SIMPLE & NEUTRAL HOLIDAY GIFT WRAPPING

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SIMPLICITY THIS SEASON 

This year, I am craving simplicity in our barndominium for the holidays-from our tree to gift giving and even the wrapping paper! Do you crave simplicity this holiday season?

I am getting together with seven of my fellow bloggers to share how we are wrapping our Christmas gifts this holiday season!! Now, back in the day, when I was younger and our family was smaller, I would have all of our gifts wrapped by Thanksgiving! These days, with a larger family plus being I am in a much busier season of life, I simply do not. Sharing with y’all has me a bit ahead of the game this year!

ITEMS NEEDED

I have always enjoyed using brown kraft paper, as wrapping paper because there are so many ways to dress it up or down! Plus, it is super budget friendly, at $4 for a huge roll. Brown kraft paper is very thick, which means, it will not tear as your wrapping it!

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Greenery (I used fresh rosemary from my garden), dried oranges, neutral twine, red/white twine and handmade white cardstock gift tags.

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In my last blog, I shared about how I made my dried orange garland and I just love the idea of using natural elements in gift wrapping like fresh greenery, dried oranges and twine. You could use any fresh greenery like cypress, pine or sage. Fresh dried fruits like apples, pears, lemons or limes. Check out my Orange Garland Reel on IG!

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I wrapped my boxes in brown kraft paper, purchased at Hobby Lobby for $4, when it was half off. I had my twine on hand but its usually only a couple bucks at Hobby Lobby or Wal-Mart. I also had white cardstock on hand and decided to cut out my own little gift tags and handwrite each name with a special note. Next, I added either the neutral or red twine and tied with a bow. Lastly, adding the fresh rosemary and dried oranges!

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Simple, neutral and budget friendly! I am using mostly neutrals and keeping things simple this Christmas at the barndominium. Check out some fellow bloggers below and see how they are wrapping their gifts this holiday season!!

 

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DIY DRIED ORANGE GARLAND

Last Christmas, I wanted to try the diy dried orange garland that was all over Instagram! I couldn’t try it out because we were living in our camper, which had no oven, while we built our barndominium! This year, I knew I would be trying it! Dried orange garland is super easy, plus budget friendly as well! check out my REEL on IG!

Today, I am joining a group of blogging friends for a fun Christmas DIY blog hop, hosted by Terrie, Decorate and More with Tip !

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DRIED ORANGE GARLAND

This garland is perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree, mantel, on a cabinet, gathered around  your window or even as trim for your Christmas gifts! It takes a little bit of time, but your house will smell amazing and it is SO worth the effort! 

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ITEMS NEEDED

  •  10-12 Oranges
  •  Scissors/knife 
  •  Twine
  •  Baking Sheet
  •  Parchment Paper

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cut off ends of oranges. Slice oranges into about 1/4 inch thick in slices.

2. Place oranges, in  single layer, onto baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

3.  Bake for 4-6 hours or uintil completely dry.

4. Make a knot into the end of a piece of twine and thread oranges through.

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TIPS

Pat oranges dry before placing in oven. This helps to take out some of the moisture. I also opened my oven occassionally to let out some of the steam. Oranges are dried when the pulp is see-through. I held mine up to a window and if the pulp was see-though,  it was done!

I am so glad that I made dried orange garland this year! I love it’s simplicity during the Christmas season! You could even leave it up as winter decor through February! I may add this to my yearly traditions! Check out a few of my friends as we all have gotten together to share a Christmas DIY! I know you will love what they are sharing with you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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Why Choose Organic Cotton Bedding for Kids?

“This blog post is sponsored by Coco Village and reflects my own personal views and opinions on the products.”

Organic cotton is better for people and the environment. We’ve chosen to go organic with our kids bedding!

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As parents, we always want the best for our children. Our children spend an average of 10 hours out of 24 hours in their bed! By adding 100% organic cotton to their beds is really the best we can do the best for our children! Parents can sleep soundly while our children dream peacefully in bedding free of chemicals and toxic substances!

Non Organic Cotton Production 

Non Organic Cotton has “earned” the title of being the dirtiest crop on earth-with 16% of the world’s insecticides and requiring $2 Billion in pesticides each year. Pesticides and insecticides used in cotton production contaminate the soil we use to grow crops, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Non organic crops also uses much more water due to unhealthy soil conditions.

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Organic Cotton Bedding


Organic cotton is produced in ways that it is better for the environment by using non-gmo seeds, farmers hand-picking weeds, using less water by having healthier non-pesticide soil. By applying these principles, the soil will result in a harvest that yields better for cotton farmers.

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What Happens When We Choose Organic Cotton?

By making a choice for a sustainably-produced cotton product, we help protect our environment, people and animals. Since organic cotton is grown with the help of natural cultivation methods, without artificial fertilizer and chemical pesticides. Examples like: crop rotation or the use of biological control agents.  The results are that people and the environment are sleeping and breathing less toxicity!

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Coco Village Organic Cotton Bedding

Coco Village has been in our home for the last couple of years. This is one of our family’s favorite shops! Coco Village also has 100% Organic Cotton Bedding for kids! Our youngest two girls were so excited to begin decorating their new room in our new Barndominium!  We started off with Coco Village’s Organic Cotton Geo Quilt and in the White Black color. 

This quilt is the perfect mix between  texture, comfort and organic cotton quality! I love the minimalist neutral design, with soft organic cotton  blends beautifully with any decor! Your results will be  a warm and inviting environment. Your kids will love it!

Coco Village Black Friday Sale

Subscribe to Coco Village’s VIP early Black Friday sale!! If you subscribe to the link, you will get special early access on November 25th to all their BF deals!!!  Check out the REEL we made on IG of our new bedding!

If y’all have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

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Our Experience with Acon Trampoline

“This blog post is sponsored by Acon Trampoline and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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”Mommy, can we buy a trampoline?”

When our youngest two daughters began asking for a trampoline, since their older two adult sisters had had one, when they were younger, I began researching the best trampolines on the market. I researched, I read blog reviews, just like you a reading now because I wanted the best for my children, as any parents do. What I came up with was that Acon Trampoline was safe with premium quality that is designed to last for generations. Plus, in comparison to other premium trampoline’s, Acon was budget friendly and they frequently have sales! Win! Win! Check out our REEL on IG!!!

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Acon Trampoline

Enter Acon Trampoline into our lives! Designed in Finland, since 1996, Acon has invested research and development in order to stay on the leading edge of performance. Acon has a premium collection of trampolines and in all different sizes.

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Premium Qualities

All of Acon trampolines are black powder coated and made of galvanized steel both inside and out. Do you know what that means? It means your trampoline will not rust. Thick frame tube ensure us, as consumers, that it’s construction will not bend or warp from standard use. It will keep for generations to come!

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Warranty

Acon’s warranty is 10 years on the frame, 5 years on the mat, 2 years on the safety pad and other mat components with 2 plus years on the springs, depending on your model type.  Best of all, once your warranty runs out, they have an inventory of spare parts. Anything you could need for your trampoline! 

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Build a Trampoline Package

Acon definitely build their trampolines with families in mind! Every model comes with a standard base style, plus you can choose what accessories to add to your package. They have ladders, safety enclosures and special trick accessories. 

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The New Acon Air 13ft Sport HD Rectangular Trampoline

Your backyard will be the hit of the neighborhood with the newest Acon 13ft Rectangular Trampoline! When Acon reached out and said they wanted to offer our family their brand new 13ft Acon Trampoline, our two youngest girls and I screamed with excitement! 

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The new X-series springs bring even MORE bounce and longer lifetime of jumping! The frame has an all new adjustable double layer bounce system that you can adjust the springs to one or two different vertical attachment positions to create mat tension to suit your style! It is seriously the most bounciest trampoline I have ever jumped on! Yes, this Momma still got some moves!!

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The Quiet SafeZone mat includes a skirt that reaches over the springs. It will also dampen the noise and eliminates spring contact.  The net is designed for No Finger Access and is made from durable and skin friendly materials in order to keep all fingers and toes safe! 

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Ya’ll! This trampoline is perfect for Christmas! Perfect for Santa to bring on Christmas morning, am I right?! The girls and I are LOVING their new trampoline from Acon! If y’all have any questions, please feel free to reach out!! Check out our reel on IG of our new Acon Trampoline! We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season! 

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Home Security with Lorex Technology


“This blog post is sponsored by Lorex Technology and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Lorex Technology offers a simple solution of home security system that you can access from your pocket computer-aka your smartphone of your choice.

Home Security Made Simple

Does the thought of installing your own home security system intimidate you? Fear no more, we are here to show you just how easy it is to install you own home security stystem from Lorex. Plus, I want to share why we chose Lorex for our home security monitoring needs! Check out our VIDEO on IG of our installation and how it works

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2K Wire-Free Camera Security System with Wi-Fi Doorbell

Overview

Lorex’s home security has never been easier to install or monitor your home with their indoor/outdoor 2K Wire-Free Security System. The Lorex Home Hub, a 2K Wi-Fi Video Doorbell and three 2K resolution wire-free cameras, this system will help you protect what matters most with no monthly fees. Let me show you how!

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Smart Deterrence

The Doorbell and Wire-Free cameras include a motion-activated LED warning light to deter any unwanted guests. You can even get a notification on your smartphone when someone arrives at your home!

2K Resolution Recording

A 4MP image sensor provides 2X the resolution as 1080p, which provides an exceptionally sharp and detailed video.

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Color Night Vision™

External lighting capture’s full color video at night. In low-light settings, the camera’s IR night vision will activate.

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1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera

Overview 

Combine your security plus lighting with Lorex Technology’s 1080p Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera. With dual LED lights that can produce 4k lumens, which is plenty to illuminate your front door, garage or backyard during the night.  I believe it also serves as an effective deterrent for any unwanted guests on your property.  The 1080p Wi-Fir Floodlight Camera also includes full 1080p HD recording, a remotely triggered siren, two-way audio and infrared night vision, that allows the camera to see up to 50 feet. Local storage means no monthly fees. One of the best features is that you can install by using your existing light fixture wiring, so it stays powered 24/7 without having to recharge batteries! The camera on the floodlight can be adjusted vertically or horizontally. Includes a 32 GB microSD card and supports up to 256 GB microSD storage

Dual LED Floodlights

With the Dual LED Floodlights, there are three ways of activating the floodlights: motion, on a schedule or manually. In motion-triggered mode, the lights will automatically turn on when the passive infrared sensor detects movement. They will automatically turn off after the designated duration. Option to activate the floodlights manually or on a schedule through the Lorex Home app.

Fully Weather-Resistant

The Wi-Fi Floodlight camera is MADE for the outdoors. Featuring IP65 weather-resistance certification, even rain and snow!

Real-Time 1080p HD Video

Its all in the details by capturing important details with real-time, 30 frames-per-second full, 1080p HD resolution recording.

PIR Motion Detection

Passive Infrared motion detector will capture the most important moments and has a 270° horizontal field of view!! It is designed to sense the infrared energy that eminates from people, animals or even vehicles. This helps to reduce false alarms from other moving objects! So smart!

Wide Angle Lens

This Wi-Fi floodlight security camera is equipped with a wide angle lens that is ideal for monitoring large areas or doorways and has a 137° diagonal field of view!

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1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera 

Overview

Lorex’s 1080p HD indoor Wi-Fi monitoring is a seamless, easy solution for monitoring doorways, windows, hallways or even your high value items. Or if your like us, have a puppy to monitor while your away! You could even use it to monitor little ones at night. The camera features a pan-tilt feature that allows you to remotely adjust it’s field of view up and down or left and right straight from your phone. It also has 1080p HD resolution, two-way audio and  infrared night vision!

Privacy Mode

Privacy Mode is available using the Lorex Home app to temporarily disable your camera’s remote viewing, recording capabilities and push notifications. 

Pan, Tilt, Digital Zoom

The WiFi camera has the ability to pan and tilt! It also features 16× digital zoom and night vision range up to 33 feet. 

Two-Way Audio

The camera’s built-in microphone plus speaker will help you ward off uninvited guests, all with a touch of your smartphone or even your tablet. You can talk to whoever is on the other end of the camera!!!

Wide Angle Field of View

The Wi-Fi camera is equipped  with a 135° diagonal field of view. I recommend setting up the camera near doorways or wide entranceways for maximum coverage!

Person Detection

With Person Detection, avoid false alerts and unnecessary notifications. Designed to recognize when a person enters the camera’s field of view, this feature will reduce unwanted motion alerts while providing more intelligent monitoring for us!

HEVC / H.265 Encoding

High Efficiency Video Coding, more commonly referred is a video encoding technology that compresses large data files without diminishing the quality. It can compress up to 50% more than previous encoding technology, which helps save you bandwidth space when remotely watching live or recorded footage.

Lorex Security System Installation

Set up

With Lorex, you can easily set up your Wi-Fi Floodlight Camera with a quick and easy installation process by using the existing wiring from your previous floodlight or outdoor house light. It can also connect to your pre-existing standard junction box. How amazing is that?! Win, win in my book!

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Lorex Home App

For our family, if your like us, when your away for a business trip or on a long overdue family vacation, using the Lorex Home App to keep tabs on your home, has never been easier! Stress-free if you will!  Download the app and use your smartphone or tablet to view live and recorded footage, change the camera settings or even use two-way audio plus more!

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Overall Review

I researched every single home security system that is available on the market, right now and I chose Lorex for our home security! Why? Easy to install, budget friendly and it  gives us the home security that we need!

I absolutely love our new security system from Lorex!! I have worked with Matthew from Lorex and from the start, he has been so kind, asking if we had any questions about the system, if we were enjoying it and if he could be of any assistance, he would help!! If I needed tech, he was on it and they would call me within the hour! 

EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCT

Lorex’s reviews online are outstanding and I give them an outstanding ovation of quality of product and outstanding customer service! This system is also super budget friendly when comparing other home security systems! I believe it will fit into almost any budget! If you have any questions, please reach out! I’d be happy to answer any of your questions or point you in the right direction!

PS-Lorex has Black Friday sales now!!!

❤️~Shae

How I Found the Best Appliances for Our Barndominium

[This post contains sponsored links from ZLINE. All reviews and opinions are mine.]

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Today, I am ecstatic to share about how I found the best appliances for our Barndominium Kitchen. I searched for modern looking appliances that were superb quality at an affordable price. I found them at ZLINE and I am thrilled to have the high-end appliances of my dreams without all those high prices!

Modern, High Quality & Affordable ZLINE Appliances 

When we began dreaming of our DIY barndominium , I had substantial plans for our kitchen in the barndominium. I was determined to find high-end, high-quality, modern appliances at an affordable price. When I found ZLINE, I knew my search was over. Their company met all of my expectations and more!

Why You Should Buy a ZLINE Appliance

On average, ZLINE appliances are 50 % less expensive compared to similar products on the market. ZLINE brings the best quality-to-price ratio in the industry. Trust me when I say that I did my research when it came to the purchase of appliances for our DIY barndominium. I wanted appliances with multiple features but also something that would stand the test of time. I wanted to have an appliance to grow old with per say. I have been cooking for over twenty years and I thought it was about time that my culinary experiences would reflect well on a quality, well built appliance. Let me not forget to mention how stunningly gorgeous these appliances are to the eye! A show stopper in any kitchen!

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ZLINE Dropin Gas Stovetop 

All ZLINE ranges use handcrafted Italian burners, which are some of the highest quality on the market and imported directly from Italy. The single-piece porcelain top is durable and easy to clean. All of the ZLINE hinges are designed to stay put and imported from Italy, along with a fluid and stable weighted action.

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Range Features

• Italian brass burners provides superior heat retention and even flame distribution.
• Solid-pieace cast iron grate. Heavy duty, built to last with exceptional strenth-to-weight ratio.
• Heavy duty, no-scratch Italian made porcelain one-piece cooktop. Easy to clean with  no crevices that can hold residue.
• Cooktop can be installed into counter or island.
 
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ZLINE Professional Single Wall Oven 

Luxury is the first word that comes to mind with our new ZLINE Convection Single Wall Oven. Experiencing the beauty of our built-in with a modern design has been surreal! I told my husband we may gain some weight with all the biscuits, casseroles and desserts I have been making!  

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ZLINE Professional Wall Oven has several standard and convection cooking modes, including: Standard Bake, Standard Broil, Convection Bake, Convection Roast, and Convection Broil. 

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Oven Features

  • Standard Bake and Broil modes.
  • Built-in design.
  • Temperature probe and sabbath mode feature.
  • Comes  with one oven rack, one telescoping oven rack and a broil pan and tray.
  • Halogen oven light.
  • Self-Clean technology with delay cleaning feature to begin self-cleaning on your schedule.
  • Safety panel lock.
  • Proprietary stay-put hinges are designed to support the full weight of the oven door and hold at any place.

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ZLINE Built-in Convection Microwave Oven 

Upgrade is the first word that comes to mind with our new ZLINE Microwave! With 11 different power levels, utilizing regular heat, broil, or convection cooking elements. It is perfect for busy families on the go! The microwave oven’s cooking features include multi-stage cooking technology, sensor cooking, express cooking, and multiple auto-defrost settings. I also enjoy the safety of the child lock safety feature! I love the reversable wire rack that you can use facing down for baking or roasting or facing up for grilling. 

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Microwave Features

  • Ceramic made with reversible turntable. The turntable can turn clockwise or counter clockwise. 
  • Kitchen timer feature with a crystal clear LCD display.  
  • Multiple defrost settings.
  • Standard, broil and convection microwave modes.
  • 1,000 watt cooking power to thoroughly cook or defrost any dish.
  • Rapide preheating-The oven reaches the set temperature very quickly to expedite the reheating process. 
  • Sensor cooking-The microwave oven automaticall determines the required cooking time for each food item and allows you to cook foods without selecting cooking times or power levels. 

Closing Thoughts on Our ZLINE Appliances

If you are looking to upgrade your appliances or install appliances in your newly built home, look no further when it comes to ZLINE appliance! Quality, luxury and best pricing for top of the line appliances. I am so pleased with our decision to purchase ZLINE appliances! We love every single detail of each appliance! If you have any questions about purchasing appliances, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

❤️~Shae

How We Built Our Barndominium-With Our Own Hands

During the summer of 2020, my husband and I decided that we would place our house up for sale and move to the beach! The housing market was booming for homeowners and we decided it would be the best time to sell!

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Our home sold within the first week of having it listed and thus began our plan of homeownership via paying cash! We settled on building a pole barn that we would live in temporarily while we built our forever home! The pole barn quickly became our barndominium!

Researching is Key

Researching is key if you are thinking about undertaking a large project like building your own barndominium. This project has consumed us for months, but it has allowed us to build almost everything ourselves and it has been so worth it! When we would shop for estimates, we shopped until we found a price we liked!

The photo below is the backside of our property and where our barndominium currently sets.

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Finding Land

The very first item on our agenda was the land! We knew a quaint little beach town that we wanted to grow old in and began driving around looking at property in July of 2020.

The photo below is the beach across the street from our property!

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We began looking up owners of properties in the town from the plot map, to begin writing them, asking them if we could purchase their land. We had found a couple pieces of property, when my Father-In-Law reached out to us, who happened to live in the same quant beach town and asked us if we would like his property. We were shocked and so happy! Thus began our dreams of building a Pole Barn with an attatched Guest Suite.

In this photo, my husband had begun clearing our land. This is about two days into it!

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Clearing the Land

Next on the agenda was assessing the property. The property was not in the best shape. In fact, you could hardly see it with all of the overgrown trees.

This is the very first picture that I took of our property. This is the front side of our property.

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There was also a older mobile home, a storage building plus seven junk cars that had been setting on the property for years, along with a boat plus a good amount of trash to clean up.

Below in this photo, my husband was removing the last of the junk cars!!! This was car number seven!

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We knew we needed to rent a tractor to clear the land and make a driveway. I also wanted to learn how to operate a tractor! I actually wanted to learn about anything that my husband was willing to teach me during this process!

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Neither my husband or I had never used a tractor up until this point, but we learned! I think we enjoyed it too!

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It was a lot of sweat equity work with taking out trees, pulling them down and across the road and watching my husband drop trees that stood seventy feet in the air!

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My parents would always be calling, when they saw our stories on Instagram and say to be careful! We also have our own portable sawmill that we plan to mill our pine and oak trees that we saved for wood countertops for our home.

 

Setting the Posts and Adding Fill Dirt

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The first step was setting the posts! 

We also purchased two dumpsters of fill dirt from a local company. We rented another smaller tractor to help push the dirt out into the pole barn and help keep it evenly spread.

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Leveling Out the Dirt and Adding Posts for Barn Doors

The next step was buying a laser to level out the dirt for the pole barn. We wanted to make sure we had the ground level!

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We also rented a compactor to compact down the dirt. We also added two posts for the barn doors on the front!

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Adding Footers and Rebarb 

Next we added a layer of plastic and the footers and rebarb. We also attached concrete wire to the rebarb. 

Concrete Pour for the Foundation

We did hire out this job because it was such a large job that we did not think we could handle the amount of work on our own.

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Plus, if you happen to mess up concrete, well, its a hard and expensive job to mess up on!!

So glad we hired this one out! Those concrete guys worked so hard! You can watch the video of our concrete pour here

Buying Windows and Doors

My husband wanted to go ahead and buy the windows and doors before framing, so he knew the size of the frames that he would need to be making for the pole barn. We went to Habitat for Huminity to find our windows and doors. We scored big and were able to grab almost everything we needed from Habitat for Humanity! Some of the windows and doors were used but some were new! We spent under $500 for all of our windows and doors! Check out our trip to Habitat for Humanity!

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Framing the First Floor

Framing the first floor went pretty fast.

We were able to get it all done in about two to three days.

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I learned to frame and framed one of the walls on my own! It is always so cool to learn a new trade!

 

Framing the Second Floor

We second story framing went faster than the first floor. We plan to use the two wings of the barndominium for attic storage and then the middle of the second floor as useable space. My parents came down to help us on a Saturday! Much needed!

Roof

We were able to frame the roof fairly quickly in about two weeks,  then added the galvalume roof.

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! It took about two and a half days for the install on the galvalume roof! Not to bad for two old guys (both of our Dad’s) and two middle aged guys (hubs and bro). No pun intended 🤣

 

My parents and my brother came to help for the putting the galvalume roof on! My mom helped me with cleaning up debris, breaking up a pile of extra concrete and making lunch for our guys! Check out our reel on the installing of the roof! 

After Framing and Roofing

After our barndo was framed,  the next few projects were not nearly as overwhelming. My husband had general construction knowledge and we are both hard workers, willing to do whatever it took to bring our temporary home to life!! Anything we were not knowledgeable on, we turned to You Tube, family or friends that were experts in the subject area.

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I built the exterior barn doors, myself, with the help of a couple assistants to cut and hold wood! Check out that process here!  It is truly amazing what you can learn to do if you have the willingness to learn! You might may some mistakes along the way, but just start over and try again!

 
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Our plan has been to do as much work that we can do on our own, to keep building costs as low as possible. This is a cash build and we had absolutely no plans to get any type of loan for our barndominium build or our forever home build! Our hope was to get the barndominium dried in and basic items checked off then take time to finish the remaining rooms. 

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We are almost completely done with the building process. Finishing up with sheet rock and paint over the next little bit! Would you like to guess at how much we spent on our Barndominium build? The first person to comment with the correct amount, I wil send you a $100 gift card from Home Depot!

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Instagram Collabs

I have been so blessed to have a job that never feels like work to me! I couldn’t be happier as a blogger and a influencer on IG! I am excited to share in a blog post, soon, our barndomium reveal and which companies I collaborated with! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Love~Shae

 

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

DIY White Concrete Kitchen Countertops

“This blog post is sponsored by Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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When deciding on countertops for our barndominium, I knew I wanted white and I wanted something rustic. When researching all the different types of countertops, I found a blog that was reviewing white concrete countertops though Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions. I was immediately intriged because we had had concrete countertops in our previous home that I had diy-ed myself! I had never heard of white concrete countertops but as I saw the finished photo’s of a blogger’s review, I knew that white concrete countertops would be in my home!

If you are finding yourself here after pouring over every tutorial and reading all the blog posts…..you think your ready to pour concrete countertops? Come along and read about our concrete countertop expierence.

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Z COUNTERFORM CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM

What is Z Counterform? It is a patented concrete countertop form that allows you to pour your concrete countertops in place. YES!! You no longer need to make a mold and pouring concrete countertops then flipping over to secure! With Z Counterform Concrete Countertop Solutions, you literally pour your countertops in place and with a professional result! The Z Counterform is the black piece that surrounds the wall and wood board. 

WHITE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Yes, you can have white concrete countertops. Z Counterform  has a special white countertop blend for a clean white look. The blend is smooth and specially formulated for countertops. 

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Z Counterform  has multiple videos that you can watch to assure you that you can do your own concrete countertops!

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Begin by attaching the Z Counterform is the black piece that is attatched to your wood board. 

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Next, begin laying down the black fiber mesh reinforcement to your board. Cut to size.

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Attach the white Z-clips with screws to your board.

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Mix the concrete per package directions. We made ours the consistancy of cake batter. 

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Get ready to pour! Pour your concrete into the forms and begin using your towel to even out the concrete.  

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Use a finishing trowel to smooth out your concrete evenly! Make sure your concrete is level and tap the form to release any bubbles. Towel it a couple different times until it has been smoothed out to your liking.

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We wanted five days until we removed our forms and sanded our countertops.

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We wiped down all the sanding grit from the countertops with a damp cloth.

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Then applied the two part sealer from Z Counterform.

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We allowed the coat to dry for 12 hours then lightly sanded, wiped with a damp cloth and added another coat of sealer. We repeated this process one more time. 

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IS THIS DIY CONCRETE COUNTERTOP SYSTEM AS EASY AS IT LOOKS?

This is the number one question I have been asked by you! The answer is yes! Educate yourself on the system and watch the how-to videos by Concrete Countertop Solutions. We watched them a couple times each !  We really do believe that anyone can do this!

ARE THE COUNTERTOPS BUDGET FRIENDLY?

Yes! Our countertops were $1100 for 70 square feet but we had plenty of product left over so we actually ordered to much! From my research online, concrete countertops ranged from $65-$135 per square foot. 

HOW ARE THE COUNTERTOPS HOLDING UP?

They are holding up so well! I sealed with three coats of sealer and I am so pleased with the results! They hold up great for our large family and we are always in our kitchen! 

CAN YOU PATCH AN AREA AFTER YOU POUR?

YES! We have product left over to patch if needed. In fact, my husband scuffed up the seal when he was installing the stove top, so I needed to sand and re-stain an area by the drop in stove.

WOULD YOU POUR YOUR OWN CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS AGAIN?

Absolutely! I may even put these countertops in our bathroom! I would 100% recommend Concrete Countertops System and would defintely recommend for concrete countertops, To me, there is never another way to pour concrete countertops unless I use this system! 

QUESTIONS ABOUT CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS?

We would be happy to answer your questions about the countertops. You can also go to Concrete Countertops HOW-TO VIDEO page and their FAQ page. You can head on over to IG and check out our Video on how we DIY-ed our countertops! Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

Shae

Trimming Our Farmhouse Christmas Tree


“This blog post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery and reflects my personal views and opinions on the products.”

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Trimming our Christmas trees has always been a favorite in our home! Yes, I did say trees. We have had up to seven Christmas trees in our home! I have always enjoyed Christmas!! From trimming the trees to our youngest placing the angel on top of our family tree to baking and decorating homemade gingerbread houses together. I love it all and I really want to create those special memories with my four daughters.

Shopping for Trees and

Trimming 

One of my favorite places to shop for items to trim our trees with is Old Time Pottery! They also have so many different varities of trees to choose from as well, like my white Christmas tree! This year, they have a wonderful selection of farmhouse items like ribbon rolls, bows and wood ornaments!

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I was like a kid in a candy shop! I decided to use a couple different varieties of their wood snowflakes and joy ornaments .

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I thought instead of garland that I would use some of their Christmas grennery picks. I found these and thought they were perfect to give contrast to the white Christmas tree. 

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I also wanted to grab three rolls of their black and white farmhouse ribbon rolls.  It is so easy to trim with ribbon! Start at the top of your tree with your ribbon and go down the tree about two to four inches and pinch the ribbon, gathering with one of the branches. You can easily make your own ribbon topper by gathering  and licking an entire roll of ribbon!

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Here I’m about half way through the roll of ribbon.

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Tie the end with jute twine! Now I just need to add it to my tree and fluff to my liking!

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I also grabbed three of their pillows that you can use from Christmas through February! Add them to the floor by your Christmas tree, where it can be the perfect spot for curling up and drinking hot cocoa! Head on over to our IG and you can see a full video of the trimmings of the tree! 

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I hope ya’ll have enjoyed trimming your tree with me, this holiday season!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out! On behalf of Old Time Pottery and our family, we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae 

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

Decorating the Exterior of Our Barndominium for Christmas

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Decorating our Barndominium for Christmas 

If you follow along with us on Instagram, you know that this past year has been a journey as we’ve built our barndominimum! To say I was THRILLED to decorate for Christmas this year is an understatement; especially considering we were living in our camper during the holiday season last year!

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The photo above is the Christmas season of 2020, aka, the christmas we lived in our camper, on our property, as we built our barndominium!

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Exterior Christmas Lights

I had so much fun shopping for exterior Christmas decor pieces for our DIY Barndominium! My husband and I knew we wanted to buy Edison bulb lights for decorating the exterior of our Barndominium and I was thrilled when I found them! Our whole family loves seeing our house filled with lights for Christmas!

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DIY Christmas Wreaths

Old Time Pottery has quite the selection of Christmas wreaths to choose from but when I noticed they had all of the items that I would need to make my own wreaths, well, I just couldn’t help myself! After all, I am a DIY’er!! 

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I grabbed two grapevine wreaths, along with one roll of Christmas ribbon and one strand of my favorite Christmas garland! I was able to make two Christmas wreaths for around $30! So easy and quick to make! I plan to share my diy wreath and bow tutorial soon! Check back on IG!  

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Christmas Winter Pillows

Christmas decor isn’t cozy enough until you add pillows and I believe these pillows can take you through February! Christmas pillows in late November and December. Winter pillows for January and Valentine’s pillows for February! At $15 each, it’s a wonderful, budget friendly decor piece! 

I enjoy capturing our barndominium during sunset! 

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Happy Holidays

I hope you have enjoyed a little Christmas here at our Barndominium! It’s our first Christmas here and we are so excited to share our holiday season with you all! On behalf of our family, we wish you and your family, a wonderful holiday season!

❤️~Shae