Favorite Pins Friday!

April 17, 2014 AT 10:40 pm Leave a Comment

Happy, Happy Friday, y’all!

I am headed to a field trip with Eli’s class today.  I absolutely LOVE being in his classroom.  Those little 5 and 6 year olds make me laugh out loud! Smile

Jonathan is performing at the Kentucky Opry tomorrow night, so I will let you know how he does.

And I am looking forward to all the joy that comes with Easter weekend!

I pray you have a blessed weekend with your family and loved ones.

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!

 

Enjoy!

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Have a blessed weekend!!!




San Francisco with my Sister {and Stitch Fix!}

April 16, 2014 AT 4:50 pm 5 Comments

I cannot tell you how much fun my sister and I had together in San Francisco!

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I didn’t have to knock her out on the plane, or nothin’! Smile

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We were invited to San Francisco to visit and tour the Stitch Fix headquarters and warehouse.  Stitch Fix is a company that Cyndi and I both love and work with on our blogs.

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It is a online personal styling service for women, and we were going to get to see all the behind the scenes stuff of how it works.

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Cheryl, Tidy Mom, and her daughter, Allison, were also invited on the trip.  We had so much fun with these two!  The trip wouldn’t have been the same without them! Smile

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We started the first day at the Stitch Fix headquarters and got to sit in a “flash” meeting.StitchFix-1

This is where all the stylists share their most recent fashion finds with everyone.

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They showed us how they use each customers “style profile” to help them pick five items that they will love for their “fix” each month.

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It was so much fun seeing all of this “girly” stuff.  I am usually around boys and paint and power tools, so this was a much needed change.  Smile

They let each of us take turns styling each other.  Cyndi and I styled each other, and Cheryl and her daughter styled each other.

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Then they showed us how they create style cards for each of the five items in your fix.

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Cyndi and I love getting our style cards in our box each month, so it was fun creating one ourselves.

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Here are the shirts I styled on Polyvore.

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We also got to sit around the coffee table and discussed more fashion. StitchFix-41 They asked us a lot of questions about what we like or don’t like about our boxes.  I loved that they really wanted to know our opinions and ideas to make Stitch Fix even better.

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Then we got to put on a few Stitch Fix items and walk the streets of San Francisco while the paparazzi followed us and took pictures.

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Okay, it wasn’t the paparazzi, but it was Michael Bisig, a wonderful photographer taking pictures for Stitch Fix.

We laughed until we cried during that photo shoot! Smile

I created a little video of some more of the fun with pictures that were not included in this post, and some video I took on the trip too.  It’s only about a minute long, so I hope you enjoy it!

 

Stitch Fix Vacay (part one) from Beneath My Heart on Vimeo.

I will be sharing another post about Stitch Fix soon, and a giveaway too!  Yay!

If you don’t know what Stitch Fix is, you can read more about it HERE.

Or you can visit there website by clicking the link below.

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Have a blessed day!!




Love the Space you Live In!

April 15, 2014 AT 9:50 am 8 Comments

I’ve got exciting news for you today!  I have a new contributor to my site!!

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Bre from Rooms for Rent guest posted for me last month, and I fell in love with her {and so did y’all!}  Her heart and her style are a PERFECT fit for Beneath My Heart, and I know you are going to love hearing from her each month.

Welcome her with lots of love! :)

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Hello Beneath My Heart readers!!

I am so happy to be back with all of you today. My hearts desire as an Interior Decorator and a blogger is to “Help others Love the space the Live in.”

So today I’m going to share with you how I transform a room from just a room with items I own in it, to a room that is totally my style, filled with items I love.

I always tell my clients if you don’t absolutely love it, than you can live without it. Now I know that some things we need just for pure function alone, and our budget isn’t always there, but lets work with what we have and begin to get to the space of our dreams.
When I first started with this room, it was filled with hand-me-down furniture, no dimension, no texture, and nothing I really loved. When we first moved in I painted the walls “Woodsmoke” by: Glidden. Paired with the white trim, I was in LOVE.

Before I brought anything back in the space, the color just felt right, but as I began to put things back, I could not figure out why a room I had just painted, with a color I loved, did nothing for me. It was blah. And other than the paint color, there was nothing in the space I loved.

*Sidenote, I’m sharing these photos with all of you because I don’t want to just tell you it’s possible, I want you to see that it is truly possible, regardless at how embarrassing the quality of the photo is.*

So, let’s pick apart the photo above, shall we? You can see the nice medium grey paint with the white trim, lovely! Everything else, not too much. Cluttered shelves in buffet, cream colored candles on the sconces, the ivory table cloth, and dated wood chairs. They are fine, but nothing that screams my true style, or taste, just as I said before Blah. So I began by bringing in some dimension. Using a lighter shade of grey (Sherwin Williams : Mindful Grey) I painted some horizontal stripes (you can read the full post here).

Along with adding some stripes, I got some different baskets that fit the shelves better to help organize things, and give a cleaner look. Next I focused on bringing in elements I really loved. I was always drooling over spaces with lots of white in them, so I knew what I had to do next.

I swapped the ivory candles out for crisp white ones, and brought in more white elements. White plates to hang on the wall, white pitchers and creamers, lanterns and candles. I purchased a new lamp to replace the black modern block looking one, with a whimsical patterned lamp shade on it. Now that my look was starting to come to life, I continued to work my way around the room swapping out things that I absolutely did not love. I painted our hand me down table, and replaced the sets end chairs with wicker chairs to bring in some more texture, and give the table more character.
It’s more affordable to swap out 2 chairs rather than 6, so if you can’t afford making larger purchases at first, or in my case a whole new dining room set, focus on little improvements you can do, until you can afford what you really want. Here’s how the room looked as it was starting to take shape.
To add more layers to the room, I painted the upper half of the door that leads to the playroom with chalkboard paint, added a few more white plates to the wall to give some dimension, and we added a chair rail to the wall. (You will also notice from the very first photo we added the hearth and wood stove in the left corner, you can read about that project here).
The curtains were already in place, but I added the roll up bamboo matchstick shades to all the windows on our first floor. Layering your window treatments is a great way to add dimension to a space, and bring in more character.
It would have been easy to have stopped there, but one major thing was still bothering me. The table! So when the time was right, we were able to get the farmhouse table I had always wanted.

 

Saving photos for inspiration from Pinterest, and magazines are great ways to stay focused on the overall look and feel you want. Just don’t get too focused on it having to look exactly like those photos. They should be more of a starting point, and as things come together your true style and taste comes out.

Another thing I do to really help my clients gather vision for their spaces is create a mood board similar to the one below. It really helps bring life and vision to their space that they seem to be stuck on.

And you might remember from my post over here beforedon’t forget to take chances! Some of my greatest rewards have been from taking my biggest risks.

So no matter where your budget is, or what stage you are at, just remember your ideal space is not out of reach.

Got a question, or would like help with one of your rooms? Shoot me an e-mail at [email protected], I would love to here from you!


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Favorite Pins Friday

April 11, 2014 AT 6:02 am 4 Comments

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you have had a great week!

As I was gathering my pins from Pinterest this week, I started to worry that I may be repeating some pins.  I have pinned so many that it is hard to tell! Smile  If I do share a pin with you more than once, then it must just be a really good one! {wink.}

 

 

Enjoy!!

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In this beachside bunkroom in South Carolina, a pop of solid color against the small-scale print anchors the space while still keeping the mood light and the look cohesive. The rug picks up on the other blues so that the patterns can coordinate, not clash.

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Have a blessed weekend!




Favorite Pins Thursday!

April 3, 2014 AT 11:03 am Leave a Comment

Hey!  Hey!

I’m gonna share my favorite pins with you a day early!  Smile

I have a Lowe’s post due tomorrow, so I am going to bump my Friday post up one day.  I hope that’s okay with you.

The boys have been on Spring Break this week, and I have been loving the extra time that I have been able to spend with them.  We’ve been doing a bunch of nothin’ but man, has it been wonderful!!!

Now, here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week…

Enjoy!

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140807925823174806 Coastal inspiration; Crisp whites combined with punches of bright colors immediately transport you to the coast. In this living room, aqua accents in the pillows, throw, and rug mimic the oceans dazzling blues, and the pops of bright orange are inspired by the magnificent hues of the setting sun. Whitewashed horizontal shiplap planking evokes the feel of old Gulf front beach houses.

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Have a blessed day!!!




Favorite Pins Friday

March 28, 2014 AT 1:50 am 3 Comments

Hey Friends!

My sister and I are having a ton of fun in San Francisco with Stitch Fix!

A little too much fun :)

Today we got to pack some boxes for Stitch Fix customers.  We had a blast!

I cannot wait to tell you all about my trip next week!  :)

But for now, here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week…

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Have a blessed day!!

 

 




A few of my favorite things…

March 24, 2014 AT 9:51 am 9 Comments

Hey friends!

I cannot believe that I am headed to San Francisco, California tomorrow!  EEK!

That is just insane, but I am soooo excited to be traveling with my sister.

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{Cyndi didn’t like the picture I created. Smile Which is totally why I just posted it again.  hee.hee.  She says she is not a “hillbilly.”  But I told her, “Maybe not in Kentucky, but you will be in California!”  I love to give her a hard time!}

We are going to get to see all of the “behind the scenes” work that goes on at StitchFix, and I cannot wait!

Before I leave, I had to share a few products that I am absolutely loving right now.

The first product I just found out about last week, and I am already in love.

It is the Tanwise Self Tanner.

I was planning on getting a spray tan for my trip to San Francisco because I didn’t want to show off my pasty white skin while I was there.

But I read about this self tanner on the blog, Maskcara.  {Great blog, btw, if you are into makeup and beauty tips!}

Cara ranted and raved about this self tanner, so Cyndi and I both went out and bought it last week.  It was on sale at Sally Beauty.  Not sure if it is now, but you can also get it on Amazon for the same price.

I also got the Tanwise self-tanning face gel and used it while I was at the Ky Opry this weekend, and I loved it! I couldn’t believe how naturally tan my faced looked. I really wouldn’t even need a foundation, if I didn’t want it. It made my face glow. Smile

 

Another product that I swear by and have been meaning to share with you for a while now is this Neocutis Lumiere Biorestorative Eye Cream.

I have been using this for almost a year, and I cannot believe how much it has helped my eyes!
I have always had dark circles under my eyes.  When I wake up in the morning I look like a raccoon.  But this product has almost completely gotten rid of my dark circles.  I’ve noticed when I wake up in the morning, I could actually go out of the house without applying concealer on my eyes!
It  has also helped with the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes.  A ton!  Even my sisters even noticed it.
This product is pricey, but it is worth it.  Just a small amount does a ton of work, and this container usually lasts me a couple of months.  Since I am not getting any younger, $25 a month is definitely worth it to me! Smile

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Lastly, I love the Frizz Ease products.

I have been using this product for about a year to help with my frizzy hair, especially in humid weather.  It works awesome, and it is inexpensive!  I use it in my hair everyday.

But recently, something funky happened to my hair, and it started breaking off around my bangs and became extremely frizzy with split ends.  I have no idea what happened, but it looked like I had lit a match and held it up to my bangs.  Singe city!  My hairdresser and I have no idea what happened, but it was horrible.

So I bought some of the Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner to see if it would help, and it did!

My hair instantly looked better that day!

This is not a sponsored post.  No one asked me to tell you about these products.  I just truly LOVE them and feel completely excited about sharing them with you!!

Let me know if you try any of these, and if you liked them! Smile

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Favorite Pins Friday!

March 21, 2014 AT 4:26 pm 2 Comments

Hey Friends!

I hope you had a great week!

I am enjoying some great time with my sweet boys.  Check out these instagram photos…Screenshot 2014-03-21 16.20.40

Cy and I were being silly and had no idea Luke was behind us!

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You can follow me on instagram here:  http://instagram.com/beneathmyheart

Now here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!

Enjoy!!

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Bradford Avenue: Master Bath, trough sink, White subway tile, gray grout,

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Have a blessed weekend!!!




Kentucky Opry Time! {and a song from Jonathan}

March 19, 2014 AT 10:09 am 10 Comments

Well, it’s that time of year again!

Time for the Talent Search at the Kentucky Opry.

This is the third year that Jonathan has participated, and let me just say that this has become one of my favorite times of the year.

Mainly because of these crazy people.

 

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The McKees.

We met them the first time that Jonathan participated in the talent search, and we became fast friends with their beautiful family.

So every time we head down to western Kentucky, we know that a good time is in store.

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Some of the best family memories have been made while visiting the Kentucky Opry.

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I am so grateful to God for those special memories and the many more to come!

 

Jonathan is performing in the Ky Opry Talent Search this coming Saturday.  If you live in the area, we would love for you to come. Smile  I love to meet my readers in real life!

He’s going to be singing a Keith Urban song and playing his guitar.

 

I will share some pictures of the fun next week!

 

For now, I wanted to share a video I took of Jonathan leading worship last month at our church.  This song is one of my favorite right now, and I asked him to learn it for me.  Hope you enjoy!




UPromise

March 18, 2014 AT 7:01 am 3 Comments
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Upromise by Sallie Mae for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Hey Friends!

I wanted to quickly share something with you that I thought you might be interested in.

It is an easy way to earn money for your child’s college education.

My four boys are growing up so quickly, and Cy and I talk about how we are going to be able to afford college for all of them.  We are definitely going to make them partially responsible for some of the costs of their education, but we would also like to be able to help them out as well.

So this program got my attention.

Welcome, Upromise!

Upromise is a simple, yet powerful idea…

Turn everyday spending into college savings.

Upromise, by Sallie Mae, is free to join and members can receive cash back shopping online at more than 850 retailers, dining out, buying gas, shopping with the Upromise credit card, or even buying or selling a home.

Earn money for college just for doing what you already do

You can start online shopping hundreds of online retail partners such as Target, Apple, Best Buy, Macy’s or Old Navy on Upromise.com, and  earn up to five percent back for college on eligible purchases.

Shop at any of these online sites? 

Upromise Members can earn cash back for that!

 

We shop at Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, and many more of the 850 participating retailers, so this would be a great way for Cy and I to save money for college for all of our boys.

Here’s a short video of how it works…

 

Good News!!!

In March, Upromise by Sallie Mae is increasing the cash back amount for college to help families, college students, and recent grads to save and pay for college.

During March Bonus College Savings Month, nearly 300 online retailers are offering 7- 20% cash back on eligible purchases made when starting at Upromise.com.

That’s awesome!

Upromise Facebook promotion:

Throughout Bonus Savings Month, Upromise is asking people to share savings tips for a chance to win $500 in your Upromise account.

All you have to do to be eligible to win is “Like” the Upromise Facebook page and share a college savings tip.

The contest begins March 3, and the winner will be announced March 26.

Details are available at Facebook.com/Upromise.

 

Have you every heard of UPromise?

I hadn’t either, but Cy and I are definitely checking it out.  It sounds like a great, easy way to save for college!

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