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!)
Happy New Year everyone! I am very happy to start out the new year with a clear head and clean house!! We had a very low key new years with my nieces who flew in from Texas and I was very happy about that! The next day we took our tree and all our Christmas decorations down which felt really good. Our home is now a little more bare but feels nice and fresh. (And I have room for some more ‘normal’ decor…I’m coming for you Home Goods!)
This year Andrew really wanted us to write down some of our goals for the new year and share them with each other. This way we can help each other complete them throughout the year. So I wanted to share mine with you and let you know why I chose the things I did. Okay here they are:
Daily Devotions: I’m the type of person who will go to church on Sunday’s, but that tends to be my only day of worship. I pray at night but I’m really not good about improving and maintaining my relationship with the Lord once I walk out of the service. So I want to make it a point this year to spend time each morning learning more by reading in my Bible and grow a deeper relationship with the Lord. I want my walk to not just be on Sunday mornings but a daily practice. I bought a really neat devotional at Barnes and Noble yesterday and just started it this morning. It’s great because it gives you a little message every day for the whole year. If you guys are interested in it you can find it HERE.
Run: As far as working out goes I like to do weight training, yoga (I also want to join a yoga class this month), and I’ll go on the elliptical a few times a week. But I am not a fan of running. So I want to force myself to get outside and run once a week. It sounds super easy but it’s cold outside! I think if I can just put my workout clothes on and get outside, the hard part it over. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up liking it in a few months.
Tidy Up: If the space around me is cluttered, then my mind is cluttered and I get nothing done. I also hate waking up to a kitchen with plates still out and a living room with cups from the night before still laying around. So I am going to take just 10-15 minutes a night to make sure things are picked up. Make sure the dishes are done, things are put away and wiped down. I know I’ll sleep more peacefully and wake up in a much better mood.
Collaborate: I’ve been doing YouTube for about four years now. Two of them being full time. And after a while in any job you can become stuck in your own ways and unwilling to change. I want to make it a habit to reach out to other YouTubers that I admire and am inspired by. I think this will help me grow as a person and step out of my comfort zone.
Read: Ahhh reading. I’m the slowest reader. EVER. I start a book and who knows when I’ll finish it. Unless it’s really really good. I finished Gone Girl super quick but some other books I’ll start and then never finish. I want to start getting to bed a little earlier each night and just read. I’m on the computer so much that I know this will help to unwind me at night and just feel better. There is something very satisfying about reading a book. (finishing it helps too!) I’m currently reading The Happiness Project and so far I really like it.
Leave the Office: So I work from home, which makes it very hard to separate work from home. This year I want to treat it more like a 9-5 job. I know that sounds weird so I’ll explain. Some days I’ll wake up and head straight to my office to respond to emails and get some things done that may not have gotten done the day before. But I will still be in my pajamas, face not washed, teeth not brushed. Before I know it, it’s 10:00 and I’m still a slob. So I want to wake up, have my breakfast in the kitchen, not in front of the computer, and get ready for the day. The other thing I need to do is check out once 7:00 hits. I can tend to work late to either get ahead or just because I feel like it, but then what happens is I stress myself out for nothing. I need to be done for the day and spend the rest of the night with my husband, making dinner and getting other household things done.
Learn Calligraphy: I think this has been on my resolution list for three years and no, I still don’t know calligraphy. I really want to challenge myself to learn something new. I also would love to address our Christmas cards this year myself!
Be Positive: It is very easy to speak poorly about someone and pick out their flaws yet it is harder to compliment people. Why is that? I think we become selfish and like to make ourselves feel better by pointing out others’ shortcomings. I want to work very hard this year on saying no to bitterness, negativity and gossip. When you invest your time with negative thoughts you will become unhappy. But on the flip side, raising people up and having a positive outlook will do a lot more good. I hope to make this year the year of optimism. I tend to look at the negatives before I look at the positives, so I want to really try to change that.
Here’s to another year with new opportunities and fresh starts!
Merry Christmas Eve everyone! This morning I wanted to share some pictures of our holiday decor! I felt like this was such a long holiday season full of parties, decorating and so much sugar! Andrew and I were at Disneyland the other day and it was swamped with people. I think we hit a wall and realized we need a break from both Disney (I know shocking!), and also people. Christmas functions become a bit overwhelming at times and I think January is such a great time to regain your energy and clarity for the new year. So with that said, time to show you some pictures of our decor. It isn’t a ton, but we have been in apartments up until this year so I never really bought too many things for Christmas. I might go shopping after Christmas to get some more things for next year!
We got a fake tree this year from Lowes. I wasn’t even planning on it, but when we saw how real it looked we thought it was a no-brainer. We ended up getting the 7.5 foot one and it fits perfectly. I also love not having to water it! Our tree skirt is from West Elm, but unfortunately is sold out. But I love the faux fur look. For our whole tree theme it ended up looking very cozy and cabin-like. Reindeer and flannel wrapping paper will do that! (I found all my wrapping paper from Target this year.)
I love building upon our ornament collection each year. Andrew and I give each other one every Christmas and I always look forward to it! A few places I love to get mine from are Pottery Barn (wait till they go on sale), Michaels, West Elm, and Pier 1.
(mantel decor from homegoods and michaels)
We found new stockings this year from West Elm (again, out of stock…so sorry!). The green one is for our sweet pup and those were the ones we used to use in our old apartments! I found those at Target three years ago.
I am a huge fan of putting greenery everywhere possible! It adds a cozy feel and is super easy. I also love that you can make it your own by sticking some metallic beads or pinecones in it. You can see I don’t like to use very bright decorations. I like them to just blend with our normal decor.
This week has had it’s ups and downs. Today’s quotes are about quieting your heart, taking a deep breath, and realizing you are in control of your feelings. They also represent tough love and understanding we are not in control of it all sometimes. Kind of opposites I know. But that is how I have been feeling these past few weeks. Even though I have a tough front, I am a pretty sensitive person and little things get to me. I let things build and build until finally I’ll accidentally snag my sweater and that will set me off. I also am a person who has high standards. That applies to a lot of things. People, my work, my future. And when one thing doesn’t go exactly as planned, I let it get to me. This week I am going to work on appreciating things. Realizing that some things aren’t worth ruining our day. Some things aren’t in our control. But also knowing that when we do have the power, to use it to the best of our ability. Treat others with the kindness you want and work in the way that will make you proud at the end of the day.