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7 New Cardigans for November

I love cardigans.  Like, I mean, LOVE CARDIGANS.  Its my go-to look every day, and I just can't seem to get enough.  Hence the name of this blog.  Ha!  So, I thought it would be fun to share seven new cardigans that I have my eye on this month.  

Hope you enjoy these new cardigan looks.  



 Lane Bryant 






Six Favorites for Saturday

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I cannot believe that November is here!!!  And, its crazy to think about all that is in store for the next few weeks - Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, the arrival of my niece, and so many other fun things.  Its all awesome stuff, but its a lot.

I haven't done this type of post in a while, but thought I would share 5 of my favorite things from the past few weeks.  Hope you enjoy!


1. New Skin Care Routine
A few months ago, I saw an Instagram Story by Rachel Parcell about a product she was trying called Ole Henriksen.  I did a little research, and decided to try it out.  The skin care line I had been using for the 10 years was being discontinued, and I decided to give Ole Henriksen a try.   And, two months later I love it. It you have sensitive skin, I would recommend it. 


2. Dance Stand Run
There has been so much buzz around this book, and I decided to pick up a copy.  I am only a couple of chapters in, but I love it!!!


3. New Music 
One of my favorite things about fall is all the new music.  And, for someone who still buys CDS (and I have Spotify premium too) I have been in heaven lately.  One album, that came out yesterday, that is a MUST get is Kelsea Ballererini's new album.  Kelsea is a Knoxville gal, and I worked briefly with her mom about 10 years ago.  Watching Kelsea and Carla walk in faith year after year has been incredible, and that is why her album is a must get to my collection. 


4. Power Sheets 
Guess what came in the mail this week - 2018 Power Sheets by Lara Casey and Cultivate What Matters.  Next year, will be my second year using Power Sheets, which is a goal setter and planner's dream come true.  If you want to learn more about Power Sheets, click HERE.


5.  Jen Wilkin Study
Have you ever started a Bible Study, and it just didn't seem to fit the season you were in.  Well, that happened to me earlier this fall, and I was desperate to find a new study.   After talking to a few friends and looking for recommendations, I stumbled upon Jen Wilkin.  Oh My Goodness, she can teach the Word.  I started this Bible Study last weekend, and its incredible.  I truly love digging into the Bible and learning the scriptures.  Not just studying the Bible to see how it can help me, but to learn what it can teach me more about God.  I needed this study at this time in my life, and so thankful the Lord heard my prayer.


6.Hello Lipsense
I have heard of Lipsense for a couple of years, but it seems like more and more people around me are using it.  So, after battling my lip stick NEVER staying on my lips, and friends encouraging me to wear lip stick, I gave in and picked up a couple of colors on Friday.  Stay tuned for a reviews if it works.

Hope you enjoyed this little update on some of my favorite things.

Enjoy your weekend!

Kim

Take a little piece of my heart............


Shew.......... this past week has been hard as we had to say goodbye to our sweet cat Lil Man Davis.

If you have known me at all since college, you know that my life has been a parody of comical stories starring our fur babies.  And, in the center of it all was Lil Man.  He was a love bug, but very mischievous. He was a lot like a dog, very loyal, my shadow,barked on occasion (I kid you not), and truly the center of all activity in our house.  

Everyone who came to our house met Lil Man Davis first.  He always made sure he was the center of attention. 

Now we still have Scooter Man Davis and Butter Man Davis (all 3 cats were from the same litter), but no one was like my Lil Man.  I love all my babies differently, and the love I gave Lil Man looked different than how I love Scooter and Butter. He was affectionate, more so than any other cat I've ever had. 
 


When I was in college, we officially became the boys "parents," and for the past 16 years its been a wild adventure. For most part, the first few years of his life, Lil Man was healthy and normal cat.  However, he soon became allergic to the dander his skin gave off and we went through a series of medical consultations to determine how to best treatment.  It wasn't until he was eight that we found the right type of medicine.  During that time, he became the biggest love bug, and everyone's favorite.


Check out how young he was.  This is when he weighed more than Butter Man Davis. 


I always joked that when we were going through finding the right treatment for him, that we treated him like every day was his last day. LOL!!  So, for nearly 10 years he has been spoiled to the core.  Which, didn't bother me at all. 



This picture makes me laugh, because I was taking a before picture of the wall behind the cough, before I hung two pictures, and when I looked closely at the photo there is my shadow sitting the cough posing.  LOL. He was a nut!  

Lil Man hated the camera and avoided pictures at all cost.  I actually have so many pictures of Scooter and Butter, and very few of the little guy. 


He was also a cuddle kitty.  Here is a picture of me (not looking the best) home sick and look who was there to cuddle and sleep with me.  Its something we did EVERY night.  I always looked forward to coming home and relaxing, watching TV, and just spending time with my little buddy. 

Now don't get my wrong, my husband is the love  of my life and I love him more than anything on this earth, but there is only so much reality TV a man can take, and often times Matt and I watch TV in separate areas of the house, and this was my time with Lil Man.


He ruled the house, and never got punished.  And, to be honest, I wouldn't change a thing. I am so thankful for the 16 years I got to have him, and know that I will probably never have a cat like him again. 


Last winter, Lil Man Davis came down with a cold that we fought to overcome for nearly 11 months.  His weight drastically decreased, losing 3-4 lbs since February.   We moved his litter box to the main level in the house because he couldn't go up and down the stairs anymore, and even made special accommodations for when he ate dinner.  

I had been praying over his declining health for months, and really asking the Lord to give me such a strong sense of peace, that I would known when it was time.  I read so many articles on how others came to the decision, and really prayed and prepared my heart.   Finally, I knew it was time.  We had had a really rough 48 hours last weekend , and when I looked into his eyes he wasn't there anymore. 

I had peace about the decision, because I knew it was for the best.  But, honestly speaking, this past week has been really hard.  Especially at night.  When the house gets quiet.  That was the time when I always held and cuddled him.  All the little kisses and love.  Oh what I would give to do that one more time.  

But I have comfort, because I got to experience his unconditional love for the past 16 years, and that is priceless to me.  I am so thankful that the Lord picked Lil Man Davis to be ours.   

So, to my buddy, my side kick, and my forever furry love - Thank you.  Thank you for always wanting to be with me.  Thank you for always seeking me out when I got home.  All you wanted was love, not looking for me to do anything but to hold you and love you.  I know you are in a better place, but I miss you so very much.  I miss the voices you made, the way you walked around the house (we could always hear you coming), the way you fit perfectly in my arms, and your one-track stubborn mind.


Life will never be the same, and I know these sad days will get easier.  But, I will never forget you my sweet baby.  And, yes, a big ole piece of my heart is now gone with you to heaven.  I will see you again, I just know I will.  

With a grateful heart,

Kim 

Celebrating Emmalyn Grace


Last weekend, our family celebrated the upcoming arrival of my soon-to-be niece, Emmalyn Grace.  We have be praying for this child for years, and the reality that she will be here in a few short weeks is so exciting. 

I never knew if I would have the opportunity to be an Aunt, because I am an only child.  However, when my brother-in-love, Jamie, married Kristy four (4) years ago, I knew that the chances of them having kids was high, as Kristy always wanted to be a mom. 

We have been praying for Emmalyn since the first day we learned she was coming.  This season for our family is so sweet, that I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

Emmalyn Grace - We are so excited for you to arrive and thrilled to shower you with love, encouragement, and hope.  We pray that as your family we show you the way to follow the Lord with all your heart.  And, I cannot wait to spoil you rotten!!  Love you sweet baby - Aunt Kim


 





And, I wanted to share a few pictures from Kristy's work baby shower.  How cute are these decorations.  



Special thanks to my sis Kristy for letting me share these pictures.  
 
And, be forewarned, this is just the first of many posts about my precious niece.  

Have a great week!!  

Kim  

Fall Vacay Recap

This past week has been soooo nice.  For the first time in years, Matt and I waited until the last minute to make any plans for vacation.  We hadn't been in Myrtle Beach in several years, and decided to head down to the South Carolina coast for a few days. 

Myrtle Beach has always been our "go-to" place since we were kids traveling with our own families, so we know all of the best beach spots, restaurants, and shopping stops.  We ended up stuffing everything that was on our "must do" list into the 48 hours we spent in Myrtle, and then we headed to Charleston and Folly Beach for a few more days of R and R. 

In Charleston we drove and walked around our favorite parts of the city, and in Folly we explored the beach town we had never been too.  We spent some time on the beach, shopping (in Mt. Pleasant), and eating at some of our favorite places.  

We headed back on Thursday afternoon, and spent Friday cleaning the house, running errands, and just enjoying the weekend.  All in all it was a nice, relaxed trip, and so glad we decided to take a few days to unwind.  

And, if you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know that when it comes to vacation pictures, I often forget to take pictures.  So, here are a few pictures I did take: 


 The View from our room in Myrtle. 


This picture has the sweetest story. 
A sweet woman took this picture of Matt and I at the Sea Captain's House.  
We were waiting on a table, and another couple eating inside took the picture. 
Once we got seated, the sweet woman came over and asked if I wanted the photo. 
And, of course, I said Yes!! 

This picture makes me smile, because its Matt pointing at Fort Sumter, and we have so many memories about that place.  LOL!

 And, Folly Beach.  Where we found sun, ocean, and NO ONE ELSE!! 
It was amazing.  

Have a good week friends! 

Kim



Fall Playlist



WOW............October has not disappointed me with ALL the amazing music rolling out. I have downloaded so many great songs, bought several new CDs (yes, I still buy CDs), and my Spotify playlist is packed with songs from so many incredible artists.  I've noticed my taste in music has changed a lot in the past few years, and I know its because I am always around so much amazing music with my job, that my taste for music cannot help but evolve. 

Don't forget to download Spotify to listen to the entire Playlist. 



This Week.............

Its official.  Travel season has begun.  With work trips and personal vacations planned for the next few weeks, life is going to stay busy (in a good way.)  This past week, I headed to Raleigh, North Carolina for a bluegrass conference.  I have to confess and say I am not a HUGE bluegrass fan, but I love music and always appreciate good music. 

Here are a few bands from this past week:

Fireside Collective

Molly Tuttle (2017 IBMA Guitarist of the Year)

Flatt Lonesome (One of my favorites)

And, here are a few pictures that capture my week.


 Working the booth with these two.... so much fun!!

Loved catching up with this sweet friend!!
Fun nights in Raleigh with this VA Gang!!!
Have a great week friends!!

7 Weeks.........

The past seven weeks have been crazy, insane, hectic, and down right exhausting.  I know that's probably not the best way to kick off a blog post, but in all honesty its the truth.  Life lately has been busy, and before any more time goes by I wanted to take a moment a share some of my favorite pictures from the past seven weeks. 

 
 Matt and I headed to Fern Valley Farm with several of my coworkers and board members.  
 We had an awesome time, and the food was delish.  

Staff Photo for the Eclipse 

 RTE 23 Music Festival with these two!!  
And, apparently we all wore the same shirt without discussing with each other. 
Great minds. 

When I ask a good friend to drive me to work, because I am tired, I get this MEME back instead. 
There are no words.  

Tried this last month. 
It was interesting.  
I was reminded that I cannot cook.  
LOL! 

4 words - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Amazing weekend of great music. 

Bonus Pic!!!  This is one of many amazing pictures. 
Picture courtesy of Adam Martin. 

Ended this crazy madness with lunch with one of my favorite friends Janessa!! 

Life is not slowing down anytime soon, so here is to another exciting season.  

Kim 
 
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