A summer bucket list and Folger’s Friday (plus a giveaway)

Folger's Iced Cafe NewlyWoodwards5

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It’s official. I pretty much run on coffee. And I’ve been trying to stop the constant coffee shop trips for – oh – a year? More? It’s so expensive, but it’s […]

The roof is on … (fire)

Roof Storm Cloud Shingles1

The roof is on (fire). No really, it’s just on. Thank. Goodness. This is one of the few things we hired out. The drop on one side is crazy. It’s really steep. So it was worth the few thousand dollars to have someone else do it. In three days. It’s incredible to me that they can […]

My 5 favorite paint colors | Behr DIY Experts

Favorite paint colors

If the past eight years of renovating houses has taught me anything, it’s that paint can be house-changing. You don’t need a huge budget or tons of hardcore DIY skills or a garage of specialty tools. Nope – just a paintbrush and a can of paint. (Or in my case, HUNDREDS OF GALLONS OF PAINT.) It’s liberating! You […]

The good, the bad and the ugly of owning rental properties


We purchased our first rental property about six years ago – a single family home located a few blocks from our first house. The same family has rented this property for the last six years. And, to be honest, we just got lucky with them. They are incredible people and renters – they take care of […]

Our (most likely) exterior color palette

exterior siding

Poor Ryan. I think I could start almost any home renovation story off with those two words. Because he’s a saint, you guys. For real. I’m typically incredibly confident when it comes to choosing paint color. I have painted a lot and have learned to trust my instincts. And in all our houses, there has only been […]

All framed in

framing the house and garage newlywoodwards07

The last we talked about the house building progress on the blog, we had most of the walls of the main house up. I actually had to go back to the post and check because I forgot what I had shared. (And because I share everything on Instagram as it happens. So if you are […]