Currently {Volume 17} :: Influence Conference Edition

Monday, September 29, 2014

So Remember when this happened? I was the Influence Conference giveaway winner, I won airfare, ticket for the conference, hotel stay you know the whole shabang.  Crazy, right?! 
Post about my shock is here
That leads me into "Currently" for this week- Influence Conference Edition

Thinking about.... Since I was the big giveaway winner, I knew that was all God's work, so I went in with an open heart to learn and listen to what the Lord wanted for me at this conference. He has a plan for me and I want to know what it is!! So much to process from the weekend. There were amazing speakers sharing how to love Jesus and build his kingdom, speakers giving helpful tips on how to be better bloggers and small business owners, and a strategy panel and workshops that gave a strategic approach to all that we do. All were so helpful! The Lord did a lot in my heart, revealed to me what my heart truly desires and gave me some hints on the path he wants me to go on. So scary, but so exciting!
Listening to...... All about that Bass. Because of my traveling arrangements, I arrived at the Influence Conference as soon as the party started at 8 on Thursday, I rushed and ran down with my friends. It was 20 minutes in that there was a lip-sync off and my brave rommate, Kristen signed us up....I mean I knew she was going to do it, but was hoping she was just kidding....well no. It wasn't more then 2 seconds later I was hearing all four of our names being called to show off our never rehearsed before lip sync.....and we nailed it! Pretty gosh darn proud! Talk about letting things go and not caring what people think, sheesh, thrown right into that and I am happy to associated with these very talented women!  

go here for the video ------> Post by Cassie Kent.

Loving.....All my swag from the Sashes Market at the Conference! I was given some spending money with my giveaway package (uh, hello?! Yea!) and I think I spent it wisely...what do you think?!

Prints:: Lindsay Letters Bows:: Oh Tiny Gifts  Purse:: Ivey Expressions

Thankful For..... Blogging friends turned into Real Life friends and I am positive will be lasting ones! My roommates were We had long conversations on family, life, dreams, blogging, passions, faith. We were real with each other and were able to just dive right in!  We especially loved that we were a mixed bag a faiths- Pentecostal, Baptist, and 2 Catholics. We had many a conversation on our beliefs and how much we love our faith and Jesus- building bridges. Love ecumenical friendships- follow our hashtag #ecumenicalfriendships and join in on this really important work of celebrating Jesus and sharing in our love for Him!

If you do not know my roomates already you need to! Run don't walk to their blogs!
Jenna // A Mama Collective
Christie // Letters from the Nest
Kristen // When at Home

Thank you to all the lovely ladies at the Influence Network for pouring your hearts into this conference and for giving me the opportunity to be there! I was beyond blessed!

   A Mama Collective

Motivational Monday Party Link-up

This week I have been up to making this fun Rustic Wood Banner Sign and decorating for fall! Sorry I am late getting this up, I was at the Influence Conference this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana- it was AMAZING! But traveling back home was not and I was delayed, boo. Made it home late, but safe and I am grateful to be back with my family!

Ready to share what motivates you? Link up a recent post of yours something that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up. Please limit it to three links per week and remember to link directly to your post. Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties. Also, hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to...because of course, this is Motivational Monday after all.

Each week, each hostess will feature their favorite post from the previous week. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site. Link party goes live Monday and ends at 5:00pm PST on Friday.

This week I chose Andre from, Tabler Party of Two, and her Glitter Pumpkin table centerpiece. I think you will agree polka dots, gold and glitter are a perfect combination! Love it Andrea, great work!

Make sure to grab this button and boast away!
Kent Heartstrings

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Friday, September 26, 2014

I am not a cook. I am not a baker. I am a consumer. I eat and love to eat. My friend Sarah, from Vegetarian Cooking Parties, makes killer chocolate chip pumpkin muffins! They are so delish and I am happy to be able to bring you the recipe today as a part of "Fall Welcome Week". Do not worry folks, I was just the spectator, measurer, picture taker and official taste tester on this adventure, I let Sarah do what she does best and watched in awe of it all! I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as I do, and my husband, and Gigi and well everybody!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

*  Heat oven to 350.  Grease muffin tins.  Mix in large bowl:

-          1 2/3 c wheat flour

-          1 c sugar

-          1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

-          1 tsp baking soda

-          ¼ tsp baking powder

-          ¼ tsp salt

-          2 large eggs

-          1 can plain canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

-          1 stick melted butter

*  Mix with electric beater until well-blended.  Stir in 1 c (or more) chocolate chips by hand. Bake

20-25 minutes or until puffed and springy to touch in the center.  If you have a mini muf pan, the boys love those too, depending on the size it's 8-12 min.  Cool on rack. 

A few embellishments:

I have a half and half mixture of wheat germ/ground flax seed in a jar in my frig at all times.  I add it to pancakes, waffles, muffins, granola, oatmeal, yogurt, etc.  They are both high in fiber.  Wheat germ is high in folic acid and flax seed is a great source of Omega 3s... they both help keep you sharp-minded.  :)  Anyway, I always replace a portion of my flour, usually 1/2 c-ish, with this mixture to make my muffins a little heartier and nutrient dense.  For this recipe, I'd probably do 2/3 c to make measuring easy. 

I always add walnuts to anything I can.  They're a great protein for vegetarians and also high in Omega 3s (great for your brain).  So, when you stir in chocolate chips, I also stir in 1 c crushed walnuts.

Happy Eating, Happy Fall! Last day to link up your fun fall post!

Rustic Wood Banner Sign // Fall Decor

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Reclaimed Lumber (17in. piece for this project)
Wood Stain or Paint
Sand Paper
6 Wooden Bunting Flags (Michaels)
Alphabet Stickers in font of your choice
White Spray Paint
Color Spray Paint of your choice
Picture hanging mount

1. Choose the 6 wooden bunting flags you want to use
2. Spray paint them with a base coat of a light color (or dark is your main color is light), do 2 coats depending on how the wood absorbs the paint. DO NOT skip this step you need a base coat of paint, if you leave the wood bare the paint will bleed and the letters will not be legible
3. Take your alphabet stickers and put them on your flags, spelling out the word you want
4. Spray paint them the color you want, this one is Rustoleam Paprika and I spelled out FALL
5. After paint has dried, peel away sticker gently, to expose the base coat color and spell out your word. Choose a thin ribbon to string the flags together and hang up on your backboard
6. Start on the backboard itself, by cutting the wood to the size you want to work with, mine was 17inches long, and I sand papered all the jagged edges adn splinters to make a somewhat smooth surface
7. Stain the board in the color you want, I made a variety of colors- white wash, ebony, and a grey mixture of paint and stain to achieve the look I wanted

8. Drill two holes in the right and left hand corners
9. Take your acrylic drawer knobs and put the screw end through the back of the hole and then twist the knob until secure
10. Hammer the picture mount on the back of the board so that you can hang the board on the wall
11. Tie flag bunting ribbon to the knobs on either side of the board
12. Decide where to put this incredible decor piece up in your house!
This is my "Fall" sign up in action on my shelves! I love it so so much!
(Photo Credit: Katie Beverley)

(Photo Credit: Katie Beverley)

What is SO great about this sign is that it is interchangeable.  Just swap out banners as the seasons change, or as your mood changes. You could paint the back of these flags too, for more bang for your buck.  If you stock piled the wooden flags you can just go to town on however many signs and phrases you want displayed! The base will always be the same, but your banners can change! You can even swap out knobs for more of a variety. Here is another banner I have made for our home:

(Photo Credit: Katie Beverley)

Still celebrating fall all week long, link up your fall related post!

Fall Welcome Week // Updated Fall Wreath

Monday, September 22, 2014

Well my people, even though California has been hitting record breaking hot temperatures, its still fall, so lets celebrate, and maybe encourage the season along! I am so excited to be welcoming fall with many other talented ladies. We all hope to give inspiration for all your Fall needs. So check back often, be inspired and welcome fall in! Check out our group Pinterest board for fun ideas.

Left to right by row: Seriously Sarah // Lightly Sprinkled // A Savory Feast // Love the Here and Now // No Small Life // Strong & Sweet // The Walker Fireside Chats // 12 Twenty Seven // Life with the Casterlines // Goose Egg Blue // A Tiny Traveler // The Suzie Lou Blog // With Dignity and Coffee // Life w/ Mrs. G & the Artist // The Wetherills Say I Do // Set Free // The Beauty Section // Butcher's Niche // Kent Heartstrings

To kick off the festive Fall season I did a quick wreath update.  I love my burlap rag wreath and the versatility it gives me for literally every season, so it was fun to transform it into something new! If you would like to know how to make a wreath like this, check out my tutorial HERE,

(My Wreath from Summer to Fall)

If you have a blog and have posted or will be posting anything pertaining to Fall please link up with us, so we can be inspired and excited about this changing of season!

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