The house with the PINK door….

I’ve always wanted a statement door and I knew when we moved this would be my first project. I talked with the hubby and got his input on living with a PINK front door. Yes a Very Berry pink door to be exact! I found my inspiration on Pinterest and was ready for the challenge.

Before we closed on our house I mentioned to our realator that I wanted to paint the door and as part of our closing gift, she gifted us with this awesome #HWTH door mat!

Initially, our door was black, and since it was already a grey exterior I wanted to spice up the outside. I went to our local Lowe’s Home Improvement store and grabbed a can of pink paint that I THOUGHT was the color of my dreams.

The first coat scared me so bad I wanted to abort the mission! But since I’m not a quitter, I decided to press on. After my second coat, I realized this was not the color for me.

I went back to Lowe’s and that’s when I found Very Berry by Valspar!

After 3 coats I was in love! They hardest or should I say most tedious part was using painters tape and painting around the glass.

I will admit, I was so scared but one I made the first stroke I was game and I’m so excited about the decision we made. Every morning when I drive off I look in the mirror and I’m excited to see that pink door as we head off on our daily routine.

Think of one item that you’ve been holding off on doing and knock it out this month!!! It’s literally SEPTEMBER and time waits for no one so I’m cheering you on now! Be sure to tag me in your pics and drop a comment below to let me know what you’re up too.

Cheers to taking risks and crushing them! Until next time…..

XO,

Meka

The SHADE of living in 2 different cities…

Many of my close family and friends know the inside scoop on our process of moving from Winston to the Raleigh area.  Today I’m sharing the SHADE  we had to go through to make it work!

SUPPORT – Living in 2 separate cities so that we can fully transition to the Raleigh area was tough!  We agreed that it’s best to let Elle finish out the 3rd grade in her current school which meant we really needed to sacrifice and we needed an amazing support team.  The boys and I stayed with my in laws M-F then we went home to Winston on the weekends to be with JoColby and Elle.  I’m so blessed that my in laws have enough space that we were extremly comfortable during this process.  They boys have their own room and I stayed in Elle’s room.  We basically had the entire upstairs to ourselves.

HUNT– While we were making this sacrifice for our children we were always on the hunt.  Looking at different neighborhoods, trying to find the perfect schools.  We actually found our 3 favorite locations but it wasn’t until my husband brought in our amazing realator Chantel of Be Home Realty, I knew the hunt would be over soon.  We gave Chantel our budget and she was all over it.  When she sent us the listing to our current  home I instantly gave her the side eye because the pictures on Zillow made the home look so dark and gloomy.  Once I stepped into the house I knew THIS was our home! The process was seamless thanks to the work of Chantel and our amazing broker Phillip Harris of Blackhawk Mortgage!  We highly recommend them when you’re ready to make that move.

ACCOUNTABILITY– Living in seperate cities from your spouse and child/ children we had to hold each other accountable. We made sure we utilized FaceTime, weekends were for us to reconnect.  I will admit it was so hard to hand off the baton and leave Elle with her father.  Often times I wondered if it was worth it, will she be effected not having her mother M-F? Whenever I was in doubt I prayed.  I knew that these 7 months ( November- June) would fly by and boy did they.

DEVOTED – because this was such a major change in our family dynamics, we devoted one on one time with each other.  I made sure that I incorporated Mommy/ Daughter dates so that I could stay in tune with Elle and her thoughts throughout this process. We also worked on a journal together as well.  In addition to this I also made sure that  JoColby and I had a monthly date night. We wanted to make sure our foundation was strong especially since he just got back from deployment and BOOM our family is divided.

EXCITEMENT– through all of the sacrifices we remained excited about our future.  The thoughts of a new home, with more room so that we can invite our friends and family over, a place where our children will grow, the thoughts of our family being back in the same city again. We remained humble and excited during the entire process.  Most importantly we are THANKFUL.

Have you ever lived in a separate city from your spouse or child? What did you learn during the process? Until next time….

XO,

Meka