For all of you moms, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. you know how expensive having a child can be. The diapers and formula alone can wreak havoc on your bank account. Then comes all of the clothing needs, toys, shoes, seats, and strollers. As a mom myself I don’t even want to think about the amount of money I spent on each of these items to only use some of them once or twice. That is what makes Three Little Monkey’s such a wonderful and cost saving store. In addition to their amazing, clean, brand named, and organized selection of clothes ranging from new born all the way up to tween, they have toys both new and used that the kids are sure to love. Their selection of pre-owned strollers, carseats, bouncers, bath-tubs, and more is always changing. They even have a maternity section for those moms-to-be. The best part is as your child outgrows a toy, clothing, or accessory you can set up an appointment to potentially sell the items to them on consignment. There really is no better, more cost effective way to shop for your little ones! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to see new items they receive or specials they may have!
If you already live in Pendleton then chances are that you are aware of the quality of homes within the neighborhood of Hickory Hills. If you are not familiar with the area then be prepared to be amazed at not only the custom, beautiful, majestic, well crafted, and elegant homes that make up this highly desired area but also the prime location with easy access to I-69, and the spacious lot sizes.
Come see three of these spectacular homes at our open houses this Sunday from 1:00-3:00. These homes boast features such as double sided fireplaces, 3 car heated garages, private decks, mud room with custom lockers, granite counter-tops, built in speaker systems, and custom built pergolas to name a few!
The best part of all (aside from the possibility of finding your dream home) is that for every open house of ours that you attend between now and Dec. 1st gets you another entry into our drawing for Colts vs. Texans game on Dec. 14th! So don’t miss this exciting opportunity! We look forward to seeing you there!
* 1861 Raccoon Way
* 6038 Red Fox Rd.
* 6127 Lemming Ct.
We all know the saying, “live and learn” and that is certainly a mantra in the home buying world. That is why I am letting you first time home buyers in on some of my hard earned experience and sharing with you some mistakes that I as well as some clients have made.
* Don’t go it alone. I’ve seen many potential buyers think that they can navigate the home buying process without the assistance and guidance of an experienced realtor. Unfortunately, all too often this ends in headache and financial loss.
* Don’t forgo the pre-approval from your lender. There is truly no worse feeling then watching the house of your dreams slip through your fingers because you didn’t get the loan pre-approval. This way you can also help determine your price range.
* Don’t exceed your budget. While the new house prospects out there are all very tempting you have to remember that there will be other expenses that arise as well. It is important to be financially responsible so that you don’t end up over your head in expenses.
* Don’t EVER skip a home inspection. Sure the house may look great or you may not want to spend the money on an inspection but be rest assured, it is the best money you will ever spend. You would be amazed at the unforeseen issues that may arise.
* Don’t get hung up on the little things that are easy to change (i.e. paint, carpet, fixtures, drapes, etc.) You wouldn’t want to pass up on a great house because of the color of the kitchen, which would cost on average $50 to repaint.
* With that being said, don’t ignore the bigger issues that aren’t so easily fixed (i.e. not enough natural light, layout of the home, location, etc)
One thing that many of us take for granted on a daily basis is our overall health. Sure we may have a cold here and a bout of the stomach flu from time to time but many of us have been blessed to be healthy. This is not the case with one delightful and brave 6 year old little girl named Adalyn. You see, Adalyn has been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, one that affects her bladder/bowel functioning, respiratory complications, immune system deficiencies, visual impairment, and muscle fatigue/weakness. There is no known cure for this at the time and she requires constant care and love. The financial strain that goes into the barrage of tests, therapies, equipment, care, etc is understandably overwhelming which is why I feel so strongly that we need to help support this adorable little girl and her family through these tough times.
This Saturday (Sept. 13th) will be the 2nd Annual “Answer for Adalyn” event taking place at Falls Park. There will be a motorcycle ride, cookout, live music, a kid zone, cornhole tournament, and more!
Even if you can’t make the highly anticipated event you can still help out this deserving family by making a financial donation here. I think that we as a community have shown time and time again our commitment to helping one another and this is no exception! Let’s come together to help ease a bit of the financial strain and stress that is surely prevalent in their lives. I hope to see all of you there this weekend!
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 of 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 stay 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 metallic 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 hardware 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.) 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 worse) 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!
I’m sure by now you have all been to, heard about, or drove through the Summerlake neighborhood 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!
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I don’t know about you but I am over the moon thrilled having a store like B’Dazzled in our town. 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!