Summer Is… by My Blessed Life

June 20th, 2012

While I’m talking all about paint and stain in Atlanta for the next two days, I have a few special guests coming up, and my first is my friend Myra from My Blessed Life.  I met Myra at the Blissdom conference over a year ago, and we’ve been friends ever since!  Since I’m touring the south this week, I’m excited to begin this “Summer Is…” series with this sweet southern gal, please give Myra a warm welcome! 

Hello, hello fabulous Centsational Girl readers!  I’m thrilled and honored to be visiting with you today.  Summer is such a beautiful time of year, although in Alabama it is very hot and humid.  But I embrace the beauty and stay as cool as possible.  Here are a few of my favorite things about Summer in the South…

Porch Living:  My family and I live in the oldest house on main street in our tiny town. We enjoy spending our mornings and evenings on the front porch reading, watching the cars go by, waving to neighbors and sipping on a glass of cold {sweet} iced tea.

 myra front porch


Farmer’s Market Produce:  Each weekend, I stop by the farmer’s market to get fresh produce for the coming week.  My favorites are cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, strawberries, peaches and blackberries.  I’ve made delicious cobblers with fresh strawberries, peaches and blackberries in the last few weeks.

farmers market produce


Backyard Hydrangeas: The huge bush of blue hydrangeas growing on the side of our house just takes my breath away. I love cutting blooms and adding them to a vase on the table. They cheer a room up so quickly.

tj maxx vase


Seabrook Island, South Carolina:  My very favorite destination to visit during the Summer months is Seabrook Island. It is a private, quiet community with beautiful white sandy beaches, gorgeous trees and marshes.  Bike riding is peaceful and a multitude of deer come out to play at dusk.  Seabrook Island isn’t far from Charleston which is definitely another perk!

seabrook island

Thanks so much Kate for having me today! I hope you and your wonderful readers have enjoyed reading about my Summer favorites.  I would love if y’all stopped by for a visit anytime.

Thank you Myra for sharing your definition of summer, I’m putting Seabrook Island on my list of places to visit!  

What’s your definition of summer?


‘Boost Your Roost’ Contest!

June 20th, 2012

One of the best things about writing about home improvement and design is how it recognizes how we are all emotionally attached to our homes and want it to be the best that it can be.  I’ve partnered with HouseLogic and today we’re announcing the ‘Boost Your Roost’ home renovation contest!

We’re looking for homeowners that have a great idea for a home improvement project that will help you get the most enjoyment out of your home and also increase its value.

boost your roost ad


The ‘Boost Your Roost’ contest is all about enhancing life in the home. We’re looking for home projects that will help you better enjoy your home and the time you spend there with your family and friends, and the prize is a $20,000 home renovation!

What kind of improvement can you imagine for your home with an award of $20,000?  Would you remodel an outdated kitchen or bath?  Would you replace windows, doors, flooring, carpet, or light fixtures?  Would you rework your floor plan, add wainscoting, spruce your basement, or make other architectural improvements?  $20,000 could do a lot to improve the value of your home!

To enter the ‘Boost Your Roost’ Contest:

  1. Submit your name, email, phone number, and the location of your home
  2. Send at least 1 but no more than 5 photos of the area to be renovated
  3. Include a written description of the proposed renovation (300 words max), describing why your home improvement idea is important to you and how it will improve the quality of the time you spend in your home with family and friends.
  4. (optional) Include a drawing or a video of the proposed renovation

Send all submissions to [email protected]  between June 20, 2012 and July 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The contest is restricted to homeowners within the continental US.  The winner’s story will be documented in a video and photo series to be shared at after the contest ends.  Six finalists will be showcased on and voting will occur between July 30 and August 13, 2012, and the winning homeowner will be awarded $20,000 in home renovation!

Put your thinking caps on and send us your submission!!

*This post is sponsored by HouseLogic, a website for homeowners from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  HouseLogic offers solutions to help you enjoy, improve and maintain your home while connecting with others who also value homeownership.