Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Giveaway Link Up

Got to love New England. We started out with a lot of rain and 40* weather.  We end with 90* weather and a lot of humidity!!!

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Birthday to my Sister Erin!!

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey. She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links. Follow on Bloglovin

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Eversave Deals 5/30- Some Great Fathers Day Gifts

Today's Save: Easy Canvas Prints

From $30: One or two gallery-wrapped canvases + free shipping — two sizes available
Bonus Save: Us Gift Giant - Whiskey Stones

$13 for a nine-pack of whiskey stones, shipping included — choose from 5 colors
Bonus Save: All 4 Cellular - Tablet

$79 for a seven-inch, touchscreen Android tablet + free shipping!
Bonus Save: Zshoppers - iPega Case

$13 for an iPhone 4/5 iPega Waterproof Case
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - Camera Connection Kit

From $3: a 5-in-1 iPad connection kit for iPad 2/3 or iPad 4/Mini
Bonus Save: Shirin Diamonds - Pearl Bracelet

Pretty Pearls: $18 for a freshwater pearl bracelet
Bonus Save: Affinion Group sunglasses

Summer shades: $13 for a pair of college logo sunglasses — choose from nine schools!
Bonus Save: Okabashi

$10 for $20 worth of 100% recyclable sandals from
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - 10 ft cables

$16 for two ten-foot cables for iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, BlackBerry or Android, plus free shipping!
Bonus Save: Specialized Foam Products - Mattress Topper

From $75: A luxurious, two-inch memory foam mattress topper + free shipping!
Bonus Save: 5 Star Deal - Lil Rider Power Trike

$69 for a Lil' Rider Gemini Dual Action Battery and Pedal Power Trike
Bonus Save: RH Social Media

$29 for an Oliso FF600 vacuum food preservation system, plus accessories!
Bonus Save: Shonabella

$15 for a white gold & Swarovski crystal tension bracelet + free shipping
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - Octopus Charger

$5 for a 10-in-1 multi-electronics charger
Bonus Save: Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa

$124 for a one-night stay at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa near Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Bonus Save: Affinion Group Skil Drill

$54 for a SKIL® 18V Cordless Drill — shipping included!
Bonus Save: Strappy's

$15 for $30 worth of decorative bra straps from Strappys
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - Bug Repellent Bands

$14 for 20 mosquito-repellent bracelets + free shipping
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - Pocket Chair

$7 for a Pocket Chair — as seen on TV!
Bonus Save: PetCareRX

$15 for $30 worth of discounted pet medications and more at PetCareRx
Bonus Save: Koshi - HDMI Cables

$5 for two lightning-fast, six-foot HDMI cables
Bonus Save: Shirin Diamonds

From $8: Necklace, earrings or both + free shipping!
Bonus Save: WidgetLove - Washable Bags

$13 for a 5-piece set of mesh washable bags from Widget Love
Bonus Save: TUMI bags

$53 for a travel-friendly TUMI tote or shopper — 2 options, shipping included!
Bonus Save: GSMC Ventures - Tanning Cream

$12 for one bottle or $29 for three bottles of Idol Tan sunless tanner
Bonus Save: Epacific Mall - Grilling Set

$19 for a 13-piece Grilling Utensil Set + free shipping
Bonus Save: Color Innovations - Color Swypes

From $15: Your choice of colorful hair swypes, plus free shipping
Bonus Save: CreativeGoldJewellery - Pearl Necklace

$19 for a classic, freshwater pearl necklace in your choice of colors + free shipping!
Bonus Save: All 4 Cellular - Lifeproof Case

$29 for a LifeProof iPhone 4/4S case + free shipping!
Bonus Save: Beach Camera - Cuisinart Fork

$16 for a Cuisinart Digital Temperature Grill Fork with Integrated LED Light
Bonus Save: Water Wiz Gun

Summer fun: $13 for two water guns
Bonus Save: Get Maine Lobster

From $59: Fresh Maine lobster for up to four people
Bonus Save: Skagen Mens Watches

From $45: Stylish Skagen watches + shipping included — choose from four options!
Bonus Save: Skil Screwdriver Flashlight

$30 for a SKIL® 4V Screwdriver with LED Flashlight — shipping included!
Bonus Save: Affinion Group Miracle LED

$32 for two energy-efficient LED light bulbs — shipping included!
Bonus Save: Blue Dolphin - Father's Day

From $8: Your choice of dad-friendly magazine subscriptions + free shipping!
Bonus Save: Affinion Group Galaxy cases

$13 for an iLuv® leather holster case for Samsung GALAXY — shipping included!
Bonus Save: 5 Star Deal - Lawn Games

From $35: A bocce ball, horseshoe, or croquet set

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey. She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links. Follow on Bloglovin

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My Holiday Weekend

Ben and I bought our house six years ago. We have done a lot of minor and some major repairs over the years, but the newness factor of fixing up the house wore off.

Anyone who owns a home knows that money is always an issue with home repairs, and so is time.  Don't forget to throw in the kids too!!

We were really good at tackling projects that first year, but now not so much.  Until this past weekend.

We have an older home (1920) and the front and back porches are getting old.  They were painted at some point, and over the years the paint has worn out and started to chip.  A small section of our front porch had some water damage years ago and it was never taken care of.  We noticed the damage when we first bought the house, but we set that problem away for another day.

With the kids getting older, they need more room to play.  What is better then the covered large front porch!!  Especially when its rainy weather, they can still go outside and play.  We also don't want our house to look like we don't love it!!

Being a holiday weekend, we figured it's the perfect time to start working.  We didn't realize ahead of time that Mother Nature didn't want us to work!!

Saturday and Sunday of the weekend rained non stop.  No way were we going to use power tools in the rain!!  So we had to wait until Monday to start the project.

We managed to get quite a bit done that first day with the larger floor sander.

Yesterday we spent all day with the next level of sander.  This one was for getting all the paint against the house, and in hard to reach places.

Ben ran the machine, and I palm sanded and scraped the hand railings of the porch.  There were at least 5 layers of paint on the banisters!!  It took brute force to get the paint off enough to smooth it out.

A couple years ago we had gotten new windows for the house put in, and I had to sand down the window sills as well.

We only had to make one trip to Home Depot for supplies.  We brought Doug with us.  Can you tell where he is??

Today we have a little more sanding to do, and then tomorrow we can start staining and painting!!!  Almost done!!

Have you taken on large home improvement projects before??  What did you tackle??

This post is written by Sarah Coulsey. She is a Wife, and Mother of two boys living in New England. This post may contain affiliate links. Follow on Bloglovin
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