saturday pin-it party and a first-world-problem…

well, it’s saturday once again, folks!

i have an announcement…i broke the computer!!!! πŸ™ so…i take a full glass of ice water to bed with me each night with the intention of sipping through the night (nursing mom here), and on sunday night, i didn’t take even one sip! long story short, one of my sweet babies tipped the whole thing over the next morning, and it drenched my mac! first the lights went out…came back on after hair dryer and rice…then the last row of keys quit working, and finally, it shut down all together. so, i’m typing this frantically on hubby’s work computer, b/c he has very strict rules when it comes to his work computer. boo. so, unfortunately, i don’t have time for fun features from last week! πŸ™ so lame, i know! but, please enjoy this week’s party, and i’ll be sure to make up for it next week! in the meantime…we have a really busy day ahead…birthday party….packing…packing…and more packing! happy weekend, everyone! much love…

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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weekend pin-it party #5!

welcome back to another linky party!  i am loving these!  so many good things to see!
speaking of, here are a few pin-worthy posts that jumped out at me from last week.
um, hello!  do i even have to explain why i love this so much?  (pssst.  scroll up.)  πŸ™‚  
my love for my ‘love’ anthro mugs is ever-present on da blog.
great job, girlwifemom! this centerpiece is so perfectly lovely!
another favorite of mine, would be the 
i am always up for a glass and i’ve never quite figured out that perfect mix!  
well, here you go!  enjoy!

and, although, i looked at nearly every pin, and they were all great, 
(and i confess i broke one of the ‘rules for mom at the park” and thought of this post), 
i have to give a shout-out to life with the crust off for being a big help in the kitchen!  
i adapted her recipe for chicken fajita quesadillas, based on what we had handy, 
and it was sooo tasty, that i made quesadillas TWICE this week!  
and my hubs was happy about it!  yep.  thank you so much for the inspiration!

ok, now that i’m both thirsty and hungry & longing to sit at that pretty little table for a snack…
back to this week’s link party!  link away, ppl!  and once again, thank you so much 
for coming by and linking up your best finds!  πŸ™‚  
this mama is very grateful for all of these new little treasures.  
i hope you find inspiration here as well!

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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pin-it party #3!

hello and welcome back to our weekend pinterest party! i’m co-hosting again with these lovely ladies, so thanks so much for stopping by and joining in!

the pins that you add here will be seen on ALL of the following blogs!!! you are going to find a LOT of inspiration here!

all that you need to do is to share your favorite pins for everyone to see! i’m looking forward to visiting you on pinterest, where we can share our ideas.

last weeks pins were awesome.  seriously.  i think you should go back and check them out again if you have a chance.  sooo many good pins linking to great posts…recipes…mom-talk…sewing tips…diy projects.  good stuff!  i’m sure this week’s will be just as good, so thank you in advance!

i LOVE jessica’s trader joe’s shopping list.  that’s being pinned for sure, b/c i love trader joe’s, but i have to shop so quickly (remember this story?), that it’s nice to have this as a guide before i go!

i also want to try this chocolate black bean cake recipe.  i personally have no probably with beans – i love them!  but, my little family isn’t as fond of them.  they are fond of chocolate cake, though!  *sneaky* *sneaky*

i hope that you can find the inspiration that you need right here too! enjoy!

the rules for linkers are:

1. follow each of 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.

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!

here are the links for our creative and fun co-hosts:

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

don’t forget to stop by this post to check out the summer series!  
our incredible GIVEAWAY ends tomorrow, so don’t delay!

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weekend pinterest party!

hi! welcome to our weekend pinterest party! this is my first time co-hosting with these lovely ladies, so thanks so much for stopping by and joining in!

the pins that you add here will be seen on ALL of the following blogs!!! you are going to find a LOT of inspiration here!

all that you need to do is to share your favorite pins for everyone to see! i’m looking forward to visiting you on pinterest, where we can share our ideas. i am finding pinterest to be SO helpful with life these days. you have to wonder what we ever did without it! (well, i know what i did – i had every edition of martha stewart living from 2000 to 2011 & domino magazines piled high in a corner ‘just.in.case.’ you? sweet liberation from paper-hoarding!)

i hope that you can find the inspiration that you need right here! enjoy!

 

the rules for linkers are:

1. follow all the co-hosts on pinterest

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

Pin It Link Party

 

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 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
kathrynann from singing through the rain
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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

our new name, folks.

‘klover house’

after tossing a few options around, getting feedback from family, friends and fellow bloggers, i’ve decided this is it. ‘klover’ like clover.

this name isn’t new to me at all, though. let me give you the backstory.
it’s made up of three components:

the clover, my marriage, and a dream


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for as long as i can remember, i have had a knack for finding four-leaf clovers. it comes pretty easily to me (my mom is like this too). i don’t know what it is, b/c it’s certainly not “lucky.” right, mom? haha i’d like to think our perfectionist/ocd-ish ways are drawn to the clover that stands out. who knows, but we find them all of the time. it was a good thing i played infield positions back in my glory days on the softball field, b/c, on the rare occasion that i found myself playing left field, i would battle the constant temptation to stare at the grass!

so, i’ve always been drawn to the clover.

then came my relationship with my hubby…

those of you that know us personally, know him and his name. i don’t use his name on here in order to better respect our privacy as a family, and his privacy as a professional.
this blog is from my mouth alone (for the most part), so i know he appreciates that i don’t exploit him or his voice in any way.

that said…the name (and its *misspelling*) comes from our names and their initials. i am “kl” and he is “er”. as i was playing around one day when we were dating, doodling our names in a notebook, like young sweethearts are known to do…(being “twitter-pated”, as thumper would put it, is no respecter of age or person, apparently :)), i realized that when i wrote my initials followed by his, that the word “love” fit between them. i had an “ah-ha!” moment. love. it was everything between us. love holds us together. God is love. God holds us together. He is the glue that binds us and keeps that love genuine, unforced, and renewed daily. it’s everything. all we are. all we have. our marriage and our home are built upon it. our children, born of it. it’s everything, and the older i get, the more that becomes evident to me.

now, the dream.

back before the “klover” revelation, but post deciding to go to school to become a teacher, i had a dream heavily placed on my heart. a business-related dream. an ambition far bigger than me or my abilities. i have no means of attaining my dream. i have no formal training, but the passion is so strong, and the dream never fades away, so i believe that it is a God-thing. if it’s bigger than me, and i have no way of grabbing ahold of it, then it must be the Lord’s, and only He will be able to set a path out for me to get there. with Him, anything is possible. even the impossible. (matthew 19:26 & philippians 4:13) so, i am believing Him for this dream. someday. someway. and the name of the place will be “klover house”.

so that’s it, friends.

this blog has always been centered around my faith and my family.

welcome to our “house” born from “klover”. i hope you enjoy your visit.

xo,
kristi

**thanks in advance for patience while i transition all-things-technical to our new name.**

what’s in a name?

as you know, “ava & isla” is the name of the blog b/c those are the names of these adorable little faces that call me “mama.” i am so blessed.

eden grace is on her way. we’ve just crossed over into the third trimester…whoa!

i’m in a name-pickle! πŸ™‚ what shall i do with the blog title?

so, i am looking for your thoughts…

should it be…

“ava, isla, & eden” / “ava, isla, eden”

“ava, isla, & eden grace” / “ava, isla, eden grace”

or something totally different?

love,

“those three girls’ mama” πŸ˜‰

i smell a winner!

hello, friends!

we have a winner of the scentsy giveaway! i know a few of you had mentioned you had yet to try it, so i will encourage you to do so. it’s a great product. the parties are loads of fun, & there are hundreds of scents (it seems) from which to choose!

here’s our process using random.org (b/c it’s FREE & leaves me out of the picking & choosing!)

first, i put your names in the list randomizer in order of comment. i hit a button & it randomizes your names. here are the results from that step:

List Randomizer

There were 6 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

Maureen
Courtney
Julie
Amanda
Danielle
Bethany
Timestamp: 2012-10-26 20:43:24 UTC

then…i enter the number of ppl & the sequence generator provides for me a list of those numbers in random order. the first number listed is our winner.

Random Sequence Generator

Here is your sequence:

6
5
1
3
4
2
Timestamp: 2012-10-26 20:44:49 UTC

so…here is our winner – number 6! bethany!

congrats, bethany! i’ll be in touch with you tonight to get your choices. thank you all so much for participating. there will be more loveliness to come! keep checking in with us.

xo,
kristi

oh & i almost forgot…i was born at 1:21 AM. πŸ™‚ thanks again for joining in the fun & sharing your special stories with us! i really look forward to the next time!! happy weekend, everyone!

giveaway days are here again!

whew – it feels like it’s been forever!

well, tomorrow is my birthday…
(channeling a little rapunzel, since we just watched tangled for the 12,000th time this morning…), annnnddd i would like to give someone special one of my favorite things!

that said…

it’s a scentsy giveaway!
happy birthday to you! happy birthday to yoooou!
i hope that makes you smile!

so…the winner will have two plug-ins to choose from & a scentsy bar of your choice from the new fall/winter line found {here}, or the holiday scents found {here}. use this as your opportunity to try something new at no cost to you! i tried to choose for you, but the scents all sound way too enticing – so you get the task of picking! πŸ™‚

the plug-ins to choose from this time around are also both new…

silvervine

silvervine recalls the days of hand-forged
metalwork, featuring an ornate, botanical
motif on a subtle pattern of tiny beads.

pinon

two embossed cones nestle amid a cluster of
pine needles on piΓ±on’s woody brown surface.

okay…b/c i love you & you have exquisite taste…i’m adding two more choices!

scentsy’s warmers of the month for october & november…

tom

a full-feathered tom turkey glows from within when lit, while distressed edges give a lovingly worn look to its classic detailing.


holiday lights

a homey warmer spangled with old-fashioned Christmas bulbs. each light glows from within when the warmer is lit, contrasting with the deep-red finish.


i will ask you for your selections in an e-mail if you are our winner!

you can view these two products close-up, as well as all of the products available by downloading the pdf catalog {here}.

so here’s the dealio…
to enter, kindly leave a comment below meeting these simple requirements…

1 – leave a comment below telling us about your most memorable birthday celebration, along with your favorite scentsy scent – if you have one…

2 – please take a moment to “like” the ava & isla facebook page by clicking on the “facebook” tab in the right side bar, & if you already “like” us, then just say so! πŸ™‚

3 – please, please remember to leave your name. check out the additional comments below regarding e-mail addresses. thank you.

4 – optional: “share” to fb, twitter, pinterest or your own blog…

5 – just for kicks…if you can guess the exact time that i was born (must include AM or PM), you will be the bonus winner of a $10 starbucks card! yes! another one of my favorite things! πŸ™‚ that’s fun, huh?! ps. – no asking family members allowed.

important…

* entrants must be 18 yrs of age or over, have a valid e-mail address
(please include your e-mail in a separate comment. in order to respect your privacy those comments will not be published.)
* entrants must also live within the continental united states for delivery purposes
(sorry, no p.o. boxes).
* giveaway will start at 2:00pm est wednesday, october 24th, 2012 & end at 11:59pm est thursday, october 25th, 2012.
* all comments will require approval prior to being published, so keep it kind.
* only one entry per person.
* winner chosen via a random process (random.org) & announced on friday october 26th.
* winner will be announced on ava-n-isla.blogspot.com, fb & twitter & will have 24hrs to acknowledge the announcement.
* in the event that the winner no longer can or wants to accept the prize, a new winner will be chosen at random & announced at a later date (i’ll keep you in the know!).

** scentsy & starbucks are not the responsible parties for this giveaway & are not promoting their products via {ava&isla}.

end-of-day giveaway!!!

i promised you a giveaway today & it’s still today, right?

so here it be! (i said that like a pirate btw)

some “tweet” things! πŸ™‚

a brand spankin’ new “all-in-one organizer tote” in “lil’ blossom” from thirty one.

{details & specs can be found here}

two, new, adorable products from the talents of la bambina couture. these items are handmade with skill & care & include one sunshine yellow crochet headband & one sweet felt bird hair clip. so cute!

disclosure statement: the child shown πŸ˜‰ was bribed with m&ms & fruit snacks to model these gorgeous little pieces for you. no sticky fingers were permitted on said items, nor is she for hire.

i hope you like them!

ok…so here’s the scoop…

to enter, kindly leave a comment below meeting these simple requirements…

1 – leave a comment below telling us what your perfect summer day would entail…picnicking, biking, hiking, taking the littles somewhere…you name it!

2 – please take a moment to “like” the ava & isla facebook page by clicking on the “facebook” tab in the right side bar.

3 – just like in school, please remember to leave your name. check out the additional comments below regarding e-mail addresses. thank you.

4 – optional: “share” to fb, twitter, pinterest or your own blog…

important…

* entrants must be 18 yrs of age or over, have a valid e-mail address (please include your e-mail in a separate comment. in order to respect your privacy those comments will not be published.)
* entrants must also live within the continental united states for delivery purposes (sorry, no p.o. boxes).
* giveaway will start at 11pm est tuesday, june 26th, 2012 & end at 9am est friday, june 29th, 2012.
* all comments will require approval prior to being published, so keep it kind.
* only one entry per person.
* winner chosen via a random process (random.org) & announced on friday, june 29th, 2012 at 11am est friday.
* winner will be announced on ava-n-isla.blogspot.com, fb & twitter. they have 24hrs to acknowledge the announcement.
* in the event that the winner no longer can or wants to accept the prize, a new winner will be chosen at random & announced at a later date (i’ll keep you in the know!).

** thirty one & la bambina couture are not the responsible parties for this giveaway & are not promoting this product via {ava&isla}.

thanks for entering!