Dreams Do Come True in Iowa

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Happy Monday everyone… Have you ever been to Iowa?


I never have until I went last Wednesday for 4 days to take part in the BH&G March Makeover Madness Final Four Challenge.

If you have seen the movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner you may remember the exchange his character, Ray Kinsella has with his ghost father at the end of the movie: 

Is this Heaven?…

No, It’s Iowa…

Iowa, I could have sworn this was heaven?….

Is there a heaven?…

Oh yeah. It’s the place where dreams come true

Well, Maybe this is heaven…

Iowa surely is a place where a dream came true for me!

BHG March Makeover Challenge

It started when I was asked if I would like to take part in the BH&G March Makeover Challenge and then proceeded to the finals of the competition with 3 other bloggers. The finals were held in Des Moines, Iowa at the BH&G headquarters last week.


I love magazines – everything about them. I consider my blog my magazine where I am the Editor-in-Chief.  It was what I was meant to do…to write and share about my DIY passion.


To get to spend a few days behind the scenes and see how a big time magazine and all their publications come together every month was beyond fascinating!  Meeting the editors of BH&G and of many of their other publications was so beyond awesome I can’t even find another word to express my excitement!  It was truly a dream come true.

Dreams come true

Photo Credit:  La Dolce Vita

I am still trying to float down from the high and trying to process everything that I got to experience while there.

I will be posting photos later this week, but wanted to let you know that there are videos of each of the 4 bloggers who took part in the challenge talking about their IKEA dresser makeover.


You can find my video here: BHG Final Four Challenge   You have to watch an ad before the video shows up.

We each had our hair (mine looks a bit different than the way I normally wear it) and make-up done for the videos and our dressers were styled for the “After” photos by a photo stylist.

Voting for the Final Four winner takes place tomorrow – Tuesday April 8th.

You can vote, HERE – starting at 9 AM EST.

Whoever wins tomorrow will have another dream come true… a feature about them and their makeover in Better Homes & Gardens magazine sometime this summer.

I appreciate each and every one of you who voted for me in the first and second round of the challenge over the last few weeks which got me to the finals and would love to get your vote again tomorrow!    XOXO

I will post photos and more insights about my trip in a few days.


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  1. I’ve never commented before (just a regular reader person), but want to say love your blog, love your talent, and love your ‘makeover madness’ project. And I’ll vote tomorrow!

    1. Thanks Helen – I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment and for voting. Thanks I like how you define yourself – a regular reader person. You are the best! XO

  2. First, I love that all of you seem like “regular people.” Secondly, I was going to vote for you regardless but I am also because I really think yours is the best!

    1. Thanks Nancy XO All 4 of us are moms with kids and families – no divas or reality TV stars among us :) We had the most amazing time. It was a trip none of us will ever forget.