Deciding on what step to take in making a house feel like a home can be an overwhelming process. Here are some tips to help:
Keep a homeowner’s file: Save receipts, documents, signatures, and information about your home all in one place. This will come in handy if your home needs repairs or if you need financial information.
Decide on a theme before you decorate: Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you purchase a new home is how to personalize it. One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is purchasing decor, furniture and paint colors before deciding on a theme. Take time to research color schemes, or hire a professional interior designer to help.
Tackle one project at a time: From refurbishing furniture to painting an accent wall, starting and finishing a project one at a time is a great rule to follow. If you start one thing and then begin the other without finishing what you started, it’s likely that you will never finish.
Ask around for trusted pros: If you’re not much into DIY projects, ask around the neighborhood for professional services that are trusted in the area. Knowing what others might have experienced sometimes can be more helpful than online reviews.
Make a list of needs and wants: Having a new home is exciting, but can also lead to purchasing things that you don’t necessarily need at the moment. Knowing what your needs are and what your wants are will help you with your budget.
Meet your neighbors: Knowing who your neighbors are can not only create a fun environment, but will benefit you in the long run. In case you may be on a long trip and need a house sitter or pet sitter, or if you just need some advice, keeping your neighbors as friends is always a great idea!
Life is better with pets. From cats and dogs to birds and guinea pigs, each come with their own set of needs and… messes. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your pet happy and healthy, and your home clean:
- Vacuum as often as possible. Unfortunately, Texas is infamous for having bugs everywhere- that includes fleas. Fleas can maneuver their way into your home even if your pet lives inside! Make sure doors and windows are sealed well. Vacuuming will help pick up any fleas or hair.
- Start training when they’re young. Training your cat or dog not to jump onto the couch, bed, table, etc. when they’re young will help instill discipline. You won’t have to try to break an old habit later down the road.
- Use food place mats. Pet stores and online stores carry silicone food mats that will keep water/food off of furniture and your floor.
- Groom your pet often. This will keep fur shedding to a minimum.
- Keep your pet in a low stress environment. This will reduce hyper activity, shedding, and will keep your pet happy and healthy!
There’s nothing more refreshing than sitting down to a zesty and fresh dinner on a hot summer night. Black Bean Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos with Chipotle Ranch Dressing make for a great recipe to try for a gathering with friends, or simply to sit down with the family and relax:
3 large boneless chicken breasts
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup diced yellow or white onion
1/4 cup Rotel tomatoes w/ the juices
1 avocado cut into chunks
1 can black beans heated over medium heat
1/2 shredded Mexican blend cheese
Chipotle Ranch dressing
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat and season chicken with salt, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder. Cook chicken thoroughly. Next, heat tortillas in a medium-large skillet until they start to bubble up. This will make them easier to fold and hold taco ingredients. Lastly, add 1/4 cup of chicken to each tortilla and top with Rotel tomatoes, black beans, onion, avocado, cheese, and (optional) cilantro. Drizzle the top with fresh squeezed lime and chipotle ranch dressing. Enjoy!
These museums and galleries are perfect for getting out and exploring, or enjoying Houston area culture and art.
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts: The Pearl Fincher Museum offers all things art. If you or someone you know is interested in learning art, you’re in luck. Multiple classes are offered including adult art workshops, family painting days, and children’s camps. The Pearl Fincher Museum offers many famous paintings and photography.
Location: 6815 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379
Glade Art Gallery: This sleek gallery showcases the creative exchanges between European and American art, featuring contemporary paintings and sculptures. Currently, the Glade Art Gallery is featuring artists Peter Demetz & Karel Appel’s “A Thousand Mornings” exhibit.
Location: 24 Waterway, The Woodlands, TX 77380
The Woodlands Children’s Museum: The children’s museum in The Woodlands offers workshops for kids, museum learning displays, and educational playgrounds. This museum is the perfect place to go with the kids (and you might even learn something yourself!)
Location: 4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Da Vinci’s Gallery: This gallery features local artists’ paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, metal and glass work. Da Vinci’s Gallery is conveniently located in downtown Tomball’s shopping area, which makes for a perfect day of strolling and sight seeing.
Location: 315 W Main St, Tomball, TX 77375
Tomball Museum Center: Learn about Tomball’s beginning when you visit Tomball’s museum center. The museum showcases historical buildings, including a beautiful chapel. Hours are Saturday 10 am to 2 pm, and Sunday 2 pm to 4 pm.
Location: 510 N Pine St, Tomball, TX 77375