July 31, 2012

House Tour: Kitchen

The house tour continues
Now, moving into the next room in my house-the kitchen.

My momma generously gave me the table and chairs as well as the oak hutch.

Place Mats, Napkins, Napkin Rings: Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Centerpiece: JC Penny

My dad gave me the little black coffee grinder. It was his mom's, my grandmothers, and it one of the most vivid memories I have with her. She would always let me sit at the kitchen table and grind coffee grounds each morning when we went to visit her in Sacramento, CA.

The cookbook is also hers on the bottom shelf which I love! It even has papers in it with her handwritting.

Plate and Stand (on top of hutch): Hobby Lobby
Ivy: Hobby Lobby

Looking at these pictures makes me realize I need something over my cabinets...any suggestions?

I love my cute picture of a European cafe.

Picture: Hobby Lobby 

July 29, 2012

Sunday 7/29

My last Sunday Seven post of July...wowzers

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I actually bought a top like this today so now so I will take pictures when I recreate the look.

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Very cool idea I think!

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Awesome thought but the song it is taken from is even better

Listen to it here...

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DIY Air freshener

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This outfit just makes me excited for fall

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I couldn't find a shoe pin I loved so I found an outfit I like with a shoe you can't go wrong with!

July 27, 2012

House Tour: Living Room

I have been wanting to show you my house now for months. I have just never actually gotten around to taking pictures of my house and doing it. Sorry

Not every room is finished {:even after living here for 2 years:}, but the rest of the rooms are getting painted soon so I will show you those rooms when they are done too!

For today, I will show you the living room.

If you walked in to my home this would be your first view

Looking to your right...

Couch and Ottoman: Ashley
Burgundy Pillows: Kirklands
Faith, Hope, Love Pictures: Kirklands
Lamp: Macys
Curtains: TJ Max
Initial Pillows: Hobby Lobby
End Table: refinished piece of furniture from my parents

Love this ottoman! It is great for hidden storage

Clock: Bed Bath & Beyond
Sconces: JC Penny
Burgundy Jar {:on left:}: Ross
Palm Tree: Hobby Lobby
TV Stand: Sam's Club

Hope you enjoyed your tour....stay tuned for the kitchen next!

July 22, 2012

Sunday Seven 7/22

HaPpY SuNdAy!
I'm believing that today is going to be amazing! Want to join me? 
Remember: there is power in your thoughts!

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Liking this idea for my bathroom or study

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Love the outfit, and her legs are amazeballs

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Balcony Pool in Mumbai....um, sign me up please!

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Love the hair and outfit
Kase, what do you think about this haircut? I think it would look cute on you

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White Queso Dip recipe from an insider

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I may have to order these for this fall

July 21, 2012

My Shoe Obsession

My dad has never quite understood my shoe obsession, but really not many men can.
 {:Especially a man who's only two pairs of shoes are cowboy boots and sneakers:}
Often times when I go shopping and excitedly show my dad my newest shoe purchase I often get a comment like "don't you already have red shoes?" To which my answer is normally something along the lines of:  "yes, but those are flats and these are heels." Then this is followed with his normal look as if to say "thats ridiculous you have way too many pairs of shoes." 

Anyway, I told you that to tell you this...

So, like most Saturday nights, tonight I was trying on my outfit for church tomorrow. And as many of you girls can relate, I needed a full length mirror to check out my dress with the shoes to get the whole look. I'm still staying at my parents house, to help take care of my momma, and the only place there is a full length mirror is in my parents bathroom. Therefore I marched into my parents bedroom and headed into the bathroom and back out four times tonight. Each time i was trying on a different pair of BLACK shoes. One pair of black sandals, one pair of black flip flops, one pair of black heels, and one pair of black wedges. I couldn't help but laugh to myself as I passed my dad on each trip to the mirror with a different pair of black shoes. 

There are somethings I guess men will never understand :)

July 16, 2012

Breakthrough 2012

After being home from our youth camp, Breakthrough, for 4 days now I am just now coming out of what I affectionately call my Breakthrough hangover. 

The week is so incredible but I come back wiped out!

We rolled down to Oak Hill, WV {:the middle of nowhere...talk about wrong turn:} about 130 deep last Monday morning. It took us one tour bus, three 15 passenger vans, 2 trailers, and 5 other cars, vans, and trucks to get everyone and all of our stuff down there. Talk about a caravan.

So the week was, well, AWESOME...pictures can never do it justice

Whenever we come back from camp we always get the question "so how was it?" 
It is one of the hardest questions to answer because how do you ever put into words what God has done in and through 130 people, leaders and students alike. I am sure there are words, I just don't know them. But, the coolest part is I don't think I have to put it into words for those around us because they are soon going to see what God did in these students and leaders played out in their schools, sports teams, work places, friends, and families.

To help you readers better understand I will try my best to put the indescribable into words.

Each day was filled with awesome extreme activities from whitewater rafting, zip-lining, rock climbing, and paint balling, to having a blast on their man-made lake with about 20 different inflatables in it.

Each night we had a service that was anything but normal. The excitement and anticipation each night before service was ridiculous. Every service began with this almost tangible energy and then transitioned into something uniquely beautiful to itself. Students and leaders crying out prayers of surrender and voices being lifted asking God to just speak to them.

Each year Breakthrough is amazing, but what was different about this year from all the rest was that each person didn't just come home with a new passion. They realized what happens when their passion is united with the guy and girl on their left and right. Instead of coming back one strong we came back 130 strong and filled with desire and passion for a city to know Jesus. Its a passion that ignites a fire and then spreads like wildfire. 

In Ezekiel 20 47-48 (MSG) "the Master, says, 'I'll set a fire in you that will burn up every tree, dead trees and live trees alike. Nobody will put out the fire. The whole country from south to north will be blackened by it. Everyone is going to see that I, God, started the fire and that it's not going to be put out.'"

I truly believe that there is a fire set in 130 peoples hearts that will affect {:blacken:} the hearts of those dead and alive {:believers and nonbelievers:} around them. People around them are going to start seeing what God is doing in and through them and be so attracted to them that their  own lives are going to start being changed. What was once just blackened by the affects of a passionate heart around them is going to start their own fire and passion within themselves.

So thankful to be a part of something so heaven breathed and so much bigger than myself.

July 15, 2012

Sunday Seven 7/15

I'm back from an amazing week at camp with 126 other young people and still trying to recover. 
It was an absolute blast and I will be telling you about it  all very soon for sure.
But, for now...heres my Sunday Seven

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Skinny Sour Cream Enchiladas

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Treat your shower like window treatment

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Store all of your user manuals in binder

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Cute summer outfit

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July 12, 2012

Adventures in Cooking: Healthy Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients: (for 4 servings)

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb Shrimp
1 1/2 tsp Emeril's Oringinl Essence Seasoning, or Paprika
1 tsp Salt (add more if desired)
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/2 cup Onion
1/2 cup Red Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic
1/4 cup Smoked Turkey (optional)
1 12oz. can Non-fat Evaporated Milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup finely chopped Green Onion
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or Parmesean
2 tbsp Parsley
3/4 lb Whole Wheat Fettuccine


In a large skillet set over medium him heat, add olive oil. Season shrimp with paprika (Emeril's Essence Seasoning), 1 tsp salt and black pepper.

Pour shrimp into skillet and sauté for 1 1/2 minutes. Turn shrimp one and cook for another 1 1/2 minute. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside on plate.

Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to skillet to sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mix in smoked turkey (optional) and stir for 1 min. Next, stir in evaporated milk, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Bring ingredients to a boil and stir for 3 minutes, or until milk has slightly thickened. Return shrimp to pan and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in green onion, cheese and parsley, and toss ingredients to combine.

Add cooked pasta and toss until fettucini is coated with sauce. Remove from heat, and taste to adjust seasoning. Garnish with crushed red pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

If you are on Weight Watchers this recipe is 9 points per serving.

July 10, 2012

Sometimes I have no idea what to title posts :)

I'm a girl and I love encouraging quotes and since most {:if not all:} of my readers are girls too I thought I would share. Hope this makes you smile, tear up with happiness, or leaves you feeling a little more confident and empowered.

 {:This one literally bring me to tears:}
 {:Perfect for those late summer nights when you work in the morning...totally worth it:}


July 8, 2012

Sunday Seven 7/8

I couldn't miss my Sunday Seven two weeks in a row!

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Bun, scarf, and blazer LOVE

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This pin shows how to make DIY hangars. Great for weddings and bridal showers.

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Garlic Pesto Chicken with Tomato Cream Penne

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Beautiful, and there is a tutorial

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I couldn't find a shoe pin  lived so here is another random one...
Beacuse I am after all a West Virginia girl

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