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My Date with Ty Pennington. Plus Anissa Mayhew and a Public Service Announcement for Chicago Mombloggers

Kim Moldofsky using a band saw Reluctant Renovator

Me rocking the band saw at a blogger summit at the Craftsman Experience

Good thing I have a @RenovatorKim outfit because otherwise I’d be obsessing over what to wear on my date with Ty Pennington this Thursday night. Yes, the Ty Pennington of Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition!

Well, okay, it’s a not exactly a date, but Ty and I will have an intimate one-on-one conversation in a quiet corner of the Craftsman Experience in Chicago. The Craftsman Experience is one year old and the product showcase/demo space/adult playground is celebrating with Ty and other A-list guests. Including me! And possibly you, if you make it to the bottom of this post.

Ty will be my first Design Spaz celebrity guest; I’m certain he’s as excited as I am. Though really, there’s no need for him to be nervous. I’m just like regular people.

Craftswomen womens bathroom at Craftsman studios


Now the part about Anissa Mayhew (after a bit more about me)

As I was brainstorming what to ask Ty (Is it true you were diagnosed with ADHD at age 17? Does this mean your mother is a martyr or a saint? Do you think I have ADHD? Oh look, at that shiny tool over there!), I settled on a question or two about items from his book Good Design can Change Your Life that I’d like to replicate.

But like any caring blogger, I put the question out to my community. You know, “Hey I’m interviewing Ty Pennington soon; what should I ask him?”

And less than five minutes later, the wonderful Melisa “with one s” Wells chimed in:

Anissaa Mayhew has a question for Ty Pennington

You could ask him why they haven’t chosen Anissa Mayhew‘s family for a Home makeover yet…. 🙂

You see, Anissa and her family have been through a lot of hard times and she serves as an inspiration to us all, except when she’s just making us laugh, because then we nearly pee our pants. Click on her name above, plan to spend an hour on her sites and bring a few tissues, just in case.

So I asked my people what they want and they made it clear: they want me to present a case for the Mayhew Family to get a home makeover.

They want to know that Anissa (a survivor of multiple strokes, in case you didn’t click) can comfort her daughter (a young cancer survivor; did you not click?!) in the middle of the night, which isn’t possible now because Anissa’s wheelchair doesn’t fit through her daughter’s doorway. The house could use a few other fixes to make it more accessible to Anissa. And her husband Peter dreams of a backyard therapy pool for Anissa.

With thousands of social media peeps backing her up, an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episode featuring the Mayhews would certainly trend on Twitter in additional to receiving loads of blog coverage and site volunteers, to boot.

But I don’t want to simply ambush my new boyfriend Ty, after all, I’ll be meeting him as his dream date a semi-professional member of the media.

I’m not going to the full assault, but I promised I would deliver all messages left on the Reluctant Renovator Facebook page. Of which there were many.

And then even more more appeared.

Anissa’s minions took over my Facebook page and it’s actually pretty fabulous. Just like Anissa and her family.

I asked. You answered. I will print out every comment for Ty.  I will be a proud messenger.

(But maybe people should also chime in on the EMHE official page? Just in case.)


And now for a public service announcement:

This is also based on Facebook comments. I’m looking at you Lisa and Kris.

Guess what? Everyone is welcome to mingle with Ty at the Craftsman Experience anniversary party! The event is free and open to the public from 6 pm – 9 pm and includes drinks and appetizers. Guests will have a chance to mingle with Ty and participate in head-to-head DIY challenges with personalities such as Erik Buell, and HGTV host Frank Fontana. The entire event will be live streamed over the Craftsman Facebook page, but join in IRL if you can.

Let me know if you will be there and if you have any suggestions for my interview with Ty.

The Countdown!

Days Until We Get The House

You Like Us! You Really Facebook Like Us!

Facebook page for Reluctant RenovatorThanks to wonderful friends and readers like you, we were able to receive our vanity url on Facebook in just one day (with minimal pleading).

Thank you! Especially to fellow renovator, Kelly from Centsible Life, for the kind wall post.

Of course one can never have too many Facebook friends, or in this case, page likers, so join in the virtual party at

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