My Favorite Kitchen Rug

August 28, 2014 AT 3:53 pm 9 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 rugs, 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!



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

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 rug and wiped the ketchup up with a dish rag.  It disappeared instantly.  Not a trace!  LOVE THAT!
Wanna know more about this carpet?

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…

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Chocolate, Almond, Banana Bites


Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Ruthie
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Serves: 8


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


  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.



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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

Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Syrup

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

Honey Raisin Zucchini Bread

Skinny Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts by

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 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



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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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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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Favorite Pins Friday!

August 8, 2014 AT 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Well, this was the last full week of summer for my boys.  Sad smile

I’m going to miss hanging out with these stinkers every day!  We’ve had a great summer together, and it’s going to be lonely around the house without them.

(Although, I will be able to get a long more done!)  Smile

Anyway, here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!


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DIY Apple Jar Tutorial at Such a cute gift for teachers! #crafts





DIY Kitchen Tips / Put these 10 steps into play to ensure that your DIY kitchen remodel runs smoothly, stays on budget, and ends successfully.





I love every single thing about this mudroom.  What's your favorite detail?





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Have a Blessed Weekend!



My Dream Master Bedroom

August 2, 2014 AT 9:34 pm 363 Comments

At the Haven Conference, I attended the “Interior Designers Tell All” session taught by Lori May and Dayka Robinson.

Lori said something that stuck with me.

She said “Focus on one room at a time.” 

Huh?  I don’t think I have ever done that in any of my homes.  I am usually working on designing one room, while painting another room, while decorating another room.  Do you do that?

And when I have my hands in too many projects at once, I get extremely frustrated, and I feel like I’m never getting anything accomplished.

So the space I am focusing on right now is the boys’ bathroom.  We are going to get that finished THIS week! 

Then the next room I am going to focus on is our very neglected master bedroom.   Sad smile

It’s just a hodge podge of miscellaneous stuff.  No rhyme or reason at all.

So I have been thinking and dreaming about my dream master bedroom.

I created a polyvore board to help my dream start to come to life.


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Isn’t that a fun space?  I love the blues and reds together. 

Now, when I finally get my master bedroom decorated, I am going to work really hard to keep it clean.  What good is a pretty space if it feels dirty?

And believe me, as a mom of four boys, keeping a house clean is NOT easy!

Having the right cleaning tools on hand makes cleaning easier and dare I say fun?

I think so!

That’s why I love the Dyson DC59 Motorhead!


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This pretty little powerful thing is valued at over $500,

and one lucky person is going

to win a Dyson DC59 Motorhead

in this fabulous giveaway!!




Here’s how to enter…

Visit  Dyson,  and then come back here and leave a comment on this post by answering this question:

What is your dream space and what Dyson DC59 Motorhead feature do you enjoy the most?

(The winner will be announced Monday, August 18th, and will be notified through a response to their comment. They will have 5 business days (by 8/25/14) to submit their email address and claim their prize.)

Good luck!

**Many thanks to Dyson for sponsoring today’s story and showing me how to keep my dream space clean.


Favorite Pins Friday!

August 1, 2014 AT 2:16 pm 7 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all!!

Tonight we are celebrating my sister’s birthday, and tomorrow I get to take Luke to the Reptile Expo.  yippee!!  SmileOh the joys of boys! 

I pray you have a blessed weekend!

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!



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Styled Shoot: Glittery Gold + Pretty Pops of Color - - Styled by Each & Every Detail, Cottonwood Road Photography










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Favorite Pins Friday

July 25, 2014 AT 12:46 pm 6 Comments

Happy Friday, y’all!

I hope you have had a great week!  Today in Kentucky, it is absolutely beautiful!!  The high is supposed to be 83 degrees with almost no humidity!  AAAAHHHH!!!!

Tonight, Jonathan is having a bunch of his buddies over to celebrate his 15th birthday.  They are going to stay all night in our guest house.  The guest house has been just a storage area for us the past three years, so I moved everything over to one side of the guest house, so the boys could stay all night on the other side. 

I know they will have a lot of fun out there! Smile

Here are my favorite pins from Pinterest this week!








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Selena Gomez's LA House For Sale (3)




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Have a blessed weekend!!!



Getting to Know “Rooms for Rent!”

July 18, 2014 AT 11:19 am 1 Comment

Hello Beneath My Heart readers!!

It’s Bre here, from Rooms FOR Rent blog.

I was so thrilled when Traci asked me to share my home tour with all of you, and even more thrilled when she asked me to join her, here at Beneath My Heart, as a regular contributor.

I’ve shared some of my favorite decor topics with you several times now, like  5 Easy Steps to Bring any Room to Life, and How to Style a Dark Leather Sofa, and few others. 

Sometimes I think in Blog world it’s hard to really get know some one you haven’t actually met in person. You miss seeing their personality come alive when you talk with them face to face. So even though I will never meet all of you face to face, today I wanted to share a little bit more about myself with all of you! Whatever your ideas are on the type of blogger I am, and the type of “clean” house you think I have, or who I am as a person, allow me to peal back the curtain, and take a deeper look.


If we were to meet, first things first, you would be greeted with a big smile, and then most likely a warm hug! I love to hug, not quite sure why, I just do. I can hug a complete stranger with all the love and embrace I hug a family member with. I’m just going to go with that it is one of the ways God wants me to share His love with others, a warm embrace.
I love to laugh, and I L.O.V.E. to decorate. I love to talk about paint colors, and design ideas and reach high decibels when doing so. I married my child hood sweetheart, we celebrate 10 years next summer, and have two little sweethearts of our own.

Our kids are 5 + 3, and it was during my season as a “new” mom that I realized anyone can have a nice space, it’s not just for those who have no kids, or empty nesters. But more importantly it’s creating a welcoming, inviting space for your family + friends, where they can relax, and be loved on, and build memories.

While I like to have a clean house, it’s not always realistic for me, and I would rather my kids remember a home they could grow up in, not one they weren’t allowed to touch anything in. We bought our white slipcovered Ektorp couch from IKEA 8 years ago, and while everyone including my mother told me I was nuts to have a white couch, especially once the kids came, I bought it anyway!

One of the things I love about having a white couch with kids, is I can bleach it! I know most of you might be gasping with the thought of little fingerprints, or crumbs, or better yet stains! The slip covers make it so easy to take off and throw in the wash at any point, and let me tell you we have had our fair share of spills. At one point I thought the chocolate milk was there for good. Nothing a little baking soda soak couldn’t fix. After each wash, it’s like getting a brand new couch again, and who doesn’t love that?!

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 I can always remember having a passion for decorating, from constantly moving my room around as a kid, to creating gallery walls, and vignettes on my walls and dresser as a teen. At one point I had to share a room with one of my sisters, and she would get so mad at how often I changed our room around.   My mom had to make a rule that I could only move my stuff, I couldn’t touch hers. Well that put a big cramp on my style, but just pushed my creativity further! My poor sister :)

Today I enjoy creating warm, welcoming spaces for clients, as well as in my own home. When people ask me what my style is, there is always a long pause with a question mark look on my face? Because the truth is I don’t feel I completely fit in one category, which is some what refreshing. I would love to give a solid answer, but not being limited to one certain style gives me flexibility to stretch my creative wings.

I avoid saying “Country” because I don’t decorate with roosters or the color red (which I like the look of very much). I don’t say “Contemporary” because I like to work with a bit too much vintage to fit in there. And I don’t say “Beachy” because while I love starfish, they only come out briefly in the summer, and that’s about it. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but if Pottery Barn and Country Living had a baby, you would find me! My passion is for people to “Love the Space they Live in”. That’s going to look a little bit different for everyone, but ultimately my goal for my clients is that when they enter their space, I want them to feel relaxed, refreshed, and inspired. Home.

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a bit better today. If you want some more, feel free to check out my About Me page for a list of all my loves! As always I love reading all your comments, and try my best to reply to each of you! I would love to hear from you, especially if you have any other questions, and I hope to see you a bit more around here in Blog world.
If you want to see what I’m currently up to, you can connect with me on Instagram (roomsforrent) and Facebook (
If you have a design questions, feel free to e-mail me @ [email protected] 
Have a Wonderful Day!


I’m still alive!

July 15, 2014 AT 1:45 pm 11 Comments


Oh my goodness gracious, y’all!!

I cannot believe that I have not posted on my blog for 7 whole days!!

I don’t think I have gone that long without posting in the almost 6 years that I have been blogging. 


Well, last week was our big Haven Conference event, and I got hit with the stomach bug to make things even crazier, so as you can imagine, getting on my computer was my last priority!


This was our third year planning the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and it was A-MA-ZING (if I do say so myself.) Smile

It rocked my world!

I was able to spend time with some of my favorite blog friends, and met a ton of new amazing bloggers as well!

The picture below summarizes what we do for four straight days…LAUGH!


Do you recognize some of these ladies?  Well, in there you will find The DIY Show Off, Vintage Revivals, Not Just a Housewife, Thrifty Décor Chick, Just a Girl, Pretty Handy Girl, All Things Thrifty, Home Stories A2Z, The Shabby Creek Cottage, and Sawdust Girl, and me.  LOVE these women!

Here we are when we are not being silly…


I’m still trying to recover from the whole thing, but I will be sharing more with you soon about all of the fun!  I also made a new dance/rap this year that I cannot wait to share with you!  Smile

I also made this Haven Happy video for the Opening Ceremony.  It is a ton of fun to watch!

Check it out…



So I just wanted to check in and tell you I am still alive.  hee.hee.

Right now, I am just soaking up my boys and trying to get my house back in order!

I pray you have a blessed day!!!


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