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Fall Home Tour

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I am so excited to be participating in this year's Fall Home Tour! Yesterday the tour ended with My Fabulous Life. If you are coming from there, WELCOME! I am glad you came :) Am I the only one who is still reeling over the fact that it Fall already? How did this happen? I swear summer was over in a blink. It is a good thing I LOVE Fall decor :) I hurried to get my house all decked out for Fall before I left for NYC this week. I hope you enjoy this little tour. I haven't revealed my family room makeover so I was hesitant to share the room decorated for Fall. So I only gave you a tiny peek of the gallery wall. I have fallen madly in love with this lamp from IKEA. I want one in … {READ MORE}

Swedish Raspberry Kiss Cookies

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Growing up we had some awesome neighbors that we loved to hang out with. Their mom was from Sweden and aside from having the prettiest accent ever, she shared with us some of the yummiest recipes. These cookies were one of my all time favorite growing up. And since I recently picked raspberries out back and made some jam, it was the perfect time to make them again.       RECIPE: 7 oz of real butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder   Mix it into a soft dough. Refrigerate until chilled. Roll into small balls and press your thumb to make indents. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of jam into the … {READ MORE}

NYC or Bust

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Last year I told you all about how I was TERRIFIED at the thought of riding in a cab in NYC by myself. I wrote a whole post about being brave when stepping outside of your comfort zone. Well, I survived! And it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. And guess what? I get to do it all over again this year because I am going back. (source) This year I have a whole new reason to be nervous and a new thing that requires me to step outside of my comfort zone. This year I will be heading out early and spending a couple of days filming a makeover challenge! It will done  Project Runway style!  If you aren't familiar with Project Runway, I will explain.... The BHG StyleMaker Event is held on … {READ MORE}

Celebration of Service

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This is a sponsored post for The Home Depot Foundation who I love dearly. Every thought, opinion, and experience is all mine. My very first experience with The Home Depot Foundation was back in November of 2011. I was able to go to Atlanta and do a service project for veterans in need. It was an incredible experience and one that I have been fortunate to experience over again several times. I loved serving at Stiggy's Dogs in Detroit where they train service dog for vets. And I loved learning about what the Fisher House foundation does for vets and their families when I was in Miami. The kick off for this Celebration event was on September 9th in 10 cities around the US. In just two … {READ MORE}

Getting Your Home Guest Ready

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It is a week into September and I am still in denial that summer is over. The holidays will be here before you know it and with the holidays often times come houseguests. I have partnered up with BHG at Walmart to share ideas of how you can get your house ready for guests this holiday season. The VERY first thing I think of is adding fresh flowers or some kind of pretty center piece to the table. These coral flowers with their hint of orange scream fall to me!   The other thing I think of is to make sure that everything they might need, is very accessible. Don't make your guests keep asking where things are. Even if you normally put your towels in a cabinet or drawer, put … {READ MORE}

Steam Clean Your Mattress! {Giveaway}

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I live with 5 boys. They are dirty. Anything I can get away with throwing in the washer, I throw in the washer. Toys, stuffed animals, shoes, coats, etc. Unfortunately you can't just throw your mattress in the washing machine. And as often as we wash our sheets, it doesn't stop the fact that our mattress is still, umm, less than clean. But my favorite cleaning tool is here to rescue your mattress. And you can enter to win one! This SteamMachine Plus is my favorite steam machine/mop I have ever had. The fact that the inside part comes out and becomes a hand held steamer rocks my world. I no longer iron. The steamer is faster (and way more fun) than ironing and does a better job. I wrote … {READ MORE}

Pick Stitch Pillow

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On a whim I decided to give my front room a makeover. I guess I didn't think I had enough to do. Or maybe that is just how my crazy mind works. But then I accepted a book deal and so the "quick and simple makeover" has been limping along. It gets ignored for the most part. But every once in awhile I complete another project for it. You guys! I sewed!!!! We bought a pick stitch quilt from Pottery Barn about 8 years ago for our bedroom. The stitching is the same color as the fabric so it gives it a texture without the stitches really standing out. I have been meaning to make a pick stick pillow for YEARS and I was going to do it the same as our quilt. But then I changed my mind. I … {READ MORE}

Abstract Plastic Bowl

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED The winner is David Smith! Art is subjective. And sometimes art comes in the form of a bowl. I totally get that an abstract, clear plastic, funky fruit bowl is not up everyone's alley. But I love to mix in unexpected items into my decor. I think it gives the space interest and keeps it from being stale. I have had this idea swimming around in my head for awhile now and when I saw that HomeRight made a heat gun, I knew how I was going to make it happen. And luckily, as an ambassador, I get to try out their products! I also get to GIVEAWAY their products. So scroll down and enter :)     So here is how I went about it. You will need leather … {READ MORE}

My Favorite Room {Sort of}

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I am so excited to share this post today because I love series like this. I love home tours of any kind. And it is fun to participate in them every once in awhile too. So when Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co asked me I was totally on board. If you are here visiting from Dwellings By Devore, WELCOME! I am glad you are playing along with the blog hop :)   Now asking me to pick a favorite room is kind of like asking me to pick a favorite child. I can't. So how did I pick a room for this tour? I picked the one that wasn't currently under construction. The one that was the least dirty. The one I could tidy the fastest and have it ready for a photoshoot. This time it turned … {READ MORE}

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