New Life Within Project : “Dear Baby”

I was approached last week out-of-the-blue by a coordinator of this project and extended an opportunity to contribute a writing for an upcoming book. It’s a book featuring a compilation of stories written by moms on how motherhood has positively impacted their lives. I really prayed about it, because I wanted it to be the right message. One of the goals behind the project is to encourage expectant moms to choose life. That issue is very dear to me. I was really honored to be asked, and so now, I am asking for you to cast a vote for my work (if you like it, of course!), so that it will be chosen for publishing. Thank you so much in advance!

Here is the link: “Dear Baby”

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good find friday: week 5 (focusing on blogging and motherhood)

happy november!

(if you’re looking for the ‘stitch fix’ post, click here.)



so many things have been weighing heavily on my mind these days…my family…the shop…the blog. it will never cease to amaze me that whatever it is that i’m dealing with seems to find it’s way to me. it’s like God floods my life’s ‘inbox’ with all of the messages, encounters, etc. that i need to hear/read/see in order to calm my nerves, encourage my spirit, heal my heart, motivate my mind…

so this week, i’ve rounded up a few special pieces that i’ve read, and i’m sure you’ll notice the themes too.

lately, when thinking about this blog, i’m finding myself struggling with the balance between wanting it to ‘succeed’ (i.e. reach a great number of ppl and help support my business endeavors and family) and keeping it manageable and real. writing sponsored posts is fun, but, b/c of who i am, i only write about what i truly believe in and want to support, so i’ve passed up quite a bit of fluff in the meantime. i could flood my posts with ads and affiliate links, but i don’t want to compromise why i do this. not saying that those that do and are successful are wrong in any way – b/c that’s not it at all! i just know where i’m at right now, and small is my big for the time being. cozy, quaint, and quirky. that’s me. so on that note, here are a couple articles to encourage my fellow bloggers:

  • jon acuff’s ’10 words to erase most online hate’ – this is a good one to remember for all of us in the real world or the social media sphere.  things are often said that aren’t all that nice, and this is a great reminder when the ugly words come out…  i haven’t really gotten any negative comments (coincidentally, a point that cece makes about a positive of being a ‘small’ blog), but i’ll refer to this advice if that time ever comes.

and the big whammy…motherhood. i have honestly wrapped my arms around my husband’s waist or neck at least three times this week alone and confessed that i feel like i’m totally failing my kids right now. this whole week has been one of those week’s in which i wish i could have a do-over. i just yelled too much, the house has been a total mess, and i think we had maybe one decent, well-prepared/cooked meal. i faced twelve loads of laundry, friends. twelve. and that’s just b/c i stopped washing on thursday!

  • ’embracing the night shift’ by becky of your modern family.  this will just warm your heart.  my little eden grace is sleeping away in her crib.  this is her first week doing so, and i just had to pump, b/c she slept through our usual 2am feeding, and i miss her, friends.  i have to say that i am a little saddened by the fact that she’s already so big, and now needing me a little less.  read this sweet post; you’ll appreciate it.
i think being a mom allows us a chance to be brave.  it’s truly a calling worth giving your all, and then some.  as promised earlier in the week, enjoy this little video for sara bareilles’ song ‘brave’.  it’ll make you smile…

and, as we approach another week together, take a moment with me to take a long, deep breath. relax those tense shoulders. be thankful. be simple. be pure. be a living example of faith, hope, and love to the ppl you are blessed to have around you. that’s going to be my focus this week.

“Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.” (Psalms 116:7)

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pin-it party #20!

happy saturday, everyone! welcome back to our pin-it party!

every week, you are invited to join us in linking up some of your most favorite pins or whatever it is that you’ve been up to lately! week after week, people are linking up so many fantastic things, and week after week, i am inspired, encouraged and motivated by all of the new material being shared here. recipes…tips…parenting posts…faith-building stories…crafts…you name it; it’s all here for you to check out! thank you in advance for linking up with us!

here’s last week’s most visited pin:

we’re starting eden on foods this week, so this one certainly caught my eye:

and the girls are going to just love this during our ‘homeschool’ time!

see?! such great things to find here on saturdays!

if you’d like to link-up with us, simply follow the party rules and link away!

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

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saturday already?! join the (pin-it) party!

time is a funny thing, huh? seems to drag and fly by all at the same time. how does that happen? i will never understand it.  so, welcome back to this week’s pin-it party!  if you have a blog pin, please link-up with us today!  if you’re just stopping by, stay awhile!  check out the links below.  i hope you’ll find a ton of inspiring, helpful, and motivational resources.

here’s last week’s most-viewed pin:

if you’re linking up…here are the super simple party rules…happy pinning!

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want!  remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

My Photo

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pin-it party and you’re invited!

hello! sorry to have been m.i.a. from the ‘pin-it’ parties lately! life gets away from me! you ever feel that way too?

anyway, so happy that you’ve stopped by to check out some really great pins (below). feel free to link your’s up as well!

here was last week’s most popular ‘pin’

apple cinnamon bread brought to us by ‘love, pasta, and a toolbelt. i can already see a good fall meal lining up…our autumn chicken chili followed by a warm slice of this bread and a scoop of a rich, vanilla ice cream drizzled over with pdub’s caramel sauce…yep! that’s a winning combo in my opinion!

here are the super simple party rules…happy pinning!

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please remember to follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

My Photo

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klover house – let’s talk shop!

finally!  sorry – it was a looong day!

as i said before, if you’ve been following along via facebook, then you’ve already gotten a glimpse of these three (of our six) apron designs crafted by the incredibly talented chelsea of chelsea made.

as we embark on the klover house shop journey together, i want to introduce you to the store and give you an idea as to what you can expect in the future from the klover house shop.

as i hinted in the original ‘klover house’ post, i have had a dream for quite some time – a dream to own my own shop.  i believe that God has allowed this dream to be placed on my heart.  why do i think it’s a God-thing?  1) my passion never fades away…it only grows, 2) it’s much bigger than my means or talents could ever accomplish, so i know in order to see it take root and be successful, it will have to be laid entirely in His hands, and 3) it fits well into the ‘bigger picture’ when it comes to our family and what we believe is God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
so here it is.  this is big, friends.  this is a chunk of my heart finally out here…
it is my hope and aim to bring to you a carefully selected collection of the finest, prettiest things that i lay my eyes on.  that said, when i found out about chelsea made (a lovely little custom apron designer out of columbus, ohio) and checked out her products, i was blown away by the uniqueness of it all!  not only does this artisan have a God-given gift for design, but her craftsmanship is top-notch.  every stitch…every seam…every fabric…perfection.  i’m in love with these products, and i am confident that you will be as well.
klover house has partnered with chelsea made to create one-of-a-kind aprons for ‘little cooks’ and their mamas too!  each apron is carefully designed with the style of the ‘cook’ or ‘little cook’ in mind, selecting fabrics unique to her, creating a truly one-of-a-kind apron that will last as long as those family recipes you’ll be sharing!
the ‘klover house’ collection is made up of the following styles:
‘ava’ line – for the shabby chic romantic darling 

‘ava’ designed specifically for the little lady with an impeccably chic taste, a flair for the romantic side and a sweetness that can’t be denied. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your darling, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘ava’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘isla’ line – for the free-spirited sweetheart


‘isla’ designed specifically for the little sweetie with spunk in her step, a touch of whimsy and a smile that lights up a room. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your sweet pea, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘isla’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com

‘eden’ line – for the modern cutie laced with vintage charm


‘eden’ designed specifically for the cutie in your kitchen who brings to the mix, a fresh take on vintage charm. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘eden’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘josie lee’ line – for the young trendsetter in your kitchen 

 ‘josie lee’ designed specifically for the little lady with undeniable class, a modern day audrey with an extra dash of something fabulous. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your darling, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘josie lee’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘charlie’ line – for the casual urban princess 

 ‘charlie’ specifically designed for the casual, urban princess. coffee shops, bakeries – this soulful style is a stand-out in any crowd. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘charlie’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.

‘klover house’ line – for the eclectic mama 

 ‘klover house’ designed for the mama of the mix. she’s got an eye for all things lovely, but isn’t afraid to make a mess in the name of making memories. made from 100% cotton textiles and backed with 100% cotton and secured with heavy stitching throughout the garment, this little apron is ready to wear and work in the kitchen with your little cutie, and easy to wash when she’s done. to inquire about a custom design for the ‘eclectic mama’ in your life, visit www.chelseamade.com.


this original introductory set will not be for sale, but if you see a piece that inspires you, or you know a little lady that fits any of the above ‘style’ descriptions, chelsea made can customize an apron just for you or your little cook.  use these designs as your spring-board or style inspiration!  ***fabrics can vary in color / pattern depending upon season and availability.***
as a special gift to klover house readers:
chelsea made is now offering $5 OFF on ALL orders now through december 25th.  also, as an extra treat for klover house friends, you will receive a special gift with your purchase!

simply use the code: KLOVERHOUSE when you visit www.chelseamade.com.

if you like what you see, please LET US KNOW!  leave a comment on the blog or facebook page and tell us what you think!  we’re already working on bringing you a fall/winter collection that will be available for purchase through the klover house shop!  
klover house will also be partnering with additional incredibly talented artisans to bring you coordinating accessories and clothing soon, soon, soon!

once again, thanks in advance for your support and feedback!  keep the encouragement and prayers coming!

***chelsea made supports american-made fabrics and local shops around the country. to inquire about a custom design for you and the ‘little cooks’ in your life (male or female!), please visit: www.chelseamade.com.***

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klover house shop: a little note / reminder

so, as you busy people already know…family first, right?!

my babes have kept me quite busy, busy today, and hubs is having an out-later-than-usual kind of day, so my blogging has been put on the back burner.
once he’s home and the kiddos are in bed, i’ll be back to release that special offer from chelsea made and fill you in on a few more details!  stay tuned!  ๐Ÿ™‚
xo,
kristi

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what’s been happening at ‘klover house’

1.  little miss eden grace is rolling over…a lot!  look out, world!  she’s goin’ places!

2.  ava is consistently finding ways to work the words ‘ferocious’ and ‘scrumptious’ into every conversation, and wants to use them interchangeably, which is pretty hilarious.
3.  isla is crib-jumping.  yup.  jumping outta the crib, y’all.  at.all.hours.of.the.day.or.night.  which, as you can imagine, has made nap time pretty impossible and sleeping-in even more of a distant memory.
4.  our floors are in.  hallelujah!  i have crossed over from screaming, ‘leave your shoes ON!!!!’ to nagging, ‘take your shoes OFF!!!!’  my dear, confused children…
  
5.  my incredibly generous and talented designer-friend brought over a crate of goodies with which to help decorate our new spaces, complete with advice!  she is a gem.  love her.  wish she didn’t have to go home – ever!  i want to ask her silly things like, ‘which side of the sink should i place my toothbrush?’  ๐Ÿ™‚
6.  hubs turned another year older, and we’re still eating peanut butter ice cream cake.  i’m sick to my stomach as i type this…
7.  ava has informed me that her next sport of choice is ‘horsing.’  she’s a genius.  have you caught onto that?  ๐Ÿ™‚  the girl remembers that people ride horses for fun, and wants to learn to ‘horse.’  she’s one cool bean.
8.  isla’s still a rock star with the potty, and as of tomorrow night, b/c i forgot once again tonight, she’ll be back to sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’. *round 2* coming of planking on mama in the middle of the night???  :/  (see list item #3)  love her.
9.  i have officially become a ‘survivor’ watcher.  yes, i’ve managed to live without that show for…what?  like a truckload of seasons?  yep.  this time, i’m in.  and, of course, blood will prove thicker than water!
10.  and…we’re closer to launching the ‘klover house shop’!  woo hoo!  if you’ve been following us on facebook, then you’ve already seen two of our six designs, meticulously drafted and crafted by the gifted chelsea of chelsea made.  {find her facebook page here
stop back here (klover house) tomorrow (friday) for more details and for a special offer from chelsea made for klover house friends!  i’m so excited for this opportunity.  this has been a lot of work, but dreams are worth it.  so happy to have you all cheering us on and watching things unfold from the very beginning.
so…yep.  that about sums up some recent events.  oh yeah, and did you see that jen hatmaker is coming to your living room soon via hgtv?  yep.  pretty good stuff right there, folks.  just thought i’d throw that in here…  
life.is.good.
even when it’s a messy-crib-hopping-potty-training-lots-on-my-plate-baby-can’t-hang-out-on-the-bed-anymore-what’s-a-shower???…kind of life.
see you back here tomorrow!

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saturday pin-it party!

it’s saturday again!  can you believe it?  have you had a breeze of a week or has it been slower than you would have liked?  i feel like our week has been a weird combo.  packing / prepping for a move with three babes will do that, i guess.  

well, grab a cup of coffee and have a seat!  welcome back to our weekly ‘pin-it’ party! are you ready to link-up some of your best pins, as well as find some new gems? there are so many great pins here week after week!

our featured pin from last week’s party is ’10 reasons i love breastfeeding’ from many waters.

 

there were sooo many good pins last week.  i will personally be revisting them frequently – lots of pretty diy projects posted!  also…blogging on a budget?  yes please!  seriously, i bet a lot of people would never realize how much money is actually invested into a blog.  i’m just now treading those waters, and let me tell you, it can be pricey!  i love it, though.  where there’s a will, there is a way, right?  (and i believe that writing is God’s will for me, so i know there’s a way!  amen!)

once again, here are the very simple rules:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please remember to follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

My Photo

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‘pin-it’ party and a ‘saint arbucks’ giveaway! ;)

welcome back to our weekend ‘pin-it’ party! are you ready to link-up some of your best pins, as well as find some new favorites?! every week, i look forward to perusing all of these fantastic links left by some pretty talented, inspiring, and creative people!

our featured pin from last week’s party is from heather of craft cravings! homemade gummies! my girls would love these! plus, the process is so easy, you could easily use this recipe as something fun to make with them! my kiddos would have fun and feel so accomplished! i simply must try it with them soon! thank you, heather!

another pin that especially caught my eye was this one from charindie of couches & cupcakes…free chalkboard style printables! three words for ya: 1) hope, 2) chalkboard, 3) free. love these! i can’t wait until we move in a week and the printer is set up again! i will certainly be printing these for our playroom / homeschool space. thank you bunches, charindie!

ok, now on to this week’s party…don’t forget to fill out the rafflecopter form below as well! $10 gift card to starbucks, thanks to our dear friend, paula, of beauty through imperfection! thank you, paula!

ok, here are the very simple rules:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

2. pin our “pin-it party” picture. (this one)

3. add as many of your great pins as you want! we can’t wait to see them! remember to get your pins from pinterest & not from your blog page. it will make us easier to re-pin a pin instead of a post.

4. hop around and re-pin other pins from this page- lets share each others great ideas and make all of our lives run just a little bit smoother.

5. adding your link gives us permission to use an image from the pin (or post connected to the pin) to feature on next week’s pin-it party. because of this we ask that you only link up images from your own site, and images that you have taken, created or have legal rights to.

thanks!!!! REMEMBER: when it asks for your NAME, you can put your PIN NAME or your BLOG NAME. it will be how we determine what your pin is about when we all read it.

without delaying it any longer…here you go!

please remember to follow these co-hosts & see their helpful pins!

paula from beauty through imperfection
Beauty Through Imperfection

becky from your modern family

Becky M

gabrielle from MamaGab
MamaGab

whitney from beauty in the mess
Beauty in the Mess

danielle from snippets of inspiration

Snippets of Inspiration

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jessica from smartter each day
ty and me


me! kristi from klover house

My Photo

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