Guest Blogger: Five Days… 5 Ways

five days five ways | because every day is different

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!

Hookin Up with HoH #63

I have two giveaways currently going on. Make sure you go enter!
Win a Dremel Multi-Max! Click here to enter.

Win a 16×20 rolled canvas from! Click here to enter.


Please note, I will remove any links that are for items you are selling. It would make my day a lot easier if you would refrain from posting these links in the first place. Thanks!

RECIPES/FOOD now has a separate link. If you want to link up a recipe, make sure to scroll down to the 2nd inlinkz button instead of the first.

{Here’s a great way to browse all the previous Link Parties.}

Another great party last week, you guys! Here are my top favorites:

Michelle Paige made this cool beach sign.

I’m Topsy Turvy shows us how to cut fondont & gum paste on a Silhouette machine. I didn’t even think it was possible!

A sense of Design wows me with this beautiful room redo.

Make curtains from bedsheets over at My Life and Kids.

This card catalog went from ho-hum to wowza with The Frosted Gardner.

Beautiful gallery wall tastefully done by Living in the Woods.

Recaptured Charm redid this night stand with steel panels! Go see how.

JAQS Studio has me speechless with this beautiful pinwheel wreath.

Beautiful room re-do and painted stripes at Classy Clutter.

The 26th Avenue carves a little sewing area for herself AND she made everything herself!

Ohmegosh…. check out these darling campfire cupcakes by Sweetology.

Here are the craft and recipe blog posts that received the most clicks last week. Congrats ladies for being awesome.

Choose to Thrive gives some excellent pointers on how to score FREE fall decor.

And finally, last but not least, Mom on Timeout shares a delicious looking recipe for breakfast burritos. I don’t know about you, but this Texas gal LOVES breakfast burritos and tacos. YUM!

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Post about anything you’ve worked on recently!

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* Please only post links that you haven’t previously posted at one of my parties. We want fresh new content each week.

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* Don’t link up your LINK PARTY *unless it’s also a craft or tutorial of your own*.
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Hottie Chip Wade of HGTV partnering with Dremel; plus a GIVEAWAY!!

The lucky winner of the Dremel Multi-Max is comment #179 – Missy Kim!! Congrats on your big win! Also,thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. xoxo.

Who here loves HGTV? {me me me me ME!!} My TiVo is full to the brim with shows from HGTV. It’s seriously one of my favorite channels. Do YOU love HGTV? {say YES!}

If you are an HGTV junkie like myself, this easy-on-the-eyes hottie needs no introduction…

Meet expert craftsman Chip Wade, of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block” and “Designed to Sell”.

Chip, (we’re on a first name basis) of my favorite network, HGTV, has partnered with my favorite company, Dremel, to conquer one fear this year: ‘Tackling America’s To-Do List.’

Launching next month on the Dremel Facebook page, Wade Chip will lead viewers through step-by-step instructions and tool recommendations for tackling the top projects on homeowners’ to-do lists. A new video will be released monthly.

However, today is your lucky day because House of Hepworths has the exclusive never-before-seen sneak-preview to share with you guys!

Check it out! This video features Chip Wade using the Dremel 3000, a brand-NEW Dremel rotary tool that will be released this September. Besides being really informative, Chip himself is pretty easy to look at. Yummy!

Man, is he smokin’ or what? Er… um.. where was I? Oh, right… Dremel… Sorry, I got sidetracked by those biceps.

You are invited to attend a super-duper-FUN Twitter par-tay tomorrow (Thursday) night!

Dremel is hosting a Twitter chat on Thursday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m. CST to chat it up about top DIY projects. All the cool people, including ME!, Dremel experts, and even Chip Wade himself will be there! You can join in the fun by following the #DremelDIY hashtag, and are encouraged to jump in and ask any and all of your burning DIY questions. I hope to see you there!

If you are a stats junkie like me, you can see all the results from their survey by visiting Dremel Newsroom.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!

Dremel is so excited about their new partnership with Chip Wade they want to give one of you your very own Dremel Multi-Max!

I used my Multi-Max to complete the popular Hanging Plant Containers project.


Want one of these bad-boyz to be yours?

All you have to do is enter the giveaway by following them on Facebook and Tweeting about them (see specifics below).

Here are the official rules for entering the GIVEAWAY:

  • PRIZE: Dremel Multi-Max tool provided for free by Dremel. One winner will be selected. Winner will receive the corded version.
  • TO ENTER: “Like” Dremel’s Facebook Fan Page. Leave a comment letting me know.
  • ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Follow Dremel on Twitter then Tweet about this giveaway. Tweet this EXACT phrase for 2nd entry to be counted:

    “I want to win a Dremel Multi-Max tool! Enter for your chance to win: @houseofheps #DremelDIY”.

    Leave a 2nd comment letting me know.

  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Tuesday, August 30th at 10pm CST
  • PRIZE SHIPS: Limited to USA residents 18 years old and above only.
  • USUAL STUFF:Up to two entries per e-mail address permitted. The winners will be selected using and announced on Wednesday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

Please note: I am NOT being compensated for this giveaway. I’m offering this awesomespice giveaway as a give-back to my readers because I love you guys!

You can view all my Dremel posts by clicking here.

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