Category Archives: Life

Improving Connectivity in Our New House with eero

As a self-described tech nerd, something that surprised me about our new house was all of the connectivity issues we noticed right off the bat! Maybe it’s the older neighborhood, but we quickly found that the cell service left much to be desired. We knew we had to get high-speed internet access installed right away and counted down the days until our installation date. Even after that happened, we still noticed dead zones and connection problems throughout the house and outside. The first time I worked from home, I took my laptop to work outside (I mean, it’s summer, might as well enjoy it!) and I couldn’t even get online. So much for getting work done!

Improving WiFi in Your House // eero Review // Hello Rigby Seattle Lifestyle Blog Disclosure: Thanks to eero for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own!

Immediately I knew we had to fix this problem. What’s the point in having a great outdoor space that’s perfect for working in when you can’t even use it?! I quickly went to work on finding a solution, and searched on Amazon for the best home WiFi set up. That’s when eero popped up. And then I saw them again on ProductHunt. And then, I had the opportunity to partner with them! You could say it was fate. Or just some really, really good luck.

How to Improve WiFi Connectivity in your Home // eero Review

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Sweat for a Cause at City Cycle

Happy Thursday! It’s been a busy week in our house (unfortunately, not the good kind, but more on that later!) which means that unfortunately, I’ve been a little MIA from the blogosphere. I’m glad you’re still with me though, and one day I’m hoping my life is back to normal. Whatever normal means!

Anyway, I wanted to pop on here real quick to share an exciting event for those of you in the greater Seattle area happening this weekend! City Cycle in Greenwood opened a few months back and has been cycling away ever since. I’ve been able to attend a few fun classes there, and am happy there are even more cycling options in and around the city.

This Saturday morning at 10:30 am they will be cycling for a cause! They’ve partnered with Seattle Humane Society to raise funds. All proceeds from the $25 ride will benefit Seattle Humane Society. They will also have a raffle going on for a fun goodie basket for pets that anyone in attendance can enter. Plus, it’s pet-friendly so feel free to bring your cute little doggos with you!

Don’t forget to RSVP here and register for the class right here. Hope to see you there!


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A Feminine Midcentury Office Reveal

If I’m honest, I was most excited to move into our house so I could finally have my own office space. Dave and I are both busy with our hobbies (and of course, each requires quite a bit of space!) which means that having our offices eliminated was the worst part of our previous temporary digs. It also was the most difficult feature to find in a house. Having dedicated office space is somewhat unusual in the Seattle market, let alone two. When we found our home, we were thrilled that not only was there a dedicated office, there were also plenty of rooms that could be easily converted into an office for me.

Obviously having a house itself is pretty cool, but this introvert likes her personal space. With blogging and vlogging as a huge part of my life, it comes with a unique set of challenges, and a significant amount of stuff.

Disclosure: Thanks to Fred Meyer for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own!

A Feminine Midcentury Office Reveal

I spent the weekend after we moved in attempting to organize my office. What I learned is that I have a ridiculous amount of stuff, and storing it is not the easiest thing in the world. I also learned that I was unprepared to have such a large space! My decor from my previous office was lacking for an entire room, so I set off to find a few things to give the room some character. Fortunately, my friends at Fred Meyer were willing to be a part of our home journey, and I was able to find some amazing home pieces at my local store to customize my space.

Today I thought I’d share what I’ve been working on in my office – including how I shopped for each item and the process of putting some of the final touches on my office. Throughout this process, I’ve also gathered some advice that I wish I had when I started this project! If that sounds like something you’re in to, then just keep reading.

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Lessons in Home Ownership (So Far)

Well, we’re about one month into home ownership, and already the word to describe it is “adventure.” We knew when buying a home that was built in 1965 we would probably discover quirks and unexpected things, and so far, that has definitely been true. I thought I’d give a little life update today about what’s been going on and why I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this week.

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Lessons in Home Ownership (So Far)

And before I get into exactly what’s going on, let me say this: I am beyond grateful that we 1. found a home we love, and 2. are able to financially afford it and be able to make all of it work regardless of what happens. I can’t imagine what it would be like if we were strapped for cash, and that’s why I think it’s really important to have a long hard look at your finances before you decide to move forward with buying a house, no matter where you are at in the process. It sucks to give up on a dream of a magical house that’s outside of your budget, but at the same time, I’m glad we ended up buying in a slightly lower price point than we initially thought. It’s made all of what I’m going to tell you about that much less stressful. ;)

And if you like the outfit in this post, from when I was blissfully ignorant to home ownership, you can shop it here:


Jacket: Levi’s Trucker Jacket // Dress: Long Linen Tank Dress c/o J.Jill // Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Apfel Tassel Mules {these exact ones are on mega sale, but also come in floral print or a loafer version} c/o Shopbop // Necklace: Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace c/o Divalani Style Boutique // Bag: Moda Luxe Nola Crossbody via Stitch Fix // Scarf: Compassion Fund Paisley Skinny Scarf c/o J.Jill // Hat: c/o J.Jill {similar under $50, similar under $20}

Expect the unexpected

As mentioned, a 50+-year-old home is going to have some issues. We knew that, but since we had a pre-inspection, we thought we knew what most of those issues would be. Turned out, not so much. We had hired someone to refinish all the hardwoods that had been under carpet for a long time, and when the carpets were pulled up, it was discovered that our sliding door had been leaking onto the floor and subfloor for quite some time. Yay!

Stripes and Whites Summer Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Things never go quite as planned

As you can imagine, our plan to have our hardwoods completely refinished before moving in was thus foiled. We decided to have all of the bedrooms and hallway refinished since there wasn’t anything wrong with that flooring (it turned out gorgeous by the way!) and resume the living room project once the problem (the sliding glass doors) had been replaced. But, since things don’t go as planned, it turned out that finding a company that is willing to replace the screen door AND do minor repair work if there is wood frame damage is not the easiest… So, I’ve spent about a month going back and forth with several companies on estimates, measurements, and trying to get this job actually going. Sigh.

How to Wear a Striped Maxi Dress // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog When it rains, it pours

Okay, so sure the above some is semi-stressful since managing to be home multiple days during hte week for appointments, making phone calls, and emailing back and forth with companies is not really my favorite thing ever. Plus, I work full time and do try to blog a couple days a week (key word here is try!).

BUT nothing could prepare me for what happened last night. I had the biggest scare of my Dog Mama life. I got home last night from work, and Dave had been working from home with the dog in his office. I let the dog out, got a snack, and was sitting on the bed. I realized, after a little while, that Rigby had left the room and so I called out to him. Typically, I hear him come back (slowly, because, Shiba) but this time I didn’t hear him. I thought it was a bit odd, but sometimes he ignores me and I figured he was laying down somewhere.

A few more minutes passed and I thought I’d investigate. Never know, right? Well. I couldn’t imagine that the EVIL SLIDING GLASS DOORS FROM HELL would be wide open! Dave, who was cleaning the bathroom at this time, couldn’t hear me screaming because he had headphones on, so I had to run back down the hall to him. I then went running out the sliding doors screaming my head off like a crazy person for Rigby. Dave came running after me, who then spotted the dog in the street.

No, he wasn’t run over by a car. (My biggest fear, really.)

He was just sitting there. In the middle of the street. Flanked by two neighbors on either side. When he saw me? He continued to sit there. Like a Shiba. Looking like he didn’t have a care in the world. UGH.

So moral of the story? If you want to meet your neighbors, just leave your sliding doors open, let your dog escape, and then he’ll lure them out for you.

Oh, and double check to make sure your sliding glass doors are closed after someone comes to measure them. SIGH.

SIGH.

J Jill Striped Maxi Dress // Summer Outfit Idea // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog Be financially prepared

You know when people tell you that owning a home always costs more than you expect? Yeah, listen to those people. (And if you didn’t before, now you know.) Sure, we knew we were going to have to spend much more on the house other than the down payment, closing costs, and all of the basic things like changing locks. But, you can never imagine how much some of the weirdest things cost. Like did you know unclogging a toilet is over $100 and replacing a water valve costs about $700? I sure didn’t. So that was a fun, unexpected bill.

Also, did you know to never ever put egg shells down a disposal? I mean, I knew this, but someone who lived here previously didn’t so now our disposal is constantly spitting them up. We may not have to replace it, but we’ll pay in egg shell clean up.

Jeffrey Campbell Tasseled Mules for Summer Outfit // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion Blog

Did I mention how much I love home ownership?

I mean, I do, it’s just, it’s only been a month, and your girl is tired.

Are you a homeowner? Or have a rental nightmare? Please commiserate with me in the comments. Thank you in advance. ;)


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My Night Time Routine with Olay

You know what my favorite thing to do after a long, busy day is? Taking off my makeup! There’s something so refreshing about taking a load off, lathering up, and getting every last but if makeup off my skin. It’s funny how much one simple part of my night time routine can put me in a different, more relaxed mindset!

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My Night Time Routine with Olay

When it comes to unwinding after a long day, I don’t always maintain the exact same schedule, but I do try to stick to a general routine. It helps me feel like I’m more in control of my schedule, and especially during stressful times, this gives me the structure and normalcy that I crave. For me, it means sticking to the basics and planning for the next day ahead. I thought it would be fun to share what my average nightly routine looks like with you today!

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