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Everything But the House – A Giveaway!


It’s a wonderful Thursday, guys! I have a really fascinating giveaway to bring to you from Everything But the House.  I wanted to share this one with you guys because it’s new, unique, and it’s heavily concentrated in my area, although they do ship nationwide.

People always ask me where I shop for antique or unique odds and ends around Columbus, but truth be told, I don’t go to many stores, I mostly scour estate sales and garage sales.  Here is where Everything But the House comes in.  It’s an online estate sale with bidding/auction type style which I’ve found very fun. You can place your starting bid and the highest you’re willing to pay and then their system bids for you – within your price range.

So, onto the fun part!  Here are the items I’ve either recently won (Eee!) or am currently bidding on (fingers crossed!). Sometimes it’s hard to envision someone else’s stuff in a more modern or cool way when it’s surrounded but other pieces that aren’t your cup of tea, but just like at a real estate sale, you’ve got to look past the life the item used to have and look at how it could be.

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How do you guys like my picks!?  Entry is just a click away: Continue Reading…


Makeover Madness

pair of cane chairs before copy

Remember this blast from the (not so distant) past?  We’ll I’ve got some exciting news and I need your help! I’ve been selected to participate in the Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness challenge and the chairs from this post were entered into the first round of the contest! Today is the only day you can vote for me, so please hop over and vote if you can!  If I make it to the final four, I get to participate in a craft challenge at the BHG headquarters and if I win that, my project will end up in the magazine!  I’d love love love to represent the House of Earnest community, so help me out!

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A billion thanks for your help!


Remembering 2013 + a giveaway!

life in print pictures

Let’s try this again! My apologies that this giveaway went awry last week.  I had some issues and was at a photoshoot all day without my computer, so I had to take it down until it could be revamped. Anyways, we have an even better prize for you today, so let’s get started!

Before I went to Alt, I had a bit of an issue with space on my phone.  It was all taken up with photos, none of which I wanted to delete from my phone, or download to the photo abyss of my hard drive. So many of the photos I love are on Instagram (do you recognize these?) but I wanted to get them off my phone and get them into my hands.

In this digital age, we share, tweet, and tag photos online, but how often do we actually print them out? When’s the last time you’ve printed photos? I can honestly say that (until now) I hadn’t printed out photos since college (wedding prints excluded).

paper photos

We’re going to change today, however. The folks at Printic were kind enough to offer me some free prints, so I wanted to extend the offer you guys also (yay for really fun free things)! You can simply comment below to win a full box of 50 free prints… AND there will be TWO WINNERS and everyone else will get 1 print free with their next purchase with the code: 757369 (minimum 3 print order).

I hope you have fun with it!

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24 Merry Days Giveaway: Lowe’s Accent Chair

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It’s the first day of December, and you know what that means – the beginning of 24 Merry Days of giveaways!  I am the first in line to kick off this merry month with an accent chair giveaway from Lowe’s!  I LOVE this chair and am so so excited that one of you will be winning it! If you follow Jordan from Oh Happy Day, you’ll know that she recently featured this chair in her holiday guest room that she designed for the Lowe’s holiday look book.  Isn’t it such a modern classic piece?

lowes accent chair giveaway

Well, if you love it, then enter to win it!  We’re running the giveaway for just one week, so let’s go!
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**For US residents only.  Sorry for any inconvenience** 

Be sure to bookmark the 24 Merry Days site because we’ll be unveiling special prizes every single day for the next 23 days right up until Christmas. That’s a whole lot of merry!


*don’t forget to check out the rest of the amazing giveaways – Chelsea from Lovely Indeed has an amazing one for you tomorrow as well!


Ready for Company + a JR Watkins Giveaway

clean holiday with JR watkins

A little secret about me is that absolutely detest cleaning.  Matt does most of the dishes and laundry and a cleaning lady does the rest.  I know nobody loves to clean, but I’m just one of those people who prefers organizing over actual cleaning.  I’ll clear out a closet and reorganize the contents until the cows come home, but wiping down baseboards? No thank you. When I do have to clean (because I’m an adult and I have to do things I don’t want to do sometimes), I always get really pretty products to help me turn the chore into more of a splurge… like a spa for my kitchen if you will.  I’m a sucker for beautiful packaging which led me initially to J.R. Watkins products when I was in college, and I still use them to this day.

College days aside, as I’ve been getting ready for guest to start rolling into town and for the biggest feast of the year, I was also getting my cleaning arsenal ready so that as messes are made and as guests start to claim space in the bathroom, I’ve got everything covered.

Here is how I keep clean when company is in town:

For the kitchen, it’s a giant bottle of dish soap, a Pampered Chef scraper which I cannot live without, and a bottle cleaner, which is so much easier to clean goblets and glasses with.

For the guest bathroom, it’s the lemon hand soap (my favorite scent) with fresh flowers and plenty of towels and washcloths.

In the pantry, I keep a separate small crate handy with other stuff I need to create a quick clean –  countertop spray cleaner, a flour sack style towel, paper towels, Magic Eraser, and a scrub brush.  If someone looses a potato from their plate, we’ll quickly be able to recover when everything is in one spot.

Get the guest bath ready for company Keep a bucket of cleaning supplies handy

To keep the holiday spirit up, we’re giving away a big ol’ prize pack full of J.R. Watkins products, specifically their entire line of White Tea and Bamboo scented product! Enter below to win!

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by J.R. Watkins Naturals. All opinions and cleaning tips are my own, however.


Home for the Holidays + A giveaway!

map my state give away

When the holiday season rolls around, I start to think about what home means to me compared to what home may be for someone else.  My family has always lived in Ohio, and although I’ve had a bout of time in Tennessee and Colorado, Ohio will always be home.

For others, they may live far from home or consider their current town home even if it’s not where they grew up.

This week – before we all head around the country and world for the holiday season, I’d love to celebrate ‘HOME’ with you guys by having a giveaway from Map My State!

Ashley and Ben, the founders of Map My State, had lots of homes between the two of them, so they created custom art to represent each of their favorite spots and are giving away TWO 8″x10″ prints to the winner!

map my state - gift for travelers

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Go, enter now!

**This giveaway is limited to US addresses or APO addresses**


Winter Win: A $250 Giveaway to Drake General Store

Drake General Store Giveaway


We are kicking off this holiday give-giving season with a bang!  We’ve teamed up with a store that has a little something for everyone, even the crazies on your list (but we all love our crazies, don’t we?).

Drake General Store and House of Earnest are proud to team up to offer one of our lovely readers with a $250 giftcard.  That should be more than enough to either:

a) get your gift list taken care of (no last minute scrambling!)


b) buy yourself something nice (because after a long, hard year, you deserve it!)

Whichever route you choose, entering is very simple.  Fill out this form and we’ll take care of the rest.


Pictured above: Abbesses Bowl, Tinware Creamer and Tinware Mug,  Ginger Syrup, Oval Oak Bed Tray, ‘Where Chefs Eat’ book, HBC Throw.

*no purchase is necessary, entrants must fill out above form to enter.  Sweepstakes ends on 11/27/2013 at midnight EST. Void where prohibited.


A Sparkling New Years Eve with Sierra Mist

New Years Eve Drinks - House of Earnest

This December has been a wild ride, so why not end on a high note?  We started out with a full week of giveaways to get into the holiday spirit, then hosted a ton of festive Christmas home decor ideas, participated in the 24 Merry Days of giveaways (some of which are still active!), and now we’re teaming up with the people over at Pepsi to host a Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash giveaway.

I wait each year for the Sierra Mist Cranberry splash to come out, since it’s a seasonal release, and this year was no different.  So when the people at Pepsi asked me to participate in the giveaway and share some of my receipes for the soda, I jumped at the chance.

I put together two of my favorite cocktails and both have a little sparkle, which would be perfect for your New Years Eve!  Try one, or both, and let me know if you’ll start making Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash a household holiday staple like we do.

We’ll even get you started with a Cranberry Splash gift pack giveaway – perfect for whipping up either one of these bubbly brews.

 The Gift Pack Includes:

  • Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash
  • Two Glass Tumblers
  • Stainless Steel Jigger and Strainer
  • Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
  • Coupons and Recipes

 How to Enter:

  • Leave a comment below (mandatory)
  • Like Sierra Mist on Facebook
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave a comment below telling me that you did (something like: I just entered the @SierraMist giveaway on @HouseofEarnest.  You can enter here: http://www.houseofearnest.com/a-sparkling-new-years-eve-with-sierra-mist/ )

No purchase is necessary, void where prohibited. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, January 7th and is open to US residents only. A winner will be chosen at random using random.org.  Disclosure: I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received product to facilitate my post and monetary compensation, but all opinions stated are my own.


Day 17: Ferm Living + Son of a Sailor – GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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It’s day 17 of the 24 Merry Days and it’s my turn to host a couple of awesome shops which have some goodies to giveaway to TWO lucky readers.

First up, the iconic string candle holder from Ferm Living has gotten so much press and it’s easy to see why.  It’s quirky, colorful, and can be arranged in a myriad of different ways.  Talk about flexible! Ferm Living is a go-to shop for Scandinavian style decor and furnishing and always one of my first stops when I’m looking for something unique.

Second, funky jewelry always catches eyes and dresses up your basics, and this necklace from Son of a Sailor is no exception.  I think it would look amazing layered up with some of your regular gold pieces.  There are so many different awesome things in the shop, though, so you’ve got to check it out!

You have a chance to enter two, but you’ve got to leave a separate comment for each entry (because that’s how we count the random winning number!)


HERE’S HOW TO ENTER – GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED and the winners have been contacted.


p.s. I tweeted about it this weekend, but I seriously don’t have enough days to post about all of my holiday tips, tricks, and projects, so I’m going to bump up to two posts a day this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!  Get ready!  Tomorrow I’ve got both a project and my front door decor to share!


24 Merry Days!

Love advent Calendars?  We do too.  We are halfway through the 24 Merry Days giveaway and I’ve been talking and tweeting about it for a couple of weeks now.  The entire event was put together by Audrey of This Little Street and is 24 back to back days of giveaways done by 24 different bloggers with 24 really wonderful prizes.

I know I just completed a full week of giveaways, so I’d been a little on the down low about this, but it’s really an amazing opportunity to get to know some fabulous brands and bloggers. Each giveaway lasts one week and today at 5pm we’re unveiling the prize over on Mint, but the fun doesn’t stop there.  Eight other giveaways are still going on and you can enter to win prizes like a queen Duvet set from Crane & Canopy on Happiness Is, a teapot from Gretel Home on Hank and Hunt and more!  Snoop around the interactive calendar HERE to check out all the prizes, and don’t forget that I’m day number 17!! coming up!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

p.s.  my site was down for a few hours yesterday, so you might have missed my second installment of Simple, Seasonal – my holiday tips and tricks which are so simple you won’t have to take a trip to the store.


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