Favorite Pins Friday!

November 21, 2014 AT 9:31 am Leave a Comment

Happy Friday, y’all! 

Today is my sweet Adam’s birthday!  He is eleven years old and one of the most loving little boys I have ever known!   He is compassionate, kind, and so respectful.  His teacher told me at his conference that all of the 5th grade teachers wish their students were more like Adam.  Made this mama reeeeeally proud!

And he may be sweet in class, but he is a beast on the basketball court!  You guys should see this kid play!  He’s like the Tazmanian devil in gym shorts.  :)

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in his life!

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Happy Birthday, Adam!!!

You are a GIFT FROM GOD!!

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Now here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!  Enjoy!!

 

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Have a Blessed Weekend!

 


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Favorite Pins Friday!

November 14, 2014 AT 8:02 am Leave a Comment

Happy Friday, sweet friends!

I have had a very busy week.  With Adam and Luke both playing middle school basketball, things have gotten crazy around here!   But we are having a lot of fun!  :)

I am almost finished making the boys’ shower curtain in their bathroom.  Next week, I should have another update for you!  It’s coming together!  Yay!

Now here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week…

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Have a blessed weekend!


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Favorite Pins Friday

November 7, 2014 AT 8:08 am Leave a Comment

Well, I got home from North Carolina yesterday, and I am trying to make my way through the piles of laundry that were created while I was gone. :)

Despite that, It feels so good to be home!  I’ll share a little more about my Lowe’s trip next week.  

I hope you have had a great week.  Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!

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Have a Blessed Day!!


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Industrial Shelves (from readers)

November 4, 2014 AT 1:31 pm 2 Comments

Y’all, yesterday I got two different emails from readers sharing the industrial shelves they made using my industrial shelves as their inspiration!

It blessed my socks off!

Y’all have no idea how much it means to me when I receive these emails.  AND to see that people actually do the projects that I write about on my blog!  I’ve been doing this for almost 6 years, and it still amazes me that people actually read my blog and are inspired by my projects. 

What a blessing!

So I asked them both if I could share their pictures on my blog because I wanted them to have a chance to inspire you as well. 

First off, I have these great pics from Dustin Bankord!

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How cool are those lights he hung in his shelves?!

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He said he got them at Target.

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And I love these numbered metal bins!  Such a great storage idea!

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Thank you for sharing your pictures with me, Dustin!

And Lisa Klenk sit me this wonderful picture….

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She installed the faux brick behind her shelves like we did in our boys’ room, but she let the “grout” in the brick stay exposed.  I think it adds such a cool look!  Great idea, Lisa!

And I am loving those deer pillows!

Thank you to both of these readers for sharing these with us!

Remember, I would always love to see pictures of your Beneath My Heart inspired projects!  :)

 


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Let’s Talk Fashion!

November 1, 2014 AT 8:51 am Leave a Comment

I don’t know about you, but after having four boys and being a stay at home mom, I feel like I lost some of my fashion-mojo.  :)

When you start wondering how you can dress up your yoga pants for church, you know it’s time to make a change.   That is why I am so thankful for my sister, Cyndi, who is a fashion blogger!  Since we were  young, she has always loved fashion and makeup.  It’s just her thing.  I love paint brushes, and she loves makeup brushes.  :)

Well, Cyndi has helped me the past few years become a little more in “style.”  And now she can help YOU too!

If you are in a fashion rut and need a little boost, you are going to love this challenge that she is hosting with another popular fashion blogger, Alison.

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This is a super fun challenge, and I am going to participate too!  Wanna join me?

 “Imagine waking up every morning and knowing EXACTLY what you’re wearing that day. Better yet, having a closet full of age-appropriate wardrobe basics plus a multitude of mix and match outfits just right for any occasion. No more looking into your closet not knowing what to wear or wandering around the mall not knowing what to buy. All the work is done for you.”

 

Here’s what’s included in this challenge:

 

  • Your Build Your Wardrobe Basics Shopping List – A list of wardrobe essentials with links to recommended items plus a downloadable PDF to print off and take shopping with you.
  • 21 Days of Daily Outfits – A different outfit combo each day created from the pieces on your shopping list. Outfits are released at 7:00 p.m. ET the night before so you can have it ready to wear the next day.
  • Facebook Group – Each style challenge has it’s own private Facebook group where you can show off your style, share shopping tips and make great friends. Most participants agree that this is the best part of the challenge!

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Doesn’t this sound fun?!

For more information and to sign up, click HERE.

 

Build Your Wardrobe Basics Timeline:

  • October 31st – Registration opens.
  • November 6th – Regular registration closes at midnight ET. Late registration opens.
  • November 7th- Shopping list release at 12:01 a.m. ET.
  • November 16th – December 6th – Outfits are sent out at 7:00 p.m. ET each evening.

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Favorite Pins Friday (and a Frightening Offer!)

October 31, 2014 AT 5:45 am 1 Comment

Happy Friday!

Tonight is the night my youngest two have been waiting for all month, and unfortunately, it is going to be very rainy and cold.  Boo.  :(  Not the scary kind of boo, but the sad kind of boo.

We’ll make the best of it though!  

(BTW, be sure to check out the “frightening good” offerI at the bottom of this post.)

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week! 

Enjoy!

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Hey!  For fun, I am running a frightening-good offer for TODAY ONLY!

Y’all know that I love my essential oils.  I cannot tell you how much they have changed our lives.  The best part to me is that we have basically gotten rid of all of old medicines in our medicine cabinet, and we now use essential oils.   When we have a headache, we grab Peppermint.  When we have tummy aches, we grab DiGize.  When we are feeling under the weather, we grab Thieves.  When we have a burn, we use Lavender. 

See what I mean?  It is so cool that I now have natural and safe ways to care for my family!!  We’ve come a LONG way in a year, and I am so grateful for essential oils!  (Truth be known, I think Cy loves the oils more than me!  I know!!  He is always googling which oils to use with certain symptoms.  He cracks me up!)

Sooooo, if you have been thinking about using essential oils, today is a GREAT day to start!  This is the best deal I have ever offered on my blog.  Woohooo!!

 

If you want to read more about the oils, click HERE.

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True Hospitality

October 28, 2014 AT 7:07 pm 14 Comments

I want to think that I am a hospitable person.  To a degree, I am.  I try to make people feel warm and appreciated whenever I am around them.  But after listening to  Shauna Niequist at the Allume Conference the past week, I realize that I stink at TRUE hospitality.  The “Jesus kind of hospitality.”

Maybe you are like me.  Maybe you worry too much about your house to invite people over?  I know I do.  Especially since I started blogging.  I mean, I am a home blogger.  I take pretty pictures of my home.  But 99% of the time, my home looks nothing like the pictures on my blog.  I am always worried that people will be disappointed when they come to my house and see what it really looks like.  I know…sad but true.

I also put pressure on myself to be the perfect host with Pinterest-perfect food and decor.  Do you do that?  I truly enjoying doing a lot of the pretty stuff I see on Pinterest, but if it keeps me from having people I love over to my house, then that is not good.

You know what I mean?

Shauna taught us what TRUE HOSPITALITY means…

1.  True hospitality is when someone leaves your house feeling better about themselves, not about you.
2.  Hospitality is giving people a place to be, when they would otherwise be alone.
3.  Hospitality is creating a sacred space where God can work in and through you.

In Acts 2, the early church gathered in each other homes and broke bread together.  No fancy tablescapes.  No picture-perfect desserts.  Just fellowship and food.

If we want to build anything of substance, durable, beautiful, meaningful….we need to build it around the table. Meal by meal.

The early church wasn’t built in coliseums, short essays, short conversations…it was built around the table.

I was challenged to ask myself, “Am I living a life of hospitality?”

“Am I practicing the Jesus way of Hospitality on my blog?”

Many times we do not practice hospitality because we are too busy or too afraid.

But hospitality can be simple.

I particularly got a kick of how Shauna gets ready for company to come over.

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Fifteen minutes before they come, she grabs three things…

1.  Bacon or an onion.

2.  Laundry Basket.

3.  Baby Wipes.

 

She puts bacon or an onion on the stove to make the house smell good and homey.
She gets a laundry basket and runs to the rooms where her guests would be and picks up things they could possible sit on or trip over.
Lastly, she uses baby wipes to wipe up anything sticky or icky in those rooms as well.

Done!

When company shows up, don’t apologize!  Do you do that?  I am sooooo guilty of that.  I point out every imperfection in my home and explain why it’s that way or why we haven’t fixed it yet.  Truth is, our guests would probably never notice the imperfections if we didn’t point them out!  

You know the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible.  Jesus is at their house, and Martha is busy getting everything ready for her guest.  
Mary doesn’t help Martha, so Martha tattles to Jesus.  Secretly, we wish Jesus would agree with Martha, but He doesn’t. 

Jesus says, “She (Mary) has done the one thing and it will not be taken away from her.” 

Mary was PRESENT.

The soul of hospitality is connection and presence.

I want to be present and connect with my guests when they are in my home. 

How do I do that?

I think it is by focusing on my guests more than my house and myself. 

I think it is by creating that “sacred space” where God can work in and through me when others enter my home.

I think it is by putting away the notion that everything has to be Pinterest-Perfect, and just embrace the imperfections in our lives and homes. 

What do you think?

I would love to hear your thoughts on True Hospitality!


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Favorite Pins Friday!

October 24, 2014 AT 2:08 pm 3 Comments

 Happy Friday, Friends!

I am writing you from the Allume Conference in Greenville, SC.

My sister and I came to this conference, and we are having a great time together.  I LOVE spending time with my sister any chance I get!

 

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 I am looking forward to sharing some of the stuff I am learning with you next week.  :)

 

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!  

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Favorite Pins Friday!

October 17, 2014 AT 3:16 pm 6 Comments

Happy Friday, Friends!

I hope you have had a good week. :)

My and my boys are up to something fun and spur-of-the-moment this weekend.  I will be sure to share lots of pictures with you next week!  

For now, here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week….

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Our New Furry Neighbors

October 15, 2014 AT 7:20 am 57 Comments

About a month ago, I was in the kitchen when I saw something by our back door. 

It was a stray cat, which totally surprised me since I haven’t seen a cat on our property the four years we have lived here.

Plus, I am not a cat person.  I am a dog person.  (I’m sorry cat lovers, but it is true.)

I don’t like being around cats.  They scare me.

My husband, on the other hand, loves all animals.  He went out to check on the cat and noticed that she was pregnant.  She kept hanging outside our back door for several days until finally my husband fed her some food.  (Not my idea.)  He was worried because she seemed so hungry and was pregnant.  He’s a softie.  :)

Well, Cy and the boys fell in love with this cat, and they call her Sassy. 

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One day a couple of weeks ago, Cy noticed that Sassy’s belly was thin again, and we knew she had had the kittens. 

But we didn’t know where they were.  For days, Cy tried to figure out were the kittens were, but we could never find them. 

The weather here in Kentucky was getting extremely cold for a couple of days, and Cy started to worry it would be too cold for the kittens.  He researched online if kittens could survive in that cold of weather, and it said they would be at risk of dying.  (At least that is what he told me.  He may have just reeeeeally wanted to keep the kittens.)  :)

Cy kept trying to find the kittens, and finally Sassy led him to her little burrow where she had her litter.  

Oh my goodness, those kittens were so cute!!!  Okay, I am NOT a cat person, but I LOVE kittens.  I just wish they would stay kittens and not turn into cats.

Once we found the kittens, we were able to move them into our shed where they would be safe and warm.  Sassy and her kittens LOVE their new home.  And we are loving watching them grow.

I have been dying to show you pictures of the kittens.  Sassy had five kittens, 3 boys, 2 girls.

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The cool thing is they are all completely different!

One black one… (my sister-in-law has already called dibs on this one) :)

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One orange one….

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One black and white one….

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One tan one….

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And one gray one…

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I know!  Aren’t they adorable?!!!

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They are so fun to watch!

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They love to cuddle up with each other.  And they have opened their eyes now and are getting a lot more active.

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And they sound so cute when they meow. 

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Can you believe it?!  I would have never thought we would be raising baby kittens!  We have bought some cat food for Sassy because she is always hungry and needs plenty of nourishment to nurse her babies.  I think Sassy is going to be a permanent fixture at our house.   I’m trying to warm up to her, but it is going to take me awhile.

Cy wants to keep the black and white kitten, and I am kind of partial to the tan and gray ones.  But they are all so dang cute!  I’m not sure how many we will keep.

What would you do?

 


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