Handsome Hardware Options for an Exceptional First Impression

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We are already deep in the midst of March, and we have officially sprung forward.

Now that we are into the second half of March, its time to start thinking about redecorating with all the things that will refresh and enhance our homes.  One spot that often goes ignored, or even unnoticed is the front door, and specifically the front door knob. What does yours look like? Has it been there since the house was built? Has it been replaced with something that “works for now”? If so, take a little time this Spring to freshen up your front door with some special new hardware. I’ve heard it say that the front door knob is the “handshake” of the house. And with so many gorgeous options in so many styles available today there’s really no excuse for lackluster handles and knobs. (more…)

The Ultimate List of Ebay Selling Tools

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If you have spent any time selling on Ebay, you know how important it is to have adequate items to make the process smooth for you and your buyer. I have compiled a list of tools that I use that I will share with you to hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration to make this a fun and smooth transition as you go through the Ebay selling process.

Scales and scanners:

It’s important to have a good scale that will weigh at least 50 pounds, and a barcode scanner if you are scanning a lot of books and new merchandise.

The Ultimate Guide for getting started on Ebay

So, you want to sell on Ebay? That’s great, because selling on Ebay has the potential to create some serious extra income on the side or even full time. It all depends on how much time, effort, and work you want to put into it. With even a few hours a week, you can make a great side income selling on Ebay. In this post I will show you some of the resources and tips that I used to get started and to hopefully point you in the direction of how to get started selling on eBay with less than $100 in your pocket.

  • Gather some merchandise. If you don’t want to spend any money starting out, I guarantee you have 20 things laying around your house that you could quickly gather up and put in your “to sell” pile. If you want to immediately turn this into a bigger business from the get-go, you could purchase your merchandise, from second hand stores, thrift stores or discount stores. We will go into depth on that in a different post.
  • Internet Access. If you are reading this, then you already have this one covered. You don’t need unlimited data either, because we are on a plan with limited data access, and I am still able to do everything I need to do each month to get my listings uploaded to Ebay. Internet Access allows you an infinite amount of resources to gain knowledge for learning what to do to get started.
  • Gather some basic resources. There are so many things that you can use to make selling on Ebay fast,  efficient and generally a better selling experience. I recommend starting with a few helpful things and then working from there. Check out my resources page for a complete list of products that I use to provide the best experience for Ebay buying and selling.
    • A good postal scale.  Make sure you get one that can weigh up to 50 pounds. Even if you think you are only going to be selling lighter items, it will come in handy. This is very similar to the one I use and it weighs up to 86 pounds.
    • A Tape measure. If you are selling clothing, a dress-makers tape is best because you need to get fluid measurements and be able to measure waist lines etc. A contractors tape measure is also good for just getting measurements from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.
    • Scotty Peelers. I didn’t find out about these right away, but when I discovered them I quickly realized I could never go without them! It really makes peeling labels off items unbelievably easy. Trust me on this one.


How to make an EXTRA $500 a month selling on Ebay

If your new to selling on Ebay, $500 a month is a great goal to set for monthly sales. Believe it or not, this is very doable with the right kind of merchandise. If you are looking to quit your job and make Ebay a full time income, we will cover that in another post. So, for now, wouldn’t it be nice to get a little “funny money” in your Paypal account each month to do with what you want. $500 could cover a lot, such as:

  • a medical bill
  • groceries
  • a car payment
  • a house payment
  • utility payments
  • saving for a vacation
  • diapers/wipes/babyfood/formula
  • guilt-free shopping trip


Farmhouse Decor GIFTS under $50


Greystone Farm

Did you know if you read the word “farmhouse” in a description of the historic house you want to buy, the term doesn’t necessarily apply to style? Farmhouse is a term used more often to describe function. Very simply put, homes built on agricultural lands were called farmhouses. They were built out of necessity — to house and protect the inhabitants who either owned or worked the farm. The modern farmhouse, however, has become a white hot trend in design. It represents timeworn treasures and vintage inspired designs that make a house a home. Let your home’s spirit shine with some of these vintage finds, or pick one up as a gift for that person who loves all things farmhouse. (more…)

Seven Ways to Be A Good GUEST

The holiday seasons are quickly approaching and parties, dinners and get-togethers will soon fill our calendars for the next several weeks. Whether  you have a standing invitation, or get a formal invite, good guests really make or break a party, here’s six ways to make sure you’re a welcome addition: (more…)

Classy and Unique Hostess Gifts Under $20

A majority of people will be celebrating the holidays this year in some way or another. With Thanksgiving almost upon us, and Christmas and New Years just a few short weeks away, take some time to select a hostess gift. Unless you are hosting every single party this year, it’s likely that you will be packing up and heading out to someone else’s home to celebrate at least once. A gift for your host or hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality and is always appreciated. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive; simply consider the nature of the occasion when making your choice.  If it’s the first time you’re visiting someone’s home, then it’s a very nice gesture to bring a small gift. If you have a few extra minutes to wrap it, even if you only use tissue or a decorative bag, it adds to the gesture. (more…)

5 Signs That Your Running on AUTO-PILOT

As of today, it’s a little over a week until Thanksgiving and  5 1/2 weeks until Christmas. Stop and let that sink in for a minute…….

For so many of us, myself included, that means that our schedules are only going to become more hectic. We have all of the normal things that we do every day, which may include any combination of house, kids, work, family, dinner etc etc… But with the holiday seasons coming on, we will be adding on parties, family get-togethers, holiday shopping, crowds, over-eating, and even financial stress. (more…)

Setting Impossible Expectations Only Leads to Failure

Iv’e been thinking a lot about the idea of setting impossible expectations today and how so often we set ourselves up for such failure. I am a huge fan of “to-do” lists. I make list after list after list of things that need to get done. My mind is so over-crowded with everything that I need to remember, that things just get squeezed out if I don’t write them down. So nearly every day, I sit down and make a list. It could be a grocery list, a list of projects I need to get done, a list of things that need cleaned up, a list of dinners I want to make, a list of items that needed to be listed on Ebay, a list of emails and phone calls that need to be made, and they all fall under the ever towering category of “TO DO”. But what so often happens is that my list starts off with a few reasonable things, and then grows into this monstrosity of things that I could not possible get done even if I had no other responsibilities in my life. (more…)