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Haven 2013 >>> The Recap

Howdy! So, I am just coming off my Haven high. For real! I had an amazing time and I am going to be snagging tickets for 2014 the minute they start selling them. As I have shared, we drove–all 4 of us– from our home in northern Illinois to Hotlanta, Georgia. We have family in the area, so the boys did the tourist-y things while I was at the conference.  It was a whirlwind of a trip! Needless to say, I’m TIRED! It was so worth it though.


I WILL be flying next year, just saying! I just wanted to share some snap shots of the conference. I am usually a picture-taking fool, but I didn’t want to lug my camera everywhere so these phone shots aren’t the greatest quality but you will get a feel for what it was like.

Thursday, after I registered and picked up my swag bag, (which was AWESOME!), I saw two friendly faces and had to take a pic with my fellow tall girls Mandi from Vintage Revivals and Lindsey from Better After.


Jesse from Scout & Nimble and I finally met (YAY!) which was so great! We have been blogging buddies from the very beginning and she is the bee’s knees! I love her even more :)

That night we all attended a cocktail party put on by and I feel as though I should have done a disclaimer on my blog to let people know how tall I am. I am 5’10” but in heels you do the math… I heard, “You are so tall!” probably at least 50 times, but it’s all good because I have heard it my whole life. Here’s the proof:


Lindsay Life of Splendor, Jesse Scout & Nimble, Yours Truly Tall Girl, Ashley Domestic Imperfection, Anneke This, That, & Life, and Kelly View Along the Way.

After the party we headed out to dinner for some Mexican and had a table full of bloggers. It was good fun! I should have taken a pic, maybe someone has one? Here’s a photo of my blog besties Anneke and Lindsay at dinner.


Friday was full of sessions, networking, and meeting with brands–OH MY! It was truly amazing! I concentrated on more of the technical sessions on SEO, working with brands, advertising, photography, etc. I picked up some really great tips and info and it was well worth it for me.

Here’s some of the faces I saw:


KariAnne Thistlewood Farm, Kristin The Hunted Interior, Emily Emily A. Clark

I have been following these ladies for quite a while and they are just as genuine and sweet as you would think.

That night we had another cocktail mixer and then it was a super fun dinner dance party put on by Ryobi Power Tools. I apologize for my bad dancing, Elaine Benes has nothing on me!

I enjoyed talking with Rhoda from Southern Hospitality. She is so inspiring and sweet! She is one of the main reasons why the Haven Conference is here. I am so appreciative of everything she and her team have done to make this conference a huge success!


Another great thing about this conference is it is centered around our niche DIY/design. With that said, you are surrounded with some amazingly talented DIY/design bloggers! I have met so many new bloggers and can’t wait to start looking at their blogs and get inspired!


Serena from Thrift Diving and I got to chat a bit more at the party. Isn’t she gorgeous? It is so great to meet with ladies that are as crazy about the things you love.

The next day was full of more sessions, networking, and meeting with brands and sponsors. I also got to take part in the Ballard Designs Bookcase Challenge which was all in good fun.


We were on team Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick.

Reflecting back on everything, I feel really blessed to be a part of the DIY/design community. Being able to inspire others and work together is what it is all about. You want to be able to use your talents to help others and that is what is happening right now. We have a unique opportunity and reach to be a force of good in this world. The fact that I get to wake up every morning and do this as my job is a dream! I love that a passion can become a job and that job can become a platform to help others. If you want to see what I’m talking about check out what some DIY bloggers + GMC and Habitat for Humanity are doing.

Haven 2013 is now over, after I take a week-long nap to recover– just kidding!– I am ready to hit the ground running and make the most of my little corner of the DIY blogosphere.

If you want a really great glimpse into what the conference is like, check out Rhoda’s post on the Haven 2013 Conference.

See you at Haven 2014!

Haven 2013 >>> We are Here!

Just popping in from Hotlanta!! Here’s my Instagram recap of our little family road trip to get here.

Our trip started off pretty normal…

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We arrived a little after 2 am at the gorgeous Hyatt in Buckhead. It’s such a great venue for Haven 2013!! Needless to say, what was supposed to be an 11 hour trip turned into an almost 13 hour trip because we ran into some crazy weather and had to pull over and let it pass.

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I don’t know about you, but I am not one for driving through torrential rain through mountains next to double trailer semi-trucks. We waited out the storm and watched as people tried to pump gas with water up to their mid calves…more coffee was needed. The kids slept in the back no problem which I am thankful for!

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The Grand Hyatt Buckhead was a very welcomed sight for these weary travelers. Our boys had a second wind once we got inside and we explored the hotel at 2:30am. Totally normal, right? The staff was super nice and accommodating and let the kids pick out some toys for the pool. Once unpacked, we fell right to sleep the minute our heads hit our pillows.

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In true Kristin fashion, I set my alarm for 8am (which is late for this girl), and hit the gym to get rid of the sleepies.

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…and yes, I wear lip gloss when I run. I hate the lip crusties.

We ordered some late morning room service once the littles were awake.

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The boys keep saying this is the BEST.DAY.EVER.
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I agree. Room service and delicious food have that effect on me too! I think we are going to hit the pool as long as the rain stays away and walk down to Trader Joe’s and pick up some room snacks.

Then, I’m off to check-in for Haven (YAY!) and meet and mingle with some of my favorite bloggy friends and meet new ones! I saw the Haven Team having breakfast on my walk back from the gym and I am getting so excited!! I wanted to bang on the window and wave like a fool, but I passed. In just a few hours it all begins!

You can follow all the Haven fun on Instagram. I’ll have my phone at my side snapping away!


Are You Going to Haven?

OK, my bloggy DIY friends, I got my ticket to Haven 2013!

Hands=On at Haven Conference 2013

I am so excited! I remember when I first started this blog, I asked Kate (aka Centsational Girl) a question on her blog about what advice she would give to a DIY blogger just starting out. She was so sweet to respond and one of her nuggets of wisdom was to encourage me to attend this conference!

I can’t wait to meet so many of my blog buddies there and make new friendships.

So, who’s coming with me?


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