Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Garden Therapy + Lilacs + Plant Scents

“Being in a garden is very relaxing and peaceful as plants are restorative to our health and emotions.” I was sharing some images of my lilacs on my Instagram stories the other day and I learned something new. Some parts of the country don’t have lilacs! WHA? How sad would it be deprived of these luscious […]

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Life Lately: Hanging Around The House

Happy Monday, friends! Hope y’all had a great weekend. We were on the go quite a bit, running around town, having family time, visiting with friends (I even got to catch up with my friend Kate from Centstational Style!), and doing some more winter clean up and spring planting in our yard. I thought today I […]

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Inspired By: Fresh Spring Decorating

Country Living – Kelley and Co. I‘ve been so happy to have practically summer weather here lately. Is is sunny where you are? The warmer weather has been inspiring me to lighten and freshen up my decor for this season (well, and to be ready for summer which is coming up so quickly!). You know […]

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New Backyard Garden Areas!

Do you love working outside in the spring as much as I do? You’ve probably heard me say this, but I have so much fun creating special little areas within our yard that I can enjoy in spring and summer. It’s more manageable for me to focus on progress in small areas, as well as […]

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Drive By: Madison Park in Seattle

Hey friends and happy day after Mother’s Day! After a long season of book writing and other things that have kept me especially busy this year, I have given myself permission to just slow down and rejuvenate a bit. It’s not the same as taking a real vacation (although I’d love to do that, too!), […]

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rent vs. Own

Should you buy or rent? This is a question most of us will likely face in our lives, whether buying a house makes more financial sense than renting a home. There is a way to understand the financial impact of buying vs. renting.

Use this rent vs. own calculator, provided by realtor.com, to help you understand more.

Tax Benefits of Home Ownership

Buying real estate means you get to take advantage of tax breaks, such as deducting the interest you pay on your mortgage loan. Homeowners receive a statement from their lenders by the end of January, Form 1098, with the amount of mortgage interest paid during the previous year, which is often deductible. Homeowners may also deduct annual real estate taxes paid based on the assessed value of their property, and certain energy-efficient home improvements (such as installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, certain roof replacements, windows and doors, and other improvements). These deductions may vary from year to year, so check the IRS.gov website for the most up-to-date information regarding tax breaks for homeowners.

Long-Term Homeownership Builds Equity

Homeowners pay monthly mortgage payments, gradually reducing the principal mortgage amount over time. In general, real estate increases in value over time, so homeowners build equity and increase their stake of ownership in the property with every payment. That means that when they sell the home, they will get enough money to pay off their loan, and earn a little extra that they can use to purchase their next home. In contrast, renters still make a monthly payment, but these funds do nothing to contribute to the renter’s long-term wealth.

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Cute & Organized ‘Laundry Room’ in a Closet!

Ever since she moved in to her new place last year, my daughter Courtney and I had been talking about how cute and organized her laundry area could be with a few accessories. While her laundry “room” is actually just a small closet with louvered doors, she’s very lucky to have her own washer and […]

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