WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!
I bet you did not see that one coming, believe you me, we did not at all either. We tried to do everything in our power to keep it on the hush-hush, that was super freaking hard. We only shared it with a very select few of our family and friends, less than five so you can count it with one hand. I have literally been dying from the inside out dying to write it on over the blog and shout it from the rooftops. I cannot believe I’m a homeowner.
Just yesterday I was looking for the recipe of our Laundry Detergent Pods and I came across a post that talks about how desperate we were to buy a house but at the same time how we were just simple trusting God to save up money and hope you are too. Little did we know, God had so much more in store for us. We are beyond grateful and beyond stressed but at the same time praising God each and every single moment of the homeownership life.
I do want to be completely honest with you guys and let you know that buying a house is no joke. It comes with a lot of perks but with perks calm problems. Everything that could’ve possibly gone wrong in the process of the approval for the loan did. From being told yes one minute and then no the next, we were up to the tips of our hairs in stress. I don’t know if that translated correctly; that’s an idiom commonly used in Spanish, “¡Estoy hasta aquí!” or “¡Estoy hasta las greñas!”
Anyhow, that idiom could not express our stress levels during the loan approval process any better. It wasn’t only the yeses and no’s that we would get told on daily basis but more so the fact of how that affected us in our personal lives as well as our professional lives, as well. Remember all the complaints and rants I’ve gone on here at the blog about our current previous landlord, I CAN’T BELIEVE I GET TO SAY THAT NOW, and how much misery we were brought when living at the Raleigh house? Well, that misery did not stop at the loan approval. Our original closing date was December 4 and we gave notice to the landlord, who had so nicely jerkily offered back in May that if we decided to leave prior the end of our lease in March 2016 he would give us our $900 deposit back to call it a day because asking him to make any repairs on the house that was much needed was more of a nuisance to him than anything, till December 10. That left us with a minor prorate charge for the month of December to cover that first week. We planned on moving into the new house by December 7 and using up our last three days till the December 10 effectively to make sure we didn’t forget a thing as well as patch up any holes from hanging artwork, not that we got the house in good shape anyway BUT I just wanted to cover my ass bum. I expect that check in the mail ASAP, please and thanks. Pure douchebagness, God forgive me—and, yes, I just created that word. UPDATE: We got the check, yay!
The moral of the story? Buying a home, whether it is your first or second or third, is much more then getting the initial preapproval or prequal (pre-qualification) letter via email. That letter, honestly, doesn’t mean shit. Excuse me and pardon my French but I couldn’t be more serious with y’all. All I can tell you is that once you receive that letter via email, get prepared for your stress levels to rise up more than ever before. Mine were so aggravated that for the first time in my life I had patches of psoriasis on my face (at the bottom right of my lip), my hand (at the base of my thumb) and even on my leg (by my anklebone). I’m sure that I’ve mentioned here on the blog before that I have struggled with psoriasis on my scalp for a very long time. With the use of all natural, crunchy beauty products, most of them homemade by yours truly, and essential oils, my scalp is pretty much healed by about 95%. If you could just imagine with me for a moment how I felt when I woke up with patches of psoriasis on the visible parts of my skin for all to see. It was my body’s way of writing across my forehead, “I am soon to be a homeowner!”
Mind you, I never once stopped eating healthy and exercising and using my essential oils. Even with all of that, my body was just so angry with me and it proved my theory is that stress kills. My advice to you today is to monitor your stress and not take your body for granted, it needs mad love every single day.
Stuffed Mushrooms: Brie + Bacon Jam
Delicious and filling Stuffed Mushrooms made with a creamy combination of both Brie + Bacon Jam that is simply to die for.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Preheat oven to 350° F. Pulse bacon jam and Brie cheese in the food processor until crumbly.
Remove stem from mushrooms. Pack each mushroom with jam and Brie mixture.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with coconut oil. Place mushrooms on baking sheet with about an inch distance from each other. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
Serve on a nice platter.