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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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It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever! It’s nice to be back… well, honestly if you told me I could jump on a plane now, I’d grab my suit and be gone in an instant.  Mexico was insanely awesome.  I’m going to do a whole post on it next Monday!



So we’re supposed to be giving interesting statistics this week… I’ve got a good one for ya! 

The Disappearing Giveaway...  If you’ve followed us since the very beginning you might remember a post about our Design Challeng{ed} contest… Or maybe you don’t remember because not one single person entered. Ha! We’d only been blogging about two months and it was a major flop! It sure makes us laugh though!
Famous Angelina… Jess wrote a cute post about Cam’s 3rd birthday party last year.  It was a cute Angelina Ballerina theme. The post is fine, but nothing over the top.  We didn’t have great lighting and all the pictures are so-so… however, thanks to the post’s title it was in our top 15 posts for landing pages! So many people have Googled Angelina Ballerina and found us! Ha!
So maybe we laugh a lot and blush a little over these silly posts, but it reminds us of the amazing road this blog has taken.  We can’t wait to look back next year and see what 2012 had for us!
Now, get ready for some stinkin’ awesome giveaways!
We have three awesome giveaways for you today! The giveaways are separate entities (in other words, if you win, you don’t win them all, but you can enter all three!) Please let us know which giveaways you’re gunning for in your comments.
My Best Friend’s Hair Giveaway
My Best Friend’s Hair is our most recent sponsor and it’s the coolest concept! Their site can help you find the best stylists all over the country and get ratings and reviews.  Want to find the best stylist in your area that can deal with insanely thick, unruly hair (that would be my wish)? They can help you with that! They also have tons of info about the hottest cuts and styles- so fun!
Today they’re giving away a Neuma Beauty Hair Products gift set.  I don’t know about you, but I love using high quality hair products, and getting them for free is even better!
To enter: (This giveaway is now closed)
1-Like My Best Friend’s Hair Facebook Page and leave us a comment letting us know. 
2-For an additional chance to win,  head over to the My Best Friend’s Hair website and either search for a stylist in your area or leave a review of your stylist and then leave a comment letting us know you did. 

Scentsy Giveaway
I must have been living under a rock for a while, because I had never tried Scentsy until Breanne joined our blog last fall.  Honestly, I wake up, walk down stairs, and turn my warmer on immediately, my kids take turns picking out the scents we should use.  It’s awesome!  Breanne is giving away one warmer and scentsy bar of your choice!

To enter: (This giveaway is now closed)
1- Go to Breanne’s Scentsy website and then tell us in a comment what scent you’d love to try.  
2-For an additional chance to win Follow RHBC on Twitter and leave us a comment letting us know. 

Kotton Pickin’ Kute Hat
My poor kids were all born well before the world thought to make amazingly cute hats- boo! I honestly don’t think there’s anything cuter than a baby with a sock monkey hat! Krista hand knits all of her hats and lucky for us, she’s giving one away! Don’t have an itty bitty baby? No worries, she can make them in child and even adult sizes.  I just might buy the hubs a sock monkey hat… actually, I won’t because I could possibly die of laughter.

To enter: (This giveaway is now closed)
1- Go to Kotton Pickin Kute’s Etsy Store and then tell us in a comment what hat you love!
2-For an additional chance to win like Kotton Pickin’ Kute on Facebookand leave us a comment letting us know. 

Giving things away is so darn fun! I can’t wait to announce the winners tomorrow! Hope you’re enjoying our week of giveaways just as much as we are!


The winner of the Thirty-one Gifts giveaway is: Dwell Wool Knits! Congratulations!
The winner of the Dream Dinners meals is: Whitney! (and I promise I didn’t cheat just because she’s having her first baby! Congrats Whitney!)
(email us your address so we can get you your prizes!)

The comments +

  1. Totally would love the sunkissed citrus scentsy scent and the heirloom warmer is GORGEOUS!!

  2. Following you on twitter!

  3. I like my best friend’s hair on Facebook!

  4. I found one salon in my area on My Best Friend’s Hair website, but no reviews. 🙁

  5. C Leebrick says:

    love all of their fruity scents!

  6. C Leebrick says:

    already follow you guys on twitter. though i’m still not sure how that works 🙂

  7. C Leebrick says:

    kotton pickin’ cute..alreayd LIKE’d them on the aviator hat

  8. Maura says:

    I liked my best friends hair on facebook.

  9. Maura says:

    I checked out my best friend’s hair website for my state and town, but did not find a salon in my town or the salon I would recommend. 🙁 But would love to win the prize package!

  10. Kimber says:

    I checked out my best friends hair….no Salon near here …at least 2 hours away 🙂 but always love hair products 🙂

  11. patty says:

    Would like the Home Sweet Home scent!!

  12. Rachel says:

    The Cinnamon Vanilla scentsy sounds yummy.

  13. Rachel says:

    I’m following you on Twitter.

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  15. I love Kotton Pickin’ Kute’s Matching Cocoon and Hat Combo! So adorable!

  16. I liked Kotton Pickin’ Kute on Facebook, too!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would like to try the patches dog with lavender for my three boys. We are in the process of adopting three brothers and they don’t sleep well, so these may help them. Thanks for the info on scentsy products!

  18. They are all so adorable…hard to choose! I pick the crocheted flower hat in navy and white<3

  19. Love, love, love Scentsy! Home Sweet Home please;)

  20. Amy Z. says:

    The Scentsy Hazelnut Latte sound good! and I would follow you on twitter but I’m not on twitter lol

  21. Amy Z says:

    All Kotton Pickin Kute’s hats are cute!

  22. I’d like to try Baked Apple Scentsy

  23. I’m following y’all on Twitter via @dotinthecity

  24. Anne says:

    I always love new hair products, as far as the hats, it is IMPOSSIBLE to pick the cutest one, they are all soooo adorable. Makes we want to have a baby just to put one of these hats on them…

  25. Amy B says:

    I would love to try the lemongrass scent

  26. WOW! Lots of stuff today! New hair products rock….those hats are way too precious and I love scentsy stuff! I love the manly scents that smell earthy. I think I have done everything required of me to enter all contests!!! Oh, and twitter too!

  27. SHerbert says:

    I’m really enjoying your interesting statistics! Thanks for sharing. As a new blogger, it is beyond encouraging to know that we all start somewhere.

  28. Danielle says:

    what have you against bad lighting and so-so pictures!??! 😛 lol I kid – thanks for sharing your journey

  29. 2busy says:

    Hmmm Scentsy! Love that stuff! I know what I usually use, but I’d really like to try Cucumber Lime.

  30. traciet says:

    Love to try Pixie and Lucky in Love,

  31. traciet says:

    Follow you via twitter@sweepswin55,

  32. Shannon says:

    I have bought more Scentsy for other people than I have of my own (I only have 1 plug in warmer!). I would love to try the Simply Irresistible scent! What great giveaways! Thank you

  33. AubreyLaine says:

    I’d love to try the praline scent 🙂
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  34. AubreyLaine says:

    I follow RHBC on twitter
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  35. I want the baked apple scent!

  36. I already like Kotton Pickin Cute on facebook, but I really want one of her pixie hats for the new baby. I will be buying it regardless, but it would be really nice to win it!

  37. gina says:

    Oh you should have that design challenge again! I live in Bucks county so if I win maybe you can come to my house! hahaha

  38. Kellie M says:

    Liked my Best Friend’s Hair on Facebook.

  39. Kellie M says:

    Searched for a stylist near me.

  40. Katya says:

    I LOVE the Newsboy hat!!! 🙂

  41. Sara Wynn says:

    I love the sock monkey hat, but honestly I love them ALL!

  42. Sara Wynn says:

    I like kotton pickin kute on fb 🙂

  43. Katya says:

    Just liked Kotton Pickin’ Kute on FB!

  44. April says:

    We get to pick just one hat? They are all ADORABLE!!! Love the hat and diaper cover combo. If I couldn’t get it without the flower I’d give it to my sister as a photo prop for her photo business 🙂

  45. April says:

    “Liked” Kotton Pickin Kute on FB 🙂

  46. Annie Hayes says:

    Love the idea of My Best Friend’s Hair. I just entered the gal that cuts my unruley main or as my dad use to call it Led Zeplin hair- yeah a bit curly, thick and out of control. But my gal Kristen at Juut can work miracles and I love the cut she does!! Gotta love free hair products!!

    Welcome back from your trip!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    i would love to win something from scentsy! im one of those people that has to smell everything, but the spa scents all sound amazing!
    Tonya T.

  48. MemoryMakers says:

    The Sweet Pea & Vanilla sounds wonderful!

  49. MemoryMakers says:

    I follow RHBC on Twitter!

  50. KatieD says:

    ohhh…. my best friends hair?!? So great, what a fun pampering pick me up!

  51. Katie says:

    I LOVE the Kotton Pickin’ Kute flowering ear flap hat. It would be so cute on our newest little girl!

  52. Katie says:

    I liked KPK on Facebook 🙂

  53. Anonymous says:

    Love the Kotton Pickin’Kute hats!!! What a TALENT 🙂 My husband and I are expecting our first and it would just be precious for our new born!
    Lyndsay S.

  54. Maura says:

    I would like to try the Cinnamon Vanilla Scentsy. Thanks!

  55. Maura says:

    Ok, so those hats from Kotton Pickin’ Kute are incredible! I would love an aviator hat for one of my boys….oh I hope I have a girl baby one day to put one of those hats on!

  56. Maura says:

    Liked Kottin Pickin’ Kute on FB. Thanks!

  57. Unknown says:

    Love the aviator hat! TOO CUTE!

  58. Unknown says:

    LIKED Kottin Pickin’ Kute on FB!!

  59. I added Kotton Pickin Cute to my favorites on Etsy and I LOVE the Aviator hat…precious 🙂

  60. AND I liked Kotton Pickin on Facebook too 🙂

  61. lanisanford says:

    I know winter is almost over but I’d love to try the scentsy “christmas cottage” smell. I love scentsy!

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