Weekend Vibes

Happy Monday friends!

What a beautiful weekend we had.  The weather here in the ROC has been so gorgeous and HOTT! I love it.  Friday morning I did a grocery run (they had blue cheese finally– just in time for smoked wings season wahoo!)

Afternoon came and we went over to collect a lockbox and take a quick photo of our newest buyer in his new home! So exciting. This is the home that had a fire last July, so it literally took almost a year to renovate the entire house (it needed blue prints, new drywall, fresh paint, floors redone, and completely new kitchen/bath!) We also met our guy to put in new glass block windows for the basement as well. If you’re looking for a rent to own home, check us out on Facebook.  We have more homes coming soon. So happy for you Sean!

We also checked out a house on the water for a potential flip, but man oh man, it is quite a piece of work! There are many levels that would need to be cleared so we could actually do something with and make it happen…and I don’t know if the numbers and amount of man power/energy would be worth it.  More on that later. I didn’t bring my phone, so no photos, sorry!

Saturday morning we all took a little morning trip to the beach to celebrate the start of Summer.  It was heavenly!

Joe took Brooke the day before, and of course Bradley and I wanted to go as well.  It’s right where the Bay meets the Lake and it was so peaceful.

Seeing the sun sparkle on water has got to be one of my favorite things.  I’m someone who really needs to be by the water more often. I feel like my soul craves it! It brings me so much happiness and I feel so calm.

I think we found new “headquarters” for the Summer too.  We can bring some chairs, find an umbrella and set up shop for a few hours.  I think YES.

How pretty is this path?

Once we got home Saturday, we enjoyed a porch lunch and the kids played while Joe and I brainstormed and worked a bit.  We dined on bacon wrapped scallops and those smoked chicken wings I always rave about.  So. Darn. Good.

Sunday morning Joe and Brooke went on a little morning adventure again and brought me back a Green Tea Latte from ‘bux!  I know it was Father’s Day, but I was super grateful he thought of me haha!

Joe took a mid morning nap so I kept the kiddos quiet outside for as long as I could…

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And to give off some awesome Monday Morning Vibes~go get it this week!  I spent some time Sunday listening to Super Attractor again, and working on manifestation.  I have been feeling a little bit more fear, as most people may with all of this craziness going on, and I am working on shifting that mindset.  Fear is the opposite of love, and as I mentioned in this blog post awhile back, you must keep going and always choose love.

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-Yay friends!! Cheers!

We made it! (Not that the weekends look much different than a Monday, but hey!) Shout out to my girl Rachel who made me these fantastic cups for our business.  She’s amazing–check her out here: Simply Mama Boutique

We had a busy week and were kept on our toes, that’s for sure.  I thought I’d share some of my favorites from this week, including a new book, a few recipes and the kiddos last week of school!

One.   We are still working hard at finding more sellers for our eager buyers! We are spending most of our days, calling, e-mailing, texting, aka contacting people who may be looking to sell their homes.   We have had quite a few people looking to leave NY all together, some are tired of being landlords, and some have not owned the house very long, that if they did list it and sell it with a realtor, they’d have to pay at closing.  In every situation, we can work directly with the seller and we pay their closing costs and can offer top dollar for their homes.

Two.  I have 2 recipes for you! I love cooking and I’m trying to be better about sharing the “recipe” or simply how I cook it all up!  I love Instagram Stories for sharing, but I thought it’d be nice to have them here too.

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Three.  My baby boy graduated from Pre-school!  We did a small outside celebration and it was perfect.  While it was not like his sister’s, we still were so proud of what a great job he did the two years he attended.  We are going to miss this beautiful little school so much! For four years we have attended classes both threes and fours, helped out, gone on field trips and I served as the Newsletter writer.  It’s going to be very strange to not see these amazing teachers on a weekly basis ever again.

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My boys!

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Four And my sweet little soon to be SECOND grader!! I cannot believe how big she is.  I just had to order her new shoes!

She wanted her “Last Day” photo taken by this tree because of its pretty flowers. She doesn’t look so little here…

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Five. I snagged this brand new Emily Giffin book–one of my favorite Chic Lit authors!  It did not disappoint. If you like a little bit of cheese, sappy romantic books that seem a tad far fetched, but you love love so you listen/read anyway–this is for you!  It takes place during 9/11…if that helps paint that picture a little better. I give it a 3.75 out of 5.

Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Monday! I hope that if you’ve taken the time to read this, you are having a wonderful day! The weekend flew by and honestly, we spent so much time outside! It’s been sunny and a little cooler, but I hear 90s are on their way!

Friday we hopped on our Jenn Buys 585 Facebook page and went live for the first time!! It’s always a little interesting when you put yourself out there and especially when you go LIVE! We want to start sharing more of our story and what our days look like. AND I started a You Tube Channel for the buying part of our business too.  We are working hard (at home) to truly spread the word of how we can help sellers out and also help people into homes.  (Sidenote—my roots! Oh my gosh! I actually have a hair appointment coming up so I am looking forward to that!) 

I think this screen shot of our Live from last Thursday pretty much sums it up.  I think I was trying to figure out Eastern Standard Time vs. Pacific ….just don’t Jenn. Haha

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We are looking to give $1,000 cash away this Summer to anyone who refers us seller!! If we buy the house, we will thank you with one thousand dollars! It’s the Summer of Selling!

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I can’t take much credit for my “beautiful garden”–aka these just pop up every year!  I keep telling myself one day I’ll be really into plants and flowers (like actually caring for them) I love the looking at them but it’s just not something I enjoy working on at the moment.  Do you have a green thumb?

My friend Jill planted these a few years ago and they are my favorite to look at each Spring!!

Saturday night I ended making a Pot Roast in the Instant Pot.  It was the best I have had! Sometimes it gets too dry in a slow cooker, and we were actually going to smoke it but the weather turned funky.   I don’t have a photo (shame!) but I promise you will not be disappointed if you were to try it!

Sunday we made sauce with pork and meatballs.  It was so delicious! Joe and Brooke make the meatballs and I start the sauce, but Joe takes over. (I LOVE IT!) He is better at sauce than me, as he should be since he grew up eating it on Sundays.

My friend Ann shared this yummy *easy* recipe with me to share with all of you! No campfire needed!! I will have to remember this when the kiddos want something sweet.

 

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Sunday I was in a mood for a campfire, so s’mores we did!!  It was so nice to hang out around the fire, I kind of felt like we were on a mini vacation! (though I still was ‘working’) the kids had so much fun playing outside in the grass as well. 

I don’t remember the last s’more I had, and of course since I’m GF I just went without the crunch of the graham cracker.  The chocolate and huge marshmallow were totally amazing still!

And this week’s motto:

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March Favorites

Here we are in the beginning of April, so I figured I’d share a few my favorite things from last month!!  March is typically one of my least favorite months.  It’s SUPER long. STILL cold and just overall crazy!  This past March didn’t seem to stray too much from that!

#1 Favorite–

I would say the biggest favorite of the month of March was getting our puppy Bailey.  She is also the biggest adjustment and so much work!  She completes our crazy little family in ways I almost had forgotten about.  When we got Holly, we had Sadie.  For the last 3 years Holly has been an only dog, and honestly I haven’t been the best dog mom.  With two kids, 4 and under, life was nuts!  We are nuts for getting another fur ball, but we love her so much.  My husband and I laugh at how we will look back at these times and just shake our heads.  I need to make sure I keep blogging about all of this beautiful, messy, chaotic life of ours.

Accessories–

LOVE these Rose Chandeliers. Obsessed.  I think because it’s still freezing and grey outside, any pop of color helps beat these Winter blues.  I am all about the statement earring trend these days.  Toss on a black shirt, add a fun pair of earrings & bronzer and go!

Booties-

I ordered a pair from Jane.com but they did not fit.  My friend Shelby swore these pretties from Target were comfy and a must have! She was on the money.  I normally am a solid size 9, but she suggested I go down half a size and I did. 8.5 fits perfectly without any socks.  Score a pair here.

Drink:

This was even more amazing than I anticipated. Joe gave me this for my birthday and I was saving it for a celebration. We had a particular house that was, well, tricky to say the least, with our company, 585 Rent to Own.  I said back in the Summer, that when we sold said house, we’d pop this bottle. I’m not sure if it was the taste of sweet success, or just really good champs.  I’ll sip to both!

Hair:

Two things–One, a high pony.  If I’ve curled my hair (or even if not) I am loving throwing it up in a high pony tail.  I think it still looks chic, but effortless!

Dry Shampoo–

This is THE BOMB.  Seriously, I didn’t understand why girls swore by dry shampoo. I had tried a few different kinds and nothing really did much for me.  My friend Stephanie is a mama whose hair is gorgeous.  I had been wanting to try Monat for awhile and I am so glad I did! The scent of this alone is to die for.  I can go 3 days comfortably…I workout and I hate my hair smelling weird or funky, so I can’t go much over 3 days, unless I wear a hat! I will definitely be ordering more of this no doubt.

Quote:

My phone screen for the month.   I try to stay motivated/inspired and this quote stuck with me.  I find that if I change up my phone screen it helps! It’s not always easy to stay positive.  I had a goal this month for my S&D biz and I knew it wouldn’t happen by itself. I have to wake up and make efforts every single day, if I want my dreams to come true.

Podcast:

I love audiobooks, but sometimes I like a quick little something something to listen to.  I’ve been trying out different podcasts and THIS one speaks to my heart.  I could barely get through my workout because I was SO motivated. I wanted to get right down to work on our Rent to Own Real Estate business when I listened to her the other day.

Day:

As I mentioned, March tends to be a tricky month.  Since we were doing a whole lot of work and not a whole lot of playing, I pulled the plug on the last Friday of the month and made us go to the spa.  We got a couples massage and it was SO beneficial.  As much as we are all about the hustle, man you just need to pump the breaks a bit.  If you don’t take the time to step back, relax, rejuvenate and unwind, you’ll burn out and go crazy. During our quiet massages, we BOTH had experiences where we learned something.  Sometimes the best thing to do is sit in silence and let it work its way out. Running multiple businesses, raising kids, getting a new puppy & Joe working full time doesn’t really allow for much “quiet” time other than us passing out from exhaustion! This is something I will make us do more than once a year.

We didn’t even take the whole day ‘off’ but scheduling this time to feed our souls and physical bodies was worth every penny and moment.

Song:

We are getting ready for the disco, so naturally I am listening to that Pandora station!  It’s really hard to be in a bad mood when you’re listening to this.

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Superhero:

My son.  I was having a rough day and may have teared up a bit.  On one hand, I was mad at myself or letting him see me cry, but then the most beautiful thing happened.

“Don’t cry mommy, I am a super hero.  I can save you!”

My heart is still fluttering from hearing that; he’s a lot of work at 3, as most little tykes are.  I know that I’m doing a lot of things right when I hear and feel compassion like that.  Baby boy, your heart it so sincere.  I know you’re a tough little cookie, but your sweet heart is love. You radiate so much compassion. Stay this way always.

 

Tiny Dancer:

She marches to the beat of her own drum, this one.  It’s hard to tell her what to wear, as she has a style all her own.  She loves dance class, but does think ballet is a tad boring.  Tap is her favorite!  I told her to smile for a picture for daddy, this is what she gave me.  I can’t get over how tall she is!

Brookie, you have grown so much (and not just in height!) Since adding a puppy, you’ve shown so much patience and responsibility.  I thank God you’re so understanding and supportive.  I worry you’re a little too like mommy; I want you to have fun, be little and not try to grow up too fast! I love your creative soul and all the joy you bring to our lives.

Book

I have read my 9th out of 52 books for 2018!  This was FANTASTIC!! I love Oprah.  It reminds me of my childhood, as my mother always watched her.  She is full of wisdom and interviews the best people; this book is life changing.  It has introduced me to new authors and I feel myself growing more spiritually and mentally.  I love that feeling.  Oprah reads it, so you’ll be soothed by her voice too!

Humor.

Laughter will get you through so much; lighten up, take risks and enjoy this crazy ride called life! It’s not always easy, in fact most days it’s downright freaking hard, but always worth it.  I just can’t choose that third row; I was born for the front row.