"It's good to be reminded that we have these tools within ourselves, but it is always good to be re-inspired by people like you. Thank you for your authenticity." -Margie
Read More Testimonials»

On the House and Home Blog

How to Give Furniture a Vintage or Rustic Effect

Many homeowners use procedures to distress their furniture. When a furniture piece has a vintage look, it has more character. Although there are stores that sell vintage furniture...

Read More About How to Give Furniture a Vintage or Rustic Effect»

Our Your Empty Nest Experts

Claudia Arp

Claudia Arp

Co-founder of Marriage Alive International

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Natalie Caine

Natalie Caine

Therapist, coach and author

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dr. Ellen Neiley Ritter

Dr. Ellen Neiley Ritter

Founder of Family Transitions Coaching

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our House and Home Experts»

News

The latest news on this change — carefully culled from the world wide web by our change agents. They do the surfing, so you don't have to!

Finding Your Fun Factory

Finding Your Fun Factory

Gary and Barb Murphy were all set to spend their days on the front porch of their Ocala, FL, lake house after they sent their 17-year-old daughter to Florida State University. But fate got in the way.

The couple had sold their side business, an indoor playground called Fun Factory, in order to finance their new home. Just as dreams of rocking chairs and lakeside sunsets were beginning to take shape, the couple got a phone call from Fun Factory's new owner. The woman said she was going to have to close the store and offered to sell it back to them.

Barb, who had a true passion for providing a fun place for local kiddies, couldn't bear the idea of losing a daughter and a business in the same year. She and Gary decided to take out a loan on their new house and repurchase Fun Factory. "I won't go through the empty nest syndrome," she told the Ocala Star Banner. "We lost a kid and are getting thousands."

The Murphys are a great example of how keeping up with a routine is not only healthy, but can help the transition to a life without children around. It's also amazing how fate stepped in and pointed the way. We all have those moments where life tells us which way we should be headed. We just need to make sure we listen. [Ocala Star Banner]

Posted: 6/13/08