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I’m OFFICIALLY a Homeowner – New BLOG SERIES Coming Soon!

A newlywed, new homeowner, and mom-to-be: that would make for a great reality TV show, but instead – it's my life right now! Here's my quick story on my husband & I becoming new homeowners only months after getting married (while 8 months pregnant), with an exciting new blog series announcement that all you homeowners will love!

I'm OFFICIALLY a Homeowner – New BLOG SERIES Coming Soon!

The last you heard from me, I was speaking about my 2018 Word of The Year: Quality. I promised all of you and myself that this year would be all about the quality things in life and so far, it has been. Living by my word, rather than a list of goals, has really kept me on track. Not only am I focusing on quality time with my new husband, we're practicing quality of life in the biggest way possible – by buying a new house!

Believe it or not, our house hunting started a week after our wedding in November 2017. We never imagined that we'd land our forever home before our bundle of joy made it into the world (coming March 2018), but the universe had big plans for us and here we are in January 2018, with a new house that we're making into a home. We didn't settle one bit. Our house fit all of our requirements: open floor plan, 4 bedroom minimum, backyard, peaceful and familiar location, no HOA, with a modern look & feel. Oh, and it was well within our budget. Quality at it's finest.

I'm OFFICIALLY a Homeowner – New BLOG SERIES Coming Soon!

As our move-in day slowly creeps closer, my husband and I are feeling the pressure of making our house into a home. We've done a few minor home updates in the past couple weeks that have made a drastic difference: new paint, deep cleaning, updated “SMART” thermostat, custom blinds, and more! It's all very exciting, exhausting, fun, and a bit overwhelming. We've never done this before – anything like this. My husband has definitely painted walls, but everything else is new to us. We're relying heavily on common-sense and Google. It's a learning a process and as silly as it sounds, it has created a bond between us and our new home.

Oh and in case you're wondering, we're doing everything on a budget. The majority of our savings was spent on closing costs and with our first child on the way, we can only do so much. So, we are cutting costs in some areas and getting the “best of the best” in others. Priorities, people! I have no shame in admitting that we can't afford everything that we want, so we're taking advantage of any deals we can, which means DIY projects and little home improvements that make a big difference!

“Our Forever Home” New Homeowner Series – coming soon!

That's where the Women and Their Pretties blog comes in: I'll be documenting all of “Our Forever Home” successes, failures, DIY projects, splurges, hacks, and more here and on social media. If you've been following along on Instagram, then you've found my stories full of before/after projects, reveals, and baby bump selfies (haha). I'll be oversharing the good, the bad, the ugly, the cheap, and the expensive all over, so be sure you're tuning in.

I'm OFFICIALLY a Homeowner – New BLOG SERIES Coming Soon!

What new homeowner stories are coming soon?

  • Ikea Organization Hacks
  • Home office/Craft Room Reveal
  • Nursery Reveal
  • Before/After Projects
  • New Homeowners Gift Guide
  • Smart Home Guide
  • & More

This series will begin by the first week in February, so don't forget to come back regularly and be sure you're checking Instagram daily! I have some fun things coming your way as we celebrate the pretty little things in life. Please, let me know if you have anything in particular that you'd like to see more of as we go on this new adventure.

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  5. Aduke Schulist says:

    Congratulations!! I can’t wait to own my own home. You made a beautiful choice for yours and that sectional looks so inviting.

  6. Angela Bethea says:

    That sounds really wonderful! Congratulations on your new home and good luck again, I’ll be checking your next update for sure.

  7. Lynndee says:

    Congratulations! That is such a pretty house. Can’t wait to read your future posts about your new home. Best of luck!

  8. Catalina says:

    Congratulations! This is an important step in your life! Wish you good luck!

  9. Ricci says:

    Congrats!! I LOVE that sectional, it looks so dang comfy!!! I can’t wait to read your new home series!

  10. Amy says:

    Congrats on your new home! It has got to be an exciting time for you! I really love the sectional you chose.

  11. Heather says:

    What a beautiful home! Congrats! I can’t wait to read about your journey and hope that we will be starting our journey soon too!

  12. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says:

    This is awesome. You guys must be totally over the moon excited. I can’t wait to see what you have coming up. Congratulations!

  13. Gingermommy says:

    Congratulations on everything! How exciting!? Newly married, pregnant with your first and new home owners. This is awesome. I am quite in love with the sectional you chose as well. It looks SUPER comfy.

  14. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says:

    It’s all so exciting! The thought of everything new, new life with the husband, new home, and a baby on the way! I’m looking forward to seeing the projects you’ve done to make sure your house is a home that you’ll love spending time in. Congratulations! Such a good start for the year!

  15. Victoria Heckstall says:

    One of the most time that we should thank for is being a homeowner. You are really amazing Congratulations to you. It is all worth the wait.

  16. Paula schuck says:

    Congratulations! That is so worth celebrating! I still remember buying our first house. We felt pretty grownup. LOL. The moving part can be a PITA – if you can hire someone to help.

  17. Marysa says:

    Congrats! Buying a home is so exciting. Your new place looks beautiful. I hope you have fun customizing it to your liking!

  18. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    Congrats!! What an exciting time!!! I wish you all the best and what a beautiful hosue!

  19. Lisa Favre says:

    Congratulations! Your house is absolutely stunning – how does it feel? It must have been so exciting to sign all the papers and make it official.

  20. Jeanette says:

    It is so exciting to become a homeowner! We became one two years ago and I’m telling you it is well worth it even though there are times you wish there was a landlord to fix parts of the house LOL. Congratulations!

  21. Ashley says:

    I’m so excited for you both! New baby and new house! I can’t wait to see all the fun!

  22. Heather says:

    Congratulations, marriage, babies, new homes! Life is really exciting for you right now. I am a new home owner too. We just bought our house in October and I’m still loving every inch of this place.

  23. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Congratulations! That is so awesome. Owning your own home is such an amazing experience.

  24. Heather A Lawrence says:

    Congratulations!! We just moved into our new house in December so I am right there with you. Minus the pregnancy part 😉
    Now we are checking out paint swatches so we can upgrade the paint and make our house more homey to us.
    Your new home is beautiful!!

    Heather @

  25. Stephanie ReadsWell says:

    Your house is so beautiful, Joyce! A home is a wonderful place that gives us a reason to enjoy.

  26. Josey says:

    Congratulations. It’s beautiful

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