Moving Journey Part 3: Staging the House – Tips, Tricks & Photos

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I’ll be upfront. We sold our home in five days for asking price. However, it wasn’t without a hefty amount of work and planning. Our date for moving was finally set and the last thing we wanted to happen was to pay both a mortgage and rent. From there, we worked backwards based on how long we thought it’d take the house to sell to the average amount of time it took to close. We also had a really great Realtor, which can make a huge difference. He was upfront about the pricing of our home and even went over our “house projects” list to ensure we were staging the home correctly while not going overboard.

This process literally seemed like it would never end. Once I finally crossed the last thing I wanted to sell off my list, we knew it was time to finish up any remaining “house projects” before putting the for sale sign in the front yard.

painting-kitchen-for-home-sellWe started repainting the kitchen on Thanksgiving night.

The time from when we decided to move to our actual move date was about six months. My husband and I sat down and made a master list of everything that needed to be done around Thanksgiving from the biggest of projects to the smallest — like tightening a screw. We had the list separated by floors: upstairs, main floor and the basement.

While I continued to work on selling our unwanted stuff online and going through my “touch everything” decluttering journey, my husband would try to knock out a project a night. It helped that we were doing all of this during the worst winter in the history of Cincinnati. The temptation of doing something aside from house work never was an issue.

Some of the projects were legitimate repairs while others were more for staging purposes. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for walls. Brighter light bulbs replaced the dim lights we had in some of our rooms.

I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but can tell you what I’ve learned through chatting with experienced home buyers & sellers, researching online and meeting with our Realtor:

I’ve been told over and over the brighter your home, the better. Evaluate your situation and find ways you can let more light in. Take down any dark curtains or make sure they’re pulled back. Clean your windows both inside and out. If you have dark lampshades, switch them out for lighter ones. Cut any bushes that may keep natural light from entering your home.

Rid the dust bunnies. More light = more visibility. Make sure that all the floors are clean, there aren’t dust balls under the furniture and that all surfaces are wiped clean. I even cleaned the blinds; you’d be surprised how much dust they can collect.

Pick the right Realtor. I can’t say enough good things about the Realtor we used. He was eager to help us. I liked that he was social media savvy. He was honest from the beginning and gave us realistic numbers. We luckily worked with him as he represented the sellers for this very same house when we purchased it back in 2009. We knew he had an excellent reputation; but looking at his track record only verified he was the right Realtor for us.

“Don’t go too crazy with home repairs”, says the one who had a 3-page “house project” to do list. Really though, most of the things on our list were minor. Massive makeovers might not be the best decision because you’re not going to get your money or time back to make it worthwhile. The largest projects on our list included building a new desk, only because the other one was no safe to use. We also had to rebuild and replace the pergola in our backyard. Not my choice, but over the years it rotted and was falling down. Again, safety was our biggest concern.

woodland-themed-toddler-room-facebookkids-bedroom-unpersonalizedThe difference of taking down things that make a place feel like home:  Before and After

Take down the personal stuff. This was the absolute hardest thing for me to do. I hated taking down all of our family photos, the collage walls of frames that were strategically placed and all of the fun colors I used to accent the home. I had to say goodbye to my hot pink and black chalkboard wall in my office, the pops of bright aqua paint that separated the area from our living room to the kitchen and anything else that really made our house…well, feel like ours. The less personalized the house – the better. It helps potential buyers imagine how they’d decorate or live in the house.

kitchen-decor-for-staging-a-home living-room-staging-to-sell-a-home-2basement-bathroom-staging-house-for-sale-post basement-remodel Bathroom-staging-house-for-sale-postBe show ready. You literally never know when you may get a call asking if someone can see your house in the next hour. It happens and isn’t one of those things you’d want to turn down. It could be the new potential home owner! While this wasn’t convenient, remember there really isn’t a convenient thing about selling a house. It’s just part of it.

Keep a catch-all bin by the door. It was challenging to keep the house in tip-top shape, especially with a 3-year old. So for those times when we had to show the house with a short notice, we threw all of our extra “stuff” in a big plastic storage bin and put it in the trunk of the car. Mail, shoes, packing tape, dog toys, kid toys…it all went in.

tips-for-staging-a-homecurb-appeal-and-selling-a-homeShow your curb some love. It’s one of the golden rules of selling your home. Make sure your the curb appeal is the best it can be. Sweep of the porch, pull weeds, add a decorative wreath to the door. Plant flowers. All of the things I listed are inexpensive, but can make a huge difference to a potential buyers first impression.

If you’re selling your home in the winter or while plants are still dormant, show pictures of the place in the summer. The landscaping always looks better in the summer. Plus, it gives potential buyers an idea of what’s planted.

Here’s a good example:

backyard-in-winterbackyard-in-summerThese pictures were taken in the same area six months apart. 

 Whew, was that a long post or what? There is so much that goes into successfully selling a home. We knew we wanted to do it right the first time and prayed everything would go smoothly so we didn’t have to pay rent plus a mortgage.

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Photos are courtesy of our wonderful Realtor, Rakesh Ram. I also wanted to share his information in case you live in the Cincinnati area. I always like to recommend people and companies that I think are truly worth mentioning and Rakesh is no doubt someone I’d want to refer. He also has a website, here.

How to Successfully Sell your Unwanted Stuff Online

Moving Journey Part 2: Selling Away

Just to recap, last week I wrote about how I literally touched everything in my home to make sure I wasn’t bringing anything I didn’t want with me when we moved – as we lost hundreds of square feet and really, why pay to move something you don’t want? I’ve made that mistake too many times in the past.

I mentioned how I kept five bins when going through each room & closet:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Goes Elsewhere, Etc.
  • Trash & Shred

tips-for-selling-anything-onlineLet me share more in depth about how I sold nearly everything online. The pictured stuff above and below is only about half of the furniture and items we’ve sold over the past six months.

sell-your-unsused-items-and-stuff-online-for-cashBefore you even start listing online, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • It’s important to get a good clear photo of the item you’re trying to sell. Every photo shown above was taken with my iPhone using the square setting. That helped to crop out anything that could potentially be distracting in the background.
  • Try taking your photos during the day using natural light. Using natural lighting can make a big difference and will accurately show the colors — better than if you were to take photos at night with a flash.
  • Take measurements of what you’re selling and feature any highlights that buyers may not know. For example, if you only show the front of a standing tower fan, the buyer might not know that the fan has a remote and multiple speeds.
  • Be upfront and list the condition the item is in. Are there scratches? Is a piece missing?
  • Lastly, if the item is sold in stores, sometimes it’s nice to share a link of where you purchased what you’re trying to sell so buyers can see a detailed product description and more photos. Giving the buyer as much information up front as possible helps everyone out.
  • Stay reasonable with your pricing. You can always start higher, but be willing to negotiate just as you would at a yard sale.
  • If you have multiples of the same thing, such as a lot of children’s shoes in one specific size or a bunch of onsies, think about grouping those items together. It takes less time and if someone is interested in one of the items, the probability that they’re interested in all the items is likely. You could also give an option to buy the items individually, but give a discount if all are purchased together.

The next step is deciding what site you’re going to use to list your items.  I used 3 different sites depending on what it was I was selling: Facebook, Craigslist & Amazon.

Selling on Facebook:

This is definitely my favorite resource to sell online because you can find buyers who live within the same neighborhood. You can also join groups that exclusively sell certain items, such as furniture or pet supplies. Having a full name and photo associated with the buyer is also a huge bonus!

If you live in Cincinnati, there are at least a dozen different groups you could join:

If you’re not in the Cincinnati area, just search for “Buy, Sell & Trade” groups or “Online Yard Sale” groups in your area. There are similar groups in almost every city, big or small.

What can you sell on Facebook?

Just about everything.

Facebook groups are great for selling bigger items that you don’t want to ship. If you’re unable to deliver the item to the buyer, make sure you state that the item will need to be picked up when listing it.

Also consider selling small items not worth listing on Craigslist. Because you can find online Facebook groups right in your neighborhood, it might be worth to sell something for as little as $5.00 – if you can be the buyer right up the street. For example, just today I sold some organizational boxes that fit inside a dresser I no longer own. They sold for $8 and I’m dropping them off to the buyer on my way to pick up my son this afternoon. It’s that simple.

I’ve sold everything from craft supplies, filing cabinets, kitchen drawer knobs to sheets. Hey, I mean it’s free and only takes a few minutes…why not?

Selling on Craigslist:

I only used Craigslist when I was selling larger items that I knew I couldn’t move myself. Buyers on Craigslist usually expect to pick up what they purchase, which makes it easier on the seller.

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Here’s an example of some bricks I sold that fell off our deck last year. Instead of hauling them to a dumpster, I listed them on Craigslist, made some money and made one happy buyer.

I applied the same principals mentioned above for Facebook groups for what I listed on Craigslist: Clear photos and a good description.

Related article: How to shop like a Pro on Craigslist

selling-itmes-online-tips-and-tricksSelling on Amazon:

Amazon is great for all types of media. I’ve been using Amazon.com as a place to sell and ‘trade’ my books since I was a student in college as it was a great way to recoup money from some of those $100 college text books. I’ve also sold other types of media like CD’s & DVD’s.

The interface is easy to use, you can print the shipping label right from the website and it gives you the ability to review your price and change it at any given time to adjust with the market trends.

The only downside is that they do take a small commission, but for the ease of selling media I probably couldn’t sell anywhere else, it’s 100% worth it to me!

Related: See my previous post in this series about how I organized the photos of items for sale

Our Moving Journey Part 1: The Decision & Decluttering

I’ve had so many comment on how I should post more details about our choice to move from a house in the suburbs to a much smaller apartment in the city. [Here's the original story on our decision I posted in March]

It wasn’t a decision that was made quickly. We really thought about it and weighed out the pro’s and con’s. The process started last November when we were checking out places to live downtown. We decided on Current at the Banks for several reasons: they allow large dogs, it’s kid-friendly, it’s a new establishment and we’re surrounded by parks.

Once the application process for the Banks was complete, we then started the process of getting our house ready to sell. The list of things that needed to be completed before that “For Sale” sign went up was quite a long one.

Topping the list was to get rid of ‘stuff’ and let me tell you, we had A LOT of it mainly because we had plenty of storage room.

I read several different articles and books on getting organized and de-cluttering and to be honest, I’m a fairly organized person…just with too much stuff. That can happen when you actually stay put in a home for longer than several years. Things accumulate — especially after having a baby.

While all these books had great advice, nothing really jumped out at me as the best way to go about downsizing and de-cluttering so I came up with my own method. I’m sure it’s been used before so I’m definitely not trying to claim it as some revolutionary idea. It’s quite simple though:

Touch everything you own.

Seriously, I mean everything. Every paper in the filing cabinet. Every holiday decoration. Every piece of clothing in the house. Every BEAD and I have a lot of those from being a jewelry designer.

The next step is to have bins lined up that you can put everything into. I generally stuck with a plan of having five:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Sell
  • Goes Elsewhere, Etc.
  • Trash & Shred

This process took me about six months to complete. It was pretty awful but I’m happy to say that I’ve never felt better since living with less. Here are just several pictures of my office from when I started to the end result. But remember, I used this process on the entire house.

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Quite the change, right? Remember I had to un-personalize everything as well because we were selling our home so it was a double whammy of de-cluttering and un-personalizing the space.

Let me elaborate on the bins:

The ‘keep’ bin was obviously for things I’d like to keep; but I put it in a bin so once I had everything I wanted to keep in one place, I could neatly organize it all.

The ‘donate’ bin is pretty straight forward as well. If I had something I knew a friend could use, I’d give it to them. If I found a lot of unused books, they went to the Cincinnati Public Library. Clothing went to Salvation Army or St. Vincent De Paul. Baby accessories that weren’t able to be resold went to a place called Healthy Beginnings, which is for women and children in need or women who are pregnant and need assistance.

The ‘sell’ bin was for items I could most likely sell online. Between Facebook groups (there are TONS), local online yard sales, Amazon and Craigslist, there were very few items that I wasn’t able to sell. When I tell people I even sold my trash can the week before moving, they couldn’t believe it. But it’s true! You’d be surprised as to what you can sell online. Not only do you make a little money, but leave less of a carbon footprint and make someones day!

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Above are just several of the things I sold online – mostly through Facebook groups and below is how I kept track of everything I sold; which was as simple as having a dedicated folder on my desktop with a file for each item with the pictures, description and price:

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My ‘go elsewhere’ bin was for things that could go along with other items somewhere in the house. For example, I took all my sharpie marker collection from my office and added it to the junk drawer in the kitchen – eliminating any duplicates I had.

Lastly, the ‘trash & shred’ bin speaks for itself. I shredded a lot of paperwork from the filing cabinet and if I had things that there was nothing else I could do with, then it went in the trash.

When we moved we literally lost hundreds of square feet. But I was okay with that because honestly, I knew I didn’t need everything I had. It also helped knowing our floor plan of our new place. A walk-in closet would eliminate the need for armoirs. Not having a laundry room allowed me to sell drying racks and extra laundry bins. However, this method of “touching everything” can be used in any circumstance, regardless of if you just want to get one room organized or an entire house.

What do you think? Am I crazy or do you think this method could work for you? I’d love to read your thoughts!

[More to come soon on the rest of the move - it was quite the process this go around]

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Frozen Yogurt Dreams + Wipes with Style

Since moving downtown, we’ve gotten ourselves into a bad habit. We like to venture downstairs to enjoy some delicious frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf, which is literally in the same building we live in! Regardless of the flavor or toppings, this happens:

orange-leaf-frozen-yogurt-the-banks-cincinnati-huggies-clutch-clean-wipesAfter indulging, I’ve been just taking Myles back upstairs to clean up. But that takes time away from us playing in the park. When Huggies reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying their new line of Clutch  ‘n’ Clean wipes, I had that ‘ah-ha’ moment as in… “Why didn’t I think about bringing wipes with me to Orange Leaf ?!…what a great concept to have them in a reusable clutch!”

huggies-clutch-n-clean-reviewAnyway, we tried them out last night (because we needed another excuse to enjoy frozen yogurt) and loved the convenience of the wipes!  They fit in my purse or can be carried alone. A little snap on the handle of the clutch allows you to easily snap them onto a diaper bag, stroller or purse. Meaning, they’re always within arms reach to tackle any mess — no matter where you are! The quality of the wipes are great. They’re thick and made with natural ingredients, meaning I don’t have to worry about Myles’ face breaking out with his sensitive skin.

huggies-clean-n-clutch-wipes-reviewThe Huggies Clutch ‘n’ Clean wipes come in three stylish options, are refillable and sold in most stores. My favorite thing about them: I didn’t have to go back upstairs to clean up Myles, which allowed us to spend that much more time enjoying our new life in the city.

great-american-ball-park*More to come on the move soon!

[Thanks to Huggies for sponsoring this post]

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#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 49

Week 49/52 of photos: It’s finally here… Moving week! 

neighbor-fun-before-moving:: Sunday, May 4th ::

We should be packing, but, spending time with our neighbors and goofing off now and again is equally as important. We’ll sure miss living so close to such wonderful friends.

cutting-the-dandelion-grass:: Monday, May 5th ::

I thought it’d be nice for the new homeowners to have a fresh cut yard. I’m telling you, these dandelions we get in spring grow 5 times faster than grass! I will not miss this, that’s for sure!

moving-boxes:: Tuesday, May 6th ::

It’s beginning to look a lot like… A mess of boxes!

moving-day-suburbs-to-city:: Wednesday, May 7th ::

Keeping it classy in the burbs. Cars and furniture are a nice asset to the front yard.

current-cinci:: Thursday, May 8th ::

The inside may still be full of boxes, but the view from our balcony: AMAZING!

myles-in-water-smale-riverfront-park-cincinnati:: Friday, May 9th ::

I think it’s safe to say this kid is loving downtown and going to the park! We’ve really enjoyed exploring the new place and downtown the past few days. It’s hard to unpack when there’s so much going on outside. Plus, the weather has been perfect!

suspension-bridge-roebling-cincinnati-smale-park:: Saturday, May 10th ::

We’re equally as thankful our dog is adjusting to urban life as well. She loves being walked four times a day and is fitting in well!

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 47

Week 47/52 of photos. Per usual – a mix of updating the blog, making jewelry like a crazed- jewelry lady and getting ready to go on a last mini vacation to Austin, Texas before the move.

searching-for-easter-eggs-3-years-old-easter-sunday:: Sunday, April 20th ::

Easter egg hunting. My has this boy changed since last Easter.

Myles-Pippy-Cornish-Rex-cat-bath-time:: Monday, April 21st ::

As we were painting the trim in the kitchen, Pippy decided to walk in the paint tray so we had to give her a bath. Myles was super eager to help! Ha.

cheetah-print-sequins-flats:: Tuesday, April 22nd ::

I’m kind of in love with these sequined cheetah print shoes…

spring-weather-in-cincinnati:: Wednesday, April 23rd ::

Cleaned out our fountain for the last time tonight so I figured if sit outside and enjoy it. It’s really a bittersweet feeling.

like-father-like-son-cutting-the-grass:: Thursday, April 24th ::

Cutting the grass. Like father, like son. I absolutely love this picture.

uc-daap-fashion-show-2014:: Friday, April 25th ::

I had the honor of covering the DAAP fashion show for WCPO. Seeing behind the scenes reminded me so much of being in fashion design school. I miss those days. Here’s my fashion show recap article for WCPO.com 

chuys-tex-mex-in-suatin-texas:: Saturday, April 26th ::

I took a quick trip to Austin, Texas before our move. It was like the calm before the storm. Anyway, my friends know how much I love Chuy’s Tex Mex so that’s the first place we hit. They have really good margaritas!

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

4th Street Boutique Spring Designer Sale 4/23 – 4/26

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You know I love a good sale and this one is no exception. Starting tomorrow, April 23rd through Saturday, April 26th, there’s a nice designer sale taking place at 4th Street Boutique in downtown Cincinnati. If you’ve been following the blog, then you know I have a special place in my heart for 4th Street Boutique; as all the proceeds from sales benefit Dress for Success Cincinnati. (More here).

This sale, formerly known as “The Back Room Designer Sale” includes women’s new and gently used brand name designer labels, contemporary clothing and accessories. Think Armani, Calvin Klein, Etro, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Ann Taylor….

The boutique is open to the public and located at 209 West 4th Street. (It’s the store front in the Textile Building).

Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information, check out the 4th Street Boutique website.

#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 46

Week 46/52 of photos. Per usual – a mix of business and fun, preparing to move and Easter celebrations!

low-flying-plane-over-cincinnati:: Sunday, April 13th ::

Watching planes coming in and thought this was a neat shot. They fly so low over our house, especially on Sunday morning. It’s usually the huge cargo planes coming in from overseas but so cool to watch.

fennofashion-custom-pastel-statement-necklace-handmade:: Monday, April 14th ::

Working on some spring custom jewelry for FENNOfashion. This is one of my new favorite necklaces!

cincinnati-snow-in-april:: Tuesday, April 15th ::

While it might look like an April fools prank, it seriously snowed overnight.

cute-rain-boots-from-amazon:: Wednesday, April 16th ::

I scored these rain boots of Amazon out of all places and was so excited when they came in the mail, I had to snap a photo.

(If you’re interested, here’s the link: Nomad Women’s Puddles Rain Shoe)

washing-the-tricycle:: Thursday, April 17th ::

Yet another beautiful day… one that is great for washing tricycles!

moving-to-the-banks:: Friday, April 18th ::

We sold a lot of our furniture on Friday, so we like to keeps things classy around here by using banana boxes as our new coffee table.

farm:: Saturday, April 19th ::

When I was 3, I lived in Kentucky and loved to play in the hay; in this very same barn where we took this picture today. It was so neat to take Myles over to my aunt and uncles to allow him to experience some of the great memories I made there. Plus, seeing family and eating lots of food was wonderful as well!

Another great week and can’t wait for next!

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

Myle-isms: Conversations with a 3-year old

Myles-isms-conversation-with-funny-three-year-oldIt’s that time of the month again where I think I’ve got some good “Myle-isms” to share. If you missed the first post, you can read it here for a few more good laughs.
                                                                             #1: We’re all in the car running errands.Myles: “Something smells funny in here.”

John: ” Yeah?”

Myles: ” Yeah, it smells like tablet. That’s all.”

*By tablet, he’s referring to his little mini iPad that has all his educational game loaded onto it. Really?

digging-for-worms#2: Hey there, worms.

Me: “Finding anything good?”

Myles: “Ugh..I keep calling these worms to come out and they won’t listen. I’m mad.”

Me: “Maybe they’re sleeping?”

Myles: “WORMS! Hey there,worms! WAKE UP!” – This is as he’s yelling at the ground at the top of his lungs.

fredricks-of-hollywood#3: Broken underwear is tragic.

We go to the mall and while there, I wanted to go get my wedding ring cleaned. Fredrick’s of Hollywood Lingerie store is along the way.

Myles running up to the window of the store: “Oh NO!”

Me: “What’s wrong?”

Myles: “All the underwears in the store is broken!”

Me: “Myles, I don’t know what to tell you about that.”

John the entire time: “Megan. MEGAN! Stop taking pictures!”

Ha ha ha.

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#4: Another window in the mall, another day.

Again, we’re at the mall and Myles sees this window of a wig store and runs over to it before I could even catch up with him.

Myles: “Mommy. What happened to the bodies?”

Me: “They’re like lady statues (what he calls mannequins), but without bodies.”

Myles: “This is just too sad.”

#5: Myles goes to the gym with me today. We’re in the car.

Myles: “Mommy, where are we going now? This isn’t the way home…”

Me: “Oh, I wanted to stop by the gym for an hour or so. Ok? You can play while I work out.”

Myles: “Are you going to exer-sauce?”

Me: “Yes.”

Myles: “why?”

Me: “I need to stay in shape. I don’t want a buda belly.”

Myles: “Oh, so they fix it at the gym?”

Me: “Not quite, I have to work out and exercise!”

In the meantime Myles goes to the Kid’s Club and I go work out for an hour. I go in to pick him up.

Myles: “Mommy! Mommy! Did you get your big ‘ol buda belly fixed?”

Me (turning red): “Honey, it takes more than one trip to the gym. Don’t worry about it.”

Myles: “I’m sorry. Maybe there’s a doctor for it like the cough doctor.”

*Side note: I am exactly the same size I’ve been for years. He’s just obsessed with telling everyone he meets they have a big belly. Again, that could be partially because the lady who watches Myles being pregnant. Kids….. they say ANYTHING.

#ADayInTheLife Project: Week 45

Week 45/52 of photos. Trying to work ahead while enjoying one of the last few weeks we’ll be in this house.

myles-star-gazing:: Sunday, April 6th ::

We love to take Myles to this little park that’s part of Creative Preschool right up the road. There’s this big pirate ship and he likes to climb to the very top to try and spot the moon if it’s later in the day. He still can’t understand why the moon and sun are sometimes out at the same time, but enjoys telling us all about it!

cornish-rex-cat-and-keurig:: Monday, April 7th ::

My cat is seriously obsessed with my Keurig machine. It’s to the point where if I even pick up a mug, she runs to the coffee maker with anticipation. Ha! Side note, don’t make fun of my mug. It was Monday morning and the biggest one I had.

spring-statement-necklace-fennofashion:: Tuesday, April 8th ::

Spent part of my day creating some fun custom orders for clients.

wella-hair-event-soto-cincinnati-elle-magazine:: Wednesday, April 9th ::

Every year Elle Magazine and Wella Hair Care asks me to join them for a ladies night. This year it was hosted at SOTO (Salon on the Ohio) and I brought my mom with me to share a few drinks and bites to eat. It was a great time.

angel-drawing-in-conte:: Thursday, April 10th ::

I’m still on my decluttering kick, so I sat down and organized all my files today including photos, but the month and year. I came across one of my favorite drawings I created in college with black conte. Sometimes I wish I had just a little more time in the day to do some sketching and drawing. I miss it.

wcpo-fashion-article:: Friday, April 11th ::

A collage I put together for an article on WCPO.com about how to stay in budget when shopping with your kids for Easter outfits. You can read the article, 9 ways to dress the kids in new clothes for the season without breaking the bank,  here.

Myles-playing-outside:: Saturday, April 12th ::

The weather was absolutely beautiful last night, so we enjoyed having a few friends over to hang out on the patio while this little dude played with the hose to entertain himself. Hope everyone else had a great week!

[Read more about my 52 week #ADayInTheLife project here.]

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