Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland...

Hello long time readers and new friends! Today I am going to share a little bit more about me and what makes this blog tick, share a little about who asked me to be a part of this tour, and then introduce you to a blogger I think you should know about.

First, I have to say thank you to Kylie @ Absolutely Arkansas for asking me to be a part of this tour! I have become blog friends with Kylie over the past year as we participate in a Look 4 Less Challenge together. I love being able to connect with other like-minded bloggers and have become inspired by so many!

Kylie is first and foremost a GORGEOUS newlywed. Her wedding photos are stunning! Kylie is also a fellow DIYer and likes to do things on a budget…a girl after my own heart! Let's check out a few things from Absolutely Arkansas, shall we?!

Absolutely (pun intended) loving this make-up storage on her vanity table. I have been dreaming of creating a vanity for myself, but something tells me my make-up would never look this pretty!


Also peeking out in this picture is an awesome IKEA Lack Hack. See how she transformed inexpensive IKEA tables into two benches! Love the fabric!


Be sure to go check out Kylie's blog for all things DIY and beauty!

Now, on to a few Q & A about me and this blog...

1) What Am I Working On?

This is a loaded question, because the real answer is that I'm constantly working on every room in the house! Does that count? I have a hard time concentrating on one specific space and finishing it completely before moving on to new projects. All rooms in my home are a constant work in progress and that's they way I like it. I don't believe great rooms come together in a day or a weekend. I like rooms to evolve and change and reflect our true style, so I like to take my time. I have been working on getting our home office functioning and looking pretty. I also just revamped my daughter's room to make it a little more functional for her now that she is in "real school" (we have an official kindergartner on our hands). I am also getting ready to revamp the blog a little bit by making it more streamlined and functional. I have never really updated the Home Tour tab, so that is on the list too! Always so much going on and never enough time!


2) How Does My Blog Differ From Those In It's Genre?

To be honest, I'm not really sure I qualify for a "genre". I like to just post about real life and things that are going on in my home and with my kids/family. I am a stay at home mom, and I spend a lot of time at home cooking, DIYing, decorationg, hanging out with my kids. I blog to share, inspire, create. I hope I'm different in the fact that there is no other "me" and that my voice comes across as authentic and real. I'm not interested in trying to impress anyone or come across as something I'm not. You get what you get with me and I hope that is refreshing. In a world where blogs have become so popular and everyone seems to have one, realness is a quality I look for when reading other blogs.

3) Why Do I Write/Create What I Do?

I started this blog when my kids were toddler age as a creative outlet, something to do that was my own, something that didn't involve kids or being a SAHM. I love my at home "job", but I was looking for a way to express myself and keep my mind fresh. I love to do things in my home and wanted to share these ideas to inspire others to create and do things to their homes (on a budget). I have a real passion for all things home and I am lucky to be able to do this day in and day out. This blog is my happy place. I don't blog for a job, and I would still blog if only my mom read this. It keeps me motivated to complete projects, create new things, and I love having an online journal of our lives.



4) How Does Your Writing/Creative Process Work?

I post about current things going on in my life, and I honestly take this one day at a time. Creatively, I work on what speaks to me. If my bookshelves are annoying me, I change them. If something isn't the right color, I paint it. I'm not scared to be a little different or fresh. I live in an area where most homes, for the most part, all start looking similar on the outside. I do everything I can to go off the beaten path a little bit and make sure the inside stands out and reflects who we are as a family. I enjoy the writing process, it keeps my mind fresh. In a world of small kids, practices, homework, PB & J, scrubbing the floors, and cleaning up messes; this little space allows me to have something of my own, and I cherish that.


This isn't a job for me, and my kids and family come first every time. I blog when I can and I don't apologize for it when I can't get to something ! I used to have more time on my hands for creating and blogging when my kids napped and they felt satisfied being home and playing for hours on end. Now that my kids have gotten older, I am busy in a different way, in a way that gives me great satisfaction, but I don't have as much time to complete projects from start to finish. I will never stop creating, decorating, or blogging, but I am honest with myself that I can't do everything and be everywhere and please everyone. I will just continue to do the best I can with the time I have.


Now, I want to introduce you to a blog that I think you should know about. . .

Introducing Noelani from Lattes & Lavender! She has fabulous style, an adorable little girl, and a pretty blog where she shares style tips, deals, recipes, and day to day life happenings. I love getting to know and supporting other local bloggers! Noelani is a fellow KC blogger…go check her out!


Congratulations if you made it all the way to the end of this post!! As always, thanks for reading, commenting, pinning, and supporting this blog!

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4 comments:

  1. I didn't know you were from the KC area, then I saw Deanna Rose on your summer list ~ we used to live in Leawood and LOVED that place! From pumpkin patches to birthday parties, we spent many happy times there over the 5 years we lived there. When we moved to Chicago I really missed it! Thanks for sharing your story.
    xo Kathleen

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    1. Yes, we live in Overland Park and frequent DR often!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  2. You're so sweet! Thank you so much for your nice words, Andrea! I'm so obsessed with your office! It's gorgeous!

    Xo,
    Kylie

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  3. Thank you so much Andrea for your kind words! I love your wall chalk, what a great idea! And, your home is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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