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Tiny House: Presentation 

11 Jul

Being apart of the Tiny House community has opened me up to two really cool outreach opportunities. 

The first was taking part in a survey of questions for a dissertation someone was writing, they found me through this very blog, and the second was being asked to do a presentation for the Dover Public Librarys’ Tiny House Series. 

I was absolutely flattered when I was asked to be apart of this series. I was told about 65 people had signed up to hear my presentation and when I got there over 100 had come; we had to find more chairs!

I presented before and after photos showing every step of the renovation process and I talked about what it has been like living tiny. The audience asked a lot of questions and I had an absolute blast answering them and talking to everyone about my journey! 

My family sat in the back and live streamed the presentation to Facebook watch it here: Live Stream of Tiny House Presentation and to see the presentation click here: My Tiny House Presentation Slides


How To: Fix A Busted Water Pipe

9 Jan

imagesIn the fridged weather most of the country has been experiencing this winter I’m sure the majority of households have had their pipes freeze, and some even had their pipes break under the pressure. No need to panic an call a plumber though. If your pipes are PVC, white/cream plastic I can give you some tips on how to fix it yourself.

1. First turn the water off. (We have well water so ours turns off via the water pump which is electric so we just go to the electric panel and switch that off.)

You’ll need to go to the lumber yard, or a store like Lowes or Home Depot and get a section of pipe that will replace the broken section. My lumber yard sells 2 in feet sections so I bought one of those. You’ll also need connector pieces. If the pipe is just straight then you need 2 standard connectors, if your pipe has a bend you’ll need a connector and an elbow. You also need to purchase a can of primer and a can of glue. If you don’t have a small hand saw you’ll need to buy one of those too.51R2gpHCJyL._SX300_jointingprocedures01

2. When you get home make sure everything is nice a dry and cut (saw) the pipe an inch or two above where it broke, on both ends. It will take a little time to cut out the section but it’s not difficult.

3. Once the old part is out dry the ends of the pipe that are left.

4. Use the purple primer on the new pipe, old pip, and connector pieces. You want to primer the area that will be glued together.


5. Put all the connectors together and make sure everything will fit, you may have to cut your new pipe shorter to fit in the pace of the broken pipe, just make sure the ends are all primed.This should only take a couple of sseconds to dry.

6. Once you make sure everything will fit back together nicely you can take it back apart and glue one end and one connector together and then glue that piece to one end of the old pipe.

7. Once that’s done glue the other side.

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**The glue should set up pretty quickly but I would honestly wait at least half an hour to an hour just to be sure.

8. Once your glue is all set up then you can turn the water back on!

Hope this was helpful, I think it’s really important (and pretty cool) if you can handle fixing small things on your own. Self-reliance ladies, self-reliance!

As always you’re welcome to ask questions!


8 Jan

photo 1Interestingly enough this blog is entitled a Single Girls (that’s me) Journey to a Life of no Regrets….but months later as I near 2,000 blog views, in 44 countries and 75 posts I realize I’ve been looking at this all wrong. I wanted to make memories and have experiences that would make what’s left of my twenties the “best years of my life”….this mostly because my undergrad is finished and since that was supposed to be the best years of my life and it’s over…what do I have to look forward to?

So now I’m thinking I’ve got this all wrong. I shouldn’t be trying to live my life with no regrets I should just be living my life. In the past 9 months since I started this blog I can think of 4 major things I regret. Passing a trash truck (full story here), not calling a lawyer the second they started to jerk me around, taking things too personal where I spend the majority of my day, and not being a better sister; I keep thinking if I had been I could of helped her avoid some damaging life decisions.

And I’m trying to not regret them because they taught me something…but man. Everything is so confusing right now. wasn’t the point of college to know what to do next? Because I don’t. All I know is I don’t want to wake up and be 30 and regret the things I haven’t done. I’d rather of lived and had regrets for action and not regrets of “I wish I would of gone there, tried that, said this…”

So what’s next?

The Party

22 Dec

jjjBeing single on New Year’s Eve isn’t fun, for anyone. Especially where I live an the only party options involve your all married/in a relationship family. So this year I’m trying something different.

I’m in the process of planning a last minute idea for a single girls New Year’s Eve party. Celebrate 2013 and welcome 2014 with food, drinks, crafts, stories, and laughs.

I’ve invited any of my girlfriends, mostly single, several not, that still live I the state and I’ll be honest it’s not many. So far, I haven’t gotten any RSVPs of  “yes” but I’m hopeful! And if all else fails I’ll have a kick butt party with my mom and our dog Maggie.

So here is what I was thinking:


  1. Ask everyone to dress to impress and go out to eat for dinner, show the world how fantastic we are and that single girls don’t just hide at home with a pint of ice-cream on New Years Eve…and yes I’ve done that before.
  2. After dinner head back to my adorably and festive decorate house where we will change into pj’s and a paint shirt so we can decorate a wine glass that I plan on purchasing for a dollar at the dollar store.
  3. After the wine glasses are done I thought it would be fun to make a list of 2015 goals- a little type A personality I know…
  4. I have several board game options depending on the interest of those whom attend.
  5. In general just watching New Years Eve in Times Square, talking and having a good time.
  6. I was also thinking of purchasing a tin at Wal-Mart or JoAnn Fabrics once they’re on sale after Christmas and spray paint them a pretty color with 2015 Dream Big” written on the tin and put a confetti popper in it, a pretty mini frame that we can write our 2015 goals on so we see it all year long, maybe some glow in the dark stuff…just really girly and cute.new-years-eve-clipart-1

Well that’s what I was thinking,you can check out my Pinterest board of craft and decoration ideas here. I think it sounds like fun and I’m really hoping my single girls New Years Eve party doesn’t literally turn into a single girl party. Guess we’ll see!

Are you planning anything fun? Have you had a “Single Girl (or Guys) New Years Eve party before? Let me know!

18. “Do It Yourself” Single Girls- HandyGirls

5 Jul

17344373Ah number 18…the Do it Yourself Single Girl bucket list item, I have been staring at this number from the beginning knowing I could check it off right away but I thought I would save it. I already know I don’t need a man to get stuff around the house done; I am crazy amounts of handy around the house. My dad can build anything- and I totally mean that when I say it. He built our house from the ground up on his own. And where was Jamie growing up? Sitting on the shop floor watching him build things, or next to the truck he was under fixing, or as I got older actually helping. He’s never had a problem letting me use the power tools; and I have to say power tools are pretty fantastic. The air gun is my favorite.

For the past 2 summers dad and I have been working on weekends to get an addition to our house done. Last summer we did the siding (I took down all the old) and we jacked the house up off its foundation-took down a broken basement support wall, built it back, put the house back down, water proof painted everything (it could be a swimming pool now it’s that water tight). We also took out a couple windows, put in new, we put in a French door and then a front door with two side lights.

When we went to Lowes to get the front door it was just dad and I; it took four guys to get the door onto the back of the truck it was so heavy- “I sure hope you have help getting this in!” oh man, so funny dad and I both laughed and said “nope! It’s just us” what took four guys to put on the truck dad and I took it off, carried it to the front and installed it.

We got a ton done last summer because I was home full time, I had just graduated college and hadn’t found a job yet so I just worked at home and applied for jobs at night. A lot of new graduates go off on some world exploring trip or get amazing jobs right away and I didn’t do either; didn’t have the money for the first (although I did ride with dad in the semi to Colorado to pick up a load of logs, which was delayed and we were stuck there for two weeks! The only reason I went was because our family lives there so we stayed with them) and couldn’t find what I wanted for the second. I have a college degree I just signed my life away to pay for I refused to work at a McDonalds.


Dad an I as we started to take down the wall that was behind the fridge

Anyway back to my mad “handy-girl” skills: so that was last summer. This summer so far we have started to frame in upstairs (two story addition our house will now be a tri-level) we framed in the basement (MY room!! And Bathroom), now, my mom hates that I call it a basement: “because it’s not!” its half underground half not….so partially submerged lower level? Whatever you call it my room is down there and I am so excited to have a new room (you’ll understand why in a minute).

During the week I try and get as much done around the house as I can so this past week I insulated the basement; it was hot and dirty and mildly painful. If you get any insulation on you the fiberglass in it will put micro cuts all over your skin hurts like heck and looks like you have a rash. So I had to wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt. “Sweating like a pig” (why do we use that phrase? Pigs don’t sweat….strange) I wiped my face on my shirt….fiberglass dust all over my face. Fun times, but I got all the insulation put in! Then I painted the floor; it seals it basically. If it was just a standard old storage only basement it wouldn’t matter that much but since there will be bedrooms down there (two of them a storage room and a bathroom) it was just a good idea to do (eventually when everything is done we will put down carpet squares).


All of my stuff in the living-room, Maggie really enjoyed herself.

So during my day off work for Independence Day we took a massive step forward in getting the addition done! My current bedroom will, when everything is said and done, not exist. The walls will be taken down and it will be a family room. The access to the up and downstairs, stairs is on the other side of my by back bedroom wall. So everything had to come out of my room, what a nightmare, then we cut my back wall out! So until my new bedroom is drywalled I am sleeping next to the refrigerator which was moved into my room because it was blocking the upstairs, stairs.


Before and After we took down the wall! We put up plastic until we can get all the drywall done.

Right now some of my stuff is in my parents’ bedroom, some will be in my sisters bedroom and then the rest is in the living room it’s a disaster but we just keep saying it’s just for a little while because the mess is very stressful. But as soon as my room is drywalled I can move everything into my new room.

Anyway, excitement aside for a moment; I won’t ever need help doing little things around the house because I can already do some big things. As my dad likes to say:  “we sure are doing a good job for an old man and a girl!”

So, without further adieu number 18. on my single girls bucket list; check.wecandovperu-hi