The Bloom Workshop

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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 … [Read more...]

Haven ’14

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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 Rhoda The event started off with Chip Wade as our keynote speaker. His new show Elbow … [Read more...]

WIN the ULTIMATE Valentine’s Day Basket + Blog Hop

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Love is in the air, friends! We are celebrating February 14th, 2014 with an incredible giveaway that you won't want to miss! TWENTY-EIGHT bloggers have put together amazing Valentine's Day baskets filled with everything you will need for fun, romantic night! My husband and I have spent a lot of Valentine's Days together, so I love the idea of something new and something planned by someone else! … [Read more...]

Favorite Things 2013

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Hey there! If you're coming over from DIY Showoff, welcome! I promise not to be too annoying. My friend Melissa asked a few of us to talk about our favorite things, and how can one turn that down? I have to find my favorite things, put pictures of them in a post, and talk about them. I think I can handle that. Michigan winter equals boots. There's just no way around it. I recently ordered these … [Read more...]

Summer Tour of Homes

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Hello there! I love myself a good home tour (who doesn't?), so I'm happy to be participating in Gina's annual Summer House Tour. If you're new and coming from Jen (aka nicest girl EVER), welcome! If you're not new here, "Oh hey." Just kidding! I'm gonna keep it small on words and big on pictures! I hope you enjoy the tour! I … [Read more...]

How to search for an image on Google

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I mean really. How can I possibly come up with a clever title for that one? The clever post will have to make up for it. If you're anything like me, 80% of your searching on the internet is images. I'm a visual person, and I need to see see see things! I came upon a little nugget of information the other day that changed my Google-searching life. No joke. There's nothing funny about images. Unless … [Read more...]

Haven Giveaway!

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Hello hello! It's that time! I'm kicking off the Haven ticket giveaways that will be taking place over the next several weeks.  This giveaway is for one lucky winner to receive a FREE ticket to Haven in August. Need more information on what Haven is? Go here! Orrrrr go here! We've been working feverishly for months now, so we're getting super excited that it's fast approaching! Hopefully … [Read more...]

How to Photograph Products

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I've got a bit of an issue with measuring cups. I don't have display cases full of them or anything, but I have more than I need. They're just so….pretty. And useful. And I feel good about myself when I buy a new set. I need therapy, I know. But that's not my point. I was messing around with my camera this weekend and thought I'd share how to photograph items with a crisp, white background. I was … [Read more...]

Housekeeping {Amazon and Giveaways}

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If you're like me, and you have the maturity of a 12-year old, every time the word "housekeeping" is said, you think of this video clip. Hands down, one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Oh yeah. Now for the reason I'm writing this post. You may (or may not) have noticed that I have a new Amazon store in my sidebar. I've been an affiliate with Amazon for a year and a half, and I've never … [Read more...]

Wordmark.it {How to Choose Fonts}

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I'm blogging better today (Thanks, Beth!) and sharing a new site I'm in love with! In recent weeks I've become a bit obsessed with new fonts. We're talking' hog wild obsessed. They're addictive. The only problem is remembering what each one looks like when you want to inset it into something you're typing. Enter stage left: Wordmark.  It's not the fanciest site in the world, but it will … [Read more...]

Before They Were Bloggers Reveal

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Well, that was some good fun, eh? While there were some pretty funny erroneous guesses, a lot of you knew I was Z! Good job. I'm pretty sure the feathered mullet and collared sweatshirt gave it away. You could tell I had style even then, right? :) The best thing about that time is I could sleep in that hair, and it would look exactly the same way in the morning. Classic. Of course, we … [Read more...]

Guess the DIY Blogger {$300 Lowe’s Giveaway}

**Update: We have a winner!!! Please feel free to keep trying to guess the DIY Bloggers but the $300 Lowes prize is claimed. We’ll reveal who won and all of the answers in an upcoming reveal post SOON!!** Before there was Pinterest or Facebook, these bloggers were a bunch of prepubescent teens trying to find their own personal style--some of them trying harder than others. :) We've all gone … [Read more...]

2013: ONE Goal

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I go back to work in a couple of days (sigh), and I've been spending a lot of time thinking about how to manage it all. News flash--I don't manage it all. Shocked? Yeah, didn't think so. I haven't been blogging as well as I'd like to lately, so I made myself ONE goal for the whole year. You ready for it? Blog BETTER   This means a lot of things for me. I've made the mistake of thinking … [Read more...]

2012 In Review

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Soooo I didn't plan on writing this post. I sat here thinking, "Did I even do anything in 2012?" Uh apparently I did! No fancy collages or month by month explanation here, but I selected some highlights of the year. Maybe you saw them/maybe you didn't, but it did give me a couple of moments of accomplishment. And then I went back to feeling like I never do enough around here. It's a vicious … [Read more...]

Birthday Quiz Results and a Winner!!

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Alllllrighty. It’s results time. 1. Don’t judge our weirdness. It can’t be helped. 2. Visit Sarah’s blog to hear her explanations behind her answers. Good stuff, I tell ya! Just a Girl Quiz: 1. Who removes their burger from the bun? Thrifty. She’s a freak. 2. Which one of us didn’t tell ANYONE about their blog for four years? Uhhh yeah. That’s kind of a sore spot for my friends. To this day, … [Read more...]