So many of you know, if you follow me on instagram or youtube, that Andrew and I are expecting twins this December. I wanted to share with you all the details from our Gender Reveal Party that we had about a month ago. We had such a great time celebrating with our friends and family. If you are expecting a baby I would definitely recommend having a party like this because it gets everyone excited.
I bought these large chalkboards from Hobby Lobby and painted the frame white. Then I used chalk board markers to write everything. It was fun to see what everyone predicted our twins to be. *We know that the twins are identical which is why they can only be boy/boy or girl/girl.
For our drink set-up we had a mimosa bar, water, pink lemonade (with blueberries to make it pink and blue) along with iced tea. For the mimosa bar we used mango, pomegranate and orange juice.
These pitchers were my friends but I am pretty sure she got them from Costco.
I really wanted to have a chalk board with some wives tales that predicted what the gender would be. I just googled some popular ones and then circled which ever applied to me. (Not sure if these apply to twins!) For food we had fruit, veggies, artichoke dip, a cheese platter, meatballs and turkey wraps.
I had this cake made for me at a local bakery and I love how it turned out. The cake topper is from etsy along with the cupcake toppers.After we all mingled and ate, it was time for the reveal!! (A friend of mine put the boxes together for us. I gave her the results after a doctor’s appointment, and she was the only one who knew!)
I was so shocked. I really thought we’d have boys. But clearly what do I know?
Here is a video of the day, and you can see us opening the boxes!
Alrighty, so here are a few pictures of our kitchen half way through reno. This is all new cabinets, sink, faucet, microwave and oven. I’m currently in love with our sink. It’s by Kohler and I love how deep it is. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! I would highly recommend this sink and faucet. I put together a video so you can see the process of taking out the old cabinets and putting it the new ones. Up next is paint, hardware and backsplash! I can’t wait to show it to you once it’s all finished!
Hey guys! Long time no talk. This pregnancy has put me under the radar for quite some time it seems. The nausea has decided to stick around for longer than I had anticipated which puts things on hold a little longer! I wanted to share with you all a great offer Airbnb is having for San Diego residents this summer. I was excited to partner with Airbnb because I have been using their services for a few years now staying in places from Santa Barbara to Boston. It’s also been on my mind lately because Andrew and I want to do a Babymoon soon and are going to go through Airbnb again. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of it because you really get to experience your vacation in a more authentic way. I love feeling like a local and learning all the best places to go from my hosts.
If you are already an avid using of Airbnb, or even if you aren’t, I wanted to open you up to the idea of hosting one of your rooms or even a few rooms in your home. It’s a way to earn extra income and also meet people from all around the world. If you live within 25 miles of San Diego, they are offering a $200 cash bonus using this link http://airbnb.com/WithKendra and then you’ll need to create your first listing through that link as well.
So if you are looking to earn a little extra money to go on a trip yourself I think this is such a unique way to do it. Plus you can do it around your schedule.
Things to know:
-Airbnb hosts in San Diego can make up to $4,000 per month in the summer!*
-San Diego is a highly coveted vacation spot with a growing demand for hosts.
-If you have open rooms, you might as well make some money off of them!
-People use Airbnb to live like locals and get a different experience.
*Average monthly earnings from top 10% of active San Diego listings June to August 2015. Source Airbnb.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far! It seems to be flying by. This has been quite the warm summer too! Andrew and I have been taking full advantage of our pool…and the AC!
Hey everyone! So our kitchen is currently under construction and it’s madness. Our cabinets are fully installed which is awesome, but our water isn’t connected yet so we have been washing dishes outside which has been lovely. We had our countertop guy come out today to take measurements and everything. I’m in love with the counters we found. They are going to be quartz but the pattern looks so similar to marble I can’t believe it. The company is Arizona Tile and the style is New Carrara. The one I originally chose was way more expensive so I’m glad this guy suggested this brand instead. We were going to just go with pre-fab pieces, but the color selection was so limited. So we decided to spend a little more on fabrication to get the design we really wanted. We also still need to have our cabinets painted and have our faucet installed. Our sink and faucet are both by Kohler and I’m in love with both! I’ll link them for you if you want to see! (sink & facet)
I wanted to share some pictures that have given me inspiration. I can’t wait to share actual pictures of our kitchen with you soon!
I’m excited to share with you all that I am pregnant! My husband and I were so happy when we got a positive pregnancy test! The crazy thing is, at our first doctor’s appointment we found out there isn’t just one baby growing inside of me, but TWO! Now I have a million questions and concerns going through my head at all times of the day. So I wanted to share how I found out I was pregnant and also some of my symptoms. (They have changed drastically!)
Currently I am 9 weeks and 2 days, so I’m not out of my first trimester but it was getting so hard not to say anything. I know it’s a little risky spreading the news a little early but I also was feeling sheltered and on my own. The day I posted on Instagram, I got so many well wishes and great advice from you guys. I think it made me feel better knowing I’m not alone in this and having the support felt amazing.
I ended up taking two pregnancy tests on a Monday, and I wasn’t supposed to start my period until that Thursday. But I had been feeling a little different for a few days. I was very crampy and moody. I usually don’t get cramps until the day before or day off my period, so I knew it was a little odd. I ended up taking my first test (a cheap one from the dollar store) late in the day around 2:30, so I knew the chances of it being positive were low. Yet, two lines filled in right away. I honestly couldn’t believe it. So then, I used one of the more expensive digital tests to make sure. Three minutes later there was a big YES on the screen!
Symptoms weeks 1-4:
-very moody, emotional and easily irritated
-tired around 4
-starving all the time
Symptoms weeks 5-8:
-nauseous throughout the day, comes in waves (NO FUN)
-no food sounds good, but always hungry
-very tired most of day, bed around 9:00
I’m excited to share this journey with you guys and also learn from your experiences! Praying for a safe pregnancy and two healthy babies!
Hey guys! So we have officially started on our kitchen reno. It has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to get started. We have a pretty small kitchen so our main goal is to make it look larger and brighter. Currently we have white tile for our counters and our cabinets are an antique cream finish. Here a few pictures so you can see what we are working with.
So our first order of business is to rip out all the cabinets. Andrew started this afternoon and it was pretty entertaining. Follow me on snapchat to see! (@kendraatkins) We are having the uppers installed on Saturday and then will have the lower ones installed in a few weeks. Once those are in we will go look for our countertops. We wanted to make this a process so we weren’t spending a ton of money all at once.
Now let’s talk about what we want it to look like! So for our cabinets we are matching them to our breakfast nook style. We went with the inset style which looks more sleek and polished to me. (It is more expensive, but I think it’s worth it.) We’ll paint them Swiss Coffee, which is what all of our trim is throughout our house. Our current cabinets are pretty low, so we are raising them about a foot on the top side and then extending the gap between our counters and the upper cabinets by a few inches as well. Once of the biggest changes is our range hood. Right now we have our microwave above the stove (actually we already ripped that out!) but we are going to move it down to the left of the stove. Kind of where our current pantry door is. We bought a stove hood and are having it fitted with wood so it looks finished. I’ll put the picture we wanted it to look like below.
We also are cutting our pantry door in half and extending our counters all the way. That is one change I’m very excited about! I always need more counter space! As far as our backsplash goes, I’m thinking of doing an arabesque style tile. Here are some kitchens with it below.
I think it gives a nice cottage feel, it also is a little warmer than subway tile. Plus, I want to do our guest bath in subway tile, so I figured I should switch it up in the kitchen. We will also do a farm style sink and all our hardware will be in a chrome finish. For our countertops I want to go with quartz since it is more durable than marble, and also less expensive. (I want it to look like marble though!) Here are a few styles I like:
I’m so excited to share this whole process with you guys! Our home will be in disarray for a while but it will be totally worth it. If you have re-done your kitchen before leave me some tips in the comments!
Hey guys! I’m so excited to share this post with you. Our bedroom is practically complete now so I wanted to show you our ‘nook’ area. Before we had nothing here and I had envisioned something very calming and relaxing. I wanted it to be a sitting area, but also a place for a large mirror so I could get a good look at all my outfits! Mirrors also make spaces look much larger. Our bedroom is pretty monochromatic so I wanted a few pops of color, but nothing overwhelming. I went with this photo of Venice for some added color. Pillows are also an easy way to change up the look and feel of a room. I hope you all love it as much as I do! And a big thank you to Joss & Main and Minted for helping me bring my vision to life!
^^This chair is exactly what I wanted. It is big enough to lounge in, but doesn’t take up too much space. I love how the legs give it a formal feel, yet the back cushion keeps it casual.
^^This picture is so dreamy. I could stare at it all day. Venice is one of my top places I want to visit, so having this image in our room keeps that dream always visible! I chose the champagne silver frame because I felt the silver would be too stark and we don’t have any gold in our room as it is. This was a happy medium. I also love how you can see the reflection of our french doors through the glass.
^^This mirror is everything! It’s not on the Joss & Main site anymore (I linked a similar one down below) but I would check often to see if it comes back! I first saw a similar mirror at Neiman Marcus and Horchow, but it was way too expensive. One morning I saw it on Joss & Main and pretty much bought it 5 minutes later! I love how thick the frame is. It adds such a romantic and old fashion vibe.
This side table adds the perfect amount of balance. I love mixing in rustic pieces with more formal pieces. I never really know what to call my style, I just know what I like!
Hello friends! I hope you are having a good start to your week. I have been trying to change some things in my life lately and so far I’ve been in a much better place. To start, I’m making going to church a priority. And when I can’t go, I listen to the sermon on my podcast. Podcasts have been changing my life! What I like to do is play either a sermon or inspirational podcast that can motivate me, or teach me something when I’m getting ready in the morning. Also when I have a long drive. I feel like I’m actually getting something accomplished instead of just listening to music. If you already listen to podcasts, let me know what ones you listen to in the comments. I would love to know, since I just started listening to them.
Another thing I have trying to do is focus on living with intention and in the moment. I recently joined a yoga class and it has changed my life. I used to do yoga at home in our bedroom. I’d just play YouTube videos and was completely fine with it. Andrew encouraged me to get out (since I work from home) and join a class. It was great advice, because it gives me motivation and I work way harder. But besides that, just being in these awesome yoga classes have helped me to gain some mental clarity. I feel so refreshed and alive after each class. I am working hard on being still in life. By that I mean, taking time to stop, breath and refocus. We can get so wrapped up in our busy lives that we are living in a whirlwind. Before we know it, weeks and months are flashing before us and it seems life is moving faster with each minute. I’m realizing when you focus on being present, life is much sweeter and richer. Try to appreciate what you are blessed with instead of planning what you need to buy to make you happier. What is around you that makes you smile? Who is in your life that you are blessed with? We have so many things around us that we take for granted and it’s important to stop and see it all. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and try to live this week with more intention and take a few moments to just be.
Our breakfast nook is finally complete! This was quite the process but I am so happy with how everything turned out. When we moved in, this was an odd space but it called for a built-in! We found a local contractor who custom built the bench for the space. I love the drawers on either side that give us a little more storage. Right now we keep our board games in them. We looked on Pinterest for style ideas, and loved when breakfast nooks had a little character. To get that, we added molding all around and added extra slats for more dimension. (Chandelier is from Joss & Main)
Our cushion foam and fabric is from Joann’s. I bought the thickest piece of foam they carried (which might I add, foam is expensive!). I then took it to an upholster shop to get it covered. Getting the measurements for the cushions was the most stressful part of this whole project. Once I brought them home and they fit I took a big sigh of relief! We still need to get some velcro so they don’t slide around.
Our pillows are from Z Gallerie and the two striped ones are from Living Spaces. (Some are 22×22 and some are 24×24)) The old map of Paris is from HomeGoods.
Finding a table was a nightmare. We first ordered one from Etsy but when it came it didn’t look right and was too small for the area. We ended up having to wait about 3 months for that table because each piece was made to order, so when we had to send it back it was a little frustrating. This table is from Hayneedle and we had to wait about 2 months for it. It felt like we had the bench for ever just no table! It’s crazy we actually have a table now. I am so happy with this table though. It is exactly what I had in mind. I love the unique pedestal base and walnut top.
I hope you all love how it turned out! Even though it was a very long process, it was completely worth it in the end!
Hi friends! So today I have another installment of Be Inspired. I love doing these every now and then to reflect on what is going on in my life at the moment. So today’s quotes, like always, have a common thread. I’m working on taking the initiative for many aspects of my life. Mostly work related. A lot of the time I put things off (I tend to bookmark lots of emails) instead of tackling them right of the bat.
I’m also working on developing myself more. I know that is incredibly vague and cliche. I think the whole YouTube and blogging world can get a bit overwhelming at times. You are constantly trying to keep up with everyone else. I want to try to focus on my brand and my content. Nobody is exactly like you, which is why you should take full advantage of that.
The last thing I am working on is seeing the good in people. It is so easy to pass a quick judgement. It’s much harder to let things go and look past what is bothering you. You are in control of how you feel. I think we often think that other things make us upset, frustrated or down. It’s how we respond which really is completely our decision. I know this is getting a bit deep, but it’s getting late and this is what happens! I hope you all find peace in yourselves this week. (I might squeeze in some nighttime yoga…namaste!)