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Prague

Prague

– One of the most diverse cities we’ve visited in Europe, Prague has everything, from modern sites and sounds to old-world-style tradition, busy nightlife to quiet countryside, and everything in between.   First, the basics. Currency. Prague uses the Czech Crown or Koruna (czk). For more info, see our post on currency exchange. Plugs and Adapters. Prague uses Type E adapters, which also fit with Type F adapters. The older Type C is still in use in some areas, like on…

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Budapest

Budapest

ot- Budapest is a city divided, but don’t let that deter you. Buda and Pest are two unique and equally amazing places, separated by the Danube river. Budapest is still inexpensive compared to many other European metropolitan areas, but it combines the grandeur of Vienna and the old world appeal of a place like Prague. It has the influence of the Turks, who occupied for 150 years, so it’s a little more exotic than almost any other European city. The locals…

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7 considerations as you START the home buying process

7 considerations as you START the home buying process

Buying a home can be more stressful than divorce, bankruptcy and even the loss of a loved one. We share 7 key things to consider as you start the home buying process and BEFORE you make an offer on a house.

Seattle

Seattle

– A long weekend in Seattle Seattle has been on my list of travel for a long time. Seattle is a technology / industry hub with no shortage of things to do. Surrounded by water, mountains and trees, there are lots of lots of outdoor attractions and beautiful views. I only had a few days to explore, so I carefully planned my top picks but left a little time to check things out based on local recommendations. Below describes a long…

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7 tips to get Rid of Smoke Smell in your Home

7 tips to get Rid of Smoke Smell in your Home

–   In addition to purchasing a fixer upper, I purchased my home from smokers. As a first time homeowner in a place where real estate was moving quickly, this was my best option. Removing the smoke smell was quite a task, but it is possible. Smoke gets EVERYWHERE. It is in the walls, it is in the curtains, it is in the vents and it is in the carpets. It is really a two pronged effort – you want…

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Washing your blinds

Washing your blinds

–   Perfect for Spring, today’s topic is washing blinds. For me this coincided with painting the room, but it was so easy, I think it will be a regular thing. It is very cost effective, moderately labor intensive (scrubbing blinds is hard!) and has a large impact. Now, I had wiped these down with Clorox wipes or sponges and disinfectant so I thought they were pretty clean start. Boy, I was wrong. NOTE: DO NOT USE FOR PAINTED BLINDS…

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Berlin

Berlin

– Having spent some time in Berlin, one quickly realizes just how vast and dynamic the city really is. We found it helpful to do a little research before traveling, and plan out your adventure route before you leave home. This will save you tons of travel time.   Know before you go: Berlin was developed with regulations that prevented buildings from exceeding a certain height. Since they couldn’t build upward, they built outward. Because of this, it can take upwards…

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Painting over wood paneling

Painting over wood paneling

–   I bought a fixer upper – one of the big reminders were wood paneling walls in several rooms of the house. I thought my only choice was to remove the walls, then heard it was possible to paint them. And it definitely is. With just a few extra steps compared to other walls, I have white walls that slightly resemble Joanna Gaines’ shiplap.  Okay, okay that’s a little wishful thinking. Below I share the steps I took to…

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Vienna

Vienna

–   Recently we had the opportunity to spend just 24 hours in Vienna, Austria. While we couldn’t possibly see everything this amazing city has to offer, we found a few spots that are worth highlighting. These are great spots for family, friends, and solo travelers alike!   First, the basics.   Currency. Vienna uses the Euro. For more info, see our post on currency exchange. Plugs and Adapters. Vienna uses Type F adapters, with Type C still in use…

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