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Finding Hope in 2013

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Another year is almost behind us, and I think most of us are looking forward to a fresh start in 2013.

Last year made it clearer than ever that nothing is more important than relationships. I feel so fortunate that I was able to spend time with my cousins I hadn’t seen in years, had some great sister time and what was most important, got to spend a lot of quality time with my kids and grandkids.

Being around the grandkids reminded me how wonderful it is to always be looking forward to tomorrow and the opportunities it brings. The amazement of what a fantastic job my kids are doing as parents, and how talented their Jr Lifestylists are keeps reminding me how important it is to spend time with family.

Here’s hoping that 2013 is filled with hope for all of us, and we remember what brings us joy.

Summer Savings

One sure sign that summer is almost over is the sales of colorful, outdoor inspired items at the stores. A lot of the department stores start clearing this merchandise our right after the 4th of July to make room for school items, but the home decor stores tend to wait until Labor Day weekend.

One of our Lifestylist® inspired blogs is Dollar Store Decors – items that cost “less than a latte”. I was out shopping for the new model homes at Parkwood and Countryside Village, and I was amazed how many cool things that fit this criteria that were giveaway deals, and I also found some great items that I’m going to use to display my “pick-ups” from my summer travels.

World Market was full of treasures today -up to 90% off! I found this great chair and two others that were marked down to $9.95 – 90% off. They had two great outdoor dining tables that were at the same savings, but I tend to collect tables and I know I didn’t have room for them. But the chairs had such great style, I know I’ll be able to re-purpose them in a living room, or use them as seating in a guest room. I’m tempted to paint them with a metallic paint or possibly a turquoise color, have cushions made and really make them special – at under $10.00 I don’t have much to lose.

The painted table was a find at Hobby Lobby where I was able to find two matching ones at 80% off. I loved the colors and character they had, and I’m thinking about stacking them and using them as a display piece. What do you think?

Great design really doesn’t have to be expensive -it’s about buying things that mean something to you at a price you are comfortable with.

I’m also collecting glassware and baskets that I can use to display my pick up pieces – I love picking up found items when I travel as a memento instead of buying a T-Shirt or shot glass. I’ll share how to make picture frames and other ideas with these later, but I’ve got to get back to my model home shopping and taking advantage of these sales – I’ll let you know what else I find soon!

Is The Trailer Diva Getting a New Home?

This Lifestylist® is proud to be a Trailer Diva – I love factory built housing and think it is the way that most housing will be built in the future. I was shopping at NorthPark Center the other day and saw something I have to have – a playhouse that is the cutest trailer I have ever seen! It was part of the Parade of Playhouses they do every year, and every year’s homes are better than the year before.

The event benefits Dallas CASA – a 30 year old organization with over 500 volunteers that are advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children. What an important organization that needs every dollar that this amazing event raises. I went online today and saw the playhouse that was being auctioned off online was at $8,500 and it was worth it!

To be the lucky owners of the rest of the homes you bought raffle tickets, and winners were chosen today at NorthPark. Rumor has it that my favorite had some of the most bids of any of the other playhouses – I guess there is a future for factory built housing! I didn’t win my dream trailer, but the real winners were Dallas CASA, and that’s what  is really important.

But, if the winner of my dream trailer decides it doesn’t fit in with their decor, give me a call – I have the perfect place for it!

Are Home Shows Still Relevant?

With the consolidations of so many companies lately, there have been questions about what is the best way to attract new customers. Louisville and the Pennsylvania shows are back, but without support from retailers and community owners these won’t continue.

I just wrote an article on mhmsm.com discussing the pros and cons – I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think!

De-Constructing Construction

The great news about deciding to build a new home these days is that you have options and choices like never before.

Current technology has made it possible to build “Factory Built” housing that not only meets the quality that site built housing offers, but in many cases can exceed the quality and value that is available.

For the next few weeks I’m going to go more in-depth about the different choices, and how they compare. The building types that I’m going to review are the following:

Trailers
Mobile Homes
Manufactured Homes
Park Models
Double Wides
Modular Homes
PreFab Homes
Panelized Kit Homes
SIPS Homes (Structural Insulated Panels)

Please let me know if you have interest in other building processes and I’ll be happy to do the research and share it here.