The Best Part About Haven Conference

Being Pregnant at Haven

One year ago, I was a sad puppy, and I sat at home watching (with my sad puppy eyes) all my favorite bloggers attend Haven.  I promised myself that I would make it there next year no matter what.

Well, I wasn’t expecting to be pregnant.  And I sure as shootin’ wasn’t expecting to be on bedrest.

On New Year’s Day, I camped out on my computer, and made sure to snatch up my conference ticket and book my hotel.

Four months later, I got the best surprise of my life.  Two weeks ago, I had some rough times.  Pregnancy is different for every lady.  I’ve had all kinds of things from severe cramping, to continued throwing up (even past the first trimester), to throwing up blood.

Going to Haven was down to the wire.  I needed to take care of myself and this baby.  Could I do that at a blog conference?  I wasn’t sure until the night before.  Aaron insisted that I go, even if I didn’t leave the hotel room.  I needed to leave the house.  Why?  Because breathing drywall dust from sanding mud, and trying to rest in a construction zone isn’t the most zen-ful activity.  My mom came with to take care of me and make sure I didn’t over-do it.

Thursday morning we flew to Atlanta.  And boy, were our arms tired!  (insert cheezy joke drum sequence followed by symbol)

Checked in, and THIS was on my tv.  I felt like a star.

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My First Bunting & Baby Shower

Girl Baby Shower Bunting Decor

My sister Gina is having a miracle baby!  We’re so excited for little Molly to join our big Greek Family.  Gina literally lives a block away from me, which is the most rad thing ever.

I got to host my first ever baby shower.  And normally, I LOVE throwing parties, but I gotta say, I was sweating chunks for this one.  Maybe it’s because a lot of family members who haven’t seen my house, and neighbor ladies from where I grew up (most of whom read my blog) would be there.

All you other bloggers, does it make you nervous when people who read your blog come to your house in real life?  Or am I the only weirdo out there that thinks people judge my house extra hard because I blog about it?

Anyway, we had a chandelier that did this:

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Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater Party

Did you have a fun weekend full of festivities?  I don’t think most people are DIY-ing much this week.  It’s the season to simmer in social situations and over-use the words “Twis” and “Twas.”  The time to enjoy ourselves has arrived.  And I plan on it.  Sorry if you’re disappointed that you won’t be seeing any walls come down in the next two weeks.  It’s time to party like it’s the year 01 AD.  I love Christmas.  I love parties.  Always awesome.  Always rockin.

You are virtually invited to re-live:

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

The theme for our decorations were Winter Wonderland inspired.  It started to look like a baby shower for a boy with all the blue and white.  It’s a boy!  …Too much? Waiting for lightning to strike.

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DIY Action Squad to the Rescue

Sorry For Party Rockin!

DIY action squad

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of a certain book put together by the master minds of Young House Love?  If you haven’t, view the first bunch of  pages and buy your copy.  It’s under $20!  The book is full of several cheap and easy updates for your home.  EVERYONE can benefit from this book!  Some of the projects are even things you can do for free.

 If you have heard of the book and have your copy, you are in the right place.

Personally, I paid overnight shipping to get my book the day it was released.  *nerd alert*  It was a wonderful morning when it showed up.  It reminded me of the time I bought an Insta-hang from an infomercial last Thanksgiving morning.  Pure joy.

Young House Love Book

 As it turns out, I’m not the only person over joyed by this book.  Emma, Tracie, Stephanie and myself are teaming up as the DIY Action Squad to host an brilliant link party for all our readers and other Young House Love-lovers.  This link party is centering around the book.

We invite you to join us in putting this book to work!

We are not affiliated with Young House Love, but we did get their seal of approval for our little idea.

Here’s the scoop, fellow YHL-lovers:

Over the next few weeks grab your copy of the book, pick out a project, and write about it! Then, Monday, November 26th (right after Thanksgiving) come on back to link up with us and share what you’ve done.  (The link party will be open all week long.)

We’ll each be tackling a different project right along with you and we can’t wait to see what you all are up to.  I’m excited to see your projects!  Be sure to spread the word to your friends.  This is going to be one rockin party.  I’ll bring the snacks :)


And don’t be a stranger!  We are all about making blog friends up in these parts.  Join the squad, ya dig?


One Year Later…

halloween party ideas_ Halloween decorations

We have officially been home-owners for a year!  We closed on October 28th last year.  And it has been a wild ride to say the least.  In celebration of the anniversary of our 30 year debt home-ownership, this week I’ll be rolling out a home tour.  I feel like the whole house is in a state of progress, so no judging too harshly.  I’ll be posting the first home tour post tomorrow, so stay tuned for that festival of rooms.

Did you all have a good weekend?  I hope you all partied til your eye balls fell out.  Aaron and I held a party to apologize to our friends for ruining Halloween last year.  Remember how I said we closed on our house on Oct 28th last year?  That was a Friday, and we planned on moving Saturday.  However, the Salvation Army couldn’t get their shiz together, and they told us we couldn’t take possession until November 3rd.  The thing is, we were renting a house in Murray.  And, we told them we would be out by the end of the month (we were SUPPOSED to close mid-October… again, the fudge-packing Salvation Army… taking 5 million days to get signatures from every member of the board on all documents).  So we had to have EVERYTHING out of the house, before November 1st.  That equated into an emergency moving session, on HALLOWEEN NIGHT.  I felt awful.  We were supposed to have a party.  So when we asked our friends to help move, they couldn’t really say they had other plans.  All year long they gave us crap about how we tricked them into helping us move.  And I felt bad, all stinking year.  So we decided to throw a Halloween Party that they wouldn’t forget.  And like that, my conscience was cleared.

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Have you heard about the Pinterest Challenge?  4 of my favorite bloggers (Sarah, Katie, Sherry & Carmel) are hosting it.  You can read all the details here.


Sounds easy right?  Turns out I don’t really pin really “crafty” things.  The Pinterest Challenge ends in a week.  ONE WEEK to complete a pin.  It seems like all I post is rooms.  I love getting inspired by whole rooms.


I don’t have anything I can create in a WEEK.  So I don’t honestly know if I will participate in the challenge.  But I still want to.  Are you going to?  What pin are you planning on executing?  What do you think I should do?

Leave links to your favorite Pin-Crafts in the comments.  PLEASE & THANKS!

$50 Target Gift Card Give Away!

We’re doing a give away!  Shoot yeah!  If you would like to win this $50 Target gift card, then LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!  200 likes by Saturday morning is what we’re aiming for.  If you’ve already liked Interiors By Kenz, then share with your friends.  If you do more than “like” and SHARE this promotion, we will add another entry into the drawing  for you.


We will post our winner on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM, so be sure to check back!

For every 10 likes OVER 200 we will add $1 to the gift card.
So if by friday we have 300 likes then the gift card is for $60, not $50.
Now go and click some buttons :)