Fall has Fallen – and so have my gutters

Welp, fall is here again! Temperatures are headed down – way down. Daily low temps in Nashville have plummeted from 67F to 55F just in September. If you haven’t pulled out your jackets yet, you better get ready, because the temperatures are only going lower.


Daily hi/lo temps in Nashville - September 2016

Daily hi/lo temps in Nashville – September 2016 (Weatherspark)


Another big part of fall for me is fixing up things around my home before winter sets in. Things like gutter cleaning, HVAC maintenance, and lawn repairs come to mind. I recently found this fall checklist from contractor Michael & Son which details a few of the these and more actions you should take to get your house fully prepared for fall and winter.

One of my big projects this fall will be to replace my “dumb” thermostat with a smart, connected thermostat like Nest or Ecobee. I’m dragging my home into the future. If you need me, I’ll be outside enjoying the last days of summer!

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Nashville is Suuuper Hot

Ok, so my in laws just moved to town. Not 30 minutes away, not across town, but 2 minutes away to be exact. You may be having flashbacks of Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond’ where the MIL stops by unexpected, and constantly berates her DIL. But wipe all that away because – brace yourself  for this  – I LOVE my inlaws! My MIL is not only beautiful, smart, worldly and wise – she’s fun and sweet, and “gets it”. My father is law is the same way  – seriously – no Frank Barone here. You would never know they both lead an international organization and travel the world teaching people and doing amazing things, but they do.

Anyway – they aren’t close to retiring yet – but we did have to have the conversation about the longevity here in Nashville. They moved here – as did their son and my brother in law, so that we could all be close together. So, the possibilities of a reverse mortgage did cross our minds. I mean, it would be great for them to stay in their home as long as they choose, and after 15 or so years, something like a reverse mortgage may be a great possibility for them. They could update their house or retire easy without having to pay a mortgage!
reverse mortgage But, the market in Nashville is so hot right now. And we are enjoying our views, interest rates and the economy while we can. Seriously – our realtor one year ago today told us that about 80 people are moving to Nashville every day. Crazy right? Well, after being here 10 years, I can definitely see why it’s a great place for people to move, and stick around. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Nashvillian by Choice,

Mia Ficken

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So, Franchise Opportunities?

I love my job. Really I do. . . but some days I dream of owning my own business and being my own boss (I’m sure I’d be horrible at it – but I dream nonetheless).

So, Dave and I were perusing some franchise opportunities over the weekend and thinking about how cool it would be to own a frozen yogurt shop (fattening, but fun), or a car dealership. Seriously – I used to work for car guys – that’s where the money is, and we’d never have to worry about paying full price for repairs! Anyway, we did find this cool site, FranchiseOpportunities.com  and it was really awesome. We found some franchises that don’t cost much to start. It’s nice, because you can search by startup cost, industry and location.

So, since we love to travel and we don’t have a lot of money to put toward a franchise, we looked for those that were $20k and below in TN. . . and y’all we may have found the perfect one! We could be cruise planners – seriously, getting to research fabulous vacations all day everyday? Sign me up – I’m sure we’d get some sweet kickbacks and free trips along the way.

In all seriousness though, of all the entrepreneurs I know, it seems like owning a franchise is the best of both worlds. You don’t have to put up a ton of capital, you have a great strategy in place that is already working and most of the early start up research and grunt work has already been done for you. Why do you think so many famous people own franchises – because that’s where the money is, without too much thought.

So, who’s to say I’ll never own my own business one day. I’ll keep this site in my back pocket  – and 20 years from now, maybe I’ll work up the courage 😉

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This weekend brought to you by, Organization

Well, after 5.5 months since Jack’s early arrival I have finally found time to do some “spring” cleaning and organization. Seriously – don’t judge. I will never judge a mother again.

With Jack’s colic lasting 3 months, then at 4 months having major surgery to repair a blockage in his kidney (followed by 2 weeks of the most awful recovery). . . I’m finally recovering and doing “normal” things!

Whoever said babies just eat, poop and sleep were wrong! So. damn. wrong. For the first three months if Jack wasn’t eating or being held (well, even if he was being held), he was crying. Colic is real, y’all.

So, as I was saying. After months of sleeplessness (which by the way hasn’t returned  – Jack still loves eating at 12 & 2am each night!) I am finally getting my house in order – literally. So, I just wanted to share a few of my accomplishments from the weekend. One being that I finally finished his room – again, don’t judge.


Pantry Before (left) and After (right)


And, I finally finished the vacant wall in Jack’s room. Complete with a little Happy Halloween artwork (I’m early, but I’ll probably be late for Thanksgiving – so it works out). img_5924-1


So – thanks for visiting the site, and indulging in my boastfulness 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

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