This blog was started in 2008 when we did IVF for the first time to build our family after 5 1/2 years of infertility. We now have 7 and 1 year old boys (thanks to modern medicine) and we are enjoying our blessed life as parents ♥ In the summer of 2016 we took another huge step and moved across the country from Oklahoma to New York! This blog is about life and everything in between

Saturday, January 7, 2017

House Hunting!

Today we began our journey to find a house! We are officially on the hunt for an old Victorian house with land. That is most of the reason we moved to this area. We lined up two different houses today out in the country (on the same road, only 2 miles from each other) and left the boys with a babysitter so that we could focus.

They are both in the Youngstown/Porter/Ransomville area of NW New York, about 40 minutes from where we live now. The distance is important to us because we would love for Nick to be able to keep his awesome job (that he just got another raise at!).

This is the first house we viewed in Youngstown:
  • $119,000
  • 1952 sqft
  • Built in 1895
  • 0.77 acres
  • 4 bed 2 bath

The outside was nice. There was a detached 1 car garage, as well as a small shed. There was an above ground pool with a deck, and a small pond. Inside was more disappointing. It didn't look taken care of very well. The floors were all covered with cheap looking wood and vinyl laminate with hardwood in only 3 of the bedrooms. Almost every wall was covered with painted over wallpaper, or very thick texture. The basement was disgusting. You had to stoop over to walk thru it, and there were cobwebs hanging everywhere like garland. The electric boxes looked ancient and had some exposed wires.

The next house was 2 miles east in Ransomville:
  • $109,000
  • 2024 sqft
  • Built in 1830
  • 1.2 acres
  • 4 bed 2 bath
  • Currently a 2 family home

I know it's hard to tell what is what from the pictures. Since it is a 2 family home, there are 2 kitchens so that would obviously need to be converted. One of the realtors with us is actually a contractor as well, so he was able to give us a lot of ideas and tips for what we could do with the space. The basement in this house was very old feeling, but much more clean and tidy. The boiler and water heater looked to be in good shape. It had a 2 car detached garage and a walkout basement.

We actually much preferred the second house. The inside kind of looks like a hot mess, but we are looking for an old house with lots of history, in the country, with good bones. We want to customize it and fix it up how WE want it since this will be the house we spend the rest of our lives in. We have a lot of negotiating power because of the work that it needs, and the fact that it has been on the market for over 6 months.

We are mulling over everything and heavily weighing our options. We may go see the second house again next weekend for a closer look at certain things. Meanwhile I am checking for new listings every day! Wish us luck.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polish 7 Day Review

One of the things I wanted for Christmas was some good gel polish to use at home. And being the frugal Shopper that I am, the first thing I did was look for coupons online. Unfortunately I couldn't find any, so I looked at reviews of affordable drugstore gel polish to decide which one I should try. The Sally Hansen gel polish actually had poor reviews, and users are not happy with the durability. The next brand I looked up was this one, Wet n Wild. It had good reviews, and users said that it lasted several days with no chips. So I went to the store and looked at it, and I was happy to see that the price was less than $5 for a bottle, and there were several colors to choose from. It says that you don't need a base coat or topcoat, so that's what I did for my first application to try it out. If it goes well, I will definitely be getting more colors!

Day 1
No base coat, no top coat. 2 coats of polish

Day 2
After washing dishes, taking a shower, and normal activities

Day 3
After washing dishes and cleaning. No chips persay, just a bit of wear along some edges. Still amazing for no topcoat! 

Day 4
After a shower and scrubbing dishes. A couple small chips along the edges. A bit more wear. Still in decent shape, but I think I'll touch up the edges to freshen up and stretch out my wear a little longer.

Day 5
Even after a touch up on the tips, I still had wearing on the edges at the end of the day after chores and lots of cooking.

Day 6
Several more chips on my dominant hand.

Day 7
So definitely lots more wear and chips, mainly on my right hand.

My opinion after 1 week with this new polish is that overall I like it. Sure it got some chips after a few days, but they were only on a couple nails that got the most use. And I did not have to use a base or top coat so that saved me a lot of time waiting for it to dry. I like the wide bristle brush, and I like the opaque coverage of the color. I actually bought another color of it, and I'll be using it next week! 

I recommend getting this polish--it's less than $5 and no top coat needed so less down time. Try it out!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happiest New Year Celebration

It is finally here! 2016 was such a huge year for my family. In a good way! We've been through so many trials the last few years, and last year was finally one where things turned around and we were able to move forward towards our goals in life.

When we started the year, the only thing we knew for sure was that we would try to sell our house for the third time. We were already preparing for it to not sell and we actually were going to resolve to stay in Oklahoma and come up with a plan B. However, this time would be different! We sold it within a month and the next journey of our life began.

Ever since our arrival in New York, we have had so many positive changes for our family. Nick found a full-time job with great benefits, Bradley has several new friends in our neighborhood and at his school, I met an amazing friend that I've become close to, and I'm about to start a new job that will help advance my career. We love our neighborhood, but our next step in our plan is to find an old Victorian house on some land.

For New Year's Eve, we spent a quiet evening at home with my friend Stephanie here to enjoy it with us. I started the day with a new recipe for a breakfast casserole. It turned out delicious and the family loved it! The rest of the evening we had several different yummy snacks with sparkling juice for the kids, and of course champagne and some hard cider for the adults. We played lots of board games, watched some shows, and stayed up late into the night enjoying each other's company. The perfect way to ring in the New Year!


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season this year. Ours was quietly spent at home with our new traditions, and old ones too! For Christmas Eve we got the customary Arby's sandwiches and watched Christmas movies. After that we went to look at lights, and Brad dropped off some homemade cookies to his girlfriend.

For Christmas morning the boys were very excited to open presents!! They both got some great toys from Santa and family. Brad immediately dug into his Lego kit and began building, and Jacob carried his all over the house while I started on breakfast. Biscuits and sausage gravy are what I grew up having on Christmas morning, and now that we are on our own I am continuing that for my children.

For dinner I'm going a little nontraditional and making chicken enchiladas! Neither of us felt like having a big spread so this will be a fun change. My good friend Stephanie is joining us for dinner and it will be a lovely time! 

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