The World of Unused Gift Card Trading


When I moved into my first home, I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and generosity from my family and friends. These special people in my life volunteered their time to help me unpack, brought over meals to get me through the first week and came bearing lots of generous gifts. Every meal, minute, and gift meant the world to me because it made my transition far less stressful, and a lot more special.

Probably the most common gift that I received during this time was an assortment of gift cards. Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Lowe’s, HomeGoods, Chipotle – my collection of gift cards was exploding from my wallet as my heart was exploding with gratitude. But there was just one problem…

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7 Tips to Refresh your Home for Spring

refresh-your-home-spring-graphicWe know we’re already well into the official spring season, but here in Chicago it’s only just starting to warm up. So it’s taken us a little bit longer to catch SPRING FEVER. But now that the temps are rising, we’re welcoming the spring season with open arms.

If you’ve caught a case of spring fever, then we’ve got just the remedy. Here are 7 tips to refresh your home for spring! Continue reading


How to Stay Organized in a Small Home

How to Stay Organized in a Small HomeEven though we’re two home decor enthusiasts (who spend way too many hours browsing the aisles of HomeGoods and hitting up estate sales), we both live in pretty small spaces. Bridget lives in a small ranch in the suburbs of Chicago, while I have a 1,200 square foot condo downtown. Because we live in tight quarters, we’re forced to pare down the stuff in our homes on a regular basis and that is a-okay in our playbook.

Living small is big these days! People are doing their best to live with less, and we are big fans of this newfound minimalism. If you’re looking to get rid of the clutter and pare down to the essentials, we are here to help! Here’s how we stay organized in our small homes…without compromising style. Continue reading


How Many Movers Should I Hire for My Move?

How many movers should I hire for my move?I recently used HireAHelper for my Chicago Crosstown Move, and during the booking process I was unsure as to exactly how many helpers I would need. They do provide a handy dandy little chart directly on the page when you’re booking which is super helpful. But not wanting to make a mistake, I decided to look into this topic a bit more…just to make sure I was hiring the adequate amount of help.

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Danny Tanner’s FULL HOUSE Inspired Moving Advice

full houseFellow Full House Fans… this one’s for YOU!

As we all patiently wait for Full House 2 (aka “Fuller House”) to hit Netflix, we thought we would take a stroll down memory lane to see if┬áthe infamous Danny Tanner and family could help provide us loyal fans some valuable moving advice. Here’s a top ten list of advice that will guide you in answering that magic, million dollar question…

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