Real Homes, Real Messes, Real Life…Link Party Announcement!

Hi all! If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that I decided to have my first ever link party coming up on Monday, January 17.  Having a link party is scary because you don’t know if anyone will show up to party or not, but that’s ok, I’m putting myself out there.  And I had this idea while in the shower, even the name title, so maybe it was a sign?

I thought this idea would be a fun way to let everyone know that we are NOT perfect, nor do we always have a spotless home like some of the blog photos would make you think.  We are real people who have real everyday messes.  If you ever read blogs and start feeling inadequate or not good enough because their homes are always perfect, stop right there!

And my girl Lakeitha from Home to Three Duncan Boys is a great example of what real daily living is like…

I love it when people keep it real.  Reading blogs can really make a person feel less than, or not up to par with their home sometimes.  But just love what you have and not wish all your furniture was from Pottery Barn (but that would be awesome yes?) or wish you had a live-in nanny who could clean up all of these messes.  But that would be awesome too. :)

Soooo, will you join the party on Monday the 17th and help us all remember that we are normal and not inadequate?

And how CUTE is that button??  My sweet friend Beth from The Stories of A 2 Z made it for me and it’s perfect. Thanks so much Beth!  So feel free to use the uber cute button on your post–I know she’d appreciate it. :)  It’s just a regular jpeg image so you can copy it easily.  Hopefully it makes you feel like partying with a cute button displayed.

So capture your messes on camera, get your posts ready, spread the word, and I’ll see you all on Monday!  I’ll post the party up at 7:00 a.m. (central) Monday morning, but if there are problems just be patient because I’ve never used the linky tool thing before.  I’ll get it fixed somehow.  And probably by Beth.

p.s. – You can find me over at Honey We’re Home on Friday, January 14 talking organization. :)



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  1. I’m here for you girl. Both in my mess and if you’re in a computer mess! Looking forward to keepin’ it real with you!

  2. I LOVE this idea!!!! Because seeing everyone else’s not perfect reminds me that not perfect can be just perfect! =) Count me in!!

  3. Love this!!!!!

  4. Love this idea! It is hard sometimes when you look at blogs and often I find myself wishing I had this or that…this will be great to see real life-not staged photos!

  5. Oh, fun! As long as I have internet and can find all of my necessary cords, count me in. We will have just moved so it should be interesting. If I don’t make it, it will at least be fun to see everyone else when I get back up and running.

  6. OMG what a fantastic idea! Totally agree with everything you said. Most blogs I read “style” the pictures before taken, which I do also, but sometimes you start to think that is how their house looks all the time. LOVE this idea!

  7. Very fun! My house is as real as it gets – I’ll definitely join in!

  8. Fun, Fun! I’ll be joining as well. : )

  9. I just died!!! To see my mess on your website felt totally different than seeing it on my own! Maybe because I have less followers!

    Thanks for the shout out girl! I can’t wait to link up!

  10. Thanks to your mini-miracle therapy session (haha), I will be at the partaaay!!! :)

  11. Haha, I tried a link party once my first week of blogging. I didn’t have any type of readership so I am not sure what I was thinking. I ended up filling it up with links “on behalf” of other people myself! :)

  12. I love this idea and can’t wait to participate!

  13. just posted this to my little world, I might be over dressed for the party, have you seen this mess? Thank you for reminding me that it’s ok to be normal (you know, normal, it’s where you live in a complete state of chaos 24/7 if you have kids….). you rock!

  14. I’m so glad your doing this!! I can’t wait to see that I am NOT the only one!!! I’ll be there!! Mess -n- all! :)

  15. Hi I’m a new follower of yours! This sounds like fun! I know exactly what you mean about looking around blogland and feeling like you just don’t measure up somehow. It’s strangely comforting to know that everyone has a mess to deal with :)

  16. Oh this is perfect! Thanks for posting about this! I just starting blogging and feel like my home is a mess compared to all of the pretty blogs! This is one link up I know I can participate in!

  17. Now this sounds like a Linky Party, I will be joining in on . I have a lot of “real” around here, even with no small children, just 2 teens.
    Looking forward to sharing!

  18. I think that’s a fun idea, My home has to stay neat and all the beds have to be made ever day, Because I have a nail studio in my home and it’s all one level , Sometimes I wish I didn’t have all that on my shoulders…. But I do have one dirty little secret.. Well it might be more than little, you all can see it when I join the party.. can’t wait….

  19. One more thing I just posted this on my facebook, I’m a newbbie and I can’t see, to grab any buttons But I’ll figure it out soon…

  20. What a great idea! This is such a great way to bond, share, and celebrate our imperfect lives.

  21. Hmmm, what to post about. Maybe I’ll take a picture of some nice clean room. Wait 30 minutes and take a picture of the mess that ensues after 2 boys have been unleashed on it.


  22. What a greeeaaaat idea! If I had a blog, I would have so many photo ops to show you! :D

  23. I’ll be here in all my clutter glory…there are so many places in my house that are out of control and scream “real life”, it will be hard to choose. Great idea! I am taking a button.

  24. Thanks so much. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to stop looking at blogs because I feel so inadequate. can’t wait to see real life.

  25. Ummm…I’m pretty sure friends will show up for this party! One thing I have in my house is the REAL LIFE thing going on!!

  26. Hey Hey, I am a firm believer in the saying in the old Field of Dreams flick lol…you know “if you build it they will come” line? You have that party. People will show. I sure know I will. I love strutting my stuff on these parties.

    Thanks for keeping it real with the post above. Take Care!

  27. Oh……I am so on this one! I have mess all the time. :) Three kids and five dogs.(don’t ask) assures there is always a mess somewhere……unless company is coming!! Great idea. Blessings Paula <3

  28. Ughhhhh! “mess” is my normal. I am so happy to see this because I actually feel like I am spinning out of control with my little messes. Now I can showcase them! yahooooooo!!

  29. oh this party is soooo up my alley! can’t wait!

  30. I love this idea! It is very easy to look at perfect pictures/blogs and feel bad! My kids are out of school on Monday so it should be REAL easy to get some great pics to post! :)

  31. This is such an awesome idea! Can’t wait till Monday! I already have several photos to share. I’ve been sick the past few days so my house has been a real mess!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  32. I love this idea! After more than two months of uniforms, boxes, Christmas, our basement is just lovely!! It is on my to do list this year. We love to refer to it as the dungeon. See ya Monday!!

  33. I’m in as well, I’m oddly excited to take photos of my messes!

  34. Sounds like fun! I can’t wait. Is this something you are doing weekly, or just a one-time deal?

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

  35. That’s so true. You should see me when I take a pic, making sure garbage isn’t in the background. My daughter laughs at me.

  36. I LOVE this idea and will be posting a link on my blog’s FB page!

  37. Oh man do I have a couple doozies for you! I will be there to link up!



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