Passive House Update – drywall, selections, & Big Ass fans

Surprise! It’s after the 4th of July and we are STILL NOT living in the Passive-Aggressive house. By the way, #passiveaggressivehouse is my official hash tag AND the official name of our project registered with PHIUS (Passive House Institute US). If you follow me on Instagram, you can search for #passiveaggressivehouse and see all of the pictures I’ve been sharing over the last two years of our home build. I’m much more reliable about sharing the process on IG than I am about updating you all on my blog.

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When I last provided an update oh so many months ago back in March, we were just getting ready for drywall. We had finished the insulation, installed the Zehner ERV, and passed the blower door test with flying colors. And there was still snow on the ground, you guys.

Passive House Update – drywall, selections, & Big Ass fans


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Top 10 Reasons to Keep Huggies Wipes in Your Car

I have learned the hard way that is oh so important to always have Huggies Wipes in my car, even though I no longer have any kids in diapers. Surely, I must have the messiest kids on the planet. We do more laundry than any person I know, and my kids are ALWAYS dirty. I try to blame it on living in the country, but I have a sneaking suspicion that my kids would be just as messy if we lived in the city.

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Top 10 Reasons to Keep Huggies Wipes in Your Car

Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes. #TripleClean

10. No Eating in the Car Rule?? Ha!

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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 7/14/2015

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope this week finds you well. I’m looking forward to sharing my garden update with you and seeing what you have to share this week!TGP 7.14 Weekly garden update simplifylivelove.comWe’ve had the most bizarre weather recently. Last week we barely reached the 70s and recorded all time record lows for this time of year. We were all freezing. This week, we’ve got heat indices over 100 and everyone is sweltering. It can’t be good for the crops and I’ve got a mixed report for this week’s garden update.

I’m really pleased with the way my cucurbits look. My cucumbers have almost completely overtaken the old fence I set up as a trellis for them, and there are tons and tons of baby cucumbers. My casper pumpkins are looking great too! They’re getting ready to sprawl off into the overflow of my garden. But my zucchini aren’t looking that great. I’ve got some blossom end rot on a few zucchinis and one plant looks like it has powdery mildew. I’ve never really paid that much attention to these issues before, so I’m not sure what to do about them.

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But my biggest concern is the return of my top two garden foes! The dreaded cucumber beetle and squash bugs have returned already. I know from experience that they will kill all of my pumpkins, zucchini, and cucumbers if I don’t deal with them quickly, so I’m in my garden several times a day looking for them so I can kill them and I’m also applying Diatomaceous Earth around the central stem of all of my plants. I’d love to hear your suggestions for dealing with these horrible pests. They win almost every single year.

I had a bumper crop of carrots this year!! Pop over to Instagram and see what I’m talking about! I was so thrilled with the carrots and we’re working on processing them now. And that’s what’s going on in my garden! Can’t wait to hear about yours!

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 7/7/2015

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It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw Recipe

This feature has been compensated by Weber BBQ Sauces. All opinions are 100% mine. #WeberBBQSauces

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw. Easy slow cooker recipe #WeberBBQSauces #ad

Summer is the perfect time to pull out the BBQ and grill up some fabulous food. Unfortunately, my husband is seriously busy this summer finishing our house and doesn’t have time to grill. I’m definitely not the grill master in this house, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy delicious BBQ.  I pulled out my trusty crock pot the other day and made fabulous BBQ Pulled Chicken using newly reformulated Weber BBQ sauce – sauce that contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives – three very common ingredients in most store-bought BBQ sauce.

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