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Welcome to That House Life!


Hi! I’m Tara and welcome to That House Life, a place to find honest and simplified information on finding and creating an authentic home.

There is so much information out there about making a home. Pinterest, Facebook, professional blogs. They all have tons of beautiful, carefully curated images and articles that show perfect homes and how you too can get that magazine ready look. This blog is not that.

Housekeeping, homemaking, and finding a home are hard. They take time, effort, and sometimes more money than we’ve got available. Also, I don’t know about everyone else, but trying to have perfect carpets and white furniture while living with a husband and a dog are just not possible in my house. I can’t imagine trying to do that with kids too.

So, this blog is about how things really work. Projects don’t always turn out the way I think they will. Stains and dirty floors happen. Our towels don’t all match and the bathroom vanities are straight out of the 80’s. Our basement is a dark mess, our master bedroom is where we actually sleep and it shows.

But this home is ours, and I’m making every effort to make it comfortable and work for how we live. This blog will show you how to do the same for your home! I believe homemaking can be fun and rewarding if you keep it simple and keep in mind what actually works for the people living in your house.

I’m really happy you are here! I hope you find something useful, or at the very least entertaining

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I’d also like to state what is probably already obvious: I’m not a professional real estate agent, lawyer, investor, contractor, banker, electrician, plumber, or designer. In fact, my only professional credential is pastries (I was a baker/ pastry chef in another life), so please, please, please, consult a professional in whatever field you are researching before making any commitments, especially with your money. This blog is meant to be a resource, hopefully an entertaining one, and while there is a lot of great info here, it’s not meant to be a replacement for professional guidance.

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