Let's Catch Up

>> 7.27.2010

I've just gotta say that you guys are the best. If I'm ever in a decorating or money-spending pickle, I know where to turn for great advice! Now, let's take a minute catch up on some of the things that I've blogged about recently(ish):

I was a bit bummed when I realized my floral fabric wasn't meant to be a pillow on my entry x-bench, but I'm more than excited to use the black and white stripes! I thought with the kitchen, entry table, bedside table, dining room chairs, etc you would be sick of my black and white addiction. As soon as I finish painting the other bedside table (black), I'll be on top of the pillow project.

2. My skirt addiction-
I've decided that I'm either going to return the bright blue or red/ coral (or none at all... hey, some people suggested it!). I've literally worn one of the three other colors 5 out of seven days last week (and I'm wearing the brown as I type this!). Yep, I'm addicted.

3. My car costs-
This month it was finally time to renew my home and car insurance... and I saved a bundle by combining the two within the same company. My six month car insurance premium went down to $394 (compared to $620 with Progressive) and my renewed home insurance (State Farm) went down $116 because of the switch. State Farm is a bit more difficult to communicate with-- I had to speak with an agent and fax in my application where I could just go online with Progressive-- but so far I'd say $342 in savings was worth my trouble!

4. Hugo-
His potty problem is partially solved. We know that the stress of seeing dogs walk by the house sets him off, but we're having a tough time keeping him in an area without a window. He climbed the baby gate so we put a blanket over it... then when he started jumping the baby gate we started closing the blinds... and then when he started bending the blinds we put the baby gate in the window with the blinds closed and a blanket... but he seems to rip those down as well. Let's just say that he is still a work in progress (but now sleeps through the night thanks to a bit of practice).

Also, thanks to my undying love for him and CC, I've decided to make the swap to the more expensive corn-free dog food. Instead of $12 per month, we now spend $25 on food plus $50 (double) on heartworm and flea prevention. Again, totally worth it all!

SIX months later and I'm still clueless!
5. Dining room buffet-
I just can't decide on this one! The problem is that this is possibly the nicest piece of furniture that I own... it was a hand-me-down piece from my teen years, but it's in excellent condition and currently retails for over $1,700. I just don't want to destroy it!

Now, I think we're all caught up. If there's anything else I'm missing out on, feel free to ask me anonymously here.
(Don't forget, I plan to show you all the nice and not so nice pictures of my house on or by August 1.)


My Daily Inspiration Board July 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

hi there, your table and chairs turned out beautifully! congrats!

the buffet is beautiful...i think painting it would be a great idea. It would look nice in cream like the chairs or in a color like yellow or sage. Sage is such a nice neutral. Good luck!

Life in Rehab July 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

When I'm afraid I'm going to ruin a piece with my well-intentioned renovations, I hold my breath, close my eyes, remember why I wanted to do it in the first place, and then remind myself that I can always just do it AGAIN.

Kate@TwentySixToLife July 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM  

Yay! I'm so glad you're going with the stripes - it's going to look great!

If you really want to do something to the buffet, but are concerned about ruining the piece, I would opt to stain it instead of painting. In general, it's going to be worth more stained than painted. Besides, if you hate the stain you can always paint over it, right? Alternatively, you could sell it for $$$ and get a cheaper one you don't care about? I don't know. I feel your pain with this one. Sometimes it's hard to get started with pieces like that.

Mrs. Chic July 27, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

I agree with Kate, I'd likely stain the buffet - or leave it as is. I know sanding and staining can be a pain, but if its a look you know love love for a long time, then go for it

Kelly@TearingUpHouses July 27, 2010 at 3:01 PM  

Whoa, nice savings on the insurance! I've had State Farm in the past and their coverage has been great.


p.s. Have you tried ordering your dog's flea and heartworm prevention through a low cost clinic? It saves us over $500 a year on our four dogs.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog July 27, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

@Kelly~ Yes, I have thought about it. I guess I've been a bit lazy in not doing all the research. I usually end up getting another supply from my vet because they are less than a mile from my house. I'm down to two months now so I'll make it a goal to look into my options for the next batch of pills!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno July 27, 2010 at 11:05 PM  

I would leave the buffet as is. I also give my cats grain-free food, and it is so worth it. It really cuts down on kitty puke all over our rugs!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode July 28, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

Regarding the heartworm and flea prevention - I used to be a vet tech, and my best friend is a vet. In my vet hospital days I learned a lot about the "good" lower-cost options for mail-order heartworm meds, vs the "bad" ones. The bad ones (usually ones with the insanely cheaper prices) get their products (in identical packaging) from questionable sources, and in lab testing the products have not always turned out to contain the real medicine. 1-800 Pet Meds is pretty bad. Avoid at all costs! On the other hand, Drs. Foster and Smith is reliable, and often has free shipping or other sales, and is usually one of the most reasonable prices for a safe mail-order company for that stuff.

I was going to recommend crating the pup, but then saw your other post saying that didn't work for you guys. I'd definitely recommend having a squirt bottle of water handy, and whenver he's jumping at the gate, squirt him as a non-verbal, non-contact correction. Worked wonders on my dogs - and cats.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode July 28, 2010 at 9:32 PM  

Oh, and you can definitely cheat a bit on applying the Frontline every 30 days - In the winter I often skip 2 months at a time, and in the spring/summer/fall I do it every 30 days. Now if you've recently had a flea problem, you should do it every 30 days for a good 6 months or so, but otherwise you should be safe doing it less than every 30. I'd go into scientific detail, but it'd be boring. :)

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog July 28, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

@Jane~ Wow, I had no idea about the discount pet meds!! Thanks for that info!

We have been squirting Hugo for jumping on the furniture (among other things) and it really worked; maybe I'll try gate-specific training too. It's been interesting adjusting to a puppy with such a different personality than my six-year-old. CC behaves based on verbal cues alone... Hugo, not so much!

Christie, Describe Happy July 29, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

That's a great way to catch up with you! I remember reading about all these things and am excited to hear more. One thing I could offer re: your dog.... for ours we had to use two baby gates, one stacked on top of the other to make them tall to prevent our pup from climbing and jumping over. Just a thought. Keep up the good work with the redesigns. I love reading about them! I'm also so amazed at the deals you find -- very inspiring!

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