Saturday, June 25, 2011

Weighing Heavy

We enjoyed a wonderful vacation a few weeks back in Perdido Key FL with our extended family. We have enjoyed this vacation for the last 7 years. It is a tradition for us and I am thankful that we have been so blessed to have had a chance to make such wonderful memories that I hope our boys will cherish forever! I am however feeling like I am being tossed around wildly just like the waves of the ocean.

We go on one vacation a year and our top priority has always been to stay in places where the owners take much pride in offering to their guests a clean and well taken care of unit. Where they go out of their way to ensure that our stay is everything we hoped it to be and more. I am not saying that every unit we have stayed in has been perfect! One year the washer machine was on the fritz, another the guest sink leaked, and another the freezer went out on the fridge. All annoying yes but all were taken care of promptly even if the owners lived out of town. These things are to be expected in a rental unit. This we know and so we have never  gotten upset over them and have come to expect something occurring.

This was the year that we never would have ever imagined what greeted us upon arrival. We were expecting exactly what the owners claimed-

"Like No Other ******* Unit, Enjoy a Vacation of a Lifetime!"

The owners claim "No one else in ******* has put the time, effort or money that we have into this luxury unit.

This is just one example of the "luxury" that awaited us.

"Normal" wear and tear we have been told.

What was waiting for my in laws in their bathroom and yes the owners knew abt it before our arrival just as they knew of the broken lounger left on the balcony.

We cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more to try and make this unit work for us. I was a nervous wreck!! I even feared bed bugs. Can anybody blame me? After an hour of cleaning we found this in the same bathroom that had the nasty stained shower curtain. I do not think I need to elaborate on what it is other than it was the last straw for us.

In my other post I went into great detail about this awful unit and the awful experience we are in the middle of. I decided that that was not necessary.  All I will say is that this unit was mis represented. We were told one thing by the owners Rep  for the owners only to go back and say something different. They refuse to speak to us personally and have threatened their Attorney on us if we are not satisfied with their decision of NOT refunding our money though we were told we would be receiving one.

I only share this with y'all as one, a way to try and find peace over this situation. Two in hopes of somebody maybe having any words of wisdom on what we should do. Three wondering if by chance anybody else out there happens to have had the same experience???

 My head is just swirling. I have lost sleep over this and my chest hurts just thinking about this mess. Seriously! We are talking several thousands of dollars here that we feel have been stolen from us. We just wanted to talk to the owner and come to a resolution with them personally. Nobody was winning here but we expected them to show us the respect we deserved and come to a resolution we both could live with. We don't feel that this is too much to ask but they refuse to speak to us personally or to even apologize for the condition of their unit. Their only contact with us directly was in the form of a letter which stated that this entire situation is OUR fault and that there was nothing wrong with their unit. It is being tossed around abt getting an attorney ourselves.
This is not the way to run a customer service based business. This was not the way to welcome somebody into your home and I would be MORTIFIED if any of my guests ever felt this betrayed.

I have thought abt leaving negative reviews on every site I can think of. One I found I can even leave pictures. Every time I go to hit submit though I have second thoughts. I keep telling myself that I need to continue to be  level headed and trust that in the end all will work out.  As you can see in my post I have *** out the name of the condo complex and left out the unit number intentionally. The Hubster thinks I should post them.

The owners of this unit should not be allowed to get away with this. In my heart I know this but at the same time I keep telling myself life is too short to get caught up in it all.  It will take awhile to recoup what was lost. That is no joke but is it really worth any more of our time, any more of our money, any more of our patience? That is a decision we have yet to make.

This all really does weigh heavy on my mind partly because we are not talking just our own personal money but we split the cost with my in laws so it is their money as well that has been lost and it brings tears to my eyes!

    Thank y'all for listening to me! I really appreciate it and needed it!

If you are planning a vacation to Perdido Key FL in the future and are looking at renting a three bedroom condo and want to know where NOT to rent from email me and I will be more than happy to steer you in the right direction! Ms. Charlene and her team at Luxury Coastal Rentals ROCK!!! They truly saved our vacation!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sprucing Up!

This week I decided to do some sprucing up around From My Front Porch To Yours! It really started when I noticed that my music was no longer working like it should and thus I had to find a new music player. I know there are those who like music and those who do not so now you can find my music player on the side bar and turn it off if you choose. No more having to go all the way to the very bottom of my blog to find it! 
I also found a new blog background that I was not so sure about at first but now am loving which then led to my new header! I need to give a shout out to Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life for helping me find her post on just how to make an awesome new header! Thanx so much Marty!! I really appreciate it!

Next I spent some time making some new pages. Pages elude me in a way and I have yet to figure out how to make my Before & After page work. I was able though to move all of  the weekly blog party buttons to one page and then Fabulous Spots To Visit to another page cleaning up my sidebar and just making it look more tidy. I think it looks a lot less confusing!
I then went and looked at the new gadgets available to us and I found one that list your blogs most popular posts! I thought this was super cool so I added it! I am guessing it changes from day to day but I am not sure.

 I hope you like the changes I made and just want to say thank you again for taking the time to stop by and visit my lil' old blog! I appreciate every one of you and all my bloggy pals! Y'all are the best!

Weigh In Wednesdays #6

Welcome to WIW #6!! I know it seems like I do not have a ton hopping on the band wagon with this party but trust me when I say I do have fellow bloggers who email me personally to let me know they are in the same boat! So I am determined to continue with WIW in hopes that eventually more fellow bloggers will want to join in on this crusade to a healthier better life! 
With that being said last week I shared that I gained 5 pounds while away on vacation. All of it was from eating pure crap and I must admit it is harder with summer being here to stay on track because it is sooo freaking hot outside ya really don't feel like doing any thing. Trust me I know!! I was though lucky enough to manage to loose 4 of those said 5 pounds I gained. How you may be wondering.

Well I waited till the cooler evening hours and got outside and did some of this! I may be the odd man out when I say I LOVE mowing the grass! Don't ask me why but I just do and The Hubster is ever so grateful for it!;) Now I have no idea how to trim or am I even able to turn the blower on but I do have to leave something for him to do! We also worked on removing more of our wood flooring which trust me is not an easy task! I was sore from head to toe for two days afterwards. Both things though helped me almost reach my goal.

So what have you been up to this week? Are you needing cheering on to keep you going? Do you have a favorite work out routine or recipe you would like to share? Have you been able to loose some weight or even been able to keep off weight already lost? If so write a post let me know and I will add you to my linky list so we all can cheer each other on!! Together we can do this even though it seems very daunting at first.

Party Goers:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

All Because of a Rug: Transformed Landing

This is our landing heading up stairs. It has always just been kinda there with no  real direction.

It has sat this way minus the fall decor for ever but I just never could think of what to do with it. That all just changed!

Won't you come up stairs with me and see the recent transformation of our stair landing?

Off to left you will see this saying that I ended up having to hand paint on the wall after we moved in. It was a stencil but the stencil was not sticking with all the texture we have on our walls. It is a lil' crooked but shhh, don't tell anybody!;)

To the right I have an adorable lil' nest. This has actually been there awhile and I am quite surprised that the boys or our furry children have not hauled off with it yet.

It is hard to get a good pic with all the light streaming in from the window so lets go all the way up stairs shall we.

Yes, a much better view!

This rug is what started the whole transformation. I found it at Garden Ridge last Friday. I was thinking it would make a great foyer rug but it ended up here instead. For just $25 I think it was a steal.

The curtain panels I made from my Old Time Pottery fabric, some fab I already had and the original valance that was hanging on the landing window. They could stand to be a tad wider but I did not have enough fabric to make full panels and I think full panels would have been too much for such a small space. I finished the panels up at midnight last night and well I HAD to hang um so out came my 99 cent decorative upholstery tacks from HobLob. They will do for now until I decided whether or not I want a rod or not.

I took the chair down that had been up here for ever and brought up this cute lil' table that normally sits in the foyer by our front door.

I love this lil' candelabra! I have had it since November but just could not find the perfect spot for it.

I also finally found the perfect spot for this cute wire frame  I bought back in March when my mom and I went shopping at Old Town Spring. Speaking of which this is a pic of my mom when she was a lil' girl and her Aunt Ruth. They both have the same name!:) (Correction-That is my moms Aunt B in the pic with her and not her Aunt Ruth.)

My HomeGoods bust and a pretty floral arrangement from Kirklands accents the bottom of the table.

And here is the revamped frame display! I just love this to pieces. I purchased the Bless Our Family mirror for just $4 at HobLob last week.

Thanx for stopping by and taking a peek at our landing! I hope your week is going well! Off to visit a new consignment shop I spotted over the weekend!

Linking up to the following linky parties:

Metamorphosis Monday

Show off Your Cottage Monday

Table Top Tuesday

Wow Us Wednesday- have to wait till next week since this week is all about porches. I would share ours but it is in disarray from working on the flooring and fire ants.

Open House Party Thursday

Transformation Thursday

Show & Tell Friday

Home Sweet Home

Treasure Hunt Thursday

Monday, June 20, 2011

7 Year Old & Sleep

Oldest is having issues with sleeping upstairs lately. He goes thru spells where he just would rather be down here with The Hubster and me. Now is one of those spells. I have debated on wether or not to just move the boys downstairs and then put the guest room upstairs but that would involve redoing two bedrooms and two baths. The guest room is much much smaller and so it would be a tight fit for the boys especially once they get older. I know they will want back upstairs so upstairs is where they will be staying. 
So what do I do to try and get them to stay up there every night? I lay down with them till they fall asleep which usually is within 10-15 minutes. I figure they will be grown and gone way too soon so I cherish every moment I have with them at night.

Well last night Oldest popped back up while I was mulling around in the sewing room. How did I get him to go back to bed at 11:30 at night?

I started on this! Yes, I started on making curtains for our landing so Oldest would go back to bed. See my sewing room is in plain site of the boys room so I promised him I would stay in there and work. It worked and thus so did I till almost 1 am!

I am in the midst of transforming this valance.

I was inspired in part by this. 

This is what we worked on today for 6 hours straight! The foyer is finally ripped out. 

Why the drop cloths you may be asking!? Well this is what is under them. The easy part was ripping the old wood flooring up. The pain in my tukus part is getting the old glue and leveling up so we can properly prime and level for the new flooring. Ladies this is going to take us forever!!! 

This here mess resulted in a minor break down. (Okay maybe a huge break down where I said I was done and was getting a quote on how much to have somebody else finish it in between major sobbing. I was tired and my bones in my hands and arms literally hurt from working with the rotating hammer all day. A nice warm shower and some Ibprofen cured that thankfully and thus my sanity slowly crept back in.) Now back to the mess...

It also resulted in this! Please wish me sanity and luck so we can get this flooring project under wraps by August!! I am truly way over it and will never tackle a huge flooring project again. A smallish one maybe but never a huge one!

How was your weekend? 

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