As if we do not have enough going on with now officially being under contract on a new house and trying to sell our current house, I stupidly volunteered to host mom’s night for our neighborhood mom’s group last week. Just a few things to keep in mind here… First, I have never hosted a mom’s night. Second, I have never been to a mom’s night. And last but not least, while it may not appear this way on the surface, I am a socially awkward train wreck when it comes to meeting new people, particularly in large groups. So basically my signing up to host mom’s night was a recipe for disaster from the start. If you are also a nervously sweating ball of anxiety in new social situations, then please allow me to impart some lessons learned in hosting my first mom’s night last week.
Almost a year ago now we sold our beloved 90’s Beauty by accident on Zillow in eight days. We were just toying around with the idea of moving and decided to post our house on Zillow Make Me Move with the number that it would literally take to make us move. We had a call from a buyer’s agent within two days, and we were officially “under contract” in eight. WHOOPS! Especially considering that we had a six month old and no idea where we wanted to live. But, we got some advice that resonated to take the money off the table, so we did! We closed on our home three years to the day after we bought it. Since then, many people have stared in disbelief when we tell them that we sold our home with Zillow Make Me Move. Since you do not pay the 3% sales commission that you would pay a listing agent when you DIY your listing, many people have asked how we did it, so here’s the story all about how (my life got flip-turned upside down) we sold our house using Zillow, and why I believe you still need a Realtor.VIEW POST
TODAY IS THE DAY! I’m so excited to finally reveal all of the fun fall home tour projects that I’ve been working on for the last few weeks! It’s been a while since I’ve really gotten into decorating for a season, and I’d forgotten how much I love it. It really is like therapy for me. 98.9% of the time my brain is in overdrive… Mommy thoughts, work stuff, bills, blah blah blah. When I got into decorating for this fall home tour I completely zoned out. Finding the perfect combination of textures, color, and scale, and then arranging all of it is like my ultimate anti-anxiety prescription. In fact, when I finished all of this stuff, I think I was buzzed. So without further ado… Welcome to our Jones Sweet Homes Fall Home Tour!
If you were around last week you know that I started decorating for fall like a madwoman. I gave a fugly piece of art a new chalkboard life and I’m loving it so much. I had originally intended to do the big reveal of all the fall pretties today – I know you’re all just holding your breath, right?! – but I’m going to push it to later in the week because I have a few more things I really want to do. And if also I don’t really want the decorating part to be over yet! I thought today it would be fun to start a “fly on the wall” series, to give you some glimpses of real life in our house… the before to our after, if you will. So had you been a fly on the wall at our Jones Sweet Home this weekend you might have seen… VIEW POST
I have this gigantic piece of… we’ll call it “art.” I bought it when I was fresh out of college and at a fairly depressing time in my life. I remember standing in TJ Maxx staring at this thing and thinking “I really like that and I want it but I don’t have $100 to buy it, but I’m going to buy it anyway because maybe it will make me happy for thirty minutes.” And it did. But the second I got it back to my crappy apartment the honeymoon was over.
Do any of you have things in your house that you stare at for basically ever, thinking “I don’t really love that”, but you never do anything about it, until suddenly one day you just can’t stand the sight of it for one more second and it has to go literally right then? Yeah, me too. The mantel (or lack thereof) in our last house was one, and this canvas in our current breakfast nook was another. I had to change it ASAP and wanted to make my own giant canvas transfer… but how?!VIEW POST
Before we get to the story of this epic mantel, I have to tell you that today is a big day. I’m happy to report that we survived Hurricane Hermine and I didn’t even have to bust into my Hurricane Kit. Also, it is Tini Friday and the one month anniversary of JSH Blog! I’ve been blown away by the love you guys have shown and I’m so excited to keep it going! To think that even one person would spend their time reading what I have to say just rocks my world, so the fact that 544 of you are reading this insanity in only thirty days is just staggering to me. Thank you sincerely for validating my form of cheap therapy. I hope that it makes you laugh or teaches you something, and I hope that you’ll share this blog with anyone who would like it. Or any Super Speeders. Or anyone with Momxiety.
Today as my way to say a big THANK YOU, I have a most hilarious and special treat for you… a secret recording of last week’s Tini night conversation about how we hung the 3,000 pound mantle at our old house.VIEW POST
Here in Northeast Florida we are in PANIC MODE, y’all! Looks like a hurricane’s a’comin! Quick let’s make a hurricane kit… clear the shelves of toilet paper, paper towels, milk, eggs, water, and batteries… and Bud Light!VIEW POST
A few summers ago I got the bright idea to buy and renovate a 1947 bungalow a few miles outside of downtown Jacksonville. This house was a real trash pail when we bought it, but I was in love with the bones and incredible details of it. When I saw Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra record covers on the walls of the garage, and a cast iron claw foot tub in the back yard I was done. I had to have it. VIEW POST
Happy ‘Tini Friday! I had an extra cup of coffee and am feeling ambitious, so I’m sneaking in one more post this week. This is the first in a series I’m calling “JSH Baby Time” about pregnancy, labor/birth, and the first year with a baby. If this is not your deal, tune out and it won’t hurt my feelings, but I’m doing it because I WISH that when I was pregnant I had been able to find a blog where someone who’d just been through it laid it all out there and said “this is the no bullsh!t version of everything that you need and everything that will happen”, so hopefully this will help someone who is in the same overstuffed shoes that I was in about 20 months ago. This first post is mostly a reminder for myself about how to survive being a pregnant person, should we ever be brave enough to have a second little crumbsnatcher. It took me far too long to figure out most of these tricks, so here’s the cheat sheet version of Secrets to Survive Pregnancy for sweaty, swollen, beautiful preggies everywhere!