Creative Spotlight: Simply LKJ | Live Pretty on a Penny

Creative Spotlight: Simply LKJ

When leaving blog comments, you just never know who you will be fortunate enough to "meet." By meet, I mean interact with through social media, but hey, in the blogging world, that's pretty much the same. In my case, I always saw these sweet comments left on many blogs that I visit and I was just too curious as to who this person was. I stopped by to visit her blog and absolutely loved it! It also makes it better that she lives in a nearby Atlanta suburb as well. I am talking about Lauren who blogs over at Simply LKJ.

Though we have never met, I feel like we have!! I can just tell through her commenting, and our social media interactions that she is super sweet and very genuine. Oh and she cooks scrumptious meals often and posts the recipes to her blog! I look forward to meeting Lauren very soon, but until then...let's get to know a little more about what makes her the special person that she is:)

Tell us 3 interesting facts about you?

1.      Despite my heavy Southern accent, I was actually born in New York and lived there until age 10.

2.      I was the first girl on my dad’s side of the family to be born in a 38 -year period.

3.      I am left-handed, and gave birth to two lefties! Go Southpaws!!

How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?

I have been blogging since Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010.  I had been a part of an online Mommy Group years ago and have so many lasting friendships from that time.  Blogging was a way for me to connect with other like- minded women, and share bits and pieces of my life.

Why did you select your blog name?

I chose Simply LKJ (my initials) as the blog was simply me, being me.  My oldest designed my header and felt the tag line…simplify, organize, eat, design summed up what my blog was all about.

What has been the most rewarding experience from blogging?

A fellow blogger’s sweet grandson, CJK, had fallen extremely ill.  Diana had asked for prayers for him. She had also posted some of his symptoms.  After reading her post one night, I could not get CJK out of my mind and felt God nudging me.  “Lauren, you know what this is!”  And, then it dawned on me…another fellow blogger, Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia had posted about her son’s battle with Kawasaki Disease…it clicked, CJK had the very same symptoms right down to the cherry red lips.  I sent a message to Diana and she relayed the information on to his doctors.  CJK was diagnosed and treated the very next day.  Because it was caught early, he did not suffer the permanent heart damage that so many do.  You can read about CJK here (http://the

What has been your most challenging?

Consistency.  I have good intentions on blogging daily, but life gets in the way.  I also am not one to put up a post just to have content on the blog.  I want it to be useful information.

What has been your ABSOLUTE favorite project you completed, and why?

This should read the most tedious, backbreaking, but oh so rewarding project.  Hubby and I installed hardwood floors throughout our entire upstairs together. It is my favorite project because despite the difficulty, we completed it, they look amazing and we managed to stay out of divorce court. LOL

Any networking ideas?  How do you like to meet other bloggers/readers?

I am probably the last hold out on Face Book.  I find new blogs to read via comments left on blogs I currently follow or their recommendations.  I have been fortunate to meet several of my fellow bloggers in person as well.

What is your favorite quote to live by?

I am a quote person, so this changes quite often.  However, the one I cling to these days is “I do not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.”


 I am sure that laying a wood floor without ending up in divorce court gives us all hope! In all seriousness, check out her blog. Her style is lovely and classic and her back porch and backyard are both to die for!! Be prepared to be in awe.

Thanks so much for participating and sharing a glimpse into your life, Lauren. It was fun to get to know a little more about you.

Until next time!


  1. Erin, thank you again for asking if I would participate in your Spotlight series. I am very honored and flattered. And yes, we are doing lunch soon!!!

  2. Well, I'm a jealous wreck ~ you two meeting for lunch! :) Seriously, I adore Lauren and I think it's great when bloggers can meet in real life. Lauren is amazing in that she finds the time to comment on so many blogs while doing DIY's, cooking, etc.

    Erin, I'm sorry I did not know about your blog but thrilled that this feature led me here. I will be following now and look forward to getting to know you! Stop by and say hi when you can ~ :)


  3. Erin, I always enjoy your creative spotlight posts. I have visited Simply LKJ's blog before, but it's been a little while. I'll have to pop on over and visit her blog again.... :)

  4. Loved reading this spotlight! Totally amazed at how God worked in the lives of both Lauren and her blog reader. So inspiring!


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