Tour Through Blogland

My sweet friend Heather from Setting For Four, invited me to join the Blogland Tour and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be participating.    This is a wonderful opportunity to tell you a few things about myself, and introduce some other fabulous bloggers!

~Welcome To My Tour~

My husband and I have a huge love for DIY, and enjoy sharing colorful tidbits of our suburban life. I love to show others how they can achieve the same stylish and beautiful spaces on small budgets. Over the years, we have taken our builder grade track home and made it our own on a great big budget.  Our home reflects who we are and we try to never pay full price for anything.

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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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