If you follow me on instagram @prvbsthirtyonegirl you saw some exciting news the other day.

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And many of you had questions as to if I knew about it, so I thought I’d share the story.

Although I always thought it would be really fun to be in a magazine, I never thought it would happen.  I thought I’d have to pursue it, and really dive 100% into my blog and put in a lot of effort.  You see, in the blogging world you can never do “enough.”  I could blog everyday and keep my readers happy, but blogging takes a lot of time, and quite honestly, for me, the financial benefits aren’t worth it.  I blog because I love to share my stories and DIY adventures and hopefully inspire some of you to pull out a power tool or get to know Jesus better:)  Cause you know they go hand in hand:)  So therefore I blog at my lesiure.  And by doing this I thought I’d maybe have to give up some cool dreams or goals or bucket list items I may have had.  But that’s when God just seems to blow me out of the water.

See, I decided that wasn’t as important as family life and other things that took precedent over finding some sort of “fame” in the blogging world. But Jesus decided to bestow a little gift on my anyway.  This past winter Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath magazine contacted ME and asked if I would be interested to be in their magazine.  Seriously?!?  At first I thought it was a joke.  The name of the magazine wasn’t even mentioned, they just said it was for a kitchen and bath magazine…and after thinking about it for 2 seconds I said yes!  She said she saw that I had gotten free cabinets, and that their readers would love that and the inexpensive DIY ideas we did to makeover our kitchen on a budget.  I knew the article would run in May, but it wasn’t until about a month ago that I finally figured it out that it was for Better Homes and Gardens special publications….my favorite magazine!

So this week I got this in the mail…


Of course it came on the day we got like 3 inches of rain and got all wet in the mailbox….but that didn’t deter me too much.  I quickly flipped inside to find the article about our kitchen…


and was super excited to see it got a whole page!


and it was so SURREAL to see my picture and name in print in a BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS MAGAZINE!!

God just never ceases to amaze me and the little gifts that He hands out to those that love Him.  Man I love him:)

I was a bit surprised to see the picture they chose, and to see they cropped the stairs out of it. (my favorite part)  They said we didn’t gut the kitchen, when that’s exactly what we did, but I think their goal was to just show their readers how we did inexpensive DIY fixes to make it reasonable for everyone, so I’m okay with that.

So, this issue comes out on the 27th if anyone want’s to snag a copy.  They have some pretty amazing, drool worthy kitchens in there as well, totally worth the $5.99 in my book!

So since then I have updated all of my before and after pages on my blog to have them as up to date as possible when the article runs.  Feel free to check them out and see how many “new” things you spot:)  I’m hoping to add our bedroom, bathroom, and kynlees room to the list before next week!  Let the blogging begin!! :)



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    1. I haven’t even had time to look yet?? I know i’ve seen the kitchen and bath makeovers before there, but they are usually in the big magazine section by all the books. I’ll be looking for it tomorrow and let you know!:)

      1. Desiree Helstrom

        Ugh! I can’t find this issue anywhere! I have come across 150 other BH and G magazines but bit this one. :(

          1. Bummer! I looked at Walmart a couple of days ago and couldn’t find it either, but my Mother-in-law said she found it at Marketplace in Cokato. I might be trying there next:)

          2. Desiree Helstrom

            FOUND IT!!!!! My friend Melissa Kinsella found it at Target in Willmar! Whoop! Nap time, iced coffee, and my magazine! Great article-proud of you!

  1. Congrats! I’ve followed your blog on and off since I read a homeschool-or-not-to-homeschool post a few years back. I literally had to stop, because your house is SO DANG ADORABLE and I wanted mine to match yours (why do women always feel the need to compare) and power-tools just stress me out. I’ve tried – it’s not my strong suit :) I’m thrilled for how God is opening doors for you! He clearly has a plan. Best of luck with everything!

  2. Congrats to you Allie :) Love you taste, style, & most of ALL the LOVE you have for Jesus :) Love how you include scripture in you blog :) ALWAYS looking for you blog or updates on your home, family. Thanks for sharing :)

    Susan Howard, S.C.

  3. I love the curtains in your kitchen/eating area with the bugs and flowers on them {seen in your updated blog pics}. Can you tell me if you made them or where you purchased them?

    Always Fab, Ally!


    1. I’m impressed! That’s one of the newest changes, since I decided to use the old white curtains to recover a rocking chair for peanut!:). The new bug/science curtains:) are from ikea! I’ve had my eye on them for awhile now:)

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