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March 16, 2014
by Ashlee Bartley
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Want To See Me Ride A Toy Tractor??

Do you need a good laugh for the day?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  {Video below of me driving a toy John Deere tractor and wagon.}

Last weekend we spent some time with our favorite nephew and I must say, I’m not sure there is anything this boy can’t get me to do!  How can you resist this face??

Carter outsideI have a really hard time.

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March 3, 2014
by Ashlee Bartley
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Gettin’ All Young House Love

Okay, so yesterday I talked about my mission to get a new over the range microwave and I mentioned how Mac and I decided we could be Young House Love.  Do you read their blog?  They are DIYer’s who are renovating their third home and they do it all their self pretty much.  It amazes me and inspires me all at the same time.  You should check them out!

Anyways, since this is our first DIY project as a married couple I thought I should document it to look back on in the future.
Let’s get to it:

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Ah, finally have my microwave in the back seat of my car.  It wouldn’t fit in the trunk.

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot

It’s home, it’s home!  We got back to the house around 4:30pm and I was ready to get started.  We unwrapped it and started reading the instructions.  What in the world!!  Why can’t they have really good pictures as directions!!??

Before Microwave

We drug our stove out and ew, it was so nasty under there and not to mention the dried up food running down the sides of my stove.  Next, we had to take the white hood range down from our old white stove.  This was the point we realized we didn’t have an electrical socket in our top cabinets!!!  I was practically freaking out at this point.  I just knew we would have to hire an electrician and it would be weeks before my pretty little microwave would be hung up and working.  BUT, but, my non-electrician husband with a little help from me (OKAY, this was totally my idea) decided we could cut a hole in the cabinet and pull the wires that connected to the hood range up through the wall and out the new hole, connecting to a new electrical socket.

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot Installation

Here’s the hole in the cabinet.  This was the easiest part of the entire process.

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot Installation

And here is our finished socket!  It doesn’t look very professional, but it works!  And Mac did it in the dark with the only light of a flash light.  I’m so proud!  Next up was to cut a hole underneath the cabinet for the electric cord.  Check out this video of Mac – :)

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot Installation

After bolting in the mount to the wall (didn’t get a picture of that), we hung the microwave and Mac screwed it in through the top cabinets.  And guess what?  It’s still hanging today!!!!!
Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot InstallationI can’t stop looking at it!  It just looks so good.  I never thought I’d be so proud of a new microwave.  #grownupstatus

 

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March 2, 2014
by Ashlee Bartley
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Mission To A Microwave

I have been on the search for an over the range microwave since Christmas.  I looked several times at Lowes and the brand/color I wanted was $209.  I just couldn’t stand the thought of paying over $200 for a microwave.  I know, I’m cheap.  So I decided to wait it out.

Last month, I won a giveaway for a $50 Home Depot gift card. (woo-hoo!!)  That was my sign that maybe I should get the microwave from Home Depot.  I checked their website and they had just the one I wanted and it was on sale too for $178!!!  Score!  I talked with Mac about it that night and he said get it, but when I got online the next day, the sale was over.  :(  I was so mad at myself.

Then, I got an idea – maybe I could price match.  I checked Lowe’s website and their price was $179!  Yessss!  I called up Home Depot’s 1-800 # and after a few questions, they agreed to price match it.  They connected me to the closest store to me (Bowling Green) and of course, they didn’t have it in stock.  They could special order it from their Nashville warehouse, but I would need to pay first.  Then they found out I was using a gift card and a $5 off coupon (you can get a $5 off coupon for registering an account on Home Depot website) which couldn’t be used over the phone.  They wanted me to pay full price and then they would cancel it when I picked up the microwave and then be able to use my discounts, but we all know how that really goes.  So, after a long talk with the appliances department, they agreed to let me come into the store and pay for the microwave and they would special order it from their Nashville warehouse.  That was on a Friday, and Saturday I trucked right on down to Bowling Green to get this taken care of.

And what do ya know?! No one I talked to on the phone was even working.  The man helping me had no idea what he was doing.  He acted like he really knew what he was doing for 30 minutes, to the point I was mad.  I started to pack my papers back up and he finally decided he might need to get someone to help him.  This other man knew exactly what he was doing.  He typed a few things in and click, click, print.. and I was on my way to the front of the store to pay.

I scored my Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave in black for $134 and some change ($189.74 with tax – $50 gift card – $5 coupon)!  I’m so proud of myself for sticking it out and having a little patience.

Whirlpool Over The Range Microwave Black Home Depot

Tomorrow’s post … when Mac and I decided we were Young House Love.

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