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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Did you ever have one of those “Ah-ha!” moments?  I tend to have them in two places… the shower (one of the only places a mom of 4 is ever alone) and church.  About a month ago during an “Ah-ha” moment, I came up with an idea that has turned into what we’re calling Real Housewives: Design it Forward.  We’re pretty excited about it and we have a feeling you will be too!
So daily we blog about cool finds, amazing projects, and what we’re doing on our homes…  sometimes we find ourselves pausing and wanting to look and do something outside of ourselves. We thank God each day for our families and that our needs are provided for.  So what do we do from here?  We design it forward…
We’re committing to using our time, talents, and treasures to help someone else.  We want to make someone feel extra special, cared-about, valued, and loved.  Here’s our vision… quarterly, we want to find a family, a single mom or dad, or just someone who could use a little TLC and do some surprise design for them.  We’re hoping you’ll want to join in and help us and then we’re going to challenge you to find someone in your area to Design it Forward for as well (think link party).  We love this little old blog, but you know what?? We’re called to love people even more, so here goes… Real Housewives: Design it Forward!

Porch Perk Up

Through the help of Calvary Church of Souderton, we found a single mom that could use a little extra TLC.  Since we adore all things fall, we thought we should do a little porch perk up.  How cool would it be to come home and have a porch all prettied up for Halloween and Thanksgiving?

Shhh… don’t tell, but here’s our master plan…

 So, how do I help? 
We’d love to have some hands-on help on the 25th as we perk up the porch, but we know our readers are from all over.  So here’s our Plan B… Since this is a single mom, we thought it would be cool to accept donations related to # of children.  Either the ones you have or how many were in your family growing up.  For example, I could donate $4.00 because I have four kids (still shocks me to type that) or $2.00 because I was one of two kids growing up.  Your money will go directly towards perking up the porch, we promise not to go get pedicures or anything shady like that! If we collect enough money, we have a second and third family lined up and we’ll just do more porch perking! Wouldn’t that be awesome! And BTW… if anyone knows the Duggars, have them read this post, because that would be like a Twenty-something donation! 🙂 Just click the little donate button to donate… Thanks!
If you are local and want to lend a hand on the 25th, please use the contact us button and let us know.  We’ll give you all the details of our covert operation!
Lastly, share this post! The more people that read it, the more people that just might want perk along with us! (and I guess I can confess now, that I wanted to call it Pimp my Porch, but I got veto-ed! That’s what BFFs are for!)

Can I do My Own?
Well yeah! That would be awesome! We’d love to have you find someone in your area and then Design it Forward RHBC style! Make sure you sneak in a picture or two (don’t get any house numbers in the pics!) an then link up to our Design it Forward Link Party on October 28th!  It’s our very first Link Party, so we’re hoping for at least one or two link ups!

Can I Pin?
We’re starting to plan out our “Perking” and want your help! If you follow us on Pinterest (see the sidebar link) just shoot us an email with your email address and we’ll add you as a contributor.  We’d love some help finding cool inspiration!

We’re really excited about this project and we’re committed to seeing it through! We’re giddy with excitement about the idea of using this blog to help someone! Thanks for going on this journey with us!

Please go on over to Sew Dang Cute and vote for your favorite Round 2 project for Crafting with the Stars. Thanks!

The comments +

  1. Anonymous says:

    Love, Love, Love this idea!!! It is awesome how you are using your gifts to shower others with Christ’s love. I am free the evening of the 25th if you need help 🙂
    Lyndsay S.

  2. Christina says:

    hey…I used to go to Calvary in Souderton!! Now I go to a smaller church in Skippack…such a small world 🙂

  3. oh, you know I’m SO in on the 25th! send me the details and I’m there. I used to be part of a group that did something very similar. After I had me 3rd child it kind of fell to the side. Tisk tisk on me. you’re motivating me to get this started again. I’m fb-ing this event on my page today, good luck and can’t wait to help out!
    d e n i s e

  4. Stacy says:

    If you ever do inside someone’s house and need some fun family pics to help with decor give me a buzz! I’d love to donate some time!

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