One Lovely Blog Award

YouMeanMe from Saving Without Scrimping, has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  She has a fantastic blog that focuses on living and loving life on a budget.  She has some very informative posts that are well worth the read!  Head on over and check her out; you just might learn something new…

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award Rules:

  • Display the banner/sticker/logo on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 Facts About Me:
1: Despite my nearly grown children, my wifely obligations, my full-time job, and my business ventures, I sometimes forget that I’m an adult!  While I realize that I’m a grown woman, and can go and do as I please, sometimes it just strikes me, and I’m like “Oh, yeah.”  Does anyone else experience these moments?

2: I read a blog post the other day, from Escape Adulthood, discussing our desire to become millionaires. (To see this post, click HERE) It was a fantastic read, and it got me thinking. I have never been obsessed with becoming a millionaire, nor having an abundance of wealth; my desire has always been to reach a “comfortable” status. I don’t want a BIG fancy mansion to live in (too much to clean!), I’m not concerned with a bright, flashy car (it’s just a means of transportation), and shopping sprees don’t interest me in the least. I only want to get to a point where there is more than enough to pay the bills each month, money to set aside for the children and their futures, and to be able to go to the grocery store and not have to tally up what each item costs. I want financial freedom (of sorts); relief from a lifetime of struggle, that’s all.

3: Since becoming an adult, and living out on my own, I have never made an attempt to get social with my neighbors. While I know hundreds of people around town, who each know me by name, I like to keep my life private.

4: The Twenty Something Social Recluse wrote a post last week about being a people pleaser (see post HERE). As much as I hate to admit it, I am a bit of a people pleaser. I always put the needs and wants of my family over my personal needs, and I try to keep the peace among my friends and co-workers, but I only allow others to push me up to a certain point. I detest being taken advantage of, and will eventually stand my ground if I feel it needs to be done. I know that I need to exercise a bit more authority, but I have always been taught not to rock the boat or burn the bridge, and to NEVER bite the hand that feeds you!

5: I have been driving for 20 years now, and can honestly say that I have never been involved in a wreck that was deemed my fault.

  • My first wreck, at the age of 16, was when a State Trooper flew in front of me before school and slammed on his breaks to avoid missing his morning stop at the awful Waffle House.
  • The second, I was stopped at a red light after school, when two vehicles plowed into the back of me, causing me a painful case of whip lash.
  • The third, was a Holier Than Thou, Private School mom, who side swiped me. She informed me that “she forgave me, but that she hoped that the Lord would do the same.” Really?!
  • The fourth, I was coming home from work, going slowly through my ghetto apartment complex, when an attorney peeled out of his parking space, thus smashing into the side of my car. He never looked to see if anyone was coming, and was in too much of a rush to exchange insurance information with me.
  • The fifth and final wreck, happened just a few years back. I was taking my son to the orthodontist when I was rear ended by a drunk who wasn’t paying attention to traffic.

I was not the cause of any of these accidents, but I AM responsible for every one of my speeding tickets over the years. I have a bit of a lead foot, and I am faced with too many tasks to tend to each day. I don’t have time to get behind the joy riders or the blue hairs that monopolize the road. I zip in and out of traffic, taking advantage of every “hole” that comes available. Just for the record though, my last ticket was in 2005. I am LOVING my “good driver” insurance rate!

6: I started collecting candles when I was 14 years old, and have obtained some really neat ones over the years. I also have an obsession with incense. I have been buying and burning them for as long as I can remember. My favorite scent is Patchouli.

7: While I was born cursed with these “Big Bones,” I was blessed with my tiny hands, feet, and stature. My engagement ring is a size 5 (and twirls around it is so loose), and I wear a size 4 in little kid shoes. I save a TON of money when it’s time to invest in a new pair, as kid’s shoes are generally half the price as their adult versions!

At my last doctor appointment, I measured in at 5’2. I haven’t grown an inch since 5th grade, and my oldest 2 have been taller than me for some time now. You win some, you lose some…

My Nominees:

Georgia over at Destined For Grace

Robyn over at Robyn Christi

Elle over at The Persistent Platypus

Deep Philosofi.

Ifrah over at My Frame of Mind

Thank you again YouMeanMe.  I really appreciate your nomination!

Versatile Blogger Award

I have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by none other than the talented, Frugal Fab Mommy.  If you haven’t been to visit her blog yet, you have to head on over.  She has a wide array of posts, and a TON of useful information.  Well worth the read!  Thank you so very much for this nomination, I am honored!

I do apologize that it has taken me so long to accept this award.  I have been feeling a bit under the weather, have been catering to my son who is learning to drive, and my daughter celebrated her 14th birthday this week.  Not to mention I have been working on changing my Etsy shop image.  I hope that you will forgive my delay in acceptance.  Super busy time of year…

Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

  • Thank the blogger that presented you with your award.
  •  Link to their blog.
  •  Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you feel have awesome blogs–whether you’ve recently discovered them or you follow them regularly.
  •  Nominate those 15 awesome bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award—you can link this page if you want.
  •  Lastly, tell the person who nominated you, and everyone else, 7 things about yourself.

My 7 Facts:

Fact One

As most of you are aware, I have my own shop, Krista Kemp Designs, on Etsy.  I am very happy to announce that last week I had my 13th and 14th sale, and today was blessed with my 15th.  I am thrilled to see my shop beginning to take off!  I also received my first review last week; 5 stars!

I have been making plans these last few weeks to give my shop a much needed revamping.  I spent Saturday before last outdoors, under the blazing sun, photographing my creations.  I am also designing a new digital banner for my shop.  Looking forward to getting these changes and others implemented.

Fact Two

Two weeks ago I created a Facebook Group for my club members.  Each month in my newsletter, my VIP members are presented with a challenge/mission.  This group was created so that we may share our experiences with one another.  If you would like to read about our cause, head on over to “Community Compassion” on Facebook.  If you are interested in joining in the fun, simply click the button below to become a club member.

Join our club

Fact Three

I have always had a strong desire to be a mother, and concluded, when I was younger, that I wanted 4 children.  After giving birth to my daughter (my 2nd child) I realized that I was good; I didn’t want anymore children.  I would be perfectly content being a mom to just two.  One of these days I’ll share my birthing experiences, which will shed a little more light onto my reasoning.

My Miracle Baby

When I found out that I was pregnant with my third, I cried.  Not because I was unhappy, it was just horrible timing!  I had no clue how I was going to be a single mother to three.  Mr. Kolin is my miracle baby, who I almost lost.  We had to undergo an emergency cesarean 6 1/2 weeks early, due to his heart rate dropping.  Terrifying ordeal!  Yet another story for another day.  I was blessed with 3 beautiful, healthy babies and dismissed all notions of having another.  When my husband and I married, I gained my fourth.  Perfect!  I didn’t have to go through all the pain.  The family is now complete.

When mortality started to set in, and I realized that I wasn’t getting any younger, I experienced the baby itch.  Thank goodness my little McKinley (my grandbaby) came into the picture.  She cured the itch, and allowed me to have my baby.  The best part, I didn’t have to go through the 2 am feedings.

Fact Four

My favorite food is, and has always been Mexican.  I cannot get enough of it!  My mama craved it ALL the time when she was carrying me, but it tore her up every time she gave in to the urge.  Since having surgery in May of 2014, it hurts me.  I now take acid reflux medicine, and usually have to follow up with a Zantac and/or a Tums.  It is a downright shame that I cannot freely enjoy this delicious food!

Fact Five

I very rarely indulge in alcoholic beverages, but when I do, I prefer Strawberry Daiquiris , topped with whipped cream and a cherry.  Only in the past few years, have whipped cream or sour cream been included in my diet.  I just never had a taste for them prior.  This is a super new development.

Fact Six

When I was young, I was an absolute book worm.  I visited the library every week and borrowed the max books possible.  When each book was read, I returned them the following week to repeat the process.  My favorite series to read were the Fear Street Books.  I had a massive collection!  I introduced them to my first born, but he preferred the Goosebumps series.  Same author, different series.  Apparently the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

Fact Seven

When I was a little girl, my daddy took my sister and I to St. Augustine beach.  We were just in time to experience the sea turtles laying their eggs.  This was such a miraculous moment for me to experience, and this has always proven to be a very fond childhood memory.  Because of this, sea turtles have always been at the top of my “favorite animals” list.  I have acquired quite a collection of turtles over the years, and I hope to one day share this event with my children.  Every time we visit the beach, I look at the flyers in the elevator to see if it is laying season.  Maybe once we move down there, we’ll be able to venture out and watch.

My Versatile Blogger Nominees:

These are fantastic blogs, and are definitely worth taking a peek…

Aaron at #Better Be A Hit!

Kendall F. Person at  The Neighborhood

The Mof Man at Modes of Flight Blog

The Eye-Dancers

Syanaz at Imajinesstories

Simplify 022

Ramona Crisstea


Alyssa at Dreaming Trees

Nora at Your $50K Formula

Chewing Crayons

Rhys at Photo Maestro

Zapple 100

Nail Polish Lover

Problems with Infinity

Many thanks again to Frugal Fab Mommy.  Your acknowledgement of my work is greatly appreciated.


The Sunshine Award

I have been nominated for The Sunshine Award by the beautiful and talented Erika Kind.  Her outlook on life is refreshing, and her blog is one that you need to take the time to explore.  Thank you for this nomination Erika!  It is greatly appreciated!

The Sunshine Award

The Rules:

  1.  Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
  3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Erika’s Questions for me:

1.  When you get stuck in traffic (no matter what side of the road you are driving) how do you react? 

Overall, I am pretty patient, and this scenario does not generally bother me.  I don’t enjoy it, but I understand it.  There have been a few occasions where I have gotten stuck in traffic when I had places to be and people to pick up.  This stress, knowing that someone else was depending on me for a ride, got me a bit agitated.  I didn’t go into a full blown rage like some, but I became a little more aggressive on the road while trying to get to my destination.  I have a bit of a lead foot to begin with, and I have learned to pick my “holes” while driving.  If I see a hole, I slide right in.  Momentum and timing is what driving is all about.

2.  What is your favorite time of the day? 

My favorite time of the day is dusk.  My husband, Rusty and I used to sit outdoors and watch the children play and enjoy the setting sun.  The kids don’t really “play” anymore, and my business/blog has taken over my attention in the evenings, as I have been trapped at work all day.  It has become the only time of day where I can make any progress with my endeavors.  Another reason this is my favorite time of day is because this is when my creative mind comes to life.  My brain is alive and bursting at the seams, ready to engage in some form of creative release.  Unfortunately, during the work week, this is also the time that I have to regretfully jot down notes of my project ideas and get ready for bed, in hopes that I can work on these ideas once the weekend rolls around.  I long for the day when I can wake up, and go straight to my projects, knowing that I am not trapped by time.  I despise turning away my God-given talent to accommodate a mediocre job.  One day soon, things will change for me.  I feel it.

3.  What kind of vacation do you like the most (adventure, beach, educational…)?

My favorite vacation destination is the beach.  When I feel the salt in my hair and the sand between my toes, I know that I am finally home.  Being born in Florida, I spent most every weekend in the waves.  I miss it terribly!  Ready to move back home…

4.  What is your favorite activity on a sunny summer day? 

It’s been so long since I’ve actually been able to enjoy a sunny summer day, I’m not really sure how to respond?  I know that I used to live at the pool, so I guess this would be my chosen activity.  Pack a little lunch, jam to some fun tunes, and picnic poolside with my favorite people in the world; creating memories that will last a lifetime.

5.  What is your favorite activity on a cold and snowy winter day? 

Cold, no.  Snowy, forget about it!  Not interested in either of these.  I mean, here it is, mid-summer and I’m wearing bluejeans and a hoodie while I write this.  When it’s cold out, I long for the moment when I can crawl into my bed and snuggle in close to my husband.  He radiates heat like a furnace, and he always cradles my feet with his feet, and my hands with his hands to warm me.  What other man would do that?!  I am SO lucky to have this wonderful man in my life!  I adore you Rusty!

My Sunshine Award Nominees are:

 ATRW at Tony’s Bologna

Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

Josh at JT Carlton

Emma at Blu Chicken Ninja

Facetioussoup aka MLWA at Momentary Lapse of Sanity

Questions for my nominees:

1.  Where do you go when you need solitude?

2.  What is your best summer memory?

3.  What is the sweetest thing that anyone has ever done for you?

4.  What does a fresh start mean to you?

5.  Who is your newest “favorite” blogger?

Thank you again Erika!  I have thoroughly enjoyed answering your questions.  You are a valued member in the blogging community, and I KNOW that we have all benefited from your encouragement and support.  You are the best, and we love you!