we had to work with what we had. And what we had...wasn't pretty to look at.
























 This was our back deck before. The privacy fence was broken up and our gorgeous turquoise bistro set we bought for our old apartment was just barely the wrong shade of blue. If it had been slightly more blue or green it would have been okay next to the house- but it just barely clashed. The deck also really needs to get resealed, but we decided to save that for next year.
























This is the furniture we had on our front porch (which is still in the works.) It is a complete hodgepodge of Craigslist and Hand-Me-Downs...and camping furniture I suppose. My mother in law got those awesome bamboo chairs from Volunteers of America for $10 a piece. She was also nice enough to give them to us for free. Yay Free! The best four letter word.

First things first, we had to choose a color scheme. We decided to go for a bright pop of color that would look cheery against the blue. Working with just a good ol' fashioned color wheel, we chose Orange. Orange and Blue are exact opposites on the color wheel. This means that they are "complimentary colors." If we had gone with green or yellow it would have been calmer, but still perky.

But. We are artistic. We like DAMN PERKY. So. Orange and Blue was where we went.

We then picked fabrics for redoing the cushions on the old chairs. Because it is the "end-of-the-summer-season" (what? it was July!) I was able to get outdoor canvas fabric for 75% off, then I had a 10% off and a 25% off coupon that JoAnn fabrics accepted. Since I only needed about 2 yards of fabric, the cost me about $10 for a complete facelift. It was more expensive for the zippers than it was for the fabric. I measured the depth of the cushions and traced the outline of the shape of the original pillow onto the fabric and cut it out. Then, a large diet coke and a lot of Broadway music on Pandora later, the old, stained, corduroy cushions were a sassy royal blue coral.


I even installed an invisible zipper in them so I could easily wash them.


My friend, Brenna was in town, and since Nate hates everything about painting, Brenna and I went to town with spray paint. Don't underestimate how much paint a project like this will take!  Because everything was woven or grated it took way more paint than we thought it would. This resulted in us having to go to the hardware store three times. 

We ended up using this much paint!
After all the painting was said and done, we fluffed the deck with clearance stuff from World Market, and we had our $99 makeover! ...About $50 of which was paint! We love having the outdoor room, but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Bistro chairs, before and after
This is an ornament that we had up at our wedding. I've only been meaning to repaint it for two years...
 
Bistro After
Bamboo Chairs After

Seating area after. Nate sawed the top of the privacy fence off
And finally....

The back deck after!  How'd we do?

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Swiffer Vs Libman

 I had to do something today that I hate. Buying Swiffer refills for my wet jet. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my swiffer. I have had my Swiffer mop since I first moved out of my parent's house four years ago and it has served me very, very well. My only complaint is CONSTANTLY having to buy refills for it that cost almost as much as the mop itself! Sometimes, it is seriously more cost effective to just buy a new unit. So when I went in Meijer today and saw that they had Libman Freedom Mops for the SAME PRICE as a box of Swiffer pads, I thought- hey, why the hell not?

I've been having some issues with my Swiffer since getting Blue anyway. The steam of fluid, I have learned, for hardwood floors are a.) not good on puppies feet (they apparently have bad chemicals in it that make it dangerous for poochies to lick their pads after they walk in it) and b.) REALLY streaky on hardwoods! I HATE STREAKY! It looks worse than when it's dirty, the only consolation is that you can see how nasty your floors were on the pad. And, with the three wonderscruffs and a husband that works at a factory, these 107 year old floors get mighty dirty. The "two room" pads will get me through about half a room in Blue. I don't know if it is because they're just getting so dirty with the dogs going in and out or if the hardwood cleaner just isn't as good as the all purpose cleaner.

It was when I realizing this that I did something I thought I would never do, and I went out and bought a REAL MOP. Yes, I know- tragic. But, I don't know if it is just because I've been spoiled with being able to quickly clean up a mess or if I'm just lazy, but hauling around a 5 gal. Lowe's bucket full of Murphy's Oil Soap (a must have in an old house) and water, but I just...wasn't mopping as much as I usually do. It was tedious and took way longer to dry.

This is why I was willing to say, "sure" and grab the Libman. I just tried it out, and I have to say, what a difference!

A.) I loved being able to put my Murphy Mix right into the little container.
B.) I loved being able to control easier how much water went on the floor- because with hardwood, less is more. (The Libman has a manual trigger instead of the button- which also means, no batteries!)
C.) The microfiber pad was obviously getting better coverage. There were no steaks and you could just see that more of the floor was getting the cleaning solution.
D.) Once I was done, I rinsed it off in the utility sink (it was hella gross) and threw it in the wash!

No. More. Refills.

I'm thrilled from making the switch. We'll see how I feel once I get the pad out of the wash and see if it stays as fluffy and fantastic as it was this first time.

Overall, considering I paid $13 for it, it is completely worth the switch. I will keep my Swiffer until I make judgement. I really love it but...come on. $13 for a box of pads? Get real.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Robbin' A Bank

That's how we felt yesterday when we ventured to our local IKEA.

About a month ago, I "accidentally" bought a recliner. By accidentally, of course, I mean that I was cruisin' Home Goods and there she stood. A beautiful, uniquely patterned Lane Recliner. I stole the bad boy for $275 and it became the centerpiece for our whole living area. It had all the colors we loved and it was sassy enough to hold its own. Originally I was going to "age" our color scheme a little bit (turquoise to sky blue kind of thing) but this recliner was turquoise, so I decided to say, "screw it", buy it, and stay young for a little while longer.

SIDENOTE

For those don't know, my #1 rule of home designing is: "If you see it at a discount store, BUY IT, or it's not going to be there when you go back for it." So make sure you keep a little slush fund (even if it's only $20) available for when you need it.  Also, Marshalls, Home Goods and TJ Maxx are all owned by the same company, so sometimes you need to mix and match between the three stores. But, we'll go into that more later when we get around to putting up all our pretties for the upstairs bath.

END SIDENOTE

Anyways, this is the magic recliner that was our jumping off point for our entire room.
You may say, "Emma. You said BUDGET. You still spent $275 on this chair." Yes, children I did. But when I tried to google these chairs, the BORING versions of them go from $500-$1000. So, I instantly saved myself at LEAST 50%- don't sass me.

Now, Nate has been complaining since January (before I even had a chair) that he really needed a man chair. He needed one. Couldn't live without one. So I told him, "Fine. Pick one out."

He picked this beauty from World Market and ya know- I actually liked it. I liked it so much the $479 price didn't bother me that much. I really couldn't afford it now, but eventually I wanted to get it for him. Who can argue when your husband wants a chair that will actually be a beautiful masculine compliment to the awesome recliner you bought on a whim? Honestly.


And that is what lead us to feeling like we robbed a bank at IKEA. I had been shopping online, but when we went to IKEA, they had launched a TON of new pieces that weren't online anywhere. So much so that I can't even link you to this chair yet (sorry IKEA, I like to give credit where credit is due).

BAM. We found this bad boy.

We snagged this awesome mockery for $179. Oh, that's right- $300 less.  Now, there are some differences. The IKEA version doesn't have the nail head trim, nor does it have the cover on the lower seat. Nate and I are fine not having the nail heads, but if we wanted to we could add them in. I am going to sew a herringbone cover (probably will cost about $15 but I'll give you a more definite number when I get it done) for the bottom seat cover to give it the World Market look.

Either way, we will have saved ourselves a boat load of money. We robbed a bank and threw it into savings.

I put the man chair over by the bookshelves. I figure, leather bound books and a leather clad chair gotta work well together right? We got the awesome Pirate map pillow for $12 at IKEA and put up our autographed Boondock Saints photo Nate got us at Comicon this year.

Since I surprised him with it, he was really excited when he saw it all put together.

Point to Emma and Nate.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Twittering? Tweeting?

We've been asked to make a twitter handle. Now- I can badass my way around facebook, even diddle a little with G+ but I have NEVER ventured into Twittering...tweeting? So please help me out here and show me what I'm doing!

Follow Nate and I @OurBrokeAssHome and let us know what's going on, share your projects, tell me what the hell to do!

We'd sincerely appreciate it :)


$10 Steal

I don't even know how much these retail for, but I totally stole this at the Goodwill Emporium in Lansing today. It matches the wrought iron of Blue's original fireplace perfectly. Thought I'd share with the class.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I couldn't have written it better myself...so I won't. On Yahoo! Shine's page today they posted an awesome article about what makes a good piece of thrift furniture. Check it out and let me know if you have any awesome deals that you've scored from Goodwill, Habitat Restores, Volunteers of America or any other kind of "thrift" stores.


View the article here

My Poor Dryer...

Sooo...apparently Blue is full of non-standard doors. Many of them are just under 2012's version of "standard" which led to the fun adventure of getting our hand-me-down washer and dryer into our basement that we swore would fit. (measuring...what a concept)

My MIL is in the process of moving and she offered us her old units. As the bunch of crazy apartment dwelling kids that we were, we jumped at the opportunity. You mean, we don't need to go to the gas station to buy a chocolate bar to get quarters back?! You mean I can have clean jeans more than twice a month?! SHINANIGANS.

This happened in the middle of our exaggerated move and the guys needed a break from boxes. They went and fetched the new beauties that were then...begrudgingly put into the basement.

First we had to remove the handrail....and the door....and then we had to shimmy the washer down. It required defying the laws of physics, but we got it down.

So we thought the same defiance would get the dryer down. NOPE.

I had to excuse myself from the scene of the crime because all I kept seeing was the guys mutilating my hundred year old hardwoods, soooo I took the dogs outside.

I came back in when Nate apparently injured himself out of rage and found that between the Factory Worker, the Scientist, the Office Assistant and the Artist they managed to COMPLETELY disassemble the dryer and get it in the basement.

And wanna know what happened next? The plug on the back of the dryer was the wrong size. OH COME ON!

Luckily, a ten minute, $10 trip to home depot had the issue fixed and the only awful remnants of this experience were Nate limping around whining about how he his foot hurt.

My response? "NO PITY FOR THE ANGRY"




Total Cost for Washer and Dryer: $10 for new rat-tail.

If you don't have someone nice enough to hook you up- check out hotel to home stores. They often carry minimally used units and include warranties. I know at House To Home in Lansing, you can get a "new" set for $200 and it includes a 1-year warranty (they also have really comfy, cheap mattresses).

The Board of Directors

I suppose I should do a brief overview of everyone who resides in Blue that will be frequenting the posts. You know, to avoid any "which dog is that?" type of scenarios.

First we have the Maintenance Tech- our man with the toolbelt also known as NateNate and me, the Office Manager (aka in charge of making sure the house RUNS), Emma.


We've been married just over two years after meeting in a movie theater that I was working at. We went on two dates before deciding to go get a ring. We've never been ones for wasting time. After about a year and a half of marriage, our first "little" bundle of joy appeared.







World, meet Seamus, the entry level "go-fer." Seamus (pronounced Shea-Mus) AKA Moose, SheaButter, Butt, Scruffy Butt, Baby Bear and so on and so forth. Our rescued Blue Heeler/Scruffy Irish Dog. Someone had thrown him out of a moving car when he was barely 10 weeks old. The woman who found him couldn't keep him, so she posted online for someone to come rescue him. Being as we love heelers, we said "gladly!" He was supposed to be a little lap dog (assuming he was bred with a smaller terrier) but he has turned out to be more of a mini-wolfound. Let's just say, if he knows you, Seamus is a lover not a fighter.


Then about three months later, my company started running a webcam for a local Humane Society. One day, on a routine check on the equipment, I saw this adorable little scruff-muffin that looked just like my Seamus. I immediately had them put her on "hold" while I went and got Nate (although Nate wasn't really going to have a choice anyway, Sea needed a friend). That night we got our head of Security, Bridget. Bridget keeps tabs on the home and will declare Shenanigans anytime something is amok. Bridget, AKA Bridgi, Gidget, Lady, Little Lion, BrigiButt, Pumpkin Head.

"That's it!" we said, "No more dogs! Only potential future children!"


Then about 10 months later, we were reached out to by someone saying they had a dog they couldn't take care of anymore and they asked us to surrender her for them. Now, we had never met these people but we weren't about to put a dog in a kill shelter that had, supposedly, a good temperament. We went and got her to take her to the Humane Society where we got Bridget who are an amazing non-kill shelter. If you live in Central Michigan, please support the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing. They are amazing. Anyway, once we met her, we knew she was just too cool of a dog not to just see if Seamus and Bridget would like her. And that is how we got Teagan. Teagan, AKA Teagi, Littlest, BabyButt and Puppling. Teagan is head of Snuggling and Running.

And that's the famdamily. You'll see all of us running through these pictures so we just thought we'd take a minute to introduce ourselves. Welcome to the family!