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New Home Scavenger Hunt this Week for a Chance to Win $950!

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve been sharing information about the BMO Harris Bank Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes with you for the last couple of weeks. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a pretty awesome contest where you can enter for a chance to win huge prizes each week.

Entering the BMO Harris Bank Scavenger Hunt is super easy. You’ll just have to “Like” BMO Harris Bank on Facebook and explore all of the red balloons on the map. You’ll collect tokens by doing tasks such as answering questions and watching short video clips. Once you’ve collected all 3 tokens, you will see a congratulations message and you’ll be able to enter your name and other information. The prize this week is $950 and it would be pretty awesome if one of my readers won, so go enter! The contest for this week will end at 11:59:59 am CT on 3/10/14 and a winner will be drawn on3/13/14.

This week is all about purchasing a new home. You might be surprised to find some information you didn’t know once you complete the tasks.

I remember when we were looking for a home 3 years ago. It was the most time consuming thing I’ve ever done! My husband and I would stalk our favorite website that had listings from everywhere. When we found houses that interested us, we would write down the addresses and drive all over looking at houses from the outside. This helped us get a feel for the area, the size lot, the neighborhood and all of that. If a house kept our interest after that, we would schedule a showing.

The process for us was much more intense because we were looking for 3 bedrooms, with a potential 4th and a very small budget. But it was what it was and after a month straight of looking online, driving and touring houses, we finally found our “Diamond in the Rough” as the listing portrayed it.

The house was a mess, completely inhabitable. But we saw the potential for the beauty that all of the appearances hid. We had carpet and counter tops installed and did the rest of the work ourselves and with the help of friends/family. After a month straight of work, we finally had the back potion of the house finished and could move in.

If you haven’t yet, you might consider reading all about our House Journey. it will definitely give you a look into our family, how we’ve blended and all of the fun (and not so fun) projects that we completed!

What do you remember about a time your purchased a new home?

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Aloha Friday – Summer Fun


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

Ok, so I just now realized that I haven’t participated in “Aloha Friday” since February! Can you believe that? Time has simply slipped by me I suppose. I guess it’s only fitting that my question revolve around that in a sense.

My question this week is:

What have you been doing all Summer?

My family has been quite busy this Summer. We recently moved to a house on the lake that we completely renovated and remodeled. You can view our remodeling journey here. We’ve spent a lot of time at the beach and playing in the yard. Nothing too fun and exciting yet, but all of our hard work is paying off. Hopefully we’ll make a camping trip on Labor Day weekend!

3 More Day Until We Close on the House!

Time had flown by. But in some aspects, time has stood still. It’s been such a long wait on this house and not the wait is almost over. I am excited, overjoyed and extremely stressed beyond belief all at the same time. I have never been flooded with such an assortment of emotions in my entire life!

But now we’re here. Almost. 3 more days and we will have a new house. It’s kind of mind boggling. I still can’t believe it sometimes and I’m sure it will still even be awhile before it really sinks in; the reality of it all.

My family has gone through tremendous changes in the last 3 months. Changes that most people will never have to make in the entire lives. Some of these changes are for the better, yet some are very hard to take. It’s definitely an adjustment, blending our family as we have. It certainly isn’t a traditional blending of families.

I always have to be the “grown up” and make sure that I am doing right by everyone. It’s kind of a stressful position to be in. One that is taking a bit to get used to. Taking care of my family was one thing. But you add 3 more people that need your help, support and guidance, and that can get a little trying at times.

Maybe once we move and have more space it will be much easier. I’m hoping so. I’m hoping that we all get through this just fine and life can find some kind of normalcy again. I miss normal. Some days I miss it so much that I wish things could go back to exactly the way that they were before. Before he got sick, before he died. I wish I could go back to the day that my mom moved out and just change it all. Maybe there’s something that I could have done. Maybe he’d still be here. People tell me not to think that way, but really.. it’s impossible.

This wasn’t supposed to be a rant or even a sappy post, so I think I’ll change the focus here before more tears start to flow. Some days I just can’t help it and I guess I just needed to let it out. Thanks for listening.

Now back to the house…. I can’t wait. But then I can. It’s so much to take in. There’s so much work to do. It seems like we’ll never be able to get it all done, even with the abundance of help we’re going to have. I know that’s just my negativity talking, but there is quite a lot that we have to do. The good thing is, I know it will be worth it in the end!

The batteries in my camera are fully charged and it’s in my purse so I can’t forget it! I will be here posting our progress as often as time allows me. Don’t get mad if it’s not a lot, we have a long road ahead of us! But I can’t wait to start this journey in our lives and share it here with all of you! Stay tuned, hopefully I’ll have the first post by the end of the weekend!

Click here to read our House Journey.