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Announcing our big upgrade…

We are very excited to announce that we will officially be homeowners in less than a week!

The whole process, from viewing listings to having our offer accepted, went much faster than we were anticipating. We fully expected to spend up to a year finding the perfect house for us. About a month ago our agent contacted us with a new listing that had potential. We went to take a look and it was the cutest little house, in the perfect location, in great condition. We put in our offer on a Friday but my expectations weren’t high, since competition for homes for sale in this area is pretty intense. On Monday, our agent sent a text to let us know that the offer had been accepted! We quickly scheduled the house inspection, gathered information for our lender, and started packing…it still feels surreal! We are incredibly thankful that we found our new little home that fills all of our wants and needs in our price range. We truly lucked out with this find!

We are fortunate that the house doesn’t need any major repairs – just some cosmetic upgrades, but everything is in good shape. We’ve chosen basic paint colors and are eagerly planning out a mural for our son’s room (he has an amazing idea for it!) and fun themed decor for the gaming/play room. I’m so excited but also absolutely overwhelmed by all of the possibilities for decor and really personalizing the house so it reflects our family. I’ve been going nuts on Pinterest, but I think we want to go for a neutral, very cozy feel that allows for lots of holiday and seasonal decor. I love decorating for all the holidays! But comfort and feeling like we’re coming home to our happy place after busy days is a must too. 🙂

We’ve also started researching how we can have the most environmentally friendly home. We’re all very eager to garden and get a good compost bin and rain barrel to start with. I’ve been obsessed with the Dervaes family at Urban Homestead for many years now – they have an amazing sustainable home and garden on only 1/5 of an acre that produces over 6,000 pounds of produce a year (though living in California certainly gives them an advantage!). We’ve been growing a container garden on our balcony but we’re really excited to expand to a huge garden now! I’ve been reading about mushroom farming, gray water systems, worm composting, solar power… There are just so many projects and so many options and we’re all really eager to learn about and see how we can adapt them to our home and needs.

The next week and a half is going to be really busy as we finish packing and get everything moved, but we couldn’t be happier for this new adventure!



  • Susannah
    June 16, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Sounds like you have some awesome projects planned — congrats! Some areas and mortgage companies have financing available that let you roll some of the cost for things like solar into your mortgage since they’ll more than pay for themselves over time.

    I’m a fan of permaculture/perennial food plants b/c they can be less work, hold your soil in place, and can even lower your energy bill. We love our solar and geothermal as well.

    Have fun greening your new home!

    • JessBee
      June 21, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you! There was a great book on permaculture that I read years ago that I need to find again. Good point about holding soil in place too!

  • Rosie (@greenrosielife)
    June 17, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Wow – exciting times! My advice from the gardening point of view would be to plan big but start small. A vegetable/fruit garden can take up such a lot of time and if you don’t keep on top of it it can soon get out of hand that can then put you off carrying on. But if you are planning fruit trees get them in as soon as possible as they can take a few years to produce fruit. Also talk to other gardeners locally to get tips, find out what grows well in the area and maybe they’ll be happy to offer you seedling swaps etc. Good luck! Popping by from Eco-Network for sustainable bloggers.

    • JessBee
      June 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you for visiting! I need to research some fruit trees a bit more – apparently we can grow more here than I thought! I guess I always think of fruit trees as growing only further south.

  • Iveth (fortheloveto)
    June 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats on this major move!!! Every change is always for the better… I enjoy gardening as well but leaving in NY is not much we can grow…
    Thanks for join us at #alittlebitofeverything

    • JessBee
      June 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you, and thanks for coming by! 🙂

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