Jan 31, 2012

the open road.

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This is post is being brought to you from Michigan. I’m currently sitting in my mom’s living room watching the kids play with their uncles matchbox cars. Home Sweet Home. Sipping coffee, watching the snow glisten in the sunlight. Listening to little giggles. (I lied about the snow, there is  none, which is why I am overcompensating with photography off Etsy).
I’m going on a few hours of sleep. We drove through the night. Side note: I wanted to leave today. And while we’re on the subject of side notes and driving. I mentioned several times I wanted to leave this morning, reason being that my eyes SUCK at night, I have light-sensitive eyes and all those headlights make me miserable. On top of that, I get really bad migraines once the sun sets. Of course Craig said that he’d drive, and  I had nothing to worry about. An hour into our trip, he’s pulling over to rest. As soon as the car stopped, Stone started waking up, fussing. So, guess who drove the rest of the way. I’m not sure why  my advice is never taken, but I’m always right.

































I’ve made this trip a million times. Pretty much every other weekend in my late teens early twenties. I loved the drive. When I got behind the wheel last night, I couldn’t remember why I loved driving to and from TN so much then. It took me until we crossed the Michigan state line, but I remembered. There isn’t much to do when driving by yourself, or with everyone sleeping, just time to think. 9 hours of just you, your thoughts and the open road.

































I thought about life, decisions, upcoming events, my shop and this blog. What I found was clarification. Much needed clarification. Once I crossed the line into Michigan, thoughts turned to dreams, ideas and inspiration. I’ve been really struggling lately with how I offer sponsorship on this blog, I’ve even played with the idea of ending sponsorship all together, because I havn’t found a way that I feel comfortable with. But I finally have a solution, Sponsorship will be changing over the next few months, the way shops/blogs are introduced and giveaways are handled will be totally new, and not like most blogs you see. This will not effect those who have already purchased sponsorship, and if you would like to be showcased the way other sponsors are now, you might want to email me about reserving a spot soon, because once the sponsorship page is updated, there’s no going back.



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I’ve been lacking on my confession posts. I started to feel pressured, which made me retreat. BUT I’m dying to get back into them, share some of myself with you, again. There are a lot of things I have not blogged about, things from my past that have molded me and shaped me into the person I am today. Things I am ashamed of and some things I have never said out loud. So be patient with me while I work up the courage to let you in on a darker side of me. We all have a past; we all have a darker side. While I may not be proud of my decisions, I am proud of the woman I have become. The decisions of my past has brought me into my present. For that I am thankful.



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winter storm rolling in over lake superior via: LJSladekPhotography

And in case you’re wondering, you can still order cards for Valentines Day! I built up all my stock before heading to the mitten, it’s all packed with me, so your orders will still being processed while I’m here. =)


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I swear, I’ve fallen in love with the beauty of Michigan all over again. Going through Etsy and searching for “Michigan Photography” and “Detroit Photography” had me swooning. Home. Sweet. Home.
# kristanlynn
xoxo  

This post was sponsored by Polkadot Pretties, so be sure to check her out.

Jan 29, 2012

spring cleaning.

I can’t do it. All morning, I’ve walked into Adelyn’s room, garbage bag in hand… look around and that’s it. My chest starts to feel heavy and my body gets tingly, so I walk out.

The plan is to clean out all the toys. All the things that are no longer played with. We need to make room. Since my sister took over Stone’s room, his crib is in ours, but all of his toys are in with Adelyn. It’s a disaster zone.

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I don’t know why it’s so hard, I know they won’t miss the toys. Each toy represents something, either a gift, hand-me-downs or special big sister presents. Things she hasn’t played with in months. Infant toys he hasn’t touched ever.

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Saying good bye to babyhood. It’s hard.

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flower clip: c/o Treena Bean

I don’t know what to do with the toys. I’ve always just dropped off clothes and other things at Goodwill. Which I think is great. But Goodwill charges for people to buy these things. I want these toys to go to a family in need, a family that can’t afford to even shop at Goodwill, because lets be honest… there are families worse off than us, and some things at Goodwill are too overpriced for me.

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February is going to be a month of organizing. Spring cleaning a tad early. Out with the old, in with the clean and organized. I’m at peace when everything has a place, and lately, nothing has a place. There is just too much stuff in this house, I look around, and it looks a mess… even though it was just cleaned. Every closet in this house is filled and over flowing, our attic might cave in on us.

So with our tax money this year, after paying ahead our bills, I will be scouring every thrift store searching for storage solutions, I have a million ideas thanks to Pinterest, it’s just finding the right pieces for the right price.

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In the mean time, tell me, how do you keep your house organized? What storage options have worked best for your house. What about the kids rooms?

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, or week, as I’m not sure when you’re reading this.

# kristanlynn
xoxo   

Jan 26, 2012

one shirt, two looks | day and night | what I wore

 

thinkinSweater: c/o sisters closet | Shirt: PacSun | Tank: Rue21 | Leggings: Target | Boots: MukLuks | Glasses: WalMart

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Night outfit: Skirt: (tube dress) WetSeal | Belt: F21

From playing with the kids to date night in 5 mins.  I love the simplicity, combing a flowy top with comfy pants during the day, then throwing on a fun skirt for the evening to liven things up. If you stopped by my house any day of the week, you’d probably see me in outfit #1. I am most definitely not strutting around the house all dressed up every day of my life, just so we’re clear. I think it’s important to get out of your routine sometimes though, to put on something pretty and feel girly. Especially when you’re a SAHM, life can become a bit routine, you shouldn’t lose yourself to sweat pants.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 23, 2012

Warm Fuzzies DIY | a guest post

Hey there adelynSTONE readers! I'm excited as ants on a cracker to introduce ourselves here today.

Today Janae is sharing with you a family favorite.
Today, I am introducing one of my life savers to you. A homemade warm fuzzy. Just a bundle of microwavable warmth that puts a smile on my face. Whenever I don't feel so swell or I'm just cold at night, this thing works miracles! I have a million and one in my room. It's seriously one of my most treasured things I've ever made in my life. hahaha

What's neat about it, is that you can personalize it! Get some fabric and draw any shape you want!
Cut out a front and back that match up. Put them together so that the back side of the fabric faces out and sew around it. DON'T forget to leave a small hole.
Turn it inside out...
Fill it up with rice, wheat, beans, barley, oatmeal...whatever you prefer or have on hand. You can also make it have a pleasant aroma by adding peppermint oil, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, lavender...again, whatever you prefer.
Sew up the hole, stick it in the microwave for a minute or two, and there you have an easy made miracle worker. Your own warm fuzzy!
Jamie and I made the heart as a Valentine warm fuzzy. My personal favorite and most used one is Pearl, my whale that I created. The square one is Julianna's that is filled with wheat and peppermint oil. Genius.
Stop by our blog and say hi! Or you can visit us on our Facebook Page!
Thanks for having us on your fabulous blog today Kristan!!!

The pleasure was all mine Janae!
xoxo

Jan 22, 2012

trichotillomania | a guest post

Hiya ladies and gents!
It's me again, Annelise, from Aunie Sauce.
 
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When I first came in contact with Kristan, she asked me this basic question,
"What made you start blogging?"

Oh wow... such a simple question. But I did not give her a simple answer. I replied back,
"Honestly, I began because I have trichotillomania. I blog about it here. It's the disorder of pulling out your hair... I pull my eyelashes (which used to be my best feature) and my eyebrows.
After beginning that blog, I added a nail blog, then a 365-day hair project blog, and now I'm blogging for fun on Aunie Sauce as well. It takes a lot of time but I really love it. I just like to put stuff out there and write."

In that small reply back to her, I told her one of my deepest and darkest secrets.
That I have trichotillomania.
Most people don't know what it is.
Surprisingly, Kristan did.

She replied right back and asked me to guest post about it.
It was probably that moment that I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

See, talking about your biggest insecurity, secret and downfall is not something that most people like to do.
It's not a comfortable topic.
But for me, I knew I had to.
It just felt right.

So... about trich (trick).
It's the disorder of pulling out your hair.
Most people pull their scalp hair,
whereas I focus on my eyelashes and eyebrows.
At one point in time about 2 years ago, I didn't have a single eyelash or eyebrow.
You're probably thinking, "Ouch! Doesn't that hurt?"
The answer? NOPE.
Not in the slightest.
In fact, it feels really good.
Pulling releases endorphins, such as serotonin, that make people happy.
So unfortunately, it's horrible because it makes me look ugly, and it feels really, really good.

A few years ago, I was really struggling.
I was depressed. Lonely. So down on life.
And then I began blogging.
I told myself that even if not a single person read my blog,
I needed to put my issues out there for the world to see so I could hold myself accountable.

And now? Now I have readers from all over the world who suffer from trich.
I get emails from Madagascar, China, and the U.S. of A.
So many emails.
People reaching out to say, "Thank you. Thank you for blogging. Thank you for putting your struggles and triumphs out there. Thank you for helping me realize I'm not alone."

See, more likely than not, you know someone with trichotillomania.
And they probably don't even realize they have it.
It is a disorder that can overtake, and destroy, your life.

I've seen counselors. Been on medication. Gone to hypnotherapists... and now I'm currently going to acupuncture.
Slowly I'm beginning to realize that the only way I can stop the pulling, the urges, and my depression is within myself.
ME.

Recently, I have begun embracing my trich.
I am constantly thinking of new methods to help stop my pulling.
I've also learned that overcoming trich comes with learning a lot about yourself.
Bravery, courage, humility, integrity and pride.
Each of those qualities is ESSENTIAL to moving forward in life, and progressing above and beyond this disorder.
If I can do it, the person who you may know can do it, too.

Anyway... I thought I'd share just a bit of what goes on behind the scenes @ Aunie Sauce.
I learn new things every day, and I hope this post gave you a little insight into something new, as well.
If you know anyone who pulls their hair, obsesses about their eyelashes, or who even could use some help, send them my way. I can also be reached anytime at my email here.

Kristan-
Thanks again for letting me overhaul your blog for the day.
I hope I am able to touch at least one person with this story of mine.
Because it's a big one. A true one. And one that needs to be shared.

 

You are very welcome Aunie! I am honored to shed some light on this topic!! So THANK YOU for sharing.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done the confession link up. So here it goes, again. Do you have a confession, big or small… link it up below.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 19, 2012

possible.

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my thoughts are possible.
my hopes are possible.
my dreams are possible.

I am possible.

if there is a will, there certainly is a way.
i promise. maybe not the way you intend, but there is.
it is possible.

stay positive, friends.

# kristanlynn
xoxo
  

cobalt and mustard | what I wore

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Shirt: PacSun | Skirt: Hollister | Tights: PacSun | Belt: F21 | Boots: c/o sister’s closet

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Want to know how I got this look? Well, for starters, totally scored that top for $1.80, on sale and then 70% off (same with the tights!!). The shirt isn’t really my style, super wide and cropped… it engulfed me! But I loved the color and stripes! The skirt is actually a knee length skirt.

What to do with a cropped shirt and knee length skirt? Pull them together and secure with a belt! Add bright tights and fun boots.

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What do you think? The look, the colors? Would you rock it?

# kristanlynn
xoxo 

BTW, looking to spruce up your wardrobe with a few new pieces?  If you havn’t been to the mall… go, today! Crazy deals and steals in every store, they’re trying to clear out the winter stock.

 

Linking up with the Pleated Poppy and the Letter 4

Jan 16, 2012

hanging pictures

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Twine + Mini Clothespins = easy and interchangeable photo display.

I hung this birthday banner last month, then made the another one that said Merry Christmas. I liked the way it filled the corner, added a bit of fun to the room, but I was kind of over the bunting banner for now. When it was time to take down all of the Christmas decorations, I was left to brainstorm a way to re-incorporate the corner into our home. Insert above photo. LOVE.

Easily change out old photo’s for new ones. Add another line of twine for extra photo’s. ETC. I didn’t even print them on photo paper, just plain ole cardstock… okok… premium cardstock.

Here’s a new favorite just added:

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Everyone wants me to get his hair cut. NO WAY! I’m totally diggin’ the shaggy look. HAH. He’s such a HAM! and is FINALLY walking… like actual walking. And learning new sounds. He’s a lover, oh man is he a lover. Knows the way to his Momma’s heart, and has me wrapped around his chubby fingers.

Tomorrow is our last day with my parents. Once again, I have yet to take a picture! I am determined to make up for that tomorrow, and add some new favorite photo’s to my new photo corner.

Is it weird that I have pictures hanging from twine, and empty frames on the wall over?? A frame wall and a photo corner. Please tell me you get it. That I am not alone. hah.

Note: my blogging schedule is all outta whack! But hey, I’m going with it baby. One day you might think you’re gonna get a fabulous outfit.. but you might just get a DIY. Be patient with me, and kind.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Rant: I’m thinking about putting a disclaimer in my header. Something that reads a little like this:
Oh, hello. You don’t like blogs with bad grammar, dry sarcasm, over edited photo’s or mis-spelled words?? UH OH!! Read at your own risk.

Jan 15, 2012

Valentines Décor | inspiration

So, We have been busy, painting, cutting, punching out hearts and coloring, all in preparation of Valentines Day. The only problem is that I have yet to hang them all up… so I thought I would share with you where I found my inspiration.

NOTE: Most of these links lead to DIY/Tutorials for the image. Other’s are just inspiration pictures that I seen and tried my hand at duplicating.

Valentines Day fabric banner

via: a beautiful mess

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via little birdie secrets

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via grace and light

pretty hearts

via srm stickers

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via the idea room

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via eighteen25

hearts banner

via pinterest

coiled hearts

via pinterest

 

So cute right!? I can’t wait to finally get the time to hang every thing up!!
But thanks to all of you lovelies, I’ve been busy with Valentines orders from the greeting card shop.

Plus my parents are in town, with an addition of one of the sister’s friends. We have a house full!!! 6 adults and 3 kids… save me?? Just kidding. I’m a happy girl right now, family makes everything perfect!

Happy crafting!
Oh, and incase you didn’t notice a theme… I’m currently obsessed with putting everything on a piece of string. LOL. Banners are taking over my life.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 12, 2012

life is full of rainbows and happiness.

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via Pinterest

I love this quote! It’s so fitting these days. It seems that it’s been raining a lot lately. GAH!

Today I seen this in action. The sadness.. the tears, and then the rainbow at the end, the happiness exuding from her.

I took Adelyn to check out her new pre-school. I was an emotional, sobbing mess trying to sleep last night. She, on the other hand, was very excited. When we got there, the owners greeted us like we’ve been friends for years. Seriously.. not missing a beat. When we walked into the pre-school room, Adelyn’s eyes got real big, she looked at me and said “oh Mom, FRIENDS!” haha. Then got down and ran to play with her new friends, like the big girl she is. Not even caring when I told her I was going to go look around while she stayed. The owners and I decided to let her stay for a few hours through lunchtime to see how she did. She did great. My little, big, girl is all grown up. When I arrived to pick her up, the look on her face was priceless, so happy to see me, so excited to tell me about her new friends. She can not wait to go back.

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I’m sad, but oh so happy. She loved it, she needed it. She needs it. The interaction, structure, the learning alongside her peers, she drinks it in.

Bittersweet.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 8, 2012

happiness brought to you by glasses and babes

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I’m a bit addicted to these glasses. Especially on little faces.
I want to blow these pictures up as big as I can and hang them every where!
I can’t help but smile every time I glance at those pictures. Something about oversized glasses and small chubby cheeks. OH MY!

Stone’s addicted to them too. He loves wearing them, and actually kind of starts to throw a tantrum when you try to take them away. The last few days have been busy. Adelyn turned three on Friday. THREE! And Stone decided that he wants nothing to do with nursing. Literally, one day he’s nursing 5-6 times and then next day he will not nurse. (insert crying, lonely, unneeded momma here).

On a happier note, I’d like to share a status from a friends Facebook that really got me thinking:

My yoga teacher-"if you can't reach your foot, it's not a problem unless you make it a problem... So just so we're clear, it's a made up problem." Ahhh, I love the yogi state of mind!

Isn’t that the truth. I mean…. such a simple way of thinking and living. Happy. Peaceful. So many things in our lives are made up problems.

The first week of 2012 in Instagrams:

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Instagram: @kristanlynn

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 7, 2012

bump it with no “bump it” | hair volume tutorial

OK. So I get a tone of emails asking about my hair. Actually…  even random people ask me how I do it all the time. My sister does her hair the same way, and is also ALWAYS complimented on her hair and asked how she does it, so here ya go. (you are welcome)
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NOTE: I am NO hairdresser. hah. This is simply me sharing my hair routine.
I have super fine hair. Baby fine.And it has NO natural volume to it whatsoever. If I just blow dry it… it’s stick straight and flat to my head. I know that my hair looks thicker but it’s just all the teasing (ratting) I do to my roots.  So here is how I get my volume.
FYI: I don’t use any product in my hair prior to blow drying. Just shampoo and conditioner and it’s then it’s blown dry upside down.
*** NOTE: I use hairspray in step 2. Hairspray IS a product.... Hope that clears up some confusion..... this was never intended to be a way to style hair without product.... 

There are 3 steps to the tease.
Step 1- Tease… I mean really tease… like RAT THAT SHIT. hah. Take your layer, put the comb at your root, and tease atleast 5 times, move the comb up a little bit, and do the same thing. You want about 3-4 inches teased, depending on your length. This is a crucial step, if you’re not teasing right, it won’t stay. (the Sister read through this to make sure I didn’t leave out anything and she made me put an extra emphasis on the teasing… see.. it’s important!)
Step 2. Spray a bit of hairspray onto your tease.
Step 3-  Shoot it with the blow dryer to dry the hairspray.
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I start with the crown, usually do 3-4 layers. Then move onto the front 3-4 layers. After I’m done… it looks a bit crazy. Totally ok. Grab your trusty flat iron and smooth everything, root to end (making sure to pull straight up at the root for added lift).
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That’s pretty much it. Once every thing is smoothed out play with the pieces, you may have to go back in and tease a few random stubborn layers. Spray your whole head with hairspray. You’re done.
Whether it’s being worn down, being curled or put in a pony… my hair is always styled this way first.
I’ve tried so many volumizing products and they all tend to make my hair look and feel gross, plus they weigh my hair down like whoa. I love Big Sexy Hair products, but since $20 hairspray isn’t in my budget right now, Tresemme is the best cheap hairspray for this job.
You can see more pictures of my hair in my what I wore posts.


# kristanlynn
xoxo  


** for those that have inquired, my handmade dolls are available @ stitchedvintage.com

Jan 6, 2012

DIY Stain Remover.

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See that stain on the left. Well… our floor is COVERED in those little spots. Sippy cups are not leak proof, and they are every where. Combine that with Craig walking through with his shoes on and you’ve got a juice/mud stain that really isn’t all that easy to get out.

A few weeks ago, I cleaned the carpet, like hands and knees scrubbed it two days in a row. It looked GREAT, but cost $30 for the cleaner and only lasted a few days with the kids. (Not to mention that $30 of cleaner barely covered our tiny living room). The other day a friend told me about vinegar and dish soap as a carpet cleaner, so I figured I’d try it. OMG. It worked better than any other carpet cleaner I’ve ever used.

Ingredients:

    • 1 C hot water
    • 1/2 TBSP White Vinegar
    • 1/2 TBSP Clear Dishsoap.
    • Bowl and Washcloth

Combine the ingredients into a bowl. Dip a wash rag into it and blot the stain. That’s it… just blot it a few times and watch it disappear!
There is a slight vinegar smell.. but after an hour it wasn’t even noticeable.

Am I the only one that didn’t know about this magical concontion?? No way, how the heck is Resolve still in business?!

Happy cleaning.

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Jan 5, 2012

thinking

 

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via: pinterest

Sometimes we think too much. Sometimes, thinking keeps our dreams from coming true.

Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, baby.

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via: pinterest

May 2012 be the year all your dream come true. Stop over-analyzing. You can do anything… I promise.

# kristanlynn
xoxo