Inspiring Feature Friday

Hi Friends and Happy Friday!

We are definitely enjoying our days of Summer around here with beach days, hikes, sleepovers, family get togethers, swim days and being a tourist in beautiful San Diego.  The boys have loved having their Grandpa here for the past 2 weeks so it will be sad to see him go back home to day.  However him and my husband have been working so hard on my in-laws house, I can’t wait to share with you.

I loved all of Monday’s links, no theme today just pure fabulousness!

Ever wanted to build your own coffee table?  Head on over to That’s My Letter for the full tutorial.

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 I am loving this idea from Creatively Living! She made a DIY Pendant Banner out of Christmas lights, this would be perfect for our outdoor area!

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WIth a little inspiration from BHG, Carissa Miss gave her farmhouse table a complete transformation.

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 Love Grows Wild is giving us a tour of her gorgeous living room makeover.

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The Thinking Closet has some wonderful tips on styling a desk!

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Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Kawasaki Foundation, it truly warms my heart.  You can get all the details here and don’t forget, Balmsam hill is matching the funds and you receive a free ornament with a $25 donation, how cool is that!



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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5 Fabulous Room Makeovers

Happy Friday, today I have some pretty incredible room makeovers to share with you today!  Make sure to pop on over to the blogs so you can see how each one of the rooms looked like before.

Can you believe this makeover! The Honeycomb Home turned a garage into a family room!

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702 Park Project has been restoring a historic home, room by room.  I have to say I am completely smitten and in love with everything they have done, especially the foyer!

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Simply Vintageous took the kitchen down to the studs and revamped the whole kitchen, I’m in love!

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The Cape on the Corner completely transformed her sun room, isn’t it gorgeous!

 

Heathered Nest has been working hard on their guest room.  I’m thinking I may never leave if I stay for a overnight.

I am away for the weekend for some much needed R&R with my hubby, have a wonderful weekend!



Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

For the Fourth of July block party, my oldest requested stuffed mushrooms so of course  I had to oblige.  It is one of the easiest recipe’s and I promise it is a huge crowd pleaser.

How to make stuffed mushrooms Ingredients

12 whole fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoon minced onion
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (less or more depending on how hot you like it)

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems and chop.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, diced onion and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared. Set aside to cool.
When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.

Sometimes I will add a little bit of bread crumbs on top of each mushroom the last 5 minutes of cooking which is super yummy.

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~Dig in and enjoy~

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Thanks so much for stopping in today, hope you are all having a wonderful week!



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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