One of our favorite sponsors, Ace Hardware, recently ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores” for the eighth year in a row by J.D. Power*! Ace is literally the only hardware store within a 30 minute drive–and it’s just a mile down the road. Score. We go into our store (maybe 15 times a week?!) with a list and we leave with whatwe need–and popcorn! When we were asked to be on their first blogger panel last year, it was an easy yes, but I never knew the extent our relationship and loyalty would grow over the past year while living here.
A year ago this past weekend, we moved to Idaho. It is so surreal to think it has already been a year. When I think back on last year at this time, I feel sick. It was a time of stress and uncertainty and you couldn’t pay me enough to re-live that. Also I had crazy morning sickness. Ha! But all is well that ends well, right?
We took some time over the last few days (in the midst of cleaning out the garage, installing a new garage door opener, door shopping and thrifting and going to Ace what felt like 100 times) to chat about the house. There are so many things we’re anxious to do it can be overwhelming, but exciting, too. It’s sometimes weird to do it all in front of an audience where we undoubtedly make mistakes. Progress can be slow but I understand now that sometimes rooms just have to evolve over time. They just need time. That darn great room just needs time to work itself out.
There are a few things I like to do when I feel…stuck. I love looking at photos of our last house in the same time period. For instance, we moved into this house almost 11 months ago. When we lived in our last house 11 months, our living room looked like this:
And by the time we moved, we figured things out and it transformed into this:
A room that feels a lot more us. So even though, our current living room has come a long way, it’s okay that it’s not there yet. We also rarely tackle 20 projects at once (although our friends tend to think we do.) We usually have about 5-10 projects on a list for the next 6 weeks or so. Right now our list looks like this:
What does your list look like right now? Ace Hardware has been so pivotal to our projects in the past year and recently provided great relief to our neighbors after the big flash flood that struck our city. Now they also want to extend their helpful service to you! (See why we love them?) A $200 Ace gift card is up for grabs to help you tackle your list.
Just leave a comment letting us know what home maintenance project you’re working on that you may need a little help with and we’ll pick a winner this Friday, August 8th. Take luck!
We are members of the Ace Bloggers Panel and they are providing the $200 gift card for one of you! I am compensated for my time and thisblog post. All opinions and positionsexpressed here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.*Disclaimer: Ace Hardware received the highest numerical score among retail stores in the proprietary J.D. Power 2007-‐2014 Home Improvement Retail Store StudiesSM. 2014 study based on responses from 2,948 consumers measuring six stores and opinions of consumers who purchased a home improvement product or service within the previous 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed January-‐March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
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