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THIHM Around the Web #16 (And a personal check-in!)

Hello friends!

At the end of each month, I like to check in with the posts and projects I have featured around the web. I had this post on my schedule like I do every month, and when I sat down to write it and grab the links for my most current projects, I noticed that almost all of my latest free-lance sites haven’t published my new content yet. Instead of skipping today’s post all-together, I thought I would indeed share the links for my two articles that have gone live this month, but also write a little personal check-in while I’m at it!

Have You Heard? We’re Moving…

I know I’ve mentioned it here and there, and I certainly don’t mean to sound like a broken record…but it is THE issue at the center of our lives right now. We are due to move in just a few months, but we still don’t yet know where we are headed. This time around, the news seems to be taking longer than ever, and the whole family is unraveling just a bit. For whatever reason, this move feels like an extra-big transition for me…and where we end up has so many different implications for my life, this site, and our family. Even though I try to “live in the moment” as much as I possibly can, the uncertainly surrounding us right now has put me in a full stall-out on current house projects. In our last house, I was literally hanging things on the walls in the weeks before the moving trucks came. This time around, despite my best efforts to stay motivated and work to create great ideas for you guys, I am finding myself saying “What does it matter?” “It’s all coming down soon anyway.”  “I’ll just wait for the next house.”

Many of you long-time readers know this is not my usual attitude, and I can only attribute these feelings to fatigue and frustration. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these 1 year moves are hard. We are tired of the uncertainty and temporary-ness of life and more than ever, working on the house feels like too much work and wasted effort for the time we have left. The house is starting to feel “good enough,” and I am finding myself already anticipating the work the lies ahead in getting us re-settled in our new place…wherever it may be. And while I hate myself for saying “good enough,” those feelings are as real as they get. I do have a list of about 5-6 projects that I really want to do before we go…but the internal struggle of “is it really worth it?” is alive and well right now. Not taking on projects (that I normally would) for practical reasons has me in a bit of a creative funk that I find myself actively fighting off on a daily basis. Admittedly, doing all the small and organizational projects over the last two months have really helped me satisfy my creative urges without taking on major/wasteful overhauls…so I hope you guys are enjoying them as much as I am putting them together. All this to say, bear with me friends. I’m doing my best to live my motto to “love and make every house a home,” but I also like to keep it real for you all! Thanks for visiting each day and making all the efforts more than worth it! #grouphug

Pretty Please Check Your Bookmarks!

I have mentioned here and there over the last few weeks that I am working tirelessly behind-the-scenes to get my site speed/load issues resolved, as well as figure out why some of you see my latest content each day and why some of you don’t. To say that the back-end issues on my site have been a huge drain on my time and energy in recent months is a huge understatement. When I switched over from Blogger to WordPress last summer, I made some very rookie mistakes that I am still paying for and sorting out. After weeks of weighing options, I *think* I finally have a clear and solid way forward and there will *hopefully* be some positive and dramatic changes in the coming week.

Here is what I need YOU to do: if you visit me each and every time using a bookmark on your toolbar or a specific pin on your pins boards, please check it and make sure it reads HTTP://thehomesihavemade.com. There should be no “S” (as in httpS). If you visit via RSS or a feed/reader, don’t worry, nothing there will change! I am encouraged that I found a solution that should make all of this seamless to you, but in case it doesn’t work as expected, I want to make sure you can find me (compared to last Fall when I disappeared for a week and no one could find me!). More than anything, I am looking forward to getting all this technical nonsense behind me and get back to spending ALL my time creating for and growing this blog!

THIHM for The Good Stuff

Last but not least, here are two of my articles that have gone live over on The Good Stuff this month! I’d love it if you popped over and checked them out since these will never appear in full on THIHM!

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With that, I’m closing out another great month on the blog! Next week, I’ll be sharing another great printable and related organization project that I am SUPER excited about, as well a the final 1 Dresser, 4 Transformations reveal! I hope you all have a great weekend, and Happy Leap Day on Monday!

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Dining Room Artwork

Dining Room Artwork

Today, I am really, really excited to show you this little addition to our dining room! I’ve been waiting and waiting to get these prints up on the wall and am so ready to reveal one of the main sources of inspiration for our new-home decor scheme! You see, I found these amazing FREE state…Continue Reading

No-Slip Headbands

No-Slip Headbands

As I think I’ve mentioned a million times, my family and I just moved to eastern North Carolina, and boy is it hot here! And based on the national news, I am pretty sure it’s hot where you are too! These days, whether unpacking boxes in the garage, going out for a run,  running errands…Continue Reading