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thursday: LLP’s, brick and mortar

Brick & Mortar:

Brick & Mortar is a collective project of graphic design, photography, film and fine arts. Our mission is to create a space and physical presence in our community that will grow creative and artistic visions and projects. We want to create a space for these things to thrive, and for the people involved to learn what it means to be fully alive.

Two former clients of mine, Allie & Lynsday (twin sisters, and both now married!) are in on this super cool operation and I am looking for a way to get involved. I think projects like this and people with these kind of dreams and ambitions are so rare in this world today, and I love when an idea is brought to life through persevering determination. Community is what keeps us all sane, and I love an excuse to get me away from my computer and out into the art world.

If you’re in the Cocoa Beach area, check out Brick and Mortar…especially if you’re an artist or musician. I cant wait to contact them to see if Kallima Photography can do something cool there.

 

follow them on twitter for event updates! @Brick_Mortar or email them at, hello@brickandmortarbuilt.com

You can also read the story of how Brick and Mortar came to be, HERE.

Please check them out!

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monday: hood life, life in spurts.

my life these days is a series of energy spurts, conversation spurts, work and nesting spurts…so it shouldnt surprise any of you that this post of the hood life come in any different format…I currently cannot think or write in anything other than short bursts.

I understand the nesting thing really, I do. But this is my second pregnancy, and I’ve found that it doesn’t happen for me literally until days before the impending….sometimes HOURS before. I don’t get the bug until the last second.

Saturday, I suddenly needed chocolate ganache. And just like that I made the most yummy chocolate ganache cake; and then decided it wasnt any good unless warmed in the microwave before every piece could be consumed. So now I microwave it before consuming. Soooo much better.

Today, Audrey Assad is getting me through this cleaning. And Josiah loves to hear me sing to her….really, I’m singing to him. He likes it…he dances. 🙂

I got a really cool email today about some wedding submission possibilities and I can’t even describe how cool it could be. Could be Kallima Photography’s big break….if I ever get one:) positive thinking…

I’m actually whittling away at the before Darby list…with some speed. And because starting the last few nights, apparently, I cannot sleep worth a wink…I might just give up and start getting up to get more of it done. Hey, whats a few less hours of sleep in the GRAND scheme of things…really? I mean, as soon as Darby gets here it’s basically non-existent so honestly…a few less now really can’t hurt.

Graham is almost finished with the artwork on the walls of the kiddos room. Should finish tomorrow. I cannot wait to show you all…part of it will be revealed on the rad mom blog tomorrow for design tuesday..so stay tuned. And last week, the beautiful and incredibly caring Laurie Kleinhenz came over with reinforcements…boys…and they worked well into the evening to finish the gray paint on the walls in there…and let me tell you, It looks MORE than fabulous. More. promise.

New ideas are in the works between Ben and I for Kallima Photography…branding ideas…future ideas..its exciting and overwhelming and will ONLY get accomplished by the grace of God. Praying for guidance…There are two ways things can go and one is not nearly as awesome as the other. I know the calling God has laid on my life, I feel like it anyways…just trying to figure out how to make it all work for Gods kingdom and for my family.

I’ve had some great days with Josiah this last week. Great days. I know he’s going to make such a rad big brother. In my nightly prayers with him, I’ve been asking God to really be with him and love on him at times when I wont be able to as well as I’d like…just for this short while where Darby will be taking a big chunk of my focus. I’ve been praying for understanding for Jos and easy transition into not being the “only one”. I love him so much…my biggest fear in all of this is for him…I just want him to know how much he means to me. So hard to convey when he is so young..

One last little tidbit: every day, as small as it is, I’ve been trying to do something for ME. It’s so imperative…you have to as a mother. the other day, I found a silver monogrammed bracelet Ben gave me quite some time ago. He had one made for me while we dating with RMW on it (Rebekah Marie White), gave it to me in an Altoids box, and wrote on the tissue inside that soon enough, he’d have to get me another with my NEW initials. Well, he did after we got married. RMH. When I found it in a box the other day, I put it on. And I’ve been doing that every morning. Lesson being this: even a small piece of jewelry can make me feel beautiful and loved if I didn’t have time for makeup yet that morning. A small piece of jewelry can make me feel better if I feel like a failure because I didn’t have time to clean the kitchen the night before.

*sigh*. sometimes its hard being yourself, isn’t it? its hard to love YOU in spite of YOU. I only say this in ending because today its a little easier being me, because I feel like I’ve allowed myself to love and be loved today. When you do that, I think anyone can be themselves.

Here’s to hoping I meet Darby tonight. Or tomorrow. Soon.

Audrey, thank you for this:

“it may not be red as a rose is yet, it may not be strong as the old oak trees; but love planted deeply becomes what it ought to be..love given freely becomes what it ought to be.”


friday: rad mom interview, sarah williams!

Hello ladies and TGIF!! this weekend is one ive been looking forward to for a while, PRAYING darby makes her appearance and its my last Friday without 2 kiddos. Get this girl out of me! Im finding myself scowling at everyone who’s NOT pregnant in sheer disgust at their gorgeous figure and lack of swollen lips.

So here we are, this Friday, with out rad mom interview-ee..Sarah Williams!

Such a small world. Sarah is someone I knew of while I was at FSU way back in the day…somewhere around 2001-2002. I heard her name a lot, saw her occasionally, but never got to know her. Then what do you know, I travel all the way from Tallahassee, Florida to Branson, Missouri to work a month at Kanakuk Kamps….and there is Sarah at K-Kountry. My kamp. The kamp where I met my wonderful Ben…my husband. And there was Sarah!

Again, never had the time at kamp to really get to know her because we worked in different areas and everything is crazy at kamp. Then one day years and years later we are magically friends on facebook. (gotta love facebook). She now lives in Missouri still…has a husband too…and THREE kids. WOW!

Then through keeping up with her facebook statuses, I find that she is moving to no other state but FLORIDA, no other town but Ft. Lauderdale!! Right in my neck of the woods! Literally 40 mins from me.

It’s destined that we are to know each other, and apparently intimately. Now that she is moved and settled in, we are trying to plan a dinner date for sometime after Darby is born and the Hood life calms down.

Sarah is a sweet girl but its obvious in the very little I know about her that she is STRONG. In everything. She is an advocate and a leader for her children and loves to be a mom…which is something I sometimes stink at being. So I look up to her…and I love to keep up with her blog, imraisingworldchangers. (thats her kids!!!)

You should read it too..its funny. Her kids are reallllly funny and she writes primarily about them and her hubby Brett and their blessed life. Enjoy her interview and give her a shout out on her blog!

INTRODUCING: Mrs Sarah Williams!

Rebekah: well hello. Tell us a bit about yourself!

Sarah: My name is Sarah Williams (I know, such a unique name).  I am a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children: Caleb-4½, Chloe-3 (her birthday is today!), and Luke-7 months.  Marriage and parenting are my passions.  I truly believe marriage is supposed to be fun (though not perfect) and parenting should be a joy (though not easy).  I enjoy figuring out how to best do that.  My husband, Brett, is in full-time Christian ministry, so I help with that, as well.

Rebekah:  tell us about your blog or site. What do you do and why do you do it?

Sarah: I write a blog called ImRaisingWorldChangers.blogspot.com.  The blog is mostly, if not entirely, for me to keep a written record of my day-to-day life.  Among other things, I enjoy writing about the hilarious antics of my children. The name of the blog comes from my deep desire for my children to change the world in the unique ways God has created them.

Rebekah: When you’re not blogging, what takes up most of your time?

Sarah: Facebook.  Just kidding (sort of).  Investing in my family (both in my marriage and in my children) are my top priority, so that takes up most of my time.  As weird as this sounds, I love to clean and organize my house (though it only lasts until my kids wake up).  I am embarrassed to admit this on this blog because we all have seen Rebekah’s amazing photography, but I often photograph my family and wish I was really great at it.

Rebekah: If you could pick one dessert to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sarah:  I absolutely love cookies.  My favorite are peanut butter chocolate chip and Snickerdoodles.

Rebekah: Most of us are women, some of us are moms. So spill it, whats the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman in the last year? Mommy related or not!

Sarah:  You have to make time for yourself to do what you love.  I am such a better wife and mom if I get out by myself.  I typically go shopping because I love to shop, but sometimes I will go to Starbucks and relax.  Whatever it is, I come back home refreshed!

Rebekah: Share with us your favorite recipe! (no rules here…)

Sarah: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Award-Winning-Soft-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/Detail.aspx

I make 36 cookies, so cut the recipe in half.  Then, cut the butter in half.  I one cup milk chocolate chips plus one cup peanut butter chips (instead of what they recommend).  I told you I love cookies J.

Rebekah: I hate to cut things with scissors because of the scratchy feeling, and I cannot look at a car that’s not painted glossy for fear of thoughts of chalkboards and fingernails. Tell us about your weirdness…what are your quirks?

Sarah: Where do I even begin?  I have lots of weird quirks. I do not prefer to be barefoot, so I wear shoes most of the time.  I shower before bed (even if I have showered in the morning) because I like to be clean when I get into bed.

Rebekah: If you have kiddos & a hubby, or a soulmate/best friend, tell us what it is about them that you love soooo much.

Sarah:  I adore my husband.  The way he loves and lives for Jesus is incredible.  My favorite quality about him is how much he makes me laugh.  He is so funny.  He is also a really great dad, and that just makes me smile.

My children make my heart melt in different ways.  Caleb is so tender-hearted and kind, yet he is also all boy: tough and silly.  Chloe is our princess in every way, and she makes me laugh constantly.  Luke goes with the flow and smiles a lot; he is the easiest baby ever.

Rebekah: If your husband/significant other comes inside from working, and is sweaty and smelly and covered in dirt, do you embrace the manliness and give him a big smoocher or send him packing, straight to the shower with a fresh bar of irish spring? Whats the reason behind your choice?

Sarah: Embrace the manliness.  That would probably surprise most people.  I like to be clean, but it does not bother me if Brett isn’t.  However, he does not like to be touched when he is sweaty, so he’d head for the shower.

Rebekah: We obviously all love to blog stalk. Give us some of your favorite blogs that you keep up with.

Sarah: I prefer to read the blogs of people I know, so if you publicize your blog, I probably read it.

I recently found The Happy Home Fairy (http://glittermagic.wordpress.com/) and enjoy the inspiration that comes from Julie (whose husband was my friend in college, and I’ve recently connected with her).

My friend, Kirstin (troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com) inspires me in many ways.  She is so hospitable and wonderful.

I read a lot more blogs, but those are two great ones!

Rebekah: Whats the most important thing you’ve discovered since breaking into the blog world? A good tip, say, for those of us who are new to it!

Sarah:  Find your voice and stick to that (whether it’s personal, spiritual, political, comical, etc).  I write about my family and mostly nothing else.  I will never make money off of it or change someone’s life, and I am okay with that.  People may not be interested, but my kids will hopefully like to read it one day.

Rebekah: You can only download ONE album from itunes. Whos it gonna be?

Sarah: I love the Jesus Culture worship albums.  I do not listen to music much, so when I do, it has to count!

Rebekah: Ive said it before, im not a reader but I wanna be. Give me a book that has inspired you, romanced you, kept you hanging, or one you simply couldn’t put down?

Sarah: I do not read much, either, so I do not have a vast selection to choose from (though I did try to read Twilight and was unable to get through it).

The Love and Logic parenting book has been super helpful to me, as a mom.  How To Really Love Your Child was also a life-changing book.  I have read a vast array of parenting books, and these two are my top picks.

Rebekah: We’ve all got them; role models. Give us one or two of yours and tell us why you look up to them!

Sarah: I glean a lot from friends, and many have impacted my life tremendously.  The two people I most hope to emulate are Carol Lemley and Ty Shiver (neither blog, unfortunately).

My favorite thing about Ty is the way she loves her husband.  My marriage is so much greater because of what she has taught me.

Carol has six children and makes parenting look so fun and enjoyable.  I go to her with all of my parenting questions.

Rebekah: Besides blogging, what is one thing that you do every day without fail? Could be big or small.

Sarah: when tucking my kids in at night, I tell each of them: “I am so proud of you.  I am so lucky to be your mommy.  You are so beautiful/handsome.  I love you.”  Who wouldn’t want to hear that every day?

Rebekah: Who is your alma mater, and be honest…what was more important to you while in school; football, or studying?

Sarah:  Florida State!!!!!!!  Definitely football.  In fairness, Brett (my husband) played football at FSU, so it totally worked out for me in the end.  Though I definitely did not focus on studying, I did get my degree.

Rebekah: Saved the best two for last. One, how has God blessed you this week?

Sarah: I moved from Kansas City to south Florida in July.  Two weeks ago, I was having a particularly hard week.  I was very homesick and missing my life and friends back in Kansas.  Well, this past week, I had the BEST week.  I met some new friends, started going to two moms groups, and got to hang out with one of my best friends.  I went from feeling very down to feeling very blessed.  It was wonderful and totally God!

Rebekah: And two. What makes you rad? (OWN THIS)

Sarah:  Even though I have three kids, I invest in my appearance.  I wear high heels, blow dry my hair, and put on make-up (not everyday, but a couple of times a week).  Just because I am a mom doesn’t mean I have to look busted.  I find I feel better about myself when I put effort into my appearance.


friday: rad mom interview, sarah hearts!

i met sarah a long time ago in tallahassee, she is one of my sister allison’s dear dear friends.

sarah was in school at the time at FSU, and was making all sorts of handmade goodies like tote bags and get this, adorably disguised feminine product carrying cases. (YES, fabulous. i have one.)

she has now expanded her business, sarah hearts design studio, to make custom stationary and invitations and tons more. her designs are feminine and so whimsical, chic and modern..i love everything she puts out.  here are some of my favorites!

Sarah also has a great blog that is such a useful tool for brides to be, anyone looking for design ideas and inspiration, and those on the quest for a fabulous recipe. She posts everything from design boards, to the perfect waffles, color palettes, gown suggestions, and handmade accessories (she is a big fan of Twigs & Honey as am I!)

she is sweet and uber talented…introducing Sarah Hearts! please check out her blog and website and keep her on your list should you be looking for custom designs!

*photo credit divine light photography

Rebekah: well hello. Tell us a bit about yourself!

Sarah: My name is Sarah Khandjian and I’m a graphic designer who loves type, illustration, color and pattern. I own Sarah Hearts Design Studio, where I create custom stationery, illustrations and more.

Rebekah:  tell us about your blog or site. What do you do and why do you do it?

Sarah: Sarah Hearts is my passion. From an early age I knew I wanted to create. Now, I have the opportunity to create a unique solution for each of my clients. I believe beautiful things always point to my Creator and I want to share that with the world. I also recently started Sarah Hearts Blog where I blog five days a week about color, design, art, weddings, home decor and food.

Rebekah: When you’re not blogging, what takes up most of your time?

Sarah: Sewing, cooking, and painting! I absolutely love art, design, and craft. When I’m not at home doing on of those things, I’m at the barn riding or playing with my horse, Justin.

Rebekah: If you could pick one dessert to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sarah: Bakerella’s red velvet cake. I made it a few months ago and I was hooked! I even had it for breakfast the next day!

Rebekah: Most of us are women, some of us are moms. So spill it, whats the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman in the last year? Mommy related or not!

Sarah: Work hard and be patient. We all have heard this time and time again but this year I am learning how true it is. Owning your own business is tough, but it also is so rewarding.

Rebekah: Share with us your favorite recipe! (no rules here…)

Sarah: I am a little obsessed with Everyday Food magazine. I started reading them 3 years ago and I never have made something that I didn’t love. One of my favorites is their grilled greek chicken kebabs with mint-feta sauce. The grilled veggies and mint-feta sauce is amazing.

Rebekah: I hate to cut things with scissors because of the scratchy feeling, and I cannot look at a car that’s not painted glossy for fear of thoughts of chalkboards and fingernails. Tell us about your weirdness…what are your quirks?

Sarah: I cringe when people eat sushi with their hands, my spice jars have to be alphabetized, and I crave something sweet immediately after every meal… even breakfast!

Rebekah: If you have kiddos & a hubby, or a soulmate/best friend, tell us what it is about them that you love soooo much.

Sarah: Kevin, my hubby, is extremely encouraging and absolutely hilarious. He always makes me smile. Also, he let me dedicate a room in our new home to my studio/workspace and fill the other closets with fabric.

Rebekah: If your husband/significant other comes inside from working, and is sweaty and smelly and covered in dirt, do you embrace the manliness and give him a big smoocher or send him packing, straight to the shower with a fresh bar of irish spring? Whats the reason behind your choice?

Sarah: A big smoocher! Kevin doesn’t mind giving me one when I come home all gross from horseback riding. However, we both agree that we need to shower before any cuddling happens.

Rebekah: We obviously all love to blog stalk. Give us some of your favorite blogs that you keep up with.

Sarah: There are so many! Right now my daily reads are, I So Love You, Making It Lovely, Design Work Life, and Young House Love.

Rebekah: Whats the most important thing you’ve discovered since breaking into the blog world? A good tip, say, for those of us who are new to it!

Sarah: Site all your sources! It’s so important to credit the photographers/designers. They are trying to make it too. Also, implement structure to your post, whether than be categories or weekly/daily topics.

Rebekah: You can only download ONE album from itunes. Whos it gonna be?

Sarah: Further Seems Forever: The Moon is Down. So, so good.

Rebekah: Ive said it before, im not a reader but I wanna be. Give me a book that has inspired you, romanced you, kept you hanging, or one you simply couldn’t put down!

Sarah: I’m currently reading Broken by Lisa Jones on my iPad (Yes, I’m an Apple geek!). It’s a great story of how horses and people relate to each other through the eyes of a non-horsey journalist

Rebekah: We’ve all got them; role models. Give us one or two of yours and tell us why you look up to them!

Sarah: My mom! She can do anything and always is giving. She is an inspiration is so many ways. Alena Hennessy, whom I interned with in college, has been a huge mentor to me as I started my own business.

Rebekah: Besides blogging, what is one thing that you do every day without fail? Could be big or small.

Sarah: Cooke a homemade meal, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s a must for me!

Rebekah: Who is your alma mater, and be honest…what was more important to you while in school; football, or studying?

Sarah: Florida State University! Go Noles! I was a bookworm, or rather studio worm. I lived in the BFA warehouse along with all my fellow art and design students. Our program was a bit longer than most majors and required quarterly reviews. It was intense but such a great experience too.

Rebekah: Saved the best two for last. One, how has God blessed you this week?

Sarah: I spent a couple of days with my immediate family in one of my favorite places ever, Asheville, North Carolina. No fuss or drama, just true fellowship. It was awesome.

Rebekah: And two. What makes you rad? (OWN THIS)

Sarah: Haha! I am truly passionate about art, design, and craft. I love details, typography, textures, patterns, and color. I’m inspired by nature, friends, family, and travel. And I think it is all visible in my work.


friday: rad mom interview, katie s.!

when i first met her im pretty sure it was because she was telling me how insanely adorable i looked and how my kid was so fat it was amazing and thats why she loved him and oh my gosh, you are such a fabulous photographer…

this is how she talks and i love it. katie schnack has a brilliant brain that runs 100 miles a second and she never skips a beat. shes a genius in the clothing department and yes, she did work in tv for a time. (famous, yes.). she and her hubby kyle just moved away from lovely west palm beach to be in austin texas, where kyle will be going to grad school for acting….and yes he will be in NYC on Broadway before we realize.

katie schnack is hilarious. such a trip. a person you see and say, “i MUST know her. stat.”

she is an incredible writer. her blog, Tales of a Palm Beach Waitress, will have you rolling on the floor laughing. it is spew-your-dr-pepper-out-your-nose funny. ofcourse, i never knew she wrote until the DAY BEFORE she moved away from me, when i took her and her hubby out for a fun “leaving west palm” photo shoot. when i discovered pbwaitress.wordpress.com….well i found my comic relief for daily life. (cream, sugar, or pee is the best read you’ll come across in a while. fab post)

id love to say that i begged and begged her to be a guest on my blog, and we had emails and texts and phone calls debating whether or not she actually would because she is THAT fabulous and it’d have been cool for there to have been more drama and pulling of teeth….but she said yes right away and i was uber flattered. so without further ado….

introducing, Mrs. Katie Schnack! (GO TO HER BLOG. you’ll become an instant follower)

Rebekah: well hello. Tell us a bit about yourself!

Katie:  I am just a confused 23 year old rolling around in the ocean of life’s uncertainties.  Wasn’t that dramatic?  Just moved to Austin, Texas with my awesome husband, and am waiting patiently on the Lord to tell me what my next move is.  And by patiently I mean with a lot of stifled anxiety and stressed out prayers.

Rebekah:  tell us about your blog or site. What do you do and why do you do it?

Katie: My blog is called ‘Tales of a Palm Beach Waitress”.  I was a waitress as The Breakers in Palm Beach for four years.  Working there is a whole different world than the life of a struggling college student.  I began being amazed at the things the wealthy would say, do, or how they would act.  Some absolutely ridiculous situations would occur, and I thought, these are wayyyy too insane for me to forget about in 5 years, so I began writing them all on the blog.  I got a really great response from a lot of people, so I kept up with it, and have since turned it all into a book.  Read the stories…they are all based on true events, and the crazier the situation, the more likely that it actually happened. Yes, pee was found in a coffee pot.  Also, I just love love love making people laugh.

Rebekah: When you’re not blogging, what takes up most of your time?

Katie:  As of now, job hunting!  Applying at magazines, newspapers, websites.  Thinking really hard about going back to grad school.  I got a baby kitten who likes to sit on my shoulder like a parrot, so he is fun.  Other than that, exploring my new city of Austin with my hunky husband, eating at delicious restaurants, biking, and trying to make friends.  Want to be my friend?  Oh, and I make espressos just like they do in Paris.  A lot.  I am obsessed with them. OBSESSED.

Rebekah: If you could pick one dessert to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Katie: White birthday cake with white frosting. Not just regular cake, but it has to have someone’s birthday attached to it.  That just makes the cake SO much better for some reason. Oh, and my dad’s pumpkin pie.  He makes it out of our jack-o-lanterns from Halloween, or at least he used to, when we were all home for Halloween and still carved pumpkins. Sad.

Rebekah: Most of us are women, some of us are moms. So spill it, whats the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman in the last year? Mommy related or not!

Katie: I am not a mom, except to this new little kitten thing I adopted. (I like him even more than I like my espressos.)  However, I have been learning way more than I would care to over the past year.  When you leave college, a lot of stuff hits you square in the face that is not that exciting.  Like health insurance- what is with that crap anyways?  And paying your first water bill, and realizing that to keep your house clean, you actually…have to clean it. (Gross.)  I am just trying right now to process all of these new found responsibilities without losing the zest of my youth, and remaining inspired.  Also, a lesson a lot of my friends learned when we left college is that things just take time.  We all expect to graduate college, find the perfect job right away, go to work every day in high heels and cute business suits, and have lots of money.  However, the reality is most people don’t even figure out what they actually want to (or what God wants) them to do until they are at least 25.  We feel so old at 23, and get all panicky if it isn’t all working out just exactly as we had pictured, when the reality is our adult life is JUST getting started, and there are many great adventures to be had…they just take a while to brew!

Rebekah: Share with us your favorite recipe! (no rules here…)

Katie: I have invented this weird thai chicken recipe that involves the use of peanut butter.  I cut up a boneless skinless chicken breast, and brown it.  Then I add low sodium soy sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, garlic, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes.  Once that cooks for awhile, I add in a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables, mix it all around until it is all cooked. Then, a big spoonful of peanut butter, stir it in and SHA BAM- thai peanut chicken.  Delicious.  I serve it with rice, or noodles.

Rebekah: I hate to cut things with scissors because of the scratchy feeling, and I cannot look at a car that’s not painted glossy for fear of thoughts of chalkboards and fingernails. Tell us about your weirdness…what are your quirks?

Katie: The sound of pouring water makes me extremely uncomfortable.  I can’t watch my sister eat cereal without becoming extremely disturbed.  It annoys me when my husband sneezes, so I always feel guilty saying God bless you, when I am so inwardly annoyed.  Please note though, that I love my sister and husband very very much, but more so when there is no cereal involved and it is not allergy season.  P.S. Rebekah, I just laughed out loud that you can’t look at a glossy car.  That really is kinda weird! Bahah.

Rebekah: If you have kiddos & a hubby, or a soulmate/best friend, tell us what it is about them that you love soooo much.

Katie:  I don’t even know why I love my husband, I just know that I do and I am supposed to. I loved him right when I first saw him at age 12, but had no idea why I did.  But if I had to put this strange and beautiful feeling into words, I would say things I love most about him are the way he makes me laugh, calms me down, believes in me, never gets jealous. He doesn’t care that I am not good at keeping the house clean or folding shirts, slash if you say the word housewife around me I break out in hives. I also love that he is an artist, and we can have these deep discussions about the meaning of a play, or why he hates my paintings, and how he understands my desire to be a writer and to not EVER work an office job.  I also love that we both love the outdoors, and have hiked probably 400 miles together, and we both are obsessed with cats.  And that he is super hot.

But most of all, I love when he does completely absurd, out of nowhere, make me pee my pants laughing things like break out in a dance in the middle of our living room.  He is mentally insane, and I am obsessed.

Rebekah: If your husband/significant other comes inside from working, and is sweaty and smelly and covered in dirt, do you embrace the manliness and give him a big smoocher or send him packing, straight to the shower with a fresh bar of irish spring? Whats the reason behind your choice?

Katie: This is kind of a creepy question, but I will answer it with all honesty.  No, I will not send him to the showers because 1. Showers are overrated. 2. I like when he smells a little sweaty, I like when he smells clean, I like what he smells like when it is cold outside.  All of these smells remind me of some forgotten memory of growing up together, like Christmas time playing in the snow, or after football practice in high school.  He always smells good to me.  Well, mostly always.

Rebekah: We obviously all love to blog stalk. Give us some of your favorite blogs that you keep up with.

Katie: I swear I am not sucking up, but this blog is one of the two that I actually follow.  The only other one belongs to the beautiful creative blonde bombshell Kristin Bruce.  She writes about life, God and mostly the issue of human trafficking.  She just got back from a trip to Thailand- check it out! http://parakristin.tumblr.com/

Rebekah: Whats the most important thing you’ve discovered since breaking into the blog world? A good tip, say, for those of us who are new to it!

Katie: Ok, so this is really strange, but I have to admit that one thing that will bring traffic to your blog is writing about poodles.  Yes, I am serious.  I wrote a couple stories about huge poodles, and how I absolutely detest them. ( I love dogs, but not poodles.  They are not dogs.  They are hair covered French men with low IQ’s who walk on four legs.  Not a dog, and absolutely terrifying. ) Anyways, people kept coming to my blog when they would Google poodles.  I am not kidding, I got like 90 hits one day just by people searching for poodles.  Hopefully, they liked my blog too! Also, I hear writing every day no matter what is good, however I have failed in that area!

Rebekah: You can only download ONE album from itunes. Whos it gonna be?

Katie: Mumford and Sons.  Hands down.  My husband and I listen to them every day.  Brilliant.

Rebekah: Ive said it before, im not a reader but I wanna be. Give me a book that has inspired you, romanced you, kept you hanging, or one you simply couldn’t put down!

Katie: This year books have actually played a big part into me deciding to leave TV and pursue something that I am more passionate about.  My top for this past year:

Bird by Bird- Anne Lammott

The Happiness Project- Gretchen Rubin

Making Your Creative Dreams Real- SARK

Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper- SARK

I loved all of those.

Rebekah: We’ve all got them; role models. Give us one or two of yours and tell us why you look up to them!

Katie: My role model is anyone who doesn’t let fear hold them back from living a full, exciting, love and joy filled life and doing exactly what they love to do and doing it successfully, no matter how off the wall and impractical it may seem.  If you fit that criteria, I look up to you.

Rebekah: Besides blogging, what is one thing that you do every day without fail? Could be big or small.

Katie: Tell my husband I love him about 100 times, and drink coffee.

Rebekah: Who is your alma mater, and be honest…what was more important to you while in school; football, or studying?

Katie: Palm Beach Atlantic University– Go Sailfish!  And since we have no football team- studying I suppose.  At PBA it is not hip to display any amount of sailfish pride anyways. Mostly because the mascot…is a sailfish.

Rebekah: Saved the best two for last. One, how has God blessed you this week?

Katie: My baby kitty got super sick and we thought he was going to croak…but he survived!  Also, just allowing me to have so much time with my awesome husband.

Rebekah: And two. What makes you rad? (OWN THIS)

Katie: Why do questions like this make people feel uncomfortable?  If you instruct me to own this- I guess I will.

I have freckles and imperfect teeth.  I see the world in a mass amount of color, and then I paint it how I see it.  I have a ring in the shape of a buffalo head that I bought for $1 on top of a mountain in California, and I cherish it like it was made out of gold.  I have been a dancer my entire life and own 2 pairs of broken in point shoes. I have climbed a 10,000 ft mountain on 2 hours of sleep with no trail, walking on ridges two feet wide and clinging to unstable rock for dear life.  However, I was secretly terrified the entire time and will never climb again.  I can furnish and entire home on 75% thrift store furniture, and 25% Ikea furniture.  I always know exactly what I want, and refuse to settle for anything less.


friday: rad mom interview, LAUREN CLARK!

I am so very very very pleased and excited to announce todays rad mom interview guest.

Lauren Clark of Lauren Clark Photography!

she is a fabulous photographer out of oklahoma! (this is just recently..she was based out of lubbock texas for quite a few years!)
she was one of the guest teachers at the for the love workshop that i attended in tennessee this year.

she is so kind, and so sweet.

she says ya’ll!

shes absolutely beautiful inside and out, and she has worked her tail off to be the woman she is. (like we all do!)

i was so thrilled when she agreed to be interviewed…i was like, “is this a joke?” ladies, please enjoy todays post:) and PLEASE check out her blog..it is a photography blog, but lauren writes and shares so much about her personal life on there, which in my opinion is so refreshing. i love reading about her life!

here is a shot of her and one of her doggies from her facebook!

Introducing, Mrs Lauren Clark!!!

Rebekah: well hello. Tell us a bit about yourself!

Lauren: I am a photographer living in Stillwater, Oklahoma! I have been married to my wonderfully handy and handsome husband, Josh for 5 years. We just moved from the town I’ve lived in since 9th grade to my husband’s hometown for a little adventure. We are remodeling a house and clearing out 20 acres of forest at the same time and have LOVED the entire process.

Rebekah:  tell us about your blog or site. What do you do and why do you do it?

Lauren: I have been blogging for a good 5 years now, back when blogs were still a mystery. My blog is filled with my photography shoots and my weekly life. I have recently switched from wedding photography to children and families and let me tell you, I have never been more excited about photography!

Rebekah: When you’re not blogging, what takes up most of your time?

Lauren: I enjoy reading design blogs like Design Sponge and Apartment Therapy when I’m not working. My latest hobby is taking a few floaty noodles and going out to the lake with friends and just floating around. Josh has also been making hiking trails on our 20 acres and we have been taking the dogs out there every night.

Rebekah: If you could pick one dessert to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Lauren: I pretty much eat ice cream every day so I would have to say Cold Stone Creamery’s chocolate cake batter with Reese’s in it!

Rebekah: Most of us are women, some of us are moms. So spill it, whats the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman in the last year? Mommy related or not!

Lauren: Put your husband first. For the last 5 years of our marriage he was always second to my business, and this year I have decided to make him first in my life. It is a hard transition since I have practiced this for 5 years, but it will be so worth it once I’ve got it down! AND! Live life with lots of adventure. Don’t just go to the movie’s for a night out, create something that you will never forget and include the people you love. Have random hobbies and switch them out every month for something new.

Rebekah: Share with us your favorite recipe! (no rules here…)

Lauren:  Bourbon Peach Cobbler (this comes from a first place win in a chuck wagon cook-off! It is the best cobbler I’ve ever eaten)

1 Cobbler Crust

1 c. sugar

6 c. fresh peaches

1 c. butter

1 c. brown sugar

1 t. cinnamon

½ c. Jack Daniels Whiskey

1 ½ c. whipping cream

Put everything except the whiskey in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.  Add in whiskey and stir tenderly for 15-20 minutes.

Line a 9×13 dish with crust and then put the filling in, then add more crust on top in a lattice pattern. Cook for 45 minutes at 350

Rebekah: I hate to cut things with scissors because of the scratchy feeling, and I cannot look at a car that’s not painted glossy for fear of thoughts of chalkboards and fingernails. Tell us about your weirdness…what are your quirks?

Lauren: Styrofoam is my enemy, when I open things that are wrapped in Styrofoam I have to quickly yank it out so that the noise won’t make me cringe! I also eat desert first most of the time.

Rebekah: If you have kiddos & a hubby, or a soulmate/best friend, tell us what it is about them that you love soooo much.

Lauren: Josh completes me. I feel that when God created me he left me with only half of my wits, no strength, and not a lot of common sense. Josh has everything in his person that I lack and even though it isn’t easy to get along when you are missing the half of what the other person has, it really does work out! Josh is strong, determined, compassionate and very, very HANDY!

Rebekah: If your husband/significant other comes inside from working, and is sweaty and smelly and covered in dirt, do you embrace the manliness and give him a big smoocher or send him packing, straight to the shower with a fresh bar of irish spring? Whats the reason behind your choice?

Lauren: Well, this doesn’t really happen very often, but um, neither?:) Last night he was under the house fixing the pipes in the bathroom and I did take his picture!

Rebekah: We obviously all love to blog stalk. Give us some of your favorite blogs that you keep up with.

Lauren: Decor8blog.com, apartmenttherapy.com, designspongeonline.com, thepioneerwoman.com!

Rebekah: Whats the most important thing you’ve discovered since breaking into the blog world? A good tip, say, for those of us who are new to it!

Lauren: Blog about your life, even the dull moments that you have. I always love to go back and read the “me” posts and see what I went through that year. I also blog about my Christianity and it hasn’t been as scary as some people would think. I haven’t had one person come on and be mean to me about it, by the way, it is YOUR BLOG, not theirsJ

Rebekah: You can only download ONE album from itunes. Whos it gonna be?

Lauren: Bethany Dillon

Rebekah: Ive said it before, im not a reader but I wanna be. Give me a book that has inspired you, romanced you, kept you hanging, or one you simply couldn’t put down!

Lauren: 2 of them, completely opposite:) The Shack and The Twilght Saga!!

Rebekah: We’ve all got them; role models. Give us one or two of yours and tell us why you look up to them!

Lauren: My mom, she has been through so much and has always kept her spirits up and always told me to “Just Pray”!  She never stops to serve people and is just the most perfect person out there!

Rebekah: Besides blogging, what is one thing that you do every day without fail? Could be big or small.

Lauren: Eat ice cream and pet my 2 great danes.

Rebekah: Who is your alma mater, and be honest…what was more important to you while in school; football, or studying?

Lauren: Uh, I just had to ask my brainy husband what that even meant! I went to Texas Tech for 1 year and 3 days. I didn’t care for studying OR football!

Rebekah: Saved the best two for last. One, how has God blessed you this week?

Lauren: I have been booking sessions like crazy this week and my husband has almost finished the bathroom. I was able to go home and visit mom and my sister, Magen, this weekend and that was a Big blessing!

Rebekah: And two. What makes you rad? (OWN THIS)

Lauren: I have a lot of hobbies and that makes me interesting. Interesting people trump smart people, that’s what I like to tell myself anyway. My business made its first million by the time I turned 25! I own 2 great danes, normally sleep in my makeup, have a ton of hobbies and that is what makes me RAD!


monday: hood life, a john mayer day.

personal: i woke up this morning really wanting to listen to bebo norman all day. and i was totally going to pull him up on grooveshark, but when we got downstairs ben turned to john mayer on the ipod. good enough i guess. this morning ive already cleaned house, fixed breakfast for me and jos (bens not a breakfast person), made coffee, done 2 loads of laundry, scrubbed the carpet twice where oliver decided to pee and puke (awesome), put jos down for a nap, AND finished editing a bridal session to be blogged. (yea julie!) all the while, listening to john mayer. we have every cd he’s ever released on our ipod, so its been continuous JM for about 4 hours now. i know all the lyrics to every song, ofcourse..so i keep coming across a few that i really identify with this monday.

“i cant wait to figure out whats wrong with me, so i can say this is the way that i used to be…theres no substitute for time.”

-i have felt for some time now that ive lost myself somewhere in motherhood. it cant be helped that it changes you in many ways…yes…and in other ways i do feel i have stayed the same…but there is something that you lose. i cant quite put my finger on it, i get stuck on words like “vanity” and “youth”. and that bothers me…i dont wait to be vain. but there is something so beautiful about who you “used to be” before you became a mother. am i right? ive got to find the connection between then and now, that time and this present day. it probably involves dieting, rollerblades and the gym. 🙂 oh darby hurry! my old body wants to re-surface:)

“young and full of running, tell me where has that taken me? just a great figure eight or a tiny infinity?

-most of you probably dont need to read me say that im always in a hurry in life to know that im always in a hurry in life. you see it…im THAT person that never slows down, never says no, is always out of breath…and worry/doubt/hurry has always been a personal struggle of mine. im pretty sure it stems from a fear of dying young or missing out…”who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” carrying that one with me this week.

“would you want me when im not myself? wait it out while i am someone else?”

-i worry a lot that the person ben fell in love with left a while back. this definitely relates back to the first JM lyric and response above. im pretty sure boys dont think about this kind of thing as much as we ladies do. its so easy to fall into the “am i the same person…does he love me the same after 6 years..” and i know he does. but my mind still wanders. i pray a lot that ben has the patience to put up with me when im in my transitional stages of life. and sadly i feel that motherhood is a constant transitional stage! ha. i guess during these times, these years, you have to find things about the person that you love that are still there, but may have grown or changed. you must identify those things, those areas of that person, that you can hold on to.

family: over the last week, josiah has mastered clapping, waving, and giving “5”. unreal to see him grow up so fast. this morning ben said, “um, hes getting really big and tall”. oh my heart…stop aching. my little little one who was actually never THAT little, stretches from my shoulder to my hip when i rock him. oh and the rocking? he has decided he doesnt really like it anymore. (HEART…STOP ACHING…) it hurts me, it does…and i knew these things, these days..they’d come and id miss the old time. and they did and i do. my baby is becoming a little boy. and before i get into a full on fit of tears i will move on.

august is going to be a busy month for us. ben works a lot, ive got shoots lined up, ive got 2 baby showers, and i’ll be tallahassee and pensacola for weddings then again in tallahassee for a week for photo shoots and time with family…oh yes and to move taylor into his apartment and get him ready for COLLEGE. WHAT? yes…you heard right..my second youngest bro is going to college this fall. im a wreck. this year is emotionally tolling! i’ll hopefully be posting lots of personal pics this month of all our travels and adventures.

and yes, today i am 32 weeks pregnant. unbelievable…that means im almost in the home stretch…and yet again may i remind you ive done NOTHING!!! the painting and getting their room ready has to happen like immediately. need to plan a girls night stat. ladies are you in!!!!??

business: i really am loving booking and shooting high school seniors. im concentrating mainly on Kings Academy Students and im so glad i picked that school to focus on. ive adored every senior ive met with so far! high school, senior year….its just such fun and let me tell you, these kids bring the fun out of me. the laughter…the “young and running”….they make me feel like a kid again. (until i get home from 4 hours of shooting and want to die, feet propped up and gallon of water in my hand..” if you are a TKA senior or you know one..send them my way folks. we’re having a blast and id hate for them to miss out. 🙂

alright, im trying to work on a big surprise for tomorrows design tuesday…something i didnt even expect but i think i need it. stay tuned!! happy monday everyone!