The Versatile Blogger Award

The beautiful and talented, Mrs. Erika Kind, nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award some time ago, and with the crazy hours I’ve been putting in at work, prepping for our unforgettable Thanksgiving, and getting a head start on Christmas, my brain has been in overload, and I have had a difficult time coming up with 7 interesting facts about myself. I’ve been a “mom” for so long, that a lot of “ME” has fallen by the way side. I hope that the facts that I have managed to conjure up don’t bore you to tears.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The rules:

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you & Include a link to their blog
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice
  3. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  4. Share seven different facts about yourself.

7 Facts About Me:

Fact 1: Let’s being by saying that I am NOT a minivan kind of mom! But, with a family of my size, which is continuing to get larger, family trips are becoming troublesome in our car! For the past 12 years or so, my “dream car” has been a Honda Pilot. The 3 row seating would REALLY come in handy, and it’s small enough and sporty enough to be cute AND save on gas. Perhaps one day soon…

Fact 2: I have been collecting stickers for as long as I can remember, and even started my own “sticker club” in grade school. Our objective was to trade stickers and to come up with the most impressive collection. I still have my first sticker albums tucked safely away. Remember the ones that you could buy at your local Hallmark stores? I always begged my parents for more of the sticker sheets, and I recall getting quite a few “no’s” as answers.

Stickers from Childhood

Fact 3: As much as the desire has been there, life has never blessed me the opportunity to own my own home. For 13 ½ years, I very patiently waited, and finally found myself in the position a few years ago to rent a house. I’m hoping that my next move will involve buying property. Here’s hoping!

Fact 4: I detest shopping; I mean with a passion! BUT, throw me in a craft or book store, and you may as well go on home. Time loses ALL meaning, and I take my sweet time roaming each aisle, looking for the absolute best deals/finds.

Fact 5: Have you ever paid attention to all of those cheesy television commercials for jewelry stores? How giddy those little girls get when hubby man surprises them with a new piece of jewelry? Not me. I think it’s an absolute waste of money! I have a few nice pieces, but prefer my Boho fashion jewelry any day. If hubby dropped that kind of money on a dinky piece of jewelry, I’d be compelled to smack him upside the head and ask him what the hell he was thinking. But, that’s just me.

Fact 6: Ok so, whether you want to admit it or not, we all have a same sex crush. Mine are Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson. I have always loved Drew’s cute little hippie chic persona, and Kate is more of a sophisticated hippie chic. She inherited her mama’s (Goldie Hawn) spunky nature, and she works it. I love these girls!!!

Fact 7: One of my favorite stories from childhood can be found in, The Sneetches and Other Stories by good ole’ Dr. Seuss. The story is called, “What was I scared of?” I absolutely loved it! If you’ve never read it to the kiddos, you should definitely head to your local library; I’m sure they have a copy. Everyone should read it at least once in their life.

Dr. Seuss

My Nominees:

I nominate…YOU!

Erika, I thank you SO very much for this amazing award, and I hope that you can forgive me for taking so long to accept it. I am truly honored that you passed this torch on to me. Again, thank you!

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogging Award-1
Tricia over at From Sometimes I Cook has nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger Award.”  She has an amazing blog full of yummy recipes, fun projects (Make sure to check out her Majora’s Mask DIY post-she did a fabulous job!!!  I LOVE Zelda…), posts on life (home, fashion, seasons), and her travels.  You will truly enjoy your time there!  Thank you Tricia for the nomination, I truly appreciate it!

Rules for the Versatile Blogger Award
-This award is meant to celebrate the bloggers who bring the most joy into your life.-

  • Thank the person that has nominated you
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  • Share seven different facts about yourself

Versatile Blogger Award

Who is Krista Kemp?
So, are you guys sick to death of hearing about me yet?! If so, I’m sorry, and if not, here are 7 more facts to get you going…

Fact 1: My daddy was a bit of a gypsy when I was growing up, so I had the opportunity to travel all across the United States as a kid. I have been to the majority of the 50 states, and have loved every moment of it! Each state holds its own mystique, and I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to explore them. I look forward to the day when I can begin my travels again.

Fact 2: I never went to the Prom. Like most little girls, I dreamed of attending my prom. The magic, the music, the fun, but I was cheated out of that experience. I had the guy (my ex-husband), but I guess he just didn’t deem me worthy enough to take. It’s just another one of the many disappointments that have occurred in my life.

Fact 3: I was introduced to Greek Mythology in the 8th grade, and have found it fascinating ever since. The stories contain so much magic! I always thought it would be neat to name my daughter “Persephone” (The Flower Child), but was ridiculed by family members when I suggested it. I also find the renaissance era intriguing. I suppose that is why I enjoy movies from that time period. I would never want to live during those times (poor things had to piss in a pot and toss it out the window), but the ambiance that surrounds that time is dark and romantic.

Fact 4: I was born in Orlando, Florida (The Sunshine State) and lived there until I was 6 years old. We then moved to Tennessee which is where I grew up. At the age of 19, I was packing up my house and moving overseas to Germany with my son, Kody, on my hip. I returned home to Tennessee at the age of 23, only to discover that it was not the same as I had left it. I have been stuck here since, and am longing for the day when I will be able to move to Orange Beach, Alabama. This white sandy beach calls my name and welcomes me home. Soon…

Fact 5: I have always had an eclectic flair, and Mr. Tim Burton helped me to realize that. I enjoy abstract pieces of art, I wish to adorn my home with bohemian decor, and my hippie spirit demands simplicity and freedom. Throw it all together, and you’ve got me. There is no general “theme” in my home, and there is no rhyme or reason. I have what I like, and I throw it wherever it is going to make me the happiest; simple as that.

Fact 6: I LOVE going to Amusement Parks! I love the thrill of the roller coasters, the food is divine (All Junk!!!), and the excitement that’s in the air! When I was little we had season passes to Disney World, and while living in Tennessee, I had a season pass to Opryland (before they shut it down to build a freaking mall). I have visited several other parks, and have loved every one of them. They are exhilarating, and they bring out the best in everyone.

Fact 7: Ever since I was a little girl, I have been intrigued by psychology. To know the mind, how it works, and to realize how each of us tick is beyond fascinating! The brain is such a complex organ, one which mystifies. To understand why people do what they do, say what they say, or to think the things that they do, is phenomenal. Due to this fascination, I took every psychology course that was offered throughout my schooling. After all, knowledge is power!

My Nominees:

  1. Michael over at Michael’s Origins
  2. Chantelle over at All About Chatelle
  3. Izza over at A Touch of my Saint!
  4. Danny over at Dream Big, Dream Often
  5. Cathy over at Cathy Lynn Brooks
  6. Kenneth over at Baja Moto Quest!
  7. Ramona over at Ramona Crisstea
  8. Sarah over at Sarah Learns Life
  9. Christian over at Maxed Out Muscles
  10. Mardeline over at Confessions of a Pastor’s Daughter
  11. Ros over at Free From Him
  12. Moxie over at Moxie Luster
  13. Melissa over at In Between Moderation
  14. Annie over at Gentle Kindness
  15. Talya over at Motherhood: The Real Deal

Thank you again, Tricia.  I am honored!

How to De-Clutter your Home

Spring Cleaning

I have been spending A LOT of time lately going through my home.  Not only have I been doing my regular Spring Cleaning, but I am attempting to liquidate my household goods.  My reason for doing so is due to the fact that we are making plans to move to the beach and purchase our first property together.  Our plan is to buy a beach front condo.  As you know, a condo’s square footage is less than sufficient for a family of my size, and there is not going to be enough room for our massive collections, so, needless to say, it all has to go!

I have a bit of a problem with sentimental attachments, but I am striving to liberate myself from my possessions.  Baby steps…  There is no sense hanging on to items that are only going to sit in a closet or a storage unit and collect dust.  Not to mention get ruined from nature’s elements.  The rational part of my mind is telling me to let it all go.  Make the money from these items and allow someone else to enjoy them.  But, the sentimental side of me is saying, “No!  Don’t get rid of that!  I’ll be able to display it one day.”  Well, let’s get real.  I will never designate a corner of my home for my vintage Strawberry Shortcake Collection, my original Care Bear’s, my collection of My Little Ponies, my original Star Wars characters, or my Rose Petal Place sets.  It’s time to unload.

I have several boxes up in the attic which contain art projects that the children have done over the years.  Over time these creations are beginning to become tattered and discolor.  I need to make it a point to photograph everything in those boxes and create a photo compilation of these pieces.  Shutterfly and other websites have deals ALL the time for fabulous photo books!  My goal is to photograph each piece of art, create some gorgeous books with said memories, and send them on their way.  I am just waiting for that “Let’s do this!” moment.  Once again, baby steps…  I’ll get there eventually.

My husband has even begun liquidating his overwhelming Hot Wheel Collection.  As much as he hates to part with them, he knows that our new home will not accommodate them.  I would say that his entire Hot Wheel Collection would net in excess, of $100,000.  He has the original, untouched Redlines all the way through to the present diecasts.  Treasure Hunts, Super Treasure Hunts, Error Cars, Convention Cars, Club Cars, Cereal Box Cars, and the list goes on and on…

Can you tell we like toys?!  So, if you are ever in the Nashville area, and are interested in some vintage toys, let me know.  We have them in abundance!

Okay, so you finally make the time to through your house.  You divvy up items into different piles: keep (leave items where they belong), throw away (out to the dumpster with you), and give away (are the boxes over taking the house yet?).  What do you do with your “give away” items?  Your options are plentiful!  Second hand bookstores will buy books, places like The Great Escape, Game Stop, or CD Warehouse will buy movies, video games, CD’s, books, comics, action figures, and more.  Churches take donations for clothing and food.  Contact your local church and ask what items they are in need of.  They may know of a family that is in need of different types of items.  Daycares accept toys, food, blankets, crib sheets, baby items (swings, bouncers, bottles, sippy cups, spoons, teething rings, diapers), movies and so on.  The Salvation Army accepts all kinds of items!  I also found out recently during my research that they accept trial size items; Toothpaste, Shampoo, Deodorant, etc.  So, if you are an extreme couponer, share the stockpile.  They pass these out to homeless shelter visitors, and at times create care packages for our enlisted warriors.  You also have your thrift shops, Goodwills, the dreaded yard/garage sales, as well as online spots like eBay, Craigslist, and Varage Sale.  These are just a few ways to rid yourself of your unwanted and unneeded items.  The more you send out the door, the more your house will thank you, and the easier your cleaning tasks will become.

I wrote another post, similar in nature to this blog topic.  If you like this post, perhaps you will enjoy 5 Tips for Spring Cleaning.

So, do you have any tips to add?