Oh, Thank Haven [Recap 2014]

You know you had a good weekend when it’s Tuesday morning and you’re still sleepy and wondering where the heck the weekend went… and that’s pretty much where I’m at right now.  I spent this weekend at the Haven Conference in Atlanta brushing up on my blogging skills and meeting some amazing women.  I wish I’d taken more photos, but with all the sessions, swag, drinks, and dancing, I was just too busy to take any!

Everything kicked off with a fantastic keynote speech by Chip Wade (who I found out is a fellow mechanical engineer!). Seriously, any time he wants to come and make some Elbow Room in the Little House he is more than welcome.  I’m just kidding.  But seriously. Come convert our attic, Mr. Chip Wade.  We’ll give you carte blanche.

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I attended some fantastic sessions that boosted my blogging confidence and helped me realize where I want LHBH to go.  The Blogging Trade Secrets session with Laura, Jen, Erin, and Dusty was AMAZING. I mean, mind-boggling good.

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I also really loved the Working with Brands session with Brittany, Diane, and the awesomely funny Mandi.  Not only did I really enjoy this session, but one of the best moments of my weekend was Mandi dancing on me (and I mean on me) to get me on the dance floor Friday night.  Her fearless spirit is so infectious I was out on the dance floor in no time (hence the lack of sleep)!

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Next year, I’d love a few classes on web design/Wordpress wrangling, the business side of blogging, and maybe a couple on how to grow your blog.

Another highlight of the weekend was meeting (and rooming with) one my long time blog besties, Ashley from Attempts at Domestication.  This girls is seriously so much fun! If it weren’t for her I might have spent the whole weekend hiding in my room.

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I was also lucky enough to meet Kim from Newly Woodwards and Michelle from Decor and the Dog.  It was so fun to finally get to put names (and voices!) with faces!

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(photo from Ashley)

I met a TON of amazing women this weekend, including (but not limited to) Rachel (and her sweet little one), Amanda, Anna, and Kelly.  They (and their blogs) are amazing and definitely worth adding to your Bloglovin’ feed (and your Instagram and Twitter and whatever other social media you can follow them on).  We had some really great conversations and even started our own club, Oversharers [not] Anonymous.  Okay, not really. But we could have.

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(photo by Amanda)

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(photo from Ashley)

I did get my hands dirty at the Ryobi power tool workshop.  For the most part though, I stuck to the blogging sessions – this girl is no stranger to power tools!

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I learned so much at Haven that I can’t wait to implement here on the blog!  Kevin and I are so excited about the changes we’re noodling on (yes, noodling is the technical term) and we can’t wait to share them with you.

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever met any of your internet friends? Are you a stranger to power tools?

 

 

Temporary Fix

Hey Guys!

Thanks for sticking with us! As you can see, things are changing a little here around LHBH. We’re working hard on the site design and hope to have things ship-shape by Monday! If you run into any bugs or have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to let us know! We appreciate the feedback!

Have a great weekend!

Under Construction… Again

Hey guys! It’s pink hard hat time again!

Pink hardhatWe’re doing some work on the blog today, so if you’ve stopped by and thinks look a little wonky, never fear! We’re just playing around with some updates.

Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon (but looking much spiffier).

Quick! Go have a cupcake.

Quick! Go have a cupcake. On us.

Why?

Because it’s our 2nd Blogiversary! We started blogging two years ago yesterday!

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We had intended to have a week-long Blogiversary Week celebration (complete with confetti, cupcakes, and piñatas), but life happened. Instead, we’re simplifying.

You know we could rattle on non-stop about blogging here at the Little House, but we’re not going to. Today we want to hear from you, dear reader.

We’d love to know:

1. Who are you? What do you do? Are you a stay-at-homer or a go-to-worker? Do you blog?

2. Where do you call home? What makes it home to you?

3. What’s your favorite part about your current home? Your biggest pet peeve?

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

5. What has been the best day this summer for you?

We’re not trying to gain any insight about the blog here; we really just want to get to know you (because really, where would a blog be without its readers?)!

Have a wonderful weekend (and thanks a million times for reading)!

PS. Please let us know if you spot any bugs with the new layout! We’re still tweaking things here and there!

The Little House, Near and Far

Good morning!

Today we’re over at Near and Far Montana answering a few of Jenn’s burning questions about life around the Little House. Head on over and check it out!

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And if you have any more burning questions, let us know! And they don’t have to be about the Little House; ask us anything! If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find out for you and write a post about it!

Welcome to our New {Blog} Home!

Welcome to Little House. Big Heart! We’ve finally finished the transfer to our new blog home over here at WordPress.org. As you can see, we’re still working on tidying everything up. Kevin’s birthday was this weekend, so we didn’t have time for much more than creating the new background.

We’re going to miss the old site, but we’re really excited to be working on a new one!

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So, if you come across a broken link or missing photo, please let us know! We’re trying to make the transition as seamless as possible, but we’re bound to miss a link here and there!

Thanks for bearing with us during this transition! We’ll be back later this week with some real life projects!

Moving Day

Three calls and two chats with tech support in, we’re almost done with our move to WordPress.org!

For those of you that aren’t familiar with this whole “WordPress” thing, its a blogging platform. Wordrpess.com is a free way to host a blog. Its awesome for beginners, but does have some limitations. Which is why, now that we’re growing a little faster, we decided to move to wordpress.com’s cousin, wordpress.org. It’s free to use and has a ton more flexibility than wordpress.com, but you have to pay for hosting from a third party.

For someone like me (who used to bake Kevin’s fraternity brothers cookies in exchange for help with my coding in college), this hasn’t been the easiest transition.  We’re almost done, so please stick around. Life’s about to settle down here around the Little House, which means we’re going to be able to start working on all our projects again! We can’t wait to share what we have in store!

We’re Moving!

No, we’re not leaving the Little House. We love it here.

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We’re moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.

We’re trying to move with no disruption to the site. That being said, we apologize for any outages we might have. We’re not experts (heck, we’re barely even novices), so please bear with us!

We’ll be back soon.

 

Have you made the jump from wordpress.com to wordpress.org? Do you have any tips? Any words of caution?

 

Under Construction (Again)

Happy 4th of July Eve!

As you can see, we’re breaking out the pink hard hat again here at LHBH. Please don’t mind the mess!

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In the meantime, have a wonderful 4th (if you’re from Canada then I hope you had an awesome Canada Day and if you’re from anywhere else, have an awesome Wednesday just because you’re awesome)!