Apartment Tour | Neutral Modern Nursery Toddler

If you know me you know I LOVE neutrals. My favorite color in that spectrum hands down being white. I need white walls and big windows for my heart to come alive. When I saw the light in this space I KNEW this was our new home. I have surprisingly loved NOT having curtains which surprises me more than anyone. I love a good set of floor to ceiling drapes but the light and windows are just to good to cover in any way. So the only room that has curtains is my room.

 

His rocking horse was a hand me down that was re-painted with his name on the back. He loves his “neigh, neigh”

I love me a good fiddle fig plant. I found this cute little fiddle fig leaf for $4 at Michaels this summer! SCORE! (Side note, all my fiddle figs I have scored for $5 or under. Um thank you JESUS!)

His Azteca Natural rug from Lorena Canals is one of my favorite rugs for a kids room because of how easy it is to clean. I can just throw it in the wash!! With a toddler, that is necessary at times 😉 Its under $250 too and comes in two sizes HERE.


I made his ‘son you are a legend’ sign for his nursery and loved it so much I decided to keep it in his new space. Just a reminder for him as he grows up.

My favorite thing in his room has to be his play kitchen that I did a complete 180 to that he I gave to him as his christmas gift this year. And yes, a diy blog post is coming next week on how I did it all for under $50. Consider this a sneak peek 😉





 

 

 

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Hope Deferred

I wrote this back in September and while I shared it on social media I realized I never posted it to the blog. I feel like so many have been and are in this season of hope deferred. Hoping it encourages your heart. 

In the tension between feeling the sting of the wounds life has inflicted and the whispers of hope we dare to dream for, we are presented with the opportunity to believe.

In the midst of hope deferred we are given the chance to press in.
Surrendering every last hot stinging tear that pours down our face, every stolen dream, every desire our hearts dare to whisper that we so desperately want.
We surrender it all.

Without shame knowing His word will not return void.

Life may not look like how we thought it would, but we can trust it will be good. That it will bring us closer to the person of God. There we will find the rest and security that our hearts so desperately crave. It’s in hearing the truth of who He is. Regardless of whether you can feel it, or believe it in that moment that we open up our hearts and hands to say YES.

I believe this is what’s true in life. It’s all about saying YES.

Hope deferred is not punishment. It is an opportunity for Him to realign, restore, and bring redemption into every area of our life.

To those feeling the stings of hope deferred, I’ve been there. Honestly, I am there right now in this very moment. I trust though, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is the ONLY one who can fulfill each and every desire. In His perfect way, in His perfect timing. Trusting the process He is leading me through will always produce fruit.

Even in walking through death after death in my family, and broken dream after broken dream I can honestly say every time I said YES to Him He has ALWAYS shown up and given me whatever it was that I needed in that moment. (Notice I didn’t say what I wanted. Rather, what I needed)

The key is allowing Him to show us what we actually need in those moments.
Today I am believing with you. Whatever those dreams in your heart are, I believe and know that they are not too big for God to orchestrate. I believe He is currently weaving together your story so perfectly that you will look back and it will be impossible to not say that was the hand of God on my life taking care of my every step, my every breath to see me made whole.

I believe He is currently weaving your story together so perfectly that you will look back and it will be impossible to not say that was the hand of God on my life taking care of my every step, my every breath to see me made whole.

 

With love, K

Apartment Tour | Neutral Modern Christmas Home Decor

Well its christmas eve. What better time than to share my christmas decor with you all than now? Especially since it will all be coming down in the next 24 hours. haha. Yep, I am that person that takes it all down pretty quickly after.

My overall style is pretty minimal + neutral. This year I knew I wanted very simple decor. Green trees. White, gold, and silver accents. Nothing more, nothing less.

Well, except for this red car pillow that snuck in;)

Even the kitchen has a little christmas cheer.
Our Christmas tree makes me happy. Simple, and modern. Almost all of the ornaments are from Target from the last two years.

Even littles mans room has a little tree in one of his windows. Just out of arms reach.

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Discovering the beauty in waiting

I believe waiting is so much more than simply the discipline of waiting. So often ‘waiting’ is looked at as a bad thing. We ask our kids to wait for their food as we make it. Sometimes it’s not ready yet, sometimes its too hot for them to eat.

It does not make us a bad parent for asking them to wait. Its simply apart of the process of receiving things.

Christmas is coming up. Apart of the process of christmas is the WAITING. The anticipation of what is to come, of what is under that christmas tree. Its the belief that what I asked for is under there.  So why is it when God asks us to wait that so often our assumption is lack? That He doesn’t actually want us to have good things. Lack is nowhere to be found in Gods description or in heaven. Might I remind us all that GOODNESS and mercy follow all who seek him.

 If you’re seeking a kingdom on earth lifestyle chances are God will ask you to wait. Possibly longer than others seeking the same things as you. 

Him asking you to wait is another way of Him saying let me make this this thing I have for you PERFECT.

Let me perfect EVERYTHING. From you dreaming/hoping for it, receiving it, and cherishing it. Because when you receive this thing. The story doesn’t end. You will be asked to wait again, and again, and again for more things/dreams in your life. Each time you wait, each time you surrender to His timing you will discover just how GOOD He really is. He wants His best for us every single time. This is why He asks us to wait. He is perfecting everything about its delivery. All too often though we try and jump in grabbing something before its ready. Which can lead to confusion, pain, or an annoyingly burned mouth 😉

*insert picture of me waiting for my coffee to cool. Too corny? Oh well, here it is*

Whatever it is you are waiting for I encourage you to lean not on your understanding. Knowing there truly is a reason for the season. Cheesy; I know, but guys its so true. I cannot emphasize it enough. I have seen this over and over in my own life. His timing is seriously a hundred million times better than mine. He is SO FAITHFUL to carry out every promise to completion in a way that will help us come fully alive and that will glorify His son. So when that time comes for that thing/dream to be presented to you, you’ll look back and see realize couldn’t have dreamt it to be any better even if you had tried. And I’m guessing you’ve tried a few times 😉 Or maybe thats just how my brain works. haha. 

Believing with you today that God has His BEST in store for you.

 

Take a moment a listen to this song from Hillsong called Seasons:

I can see the promise
I can see the future
You’re the God of seasons
I’m just in the winter
If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting
You can see my promise
Even in the winter
Cause You’re the God of greatness.

I believe that my season will come.”

 

 

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Planning for 2018

Preparing for 2018 has become such a JOY. While I am believing for some BIG victories in my life I am choosing to just REST in His abilities. With that though comes the need to be   diligent in the daily tasks that need to occur to make life happen. Juggling a photography business, oil business, being a blogger, and a mama doesn’t just happen by itself. Although theres a whole lot of grace on it!

 

Enter J.Lynn Designery 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner. I have to admit I have always boughten your standard target planner. Spent $10 and called it good. Thing is, I never used it the entire year, and there was never enough room to write it it.

J.Lynn Designery has THREE options for her 2018 planners. I personally have the 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner Geo Print. She has a place for every week to write down goals for that week, and what you’re grateful for that week. I cannot wait to look back over every week at the end of the year and see what the highlight was for that week. This planner goes above and beyond just being a calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the big things on my heart for 2018 is AUTHENTICITY.

So when we decided to snap some pictures of the planner in a coffeeshop I knew I wanted it to be as real as life is. This is my life you guys. Sometimes I allowing him to explore coffeeshops and restaurants. Other times he is right next to me wanting to be apart of whatever it is I am doing and its all beautiful. The process is slowly becoming my favorite. This is single mama life and I am thankful for everything I am learning in this season of life. I know it won’t last forever so I am soaking up every moment of just him and I.


 

 

We shot inside the beautiful Monarch Coffee. If you’re looking for a *usually* kid free coffee shop head on over. Thanks to all the customers who didn’t mind my little man coming up and saying hi to them.

 

My navy ribbed off the shoulder sweater is from Pink Blush. (I am swearing a small but it definitely fits two sizes larger)

Isaacs raglan shirt is from Kansas City Clothing Co. (Isaac is wearing 2T. )

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Apartment Tour | Favorite Kansas City Art Print

** I am currently OFF social media from Dec 3-24. Everything posted via Instagram + FB have been scheduled posts. If you are needing to get ahold of me please email me: kymberlyjanelle@gmail.com **

I decided to start a mini series to share my new apartment space. To start the series off I am sharing my current favorite Kansas City Art Print. We all know I am sucker for a Kansas City companies so when I moved downtown last month I knew I wanted some kind of Kansas City art for my space. I found this Kansas City Auto Sign from Bozz Prints and knew it was going to be perfect. Its the only thing hanging in my main living area.

I added the christmas pillow for some christmas cheer. Its the only christmas red in the entire apartment. haha. #neutralforlife over here.


Can we take a minute though and all agree little man just looks so ridiculously handsome in his KC shirt?

 

Rug: Overstock.com

Chair: Amazon

Picture Frame IKEA

Auto Sign Kansas City Picture: Bozz Prints (16×24)

Metal Basket: Marshalls

Blanket in Metal Basket: Amazon

 

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Fall favorite sweatshirt | Tucker + Scout

I am a sucker for local KC brands and at the top of my list is always a good sweatshirt. Tucker + Scout delivered with this sweatshirt. So comfy and lightweight enough to layer under or over. This sweatshirt is one of my go-tos. 

I get compliments on this wind talker sweatshirt EVERY TIME I wear it. No joke. Wore it to church today, no shame and cannot tell you how many people commented on it. You need it! Best part? Its unisex. So guys, you can definitely rock this as well. Im wearing a small. Definitely a must have for this winter. Especially with it only being $40!! Click HERE to go buy yours! 

Or you can check out their booth here in Kansas City if you’re a local at Union Station on December 10th from 10am-6pm for the Holiday Strawberry Swing

If you stop by their booth make sure and let them know I sent ya!

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Seeds of shame

I’ve been thinking a lot as of late about the seeds that are planted in our hearts and minds. There are good and bad seeds. The enemy will continually try and plant little seeds in our lives. Those seeds will either get washed away with the word of God or they will quickly turn into a weed within our hearts.

The enemy doesn’t come in with fiery torches threatening to burn your house down. He instead gives you the match and invites you to come into agreement with lies to light it up yourself.

The enemy takes our shortcomings and convinces us that we need to hide our less than perfect behaviors. As we begin hiding them they’ve now become secrets. When he can do that he’s able to turn the secrets into shame. When we feel shame we begin disqualifying ourselves from Gods love and everyone elses, including our own.

It is there in that place of feeling dirty, shameful, and far from God that so many give up and give into sin. The beautiful thing is God can still, and in fact loves to reach down and blow on the embers of our heart to remind us of His love for us. It wasn’t God that drew back. It was our belief system that changed the way we think.

A little seed can quickly grow into something great or a tangled web that begins to choke out anything thats life giving so that it can live. Today I want to encourage you to not ‘water’ any seeds of doubt, insecurity, fear, shame. Instead choose to dig out those seeds and allow God to speak His truth over you. You are not those lies. You are blameless in His sight. Not because of anything you have done, but because of what He sacrificed to redeem and restore you to a place of wholeness.