• How To Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer At Home

    These two, easy DIY recipes are for alcohol-based natural hand sanitizers that you can spray and then rub onto your hands for times when washing with soap and water isn’t

  • Easy Fresh Basil Pesto

    Made with only a few ingredients this recipe for fresh basil pesto packs a ton of flavor that adds a burst of fresh green herbal brightness to whatever dish you add it to. Get the recipe


  • Refinishing Pine Floors So They’re Light & Airy (Not Dark & Yellowed)

    Alternate title: putting the floor in Florida. I’ll pause while you slap your knee. I’m telling you, I’ve got mom jokes for days. And speaking of days, I googled this topic for days on end. And let me tell you, finding someone who shared actual photos and an exact rundown of what floor products they used on pine floors to get the result we were aiming for was BLEAK. We were looking for a soft and light end result (not darker or more amber-toned/yellowed, which seems to be what pine likes to do, especially if it’s sealed with regular old oil based sealer – even just the clear stuff yellows it significantly). Oak floor refinishing info is endlessly available by the way. But straight pine pics & details about achieving a softer & lighter just-sanded look… not so much. In fact our contractor said most people rip out their old pine floors and replace them with white oak to get that lighter and not amber look and I was like AHHH MY EARS ARE BLEEDING WHO RIPS OUT GORGEOUS ORIGINAL HARDWOOD FLOORS?! Continue reading Refinishing Pine Floors So They’re Light & Airy (Not Dark & Yellowed) at Young House Love.

  • The Outside Of Our Florida House: Before & Now!

    You guys. I am very excited about this post. And John’s computer froze and crashed two times this morning while we were trying to work on this, and my enthusiasm STILL ENDURES, which is a good indication of just how into this I am. I’m going to try to let the pics do all the talking because I just want to get this post UP AND INTO THE WORLD! So without further ado, here is what our house looked like back in February when we offered on it. Remember it was a super rainy/overcast span of two days when we checked it out (as is our tradition of buying houses – more on that here). Didn’t matter. Look who was very excited back then too: And this is our house as of yesterday morning when we took these pics (just with our phone! Continue reading The Outside Of Our Florida House: Before & Now! at Young House Love.

  • #175: Our Big Move Is Officially Underway (& We Have Some Predictions)

    While we’re getting settled in our new house in Florida, we’ve got one last episode for you that we recorded in Richmond. In fact, we took a moment as “Past John & Sherry” to make some predictions for what our moving day might look like, along with our hopes-slash-fears for our first night in our new home. We’re also talking about temporary, affordable, and easy-to-change decor ideas that are great for renters and homeowners alike, thanks to interviewing an expert on the subject named Medina Grillo. She was full of smart solutions and also took the opportunity to bust some myths about being a renter. Plus, the Instagram account that has us in stitches, and what we’re bringing for our kids on our 12-hour drive to Florida. You can also find this episode on your favorite podcast listening app, like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, and Spotify. Continue reading #175: Our Big Move Is Officially Underway (& We Have Some Predictions) at Young House Love.

  • A Look At How Far Our House’s Exterior Has Come

    We’re currently still in Richmond (not for much longer though!), and in order to share a huge progress post about our Florida house’s exterior, we want to be there in person so we can take tons of progress photos that’ll explain a lot more and make that post exceptionally exciting. So that’s coming your way next week (yes, by this time next week we’ll definitely be living there!), but buckle up because this post is not a consolation prize. It’s just as dramatic as the before & afters of our current house’s interior, which we shared a few weeks back. In fact, our Richmond house’s outside transformation could probably be filed under: “Biggest update we’ve ever made. Ever.” So let’s get right into it. We actually forgot that we had filmed a before tour of this house’s exterior, but then a bunch of you requested a final exterior video tour just like the one we did inside. Continue reading A Look At How Far Our House’s Exterior Has Come at Young House Love.