The Financial Benefits of Investing in a House

Investing is the act of buying a good or goods that are not going to be used at the moment. The purchases are made in the hope of generating income in the future from them. Investing in a house can be done one of two different ways; building the house from scratch or buying an already built house. There are many financial benefits of investing in a house, however....more

Helping From Home: How to Reach Out When You Can't Get Out

Helping From Home Getting out into the community is important for homemakers, but there are ways to help from home should you find yourself in a season where you're unable to get out! Here are a few suggestions, specifically for Wichita, KS locals:...more

cleaning efficiently

I loooove having a clean house. But I hate spending tons of time getting it that way. Especially since the perfectly clean house doesn't seem to last long with the two humans and two pugs who live in our house. So I'm trying to be more efficient with my cleaning so I'm not cleaning constantly. Here are the ways I'm working on cleaning efficiently....more

4 Mistakes to Avoid in Home Improvement Projects

For me, the best part about owning a home is that I could do whatever I wanted with it—no questions asked. But of course, I have to make sure any changes I make to my home are smart ones. After all, some home improvements and alterations might decrease the value of my home. ...more

4 Simple Tips to Make Your Home More Secure

As a parent, there are so many moving parts to your daily routine. More often than not, home security falls off that ever-growing list. But with homes being broken into every 14.4 seconds, it is time to reevaluate your home security!...more

Design: Notknot

Notknot pillows are by the icelandic designer Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir.They are unique as well as beautiful !More on: www.gemsshopiceland.blogspot.comwww.gemsshopiceland.blogspot.comA design and jewelry blog...more

My Home and My Community

Andino's band had their cd release party for their second album It's Time to Rise last night. I knew it would be my last night going out before the baby and I wanted to look good. I feel most beautiful when I wear a dress and head scarf, which is what I planned to do last night. Unfortunately, at 9 months pregnant wearing a dress and a headscarf makes me look like a babushka and not a sexy gypsy....more

Turn Your Instagram Prints into a Heart-Shaped Collage

I've long been wanting to make a collage with some of my Instagram prints. Besides having some empty photo frames around the house (I know, as a photographer, that's bad!) and having many blank walls in this rental house to fill, I have so many DIY ideas floating around my head and in pages of my to-do list notebooks. After playing around with a few ideas and digging this frame we used in Brayden's old nursery out of the garage, I set my own heart on a heart-shaped collage of prints. I still love it every time I see it. It was pretty simple to put together once I got going. Here's the full rundown... ...more

A Reminder to Self: Urban Serenity

Revisiting a short piece I wrote a couple of years back, mostly as a reminder to myself that the noisy, dirty, disruptive roadwork currently taking place on our street - and, some days such as today, shaking our house to its very foundations - hasn't always been there... and is definitely not a permanent fixture. :) ...more

Make This: Little Wooden Arrows