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Archive for May 2015

2015 Goals Update

Monday, May 11, 2015

We're 5 months into the year, so I want to give an update on my 2015 goals.

  1. January: Finalize summer vacation plans. We're currently considering a road trip to California. DONE! We're actually on our vacation right now!
  2. Go on a spending diet from January-March. We did this in 2014 year and it consisted of no clothes, books, home items, or shopping at Target. We haven't decided on the terms yet, but I also think we should cut back on eating out. We didn't go great at this since we bought a house in March. I think we stuck to it on January though.
  3. Increase 401k in February to 15% (it's currently at 11%). DONE!
  4. Increase Roth IRA an additional $50. Not done. The house has gotten in the way. Done!
  5. June: house savings should be at goal amount. We bought a house earlier than originally planned and actually had money left over after the down payment.
  6. Buy a house. DONE! We bought our house March 13th.
  7. July: increase new car savings amount. This will probably end up happening in September or later. This goal is moving to 2016
  8. October or earlier: student loans paid off. Currently on track to complete this goal! Completed in July!
  9. Emergency fund should be half way to goal amount by December 2015. Won't make this one. We'll be several thousand short.
New Goals - Summer 2015
I've come up with a list of house projects that I want to get done this summer. (I came up with this list several weeks ago, so that's why some items are already crossed off.)
  1. Paint front door. We just finished this, but I'm not sure I like the color. It's more kelly green than I was expecting. See Instagram photo here.
  2. Install house numbers. Done!. See Instagram photo here.
  3. Hang ancestry gallery wall in the dining room. Done! See Instagram photo here.
  4. Paint fireplace brick I just started working on this and will be done this week
  5. Buy dining room rug. I'm thinking about this one from Wayfair. Not done. I'm going to hold off on buying a rug.
  6. Hang sconces in dining room Done!
  7. Paint kitchen cabinets I'm not sure when we'll get to this.
  8. Paint all interior doors that are downstairs Done!
  9. Buy and install new doorknobs for downstairs Done!
  10. Install laundry room sink. Sam just did this a couple days ago.
  11. Buy powder bathroom vanity. I just bought one from Home Decorators Collection, but it isn't on their website anymore.
  12. Install baseboards in powder bathroom Done!
  13. Paint powder bathroom Done!
  14. Install the rest of the toilet, light fixture, and vanity in powder bathroom Done!
  15. Make curtains for breakfast nook Done!
  16. Make curtains for library Done!
  17. Paint stairwell Done!
Updated September 2015
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Guest Post at How the Jones Do It

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Today I have a guest post at How the Jones Do It. Jayleen has a regular series called How Do They Do That?! The series is a questionnaire that goes into the detail behind decision making. Here's how she describes it on her blog:


"Family friends are heading to Disneyland for the third time this year, your gal pals attend lunch dates every week, and another friend has her kids’ college educations fully funded. Have you caught yourself asking ‘How do they do that’? It’s not a matter of comparing ourselves to the Joneses, it’s the willingness to seek knowledge and understanding so, you too, can make the choice whether or not you’re willing to do that.
The best way to learn from each other is to be open and honest! Perhaps retirement isn’t on the minds of those chronic vacationers, the lunch ladies may not be involved with their family finances, and that college education may be at the expense of something else. What trade-offs are we willing to make?"

Click here to read my answers!



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Laundry Room

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

To see my inspiration for the laundry room, you can see it here.

The laundry room served at our dumping ground in the beginning of this project.

laundry room tiling
My dad has a lot of tiling experience and all the tools, so I asked him to help tile our laundry room.

cutting tile
 Sam and my dad cut and laid the tile on Sunday.

grouting tile
On Monday, I helped my dad grout and clean the tile.

laundry room tile

laundry room tile West Elm lighting
The lighting is from West Elm.

I wanted to wallpaper the laundry room because it's a small room and I wanted it to be fun. My mom has lot of experience with wallpaper, so she did this project for us on her birthday.
Anthropologie wallpaper
 Finn assisted with the cutting. 

Anthropologie wallpaper

Anthropologie wallpaper

Anthropologie wallpaper
The wallpaper is from Anthro.

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Kitchen Progress - Week 6

Monday, May 4, 2015

junction box for dishwasher
I don't really understand electrical stuff (Sam is an electrical engineer), but Sam told me that the dishwasher junction box didn't make any sense so he moved it.

whirlpool gold dishwasher
Although I seem to remember paying to have the dishwasher installed, when I called the installer he told me I hadn't paid. Sam ended up installing it and did a great job.


Sam said he was saving us $600 by installing the quarter round himself.

Finn the inspector


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