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Meet Bonnie from Creating a House of Grace

I wanted to take a post to introduce you to a wonderful new blog friend of mine, Bonnie from Creating a House of Grace.  One thing I love about the blog world is meeting other women who have similar interests.  Bonnie and I both love yard sales, a good bargain, and caring for our homes.  We also both run our own businesses with little ones hugging our knees.  Here’s a little more about her…

What is your favorite household chore?  Least favorite?

Ha, you would think that this question would be easy for me.  The truth is that I am always switching up my favorite “chore”.  Lately it has been vacuuming.  I think that it is my favorite because I need to do it the most.  With three young children, including a one year old that tries to eat anything he sees,  I NEED to vacuum everyday.  I also love wiping down my counters.  I spray and wipe them down at least 3 times a day.  My least favorite chore is probably no surprise….toilets!  I think that is because I have a 3 year old son who is still learning how to aim, lol.

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What is your decorating style?

Hmmm, What is my style?  I guess it is traditional, simple and a little modern at the same time, if that makes any sense.   I have dark cabinets and floors, a lighter countertop, and neutral colored walls.  I love bronze accents and  I get EVERYTHING from garage sales or the Goodwill (or my Mother-in-Law).  I like classic decor that is very simplistic because I usually have so many toys out that I don’t want to seem to cluttered.  For me simple is less stressful.  I had reds and greens in my family room and I  just switched to the blues and browns.  I love decorating with plants and topiaries.   I just got my first dining table so I am really excited about doing real tablescapes.
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What is your favorite spot in your house?

My favorite part of my house is my kitchen.  I spend most of my day there.  Because our house has an open floor plan, I can watch the kids play in the family room when I am working in the kitchen.  When I am not doing dishes, cooking, baking or cleaning, I do school work and arts and crafts with the kids at the counter or kitchen table.  I love my kitchen because it is our family’s gathering place.  I love our family dinners!!!!  I also love to entertain and eat food!
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What is your best decorating decision to date?

Good question, you are really making my think!  Ummm, I guess it is to not buy anything NEW.  My husband and I had to make a decision: buy a less expensive house and nice furniture or buy a more expensive house and buy used furniture.  We went with the house we really wanted and decided to get ALL used furniture.  I am so glad that we made that decision because I love my house and finding used stuff is sooo fun.  I have found so many neat finds at the fraction of the “new” price.  I seriously didn’t buy one piece of “new” anything in our whole house.  I am now addicted to garage sales, lol!!!!  Plus, with the kids banging stuff up, I am not as uptight about my stuff.  I feel like I can really enjoy my home rather that always saying, “Don’t touch that!”  I am also realizing that I love to change my mind.  I am always switching things up. I know if I paid full price, I would never want to get rid of it.  Check out  my family room, my dining room, my guest bedroom and guest bathroom to see what I got for cheap.
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 What is your favorite find/bargain?

My favorite find was this awesome Pottery Barn table.  It has 2 leaves and 8 chairs and I got it from a garage sale, of course,…….it was only $200!!!!!  That’s right, only $200!!   It was a light wood and we painted it black.    I love that it has so many chairs for entertaining!  This was defiantly my favorite find.

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Why did you decide to start a blog?

This is funny because a year ago I had NO CLUE what a blog really was.  I have heard of them before but I never read one before.  Last fall, my sister-in-law told me that she was going to start a blog and since we do everything together, I said, “me too” not realizing what I was getting myself into, lol.  Once I started reading a couple of blogs, I was ADDICTED!!!!  “Blogs, where have you been my whole life?”  I can’t believe that I didn’t know about you sooner!!!  I love reading about decorating, cooking, organizing, crafts and motherhood.  I wish that I read blogs when I was a stay-at-home mother with one baby.  I had so much more time then.  I had no idea that blogging could help my business when I started. I love how bloggers are so supportive to “mommy businesses”.  I also love being able to help so many people with my products that I would not of met if I wasn’t blogging.  I have met some of the most amazing people through blogging.  I am so glad that I started!

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Would you like to know how I got my stove top squeaky clean without using any harsh chemicals? 
Click here for my review of the Shaklee cleaning products, more about Bonnie, AND a giveaway for 10 lucky readers who leave comments.
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  1. Interesting article about "Bonnie and the House of Grace" I became a follower of her beautiful blog quite some time ago….cute children and
    Very nice home!
    I'll check out the secret to cleaning a gas stove.. but I'm sorry to say, "I don't have one", but wish I did!
    Sandy

  2. Oh, I LOVE Shaklee and would be so excited to win! I really enjoyed reading about House of Grace and will be reading more on her blog.

    Thanks for sharing ~ have a blessed week!

    xoxo
    Pat

  3. Enjoyed the interview! Will look up her blog. :)

  4. super fun interview!

  5. thanks for sharing! i just won a shaklee giveaway (the first giveaway i have ever won!) and can't wait to try it. i do not like cleaning with chemicals, but have found in the shower with high humidity, i can't seem to clean it without harsh cleaners. soooo looking forward to trying a better alternative.

  6. Wow, sometimes when I read what you write, I think we could be the same person..except I just started blogging in May, and also had no idea what a blog was or how much it was going to appeal to the creative-must-make- paint-build-things person I am. So enjoy your thoughts, as I am stumbling along merrily in my blogging path.

  7. I love reading your blog & almost never comment. Your recent post on how to start up your own business really grabbed my attention! I've always dreamed of doing custom pieces! It would be so fun to create things like that. You have stunning taste, oh by the way. Maybe you could do home consults!

  8. Great interview…love her house and blog!

  9. So nice to meet Bonnie! Her home is wonderful and her kids adorable!
    I have never used Shaklee products…maybe I would give it a try?
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  10. Great post… thanks so much for sharing. I am off to check out her blog. I am in love with that PB table… you gotta love garage sales you just never know what is out there waiting for you.

    Have a great day.

    Hugs, Deb

  11. I love Bonnie! I "met" her several months ago and she is just an amazing mom and woman. We were already in a state of transition when I found Bonnie and she has helped me/my family in so many ways. She deserves every nice thing you have said about her and 1,000 more.

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