Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 52 Weekly Link Party & Features

I can't believe it is the one year anniversary of this little link party that I started last spring! I am humbled and honored by how it has grown and that so many of you come and inspire us week after week.

Since my grandfather died exactly one week ago, I am still a bit beside myself trying to cope. His funeral was yesterday which was tough, but so good to be surrounded by family and friends who loved and knew him. I hope to get back into a normal blogging routine soon, but am giving myself time because it has been hard.
I didn't have any posts last week, but be sure to visit my co-host, Susan, to see what she was up to! Always so much inspiration from her!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 51 Weekly Link Party

Welcome to week 51 of Sundays at Home. Today, the party will be held solely on my co-host's blog, Love of Home. Please head her way to link up! She is looking forward to getting to know you and seeing all that you have to share.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Styling a Rustic Shelf {with kids in mind}

Hey everybody! Life has been busy with the little ones and my grandfather, whom I love and adore, is not doing well. I have been trying to visit as often as possible, and even though he is 96, saying goodbye is never easy. Prayers are welcomed that the rest of his days are as pain free as possible and filled with peace.

Today, I am sharing a guest post that I did last month for Jennifer Rizzo with some tips for styling shelves while keeping young children in mind. As you may know, I have two preschool/toddler age children, fifteen months apart, so my decorating has changed a lot in the past few years. I still love to decorate, but have found the need to make compromises to keep my home well styled, yet safe and fun for my children. I actually enjoy the challenge of combing both elements (most of the time - finding places for all of those toys in a tight space is a challenge all its own).

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 50 Weekly Link Party & a New Co-Host!

Welcome to week number fifty of Sundays at Home! We are almost a whole year into this party, can you believe it? I am humbled and honored that so many of you come back week after week to join in! Today, I have some exciting news, a new co-host! And a new look!
My sweet and talented friend, Susan of Love of Home will be joining in every week to co-host the party on her own blog! Because this party has grown (and I have two little ones and a messy house to look after - trust is messssy ;), Susan will be helping with choosing features and we will be sharing the same ones on both of our sites the following Sunday. Today, we each chose our own, but from here forward they will the same. You can link up with either of us each week!
Susan and I became friends several years ago when she blogged at Home Town Girl. She now shares her creativity, beautiful home and decorating, delicious recipes and so much more at Love of Home. She is creative, genuine and I know you will love her! Be sure to pop over, say hello and check out her is filled with creative goodness. You can also follow along with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sticks and Stones: Dealing with the Ugly Side of Social Media as a Blogger and Person of Faith

If you are a blogger, designer, or creative type who puts yourself out there on the internet, you may have had a negative run in or two (or three, or four...) on social media. Most of us have. It is "to be expected." Normal. Happens all the time. Something to "get over." But what if you can't? What if the hurtful words cut deep? How can we manage to keep our self-worth and value in tact while subjecting ourselves to the possibility of rudeness and ridicule?
A painful Facebook experience that happened to me a couple of weeks ago, left me contemplating this blog and what I am doing here. Whether it is something I can continue for the long haul with social media the way that it is. An ugly cesspool of hurt people hurting people.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Styling an Ottoman Tray

Last week, I shared a couple of trays that were mailed to me for the Swap It Like It's Hot challenge. I chose to keep one as is and use it for styling on our ottoman from time to time. With young children, it's not all that practical, but it is still fun to do here and oh say when the kids are napping? I shared a couple of pics of how I had styled it in last week's post and thought I would share a few more here.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sundays at Home No. 49. Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to Week 49 of Sundays at Home! I am so glad you stopped by today and hope you will join in the party by linking up below! I am excited to see what inspiration you have for me this week!

At the bottom, please link up your latest home decor, DIY and craft projects, recipes and more that you have recently shared on your own blog as well as items offered for sale in your own online shops. I am looking forward to your inspiration!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thrift Store Swap Makeover - #SwapItLikeItsHot 3

When I was invited to another round of Ciburbanity's #SWAPITLIKEITSHOT blog hop, I jumped at the chance. If there is one thing I love, it is the challenge of making over other people's unwanted stuff ;). Thirty-three bloggers went out and purchased items at thrift stores, flea markets, etc. for under $15 and sent them to another who then had the chance to give the item(s) a makeover or decorate with in some way. This round was especially fun, because I received my items from my friend Jennifer of Town and Country Living. I couldn't wait to see what she was going to send me!
If you are visiting from Jennifer's blog, welcome! Be sure to head back and visit her if you haven't! Today, is day four, so if you have missed any of the other bloggers' posts, you will find their links at the end. Loads of makeover goodness awaits you!