Friday, April 15, 2016

Four ALMOST Perfect [Mid-Century Modern] Houses!

The whole time we were in San Diego, we kept up with new home listings in Atlanta. We told ourselves that if the perfect house came up while we were gone, I would just fly home (with Paloma) and check it out.
Since we are looking for a specific style of house (mid century modern) I can tell just from looking from the outside if it is one we are interested in. For example, this one above!
It was love at first sight! The white brick and large windows! Ugh! The cutout bricks on the carport!?
LOVE!! Oh! And check out the hardware on the door! So great!
I was equally impressed with the inside. The bright entrance with slate floors...
Living and dining room with the large windows
Plus, a family room with vaulted beam ceilings, fireplace, wood wall between kitchen, built-ins
The kitchen obviously needs to be updated gutted, but that is exactly what I want!
It is a great size. I would want to open up the wall to the front living area to create an open concept.
The price is right on this beauty too. The bad part is that it has no basement. And that is a DEAL BREAKER! Wha-waaaaaa! Soooooo dissapointing.
Another one came on the market a couple days later. It is so gorgeous I would eat beans and rice for a year if we could swing it. But besides the price being too high, it is in the wrong area of town. (not in Globe Academy district)
Do you want to see it anyway? I thought so. It is so awesome!
Behold...this 1962 masterpiece (with a basement!)
Look at this entrance!! I'm dying over here!
A closer look at those doors. The brass hardware is EVERYTHNG!
Are you ready for this foyer?
Are you feeling this????? Can you see why Im in love?
AY!! The gorgeous vintage wallpaper, the railing, the window, the beams! Ridiculous!
Ok, I could do without the green carpet.
But again...the vaulted ceilings, the windows, the beams!
How about another big family room with a fireplace? Yes, have some.
The back of the house is equally awesome. Great patio, Good size yard.
An all around winner....if our budget was $700k. Damn it!!
This one just came on the market, (and was pending in one day) and I really like it. I just wish it was a little more south. Ernesto and I have kind of drawn a line as to how far north we would move, and this is above that line. (Shallowford exit on 85 for you Atlantans)
Again with the white brick. LOVE.
Slate floor entrance, beams, brick fireplace.
Cool lights too! This Sputnick chandelier is a favorite! My new house will definitely have one!
The kitchen is not my style. ..
BUT! I dislike the back splash and I am over black granite counters. White would look so much better with wood. I would keep the WOLF stove (duh!) and I really like the wood cabinets (surprise!) but I would change the top ones out for white, bust through that wall and make the stove on an island open to the living room. Yeah, I do this with every house.
Love this room. A second living area on the main floor! Also, I will be getting that black and wood Eames chair for Ernesto. He has always wanted a recliner...this is one we both can love.
Ok, are you still with me? Do you see the kind of house we are looking for? Do you like this style?
Let me show you one last house.
THE MOTHER MCM HOUSE OF ALL HOUSES. And guess what? It is IN our price range!!
It is just not IN our city. Ha!
It is in Rome GA, about an hour NW of Atlanta. (30 min south of Chattanooga TN)
Now, I have never been to Rome, but you better believe that I did a little research. Because this house is a DREAM HOUSE!! A FOREVER HOUSE!
It even has a name. Welcome to SKYHAVEN! I think Don Draper actually lived here.
Behold the 1955 Mid-century Modern Masterpiece
It was built by famous Atlanta Architect Joe Amisano. I dont know him, but I like him.
This is an estate. My kids could get lost here.
OK this kitchen, I am not liking, but the Sub-Zero fridge and Viking range would definitely stay! The cabinets are fine too, but the counter and back splash would have to go. Also the island needs to be changed to a big square or rectangle. The curves and stainless supports are not good.
This bath is fine, I could live with the glass tile, but I don't really like it. Love the toilet.
Up a spiral staircase to the "Skybar" as it has been named.
The upper level for entertaining (or a kids space as I see it).
OK WHO wants to go in on this house? I think this could be a great money maker.
Air BNB this thing out for $400/night. "Stay in the ULTIMATE MAD MEN HOUSE!"
Just need to figure out what there is to do in Rome GA!?
Rome has 3 rivers running through it, so there must be adventure activities and tours.
There are 7 hills in Rome and this home sits atop one of them called Turnbull.
There are 2 Starbucks and one TJMaxx, I already checked, so technically I could live there. Ha!
Oh what a dreamer I am....It's so fun though! We are actually going to take a day trip this week and check it out. Just for shits and giggles. Why not?
As for the Atlanta house, we will have to keep looking.
Do you like following along with our house hunt?


Thursday, April 07, 2016

San Diego: Part VI (The End)

Well, we had been watching the flights to Atlanta since Monday and they did not look great so we decided to stay another couple days in paradise. We packed all our stuff and got to the airport at 5:15 this morning hoping to squeeze on the 615am. Not happening.
Trying to explain flying standby to these guys isn't easy. "Why is our plane leaving without us? When are we getting on another flight?"
All the flights looked bad....except to Detroit. What what? Connections are hard to explain too. "NO! I don't want to go to Detroit, I want to go to Atlanta!"
We hopped on a 730am to DTW all seated together.
The boys even fell asleep the last hour. So far so good.
We arrived in Detroit and our connection to Atlanta was boarding. We got the last four seats and two of them were first class. (Which NEVER happens now that we have kids) YES!
Mateo and I took first class and Ernesto and Marcelo headed to coach to get in their seats. We were not seated together, so just as Mateo was starting to talk the ear off the businessman seated next to him, Ernesto and Marcelo come back upfront. There was only ONE seat in coach not TWO, as the gate agent had thought. Instead of splitting, we all got off.
Oh the joys of flying standby.
We are now waiting in the airport for a flight at 7p that has over 50 open seats. We should be back in Atlanta by 9pm (which is really 6p for us) The travel time sounds better if I use the San Diego time. Either way it has been a long day.
Our last week in San Diego was pretty great. I actually met two high school friends that I have not seen in a very long time. These two sisters were neighbors growing up, and now both are California girls. Don't they look it?
They are both moms too and we had a great time talking parenting, and reminiscing the past. Christine is getting ready to move to Amsterdam, but I'm sure Susan and I will meet up the next time we are out there.
Mateo y Marcelo were outside constantly with all of the neighbor kids. It really made me want to live on a cul-de-sac. Every day there were knocks on the door "can the boys come out and play?" And they did...for hours and hours. (consequently or not, this was the easiest month of bed times ever!) We even made friends with the neighbors. Jessica and Jalyn live next-door and have two kids that play outside daily. Jessica and I have a lot in common and hit it off right away.
We had a little girl time hiking up cowles mountain sans kids. Now THAT was a workout! She runs a successful etsy shop Ellura Sage (named after her beautiful daughter) and gifted Paloma the CUTEST dress.
The size is 12 months. I think a smash cake photo session will need to take place. Right!? Jessica is super busy and very organized. She really inspired me to finally open a shop for my jewels....lets see if I can keep the drive going!
Saturday was their son Jalyn's 8th birthday. It was an all day party! The bouncy house was huge hit!
One morning while Ernesto was golfing, I took the kids to check out a new playground in Point Loma. Just like his older brother, this guy is a climber with no fear.
What is it that makes my boys such daredevils anyway?? We will see in time if this carries through to my little Mexi-can-a. This little girl just turned 6 months! Crazy right?! She is getting chunky...look at the thighs.
She is the happiest, easiest, most beautiful baby! She is always everyone. I love her so much! La familia gave her so much attention the last month. Sadly, she may notice a change when we get home to where the kids outnumber the adults again.
Of course the whole month of March we enjoyed beautiful weather in SD. Although the water was too cold at the beach, the boys gave Tia Vero's pool a try.
Nope, also too cold. Ha! Maybe we will get back here before Christmas this year!? It's sure to be warmed up at the end of the summer.
I just wanted to share this awesome photograph that was in an art gallery in the San Diego airport. The translation is "there are also dreams on this side ."
We are due to arrive in Atlanta at 9:30 tonight. By the time the kids get to bed it will be a decent San Diego time:)

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

San Diego: Part IV (Lice!)

No month long vacation would be complete without a breakout of head lice. Yep, you read that right. We had lice! I wish this was an April Fools joke, but ugh! Talk about gross!
I have no clue WHERE we picked it up, but I know that I had it for a while. I KNOW!!!! How is that possible!?!?!? So disgusting, how could I NOT have known??

Well, I had been scratching the back of my head for weeks, BEFORE we came to San Diego even, but never (not even once!) did it cross my mind that I might have bugs in my hair. It was winter, I must have a dry itchy scalp right? It seems ridiculous now that I didn't investigate a little further.

One day last week, Ernesto took the boys somewhere and my niece Cariza and I were going to go shopping. She was braiding my hair when she said,

"Tia, I don't want to freak you out but I see a few bugs in your hair!" WHAT????

Well, needless to say I was majorly freaked out!

I called Ernesto and told him to check the boys. He said they were lice free. However, when they came home in the afternoon we discovered lice on both of them.
The only thing I knew about lice was that they are bugs in your hair. I actually had it once when I was in elementary school. All I can remember though is that my mom said we had to be very careful that the shampoo didn't get in my eyes because I would go blind. Ha! Obviously a very strong pesticide.
I was glad to find Little Bugs (sold at Target) It's a 3-step solution to get rid of lice and their eggs with no pesticides.
It was developed by two moms (who are nurses) that had too much experience with lice on their children. They partnered with a chemist. They wanted something that worked without harsh chemicals.
It was $20 and worked like a charm. It smelled great too, so that was a plus.
Just massage in the mint serum all over the scalp and wait 15 minutes. Shampoo it out. Then use the mint spray and the finetooth comb (included in the box) to rid your self of any eggs.

Here is a picture of Mateo's hair. You can see a little white egg in the bottom right of the picture and the little red marks on his scalp where they bit him.
I didn't notice them scratching???? They never complained???? Thankfully, they weren't INFESTED (like me!) and one box of the Little Bugs treatment did the trick.
Only my kids would think lice is fun! Ha! Mateo ran outside and told his abuela (who was just arriving home)
"I have lices," like he had won a trophy. Also he got a nice little haircut out of this. A la Ernesto.
Ernesto thought it was funny and teased me for days saying "you should shower more often mi amor" of course he didn't get infested. I wasn't sure how that is possible since we have both been sleeping with kids the last month.
But! I later learned that lice don't like "products" in their hair, that is why he was safe. I need to start styling my hair!

Luckily baby girl doesn't have enough hair for lice. Whew!

I ended up using three different treatments...just to be sure.
And guess what? I'm still not sure.

This treatment, Licefree Spray also sold at Target, is the easiest. Spay and saturate hair, then let it air dry. Says it kills lice AND eggs on contact. Perfect.
However, if you then spot an egg in your hair, how can you be SURE it is dead. So the combing must be done and THAT is the hard part with long hair. Those tight tooth combs don't just slide through. I must have pulled out a 1/4 of my hair. Great!

I read up on everything you ever wanted to know about those little blood suckers. And I know you really don't want to KNOW lice, but if you have kids going to school, daycare, camps, playing sports, then there is a good chance you may meet them one day. So if you are clueless about lice (like I was 10 days ago) here is a little LICE 101:

* Lice are harmless, albeit ANNOYING and GROSS and a HASSLE.
* It is EASILY spread and runs rampant in schools, day cares, camps, sports etc
* You DO NOT get lice due to poor hygiene (got itmi amor?) In fact, lice prefer clean hair.
* Lice will not live more than 48 hours without a human host (head)
* After treating lice on the head, wash sheets and any clothes worn in the last few days.
(hot water/high heat dry) You can also put clothes/pillows in airtight bag for 5 days, or freeze for 12 hours.Vacuum.

At least I know there are no bugs in my house when we get home. The follow-up of checking for hatched eggs (10 days) is going to be a pain in the butt. But hopefully we have done a good job at eradicating them from our lives.

Please tell me I'm not alone here ladies. Have you guys had experience with lice in your house/on your children or self? What did you use to get rid of it? Do tell.


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