1.21.2018

FARMHOUSE LIGHTING ON A BUDGET



Shopping for new lights for our house has been so exciting. Light fixtures aren't the easiest home purchases to shop for, but they make such a huge statement and really complete a room. I searched and searched for the best farmhouse light fixtures that had great reviews (I always recommend reading reviews and looking at the pictures so that you can see how they look in other peoples space-this really helps me decide!) and that were budget friendly. Some of these lights I knew I wanted before we even bought our house, so I was really anxious to pull the trigger on them and get them hung! 

Odie 8-Light Pendant: This is my favorite house purchase so far. I bought it right away when we closed on our house because I KNEW I had to have it for our dining room. It is so sleek and gorgeous and looks far more expensive than what it is! We love how it looks when we dim the lights in it too. 

Hankinson 5-Light Globe Pendant: We have this beauty hanging in our stairway, which is next to our family room. It's the perfect size (not too small) and we've gotten a ton of compliments on it!

Angelica 5-Light Chandelier: We got this one for our foyer and I adore it - however it's a little too small for our space (would be cute in a dining room though or a more narrow entryway) so I'm leaning towards getting THIS chandelier to replace it. 

Carmen 6-Light Foyer Pendant: This is hanging over our kitchen table. We are both obsessed with this light and are very pleased with how large it actually is. It's simple but stylish! And we love how well it pairs with the light in our dining room and how it has the clean lines. (other colors are available of this) 

1-Light Semi Flush Mount: Perfect for a laundry room (which is where we have ours) or a bathroom! 

If you like these type of posts, please let me know via the comments, email, or instagram and I will try to work on some more home posts! Happy Monday! :) 


1.18.2018

The Very Best Crockpot Recipes

Hi friends!

I'm so happy so many of you liked this idea and submitted your favorite crockpot recipes to me over on my instagram! (@katiewkrysh) I have a bunch of great recipes for you today that you can pin, save, share with your partner, etc. I did have a few others sent to me but some didn’t have measurements or they were repeats of the ones below, so I didn’t include them  This time of year is always difficult for me to have the motivation to cook (the warmer months are always so much easier!) so I think these will really help me (and hopefully you guys) meal plan better and give our family some new delicious meals to eat!

Here we go...


 




Spicy Ground Chicken:
-Ground Chicken
-1 cup chicken broth
-1 cup RAO sauce (or any pasta sauce)
-1/4 cup hot sauce
-1 cup chopped carrots
-1 cup chopped celery
-1/2 onion diced
-1 tbsp smoked paprika
-1 tbsp cumin
Salt/Pepper to taste
Mix together and cook on low for 4-5 hours

Italian Chicken:
-3 chicken breasts
-7-8 red potatoes 
-1 bag of baby carrots
-Italian dressing
Cook on low 5-6 hours 

Thank you guys again for participating! I'm starving now and can't wait to make these!

1.17.2018

9 HONEST TRUTHS

I started putting together another "currently" monthly update type of post, but then this idea dawned on me. 9 honest truths...I like it! And if you want to share an honest truth of yours below (or can relate to any of mine), I'd love to hear them.

1. January is the hardest month of the year for me. The holidays are over, the weather is way too cold, it's not yet February so you can't start mentally getting in the spring mindset or excited about a holiday, and I always just feel down and not like myself. Exercising really seems to help a little bit, though (more on that below.)

2. Preschool open registration for Camden gave me at least 10 gray hairs and stressed me out way too much. They take it pretty seriously at my top 2 choice programs and by seriously I mean people line up starting at 3:30 am for current families and 5:30am for new families. The good news is that he got into the class that was our top pick, so he will be going to the same church that me and Billy actually got married at, which I think is really cool and kinda special!


3. I have old lady knees. They are so bad that they crack loudly every single time I bend down, and bother me a lot when I do certain workout exercises like squats. Speaking of - I just started the BBG 12 week workout program. I like it because I can easily do the exercises during nap time at home and it's quick workouts.

4. I have "temporarily misplaced" something really, really important to me when we moved. I say misplaced because I'm trying to stay positive that it's not lost forever. It was one of those situations that the item meant so much to me that I decided to not put it in just a regular moving box, but somewhere that I THOUGHT would be safer, and therefore because I put it in a "unique" spot I can't find it anywhere. I feel really stupid for not remembering where I put it and have been really bummed about it. I've spent spent hours looking with no luck. I feel like I won't stop thinking about it until I find it, and it just really sucks.

5. I'm having the hardest time trying to pick out rugs for our family room and dining room. I'm mainly torn between going with a neutral rug or getting something with color? This is the one with pops of color that I really like. I'm so NOT good at bigger house decor purchases like this because I'm so indecisive (and hate returning things!)

6. I have a crush on Lip in the show Shameless.

7. I've sucked at cooking new recipes for like, oh the past year. I'm wanting to cook in the crock-pot more (mainly because I can prepare in the morning vs. scramble to put something together at the busiest time of our day) so I posted on my instastories about compiling crock-pot recipes that you guys submit to me. I have gotten SO MANY GOOD recipes sent to me and WILL have the post up sharing them tomorrow!

8. I attempted to apply shiplap wallpaper on a wall in our half bathroom and no - it definitely ended up in a giant wad on our dining room table after an hour. It was the biggest fail. Not every house project goes well or is "easy" like they appear on Pinterest. :)

9. The other day I told someone my wrong age. I blanked and FORGOT my own age?! Like, what? I swear to you my mind is mush some days. I think I need to take some vitamins that help with forgetfulness. Stat. 

Happy Wednesday! Don't forget to check back tomorrow to pin a bunch of yummy recipes and get some cooking inspiration!

1.10.2018

You Are Three! Happy Birthday Camden!


Dear Camden,

You are brave and strong. You are funny and silly. You are smart and learn quickly. You are confident and determined. You are outgoing and friendly. You make us laugh every hour of every day. You are a leader and a loving big brother. You will change the world one day. You are our pride and joy. Thank you for the greatest, most fun 3 years. Thank you for being you. Happy 3rd birthday my sweet boy! Today is all about you, we love you to the moon and back💗🎊🎈

Mommy, Daddy, Grayson, and Kona