About Me

Howdy!

I’m Amanda. I’m a special education teacher by day, and a blogger by night. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband (Corey), our toddler (Jackson), and two of the cutest dogs on the planet. I started this blog as a creative outlet when my husband and I were getting ready to move into our first home together, and it’s been my favorite way to spend my free time ever since then.

I’ve been blogging on and off for well over 10 years – I had a personal blog all throughout high school, I wrote for Weddingbee when Corey and I were getting married, and I started writing for Hellobee when Jackson was about a year old! I’ve always found blogging to be the perfect way for me to push myself to be creative, try new things, and share what I’m learning.

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We live in an 80’s, builder-grade home and we moved here specifically because we could tell this home was in need of some love. We purchased the home from the original homeowners, and they were clearly DIY-enthusiasts without a lot of knowledge or a wide skill set. The texture and paint in the kitchen is hiding three (yes, three!) layers of wallpaper, the exterior paint job looks like it was done by a five year old, and almost no personality had been added to the house.  We moved in and dove headfirst into making some big changes, and now when we aren’t working, chasing after our toddler, or watching Netflix, you can find us dreaming of how we can improve our home even more.  It’s a slow process, but little tweaks here and there like a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, and some creativity add up to a whole lot of change over time.

Over the years, we have…
Created an epic light fixture
Completely transformed our kitchen with some paint and elbow grease
Painted a show-stopping accent wall
And tried our hand at installing flooring

Aside from the big updates, we’ve also:
Made a stunning photo display wall
Got creative with a globe
Made a tree stump side table
And made some DIY art to make our house feel a little more like home

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We’ve had a blast with this journey so far, and we still have a long way to go – from big kitchen and bathroom renovations all the way down to painting a few walls! Our project list is approximately three-thousand miles long (and I’m long-winded), so I don’t think I’ll ever run out of things to talk about.

In addition to home projects, I like to chat about our little family, parenting, and share bits and pieces of our lives – this blog has been around for our marriage, when we became parents, and all of the milestones (both small and large) in-between. If you want to get to know us better, I suggest you start with one of these posts:

A day in our lives
Jackson’s birth story
Our love story
A few of my favorite things

If you’re looking for a specific project or idea, be sure to check out my projects page, and if you want to see more of our house, you can see that here.

I love connecting with readers, so feel free to reach out and email me at amanda@loveandrenovations.com. If you want to see more of our day-to-day life, you can follow me on Instagram.

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