DIY // How To Build A Patio And Lay Pavers

We’ve been loving our garden patio for a couple of months now, and thought it was time to share a DIY. Building a patio and laying pavers is definitely a do-it-yourself kind of project. It’s more labor than skill and relatively affordable. This project is all about the prep, so don’t skimp on that. And you’ll probably need to brush off the old TI-85 (aka calculator) to determine how much gravel and sand you’ll need. But if you have a long-weekend on your hands and a friend or two, this is a project for you!

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How to Save Money On A Kitchen Remodel (+ Win $25,000 Towards your own Kitchen Makeover!)

We’ve been making progress on our Farmhouse kitchen remodel and today I wanted to share a few ways we’re saving money on this project. Major kitchen overhauls are expensive, there’s no way around that. But over the years, Garrett and I have developed a few tried-and-true strategies for keeping kitchen costs as low as possible. Today we’re parting with Figure.com to bring you our 9 best tips for saving money on a kitchen remodel.

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Happy Friday 7/5/19

Happy Friday! Sharing links to…how to get rid of those pesky berry stains, camping is ‘on-trend’, death cleaning, a DIY I want to try, a book I loved, grocery budgets, the humor of family travel and what DOES taste better than skinny feels.

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Happy Friday 6/28/19

Happy Friday! Are you enjoying these long summer days as much as me?

We took some time off from our kitchen renovation this week to go camping with the kids on the Washington Coast. We walked the beach, explored the tide pools, hiked in the Hoh Rainforest, and ate our weight in s’mores. A good time was had by all! But after a couple nights of sleeping on the ground, we were all happy to see our beds again. We really need to find ourselves a little camp trailer 🤪

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Five Ways We Save money by living in a small town and Working for Ourselves

It’s been almost 3 years since we quit our jobs in Seattle, packed up the kids, and moved back to the small town where Garrett and I grew up (Ellensburg WA). ‘Early retirement’, as we call the transition, has been an experiment in ‘working for ourselves’ as full-time landlords and parents and part-time renovators, bloggers, and volunteers. And we’ve loved the change of pace for the most part. But it’s come with significant changes to our finances. And today I wanted to share 5 ways we actually save money by living in a small town and working for ourselves.

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