Soooo I haven’t been posting much lately (more on that later), but when Lowe’s approached me about helping spruce up someone’s home, I was on it. In case you didn’t notice, we had a particularly difficult winter this year.

~~Oh. MY.~~

Boston snow


In my state, we have what is called “Lake Effect Snow”, and we definitely experienced that this year. Crazy, right? Well, luckily we are finally getting out from underneath it, and that green stuff—I think it’s called grass?—is making an appearance.

Snow michigan

The Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI) even named the “10 Bleakest Cities of 2015.” Eeks. That’s never good, eh? If you’re in or around any of these cities, you know exactly what they’re talking about. I imagine you’re ready for spring!

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Buffalo, NY
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Louisville, KY
  5. Hartford, CT
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Newark, NJ
  8. New York City, NY
  9. Portland, ME
  10. Providence, RI

Lowe’s—and me!!—would like to help someone in or around these cities find creative solutions to spruce up and improve their home! No, I’m not joking!

Spring lowes

Lowe’s is teaming up with an awesome bunch of bloggers to help with these cities across the country. They were hit hard, and we want to help spruce things up! That means that a Lowe’s team and one of these creative bloggers could be coming to your home soon!

Spring bloggers

City Farmhouse, The Golden Sycamore, Beneath My Heart,  Liz Marie Blog, DIY Playbook, Just a Girl, Home Stories A to Z, All Things G&D, Pretty Handy, Brooklyn Limestone

Any of these projects look like something you could use?

Spring flowers

Window box 102106970 hero

Entry makeover hero

 {courtesy of Lowe’s}

 So right now you’re asking what you need to do? Here are all the details! 

  • Be looking to fix up a space within your residence.
  • Be able to communicate and submit photos of proposed project,
  • Makeover project should be able to be completed within 24 hours.
  • Must live in (or near):
    • Boston, MA
    • Buffalo, New York
    • Detroit, Michigan
    • Hartford, Connecticut
    • Louisville, Kentucky
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • Newark, New Jersey
    • New York City
    • Portland, Maine
    • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Must be the owner of your home.
  • Be outgoing, energetic, and fun with unique stories to tell.
  • Be comfortable being on camera and/or interviewed by local media.
  • Be in need of expert design help from one participating blogger.
  • Be able to make quick decisions in order to keep tight timelines.
  • Be available for a 2 day period to complete the makeover (between April 20-May 22).
  • Allow photos of your home to be shared online.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to apply.
So are you ready to participate? Click the button below!

 Project submittal is April 13-April 17

Disclosure: This post and project are sponsored by Lowe’s, but all opinions are my own!



Love the Home You Have

by Chris on March 31, 2015

I used to write notes. Someone baked me a cake? I wrote them a thank you note. I knew someone was going through a hard time? I sent them a note of encouragement. But then e-mail, Facebook, etc. came along and the notes stopped. Anyone else guilty of this? I miss it. I miss sending notes, and (perhaps selfishly) I miss receiving them. My friend Melissa wrote a book titled Love the Home You Have , and cover to cover it is about getting in touch with what you love and appreciating what you have. She put out a challenge, so I accepted it. 

Love your Home Challenge - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomWhat was keeping me from simply writing those heart-felt notes? Convenience! How easy is it to sit at your computer and e-mail a message to a friend or sit at the doctor’s office and private message someone? There’s something sacred about the written word, and I needed to make it more convenient to use it.

pink gold stationeryMelissa spoke to my inner organizer when she wrote about decluttering the nooks and crannies. Aint that the truth! Using the same color scheme and keeping all my items in one spot makes it simple. There are few choices, and having everything in one area gives me easy access to writing that personal message to someone.

pink gold stationery

Organizers speak often of having a designated space for everything (Melissa included), so why not designate a specific space for this? It’s a sacred spot just for me, and it brings back the joy of reaching out to my friends in a personal way. I’m not one to throw out recommendations lightly, so I’m very pleased to recommend Love the Home You Have by my friend. She “gets it” as a home owner, and I found myself highlighting and tagging sections throughout the book! Love Your Home Challenge Tour - from the new book Love the Home You Have by Melissa of The Inspired RoomSeveral other bloggers in our community have accepted her challenge as well, and I encourage you to see what they did! You can find links to their challenges at Melissa’s blog The Inspired Room. Clearly, we’re all very proud of our friend!

Love the Home You Have - new book by Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room*Some affiliate links have been provided for you! Click on any one of them for your purchase! You won’t be disappointed.


K-Cup Storage


I was professing my love for my Keurig (again) to a girlfriend the other day, and she responded that she’s not keen on getting one because she wouldn’t know where to store all the K-cups. 1. There’s still people out there who don’t have Keurigs? 2. Don’t make it difficult.  Buy a silverware organizer, put […]

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Pretty Desk Accessories


I’m organizing my office right now, and I suspect I’ll be done around September. The task is daunting. In an effort to distract errr motivate me, I’ve been shopping around for some new desk accessories. Feminine is the new black these days, and I’m all for it! I thought I’d share some of my purchases […]

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Flashback Friday {Valentine’s Day}


For someone who doesn’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, I have more V-day posts than I thought. My kids are getting older (sniff), so the cutesy projects are few and far between. So reminisce with me as we take a look back at some of my Valentine’s Day ideas! Valentine’s Day Mailboxes  Valenetine’s Ipod Box […]

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Winter Fashion


If you’re anywhere in the midwest, you know that it has been co-old. Lots of snow and cold means looking for some cute fashions to keep me warm. As I type this, I have a personal heater on me. And the fireplace going. So you could say that these outfits are just what we need […]

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A New Sectional


It’s been a long time comin’, but after years of waiting, we finally got our sectional. If you remember (or don’t), I was about to purchase it TWO years ago when Maximus had a close visit with the grim reaper. Well, one thing after another got in the way of getting it, but it is […]

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Haven Conference Tickets


Can you believe it’s already here? Time to talk Haven, everyone! The girls and I are busy getting everything ready for another fantastic conference for you! We’re excited, and we hope you are too! So what do you need to know? Well, here you go– And want some even more awesome news? We have our […]

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Olivia Pope Fashion {Scandal}


My go-to show Scandal is on, and I can’t figure out why I love it more. Is it the story line? The strong, intelligent woman who drives the show? Orrrrr is it to see what Olivia Pope is going to wear? Uhhh that might be a tie. I LOVE her classic wardrobe, and I find […]

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Perfume Storage


Remember when I built these bookshelves for my daughter? Ohhhh come on…you remember…these? Well, my baby is growing up. She no longer reads “kid books, mom” and all her books are now digital. Picture my lip quivering and a tear strolling down my cheek. Well, the shelves still had plenty of good life in them, […]

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