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!

Blogiversary Week: The House Blogger’s Book Club

Drumroll please! Congratulations to Kristen from Old House New Folks for being selected by random.org as the winner of our $5o West Elm gift  card! Her favorite LHBH posts are our gardening posts. Boy do we have a doozy of a  post for you next week!

It’s been a pretty big week around here at LHBH: our first giveaway, reader survey, open Q&A, and video house tour! Thanks so much for your participation, but we’re not done yet! Today is the first ever meeting of the House Blogger’s Book Club!

All this month we’ve been reading The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. Ok, Maye not all month for me. Not even all week, to be honest. I finished reading Game of Thrones on Sunday night and only on Monday night did I start the FNKC. I was reluctant to read it; A Clash of Kings is sitting on my nightstand, just waiting for me- but I did read it. I’ll warn you, this contains spoilers about the novel. If you haven’t read it, you might want to wait to read my thoughts until you have! I don’t want to ruin it for you!

Overall, I enjoyed the novel. The characters, if somewhat predictable in their typecasting, were down-to-earth and likeable enough. They’re women experiencing the same emotions we all do- fear, love, uncertainty, grief- and that gives us something to cling on to in each of them. Darwin was too smart growing up to have many friends in school.  Georgia had curly hair that frizzed out at the slightest hit of humidity. Dakota loved making the members of the club happy with her baking. Check, check, and check for me. I felt that there was something in each woman I could relate to on some level, even if it was just her woman-ness and the uncertainty of whether or not she was doing the right thing for herself and for her family. Been there, done that, too.

To me, that was the overarching theme of the novel: family. It’s not the “you can’t keep a woman down” theme of Georgia’s success, nor the “life is short, make it what you can” theme thrown in there at the end. It’s Georgia, Dakota, and James, Anita and her sons and Marty, Darwin and Dan, Lucie and her mother and her baby.  No matter what the plot subjects them to, it’s the families in the novel that make it what it is. But then, when you think about it, it’s families that make just about everything in life, isn’t it? And it doesn’t matter whether the members of your family are your own flesh and blood (like Georgia and Dakota) or not (like KC and Cat); if you have them there with you, you can make it. Oh man. I need to go call my mom.

I did feel like some things were only dabbled with and probably should have either become more of a theme or left out all together. I felt like race, social class, and even aging and cancer were picked up, toyed with, then left hanging. I suppose it kept the novel light instead of a deep, dark study of race and single mothers, but it felt like the author touched on those issues just enough to say, hey, look, I talked about this! I’m progressive.

I really did enjoy the novel and I can’t wait for next month’s! If you posted about FNKC you should be able to post your link on the inlinkz.com tool below. It won’t show a thumbnail like YHL (something about self-hosting/wordpress-hosted blogs), but if you click on the icon it’ll take you to the links. If you didn’t post but still want to discuss, post your thoughts in the comments! I’m excited to see what y’all thought of it!

What did you think about The Friday Night Knitting Club? What about that curve ball in the end with Georgia? Anyone see that one coming?? Me either!



Blogiversary Week: A Little House Tour

If you haven’t got around to it yet, be sure to fill out our reader survey. While you’re at it, check out Monday’s post, tell us your favorite LHBH post, and be entered into the drawing for our $50 West Elm giveaway!

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, our first ever video! Enjoy this tour of the Little House (and please ignore the fact that my hand is visible in about 90% of the video… we’re first timers)!

Come back tomorrow to join in the first House Blogger’s Book Club discussion of The Friday Night Knitting Club and to find out if you won the $50 West Elm Giveaway!!

Blogiversary Week: Getting to Know Us

If you haven’t got around to it yet, be sure to fill out our reader survey. While you’re at it, check out Monday’s post, tell us your favorite LHBH post, and be entered into the drawing for our $50 West Elm giveaway!

It’s our first Blogiversary Week! Yesterday we posted a reader survey so that we could get to know you all a little better. Today, we thought we’d share a little about ourselves so you can get to know us a little, too. The question, however, was how to talk about ourselves. Just writing up our life stories seemed a little tedious and a little boring. Instead, we decided we’ll let you ask the questions. We’ll give the bare minimum (name, DOB, favorite jello flavor, etc) and then you can ask us questions. We’ll answer them throughout the day!

Here goes. We hope this works!

Name: Jessica Beals
Birthday: June 8
Hometown: Hope, Indiana (it’s a bustling metropolis)
Favorite Jello Flavor: Lime, definitely Lime.
Little Known Fact(s): I can shoot a bow, herd cattle, and drive a stick. I’m allergic to bees.
Favorite Sport: Indianapolis Colts Football (that’s me, my dad, and my sister at a game in the old RCA Dome in Indianapolis)
Currently Reading:  A Clash of Kings and The Friday Night Knitting Club

Name: Kevin Beals
Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Favorite Food: Jambayla (see recipe here)
Favorite Color: Green
Birthday: July 20
Brand of Shoe: Brooks / Bass
Season: Winter (It’s coming!)
Favorite Wife: Jess!

Ask us anything you’d like to know and be entered for a SECOND CHANCE at our $50 West Elm Giveaway!!

BY THE WAY! We joined Instagram last night! You can catch us at littlehousebigheart!

Blogiversary Week: Getting To Know You

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out yesterday’s post! Tell us your favorite LHBH post over the last year and you’ll be entered into our drawing for a $50 West Elm gift card!

In case you hadn’t already guessed, it’s our first Blogiversary this week! One year ago this week Kevin and I started Little House. Big Heart. expecting to share the trials and triumphs of renovating our 1940s Dallas cottage with our families across the country. What we didn’t expect was the fun of sharing it with all of you, too! For the last year we’ve been sharing our lives, our home, and our puppies– but we’d like to know more about you!

Please take a few minutes to fill out our reader survey (please, please, please with sugar on top). We promise to keep it short and sweet. Heck, you don’t even have to answer all the questions- or any of them. Just tell us a little about yourselves! If you have anything you don’t want to say in the comment section, please feel free to email us at jessica.m.beals@gmail.com.

LHBH Blogiversary Week 2012 Reader Survey

  1. Just who the heck are ya? Where are you from? Are you married? How old young are you? Any kids, furry or otherwise? What do you do for a living?
  2. How’d you find us? Google? Another blog? Word of mouth?
  3. Hey Baby, Come Here Often? How often do you drop by LHBH? Are you a once-a-weeker? A at-work-while-I-drink-my-coffee-er? Me too.
  4. What flips your switch? What would you like to see more of? There’s tons of little things we don’t post (like fixing a leaky bathroom sink), but if it’s what you’d like to see, heck, we could take pictures of that.
  5. Don’t do me like that. What doesn’t work for you? Sick of trip photos? Not into recipes? The diamond background making your eyes cross? We can only get better if we know where we’re not quite making grade.
  6. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a celebrity chef/bestselling cookbook author (on how to feed your family for less without serving processed junk food ever). Kevin wants to be a professional vacation critic (and rich, he added).

We’re so excited to get to know you all a little better!

Don’t forget that the House Blogger’s Book Club is meeting for the first time this Friday! I hope you’re enjoying The Friday Night Knitting Club as much as I am! I can’t wait to hear what you thought of it!

Blogiversary Week: Our First Giveaway!

One year ago this week Kevin and I started Little House. Big Heart. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, this week is LHBH’s very first Blogiversary Week! We want to get this puppy started off right, so we’re doing our very first giveaway!

We thought long and hard for the perfect giveaway, and in the end, decided on a gift card from one of our favorite places on Earth: West Elm. We love window shopping there, dreaming of all the gorgeous furniture and accessories, and finding amazing sales (like we did here on two beautiful jute rugs).


Enough small talk. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

THE SWAG: One $50 gift card to West Elm (!!!)

TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us your favorite LHBH post over the last year. Did you love our risotto recipe? Or maybe you really enjoyed one of our Pinterest Challenge projects?

GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

NUMBER OF WINNERS: One lucky LHBH reader

THE FINE PRINT: One entry per e-mail address. Well select the winner using random.org and announce it here on Friday. Good luck!