Haven Maven Mentor Blog Hop

Haven-home-conference Hey guys!  Today, I am participating in the Haven Maven Mentor Blog Hop, but I first want to take a second and thank you guys for all of the love and support you have shown Jonathan during his journey on The Voice!  He didn’t win his “battle” last night, but he is still a winner to us!  I will write another post tomorrow about his battle with Moushumi, so stay tuned! :) You may be visiting me from my good friend, Shaunna’s blog!  If so, welcome! Today, I am going to share something with you that I am SUPER excited about!  For the first time ever at Haven, we are having Haven Maven Mentors!  Check out these fabulous bloggers that will be mentors this year….. Haven Maven Mentors small    

Oh….what’s Haven, you ask?!

Well, it is the best DIY blog conference in America!  Okay,  I “might” be a little biased since I am one of the co-founders of Haven.  hee.hee.   This is our fifth year of hosting Haven in Atlanta, Georgia, and we are so excited!!  It is a 3 day event that is packed full of amazing sessions and speakers, from everything like painting and building, to photography and how to make money blogging.    

1. How many years have you been blogging?

I started blogging in 2009, which is totally crazy to me!  I never, ever, ever dreamed in a million years, when I was a stay-at-home mom, that my little “hobby” as would turn into my full time career.  But it has been the most rewarding “unexpected blessing” of my life!  Many of my online friendships with other bloggers have turned into my best “real life” friends.   image_thumb[17]  

2. What is your favorite DIY project you’ve completed?

I have many favorite DIY projects, but I would have to say that my OVERALL favorite DIY project is one we are still currently working on…. OUR HOME.   Over the past five years, we have turned our small brick ranch home into the “Cottage of our Dreams!” home-series-420x600   You can click on the image above to see links to all of the projects we have completed in our home.   One of my most well know projects is our craft closet makeover.  office-008_thumb   And I probably enjoyed creating our soon-to-be-daughter’s bedroom the most…   Sanijas-room-collage


3. What is something significant you learned from a conference?

I have attended MANY blog conferences!  I believe I have been to over 14 conferences in all, and I hope to attend more besides Haven.  The main thing I have learned at each conference is that RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY to not only have a successful blog, but to enjoy having it as well!  The FACE TO FACE interaction with other bloggers who “get me” and my passions is indescribable.   The sessions are wonderful, and the information you learn is great, but sitting around the table at dinner, or eating breakfast together, or staying up late in the hotel room just talking about blogging is invaluable!  It’s the stuff that happens outside of the sessions that is magical.  Hugging your online friends in person and sharing your thoughts and ideas together is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.   Haven is one of the highlights of my year because I know that I will get to hug the necks and hangout with so many amazing people!

4. What is one piece of advice you would offer a blogger who is going to Haven?

First of all….GO!!  There is no other better advice.  I can guarantee you will NEVER regret it! Secondly, don’t be overwhelmed by all of the information you will learn at a conference.  I tell everyone to take one or two  “golden nuggets” from each conference and apply it to your blog goals.  Baby steps is always best.   And just enjoy the fellowship at Haven.   Haven is a “safe place” to be yourself and be supported by other bloggers.   I SURE DO HOPE I SEE YOU THERE! If you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, you can do so hereHaven-home-conference     Next on the blog hop is sweet Kim from Sand and Sisal!  I love this girl, and her blog too!  Go say hi and check out her best DIY project and conference advice as well!    

Day 1: Southern Hospitality | City Farmhouse | In My Own Style | Rooms for Rent

Day 2: All Things Thrifty | Perfectly Imperfect | Beneath My Heart | Sand & Sisal | French Country Cottage

Day 3: Liz Marie Blog | My Repurposed Life | Just a Girl | Bower Power | Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. Just wanted to let you know I’m sad Jonathan didn’t win the battle on The Voice! But what an experience he’s had! Yes, he is a winner regardless :)

  2. Traci, I am so amazed at what Jonathan has accomplished. I felt so cheated when they didn’t show his “battle” but I have to tell you, he is quite a wonderful young man. There is just something about his voice that gets to me, and I’m a 60+ (getting way to close to 70) year old who never watched The Voice until I knew he was going to be on. I feel that this is a great layer to the foundation that he has been building so steadily. The little “setbacks” aren’t really setbacks – they are what make the mortar and foundation all the stronger. Okay, getting way too emotional, but gosh Jonathan, good for you!

  3. I was very disappointed that Jonathan didn’t continue. I’ve never watched The Voice until now and I was looking forward to cheering on your amazing son. I’m sure there are more wonderful opportunities ahead for him

  4. What an amazing experience and accomplishment! It’s something Jonathan will take with him for the rest of his life. I was so disappointed they didn’t show his battle…not sure why they did that! Anyway, we are proud of him and I know your entire family is as well. God will continue to use his voice in the future!
    Blessings this Easter weekend.

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