Guest Blogger: Five Days… 5 Ways

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I’m so excited Allison was nice enough to leave her blogging backdoor unlocked for me so I could slip in and introduce myself today. But first things first: I thought you might want to know that I’m hosting a giveaway for Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy and you can find out all of the details here.

See? I have my priorities straight!

And now that you’re back…Hi there! So, here I am…introducing myself (feel free to imagine me doing a stiff little wave and a half-curtsy because that’s what I just did…at my own computer screen…while I was typing…what a doofus!):

So, hi there! I’m Abbie. Like many of you, I wear so many hats that sometimes I walk out the door with the wrong one on. I’m a follower of Jesus, a mama to three children: Ezra (5), Simon (3 1/2), and Adelaide (9 mos.), a wife to one (no polygamy here…though sometimes I do feel like a blogamist), a fitness instructor, a writer, a DIY fanatic, and a thrifting junkie.

Oh yeah. And I run not one but two blogs (hence the blogamy): Five days…5 ways, which is kind of like my everyday house, and Secondhand or Bare Bottom—a little more like a vacation house, with a closetful of killer thrifted finds.

At Five days…5 ways, I have a theme for each day of the work-week: 1) Move-it Monday (fitness), 2) Try-it Tuesday (DIY + tutorials), Wardrobe Wednesday (where I showcase my “cheat outfits”—which just means that they’re not 100% thrifted), Five Things Thursday (a picture diary of five things on my mind), and Feature Friday (could be anything from my life or others’ as long as I feel like featuring it).

Here’s a taste of what’s been going down at my everyday pad, Five days…5 ways:

    • A master closet makeover (that Allison was kind enough to feature a couple of weeks back!) which transformed a sadly underutilized space with lots of potential into my dream dressing room:

Some detail shots to whet your appetite for more. : )

    • A tufted ottoman that I made from a $40 craigslist coffee table (tutorial included):

You can find updated pictures of my entire living room (I’ll even tell you where I bought that fabulous rug…can you tell I get that question a lot?) and other rooms on my blog’s “Our House” tab.

Speaking of our house, we built 95% of it ourselves (framing, painting, plumbing, electrical, sheetrock, built-ins, flooring…practically everything) because when I say DIY fanatic…I mean fan-a-tic!

    • My daughter, Della’s, nursery:


    • A push-up tutorial (which is the best all-around fitness move out there, I think):

    • A taste of my Wardrobe Wednesday style:

I promise I’m not snooty. The turned-up nose is genetic. (Thanks, Mom, but I would have preferred inheriting your ability to get a tan instead of my current constant state of two shades lighter than pasty).

And speaking of clothes, Secondhand or Bare Bottom is a 100% thrifted style blog—my creative outlet for my Goodwill obsession finds and my smart-mouthed tendencies (I write a “bit”—part sarcasm, part silliness—to go with each outfit post). What makes this blog unique is that literally every. single. item. (bags, shoes, jewelry, everything) I wear or carry is thrifted or gifted. Here’s a peek at what I wore last week (my style might be best described as Little House on the Prairie meets boho chic):

And that’s all she wrote, folks! (Ha! If you read my blog, you’ll find out soon enough that it’s never all she wrote!).

Allison, you are a very gracious and brave woman for letting me stop by to blather about my blogs, and I thank you. I hope I’ve behaved myself well enough that you’ll still let me participate in your linkies and ogle your fun projects!

And thank YOU too, House of Hepworth readers. It’s been a pleasure sharing a bit of my corner of the blogosphere with you today. I hope you come by for a visit at either/both of my blogs.

In fact, I’ve got quite the welcome present for you waiting at Five days…5 ways:

I’m hosting a giveaway for a $25 shop credit to…wait for it…!!! You know you love Lindsey’s ridiculously cute wares! Check out the giveaway button in my sidebar for all the details!

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  1. very interesting boy oh boy you are doing a lot of different stuff WOW I really love tutorial and thrift finds and see how people fix them up. Your big padded coffee table is wonderful ! Ill be checking your blog out
    KAT Griffin

  2. Oh my gosh, Allison, I saw Abbie on The Pleated Poppy, and YEAH she pretty much rules. I already went and followed both her blogs, because she rules, and I like totally love her, because she rules, hehe. I guess that makes you super awesome too, because you had her on your blog, so you rule too mama.

    Are you excited for school to start again?? Hope you are doing well girl, talk to you soon!!

    p.s. If you get a chance I’m inviting you over to my blog, I’m kinda having a HUGE giveaway going on, and you MIGHT like it, (or LOVE it). I’d be so happy to have your support!
    Hugs, Bella 🙂
    **$5 for every LIKE giveaway** @ Bella Before and After
    **$200 SHOP till you DROP giveaway** @ Bella Before and After.

  3. So glad to meet you! Love the pics of your wardrobe and that closet is TDF!!!

  4. Loving HOH and 5 days, so fun!

  5. THANKS, Allison! Too fun to be able to meet your readers! I so appreciate the opportunity!

  6. Love the wall color on your daughters nursery. Can you share the name? Thanks

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