Tour Through Blogland (An Inside Look at Joy In Our Home)

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I have something different to share with you! There’s a tour going around in “Blogland” where we get to share a little of ourselves. Krista from The Happy Housie nominated me. Basically you get nominated by someone, and then you nominate three other bloggers.


 A little bit about Krista… the first time I ever stumbled upon her blog, I was “in love”. Her home on a lake is such a happy, colorful place. She has amazing talent to mix colors and patterns… totally not something I’m comfortable doing, but she makes it look so easy and beautiful! She is also a blogger I look up to and has been there to answer many of my new-blogger questions. She is a real sweetheart and has encouraged me lots in this new journey and I’m so glad our paths crossed because of blogging! If you’ve never visited her blog, you need to check it out… I know you’ll love her as much as I do. Here is her Lake Cottage Style Summer House Tour Deck that I’ve been especially crushing on this summer!


 1. What am I working on?

I usually have one hundred 5 or 6 projects on the go… and sometimes I struggle finishing them. That’s why this past April I jumped at the chance to participate in a one room challenge and makeover our Master Bedroom. It is so rewarding to actually finish a project. Currently, my husband and I are tackling our fireplace in the living room. Check out the before pictures here. It really has a weird/awkward mantle and we are going to install new tile, get rid of the oak and hopefully build a new mantle. Another area we’re working on (and almost complete) is our back yard (now, I know that’s not really part of our home, but for me the deck is one of the most important features of a home!) It has been an ongoing project for the last 2 years. This summer, we’ve added a covered deck, maintenance-free railing and laid some more sod. I hope to do a post on it when it’s all done!


One of the features in our Master Bedroom is this Board and Batten Headboard that my husband built!  

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 2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

Honestly, I’m not really sure about this one! I don’t know if my blog really stands out from many of the other fabulous ones out there. I guess, no two styles are alike and hopefully, as I continue blogging my own style and what I love will shine through from my blog.

 3 .Why do I write/create what I do?

I think one of the biggest reasons, aside from hopefully inspiring someone else, is to get some things crossed of our to-do list. Blogging is a fun way to document them all. Before we ever started this blog, I’d take before and after pictures of projects but they’d stay in a folder on the computer and we’d never do anything with them! Now, I get to write about them and show my readers that if we can do it, so can you!!! Plus, I have loved Pinterest from day 1! I love looking at all the inspiration on there and our blog is a place where I can write about and document some “pins” that I’ve actually tried!  I’ve also been reading blogs for 5 or 6 years now and often wished I could start my own and this past year, I finally dived in! I’m absolutely loving it so far!!

Homemade Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade 

4. How does my writing/ creating process work?

Oh dear! I’m not sure how to explain this one…  Once I’ve settled on a project or recipe I’m going to make I think it through. And rethink it again. I figure out what supplies I’ll need, which ones I have to buy, when I’ll go to the store and when I’ll actually get down to working on it. Throughour the day, when I’m cooking or weeding or whenever else I have 5 minutes alone, I think about the writing process. But don’t get me wrong— the words don’t always flow easily when it’s finally time to sit down at the computer and write about it! ha! I also talk EVERYTHING over with my husband. His opinion matters more than anything and I love hearing his imput and suggestions. So, if I have a project in mind, I’ll share it with him and more often than not, he jumps in on the fun as well and we work together!


 And now I nominate these three fabulous ladies! I look forward to next Monday, August 25th, when they’ll share their Tour Through Blogland! 

Amy & Vicky from Canary Street Crafts

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Probably one of the only mother/daughter team of bloggers that I know, I love following these talented ladies as they share all kinds of DIY projects. Amy recently redid her little boy’s bedroom in a Vintage Airplane Theme and you have to check it out if you haven’t seen it! They share family friendly recipes, home décor DIY, and seasonal projects. Amy is one of the sweetest ladies I’ve “met” in this blogging journey and is always so upbeat and positive! I know you’ll love their tour next week!

Tara from My Anything and Everything


 Tara is another blogger I’m happy to follow! Her blog has a wonderful mixture of everything, just like the name of it! Her Crate Coffee Table is one of my favorite project of hers, but also love the recipes and kids stuff she shares! Look forward to getting to know this talented lady even more as we blog along!

Amanda from Dwelling In Happiness

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Amanda is a fairly new blogger and I’m so happy to have come across her blog! She has an adorable lil’ family and shares great tutorials like the DIY “Shower Thoughts” Towel Rack. I look forward to some more great projects from this sweet lady and excited to see how her blog grows!

Looking forward to your tours next week, ladies!

Thanks for stopping by!













  1. Amy | Canary Street Crafts says:

    Love it!! Sorry you had to pull my wedding pic since we’re lame bloggers and have yet to put a profile picture on our blog! We need to work on that :). You are the sweetest and I love following along with you and seeing all the fantastic projects you share with us. Can’t wait to see what you do with that fireplace!! Have a great week Kendra!!

  2. Kristi says:

    SO much fun to read more about you behind the scenes Kendra!!! I feel much the same as you do when it comes time to actually sit down and write – it’s ALWAYS a bit overwhelming at first for me.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re up to in that back yard!!!

    • Kendra says:

      Thank so much Kristi! I’m always so encouraged by your sweet comments! Glad I’m not alone in the writing department! You do fabulous, though! Have a great week 🙂

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