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Talk about a busy week!!
I received my first blog award from my friend Lisa at Suburban Retreat and then
I got tagged by Rachel of French Farmhouse 425

In keeping with the Lovely Blog award- I am sending it along to 15 other blogs that I think are lovely!
If you are a tag free blog and I have sent this to you, please excuse me!

A Rosy Note
Maison Decor
Southern in my Heart
Pocket full of Roses
Green Willow Pond
Re-vamped French Maison
No Minimalist here
From my front porch to yours
French Farmhouse 425
Relatively Unique
Maries Maison
Purple Chocolat Home
the thrifty gypsy
Kate's place
Savvy Southern Style

There are so many beautiful blogs out there- it was hard to choose just 15 to give an award to! So take your button and give out the awards to 15 of the blogs that you find beautiful!
Thank you for the award Lisa! :)

Onto Rachel's tag! Thanks Rachel! :)
She posed 7 questions to me-
here they are!

* Where do you currently live?

I live in Northern California in a little cottage 
I am a California girl through and through- I grew up in the S.F. bay area.
I LOVE it in California!

*Are you living in your dream home? Or are you dreaming of the home you will live in someday?

I do dream about a beautiful, gracious home someday...but this cottage house has also become much more home than I ever imagined it would.
Everywhere you look there are pieces of us here.
All the work, remodeling, planning, etc.
This house reflects me in so many ways and hold so many memories within it's walls.
So though I imagine we will move at some point- closer to the beach and some warmer weather- it will be hard to leave this home.

*Where do you draw most of your inspiration from for your home decor?

I draw most of my inspirations from my favorite designers-
Charles Faudree & Rachel Ashwell.
Charles Faudree's designs speak to me on so many levels... he is the french country king and he loves red- My favorite color!
Rachel Ashwell's soft serene style is welcoming and I love faded, painted chippy things as well
I guess I am a mix!

*If you could change something about yourself what would you change?

My self doubt.
 You know the movie "what about Bob"?
 I am kind of like the female version of Bob...
you know, baby stepping my way...

*What is your biggest accomplishment?

My children.
They are incredible and I am so proud of them.

*What do you love the most about your family?

That we all stick together and are there for each other when we need to be.
Plus- we are kind of crazy so we laugh a lot. Watching my family sing karaoke together is insanely fun
Plus, I love that each of us is right there ready and willing to help if need be.
It has been an emotional couple of years for me- my grandmother who I am extremely close to- has dementia. Since she lives up here in this area, I have been doing much of the caregiving.
My family (kids too) has been there pitching in, running errands, staying out at her house with me at night when I needed to and just helping with everything.
Plus, they know that sometimes I need to cry - and my boys pretty much just get out of the way and let me get it out!

*What do you think your family loves the most about you?

Kind of a hard one for me actually.
I think possibly different for each family member, you know?
I guess I would hope that they love knowing that I am someone who is always going to love them, no matter what and be on their side in this world...
and we are a crazy group of people on my side of the family,
so, I think they love my goofiness & sense of humor!

Okay, now I am supposed to keep this going and send it along to 7 friends out there in blogland!

You've been tagged!

Maison Decor
Suburban Retreat
Southern in my heart
Going a little Coastal
A pocket full of roses
Revamped French Maison
Maries Maison

Here's your questions!

*What is your biggest dream?
*Where do you live?
*What were you like in High School?
*Favorite place to visit?
*What or who inspires your decorating style?
*What do you love about yourself and what would you like to change?
*What is your all time favorite movie?


  1. Hi Courtney ~ Love your post and all the little tidbits of information about yourself. Funny, I always like hearing personal things about people from Blogland, guess it makes them seem more 'real' then just someone a few 'clicks' away. Now that you've tagged me ... I'm going to have to start contemplating my answers! Thanks ~ take care!

  2. ~*~*Thanks for the award!! Hugs, Rachel~*~*

  3. Hi Courtney! So fun! Too funny that we both did these kind of posts! Thanks for tagging me too! I loved learning more about you...I already knew how much I liked you and this was just the icing on the cake! :-) Your love for life and your family are so evident and it is such a privelege to be connected to you here in blogland!

  4. oh cute! Congrats!!!! Loved know a little bit more about you!!

  5. Great post, loved reading a little bit more about you. My dad had Alzheimers so I know how hard that can be.

  6. What fun to learn a little bit more about you!
    And I am sending a very big hug your way -- my mother had Alzheimer's, so I understand what your family is going through. It is a very tough road; if you ever need an ear, I'm here.
    Blessings -- Cass

  7. Thanks for the award Courtney! I loved reading your answers to Rachel's questions. It will probably take me forever to answer them :)

  8. Congrats on your award. you have 3 beautiful kids!

  9. Bonjour Courtney. Congratulations on getting the "lovely blog" award, well deserved! Of course, merci beaucoup for passing the award to me, I'm honored especially coming from you :-)

    It's great learning more about you on a deeper level. I will work on those answers as soon as I can!

  10. Congrats on the award and thank you so much for thinking of me. I made my blog award and tag free several months ago. It is just too hard to pass these things on to only a handful. I am sure you understand. Have a super day!!