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Home Decor Blogs We Love

home decor blogsAlmost as bad as Pinterest are home decor blogs. Or should we say almost as good? Once you start searching these blogs and reading the articles, you’ll be lost down the rabbit hole of blog posts.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of home decor blogs on the internet, these are five of our favorites that we think you’ll want to go back to again and again.

#7 also has some great DIY projects and furniture makeovers. If you love flea market finds, this last blog will be one you’ll love to visit.

  1. House Beautiful
    Website: http://www.housebeautiful.com/
    Twitter: @HouseBeautiful
    The magazine is amazing, but the website is even better (We probably aren’t supposed to say that). From small spaces to spacious homes, the design ideas are the stuff dreams are made of.
  2. Apartment Therapy
    Website: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/
    Twitter: @AptTherapy
    Turn your small space into comfortable home without going broke. The founder of this blog not only has great style, he also knows how to design on a budget.
  3. Coco Cozy
    Website: http://cococozy.com/
    Twitter: @COCOCOZY
    We love the light tone of this fun blog. Her design ideas, and the links to celebrity rooms keep us coming back.
  4. Decor8
    Website: http://decor8blog.com/
    Twitter: @decor8
    You’ll find everything from decorating tips to color inspirations on this blog from a best-selling author and stylist.
  5. A Cup of Jo
    Website: https://cupofjo.com/
    Twitter: @joannagoddard
    Another great blog for decorating small spaces. Budget friends ways to make your house a home.
  6. Design Milk
    Website: http://design-milk.com/
    Twitter: @designmilk
    Online magazine dedicated to modern design, featuring interior design, architecture, art and much more.
  7. In My Own Style
    Website: https://inmyownstyle.com/
    Twitter: @inmyownstyle
    The furniture makeovers and DIY projects make this one of my all time favorite blogs. Fun and affordable ideas for the home.

Do you have any favorite home decor blogs? We’d love to hear from you, leave us links in the comments.

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Welcome to Texas – 11 things you should know

yankee in texas alamoWelcome to Texas.

Even though not all posts will be about moving to Texas, or for newbies, this is one of them.

If you’re considering moving to Texas, there are a few things you should know.

  1. First and foremost: We love our state!

    When we pledge allegiance to the US flag, we also pledge allegiance to the Texas flag. Texas sees the rest of the country as foreigners. You’ll be welcomed with open arms, so long as you’re here because you love Texas and all it stands for. If you’re here to change it to be like the crappy state you just left, they’ll kindly suggest you find another place to live. Texas doesn’t want or need change for the most part. We are happy with the way things are.

  2. We also love our history!

    “No one seems to care we got our asses handed to us on a platter at the Alamo, with only a handful of people still standing after the fighting was over. We are proud, proud, proud. “The final attack came before dawn on March 6. Mexican troops breached the north wall and flooded into the compound, awakening many of the Texans inside. The fighting lasted 90 minutes, some of it hand-to-hand combat. Bowie and Travis were killed, as was Crockett, although reports differ as to exactly how and when.” ~ Wikipedia

    From Dinosaur Valley State Park to the Alamo, the state is steeped in interesting history.

  3. BBQ is king

    You can buy brisket, pork and chicken in many forms with an array of different BBQ sauces. Even the smallest towns have a BBQ restaurant (or three), and BBQ food trucks abound.

  4. Shiner Bock is the beer of Texas.

    But we also have an extraordinary number of craft breweries. Cypress Creek Southern Ales is one of my favorites. You can find craft breweries in more than just the big cities.

  5. Texas has Blue Laws

    Dry counties are a thing. This means you may not be able to buy any alcohol, or maybe just beer and wine in your county. Strangely, our county is dry, but the county seat is wet. This was not easy to get used to when we were able to buy liquor at the grocery store when we lived up north. So, if you like your home bar, you’ll want to check the county you’re moving to.

  6. We have no state income tax.

    The good thing about this is less taken from your paycheck, but you’ll pay from your wallet instead. Counties and cities have their own taxes, significantly raising the state sales tax of 6.25% in some areas. Property taxes are also significant. Being ag exempt is a plus, so if you own an acreage or are looking to buy one, check to see how you can save.

  7. Homes are affordable

    For the most part, if you avoid the major metropolises. Just recently our neighbors sold their home for $250K. It was a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1700 square foot home on 10 acres, fenced and cross-fenced, with 3 small barns. I don’t know what you think is affordable, but that’s pretty darned reasonable. Homes in the city limits of smaller towns easily sell for under $100K.

  8. We love our guns

    Concealed carry, open carry, we carry guns, and we are proud of our rights regarding the 2nd Amendment. You’ll see signs that say, “We don’t call 911” and they aren’t kidding. When we had a possible burglar run into the woods on our property, all of our neighbors came out, well armed. They had covered the property long before the deputy arrived. LTC (license to carry) classes are easy to find, and inexpensive. If you’re not familiar with guns, it might be time to start. If there’s ever a revolution, I dare anyone to try to take on Texas.

  9. Texas is HOT

    In more ways than just the weather, which is probably why more than 400 people a day are moving here. But I’m just talking about the weather. Tornado season ends just in time for the triple-digit “feels like” temperatures. June is usually mild at 80-90 degrees, but it’s not unheard of to have temperatures over 100 degrees most of July and August. The humidity makes things a little uncomfortable, but in reality, the humidity and sweat help us stay cooler. I know it doesn’t make sense. I actually wear a tank top under any shirt I wear, because that tank holds the fabric close to my skin and keeps it wet.

  10. Don’t be shocked when a teenager opens a door for you

    The first time it happened to us, we were walking into a convenience store. A young man held the door open for us to enter first. WHAT?!?! I looked around for a parent, and there weren’t any. I said, “Thank you” and he said, “You’re welcome, ma’am.” Texans raise their kids to have manners. From the time they are young they use “ma’am” and “sir” and if they have permission to use your first name, it’s “Miss Jamie” or “Mr. Mike.” Such a breath of fresh air. The respect taught in the south could be used in the rest of the US.

  11. Finally, don’t mess with Texas

    If you aren’t a native, don’t you dare move here and start trashing anything about our great state. We live in the greatest state in the union, regardless of what others think about their states. We don’t tolerate Texas being trash talked, whether it’s our way of life, or how we handle a snowpocalypse.

So “welcome to Texas” and if you don’t love us the way we are, feel free to go back where you came from, and “bless your heart.” (see 21 Texas Sayings You Should Know #2)

With much love!

Love Jamie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Texas Sayings You Should Know

Texas sayings – though you may hear them elsewhere.

There are foods and more that are exclusively unique to Texas. And here I’d like to share with you some Texas sayings you should be aware of if you’re going to live here.

  1. In Texas, we say “coke.” It doesn’t matter if you’re ordering Pepsi, Sprite, or any kind of soda.
  2. “Bless your heart” has two meanings. It can really mean “bless you, sweetheart” or it can mean “f*ck you.” Listen to the inflections to know which one it is.
  3. We’re not good with asking people to join us, we just say, “Y’all come here now.”
  4. If you ever hear the term “all hat, no cattle” referring to yourself, the person you’re speaking with thinks you’re a pretentious ass. Just sayin’.

    And I’ve met my fair share of “all hat, no cattle” fools since I’ve moved here.

  5. Look, if you’ve “been around the block”, and know what you’re doing, in Texas, it’s “This ain’t my first rodeo.”

    I sometimes say, “This ain’t my first BBQ” just to change it up.”

  6.  If you hear “Git er done!” it meant to get that task finished, post haste.
  7. I’ve never heard it personally, but apparently the United States is “that sketchy place outside Texas.” And now that I live here, I get it.
  8. Texas do usually go to church before noon on Sunday… or what they like to call “the time we can’t buy beer.”
  9. If you’re bein’ sketchy, and need watching, you’ll hear, “The eyes of Texas are upon you.” Apparently that’s worse than government wiretapping.
  10. If you think something but aren’t sure, it’s not “I think” or “I guess” it’s “I reckon.”
  11. Texans don’t call it “the death penalty”… they say “killing you back.”
  12. “Time to pain your ass white and run with the antelope” means you’d best shut your mouth and do as you’re told.
  13. “I smell what you’re stepping in” doesn’t mean you need to look at the sole of your boots, it just means the person gets what you’re saying.
  14. “Come hell or high water” isn’t unique to Texas, but it sure means it’s gonna get done.
  15. “Uglier ‘n sin” may not be said to your face, but it’s uglier than ugly.
  16. If you “just fell off the turnip truck” you’re not the brightest bulb in the bunch, which is to say, not very smart.
  17. A little nervous about something? Maybe a lot nervous? Are you “sweatin’ like a whore in church?”
  18. If “you can hang your hat on it” you know it’s reliable and trustworthy.
  19. “My dog wouldn’t bite a biscuit” means the dog ain’t nothing to worry ‘about.
  20. Make sure you understand these terms so native Texans don’t think you’re “dumber than a box of rocks.”
  21. If someone is amused, or learned something crazy, she might say, “Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.”

These are just a few of the fun sayings you’ll hear in Texas. If you have any others you’d like to contribute, please add a comment. I love hearing from you.

 

 

Basic Avocado Toast with Eggs

I’ll admit it, I’m game for avocado any time, but I’m not paying $15 for avocado toast at a restaurant. Not when I can make it daily in my own kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

With this recipe, if you’re afraid you won’t use all your avocados before they go bad, grab premade guacamole like Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis. A single tub is perfect for a single piece of toast. If you use this product you can eliminate the lemon juice and salt from the recipe below.

Classic Avocado Toast with Egg

Jamie Livingston
Quick and filling breakfast recipe you can eat on the go. Just be sure to bring napkins.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 2 servings
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 egg
  • 2 slices multigrain bread
  • 1 avocado (pitted and peeled)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Crack eggs into the skillet and cook until eggs are white on the bottom layer and firm enough to flip, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip eggs, trying not to crack the yolk, and cook until egg is over easy (or desired hardness) , 2 to 5 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, toast bread slices to desired toastiness, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Mash avocado in a bowl; stir in lemon juice, and sea salt. Spread avocado mixture onto toast. Top with fried egg and season with sea salt and pepper.
Keyword avocado, breakfast, eggs, toast
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