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coffee date

hey y’all. i feel like having a coffee date with you. sometimes i get pretty lonely. especially in the winter. especially when i need to keep a semi-consistent schedule for the little miss. i am usually mostly a listener too. it’s hard for me to always start the conversation about random things i’m excited about, but if we could get together for coffee, here are a few things we could talk about!

day 17

first of all, i can’t get over the CUTENESS that is my Pioneer Woman mug. um, agree? ok good. 😉

  • You guys, i am totally copying one of my all time favorite bloggers in sharing this but i feel it must be shared. Emily from Jones Design Company recommended this podcast with Sally Llyod Jones and I MUST recommend it to you. that’s what friend’s do right? recommend things that were recommended to us? well, have y’all heard of the Jesus Story Book Bible? {if not, and you have ANY sort of kids in your life, i HIGHLY recommend it…even without kids i recommend! you guys, it makes me cry at story time!} but this is a podcast discussion with the author’s and it’s just delightful.{partly because of her british accent, i’m not going to lie, but that’s not all! lol} i turned it on while i was doing dishes and making lunch one day and it was just so fun! Happy hour with Sally Llyod-Jones THIS!


  • Removable wall paper? WHAT.perfect for my renter friends and sisters! check it out! i think i’m going to have to wallpaper something…any suggestions?

  • this blog post  about motherhood made me cry. i know seriously, what these days doesn’t make me cry? i love Gloria for how she brings theology to motherhood. love love love it! her books are so inspiring and beautiful and this blog post just follows right along that path.  Motherhood is a Gift by Gloria Furman: HERE


  • Also, let’s talk about this store called, Terrain: basically the most amazing garden/house store EVER. it’s Anthropologie’s version of a garden store. just IMAGINE.  but it’s also CRAZY ridiculous expensive…only for the rich. us poor people just get to walk around and try not to drool on something that’s too expensive… but it’s inspring. i went there again a week ago before dropping my mother-in-law at the airport. she usually insists we go. i love that.  also, can i have that centerpiece?

Spring Tabletop

Natural Centerpiece Statements | get the look

also, the other day in MOPS we talked about how important it is to get creative time. about how we are created beings, made by a creative God, and it energizes us to be creative (all in different ways of course). such a lovely and dear topic that is close to my heart. literally! i JUST got some painting in the past few days! as soon as i get a few minutes i’m planning to scan the paintings in and really let ya get a good look. tee hee. so fun! have you done anything creative lately? what fills you up and energizes you creatively?


so basically a coffee date is just an excuse to be TOTALLY random in my blog post. thanks for joining me! i hope you are all well and i’d love to hear from you. leave a note and some love!

xo-kimberly renee
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sweet things


remember, sweet things are just special little random things i’ve found on the internet to share with you, such as:


have y’all seen this? you can get a whole box of 80$ worth of makeup and nail polish for only $2.99 when you sign up with Julep! it’s awesome! then, you can cancel your subscription any time after that so they don’t keep charging you. basically you’re signing up for a monthly subscription with the first month free. what’s not to love and get excited about? hello new nails for free!! just click here to try it out for yourself!

Limited Edition Summer Brights Welcome Box

you’re welcome.


i’ve been LOVING the Nester’s new book. like i’m going to bed early as i can and reading it every night.  she is so real. husbuddy asked me what it was about though…and all i could tell him was that she’s a christian woman who loves decorating, has lived in 13 houses, is a blogger and is empowering women to create beautiful homes, no matter the budget…she’s sharing her story and giving ideas on how to create beauty. because it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! {#idhtbptbb } the nester has been in magazines for things that “professional designers” would literally scoff at. she put duct tape on her walls in a diamond pattern- it turned out gorgeous and she won awards! what?! who does that?


via the nester


um, this lady.

i don’t know how else to say it. she’s so inspiring! check out her book! get it here. or anywhere that sells books.

a couple quotes:

“it finally dawned on my that if i’m not able to let my guard down in a perfect house, maybe others feel the same way. and if other people feel that way, why the heck was i working so hard to make our home appear to be perfect?…imperfections aren’t that bad after all. they are even valuable” pg.57

“i fear a pristine life more than i fear scuff marks on the floor.” -deborah needleman


this diy stripped water color pillow.

striped watercolor pillow | the handmade home

via the handmade home

so fun! i’m going to have to try it!


hello pioneer woman sangria! i plan on meeting with you on the 4th of july! get the recipe here.

Watermelon Sangria

via the pioneer woman


apparently i think i have all the time in the world to read this summer. i’ve joined the bloom book club. we’re reading the book called Pursue the Intentional Life. it is written by a lady in her 70s who’s still asking God how to be intentional every day. i’ve read the first 3 chapters and fell in love with it already! and to see a video of the author, click here:


a quote from the book:

” a complainer at forty will, with much practice, engrave the response in his or her bones by seventy. self-centeredness will intensify. bitterness, allowed to take root and grow over decades, engulfs and consumes in advanced age. anyone living a frittering existence at thiry will, apart from a serious course correction, end up frittering away an entire life. it is just as true that a person doesn’t suddenly become a wise, kind, gracious, fruitful old person by reaching, say, seventy years. of course, it’s not too late to grow and change(and i take comfort in that) but, more important, it’s never too soon to begin.”

guys, that was on page 16. umm…there’s so much goodness in this book!


and last but not least, i have to share with you this recipe

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken - No need to order take-out anymore - this homemade version is so much healthier and a million times tastier!



we have made it a couple times already and it turns out amazing! so easy and so good! especially for my gluten-free/dairy-free husbuddy who can’t really make it to most chinese restaurants. so, since it has been a win, i thought i’d share.

which sweet find is your favorite?

xoxo-kimberly renee

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sweet things for your evening

bouncer bouncer2

first of all, isn’t this little girl learning how to bounce, and LOVING it, just the sweetest?  baby legs

it’s a little random and a little late at night for me to be blogging, but i wanted to share a few “sweet things” that have caught my eye lately. remember, sweet things are just special little random things i’ve found on the internet to share with you:


this post speaks to my heart reminding me it’s ok to “just” be a mother. sometimes i feel like the world expects me to be a million other things. so thanks for saying that.


this video: hilarious. will farrell and chad smith doing a drum off. husbuddy made me watch it last night while i was up waiting to feed the little miss one more time. haha. WATCH IT now. ha.


headboard side view

the slow process of decorating… in a world of give me everything RIGHT NOW, it’s hard to give myself grace that my house isn’t all put together and organized…RIGHT NOT. lol. i appreciate what Melissa has to say about it here, maybe you will too? {picture from our new headboard project… working on the side tables right now!}


this blog post about saving on groceries: Fun Cheap or Free really, this gal just amazes me with her ideas for budgeting! i have NOT gotten up the gumption or the courage to figure out price matching at walmart…but she saved over half of her grocery bill by doing so. yikes. have any of you ever done that?


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and so funny that i wrote this post about a field of wild flowers last week, and then these two posts came up in my feed today. APPARENTLY i still need to work on this because they both speak on the same thing…trusting God to provide!! Here for John Piper speaking so eloquently on the verses that i talked about last week and here Lemonade makin mama just being real and making me fall in love with her all over again.


last of all,  i’m going to join this “book club” to read Pursue the Intentional Life and i’m really excited about it! it’s for the month of june. it looks like a good book and they’ll be talking about it through blogs and videos. you should join me! let me know if you do!


anyway. hope you’re all doing well, friends! let me know which of these links you like the best! hee hee

xoxo-kimberly renee

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sweet things for a monday

it’s monday.

it’s a rough day. even when i just stay at home with a baby… whoever says that’s easier than going to work, i could smack them. somehow, after a weekend, babies know that monday is the day to be extra needy and to be extra tired. i think sundays really wear her out! anyway, so i’m just stopping in quickly to share a couple of “sweet things” for today.

morning smiles

“sweet” things or “sweet” finds are just special little things that i’ve found on the interwebs that i’d like to share with you. like…


THIS BOOK: a million little ways by Emily Freeman. with all my “spare time” i’ve barely cracked the cover. but it’s already so inspiring! and i am so excited to read it!  2014-03-28 09.39.43


hello pretty actions for Photoshop Elements! i LOVE actions. if you know my love for taking photos and playing with them in photoshop…then you know i love actions. lol. have you ever wondered how to edit photos easily with photoshop? Actions is your answer!

these are from A Beautiful Mess and i’m saving up my allowance for April to get them. {i know, 10$ is like nothing, but i still gotta fit it in the budget! hee hee} the other actions i like to use are from Pioneer Woman’s actions and Florabella Actions


this video of my cute little bobblehead:


This article from desiring God about When the bible is hard to understand. i’ve been thinking about it a lot this week.


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have you ever been to a marriage retreat? we went to one this weekend. {actually, husbuddy was  helping to lead it} i LOVE talking about marriages and pouring into other’s by encouraging their marriage. it was so fun. one of the sessions was a “for wives only/for husbands only”. the girls watched this sermon by John piper about the *cringe word* submission. but it was really good because he explained what submission IS NOT. it is based on 1 Peter 3. Piper explains that really, true submission is a divine calling to honor and affirm your husband’s leadership, but it all begins by first putting your hope in God.  you should listen to the sermon if you have a chance! “The beautiful Faith of Fearless Submission”


and last of all for this little episode of “sweet things”, The Mom Conference  starts next week. it’s free. anyone can “attend” and you don’t have to leave your house.  it’s a week long of videos from bloggers on a bunch of different topics. check it out! i’ve already learned how to make my own foaming hand soap for pennies from the bonus vidoes! woot woot!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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a few sweet things

apparently i haven’t turned on my computer in over a week! it’s been a good week though, and i’m already working on a few blog posts of what i’ve been up to. {there’s even a couple DIY projects, so look forward to that! yay!}  until then, i thought i’d share a few “sweet” things today.

“sweet” things or “sweet” finds are just special little things that i’ve found on the interwebs that i’d like to share with you.


this sweet girl who makes paper dresses: AMAZING! {and i now follow her instagram which makes me smile EVERYTIME.}

ps. she’s 4 years old. talk about a sense of design!


this blog post about feeling overwhelmed…and about a hebrew word: Radaph:  UM, can we say… over here! pick me pick me! **jumping up and down with hand raised** that would be why i didn’t turn on the computer all last week…


this baby girl rocking her st. paddy’s outfit from our Irish friends:

to see more random pics that i post, check out my instagram.

speaking of our Irish friends, our little Godson, Desmond Philip, was baptized yesterday! Praise Jesus! isn’t he adorable?! i’m so in love and can’t wait to meet him!!

We are proud parents.

{and his momma and i may be planning a wedding already…lol… husbuddy says no body, not even his Godson, is good enough for his baby girl… haha. i’m joking about the wedding…sort of. lol.  ALSO,  how amazingly beautiful is that momma of his? love them all!}

this over at Fieldstone Hill Design about:


Darlene is talking about how we can be bold in what we choose to wear or what we love to put in our house because we have a God, a MASTER DESIGNER if you will, that has made the boldest choices in His design of the universe! He made the beauty around us. He made us to have an eye for beautiful things. why limit that?!  i LOVE what Darlene says about being bold:

“So, if you love that pink chair, And if you LOVE that chunky necklace, then God gave you an eye to appreciate that bold and sculptural beauty. He is the BOLDEST Master Designer there is.”


then there’s this blog post about “passion following“: i just love The Nester.

we were all created with a passion. are you following yours?! i admit, some days are rough to figure out what that passion really IS. like today, we had a couple major wardrobe changes by noon. oh well.  BUT, i still see ways to live in thanksgiving and to live with passion, even over the little things!

enjoy the sweet finds my friends! happy Monday, y’all.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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joshua print winner + 50% off!

thank you to everyone who participated in my little giveaway! i really appreciate every single of my followers and know that i’d just be talking to myself without you! hee hee.

drum roll please…

winner Wendy

i will email you, Wendy, so you can tell me which version of the joshua print you want! 


for anyone else who was hoping to win, these printables are available at my etsy shop here and i’m offering a discount code: NEWHOME to get 50% off anything in my shop until the end of September!

my thanks to each of you for visiting my “new home” in the blogland. hee hee.

love you guys!

xo-kimberly renee


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HOUZZ (dot com)

first of all, i’m sorry for neglecting my dear little blog. life is a bit crazy right now,  and i hope to share more with you soon!

but all right, today’s post is about Houzz dot com.

who hasn’t discovered Houzz yet?! i mean, seriously, this website is AWESOME. 🙂 i’ve been on it a lot lately for a couple of projects. a couple of kitchens, a fence project, a couple of powder rooms… and so when i need inspiration, i go here and start searching for images that inspire!

do you need help figuring out what style of kitchen you should go with? they have an article and a million links for that.

do you like vintage looking kitchens and need confidence that you can pull it off? they have an article for that too. 🙂

Yup! do you recognize that kitchen? It’s from my photoshoot adventure my  best day of work ever! Kinda exciting that my old firm is finally getting the recognition they deserve for this project! She actually received an award for “Best of Houzz 2013″ woot woot! Knight Architects has a nice little portfolio on Houzz that you should totally check out.
Or maybe you need direction for a fence or gate you want to build. There is inspiration for that.
and of course, there are a million powder room inspiration examples! it’s the designer’s dream, really, to be able to peruse such an abundant collection of inspirational photos! so, you know what i’ll be doing today…
go check Houzz out! 🙂 it’s very fun.
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