August 6, 2015


Every month when it comes time to make up each month's calendar, I always am a bit overwhelmed by how fast time flies. Last month and this month have been a whirlwind, my grandpa's health is failing and we made the trip from Colorado to Washington to be with family during this time. We are still in limbo with jobs but sometimes, even in the midst of our confusion and sometimes discouragement I can see the light. Maybe if we had certain jobs we wouldn't have been able to pick up everything and go to Washington when we needed to. I am constantly reminded to have perspective, to find the good, and to live in the moment. 



- download  calendar HERE


- download calendar HERE

*Friday's Linkup is open to anyone, you all to link-up whatever post you would like to from this week. I hope that this is a place that we can all support and encourage each other! The only requirement, jump around, meet some amazing new people & maybe even share a little love :) Link-up is open below. 

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August 5, 2015


Art Giveaway!
Win Original Art from each artist:
Jennifer Ahern & Kendra Castillo
Enter August 5-15th 

Happy Wednesday! I am so excited to share that I have teamed up with an amazing artist and blogger, Jennifer Ahern to bring you a special giveaway of our art! Jennifer is a talented artist whose work I have been following for some time now, and you can check out her work for yourself here (link)

One lucky winner will win the art print of their choice from each of us- a 8.5” x 11” art print from Jennifer and a Small Coffee Table book filled with original art from myselfThis giveaway is our way of saying thank you to all of our wonderful supporters and followers!

You can enter below, and be sure to check out Jennifer's site to learn more about her work (link to her site)!  The giveaway is open now through Monday, August 15th.  Best of luck!

Giveaway Rules:
-Giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only
-Giveaway runs from August 10-15, 2015
-Winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via email 
(Kendra and I will also announce the winner via social media)
-Winner’s entries will be verified for eligibility

a Rafflecopter giveaway
xo Kendra

PS- Below are a few of my favorite’s from Jennifer's art portfolio!

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August 3, 2015


When it comes to me my hair routine I have to be honest, I am sooo lazy. You can probably be guaranteed to find me with a top knot bun, my hair down and naturally dried or if you're really lucky maybe I dried and straightened my hair. I have been trying to be better after hearing a horror story of someone who's hair grew out strange because it was always in a top bun, so that was all the motivation I needed to start trying some different hair styles. 

With all our summer heat I really like to have my hair out of my face and an easy way to do that is with this braided half updo. 

1. Part your hair, either in the center or on the side.

2. Grab a section on one side of your part (near your temple) and braid it down, then tie off with a hair tie.

3. Repeat step #2 on the p side of your part.

4. Take the end of each braid and tie them together with a small hair tie. At this part you can either pull your braided ends all the way through or you can do what I did. To get this look instead of pulling your ends all the way through, stop halfway so that your hair creates a small loop.

5. Go back and gently tug on either side of your braid to create a fuller braided look.

If you like these hair tutorials please let me know so that I can make a point to create some more easy everyday hair tutorials for you all! As always, I love your guy's feedback :)

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