The Bloom Workshop

by Chris on July 28, 2014

For all the years I’ve been blogging, I don’t do too many local things with it. It took me four years just to tell people I was a blogger! I write a monthly article for our local magazine, but that’s about it. However, Michaela recently reached out to me about speaking at her and Ashley’s one day conference The Bloom Workshop here in town in September. I was all, “Yeah!” mostly ‘cause it’s one of the beautiful functions I’ve ever seen! Secondly, because I like the idea of meeting some other locals who are passionate about design and blogging like I am. 

The Bloom Workshop

It takes place on September 18th in a charming barn (hello, lucite chairs!) just down the road from me. Who knew? 

The blue barn

The day includes lessons on interior design, photography, blogging, and styling. You can’t really go wrong with this as your classroom, eh? 

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rustic and lucitte

Bloom the workshop

I’ll be sitting on a Q and A panel in this charming space, and I imagine I’ll be taking plenty of notes myself. ‘Cause, you know—we’re always learning! 

Bloom workshop

There are still some openings left, so if you’re in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area (or wanna make a trip here for it!), feel free to sign up. You can find registration information here, and you can find conference information here—including what’s offered through the day for you! Professional head shots? Hello! Hopefully, I’ll see you there!

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Flashback Friday {Back to School}

by Chris on July 25, 2014

Happy Friday! As “that time of year” approaches us, I thought I’d share some back to school ideas that I’ve used around our home. Their needs are changing as they get older, but these have been some of the most popular for my kids.

Art Tray

Art tray

DIY First-Aid Kit

First aid tin

Homework Box (A MUST!)

Homework box

Lunch Drawer And notes to stay in touch with them!

Lunch drawer

You’ll find plenty more under “organization” in my project gallery, but this is a good start! Are you thinking about back to school yet?

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Because I Have a Message (Or Three)

07.23.2014

Today was a big day. I had my LAST chemo treatment. Echo, echo, echo… Since February, I have had 5 surgeries (one of them 9 hours long), 25 radiation treatments, 12 chemo infusions, and 6 fluid infusions because of the bad nausea. But today I said goodbye to all that. I fully appreciated that it […]

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Haven ’14

07.17.2014

Woah. That was a whirlwind. Haven just happened, and I’m still recovering. The girls and I can happily say it was another successful year. We can’t thank our sponsors, speakers, or attendees enough for making it happen, but now I need a nap. Wanna take a little Haven tour? Beth, me, Kristin, Traci, Sarah, and […]

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Kitchen Stations

07.07.2014

I’m usually one of those “don’t like anything on my counters” people. However, I was getting sick of lugging stuff in and out of cabinets for use, so I finally broke. We’re creatures of habit in this house, so I needed to develop some stations on the counters to help with my laziness and to […]

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Flashback Friday {Birthday Parties}

07.04.2014

Well, happy Friday! And Happy Fourth of July! Hopefully, you’re celebrating with family and friends. Today’s flashback is some birthday parties I’ve documented. Unfortunately, I had plenty of birthday parties under my belt before I started blogging about them. Soooo I have a few I can show you. First up? The Indiana Jones party. I’m […]

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Fourth of July Menu Ideas

06.30.2014

Happy “countdown to Fourth of July” week! It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year because I’m pretty darn patriotic. It makes me feel all, “I’m so proud of my country!” Of course, it also helps that I’m not working, and I’m in complete relaxation mode. I’m afraid we won’t be celebrating with a […]

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Flashback Friday

06.27.2014

So the new projects around here are coming along slowly. Not even really surely at this point. In an effort to be all, “Hey, remember when I did that?” or “You’re new here, have you seen this?”, I thought I’d do some flashbacks of projects past.  Some DIY bookshelves, anyone? Unfortunately one of the shelves’ […]

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Kirkland’s Summer Table {$250 Giveaway}

06.25.2014

Well, hello. It’s been a long time since my last post explaining things. I know. I can’t thank you enough for your messages, prayers, and encouragement. I have no doubt that they’ve pushed me to this point. I am nearly done with treatment (please, Lord), and I am less sick than I was a couple […]

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Well, here it is

04.21.2014

Thank you so much for all your messages and e-mails checking in. I apologize for essentially abandoning you, but I’ve had good reason. I have been diagnosed with Stage 1 cervical cancer. There. I said it. I hate saying it. It seems like an oxymoron to call myself a blogger who is a private person, […]

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