This was our first year at the Haven Conference. Haven is an annual conference geared towards Home DIY/Home decor bloggers. We came ready to take on the blogging world head on!

What we loved about Haven:

  • The camaraderie of being surrounded by ladies of all ages and walks of life that loved to DIY as much as we do!
  • There was an abundance of wonderful session topics that made it hard to choose.
  • The Maven mentor groups were a great add and allowed a more intimate setting to connect with others and ask questions and share information.
  • Hearing people’s stories – how they started, their successes and struggles.
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Will never forget this number from the Glamor Farms Fashion show!

Abby Lawson - Just a Girl and Her Blog

Love all Abby’s openness and passion to help others!

Our Takeaway –

We came with certain goals in mind… At the top was – connecting with brands and learning how to grow and monetize our blog. But, by the time we got to the airport to go home, we realized something pretty huge – Blogging for a living is too crazy hard y’all!

Don’t misunderstand us… We still want to blog and make some $$$, but we want to do it without ALL the pressures of making it our “business.”

How did we get  to this conclusion? Honestly, we were feeling completely OVERWHELMED in all the sessions about what it takes to run a blog – from social media platforms, working with brands, to networking, and don’t get us started with SEO… But we LOVED the sessions that helped expand our creative skills like – Sketchup, Lightroom and photography, And the sessions that talked about real community and connecting with others was very encouraging.

So we’re taking the pressure off… We’re gonna blog just for fun! Whoa, right?! We’re still going to try to do things the right way and use the things we learned. But we’re taking our time, having fun and seeing where God leads us. Amen?!

So if you came away feeling overwhelmed, we feel ya! You’re not alone… We look back at most of our favorite blogs and I realized most of them just started out sharing for fun… We don’t want to skip that part. Our advice for new bloggers like ourselves is take a deep breath and just to blog slowly. You don’t have to do everything right out of the gate. You don’t even have to do it the ‘right’ way. Give yourself permission to screw up. Because you will… We’ll screw up together! Don’t worry about ALL the business side of things in the beginning. I think it’s so important to find out if blogging is even for you personally. BEFORE you invest your time, money and energy. If you don’t have a passion for it, it’ll end up being just another JOB that you’ll hate.

I’ll leave you with one of our favorite life verses – Matthew 16:26

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

So as we see it, you can bust your butt, have a bajillion followers and make millions, but would it have been all worth it – if you forfeit JOY for STRESS and FAMILY for MONEY?

So what’s next for us? We’re taking the scenic route to blogging. Even if we never “arrive” and become super A List bloggers, our hope is at the very least we would have enjoyed the journey and helped others along the way.

We are definitely not knocking those who’ve had immense success in the blogosphere. There are the rare few who may be able to balance all the priorities of life and run a successful blog simultaneously. Hats off to you ladies.

Our best to all those out there who are certain of their blogging destiny.  For those who are about to blog, we salute you! Thanks for taking the time to read our Haven 2016 Recap.


We hope to see you all again next year at Haven 2017!!!

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Easy Stressfree Fabric Wallpaper

Does the thought of wallpaper give you chills? What if I told you you could wallpaper without worrying about destroying your walls and there little prep involved?

Are you ready? All you need is fabric, liquid starch and a little patience… The best part is when you’re tired of this wallpaper you just peel it off and wipe down the wall.


Head over to Julep to read about my step by step process here.

So here the moment you’ve been waiting for… The reveal of my mom’s kitchen!!
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Kitchen Before
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Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Head to Toe Kitchen Makeover Part 1

Well it has been radio silence here on the blog all summer and you’ll see why. We  drove from Colorado to central Florida and spent 4 weeks renovating my mom’s kitchen this summer. Yes, I’m crazy… I planned on blogging my way through but realized real quick – that’s a lot easier said than done and I’m not the multitasker I once was.

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The first thing to go was this wall dividing the kitchen from the the dining and living space. We actually got this wall out the 1st day we were there. I think this made us a little over confident and we didn’t push as hard as we needed to to finish on time.
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I had the best time playing around in Sketchup and this was my dream for the space…

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So what’s with the pops of red you ask? Well that me trying to incorporate my mom’s personality into the space. She owns every red kitchen item known to man…  No really everything is red from the can opener to the Roomba!

I have to admit I bit off more than I could chew with this reno… It resulted in us driving back from our beach vacation and staying an additional week to get everything done.  I praise the Lord for the hubs being able to work remotely and helping everything into the wee hours of the morning…

When all was said and done the end result was really nice and there was no major unfinished issues. Bad news is that we had some of the worst tradesmans ever! It was so painful at times.

Are ready for the after pictures!?  Stay tuned…

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

My Favorite DIY: Art Sliders

I wanted to share my favorite DIY project of all time. This project was super easy and with big impact. The supplies can be found at your local hardware store and be done in an hour or two. Want to learn how I did it? Read all about on Julepoutput_5Z9ETu (1)

Now you see it…minted_diy_art_slider-1

Now you don’t…