Blog anniversary and giveaway!

Hello you lovely people, in the hustle and bustle of the holidays I let one very important thing slip my mind. This blog, Our house now a home turned 3! It may not be a big deal to many, but to me this is a huge accomplishment. Due in part to hard work from me, tons of ideas, and every single one of you I have made it this far. Which is why today I wanted to celebrate this milestone with a Blog anniversary and giveaway post.

I knew this day was here, and really wanted to do something special for you all as a thank you. Without every comment, reader, like on social media… this blog would have ended long ago. I adore this blog, the creative outlet I get from it is something that took me by surprise. I was not aware I needed something to call my own, to have outside of my family. However, if no one was reading I would have found a less time consuming hobby a while ago.

When I hit publish on my first post 3 years ago I had no clue what a blog entailed. I was not aware the crash course in decorating, photography, marketing, graphic design, and social media I needed to learn. I simply wanted to share my low cost ways to decorate. I assumed this was a novel idea and no one in the history of the internet had ever seen a DIY blog about decorating a home on a low budget. Yes, let’s all laugh at my naivete. I was obviously not a big time blog reader, I read a few blogs but they were so massive they felt light years away from me and my needs for my family with our no budget decorating. Luckily I have a husband that is a software architect. This man is my in house tech support and can make the actual blog be as pretty as it is. Without Dale and his support this blog would not have gone very far. With tech things, helping with kids, working on projects with me and most importantly his unwavering support. He is a very big part of this blog and deserves a little public praise.

Once I was blogging for one year I was very aware that my blog was one of thousands! They had better ideas, a larger following, better photography, and knew how to add text to pictures, which felt like legit magic to me. The only reason I stuck around that first year was because of the other bloggers I had become friends with. We were in this together. I could lean on them for support, they shared my posts, which meant by the end of the first year I was seeing actual readers! Not just Dale or a few family members. This was exciting stuff people! My fellow bloggers, technically my competition have become some of my closest friends, we are all on slightly different paths with our blogs and can share what we know without feeling as if we are taking anything away. There is room for all of us, and we are singing in a circle, holding hands. Our supportive party is of course beautifully decorated with crafts, has the most Pinterest worthy food you would imagine and our style is on point. Honestly though, these woman have built me up, carried me and pushed me to be who I am as a blogger today.

Going into year two I knew what I wanted to do, where I wanted to grow and had a plan-ish to get there. I am so fortunate to have had each milestone of a new blogging year have obvious growth. With each year I gained so much, learned a ton which created a new problem; I became better in writing, taking pictures, decorating, editing pictures and even those snazzy ways to add text over images. This meant my previous work became cringe worthy. What I thought was my “A” game became my “F” game. As in life, with blogging there is always more to learn and improve upon.

At the ripe old age of three my blog (and me) are considered a veteran. I am no longer the newbie. I will admit that where I had hoped to be in terms of success at this point… I am not there yet. Although where I have landed feels pretty good, I also know I will get there eventually. I have realized that with blogging I will never know it all, there will always be something changing. Social media shifts, reader desires change, and a new plan of attack needs to be considered. I am sure being a home decor blogger any home trends would alter my decorating ideas, but I have never decorated our home for this blog. That is one promise to myself and my family. I decorate for us, and if something is not considered “in” or “on trend” but we like it, I am rocking it. Just please send me urgent emails if I start touting the beauty of shag green carpet. I might need an intervention.

Each home is different, every home and family has a life to it. What works for one will not work for another, this is the beauty and freedom of decorating. I might share a project and someone cannot stand the colors I chose, but still make the project and altering it for their needs. There is no rules in decorating! In decorating and blogging when I first began I wanted rules. I wanted examples of success and wanted to emulate that. If I had a decorating idea I actually searched online to see other examples of it, not trusting my own instincts. This is the opposite of what I do now. I am not sure if it is this blog or my age but I have finally felt as if I have come into my own. There is such peace in that!

I am also very fortunate to have proof that what I am doing is working. We all doubt ourselves and I have always been my worst critic, I am the best cheerleader for others but will always find faults in myself and what I do. To have something so public like this blog, and previous early posts and projects as proof of my awkward phase can be tough. I like to look at those previous indiscretions (or my complete first 1.5 years of blogging) and see how far I have come. I am also fortunate enough to have brands coming to me with campaign ideas, I have helped with marketing, promotion and launching other brands. I am creating graphics for other companies and individuals. This all lets me know I am on the right track.

I assumed a college degree in these fields was needed for these roles, and l did not consider myself a “professional” in any of this because of my lacking degrees in each field. However the blogger wears many hats and no one can have degrees in marketing, business, writing, interior decorating, social media outreach, graphic design, and advertising combined. These are all things I have learned over time. It can be very weird to acknowledge the work I put in, how serious I take this. For many a blog is a hobby, as is decorating a home. At the 3 year mark of this blog, this has become my job. For the first time all of my kids are in school and I have a standard workday at home, working on this. I am either creating content, photographing it, editing images, writing a post or promoting my blog. Putting myself out there and stating this is more than a hobby was very scary for me. It is the point of admitting I really want something to work, which can set me up for eventual failure. Sometimes it is more comfortable to go halfway instead of all in, then you can claim disinterest when the first sign of trouble happens.

There has been a learning curve with blogging but the biggest curve for me was accepting this and admitting I am doing this 100%. I went from hiding my blog from even family to them asking me for advice or hiring me for graphics or decorating. I went from meeting someone new and calling myself a stay at home Mom to being a work at home Mom; explaining what a blogger is and how I make money from it is a whole other fun and often times confusing conversation. Settling into this role of decorator and blogger has been a long climb. Being comfortable calling myself those things is still uneasy at times. I am getting there, and with each successful brand campaign, post being well received or offers from companies to work with them I get that little inkling of a job well done.

However, by far the biggest accomplishment have been all of you! Having people be invested in what I share, be excited about ideas… that is a pinch me kind of moment. I have been featured in large home decor magazines, I am literally paid to decorate my home. But the thing that makes me do the happy dance is having special emails from readers, or engaging in a conversation on social media and getting to know all of you. You are all my peeps, my fellow decorating obsessed, lover of DIY and willing to get your hands dirty. You all get me, and I get you. That is the supportive party that is amazing to see. Daily I engage with people about what I enjoy. Which is why this is called a Blog anniversary and giveaway! I wanted to thank you for being here, it humbles me to have anyone visit. Each page view is a person taking time out of their day to enjoy what I share. It means so much to me!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One lucky winner will get a Target gift card as well as an 8×10 wall decor piece of your choice from the free printable options. I am also giving away all of the printables for free. I created these with the idea of this blog being so personal. It is about my home, but also about everyone else. We are all wanting to make Our house into a home, so my blog name has become the perfect phrase to encourage all people to create their dream home. Their safe haven, the place they enjoy, make memories and can be themselves in. I asked on my blogs Facebook page for people to chime in with a few words on what they think of when they think of home. I had so many great responses. I created a few graphics with the words as well as my blogs name. Which really is a general term for creating a house into a home.

I may not own the phrase, and could sue a few TV shows if I did. I do hear this phrase quite often when mentioning a home, but it is very true. This journey in decorating which started as a need to decorate our home with our non existent budget. We were young adults with babies, but I still wanted that dream home. I started DIYing things and stumbled into a love of decorating. Once the blog became a part of the process my mind and future opened up to me in ways I never dreamed of. Each day I am home for my kids, volunteer at their school. I also get to write, talk to other people, and decorate. I never know what email will come my way, what new campaign is being brought to me. The excitement and unknown used to terrify me, now I start my Mondays not knowing where I will end by Friday. So much of my life has been a happy accident, I met Dale on a whim, we fell in love and jumped head first into love, marriage and babies. We stumbled into adulthood together, buying a home and are navigating raising children. I have now stumbled into the next phase, the phase that is a little more for me. I get to create a future for me, a creative outlet that is starting to actually provide for my family. There is a phrase I adore that says “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be” and never has a phrase spoke more to me. I am blessed in life to be where I am, and this is where my peace comes in. Year three in blogging has only shown me there is so much more. More work, more learning, more decorating, so many pictures to take, and so much is yet to be known. Wherever it is taking me, I am ready!

I hope to have you continue to follow along as we make my house and yours into a home, one DIY project at a time! 

         

For access to all of these printables visit this link. Pick your favorite, let me know which ones you picked! If you have it in your home share a picture on social media and tag Our house now a home in it!




















61 Comment

  1. What a great article Emily, well said! The blogging road is not an easy one and you have obviously worked your way along it with passion to get where you are now. Congratulations!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It is not an easy road but so worth the work!

  2. Happy 3rd Blog Anniversary! I couldn’t help but laugh when I read about when you starting your blog. That was me too. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know what a blog was when I first started blogging. A blogger definitely wears many hats and it’s hard work. I love all of your decor tips and DIY projects and I wish you much continued success!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Glad I am not the only one that jumped into blogging blind 🙂 We all find our way over time. Thank you so much for the sweet words and support!

  3. Dale Burmeister says: Reply

    Thank you for the “public praise”. I don’t need it, this is your amazing thing. I am just here to support you along the way.

    You have wonderful ideas and I am so happy that you are finding you own way. I knew that you would do amazing at this and find you voice and your style.

    Thank you for talking with me and being apart of my life. The life we have created is amazing. Thank you.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh Dale, you are so sweet! Thank you for being you 🙂 and you know… the usual 😉

  4. Amanda says: Reply

    Happy “blogiversary”! Looks like you’ve accomplished so much in the last three years!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Amanda!

  5. candy says: Reply

    Congratulation on your third year of blogging. Your home looks beautiful. I haven’t been blogging as long as you but you give me inspiration because I am always thinking man everyone is so much better at this.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! One thing to remember with blogging is to never compare your own with anyone else. You will only feel defeated. Just do you! 🙂

  6. Congratulations on making it 3 years. I feel like blogging is a learning journey. We never stop learning and growing! This blog is incredible and you are doing a great job! Keep it up! Never stop learning and growing!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It is true, there is always more to learn about with blogging.

  7. Happy Bloggerversary! I love your house! Can I come and move in or have you decorate our flat 😉 xo

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much! Decorating for other people would be amazing!

  8. Congratulations on your 3 year mile stone. You have a beautiful home BTW and I wanted to thank you for the chance to win this giveaway too. I <3 Target.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much, good luck with the giveaway! We find out soon who the winner is!

  9. Yay, congrats! I am halfway through Year 3 of blogging. I look back to year one and want to hide under a blanket in shame. 😉 But I was trying! And I learned…eventually. 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Oh girl, we were all there in the first year. But we needed that first year to learn and grow. The only place to go is up from there 🙂

  10. Congratulations! Your home looks absolutely beautiful. Entering the giveaway too 🙂

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thanks so much, good luck in the giveaway!

  11. Rebecca Swenor says: Reply

    Congrats on three years of blogging. It is nice to know when you work hard you can look back and see how far you have come. Your home looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this awesome giving and awesome blog.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much for the sweet words! It is very nice to see the progress and know I can be proud of where I am right now.

  12. Congrats on your blogaversary! Great giveaway to celebrate!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  13. Happy Anniversary! So true, the road is full of twists, but we learn so much along the way. I love your pics, I really love the picture wall! So many great ideas, keep on doing what you are doing! Here’s to 2017

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much, happy new year to you too! We got is this year!

  14. Ashley says: Reply

    Happy anniversary! I love your blog and what you’ve done with your home. It is beautiful!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Ashley!

  15. What a huge ,accomplishment! Congrats on all your hard work and your beautiful home!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! It has been an amazing journey, I am excited for this year!

  16. Rebecca Bryant says: Reply

    Your hose is gorgeous and congrats on the Blog Anniversary. Here is too many more years.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  17. Claudia Krusch says: Reply

    Happy 3rd Blogerversary! I look forward to reading your blog for years to come. I would love to win a $25 Target gift card and a 8×10 printable wall decor. I have a few blank walls that need some photos to add some color to the space.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! Good luck with the giveaway, we will find out the winner in a few days!

  18. Happy blog anniversary and thanks so much for the great giveaway! I still cringe when I see my first posts more than 3 years ago, it’s been a fantastic journey and blogging can be so much fun!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! At least with the early blog posts we can see how far we have come and how much we have learned. Perfection takes time, and a lot of lessons learned 😉

  19. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Love the printables too! This is my 6th year and I still feel like a newbie!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! You are amazing to have been doing this for 6 years, go you!

  20. Happy anniversary to your blog! Going into blogging is always a new experience and there are so many steps of trial and error. By the way, your home is looking absolutely beautiful!!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! Blogging is such a journey, but worth all of the work!

  21. Happy Blogiversary! That’s great! Blogging is not as easy as people tend to think. Sure, it’s easy to type, but the research and thoughts that go into the posts are extensive. Congrats!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Very true, it is a lot of work!

  22. Happy Blog Anniversary and a Great Giveaway. Your DIY are so nicely documented with pics, making them so easy to follow.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much, I am happy my DIYs are easy to follow! Just what I am going for!

  23. Erica says: Reply

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Happy anniversary and thank you for hosting the giveaway! I entered!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  24. Kelly K. says: Reply

    Congrats on your 3rd anniversary. I love the decor in your home. Nice giveaway.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you!

  25. Congrats Emily! I am so happy for you! It is wonderful to watch your journey and accomplishments. I feel right alongside you since you and I began blogging at the same time. I’m proud of all the improvements you have made to your photography, blog design, content, social media marketing, all of it. You have big goals and really go after them. You deserve all the success coming your way!

    xo,
    Melissa

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much Melissa, that is so nice of you to say! You were one of my first blogging friends, it has been a crazy journey so far! With sweet blogging friends like you this journey is so much more than work!

  26. Happy Anniversary! Three years is a big accomplishment. I see so many people try to start a blog and give up in just a few short months all because of numbers. I started back in 2006, and I had no idea there were any numbers to even check out, lol. It was just fun for me to share ideas, and I can’t believe this many years later, I still feel that way.

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Wow, go you and your long standing blog! That is something to be proud of! It is very true about getting caught up in numbers, the first year I had no one reading and at times that was difficult to deal with. But sticking with it allowed me to find my voice and get my content the best it should be.

  27. Happy blog Anniversary! Three years is a lot these days and a big accomplishment! SO many people give up after a few months!

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you! I think the first year is toughest as far as realizing how big of a job this is. Once you stick it out, then you really find your voice and create the blog you want.

  28. rika says: Reply

    Happy blog anniversary! Your house looks so lovely and clean! Love it

    1. Emily says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  29. Garf says: Reply

    Congrats on all of your hard work. Happy blog anniversary. I can’t remember anymore the exact date when I started blogging 😉

  30. Happy Blogiversary! I’m happy to have met you in blogland, and I love following along with your blog and with your sweet family!

  31. Hi Emily! Finally had a chance to read this post uninterrupted. Congrats again on your 3rd blogiversary! I’m so glad our paths have crossed. You should be very proud with all that you’ve achieved in these 3 years. Wishing you continued success always! Xo, Tee

  32. Congrats and happy anniversary! Your blog is great, can’t wait to celebrate your NEXT blog anniversary, too!

  33. Kimberly Flickinger says: Reply

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary, Thank you for the chance, I can use wall art in my new home.

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