Hanging With the Huies »

I love connecting with you guys here, over on the YouTube channel or what seems to be the most popular over on Instagram (mainly our Insta Stories). I get a lot of repeat questions over on our Stories so I thought it may be helpful to answer the ones that get asked most frequently in a blog post. That way my answers will be here for all to see!

I have loads of questions to answer. In hopes to make this a little more organized I’ve broken them into categories and have tried to give simple short answers so I don’t keep you here too long.

Let’s get this thing going!


Coffee Questions……

What coffee machine do we have? 
We have the Nespresso Vertou (it makes coffee and espresso).

What milk frother do we use?
We use the Nespresso frother and love it! Our model older just in case you’ve seen ours in a video and are wondering why it looks different than the one on their site.

What type of milk do we use in our frother?
Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk in either original or vanilla. I have tested many many maaaaaany milk alternatives from hemp, to cashew, to coconut, to blends, including different brands of almond milk. Blue Diamond froths THE BEST. Be sure to get the one from the cooler section, it makes a difference.

– What pods do I like from Nespresso?
I keep coffee pods on hand in case company wants coffee (usually Intenso, Stormio, and a decaf option) but I rarely drink coffee. Espresso is my jam! For myself I buy Altissio or if you’re like me and really on know them by color the purple one.

What is my current Starbucks drink?
I switch it up but my current favorite is the Starbucks Iced Double Shot (you have to say Starbucks or they’ll give you a double shot of espresso on ice). When you add the word “Starbucks” in the front they add milk and classic syrup. If I have my favorite coffee sweetener on hand I ask them to hold the classic and I sweeten it myself. On occasion if I’m feeling fancy I’ll ask for a light caramel drizzle.

My current favorite hot coffee is their cappuccino with an extra shot of course. I also like their Flat White and their Iced Skinny Carmela Macchiato. I order mine with an extra shot,  coconut milk, and light caramel drizzle.

Little heads up
I love a good blod strong coffee and while I do like my coffee a little creamy and sweet I’m not a little coffee loads of cream and sugar kind of gal. What I’ve shared above may not be your jam if your coffee looks more like milk than coffee. Just sayin’


Music Questions……

What record player do you have?
We have an Audio-Technia.

I get asked why we bought this brand. All I can tell ya is that it was a gift from Kent. He’s a fellow researcher and lover of all things techie so this decision was all him! We’ve had it for a few years and it’s been great.

Why did you want a record player?
Why do I love to keep a paper calendar? Why do I prefer a book that I can hold and turn the pages over reading from a device? Why do I still print photos and keep them in a album verse creating digital scrapbooks?

I guess I’m old school in that way. I feel that we’ve lost connection in many ways over the years. I know, just call me granny!

I wanted to have something tangible that I could hold in my hands. I wanted to connect more with what I was listening to. I wanted to build a collection of albums that I loved start to finish. Albums that I could listen to over and over again. Many purchase record players because the sound quality is better. That’s another question I get asked….do I think the sound quality is better? Well I’m not sure, I went this for a whole different reason.

Does your player require speakers? 
Yes, our player is connected to the same speaker our TV is connected to.

What are some of your favorite albums?
I love sharing music with you guys! If you want to dig deeper into some of my faves check out this post….“Road Trip to the Mountains Playlist”.


Travel Questions……

How do you find and book the cabins you stay in?
Check out this post “How We Find Cabin Rental and Much More”  It’s  full of helpful info. If you enjoy our cabin shares and reviews I would love to know! I need some motivation to catch up on those type of post as I’m several trips behind!

What areas have we visited in Colorado?
We’ve been to Denver, Nederland (which we really loved and hope to visit again. You can read about that trip here),  Durango (you can read about that trip here), Breckenridge, Jasper, and the Alma/Fairplay area. Alma, Fairplay and Breckenridge are the areas we tend to go back to each year. I would love to retire there some day if Kent would go with me but that’s a long shot. I’m still holding onto the dream though friends!


Photography and Equipment Questions……

– What camera do I shoot with?
I use my phone a lot which is a Samsung Galaxy 8 as well as my Canon Mark II 5D

What is my favorite lens? 
My Sigma 35mm f/1.4 hardly leaves my camera. In fact I’m in the market to upgrade my camera body and the model I’m looking at does not work seamlessly with this lens. I found this out right before I purchased the new body and have since held off. That’s how much I LOVE this lens!!!!

How do I edit my photos?
I use a mixture of Photoshop and Lightroom when editing images from my DSLR.

What phone editing apps do I like?
VSCO is my main go to. I like their Lightroom presets as well (when I’m editing RAW images from my DSLR).

What is your favorite place to print images?
Persnickety Prints or my pro lab which is through Millers.

What camera do I vlog with? 

Canon Mark II GX 7


Monat Questions……

– Are you still using Monat?

Are you still a Monat rep?
Sure am! You can find my site here

What are your favorite Monat products?
Outside of their shampoo and conditioner…..
I love Rejuveniqe oil, Curl Cream, the men’s Black Cream Shave, the men’s aftershave (which doubles as primer and awesome hand lotion), the Restore Leave-In conditioner, Refinish Control Hair Spray and Eye Wonder. I know that’s a lot but I’m truthfully nuts about Monat products! My love for their products is one of the reasons why I jumped in as a rep!


Hair loss Questions……

– Are you still loosing hair?
I would say on average I’m now shedding a normal amount. There are some days when I shed more than other days but it is drastically better than it was 4 months ago!

Do you know what caused it?
I still don’t have a definite answer but I think it could be a combination of several things, stress both physical and metal, diet as I have since found out I’m gluten intolerant, and hormonal.


Health and Fitness Questions……

Do you workout?
Not at the moment but boy do I miss it. Last year was the year of  health stuff for me…… my hair started to fall out, my tummy got angry at me, I was breaking out in random rashes, I had back issues, my heels and arches were acting up, and my hip hurt all day every day. Almost over night I turned into a 100 year old lady and began to literally fall apart. I was doing Orange Theory Fitness 5 times a week for close to a year and LOVING. My brain was all for it but my body wasn’t.

I decided it was time to stop telling my body what it wanted and start listening to what my body was telling me it needed.

Once I made that mental shift things started to turn the corner.

I’ve taken several months off to heal my body and am starting to feel ready to get moving again. I’ll be going about things very differently this time around. No more pushing through pain. No crazy workouts. Nothing to prove. I just want to focus on moving and connecting with my body. I’ve been looking into Pilates Reformer classes. I think they’ll be a great place for me to start.

Are you following a diet program?
For the last 5 months I’ve been gluten free and eating pretty clean. Along with taking a break from the gym I took a break from focused meal plans. I’ve been very free (meaning not tracking or worrying about calories consumed I naturally eat fairly healthy)  the last few months and it’s been so good for my body. I’ve lost weight and I’ve really enjoyed not focusing on my diet.

Just like with my workouts I’m ready to get back to a program of some sort. I’m in a better mental place and I’m feeling it’s time. Again listening to my body and what it can handle. I’m started a program that’s not too hardcore that fits with how I naturally eat.

House and Decor Questions……

What do you use to store toys in the boy’s playroom?
Our playroom cubbies are from the Better Homes and Garden line at Walmart. You can find it in store or here

Where did you find the galvanized bins?
Better Homes and Garden, from Walmart. They no longer carry the larger size in store but you can purchase a set of 6 here. It’s comes out to be what I payed per bin when they had them in store. They’ve held up well!

Where is your playroom rug from? 
Overstock, you can find it here

Where is your living room rug from?

What do you use to clean your rugs?
The Bissell Spot Clean Pro Heat Portable Spot Cleaner (that’s a long name huh) and I use this and this along with it.

What product do you use to get set in stains out of the boys clothes?
I pre treat with this and soak overnight in a bin of hot water mixed with this

Can you share about your kitchen remodel….how you painted your cabinets, what color you used, what material and where did your purchase your counter tops, how you resurfaced your kitchen island, where are your new lights from.
We’re still in the middle of our remodel (hello doing it on our own aka it’s takes for stinking ever). Once we finish I’ll share links, info and all that jazz. I feel like I need to get it all finished up first before I tackle a post like that though.

Haha now that was a lot if info! Hopefully you found something in there that was helpful!


As the boys get older their excitement for Santa and his special Christmas eve visit grows! We had a blast merry making and getting things all set for the jolly guy, including our out of the norm late night snack for him. Wouldn’t you know he loved it! Not a crumb left behind! Carson threw us for a loop with an evening Santa freak out but thankfully I found a fix that calmed him down and may just be our a new Christmas Eve tradition.

To watch our Christmas Eve Vlog via YouTube Click here


Yesterday’s vlog went up without a blog post. That may happen from time to time during Bloguary depending on my schedule. If you’re mainly following Bloguary through the blog and don’t see a post for that day hop over to our YouTube channel  click videos. You’ll most likely find that days vlog there!

Here is Bloguaray post 3, Christmas with my Family! The boys were spoiled. Their reactions to their gifts were priceless!

To watch via YouTube click here

See ya tomorrow!

  • lisa blankenship - Such a sweet vlog! Your boys are so darn cute!!! I’m loving your posts… thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten - Kendra! I just binge watched all your blogs from bloguaray, and enjoyed them so much! Especially the Christmas Eve one where your boys were asleep together- it brought tears to my eyes! Absolutely precious! Thanks for sharing all of your holiday fun!ReplyCancel

My most favorite Christmas traditions are centered around our Christmas tree.

From taking the boys to the same tree lot each year, to giving them their special Christmas ornament, to quiet moments spent doing nothing but enjoying the beauty of the tree.

I LOVE it all!

This week during Bloguary I’ll be sharing our holiday vlogs. For us, the holidays always start with a trip to the tree lot!


  • lisa blankenship - This is precious! Love your vlogs and your sweet little family. You are creating such wonderful memories for your boys. Thank you for sharing with us!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Rushing - Kendra! What beautiful memories with your babies! Can it be christmas again?! It’s such a fun time of year! Your tree is gorgeous and I love all the photo ornaments!ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - Such a beautiful tree and beautiful vlog! I absolutely love watching your tree vlog each year!ReplyCancel

Our Family: 

What we love to do:
We continue to enjoy our time outdoors and try to get the boys outside as often as possible; family walks at a local park, watching the boys run around our culdesac or playing in the water in our backyard. Simple fun brings us so much joy. Day camping is one of our favorite things to do as a family! We get all the fun of camping but are home in time to shower and sleep in our own beds.

We traveled to Colorado this summer which is an annual trip we look forward to each year. We took the boys to Oklahoma for their first overnight camping trip along with family. We spent some time in Mountain View, Arkansas enjoying the fall foliage and the local folk music. I was invited out to Bismark, Arkansas to photograph cabins and decided to turn my business trip into a mini family vacation.

Around the House:
We remolded our kitchen this year which was a huge no no no make that extremely massive project. We had new counter tops, we painted our cabinets, installed new light fixtures, replaced our sink and stovetop. We did everything on our own except for the counter tops. It’s still somewhat in progress as we need to touch up a few things up and paint the walls but it looks like a completely new kitchen!

Carson moved from his crib to a big boy bed. We figured since we were already making the switch why not move the boys into a room together and get them bunk beds. They LOVE sharing a room and I feel that it has brought them even closer.




Kent learned several new skills this year during our kitchen remodel including dry walling and tile work. He amazes me how he can take something on figure it out and make it look like something he’s always known how to do.

Kent continues to work his buns off to support our family and is the most amazing father to our boys.

Those who know Kent know all about his love for food and cooking. He loves to find “new to us” restaurants to try mainly Asian food which we all enjoy! He’s an Instant Pot master and came up with a mean steak recipe this year! I jokingly tell him we need to do a “Kent Can Cook” series on the blog. I say jokingly although I do hope one day he’ll jump on here and share some of his sweet skills with y’all!



This was a big year for me. I started a new side hustle as a Monat rep and started working at the boy’s school as a substitute teacher. Both ventures have brought me so much joy and have been a blessing to our family!

I had some health stuff (nothing serious) come up at the beginning of the year. I took a good chunk of the year to focus on my body and to get to the root of what was causing all my issues. I found out that I’m gluten intolerant and have been gluten free for 5 months. Once I removed gluten from my diet several of my symptoms started to dissipate. I’m on track to getting back to my old healthy self!

I continue to enjoy photography but have stepped back from shooting professionally. I take on occasional jobs (especially those that involve travel and cabin photography) but until the boys are older I’m focusing on documenting my family at the moment. Documenting is a huge passion of mine weather it’s jotting down stories in the boy’s journals I’m keep for them, capturing a moment with my camera, or through a family vlog! Along the lines of documenting I made it a priority this year to print photos and place them in albums (I use the Project Life system which makes it so easy to keep up with). I was able to catch up on past years and keep a running album throughout the year. I hope to continue to makes this a focus in 2018.

Other than loving on my family and snuggling with our Brady-Boy (our dog) I’ve enjoyed reading a ton over the year. Audio books tend to fit into my current season of life but no matter how many audio books I fly through I always have a paperback going as well.





Our thinker
Our old soul
Our creative one
Our sweet sensitive love

Weston is rocking in his preschool class. He’s learning to read and write aka Kent and I can no longer spell words to each other without him saying “I know what that spells!” We now try to spell words faster which usually is more comical than anything else.

He’s favorite form of transportation is his scooter. He rides it alllll over the house. It’s 500x smaller that the Cozy Coupe so I’m TOTALLY fine with his scooter shenanigans. Weston is a bit clumsy (like his mama) but on his scooter some type of graceful magic happens. He comes up with all these spins and jump tricks never missing a beat. Kent and I get the biggest kick out of watching his scooter performances that he occasionally puts on for us.

Transformers for life! Although Power Rangers are slowly starting to creep in.

Funny Story: 

I was Watching Meet Joe Black while folding mountains of laundry. When a sad part hit I had a plethora of towels to use as my hankie. It was perfect! The boys come running in the door after going out with Kent to do a little shopping. I had 5 minutes of the movie left and I knew nothing inappropriate was coming so I decided to finish the movie thinking the boys would run off and play. Carson did but Weston took a seat right in my lap. We got to the sad part where Brad Pitt’s character walks over the bridge with Anthony Hopkins…..cue the water works! I started to ugly cry hoping that Weston wouldn’t see as his back was to me. Weston started rubbing my arm sweetly not saying a word and I was sure that he was onto me. He stopped for a minute and looked up at me and said “Mama?” in my head I started to prepare my answer for the question I knew was coming, Mama is just crying because it’s a sad moment in the movie. He said my name again, “Mama?” “Yes baby” I replied. Weston with heaps of concern on his face said “Mama I didn’t know you have some much meat on your booty.” Tears rolling down my cheeks as I was still mid movie cry I burst into laughter. I could tell by his face that he was truly concerned by the amount of meat I have on my booty and he’s right, there’s a decent amount of meat back there but that’s not at all how I saw our conversation going!

This story makes me giggle each time I think of it!



Carson aka Carsie-Bear: 

Our cuddler
Our smiley boy
Our curious bear
Our challenger

Carson started school this year! It took a while for him to get into the groove of it all but he’s loving it now! He and Weston are attached at the hip which is wonderful but we thought it would be good for him to have his own thing. It’s been neat to watch him spread his wings in his classroom this year. He’s learning letters and working on his counting.

Although his name is Carson he will tell you his name is Carsie-Bear, which is what we all call him. Carsie keeps us on our toes let me tell ya! He has strong pull to investigate and check things out which usually turns into a hot mess. While he can be a handful he melts our hearts on the daily with his sweet voice, his hugs, and the things he says.

Paw Patrol and Power Rangers are his jam! His Nana and Papa Mike gave him his first bike this Christmas! He’s excited for the weather to warm up so he can get outside and ride it.



In a very small nutshell here are a few document moments from my camera.


This post kicks off day 1 of Bloguary ( Blog + January = Bloguary )
This will be my 5th year tackling this project which I started back in 2014. While time consuming I always enjoy the creative outlet for the month and I sure hope you’ll follow along!

This year I’ll be focusing on catching up on our travel vlogs and things we’ve filmed throughout the year. I’ll be throwing in a few new vlogs as well as typed blog post into the mix but hope to finish the month out all caught up on vlog content. I’m going  to try my best to create a blog post for each vlog but be sure to follow along over on the YouTube channel by clicking the red subscribe button incase a few vlogs do not make it on the blog.

Bloguary Schedule:
I’ll be posting Monday – Thursday through the month of January leaving Friday open for some flexibility. I’m thinking live chats over in the blogs private FB group ( Blogs Private FB Group: Hanging With the Huies Friends ).

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for Day 2 which is will be the kickoff of our holiday vlogs!


Photo Credit: Our family photos were taken by the amazing Sarah from My Four Hens Photography

  • Jennifer - Hooray! I am looking forward to more posts! 🙂 I am still debating on doing Bloguary also! We will see…ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - How is it already January?! That still baffles me…

    Please please please talk kenty into a cooking post here or there. I would love to pick up some of his knowledge!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Lemon - I absolutely love Meet Joe Black, it’s one of my favorite Brad Pitt movies! I have never loved peanut butter more after I saw him lick it off the spoon!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I love following your precious family and I love all of your sweet pictures!!! Happy new year!ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - Woohoo, so excited to read your blogs this month! So fun! Your family picture are beautiful! Love the picture of Carsie holding the flowers by you. Xoxo.ReplyCancel

  • Macey - Kendra, thank you as always for allowing us in your family’s life. My husband and I are about to tackle our kitchen and you give me hope that it can be done. I had a pretty similar experience this year with food allergies. All of a sudden I can no longer have peanuts, treenuts, dairy, or cinnamon. Here is to a better year. XoReplyCancel

  • lisa blankenship - Beautiful photos!!! Loved the little update on your sweet family and am very excited to follow along for Bloguary! Thank you for the time and effort you are putting in to share your family and creativity with us!ReplyCancel

We’re working on our summer bucket list and as part of my mama summer bucket list (yes of course I want in on that list action) I’m making sure I document every ounce of summer fun!

A few weeks back we went berry pickin’ at Wild Berry Farm. It was hot and humid and Weston may have pulled his pants down right in the middle of the berry bushes and peed the biggest pee I’ve ever seen. Nonetheless it was gosh darn fun and we now have another (oh yes this has happened before) pee story to tell Weston when he’s older!

Even though we were a hot and sweaty we stayed to enjoy all that the farm has to offer after we picked our berries! The boys loved the kid play area, the tractor ride, the farm animals, and Kent and I enjoyed the yummy berry themed menu at their cafe.

If you’re local I definitely recommend dropping in and filling a basket up with summer goodness!

Pretty sure this was right after he peed.
He was proud.
I was five shades of red.

How has your summer been?