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 & Painting the Exterior

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
Historic Old West End Toledo
Home Improvement

Toledo’s Historic Old West End: Home Tour

On the blog today I am so excited to share with you the beautiful, historic home owned by my cousin Jackie and her husband Jeff. This beautiful Victorian home was built in the late 1800’s and is located in Toledo’s Historic Old West End.  If…

August 13, 2019
Home Improvement

Welcome to Our Temporary Home in Ohio

Welcome to our new, temporary home for the next year in Toledo, Ohio! For our first year in Ohio, we will be living with my in-laws. Our boxes are all unpacked and we are settling into our new routine in Ohio. We want to take…

August 13, 2019
Real Estate

Home Staging Tips from an Interior Decorator

Today Debbie, an Interior Decorator, will be taking us through her home and sharing all of her amazing home staging tips! Debbie lives in a charming Tudor house in the Sylvania neighborhood of St. James Woods and is getting ready to put it on…

August 13, 2019
Wallpapered Staircase
Home Improvement

How to Wallpaper Your Staircase

Are you ready for this super simple tutorial about how to wallpaper your staircase?! I am excited to share this fun wallpaper project with you and the best part is that it took less than 3 hours to install! I LOVE a good DIY project,…

August 13, 2019
instagram 101
Real Estate

Instagram Basics for Beginners

Friends! Last week I posted about an Instagram giveaway (which is open until Thursday 11/8/18) and realized that some of my good friends and family were still pretty new to Instagram and weren’t sure how to enter. I know learning a new platform can…

August 13, 2019
Real Estate

5 Reasons to Hire a 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.…

August 11, 2019
Real Estate

Create a Homeowners Manual to Sell Your House Fast

Today I am sharing how to create a custom homeowners manual to sell your home fast! This manual gives you a chance to highlight all of the great features of your home that may go unnoticed at an open house. What home renovations did…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Drummond Flip House Tour: Before Renovations

I am excited to take you on a tour of the Drummond Flip house before our renovations began. This is our fourth flip house and our first investment in Toledo, Ohio. House Tour If you follow me on Instagram you have seen that big…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement

Demo Day at the Drummond Flip House

It’s demo day at the Drummond Flip House! This flip is a bigger beast than my previous 3 flips. When we lived in Denver, we were living in the homes we flipped for two years and completed projects room by room. For this project…

August 9, 2019
Home Improvement Real Estate

Tour of our First Rental Property

Meet Woody – our first rental property in Toledo, Ohio! This is our first buy and hold investment property and we can’t wait to buy more. Today I am sharing why we chose this home and taking your on a home tour! Why We…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Exterior Renovation Plans for Flip 4

Today I am sharing all of our exterior renovation plans for Flip 4! We have checked off quite a few projects on our list but still have a few remaining. There were a few mild days (40+ degrees) this month and we took full…

August 8, 2019
Podcast

Your New Favorite Home Renovation Podcast

Are you ready to learn what your new favorite home renovation podcast is going to be? Let me introduce you to From the Nest Podcast! This new podcast is hosted by myself and my husband, Chris. We are so excited to share our journey…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

5 Simple Steps For Beginner Investors to Take

On episode 3 of From the Nest Podcast, we are reviewing 5 simple steps for beginner investors to take. Are you thinking about buying an investment property? Then this episode is for you! DEFINE YOUR STRATEGY: Are you interested in fix and flips? Live…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

5 Ways to Finance Your First Investment Property

Thanks for tuning in to episode 6 of From the Nest Podcast! On today’s episode, Chris and I are discussing 5 different ways to finance your first investment property. 1. Conventional Loan: This is probably the most obvious option when getting started in real…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement Podcast

3 Common Fears About a Bathroom Remodel

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I discuss the three common fears that homeowners face when deciding to tackle a bathroom remodel. Are you considering a bathroom renovation? I am sure you have experienced at least one of these common…

August 8, 2019
Podcast Real Estate

Buying an Investment Property Site Unseen

On today’s episode of From the Nest Podcast, Chris and I talk about buying an investment property site unseen! We are breaking down how we found this deal and our deal analysis that made interested in this rental property. How did we find this…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement Podcast

Kitchen Design at the Drummond Flip House

Thanks for tuning in to episode 12 of From the Nest Podcast! On today’s episode, Chris and I are discussing the kitchen design at the Drummond Flip House. Designing the kitchen at the Drummond Flip House has been a monumental task and we played…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 1: Before and After Renovation Tour

Welcome to our first home! I recently realized that I never created a good before and after post of our first flip. We have so many wonderful memories in this home, most prominent is being pregnant for the first time and bringing home Thomas…

August 8, 2019
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Episode 19: Flip 4 Before and After

Thanks for tuning in to episode 19 of From the Nest Podcast! Welcome to the Drummond Flip House! We have successfully (and profitably) flipped our first house in Toledo, Ohio. Today I am going to take you through all of the fabulous before and…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

We Bought a House! Tour of our Home

Welcome to our new home, the Cape Cottage! It is still a little surreal that we now own our own home in Toledo, Ohio. It’s also a little crazy that we own a pool! We bought this home from really lovely previous owners who…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

6 Renovation Projects in the Next 6 Months

We have some BIG projects ahead of us at our new home! Today I am taking a note from one of my favorite blogs, chrislovesjulia.com, and breaking down the 6 projects we plan to complete in the next 6 months. It is going to…

August 8, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 2: Before and After Renovation House Tour

Welcome to the our second flip house! When we found this house, we weren’t really even looking. Thomas was less than a year old and the walls at our first home were closing in on us; we really needed more space. One Sunday Chris…

August 8, 2019
Real Estate

Flip 1: Tips for Staging a Small House

Staging a small house takes a little more effort than a large home with lots of space. We found our second flip house unexpectedly and had to stage our little bungalow (flip 1) to sell in just 5 short days! In order to keep…

August 6, 2019
This living room has been staged for the open house.
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Living Room Renovation

The living room renovation at our third flip house was literally a race against time. The previous owners used the front room as a formal living room, but that setup was not practical for our family. We decided to turn this space into our…

August 6, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Utility Room Makeover

This weekend I gave the utility room a makeover while Chris was out of town!  It was the first weekend where Chris was out of town and I was home alone with the two kids.   I just finished reading the book, The Magnolia…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 1: Basement Renovation

The basement renovation was a game changer at our first flip house. Our house was about 1,200 square feet and having that extra living space in the basement made a huge difference. When we first toured the house, the basement looked tired and worn…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Budget Friendly Floral Nursery

Finding out I was pregnant with a little girl was so exciting! I couldn’t wait to start putting together her bedroom. In an ideal world, I would have had all white furniture for the nursery. But in the REAL world, we owned darker nursery…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Guest Bathroom Renovation

When we first moved into our third flip, the guest bathroom was way too big. We cut it down to 1/3 its original size and used the rest for the master suite. I would much rather have a large master bathroom than an oversized…

August 5, 2019
Uncategorized

1920’s Colonial Restoration

I am so excited to post this first Friendly Feature on my brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Shannon!  Jon and Shannon bought this 1920’s colonial style home and couldn’t wait to restore this home and bring it back to its former glory.   I…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 1: Back Porch Addition

Our first major project at Flip 1 was the back porch. There were a number of issues with the porch when we purchased the house that needed to be addressed: Back Porch Punch List Remove rotting wood & hornet infestation Lift the roof line…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Master Bedroom Makeover

Our master bedroom makeover at Flip 3 was an important project that I wanted to tackle before the birth of our daughter, Evelyn. We finished the floors with only a few days to spare before little Evie Mae arrived! Here is what we updated…

August 5, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 1: Landscaping Renovation

I still love to see the transformation that we made in the yard at our first live in flip house located in Denver.  When we first bought the house, it felt very dark and heavy.  The ivy against the dark brick and the unruly…

August 5, 2019
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Flip 3: Tour of Our Home Before Renovations

This is officially my first blog post ever! We recently bought our 3rd live-in flip house in Wheat Ridge, CO and we have big plans for this home.  When I first saw the photos of this property online, I immediately connected with it. I…

August 2, 2019
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Basement Bathroom Renovation

One of the first projects we wanted to tackle in our third flip house was the guest suite.  If we were going to tear up our bathrooms upstairs, we needed a functioning shower in the house.  This was our first bathroom renovation and we…

August 1, 2019
The large basement was turned into a legal bedroom for guests.
Home Improvement

Flip 3: Basement Bedroom Renovation

When we moved into our 3rd flip house, I was pregnant with Evelyn and we had decided that we wanted an au pair to watch out kids for the year. Not only did the cultural aspect of this experience excite us, but it made…

August 1, 2019
Our first flip house in Denver, CO.
Home Improvement

Flip 1: Tour of Our First Home Before Renovations

Welcome to our first live in flip house! We bought this sweet little bungalow in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver and saw the potential right away.  This home was where we really started to get our feet wet with home renovations.  While the biggest…

August 1, 2019
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Flip 3: Master Bathroom Renovation

 I am so excited to take you through my favorite renovation of the house, the master bathroom! 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 and closet…

August 1, 2019
Laundry room makeover
Home Improvement

Budget Friendly Laundry Room Makeover

Our laundry room was in MAJOR need of a makeover! Because guests are not hanging out in our laundry room, this was naturally the last place to be updated. As we prepared to sell our house in Wheat Ridge, CO I knew that this…

August 1, 2019
Painting a 1970s rock fireplace
Home Improvement Uncategorized

How to Paint a Rock Fireplace

I finally bit the bullet and painted my dated rock fireplace! I am so glad that I overcame my fear of such a permanent change because it was super simple and brightened up the room so much. Fireplace Before The large rocks made the…

July 31, 2019
Blog

Holy Toledo! We are Moving Home

I am SO excited that I can finally share the big plans I have in store for Building Bluebird! Chris and I have made the decision to move our family home to Toledo once we sell our home in April where I can fully focus…

July 31, 2019
Home Improvement

10 Tips to Update the Exterior Of your Home

Today I am taking your through my top 10 tips for updating your exterior and improving your curb appeal. For all three of our home flips, we did major work on the exterior of the home. The most effective updates were inexpensive and brought…

July 31, 2019