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BuildDirect Review.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However, it was completely written by me and contains my opinions. 

Now, I mentioned a couple of months ago that living in an older, mid-century house is not easy or fun. Really, it’s not. If it’s not one thing tearing up, then it’s another. There’s always something going wrong or falling apart, or something new that needs to be repaired. It feels like a never ending cycle sometimes.

Last year, it was the shower in the small bathroom that needed replacing. A shower that our contractor described as having “come over on the Mayflower”. Yep, it was that old. And leaky. And wobbly. You might say, that every time I stepped foot in it was an adventure.

The floors in both bathrooms also needed replacing due to severe rotting, the central air unit finally breathed its last, and we needed new insulation throughout the house, too. By the way, I can tell a big difference since the insulation was added. Until the polar vortex last week, we hadn’t even needed a fire and we’ve barely turned the heat on either.

Then, of course, we needed flooring put down in the bathrooms to replace the old. It was scheduled to be put down sometime after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the tile installer is really behind and still hasn’t gotten to us. Which is a complete bummer because I picked out the prettiest walnut colored wood tile that I’m in love with. Actually, Bryony helped me pick it out. She has good taste.

All I can say right now, is that I wish I had known about BuildDirect before picking it out. They have an amazing wood tile selection available to choose from. Not to mention, laminate flooring, hardwood, carpet, and a whole lot more. Too much, in fact, to name it all. I could spend hours on their site browsing and coming up with ideas for the house. And I have today.

Just read the BuildDirect reviews. Their customers are overwhelmingly happy with the service they’ve received. Some of the highlights of those reviews mention super fast shipping, great prices, and excellent customer service. You can also check out their Facebook page here.

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Choice Home Warranty

Everything breaks down or tears up eventually, and living in a mid-century house that becomes more and more true every day. Doubly, or at least it seems so, when that house is on a farm. I swear to you, it seems like as soon as one thing is fixed something else needs to be repaired or replaced around here, but such is the life of living in a house that’s older than I am, right?

To name a few, in just the last few months, both bathrooms have had to have new sub-floors and floor joists put down because of rotting (the floor literally moved when we walked on it), we replaced the old shower that the contractor described as having “come over on the Mayflower” (yep, it was that old), and new insulation was added underneath the house and in the attic. The next major project is to have tile installed in the bathrooms (Walnut colored wood tile at that! I’m in love with this stuff and will certainly be sharing a picture on Facebook and possibly here once it’s down), and that’s scheduled to happen after Thanksgiving. My own personal project list this year has included removing the beginning to peel wallpaper (which I’m still working on and hope to be completely wallpaper-less in every single room soon), painting one bathroom gray (and it’s beautiful, even if the guy at the paint counter repeatedly tried to dissuade me from that color choice), and later painting the 70s/80s era kitchen cabinets (thinking of mixing it up by painting the bottom ones green and the top ones cream).

See, the gray walls turned out pretty. . . so take that, Paint Counter Guy. 
One repair that I haven’t mentioned yet, is the complete demise of our central air unit. Replacing it would have costed in the thousands, and well, let me put it this way, we have animals that need to be fed. Not to mention that us people need to be fed, too. A repair of such an expensive nature would have been impossible. And doing without an air conditioner is, shall we say, very uncomfortable in a south Alabama summer. 
Luckily, we have a protection plan that covers appliances and mechanical systems. It’s been a huge help to us. Not only did they repair our A/C unit a few years ago, but when it finally uttered it’s very last breath this summer, they replaced it with a brand new unit. And the warranty company was a dream to deal with. All it took was a few back and forth calls, and a local HVAC contractor was sent out to inspect and replace the old unit. 
Our particular plan covers everything from the aforementioned A/C unit to microwaves and dishwashers, and it costs about fifty-something dollars a month. To us, it’s worth it for the peace of mind that we have in knowing that should another very large expense like that pop up, it’s taken care of. That peace of mind is certainly nothing to take for granted. 
There are several companies out there that offer protection plans like ours. One such company is Choice Home Warranty. For more information be sure to check out their FAQs. They’re on Twitter, too! 
Also, check out these other great resources:
What is a Home Warranty Plan?
Disclosure: I was compensated for this review, however, all of the opinions expressed are 100% my own. And believe me, everyone will tell you that I’m entirely too opinionated. 
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Wire Shelving

One of the most useful organizational tools you can purchase is a wire shelving unit. An organized area gives you more storage space. It also eliminates the aggravation and frustration that comes from having to search through clutter to find a specific item. Wire shelves that are stationary and those that have the bonus convenience of wheels can improve the appearance of your home, increase the storage capacity of your garage, basement or workshop and generally simplify your life.

White shelving units can be a decorative and functional feature in a kitchen, laundry room or bathroom decor. Bathroom essentials, towels and numerous other items can be stored on a shelving system in the bathroom. A white wire shelf can be used in various ways in the kitchen. It can actually serve as an open pantry space where a large supply of food can be stored in an organized manner. Cleaning supplies, pet items and much more can be organized and stored on a wire shelf in the laundry room.

Corner wire shelves are a great way to utilize a space that may be void of purpose. You can gain a lot of storage space in a garage, workshop or basement simply by adding a corner wire shelf. Shelving units with wheels can be used anywhere in and around your home. They are especially helpful in a workshop setting or garage setting where portability can save you a lot of walking when you are involved in some type of project.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this review, however, I’m totally honest about my love of wire shelving especially with all of the soaping products we have around the house. 

One of my organized, chaotic soaping shelves.
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AnvilBrand.com Horseshoe Nails Review

Horseshoe Nails at AnvilBrand.com are some of the best and most reasonably priced in the industry. They come in a number of sizes and lengths that work for just about any horse hoof size and thickness.

The Capewell 5 Slim horseshoe nails come in boxes of 100, 250, and 500 and are used mostly on horses with brittle hooves and thin walled hooves. This variety of horseshoe nail comes in four and a half and five inch lengths. There is also the Capewell 5 Race horseshoe nails that start at a three inch length and go to a five inch length. This variety of nails are intended for race horses and thin walled hooves. Capewell 5 Regular horseshoe nails are regular head nails and start at a five inch length and go as long as 16 inches. This nail tends to be used on standard-sized horseshoes that come in regular styles. 

As an added benefit, right now orders over $150 will ship for just $10. Every product this site carries is inspected by an active farrier. This insures that all the products, from the horseshoe nails to the blacksmith products, are the best available, and the prices offered on the site are very competitive.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by AnvilBrand.com and I received compensation for it. The opinions expressed are my own. 

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Diamond Candles Review & Giveaway.

Disclosure: I received a candle from Diamond Candles for review purposes, and this giveaway is sponsored by them. However, the opinions expressed are 100% my own.

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Diamond Candles and asked if I’d like to do a review and host a giveaway for my followers. I thought about it for a nanosecond and replied back, “Definitely!” Jewelry and candles. . . I’m all for it!

If you’ve never heard of Diamond Candles (by the way, you can visit their website here), they’re soy candles with rings in them (you heard right – there are rings inside the candles!). The rings could be worth anywhere from $10, $100, $1000, or $5000. It’s like a cracker jack box for adults, and what sort of ring you’ll get is a complete surprise.

I had a hard time choosing which candle to pick (they offer so many great scents), but I finally went with Vanilla Lime. . . two of my favorite scents combined. When the candle arrived this past Thursday, the fragrance was awesome and smelled just like I imagined it would.

And did I mention the candles are made from all natural soy wax? Soy wax candles burn cooler and slower making the candle last longer (seriously, it took several hours of burning to reach my ring), they’re clean burning, and they’re eco friendly (the wax is made from soybeans, which are a renewable source).

You may be wondering how they keep the rings from getting wax all over them (because I certainly was). Each ring is packaged in a small plastic bag, then wrapped in gold foil.

And they’re such beautiful rings, too. Mine is not a $5000 ring, but it is so cute and it fits perfectly!

You can check out Diamond Candles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Or check out this video to learn the Diamond Candles story:

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