IVF is a tricky treatment. The cost can vary greatly depending on which clinic you go to. There are grants available. Sometimes insurance covers stuff, but more than likely it doesn’t. Clinical studies can lower costs, but you have to qualify for the study and they have specific terms that you have to agree to. Anyway, the cost varies. That’s what I was getting at. And no matter how you slice it, it’s just expensive. For most clinics, there aren’t money back guarantees (I’ve seen MBGs but you paid for multiple rounds of IVF at once and were a PRETTY penny), so if a round fails, you’re just out that money. Honestly, it’s pretty terrifying, but if it works, then it’s totally worth it. But let’s get to the meat of this post: how to actually cover the costs of IVF.Read More
a little over a month ago, an opportunity to rent a brand new townhome fell into our laps. it's less than 7 minutes away from where we work (without going on the freeway!!), 2 bedrooms + 2.5 bathrooms & honestly the cutest little place i've ever seen. i'll be doing a full home tour next week when everything has arrived, but i wanted to show you some STEALS i found on amazon to furnish & decorate our house.
when we moved in with my grandma last year, we got rid of basically everything because she had basically everything we would need in terms of furniture. now that we're moving out of grandma's, we have to start from scratch & i am SO excited because who doesn't like new things? & also, online window shopping is one of my hobbies, so i'm excited to actually buy things & make our little house a home!
if you've been here a minute or two, you'll know that i am a minimalist at heart & so i was very selective in what we will be purchasing to decorate & have in our home. i was looking for items that were cute but also functional that ALSO had a price point that i didn't cry over. when i was looking, i tried to find items that would make the house flow together seamlessly. these are a few of the things that we've either bought or have in our cart right now!
we ended up getting our mattress on prime day & saved a good chunk of money for doing that, but even still, tuft & needle mattresses have such a great price point. ONLY $700 for a KING SIZED MATTRESS?!
mDesign Free Standing Bath Towel Bar Storage Ladder
that's the furniture stuff we're getting & then we're going to be decorating our space very simply, but here are a few things i've got my eye on!
when i saw these next few plant hangers i KNEW i had to have them for our guest bathroom! i have so many ideas for how to decorate our bathrooms & i can't wait to share them with you in the home tour hopefully next week! the first two were generously gifted to me & i was so, so excited! you can use this link to purchase the modern hanging planter vase and this link to purchase the modern standing planter vase!
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in all my time living on my own, i've come to find that open space makes me so much happier than when i feel crowded or overwhelmed with stuff. purging unnecessary stuff feels SO GOOD. & honestly, every space has something to offer, you just have to give it the chance to be great.Read More
so here's the deal. apartment dwelling is, well, limiting. there's not much you can do in terms of painting, knocking down walls, tearing up carpet and basically renovating the space to make it your own. so instead of trying to figure out what we can change (although, i still do that...) i've started to really try to focus on how i can make the spaces we've lived in work for our family. we have had the opportunity to live in two basements and one tiny apartment in our two years of marriage, so small space living has become the norm for us. so much so that parker was just saying how one of his "must-have" items for our first house is a BIG bathroom because we've had tiny bathrooms in every apartment we've ever lived in.
i'll be 100% honest, if i could, i would have changed something in every single one of our apartments. (and that change for every apartment includes adding wood flooring or wood laminate. i lovvvvve that look & WILL have wood flooring in my future house.) BUT because we were limited on the changes we could make, i've had to learn how to decorate our apartments so that the spaces feel like home.
in our first apartment, we actually really lucked out. it was a basement apartment with amazing natural light and a huge living area. i loved that apartment. i was still learning how to decorate/what style i really loved & honestly, how to say no to things that i didn't actually want. we were very lucky to be given a lot of hand-me-down furniture, which really helped us to simply have furniture, but nothing was really cohesive or quite my style. when we moved from our first apartment, we had to downsize quite a bit because the apartment we were moving into was much smaller than our first apartment. while we loved our second apartment (we got our mack pup while living there!!!), it was actually kind of gross. (cheap apartment living for you. hahaha) we only lived there for three months and didn't do much decorating.
our current space is a basement apartment. we are happy to be here & are grateful to live here. it's taken us some time to really settle in, but we are getting there. we downsized even more when we moved to our current place because it was fully furnished, so we figured it was a good time to part with our hand-me-down furniture. in our current space we have a large living room, a tiny bathroom & a pretty good sized bedroom.
because we are living with my grandma, we really try to respect that it is her home. we can't paint or change out the carpet, so we had to make changes that could easily be changed back when we move out. we've been able to move a few things to give ourselves a little bit more space in the living room in the basement. we already had our egg chair & then we ended up buying a couch to make the room feel more like a living room. we used one of my grandma's coffee tables to help create the living room feel. we also bought a 5'x7' rug to help make the flooring feel a little more our style. because most apartments don't allow you to put holes in the walls, we've become very good friends with command strips. (which we will probably also use when we have our own house because they are so awesome) we hung up our gallery wall pictures that have moved with us from each apartment. the photos we hung are attached to some of my most favorite memories, so hanging them up helped make the basement feel more like home.
i'm still trying to figure out how to decorate our bedroom. it's a pretty good-sized space but i just haven't figured it out yet. but i'll update you when i figure it out!!
i have a really hard time with patience. i just can’t seem to get a handle on the whole “waiting for things” idea. i’ve always been the kind of person that if i’m going to do something, i don’t see a point in waiting for it. i just jump in with two feet & somehow, things will work out the way they are supposed to. i’ve never really had a hard time with the fact that God has a plan for each of us; just the timing thing. that’s always been a hard one for me.
recently, parker & i were chatting with some friends about buying apartments & houses. parker & i talk about this topic a lot, but currently, we are just not in the situation to buy anything. we would both LOVE to buy something but logically, it would not be a smart financial decision.
but i want to buy a house soooooooo badly. i’ve wanted to buy a house for the past five years. (even before i was married i wanted to buy a small house or an apartment. things just haven’t worked out yet) i cannot WAIT for the day that we close on our own space. i dream about it daily.
one night i was feeling particularly home sick for our own place & this small thought came into my mind: it’s okay to wait.
i had to stop what i was doing & write it down immediately because it is so applicable to every aspect of my life right now. we are in a waiting phase of life. i don’t know how long this phase may be, but currently, the answer is not right now & that’s okay. it’s okay to wait.
i know that if you’ve been in a waiting phase for a long time you’ve probably heard this over & over again, but God DOES have a plan for you. His timing, although weird (to us) at times, is perfect. He gives us opportunities to grow & prepare (aka waiting phases). He gives us opportunities to flourish & use the knowledge that we gained in our waiting phases (an acting phase).
HOWEVER, if you’re in a waiting phase there is something that you have to be aware of. just because God has asked you to wait DOES NOT mean that He is asking you to sit on your hands & do nothing. the waiting phase is a time for preparation & a time for learning. the waiting phase is a time to learn more about YOURSELF. the waiting phase is actually a time of ACTION. get out there & do things that make you happy. figure out what your hobbies are. cross things off your bucket list. just because you’re waiting for something big, doesn’t mean that you’re left in the dust. your time will come.
if you’re in a waiting phase, waiting for whatever comes next in life: college, marriage, a baby, a house, a mission, moving out, etc. just remember this one thing: it’s okay to wait.