New Floors + Jamaica!

I am so excited to be rid of all the carpet in my home! It feels like a brand new house and I'm rearranging things to make sure it stays that way for a while...feeling new!
The process for flooring almost 1100 square feet was interesting and took less time than we expected.
The first change we've made is the entertainment center. In the picture above, you can see the old set up and below you can see the new. I am so proud of myself, because I did not go out and buy new furnishings.

We had an extra bookcase in our study that will no longer be used since we've moved the desk to a smaller space. So, I just turned the Ikea Expedit bookshelf on its side, added a few baskets to the bottom row, and voila...a much needed update to our entertainment center!

I still have some more adjustments to make and some organizing to do since we had to move things off the floor in order for the floors to be installed. I hope to have that done by the end of this week! We shall see!
Flooring was done on Friday, and we left for Jamaica on Monday! I'm so sad we didn't take many pictures.
The hubby saw it as an opportunity to take a break from photography. I know you're probably thinking, you could have used your phones, but I'm glad to say that we did not turn on our cell phones once the entire about unplugging! We both got some much needed rest and relaxation...and a little adventure!
Doesn't hubby look like he's having a blast on the bobsled?! We definitely had our share of adventure with climbing Dunn's River Falls, bobsledding, and zip lining all in one day! The resort was amazing! The beach was beautiful! The weather was ideal! Jamaica was great!

The best thing about both the new floors and the trip to Jamaica is that we did not put a single penny on credit! We saved this past year and were able to pay both in cash! We are seriously working the Dave Ramsey plan in the Howard Home! Woot! Woot!

And now it's back to reality! I'm working on a few things and hopefully I'll have some blog posts soon regarding the current book I'm reading, my structured quiet time, meal planning, and fitness!

Thanks for reading!!!


  1. The floors look absolutely AMAZING. I love a wood floor, and seriously it's looks spectacular.

    Also Jamaica? What an amazing trip!

    1. Thanks so much, Deidre! I appreciate you for taking the time to stop by and comment!

  2. Im planning a trip t9 jamaica...any recommendations...what resort did u stay at...I dont have a clue where to begin...thanks for any info u can give

    1. Hey, Deanna! We went to Montego Bay and stayed at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach. It was really nice and I imagine that the other two Iberostar resorts are even nicer (Suites & Grand). We went through a travel agent, but it was a Funjet vacation, so that may be a place to start. The excursions we did were in Ocho Rios, so we had to pay to get there, so if your wan more excursions, I would say stay in Ocho Rios.

      Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!