DIY Blog Tour


This is going to be a bit of a different kind of post. This weekend, I found out I had been nominated as a favorite DIY blogger for the DIY Blog Tour by none other than Laura Irion of Avery Street Design.  Laura and I have been blogger buds for a while now.  (You all have heard about her and Kyla from House of Hipsters a bunch!) It is a huge honor to be nominated. I just wish there were a crown or trophy…but apparently you have to DIY that yourself.  (Don’t worry, ladies. I’m on it!)

The DIY Blog Tour is comprised of a few simple (but not so simple) questions:

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Off Day

Off Day Back to Bed

Today is an off day for me and truth be told, I’m gonna go get back in bed.  I have talked a big game during the Kind Body Challenge, but one of the things I have missed the mark on big time is getting enough sleep.  Sure, I’ve been eating well, running and doing yoga, and I’ve even been drinking water (and it didn’t even have coffee or diet coke added to it.)  But, when it comes to sleep, I’ve been averaging less than 5 hours a night. 

Yesterday at around 5:00, Lulu was playing quietly, the boys were watching Red Zone (a football channel for people with attention issues) and I said, “I’m just gonna lay down here on the floor for a few minutes.”  About 10 hours later, I woke up and stumbled into bed.  The next time I woke up was nearly 8:00 this morning when Jayce couldn’t find his tennis shoes. Clearly, my husband is a rockstar who handled dinner, bedtime, breakfast, and the school commute.  And, obviously, I have been burning the candle at both ends for too long.

So, I am going to go get back in bed.  While I take the day to reset, here are a few things I’ve been reading that might pique your interest…

Both Laura and Kyla were nominated for the DIY Blog Tour, you can check out their posts here and here.  (Laura just nominated me, so I will be back soon with that post!)

This hanging pumpkin planter from Hello Lidy is so perfect (and you can reuse it year after year!)

My friend Jen made a delicious gluten-free apple crisp this weekend and it made me crave all things apple.  This gluten-free apple pie from Hello Natural looks totally yum!

I got pretty inspired by these 7 Ways to Add Art to Your Kitchen from Apartment Therapy.

Usually I don’t find anything new or earth shattering from list like this, but the 10 Tips on Organization from HGTV had several I had never heard of before and will definitely give a try.

I met these two super cute sister bloggers recently and discovered their new-to-me blog Two Birds.  This is one of my favorite fall fashion posts.

Hope you all have a restful Monday!  See you back here on Wednesday.

Till then,


A Found & Foraged Pumpkin Centerpiece + As Scene on TV

Pumpkin Centerpiece Gourd Sunflower Feathers

Lately I have been obsessed with all things Fall.  From Fall jackets, cozy classics, and nurturing skincare to Fall decorating both inside and out. I have been showing Fall all kinds of love.  Today I’m back with the beautiful rustic Fall centerpiece I shared on Twin Cities Live that has a pure found & foraged vibe.

My friend Laura Irion from Avery Street Design coined the term “found & foraged” a while back and I feel like this centerpiece is the epitome of that collected-over-time style.  Let’s talk about how to get the look.    

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Currently Crushing: Comfy & Cozy

Currently Crushing: Comfy & Cozy by The Big Reveal

As the weather shifts and evenings bring a chill in the air, I can’t help but crave a little comfort.  The moment I get home I transition to fleecy, warm attire and start my tea kettle (yes, I know that makes me sound like I am 100 years old) to brew a toasty cup of tea.  I recently have been having Baby Boy Bakery’s Chai Recipe. Jacqui made it in honor of her little boy, Ryan, who passed away earlier this year.  It reminds me to cherish all of these little moments and is especially warming (both literally and figuratively).

After the tea is brewed, these are some of my comfy and cozy favorites that are sure to keep you warm this Fall and into the Winter:

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Fall Front Porch + A Falling Leaf Garland

Fall Porch Spruce Up from The Big Reveal

This Fall has been so glorious.  The weather has been absolutely sublime and the colors outstanding. It has been the kind of Fall that inspires me to randomly pull the car over just to take pictures. So. Beautiful.  

This weekend I decide to bring a little bit of Fall to my front porch.  If you’ve been following along at The Big Reveal, the last time you saw the front porch was when it went under a little Spring Spruce Up.  For most of the Summer, it has been looking a little meh, a little worse for wear.

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5 Crafty Weekend Links

5 Crafty Weekend Links from The Big Reveal Blog

This week has been one of those weeks where you realize you’ve overextended yourself by Tuesday and there’s still 3 days left in the work week. Between my freelance job, the bloggy business, and helping train at my old job this week, I am feeling the squeeze.  And, whenever I get stressed, I always start thinking about crafting (and chocolate, copious quantities of chocolate…) 

When I finally make it to 5PM Friday afternoon, I am gonna get my craft on. Lulu helped me pick out a few crafts that we were both super excited about and these 5 projects have made the weekend craftapalooza agenda. 

Weekend Crafts Artwork

You know I love a good DIY art project. This Flower Embellished Photo from A Beautiful Mess is the bees knees.  I love the pop of color, the texture and just how unexpected it would be hanging amongst a group of photos.  Love!

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The Kind Body Challenge: Exercise as Body Nurturing

The Kind Body Challenge from The Big Reveal


(In case you’ve missed our other Kind Body Challenge Posts, check them out here, here and here!)

If you are anything like me, exercising feels like an obligation, a “to do” to check off my list whether I feel like it or not, another burden on an already over burdened schedule.  For the longest time, I have always viewed exercise as a means to an end.  If I want to lose weight, I have to exercise.  If I want to get into a swimsuit without tears, I have to exercise. Sure, I knew there were side benefits, like, oh yeah, being good for your health and wellbeing, but for me, exercise was always something that must be done in order to look better. (I’m sorry, Health, you just aren’t much of a motivator…)

While exercise sometimes gave me that momentary rush of endorphins, it essentially became a form of self-punishment. 6 days a week for an hour and a half, I would do some form of intense exercise.  My husband and I went through Insanity, Insanity 2, Asylum, Tapout, Tapout 2, Combat Training…the list goes on.  At 4:30 AM the alarm went off, by 5:00 I was exercising regardless of how little sleep I got, regardless of how badly my body hurt, regardless of how much stress I was under.  

I remember one morning (during some asinine move where you jump from standing into a push up position) hearing a pop and feeling a searing pain in my shoulder and neck.  As I lay crying on the floor in pain, my first words to my husband were “what if I can’t work out tomorrow?” I literally couldn’t move my arm or turn my head and my first concern was being able to exercise the next day…

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9 Fall Jackets for Under $150

Faux Leather Jackets Under $150 from The Big Reveal

Fall is the. perfect. time. to break out a leather jacket…unless you don’t have one (insert sadsies emoji.)  I was in the sans leather jacket crowd until this weekend and now I am the proud owner of two, both of which were less than $100.  How did I wait so long to do this?  Seriously, I want to wear them with everything. (There are unconfirmed reports I am currently wearing one with my pajamas…What? It’s chilly this morning.)

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5 Key Ingredients to a Perfectly Styled Bookcase

5 Ingredients to a Perfectly Styled Bookcase

 If I’m perfectly honest, built-in bookcases scare me. Actually shelves in general scare me.  On the surface, they are so pretty, so beguiling, like a young Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction.  You know it’s risky, but they are just so sexy, you give in to your Elle Decor-induced lust and shout, “Give me built-ins!”  The next morning you wake up with tear-stained regret and realize you’ve made a choice you can’t unmake. And, then just when you try to style them, they make you start to question your sanity and often come darn close to ruining your life.  (What? Just me?)  

I remember back in the day when a bookshelf was for books…just books. I proudly purchased my first bookcase at Pier One back in college and I remember filling it haphazardly with textbooks…and a boom box (it was the 90′s after all…)  But now styling a bookcase has become an art form requiring a masters level course. I feel like after all these years, I finally have it down to a science (and there are no boiled rabbits involved. Bonus!)

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Reader FreeDesign: Amy & Steve

Putting together room designs and mood boards is a little like a drug for me. I could window shop and design spaces all. day. long. When I started my blog back in March, I started to get requests for help with designs from friends and family, and later from readers. I have taken on a few design clients, but thought once a month, I would help a reader with their space just for fun and completely free with the caveat that I get to share it all right here on TBR.

Amy and Steve were some of our first friends when we moved to Minneapolis. They recently built a gorgeous house, but like a lot of people, have discovered that they are having a hard time fitting their old furniture in their new space. As they have a lot of space to work with and want to stay budget friendly, they want to make strategic purchases to mix with what they already own. Amy recently sent me pictures of her open concept kitchen, dining room, and living room combination.

Reader FreeDesign: Amy & Steve

Reader FreeDesign: Amy & Steve


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