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Laid Off

March 13, 2013

I’m sooo good at keeping up with my blog, right? It’s been a long month for both Tyler and I.

At the beginning of February, Tyler was laid off from work. I took the news harder than he did. Tyler’s a happy boy and will always think positive regarding the situation he’s in which is why I had to do all the worrying! I started freaking out and lost my appetite to spend money on food and everything else. Tyler asked me not to tell anyone about him being laid off

We immediately went over our finances and worked on a new budget that same day he got laid off. We were so fortunate that he was able to receive another paycheck for his unused vacation days. Also it helped that I have an extra income with Yellow & Savvy Design. But I hated feeling totally responsible for both of us, our animals, our home and everything that we own.

Tyler started applying for jobs every day and after a few days he had interviews lined up. He was trying to go in a different direction since he was in the pest control industry before and no longer wanted to do that. There was a veterinary compounding pharmacy only minutes away from our house that Tyler applied to before he got laid off. He had an interview and it went well. He didn’t hear back in a few days so he kept following up by calling and going back to the office. After a while, the supervisor told him that they couldn’t hire until next month since they were expanding their offices. Tyler wasn’t going to give up so 3 weeks later- he went back in the office with donuts this time. The supervisor finally called Tyler back that same day and thanked him for bringing in donuts and that he really admired his motivation for wanting to work there. He finally hired him! So yeah, we think the donuts got him the job. ;)

We are really grateful for this new job since the schedule is better and he has the weekends off now finally. Plus I get to see my man in scrubs!

We learned a lot through this experience and why having savings is really important because we didn’t have money saved for this kind of situation we were in. With our new budget, we were saving A LOT of money. I couldn’t believe it….we were always overspending on everything before. It’s stupid. Now we know better and will continue to stick to our new budget now that Tyler is working again.

Home Decor

New Office / Girl Cave!

February 3, 2013

Finally my new office / girl cave is done! I decided to go with a really light blue/green-ish color (sorry, I cannot remember the name! We used up the whole can so we don’t have it anymore) since the office is small and I wanted to keep it bright & fresh.

Check out the mustache on the wall! We bought scrap of wood from Home Depot and printed a silhouette of a mustache and taped it on so the mustache part would still remain unpainted. A friend of mine didn’t want the mirror anymore so she gave it to me. I was more than happy to use it for the office!

We put two lack tables together which we were inspired by Young House Love’s new book!
I also bought a new Alex drawer unit with 9 drawers from IKEA for all of my supplies.

Expedit shelf from IKEA & the white chalkboard frame was purchased from the vintage market here in Phoenix a few months ago.

Life is a Beautiful Ride poster from Etsy.

Moose & owl hooks from the vintage market. Aren’t these cute?!

I was inspired by Made By Girl’s paintings and decided to do paint over an old canvas.
It’s not perfect but who cares, it looks great in the office!

Home Decor

No Shoes on My New Pretty Carpet!

January 22, 2013

Earlier this month I decided that I had enough with the carpet in our house. I truly hate it.

The picture doesn’t really show how ugly it is because I was always trying to lighten it up with Photoshop. It’s definitely not the carpet & flooring that I would have chose. We really want to take the carpet out of the family & living room and replace it all with hardwood floor and only have carpet in the bedrooms. I did some research and it turned out the hardwood flooring that we want is way more than we can afford right now. So we agreed to replace the carpet now and worry about the flooring later and when I say that…I mean in like in 10 years.

I didn’t want to figure out which carpet to get especially with how small the samples are. I really love the carpet that Katie has which is Martha Stewart’s Winterthur in Ash Bark. I fell in love with it and so did Tyler! Whoop, easiest decision made and off to Home Depot we went.

It took a while to get it ordered since we had to have them come out and measure. When we went back to Home Depot, we realized the total was $600 more than we expected. We talked to the same guy that we were working with. He was able to discount $300 from the total for us. It was nice though since installation was free. Our total came at around $3,700 which left us with a lot of extra carpet that we have stored in our garage.

Cheerio pretty much photobombed all of the pictures that I took of the carpet.

I am in love with our new carpet and it just feels like we’re in a new house now! And yes…. no shoes on my new carpet! My dad already broke this rule day #1.