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31 Days of Change

31 Days of Change

I’m interrupting your summer to bring you this public service announcement:

I am a lover of Fall.

But you probably already knew that if you’ve been around here much.

Actually, I’m a lover of all seasons. But I’m especially fond of Fall.

For three years now, I’ve been sharing my love of Fall with y’all in various ways. From my annual Fall Nesting Parties (let’s schedule our fourth annual for September 12th — I won’t rush us this year) to my fall themed series, drive bys, and posts, I cannot get enough of my favorite season.

31 Days of Change

So some of you might remember last October when my pal Nester graciously gathered up a group of our girlfriends and we all did a series called 31 Days. Remember those buttons, above? The idea behind it was that we could inspire readers for 31 days towards some sort of goal. Here were the topics from last year:

31 Days to a Less Messy Nest from Nester at Nesting Place
31 Days to Stress-Free Entertaining
from Sandy at The Reluctant Entertainer
31 Days to a Better Photo from Darcy at Life With My 3 Boybarians
31 Days to More with Less from Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
31 Days of Autumn Bliss from Melissa at The Inspired Room
31 Days of Living Simply from Emily at Remodeling This Life
31 Days of Grace from Emily at Chatting at the Sky
31 Days to an Inspired Table from Kendra at My First Kitchen {this year we added Jessica from The Mom Creative}

Because the series took place in October, in the height of my favorite season, my series last year was called 31 Days of Autumn Bliss! My goal in that series was to inspire you (and me) to nurture an atmosphere of contentment at home during the Fall season.

For that series, I wrote posts on everything from preparing your Fall Entryway to Organizing your Kitchen to posts about Autumn Rooms and even a few fun Autumn Drive Bys through Seattle. It was a fun month of Autumn inspiration!

If you want to get a jump on fall, you can read my entire Autumn Bliss series right here, 31 Days of Autumn Bliss!

31 Days of Change

This year we are teaming up again for 31 Days of Change. YAY! Unlike last year, I have actually thought ahead a little bit on this series. Woo. Hoo. Imagine that. I not only know the series title but I have thought through each week and the topics I want to focus on. GO ME!

Four years of blogging and I’m finally thinking IN ADVANCE! Well, that only happens once in awhile. Usually, though, I still don’t know what I’m doing. I’m normally train wreck blogger without a plan, but I’ve made peace with my methods.

31 Days: Inspired Holidays

Anyway, this year I want to dive in a little more to the idea of embracing Fall at home as we find simple inspiration for the Holiday Season. I’m pumped about this series! Sometimes in the busyness of life I lose touch with my love for the holidays and I need to be inspired to rekindle that affection in manageable ways! I need to blog to inspire myself, but I’m glad you hang out with me too!

For 31 Days I’ll share simple ideas, inspiring tips and daily motivation to fully embrace the holiday season. We won’t just talk about wreaths and mantels, we’ll talk about a wide variety of inspiring and creative topics to prepare us for the season!

I know it is hot outside right now for most of you and the holidays are probably far from your thoughts, but I’ll be ready October 1 to make sure we make the most of the season! I’ve got ideas already brewing and it should be a great transition to the holidays.

Right there with me in October will be other fabulous ladies sharing on their own inspiring topics for 31 days in a row!

You’ll be able to follow along with their series AND, new this year, we’ll be HOSTING 31 DAY SERIES LINKIES so you can join in with your own 31 Day series if you’d like! Whatever topic suits YOU!

Will you join us? And the bigger question, will Seattle finally get our summer in October and will the rest of the country cool down by then? Gah, I HOPE SO! For all our sakes.

It is going to be a blast. So mark your calendars for October! See you then?

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Hey all, I offered to write a guest post for Melissa while she focused on the recovery of her daughters health after an emergency appendectomy. I’m Kim from Today’s Creative Blog. I met Melissa online a few years ago and finally in person this July. Funny how blogging can make you instant friends. Over at Today’s Creative Blog, I feature the most inspiring blogs out there. In fact Melissa was one of my first features.

A bit ago, I featured Stacy with Not Just A Housewife. Let me introduce you!

Outdoor living

I have got to show you her outdoor space!

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

I also met Stacy this past April and was first stunned on how beautiful her skin was. So not only does she have a beautiful home, but her face is also flawless. Before I had anytime to feel jealous, I fell in love with her warmth and talent. I was thrilled to see her in the latest Better Homes and Gardens. If you know anything about me…….and you may not……but I love it when people decorate with things they already have or with new found low cost items. Taking something and making do, but making it better is always a better way. It certainly shows more personality and that’s what makes your house a home, right? Imagine walking into Stacy’s backyard and seeing this whimsical door divider. You are instantly charmed…..well at least I would be.

My mind is on outdoor spaces since we JUST started getting some of that summer weather.

I love how she took older doors from a previous home and made them new again. This is the perfect back drop creating a beautiful focal point for her yard. They are still working on their deck off the house, so this will work in the mean time.

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Who doesn’t have a few mason jars around the house?

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}Once again, I think they add instant character to your outdoor space. In addition to using them for hanging vases, you could use them to decorate your table, holding candles, or to drink from. Everything tastes better from a Mason jar right?Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

To add character to her fence and to continue her theme, she added planter boxes. Much nicer to look at don’t you think?Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Add the wood boxes to the brick wall below really helped bring more comfort to this sitting area she created. I’m ready to attend a party in the back yard! Dibs on that turquoise chair.

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Another older item you may have around is an old ladder. Why not paint it, add some colorful pots?

Backyard Ideas {Not Just a Housewife}

Stacy’s outdoor area didn’t cost a lot of money and she used items she already had, built or picked up at a yard sale. With a little imagination, you can create a whole new look.

From Melissa: Hope you all enjoyed Kim’s post as much as I did! Thanks Kim! It is a wonderful privilege to be able to take care of my daughter while she recovers from her surgery. We found out her appendix had in fact ruptured so she has a longer recovery time. Thank you all for your wonderful support! More inspiration to come this week!