House Selling Disappointment #1 Finding the Positive After a Potential Buyer Says No

Yesterday I woke up feeling encouraged, positive, productive and expectant.

So positive, in fact, I began singing loudly while doing my morning chores, much to my children’s dismay.

I also announced that I expected to hear from our realtor at some point, and that I expected it to be good news.  Not sure what kind of news, but definitely good news.

That “encouraged” feeling stayed strong through the entire day despite pain, injury, arguments, bill paying, budget analyzing and wading through a mountain of growing hospital and medical bills.

And then…the text came.  The text I had been anticipating all day.  The text we hoped to see every time my phone goes off.  The text we hoped was the offer on our house.  Read more »



The Top 7 Reasons We Want to Move

Since making the decision to list our home and look for a new one, I have been deluged with the questions, the main one being

Why?

Why do you want to move?

What is wrong with your house?  It’s new.  It’s beautiful.  It’s maintained.  Etc, Etc, Etc.

They are right.  My home is gorgeous.  It’s new and I already live here, but it has begun to present me with some challenges that would be costly to change.  Because so many have asked this exact question, I have decided that today, I want to share those reasons.

The Top 7 Reasons We Want To Move


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Our 1st House Showing-Behind the Scenes

 

Let me just say, that for weeks, we have been preparing for this first house showing.  We actually listed our house days ago, took photos and had the realtor visit last Thursday, but today is the first day we were called for an official showing to a prospective buyer, with only a 2 hour notice!

Now, for some people a two hour notice before a house showing might be plenty of time, but for a woman who spends her time between a wheelchair, walker and recliner and two girls who struggle with their own physical challenges, two hours is a VERY short window.  Factor in the fact, we just sold 20 items on Ebay and had the boxes and packing supplies sitting in the main rooms waiting to be packed and shipped and that two hour window seemed even smaller.  They had to be transported down a ramp and into the garage to make the main rooms look clean and of course, “clutter free”.   It seemed almost impossible.  But, instead of saying “no” and losing the chance at a buyer, this crazy mama asked the realtor to push the showing back 30 minutes to allow us enough time to prep the house, remove the extra Ebay boxes and catch our six cats, before they arrived.

I have to say, We did it!  We got it prepped!  It was clean, decluttered, pet free and looked amazing for such short notice and our first house showing, but it wasn’t easy and it wasn’t fun.

Let me share just a few highlights of the “fun times” we encountered.

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Featured Friday WAHM #1 Pam H.

Week 1 Featured Friday Work at Home Mom Pam Howard

Featured Friday WAHM #1

Pam H.

Name

Pam Howard

Business (es)

Young LivingEssential Oils

Tell us a bit about yourself, your family and your business.

As a busy work at home mom of two little ones (ages 12 and 9), I know how crazy life can get – and with seventeen years of corporate America under my belt I also know how important it is to keep all the aspects of our life in balance. That’s my goal for you – to live a healthy, full and happy life!!! I work with other busy professional working moms to help them balance their health (all aspects of health), their career, their families and their lives. I want them to enjoy and LIVE each day, not just try to “get through it.”

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25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016

25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016

25 Ways We Supplemented Our Income in 2016 and You Can too!

After reviewing our 2016 financial challenges and our 2017 goals, I realized that the only way we came out ahead in 2016 was by saving every way we could and supplementing our income by earning extra money, points and gift cards on the side.  These projects totaled over $3,000 total and inspired me to share a comprehensive list of how we supplemented our income in 2016 and maybe encourage you to supplement your income in 2017.

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Our 5 Big Goals For 2017- We are planning to make it amazing!!!

Our 5 Big Goals for 2017 and How We Plan To make it AMAZING!!!

Yep, folks we made it!

It is officially 2017, and I cannot wait to share the amazing things we have planned for 2017!!!

I have heard so many people say they couldn’t be happier that 2016 is over, and I can’t say I am not one of them.  2016 was full of ups and downs for those of us at Treasured Tidbits, not only financially but physically and emotionally as well.  But… we persevered and we are ready to CRUSH 2017 in both our businesses and personal life.

I have been looking forward to today for months. 

Today is the first day of a New Year, new chances and new business adventures.  Business adventures we have been planning, cultivating and diligently building for months.  I can’t wait to share them with you, but before we begin a 2017 overload, I want to share our main goals for 2017.  Notice, I don’t call them resolutions because to me resolutions are easily broken, but goals are something to be attained, something to aim for and can be put aside in a time of trouble to be restarted when that trial passes.  Our top five goals for 2017 are:

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When Your Savings Goals Hit a Roadblock & Leave You on Empty

When Your Savings Goals Hit a Roadblock & Leave You On Empty

Our 2016 Savings Goals Update

2016 has certainly been another year full of ups and downs, twists and turns, both in our home and businesses, but I am excited to say we survived!

For the first time ever, I decided to set some goals (not resolutions) for 2016, and I even left my comfort zone and shared them with you here.

I must confess that we fell short on many of those goals, especially our savings goals,  but I have yet to beat myself up for it because they are GOALS not requirements, not deadlines and not commitments.  Sometimes GOALS have to change or undergo some alterations due to physical, financial or emotional challenges, as Benjamin Mays says, “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal.  The tragedy lies in having NO goals to reach.”

Tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. Benjamin Mays

Heaven knows our goals have made some enormous U-turns in the past year.  The biggest and most obvious being the original goal of saving $5,000-$10,000 by the end of 2016.

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Sharing Saturday Link Up #52

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It’s been another crazy week here at Treasured Tidbits.   I still haven’t regained proper use of my hips, back and legs BUT I have been able to keep up with our 30 Day Organizing Challenge and work towards putting together our anticipated 2017 blog year!!!   Not being able to walk doesn’t mean I can’t tackle the digital work that needs done.    How do handle being down and out in your life?  Do you just lay around and pout about your issues or find something productive to do until you are healed?   I will admit I had times I couldn’t focus past the physical pain BUT I tried my best to overcome those moments and keep planning, typing, pinning and more.It helped to have a GOAL.   A goal to finish the organizing challenge series AND to have an AMAZING 2017 blog year.

Want to join us and be part of our AMAZING 2017?   Begin linking up regularly here on TT Sharing Saturday and be chosen to be one of our Featured Friday Work at Home Mom’s where we shar YOUR story, YOUR site and YOUR successes with our readers and fellow WAHM’s.  Details to come.   Remember start linking up NOW to be on the top of the invite list.

Now, LET”S SHARE OUR BUSINESSES!!!


Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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Before we begin, here are just a few guidelines for those of you linking up for the very first time or just returning.

Sharing Saturday is a place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

For more great ideas, recipes, money saving tips and tricks follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to receive weekly emails.

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