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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 sticks reside in a glass jar full of gelatin in your fridge that kind of makes you want to gag every time you look at it. And now you’re mopping the kitchen floor so regularly you’d think Cinderella’s stepmom lives there because you’re worried what this now mobile child may stick in his/her mouth. And why must every child be obsessed with the dishwasher when it’s open? Yes, the kitchen becomes Disney World for babies towards the end of that first year.

So there you have it. That’s what’s in store for your home as you reach the end of that first year. It’s craziness. You can say it won’t change your home, but after I’m done laughing…one more minute…I’ll tell you that it will. Maybe not as big a change for some, but a change nonetheless.

It’s not permanent, but changes will be coming. Embrace them. Enjoy them. Because they honestly do come and go very quickly.

Here’s to living with a one year old and all the things that make a house a home.

Text and picture courtesy  of blog.coldwellbanker


16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Haven’t Thought Of


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.

Stairs 16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Havent Thought Of

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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

Images via dgdoors, accentondesign, flor & marthastewart

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

Images via thedesignfile, kellysthoughtsonthings, stashvault & kitchenstuffplus

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.

Text and picture courtesy  of blog.coldwellbanker

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)

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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)

Carpet Must Do Tasks to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

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.

Text and picture courtesy  of blog.coldwellbanker


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26 Boulder View, Irvine CA 92603, in Shady Canyon MLS# OC14025398 020614 $8,998,000

Rancho de Oro is a 4-story, custom estate with approximately 12,865sf on a premier, elevated 3/4 acre lot. Your long wait is over for one of the closest estates to Shady Canyon golf course. Enjoy unlimited, panoramic views of Shady Canyon Golf Course, the clubhouse, city lights, and Disneyland fireworks. The floor plan provides 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths – each unique and customized. This home is an entertainer’s dream inside and out: 2 oversized bars, 1 on the main floor, the other, in the basement with a 1,500 bottle wine cellar; separate rooms for cigar/poker, kid’s game, billiards, and formal home theater; huge concert hall with stage for performance/karaoke/ballroom dance/movie showing; two executive offices that extend from the library; 2 laundry rooms: 1 on the second floor and 1 on the main floor which provides a center island, space for sewing, arts and crafts, and gift wrapping. One notable, estate-wide customization includes mahogany from around the world including Honduras and the Philippines. An elevator services the basement through the 2nd floor. The property was masterfully designed by renowned architect, Rob Sinclair; builder, Gary McLane; award-winning landscape architect, Mark Scott; and highly acclaimed landscape contractor, RMA Landscape.

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59 Splendor, Irvine 92618 in Woodbury East — MLS# OC14054535

Beautiful detached condo home nestled just steps away from park in Irvine Woodbury East community. Living area of approximate 1830sf, with abundance of natural lights and spaces between units. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths plus an office upstairs. 1st floor has main powder room to the right of the entry foyer, and farther right is the great room which opens to a tranquil, beautiful, side courtyard. Open floor plan, tile flooring throughout entry, dining, kitchen areas. Spacious dining area extends straight from the entry foyer, opens to gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and plenty of built-in cabinet space. Laundry room opens to attached spacious 2 car garage with direct access to an extra car exterior parking spot, next to the garage door. On one side of the hallway upstairs is the large master bedroom with walk-in closet, master bath with dual sinks, separate tub, stand-alone glass enclosed shower. Bedrooms 2 & 3 locate along the hallway, with the office at the other end where the 2nd bathroom is located. Great flow throughout the home providing ease and tranquil feeling. Convenient access to freeways, shopping, entertainment, top-ranked Irvine schools. Competitively priced and strolling distance to the resort-style amenities at the Palm Club.

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71 Sacred Path, Irvine 92618 in Portola Springs — MLS# OC14037493

Executive 3-story upscale single family detached home nestled on a single-loaded quiet street, embracing serenity, privacy, and peace. Main floor has spacious great room, open gourmet kitchen with stunning backsplashes, granite countertop island for breakfast & leisure. Functional dining room with built-in cabinets, French doors open to side courtyard with built-in fire pit for indoor/outdoor entertainment. Fourth bedroom with 3rd bath across hallway, attached 2-car garage has doors on both sides open to 2 side yards, 2 side gates conveniently exit to the back. Second floor has a private master bedroom suite with walk-in closet, upgraded bathroom off the vestibule, bedroom 2 & 3 down the hallway sharing a dual-access 2nd bath. Third floor huge bonus room offers tranquil views, perfect for movie, exercise, billiards, & more. Upgrades include: exotic Maple hardwood floor, stylish carpet with 8#pad, beautiful crown moldings, exquisite matching tiles, sparkling backsplashes of onyx & glass mosaics. Steps to resort-style amenities, of lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, Jr Olympic pool with cabanas, clubhouse, tot lots, from Lomas Valley Park, Ridgeview Park, Tree Top Park. Move-in ready and perfect for multi-generational living. Renowned Irvine Schools.

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25 Richest US Neighborhoods

25 Richest US Neighborhoods

By Paige Cooperstein and Robert Johnson of Business Insider

Much like the rest of the country, America’s richest neighborhoods continue to evolve in terms of racial diversity.

In his latest Higley 1000, a list of the highest-income neighborhoods in the U.S., Stephen Higley, a professor emeritus of urban social geography at the University of Montevallo, found that the top neighborhoods are home to more Asian and Latino residents than ever before.

Higley ranked the most expensive neighborhoods in America based on American Community Survey 2006 – 2010 data. He aggregated contiguous block groups (subdivisions of Census tracts) with a mean income over $200,000. You can read his complete methodology here.