just a little bit of the lately

don’t you just love instagram? it’s all the fun and none of the  drama of our beloved facebook. the only down side in my love affair with instagram is that i can’t remember what i’ve posted here & what i’ve already hassled you with there. so, for those of you who follow me on instagram, here is my blanket, ongoing apology for all the times you think to yourself, “for the love of all things, she’s already shared that”. i only have about a dozen posts knocking into each other inside my noggin’ its either feast or famine  so between organizing random words and photos and keeping up with my drafts….and oh yes…..our spring release launch friday!!!…i’ll try to maintain some sense of order.

we’re in the middle of birthday-a-rama over here. savannah turned 20 on valentines day & madison will turn 18 this saturday. and no. not for a moment do i feel old enough to have a eighteenflippinyearold much less a twenty year old ( my knees do occasionally during kickboxing and nagging roots clearly show my age but other than that…..) that’s just so weird.

have ya’ll seen ashley brooke designs? one of my girlfriends must be their biggest fan & lucky me, she sends me hand written notes frequently. since they’re often times from ashley brooke i wanna frame ‘em all! i mean check out how cute that is!

i’m dragging my fanny to the gym several days a week ( hopefully that will be a success story in a few months ) which is all bad news for my jogging partner. that combined with our PNW-esque near constant rain has made life a little sedentary for brinkley.

i might have a slight addiction. justin’s hazelnut butter & freshly made peanut butter from whole foods is out of this world.

after living a lifetime with a mighty dated light fixture in the kitchen, i’m sure loving my mega-sale fixture found at ballards backroom for a song. a song i tell ya’!

ok back to ashley brooke designs. the jackie, the audrey & the marilyn? oh stop.

we all discussed who was who around the dinner table the other evening and when you see the way funky eyeglasses i’ve chosen you’ll know exactly “who” i am;)

three guesses on my favorite color.

i frequently change out what hangs out on my studio desk and the little table in my kitchen

savannah is working like crazy to get all the orders filled.

ya’ll. are. the. best. no lie.

such sweet encouragement & notes ya’ll have sent to her. blown away by the hearts of so many of you who have reached out to me and my girls. i could never thank you enough.

not a day goes by where i fail to thank the lord for the friends and mentors he’s placed in her life. those whom she has contact with daily & those who encourage her & pray for her even from afar.

i have some super cute home accessories to share with you, here’s a little peek for now.

working with those cutie pies from sunday’s session

did i tell ya’ll about my trip to Key Lime Pie Salon?? ( where iphone photos are not allowed. don’t turn me in please) dan gave me a gift certificate for a facial there, last valentines day….and i finally cashed it in a few weeks ago. oh my word. it was heavenly. i am smitten with the style and vibe at the spa and nellie the esthetician i had was sent directly from heaven. not to be confused with the hair stylist who felt the need to critique my hair color as i waited to purchase some skin care.

i hate my hair. hate my hair. i’m very self conscious about my hair. i realize my hair looks horrible. because i have to color the roots so often, it’s super dry and because i exercise daily it’s usually in a ponytail. i’m sorry. its just what it is. so ….when she came up and politely asked “who colors your hair” it was all i could do to not sprint out the door tell her that someone at another salon messed it up. me. i color it. as if she didn’t know.

well mind you. i’m all in a zen like state after my heavenly facial from nellie…..who i hugged at the end. is that acceptible?

anyway. this sister is threatening to ruin my “i’m in a peaceful spot” mood. and quickly. well it goes south from there as she picks up ( yes, she really did) picks up my hair and says the following. and i tell you no lie. “i call this witchy black and i doubt this is the color you’re going for “…..oh yes…..” so if you come in and make an appointment with me ( heck to the no would i ever) i can get you all chestnut brown.”…..to which i defend myself and say something like….” i can’t afford professional color every three weeks….I HAVE FOUR DAUGHTERS“. so then. get ready for this….she says ” well think of all the money you spend on cigarettes and liquor you could save and spend on your hair”.

ya’ll. i about fell over laughing. liquor? cigarettes? my hair might suck but my skin looks pretty darn good for almost 47 with a history of extensive tanning ifidosaysomyself.

i didn’t get her name…..

but nellie in the spa. she’s a winner. chick with funky hair and maybe a few of her own , how shall i say, less than perfect physical flaws herself on the salon side however is not.

another rainy morning for brinkers.

at $3.99/pound , these beauty honeycrisp might cause me to go broke. remember the peanut butter options shot? yes. this is their team mate.

almost top down kinda weather

i compensate for aforementioned sucky hair by always carrying fabulous accessories. thank you jeanne oliver & kendra scott.

the latest on the little side table. i’m sure you were going to miss sleep wondering what the chosen current decor was…

and finally. green juice. heaven help me. hopefully this will also play a small part in what hopes to be a success story by mid summer. either that or my sucky hair will just be one of my permanent physical flaws!

February 27, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Jennifer - oh darling…you are much more of a southern belle than I could ever dream of being. i would of had to walk out of that spa asking forgiveness to what i may have said to that lady.
you are gorgeous and hair is fabulous! that woman is crazy!

February 27, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Kristin L. - As I read the part about how rude that hairdresser was I kept saying outloud “oh my goodness” over and over lol

Hearing you describe your issue with dry hair made me think of this blog post I just read yesterday on The Small Things Blog. It is about using coconut oil on your hair. I havent tried it yet, but here is the link and she just raves about the results and she is a hairstylist by profession (I am sure a much nicer one than the one you encountered)

http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2013/02/in-which-i-hug-coconut-tree.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FGqCLV+%28The+Small+Things+Blog%29

I hope this helps!

February 27, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Melissa - What a jerk at the spa! I always think your hair looks great in the pictures! I too am addicted to peanut butter!

February 27, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Kim I. - ok Paige. We have to chat! I am posting from work but we can visit more over email. Have you heard of the Daniel Fast?? Such a great way to grow closer to the Lord and really get a lasting food education. Have done it twice and it helped greatly in losing(and keeping off!) 30 pounds. I so enjoyed it!! By the way, I’ve always thought your hair was so pretty, your style fabulous, your accessories stunning an on and on – -don’t listen to the gal at the salon!

February 27, 2013 - 1:03 pm

lisa - are.you.kidding. me?????? i can’t BELIEVE someone would accost you like that while in your zen like state @ klp??? wtf people?!? RUDE!!!
i can’t afford the monthly $200 trip to the salon that many people i know partake in….and let’s just SAY that even IF i could – i WOULDN’T because that’s ridiculous!! i am luck to have a woman in my neighborhood who did hair in chicago for over 15 years – and she has a salon in her basement. she does my base ( read here “grey root”) color for $30 and if i want to splurge and get foils around my face – then that’s $50!!! it’s the only reason i get my hair done outside my home!!

February 27, 2013 - 1:06 pm

lisa - btw – you look FABULOUS – ….both your skin AND your hair. ima hurt that gurl….

February 27, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Lindsay - Head. Back. Laughing. At. You….. As my bff’s son would say, “for seriously????” and the nameless spatastic salon girl’s attitude was “ascusting”! Bless her heart!!!

February 27, 2013 - 1:16 pm

carrie - these are so great! i love the pics and little snippets of daily stories. the freak at the spa is really something else! my word, i don’t know how you kept from slapping her. ;)

honeycrisp apples are staight.from.heaven. are they not? i need a tree, or perhaps an orhard of trees of them. because purchasing by the pound is breakig the bank quick!

will you post lots-o-pics of the birthday bash please? i can’t wait to see the celebration!

how’s little bit doing with tumbling? how’s emily’s burn? is madison completely free from the headaches? (am i scaring you to death that i ask so many personal questions? please don’t be freightened….it’s out of love….and nosy-ness :) )

February 27, 2013 - 1:40 pm

liz mcneil - Wow…I can not believe someone at a spa would say that to you. Obviously she’s not very good at ‘selling’ things. I would kindly be making a call to the manager of the spa expressing my disappointment in her tact. I had a lady at a clinique counter tell me flat out she doesn’t wear mascara on her bottom lashes so she can’t help me. I was thrown back at her quick attitude and answer when I had a question about the said mascara. I always think of the greatest comebacks AFTER I leave. Well..I think you look great! and poof on the spa lady who says otherwise.

February 27, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Ella - Don’t mind the nasty hairdresser. Your hair looks great, as does the rest of you.
I like your new home decor. The light fixture looks fabulous.
Good luck to Savannah with her art & Happy 18th to Madison.

February 27, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Kelly - Oh my Paige, I threw my hand over my mouth when I read witchy black followed by liquor and cigarettes. Bwahahahahahahahaha. Especially since I have always gone to a salon and just 3 weeks ago I colored my hair for the very first time…EVER! $8 did the trick and I was told by a professional to buy Loreal Feria Multifaced Shimmering color and it looks A MA ZING. I will be 52 next month and can’t believe how much money I have spent and will now save and spend on camera lenses! ;)

February 27, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Jill - Oh my word on the hair police. I could not have shown as much restraint. To the contrary, I’d complain and ask for a free facial. (not kidding). Love all the photos. Have you tried Envy apples (I get at Publix). They are the best ever– better than honeycrisp, fuji, pinklady. Delicious. Be good and don’t drink or smoke too much!

February 27, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Kellie - I am going to have to drive from SC to Ga to go to a Ballard Design Outlet…love the light!
And witchy black?!?! And she hoped to gain a client by this comment? All I can think to say is bless her heart. ;)

February 27, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Jeannine - Oh my goodness. I cannot stand that that rude woman ruined your post-facial bliss! So rude! So so rude! And she just kept on putting her foot in her mouth, didn’t she?

You are beautiful. Just a rockstar of a mom.

Happy birthday to your girls.

February 27, 2013 - 3:24 pm

heather - I am about to come undone about the dumb hair lady. Your hair is beautiful! Good honk! I don’t know why people feel like they need to be so rude. Doesn’t she know you are famous anyway ?!?!?!!!!!!
You are adorable, and beautiful, and precious!

okay – I have been just a little crazy busy this month going back to work after maternity leave for mr. beck…. and I missed all the Savannah art extravaganza! Let your peeps know if she starts to take orders again… I need me an initial (anything monogrammed, I’m a sucker!) and the AFRICA…. FOR THE LOVE!!!!

February 27, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Jen Pighini - Honeycrisp apples and Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter is one of my fave snacks! Sometimes if I’m lucky I can find a bag of small honeycrisp apples at Trader Joe’s and it’s much cheaper than Whole Foods. But they don’t always have them. I got Savannah’s canvases, was amazed at how quick she turned them around and they are just gorgeous. At the moment they are just sitting on my office shelf but I will get around to hanging them one of these days.

February 27, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Peggy - Oh.. MY… WORD! How RUDE!!!! I have to admit I have a wonderful stylist but am seriously in need of some facial care products… yep at 48 I still don’t get make-up. Never wore it before but its time… you know to even out the allergy circles on those crazy days…. And aren’t those apple the most divine?! We get ours through Azure Standard…. a bit over a $1 a lb but they only deliver once a month so we always buy 20 to 40 lbs. :) Great keepers!

Have a great day! And I am so happy to hear Miss Savannah’s art is doing so well!

February 27, 2013 - 4:33 pm

DNese - Your blog, house, family, posts and everything else inbetween make me SO HAPPY that I ever started reading blogs. Everything you post/every picture you share always brings out a smile in my heart.

Never stop being YOU!

Best of luck on your fitness journey. I’m going to go and checkout that juicer thing right now. I’ve been wanting one.

One more q— are the canvas prints still for sale?

February 27, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Okay I am absolutely dying over here. Girl, you are on a ROLL!! The cute decor choices… the funny comments… I was laughing and your little quips all the way til the mean hair lady. Then I wanted to smack her. I did. Not pretty of me but there it is. Your hair always looks super cute to me and I would never have thought you hate it. I will be honest, I get the dying thing. I have TONS Of gray- like crazy amounts. I’m 37 (1/2-can’t forget that) and I have prematurely grayed out. It’s shocking and none of my girlfriends are anywhere close. I did the box dye for like two years and it felt like an every three week process because I hated the line of silver glinting in the sunshine. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore and I asked my old hairdresser to help. We did these foils called twinkles- they are only about 15 of them so they aren’t *super* expensive… but then she calms all the color down by putting a toner over the whole thing. It helps my grow out extend to more like five weeks. I’m normally DYING by week 5 but it’s better than box dye every three and dark ends. So… longest comment ever.. but highlights do hide gray way better than an overall color. It wasn’t my preference- I’m brunette naturally- but it sure makes it work better for me. Not sure if that was helpful for anything other than me saying I GET IT… but there ya go. :)

February 27, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Judy - i can’t believe someone would be that tacky to say that to you and to touch your hair! my word, i think i would have lost my ladylike manners and done some trash talkin’!

i have to admit i do get my hair colored every 5 weeks…yes it’s a luxury but one my husband insists is necessary for my frame of mind (and who am i to argue with that?) i love facials too but only get those and massages every 4-5 years (hmmmm now i wonder why he insists – LOL)!

paige, sometime back you posted about how you started charm bracelets for your girls. i would love to start a small collection for my 8 year old granddaughter…can you give me some suggestions on that?

thanks!

February 27, 2013 - 5:41 pm

MarlaD - I’m horrified! That woman from the salon sure knows how to get new clients,doesn’t she? Cut back on the cigarettes and liquor? At least she didn’t mention chewing tobacco (wink)! I think I would report her to the manager since I’m sure they have no idea how rude and insensitive she is. You always look so cute, you have nothing to worry about!

February 27, 2013 - 6:27 pm

Ashley Johns - Cigarettes and liquor????!!!! Are you kidding me???!!! Oh my. Girl you are too fabulous to waste 10 seconds listening to junk like that. Seriously. I wanna be you when I grow up. :) Anyway, can’t wait to hear all about your fabulous news in a few months. I know all that hard work will pay off at the gym and the green juice and you will feel great. I’m sure the rest of us will gain inspiration from it all. But, like I said-you are already fabulous!(Hair included!!!)

February 27, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Lori H - I CAN NOT believe what the stylist said to you. Rude! I would trade my hair for yours in a blinking second! I think you always look so put together. She must be a bitter soul and we should feel sorry for her (hmmm). Anyway, almond butter is the best! I need to start eating it on apples..lower carb than bread.

February 27, 2013 - 6:50 pm

tara - here are a few truths…
1. your kitchen is amazing..you’ve got so many wonderful details going on in it!
2. honey crisp apples are my favorite.
3. you’re beautiful…i’ve seen you in person, and you are.
4. you shouldn’t hate your hair. i’m not sure who i think i am preaching to you when i DETEST the fixed wrinkle between my eyebrows, but i’m bossy, so there.
5. i need to start juicing again. the end.
6. proud of you for working so hard at the gym and with your diet…i’m a few paces behind you, but i am on the track finally.

you’re awesome.

February 27, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Robyn - If the “let me tell you how bad you look” crazy hair person was my employee I would certainly want to know just how she is insulting my customers and bringing my business into disrepute. I think the owner would welcome your feedback. Love your blog.

February 27, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Destiny - This Yankee girl, southern woman, loves a pony tail. If it was good enough for Jackie, it’s good enough for me, all day, every day!

February 27, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Heather Smith - Oh, I love apples and peanut butter. So good. Your photos are lovely as always. So sorry about the salon meanie! Been there. ;)

February 27, 2013 - 11:56 pm

Tiffini - red. me too
extensive tanning. me too
coloring my hair. very often
breville juicer. rocks
instagram. i am an addict
not four daughters but 5 kids..3 of them daughters. i totally relate….

xoxo

February 28, 2013 - 11:15 am

Kerri - Paige, can I just tell you that I really am on on the verge of rolling on the floor laughing! I love how your personality shines through and it is like talking to a girlfriend on the phone! I love it! I totally get what you are saying about your hair! I am 40 and I keep my hair short because it is curly (which I dislike and makes me look like I am 5 years old). And if it makes you feel any better, my own hairdresser made a comment the other day. I walked in to make an appt and she said “oh my! what are you using on your hair?” She is always telling me it is too dry. And my three guesses to your question: red? red? and red? I was also cracking up over poor Brinkley! Poor Brinkley is looking sad and lonely over the weather and the fact that a certain running partner has found a new hobby. :) I am loving those cute little notecards.I have always been interested in going to Georgia. Someday soon I will make it down there and visit my favorite Georgia peach! XO

February 28, 2013 - 11:39 am

Deborah - I can’t believe “she” said that to you. First of all, I’ve seen your hair and it’s lovely. What southern girl doesn’t put their hair in a ponytail. I dye my own hair too for the same reason (husband, four kids, four grandkids and a dog). I’ve had many of hair stylists tell give me the same unsolicited advice. Do they learn that in comsmotology school? What I am really offended for you about is her suggestion that you lay of the cigarettes and liquor and make hair a better use of your money. I probably would of said something not so nice to her and then I’d of had to feel very sorry for it later. I can only hope I have your grace one day. :-)

Love, love love the red on your desk. One of my favs. Have a blessed day.

February 28, 2013 - 2:37 pm

bethanie - Girl…When I think about going to have someone color my hair, I think about all the awesome things I could buy with that $120!!! I do the pull thru the cap method myself…then I go buy a pair of shoes or an awesome bag instead!! That was the rudest (is that even a word) thing I have ever heard! You’re way sweeter than I am, and I can tell you that your hair is NOT witchy black…(but she obviously has knowledge of witchiness!!) xoxox

February 28, 2013 - 4:26 pm

Alecia - Oh my gosh…you’ve GOT to be kidding me!!! Unbelievable…that hair stylist had some nerve! You mentioned your hair feeling dry. A lady I work with bleaches her hair quite often…she’s going gray & said it’s much easier to maintain instead of trying to be dark…LOL…anyway…as you know bleach is incredibly hard on hair. She coats her hair in coconut oil once a week & sleeps with it on. Her hair stylist can’t believe how soft her hair is & tells her to keep doing what she’s doing b/c as often as she bleaches her hair it should feel like straw.

Onto better things…b/c that encounter was far from stellar!
The kitchen is adorable…I recognize the Mackenzie Child plate but those bowls are to die for!!!

The pop of red on your desk…LOVE…how in the world do you have so many red books?!?! Sooo cute & the ikat bowl…ugh…be still my beating heart…I loved it all!

Sad I waited until Monday to contact Savannah…I’m on the waiting list but her art is so stinking precious, I’m willing to wait! :-)

You’re always stylin’ girl…accessorizing queen!

Brinkley is the cutest…omg!

Love the side table decor…so light & airy!

Ok…I think I just about covered it all…fun post!

And I’m clearly addicted to !!!!!!! OMG if they gave out fines for excessive use of punctuation…I’d be fined somethin’ awful after this comment!!!

March 3, 2013 - 12:12 pm

jodi - Oh, girl! I always love to see what is going on in the Knudsen household.

Well, I can say, I love your hair and that nasty witchy woman…well poo to her! My hair is very thick and tends to dry also, esp. in the winter, uhhggg!

Brinkley is such a sweet boy, I always love to see pictures of him. The girls look great as always and you rock in the red skinnys! :)

Take care xo
jodi

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