Home Improvements

November 1, 2011 at 7:05 am 6 comments

Isn’t it nice that, no matter how old you get, your mom will always be your mom? She still spoils me with carloads of groceries despite my no longer being a starving college student. She still buys me pumpkins and decorations for my apartment despite seeing the house only once a year. She still cleans and re-organizes, all while she overflows with homemaking tips, despite the fact that I have moved far away from home. Thank goodness for visits from your mom to help get the apartment back in order!


My mom and I had planned to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, but a pesky Noreaster got in our way. Boston was spared from the snow, but still got some crazy rain and wind, canceling the 5K. We made the best use of our indoor time, though! We rearranged the kitchen, finding homes for everything to keep us better organized. We cleaned and organized the whole apartment – kitchen, dining room, living room, front porch, both bedrooms… hardly a corner in the house was left unturned. We decorated, putting together a fun fall centerpiece with fresh flowers from Trader Joe’s, a small pumpkin from home, and a flameless candle. We also cooked and enjoyed great food throughout Boston, but that is a post for tomorrow! Some views of my newly organized kitchen…


The cleanest our stove has been in a long time. Hopefully it will stay that way, thanks to the addition of a new spoon rest!


Switching the side of dish rack made a huge difference in the amount of usable counter space!


Fully stocked shelves with some goodies from Mom!


View of the whole kitchen workspace. Proof that delicious meals can come from any kitchen, no matter how small, old, poorly lit, etc. Just learn to work with what you have!

The best home improvement we made this weekend: our windows! Our windows are old and rattley, and the draft can change the temperature of a room by more than 10 degrees depending in which corner you are standing! We went through and cleaned all of the sills, fixed the blinds, and then shrink wrapped them for winter. This stuff is seriously magic! The wrap is held up by double side tape, and then you use a blow dryer to literally shrink the plastic into place. Because it is so taut, it is barely visible that there is anything covering the windows! That is, until your hand is blocked from adjusting the blinds… I’d rather be stuck with one window covering position than deal with drafty windows and expensive heat bills all winter! Our final plan for warming up the apartment (besides continued soup making and bread baking, of course) is to make a draft stopper snake! I plan to take an old towel and stuff it, and may get creative enough to make it into a sock monkey or dog of some sort. Of course I will be back with photo updates if that crafty project does turn out!


Question: What home improvements have you made lately?


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Early Holiday Cheer WIAW Weekend with Mom Edition

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Samantha  |  November 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    We def got an inch or so of snow on our side of Boston! My mom was bouncing on the balls of here feet! I am so sad to see her go today :(

    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  November 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Maybe I just slept through the snow… Sad to see your mom go too but we had a lot of fun with you guys! Silly CA’ians still excited about snow ;)

  • 3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  November 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Glad you addressed the windows. I’m jealous of your gas range.

    • 4. homemadeadventure  |  November 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Definitely the highlight of my kitchen! Hard to keep clean but the best to cook with

  • 5. ilikestoscribble  |  November 2, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Awww…sorry about the run being canceled, but so sweet of your mom to do all that with you. =) We have not made any improvements here – just thrown on more layers. But then again, we didn’t have a snow storm. =)

    • 6. homemadeadventure  |  November 2, 2011 at 8:19 am

      The windows make such a difference! Layers work too though ;)


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