All the fun of falsies without the stress of applying! 3D Fiber Lash Mascara Review

If you are anything like me, you don’t buy anything without doing a little research or asking around to make sure you aren’t wasting your money! I spent A LOT of time researching others reviews of the products and the company before I decided to sell Younique and I want to pass on what I have learned. So I to want to introduce you to some of the products I sell through Younique by doing makeup reviews. Remember that you are always welcome to ask me any questions and we can get a virtual party started for you at any time if you want to reap the hostess benefits!! (3D lashes for FREE in September!! Score!)

Of course I had to start with the best selling Younique product!

Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara:

 

I already mentioned the how and why of my decision to purchase and sell the product in my Younique business launch. So now let’s actually talk about what I think about these little beauties!

First Impression: Nice case, pretty packaging. Then I opened up the two tubes . “What the heck are these little hairy things?!” was my first thought!

I had read the tutorials and watched some how-to videos but I didn’t really pay attention to the texture of the actual product. These hairy things were in fact the fibers! Go ahead say it, Duh Andrea! So after I recovered from my shock and awe moment I took to applying the mascara. The application is a 3 step process.

Application: So you have your two tubes- The transplanting gel, and the green tea fibers.

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The transplanting gel is like a basic thick black mascara. It is used as a base for the fibers to attach to your own eye lashes. I applied a nice thick coat to one eye making sure my lashes weren’t stuck together in any place. Immediately after I then applied a LIGHT coat of the fibers. I cannot stress this enough, a very light coat! About one and a half swoops of the fibers onto your lashes. Anything more will end up making them look clumpy, spidery, and messy. You will have the option to layer for a more dramatic affect later but you want to do this in light coats. The first day I tried the lashes out I only put them on one eye so I could do a comparison between the 3D lashes and my regular mascara. So while I let the 3D dry I applied my regular mascara to the other eye.  After the fibers set I used the transplanting gel again as a way to lock in and clean up the fibers. This is really what makes your look! This will also ensure that the fibers don’t fall onto your cheek during the day (I haven’t had any problem with smudging or flaking of my lashes!).  And Wa-la! Your done! Now this is where I stopped but if you are going for a more dramatic longer looking lash this is where you would repeat the steps!

Review:

  • Step 1: Apply the transplanting gel. Make sure you have a good coat. Make sure your lashes aren’t stuck together
  • Step 2: Apply a light coat of the fibers. Start at the base and swoop to the tips. You can do this one more time if you wish. But lightly, please!!
  • Step 3: Re-apply the transplanting gel to lock in the fibers!

A Sidenote:

Younique actually recommends in their directions that you apply a base coat of mascara to your lashes. I am not sure why they recommend this but I don’t agree with this. I didn’t think I should have to apply a different mascara underneath their product so I tested it out without a base coat of mascara. I don’t see the need for the base coat nor will I ever be putting a base coat on my eyes!

So, it was easy enough. It took me a few applications to get the amount of fibers right. I learned quickly less is more. I like my lashes to look neat and clean and they start to look a little hairy if you apply them thick all at once!

My final opinion: I love them! (as much as one can love in inanimate object!) In comparison it knocks the socks off my old boring drugstore mascara. I once spent over $25 dollars at Ulta for Benefit’s “They’re real” mascara and that didn’t even come close to looking as good as the 3D lashes do! So in my book they are totally worth the money!

“Alright I’m interested, what now?!” Wonderful! You have a few options:

  • Head over to my website and purchase your own set! (And let me know what you think!)
  • Host your own “Virtual party”- what is that? An open event party to all your friends on Facebook! Invite them and they will come! (I feel like that’s a saying or quote someone famous once said!) You Do the inviting, I’ll answer all the questions! And you get all the hostess benefits! (Remember I said free lashes in September!)
  • Become a presenter: The presenters package comes with 1 set of 3D lashes. So if your interested in selling and want to be really adventurous go ahead and by the presenters package (It’s $99 and comes with over $400 dollars worth of makeup for YOU!)

So if your sold! Yayyy! Enjoy your new product! If not, thanks for allowing me to share my new business venture with you and come back for the real fun stuff (Details on our travel adventures!!)

 

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DIY cabinet remodel with Nuvo Paint

The topic of today is do it yourself (DIY) projects. During the whole process of our RV renovation I used other people’s blogs and internet sources for my inspiration and project research. I research the heck out of all my projects before I start most of the time, to avoid frustrating mistakes someone else has probably already learned from! So I was super excited to write my own DIY how-to’s and product reviews (I was in no way endorsed or compensated for my time or supplies and all opinions are my own)! For my first review I want to show everyone how we accomplished our biggest RV makeover, the cabinets.
For this projects I took to the internet to research cabinet painting. I came across many blogs and DIY projects of people who had already completed this monumental task. The pictures always looked amazing, and I was super excited to transform our RV! We choose white (coconut espresso to be exact) in an effort to open up the look of our small space.
After reading everything I could find on the internet I settled on a product called “Nuvo Cabinet Paint”. It promised to be an all-in-one kit that took most people 8 hours to finish, in fact they promise you can put your kitchen back together within 4 hours of painting. Well, either we have triple the amount of cabinets or we aren’t most people. This project took us almost 3 weeks!
The first thing I had to do was sand the cabinets. The kit provides you with a small piece of foam sandpaper. I used that (and about the rest of the sandpaper inventory stock at Lowe’s and Home depot!) The directions said to lightly sand, but I just had a feeling that the paint would not stick if I didn’t do my best to remove the clear varnish that was covering the cabinets. This obviously called for much more extensive sanding than the “lightly” recommendation. I was also facing the challenge of faux wood. Everything except for the actual drawers and cabinet doors had what appeared to be a faux laminate covering that I was going to need to paint. I ended up needing to rough up every surface I planned on painting. This took me about 3 days before I was ready to paint.
I choose the Nuvo brand based on reviews that said you didn’t need a paint primer, you only needed to “lightly sand” and the promises that the paint would wear well. I have to say, while my cabinets look great, the paint fell short on all my initial hopes.
If I had to do this project again I would without a doubt use a base of primer, for a couple of reasons:
                          1. As a first coat of paint – Since I was going from light wood to white I was essentially going from a dark color to a light color.
                          This took 3 coats of paint to cover completely. A primer would have prevented unnecessary coats of my pricey liquid gold
                          cabinet paint!
                          2. To reduce the amount of sanding- As I mentioned earlier, all of my cabinets are a faux laminate or had some type of glaze over
                          them.  I knew if I didn’t get it all off the paint would not stick to the cabinet. After learning the value of primer I believe that the
                          primer would have stuck to the cabinets and then the NUVO paint would have just adhered to the primer. I also think this
                          would have better protected my cabinets in the long run as some of them are starting to chip already from furniture
                          rubbing against them!
Ok, off my primer soap box for now! The next step was to clean the cabinets. I had to vacuum the dust and then wipe the cabinets that were full of leftover sanding particles. Then came the fun, the paint! I laid all the cabinets out on plastic in the garage before I started. This was mistake #2! After I painted the first couple doors I realized they were going to stick to the plastic when dried. So we put up some tables in the garage and placed the cabinets on wood chips that elevated them about an inch off the table so they wouldn’t stick. The tables made the painting 100 times easier!
DSCN0950 As a side note: NUVO recommends you paint while the doors are still attached to the cabinets but I didn’t want to worry about painting around the hardware. We removed the doors so we could make sure everything was painted perfectly!
I found it easiest to paint in the raised part of the doors with the roller first. Then the groves with the paintbrush and then touch up with the brush and roller. Watch for drips because they aren’t noticeable when painting but they are SO noticeable (and not fixable) when dried! I also always went with the direction of the grain of the wood.  Nuvo recommends a 2 hour dry time before applying the second coat. I used my 2 hours to start painting the cabinets in the RV. After I applied the second and {what I thought} was the final coat I needed to wait for them to dry before I flipped them. Since NUVO recommends you keep the doors attached while painting you don’t need to worry about dry time, and looking back, this wouldn’t have been a terrible idea. But because I wanted to be different, I had to wait for my cabinets to dry. Now, I live in Southern Louisiana and it was HOT and muggy. So this really threw a wrench in my plans to dry my cabinets. Luckily I had to work for a few days so the cabinets had some time to dry while I was busy.
Once dry, Jon reinstalled the hardware for me while I painted the outside and inside of the cabinets. I was really concerned about this part because this was the faux wood. And just as I suspected, it wouldn’t completely stick to the surface. Basically any corners or edges that weren’t sanded completely caused the paint to bubble and spread leaving unpainted portions of cabinet. I had to let it dry (or wipe it off) then re-sand and re-paint. As frustrating as it was, the finished product looks great!
So once everything was dry we re-installed the doors. That’s when we decided the cabinets needed another coat of paint. When we compared the cabinets to the doors, the doors looked kinda streaky and you could still see wood underneath. This would have been nice if we were going for a rustic look, but the cabinets themselves were totally white and didn’t match! So the third coat went on, and then the touch-ups went on (I swear I thought I’d never finish with those stinking cabinets!).
Ok, let me also mention that the small can you see in the first picture lasted me all of one coat of my cabinet doors. Granted, I have tons of cabinets in the RV but with NUVO’s prediction I thought I could make it go a little further. So on a frustrated whim I drove to Sherwin Williams and talked to the sales associate. She showed me their brand of cabinet paint and offered to paint match the sample of NUVO I had brought. I didn’t have the patience to wait for another can of NUVO in the mail so I bought a gallon of Sherwin Williams cabinet paint. This finished up the inside and outside of the first coat of the cabinets. So yes, I ended up buying another gallon. In total I used one quart of the NUVO paint provided in the kit and 2 gallons of Sherwin Williams paint (Should this be a review of Sherwin Williams cabinet paint?! whoops!) But let me mention, I also painted the trim in the RV and a door. If you are going to paint a regular kitchen you can probably get away with less paint than I used.
Now, let’s just summarize all this information I just threw at you!
  • Nuvo paint: Good kit, good instructions, but a little pricey ($69.95 for the kit). Overall, not really necessary once I ended up buying the Sherwin Williams paint.
  • Sanding: Sand it all! or use primer!
  • Paint coats: light coats, paint to your design preference. Be prepared to coat 3 times if you want full coverage.
  • Color: I used coconut espresso, which is an off white and looks great on my cabinets! I didn’t want stark white and this really softens the look of my kitchen/living room.

My opinion: This was a must-do project for me to change the look of our new home. So, it can be done, but it’s a TON of work! It doesn’t wear as well as I hoped. Now, you have to keep in mind that when we open and close our slides the furniture is constantly rubbing against each other. That being said, I have A LOT of nicks in my paint that will have to be touched up, eventually. But really, I love how our cabinets look and I would do it again if I had to (just don’t hand me a paintbrush any time soon please!) So, I’ll leave you with some pictures from our remodel!

 

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Finished Product!

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That’s a wrap! Thanks for visiting!

Until next time!

-The Nomad’s!

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Moved Post (4th of July)

As I mentioned in the last post I am going to be manually moving some posts from my old site so I don’t loose the wrtting. This post was written on July 7, 2014 from our trip to Glacier National Park:

4th of July

July 7, 2014

Hello again from Glacier National Park!

 

We are having a great time! This place is a nature lover’s Heaven! Today is day 5 for us in Glacier and we are enjoying having a “non planned” vacation. We didn’t plan anything ahead of time so everything has been decided upon the night before or that morning. We have seen some really cool sights.

 

For the 4th we spent the day traveling the “going to the sun road”. This is a very popular scenic drive that cuts through the heart of Glacier and provides access to various scenery and many hikes and trails. We also stopped off at Logan Pass which had just reopened the day before. It was closed due to snow on the roads which had just been cleared. Our neighbor at the RV park we are staying at here told us he had been to Logan Pass the day before and it was a “don’t miss” kind of sight. I am so glad we followed his advice because he was completely correct. The trail we went on was called Hidden Lake. The lake was definitely hidden! Hidden by lots of snow covered peaks! The whole hike was in the snow! I was so glad I had good hiking boots! It was a really cool hike and we even got to see some mountain goats. Up to this point we were a little unsure that mountain goats even existed! We kept seeing pictures and hearing of places we might see them but had not seen a single mountain goat in all the mountains. As we were walking and talking about dinner for the night I look up and sure enough there was a mountain goat less than 10 feet in front of us! So of course we had a mini photo shoot with the goat! (Check out our photos below!)

 

When we finally got to the lake it was mostly still covered in snow, but we sat and enjoyed the view for a while before we made the trek back down the snowy mountain! I am pretty sure this was the coldest Fourth of July I have ever spent! It was also the most snow I have ever seen! I loved it!

 

These first pictures were taking as we were driving the “Going To The Sun Road”. This was a really long curvy road built into the side of a mountain!

 

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I decided to buy one of those really cool and very touristy camera tri-pods while at wal-mart one day. It has come in really handy and eliminates the need to awkardly ask people to take our picture! These are some of the first pictures I took with my new tri-pod!

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To use my new tri-pod I make Jon stand in the shot while I get it aimed right. Then I press the timer button and run over the where he is standing! I have 10 seconds to get in the picture! I love it! And Jon is such a good sport!

 

The scenery was pretty, and we couldn’t avoid the unsightly sign in our backround.

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My first snowman! (side note: I built this whole snowman while being pelted with snowballs from Jon because he thought I was gathering snowballs to throw at him!! HA)

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After playing in the snow we drove up to Logan Pass and hiked the Hidden Lake Trail. All the little black dots you see to the left of me at the base of the mountain are people. We hiked in the snow to where they were and past that to the lake. Let’s just say that was a interesting hike so a southerners first time in the snow!

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Zoomed in close up of the Lake

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Cute little Mountain Goat with a tracker for some research project Glacier is conducting.

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Precious little baby mountain goat!

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I did have my zoom on in this picture, but we were still really close to them!

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A few more photo’s from the hike

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Thanks for following along!

 

Until next time!

 

-The Nomads

Our RV remodel- from old to ours!

Welcome to our home! I have been wanting to write a post to show off our RV since I started blogging! I intended to write posts about each project we undertook while renovating the RV but let’s face it, we barely had time to eat and sleep we were so busy! There are some projects (like the cabinets and the couch) that I still plan on writing about a little in depth because they were total learning experiences but for now I want to show you the transformation of our house!

We bought our fifth wheel in March and completed the renovation process in June right before we hit the road. It was truly a labor of love. We put hours of  our spare time and the last days in our hometown perfecting the fifth wheel. The good news is that Jon and I are both headstrong and committed to finish what we start. So all of our projects got finished. The bad news is that I am a total dreamer and added on a new project almost daily. Which thankfully, Jon took in strides, supported my dreams and pitched in when possible (I am pretty sure he’s starting to not like the phrase, “look what I found on pinterest!”)

We took lots of pictures along the way and can’t wait to share them! If you see any pictures and want to know more about how we did the project just ask and I’ll be sure to write about it!

I’ll take a moment to mention that you might want to grab a cup and get comfortable because this post is a little long! I can’t help it, I’m proud of our work!

These pictures were taken on our way to pick up our new home and outside of Jon’s parents home. They were gracious enough to allow us to park the fifth wheel in their driveway and allowed us to use their house and their tools as our home base for our RV remodel! I don’t know how we could have completed this project without them and we are so thankful for all their help!

 

 

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These pictures were taken a few days later when we tackled our first project, painting the cabinets. We had to removed all of the cabinet doors and hardware then “lightly” sand, as the instructions explained. I challenge you to lightly sand something, it’s like a vicious cycle! Nothing ever seemed rough enough until it was too rough! It took me days to sand everything! Sanding quickly became my least favorite part of remodeling. And let’s not even talk about the fact that Jon pulled out the electric sander AFTER I finished the sanding project!

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As you can imagine this was a monster project. The instructions said it would take 48 hours and it took us almost 3 weeks and 3 times the paint recommended. It looks great and I would do the project again if necessary, with modifications of course!

These are the cabinets on their way to completion.

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If you were looking carefully above you will notice that we also ripped out the carpet flooring in order to put down faux wood flooring. Jon was so excited about this project. That is, until he stumbled upon our biggest headache of the whole remodel:

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This is essentially our fault. We bought the fifth wheel from an individual and failed to take it to an RV mechanic to get it looked at. Although it was pretty well hidden and there’s no telling whether they would have found it or not. To make a long story short, we fell in love with the RV and were so impressed with the nice old man and his wife’s upkeep of the RV that we decided we did not need to get it checked out. Big mistake, lesson learned: Do it right the first time. We ended up with a leaking slide out and a rotted floor. The circular object you see in the first picture is a saw blade that the prior owner used to prevent the couch from going through the floor. When it was all said and done this cost us almost $2000 to fix and took the repair company over a month total to fix the floor (there were many complications involved, stay tuned and i’ll write about the floor disaster!)

The picture to the left is a door we removed that separated the bedroom and the living room. It was awkward because there was about a foot gap between the bottom of the door and the stairs. I don’t think we ever took a picture of this, but I had  the brilliant idea to put a curtain instead of the door. It looks great and it really brought the decorating look together.

The picture on the right was the beginning of our decorating scheme. I fluctuated between what I called boho chic and shabby country chic depending on what decorations Jon vetoed in the process. (I still have a sore spot from my bedroom curtains that were non-negotiable vetoed!) You will see we used the blue and the yellow on the kitchen and bedroom walls (we ended up painting all the walls in the fifth wheel). The fabric was what we wanted to use to cover the kitchen chairs. We ended up with this pattern in a grey color since this was all that was in stock at Hobby Lobby at the time. In my opinion the grey came out better and mixes well with the rest of the decorations.

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This next project was our couch re-upholster, or really Jon’s couch re-upholster. I am incredibly proud and still in awe that he did this project almost all on his own. Total dedication! He was dead-set on having a leather couch. I could take it or leave it and after buying a leather couch proved to be financially unfeasible we looked into re-upholstering the couch we had. I will go into detail in another blog later on the specifics of this project but for now just know that it is possible!

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This next pictures are part of my favorite RV remodel story. One night after I got off work I came home to the whole house in remodel mode. Jon’s mom was sewing our chair cushion covers (which she happily gave up to me so she could take a break!) and Jon was out in the garage matching stain colors for the trim on the flooring. I was pleasantly sewing away when I hear footsteps running into the house. Jon opens the door and exclaims, “Andrea, come quick…and grab a paintbrush”. Jon’s mom and I shared a questionable glance before we went outside to see what was going on. We found Jon in the garage dipping his paintbrush into stain that was now ALL OVER the garage floor and using it to paint our kitchen table. He had been using the table to hold the stain he was using and accidentally spilled the container. Luckily we were planning on staining the table anyways and it was just a matter of time before we got around to that project. That was probably one of the quickest projects we ended up completing! It ended up looking great even though we were covered in stain, which if you are wondering does in fact stain skin as well! (our chair covers look great too I should add!)

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The outcome of our stained and re-upholstered chairs and table! Absolutely love them! They made a huge difference!

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These next pictures were taken during the painting process. We were nervous at first when we decided it looked very similar to a baby nursery. Once we got some furniture back in and the decorations up that thought flew out the window. (And in flew my bird curtains! My pride and Joy!)

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The curtains turned into a DIY project. They were literally made completely from scratch, pattern and all. I COULD NOT have done this without the help of Jon’s mom. She did all the tedious math and measuring for the patterns and worked for countless hours to make sure they were all finished before we left (many times alone, while I was working)! I am in love with these curtains, they are probably my favorite part of our home and they make our place very cozy!

You can also see above Jon working on the floors. We choose to use Allure Traffic Master Flooring based on many recommendations from other blogs and RV remodel websites. These floors are essentially “floating” which is important when moving slides for travel. They really look great and their only downfall is that they scratch very easily. We were expecting this thanks to the realistic scratch demo Jon’s sister gave us on a sample piece of flooring while we were chatting over breakfast one Sunday. (I think of you every time I see a scratch on Emily!)

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The day before our going away party Jon caught a really bad cold and couldn’t finish the floors, I was at work so our lifesavers came to the rescue! We really wanted to have the RV presentable for the most part before our party so we could share our new home with our family and friends before we left. By some miracle and a ton of hard work the floors came together perfectly!

 

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We get a lot of comments on the amount of space we have, this is a comparison to what it looks like while we travel when the slides are closed!

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Finally, the finished pictures of our home!

We have limited space everywhere so things like our shower caddy are lifesavers!

We had a nice quilt that matched the pillows on the bed but we decided it wasn’t comfortable and have resorted to an old comforter we brought as a last minute add on to our packing!

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I up-cycled the old lampshades with some fabric decorations I found at hobby lobby! Jon said they were too girly, but they were already glued on, oops!! 🙂

 

 

 

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The only shelf we have in that is suitable for pictures! To the left you can see the curtain we used to replace the door I mentioned earlier. And of course, to the right, my little dog model!

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Jon’s desk and work area!

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This was another DIY on the whim project. Somehow I was sent to home depot by myself and came back with a new project of course. It was super easy to install (although we currently have a piece missing that fell during our travels). We think it looks great and really adds dimension to our home!

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If you notice we have the no slip shelf liner lining our drawers. This is so things don’t slide and break while we drive. The entire RV is decked out in this stuff, but it has served its purpose well!

You can also see our sink and make-shift dishwasher. Yes, we have to wash everything by hand (do you hear the excitement in my voice). I picked up this nifty utensil washer you see in the left hand corner. It is basically just a brush but it works really well.

 

 

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Yes, that my friends is a fireplace! Electric with real heat output! And Jon’s hand carved paddle for a rustic man’s touch to balance out my female decor!

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My bird door knob which was a gem of a find a world market! And our washer and dryer which we could not live without! We read many controversies before ensuring this was a feature we needed/wanted. We wouldn’t trade the convince of this for anything.

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And that’s it my friends! Our house and remodel process in a nutshell! This was a huge and so rewarding project! We have so many people to thank who lent us their time, hard work, ideas tools, and support during the process. We are so happy with the way it turned out. We will can’t believe it looks so wonderful!

 

Whew! That turned out to be a lot longer than I expected! Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to give you a tour!

 

Until next time!

-The Nomads

Why does the blog look different?

I wanted to answer some questions you all may have before I confuse anyone. Yes, my blog looks different. Yes, It’s still me writing!

I dealt with a lot of frustrating issues while using Wix as my website builder and decided to give WordPress a try. From what I understand WordPress is the Mac-Daddy of blogging. I hesitated to use d in the beginning because it was aesthetically pleasing enough for me! After working with Wix I’ll take some sub par graphics any day! Just to give you an example, I couldn’t even use spell check to check my writing with Wix. I’m a nurse not an english teacher, spell check is my saving grace! It was also just really hard to upload and use pictures in my blog.

So I gave in and decided to use the foolproof method of following the crowd! That being said, I’m afraid I may have lost the ability to have my previous blogs on this site. I am trying to work this issue out but right now it appears it will cost me almost $100 for an outside source to move them to my new site. I can’t figure out how to do it else-wise and I really can’t justify that cost. So, my two options are: A.copy and paste the old blogs, most likely without pictures because that may be a cumbersome process. and B. do some more research/ask around and see if anyone knows an easier way to move my old blog post to this site! I think this site is going to work a lot better for me, I already like the fact that the bottom right hand corner is telling me it autosaved this draft 1 minute ago (let’s not even talk about the last blog that had to be rewritten after it got erased in the process of publishing).

(Can’t we just take a moment and thank the inventor of spell-check…I really don’t know how I made it through spelling in school. I obviously didn’t win any spelling bee’s! I sure am glad you can’t see all the red squiggly lines I had to correct before I published this post!)

Also, I apologize but it appears that you will all need to re-enter your information in order to be updated via e-mail for new blog posts. I tried to find a way to manually enter e-mail addresses to follow me but it doesn’t appear to be an option. There should be a button or entry field to the right of the screen that says “follow me”. You should be able to enter your e-mail address and subscribe. I hope I don’t loose any followers in this process.

Thanks for following (especially during this new transition)!

 

Until Next time!

-The Nomads

 

 

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