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10 Affordable Interior Design Upgrades You Can Do Today

When SN and I bought our first home in 2007, we loved that it had an open floor plan, a two car garage, and was on a large corner lot in a desirable part of Albuquerque. We also loved...well, that was about it. Ours was just another plain box in our cookie cutter neighborhood, featuring the same white walls and not much else as all our neighbors. We spent the next few years upgrading our home and, when we sold it last year, the result of our effort was a 4-way bidding war.
We were just poor college kids back then. Here are a few of the affordable improvements we made.
Budget Interior Design Idea #1 Swap out some of your mirrors.
See the fancy mirrors above? Everyone thinks they're from Ballard Designs. Ours are actually from Michaels, which marks all of their mirrors down 50% every few weeks. These were about $35 each. We followed this same design rule for the mirrors in our new luxury home, forgoing the expensive mirrors our custom builder usually installed and instead supplying …

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Collard Pizza Lasagna (Yes, You Read That Right.)

Mmmm, I'm eating the best lunch right now. It looks so indulgent, doesn't it?

Side note: The beautiful table this plate is on? SN made it! I mean, not the trunk of the olive tree, obviously, but the rest of it. I really need to update my site with more New Home blog posts. He has been busy!

Surprise - it's (almost) healthy! I cooked up a big batch of collard greens in the Instant Pot (lots of great IP collard green recipes online, plus my own below). You can also make them the conventional way, but I love that I can just throw everything in the Instant Pot and forget about it.

Spread the cooked collards in the bottom of a baking dish, top with a layer of cottage cheese, then a layer of mozzarella, and finally top everything with slices of pepperoni. Broil it for a few minutes. 

Southerners will probably cringe at my bastardized collard greens. Everyone else? Enjoy!

Collard pizza lasagna? SO GOOD!
Instant Pot Collard Greens Recipe
1 ham bone (Don't have this? Subst…

Taos Summer Wine Festival Grand Tasting

The Taos Summer Wine Festival was in August...and it's now October 1st. I should probably just go ahead and share these photos! Where does the time go?

Just follow this van for a good time.

The live entertainment was so enthusiastic and had everyone dancing. I can't help wondering if the secret to their success lies with all those cans of Santa Fe Brewing beer! 

Here's a funny story for you. SN and my dad were having a great time at the Taos Summer Wine Festival, but they lamented that the samples of beer were too small. I left the table and returned with two entire cans of beer for them, much to their astonishment. "Oh, I just flirted with the vendor a little bit," I told them (COMPLETELY JOKING). The next time my dad went for samples, I told him to be sure to flirt. He pointed out that the vendor is a man. I told him that's irrelevant.

It's fun to mess with your elderly dad.

I felt bad for this little pup at first. He seemed to be lost and was wandering fr…

Read This Before You Buy an Amerisleep Mattress

Hello, bloggy friends! Although SN and I still recommend Amerisleep mattresses (more than ever, actually, now that our original AS3 bed is almost 7 years old and still like-new), I'm writing this post to tell you DON'T BUY ONE.

UPDATE: After being gone all year, the extra $50 discount is back! It's even available a day earlier than I'd expected. To receive $250 off any size Amerisleep mattress and two free pillows, rather than just a wimpy $200, visit Amerisleep through this promo code link and enter coupon CD200 at checkout. You'll also receive free shipping and, if needed, free and easy returns.

You know how the best Amerisleep promo code all year has been just a measly $200 off? I have it on good authority that starting Monday, October 1st, they are increasing the discount to $250 again. (Woo hoo!) It might even happen a little sooner. Stay tuned and I'll update this post with the better coupon as soon as it's available.

Amerisleep makes me jump for joy. …

Breakfast, The Most Embarrassing Meal of the Day

Let me start this post by stating, for the record, that I stay at Marriott hotels all the time. I'm in it for the breakfast and when a hotel doesn't include this, I stay elsewhere. I am a hotel waffle-making pro.

Then again, making your own waffle is easy peasy, right?

Behold, the tower of waffle batter goodness. How many gallons does it contain?
I always look forward to creating a decadent hotel waffle. The fateful Monday morning after the Summit County Parade of Homes was no exception, and I was pleased to discover that there was no one using the waffle iron, despite the crowd in the hotel breakfast room. It's no secret that I'm a social-anxiety mess, even with something as basic as navigating a shared waffle iron, so this was a relief and a great start to my day.

I picked up my little plastic batter cup. I pressed down on the dispenser nozzle, as I've done 100 times. And then...
The nozzle broke off! It just snapped right off in my hand. The batter exploded from t…

What Happens During a Sleep Study for Chronic Insomnia?

A lifelong, chronic insomniac, I recently completed an overnight sleep study at the DaVita Medical Group New Mexico Center for Sleep Medicine. My expectations were low - 32 years of sleeplessness will do that to you - but I liked the idea of being able to officially rule out certain sleep conditions, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, once and for all. Plus, whenever I complain about Sexy Nerd's snoring, he's all too quick to point out that I snore as well.

Spoiler alert - the polysomnogram found that I do NOT snore. Take that, Sexy Nerd!

Even as a baby, I had trouble sleeping. You'd think I would have had a sleep study done sooner. My Sleep Study Experience I arrived at the sleep clinic around 7 pm and was escorted to a private bedroom. Told to change into my pajamas, the nurse quickly added that I must do that in the bathroom with the door closed, as the bedroom is constantly monitored by cameras. It's the kind of advice you only need to hear once, yet she…