7 Home Improvements Under $25

Whether you are fixing up your home to sell or just wanting to spruce up your abode, one thing to remember is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a big difference.  Below are a few of my favorite improvements that can be done for less than a pair oproj 1 sinkf new shoes and will make a noticeable difference!

1.) Replacing your faucet.  You may think you need an entire bathroom overhaul but you will be surprised at the effect new fixtures can have on a rooms overall appeal.

2.) Update your counter-tops.  There are a few ways that this can be  done and sproj 2 counterstay within a budget.  Many hardware stores offer kits that   you can paint your countertops and the results are amazing but even those can be                 somewhat pricey.  I came across this handy blog that actually showed how to use contact paper to update your counter tops and the results are breathtaking.  Plus the total cost should be under $10!

3.) Update your vent covers.  I’m sure most of ours are that dingy proj 3 vent coversmetallic color but with a can or two of rustoleum spray paint you can spruce up the vent covers and not spend much money in the process.

4.) While we are on the subject of spray painting things, another cheap, easy, and quick update you can do is to paint your door handles.  By eliminating those brassy colored door knobs and replacing them with your updated silver or dark colored knobs it immediately updates the entire door.

5.) Switch plate covers are another way you can give the illusion of grandeur.  Most proj 5 switch covershardware stores will sell these thicker type switch plate covers that appear as if you have put trim around the switch.  These are especially important in areas where the switch plates are more obvious.

6.)  proj 6 garage doors Update your garage door and add a bit of class to the exterior of your home with a $7.00 bracket purchase.  They have kits that contain all of the brackets and hardware you will need to transform     your current garage door into one that appears to be carriage doors.  This is not only a cheap update but it adds to your overall curb appeal.

7.) Bathrooms are a huge deciding factor for people in buying a house (for better or for proj 7 mirrorworse) and framing your mirror can instantly make your bathroom look more expensive, put together, and durable.  This is a simple project that you can do in an afternoon!

Summerlake: A Community Within a Community

I’m sure by now you have all been to, heard about, or drove through the Summerlake summerlake with logoneighborhood at some point or another. But until you live there you can never fully understand the wide range of benefits that come with home ownership in Summerlake.  Not only are most of the homes spacious with open floor plans but many of them feature beautiful yards, updated kitchens, and storage space galore.  In addition to the homes themselves Summerlake also boasts an ever popular playground, tennis courts, swimming pool, and club house!  It is like having a mini resort right here in your own neighborhood.  But as many residents will attest, the best part about living in Summerlake are your neighbors and the camaraderie that takes place in the little community.  So if you are looking for a welcoming, affordable, and spacious home within the South Madison School Corporation then look no further than Summerlake!

Current Summerlake Listings:

8317 S Firefly Dr.

8126 Cricket Dr.




Local Business Spotlight: B’Dazzled

I don’t know about you but I am over the moon thrilled having a store like B’Dazzled in our bdazzled with texttown.  Before now it was hard to find trendy, affordable, clothing and with such selection anywhere nearby.  Not only that but Beth (the owner) makes the shopping experience even more enjoyable with her upbeat personality and willingness to help you find the perfect outfit! Plus the boutique carries items in all sizes, including plus sizes and an array of styles from country chic to urban hippie and everything in between.  I highly suggest “liking” her facebook page so that you can see all of the upcoming clothing and even “reserve” that dress you just can’t live without.  If you haven’t already, stop in and see the amazing clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes for yourself!

Things to Do After Purchasing Your New Home!

While the big decision has already been made and you are eagerly awaiting the start of  moving truck with logoyour new life in your new home there are a few things you may want to do once you move in.  Be sure to share these tips with any new homeowners you may know!

* First things first… change the locks.  While the crime rate may be low in the area you still never know who all has a key from the neighbors, old babysitter, in-laws, etc… there may be more keys to your house floating around out there than you would care for.

* Fill out for a change of address.  This of course includes filing a change of address form with the post office but also notifying all businesses and contacts of your new address.

* If you are bringing pets to your new home be sure to familiarize yourself with a local veterinarian and a local animal hospital.

* The same goes for your local hospital.  It is always wise to know your new surroundings and routes to get there.

* Before moving into your new home make sure you have changed all utilities into your name and had them switched on.  Sometimes this can take a day or two and you don’t want to be unpacking in the dark.

* Before your furniture and belongings are moved in it would be a good time to thoroughly clean the house, inside cabinets, under appliances, etc.  If there is any hint to an insect issue now would be a good time to bug bomb the house.

* Once you start unpacking this is an ideal time to make a recorded inventory of your valuables.  This can be as simple as snapping quick photos of everything.

* Something that can save a headache down the road is going ahead and labeling your breaker box.

Local Business Spotlight: Anita’s Kitchen

If you have ever been to Anita’s Kitchen you instantly know why it has become a success.  Not only tenderloin with logois the food amazing, fresh, and affordable but the atmosphere is so very welcoming.  The wait staff is always polite and friendly and you will not find warmer and more genuine owners than Anita and Lennie.  Having been open less than a year they have certainly made a name for themselves when it comes to breakfast cuisine.  Their pancakes are among the fluffiest, tastiest anywhere and their large portions will ensure that no one leaves hungry.  But their deliciousness doesn’t stop at breakfast! They serve a wide variety of lunch entrees and even have specials everyday that you can keep up on by following their facebook page here! One thing you must try is their renowned breaded tenderloin. So next time you are wanting a filling, tasty, and affordable meal don’t forget about this gem that we are lucky to have here in town!

The Best Meal to Make for a New Homeowner

As many of us are all too aware the process of moving into a new house can certainly be a mealstressful, busy, and yet exciting one.  One way to help the new, happy homeowner is to bring them dinner.  Unfortunately sometimes this well meaning act can become a hindrance if they already have dinner plans, have ordered take out, or another person has brought them dinner.  To fix this issue and help them out even more so in the long run why not make a delicious freezer meal that they can then heat up at their own convenience? This eliminates any food waste and will certainly come in handy for them later down the road.  Here is one of my favorite freezer meals below!

Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken:


  • 2-3 chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
  • 1 16 ounce jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 cup black beans
  • Optional: 1 cup cooked, pureed squash or pumpkin (for added tasteless nutrition!)
  • 1 cup of organic frozen corn kernels (canned and drained works too)
  • 4 ounces of low fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Topping ideas: shredded lettuce, diced avocado, sour cream, diced onion, minced jalepenos, chopped black olives



1) In a slow cooker, add chicken and top with salsa, black beans, and squash/pumpkin. Stir until combined.


2) Cover and cook on high heat for about 3 hours or low heat for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender and white throughout.


3) Remove chicken and cut into bite sized pieces or shred it. Add to slow cooker. Add corn and cubed cream cheese. Stir until cream cheese melts and blends into sauce and corn is warm.


4) Serve over brown rice with shredded cheese and your favorite toppers.

If you plan to freeze this for later (like these meals), go ahead and fully cook. Let it cool. Store in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours and warm on low over the stove or in the microwave. For a quick thaw, use the defrost setting on the microwave.


Handy Apps For Those Looking to Buy or Already Own a Home!

No one ever said being a home owner was easy… but it is definitely worth it! Here are apps for homes with textsome handy apps that will help finding, maintaining, and decorating your house easier than ever!

* KW App: “Get the most accurate and up-to-date real estate information right at your fingertips”

* Mortgage Calculator: “This app will help you figure out how much that house you’re thinking about will cost per month AND provides a realtime look at the current mortgage and refinance rates.”

* Houzz: “This app provides the tools and information you need to complete your next home remodeling or decorating project.”

* Handy Man DIY: “Handy Man DIY is certainly a handy utilities app with which to begin any project idea which has been brewing in your head!”

* Color Snap: “Capture color inspiration whenever it strikes. With ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams, you have the power to take real-world colors and turn them into paint-color swatches—all on your smartphone”

* How Your House Works: “The app breaks down the workings of the plumbing, electrical, and heating/air conditioning systems, and other house parts, and shows not only what the parts look like and how they interact, but the sequence in which things work.”

* Homeowner Calendar: “Keep track of all your home improvement, gardening, and maintenance projects with Homeowner Calendar! Now with Push Notification!”

* Four Walls: “Use this app to quickly compare and find out all of the financial realities of potential home or investment property purchases”

* Home Savvy: “The award-winning HomeSavvy app from HomeAdvisor (formerly ServiceMagic) gives you a customized home maintenance schedule and alerts you when it’s time to get the project done.”