I Bought My First House!

Our First House

I mentioned in my Living Room Color Scheme post that I just recently purchased my first home. Wooo! Xavier and I opened a savings account together (that’s trust) and scheduled monthly transfers from each of our checking accounts into our joint account for about a year and a half, and just two weeks before our two year Denver anniversary, we closed on our new house. Having a 30 year mortgage isn’t ponies and rainbows, but it’s sure nice to be putting money towards my home each month instead of giving it away to a landlord.

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10 Tips for Moving

Tips for Moving

Since 2008 I have moved eight times. Luckily five of those times I didn’t have much furniture to speak of (college life), and most of my moves have been across town, but with each new place I’ve lived in I have acquire more and more stuff. You don’t think you have a lot of belongings until one day you try to unsuccessfully cram all of your boxes into a 17 foot moving truck. Shameful, but true.

Even so, I’ve gotten better and better at moving every single time. These are the tips and tricks I have picked up along the way.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review & Swatches | Pretty Piggy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pretty Piggy

I have a not-so-secret secret. I am a nail polish addict. After coming to the realization that I own 50+ polishes, you would think I would call it quits. However, my inner lacquer addict was absolutely crushed when I finished off a bottle of my favorite pedicure color, and I was driven to hunt down another perfect shade… because, you know, in my current collection there just simply isn’t a suitable substitute. Crazy.

Browsing the endcaps at Walgreens, I came across the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes, a no-UV light nail polish claiming to last up to 14 days. I have to see this, I thought. They promote the use of the gel polish in combination with the gel top coat, and they offer value sets, so that’s what I went with. Not all 45 colors were available in the value set packs, so I chose 210 Pretty Piggy, a vibrant pink with a hint of orange.

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My Trip to LA (Thanks Safeway!)

LA Trip03

So, don’t tell Denver, but I kind of have this thing for Los Angeles. I will probably (and by probably, I mean definitely) never move there (traffic, gas prices, and so. many. people.), but it is truly an incredible place to visit. There is so much to do, so many places to eat, so many things to see (I swear, this is not a paid testimonial). Back in October I entered the Safeway Real Taste of Mexico Challenge featuring Marcela Valladolid’s new line of products, and believe it or not, my Avocado Pork Enchiladas with Cheesy Lime Cream Sauce won me a trip to Los Angeles.

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