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10 of My Favorite Bloggers

1. Addison's Wonderland

I love following blogger and designer, Brittany Hayes. You've probably seen this picture of her amazing staircase on Pinterest. Her bold use of color and patterns inspires me to be bold and take risks in my own design choices. She and her husband are also renovating a historical home right now, and it's so fun to follow their progress. 

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2. The Pioneer Woman

Who doesn't love Ree Drumond, am I right? Her confessions are probably my favorite part of her blog. I love her sense of humor and she has a gazillion delicious recipes that she's shared and created over the years. I want to go live with her just so I can eat all her good cooking. Do you think if I tell her I'm a bassett hound she'll let me stay? Also, I want her hair.

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3. The Makerista

I just love her home and style. It's bold and the perfect blend of modern and traditional. I really love seeing how the elements and colors she chooses in one room transition into the next without being matchy matchy or the same color. I've learned so much from studying some of the spaces she's created.

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4. Magnolia Market, Joanna Gaines

Again, who hasn't heard of her and who doesn't love her? I love her kind spirit that shows through her blog and her show. After each episode she always comes back and breaks down their house flips on the blog in even more detail than you get on the show, which I love. She also shares recipes, entertaining tips, gardening tips, and crafts. Is there anything this woman can't do?

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5. Design for Mankind

Erin Loechner's writing is just so beautiful and she somehow captures and communicates the everyday of life and all the feelings in such a beautiful way that everyone can relate to. I mean, just read this bit from her About page.

By day, I research trends and change diapers and write essays and design products and delete emails and speak at international events and say another prayer and brew another coffee and travel the world and read a chapter and kiss a skinned knee and battle imperfections and curate art and fry bacon and change my outfit and honor my husband and and style lookbooks and sing lullabies and search for that ubiquitous missing sock yet again.
By night, I write it all (mostly) down here.
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6. Style by Emily Henderson

You've probably heard me mention her on the blog before. Can we just say talented? I love Emily's fun personality that shines through her writing. She is one of my go to sources when I have a design question. She has so much good and detailed design information on her blog and her book (listed below) is one I reference all the time for advice and inspiration.

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7. Chris Loves Julia

I love their style and their decorating philosophy. They design and decorate with family in mind and not only are their designs beautiful, but they're also functional and safe for their littles. I love when design combines both beauty and function. 

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8. Pinch of Yum. 

I love food and I love pictures of food. Lindsey takes the most beautiful food pictures and the recipes I've tried from her blog have been delicious. I love that they look and taste delicious and also lean towards the healthier side. We just tried these tacos last week with tilapia instead of shrimp and they were delish!

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9. Angie's Roost

Angie and her husband live in a home built in the 1700's and I'm insanely jealous. I love following their renovation and I also love Angie's design sense. If for no other reason you should just go check out her blog to see their extra wide blank floors and ceiling beams that are all original to the house. This picture is of their guest bathroom renovation that they just completed.

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10. Young House Love

They're not blogging as much these days, but if you're looking for a how to tutorial when it comes to home improvement these two are your go to source. John and Sherry started blogging to share their home renovation progress with friends and family and now they've written two books in addition to their successful blog. They also have a great sense of humor and their blog is a lot of fun to read. They're another one of those bloggers that are great at incorporating beauty and practicality.

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Who are some of your favorite bloggers? Please share in the comments below!

I've Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!

First things first, I'm sorry I've been absent on here the past week. Life has been a little busy finishing up some photo sessions that I had the privilege of shooting recently. There's some happenings going on with the blog that I hope to share with you soon! I really missed being on here and sharing with you last week. 

Secondly, I'm excited to share that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Moose Studio! Please go check them out! They are wedding photographers in California who also share a lot of their travels and fashion through their blog, and their photography is really beautiful! 

The Liebster award is a nomination given to up and coming bloggers by other bloggers. I hadn't heard of Moose Studio until they nominated me, but have loved discovering their blog and look forward to passing the nomination on to other bloggers. 

As part of the nomination, I get to answer 10 questions chosen by Moose Studio about myself and than get to nominate other blogs and ask them questions as well. So, here goes! 

1. Why did you start blogging? I've blogged on and off since high school, I think, but never stuck with it. I love the art of writing, so blogging was an outlet for that. Later it was a way to share my photography and bits of my life with others. It's kind of a creative outlet for me. Some things are changing around here as far as the blog goes, and I'm looking forward to sharing those changes with you soon!

2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why? This is a tough question. I'm not a hundred percent sure where it would be, but I know it would be on a lake somewhere. I love being close to the water, and having a place to live, work, and relax with my family and enjoy God's awesome creation by a lake would be a dream come true.

3.What is one of the best travel lessons you have learned so far? Pack light. Running from one end of an airport to another with a heavy duffle bag and your "purse," which is really just another bag and almost missing your flight is no way to live. Who needs that kind of stress their life, am I right? 

4. What does a typical day look like for you? It varies from day to day, but I usually get up and fix my sweet husband breakfast and lunch before he leaves for work. Then, I read my devos, check social, pick up and shower, and start my work day, which usually consists of photo editing, writing for the blog, and working on projects for the blog, and learning how to turn this passion into a business.

5. What is your number one travel item? (excluding your passport/ID) My camera. Who needs clean underwear? Overrated. 

6. What’s your preferred mode of transportation? Whatever gets me to my destination the fastest. I know it's all about the journey, but 13 hours on I-20 to go visit family ain't no journey, folks. And have you driven through Texas? It's flat.

7. Give us your best packing tip? Don't forget your pj's. I don't know why, but I always do, and sleeping in jeans ain't fun, and there are times where it's just not appropriate to where anything less.

8. What’s your favorite fashion find of all time? A pair of pink knit shorts from Old Navy. They are the most comfortable thing I own. They got lost for a couple of weeks one time and I was seriously sad until I found them in the dryer. I need help.

9.Which brands do you shop from most? For clothes, I love LOFT. Their clothes just fit me well, and they're just my style. But truth be told, I'd rather shop for home goods than clothes, and I love IKEA, West Elm, and of course, TJ Maxx and scouring thrift stores for fun finds!

10. Where do you see your blog being in a year from now? Imma have to save this one for later because it's part of an up and coming post ;)

If you've stuck with me through this really long post that was all about me, thank you! You're the real MVP. I am nominating three blogs that I recently discovered and asking them the following questions! Be sure to go check them out! 

Creatively Living 

Sparkle Living

Mommy Envy

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. How would you describe your style?

3. What is one piece of decorating advice you would give someone who is decorating their home?

4 What has been your favorite diy project so far?

5 What is a favorite tradition that your family has for Christmas or Thanksgiving or both?1

6. Where do you get your inspiration from?

7. What is your favorite Christmas carol?

8. Coffee or tea? 

9. Who are some bloggers that you enjoy following?

10. What are your dreams for your blog?