Friday, October 31, 2014

Final Pictures from the Rental Property!

The Hubby and I are determined to set ourselves up for the future. Times have changed and raises are hard to come by now. We want to plan for our future, which requires some effort and planning on our parts. We set a goal to have a rental as one of our future investments. Now we can check this off our list.

We are officially done with the rental property....well I say officially, but we still have a few things left to do, but our renter moves in tomorrow. The other changes can wait.

This has been a long journey. I feel like the house now reflects the potential we saw in it.



When you walk in the front door, you enter the living room. A reminder to what the house was before: smelly, dark, musty, and dirty. No we went for modern, fresh and clean.



Once you are in the living room, you will see the connecting dinning room. You still had the dirty carpet and dark paint.



Once you are in the dinning room, you can walk directly into the kitchen. The kitchen had old wall paper border on the walls. The walls were caked with dirt and grease. I feel like now we have a bright kitchen, that you would actually want to cook in.



The back entry was very small, but we painted the walls, pantry and also laid a new floor. 


This house has one bathroom. It is small but useful. The before pictures do not do it justice. It was disgusting. I also believe that the wall paper border was super glued on. Never will I ever put up a wall paper border!!!



This house had two bedrooms. They were both a good size. We just needed to clean them both up with new refinished floors and new paint.



The second bedroom is a little smaller, but it got the same treatment! 


One of the biggest changes was the flooring. We ripped up the carpet and chose to refinish the hardwood floors. It was a great decision. If we refinish hardwood floors again, I don't think I would go so dark, but I love the concept.


We are so happy with the results. I think we did a great job overall. It's hard to believe it is the same property. 

Hopefully you enjoy the results as well!

Until next time,

Kara




Monday, October 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Digital Art

While everyone is busy with last minute Halloween plans, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving being just around the corner. 

I don't have too many Thanksgiving or fall decorations, because I go straight from Halloween, to a short time period of Thanksgiving decor, and then on to my favorite holiday, Christmas. 

I love to add new pieces of digital art each year. Here is a printable piece of digital art I created! Enjoy!


Until next time,

Kara

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Round Up!

We haven't had much going on since getting back from Las Vegas, but I thought I would do a quick post to catch everyone up!

1. We have been trying to relax before the Hubby starts coaching basketball again. This year he will be coaching 8th grade boys. This should be interesting to see, because he also teaches these kids. 



This year it seems that I will trade in my stat sheets for the game book. We will see how this transition goes! But I would rather go to all the games, keep the book and see my husband, rather than go home and wait until 10:00 pm to see him. Let's hope that I'm a fast learner!

2. The rental property is in the last stretch of completion. We move our renter in next week. I am hoping to get all the tools and supplies out of the way this week in order to do my final walk through pictures! I can't wait to post the results. I think the property looks fantastic. I am so proud of our results.

3. The Hubby has always been fascinated with Las Vegas architecture. He decided he wanted to do a 4D puzzle of Las Vegas....let me just say it is hard! This isn't something we are going to get done quickly. Every piece looks the same.

4. We have started watching a new TV show on Netflix. It's called the Blacklist, I believe Season 2 is running on NBC currently. It is intense, but I really like it. It's been awhile since a series has really caught my attention.



5. Christmas is just around the corner, so I am in full Christmas shopping mode. I have gotten a couple people done already. I picked up supplies to make a couple gifts last night. Hopefully I can post the results when I am finished!

So until next time, enjoy these sweet faces!




Until next time,



Kara







Monday, October 13, 2014

Las Vegas Fall 2014

We are back! Last week we headed to Las Vegas on the Hubby's Fall Break. This is the first time we have ever been in October and the weather was great!

I think this was our favorite vacation together so far. We had a great time. We arrived late Saturday night to the Riviera Hotel & Casino. We love the Riviera. It's an older hotel on one end of the strip, but it comps well and it's not as crowded as mid-strip.


We were staying here for two comp nights. We had a great time playing the Bridesmaid slot machines.


The Hubby was happy that we were in Las Vegas for Sunday Football. We went to the Westgate Hotel (formally Las Vegas Hilton). They have the world's largest sports book. It was really crazy watching the games there because you never knew what screen people were screaming at!


We took a trip downtown on Sunday evening. We always have a good time downtown. It's a lot less crowded than the strip. We had fun playing the vintage horse racing machine that still takes quarters.


We moved hotels on Monday to the Rio Hotel & Casino. It was our first time staying here. We had requested an upgrade to a suite, but we weren't sure if one would be available when we checked in but lucky for us we did get our upgrade.



They had a great pool area. We enjoyed it. Except that one pool felt like bath water and the next pool felt like we were swimming in ice water.


 

We planned on attending two shows. We saw "V the Ultimate Variety Show" on Monday evening at PH. It was a good show. They had some neat acts and we couldn't complain because the tickets were only about $45 dollars each.



On Tuesday we decided to have breakfast at Hash House a Go-Go. I had heard rave reviews about the food and the big portions. We decided to go. I had seen all the pictures of chicken and waffles, so I decided that is what I was going to get. WOW are the portions big! The Hubby and I could have split one plate, but we ended up leaving a ton of food! You can see the Hubby's biscuits and gravy in the background.


We decided to play in a poker tournament at the Rio. It was a $50 buy in, so the Hubby and I each bought in. Well after 11 players the tourney paid 1st- $300 and 2nd- $200. The Hubby got first and I got second! We took all the prize money! We decided that since we won we would play the noon tourney for $85 each. After 9 players I took first place for $450!!!


We went to see "The Mentalist" at PH on Tuesday evening. This is one of our favorite shows yet. Gerry McCambridge was awesome. We bought VIP tickets for $30 each. We were seated in the front row.

I was so excited and kept hoping I would get brought on stage. Well to my luck the woman right next to me got picked! Ugh, just my luck!



 We bought a copy of his book and got it signed! I also got to take a picture with him.



 On Wednesday we just hung around our hotel area. We spent some time in the Sportsbook at the Rio and bet some horses, the Hubby played some no limit poker while I played slots, and we had a champagne dinner which was delicious!



It's always terrible to leave vacation and go back to reality, but we really enjoyed staying five days. It gives you plenty of time not to feel rushed and jam your days full of things to do. We can't wait to go back and are looking forward to our next trip to Las Vegas!

Here are a few random pictures from our trip!





Until next time Las Vegas,

Kara



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Enjoying the weather! Random things going on...

Indiana weather is unpredictable... we didn't have an overly hot summer (which I am so thankful for) and we have been having really comfortable temperatures. So we have been taking advantage of it when we can!

I have been decorating for Halloween in the house. My "little sister" from the Big Brother, Big Sister organization helped me decorate a pumpkin last week.




 The Hubby and I went golfing the other day. Well he golfed, I just was the caddy (or really I just walked with him while he golfed). He enjoys my company and commentary.



The girls enjoyed hanging out with me on my 1/2 day off the other day. I was amazed how close they got without fighting....I am sure it didn't last long, but I was able to capture a picture of the two together!!! Progress...progress..


We will be going on vacation soon. I CAN'T WAIT!!! I am trying to take it one day at a time, but it's like being a kid at Christmas...it's so close, but yet so far away!
However, I did get a free bouquet, some random person or organization dropped off at the office on Monday. Talk about a pick me up!
Hopefully I will have some interesting posts coming up in the next few weeks!
Until next time,
Kara