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The Grand Reveal of my eBook Title, Cover, & Launch Date!

Thinking Outside the Gift Box: 21 Money-Saving & Meaningful Gift Ideas | eBook by Lauren Lanker | coming November 17, 2014 to!

G’day, mateys!  And a very good day it is.  I am biting my nails at a higher rate than usual because of some very exciting eBook updates I get to spill today. As most of you know, one of my biggest bloggy dreams for this year was to write and publish my first eBook.  And after loads of brainstorming, I settled on the topic of gift-giving, and have spent the past few months doing research, writing rough drafts, and {read more…}

Exciting eBook Updates & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

eBook Updates & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

So, I pretty much had a permanent grin slapped on my silly ‘ole face starting last Friday and lasting an entire week thanks to you rascals and the barrage of love you poured on me through your Second Blogiversary comments.  Seriously, y’all are too much! I wish I could give each and every one of you a gorilla hug and then secretly leave a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies on your doorstep to surprise you when you get home.  In this {read more…}

Second Blogiversary Giveaway: 10 Prizes for 10 Winners!

Join in on The Thinking Closet's Second Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration! 10 prizes for 10 winners at 9/5 - 9/10. Internationals welcome!

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!  Today is totally tubular because it marks my Second Blogiversary.  That’s right: the Thinking Closet’s turning TWO!  {Whoo hoo!} Way Back When… Two years ago, on an ordinary Thursday, I created a WordPress account, picked a blog theme by the name of Splendio, and published my first post: The Namesake where I told the story behind the original “Thinking Closet” of my youth. In fact, let’s take a jaunt back in time for a {read more…}

Remember That Time I Wrote My Entire Haven Recap in Haiku?

My Haven Conference Recap {entirely written in haiku}...because why not? Let me entertain you, as I share about my "sophomore summer" at Haven in Hotlanta!

I love poetry– how it gives freedom in form. So, here’s my wild plan: I’ll write in haiku {syllables five – seven – five, rarely any rhymes} to recap my trip to Haven Blog Conference three short weeks ago. ‘Twill be a challenge, no doubt. I’m a wordy gal; be sure to keep count! Flashback This story begins in August 20-13. ‘Twas my first Haven. I was like a pig wallering around in mud, soaking it all {read more…}

My Haven Business Card SWAG: Temporary Tattoos!

DIY Temporary Tattoos! Such a fun addition to business cards, especially for crafters and DIYers. Tutorial includes FREE cut files!

G’day mates!  Just got back from my sophomore year at Haven Blog Conference in Atlanta, and boy did I have fun!  The kind of fun that plum tuckered me out (I actually went to bed last night before the sun went down, which is a rarity for this night owl).  Looking forward to sharing a recap of my experience later in the week {UPDATE: it’s HERE!}…but you’re going to get a sneak peek at my business {read more…}

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Spring 2014

Spring 2014 Reader Showcase at The Thinking Closet. A quarterly series where we turn the spotlight on YOU, the reader, and the creative projects you've been churning out! Such a talented bunch....

As we enter into this summer season with its lingering light… …and road trips… …beach days… …and bonfire nights… …it’s a most fitting time for some reflection.  And I’m not talking about personal reflection…but reader reflection.  My, my, my…you all have been quite the busy bees this past spring! So, it brings me great pleasure to turn the spotlight on you today dear reader and showcase your creative projects!  Consider it a virtual fist bump, Cory and Shawn style. And {read more…}

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

One Change I Made That Is Bringing Me More Balance

I think it’s easy for bloggers to come across as leading picture perfect lives, when that is so far from the truth.  In fact, the past 7 months have been more trying for me than I like to admit…even to myself. But today, I want to talk about it–about my struggle to achieve more balance in my life–and the small triumph I’ve experienced recently.  My hope is that my story might be an encouragement to you, dear reader. It {read more…}

Reader Showcase: A Look Back at Winter 2014

The Thinking Closet Reader Showcase: Winter 2014

With the recent celebration of my 31st Birthday, winter gave us its farewell, and thus spring is here!  Or at least, for my friends up north, it’s running a little late, but it will surely be here soon. Even for a Florida spring, it has been a little chilly here the past few days–chilly enough that I’ve actually turned on the space-heater in the mornings and at night.  Although, I know I’m such a wuss. {read more…}

31 Questions Birthday Video!

31 Questions Birthday Video

Hello lovies!  It’s your girl Lauren here…and guess what day it is today?  Yes, yes, it’s the last day of winter, but it’s also…my 31st birthday!  {What whaaaaat!}  And it’s my joy to have you over here for a small celebration. Now, for those of you who may have missed it, a few weeks ago, I published a call for questions from you all…31 of them to be exact…so I could better connect with you, {read more…}

Ask Me Your Questions, I’ll Tell You No Lies….

Ask Me Your Questions! I'll Tell You No Lies.... A Video Q & A Project at

Pop Quiz: What is the thing that motivates me the MOST to keep this blog chugging down the railway? I’ll give you a hint:  it’s not money.  It’s not fame.  It’s not a personal sense of accomplishment.  Can you guess what it is? It’s you.  Yes, you, dear reader. You see, I’ve grown quite attached to you all.  Let’s be real, you’re more than virtual friends to me at this point.  Because to me, virtual friends vanish {read more…}

NEW Weekly Email Launch & Giveaway!

Custom Handmade Wood Sign by Signs by Andrea! Love the rustic edges...

Don’t mind me while I squeal with excitement over the fact that I’m crossing an item off of my Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014 list…and that is to offer up a weekly email option for my email subscribers!  Whoo hoo!  And to add to the joy, we’re celebrating today with a really fun giveaway, which I’m eager to share with you about, but first… The Weekly Email Launch So, why is this weekly email {read more…}

Receipt Organization with Free Cut File

Stay organized this year with custom labeled Receipt Organizers (with 12 month dividers inside!). Gotta love the $1 bin at Target!

It’s like there’s some kind of magnetic force field around the $1 bin section at Target.  It just draws me in like a moth to the flame, and before I’ve even begun to tackle my shopping list, my cart is filled with goodies.  It doesn’t help that it’s the first thing you walk by after grabbing your cart.  It’s like they’re intentionally trying to get you to buy stuff, or something.  {Grin.} But I’m not complaining because I’ve {read more…}

Blogging Dreams & Goals for 2014

Christmas morn with my new Canon DSLR!

I don’t know how this happened.  I mean, it’s truly unprecedented.  But somehow, in spite of myself, the Blogging Dreams & Goals I laid for myself in 2013 all came to fruition in some way or another.  Every. last. one. I truly am dumbfounded over it all because typically, it’s like I’m physically incapable of ever crossing off more than 10% of the items on one of my TO DO lists.  Let alone 100%!  So, {read more…}

My One Word for 2014

My One Word for 2014: Balance. And how I aspire to achieve it! via

If you had to choose a word–one single solitary word–to represent your hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the new year, what word would you choose? A word to live out.  A prophesy over the steps you’ll take and the dreams you’ll seize. Last Year This time last year, I chose the word, LEAP. And leap through 2013 I did! I leapt from the safety of to the great unknown of  And I couldn’t be happier {read more…}

The Top 10 Posts of 2013

The Top Ten Posts of 2013! via

Here’s the thing about blogging: Oftentimes that post that you think is going to rock the blog-o-sphere and send the masses in droves upon droves to your blog, and who knows, maybe Better Homes & Gardens will want to feature it because it’s the simplest thing but turned out cute-as-a-button, and then before you know it, you’re on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday just like Young House Love and, and, and {wakes up from irrational dream} well…it {read more…}

10 MORE Tips for Bloggers…One Year Later

Ten MORE Tips for Bloggers

A year ago today, I hit “publish” on my post, 10 Tips for New Bloggers…From a New Blogger. In some ways, it felt strange to be offering up tips on blogging when I had only been in the game for two months.  That’s why I needed to make things clear in my title.  (“I’m still new at this, people!”) But in other ways, it felt right. For one, I’m the sort of person who processes things {read more…}

Highlights from Florida Blogger Conference 2013

Photo Booth Fun!

Saturday morning, I tossed my business cards in my purse, grabbed my laptop and iced coffee, and headed northeast to Full Sail University for the third annual Florida Blogger & Social Media Conference (FL Blog Con).  Thinking back to how I felt prior to my first ever blog conference this August, Haven, I felt strangely calm, cool, and collected this time around.  Although the conferences were less than two months apart, I like to think {read more…}

The Friday Five: Downton Arby’s & Blogiversary Giveaway Winners

Downton Arby's

Okay, so I definitely got teary-eyed reading the barrage of comments you all left me on my First Blogiversary post.  Y’all sure know how to make a girl feel loved!  And your responses were just further evidence that I’ve been blessed with the best community of readers a blogger could ask for.  (As if it were even in question.) And the survey proved way more invaluable than I ever anticipated.  Thanks a heap to everyone who took {read more…}

First Blogiversary Video & Giveaway for 6!

1st Blogiversary Giveaway - 6 Awesome Prizes for 6 Awesome Readers - at 9/6 - 11!

Today is no ordinary day.  Oh no.  Today is my first blogiversary!  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: The Thinking Closet turns one to–day! As I sat on the couch in our cabin up at HoneyRock Camp two weeks ago, reflecting on this past year of blogging, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.  And you know why?  Because of YOU. And so, I made a video expressing that gratitude and posted it for the world to see {read more…}

The Friday Five: Made for More Than Screens

55 gentle ways to take care of yourself when you're busy, busy, busy.

This Monday was my first day “back to school,” so of course, curriculum mapping, lesson planning, and school supplies have been on the brain of late.  Thus, I shall be kicking off today’s Friday Five with some back-to-school themed gifs!  Huzzah! Here’s what I felt like doing when I opened up my teaching binder to find it still jam-packed with papers from last semester: What?!  A gaggle of little elves didn’t magically clean it out {read more…}

My Week Unplugged & Silhouette Winner

Canoeing on Long Lake.

Prepare to be shocked and amazed: I went an entire week “unplugged” from technology.  Well…almost. With the exception of one hour each day (to tame the email beast and make sure my blog hadn’t gotten sucked up into a blackhole in cyberspace), I closed my laptop and tucked away my phone for some rest and renewal.  I needed it.  And it was divine. And you know who helped make that possible?  These fabulous guest bloggers who {read more…}

Haven Business Card Round-Up & MOO Giveaway Winners!

I loved collecting business cards from my blogger buddies turned real life buddies at Haven 2013!

Hiya, friends!  So, I have to say, I was floored by the enthusiastic response to my new MOO business cards last week.  You folk do wonders for a girl’s self esteem.  Thank you!  Also, it just affirms the fact that you don’t have to be a professional designer with fancy software to create biz cards that make a lasting impression. Today, I’m going to share the survey results from last week, as well as a {read more…}

Finding Home at Haven Blog Conference 2013

Ladies Night!

Last weekend, I crossed an item off of my blogging bucket list and attended my first (and definitely not my last) blog conference: Haven.  Haven is a gathering of d.i.y. and home decor bloggers, brands, and fans…so of course, I was in my element. The conference tagline is “because there’s no place like home,” and it wasn’t until this past weekend that I realized the double meaning of that tagline.  Yes, many of us share {read more…}

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger’s Block

5 Tips for Overcoming Blogger's Block by The Thinking Closet

Hi, friends!  This post is coming at you live from Hot-lanta, Georgia where I am attending Haven, my first ever blog conference! Wow, wow, wow.  I already have so much to tell you, and so far, we’ve only had registration, a cocktail party, and dinner…but it is truly incredible to connect with so many fantastic d.i.y. bloggers in one place.  In fact, it’s kind of surreal meeting people whose face you know so well from {read more…}