several things to tell you

good morning friends! i pray each of you had a blessed thanksgiving & that  your heart is full…and perhaps your belly as well!

we had a great day with my mom & dad ( mimi & poppy) and my brother and sis in law. caroline has become quite the “chopped” fan and therefore her interest in baking & cooking has increased! she researched a few recipes she wanted to add to our list. i was so impressed! she woke up early with me and began all the prep for pioneer woman’s green bean casserole as well as rice krispie treats which she also embellished. i added sweet potato casserole, dan’s mom’s recipe for macaroni & cheese, prosciutto wrapped asparagus & i made the dressing as well. my mom baked the turkey & made some heavy appetizers and we called it a wonderful feast!

several years ago savannah & bailey began their annual black friday extravaganza. each year they’ve added in a few of the sisters…and this year even implemented a mandatory dress code. all black, comfortable shoes and fanny packs. i can’t even.

they left at 9pm and drug back in around 7am. true story.


i’ve hated my hair for quite a while. i need to color my roots fairly frequently which has made it dry. i’ve worn it long for years so when i shoot or workout i always want it off my face. thus began a ridiculous amount of pony-tail default days. i was over it. and i was tired of feeling self conscious about it. i also have a thing about going to the salon. i hate to sit in front of a mirror for that long. i know. most women love the entire event & keep their hair style up to date. gosh the entire thing makes me anxious.

so i dug deep & went to a cutie patootie ( sarah jean at genesis for local friends…she ROCKS!) who did emi’s balayage …took my ponytail down & told her to do something….preferably an angled bob. 10 inches ( at least) off the back and bam!! i love it!! i cut it 8 days ago & haven’t had a pony tail in since then! (it’s hard to photograph the back, but the shortest layer is maybe only 4 inches) go big or go home right? haha!


dan & i did black friday the following way: breakfast at waffle house, served by our favorite employee D.C. and then off to home depot for a tree. i may be picky about certain things but i’m pretty easy to please with the tree…so for the numerous time, we bought the first one we picked up!

we’ve been pumping out projects around here left and right…no rest for the weary…

the image at the beginning of the post was snapped with my iPhone wednesday evening. i climbed back into the truck after shooting a gorgeous extended family on their property. i glanced back over the pasture and was captivated by the beauty that unfolded while i was shooting. these last several weeks have been the absolute busiest i’ve had in quite a while. i made several obligations (outside of my “jobs”) which i might limit next year. with all the rain we had this fall, rescheduling for photo shoots has been bananas. however thankfully all but one family was able to get a slot. i’ll still be shooting through the 13th of december & then i’m taking off 2 weeks before i crank back up again. i can’t tell you how much i love doing what i do. i absolutely love it. i’ve photographed some of the sweetest families, expectant couples, couples who have had infertility struggles and now are carrying ( a couple of those this year) and will share with their families via the images we snapped…the list goes on and on. i am beyond grateful. i am beyond honored to be trusted with these images. so very very thankful this year for so many many things.

so…now we are in full christmas celebration around here!

two of my favorite Ever Thine Home embellishments for christmas are on special through monday & i wanted to share them with you!

His Royal Names~ These seven royal names of Jesus etched into each unique silver crown reveal the noble nature of our true King. Velvet ribbons adorn each ornament. The set includes a beautiful small book telling the wonder of this King who came to us Christmas morning.

regularly $50- on sale for $24.99

He Came Near Nativity~ Celebrate the holidays with this rustic, metal, 5-piece nativity set. Each nativity comes with a simple, beautiful backdrop full of verses about the coming of the Lord Jesus.

regularly $35- on sale for $24


also…so tickled to share with you that our home will once again be part of the Holiday House Walk 2015 sponsored by Joss & Main ! the tour begins monday & our home will be featured tuesday morning!  if you’d like to peek at a few of my past Holiday tours, you may do so through these links~~ 2014, 2013, and 2012.

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and finally, the winner from the murchison~hume giveaway has been posted & contacted from over 225 entries. remember, you can use code PK20 and enjoy 20% off your purchase!!

see ya’ll tuesday morning!!

November 28, 2015 - 10:31 am

Marcy Norman Cox - The picture of the farm sunset is absolutely beautiful, love the new hair cut– you are just as gorgeous as ever and lastly with Duke living in the forests prior to being rescued “what does he think of the Christmas tree in the house”?

November 28, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Lisa Mothersead - Stunning photo. Perfect haircut and you look so happy. My husband has been hanging outside lights and reminds me of your husband and dog…pooped. (he’s a sweet one, too). Can’t wait for Tuesday as your house is a favorite. 🎄

murchison~hume giveaway!

i discovered Murchison~Hume earlier this year & their products quickly became my favorite for around the home.

i’m uber fairly picky about product scent & have honestly only used a couple different lines for that very reason. between washing my hands, applying lotion & cleaning my kitchen counters the products i use must have a pleasant fragrance because i do these things dozens of times a day.

i started out with the fig scented counter safe all-purpose spray…which i LOVE…added in the ladies bathroom cleaner ( which also serves as a room freshener. hello boy moms!) and then the heirloom dish soap. winners. all of them. and of course, i love their clean modern packaging.

we just took #cowboyDUKEtherescuedog for his holiday bath at the vet & i’m heading out to try the furniture & upholstery cleaner in my car. ( i’ve shared about how fabulous their pet products are too!!)

well… i have a treat for you…Murchison~Hume would like to giveaway their sampler set to one of you! which is such a super way for you to try several of their goodness! enter the contest below which runs until midnight thursday!


Maximize your cleaning results without harsh chemicals. In our Sampler Set, we combine our favorite non-toxic cleaners with our paraben-free hand soap and store it all in a stylish bamboo caddy. Simply perfect! Give one as a thoughtful gift, or pick one up for yourself (you deserve it).

Natural + Clean gift ideas:

Parents & Baby Showers: Help reduce the harsh chemicals in their home. Perfect!
Housewarming: Help a friend move without lifting a box.
Leaving the nest: Save your college student a trip to the store!
Birthday: Clean never goes out of style and only we make it stylish!
Friendship: Share your secret to maximize cleaning results with minimal waste.


Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner OR Ladies’ Bathroom Cleaner
Premium Glass Cleaner (Fragrance-Free)
Superlative Hand Soap
Everyday Furniture & Upholstery Cleaner
Counter Safe All-Purpose Cleaner
Effortless Floor Cleaner
Bamboo Caddy (Measures – 10”L x 7″W x 4.5” H)


and…happy thanksgiving week to you, use code PK20 on your purchase! go forth & have a fabulously fragranced home!

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November 24, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Jill - I ordered a sample kit – I am super picky about cleaning products too and totally trust you to have vetted these products! I will look forward to trying them in my own hope – LOVE the packaging!

Happy Thanksgiving friend!

November 24, 2015 - 3:29 pm

chrissi - i think these might be fun tuck-ins for shipping packages. who could resist that packaging? thanks for sharing this find♥

November 24, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Peggy Witter - We tried the dog shampoo and love it!!! I am very sensitive due to allergies and have found the few items we’ve tried so far do not bother me!

November 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Monica - Love this stuff. I have the everyday cleaner. It smells so good.

November 24, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Susan - Would love to win this!!

November 24, 2015 - 8:17 pm

Susan - I try to enter the giveaway and it won’t let me. I’m assuming others are having this issue as it says 0 people have entered. Any advice?

November 24, 2015 - 9:17 pm

Gloria Hamilton - I love great smelling cleaning products too and I would love to try out this set.

November 24, 2015 - 9:43 pm

Theresa Grace - Would love to try these products! I’d be torn between giving as a gift or being selfish and keeping it.

November 24, 2015 - 10:06 pm

Lori H - Good smelling products are important to me – they can make my day (and bad ones can throw me off track!). I have wanted to try out these products – I love the way they look. And since I am here, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy having a full driveway :)

November 24, 2015 - 10:12 pm

Jane - Always looking for a new favorite scent! I’m also very picky!

November 25, 2015 - 8:32 am

Judy L - I tried the Dog Shampoo and Between Clean Waterless Dog Wash after reading about it on your blog and love them. I would love to try these cleaning products! :)

November 25, 2015 - 9:09 am

Bev - I would be honored to win this giveaway 😊

November 25, 2015 - 9:30 am

Tammy - These look amazing. Can’t wait to try them out.

November 25, 2015 - 10:19 am

Jennifer - What a great giveaway! We have a golden doodle that I would love to try this on!

November 25, 2015 - 10:28 am

Paige - This sounds like a must try!

November 25, 2015 - 11:19 am

Kelly - These sound like wonderful products. We have a little one at home and I’m very cautious about what we use around her. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Carol D. - Just completed a major declutter and am ready to do some major cleaning..this would be a perfect switch for my family!

November 25, 2015 - 1:39 pm

elizabeth marshall - I’m always looking for great smelling cleaning products…these sound wonderful!

November 25, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Carol Weiler - I would love to try these. I have new countertops that I do not want to use strong smelling abrasive cleaner on.

November 25, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Lou Ann - Would love to win and use these products! Thank you!

November 25, 2015 - 3:02 pm

Ashley U. - I love their products!

November 25, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Jordan G - All of these sound wonderful!

November 25, 2015 - 5:18 pm

Ruth - Pick me! Pick me!
I would love to try.

Thank you!

November 26, 2015 - 5:34 pm

theresalh - These will be great for Christmas work exchange! Can’t wait to try the fig scent! Great giveaway!

November 27, 2015 - 6:14 pm

Kerri Pape - Love their products!!!! And your BLOG!

November 27, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Jenny - I’d love to try it!

November 27, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Amanda R - I would love to win! I am always looking for great smelling and safe to use cleaning products!