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Sanctuary at Home

I love Thanksgiving. I love the food, the family and the reminder to stop and be thankful for all of my life. For the last couple of years, our family has done a Thankful Tree as a reminder to be purposefully thankful during the month leading up to Thanksgiving. But this year, life got in [...]

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Can I Get an Amen?

by Kimba on August 24, 2011

in Artwork,Sanctuary at Home

I spotted this on Pinterest a few weeks ago and tracked down the original source for the artwork. You can download the free printable version over at Sweet Blessings. I’m thinking that I need to wallpaper my kitchen with it. My weak little heart must be constantly reminded that I don’t need to compare myself [...]

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I have a confession to make. There was a time in my life when entertaining at home stressed me out. A lot. And it was my own fault. I made entertaining too complicated. Every gathering turned into a major party, because I didn’t understand the joy that comes from connecting with just a few friends [...]

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I’ve shared before that I’m a major magazine junkie. I have so many subscriptions that I love and enjoy. This Old House, Southern Living, BHG, Coastal Living, and on and on. My problem is that I can’t part with my magazines once I’ve read them! Same goes for home decorating catalogs like Pottery Barn, Restoration [...]

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You Convinced Me!

by Kimba on September 9, 2010

in Real Me,Sanctuary at Home

A couple of days ago, I lamented the excess “stuff” we have in our house. It’s making me crazy and I was toying with the idea of having a garage sale to get rid of some stuff. But I had all sorts of reasons why I couldn’t do it…It’s September (not exactly prime yard sale [...]

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The Stuff of Stuff

by Kimba on September 7, 2010

in decorating,Real Me,Sanctuary at Home

It’s no secret that I like stuff. Mostly pretty stuff for my house, but I’m an equal opportunity stuff-lover. And I’m gifted at finding good stuff. Cheap. I find stuff in the clearance aisle, at the Goodwill and the antique store. And occasionally, by the side of the road. I love the things that I [...]

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I have a confession to make. There was a time in my life when entertaining friends and family stressed me out. A lot. And it was my own fault. I made entertaining too complicated. Join me at Reluctant Entertainer today to read about my simple summer entertaining philosophy.

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Someday, when I’m independently wealthy (a girl can dream), I’m going to have fresh flowers in my home every day. Until then, I’ll have to settle for the occasional Sam’s Club bouquet. But there’s something so welcoming about flowers, don’t you think? Flowers are good for the heart and soul. One of my goals for [...]

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Decorating WITH Children

by Kimba on January 21, 2010

in Sanctuary at Home

Remember all those candles from yesterday. I pulled some out and, for about 10 minutes, they looked like this in my dining room. Pretty, right? I think my boys like when I start moving things around. In their eyes, any new display is just a new playground for Star Wars guys. I’m ok with that. [...]

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Being Really Real

by Kimba on December 21, 2009

in Faith and Family,Sanctuary at Home

Random pretty picture because I can’t stand starting a post without a picture. This is a re-post from 368 days ago. There isn’t any Christmas yakk on my chandelier and I made the paper chains using staples this year, but the sentiment remains the same. It seemed appropriate to share this again today. Today’s post [...]

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A Thankful Tree

by Kimba on November 11, 2009

in Do it yourself,Sanctuary at Home

We’re trying to remember to be purposefully thankful this month so we made a Thankful Tree. We started with a branch from the backyard. Note: No living trees were harmed in the creation of this project. Of course, I had to hit it with my favorite red spray paint…Krylon Banner Red. (It would have been [...]

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Yes! We’re still doing this series. I just got a little sidetracked by my move to WordPress. Today’s challenge is a simple one…Turn on some lamps. Even during the day. And turn OFF those overhead lights, whenever you can. Your home will feel warmer and more welcoming. And you’ll look even prettier by lamplight. Thinner [...]

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Foof up your entry way door. Today’s “welcoming” idea came right from one of my readers, Lynda from Ramblings of a Sports Mad Southern Girl. I spend a lot of time making wreaths and pretty things for my front door. I love doing it and it makes the front of the house look great. I [...]

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Use the good stuff. Do you have a china cabinet full of wedding china (or Grandma’s china or thrift store china?) that only gets pulled out for a holiday or special occasion? How about some pretty glasses that don’t get used because they’re fragile? Is it REALLY the end of the world if one gets [...]

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Make them something yummy. Even if you regularly have a homemade dinner on the table at 6pm sharp (I don’t!), there’s something extra special about having a little something sweet made for the one’s you love. It doesn’t have to be some takes-all-day project. I’m a huge fan of popping some break-and-bake or slice-and-bake cookies [...]

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Make it smell good. I don’t know about you, but in our house we have 2 young boys. That means our house can smell like all sort of funkiness if I don’t keep a breeze blowing. Today’s challenge is so simple…just make it smell good. That could mean lighting those fancy candles (what are you [...]

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Get them something to drink. Such a simple thing to do. It’s one of the first things that I do whenever a friend comes over. It’s usually the 3rd question I ask a guest…right after “How are you?” and “Did you bring me a present?”. I ask “Can I get you something to drink?” There’s [...]

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Turn on some music! Really. It’s that simple. Just turn it on! What does your home sound like? I’m a big believer that music soothes the savage beast. Whether that’s my kids or me, I’ll leave to you to decide. I just know that when we reach the witching hour (that hour before dinner), turning [...]

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Clean up your entryway. I’m not talking about making a beautiful wreath to hang on your front door. That’s for your guests…and for yourself, if you’re a wreath-loving fool like me. I’m talking about getting rid of the clutter and mess that’s going on in the entrance that your family uses. For me, that’s the [...]

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The topic of having a more welcoming home has been on my mind lately. When I think about having a warm and welcoming home, I usually think about how guests feel when they enter my home. But lately, I’ve been wondering how my own family feels when they get home. There’s nothing wrong with wanting [...]

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