Year in Review 2015

Hi!

2016! Wow, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it??

I hope that you had a blessed holiday season.  We spent time in Arizona with my family.  It was a nice time of relaxing and enjoying time together.  We ate at our favorite restaurants which we can’t get at home, saw Star Wars, baked cookies, hiked around the lake and played at the park.  It was over way too soon!

Before moving into the new year, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the most memorable posts/ events from 2015 here on the blog! 

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I always find it helpful going back and recapping a year. It puts everything in perspective and you can then really see all that has been accomplished. When you are feeling discouraged, it can be helpful in reminding you that you are actually moving forward even if it doesn’t seem that way.  Instead of comparing yourself with others, it allows you to highlight all that you have done.

Let’s begin this little flashback, by hopping back to January 2015!

January:

I started the year organizing my daughter’s bedroom and creating a small desk space in her room.

How to create a Desk Space in Your Child's Room by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also put together a household management binder that helped to organize and kick off the year.

Creating a Home Management Binder by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

February:

In February, I was feeling the winter blues and decided to tackle learning how to care for house plants.  I added numerous plants to my home and started with creating a terrarium.  I’m happy to say, that many of the plants are still going strong today!

Putting Together a Terrarium by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

March:

In March, I created a new Spring Mantel using some old mirrors which I painted with chalk paint.

DIY Painted Mirrors & a Spring Mantel by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also had one of the best Stitch Fix months ever!  I kept every item from the box and started using Jessica as my stylist every month from then on.  I was honored to be featured on the Stitch Fix blog as well.

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April:

In April, I conquered our unfinished storage space!  It was a major project, one in which I had to call in the reinforcements.  I was so happy with the results.

Tips & Tricks to Creating a Functional Unfinished Storage Space by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also made these yummy Strawberry Cream Cheese bars.

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Another organizational project was creating this functional nail care kit.

Organizing a Nail Kit by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

May:

May was a busy month! In May, I shared my outdoor spaces with you which included an update to our screened in porch.

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I hosted my first ever charity event, called Swap for a Change.  I was so proud to be a part of such a wonderful event.  I am looking forward to doing another event this coming spring.

Swap for a Change by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

June:

In June, our family took our first ever family vacation to Disney World. It was amazing and also gave me huge material for the blog!

Tips & Tricks From a First Time Disney World Traveler by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I received another stellar Stitch Fix box this month.  I loved it so much that I kept everything again!

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Another fashion post which was a big hit in June was this 15 ways to make White Denim work.

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The last highlight from the month was getting our kitchen painted.  We went from red to cream, the direct opposite!  I loved how it turned out.

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July:

In July, I got the opportunity to have a day all to myself!  I called it the perfect day and I did all of my favorite things in one day.

My favorite Day

I also did a fun Ask Amy! Edition with 25 things you may not have known about me.

Ask Amy!

My favorite post was this Stitch Fix post where I rounded up Stitch Fix pieces and created a round of outfits.

Stitch Fix Outfits Rounds 2

To preserve the memories from our travels, I created a gallery wall to document our vacations.

Travel Gallery Wall by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.comAugust:

In August, I gave you some great tips on how to decide whether to keep an item of clothing or toss it.

Closet Clean Up Tips & Tricks by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

September:

September was all about my kitchen painting project! I accomplished the huge undertaking of painting my cabinets and changing the overall look of our kitchen!

DIY Painted Cabinets Full Kitchen Reveal by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also had an incredible opportunity present itself to become a Stella & Dot stylist.  All jewelry I wear on the blog and others can be purchased through my Stella & Dot tab on the home page of the blog.

Shop stella and dot by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

October:

This month, I was able to share my Home Style: Vintage, Cozy, Farmhouse along with other fellow blogger friends.

My Home Style

A favorite post in fashion this year was wearing a blanket scarf 5 different ways.

5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also was thrilled to have Cally Gagnon join My Life From Home as a Guest Contributor.

Guest Contributor by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

November:

Your Home Decor & More Monthly Link Up party began! This was one of my favorite moments of the year. It  is a link party with 4 other fabulous women to host YOUR home decor projects and share them with others! Continue to join us the first Tuesday of each month this year.

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I shared some fun Thanksgiving Decor ideas.

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

My favorite opportunity was making a Handmade gift using some fun products I received.

DIY Utensil Crate by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

Ooh, and I received my first paid blogging job!  Eek.

Craft Party With Milo's Sweet Tea by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

December:

Christmas posts were huge this month! I had a unique opportunity to share my Welcome Home to Christmas porch with Hometalk and Country Living.

Old Fashioned Christmas Front Porch by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also got my first chance to be on TV! I was able to share some last minute stocking stuffers as a special segment on our local Fox News channel.  I can now say I’ve had my 3 minutes of fame!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also shared my Christmas Home Tour along with some other wonderful bloggers.

Cozy Christmas Kitchen Holiday Tour by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

I also completed a bucket list item and got to visit NYC at Christmas time.

Christmas in NYC What Not Too Miss by www.whitecottagehomeandliving.com

It’sbeen an amazing year!! Thank you readers for being a part of my life! I appreciate each of you!

Do you see a project you want to remember for the future?

 All the above images are pinnable, so pin away! 

Thanks so much!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with a fun organizing project that I’m going to attempt for the new year.  Also, be planning for our monthly Home Decor & More link up party on Tuesday.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To life feeling like home!

XO,

  1. You’ve had an incredible year! I love the terrarium!

  2. cally gagnon says:

    oh my you’ve been a busy lady this year!!!!!

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