// Things I Love Thursday v.255


♥ this advice is the best advice ♥







these portraits of this dog is everything ♥

this is dreamy! ♥

this neat bush ♥

this incredible bathroom ♥


this awesome installation ♥

this series by camille chew ♥


these are by far the most divine treat i've ever put in my mouth ♥
real talk for a second: here's my love letter to these macarons - and a special shout out to the birthday cake one! YUM! so basically dana's bakery has an incredible (!!!) selection of awesome macaron flavors, and they even do custom requests and collabs. and there is a macaron subscription box. TAKE ALL MY MONEY! $$$ also - their instagram is gorgeous. i'm in love with all of it. /end letter. need more macarons.


// So since my birthday was yesterday it's okay to buy myself a present, right?

// This glass tubular house built around a massive tree (!!!) isn't a reality yet, but hopefully soon!

// Stitch Fix now offers SHOES! SHOOOOOOOOOOOES, y'all! 




// Edible flower petals in lollipops! I totally want to try to DIY this!



// I love my baby, but I regret becoming a mother. One woman's experience with PPD at 8 weeks postpartum.

// Not gonna lie, my Pinterest has been on fire lately. So much awesome stuff for Spring!


// Don't forget to enter the Off Broadway Shoes Warehouse giveaway! Two folks will walk away with $100 gift cards!

xo KB

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// Here's To Being 28!


one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

And here I am, another year older! Honestly, if you had asked me how old I was in the past couple of months, I most likely told you 28. There for a little while I really thought I was 28... I'm telling you, 27 is kind of a strange age. Maybe that's just me. Here we go! Creepin' toward the end of my twenties! Let's see what this year has in store for me.

One of the only traditions I've kept up... urban typography on my birthday! Here's 2223242526, and 27
xo KB

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// Easter Recap

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Easter baskets my mom made for the boys (+ even a combo basket for me and Mike!)
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Mike and I are atheist so making a big to do about Easter might seem a little strange. We don't personally do church or anything like that, but like Christmas we simply see it as a time to spend with family. Of course I also really love gift baskets so I rarely miss an opportunity to whip something together for the boys. While the full view of their baskets might look totally overkill, they're comprised of a handful of Spring activities I had stowed away until the weather broke. I racked up on little gardening tools in the Target dollar spot, got some glow in the dark bracelets/sticks from the Dollar Tree, and picked up some super fun toys for Toby to play with from Michaels. I also snagged the pipe cleaners and pom poms from Michaels, too. We've been having a blast with both of those as silly as it sounds! Oh and Linden's Hide and Squeak eggs (they're so inexpensive and FUN!) and Wash & Dry dish set are both from Amazon. Each of the boys only got a couple of pieces of chocolate in the large eggs in their basket. Mainly because they join in on the Easter egg hunt next door and HOLY EGGS! There are HUNDREDS! It was so fun to watch them all try to scramble to get the most. Linden was a total natural. Pip was his egg hunting dog, too.
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We spent Good Friday over with Mike's family. Mike had to work so he stayed at home to sleep (boo!), but we had a lovely time with everyone. Of course they dyed eggs, decorated cupcakes, had a scavenger hunt, and then hunted for eggs. It was a long and tiring day, and poor baby bear was a little bit bonkers by the end of it! Grammie Terri made the grandkids super fun Easter baskets, too, so needless to say the kids were stoked. So many baskets! 
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My contribution to the Flynnfest Easter fun

Did you do anything to celebrate Easter/Spring?

xo KB

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PS! Michaels currently has a coupon (in store and online) for 20% off your ENTIRE purchase - including sale items! Only lasts til tomorrow!
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// #RestorationHoneybean: A Slow But Steady Start

DIY Vintage Camper Trailer Renovation
DIY Vintage Camper Trailer Renovation
I mentioned the other week that good ol' Honeybean was getting a little makeover. We parked her for the last time 3 days after we found out we were pregnant with Linden. There was just too much stress and manual labor involved with getting her ready to tow around to shows and events. It was fun, but I was ready to hang up my hat. Since she's just been sitting in our driveway for 2+ years, she's acquired some water damage, a rotten tire, and a whole lotta cobwebs. One day we were working on the yard and I immediately felt compelled to turn Honeybean into a clubhouse for Toby and his friends. My mind started racing with all these fun ideas, so I asked Mike if he'd tow it around to the backyard and let it be a pet project of ours. He finally agreed, but then we got stuck in the yard. It took several hours and a lot of different maneuvers to get that thing unstuck and moving again. Well, the real trick was the $25 tire replacement we had put on at our local tire shop haha! After we got her situated and leveled, Mike just started in by tearing out part of the side wall. A slow roof leak lead to quite a bit of puckering in the boards, so he tore it all out and reframed it. Of course all of this happened in one or two days and we haven't had a chance to work on it since. That's sort of how these projects go, right? Or are we totally doing this wrong? haha

After a lot of daydreaming and contemplation, we sort of geeked out about it being an adult hang out too. We spend a lot of time with our neighbors just chatting, drinking some beer, grilling out, etc. So we thought it'd be fun to make the space a place that could work for any and every one. We have plans to redo almost all of it, so we'll see how it actually pans out. We're envisioning a TV mounted inside, too. So you know... dreaming big over here! We might even give her a paint job. I'd be sad to cover up her sweet peach scallops, but I'm excited to see what happens when we bring her back to life!

Also - mega grateful and stoked to be married to such a handyman. I love that Mike can do almost anything. (And by almost anything I mean please don't ask him to do more than change the oil in your car haha). If it involves tools and wood and putting things together, he's a total pro. I got lucky!

xo KB

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// Worth It or a Waste: Irresistible Me Extensions

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions
It's officially been 3 months since I had my Irresistible Me hair extensions dyed by Dana at Salon 865 in Franklin. I thought I'd follow up with my thoughts on them since they're the first brand I've worn a considerable amount of time, aside from my tried-and-true Sally cheapies. The extensions were courtesy of Irresistible Me, but I paid out of pocket to have them dyed to match my newly green/turquoise hair (and was not compensated for this post!)

The extensions I chose to receive were the 20" Volume Vixen set in Platinum Blonde. For the past 9 years I've consistently worn the 18" Sassy brand extensions from Sally Beauty Supply. I've always cut them to blend myself, and dyed them when I had red hair. They're $89.99 per set, and I typically wear 2 sets at a time for volume. I also have to cut and hand sew them to clips myself. The Irresistible Me extensions come pre-clipped and in sections of varying widths. The set I used sells for $262. By comparison they're clearly more expensive, and at first inspection I was convinced the multiple pieces were going to be a total pain in the butt. I wasn't really sure if they were going to live up to the hype, despite feeling soft at first touch, and having great packaging. Well, I'm happy to report my concerns were totally unjustified because the multiple pieces have already proven to be a major improvement in overall wear and quality. Because I'm constantly switching where each smaller piece goes when I put them in, they never have a chance to "dread" up with surrounding hair. Aside from the one largest piece that I always wear at the lower back of my head (see second photo below for an example of what I mean), all of the hair has remained smooth and brushable up to the weft. 
Irresistible Me Hair Extensions
While the hair felt really soft and heavy (that's a good thing!) when I first opened the package, I didn't quite realize how nice they were until my stylist Dana exclaimed how impressed she was with them when I picked them up from the salon. Of course quality and weight also comes with a price tag when it comes to dyeing them haha I ended up having to pay for two color treatments on the set because there was just so much hair! She had originally quoted me based on a set of Sassy extensions, as this is the most common brand she dyes in her salon. Dana ended up using 9 tubes of Joico dye to get full and even coverage. A temporary bummer was pretty much gone when I saw how great they looked after being dyed to match my hair.
Irresistible Me Hair Extensions
Overall the extensions mostly add a ton of volume to my hair, but they also add a couple inches in various spots. Then again sometimes I'm amazed at how long my hair has gotten when I blow dry it straight and leave out the extensions. Ultimately I love the volume and length extensions give my hair, so I'll likely continue to use them indefinitely (or at least until I convince myself to get a new hairstyle haha). I'm most eager to see how long these Irresistible Me ones last me. As of right now they're being properly maintained and they're holding up great. They're definitely due for a trim at the ends as they're splitting, but honestly I should've done that a month ago or more! While they're a considerable amount more expensive than the brand I typically use, I'm hopeful that I'll be a loyal convert if they stay this nice much longer! I think the price tag would be worth it in the end seeing as they've held up so incredibly well and they still feel so soft. At this point with my Sassy extensions, they were pretty "fuzzy" and a bit dreaded at the weft. They had also lost most of their shine. I promise to follow up and let you know what I think at the 6 month mark :) 
Irresistible Me Hair Extensions
In the end: Totally worth it. Seriously, I'm so impressed with these and I stand behind every penny I paid to have them professionally dyed. I really need to get back into the salon and have my hair touched up, but you know, priorities. These extensions have held the Joico color so so beautifully. Also daydreaming about dyeing my hair purple next. Then of course I'll need another set of these!

xo KB

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