10 Decor Ideas to Personalize Your Home!

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Do you ever shop on Etsy?  It is one of my favorite spots to look for creative and unique finds for my home or for gift ideas.

I love that I can find so many different decor items to personalize my home.  I wanted to share some of my favorite with you today!  

 

PERSONALIZED FAMILY FARMHOUSE PILLOW

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31 INCH RUSTIC LETTER

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NUMBER SIGN

(Cute for the number of people in your family!)

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PERSONALIZED COASTERS

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PERSONALIZED BURLAP PRINTS

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MONOGRAMMED PILLOWS

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PERSONALIZED STATE ART

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WOOD ANTLER MONOGRAM


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HANDSTAMPED NAPKIN RINGS

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All of these ideas would look great in your own home, but would also make great wedding, graduation, birthday gifts as well.  (That season is quickly approaching!)

Feel free to share your favorite Etsy finds in the comments!  (There are NO affiliate links in this post.)

 

Have a blessed day!


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The Day I Felt Famous {Nascar Fans Must Read!}

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Hey friends!  Happy Monday! 

Guess what?!  I get to see my hubby and boys tomorrow, and I cannot wait!!  They will be flying out here around noon, so please pray for safe travels. And pray for their necks too, because I might just squeeze them off!  :)

Today, I want to share something with you that is so surreal and so crazy and happened about a year ago!  I shared some of the adventure with you on the blog last year, but I never got to share with you the part where my husband and I totally felt we were famous. 

Last year, we traveled to Las Vegas and teamed up with Lowe’s for a Habitat for Humanity build at the Kobalt 400.   I shared on my blog the most important part of the trip, which was the build, and you can read about it HERE.  But the day after the build, was one of the most fun days of my life!  It was a day that my husband and I kept pinching ourselves and saying, “Is this really happening to us?”

The day started off with a bang when I got to talk to Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts for a few minutes before they sung the National Anthem at the start of the race.  I told him about my son, Jonathan, and his music.  {It’s just like a mom to try and “plug” her son, right?}

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One of Cy’s favorite parts was going into Jimmy Johnson’s car hauler and seeing all of the tools inside!  That place was spotless!!! Which is pretty impressive since it is managed mostly by men! :)

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We got to “walk the red carpet” to the driver’s meeting that they have before the race and listen to them go over the rules.  We were sitting by Nascar legends like Jeff Gordon and Dale Ernhart Jr.   You have got to watch the video below because I share footage of us actually walking the red carpet!!

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And if THAT wasn’t cool enough, we got to meet Jimmy Johnson, right there by his car before he got ready for the race!

IMG_4394By this time, we thought we had died and gone to heaven, but then the wonderful Lowe’s crew told us the race was getting to start, and we needed to take our seats.   We thought we were going to be sitting in the bleachers, but NOOOOOOOO, we were right there on pit row with the crew!  NOT KIDDING!

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Do y’all see us?!!  We are BEHIND the blue line where the “important” people are.  {wink!}

We were ten feet away from the pit crew and had a front row seat to watch them change the tires at record breaking speed.  It was UNBELIEVABLE to watch how fast they change those times.  (You can see that in my video too!)

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At this point, Cy and I could not believe how lucky we were!  We knew there was nothing that could top this experience, until….

they asked us if we want to sit in the pit box with the crew chief, Knaus.   SAY WHAT?!!!   Y’all, WHO gets to do this stuff?!!  

Nascar fans would pay millions to be sitting where we were sitting!

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And to top it off, they let us wear the same headphones as the pit crew, so we could hear Knaus talking to Jimmy Johnson while he was driving.  CRAZY COOL!

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I took these pictures with my phone, so I was within arms length of Knaus.  Cy and I were quiet as mice while we were up there!

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So at this point, seriously, we were floating on a cloud.  Stick a fork in us.  We. Were. Done.  There was NO WAY this day could get any better!

Until….

They told us to head down to the Winner’s Circle after the race!!!

Since Kobalt was the sponsor of the race, we got to go down to the winner’s circle to watch the ceremony.  But not only did we go back down the red carpet to the ceremony, we were on the bleachers behind the podium with the winner, Kevin Harvick and his pit crew!   I found this picture online to prove it!  

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By this time, Cy and I were delirious with laughter and disbelief.  We had tv cameras and ESPN filming us and confetti flying all over us!  Completely surreal!  

It was a day for the record books!  

I will admit that I had not watched a lot of Nascar races up to that point, but after that day, I totally understood all of the hype and why there are so many die hard Nascar fans.  It was a super fun atmosphere and very exciting.  We’ve always been “Lowe’s Fans” but now we are “Jimmy Johnson Fans” as well!  Cy and I have had fun watching him race throughout this past year.  

Here is the video I made.   If you are not a Nascar fan, but know someone who is, please share it with them.  They will totally appreciate what a amazing experience it was! :)


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Fashion Friday!

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Y’all it is 70 degrees and sunny here on the west coast, and it feels amazing!!  I feel so bad for my boys back home because the weather is super cold and yucky!  They have been out of school since Wednesday because of a couple of inches of snow, and now they are expected to get up to a foot more this weekend!  (Of course, they are not complaining about being out of school!)  :)

Jonathan and I have had a great week here, and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of my boys next week when they fly over here to see us!  YAY!!

Anyway, I am back with another fashion post this week!  You guys were so sweet with your comments last week, and I appreciated it so much!  It feels seriously vulnerable to take pictures of yourself and post them on the world wide web.  I’m afraid one of my pictures is going to show up on “Fashion Gone Wrong” or become viral with the hashtag #oldwomentryingtobefashionable.   {HeeHee}

But I am enjoying working with the wonderful ladies of Glamour Farms, and I have two comfy and cute tops to share with you today!  

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The ladies at Glamour Farms come up with the cutest names for their clothes!  This one is called “Grace Abounds,” and I think it fits perfectly because of the “angel wing” sleeves.  :)

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I told them that I was wanting to add more color in my wardrobe, and this top definitely fits the bill!  It is a beautiful fuchsia color, and I love the way it is so loose and comfy.  It is also nice and long in the back to cover my backside.  {wink}  I am wearing the Halle Skinny Jean in Dark Wash with this blouse.

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We added this silver and black statement necklace….

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I wore this with black booties, but I think it would look super cute with tall black boots as well.  And this shirt will look great in the spring with some white skinny jeans, don’t ya think?!

“Grace Abounds” also comes in this animal print.  I was afraid it was going to be too busy when I first saw it, but I actually fell in love with it when I paired it with my leggings and tall brown boots.  I am wearing the Ahh-Mazing Basic Ankle Legging in Black.

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I think this would be so much fun to wear on a date night with my man.  :)

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Leggings are a gift from God {wink,} but I do like to make sure my backside is covered when I wear them.  Leggings don’t leave much to the imagination when worn with a short top, if you know what I mean.  And at my age, many things are best left to the imagination!  Can I get an “Amen?!”   

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We paired this shirt with this cute black and gold necklace.  I don’t know about you, but I often have trouble accessorizing my outfits.  I love that the ladies of Glamour Farms know what they are doing and are happy to help me out!  

And guys, please let me emphasize that the best thing about ordering from Glamour Farms is that the ladies there LOVE to help you find your style and your perfect fit!   

They have several different cuts like Missy, Contemporary, and Curvy, and if you are not sure what to order, they can definitely help you out.  All you have to do is give them a call or send them an email.  It’s like having a personal shopper!  

When you do shop, be sure to use this discount code to get $10 off your order of $20 or more!

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I also wanted to let you know about a WINTER SALE they are having this weekend!   They have a ton of adorable items for sale so be sure to check them out!  (“Grace Abounds” is not from their winter line and is not part of their winter sale.)

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Have a blessed day!


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Clean Up The Kitchen – An Organization Idea Guide

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So you want a clean kitchen for the New Year but every single square inch of cabinet space is filled and there really seems to just be no end to the mess? I hear you. Come the New Year, I’m all for organizing every room in our house… there’s something so fresh and freeing about reorganizing. 

Here’s my unofficial-official Beneath My Heart Clean Up the Kitchen Idea Guide

Join in and purge out all the tools and dishes not used, and tackle some creative ways to organize.

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2.  Add shelving | Source

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3.  Sneak in more storage with hanging baskets | Source

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4.  Create a magnet board | Source

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5.  Go vertical by hanging all your kitchen essentials on an old shutter | Source 

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6.  Label baby! | Source

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I have done several of these things in my kitchen, but I need to do better at labeling items and maximizing drawer space.  

Is there anything on this list that you need to do in your own kitchen?

 

Any more great organizing tips you want to share with the rest of us?

 

 

Pin these ideas for later!

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Life is a Tapestry

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Hello from the west coast, friends!

I hope you had a great week!  Jonathan and I haven’t had much to do this weekend, so we have been enjoying some down time. 

I wanted to share with you something I have been thinking a lot about lately.  Mostly because we came home before Christmas without our girl.  

I’ve been thinking about how many times our lives make no sense what-so-ever!  Just when we think we’ve got things figured out, we get the breath knocked out of us.  Have you ever been there?  Or are you there right now?

When we were overseas, and we knew we were going home without our girl, it was super hard to make sense of anything.  I know I haven’t shared the full story here on the blog, but I do feel like you need to know that it was our decision to leave, not the governments.  We cannot fully explain the circumstances, but please know that we prayed and cried out to the Lord for direction, and we felt him leading us back home.  There were situations and circumstances that we were not aware of or prepared for, and maybe someday, I will be able to share more. 

Our last day over there, I cried until I couldn’t cry anymore.  I was speaking with our lawyer over there, who was a beautiful Christian young women, and she was trying to comfort me with the story of “the tapestry.”  I knew I had heard that story before, but I couldn’t remember when. 

This week, I was reminded of where I had heard it before when I was reading “Reflections of God’s Glory” by the precious Corrie ten Boom in my hotel room. (I don’t think it was a coincidence that God brought this story to me again shortly after hearing it from our lawyer.)   :)

Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions.   –wikipedia

She is most well known for her book “The Hiding Place” that was made into a movie, and she traveled the world telling others about the love of God.  Corrie passed away in 1983.

Here is what I read in the book, and the pictures are the actual tapestry that Corrie held as she told this story….

As she spoke, she slowly unfolded the purple cloth in her hands and revealed hundreds of strings tied in knots and pulled through the cloth.  It all looked so random.  She showed the children how the strings didn’t seem to make sense from where they sat at her feet on the floor in the living room. 

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“That’s the whole point,” she exclaimed.  She said it was because of our limited vision, our limited perspective of what God is doing in our lives, that we question Him.  

At that point Tante (aunt) Corrie slowly turned the purple tangled mess around to reveal a beautiful tapestry:  a crown of gold with multicolored jewels.

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“This” she said, “is what God sees….from His perspective….a masterpiece!”   

                                                                                                         -Reflections of God’s Glory, Corrie ten Boom

 

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I believe this illustration is something everyone of us can relate to.  Life just doesn’t make sense most of the time, does it?!

Well, truthfully, I don’t know if it is supposed to?  I think it is in the “messiness” of life that we are to trust in God.  If our lives were perfect, would we have need of Him?  I doubt it.   I know that in the darkest times of my life, I have felt the presence of God the most.   And I love knowing that God is weaving a beautiful tapestry of my life even when it looks like a bunch of mixed up knots!

Grant Colfax Tullar wrote this poem about the tapestry, actually called “The Weaver,” and I wanted to share it with you…

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Notice that it says that the dark threads are as needful as the threads of gold and silver.   The Master Weaver needs them both to create a masterpiece.

Right now, I feel that God is weaving threads of black and gold/silver in my life.  I have the dark threads of confusion and sadness over our adoption, and yet I have the bright shiny colors of gold and silver as I celebrate this special time in Jonathan’s life.  And from my perspective, I don’t know what in the world God is doing?!!  But I find comfort knowing that He knows EXACTLY what he is doing.  He is using all of the colors of my life to weave something beautiful.  And I am forever grateful. 

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Friends, you may be living on that messy side of the tapestry right now, and you have NO idea how God is going to weave something beautiful on the other side.  But trust me, He is.  He loves you and desires His best for you.  

Keep on trusting.  Keep on believing.  He is weaving your life into a masterpiece as we speak.   :)

 


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Fashion Friday!

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Happy Friday, friends!

Today is Fashion Friday here at Beneath My Heart!  

I’ve done a few fashion posts over the years, but not many.  Really because I would rather take pictures of my house than me!  I am waaaaay too self-conscious!

My sister has a fashion blog and takes pictures of herself almost every single day, and I have no idea how she does it.  :)  I like to “hide” behind the camera.  

But for a while now, my sister has been working with a small boutique in Illinois called Glamour Farms.    From afar, I have been super envious because I LOVE everything they have in their shop.  Their clothing products are just “so me.”

So when they asked me to work with them, I jumped at the chance.  One, because I know you will love their clothes too.  Two, because they are very affordable.  And three, because the people who own this boutique are preciousness with a capital “P!”

2016 is a brand new year, and I am going to step out of my comfort zone and do some fashion posts.  I think it will be kind of fun, don’t you?!  

Since I am on the west coast with Jonathan, he was my photographer today.  :)  Jonathan LOVES taking pictures.  He said if he wasn’t a singer, he would love to produce stuff like movies and videos.  

So here we go!….

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This outfit is one of the most comfortable outfits I have ever worn!  

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The boots are mine, but the shirt, leggings, and jewelry are from Glamour Farms.

So let’s talk about these leggings….

They are called the Ahh-Mazing Basic Ankle Legging in Black.  I LOVE these leggings!

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I have another item on that I love, but you cannot see in the pictures, and it’s called the Ahh-Mazing Tank Long Shaper in Black.  I love it so much I have worn it three days in a row!  #notkidding  I promise I will wash it tonight.  :)

The reason I like to wear this shaper is because it is comfortable, and it holds everything in (if you know what I mean.)  It just smooths everything out beneath my shirt.  #awesomesauce

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I love my earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from Glamour Farms.  I am HORRIBLE at accessorizing an outfit, so I love that the sweet ladies there helped pick out my accessories for each outfit.  If you want help with picking out clothes or accessories, you can totally feel free to call them, and they will help you out!  That’s one of their favorite parts of their jobs.   Isn’t that awesome?!

Now I want to show you another top that I love, and it is called the Something So Right Tunic/Dress in Black.

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I adore this top because it can be worn with jeans and leggings, or as a dress with boots like below.  (I’m using a picture from their website because I’m not about to show you my white paste-y legs, y’all!!)

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I wore this top with Halle Skinny Jean in Dark Wash.  (FYI:  I am 5′ 8″ and a size 12.)  I like puffy heart love these skinny jeans, and the main reason why is because they don’t fall down my backside when I sit down!  The waist is good and snug and stays in place!  

I also added the BB Plaid Scarf in Taupe.    This tunic and scarf also look great with brown boots!

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To show you another way to wear this tunic/dress, I took off the scarf and added a necklace.  I also traded the booties for a pair of wedges to dress it up a little.  (I probably wouldn’t be wearing these wedges back in Kentucky, but here are the west coast, they are perfect!)

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I don’t know about y’all, but I love tops that do not accentuate the bootie.  I love how room-y and flow-y this tunic is!  

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I’m am going to “try” and do fashion posts on Friday.  I love working with Glamour Farms, and I know you are going to love them too.  I hope you take a few minutes to browse around their beautiful online shop and check out their beautiful products.  They are always adding new items to their shop, and I love following them on instagram to catch any extra sales or specials they are offering.  You can follow them on Instagram HERE.

If you see something you like in their boutique,

use the discount code below to get

$10 off any purchase $20 or more!  

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8 Organizing Life Hacks That Won’t Kill Your Style

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Before I get into today’s post, can I just say that I love your guts!  Like seriously!  You guys overwhelmed me with your comments on yesterday’s post.  You filled me up with love and encouragement, and I feel so much more confident about which direction I want to go with my blog….which is basically…..don’t change a thing! :)
 
I love that you love hearing from my heart, because those are my favorite posts to write.  And I love that you like to read a mixture of posts.  Me too!  So I am just going to keep plugging on, doing what I do, and sharing it with you.  
 
And I pray that you know how much you are treasured in my heart.  Many of you said when you read my posts, you feel like you are talking to an old friend!  How cool is that?!!  ‘Cause when I’m writing to you, I feel like I am talking to my dear friends too!
 
Okay, so I’m excited about the new year now, and I THANK YOU!!
 
Now to today’s post….
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With the New Year hear, I’m focusing on keeping organized, but doing it in style.  I love a clean home where everything has it’s place… and sometimes for that to happen, you have to get creative in what you use.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite “life hacks” to show you some organizing ideas that don’t compromise your home’s style. 
 
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Keep the kitchen counter clutter away with a charing station for all iPhone, iPads and other electronics. Plus, if you’ve got little ones, this will ensure all electronics are kept out of the bedrooms at night.

Style tip: Pick a basket or this organizing DIY project that is the same as the hardware on your cabinets. (Typically black, silver or gold) |Found on Hometalk 

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Style tip: Go with a metal file sorter, it will hold up longer than plastic and will give a clean look. | Found on Goodhousekeeping.com

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Don’t miss the tiny space behind your bathroom doors to hold towels. As the momma of four boys, I know towel hanging space is prime real estate in keeping organized.

Style tip: Much like the charging station basket, pick towel rods that are the same as the other hardware in your bathroom. | Found on SASINTERIORS.NET.

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You might have seen how I’ve used pegboard in my office craft closet, but for the kitchen, the possibilities of keeping organized are unlimited! 

Style tip: Paint the pegboard a darker color that pairs well with your kitchen.  Using a darker color paint will help hide the scratches and wear from all the use. | Found on huffingtonpost

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All the men rejoice with this organizing “hack”! Keep your clutches and small handbags organized with a kitchen pot lid rack. | Found on buzzfeed

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Go vertical with your bathroom counter.  Add a tiered tray to hold all the little things that usually get left on the bathroom counter space.

Style tip: Add an accent color to your bathroom with this tiered tray to bring a pop of color to the space.| Found on lizmarieblog 

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Add a magnetic strip to hold all the bobby pins and little grooming tools.

Style tip: Paint the magnetic bar strip any color you’d like! | Found on diyready.com

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Ladder up! Who knew storing bathroom towels could get so easy. | Found on funkyjunkinteriors.net 

 

 

Love these ideas? Pin them for later. 

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I’m Having an Identitiy Crisis! Please help! :)

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Hello from the West Coast, friends!  It is a balmy 67 degrees here which is quite different from the below freezing weather we left in Kentucky.  

I’m here with Jonathan for something that I will be able to share with you in a few weeks! ACK!

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But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you my current identity crisis.  

Well, it’s really a “blog” identity crisis.  Let me explain…

I have been blogging for almost seven years!  When my mom talked me into starting one, I had NO IDEA where it would lead!  I thought is was going to just be a hobby for my creative side.  But what started out as a hobby has turned into a full time career, and I love it!  It’s the best job in the world, and I am so thankful to God for blessing me with it.

I have met the most amazing people and have had some of the most amazing opportunities come from my blog.  I would have never imagined it!

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Soooooo, if you have been following me anytime at all, you know that I focus mostly on the DIY projects that we do in our home, from furniture makeovers to full room and house transformations.   That is my passion.  Nothing makes me happier than using my hands to create and build.  It’s what my husband loves to do too, and we have always dreamed of going into business together to have our own remodeling business.  Cy can do the hard work, and I can decorate!  ;)

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But my blog is also about my life and my faith.  I like to right posts about my kiddos, about what is going on in our lives, about what God is teaching me.  And I’ve been known to throw a fashion or recipe post in the mix.

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So technically, I think I would classify as a “lifestyle” blogger?  

For the past couple of years, I have wished that I had been more “niche specific” with my blog.  Like… I only post about furniture makeovers, or just about home decorating, or just about furniture building, or just about food, or just about fashion (like my sister,) you know what I mean?

Those type of specific blogs seem to do a little better in blogland.  Sometimes I think I should switch my blog to focusing on just one specific topic, but then how could I share about Jonathan’s singing, our adoption process, or other “life stuff?”  That’s the stuff I like writing about the most, to tell you the truth.

So I go back and forth about what to do.  I guess in the end, I just need to embrace the fact that I am a “lifestyle” blogger so I can post about whatever I want, whenever I want.

What do you think?

I would really like your opinion about what to direction to go with my blog?

Do you wish I would just focus on DIY projects?  Or family stuff?  Or faith stuff?

Or do you like a mixture of all of the above?

I truly value your opinion, and I want you to enjoy coming to my blog.  Is there anything I could do differently or something new that you would like to see me post about?  You won’t hurt my feelings, I promise. :) 

2015 goes down on the record on one of the most crazy of our family’s life, (you will know more about “why” soon!)  And I guess it’s got me evaluating where I want to go with my blog this year, next year, five years from now.  

Sometimes it stresses me out, but in the end, I think it is good for me to go through these stages and to continually be re-focusing my life where it needs to be. 

So, please leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Love you guys!

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Best Projects of 2015!

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Happy New Year, friends!  I cannot believe we have started a new year!  

We have a lot going on this year with our son Jonathan that I haven’t been able to tell you about yet, and it is killing me.  

Y’all are going to freak out!!!  (I will be able to spill the beans in about two months.)

I’m just getting around to looking back at my blog projects from 2015.  I know that a lot of bloggers have already posted their round ups, but I wanted to go ahead and share mine too. :) 

Truthfully, I didn’t have as many DIY projects as I have had in years past.  This year was all about “life” projects for me, especially our adoption.  But I did want to highlight a few for you, in case you missed them.

First off, we had a BLAST working with Lowe’s on this home makeover project down in Tennessee.  You can see all of the before and after pictures HERE.

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There were a couple of DIY projects from the home makeover that we shared on the blog.

Our DIY board and batten shutters…..

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And our DIY Window Box…..

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In our own home, one of my favorite DIY projects was the wood floor we installed in our girl’s room. 

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And of course, the front of our house got a brand new look (my favorite project so far that we have completed over the five and a half years we have lived here.)

Our new front porch…

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I had a blast decorating our new porch for Christmas, and can’t wait to decorate it throughout the seasons in the new year!

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Lastly, I absolutely LOVE the barn door we recently built for our mudroom in our new entry way….

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That’s it!  A quick look back at 2015!

I am looking forward to another year with you!  We have some more DIY projects planned for our home in 2016, but we have some big “life” projects going on as well this year.  Thank you so much for the love and support your show me each day!  I am so very, very thankful for you!!!

 


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Since we’ve been home without our girl….

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Sweet friends, 

I want to say that I absolutely adore you!  You have showered me with cyber hugs and prayers, and I have felt everyone of them. 

Many, many, many of you have lovingly followed our adoption story over the past year.  Hands down, my posts about our adoption have had the highest page views of any other post I have written this year!  You were invested in our story, and I felt the thoughts and prayers of so many of you as we traveled to get our little girl.  I know you were excitedly awaiting the pictures of us back home and together as a family.

And when we came back home, my heart was heavy for so many reasons, but one of which was having to tell you the sad news.  :(

I know you were shocked, and I know that some of you even shed some tears for us.  How blessed am I?  To be loved and cared for by people I have never met in real life?!  I’ll tell you…..SERIOUSLY BLESSED!!

And because my online family is a part of me, I wanted to give you a little bit of news about what life has been like since we have been home. 

There is no way to sugar coat it.  It was horrible.  Heart wrenching, eyes swollen, sleepless nights, couldn’t eat kind of horrible.  It was hard to even function the first week we were home.  We were trying to be strong for our boys, but as soon as they went to school, I was like a walking zombie.  I was trying to get presents for Christmas since I hadn’t bought a single thing yet, but every thought was on our little girl.  I saw her in every store, felt her in every song, and heard her in every conversation.  

(I had hoped to share some “real” pictures of her with you when she came home with us, but for now, I have to share them like this.   These are pictures of her just a few short weeks ago…)

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We missed some family Christmas events because the emotions were just too raw, and I didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone.  I didn’t really even talk to my sister or dad!  Just the thought of a conversation about her would make me cry.

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Christmas is such a special time of year, but not having her here with us made it very difficult.  We were still able to enjoy it for our boys.  They are so precious.  They were very sad that we didn’t bring her home, but soooo glad to see us.  We were gone for two whole weeks, and they missed us!  Being away from our boys was one of the hardest parts of our trip.

Since Christmas, each day has gotten a little better.  I cry less.  But I miss her more. 

I know that you all are wanting details as to why it didn’t work out, but I am not ready to share that part of our story.  I will tell you that it is our hope and prayer that this is not the end of the story.  We are praying for a miracle and asking God for direction. 

There is still a very small chance that she could still be a part of our forever family.  Will you pray for us, for her, and for God’s will to be done?  That’s all I want….HIS WILL to be done.

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 8.08.25 PMAnd as a side note…

Can I just tell you that I have fallen even more in love with Jesus?  HE IS LIFE.  Plain and simple.  

The world tries to tell us that life is all about ourselves, but it is not.  It’s all about Jesus.  His perfect love.

I couldn’t live life without Him.  He gives me a peace that is beyond understanding.  I am grateful that He loves me despite my flaws.  That He gives me strength during difficult times.  That He knows my heart.  That He is my source of true joy.

You may know me as a blogger, or as a DIY’er, or as a “home girl,” or who knows what else.  :)

But please know this about me….I LOVE JESUS WITH ALL MY HEART, WITH ALL MY SOUL, AND WITH ALL MY MIND.

God bless you, sweet friends, and may you have a wonderful new year!!

 


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