Kirkland’s Grand Opening recap + a $100 gift card giveaway!

When I talk about my blog in relation to my life, I always say something is in my “blog life” versus my “real life”. I don’t do this intentionally, it’s just that it isn’t very often that these two worlds cross paths. Last Saturday I had the rare opportunity to have these two worlds come together and it was weird. Fun, and awesome, and weird.

As I mentioned Friday, I was asked (along with Beth from Free Stylin’) to help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Kirkland’s store in the Austin area. It was so fun to get to be a part of an event! They had a preview party the night before and several of my local blog friends came. We also got to each bring a guest to the preview party friday night, so I brought my (very pregnant) sister (I bet you can’t guess which girl is my sister in the photo below! lol We look like twins).

Front Row: Kat (from Kirkland’s), Annie (Jamie’s friend), Jamie, Lindsay, Beth, Me, Jenn, and Lindsey (my sister)
Back Row: Danielle (from Kirkland’s), Ruth (Lindi’s friend), Ellie (Lindsay’s friend), Lindi, Gina, Reeta (Beth’s sister)

Kirkland’s asked Beth and I if we would each bring a favorite holiday treat to the event on Saturday so on Friday we set up a tablescape with room for our treats. I think it turned out really nice! Good thing Beth is a pro at tablescapes.

Here we are on Saturday during the event. Beth made 3 Ingredient Cookies and I made some Chocolate Bar Toffee that I will share with you guys later this week.

Kirkland’s went all-out for Beth and I. They made some tags for us to “tag” our favorite things around the store.

Here we are posing in front of all our favorite things. I chose the chicken wire shelf, the mirror behind me, and a big lantern next to Beth. (I ended up buying that mirror for my daughter’s room!)

Kirkland’s also printed out these flyers and placed them around the store. I laughed out loud when I read “Free Design Consultations!” because I certainly am not a professional designer. I do enjoy blogging about decorating my own house, but to see someone else consider me an expert had me in a fit of giggles (and totally flattered). I do honestly prefer just tinkering in my own home as a hobby though.

It was a really fun weekend and it was very exciting for this boring stay-at-home mom to be treated like a star for a couple days. I generally shy away from the spotlight, but I’ll admit it was nice to be validated by such a big brand who I like so much. I have put a lot of time and hard work into this blog, so it was very exciting to be recognized for it. (I do feel extremely awkward even writing this post though because I get embarrassed by publicity and generally don’t toot my own horn.)

When they asked me to be a part of the Kirkland’s big Grand Opening event, I told them I absolutely would love to be a part of it, but under two conditions; 1) I wanted Beth to co-host with me, and 2) I wanted a gift card to give away to one of my readers. They happily obliged to both requests, so now is the fun part for you!

To enter the giveaway, simply follow the directions below which are very easy (leave a comment. Done.). I hate jumping through hoops for giveaways as I’m sure you do too, so I try to keep ‘em light and easy. You’re welcome. xoxo

  • PRIZE: One $100 gift card redeemable at any Kirkland’s store, online or in person. One winner.
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post.
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Monday, November 25th at 10pm CST
  • PLEASE NOTE: The gift card is redeemable at Kirkland’s stores AND online.
  • USUAL STUFF:One entry per e-mail address permitted. The winners will be selected using and announced on Tuesday at the top of this post. Make sure you provide me with a legit email address, or I will select a new winner.

And as a side note, now that we are entering Black Friday shopping territory, I’ve scheduled another awesome giveaway for you guys tomorrow (a Silhouette!). So come back tomorrow to enter that one as well.


Kirkland’s Grand Opening Event in ATX

You guys, I have some really fun news! Kirkland’s is opening a new store in Austin, Texas (Pflugerville to be exact) and they have invited Beth from Free Stylin’ (one of my besties) and I to host the Grand Opening Event THIS Saturday, November 16th! Pinch me. Seriously.

The store is located in Pflugerville at the Stone Hill Town Center (130 & 45). Beth and I will be in the store Saturday from 1-4 hanging out and sharing our favorite holiday treats with everyone. I would love to meet you!

While you are there, you can shop for amazing home decor (including Christmas decor) and register to win a $500 gift card. Next week I’ll share all the deets about this awesome hosting opportunity. I still can’t believe they think I’m cool enough to host a party for them. ;)


Before & After competition with One Project Closer (link party)

Edited to add: The winner of this weeks Before & After competition is The Weathered Door’s Geometric Nightstand. Congrats! And thank you everyone for playing along!

Every year One Project Closer hosts a Before & After contest benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Once again, this year I am partnering with One Project Closer to help them co-host their annual Before and After contest!

This is where YOU come in! Enter your Before & After projects in the link party below. One winner will be selected weekly and each winner will win a $50 gift card.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit who helps and supports local communities as well as communities all over all over the world. OPC’s annual Before & After series helps raise awareness for Habitat, and support their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable places to live.

Contest Overview:

* Readers submit up to three Before & After home improvement projects each week that they have personally completed (no contracted jobs)
* One winner will be selected by co-host (me!) and will receive a $50 gift card to Home Depot, Lowes, or Amazon (winner’s choice) and $100 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity in their honor
* 13 different chances to win with 13 different weekly co-hosts, along with OPC The Better Half
* Contest runs June 20th – September 22
* Grand prize voting starts September 26th between all the weekly winners
* Grand prize winner will be given a $150 gift card to HD, Lowes, or Amazon!

How to enter:

* Link up weekly or submit via email to, which means you don’t have to be a blogger to play along.
* Enter all your projects in the link party at the end of this post. This week’s party closes Sunday evening (June 30th).

The Humble Brag Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Contest Schedule:
(visit each of these blogs on their scheduled date to enter that week’s Before & After contest)

June 20 Southern Hospitality
June 27 House of Hepworths
July 4 Beneath My Heart
July 11 Mom4Real
July 18 Fox Hollow Cottage
July 25 Tatertots & Jello
August 1 the space between
August 8 Unskinny Boppy
August 15 DIY Showoff
August 22 The DIY Village
August 29 Pretty Handy Girl
September 5 Shaken Together
September 12 My Blessed Life
September 19 Remodelaholic
September 26 Grand Prize Voting Begins!

Link up your B&A project here:

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