Do you sometimes feel like a failure when it comes to homemaking?  Do you ever beat yourself up for not keeping your house spic and span?  Do you thumb through magazines and ever wonder why your house can’t look like that, or when you visit your favorite bloggers you wonder how they can keep a tidy home but you can’t?

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Well, let’s get REAL!!  You are NOT a failure; your house does NOT have to be spic and span 24/7; those magazine photos are NOT real life; and I can guarantee you that the neat and tidy pictures you see of bloggers’ homes are hardly ever like that on a regular basis.

So I thought it would be encouraging and fun to do a little home tour of my own (along with several other bloggers – make sure you check out the other home tours at the end of this post).  You know, kind of like those lovely house tours that DIY/Home bloggers do that show pictures of their immaculate, magazine-worthy homes?  Like that, but a little different.  For this home tour we won’t pretty up our houses or make them picture perfect, but rather show them as they are in their usual state – lived in!

We hope that through these home tours that you are encouraged to know that nobody has it all together, and that’s okay; that you have fun peeking into the life of another family and seeing how other moms do things; and also to dispel the myth that bloggers have a flawless life.

BUT WAIT!  We want to see your homes too!!!  Even if you aren’t a blogger, you can join us and share pictures of your home on Instagram.  For the next six days we will have a little Instagram challenge; each day will have a different topic for you to post a picture on.  Check out the graphic below to see what is assigned on each day.  Be sure to use the hashtag #KeepinItRealHomeTour on all your Instagram post so we can find each other easily.

Keepin It Real Home Tour IG Challenge

Welcome to my home!  I’m going to give you a quick tour of just a few of the rooms I was able to snap shots of in time for our spin around my place  🙂  Off to your left is our home office/study

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If you look right, you’ll see what is opposite of the study. As you can see, I still have my Easter decorations up (with no sign of taking them down any time soon)  😉  Combine real life with loving Easter and all things Spring and there you have it!


Here’s a look at our household ‘command center’ just inside our front entryway.  These two shots were actually taken a few weeks ago.


Then here’s the current, real, lived in state of it  😉


If you needed to use the downstairs bathroom, here’s the first thing you’d see  😉

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Now, since this is an abbreviated home tour, I’m going to take you straight upstairs!  Here’s a look at what we refer to as our beach bathroom in the master.

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Lastly, here are a few of my favorite corners in my very much real bedroom!  You may even spot the coffee stain I forgot to wipe up (well enough) before taking these pictures  😉

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Hope you enjoyed this mini tour of my place today!  Wish you could stay for coffee but glad we can chat in the comments instead  🙂  You can also click around to check out the home tours of other bloggers through clicking the blue link below. Have a beautiful day!