The Reality of buying a fixer upper

I absolutely love owning our own place now. I feel like we can really make it look how we want it to. However, there are some difficulties of buying a home that was previously owned by someone else. So I am going to share some house buying tips with you all and what it looks like to full time fix up a house.

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As many of you already know, we recently purchased our first home. We were actually not looking to buy a home at this point, but this opportunity fell into our lap and I am so thankful it did. I absolutely love owning our own place now. I feel like we can really make it look how we want it to. However, there are some difficulties of buying a home that was previously owned by someone else. So I am going to share some house buying tips with you all and what it looks like to full time fix up a house.

Before buying the house:

1. Make sure you pick a realtor you know and trust.

  • This was so helpful for us being first time home buyers, my friend Arlene Unger is an agent and actually goes to our church. She also happens to be one of the most recommended realtors in our area. So if you don’t personally know a realtor make sure to check their recommendations and ask around first.

2. Also pick a loan officer you’d like to go with as well. We also had a friend who is one and went with him. He gave us the best interest rate too. Same thing goes with this one as a realtor. Read reviews, ask lots of people who they have worked with or think is the best one.

3. Make sure if you are buying a previously owned house to get homeowners insurance and also get the house inspected. You might find something during the inspection that could be a make or break for the house.

4. Be smart with your money! You don’t need a credit card to get a loan. Student loans and other loans count towards your credit. We learned this one from Dave Ramsey.

What buying a fixer upper really looks like:

1. Everything won’t be done at the same time. We have already painted almost all of the house, but are still waiting on our flooring. It takes patience waiting for something like that. We have also found many minor things that will eventually need to be changed, but just can’t right now.

2. It’s going to be LOTS of work!! It takes a lot of work to paint all of your walls, rip up flooring and put new ones in, and not to mention all of the countless hours of cleaning you do too. Plus you also have to make multiple trips to home/hardware store to find what you need.

3. It can be stressful at times, especially when you are waiting on something to be done. It is also very tiring, especially when you work and then have to do more work when you get home.

4. It does cost a lot of money, especially to paint and fix things. It’s hard to realize all the little things that need to be fixed with a house. Just make sure you are budgeting and saving beforehand.

5. It can also be really fun at the same time to vision together and plan what the house will eventually look like! I always say, make the best out of anything! So have fun and laugh while you are working on the house together.

I know it is going to take us some time to really get everything settled in and make it feel like home, but it is our home and I am thankful to be here with my hubby. I am excited to fill this house with lots of memories as husband and wife and someday with hopefully our kids.

I will keep you all updated as we add decorations and furniture and add links to shop it all. I can’t wait for the decorating stage! We already went to Ikea recently and a found a couple pieces of furniture. I can’t wait to start picking out furniture for our home!

I hope you all have a great weekend and that this was helpful for those looking for a house soon.  I’d love to know if you have any advice for first time home owners and if you have any questions.

XOXO,

Autumn

Summer to Fall Transition Outfit Ideas/Back to school wardrobe must haves

It’s crazy to think we are almost halfway through August and that school starts again. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fall transition outfits along with some essentials for your back to school wardrobe.

You can now shop my looks by clicking on the links in this blog post of visiting the Liketoknowit app and following me on there under the name beyoutifuladventure.

We have been keeping busy with our new home and still finishing lots of painting. I can’t wait to show you all the finishing project in a couple weeks when we get the flooring in and we are all settled. It’s crazy to think we are almost halfway through August and that school starts again. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite fall transition outfits along with some essentials for your back to school wardrobe.

I love anything that is trendy, chic, and girly all at the same time! One of my favorite pieces to wear inside as we go into the fall season are cardigans. I love layering my clothes which is another reason I love fall so much! My absolute favorite cardigans right now are these B.P. Cardigans from Nordstrom. They are a soft material and fit so well, plus they have pockets. I just love pockets in my clothing so I don’t always have to carry my purse around everywhere. I got this cardigan in a grey and oatmeal color in a size XS. They definitely fit true to size.

 

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I am also crushing on long sleeve and short sleeve tees. I found two from American Eagle I love, two from Nordstrom, and one from Target. There are definitely options when it comes to picking good tees. I love the fit the best with my Nordstrom ones and American Eagle ones since I am more petite and they fit the best! This coral and white tee is the perfect transition piece since it can be worn by itself or with a cardigan and it comes in so many other colors as well. I am wearing an XS and it is a little big in the neck area, so I would say it’s good to size down one. I also love the grey striped tee I have from American Eagle for under $30 because of the V neck and the soft material.

 

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Shoes are always my favorite when it comes to fall. I love these adorable mauve mules I found for under $25 at Target. They run a little small, so I would recommend going up a half size. They are so comfy and can be worn with dresses or jeans. I also love these black over the knee boots from Amazon for under $50. They are such a steal! Normally over the knee boots run from $80-$130. They have a flatter heel which I love and fit my height which is 5’3″. The material is suede so you might want to spray them with some protective spray, but they are definitely a great fall boot and even into winter.

When it comes to back to school wardrobe must haves, I recommend grabbing some short sleeve or long sleeve tees, a couple cardigans, denim jeans, a few casual dresses and definitely some mules. I linked several here and in the liketoknowit app as well.

I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the last couple weeks of summer! I’d love to hear from you all on what you think about these fall transition pieces. Feel free to leave a comment below.

XOXO,

Autumn

 

 

 

My top favorite Nsale finds

It has been a busy week with moving and starting work on our new house. We are realizing more each day that we got ourselves a fixer upper, without the help of Johanna and Chip Gaines. We are painting all of our walls and having the flooring replaced which will be a huge change, but I will be sharing our updates in the next few weeks of our house. I realized today that the Nsale is ending this Sunday and I know you all are probably tired of hearing about it, but I wanted to share my favorite finds from it before it ends.

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It has been a busy week with moving and starting work on our new house. We are realizing more each day that we got ourselves a fixer upper, without the help of Johanna and Chip Gaines. We are painting all of our walls and having the flooring replaced which will be a huge change, but I will be sharing our updates in the next few weeks of our house. I realized today that the Nsale is ending this Sunday and I know you all are probably tired of hearing about it, but I wanted to share my favorite finds from it before it ends.

 

You can also now shop all my looks by following me on the LikeToKnowIt app!! Yayyy!! I will be adding a widget soon here to be able to shop as well.

 

Also, a quick reminder make sure to go and check out my most recent blog post on my teeth whitening routine and a giveaway for a free whitening kit!

 

Let’s start with my favorite tee I found from the Nsale! It’s so comfortable and fits so well. I love this color too cause you can wear it in summer and into fall with a cardigan as well. There are still a couple colors left in a couple sizes. It fits true to size and I am wearing an XS.

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Another good find from the Nsale was these $31 cardigans! They are the perfect length even for a shorter girl like me and are so comfortable. I grabbed it in grey and tan, however I think there are only a couple colors left including black and grey in select sizes. I tagged some other cardigans from the sale that are still available and similar to it. It fits true to size, although I am wearing an XS in the oatmeal color and a Small in the grey. So you can either go your size or one size up too if you want more of an oversized look.

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The one sweater I grabbed was this hot pink BP sweater. I absolutely love this one! It is probably the comfiest sweater I have ever owned. It is still in stock in two colors and sizes including this color in size XXS. It is a little loose fitting and I got an XS so I would say you can size down, unless you want more of the loose fit. It will be perfect in the fall or winter with some booties or over the knee boots.

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I also got the Caslon tee for under $19 in burgundy and I love it. It has a fitter look to it, but it is such a great long sleeve tee. It is still available in black in an XS and other sizes in other colors. It fits true to size and I am wearing an XS. If you are worried about it being too tight I would maybe size up one.

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These are what made it to my closet from the Nsale and are definitely my favorites! I linked a couple other items I liked, but didn’t get above as well. Happy Shopping!! If you have any ideas for things to do in Charleston, I would love to know! We planned our trip for October and are so excited! I seriously can’t wait for fall and being able to wear all these fall finds.

Hope you all have a great week!

XOXO,

Autumn

 

My favorite sunglasses and affordable summer tops

There’s nothing I love more than sunglasses during the summer. I recently tried a new brand of sunglasses and love them. They remind me of a 1940s look. Also sharing my new favorite affordable online clothing brand.

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There’s nothing I love more than sunglasses during the summer. I recently tried a new brand of sunglasses and love them. They remind me of a 1940s look.

Ilymix has some really cute sunglasses with different styles. They have aviators, big sunglasses, or retro ones. There are lots of different colors in each style.

The sunglasses I got from Ilymix have gold trim on them and are really comfortable to wear. Plus they have darker lenses that help with protecting your eyes from the UV rays.

Here is a link to get $15 off your first pair of sunglasses! It’s just for my followers so enjoy!

Get $15 off your sunnies

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I also wanted to share with you all one of my new favorite affordable brands I found for clothing. Shein has so many amazing tops, bottoms, dresses, and shoes for a really affordable price. I found this cute polka dot peplum top at shein for $7. It’s so comfortable and can be worn with shorts or jeans for summer or fall. I also found a pretty floral peplum top for $5 as well. I am wearing an XS in both of these tops.

I will definitely be ordering more from them soon for fall! If you spend $50 you get free shipping and $100 you get express shipping. Plus they have a lot of discounts and ways to earn points to use on your orders.

I listed some of my favorite items for fall from their site that I have my eyes on in this post as well! I hope you all enjoy! Have a great weekend!

XOXO,

Autumn

Favorite Fall Items from Shein

Tops
Cardigans
Sweaters
Dresses

Easy At Home Teeth Whitening + Giveaway!!

Teeth Whitening at home with Smile Brilliant. Sharing my favorite easy at home teeth whitening system at an affordable price. Make sure to stay till the end of this blog post, there is something special at the end. 

How would you like to have bright white teeth for this summer season?! So many vacations and parties with friends and family…not to mention all the pictures that are taken. It’s the best time to get rid of those coffee stained teeth so you can have a bright white smile in all those pictures.

 

Make sure to read to the end of this blog post, there is something special for all of my followers at the end.

I have never had too many problems with my teeth. I am actually pretty proud of my teeth. I did have braces in high school for a short 6 months to help straighten my teeth. I still wear my retainers two to three times a week to keep them straight. Having a good smile has always been important to me, especially since I competed in several vocal competitions and pageants growing up where people would always see my smile.

I used a 5 minute teeth whitening gel from the local pharmacy store when competing and I never enjoyed putting that gel in. It had a bad taste and the mouthpiece was pretty uncomfortable. It was the only teeth whitening I knew of at the time. I stopped using it after I was done competing part way through college.

 

In college, I started drinking coffee everyday.  I loved having it every morning and sometimes twice a day. It didn’t help that there was a Starbucks in our library.  I still LOVE having coffee every morning!! So I did notice my teeth started losing color over time, especially more recently. I was told to try crest whitening strips and other teeth whitening systems, but none of the cheap whitening systems worked very well and my teeth were very sensitive to the gels. I was always intrigued by the professional teeth whitening at the dentist office, but could never afford the $300-$500 teeth whitening service.

 

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When Smile Brilliant approached me about collaborating with them, I was so excited! I was a little skeptical at first since everything was done at home. However, the process was so simple and easy. I also loved the before and after pictures I saw of many people who had tried it. I love that I can do the whole process while sitting in my pjs at home without paying the overpriced dentist rate and dealing with scheduling an appointment. I also love that their system is designed specifically for people with sensitive teeth like me. Plus, their kits are all under $200 which is a steal for a professional whitening kit. Here is a link to their site if you’re interested in checking out more reviews. Smile Brilliant Reviews.

They sent me a package with step-by-step directions on how to get started along with teeth whitening syringes, desensitizing syringes, putty to make my own impressions, impression trays, and even a mailer to send back the trays. I love that you get to make your own custom-made trays to fit your teeth. It was really easy to do the impressions myself too. I love the way the trays fit my teeth well.

 

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The process for whitening your teeth is pretty quick and I found it easy to do while watching tv in the evenings with my husband, writing blog posts, and even while getting ready in the morning. Here is a quick overview of the whitening process. I recommend doing it at night for the best results.

 

Step 1. Brush your teeth with just water.
Step 2. Put a small about of teeth whitening gel in your tray and whiten for 45 mins-1 hour. (I stayed on the lower end with having sensitive teeth).
Step 3. Brush your teeth with toothpaste.
Step 4. Put a small amount of desensitizing gel in your tray and keep in there for 15-20 mins.
Step 5. Make sure to not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after.

 
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My “After Whitening” Review

It’s a pretty simple process and I am loving the results. The desensitizing gel was the best part, since that helps with keeping your teeth from feeling sensitive during the whitening process. I highly recommend using the desensitizing gel after whitening if you have sensitive teeth. My husband noticed a difference in my teeth after my first night of using the system. I am not recommending this brand just because I have collaborated with them, but because I have absolutely loved the results. I give Smile Brilliant five stars on their teeth whitening kit. I will definitely be using their system in the future for teeth whitening again. I love that I can now smile in my blogging pictures and have pearly whites. Having a white smile has helped boost my confidence, especially when posing for a picture.

For more information you can visit Smile Brilliant’s website and view more testimonials.

Want a kit of your own?! You can use the coupon code Beyoutifuladventure15 to get 15% off your purchase!

I am so excited to tell you all that Smile Brilliant has offered my followers a FREE giveaway here to win a kit!! You must click on the link below for a valid entry into the giveaway.

https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/beyoutifuladventure

 

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