Friday, August 30, 2013

This week I've been...

munching: thai slaw, kale-kefir-berry smoothies, homemade toffee, kimchi rice, roasted cabbage and rice cakes with almond cocoa butter-banana-almonds.

creating: pallet furniture, a bed frame (finger's crossed), knitted socks and a floral sweater.

reading: Homeward Bound, any thoughts?

dreaming: of city-life and also farming, which is probably accredited to that book. And to go back to camp.

trying: to learn to sew. I haven't actually touched the machine but I am mentally gearing up for it, that's the first step right? Isn't this one so cute!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hana Air Hair Dryer Review

The lovely people at Misikko contacted me and sent me this wonderful hair dryer! Because my last hair dryer was on the fritz, you know how they start smelling like burnt hair? eck! Anyway, I happily accepted and they sent it right out. They have a great selection of hair dryersflat irons, and curling irons.

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I was so surprised when I opened the box as they sent a long a darling little packages with much more than just a hair dryer. What a sweet idea, chocolate, a teddy, hair brush, eyelash curler, hand sanitizer, soap roses, nail files and a cool heat proof bag that you can stick a warm curling iron in without burning anything.

I started using it a couple of weeks ago, I don't blow dry my hair every day so I wanted to use it a few times before writing this post. My first impression was that it was really sturdy and it had a very long cord, which is ALWAYS nice. It has two fan settings and 3 heat settings with a cold burst as well. It took only about 15 minutes to completely dry my hair which was taking me about 45 minutes. So worth it! I am overall quite impressed and would highly suggest this hair dryer to anyone looks for one. Check them out at can also find them on facebook if you want to follow along.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knitted: Beatnik

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Sweater: hand made, Belt: Forever21, Dress: sugar lips apparel, Tights: Aerie, Shoes: Francesca's, Bracelet: Thrifted

I made my first pullover for myself! I loved every second of it. The cables were a blast and as you can see the color is beautiful! I used this pattern, it's free! My sister knit one for herself at the same time, it was so fun to create together!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Giveaway: SweetSpot Bags

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Sweet Spot Bags is a darling little shop on etsy. They sell little pouches that are printed by the sun to display the longitude and latitude of specific spots in the world. They have spots such as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Woodstock, Paris and many more. And also print custom bags for people who have a specific location in the world and want to remember it throughout their day. 

She made this sweet little bag for me that marks my one of my favorite spots - Johannesburg! I want to go back right now... but now I have this cute pouch to remind me of that beautiful place and beautiful people. 

Sweet Spot Bags is giving one lucky winner a bag of their spot and color of their choice!

To Enter:

-You must be a GFC or bloglovin follower of my blog
- Like Sweet Spot Bags on facebook
Extra Entries:
- Comment with your favorite spot in the world
-Tweet about the giveaway

Good Luck!

Update: congratulations Mackenzie! Email me!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Featured Blogger: Forever Faithful

I talked to a friend on the phone today. She asked me how married life with Caleb was going. She asked me if we have had any fights, and if we've gotten tired of each other yet. I answered her by saying that married life was absolutely wonderful! It is such a blessing and I am so thankful for this man who the Lord created specifically for me. And to her question about fighting...well, I told her, we don't really fight! Sure we have our moments where we get frustrated with one another, but its usually just over something little and insignificant. We realize we aren't perfect. We eventually talk through it, forgive one another, and don't stay mad at each other for long. And we never go to bed angry! (Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger" Ephesians 4:26.) But then tonight, I got to thinking...why is it that Caleb and I have such a wonderful relationship? How is it that our marriage is so thriving and so enjoyable? And why don't we ever fight?

Well, the key to a thriving marriage relationship is laying yourself down for your spouse. It's about daily laying your own desires, needs, and wants down for the good of the other. It's about laying our lives down for our spouse like the Lord Jesus Christ laid His very life down for us. 

Let me just say that my time spent packing Caleb's lunch this evening became a teachable moment for me. I started thinking to myself, "Ugh, I don't want to do this right now. I am really tired and cold and all I want to do is go to bed." I was not thinking happy thoughts. But I soon found myself rebuking my own lazy and selfish heart. I felt the Lord say to my heart: "This is what marriage is all about." And then I realized it! Doing things I don't necessarily want to do all the time...laying my life down...this is what marriage is all about! Laying my life down minute by minute for my husband. This is the reason that our marriage is so sweet. This why we have such sweet fellowship with one another. This is why we enjoy each other. This is one of the greatest reasons why we are more in love with each other than on the day of our wedding five months ago.

Marriage is not all about passionate romance every night (although sometimes it is), it's not about getting what I want from Caleb, it's not about making myself comfortable or happy. It's all about laying my own self down and loving Caleb like Christ has loved me. And its the same for him--its about loving me and laying his life like Christ laid his own life down. It's the picture of what Christ did for the church (believers everywhere). "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." John 15:12-13 So that our sinful souls might be saved, our perfect Lord and Savior Christ Jesus lived amongst sinners, died as a criminal, and took the full wrath of God all for us. He laid down His very life and shed His own blood for our good. He loved us so much that He gave everything for us. And that is what spouses in a marriage relationship are supposed to do for one another. "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her" Ephesians 5:22-27. (This verse applies to both husbands and wives). 

If Caleb and I are to love each other as Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for her, then we must realize we are both sinners. Our sinful flesh is warring against at every moment. It's fighting against Christ's Spirit within us. We have to die daily to our sinful flesh that Christ might live in us to will and to work for His great glory and His good pleasure. We have to purposefully lay down our sinful desires in order to truly love one another. And this doesn't just mean laying your life down for the other in a life or death circumstance! This is an everyday, every moment deal. We must lay down our lives for one another daily. Yep! That might sound scary and to you it might even sound awful...but its completely the opposite! It's freeing. When we love each other as Christ loved us, then we meet each other's needs. We are looking out for one another. It is how we were created to be before the fall! It is God's design for marriage. It's a heavenly kind of love!When we are both so consumed with loving and giving ourselves for the other person, then the relationship is so beautiful. It's free from the strain and struggle that our selfishness causes. 

There are times that I really don't want to do things. Like wash the dishes or stay up making Caleb's lunch for the next day or say that I'm sorry. But every time I remind myself that I am laying myself down for his good and for the good of our marriage. It's something he needs and he appreciates. It's showing him Christ's love. And ultimately it is all for the glory of God. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I can lay down my own desire for sleep, for comfort, etc. for the one I love. And the reason that we do this for one another is  because Christ first loved us! "By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers...Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:16 & 18. Because of all that Christ has done for us, we want to be like Him. We want to live in Christ's freedom, and we love when we get to experience it here on earth! We strive to live by His example because it brings so much blessing and so much good.  And by doing this, you are ultimately laying yourself down at the feet of Jesus and saying, "Not my will but Yours be done, O Lord" Luke 22:42.

We are by no means perfect. I fail and fall everyday...I did today many times in fact. There are so many times that I let my sinful self get the best of me. And its so frustrating when that happens. But I want to encourage you to try and try again! If you are striving to please the Lord and follow His commands, He will bless it. He loves His children and leads them by the hand. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand." Psalm 37:24

Love, Kasey

Monday, January 14, 2013

Giveaway: WhoopTee (Closed)

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WhoopTee is a company in St. Louis, MO that creates custom shirts with your design on them at great prices. Also, there is free shipping until January 28!
They are bringing you a giveaway today for three lucky readers to win this shirt I designed!

To enter:
-You must be a GFC or bloglovin follower of my blog
Extra Entries:
- Visit WhoopTee's website
-Tweet about the giveaway

Good luck! Winners will be announced next monday!
Congratulations Chloe, Brisedy, and Rusty!
Email me ladies!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Big Sky

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Top&Hat: Target, Necklace&Shoes: AE, Tights: Aerie, Skirt: Thrifted

We have arrived in Montana. While we felt like we may have died on the 24 hour straight car ride - we are shockingly in love with this darn city. During our quick drive to the "big" city, I found a yarn shop, a REAL coffee shop, giant thrift store, a clothing boutique and a fantastic church! We are excited for the next phase of life. 

My school starts tomorrow, so for now I will drink tea, knit socks and pray.