Friday, April 19, 2013

"Go get your dream house"

This has been the best week ever!!

We've been saving and saving and saving for our first house, and finally came to the conclusion the other day that we were ready.

We went ahead and connected with a realtor, and he encouraged us to get pre-qualified with a lender. 
So there we went, onward to the next step.

And that's when we got the best news ever!

His words exactly..

"You guys are a mortgage lender's dream...go get your dream house!"

Ahh! Excited!!
If you haven't noticed...I've had my eye on a certain little house with a gorgeous blue door.

So tmrw, we're headed to check out some desired neighborhoods and peek in a few houses!

Got the hubs, the furbabies, and find our dream house!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

{Tutorial} 3 Letter Moss Monogram Wreath

When we got married, I told our wedding planner that I wanted the first letter of each of our names in moss on the side of the barn.

And boy did she deliver.
We arrived for the rehearsal dinner to find 3 foot tall letters hung on each door of the barn.

I had big plans for those 3 foot tall moss letters--but alas

outside, all winter long, through rain snow and temps from [70 to the teens]

Resulted in a stinky, moldy mess.

So with Spring in full swing, 
I decided I was going to incorporate the same idea into a wreath for our front door!

Disclaimer:  The wreath in the DIY post is different than the original. 
At the time I made mine, I wasn't planning on making a tutorial.
They are the exact same process, just different sizing.

You will need:
1 Large Letter

 2 Small Accent Letters

{Pictures below show measurements of full size and mini version}  

1 Package of Sheet Moss

Acrylic Paint in Matching Color

Glue Gun


I started by painting the side of the letters with acrylic paint.

Once they dried, I used my handy dandy SKIL multicutter
to cut the moss sheet roughly to the size of the letter.

Next Step: Hot glue

And more cutting

Voila! Look at that pretty little monogram.

Repeat the same steps for the other two letters.

Once they were all done, I hot glued the sides of the letters together.

{Whether you want to layer your letters or place them side by side depends on the shape of your letters. Our last name begins with "H" so it's perfect for layering. The "G" in this gift wreath lends itself more to side-by-side} 

Compare and make your own judgement on what you like the look of best.

I did not feel like it was secure enough so enter the trusty staplegun.
{If you choose to layer the letters the hot glue holds fine. 
Mine has been on my front door for about a month and it has held wonderfully}

Add some ribbon and you're almost done.

And here's the finished product!
This is a wedding gift, so I added the year in wire to the bottom of the wreath.
{Just another option}


For the mini wreath

10 1/2" MDF letter- $1.95 {30% off at Michaels}
Two 5 1/2" MDF letters - $1.96 {30% off at HL}
Moss Sheet- $4.8 {with 40% HL Coupon}
18 Gage Wire- $1.99
All other items I had on hand.

Total Cost:


Prices for the Larger Letters if you want to go that Route:
13" MDF Letter- $3.49
9 1/2" MDF Letters- 2.49/each
{Wait till these little guys are on sale or use a HL coupon, and they'll be even cheaper}

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Time: 7:42PM
Location: Cuddled on the couch with my hubby.
Wearing: The hubs sweats and a v-neck tee.
Watching: CNN Coverage of Boston Bombings
Eating: Chicken Alfredo
Drinking: Sweet Tea I brewed in my Keurig {For the record, delicious!}
Feeling: Extremely heartbroken about the loss of life and injuries in the Boston bombings.
Loving: My precious little family & my dream house.
Excited: About starting the house hunting process
Wanting: A trip to the beach!
Crafting: A little project that's headed up on the blog in the AM { specialty}

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring has Sprung

It's been a wonderful, cheery week around the Hodges household.
It has felt like summer all week, low 80s, which has got us out of the house and enjoying the beautiful weather!

Nick's been rockin' the grill this week--making us yummy food almost every night.

 Delicious Steaks, taters, and grilled corn for the hubs 30th Birthday.

The hubs has also been hardcore prepping for a the BG Ams this weekend--
Which means lots and lots of discgolf.

 adorable places like this make tagging along with him so much better.
Just to brag a little- he's finished 11th out of 650+ players!! Yea!

While he played all day Saturday, I stopped by Lowes and picked up some flowers
and stalked my dream house a little.

Once i got home, I spent all afternoon beautifying the yard.

I checked the backyard and was so excited to see our fruit trees bloomin'.

Peach Tree
Pear Tree

And we can't forget the furbabies...they're loving this weather too!

Hope that you've been able to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather too.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Enter....dream home.

Well ladies...I've got the hubs serious about a house.
This is THE MOST beautiful house I have ever seen.
It's in an old, beautiful part of BG, and build in 1956.
Oh how I love old houses!

I could see the furbabies playing in the backyard,
the hubs and I eating on the porch all summer long,
beautiful flower gardens,
and our future babies crawling down the hallway

I'm already mentally moved in.
could be absolutely heartbreaking if it gets taken before we can get through all the hoops.

We're in the process of contacting a relator, and plan on going and seeing it the first of next week.

 I'm trying not to jump the gun and listen and weigh the options--but I don't want to spend too much time "thinking" and miss out on it!

Any first time homebuyer tips?? 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

30 days till 30 Project

With the hubs knocking on the door of 30, I was trying to come up with a super fun way to ring it in for him.
Also to distract him from actually thinking about being 30

30 is a big deal--so why not get a gift every day?

We're on a super tight budget
{Saving for 20% down on a house = no excess spending}
So that my was my first step.

How Much to Spend:

I bought 30 gifts..including some killer deals for around

What to Buy:

This all depends on your fella--you want it to be specific to what he likes.
Nick doesn't get excited about much, but he sure gets a big smile on his face waiting on his daily gift!

I tried to give one "bigger" gift each week and keep the rest of the items around $1.

Here's my complete list:

30. Steno Notepad
29. Mechanical Pencils {He's always running out of these}
28. Reese's Pieces
27. FUN. "Some Nights"
26. Soduku Puzzles
25. Gum
24. Heart Rate Monitor Watch
23. Snickers
22. Hulu Plus
21. Dove Dark Chocolates
20. Eragon Book #1
19. Zip Ties
18. Breaking Bad Season 1
17. Sports Hangman
16. Beef Jerky
15. Edest Book #2
14. Jolly Rancher Candy
13. Highlighter
12. Skittles
11. Super Mario Bros 2 for DS.
10. Breakaway Knife
9. Cookies and Cream Bunny
8. Fancy Watch
7. Mario Mushroom shaped Candies
6. Bath Pillow
5. Life is Good Tshirt
4. Nalgene Bottle
3. Iphone Screen Protectors
2. Mary Jane's Chocolates 
1. Andes Mints
0. Iphone Car Charger

It can easily be tweaked for any special person on any special day:
9 months of gifts till a baby is born
18 days of adulthood essentials for your almost-adult
A countdown till someone goes on a misson trip/moving/etc.

It has been so much fun!
But i did warn Nick he wasn't getting this for his 40th birthday--finding 30 gifts on a budget is hard!

 And finally...
Make sure to tune in tmrw to check out the FINAL Birthday Surprise!!

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