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WE BOUGHT A HOUSE + Tips for Buying a Home!

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 2, 2017

About three weeks after Josh proposed, we bought our DREAM HOUSE. It seems rather quick, and believe me when I say that people had a ton of questions. So I’m dishing out all the details on how we purchased our first home, and a few tips if you’re considering purchasing a home as well!

From April to July, Josh and I had been looking every single night on websites for houses. Mostly to get an idea, so that when the time did come to look for a home, we would know what we want. After Josh proposed, we thought it wouldn’t hurt to go see a few houses in person. We visited four houses with a real estate agent to get an idea of the neighborhood we may want to live in, and get an idea of a price range that would work for us.

I kept getting drawn back to a house that was newly on the market. It was a seven-minute commute for me to work and a 10-minute commute for Josh. It was in a central neighborhood that was close to everything we could ever need. Plus, the price was absolutely amazing and affordable for us. I instantly had a gut feeling that we needed to see the house as soon as possible. This happened on a Friday. It turns out that two days later, they were having their first open house. My heart told me to jump on it. I called my mom and dad, and told them that I had a really good feeling about a house, and I wanted them to come down and look at it with us that Sunday because my father is in construction, and would definitely be able to tell us what we needed to know about the roof, and other areas should there be any issues. Of course, they drove down, and we all went to the house.

When I first walked into the house, I didn’t even see the couple’s furniture. Instead, I imagined our furniture without even trying. Every room I walked in, I fell even more in love than the room before. I fell so in love with every aspect of the house, that I wouldn’t even have changed a paint color on the wall. It was the perfect size, and had everything we needed and more. The backyard deck and patio were beautiful, and the kitchen was recently updated. I was simply enamored.

If you thought those weren’t enough signs, there’s more. Josh and I are in love with dogs, and a huge reason for falling in love with the house is because it has a beautiful yard, but it didn’t have a fence. Josh asked if there was anything we should know about putting up a fence in that area since we are interested in getting a dog. The owners told us that the invisible fence was already installed in their yard for a dog. 

Although I held my composure, I nearly cried. It was the final piece we needed to hear before knowing this was absolutely meant to be. I was ready to jump immediately, but I knew Josh was going to feel overwhelmed since this was a huge decision to make. I pulled him aside, and we knew we were going to make an offer knowing that this house wouldn’t last long on the market. We didn’t sign anything, but we let them know we were already pre-approved for a home and that we would be good after talking with a lawyer about the contract they had. After going through the bank and getting everything processed, we set a closing date and plan to move in at the end of the month. Although this only took a week or so, we wanted to wait awhile before telling people because of how easily everything went for us. We simply couldn’t believe how everything fell into place without a problem, which only confirmed that this was meant to be.

After going through this experience, I think it’s important to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way:

1| Do your research.

Do your research on everything from what are your non-negotiable items for a home to what is the highest you can truly afford each month. Go to the bank first to get pre-approved for a house even if you think it’s unnecessary. I promise that seeing the full breakdown of taxes to closing costs to your monthly mortgage payment will really help you in the long run. Buying a house is probably the biggest investment you’ll make, and it’s important to know everything.

2| Trust your gut.

I promise that you will know when it’s the right house. You will have an instant gut feeling that won’t go away because you’re so certain about the house you’re looking to buy and make a home. I felt it. Josh felt it. My parents felt it. When all else fails, go with your gut and it will not fail you.

3| Plan accordingly.

I would love to say that you just buy a house and that’s all there is to it, but that’s not how it works. Although Josh and I had a very easy home-buying process, there were still documents to sign with the bank and a lot to review about our closing date, moving, what stays and what goes with the house, figuring out our lease for the townhouse. Everything is affected when you buy a home, so plan accordingly based on the time of year, what may affect your lease or the current home you live in, etc.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing this exciting news for us! It’s unbelievable to see my vision board come to life in a matter of a few months. I’ve crossed off the largest goal on the list, and it hasn’t been three months since putting it together. I can’t wait to begin this new journey with Josh as homeowners, and I can’t wait to see what other goals we achieve in the next few months!

Tell me, what tips do you have for someone buying their first home? Or tips for moving into your first house? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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10 Reasons to be Excited for Fall

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 20, 2017

Calling all my pumpkin-spice-loving blogger friends who are just as excited for OUR season as I am.

*casually shrieks*

You all know my love for fall is real, and I know that I’m not the only one out there who loves this time of year. The change in season IS on it’s way, and I’m going to tell you why I’m here for it. If you’re looking to bask in the glory of a beautiful time of year and bring a little bliss to your life, keep reading!

1| ALL THE COLORS

Leaves are bursting with color, which means that you take all the best blogging photos and Instagram photos by using apples, leaves, pumpkins, Starbucks cups and other cute props you can only use during fall. P.S. who doesn’t love taking photos when the leaves change color. It’s basically the number one bucket list item for fall.

2| The BEST Instagram theme

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than everyone’s Instagram theme in the fall. Everywhere you go is a beautiful backdrop of color (from those gorgeous trees TBH). And, you can take all the cozy, dark looking photos to perfect your theme. I’m all about those vibes on Instagram during fall.

3| Pumpkin overload

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin bisque. If it’s a food, you can add some pumpkin to it in some way shape or form this season and make it even better #amiright?! I’m hoping to work on my cooking and baking skills all season long, so please send some recipes my way!

4| Those awesome bucket lists

You know what I’m talking about. You write down your fall bucket lists that consists of everything you NEED to do this season: apple picking, perfecting your pumpkin pie recipe, go to a fall festival, make a baller Halloween costume, watch Hocus Pocus an absurd amount of times, Buy $100 worth of fall Bath & Body Works candles. You know, the usual list.

5| CoZy ViBeS

Fall is a prime time of the year for Hygge, which I’m going to appreciate and spend a lot of time focusing on this season. If you’re all about candles, blankets, books, and good food with good friends, you’ll love the concept of hygge. P.S. what books have you been loving lately? Leave a comment below so I can have some new things to read!

6| Fall style

We all agree that fall style is the best style, right? Because I don’t know about you, but I love that I can basically rotate between the same five sweaters and five pairs of leggings all season long and it’s appropriate. P.S. the layers of cardigans, scarves, and cute booties are must-haves when fall rolls around.

7| THE BEST FOOD

Soups, stews, and all the crockpot meals for days. The main reason I love the food during fall is because crockpots are so darn easy to use that it’s impossible to mess up. So, it seems like I’m #adulting and #wifematerial when really I’m just dumping everything in my crockpot and turing in on low for 8 hours. It’s a win-win scenario for everyone.

8| Halloween

I’ve never been a person who would get dressed up for Halloween and hit up several parties where I need four different costumes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate the day. We don’t get any trick-or-treaters where we live, but we typically relax at home, have a not-so-healthy meal, and enjoy tons of Halloween movies.

9| Thanksgiving

Although I’m pretty much in full-blown Christmas mode by Thanksgiving, it’s in the fall season. Going back to food because #priorities, Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year because you can eat everything and anything and no one criticizes you. I’m trying to make everyday Thanksgiving because all I want is to eat mounds of food without judgement, but I guess it’s only reserved for this one holiday.

10| So. Close. To. Christmas

Need I say more?

So tell me, what do you love most about fall? What’s on your fall bucket list that you’re most excited about? Be sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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5 Looks I’m Lusting For: September

Posted in Fashion
on September 13, 2017

Is sweater weather really the best kind of weather? The answer is yes. Always yes to sweater weather.

I don’t know about you, but I am pumped for fall and all the cozy things in life. I’m ready for Bath and Body Works candles, the change in weather, sweaters, fall bucket lists (even though I don’t always get to do everything I want to on those lists). And, above all else, I’m ready for fall fashion, which is why I’m sharing five looks that are getting me so excited for the new season.

This sweater is what Autumn dreams are made of. I am on the hunt and I’m determined to find a long, open-front cardigan and I plan to wear every single day throughout the season. If you have any links from similar sweaters you own and love, PLEASE leave them in the comments below. My favorite thing about this type of cardigan is that it looks like a blanket, but you also look so dressed up!

Okay, I know we just got done talking about adorable, perfect sweaters, but hear me out on this one. I’m also loving how this looks so darn cute but she’s wearing a sweater, leggings and cute shoes. To be honest, I think it’s all about the neutrals. Nude is a color I’m lusting to own more of in my closet because I think it’s chic, classic and extremely versatile. If you have seen any nude sweaters, tops, etc., please share those with me as well!

I promise I’m not going to talk about the sweater because it’s evident that I’m in love with long, open-front cardigans and that isn’t going to end any time soon. So let’s move on to those adorable shoes. I’ve been loving loafers and masculine-style flats for fall. I’m sick of buying flats that are destroyed after a year because I wear them too much. I need shoes with a thick, durable sole and that will last with miles of walking. Make sure to send your recommendations my way!

You know those sweaters that you can wear with anything and everything? I feel like this sweater has tons of potential for versatility. I would love it casually with leggings or jeans, but I also feel like you can tuck it in to a skirt since it’s a thinner material. P.S. This is one of my favorite colors to wear during fall and winter. I never been an orange or red type of girl, so this is the perfect warm-tone color to get a small mix of both colors in there.

I always told myself that when I was older, I would wear cute heels all the time. Now, I’m more practical and I want shoes that are comfortable. But, I LOVE these shoes and how this entire look is pulled together with different shades of nude. I also love the sweater draped over the blouse. I’ve been only trying to achieve this exact look for years now, so if anyone has any tips on how to look cute and pull off this layered look, please let me know! P.S. that clutch is adorable and inspires me to carry less things so I can carry cute clutches, #amiright?


What looks have you been lusting for? What outfit is your favorite and most similar to your style? What are some fall trends you’re hoping to try this season?

Ki Signature

 

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How I’m Living Life Fearlessly

Posted in Lifestyle
on September 11, 2017

Back in August, I shared a post about doing things that scare you and why it’s so important for your personal growth. If you haven’t caught up on this post, I highly recommend reading it because it was difficult to share, and I am proud of that. I think it’s important to live life without fear because that’s when we accomplish all of our goals, and truly become the person we are meant to be. Fear holds us back, and I don’t want to let it stop me from the living the life I want to live.

Fast forward a month later, and I want to share some things I’ve done to overcome fear, and how I’m living life fearlessly by doing things that scare me. If you’re hoping to remove fear from your life, please keep reading for a little extra bliss to your Monday morning!

1| Spontaneity 

I’ve done some spontaneous things over the last month that I normally would never do. Something I struggle with regarding anxiety is planning ahead. Last-minute plans are a no-go for me because that means I’m stressing and overthinking all the things that could go wrong with making this last-minute plan. Instead, I decided to embrace the spontaneous adventure ahead of me and I ended up having the best time Every. Single. Time.

2| Networking

If you told me a year ago that I would feel comfortable going out to public, networking events in an area I wasn’t from and actually enjoying it, I would have laughed endlessly. I don’y do well with attending events like that by myself, but I’m learning more and more that I am able to go out and have a good time even in a professional setting. I refuse to let fear hold me back professionally.

3| Branching Out Creatively

The main reason for my post on doing things that scare you was related to creating video content because I feel very vulnerable on camera, and that’s a scary feeling. But, I’ve been working toward creating more video content and also working on other creative projects like writing a book. It took me about three years to not let fear take control of this dream I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I’m hoping this is something I can work on passionately should it manifest into something.

4| Chasing my Dreams

For example, making videos and writing a book. But there are other dreams on that list from my vision board series that I never dreamed would come to life so quickly, however one of them will be a huge announcement coming to the blog sometime in fall. I’m sure most of you can guess what it is based on some of my other comments on social media and on previous posts. The main takeaway is that I’m not allowing fear to ruin my dreams and plans I have for myself. End of story.

I hope this post inspires you to overcome your fears and make you think a little differently about fear and why it’s important to move past it. So tell me, what fear are you going to overcome this week or month? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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7 Shoe Trends I’ve Never Tried [& Don’t Plan To Wear]

Posted in Fashion
on August 30, 2017

I’ve always been a pretty practical shopper. I was never the type of person who would buy something simply because other people had that item. In middle school, I wasn’t rushing to Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch every single day for the newest arrival. (I did get several things from those stores over a few holidays, though.)

There are so many trends that I personally didn’t care for; and still don’t care for to this day. There are so many that I can separate them into different categories. Today, we’re talking about shoes. Make sure to leave a comment letting me know what shoe trends you’ve jumped on the bandwagon for and which ones you’ve never liked.

1| Ugg Boots

Ugh to Ugg boots. (See what I did there?) This one is pretty simple because I couldn’t understand how a pair of boots could cost $200. I felt like the majority of my friends who owned them were always afraid to wear them because they would get dirty and ruined way too easily. So you’re spending $200 on boots you don’t want to wear because you don’t want to ruin them. Yeah, no thanks.

2| Sperry’s 

I never understood why these were so popular. But like Uggs, Sperry’s blew up in popularity when I was in high school; and every single person owned at least one pair. I remember girls in my classes would complain about the blisters they would get from first wearing them for awhile. So, again with buying something that you don’t even want to wear, but now you’re not wearing them because they’re not comfortable. It never made sense to me.

3| Adidas Sneakers

Would I wear them, maybe. But I’m probably not going to buy them regardless. I remember these were huge back in middle school. Then they were shoved in the back of everyone’s closets through high school, donated to charity by college. Now, post college, we are all buying our second pair. Funny how that works, am I right? I don’t even hate the brand or style of them, but I don’t see myself buying them because I’ve always been a Nike girl.

4| Birkenstocks

I’m sure they’re so comfortable because that is what their claim to fame is. In college, I felt like the hipsters were the first people to jump on this because that’s the actual definition of being a hipster. But, I never really saw the reason for the hype. $100 sandals that will definitely be too gross to wear after one summer of sweat and dirt. Yes, you’re right, that sounds so appealing. I’m more than fine with my inexpensive sandals to wear to the beach and during summer.

5| Converse Sneakers

Yes, really. Another pair of shoes that I know every single human being owns except for me. To be real, they make my feet look huge. I don’t know if that’s me feeling self conscious about wearing them, but they aren’t flattering on me at all. I want to like them because I feel like they’re everyone’s default choice when they need something comfortable, but I don’t see myself ever jumping on the converse kick.

6| Combat Boots

This simply comes down to style. Combat boots were never really my style. I never had an edgy look or edgy sense of style. I have always been a person who prefers to wear more classic pieces that will last for years to come rather than wearing things that are more trendy and don’t necessarily fit my style. So, they weren’t something I was interested in buying.

7| Crocs

No explanation needed.


So what shoe trends have you loved over the years; and what are the trends that you never got on board with? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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