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Family Vacay: Nashville, TN

We had a short trip to Nashville this weekend with the hubs family and let me tell you – we had a blast.  I absolutely loved the variety of music the city had to offer. Nashville really is music city.

The four of us ( hubs, SIL, BIL and I) loaded into my car on Thursday late afternoon and hit the road – after a mini hail storm. We drove through Greenville, TX and then 10 minutes later on the radio they announced that a tornado was on the ground in Nashville. That may or may not have lead me to slam on the gas to get out of there!  We ended up spending about 7-8 hours of the trip in awful rain. Lucky for me my leg of the trip was rain free – just had to avoid the hail and tornadoes. 😉

We got to Nashville around 7:00am on Friday morning, at breakfast at the hotel with the in-laws and then headed downtown. We walked around a bit, toured the beautiful Ryman Auditorium. They were prepping for a concert so we were’t able to get on stage.  The history of that place is beautiful. I fell in love with country music all over again in Nashville. Seriously.

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After the tour we walked around and explored downtown Nashville a bit more. The SIL and I tried on beautiful dresses at the Bettie Page store. I fell in love with one particular dress and I’m now regretting not buying it. Might have to make another trip to Nashville.

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We met our friend, Rob, who happened to be in town as well for lunch at The Pharmacy. I would definitely go back there the next time we happen to be in Nashville. The burger was one of the best I’ve had. The bread was delicious and loved their fries!  Not to mention they had a great beer/cider selection.

After lunch we headed to the hotel to get ready to head to Opryland for the Grand Ole Opry.  We had such a great time at the concert.  I absolutely love the history of the Grand Ole Opry and all the music talent they bring in. Love that they want to showcase a bunch of different music styles and the entertainment was awesome. We got to hear Kree Harrison, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborn & Rock Top Express, The Willis Clan, MercyMe and a few others.  It was MercyMe’s first time performing at the Opry and they did a pheomenal job. I cried just about the whole way through I Can Only Imagine and loved their two new songs they showcased. Looking forward to buying the album.

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Then on Saturday we had a delicious breakfast at the Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN and store hopped for a couple hours. We made our way into a store called, Philanthropy, and were surrounded by worship music as we walked in the door. They donate 10% of their in-store profits to charity and 100% of their online purchases!  Loved their clothes and looking forward to shopping online!

Then we made our way back downtown to the Country Music Hall of Fame for the afternoon. Loved learning about the heritage of country music and learning about different artists. There was a Reba exhibit and I really enjoyed learning about her history. I’ve always been a fan of her music!

 

 

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After we finished touring the museum I ventured down the hall and found the Hatch Print Show space and loved getting to see their letterpress studio. I purchased a print for my kitchen and I cannot wait to show it off once I have it framed!

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Then we headed to Rippy’s for some delicious ribs.  I mean, seriously. These ribs were fall off the bone good. And I loved their spicy BBQ sauce!

We ended the night by walking around listening to street music and trying to find another bar to listen to some local music but they were all so crammed it was hard to find any space for the six of us.

All in all, I’d say it was a successful trip to Nashville filled with great food, music and family time. I could definitely go back there on a regular basis. It’d be dangerous if we lived there! I’d want to be out listing to music all the time!

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Until next time. 🙂

 

 

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Office Mood Board

So, since I started working from home I’ve been a busy bee with planning/designing my home office!  Below is a quick glimpse of my inspiration board for the space. I’d love to know what you think. My goal is to have my office completed by the end of April!

I could seriously decorate my whole house in turquoise, but then I realize that I would probably get bored to quickly…hopefully the blue below in my color scheme is different enough, but still cures my craving for some lovely blues!  Yellow is a color, according to research, that warms people and makes them feel happy – not to mention I just love the color. So I thought it would be a nice color to use in the office since I’ll be spending most of my week in there!

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1) Desk – I love, love, love the legs on this desk.  When I saw this desk and how easy it was for the blogger to make it, my hubby and I quickly drew up plans. I’ll wait to reveal the desk as I still have to paint it. 🙂

2) Rug – I’m thinking about a rug with a similar pattern to this one. I love the trellis type patterns, but I want to make sure I don’t get carried away and have the same style rug in all rooms of our house.  I’m leaning toward a yellow/white rug, but would love to throw in one of the accent colors from my colors cheme.

3) Curtains – I am planning on making the curtains myself.  Cannot wait for this to come to fruition.  I was planning on going to a fabric store today during my lunch break, but then a lovely, lovely thunder/lightening storm blew in so I am not going out in that.  (For those of you who don’t know — I am terrified of thunder.  Lightening is fine, but the sound scares me crazy!)

4) Office Chair – I have a parsons chair that needs upholstering and thought that would be a fun office chair to have not to mention a neat statement piece.  The only problem is they aren’t necessarily ergonomic! 

5) Desktop Design – Love this DIY oversized mousepad!  Thinking about making something similar (maybe in the teal color). 

6 & 7) Closet Organization – I want to make sure my office closet is well organized.  This will house my work supplies, craft supplies and my gift wrap station.  I already have the hardware for the gift wrap organizer so I’m excited to install that this week.  I love this idea of buying wood crates and getting cute bins to store things inside of them.  We’ll see where I net out!

If you want to see the original posts about the items in my mood board you can check out my Office Inspiration board on pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katbiemer/office-inspiration/.

Would love to know what you think!

Catching Up

Wow, it’s been WAY too long since my last blog post. I’ll be honest with you. I let a lot of things get in the way, but I’m excited to be claiming back my life and doing the things I’m passionate about in 2014.  Let me catch you up on what’s happened since May 2013.

1) Girls beach trip to Galveston with some of my beautiful girlfriends and made new friends as well. Those were beautiful memories made! I had the pleasure of driving with Carli down to the beach and so enjoyed our conversations. Even though we may go months without seeing each other we so easily pick right back up where we left off!

2) The hubs and I adopted a second puppy and she’s now 10 months old.  She’s as cute as can be and we are so blessed to have two beautiful furbabies!  It may have taken her big sister (5 1/2 years old) about six months to warm up to the baby, but now they are almost best buds!

3) We hosted Katina’s baby shower at my house and so enjoyed having all her friends and family here to celebrate her and baby Joy!

4) We had lots of family time and enjoy soaking up every moment. And this Irish gal has lots of family so anytime we’re together it’s a party!

5) Most of my sisters and I flew up to PA for a four day weekend to spend time with our beautiful grandmom, two of our aunts and a few cousins. We had such a great time! Wish I would have brought my real camera!  Those memories will last a life time and we will definitely be flying back up to PA this year!

6) Spent Christmas with Len’s family down in San Antonio and had a great time. His aunt snapped a few great family pictures that I unfortunately STILL need to print & frame. It’s on my list for this month for sure!

7) I took my first maternity photos for a friend of mine and I’m really happy with how they turned out! They are such a beautiful couple so that made it really easy.  They have since had their precious baby boy and I cannot wait to meet him.

8) I had my last day at LOOMIS. This was a change that God made evidently clear it was a part of His big beautiful plan. I never imagined how hard it would be for me to leave LOOMIS, but looking back almost a month later I am thankful and excited for what He has in store for me.

9) Started a new job with an agency based out of Kansas City and the best part about it is…I get to work FROM HOME!!!! God’s plan is so beautiful, sovereign and perfect. I don’t know why I think I should be in control when His plan is always WAY BETTER than our own!

10) Because of the new job I’m getting to spend way more time with my amazingly awesome husband! We are going on walks every day, going kayaking more often, and just spending more time together. I am just soaking up all this time!!!

11) I ran a half marathon a week ago with my sister and sister-in-law.  And let me tell you…it was ROUGH. But I am so excited to run my next one!  Who’s with me?!

There are many, many, many more things that happened over the past year – but this is just a glimpse!

Am I washing feet?

Yesterday we learned about washing feet. About helping those through the help we’ve received from Christ. God really shook me on this one yesterday. In John 13, Jesus washed his disciples feet. It’s incredible if you think about it.  Jesus, the savior of the world, knelt down and washed Peter’s feet.  The significance of this goes beyond Jesus being a Rabbi who ordinarily would never do such a thing. In this timing, it was the servants who washed the feet of those who entered a house – never a Rabbi washing feet!  

And then it shook me further. This chapter wasn’t just about Jesus washing Peter’s feet.  But about giving the disciples a glimpse of what was to come. John 13:8 “…Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”  The only way we can be cleansed is if we come to Jesus – no other way. It’s because of His actions, His death, His sacrifice that we are made new!  So grateful that He has cleansed me. 

As I’ve been studying God’s word leading up to Easter and preparing myself for this season in a way so vastly different than I have before my heart aches for God, the Father, and the sacrifice He had to make for this world.  He had to give up His Son in order for us to live.  Talk about a internal battle. The Father had to choose between His Son and us.  If that doesn’t rock your world and make you feel loved then I don’t know what will!

What’s more is He loves us as we are. He loves us regardless of the dirt we have on our feet. He loves us wholly. He loves us greater than we could ever put down in words.  How are we using that love?  Am I loving others around me well? Am I washing the feet of the people around me who need it?

We need to leverage our power for those who have none.  I pray that the Lord reveal to me how I can do that in these weeks leading up to Easter.  I want to wash feet.  Will you join me?

You really should listen/watch the message that we heard yesterday. It was fantastic: http://hopefellowship.net/watch

— Oh, and for those of you who know me really well.  You have to laugh at that statement above. I want to wash feet. I, the one who has been squeamish about feet since I was little, want to wash someone’s dirty feet!

Erin’s Baby Shower

This post is WAY over due…back in January I hosted a baby shower for one of my besties at her mother-in-law’s house. I had so much fun looking up cute projects on Pinterest and especially had fun with the vintage ladybug theme. Everything from red&black cake pops, burlap, red&black candies, cake, games, mason jars and more!

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I was fortunate enough that my big sister, Kaelynn, happily volunteered to make the cake for the shower.  And it turned out BEAUTIFUL.  Look how cute the mom-to-be was!  Cannot believe her sweet baby is already here and is 7 weeks tomorrow.  Cannot get enough of that cutie pie miss Sarah.

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Love this shot of the four of us….except that my eyes are kind of lazy-looking! We are so blessed by our friendship with Michael & Erin and looking forward to continuing to grow in our relationships together.  I’m praying that God has a plan fo us to be in community with this beautiful couple.

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Erin made out like a bandit with cute clothes for Sarah and the awesome diaper cake on the table in the picture above.  Erin’s parents made the diaper cake and it turned out SO CUTE!  They did a fabulous job.  I’m definitely going to attempt to make one for another shower coming up in July.

We strung 10 onesies on the window with twine and clothes clips and I thought it added such a cute touch!

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There were a few games/activities that we had going on at the shower.  Above was in the entryway as guests arrived to the party – loved an excuse to use my burlap again.  They could write sweet words of encouragement/prayer/advice for the parents-to-be.  We also played a “guess the parent” game – this was fun because Michael and Erin’s moms sent me fun facts about silly things they did when they were little.  Everyone had to guess who did each item on the list by raising a pink onesie or a blue onesie.

I also repurposed some quart size mason jars for vases all around the common areas of the house.  I think they added such a nice flair.  I also had pint size mason jars with the burlap and red/green ribbons to use as cups.  I absolutely LOVE using mason jars as party cups – love. love. love.

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We had a candy bar full of red and black candies to go along with the color scheme.  Loved that people got to take home some treats.  We also had yummy cookies that Erin’s mom brought and they were so delicious.  I was definitely munching on them for a couple days after.

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The party was so much fun, and now I cannot believe that Sarah really is already here!  Erin and Michael are such awesome parents and I love seeing them interact with Sarah.  My constant prayer is that the Lord continue to shape their family as He see fit, and that we do get to be in community soon!  So blessed by their friendship.

Next post will be a bunch of inspiration photos for another shower I’m helping plan for this summer. Love baby season!

KCha becomes KKim!

On Sunday, April 28 we had the pleasure of witnessing a beautiful marriage between two God-seekers. The love Kristy and Chris portray for one another is so pure and holy. They truly are beautiful representations for how we are called to love one another as Christ does.

I completely forgot to bring my SLR, so I have some pretty quick shots from my point-n-shoot.  Not to mention the hubs was a stand in photographer because he had a better view. 🙂

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Not to mention KCha was a BEAUTIFUL bride. We had such a great weekend celebrating her and her new marriage. On Saturday after her rehearsal we met for manis/pedis in Plano. We enjoyed a couple hours of getting pampered, drinking mimosas and eating yummy snacks. It was a great weekend reunion with my old community group. These girls have been so pivital in my journey with the Lord and I am so blessed to not only call them friends, but true sisters!

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These girls have been true counselors always pointing one another back to what the Word of God says, and I am so grateful for that.   “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

Though we are no longer a group, our friendships remain strong.  With three of the girls now out of state (Florida, Massachusetts, and Missouri), our times together are truly cherished!  We definitely need to make our reunions more frequent!!!

Greek Dinner

My sweet, sweet friend Katina hosted a delightful Greek Easter dinner on May 4; Greek Easter follows the lunar calendar. We loved that Katina invited us to share in her tradition! I cannot believe I didn’t take a single picture of ANYONE at the dinner.  Especially cannot believe I don’t have any pictures from the night before when Katina and I baked the delicious koulourakia cookies.

It was so nice to spend some quality time with Katina on Friday as we baked enough cookies to feed an army.  I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a long time!

The dinner was delicious and I’m definitely going to need the recipe for the kopama and the koulourakia cookies.  The hubs will definitely be asking for these again very soon.  We’d do some serious damage to a batch of koulourakia.  The subtle orange flavor was to die for!

It was so nice in the midst of a chaotic schedule to have some intentional time with friends and new friends. God truly is devine in the relationships that he brings into our lives, and we are so blessed to have Trey and Katina in our lives!
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Graduation Party Success

My beautiful little sister graduated from UNT last month and we had the joy of throwing her a party.  I had so much fun planning all the decor and even more fun creating everything with my sisters, aunt, mom and niece the day of the party.  Everything turned out perfect, and she was so excited! See below for pictures from the day.

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We decorated mason jars with thick burlap ribbon and tied a green bow around each jar. We filled each mason jar with different green, white, and green tipped flowers. We placed 24 vases around the house – entry way, cake table, food spread tables and anywhere else there was room! It turned out beautifully!

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As a little extra fun we tied ballons around Colleen’s gift. We got her an iPad and she was SO EXCITED!

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We hot glued burlap around each mason jar (quart & pint sizes), and tied green bows around each jar. They turned out super cute. I’m going to use them again for another party later this month, but swap out the green ribbon for red!

Sesame Dinner!

Last night we had friends over for dinner and I wanted to try a few new recipes. Let me just tell you – our dinner was to die for. I just love it when new recipes are a hit. I wanted to make a fairly healthy meal (always love to start out the week that way.  What did I have in my fridge?  Cauliflower, Spinach and KRAFT Asian Sesame Dressing.

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Then I just so happened to be watching P. Allen Smith Garden Home  on PBS on Saturday and saw a wonderful recipe for sautéed spinach.  I’m not normally a fan of sautéed spinach, but I’ve become a sesame seed junky lately so I knew this had to be on my menu as well.  The food was so good that I didn’t even get a chance to capture a picture of it for this post!

I had been eyeing a cauliflower recipe (roasted garlic cauliflower)  the day before and I just knew that had to be on our dinner menu!

Then came the main course. I’ve really taken a liking to KRAFT “Anything Dressings,” and mostly the Asian Sesame Dressing. It makes a great glaze for salmon, marinade for chicken and a delightful salade dressing! I decided to marinade chicken to go along with my roasted cauliflower and sesame sautéed spinach. Not to mention I got to use my new meat tenderizer which is amazing. I let the chicken marinade for 5 hours in the fridge and then off the Hubs went to grill.

All in all I felt like this meal was 5-Star! Definitely all elements are on a rotation now to make way back into our dining room.

Bon Appetit!