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It has been almost exactly 2 years since we moved to Columbus from Fairbanks. At the time, we were VERY excited to leave Alaska, but wary of Columbus. A small town with every chain imaginable, we wondered if it would have the charm some small towns do. After living on post for a year, we discovered it DID have charming small neighborhoods. And so we bought our first home. Within the two years we were in Columbus, a Juice Bar opened (HOORAY), a fancy Southern restaurant opened (11th & Bay), the most incredibly workout studio opened (Novo) and I sort of fell in love.

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Now that we are leaving, I am really, really sad. I think Q & I found the best little spots that Columbus had to offer. We are not chain restaurant people, so we didn’t eat there. We cooked at home a lot and enjoyed the special night out every once in a while. I adored my gym and the friends I made there. I loved the Ranger wife community I found myself in. I had the greatest neighbors known to man (who let me leave our trash in their bins on our final morning). It’s hard to leave.

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We loved our house in Columbus. We put so much energy and work into it and in the end, it was our perfect home. We were sad to see it go, but we are already looking ahead to our next project in Clarksville. We have adapted to this Army way of life of moving every few years and making a new home. I’m excited to show you what Clarksville has to offer.

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My Columbus Recommendations:

Juice Bar: High quality fresh pressed juices and smoothies. I was there at least 3 times a week. My bank account suffered.

11th & Bay: Delicious Southern food in a great space downtown. Have loved every meal I’ve gotten there. Love the ambience.

Novo Fitness Studio: I found my place. Run by the two sweetest, fittest and most thoughtful girls this place is a dream to work out in. All the classes are Barre based, but they have some complete sweatfest cardio classes in there that I gravitated towards. Quality students and instructors and I made the best friends here. This is what I will miss most about Columbus.

Junque Yard: Great distressed furniture at affordable prices.

2nd Avenue Vet: The only place I would take Carl. The best staff on the planet.

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The Move

by Koko on May 27, 2015 · 0 comments

in Army, Clarksville, Georgia

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Or a better title would be “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Movers: About two weeks ago, we selected dates for movers and submitted those to the Army. The Army then offered up our dates to moving companies who could then pick up our contract. A few days later, we were contacted by a company who got our contract. They confirmed our moving dates with us and I thought “Wow this is all going to go so well!” With those moving dates in mind, we set our closing date on our Columbus house for the day after the movers were set to finish. A tight schedule, but if all went well, we would be set.

A week later, the moving company called and cancelled our contract leaving us in the lurch. Q and the transportation office worked as best as they could to find us movers, but as of this Thursday, we didn’t have any. Knowing we had to close on our Columbus house next week, we rented a U-Haul and starting at 5PM, we packed up half of our house. Q and I packed, loaded and hauled half of our home to Clarksville in a truck. He drove the U-Haul and I followed with Carl in the Prius. We had to leave at 4AM to make our closing on our new Clarksville house.

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Clarksville House: We got a call Thursday evening as we were loading the U-Haul that the sellers of our Clarksville house were running late on moving out. We were assured they would be out by 1PM the next day, even though we were closing at 11AM. We arrived for a walk-through of our house at 10AM to find a house completely filled with clothes, furniture and a fridge full of food and no movers in sight. We were not pleased. We proceeded with closing at 11 even though the house was not vacant. Skip to 4PM and they had finally moved out. We had to unload to U-Haul and get to work.

That night it felt very warm upstairs in the house. We didn’t think much of it until the next morning when it was still warm. We called an AC repairman and sure enough their system had a leak. $400 later and 4 hours later, we were up and running. (Yes, we sent the sellers the bill).

We spent the whole weekend painting, removing wallpaper (which I am now hiring someone to finish for me), and moving in the big furniture items we brought with us.

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Some good news: on Friday, we got a call that we DID have movers to help with the second half of our things. They are coming today to pack up, tomorrow to load the truck and we will be out of Columbus by Friday afternoon!

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Memorial Day Weekend Style

by Koko on May 23, 2015 · 1 comment

in Weekend Style

Hi friends! We are in the middle of a BIG move, so I thought I would do a quick style post this weekend before giving you the deets on what is happening on the move front next week!

I love a good non-cheesy America tee (I’m an Army wife, what can I say). These two are some of my new favorites. Simple jean shorts, sandals or mules, and a cute blue bag and done.

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USA Tank: Tipsy Elves  / Fun Run Tank: Tipsy Elves / White Shorts: J. Brand  / Jean Shorts: Genetic Denim  / Glasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs  / Sandals: Tory Burch  / Mules:  Vince / Backpack: Tory Burch / Tote: Kate Spade / Bangle: Rebecca Minkoff

Enjoy your weekend. xo

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When we found out we were moving, we debated redoing the master bath.  Redoing it was definitely in our 5-year plan, but not necessarily in the 1-year plan. So we decided to do a half remodel without getting rid of the majors (shower, tub, vanity) and really just working with what we had.

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If we had had more time we certainly would have gotten rid of the shower insert replacing it with tile. We also would have gotten rid of the jacuzzi tub and gotten a stand alone tub. But instead we reglazed both to a bright white, which made a world of difference.

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We repainted the vanity, which was originally beige, to a nice dark gray and also reglazed the top to a bright white. We updated the hardware also. Obviously we would have liked to replace the mirror and lights, but thought it wasn’t worth it at this time.

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We took out the beige/green tile and put in long gray tile, which immediately made a difference. That and painting the walls a light gray and all the trim white. We also put in lighter shades around the tub. The original owners had blackout shades which made the room much darker than it needed to be.

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Overall, this redo cost about $400 for new paint, tile and reglazing kits. We think it made a huge difference and definitely was worth it.

 

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