Sunday, May 28, 2017

links, links, links // v.24

This blog post....20 favorite journaling bible supplies. <3

Book of the month club. Yes please.

Speaking of online book buying......I learned about this site from an instagram pal. Cheap books!!!

Speaking of book deals....this site emails you about books on sale (from FREE to $2) everyday!!

I, need this dress!!!

THIS challenge looks like SOOOO much fun!! It starts May 17th!

I really love this DIY photo album idea. So crafty!

All I can say, is these wooden beams!!!! Swoon.

This illustration/design is perfect for summer.

These brownies look so incredibly amazing.

I'm pretty much addicted to the new show Cable Girls on Netflix (can't wait for the season to return!!)! The music is also pretty stellar. 

Harry Potter fans- check out this adorable Wizarding World of Harry Potter minibook!!

Can we talk about the amazingness of the men in this photo?

Friday, May 12, 2017

links, links, links// v.23

Best productivity advice from writers. Such a good read.

This polka dot background for your computer and phone is not only fun, but FREE!!

Can we talk about how creative these women are? Jules and Tea and Tanya Lee Kahler. Love them! Only wish I had found them sooner!

And speaking of Tanya Lee..... I'm kind of in love with this art idea... maybe a 2017 project for me?

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you'll love these memes and jokes. I literally can't stop laughing!

Ok, so if you are a Harry Potter fan and you haven't taken this sorting quiz (the official one) then you have to.  Apparently I am Ravenclaw (but I've thought and called myself Hufflepuff this whole time). You can also find your patronus and wand.

Speaking of Harry Potter.... here are pictures of some of the cast proving that being "longbottomed" is now an adjective!! 

I'm kind of in love with this mini album/scrapbook. Her blog is pretty awesome too!

I'm in love with these earrings!!! Seriously.

One of each of these brightly colored notebooks please!!!

This new (to me) show has me binge watching!! There aren't a lot of episodes, but the few they have are great!

This print is stunning. 

This t-shirt is all sorts of awesome.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

so this is 30

I have to say, this Cinco de Kellie was awesome! We rang in my new decade in roaring 20's style at an adorable 20's themed restaurant and bar in St. Augustine. 

I feel so incredibly lucky and blessed to have such wonderful friends that would dress up and drive all that way to celebrate with me (especially Kim, who drove 5 hours just for the night!)
By the end of the night we were exhausted, but it was so worth it. 
So cheers to thirty! It's gonna be a great decade!!!!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

29 before 30 (recap)

When I turned 22 I decided to start this whole birthday scrapbook album (and birthday bucket list). A friend suggested the idea to me and I will be forever grateful to her! 
Then I noticed a lot of bloggers did it and I enjoyed seeing theirs and being inspired.

I went back and added some quick pictures of my 20th and 21st birthdays and decided to make this a year thing. So this year, as it comes to a close I started looking back on all the memories and changes this past decade has brought. 
Music and tv show obsessions have changed slightly, friends have come and gone, and even my crafting style has changed dramatically. It's been really fun to reminisce. 
I can't wait to start my 30's scrapbook album now!!!

Here is my 29 before 30 birthday bucket list......
1, Get married and become a Roby. (done)
2. Go on a honeymoon to Disney (done)
3. Go all out in celebrating Kim's 30th (Silly me messed up dates, but I did get to celebrate some with her!)
4. House hunt (has been put on the back burner for now)
5. Work on my summer tan (did last year, still haven't much this year...but I'm counting it as done)
6. Get in shape (so totally did NOT happen)
7. Create at least 1 new blog series (done...can you guess what it was?)
8. Alfred Hitchcock night with Austin (we didn't do a marathon night, but we still watched some)
9. Throw a 20's themed birthday celebration (tonight yall!!!)
10. Read a crap ton of books (done... I think I'm at 38 now)
11. Restart the pen pal group (done, although it was not as successful as I would've liked)
12. So something crrafty with my old family photos (not yet)
13. Get a tattoo with Austin
14. Make and send a postcard (did this as my Thank Yous for our wedding!)
15. Finish my 52 list project (I'm starting to wonder if I will EVER be done with this project)
16. Spa day (went with mom!)
17, Be a mentor and a damn good one (well, I was a mentor.......)
18. Explore my city and blog about it more (done, and can't wait to do more)
19. Cut my hair (done)
20. Get a tire pump (nope) and ride my bike more (done) (So like, half done)
21. Relearn to drive a stick shift (done)
22. Go antique shopping
23. Create photobooks of engagement and wedding pictures (did this for my parents and in-laws)
24. Go to Disney several times (probably close to 10!!!)
25. Make a family tree
26. Murder Mystery Dinner Party
27. Finish binge watching Gilmore Girls (done!) And finish lists for GG (done)
28. Get a pup for Chloe (Luna Padfoot the Wheaton!)
29. Travel

dear 20's

I can't believe it, but you and I are over 20's Kellie. I will always remember this past decade fondly, because it was seriously a whirlwind of awesome and not so awesome. 

SO much happened these past ten years.... I graduated college, got my first teaching job, then got my second teaching job, made incredible friends, lost incredible friends, had my heart broken, met the love of my life, got married to him, added two puppies to my family, said goodbye to one sweet puppy, dyed my hair multiple times (and fell in love with being a brunette), got multiple tattoos, lost loved ones, found my church home, grew away from God, and then grew closer to God..... 

I haven't loved going through every minute of this past decade, but I am grateful for every second of it. I am so lucky to be where I am in life. And as I sit here, somewhat regretting that second cupcake, I know that I have been blessed beyond belief. I cannot wait to start my 30's!!!

Farwell 20's! You were wonderful (and awful) but you are appreciated nonetheless.

Dear 30's,

FINALLY!!!!!!! Let's do this thing!

xoxo, kel

Monday, April 24, 2017

bible journaling

I'm completely new for this whole bible journaling thing, however, I'm really enjoying it. The bible I had was a gift at my confirmation..... fifteen years ago. So I figured maybe I should get a new bible... a grown up bible. A friend of mine told me about some awesome blogs, like this one and the idea of bible journaling started to sound appealing. I love reading the bible and I love art journaling, so why not combine the two?? 
Now granted, I'm not very good and I'm still learning techniques and what my personal style is. BUT I am really loving experimenting and trying to find my own style in between the pages of God's word. There's almost a perfect harmony in knowing that the words of the Lord that created me are also home to the creativity he bestowed upon me. 

Part of me has hesitated on sharing these, because I don't like to share things that I don't feel completely confident in. I don't feel like these pages are anywhere near perfect. I've been enjoying working with paints, but my lettering kind of sucks. But practice makes perfect.... so they say. 
xoxo, kel

Thursday, April 20, 2017

song #3-- Beauty and the Beast

A month or so ago I went with my family to see the new Beauty in the Beast (yes, I know like everyone else out there). And holy cow was it amazing!!!!! Everything was perfect, including Emma Watson's singing voice (who knew the girl could sing like that?!?!) 
This is probably one of my favorite songs from the movie and even more so because I love John Legend!!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

song #2: Coldplay - Up&Up

Coldplay is definitely one of my all-time favorite bands. In fact, one of my bucket list goals is to see them live in concert!!! 
So when Austin and I took our engagement photos (this time last year!!) at a record shop, we had to buy the new (at the time) Coldplay album, Lately Austin has been playing our records more and this one came on the other day. It's such a happy song (and one of my favorites on this album). Therefore, it's 
making  #2 on the 2017 soundtrack list. 
Hope you enjoy!
xoxoxox, kel

all that disney fun

I'm extremely fortunate that I have girl friends, family, and a husband that love going to Disney. Whether it's a spur of the minute decision or a planned out break, I've enjoyed my multiple trips to Disney this past week. 
And while I shared some photos earlier that I took around Epcot and Hollywood Studios, these are some more personal ones (which you can also see on my instagram feed). 

Friday, March 24, 2017

thankful// vol.8

I am thankful.............

for sunny and cool days (the Florida dream).

for living soooooo close to Disney (2.5 hours). 

for my little family and their love. This husband and these puppies of mine are the absolute best.

date nights. They come so infrequently lately, so we make the best of the ones we get.

hugs from my students. It's almost as if they sense when I need them the most.

coworkers that keep me sane.

weekly dinners with my besties. No one makes me laugh like they do.


books, books, books!!! Especially history books. 

blogs. I love following other people's stories. The inspiration is also incredibly amazing.

bible study. These women are so incredibly strong and full of faith. Their love of God is incredible and inspires me constantly.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

the wonderful world of disney

 Ok, so if you're not a fan of Disney, you may want to avoid this post altogether, because I'm about to get ultra geeky about it...... So don't say I didn't warn you....
 Sadly, our first day (at Animal Kingdom) I realized only once we got to the park that my camera was dead. DEAD. So I only got to take photos on day 2, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. 
 I also learned a crap ton of things about Disney on this trip..... so get ready to geek out with me (or just skip the words for the pictures...).
 Walt actually passed away before the first park was ever opened.
 The neck of the above guitar (in Hollywood Studios) is 32 feet long.
 Rockin'  Roller coaster is a 90 second ride. 
 The Rockin' Roller Coaster goes from 0 to 60 in about 2.8 seconds. 
 Gum isn't sold on the premises. 
 Alcoholic beverages are not sold anywhere in Magic Kingdom (but all other parks do sell them). 
 When asking you to sign your name for a check, cast members always ask for you "autograph". 
 You are never more than a few steps away from a trash can.
 Epcot was originally designed to be lived in.... no freaking way. I'd be all over that!
 While in one part of Magic Kingdom, you cannot see another part of the park, to keep up the magical illusion. So when in Tomorrowland, you cannot see another "world". 
 The Epcot ball weighs about 16 million pounds.
 Around 200 pairs of sunglasses are turned into lost and found every day.
 Disney property in Orlando is as big as San Francisco (or two Manhattans)! Say what?!?
 There are tunnels under property so that cast members and deliveries (food and drinks) can be delivered without being seen and ruining the magic.
 While the Flower and Garden Festival is not as big as the Food and Wine Festival, you can get a passport for the food and drinks all over the countries. The passport also tells you the gardens and different topiaries you can see around the park. 
 United Kingdom has a British Invasion band that plays in the back courtyard. And America also hosts bands in a pavilion. (This past weekend, Simple Plan was one of the bands there).
 Epcot gardens grow over 30 tons of fruit and vegetables.
 About 75 million cokes are sold yearly.
 Disney photographers take hundreds of thousands of photos every day.
 There are 11 countries in Epcot's World Showcase.
 Apparently there is still room for more countries..... oh the possibilities!
 From opening until now, the Disney monorail has logged enough miles to have made 30 round trips to the moon.
 Speaking of Space...... Mission Space (ride) has motion sickness bags- which I wish I known about when I rode it.. because I about died. And poor Alice in Wonderland almost got puked on (consider yourself lucky Alice....). 
 All outfits worn by cast members (which includes anyone working on property) are called costumes. So even our bartender's outfit is a costume....
 The above photo is a legitimate pineapple (and sooo tiny and cute)!
 Main Street (in Magic Kingdom) has streets that pump smells (vanilla, Christmas...etc). 
 I'm pretty sure their hotels also have a specific Disney smell (this is a personal note though, so don't blame me if I'm wrong). 
 Epcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community for Tomorrow
 Doritos were originally created in Disneyland. 
 There's one "hotel" room in Cinderella's castle, but you can't rent it. It's used for giveaways, or apparently a Jonas wedding gift.....
 The above picture is of gingerbread (and is found in Germany- in Epcot).
 There's a hut in Animal Kingdom's safari that you can rent out for dinner. It even comes with a personal chef.
 Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest and Hollywood Studio's Tower of Terror are the same height (and the tallest parts of Disney World).
 Even though Florida is flat (and therefore has no mountains), Expedition Everest is still not the highest mountain in Florida. 
 In Disney Springs, there is a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. (I'm sorry, I just find that fascinating, plus cupcakes are my favorite food)!!!
Disney World is the country's largest single site employer (they have about 60,000 employees). 

Thanks for sticking around (that is if you made it this far). HA!
xoxoxoxo, kel