DIY Tutorial

Design Pivot & DIY Projects | ORC Week 5/6

We are in the final weeks of the One Room Challenge and I am FEELING it! Last week was heavy and to be honest, the Challenge felt a little trivial. I am grateful that we were able to take Week 5 to reflect on…

June 10, 2020
DIY Tutorial

How to Apply Plaster to a Lamp | DIY

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved a good DIY project. I also love a good upcycling project! Taking some old and unwanted and turning it into something beautiful is so rewarding. I have been working on a bedroom makeover…

June 8, 2020
DIY Tutorial

Upcycling an Old Iron Arbor | DIY

Last week I found an old iron arbor on the side of the road with “free” attached to the front. Aside from the arbor being my favorite price, the design was perfect for my English garden! I grabbed my hubby and we tossed the…

May 28, 2020
Home Improvement

Ikea Billy Bookcase Hack | ORC Week 4

I gotta be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to finish this week 4 of the One Room Challenge! In the final minutes, I finished my Ikea Billy Bookcase hack and I am so proud of how it came out. If you are…

May 27, 2020
DIY Tutorial

Installing the Mountain Mural | ORC Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Better Homes & Gardens One Room Challenge! If you are wondering if I was one of those super-smart participants that got a head start on renovating my space – I AM NOT! These weeks keep flying by and…

May 20, 2020
Home Improvement

Boy’s Bedroom Makeover | Spring ORC Week 1

The Better Homes & Gardens Spring One Room Challenge is here and I am so excited to participate again! Over the next 8 weeks, I will be transforming my boy’s bedroom into a modern and functional space for a growing dude. If you are…

May 6, 2020
Home Improvement

English Garden Inspiration for my Backyard

I have always loved the look of an English garden! Since moving into our home last summer, I envisioned creating an English garden in our yard. I have spent hours researching features and flowers found in these gardens and have started the beginnings of…

May 1, 2020
DIY Tutorial

Make Your Own Compost Station

Building a compost station at your home is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil. My family has been composting for a few years now using a rolling bin and decided to take our composting one step further at our new…

April 28, 2020
Home Improvement

Perennial Plants You Can Divide & Transfer

I have been hard at work creating my English Garden and the beds are starting to fill up! All of the perennials that I have put in my garden were given to me or transferred from another spot in my yard. Today I am…

April 22, 2020
Home Improvement

Toledo Flip House Reveal | Before & After

The Toledo flip house is COMPLETE and sold to its new owners! I am so proud that we successfully and profitably flipped our first home. I can’t wait to share all of the before and after images of our first flip house in Toledo.…

April 15, 2020
DIY Tutorial

How to Paint Your Floors | Tutorial

*This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum. All content and opinions are my own. I still can’t get over how amazing my freshly painted floors look in my laundry room! For this project, I partnered with Rust-Oleum to try out their interior paint product, Rust-Oleum…

April 14, 2020
Home Improvement

5 Ways to Make Your Laundry Room More Green

With Earth Day approaching, I wanted to share 5 easy ways to make your laundry room a little more green! These simple changes can save energy and reduce plastic while doing laundry every day. 5 Tips to Make Your Laundry Room Green 1 |…

April 10, 2020
DIY Tutorial

Update Laminate Countertop for Under $25

My $300 laundry room makeover is complete! Today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY to update dated, laminate countertops. I finished this project in a few short hours and for under $25. Let’s get started with this simple tutorial! Here is a…

April 8, 2020
Home buyers & the mortgage lending process
Real Estate

Mortgage Lenders & the Home Loan Process

There is so much to know when purchasing your first home. I am excited to welcome Kevin Robinson, the owner and mortgage loan officer from Capital Home Loans to discuss the home buying process and mortgage loans. When Do You First Make Contact with…

February 25, 2020
Home Improvement

Master Bathroom Renovation at Flip 3

 I am so excited to take you through my favorite project of our third house, the master bathroom renovation! Our previous house had an amazing master closet and master bathroom, so when we moved into our new house, the outdated and small master bath…

February 13, 2020
Home Improvement

How to Build a Legal Bedroom in Your Basement

The first project at our third flip house was to build a legal bedroom in the basement with an attached bathroom. I was pregnant with my second child and Chris and I had made the decision to hire an au pair once our daughter…

February 12, 2020
Home Improvement

Round Tables Under $500 | Round-Up

As I slowly furnish our living room in our new home, I am on the hunt for a round table under $500. I would like to put a table in the bay window nook to serve as a place to do puzzles or play…

February 1, 2020
Home Improvement

10 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Green

Today I am sharing 10 ways to make your bathroom more green today. Bathroom renovations have been on my mind because the bathrooms in our new home are original to when the house was built in the 1970s. This means that they are very…

January 29, 2020
Real Estate

Living in a Flip House | Real Estate Strategy

Living in a flip house is a great strategy for beginner investors and offers many benefits. One big challenge that new real estate investors encounter is capital. This strategy allows the investor to avoid capital gains taxes if they use the property as a…

January 27, 2020
Real Estate

Hiring a Professional Photographer to Sell Your Home

Today I am talking about the importance of staging your home and hiring a professional photographer when selling your house. I recently interviewed Mary Wyar, with Toledo Home Tours, and she provided her expertise and insight into the benefits of hiring a professional photographer.…

January 26, 2020
Home Improvement

Designing for Joy | 10 Aesthetics of Joy

If you have followed me for a while, you know by now my love for the book Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee. I was so inspired after reading this book, I share it with everyone! I passionately believe that everyone should live in a…

January 24, 2020
Real Estate

Home Staging Tips to Sell Your House Fast

Today I am sharing my 10 simple home staging tips to sell your house fast!  As a real estate agent and house flipper, I absolutely LOVE this part of selling a home! With these tips, I know you will maximize the value of our…

January 22, 2020
Home Improvement

How to Prioritize Your Home Renovation Projects

When you buy a fixer-upper, it is imperative that you prioritize your home renovation projects! Renovating a home can be overwhelming and I have learned quite a bit living through renovations these last 10 years. Today I am sharing my tips for how Chris…

January 21, 2020
Home Improvement

Money Saving Tips For Your Next Renovation

Renovation costs can add up quickly and today I am sharing my top 5 money saving tips for your next big home project. After flipping four houses and renovating our current home, Chris and I have learned lots of ways to save money with…

January 19, 2020
Family Life

Eco-Friendly Products I Am Testing

This year I want to continue to create habits and use products that are more eco-friendly. I have slowly been implementing these habits, like composting and using LED light bulbs, but I know there is so much more I can be doing. In an…

January 17, 2020
Home Improvement

Budget-Friendly Laundry Room Design

The first big project in 2020 will be my laundry room! I am excited to take you through my laundry room design plans today and give you a tour of the current space. The plan is to incorporate big design into this space on…

January 16, 2020
Podcast Real Estate

Your Guide Craftsman Style Homes

I have always loved historic homes and am really enjoying sharing the history of these styles with all of you! The Craftsman style home has a special place in my heart because it was the style of my first two homes that me and…

January 14, 2020
Home Improvement

Laundry Room Inspiration | 2020 Project

Laundry rooms are one of my favorite projects to makeover because they are often left as boring and uninspiring spaces. It is so refreshing to do a not-so-fun task like laundry in a beautiful space. While kitchens and bathrooms often sell the home, I…

January 13, 2020
How to paint an old bed frame
DIY Tutorial Home Improvement

How to Paint A Bed Frame | DIY

We purchased this old bed off of Craigslist almost 8 years ago for $100. When we bought it, I had every intention of painting the bed frame, but it never happened! Once we moved into our new home, we planned to use this bed…

January 12, 2020
Deciding to join a real estate team
Real Estate

Joining a Real Estate Team | Is it Right For You?

Joining a real estate team or becoming an independent agent is a big decision! When I became a realtor 1.5 years ago, I started as an independent agent at a brokerage. I recently joined the Rigali Group with Danberry Realty and did a lot…

January 10, 2020
Home Improvement Podcast

Nail the Open Concept Design in Your Home

Modern families today want that open concept design in their home. The kitchen is the most common place where homeowners want that open concept feel. It is the heart of the home where everyone wants to gather. An open kitchen with a large island…

January 9, 2020
Family Life Home Improvement

Organizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Organizing your kitchen cabinets efficiently is often overlooked when first moving into a new home. When kitchen cabinets are organized well, valuable time is given back to the homeowner. In the last 10 years I have moved 8 times and have learned a thing…

January 8, 2020
Home Improvement Real Estate

How to Choose Your Paint Sheen

Choosing the right paint sheen for your project is almost as important as getting the right paint color – ALMOST. 🙂 Paint comes in a variety of sheens ranging from no shine at all to very shiny paint. As a general rule of thumb,…

January 5, 2020
Family Life

Things to Do in Toledo with Your Kids

Today I am sharing 7 things to do in Toledo with your kids during the winter season! The cold winter months in Northwest Ohio can make you want to hibernate in your home, but these activities encourage learning, exploration and are enjoyable for both…

January 3, 2020
Family Life Home Improvement

Top Posts on Instagram in 2019

At the end of every year, Instagrammers from all around use the Top Nine app to pull a list of their 9 most liked Instagram posts. Along with being a fun visual of your most liked content, it gives businesses insight into what their…

December 31, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Big Moments in 2019 | A Year in Review

2019 was a big year for me personally and professionally. As I prepare to enter a new year (and decade!), I wanted to share some of my favorite projects and moments of 2019. I would recommend this exercise for everyone, especially those of you…

December 30, 2019
Family Life

6 Ways to Create Less Waste During the Holidays

Merry Christmas from the Mahoney Family! This year I really focused on using less this holiday season. Today I am sharing 6 ways to create less waste during the holidays. These simple changes helped me to use less and not sacrifice all of the…

December 26, 2019
DIY Tutorial Home Improvement

DIY Picture Ledge for Beginner’s

The DIY picture ledge in our dining room has been a huge hit! I have had so many positive responses to this piece, someone even asked if it was from Pottery Barn! How’s that for a compliment?! Building this ledge is super easy, it…

December 11, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Dollhouse Makeover | Holiday Gift Idea

The dollhouse makeover is complete! In the words of Pinkalicious (my daughter’s favorite show), “it’s pinkatastic!” This was such a fun project for me. I loved designing this house with my daughter in mind, you will quickly realize that she LOVES the color pink…

December 3, 2019
Family Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Adults

Thanks for checking out my first holiday gift guide on the blog! I love giving gifts for the holidays and am always looking for the perfect present that is useful and/or meaningful for my loved ones. My worst fear is buying something useless for…

November 26, 2019
Family Life

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Under 10

Thanks for checking out my first ever holiday gift guide! Buying Christmas gifts for the kiddos is always a fun challenge for me. I personally struggle with the idea of materialism and fast fashion/toys. Meaning, I don’t want to buy a bunch of cheap…

November 25, 2019
Home Improvement

How to Tile Your Kitchen Backsplash

Today I am sharing my step by step tutorial on how to install your kitchen backsplash. With this tutorial, you will get all of the tips and tricks I wish I had when I tackled my first tiling project!…

November 20, 2019
Home Improvement

Thrifting & Refinishing the Buffet | ORC Week 4

The dining room was in need of a buffet and week 4 of the One Room Challenge was all about finding the perfect piece. When I couldn’t find the perfect buffet online, I decided to go thrifting and refinish a piece myself. We blew…

October 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Paint & Purchases | One Room Challenge Week 3

Week 3 of the One Room Challenge brought on the biggest transformation yet. I say this all the time and I will say it again…PAINT IS SO TRANSFORMATIVE! I spent this last week wrapping up wall prep (filling holes, sanding the walls, etc), making…

October 16, 2019
Home Improvement

Dining Room Prep | One Room Challenge Week 2

Week 2 of the One Room Challenge is all about dining room prep! This week is all about prepping the room – making it ugly so it can look so beautiful at the end of this 6 week challenge! Specifically I am focusing on…

October 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Playroom Progress & Design Plans

I am excited to share the playroom progress and our design plans! We are in the process of decluttering the entire space and coming up with storage solutions for the toys in this room. Playroom Before Here is a fun reminder of what it…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Organizing & Updating the Playroom

I have decided it is finally time to finish organizing and updating the kids playroom! This room is the garden level of our home and we have lovingly nicknamed it the “rock room”.  When we first moved in, we decided that this would be…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Building a Swing Set & Landscaping Flip 2

Our first backyard project at Flip 2 was building a swing set for Thomas. Throughout the two years living at our second flip house, our backyard completely transformed. Today we are sharing the swing set installation and the new fence that gave our backyard…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Outdoor Living Space at Flip 2

I am so excited to show you how we doubled our outdoor living space at our second flip house.  This is by far one of my favorite renovations we have done and one that I am most proud of. Last week I showed you…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge – Week 3 Progress

Week 3 of the Half Bath Renovation Challenge and we are making some good progress! First, I want to apologize for missing the update post last week!  Work got crazy and then I jetted off to Tulum for my friends bachelorette party where there…

September 24, 2019
Home Improvement

How to Create a Photography Studio in Your Basement

Today I am so excited to share how my friend created a photography studio in her basement. Sarah is a small business owner (Sarah Renee Photography) and also a crafty DIYer who transformed her basement into a fabulous photography studio.  She wanted a space…

September 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Kitchen Plans at Flip 3: Phase 1

Today I am sharing our phase 1 kitchen renovation plans at Flip 3! When we first moved into this house, I was amazed by the size of the kitchen! It had been updated by the previous owners, but unfortunately it did not reflect our…

September 12, 2019
Family Life

5 Moving Tips to Make Your Next Move Stress Free

Today I am sharing my top 5 moving tips to make your next move as stress-free as possible! For the last 15 years, I have moved every 1-2 years, so I consider myself somewhat of a moving expert. 🙂 This last move was a…

September 6, 2019
From the Nest Podcast
Podcast Real Estate

Episode 8: Our Top 5 Home Staging Tips

Thanks for tuning in to episode 8 of From the Nest Podcast! Staging our homes to sell is one of my favorite hobbies! I love putting myself in the shoes of potential buyers and thinking about what would make me HAVE to have this…

September 5, 2019
Open concept design with a breakfast bar
Home Improvement

Building a Kitchen Breakfast Bar

Our second house had a tiny, closed off kitchen. By removing half a wall in the kitchen and installing a breakfast bar, we were able to achieve an open concept design without gutting the entire thing! Experts say that when you go to sell…

September 3, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge

I am excited to announce that I am participating in a half bath renovation challenge with my friend, Christie, from The Denverette!  Christie and I both share a passion for DIY and wanted a little kick in the butt to finally start our renovation…

August 26, 2019
Home Improvement

Half Bath Renovation Challenge is Complete!

Drum roll please! My tiny, dingy, dated half bathroom has had a major makeover! We extended the challenge by a week to complete the finishing touches and it was well worth it. Check out the results! Half Bathroom Makeover Vanity Updates The vanity base…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Adding Curb Appeal to Our Third Home

Today I am sharing our next big project – installing a new roof and painting the exterior of our home to improve the curb appeal! I have mentioned this before, but Chris and I are planning to sell our home once we hit the…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Phase 2 of the Kitchen Renovation

Phase 2 of our kitchen renovation at Flip 3 is complete just in time for Friendsgiving! I don’t know about you, but hosting an event always gives me that push I need to complete lingering home projects. I love our kitchen updates in this…

August 23, 2019
Home Improvement

Affordable Office Updates at Flip 3

Our office needed a little love but we weren’t going to break the bank fixing it up. Today I am going to share with you our affordable office updates we completed last week! We also completed another lingering project last weekend that I wanted…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Why I want to Purchase A Mobile Home Park

Happy Monday!  I am excited to share more details with you around why I want to purchase a mobile home park. Last weekend I attended a three day course learning how to purchase mobile home parks.  I have received a lot of raised eyebrows…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Mobile Home Park Purchase Progress

It’s been a while since I posted and I wanted to fill you in on all of my current real estate adventures and mobile home park purchase progress.  We have only a few weeks left before school officially begins for my kiddos and I…

August 15, 2019
Real Estate

Our Strategy to Purchase a Mobile Home Park

These last few weeks Kate and I have been developing our strategy to purchase our first mobile home park. I officially left my ad tech career last week and am loving the amount of time I have had to dedicate to looking for a…

August 14, 2019
Family Life Home Improvement

Organization Ideas for Your Playroom

Today I am sharing with you a few organization ideas for your playroom! Having a playroom in your house is a luxury in itself, but adding these organization ideas to the space will make the space even better! Having a space for my kids…

August 13, 2019