Happy 3rd Blogiversary

I’m not very good at remembering important dates like anniversaries. (Sorry to my ex-husband about that….it wasn’t personal). But I happened to notice that today was our 3rd blogiversary at 24 Cottonwood Lane. Wow!


24 Cottonwood Lane 3rd blogiversary


When I started 24 Cottonwood Lane, Liam was 14 months old and attending daycare 5 days a week. Aiden was 2 months old and sleeping almost 22 hours a day. When he was awake, he was a crying, jittery mess. (Withdrawing from drugs and alcohol and all that good stuff.) I was a little lonely, a bit stir crazy, and on my second “parental” leave in a year. I was crafting and painting to keep busy and needed some kind of a creative outlet. And so the blog was born.


Fun facts about this blog. Our street address at the time was 24 Cottonwood Drive….we’ve since moved. Hence, the name. I was too brain fried and sleep deprived to be more creative. The most I could do was switch the drive to lane. Do I wish I’d been more creative? Sure do. But 24CL it is and we’re together. For-evah! Truth be told, I hated that house from the day I took possession. It was dirty, tired, and needed a total overhaul. Liam was only 4 months old when I signed on and I was not making the most rational decisions. Lessons learned.

It’s been a fun and interesting 3 years and I never actually thought blogging would become my full time “thing”. I was just trying to keep sane and stay in touch with long distance family members. Because I’m really bad at talking on the phone. Hate it.

The best thing about blogging is the people. Bloggers (at least in my niche) are the best. Seriously. You’ll never meet a nicer, friendlier and more welcoming group of people than other home/mom/DIY bloggers. None of that nasty competitiveness that shows up in the workplace now and then, no backstabbing, no drama….what’s not to love about that? Also, you can work in your pajamas. That has long been my goal. Kidding. Not really.

Blogging is interesting. Sometimes you write a post that you think is the bomb and all you hear is crickets. Other times you put something together based on a thought in the back of your head, hit publish and expect nothing, since it was just kind of meant for you or a friend who asked a question. Boom…a viral post. So unpredictable. At least it is for me.

Because of our blogiversary, I thought I’d share our top 10 posts of the past 3 years. Or, rather, your top 10 since the popularity of these posts was all up to you. Here you go… Your most loved and shared posts of the past three years.


Top 10 posts from the past 3 years


1.  Command Center Ideas

Command Center Ideas


2. 15 DIY Christmas Ideas

15 Great Christmas DIY Ideas


3.  Pink and White Dresser Makeover

Pink and White dresser for baby girl nursery


4.  Chalk Painted Dresser to Media Center

Paris grey chalk painted dresser turned media center


5. Bedroom Lamp Makeover

navy and coral lamp makeover


6. No-Sew Halloween Cushions from Dish Towels

Easy no-sew Halloween Cushions made from Dishtowels


7. Painted Pantry Door (One and two because everyone makes mistakes!)

Everyone makes mistakes. Painted pantry door. First green, then navy. We have a winner


8. Master Bathroom Reveal (from our old house)

Master bathroom reveal and updates. Smoke by Benjamin Moore. White shelves, Bathroom storage


9. Antique Car in a Jar

Antique DIY Car in a Jar


10. 2014 Christmas Trends

Christmas Trends- copper. #woodland #aqua #monchromatic #vintage


Just for the record, none of those were my favorite posts…. My top 3?

Spray Painted Coral Bedroom Chandelier

Spray painted DIY coral bedroom chandelier


Mint and Gold Painted Mirrors

DIY painted mirrors. #mint #gold


Navy and Pink Powder Room Reveal

Navy and pink powder room/ bathroom makeover


Thanks so much to all of my readers for hanging around, coming back and connecting with us week after week. I have loved getting to know you and enjoy hearing what you have to say. Here’s to many more years together!xo xo Jenna


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  1. Hello Jenna: I have always loved your blog name and thought oh my I hope that’s not her current address LOL
    Anyway, I love your blog and am nominating you for the Blogger Recognition Award and wanted to let you know.
    PS I’m pretty sure I found your blog through your command centers post… Either that or one of the dressers- I was trolling for new home ideas and all…. I’m so glad I came across your blog. I know I’m bad at commenting, but I love your posts 🙂

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