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Putting Blood, Sweat and Tears into our Newest House

About a month ago, I mentioned we bought ourselves a new house.  This is our fourth house we have purchased, and our second one to undergo renovations.  What was super exciting for us is this will be my husband’s place for the next few years and then turn into an investment property after that.  While it wasn’t his “dream home,” (read:  move in ready) this house certainly has great bones and a lot of potential on the back-end for us.

As a military family, we are constantly thinking about the future.  What will we do when he retires in 4 years, what assets will we have, and how will we afford our daughter’s college?  So investing in property has been a great way to build our retirement plan long-term.  However, the only way we can see our investment grow is through hard work, blood, sweat, and tears; emphasis on the sweat part.  We like to call it “sweat equity.”



When we first started renovating houses back in 2009, my husband was the anti-DIY guy; but over the past few years, he has become quite the handyman and performs a lot of the upgrades himself.  What I love is how he pours himself into each project.  He makes sure everything is flawless.  Sometimes he is so nit-picky it drives me nuts, but overall, it only makes our investments better.  I believe his attention to detail comes straight from his military training – exhibiting the Air Force vision: “Excellence in All We Do.”  He really strives for all our house projects to exude excellence.

Our newest house in California is also our oldest one – a 1960s ranch.  It won’t be our biggest challenge to date (thank goodness we are not moving walls), but it definitely needs some work.



When I visited him two weeks ago to help him finalize the work, I was expecting it to look a little bit like this:

The lack of proper tools or resources typically ends in blood.  Hand wounds, cuts on his leg because Hubby insists on wearing shorts, or merely a “flesh wound.”  I make sure to bring a first aid kit, despite knowing he won’t even put a Band-Aid on any injury.  He’s just, too, manly.

My guy sweats in a 60-degree, air-conditioned house, while sitting on the couch.  So imagine the amount of perspiration that comes pouring out of him when he is exerting himself for the sake of our renovations?  He sweats buckets.

Anyone who has been through home renovations can relate to the amount of arguments that ensue over “little details,” like the wall paint color or tile selection. I believe if you can get through a renovation, your marriage can weather any storm.







But instead , our renovations went a lot smoother.

No blood was shed because Hubby used proper equipment and was a lot more careful in his handiwork. He even wore pants – we just won’t comment on the “flip flops on a ladder” safety issue.

The only tears were from laughter – conversations over color were a breeze this time since we knew what we wanted, so instead, we spent our day cracking jokes instead of arguing.

The best part though was while his forehead may have been sweaty, his Old Spice Odor Blocker deodorant was doing its job providing longer and stronger sweat protection, thanks to its formula that forms better plugs to protect against sweat. He was sweat-free and still smelled…Legendary.  Manly.  Yummy.  (oops – did I say that?) 


My husband has been an “Old Spice” guy since I met him.  The Hardest Working Collection takes performance up a notch, offering the highest-performing anti-perspirants and body washes that truly deliver Legendary Protection. Their newest scent, “Lasting Legend,” is now my favorite scent of all – a bit of fresh citrus with a cool peppery spiciness.  Luckily for me (and you), my other favorite scents are coming back “amped up” including Pure Sport Plus, Extra Fresh, Tougher Timber, Stronger Swagger and Fresher Fiji (for Sweat Defense line).


After a long day of working on electrical wiring and putting in new lights, it was time for Hubby to head for the shower.  He tried out the new Dirt Destroyer Body Wash from Old Spice, with 15 percent more cleansers, a 30 percent thicker formula, and 20 percent more scent. The thicker formula eliminates dirt and sticks to the body so less goes down the drain for a better overall shower experience.


Despite many hours of working on our house, my hardworking man still smelled fresh.  He is putting in some serious sweat equity into our future, and Old Spice is making sure he doesn’t smell like it.  And thank goodness, because we had to get out of the house after a long day, so we could enjoy some “us” time.


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Spice (P&G). The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • My hubby is an Old Spice guy, too. “Swagger” is usually his go to scent, and it smells so good on him 🙂 Love that y’all are remodeling houses, that is definitely a great retirement investment. I would love to be able to get into that one day!

    • Lara – it is so exhausting, but so rewarding to own a house. Good luck to you in the future!

  • Kelly Stillwagon

    The renovations look like they are coming along great. I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s done!!

    • Kelly – ME TOO! Unfortunately, Hubby is now in charge of them so we will see how long it takes for him to get them done.

  • So glad to see your space is coming along! My husband is also an old spice dude 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more photos of your home when you’re done!

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