A Look Back at 2017

Hello, 2018. It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and while this one has been full of ups and downs personally, I am so happy with where I’m at today and the possibilities for what the future holds. In a lot of ways when I look back on this year, I feel like I just sort of coasted when it came to the blog. The year prior I wrote and released my first book, which was such a HUGE project for me, and between wanting to slow down a bit from the fast pace of author life and needing some calm in my personal life, I went into a little bit of survival mode here on the blog. This wasn’t a terrible thing though because I was able to really evaluate my time and priorities and where I wanted to take my business next. I’ve learned to be more intentional with my time and not work all hours of the day and night, which I’m totally guilty of. I’ve learned to make time for myself by going to the gym regularly (and actually loving it) and make time for the people in my life who are worth keeping. And I also took a few big steps forward in my career by opening up a little retail store close to my home in Indiana and began the process of overhauling my blog into a much more grown-up, professional, inspiring website that will hopefully launch sometime early this year. Nothing is guaranteed in life, but this year I’m committed to making changes to be a better me and making Love Grows Wild a better place to inspire you. I can’t wait to get started implementing these new changes in my life and business, but first I think it’s important to look back at what I did accomplish this year and the top posts that YOU found most inspiring from 2017!

1 | Spring Master Bedroom

A clean and cozy farmhouse master bedroom with tons of vintage charm [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide no. 4 – Kitchen Gifts

If you love to cook and bake or even just like pretty kitchens, this gift guide might be your favorite yet! All these pretty dishes and linens make my heart so happy, and can we just talk about that gorgeous white Keurig for a second? I’m obsessed! Many of these items are from Hearth & Hand, which a line created for Target by a gal we all know and love, Joanna Gaines. I adore a ton of products from this line, but I’m pretty sure the kitchen ones are my favorite! I think these would all be great gifts for anyone on your list, and with prices ranging from just $4 for kitchen towels to $63 for a marble and wood cutting board and $90 for the coffee maker, there are plenty of options! Don’t forget to check out the other gift guides I shared this week too: Gifts For Her Under $30 + Gifts to Really Spoil Her + Gifts for the Home

Holiday Gift Guide no. 4 - Kitchen Gifts [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide no. 3 – Gifts for the Home

Today’s gift guide is something I’m pretty sure you guys are going to love because it’s all about decorating and home! I know I sometimes feel guilty spending money on new pillows or decor for the house, so the holidays are the perfect time to ask for or give the items we’ve been dreaming of! These are all things I would definitely use in my own home, but I think they’re also neutral enough that they would work well with just about any decorating style! Products to make your house look good, smell amazing, and even resources to give you new decorating ideas. Don’t forget to check out the other gift guides I shared this week too: Gifts For Her Under $30 + Gifts to Really Spoil Her

Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts for the Home [Read more…]

How to Make a Donut Hole Tree

Now that the house is decorated and the presents are bought and wrapped, I’m starting to plan for our holiday gatherings, and in my family, food is always the first thing we think about. What yummy things are we going to eat? When I posted our Christmas dessert table a few weeks ago, the biggest question I got was how I made the glorious donut hole tree that became the centerpiece of our table, so today I’m going to show you how I did it!

The holidays can be such a busy time, so I’m all about anything I can do to make our Christmas special and fun without taking a ton of time or money, and this donut hole tree is absolutely perfect for that! You just need a few supplies and some delicious donut holes, and in about 20 minutes you can have a big, beautiful, edible decoration that will really wow your friends and family!

How to make stunning, whimsical donut hole tree for your next special gathering! So simple and fun! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide no. 2 – Gifts to Really Spoil Her

Hi, friends! If you enjoyed the last gift guide with Gifts For Her Under $30, you are definitely going to enjoy today’s post! We all need affordable gift ideas, especially when there’s a lot of people to buy for on your Christmas list, but every once in awhile you want a special gift to really spoil someone! Or if you’ve been an extra good girl this year, you definitely deserve to be spoiled with gifts like these! I found everything from cute boots and beauty products to cozy clothes and tech accessories, with prices starting around $35. I hope these gift guides are helping you finish up your shopping, and I have gift ideas for the home coming up in the tomorrow’s post!

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Holiday Gift Guide no. 1 – Gifts For Her Under $30

Hi, sweet friends! Are you enjoying the holiday season so far? I have a good start on my holiday shopping, but as I was trying to come up with ideas for cute, affordable gifts, I decided I would share some of my favorite finds with you! Women can be hard to buy for because we either have everything or are super picky, but I found some great options that are stylish, functional, and UNDER $30! I think you guys know me pretty well by now, so it’s probably no surprise that there’s a bit of a theme going on with my picks… cozy neutrals, a little feminine, and rustic mixed with a touch of glam. I know I would love opening up any of these gifts on Christmas morning, and I’m pretty sure any of the women in your life would too… moms, sisters, girlfriends, daughters… there’s something for everyone! And just in case you’re worried about receiving something you’ll want to re-gift later, this is an easy way to show your sweetie or family what to get you too!

Holiday Gift Guide - Gifts For Her Under $30 [Read more…]

A Touch of Farmhouse Charm 1st Anniversary

One year ago today, I officially became a published author. My book that I worked on night and day for the better part of a year was released into the world, and A Touch of Farmhouse Charm started to arrive in bookstores and on doorsteps all over the country. My fears of meeting book deadlines and getting the photography just right and creating something that people would relate to and use as a resource over and over again… all those fears started to melt away as the excitement and anticipation of the book launch became a reality. I still had plenty of worries… would people like the book and think it was creative and original? When you pour your heart and soul into something as personal as a blog or a book, it can be absolutely terrifying and thrilling all at the same time, but when I started seeing photos of your books being delivered and the projects you made and just how excited you all were right along with me, I knew all the hard work I put into this beautiful book baby of mine was worth it!

purchase a copy of A Touch of Farmhouse Charm here

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