A Father’s Guide: How a Home Changes 365 Days After a Baby

One might think the preparations for having a baby can change not just the dynamic of a home, but also the decor, functionality and even layout. You would be correct, but I’m here to tell you even more changes happen after that little person arrives home. Oh, I’m not just talking about the initial arrival which brings bassinets, changing tables and a new line of dietary selections in your kitchen cabinet. 365 days later your house will be drastically different from even that first time a baby comes home.

This topic is never more relevant than today as my youngest of four boys (yes, 4 boys) turns 1 year old today. You might think that having been through this three times before there would be little to no changes with number 4? Wrong. Every kid brings forth it’s own set of monumental shifts, not just in parenting, but when it comes to your home.

So for you parents who think you’re settled in with getting a room ready for baby, I’m here to give you a heads up that a year later more changes to your home are coming.

Change No. 1 – Your Home is an Obstacle Course:

Isn’t it cute? All those tiny baby things that now take residence in your home. Tiny socks. Tiny shoes. Tiny hats. But then as they get older, their things start to get bigger. Their domain becomes larger. Now you have to put up gates to contain them. That pack and play which was reserved just for traveling now has taken residence in your family room so you have a cell, er..I mean, “play area” where they can safely reside while you try to get stuff done. All of sudden you’re rearranging furniture and putting up your very own obstacle course to accommodate a 20 pound mini-me.

Change No. 2 – Your Entertainment

See that nicely stacked selection of classic movies beneath your TV entertainment system? It’s gone. You now own 10 different versions of Baby Einstein DVDs which act as your very own private babysitter in moments of need. Your DVR now has Sesame Street and Yo Gabba Gabba intermingled with recordings of The Walking Dead and Scandal. All of a sudden that Friday night out on the town feels like too much effort and you find yourself watching Dateline on Friday nights at 9 p.m. Oh you may think “that won’t happen to me,” but I’m telling you it will. And it’s wonderful.

Change No. 3 – Your Kitchen

When you first bring your baby home, you’re feeding him/her sitting on the couch or in a rocking chair and you have this mobile fiefdom where food can be delivered anywhere and at any time. A year later that baby now needs his own domain and a surrounding area to deal with what some call “eating” but is mostly food demolition. Your kitchen now has a high chair the size of a Fiat in it. Your cupboards have at least 3 boxes of Cheerios at any given moment. Meat …read more

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Real Estate Headlines Featuring Taylor Swift, Honda, Staircases and More

The Final Four is set. April is waiting for you. The Easter Bunny has those delicious candy-coated Cadbury eggs waiting for me. Oh how I do love those Mini Eggs. Before I spiral downward into binge eating an entire bag of Easter candy, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:

What do you do if you have a tax lien on your home?

Here are 9 incredibly awesome staircases in some pretty ridiculous homes.

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s NY apartment has been sold.

TheStreet has 5 housing markets you can afford even on a minimum wage.

Can the fantasy concept of mobile cities that are designed to move with the times become a reality?

Would you live inside a Honda? What if it was a Honda smart home?

Housing Wire has the latest reaction to the Fannie, Freddie reform proposal.

Seattle has its first passive house that claims it can be heated with a hairdryer.

And finally, did Taylor Swift just by The Hobbit director, Peter Jackson, Tribeca penthouse?

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Tour showcases four elegant Kingwood gardens

[...] the bubbling copper-colored urn fountain near the front door is a clue that water is the permanent, dominant feature at their spacious home.

Large windows and French doors across the back of their house at 5518 Beaver Lodge bring the outside in at this first stop on the Kingwood Garden Club’s Gardenscapes 2014, a three-day tour of four private homes and landscapes.

Wide perennial borders with Drift roses flank the front walk, and the back garden features an intimate patio area and a diversity of plants from succulents to shade-tolerant types. …read more

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Plant sales offer plenty of options

Memorial Northwest Ladybugs Garden Club annual garage and plant sale: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Memorial Northwest Community Center, 17440 Theiss Mail Route, Spring; 281-320-0489, 281-370-3939.

Plant and book festival: sponsored by Friends of Spring Branch-Memorial Library. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Spring Branch-Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale; 713-461-1313.

Spring Fairy Garden Workshop: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond; 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond; register at 281-341-1206; myenchanted.com.

Creating Shade Gardens: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 1200 N. Dairy Ashford and 2233 S. Voss; corneliusnurseries.com/clinics.

Organic Container Gardening: with Dianne Norman, sponsored by Urban Harvest. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Westbury Community Garden, 12581 Dunlap; 713-880-5540; urbanharvest.org, $24 members, $36 nonmembers.

Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society plant sale: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in booth 561 at the Texas Home and Garden Show, George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas; tgcfernsoc.org.

Bird Hike at Seabourne Creek Nature Park: sponsored by Coastal Prairie Chapter-Texas Master Naturalist. 8-10 a.m. at Seabourne Creek Nature Park, 3831 Texas 36, Rosenberg; 281-633-7033; email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu.

A Prairie Celebration of Lawther-Deer Park Preserve: tours 8 a.m.-5 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. at Monument Inn, 4406 Independence Parkway S., La Porte; register for both by Tuesday at prairiepartner.org or npat.org. …read more

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16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

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When your home has a place for everything it is magical. You open up cabinets to neat piles of Tupperware. Your closet is organized with shoes, belts and accessories organized in a way that would give Carried Bradshaw envy. Your garage is neat and each tool is hung with care while your children’s toys are lined up and ready to be used at their convenience.

Let’s be serious, there are very few who can actually say their home has enough space for all of their things. In the battle of you vs square footage, you rarely feel like you come out on top. Here are some awesome ideas to get you get organized and find a “home” for all of your things.

Underneath Steps

Don’t let that space underneath your stairs go to waste. Depending on the size available you may even be able to create a small office like the image in the bottom left.

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Inside Cabinet Doors

The inside of cabinet doors are hidden which makes them a perfect place for storage. We especially love the idea for the spices below.

Cabinet 16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Havent Thought Of

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Look up and you will be amazed at all of the places you can find to store things. From the garage ceiling to the space above doors, it is important to use every inch without making a room feel cluttered.

UpStorage 16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Havent Thought Of

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Underneath Your Counters

If you have a smaller kitchen you know what it is like to open up a cabinet and have things fall onto you…it’s miserable. Clear up some space by taking advantage of the area underneath your counters.

Counterstorage 16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Havent Thought Of

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Do you have a genius storage idea? Tell us about it or leave a link in the comment section. Want even more ideas? Check out these DIY storage ideas.

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Must Have Shower Heads

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The obvious objective of taking a shower is to cleanse your body. But, if you’re like me, you know the shower is also a time to enjoy 10-15 minutes of relaxation and thought. There seemingly is nothing that can interrupt this small brake in time. That’s why, having a shower head that you love is really important. I’ve found a few that are on my wishlist, check them out below. What would be your ideal shower head?

1. 90 Degree Chrome Eco-Performance Rain Shower Shower Head

With ultra–modern styling, the 90 Degree collection is a study in minimalism. Geometric forms, squared corners and straight lines create an urban focal point for today’s contemporary baths. (Moen)

2. WaterTile

Must Do Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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If you’re like me, you’ve been scavenging around the internet for small but efficient ways to transition your home from the treacherous Winter we’ve had to a (hopefully) beautiful and pleasant Spring. I am relieved to tell you I found a great article from The Home Depot which rolls out some smart and easy tips and tricks for making the most out of your “Spring Cleaning” efforts. Check them out below.

1. Check caulking around all doors and windows. Improper caulking allows for moisture to get inside your walls and cause mold. This is also the perfect time to wash/clean all windows and replace torn or damaged screens as necessary. (The Home Depot)

2. Deep cleaning carpets is a spring-cleaning must. Consider purchasing a steam cleaner for your home – not only will it come in handy during twice-yearly major cleaning sessions, but it will also prove to be a lifesaver if you have pets or children in the home. (The Home Depot)

3. Check for possible damage to the roof. Look for missing, cracked or broken shingles and make note of any needed repairs. For safety reasons, you may want to consider hiring a qualified professional to take care of any repair work that needs to be done. (The Home Depot)

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4. Check for and repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk. Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete. (The Home Depot) We repaired our driveway last Spring which was perfect timing considering what a wet and salty Winter it was.

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5. Check garden hoses for dry rot and inspect hose faucets for possible freeze damage that may have occurred during the winter months. (The Home Depot) Unless you’ve kept your hose inside the garage or shed over the past few months, giving your hose a check before use will definitely be beneficial.

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Home of the Week: State-of-the-Art Living on the Upper East Side

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from a Gentlemen’s Ranch just outside of Austin to a truly unique residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Listed for $10.5 million, this truly unique residence is absolutely stunning and impressive in every imaginable way. The state-of-the-art townhouse offers up a near unheard of 6,500 square feet of living space set on five expansive levels – each connected by a private elevator. The 6 bedroom and 7 bath home is dominated by its palatial proportions, high quality finishes and its inspiring versatile layout.

With its proximity to Central Park and its elite address on a picturesque tree lined street, this home works equally well as a quiet getaway in the middle of the city and as a wonderful place to entertain. You’ll be hard pressed to find a home in New York City with two sizable outdoor entertaining areas, but this home has just that, as it was recently completely renovated from top to bottom. Imagine enjoying breakfast or dinner with friends on the outdoor terraces as you soak in views of Central Park and the lovely NYC skyline!

No doubt our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ is impressive in size and space; but as the listing agent Marci Kahan puts it, “it also feels very warm and inviting too”. When you take into account the seriously impressive amount of space the home has and also consider its proximity to museums and world famous parks – you can’t help but be floored by how perfect this place is.

Click here if you’d like to see more of this home listed by Marci Kahan with Coldwell Banker Bellmarc

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5 Super Smart DIY Storage Solutions

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I recently came across the article Top 31 Super Smart DIY Storage Solutions For Your Home Improvement on architectureartdesigns.com and was impressed by how simple but genius some of their home improvement ideas are. Here are 5 of my favorite budget friendly ideas that will help you get more organized.

DIY Playroom Storage

Bookshelf + Baskets= Stylish Playroom Organization

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DIY Storage Containers for Small Parts

Is your garage or tool room inundated with piles of loose screws, nuts, bolts and other loose items? This simple idea will help you to get organized and find items you need with ease.

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DIY File Box Bathroom Appliance Storage

Create a convenient and safe storage place for your hair essentials.

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DIY Crate Book Storage

An inexpensive and sweet way to store books.

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DIY Mason Jars Bathroom Storage

Great idea for smaller bathrooms.

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Click here to see the full list of 31 ideas.

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