Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall & Halloween Mantle

I really had no plans for my mantle this year, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. I am always torn between a fun, vintage Halloween, or a natural Autumn look. I decided to do more of a Autumnal theme this year, and then add a few fun Halloween touches for the kids as it gets closer to Halloween.

Since I had no plan, I cleared off the mantle to make a blank canvas, I then sat all my favorite pieces on the dining room table and lined up all of my Fall Halloween totes so I could see everything I had to work with.


I started with the old frames as my foundation, I then chose the ravens, and layered from there. I always love adding natural elements with old chippy things. It makes me happy! :)  I was going to go all neutral, but decided to add a small pops of fall color.








 
  

Since it is now close to Halloween, I added this Happy Halloween garland I found at Target. It made a fun, festive touch for Halloween!








Thank you for stopping by, I will return next week with the rest of my fall. Have a great weekend!


Kimberlee

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Things I Have Learned

                I have started this post many times over the past few months, but every time I did, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to say. There is so much to say, and yet, I wasn't sure where to begin, how much, or how little I wanted to share. I will say that since Feb. 9, 2014, my life has not been the same. That is the day Interstitial Cystitis (IC), decided to come roaring back into my life. And I know that any person who has IC that reads this, will know what that means. It means pain. Lots of pain. And it means your life is pretty much put on hold. While you live moment to moment just trying to get through the day.
Although I could say the past 7 months have been the worst of my life, I could also say they have been some of the best also. In every bad thing, there is always good that can come of it, and I do believe that with all of my heart. Here are a few things I have learned over the past few months.
1. Sometimes God may put you in a very dark place, so that you can see how bright his light can shine in the darkness. Trust Him, with Him you can get through anything. 2. Read number 1,again. 3. Learn to make the most of each moment, by living in the moment. 5. Always listen to your inner voice and follow your instincts.

6. The mind, body, spirit connection is a powerful thing. 7.Always do your research and educate yourself. 8. There is always hope, never give up. 9.You are stronger than you think. 10. Take it one day at a time, you will get there. 11. Appreciate your family more. (I did before, but I never would have gotten through the past few months without my wonderful husband, mother, children, and family.)  12. If we never go through hard times, we won't ever grow or appreciate the good times. 12. What you believe, is what you will be. I believe that I WILL be WELL again.



Thank you to each person who checked in on me these past few months. I am very slowly but surely getting better. There are good days and bad days, and  I believe there will be more good days than bad days soon. I did all my fall decorating, and that is saying something! I would never have been able to a few months ago, that is progress! :)









I am getting so excited for all of the holidays coming up. This is my favorite time of the year, and I look forward to sharing some projects I have been slowly working on these past few months. I will return soon with my fall home tour.




I pray that anyone who is dealing with chronic pain or illness that reads this post, will have hope and healing soon. Never give up.

Thanks for stopping by,

                                       Kimberlee


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy St. Patricks Day! & Irish Ancestry

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To be honest, I have never really celebrated St. Patty's Day much. Sure, I may have worn something green to avoid getting pinched, but that was it. I'm not sure why, maybe it was because I didn't think I was Irish, maybe I wasn't in the mood to wear green, maybe it was because I was just ready to move on to Easter and spring, who knows....but I can now say I have a new view of this day! A day to celebrate being Irish! 

           One of my hobbies is genealogy. I love digging into family history, it is like an addicting treasure hunt where you find something new each time you dig. Digging to your roots, the people, places, and history that got you here today. At times it feels as if history comes alive when you make new connections and discoveries. I thought I knew my family history pretty well, until I asked for an Ancestry.com DNA test for Christmas. I was so excited to do this! Even though I knew the names and dates of my ancestors, being an American, it was hard to know where all my ancestors who came to this country over 200 years ago, exactly came from. 


I sent in my saliva sample, and waited for what seemed like an eternity! It was 8 weeks, but it felt like a year, I was so excited to see scientific proof of my ancestry. I was curious if there would be any surprises, something unexpected.........

The Whiteley Family- 1916
(My great, great grandfather Fred High, holding my great grandfather Tim High)
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(My great, great grandparents William Marion and Mary Carr Whiteley)

Then, the email came! I held my breath and clicked the link, and there it was, Irish! I am almost half Irish! (And to my daughter's delight, some french thrown in the western European part.) I was very surprised, I had discovered two Irish links in my research, but never thought I had that much Irish. I am thrilled to have discovered my celtic roots, and I am proud to now say that I am Irish.





Needless to say, I have some making up to do in the Irish celebration department! I decided to add some touches for St. Patrick's Day in honor of my discovery this year. It was challenging to find pieces that weren't plastic and green.



I then found something I loved from Dear Lillie  Jennifer Holmes from Dear Lillie makes beautiful chalkboard prints. I ordered this Irish Eyes are Smiling print from her store. If you haven't ever seen her blog or store before, you must. Everything she does is simply stunning!




 I have decided to give myself some time to find some meaningful Irish pieces to add for my decor in the future. Part of the fun is in the hunt, right?


I added some Irish clovers my mother gave me to my new little cafe corner, I have a post coming about my new table soon. It's a fun story. :)




Irish breakfast tea, anyone?


      I hope to travel to the Emerald Isle one day. What a beautiful place to visit!


Speaking of traveling, my sister and I had an amazing time in San Francisco with Benefit Cosmetics a few weeks ago!! A post coming on that soon also!


The Lobby of Benefit Cosmetics, can you say WOW? I was so awestruck with this room.


And we got a good start on the kid's bathroom, here is a sneak peek! We still have flooring, a mirror, and vanity to do.

I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Do you have any plans or traditions for this day? I would love to hear about them if you do!

Be Blessed,
Kimberlee


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Monday, January 20, 2014

Looking Back & Looking Forward -A New Year!

Happy New Year! I know it is Jan. 20, but I thought I would still share my New Years thoughts and a look back at 2013. 2013 was a good year for us, we had many blessings and I am excited for what 2014 will bring!
I took this picture of my children, Patriot and Samantha, for our Christmas cards, and it made me realize just how much they have grown this past year!


Last spring we had their portraits taken with a friend of mine who is a photographer,  Courtney Dickerson  she does beautiful work and is a great lady! If you live in the St. Louis area, be sure to check her out.





Seeing those pictures makes me look forward to warm spring!

I was able to accomplish some of my goals in 2013. One was finishing our dining room makeover. Although the flooring and table top will be changing this coming year. I am excited for that.



We also did a low budget makeover of the laundry room when we replaced our old washing machine.



In the summer, we added a new furry family member. Mr daughter still adores her little Prince. She is a great mommy.



In the fall, we finally got rid of our icky carpet and installed new flooring. I will be making a post on this once all baseboards have finally been installed. For those who have asked, we chose Allen & Roth Handscraped Driftwood Oak laminate flooring from Lowes. I have to say I have been very happy with it so far. The different tones allows the flooring to go with any shade of wood furniture you may have in a room. It also hides dirt and dog hair very well, I have to look hard to see where I need to clean. I'm not going to complain about that though!



In the fall I also helped my sister throw a Lash Bash for Ipsy and Benefit Cosmetics and we ended up winning the grand prize! A trip to San Francisco to visit the Benefit Cosmetics home office, we go next month, still waiting for someone to pinch me.....

We didn't do much traveling in 2013, I look forward to some fun adventures in 2014.








Last week, after patiently hunting for the past couple years, I finally found the right bed at the most amazingly right price! I have had great success with craigslist and furniture. I plan on using this bed in our master bedroom makeover. It is pretty scratched up and will be receiving a Annie Sloan Chalk Paint makeover.






We are finally painting the kids bath and starting it's long overdue makeover this coming weekend. I can't wait to see it come together!


I have some personal goals for this year, one is to be more in the moment and enjoy the little things in life more.

To step outside of my comfort zone.

                                                                
To worry less and trust God more.
                     
                                                 


To take better care of myself and make healthier choices.

                              


To stay positive and expect great things!




I hope you have had a Happy New Year and are expecting great things also! I truly believe a positive spirit brings positive things! Happy New Year!


Kimberlee