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27 Sep

Today is THE day. Only 4 hours left until I arrive at the title company and sign a BAZILLION papers. I need to remember to stretch out my fingers for this.

I was a nervous wreck up until yesterday when my amazing realtor and friend, Lauren, called and explained everything that would be happening today. It took about 15 minutes after that for me to calm down, but now I am relaxed. All I have to bring to the closing is myself, my ID and a check. Thank goodness.

Good news is that my parents and boyfriend are on their way from Houston for support and to help me unpack my belongings all weekend. Oh! My dad decided to bring the dogs. Just the thought of those monsters being here was an added stress I wasn’t looking forward to. But both my mom and dad and my boyfriend calmed me down and let me know that it would all be OK.

So for now I am going to get myself ready (I’m only stressed about what I’m going to wear now!), eat some breakfast, stop by the bank and head on over for my final walkthrough.

Wish me luck!

xoxo

Ari

P.S. I wanted to add a google image of signing papers, but they are all man hands. Why? haha

There’s no place like home

25 Sep
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Recently I purchased a David Weekley home in Austin, Texas (my current city) in the Mueller Development, which is located to the east of IH-35 between Airport and 51st Street. Thinking back, I should have began posting my trials and tribulations from the beginning of this whole house searching saga. Now that it is ALMOST all over with (I close this coming Friday), I decided I should blog about my experience and first year of home ownership.

This last week has been a bit overwhelming and stressful. I’ve had many appointments, scheduling issues, packing issues and more. On top of all that, I was promoted at work and now I’m learning all sorts of new things. So my brain is a bit fried with two very major life changes happening at the same time. But hey, that’s life for ya. I’m trying to keep my sanity and stay positive. My family, friends and loving boyfriend are offering me the best support. I owe so much to them and am truly grateful they are in my life. I’ll write more on that subject later.

For now, my goal is to help others, myself included, understand what it is like to be a first time homebuyer in my late 20’s and technically single (There’s no ring on my finger). The main topic of this blog over the next year will be what it is like to be a homeowner (decorating, maitenance, life in Mueller, etc.) but there will still be posts about lifestyle subjects , too (fashion, recipes and more).

Thanks for coming on this journey with me. Although I still call the house I grew up in “My Home”, I’m hoping to soon accept that I’m growing up and this will now be My “no place like home” home.

 

xoxo

Ari

Tried and True

7 Mar

Wow. It has been quite a while since I last updated my blog. I’m back! Let’s make this short.

I thought I’d start off by asking you guys a question.

What beauty product has been there for you? Your tried and true. You know, the one that you will never give up because you know it works and always will. Mine is BIOSILK by FAROUK Systems. I’ve been using it since I was in the 6th grade and I’ve been using their heat styling tool, CHI, since the 7th grade. My hair is still healthy as ever. Full, shiny and smooth. Never gonna give you up, BIOSILK and CHI!

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So what beauty product is your favorite? Your tried and true?

xoxo,

Ari

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Ace of Lace

26 Aug

Classic. Feminine. Chic.

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Via Pinterest

Lace on a budget.

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H&M

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Forever 21

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Target

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Zara

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Forever 21

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Forever 21

xoxo, Ari

Quickie!

18 Jun

So, it has been a while since I’v updated. I can explain.

First, I MOVED! Yup. Finally moved back to Austin which I thought I’d be excited about, but then I got here and missed everyone in Houston so much. More on that later.

Second, I went on a mini-vacay to New Mexico (I’ll upload photos later).

Third, I’ve just been lazy. So lazy that I created a VLOG to explain everything that’s gone on this past month past month (harassment and spider included. yeah…) But of course I have no idea how to upload it and didn’t want to do the research. SOOOO, I’ll probably post that later too.

Can’t go into much detail now because I’m about to head out, but I did want to share a new recipe I tried from Brown Eyed Baker – Mojito Cupcakes! SOOOO delicious. Check it out below.

xoxo, Ari

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not the best quality (taken with camera phone).

Truth

4 May

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Party Cakes

25 Apr

The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens features lovely cakes in all shades of pink with sprinkles and ribbon buttercream. I know not everyone reads the magazine, so I had to share the beautiful photographs, recipes and how-to’s. Yes, they have a how-to on each frosting.

I think these would be perfect for a mother’s day cake, don’t you? Or any celebration cake. Plus, check out Food Network’s Frost by Numbers frosting tips, here.

xoxo, Ari

How-to Gallery:

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*I do not own these photos. I purchased and scanned the clips myself.

San Francisco Farmers Market

20 Apr

A few photos from the San Francisco Ferry Building and Farmers Market

xoxo, Ari

 

Thankful

19 Apr

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Gratitude

19 Apr

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