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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
  • NUMBER OF WINNERS: ONE
  • 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 random.org 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.


     

Hookin Up with HoH #142

Each week I try to write some type of message or thought or story for you guys before the link party. Some weeks I just say hi. Some weeks I have an announcement. Some weeks I just ramble about nothing. This week? I just want to tell you guys that I really love looking through all your links each week. And believe it or not, if you have good posts week after week, I notice, and I add you to my reader. I have found most of my favorite blogs through this link party! Good content is the fastest way for you to grow your blog. If you put out awesome content, people will notice. Bloggers will feature you. People will pin your stuff. This is the best way to grow your blog… by simply having great content! As Scott Stratten said at Blissdom two years ago, “only post Awesome. If it’s not Awesome, don’t post it.” This has been my philosophy since then. I try to only post Awesome stuff. This advice was one of the driving factors in me stopping all sponsors and promotions on my blog. Don’t let your blog get bogged down with filler posts and garbage just so you can “get a post up 5x a week”. Just post Awesome and you will be awesome. Oh, and stop saying “easy peasy”. That phrase sends shivers down my spine! ;) ::Off my soap box now::

** So, are you new here? I throw the Hookin’ Up with HoH Party every week to give all of you a chance to find other awesome blogs to read. Below you will find several hundred mini links to other people’s blog posts. Have fun browsing through the links in search of new ideas. Also, if you are a blogger, please feel free to add your own links to the list!

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Please refrain from posting links to shops and stores.

Please note: RECIPES/FOOD is a separate link. Please make sure you are linking in the appropriate section.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week’s link party:

Beautiful bathroom makeover from Involving Home. She also gives some really great advice about picking tile and countertops.

Oh my, I am in love with this beautiful paper dahlia wreath from Love, Pomegranate House. Isn’t it so pretty? And as a side note, she always links up such fantastic stuff each week, that her blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor has the best tips for creating business cards. Seriously, great tips. And if you look closely you can see my mug right there, front and center. It’s like Where’s Waldo. Where is Allison?

Turn a coat closet into a rockin’ media closet by following Organize and Decorate Everything‘s tutorial.

Practically Functional is such a smartie pants! She used a pool noodle inside her boots to keep them upright. This is why I love reading blogs – such great tips that make me wonder why I never thought of that.

Restoration Beauty added soem dividers to her kitchen drawers to make them more organized.

I love this DIY floating sideboard made from ikea cabinets over at Nalle’s House. Beautiful piece of furniture and a beautiful blog to boot.

How many times have you climbed on top of your washer to retrieve clothing that has fallen behind? Only me? (I use the turned-on vacuum tube & extender thing to suck stuff up from back there!) Well, Lewisville Love put a shelf over her washer and dryer that not only blocks stuff from falling into the dark abyss, it also adds a ton more storage!

Okay, seriously, cutest link of the week right here. The Dating Divas made her family into little magnetic people. I stinkin’ love this.

Magic City Thistle painted an accent stripe down her hallway and it turned the space from boring to awesome!

Make a colorful rainbow piñata for your next party following No Business Like Sew Business‘s very detailed and easy to follow tutorial.

Washi tape does it again. This time The Benson Street turned boring little tea lights into cute little candles that I just want to either gobble right up or pinch the cheeks of. I can’t decide. But seriously, they are that itty bitty and adorable.

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Hookin Up with HoH #140

Hi my friends!! I am packing like a mad woman trying to get ready for my little weekend getaway with some of my favorite blogger friends at the Blissdom Conference. If you want to get in on the conference action, just follow along with me on instagram. I’ll be posting fun photos all weekend. I leave tomorrow morning to carpool mini-van style with Jessica, Jamie, and Kristen. I cannot wait for the road trip to Dallas – about 3 hours north of where I live in Austin. I think I’m even more excited about the road trip than the conference. haha. I love me a good road trip; especially if it’s a carload of lady bloggers. I more than likely won’t blog about the conference afterward (too many people don’t like reading that type of post) so if you want to see how it’s going, make sure to follow me on instagram.

** So, are you new here? I throw the Hookin’ Up with HoH Party every week to give all of you a chance to find other awesome blogs to read. Below you will find several hundred mini links to other people’s blog posts. Have fun browsing through the links in search of new ideas. Also, if you are a blogger, please feel free to add your own links to the list!

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Please refrain from posting links to shops and stores.

Please note: RECIPES/FOOD is a separate link. Please make sure you are linking in the appropriate section.

Here are a few of my favorites from last week’s link party:

Beautiful tween girl’s bedroom makeover from New House to Home.

I love these hanging laundry bags in The Pin Junkie‘s newly made over laundry room.

Eek, I am dying over this 3D Lego art from Boxy Colonial. My son would flip out for this in his room.

Love, Pomegranate House made some really awesome knotted t-shirt headbands.

The Sweet Spot Blog has a really awesome series on her blog about selling your home. I’ve linked to the entire series if you want to click through and read all the tips she shares.

TwelveOeight upcycled some barstools to create a sofa table! I love seeing stuff repurposed in unique ways.

I’ve seen so many jumbo growth rulers in blogland (and I love every one of them!) but I especially love this very unique twist Charming Zebra did on hers – Roman Numerals. So fun and different!

Liz Marie Blog made a little DIY succulent planter. I did a serious double-take when I realized the succulents are actually fake! They look so real.

Have faded blue jeans? Darken them back up with some dye and a few tips from Lewisville Love.

The Happier Homemaker shares a great tip for cleaning grout. I must do this.

Seriously, guys. How fun is this zipper pouch from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom? So freaking fun! Love it.

Five Little Chefs shares a very easy, very yummy looking recipe for making your own granola bars.

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