About Me

Welcome to Hammers N Hugs – a blog for the DIY home renovator, mom, entrepreneur, home builder, and lover of French Country design.

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My name is Ahna. That’s aH-naH with an H. Yes, just like the princess (let it be known that I came before the movie Frozen). I love DIY projects and inspiring others to embark on their own. I have two masters in nursing, and in my spare time I am a nurse practitioner in the emergency department.


I am married to my best friend and DIY partner-in-crime, Zach, who is a high school computer programming teacher and football coach. Think handy, nerdy, smoking hot jock and that is my man.


And yes. He is actually that good looking in person too 😉


Lastly, I am mom to the cutest little construction crew you have ever seen – Gracelyn, Caleb, and Lillian.


The motto in our home is Work Hard, Play Hard. Hammers symbolize work, sweat, and tangible outcomes – which is right up this girl’s alley.

But there’s a reason this blog is not just called “Hammers.”


Hugs symbolize the idea of rest, togetherness, and the security of being loved.

The concept of togetherness, of loving and being loved – although perhaps not as tangible as hammering two boards together – builds a home as much as a hammer builds a house.

We hope our family adventures inspire some of your own.



Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13