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This blog post is a paid partnership with Halo Top ice cream. It starts the moment I open my eyes. Not even giving myself a chance and quickly setting the bar to a height that feels impossible to reach.   “I SHOULD”: do more be morework moreplay more sleep moreon and on and on  I was more… Continue reading

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DIY Modern Planter Box

this post is a paid partnership with Ariat International For years I have been wanting to build a space for a garden just off the kitchen. A space that would be as beautiful as it is functional. I had 3 non-negotiable for this project: U shaped with a bench, painted black, and with trellises for… Continue reading DIY Modern Planter Box

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Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Round Up

Starting to prep for the delivery of my 3rd child and this time around I feel like I finally know exactly what I like and what I will need! This hospital bag will be carrying just the essentials and items I know I can count on. Here is a list (with links) of my labor… Continue reading Labor & Delivery Hospital Bag Round Up

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DIY Simple Pegboard

We've long stored our tools and painting supplies on a simple pegboard wall in our garage. We've had this type of set up in every house we've lived in and was one of the first projects we took care of in this house 3 years ago. I love that this can be done on a… Continue reading DIY Simple Pegboard

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$15 Laundry Room Upgrade and just 15 minutes!

This is the current state of our laundry room. It is not one of the rooms in our home that will stop you in your tracks, but it is one of our most utilized spaces. I am incredibly grateful to have indoor laundry facilities and am looking forward to making major changes in this room… Continue reading $15 Laundry Room Upgrade and just 15 minutes!

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Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Vallarta view from the Malecon I have traveled to Puerto Vallarta with my Mexican family for the last 36 years. We have seen the city change and modernize while continuing to be a family friendly travel destination. Unlike other Americanized coastal tourist destinations in Mexico, there continues to be an authentic feel to parts of… Continue reading Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

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Bathroom Renovation Reveal!

Our Jeffrey Court renovation marathon has come to an end and the bathroom is finished!  6 Weeks of planning and hard work have paid off.  The result is the bathroom I envisioned and I could not be happier with the end result. I am most proud of the attention to detail we dedicated on every square inch… Continue reading Bathroom Renovation Reveal!

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Bathroom Reno Homestretch and Why Taking Your Time is Important!

We are well in to week 5 of the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The amount of Jeffrey Court tile we took on for this room was intense.  Its taken us 3 weeks to inch our way towards being able to grout.  Partly because we have spent… Continue reading Bathroom Reno Homestretch and Why Taking Your Time is Important!

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Operation Surprise!

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. By now you know the things that are most important to me. As the daughter of a US Marine and holding that prestigious title myself, military service sits at the top of that list. My father and I1990 / 2002 I also believe it’s important to make… Continue reading Operation Surprise!

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How to Plan a Bathroom Full of Tile

It is week 4 of our Jeffrey Court Renovation and this week proved to be the most intense for us.  We expected the wall tile phase of this project to be a beast so we made sure to prep, plan, and double check every detail at every turn so that our beautiful 4x12 tile would make the… Continue reading How to Plan a Bathroom Full of Tile

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Installing Hexagon Floor Tile

Hi everyone!  We are 3 weeks into the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge and our new bathroom is well underway.  As a reminder this was where we left off last week: Since then we’ve put up cement board on the walls where the new tile will be going.  Now before we could get to installing the gorgeous Potpourri Medley Hexagon tile we… Continue reading Installing Hexagon Floor Tile

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Bathroom Demo!

With our vision on paper and Jeffrey Court tile in hand, we can start demo on the bathroom! When I told my father we were starting a bathroom project his first reaction was “but why, it’s a perfectly good bathroom?!”.  Yes, yes it is a perfectly good bathroom, but I am going to change it because I… Continue reading Bathroom Demo!

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DIY under the stairs play nook

My list of house projects and dreamy ideas runs lonnnnnng. Occasionally the list is shaken up with a spontaneous 'I didn't know I needed this but I MUST DO IT RIGHT THIS INSTANT' project. Thats exactly what happened with our under the stairs play nook that we have dubbed the HofE Clubhouse. In our home… Continue reading DIY under the stairs play nook

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Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge Finalist!

We are proud to announce House of Esperanza will be participating in Season 4 of the Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge!   We will be renovating a bathroom in our home that sits on the main level.  When we first moved in I added floating shelfs and some art work to hold us over until we had the chance… Continue reading Jeffrey Court Renovation Challenge Finalist!

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DIY Wood Cutting Board Refresh

Kicking off this new Everyday Makings series with a wood cutting board refresh. If you spend as much time in the kitchen as we do, your wood cutting board could probably use some love too. We have a large IKEA bamboo cutting board we use for everything but meats, that has been with us for… Continue reading DIY Wood Cutting Board Refresh

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DIY Workbench

We spent the weekend finally building the workbench of our dreams! The plastic folding tables we have been using all of these years are finally getting retired yayyy! Having storage under the table for some of our bigger saws to hang out on was a necessary feature. When we came across BitterRootDIY's plans for a… Continue reading DIY Workbench

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DIY Oversized Chalkboard

One of the first projects we tackled in our home back in 2017 was an oversized chalkboard in our eat in kitchen area. I knew I wanted a statement piece of some sort on the wall next to where the table would be. A chalkboard would not only give me a way to have a… Continue reading DIY Oversized Chalkboard

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Same, But Different

Last summer I won the lottery when my sister bought a neighboring home to ours. Having family close by after moving away from them has changed everything. Spending time with her, being able to ask for her for help, and having her around to teach my son is bringing me tons of joy. I like… Continue reading Same, But Different

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DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

My craft room/studio is always a work in progress. I'm a visual person and I found I needed a bulletin board of some sort to hold onto items I wanted to see for inspiration on a daily basis. The idea of a floor to ceiling cork wall was on my brain but wall space is… Continue reading DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

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Stay at Home Mom

During a family outing an acquaintance asked what it is I do for a living. It was the first time since quitting my job that I was going to answer “stay at home mom”. I hesitated. I wanted to say something that sounded more glamorous like “work at home mom” or “Etsy business owner”. 🙄Then… Continue reading Stay at Home Mom