Better Homes and Gardens-Did that just happen?

by Chris on June 4, 2012

As I said earlier, we had “some people” come visit us last week. Those people just happened to be shooting my son’s room for a future article in their magazine—Better Homes and Gardens. So when I say we had to get our house ready, I’m not exaggerating when I tell you we washed, cleaned, dusted, vacuumed, and put away for DAYS.

On the day of the shoot, of course, we got to bask in our hard work. Since this feature had to include me in it (how’s that for some stress?), my husband was the entertainer for the day.


He did SUCH an awesome job, until I said, “Make sure you put the chicken salad on a lettuce plate.” I think there would have been less panic on his face if I told him I was pregnant with triplets. Lettuce plates—they’re complex.

chicken salad

Since the shoot was just for my son’s room (this time—hint hint), we had one stylist and a photographer. I was glad for that since it meant a light lunch and some bagels for breakfast. Nothing too stressful.

BHG lunch

Of course, when Greg (the photographer) brought in his gear, a dose of reality hit me in the stomach. This was really gonna happen.

BHG photo equipment

First things first—I have not painted my son’s dresser to match the rest of his room yet. I couldn’t even get it done for BHG. I’m a loser. Secondly, there’s Greg. With a camera contraption I drooled over.

BHG photographer

And here’s the “hub”. After taking a picture, Greg continued to work his magic on his computer. Oh what I wouldn’t do for a screen like that!

BHG photo shoot

They were both so awesome about making sure I approved of the final shots. I obviously can’t show you their pictures yet. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to reveal their reveal now, would it?


So what did I learn? Greg and Sandi are super wonderful to work with, and I was sad to see them go. I have a LOT to learn when it comes to photography. I need to stop eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

BHG photographer stylist

There’s my 15 minutes for ya. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sleep for three days and remind my husband that if he wants dinner, he’ll need to speak to my agent.



marie June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am

congrats!! can’t wait to see it you in print!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Thank you, Marie!

Southern Gal June 4, 2012 at 7:35 am

Exciting! I can’t wait to see it in the magazine.

I’ll eat chocolate with you, but I’d rather have that lunch you prepared. ;)

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The lunch included chocolate for dessert, so why don’t we just eat both?! :)

modernjane June 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

That’s huge! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it:)

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thanks so much, Modernjane!

Jenny June 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

You look beautiful!! Stunning! And I am so excited to see the pictures in the magazine! You’re a star!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Oh my. You’re too kind, Jenny. :) Thank you!!

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle June 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

Chris, that is so amazing!!! I can only imagine how excitingly stressful such a visit must have been. So excited for you, and can’t wait to see you in print! :-)

I’m always interested to hear how bloggers get in magazines (BH&G especially, since I love it so much). Do you mind me asking how your stardom transpired? ;-)

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I wonder the same thing, Jenny! They sent me an e-mail inquiring about it. I imagine they saw it somewhere (blog? Pinterest?). However, when I was looking at one of their features, they had a contact name and e-mail to send things in. It’s on the very last page of the mag. Doesn’t hurt to try, right?

Kim @ Plumberry Pie June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

Wow, Chris, congratulations! Well deserved. It’s weird because when I was putting my son to bed last night, I was thinking about your son’s bedroom and how awesome it is and how I didn’t have the mojo in me to do such an epic project! I must have felt the vibe of the news to come:)! Seriously, congrats…love it when MI gets to represent!!! YAY YOU!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Okay, that is too funny, Kim! I love that you told me that! I’m not the only one who thinks about other people’s homes. :) Thank you!!

Paige June 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

CONGRATS! So when do we get to see the pictures?!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

In the fall, Paige. Not exactly sure just yet, but I’ll let you know! Thank you!

smart momma June 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

so exciting!! i can’t imagine how stressed you were before the photo shoot :)

can’t wait to see it in the magazine

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Yes, just a little bit stressed, Smart Momma. :) Thank you!!

Cathy June 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

That is awesome! You must be on cloud nine, I love your sons room and can’t wait to see it in the magazine. So excited for you :)

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm

You’re so sweet, Cathy! Thank you!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life June 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

Congratulations!!! I look forward to the article. Hugs, Marty

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Thank you, Marty!! I appreciate it.

Kim Porter June 4, 2012 at 10:15 am

Congrats, I can’t wait to see it in print!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Just the thought of it makes me nervous, Kim. Thank you!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberriesn June 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

OH MY GOSH! I knew something BIG was brewing! When would Doug EVER make a food spread like that unless something important was going on?! I am thrilled to once again claim fame-dom as my own since that is just what Gayle does! I am super excited for you, can you tell?! This just made my day. ps…you look GORGEOUS. Green is such a great color on you. Stop eating chocolate – don’t be silly.

Chris June 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I just replied to you on FB. Dar. Didn’t see this yet! I KNEW Doug’s lunch would give it away! You know him too well. :) Perhaps one day, the real “O” will let us do a white girl version of them on the cover of their mag. ‘Cause you know…I have so much pull now. Love you, sweet girl!

kristin June 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

SO Excting, can’t wait to see it in print!! YAY

Chris June 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you, Kristin!! Fun stuff!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less June 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Congrats girl!!! I’m so excited to see the article! … and to see what else you have cookin’!!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you, Erin! Pretty exciting–and nerve-wracking. I’m not cut out for this stuff. :)

august June 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

And I just subscribed to their magazine last month. YES!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Perfect timing, August. :) Thank you!

Brittny Hemphill June 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I can’t wait to see it!!!!!

Jessica @ Book Sake June 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

This is so exciting for you, congrats and I look forward to seeing it when the magazine comes in the mail! Congrats to your hubby to for being quite the entertainer – lettuce plate and all!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Ha! Thank you, Jessica! I will certainly pass the word onto my husband. :)

Hayley @ Welcome to the Mouse House June 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm

SOOOOOOO amazing! Congrats!

Melinda June 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

You are quite popular! :) I’m sure it was fun.
Loved the post on power washing your house.
What a difference! We need to do this!

Have a great week.


Chris June 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Thank you, Melinda! We kept telling ourselves we needed to do it. It was long overdue. :)

Rachelle June 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Yay! That’s awesome, Chris! I’m so excited for you!



Chris June 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Thank you, Rachelle! Exciting stuff. :)

Jill Flory June 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

YaY!! I think I told you it was magazine worthy didn’t I??!! So excited for you :)

linda@Lime in the Coconut June 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Ha! Now I feel better, ’cause I was like “hmmm…I never power wash my house for some house guests” and was feeling guilty! ;)

Congrats!! Fun stuff!

Chris June 4, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Ha! Now you know, Linda. Neither do we. :)

Lorie June 5, 2012 at 12:05 am

How fun!! I can’t wait to see the article!!!

Debbie Trnka June 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

Where did you get that leaf cut out on the stove back splash? I have been looking for that everywhere! Love your kitchen :)

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Debbie, I found it at TJMaxx a few years ago. It was only $16. Doesn’t hurt to keep looking! ;) Thank you!

Lisa@CozyCondoLiving June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

How exciting! Congrats!!!! I just found your blog and am loving it!

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Awesome, Lisa!! Welcome and thank you!

Ronda Batchelor June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm

That’s so great. It was a great room. Truly well deserved.

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thank you so much, Ronda! I really appreciate it!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} June 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What the what? that is so awesome. I can’t wait to see it. So well deserved. What a wonderful adventure, too. Hey. . .chandy come yet?

Elaine June 5, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Can’t think of anyone who deserves it more! You, your family, your home, and of course, your dog are simply beautiful! The love, joy, and care you put into your DIY projects are second to none. Oh and the humor!… Congratulations, Chris.


Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Oh my word, Elaine. Can I print out your comment and frame it? :) You are SO sweet. Thank you!!

Barbara Grooms June 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Sweetheart your fans say it all so well! You are second to none in my book too. I am so happy for you, you definitely deserve your 15 minutes of fame for all the love and work you put into the things you accomplish. Put me on the list of all who are eagerly awaiting for BHG’s article about your lovely home. A mom who is soooo proud!

Barbara Grooms June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

PS. Loved all the pictures you took of the stylist and photographer.

elisa June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

Ohhh that’s so cool. Can’t wait to see it. I LOVE that magazine!!!

laxsupermom June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

How exciting! Congrats on the feature! You’ll have to make sure and let us know when it hits the stands.

Chris June 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thanks, laxsupermom! I’ll let you know for sure!

Stephanie June 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm

This is SO exciting! I’m really happy for you! BHG & Real Simple are my absolute favorite magazines. I can’t wait to get my issue with you in it! I assume it won’t be published for quite a while, do you know when? (Sorry if you already answered this).

Jenn June 9, 2012 at 1:00 am

Aw! That is cool! Very happy for you!

Lizzie June 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hey that’s exciting! I won’t see BH&G because I’m in UK, but I am sure the shoot will look just great. All that cleaning for just a few hours’ photography in one room … wow. But then, it gave you a really good reason for a thorough clean – just think, you now have a sparkly house! Perhaps you better get some other magazines in quick, while it’s still fabulous!
Good luck with the article!

cassie {hi sugarplum} June 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

this is just the coolest — and I can’t wait to see it! I’m going to point it out to people at the grocery store and dentist office and say, ‘I know this girl! Kinda.’ ;)

Megan {Honey We're Home} June 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Chris, that is SO exciting! And well-deserved- I love what y’all did with your son’s room! Congratulations!

Cindy * Daisies & Crazies June 27, 2012 at 11:49 am

How exciting!! I am a subscriber, so I’ll be watching for this. Maybe I’ll need an autograph. hee! xo

Chris June 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Ha! Perhaps I should practice up on my signing skills. :) Thank you, Cindy!

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