Life Lately on Instagram

Life Lately on InstagramCoffee Maker here or here (30% off) / Mug Rack / Chemex / Mug Hooks – Ikea

It’s been awhile since I did an Instagram Lately post! It’s fun now and then to share a few snippets of our life behind the scenes and random updates from our family’s Instagram feeds here on the blog!

But first, I want to send a big thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom :). And another thank you to my kids, you make your mama so proud every single day!

This little coffee station is at my girls’ townhouse, isn’t it the cutest?

Life Lately on InstagramSources: Towel / Gold Flatware

Last week my girls and I had these delicious smoothie bowls one morning during a breakfast meeting. Basically it’s a fruit and yogurt smoothie, but in a bowl topped with fruit and granola. So good, and good for you.

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Last Sunday our whole clan (fur kids and humans) took an afternoon drive to Snoqualmie Falls. It’s only about 45 minutes from our house, so it’s a great spot to escape to if you are local.

The weather was absolutely beautiful here, so we couldn’t resist getting outside. It was nice just to spend time together enjoying the view.

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If you ever watched the TV show Twin Peaks you might remember this stunning setting!

Weird show, beautiful view. :) The Salish Lodge sits up above the falls, it’s all so picturesque!

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It was so refreshing to be able to outside after such a long winter inside. The dogs had a blast.

We had all four dogs with us and we overheard someone say we looked like a straight up a circus. I agree. Ha!

It’s quite a scene to walk four furry doodles.

Life Lately on InstagramDay Bed // Rug // Sign // Stool // Curtains // Shades

I have to say, though, that I think Jack is really just a homebody at heart. Lily loves being outside, but I have to say Jack seems to be the happiest inside with his people.

Speaking of Jack, Friday was his sixth birthday!

Can you believe it? It seems like only yesterday we brought him home from the farm.

Life Lately on InstagramRollers / Oils

Lately my girls and I have had fun making essential oil rollers. We use them for everything. Our happy roller blend is my current favorite. I use it like perfume every day, it smells divine!

We don’t miss artificial scents or unnecessary chemicals in our home one bit! Please let me know if you’d like more details on the oils we use and how we use them.

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Blue skies and pink blossoms!

Life Lately on InstagramBench / Curtains / Shades

This weekend I got into a real redesign frenzy. Before I knew it, I had come up with a new vision or idea for every single room in our house (except the kitchen, I’m not redoing that, ha!).

Pretty much no room will look quite the same as it does in this post, so stay tuned for the updates to this room and others in the upcoming weeks :).

Life Lately on InstagramChalkboard / Memo Board

Speaking of design updates, I always have such good intentions of updating the seasonal art on my chalkboards, too.

But alas, this one still has fall leaves on it. :)

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Curtains / Quilt Lamp & Mirror: Ashley Home Store / Blue & White Check Pillows / Polka Dot Pom Pillow / Glass & Wood Diffuser

I’m really excited to be able to focus on some smaller projects again now that the kitchen is complete. It is fun to always be working on the house, even in small ways. Our guest room is one of the rooms that will be getting a little spring refresh!

I love to come up with new ideas and enjoy how rooms can evolve over time.

Life Lately on InstagramCamera / Tripod Brand

We’ve been mulling over a possible small change or two in this room over the next couple of weeks, too. Design is kind of like playing dominos, one little change seems to lead to everything changing!

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I haven’t forgotten to show you the new floors in my office! Hopefully this week I’ll have the post up.

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Swanson’s Nursery – Fiddle leaf fig goals

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Someday I’d love to have a little gardening shed like this in my backyard.

I don’t love going to shopping malls, but I absolutely love going to plant nurseries!

Life Lately on InstagramDaybed

It’s a real wild rumpus when the pups get together every week.

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Our Lily has the sweetest face and disposition, she is by far the most calm of our pups.

If you’re on Instagram, you can follow all of the pups @doodlesathome or on Facebook here.

Life Lately on InstagramBotanical Art Prints from Ballard Designs / Rug / Door color Ozark Shadows BM

Life Lately on InstagramRug / Hardware and all kitchen sources

This sight gave me quite a little fright out of the corner of my eye. :)
You can follow Jack and his antics on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Life Lately on Instagram

You can follow us on our Pure & Lovely Instagram (@pureandlovelyliving) to get our wellness tips and healthy home ideas. And if you follow my girls on Instagram @kynoelle or @courtneylane1 you will likely even find out where we went to coffee and maybe even what we ate for lunch. :) Because I’m sure you’ve been dying to know ;)

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If you ever have the opportunity to come to Seattle, Kylee uses the hashtag #KyleeinSeattle on Instagram to showcase some of her favorite places to eat, drink coffee and hang out in this beautiful city we call home.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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See our previous “Life Lately on Instagram Posts”: One // Two // Three

You can follow along with our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Pure & Lovely // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Kylee // Courtney

5 Questions & Answers about Blogging

5 Questions & Answers about BloggingMe in my old kitchen in Better Homes & Gardens 

Happy Friday! This summer I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a blog mentor at the Haven Conference in Atlanta. The Haven Conference is a DIY and home blogger conference, so it’s a great place for newbie bloggers and old timers like me to connect and learn together! If you happen to be going, I would love to meet you.

As a mentor I will have the opportunity to share some things I’ve learned as a home blogger. Today I’m joining in a “blog hop” with the other mentors! Even if you aren’t a blogger or a blog reader, maybe you’ll enjoy reading some of the posts. We are all answering the same questions, and today is my turn to join in the blog hop and share a little bit my life as a blogger.

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blogger life

1. How many years have you been blogging?

I published my first post on The Inspired Room in July of 2007. That means this summer is the 10th anniversary of The Inspired Room blog. Time flies when you are having fun, right? Interesting side note, The Inspired Room actually started out as a decorating business in January of 2007, six months before the blog was a thing. Once I started the blog, I never never looked back!

I’ve written thousands of posts since then and have six completed books to date, one of which is a New York Times Best Seller (Love the Home You Have). Who would have thought? Not me! I never dreamed I’d grow up to be a writer or an entrepreneur, but here I am!

5 Questions & Answers about Blogging

my favorite project

2. What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed?

My favorite DIY’s are the projects I get to do as a designer. I don’t like to build stuff and I don’t often whip out my hot glue gun or power tools like so many talented bloggers do, but I do like to design rooms myself. Do what you love, right? My favorite design project has to be my newly remodeled kitchen.

You can see my new kitchen remodel here.

3. What is something useful you have learned from a blog conference?

Years and years ago as a new blogger, I went to a brand new blog conference called Blissdom. I am such a homebody that the thought of going to a blog conference pushed me way out of my comfort zone. I’m also an introvert! I was also a speaker on some of the panels for several years in a row at Blissdom as well as a speaker at Haven. THAT is really out of my comfort zone!

But one of the things that was really important to me as a blogger was that I committed to and invested in personal growth (not just BLOG growth). Personal growth involved doing things that not only stretched my skills or abilities as a blogger, but got me out from behind my computer to connect with and invest in relationships with other people in our community.

I still credit those early years attending the Blissdom Conference for giving me opportunities to learn new skills, spread my wings and grow. And some of my best blogging friends and connections came from attending blogging conferences! It’s definitely a worthwhile investment in many seasons of a blogger’s experience.

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4. What is something you love about blogging and what is something you wish you could change?

I love that a blog can be an opportunity for anyone to create something beautiful and meaningful out of what you love. It is a way to connect to so many opportunities and people around the world. A blog can be anything you want it to be; there is not just one way to do it and no one path to “success.” As a blogger, you really get to define what “success” will look like for you in any particular season.

If being a full time blogger ever appears to be too good to be true (get “free stuff” for your house, get paid to decorate and travel and sit around talking to friends in your computer all day), let me tell you…much of what I do is a lot of fun, but it is often a lot more work than you might think.

As a mom, being able to stay home with my family while running my own home-based business truly was truly a dream come true. I never would have imagined that starting a blog would lead me to what I get to do every day. But it didn’t come from starting a blog for free stuff or discovering some magic hashtags for growing a social media following. 

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For anyone who wants to build a thriving blog or creative business, you’ve got to be invested in it for the long haul if you are going to succeed for the long haul. I continue to do what I do because it still has meaning and relevance. Minimal effort or signing up for “free stuff” won’t get you far or last very long. Burning out trying too hard isn’t a good strategy, either. Sharing from a place of genuine passion, building others up, and still making time to embrace what you love in your “real life” will keep you going as a blogger.

Even with the many hats I wear and the pressures of being an entrepreneur are factored in to what I do every day, I still love being a blogger because it means sharing my love of home with people who feel the same way. There’s nothing else I’d rather do.

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5. What is one piece of advice you would offer a blogger–new or otherwise–who is going to Haven?

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned blogger, go to a blogging event with the intention of coming home with new friends (and to reconnect with old friends!). Don’t stand back or fear that you don’t measure up. I guarantee you, no one will go to the Haven Conference feeling like they have it all together. Most bloggers feel like a hot mess most days (I know I do!), so reach out to someone new, introduce yourself even if you are nervous, ask questions so you can learn from others and most of all, just be you! You’ll put everyone else at ease by being real. You’ve got something special to offer the world and no one else can do what you do. <3

Now, enough about me and my thoughts!

Head on over to meet the rest of the bloggers in Friday’s line up, links below. Enjoy!

5 Questions & Answers about BloggingStart here for Friday’s line up:  Beauty and Bedlam | The Kim Six Fix | Shabbyfufu

 

Here are the rest of the links from this week’s Haven Mentor blog hop!

Monday: Southern Hospitality | Finding Silver Pennies | Jennifer Rizzo | Chaotically Creative 

Tuesday:  Life on Virginia Street | Just A Girl | French Country Cottage | Maison de Pax 

Wednesday:  Thistlewood Farms | The Handmade Home | Beneath My Heart That’s My Letter | Sweet Tea, LLC

Thursday:  Centsational Girl | Mom4Real | Cedar Hill Farmhouse | The Lettered Cottage | Shades of Blue Interiors

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