Favorite Pins Friday!

September 19, 2014 AT 10:30 am Leave a Comment

Happy Friday, y’all!

I am so excited about this weekend!

First, my blog buddies, Myra and Jen, are coming to Lexington tonight to teach an Essential Oils 101 class!

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This pictures was taken at the Relevant (now Allume) conference about 4 or 5 years ago!  Love these girls!!  They are going to kill me for posting this picture.  Smile

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This is the first oily class that my sister and I have hosted, so I am so excited to learn from Myra!

 

You can still come if you want to!  Come on, it will be fun!!!  Click here for more details: 

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I am also going to try and do some fall decorating around the house this weekend for my fall tour post next week.  I don’t go overboard at all with my decorating, but I do like to add touches of the season.

 

Plus, it get’s me in the mood to get a Pumpkin Spice Latte and kettle corn.  Smile

 

 

Now here are my favorite pins from the week!

 

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

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Fall Home Tour!

 

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House of Turquoise: Amy Tyndall Design

 

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Have a blessed day!!!

 


 


Adding Fall Touches to the Master Bedroom (GIVEAWAY)

September 15, 2014 AT 10:23 am 128 Comments

 

Hey friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

We are enjoying the most perfect fall weather here in Kentucky, and I love that I have had to pull out my light jacket in the morning and evenings. 

I am a sweatshirt kind of girl, and I cannot wait to snuggle up in them all fall.

I’ve been trying to add some touches of fall around the house because I love doing so, (and because I am participating a in a fall home tour next week.)

I always like participating in the home tours because it helps me get my bootie in gear for each season.  Smile

I’m going to give you a sneak peek of some of the decorating I have done in my master bedroom.

 

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I got these two fern framed prints from Birch lane, and I absolutely love them!

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And guess what?!!!  One lucky Beneath My Heart reader is going to win a set of these too!!!

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They are the perfect size print and look great when paired together or apart.

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What I love about these prints is that they look great with my fall décor, but can stay up all year round.  I think you will be seeing these prints a lot in future posts on my blog.  Winking smile

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Be sure to check out all of the other beautiful new arrivals at Birch Lane.  You might find even more items that you’ve “gotta have.”

Now for the giveaway!

 

You can enter to win through rafflecopter…

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I will announce the winner next Monday!  Good Luck!

*This post was sponsored by Birch Lane.  All opinions are 100% mine.

 

 

 


 


Favorite Fall Vignettes!

September 11, 2014 AT 9:00 am 9 Comments

Y’all, it is getting cold and crisp here in Kentucky, and I am beyond excited!!!

Fall is my FAVORITE time of the year!

I was taking a walk two nights ago, and there was a full moon, and the air was so cool and crisp, and I felt this joy bubbling up inside of me.  The kind of joy that makes you want to scream at the top of your lungs, “Thank you, Lord, for these blessings!!”

I literally smiled.  Out there on the road.  All by myself.  It was glorious.  

I LOVE FALL.

I love pumpkins, hot apple cider, sweaters, extra blankets, colorful leaves, hayrides, bonfires, s’mores, pumpkin desserts, and more!

It is especially fun to bring some of the beautiful colors of fall into our home as well.  Next week, I am participating in a FALL Home Tour, so I have been trying to add some touches to my own home. 

There is a ton of beautiful inspiration on Pinterest, and around the web that I wanted to share with you today. 

Enjoy!

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Bedside Table Makeover

September 4, 2014 AT 8:03 pm 36 Comments

 

Bedside Table Makeover

I am so excited to finally have completed this makeover on my bedside table!

This piece of furniture used to be my mom’s, and it has sat beside our bed in our master bedroom for over a year now.

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However, I have never liked this piece of furniture because it just really isn’t my style.  I’m not a “cherry furniture” kind of gal.  Smile

Now, I know that some of you are, and a lot of you are going to think I am cray-cray for painting it.  But I know if my mom was still living, she would say, “Honey, if you would like it better painted, then paint it!!”

So I did!

Mainly because of this inspiration picture from Pinterest…

traditional bedroom by Tom Stringer Design Partners

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This picture makes my heart skip a beat every time I see it!

Here is what the piece of furniture looked like before I started painting…

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First, I removed all of the hardware with a screwdriver.

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Then I applied a layer of KILZ primer with a sponge roller.

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After the primer dried, I applied a coat of my favorite white paint at Lowe’s.  It is the same paint that I used on my kitchen cabinets.

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It’s extremely durable and dries to a hard finish.  I used a paint brush for the curvy parts of the furniture and a sponge roller for the smooth parts.

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I applied two coats of paint on top of the primer, then I let it dry really good.

The furniture was really finished at this point, but I wanted the table to have a little bit of a shine to it, so I added some wipe-on poly.

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Then when it was dry, I added some hardware from Hobby Lobby to the drawers.

The hardware only called for one hole in the middle, so I drilled new holes with my drill and then attached the hardware.

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I already love this piece of furniture so much more!

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And truthfully, I know that my mom would too!  She would be so happy to know that I am loving and enjoying her piece of furniture.

This corner of our room used to look dark and dingy.  Now it looks like and airy!  Yay!

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This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. The project idea and opinions are 100% mine.


 


The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

September 4, 2014 AT 8:30 am 107 Comments

It is hard for me to believe that I have been blogging for almost 6 years!

I went to my very first blog conference, Blissdom, in February 2010.  My sister went with me, and I was purely there to star-gaze.  Yep.  I was a bonified blog stalker.

I seriously remember peeking around corners trying to find my favorite bloggers and saying, “Is that _____?!!!!” in disbelief!

Cyndi didn’t attend the conference, but hung out in the Opryland Hotel with me.  I would go back to our room and excitedly tell her all of the bloggers that I spotted, and some I even talked to!

One of those bloggers was Nester from The Nesting Place.  She was the coolest blogger of them all because she didn’t even use her real name!  We all called her Nester.   It doesn’t get any cooler or mysterious than that, right?!  I was wishing I could come up with some other name for me, but the “Beneather” just didn’t have the same ring to it.  (insert sad face)

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Here I am with Melissa from The Inspired Room (another one of my favorite bloggers) and Nester from The Nesting Place

Nester has recently shared her real name, Myquillyn, on her blog, but I still like to call her Nester.  :)  And I know why she and her blog are loved by so many….it’s because it is real and relatable. 

Nester is known for this quote, which is probably one of my most favorite….

 

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The Nesting Place book giveaway at beneathmyheart.net

I cannot tell you how many times I have said that!  Especially when decorating my house.  

Nester is great at seeing beauty in all things, even the messy, imperfect parts of our lives.  Truthfully, she celebrates it!  As we all should.  

It is something we need to be reminded of daily.  Thankfully, Nester recently published a book about it for all of us to enjoy.  Not only is it full of great stories and inspiration, but it also looks A. MA. ZING. on a coffee table.  

 

 

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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway at beneathmyheart.net

I have LOVED this book, and I know you will too!

Today, I am giving away TWO of these books to

TWO lucky Beneath My Heart readers!  YAY!!

All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below.

This giveaway will end in one week.  Good Luck!

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Building a Strong Foundation

September 3, 2014 AT 7:50 am 21 Comments

 

This was one of my mom’s favorite Bible verses.

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One thing I know for sure is that life is not about a pretty home and fabulous décor.

It is so much more.

Life is about Jesus.

Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

I’ve known it all my life. I am so grateful for a mom and dad that taught me about the love of Jesus.

But never have I experienced that love more than when my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer five years ago this month. Her faith in Jesus left me speechless. Her witness for the Lord touched my heart more than anything I have ever known.

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Mom only lived 7 weeks after her diagnosis.

It was the hardest thing I have ever gone through.

But I am so grateful for how her death opened my eyes to so much more.

You see, my mom loved her home. She loved to decorate it. She loved thrifting, sewing, painting, and more. I got my DIY skills from her. Smile

But when Mom passed away, her home stayed here. The pictures were still on the walls of her home. Dishes were still in the cabinets. Pillows still on the couch and sheets still on the bed.

She couldn’t take any of those things with her. Her faith in Jesus was all that she needed.

Only our faith in Jesus is what truly matters when we come to the end of our lives.

I love the scripture about the wise man who built his house upon the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand.

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Here’s what Jesus himself said:

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

My husband and I want to be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock, Jesus Christ. So when the trials and struggles of this life hit us hard, we can remain standing.

I witnessed first hand how solid that rock is as I watched my mom stand strong on it during her last days on earth.

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We do not want to be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. The sand represents the temporary things of earth and the lies that the world tells us. The things that do not last.

And when the storms of life come our way, just like a house built on sand, we will crumble.

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So how do we build our lives on a solid foundation?

By hearing God’s word and putting it into practice.

I’m not an expert at being a Christian, and I will never claim that I am. Honestly, a lot of the time I stink at it.

But I’m trying.

I am trying to lead my children to know the love of Jesus.

I do not have any perfect steps to take, but just practical things we do in our home to build that solid foundation.

1. We read God’s word.

I have bought my boys little devotional books (specifically for boys) to read at night before they go to bed. It allows them to read God’s word and apply it to their lives.

2. We attend church and participate in worship.

I have such great memories of going to church as a child. Going to church helped me as a child to build a strong foundation on which to stand. If you are not attending a church regularly, I would like to encourage you to find a place where you can worship.

3. We Pray.

This is an area that I can definitely improve on. I’ve been feeling the need to pray together as a family more often. More than just blessing the food or praying before bed. Prayer is more powerful than we could ever imagine. It’s an unlimited source of God’s power that we so often do not tap into. I am working on praying more. For me, I like to write my prayers down in a journal. It helps me to stay focused as I pray, and it allows me to see all the ways God answers my prayers. But I want to pray more with my children. Pray for children in their classes, for loved ones who are sick, for decisions they need to make, etc. It is so important for parents to pray with their children.

4. We praise Him through music.

Whenever riding in the car, we listen to KLOVE. It is such a wonderful radio station. I love when I hear the boys singing Christian music at the top of their lungs. And so many songs are full of scripture which my boys are memorizing without even knowing it. Smile

5. We talk about Jesus and how his love makes a difference in our everyday lives.

I think it is so important to take time during the day to talk about Jesus and His love with our children. When the boys tell me about a kid at school who is really mean, we talk about how Jesus wants us to act toward that child. How would he want us to love that child?

Or when one of the boys is scared about something, we talk about how God is always with us and how He is watching over us.

God isn’t someone we should talk about only on Sundays. He is an everyday God.

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4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Like I said, I know I don’t have all the answers, but I do have Jesus and His love.

He is our sure foundation.

A foundation that will remain standing no matter what trials come its way.

And believe me, they will come!

Building your life on the foundation of Jesus Christ does NOT mean that you will never have trouble or hardships.

It’s quite the contrary.

But building your life on the foundation of Jesus Christ DOES mean that you will be able to stand strong through those troubles or hardships. God can even create beauty out of it all.

My prayer for you and me is that we will keep our eyes focused on Christ and that we will strive to build our lives on His word.

 

Have a Blessed Day!

 

*This was a re-post of a guest post I wrote three years ago for Ms Hines’ Class.


 


My Favorite Kitchen Rug (bound carpet)

August 28, 2014 AT 3:53 pm 14 Comments

Guys, I have tried and tested many products over the past 6 years of blogging, and I can say without a doubt that this Mohawk SmartStrand bound carpet I have in my kitchen is my absolute favorite!

That’s why I love sharing it with you!  

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Why do I love it?

 

Because it can withstand the wear and tear of my four boys!

We are tough on carpet, and truthfully, most of our rugs get thrown away after a couple of years.  But not this one!

It has endured many spills and looks just like new!

Three of my boys and my great nephew, Colt, at spaghetti the other night at the table, and I didn’t worry one bit about any spills.  If they spill something, it cleans right up.  AND EASILY!

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Soooooo easily, that I didn’t hesitate to pour some ketchup right on the carpet to show y’all.  Yep. I. Did

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I poured some ketchup on my carpet, rubbed it in real good with my finger, and let it dry.

Later, I just poured a little dish soap on the carpet and wiped the ketchup up with a dish rag.  It disappeared instantly.  Not a trace!  LOVE THAT!
Wanna know more about this carpet?

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Well, it is a 6’ x 9’ Mohawk SmartStrand bound carpet.

  • SmartStrand is the ONLY carpet with built-in stain and soil resistance that will NEVER wear or wash off.
  • Most stains come clean with water or a little mild detergent.
  • SmartStrand is environmentally friendly because it’s made in part from renewable resources.

If you are needing new carpet for a whole room, or just need a bound carpet like me, Smartstrand is your guy!

They have a lot of different styles and colors to choose from, so you are sure to find something that works just right for you!

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. 

Have a Blessed Day!

*This post was sponsored by Mohawk.  I was given product to review and it was my pleasure to share it with you because I KNOW you will love it!

 

 


 


Chocolate, Almond Banana Bites

August 26, 2014 AT 4:19 pm 6 Comments

Good morning all my friends at Beneath my Heart!

I love coming to visit with you each month… thank you so much for having me. I can hardly believe how fast the summer flew by, my kids started school this past week and I’m starting my last year of Culinary School this week! We are back in the swing of things.

I always like having tasty and healthy after school snacks around for us all when we get home from busy, busy days.

Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites are the perfect answer to that dilemma! You’re whole family will love them so much…

Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites by www.cookingwithruthie.com

 

 

Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites

 

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 C dark or milk chcocolate chips
  • 1/4 C rough chopped almonds
  • 8 wooden skewers
  • parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, microwave 30 seconds, stir well, microwave 15 seconds more, stir well.
  2. Microwave additional 15 seconds if nessesary or until chocolate is smooth and no bumps remain.
  3. Place almonds in shallow bowl.
  4. Place parchment paper on a plate or small baking dish that will fit in the freezer.
  5. Break each banana into 4 sections.
  6. Inset wooden skewer into the top of each section.
  7. Dip each banana section half way into chocolate.
  8. Dip into almonds, place on parchment paper.
  9. Repeat with remaining sections until all dipped.
  10. Place into freezer and allow to freeze solid- approx 3 hours.
  11. Once frozen enjoy and save any leftovers in a freezer baggie.
 

 

 

Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites by www.cookingwithruthie.com

 

I hope you’re summer is winding down nicely and you and your families enjoy these Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites this school year!

Here are a few more delicious recipes as we look towards autumn…

Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Syrup by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Syrup

Honey Raisin Zucchini Bread and Ikea Event** (2)

Honey Raisin Zucchini Bread

Skinny Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts by www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Skinny Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

I hope you have a wonderful day and very Happy Cooking!

I’d be thrilled to have you come visit me at www.cookingwithruthie.com or connect with me on Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

xoxo~ Ruthie

 


 


“Everyone’s a Winner” GIVEAWAY ($300 IKEA Gift Card and Two $100 Amazon Cards)

August 18, 2014 AT 2:00 am 5 Comments

 

 

Everyone's a Winner Birthday Giveaway on www.cookingwithruthie.com

We’re celebrating around here today! Whoot-whoot!

 

It’s Cooking with Ruthie’s 3rd birthday party and we’re so happy you came :)

 

Our fabulous group of bloggers and y’all are here to get ‘jiggy with it’.

 

The best part is… EVERYONE’S a winner!

 

                                                        

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Everyone’s a Winner: FREE itunes download of

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Grand Prize: $300.00 IKEA gift card

 

First and Second Place: $100.00 Amazon gift card

 

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Let’s get this PAR-tay started…

 

just fill out the Rafflecopter entry below

and then download your free cookbook.

 

YAY!

 

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Sunday Encouragement

August 17, 2014 AT 6:28 pm 5 Comments

Hey Friends!

God bless you on this wonderful Sunday. 

Last week, I share with you how important it is for us to spend time in God’s word daily. 

In college, I framed this quote and kept it on my desk at all times.  This quote has stuck with me for over 20 years now.

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It is a daily struggle for me to spend time in God’s word.  There is always “something” that I need to do that I somehow convince myself is more important than spending time with God.  Friends, there is NOTHING more important than Knowing God.  

I had many of you ask me recommendations of devotional books to use.  Devotional books are really a “personal” thing because you need to find one that works for you.  But I do want to share some of my favorite with you. 

I have  been loving Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. 

  

A classic that my mom gave me years ago is Streams in the Dessert.

The ever popular One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

Encouragement for Today by Lysa TerKeurst, Renee Swope, Samantha Evilsizer…

 

 

And The Power of a Praying Wife, by Stormie Ormartian…

 

If you click on each picture, it will take you to Amazon to purchase each book. 

Remember, these are just suggestions.  You could visit your local Christian bookstore and ask the store worker for some help in picking a devotional out.  Check them out yourself and see what you think.  Some are more in depth than others, and you need to pick the one that fits you and your lifestyle best.  You can also find devotional apps or online bible studies that you could listen to while driving to work in the car!  

I also want to highly encourage you to listen to Christian music as much as you can.  It will change your entire attitude each day.  I keep my radio on KLove, but I also like to listen to Christian music on Pandora while working on my computer or cleaning around the house.  So many songs contain scripture that will help draw your heart closer to God.

Friends, there is so much negativity in the world it is overwhelming.  We need to make it a priority each day to put more of GOD in our hearts and minds than the negativity of this world.  We can do that through His Word, His Music, and His Fellowship (church.)

I hope this helps you a little.  Writing posts like these help to hold me accountable to spend time in God’s word as well.  So thank you.

If you have a favorite devotional book, please share it in the comments.  It would be a great way to encourage each other.  :)

Have a blessed day!!

 

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