Christmas in July~Kawasaki Disease~

~Hi Friends~

Today I am pretty excited to share something so near and dear to my heart that still gets me teared up every time I think about it.   If you remember, last year in March we had one of the most horrific experiences of our lives happen to us.  Grayson, our youngest, had been sick for days, we had been in and out of the ER multiple times and wrongly diagnosed and sent home.

After receiving a call from a wonderful friend who saw my posts on FB  she told us to go back to children’s hospital, she was certain he had Kawasaki Disease, her son had been diagnosed the year before.   Kawasaki Disease

When we walked through the doors of the ER, Grayson’s fever was 107 and he was slowly slipping away from us. He was rushed back, met with specialists and given the correct diagnosis, this happened 9 days after he first became sick.  The thing is, there is a 10 day window in which you have to get treatment in order to save the child’s heart, we were one of the fortunate ones.

As frightening as this was, it was a relief to have a diagnosis’s and start his IVIG treatment. Grayson was touch and go and we were rushed to ICU were he stayed for 3 days. Once the second dose of IVIG, steroids and remicade infusions stabilized him we were moved out of ICU and watched as Grayson got better each and every day. 1 year later Grayson is healthy and happy with his coronary arteries back to normal size, he has not suffered from any aneurysms or heart attacks, he is extremely lucky, not everyone has this outcome.

You might ask where I am going with all of this?  I have been given an incredible opportunity to team up with Balsam Hill to raise money for the Kawasaki Disease Foundation.  Not only am I able to shine light on this frightening and horrible disease, but I get to help raise money so they can come up with a diagnostic test.  This test would help save little lives and give doctors a much faster and easier way of diagnosing Kawasaki Disease.  Sadly, if Kawasaki disease is not treated, it can lead to serious heart problems and death.

Balsam Hill is celebrating Christmas in July in a very special way!

For every $5 you donate you will be entered to win a beautiful set of Mistletoe and Holly Christmas ornaments.

Anyone who donates $25 will receive one exclusive ornament from the Mistletoe & Holly Collection!  This is a fabulous opportunity to give but also receive.

The best part, Balsam Hill is matching the amount I raise, up to $1,000!

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All you have to do is Click Here to donate.  Whether you give $1, $5, or $25, every bit counts and you will be saving little hearts all over the world!

Thank you so very much, It really means the world to me. Thank you to my readers for being here for us through one of the hardest times of our lives, each and everyone one of you touched us like no other!

~THANK YOU~

XOXO
Kristin and Ray

 

Inspire Me Monday #16

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! Thanks for linking up all your wonderful projects last week! The hubby and I just back from a much needed quick weekend getaway to Palm Desert, I’m feeling re-energized once again!

If you missed our picks make sure to stop by and take a look.

I’m sharing some wonderful whole room makeovers you don’t want to miss and  Domestically Speaking has 6 beautiful DIY signs I know you will love.

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! Remember, you only have to link up once to to be seen on all four sites which means awesome exposure for you.

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Inspire Me Monday #15

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday! Thanks for linking up all your wonderful projects last week!

If you missed our picks make sure to stop by and take a look.

I’m sharing fabulous blue projects that are perfect for Summer!  Domestically Speaking has 8 Summer drinks and treats you don’t want to miss while Sand and Sisal is sharing her picks for Summer deliciousness.

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! Remember, you only have to link up once to to be seen on all four sites which means awesome exposure for you.

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Inspiring blue features

Hi Friends

Hope everyone is enjoying a nice relaxing long weekend!  Inspired by all the beautiful tones of blue, today’s features are all about BLUE!

Making it in the Mountains completed her gorgeous outdoor makeover.

Outdoor Makeover Challenge - Final Reveal @ making it in the mountains

How adorable are the candles wrapped in washi tape from Kraft & Mint.

kraft&mint washi tape+candles

Lovely Etc is sharing how to make these beautiful ikat tie dye pillow covers.
ikat tie dye pillows

Shaken Together has a fabulous recipe for making your own peppermint cooling spray for the hot Summer months.

Peppermint cooling spray - perfect for the beach, the ballpark or by the pool!

Decorated Chaos transformed her patio set with a fresh coat of decoart.

Love of Family and Home created a gorgeous tablescape by spray painting wine bottles and good will finds.

Easy & Inexpensive Centerpieces - upcycle old wine bottles & glassware with a little spray paint to create elegant & fun table decor

See you tomorrow for Inspire Me Monday, have a fabulous day!

Convert a Recessed Light Into a Pendant Fixture

It seems we are constantly working on the inside of the home which means the outside gets neglected at times.  We decided to switch out our outdoor lighting and do away with our ugly old can light and install a beautiful chandelier which has made a huge impact!

front door light We went with the Kichler 4900 Euopean pendant, it is amazing how much brighter our porch is at night and it looks so pretty!

 This is a picture heavy tutorial so you should be able to understand but let me know if you have any questions.

~What you need~

Light Converter Kit (or make your own)
Ceiling medallion
Phillips head screwdriver
Wire cutters
Pendant light fixture

IMPORTANT! Before you do anything, turn the power source off at the circuit breaker box, then you can remove existing recessed fixture. Disconnect the fixture wires from the corresponding house wiring by unscrewing the wire nuts and pulling the wires apart.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Now most people would install a Recessed Fixture Converter but my hubby decided to make his own. Instead of trying to give you the instructions on making your own I would suggest buying the converter kit, they sell them at most home improvement stores.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

 Once your converter kit is installed, feed the cords and wires up through the hole in the middle and downward.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Take a wire stripper and cut about one inch of the plastic sheath off the ends of the wires on your new light.

Measure the height (from the ceiling) that you would like your pendant light to hang.

Take the cords and wires of your new pendant and feed them through the ceiling medallion, making sure that the right side of the medallion is facing the pendant.

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

how to convert a can light into a chandelier

Now it is time to start wiring your new fixture. Most likely there are three different kinds of wires you’ll be working with, read the materials that came with your pendant and it will tell you how to distinguish.

Twist like wires together and push a cap onto the ends, do this with all three wires. Wrap them with electrical tape to hold the wires and caps together.

We chose this funky, slightly "fisherman style looking" OTTAVA light fixture from Ikea, to place over our sink. It only cost us about $30.00 and with a vintage light bulb, we thought it would be a great mix of new and old in our space. - See more at: http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2011/07/new-kitchen-lighting-converting-can.html#sthash.SAViTwOU.dpuf

Thread wires through fixture stem at cap and ceiling medallion center. how to convert a can light into a chandelier Screw the metal disc back on, the ceiling canopy should be snug against the ceiling at this point.


Front door light

Front door light

Perfect project to add instant curb appeal and brighten your porch!