Happy Birthday Crosbie :: April 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Our sweet Great Dane, Crosbie, turned One Year's Old this weekend!  We're so thankful this black beauty joined our family. We wouldn't be the same without him!  We know people thought we were crazy to get another dog, let alone, a HUGE dog.  But he has been such a blessing to our family.  He is loving, loyal, protective dog.  Happy Birthday Cros!

#greatdane #happybirthday #crosbie #greatdanebirthday #bluebonnets #texasbluebonnets

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Imhoff Easter Brunch :: 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016
I think it's safe to say that we're ready for our Easter Brunch on Sunday!

So if I'm being real ... I will tell you that I hardly EVER make breakfast.  Part of it, is that I don't usually eat breakfast, so it's hard for me to get up and eat anyways.  Secondly, since going back to work, cereal has been our go-to during the week, and then on the weekends - we're usually at a game or sleeping in ... because we're EXHAUSTED!!!

If on the rare occasion we do make breakfast ... it's the hubs who provides. What can I say? I married a keeper.  He also brings me breakfast in bed on these mornings ..... oh who am I kidding - that NEVER happens!!

With that being said, Easter is a huge exception.  I kind of go - ALL OUT.  But again, it's brunch ... so technically ....

I haven't quite decided everything that we'll have on Sunday, but I know there will be Ham, a casserole, probably French Toasts because it's the kids favorite and some type of fruit.  Are you all making Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch this year?!  What are you making?!!!  Help a girl who never makes anything before noon ;)

#imhoffhome #Easter

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Texas Tulips :: Spring 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016
Tuesday was such a long day, it was a draining day and really after work, I'll I wanted to do was crawl back in bed.  It's hard juggling family/work life some days and this day, was REALLY hard.  I pulled myself together and got the kids ready for the Tulip Farm like I had promised. I was so tired and drained and going and doing "one more thing" was not on the top of my list.  However, when we got there, it was such a beautiful site.  So many tulips, so many colors, and the site of being away from it all was quite stunning.  We have to drive a good 45 minutes to get there, and really, there is nothing better than driving out to the country and seeing all Gods Glory.   We went last year, you may remember, if not here is the post from 2015.

The kids were happy, everyone was having fun, choosing their favorite tuplip, and thankfully the weather cooperated.  I am so thankful for these two. The loves of my life.  Sometimes it's important to sit back and enjoy nature's beauty .. in ALL the glorious colors!

#imhoffboys #texastulips #tuplips #tulipfarm

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Fall Festivals :: 2015

Monday, March 7, 2016
I can't believe how far behind I am in blogging ... like REALLY behind!!!  I have had these photos sitting on my desktop, just waiting to blog about all the fun festivals we went to this Fall.  Yes ... you read that right.  We're now in SPRING, and I'm talking about the Fall. Oh my!

So a Historical Town right next to us is McKinney, Texas and they host an Oktoberfest Festival every year.  It was such a pretty day we had to check it out!  The downtown square in McKinney is the cutest.  Tons of retail shops, boutiques, home decor, restaurants, wineries, you name in.  It is really a great place to visit.  [hint, hint, wink, wink FRIENDS].  Anyways, I couldn't help but share some sweet photos of the boy and the rides!

And just before this little festival was the annual Plano Balloon Glow.  Crazy attendance, tons of food, and GREAT balloon sightings!  Nothing like a few corn dogs before the show to keep these two in good spirits!  No one wants a melt down in the middle of a field! :)

#imhoffboys  #balloonglow  #mckinney,texas  #plano,texas  #oktoberfest

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Pampered Mom's No. 1 MUST HAVE for any New Build

Sunday, February 28, 2016

People often ask me questions about the building process.   A lot of them are in the middle of there's and they are always curious what we LOVE an what we would do differently the second time around.  I love this question.  Honestly, there is not much we would do differently, at least not at this point.  The thing about paint colors, cabinets, design, etc., is that these things change over time.  I mean, whoever thought avocado green appliances were ever "the thing to do," has me seriously baffled.  But it was a different time then, and we can only expect that homes need to be upgraded throughout the years.  Things like paint color, d├ęcor items, furniture, are easy to change.  What's not so easy is the design of a home.  You'll want to make sure you get that done the way like the first time, so you won't have to change anything in your immediate future!

There is however, one thing, one pre-construction item, that I would do EVERYTIME.  Hands down, it's the one thing I would never change in our new home.  Quite frankly, I am so used to it, that I am not sure I would be able to move to a home that did NOT have this key feature.  In fact, I feel SO strongly that this item should be considered by everyone who is building a new home.  It's also an item, that you may, or may not bring an increase in valuce, so it is a serious investment to think about.  For me, it's hands-down a NO BRAINER!

So what is it that I feel everyone home should have?

A Central Vac.  It adds so many key benefits to your home, I could not live without mine.  Aren't sure what a Central Vacuum is? 

It's a type of vacuum cleaner appliance, installed into a building as a semi-permanent fixture.
Central vacuum systems are designed to remove dirt and debris from homes and buildings, sending dirt particles through tubing installed inside the walls to a collection container in a remote utility space. The power unit is a permanent fixture, typically installed in a basement, garage, or storage room, along with the collection container. Inlets are installed in walls throughout the building that attach to power hoses and other central vacuum accessories to remove dust, particles, and small debris from interior rooms. Most power hoses typically have a power switch located on the handle. [Source]

Okay, hopefully that answered your question, if you were unfamiliar.  They are installed during construction because it runs through their own duct system throughout the house.  [Although I do believe you can install one after the fact - I just wouldn't want to personally try it.]  I have a hose, that plugs into special outlets throughout the home, and different attachments for cleaning.  Sounds simple right?!  It's because it is!  And I feel so strongly about the health benefits it has, that it's totally worth the initial investment.  If you have a Dyson, Kirby, or another name brand, high-end vacuum, you know they're expensive.  But what you may not be aware of, is that's it's not really cleaning your house.  The dirt, hair, and debris that your vacuum picks up, goes right back into the air, creating even more dust and pollution in the air you breath every day.  If you suffer from allergies, this is even worse news for you.  When a house is sealed up, there isn't much you can do to get all the dust out.  Sure, you can use your commercial dust spray, or vinegar, or natural products and wipe away the dust, but guess what?  It keeps coming back and floating all over your house.  There is really nothing that gets it out!  Bad news right?!?!

When you install a central vacuum system, the dirt, debris, hair, dust, and tiny particles are all picked up each time you vacuum, and instead of being blown out the other end, go through the duct system and OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!  It collects in a canister that you can then take out and dump in the trash - BOOM!

It's convenient, it gets into places you can't with a typical vacuum, and really makes the cleaning process incredibly EASY!  Have you ever realized the smell of your home after you vacuum with a typical bag or bagless vacuum?  Yuck!  You will have zero dirty smell after you vacuum with your central vac.  I mentioned before that you may or may not see an increase in the equity of your home.  It really depends on where you live.  It is a built in feature, so it's possible you will see an increase, in fact, it's property more likely than not.  But in communities where I live, people won't buy or not buy a house because they have one. It's basically just an added feature. None-the-less ... it's my
No. 1 thing I would never change and I would ADD to every New Build Home I lived in!


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