Talk/Walk/Run with #TeamHutch!

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Hey friends!  I wanted to tell you what our family will be up to this weekend, and wanted to invite you to join along in the fun!

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While Jonathan was on NBC’s The Voice, we received an email asking him to be the guest entertainer at an event called the Talk Walk Run in Indianapolis, Indiana.  It is an event to raise awareness and funds for Hoosier children with hearing loss. 

Jonathan is super excited about representing and supporting the hearing impaired community during this event, but he didn’t just want to sing, he wanted to RUN in the event too!  So we all signed up as a family to support this wonderful community of people who serve to help children who are hearing impaired like Jonathan.  YES, I WILL BE RUNNING.  (or maybe walking. hee.hee.)  But Cy, Luke, Adam, and Eli will all be running too!  If you live in the area, we would love for you to run with us, or just come by to support the event and hear Joanthan sing! ;)

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THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Jonathan Hutcherson — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Here is the press release from HearIndiana.org:

Hear Indiana welcomes The Voice contestant Jonathan Hutcherson to the 13th annual Talk Walk Run fundraiser. Hutcherson will perform the national anthem and other songs at the Talk Walk Run presented by PNC Bank on April 30, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, April 20, 2016 – Hear Indiana is thrilled to announce that Jonathan Hutcherson, former contestant on The Voice, will perform at the annual Talk Walk Run to raise awareness and funds for Hoosier children with hearing loss. Presented by PNC Bank, N.A. the Talk Walk Run includes a 5K, 10K, Kids Run & Carnival. The event is Hear Indiana’s largest annual fundraiser and attracts over 1,000 attendees to Ft. Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

Hutcherson, a 16 year-old from Wilmore, Kentucky, was diagnosed at age two and a half with moderate to severe hearing loss in both of his ears and has been wearing hearing aids ever since. In 2015, Hutcherson auditioned for Season 10 of NBC’s The Voice and earned the coveted “last chair” on Team Pharrell.

“Jonathan is proof that the possibilities are endless for deaf and hard of hearing children! What an inspiration he is to young children with hearing loss,” said Naomi Horton, Hear Indiana executive director. Hutcherson is set to perform the national anthem at 9am and additional songs at 12pm on April 30th.

 

 

We have created a #TEAMHUTCH fundraising page that you can donate on by clicking HERE.

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We know how expensive it can be to provide and care for a child with a hearing loss, so any amount that you can give to support this cause will be greatly appreciated! :)

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And again, if you live nearby, please stop by the event and say HI!  We would love to meet you!!

 

Have a blessed day!

 


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Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh {Adoption Update}

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Happy Friday, Friends!

I am going to take a break from my fashion posts for a while because we have a lot to do around our house right now.  I am loving this warmer weather, and the chance to get outside and work in the dirt, ya know? 

Luke is going to be helping me with my garden this year.  He is super smart about stuff like that, and we are cooking up some plans for a great garden.  :)

Today, I wanted to show you a couple of changes I made last spring to our guest bathroom.  

You may remember the “unexpected” bathroom makeover we did on our guest bathroom a few years ago. 

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Well, our guest bathroom is right off the kitchen and beside our little girl’s room.  

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When we hosted her last summer, I told the boys that the guest bathroom was off limits to them because I wanted it to have the chance to stay clean!  Ha!

To make the bathroom seem a little more feminine, I added a pale pink rug from Marshall’s and a new shower curtain from Target.

 

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The shower curtain is white with small gray circles on it.  

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I added a different little picture on the wall that has a heart and says “love.”  I don’t remember where I got it, but I have had it for a long time.  The dark frame ties together with the light above the sink and the dark brown towel basket.  

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I don’t always have real pink flowers in this bathroom, but I do whenever I can.   And what is more sweet and feminine that pink tulips?!

 

Tulips make me so happy!  The little white vase used to be my mom’s, and I use it all the time.  I love the scalloped edge.

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For hand soap, I just use this old blue mason jar that I had in the laundry room in our previous home.  

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So as you see, there were not a lot of changes made in this bathroom, but it definitely has a more feminine feel, and it is perfect for our little girl and guests. :)

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Adoption Update:

I have had so many of you ask me through emails or social media for an update about our little girl, and unfortunately I do not really have one.  :(   Boy, I wish I did!

Our revised home study has been translated and submitted, which is great, but we have not received our i800 yet.  We are hoping and praying to get it sometime next week.  Once that document joins the others in her home country, then it is a matter of waiting for travel dates.  

She is not in a good place right now, and we desperately want to see her.  Please pray that the paperwork would continue to go quickly and smoothly and that we would be able to travel in May to get her. 

Her 9th birthday is May 11th, and we would LOVE to celebrate this special day with her as a family.  So if you don’t mind, pray specifically that we could be there on that day.  :)

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Have a blessed day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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“Shop this Space” – Cottage Bedroom

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I have always loved the picture below.  I think I have pinned it several times on Pinterest.  It just screams, “home” to me.  I love everything about it.  The colors, the style, the feeling… 

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If you know the people who own this room, could you introduce us?  I’d like to be a guest at their house. :)

Anyway, if  you are like me, you would love to have a space like this in your home?  So I went online and found some products that are very similar to the ones you see in the picture to help us out!  

You can “shop this post” by clicking on the pictures below to visit each site where I found these items.


 

 


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Our 5th Year of Haven! Tickets on sale March 1st!

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I cannot believe that we are in the midst of planning our 5th Haven blog conference!!!

Do you know what Haven is?

Well, it is the BEST DIY BLOG CONFERENCE EVER!!!!  

(Okay, I may be a little bias since I am on the planning team.)  :)

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Each year, hundreds of bloggers gather together at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia to learn about blogging.  

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There are classes on…

how to make money blogging,

how to take good pictures,

how to grow your social media channels,

how to work with brands,

how to use power tools,

how to paint with different types of paint,

and MORE!

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Oh, and we have a LOT Of fun too!  :)

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And this year, for the FIRST TIME EVER,

we are having Haven Maven Mentors!!!!

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OH MY WORD!!!  

Look at that list of fabulous bloggers!!!  

They are coming to Haven JUST to hang out with YOU

and help you in this blogging journey!   

 

These are just our mentors,

so can you imagine the awesomeness when we announce

who our speakers are going to be?!!! 

(Although some mentors may be speaking as well.)  :)

 

Our Mentors are so very excited about this opportunity to meet with attendees in small groups and talk about all things blogging!

 

Truth be told, this might end up being your very favorite part of attending Haven this year!

 

We will be announcing our sessions very soon, and believe me, you are going to LOVE them.

 

This year is going to knock your DIY socks off!  I hope you can make it!

 

(Even though Haven is geared toward bloggers, you do not have to be a blogger to attend.  Many attendees come to meet their favorite bloggers and talk our DIY classes like painting, woodworking, tiling, etc….)

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Be sure to grab your ticket before they disappear!  It is $329 for a regular conference ticket.  We are also offering “Cutting Edge” sessions for advanced bloggers for an additional $99 (more details to come.)

 

GET EXCITED!!!!

2016 Haven Team

 

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Here is a great post from Hunt and Host if you have any hesitations about going to a blog conference!

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I’m Having an Identitiy Crisis! Please help! :)

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Hello from the West Coast, friends!  It is a balmy 67 degrees here which is quite different from the below freezing weather we left in Kentucky.  

I’m here with Jonathan for something that I will be able to share with you in a few weeks! ACK!

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But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you my current identity crisis.  

Well, it’s really a “blog” identity crisis.  Let me explain…

I have been blogging for almost seven years!  When my mom talked me into starting one, I had NO IDEA where it would lead!  I thought is was going to just be a hobby for my creative side.  But what started out as a hobby has turned into a full time career, and I love it!  It’s the best job in the world, and I am so thankful to God for blessing me with it.

I have met the most amazing people and have had some of the most amazing opportunities come from my blog.  I would have never imagined it!

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Soooooo, if you have been following me anytime at all, you know that I focus mostly on the DIY projects that we do in our home, from furniture makeovers to full room and house transformations.   That is my passion.  Nothing makes me happier than using my hands to create and build.  It’s what my husband loves to do too, and we have always dreamed of going into business together to have our own remodeling business.  Cy can do the hard work, and I can decorate!  ;)

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But my blog is also about my life and my faith.  I like to right posts about my kiddos, about what is going on in our lives, about what God is teaching me.  And I’ve been known to throw a fashion or recipe post in the mix.

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So technically, I think I would classify as a “lifestyle” blogger?  

For the past couple of years, I have wished that I had been more “niche specific” with my blog.  Like… I only post about furniture makeovers, or just about home decorating, or just about furniture building, or just about food, or just about fashion (like my sister,) you know what I mean?

Those type of specific blogs seem to do a little better in blogland.  Sometimes I think I should switch my blog to focusing on just one specific topic, but then how could I share about Jonathan’s singing, our adoption process, or other “life stuff?”  That’s the stuff I like writing about the most, to tell you the truth.

So I go back and forth about what to do.  I guess in the end, I just need to embrace the fact that I am a “lifestyle” blogger so I can post about whatever I want, whenever I want.

What do you think?

I would really like your opinion about what to direction to go with my blog?

Do you wish I would just focus on DIY projects?  Or family stuff?  Or faith stuff?

Or do you like a mixture of all of the above?

I truly value your opinion, and I want you to enjoy coming to my blog.  Is there anything I could do differently or something new that you would like to see me post about?  You won’t hurt my feelings, I promise. :) 

2015 goes down on the record on one of the most crazy of our family’s life, (you will know more about “why” soon!)  And I guess it’s got me evaluating where I want to go with my blog this year, next year, five years from now.  

Sometimes it stresses me out, but in the end, I think it is good for me to go through these stages and to continually be re-focusing my life where it needs to be. 

So, please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Love you guys!

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Best Projects of 2015!

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Happy New Year, friends!  I cannot believe we have started a new year!  

We have a lot going on this year with our son Jonathan that I haven’t been able to tell you about yet, and it is killing me.  

Y’all are going to freak out!!!  (I will be able to spill the beans in about two months.)

I’m just getting around to looking back at my blog projects from 2015.  I know that a lot of bloggers have already posted their round ups, but I wanted to go ahead and share mine too. :) 

Truthfully, I didn’t have as many DIY projects as I have had in years past.  This year was all about “life” projects for me, especially our adoption.  But I did want to highlight a few for you, in case you missed them.

First off, we had a BLAST working with Lowe’s on this home makeover project down in Tennessee.  You can see all of the before and after pictures HERE.

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There were a couple of DIY projects from the home makeover that we shared on the blog.

Our DIY board and batten shutters…..

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And our DIY Window Box…..

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In our own home, one of my favorite DIY projects was the wood floor we installed in our girl’s room. 

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And of course, the front of our house got a brand new look (my favorite project so far that we have completed over the five and a half years we have lived here.)

Our new front porch…

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I had a blast decorating our new porch for Christmas, and can’t wait to decorate it throughout the seasons in the new year!

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Lastly, I absolutely LOVE the barn door we recently built for our mudroom in our new entry way….

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That’s it!  A quick look back at 2015!

I am looking forward to another year with you!  We have some more DIY projects planned for our home in 2016, but we have some big “life” projects going on as well this year.  Thank you so much for the love and support your show me each day!  I am so very, very thankful for you!!!

 


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The Glades Road Gang!

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So I know that you all know that I am the mom of four boys, but did you know that on my husband’s side of the family there are boys and only boys?!  Yep, nothing but grandsons!

Let me tell you what!  When these cousins get together, they have a blast, especially on Pop and Gammaw’s farm.  They love to ride the “gator,” fish in the pond, wade in the creek, and go hunting for whatever they can find.  They also have soccer tournaments, basketball games, and frisbee challenges. 

It is a sight to see!  

Every year, Gammaw likes to get a photo of all of her grandsons for Christmas cards.  She tries to come up with some type of “theme,” and last year it was a gangster type theme.  The boys LOVED it!   They were so absolutely adorable.

I brought my camera and snapped some pictures of the boys.  Are they cute or what?

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(Disclaimer:  All guns were checked and unloaded by Pop, and no cigarettes were smoked.  hee.hee.)   :)

Our whole family, including the boys, have loved this picture!  It will be so fun to look back on this when they are all older, married, and with kiddos of their own.  

Because I love this picture so much, I had it put on a Yankee Candle. 

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Yep!  Coolest thing EVER!  I just went to the Yankee Candle sight and uploaded the photo, picked my favorite scent, and voila!

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There are many different fragrances to choose from, but I chose Balsam & Cedar because it is my absolute favorite this time of year.  It makes the whole house smell like fresh cut pine tress.  AAAHHHHH…..

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Pop and Grammaw’s farm is on Glades Road, so I added the caption underneath, “The Glades Road Gang.”   If you personalize a candle of your own with a picture, you can also add your own caption like, “Best Dad in the World!,” or “Friends Forever,” etc.

Personalized gifts are the best, and I am sure that you will have many opportunities in 2016 to give something special to those you love!

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I think these personalized candles would be great wedding gifts, graduation gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, and birthday gifts.  Really, they are great for ANY occasion!!

Do you have a special occasion or special person that you know would love one of these candles?  This would be a great time to use those gift cards or Christmas cash that you got this holiday season.  (Maybe you should treat yourself with one of these?  “wink”)

Just click on the button below to get started!

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If you want, watch this short video to show you how quick and easy it is to customize your candle!…

 

Connect with Yankee Candle:
Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest ~

 

 

*This post was sponsored by Yankee Candle.  All opinions are 100% mine.


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DIY Winter Fun for Christmas Break with Your Kids

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Christmas break is approaching soon, and the kiddos will be home from school.

I’ve rounded up some kid-friendly DIY projects below that our family might be doing together this winter season. 

Which one’s your favorite?  Have another great kid-friendly DIY? Be sure and comment below! 

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How cute are these snowman fingerprint ornaments? A must have for next Christmas’ tree. | Found on craftymorning.com

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Any other boy Mommas out there have enough Legos to have the entire neighborhood over to play? I love the idea of re-using Legos to create a snow globe. | Found on cleanandscentsible.com

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With a little help from Daddy, these reindeer are perfect for a front or back yard each holiday season! | Found on christmasontheway.blogspot.de

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With all the leftover gift boxes from Christmas, reuse and have everyone create their own snowman.  The best part is, these can stay up throughout all of winter! | Found on decoratingfiles.com

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Popsicle sticks are super cheap at your local craft store.  Get creative designing some unique shapes. | Found on makinghomebase.com

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We all know I love a good thrift store DIY… and a no sew pillow is something my boys can totally handle too.  We’ll be grabbing a few $1 shirts at the thrift store and making some pillows. | Found on houseofhawthornes.com

 

Love these ideas? Pin them for later! 

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Our Merry Christmas Entry Way!

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Hey friends!

Tomorrow is December 1st, and it’s time to get our decorating mojo on! :)

I have decided not to decorate a ton this year.  I usually put a little bit of Christmas decor in every room of the house, but this year, I am just doing our den and entry way.  We’ve never had an entry way to decorate in this home until this year when we built our new front porch.  So I was super excited about having a welcoming entry way with lots of Christmas spirit to welcome my guests. :)

Here it is….

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I moved the bench from our kitchen into this space so our guests have a place to sit and take off their shoes, or just sit by the tree and drink hot chocolate. 

Because this space is a little long and narrow, I needed a rug to fill it.  I knew exactly which rug I wanted!  I have been in love with Dash & Albert rugs for a looooong time!  I wish I had one in every room!  

Stripes are my favorite, and I chose a neutral color so that I can use it throughout the whole year in this space and it will go with any decor. 

Isn’t it perfect?!!

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Here is a description of the rug I chose:

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And their CYBER WEEKEND SALE has it at 25% off right now!

My boys favorite part of our entry way decor is my new Fresh America “Fur and Feather” advent calendar!  We have never had an advent calendar like this one, so they are super excited to see what surprise is in each pocket!

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I’m in love with this little calendar!  It has a cute little animal on each pocket, and of course, you know that I love the red, white, tan, and black color combo….my favorite!  (It doesn’t come with the brown metal button at the top.  I had that left over from the boy’s bathroom mirrors and decided to use it here.)

Each little pocket is filled with a candy treat that is wrapped to keep it a surprise.  I can’t wait to see my boys faces as they open each one.  :)

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When I found this Fur and Feather advent calendar, I also discovered the Fresh American Style blog, and it is wonderful! You can check it out HERE.

Do you use an advent calendar during the Christmas season?  I just love counting down the days til Christmas with an advent calendar!

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I moved the white table from our den under the advent calendar and added some birch wood in a green metal basket beside it. 

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The tree is from Hobby Lobby, and it looks so pretty a lit up at night!

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Our entry way is all dressed up and ready for December!!!  Yay!!  

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It’s such a happy little space. :) 

Christmas here we come!!

I hope you are beginning to enjoy this Christmas season and all of the wonderful traditions it holds!  Be sure to make some hot cocoa and stir it with a candy cane, make some buckeyes (our favorite Christmas tradition,) watch Polar Express, and snuggle in some cozy pajamas!  Isn’t this time of year the best?!

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*This post was sponsored by Dash and Albert and Fresh American.  I was given product to review and style, but the opinions were 100% mine!  

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BMH Blog Readers’ Christmas Home Tours!

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Hey friends!

I am so excited to share this announcement with you!

I am hosting my first every Beneath My Heart Blog Readers’ Christmas Home Tours!

 

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There are a lot of very talented bloggers in blogland that will be participating in Christmas home tours this year and sharing them with all of you.  However, there are MANY BLOG READERS who have equally beautiful homes all decked out for Christmas, and we never get to see them here online.

I want to change that!

I want to show off YOUR homes this Christmas season!

Would you help me out?

 

Here’s what I need you to do!

Take some pictures of your holiday home decor and send them [email protected] between now and December 11th.

Just a few of your favorite pictures will do!  Be sure to send me your first name and the state in which you live for me to include in the tour.  :)

Tips for taking good pictures:

1.  Don’t use your flash.  I know, it seems weird, but if you take your pictures during the day, you should be able to get enough light for your pictures to turn out good.  (I also can lighten them on my computer if they seem dark.) 

2.  Take some close up pictures of small vignettes as well as whole room shots.  We usually want to take only whole room shots of our Christmas decor, but it is nice to zoom in and focus on smaller areas of your decor as well.

3.  Try not to send me pictures that are too small to see.  :)  Usually pictures at least 700 pixels wide or more will work fine.   I would rather them be too big than too small because I can always resize them smaller on my blog if I need to.

thank you

 

 


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