Hanging With the Huies »

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Our weekend started off with an anniversary celebration thanks to my Mother-In-Law and some good planning on Kent’s end!

During the week I brought up the idea of dropping the boys off at my mother-in-law’s coming back home ordering take out and watching a movie.

I know sounds super romantic, right?

Things have been so busy the last few months the idea of having a kid free night at home sounded kind of amazing but being the good hubby Kent is he knew low key and quiet was in order for our date.
When I brought up my idea of staying in he assured me he found something that would deliver exactly what we were looking for.

When you’ve been together as long as we have (14 years) you kind of get over the whole idea of getting dolled up and having dinner at some happening place where you can’t hear what each other.

Or maybe that’s just us?
We’re no longer young whipper snappers.
Maybe we’ll get back to that “cool couple” place when our boys are older.
Hummm nah probably not.

The boys are loud and our lives are busy.
When it’s time for a little date night we want nothing more than to have some quite time together to chill.

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Sip and Savor in Plano, TX

Kent made reservations at this quaint Victorian home turned restaurant.
He was right it was exactly what we were hoping for……..

The staff was warm and inviting.
They didn’t rush us through our meal to make room for other patrons.
The food was delicious (I ordered the fillet with herb butter sooooo good).
It was calm and quite.
We were able to connect and chat without screaming over the table at each other.
It was just all around a charming experience and a wonderful place to reconnect and celebrate our love.

 

We woke on Saturday ready to hit some trails with our mini hikers!

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I’ve recently received a few emails from local readers asking about the trails we visit.

It’s hard to find sweet hiking spots in the Dallas/Ft Worth area so I was happy to share the hiking love and replied with an app that we use (Alltrails this links to their site but you can also download the app and use it in any state to find local to you hiking trails) as well as a couple links to some of our favorite hiking spots.

During my link hunt I was reminded of a few tails we haven’t visited in years as well as a few new to us spots.

We have to get those hikes in before the TX heat slaps us in the face so I’m pumped to have a new spots to visit this spring.

We’re even talking about making a day of it and visiting some tails that are little father out.

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Carson took his 1st few steps last week and hiked his 1st trail on Saturday (I shared a little clip of him walking the trail on our Instragram page if you want to check it out)!
As you can see he was pretty pumped about it!

Meanwhile I was a blubbering mess.
Of course thrilled that he’s growing and meeting milestones.

It’s just one of those weird bitter sweet moments.

When Weston turned one I was already pregnant with Carson so I knew I would have another baby in the house.
I’m not really sure what the future holds for us.
We hope to have one more little Huie join the family but we won’t be talking about it for a couple of years and who knows what life will look like then.

So even though I’m grateful as all get out that he’s healthy and thriving I’ve been a tad emotional about his 1st birthday approaching.

On top Carson growing like a weed Weston is no longer in a crib, asking all kinds of why this and why that questions and uses words like “Cool” and “Awesome” which for some reason in my mind makes him seem 10 years older than he is.

I almost lost it in Target when he picked up a toy and said “Oh man this is so awesome!”

Get ready for some sappy sentimental mama post over the next few weeks.
With Carsie’s 1st birthday approaching the sappiness is bound to happen.

 

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After our hike we headed to Whole Foods for a patio lunch; another one of our favorite spring activities!

Carson is in LOVE with these car shopping cart things.

Seriously the second he sees one he starts squirming to get out of my arms not matter how far away we are from it.
It’s like magnet pulling him in.

We gathered some goodies from the deli and decided to skip the highchair for little dude and let him enjoy his lunch from his yellow race car.

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Carson is not a fan of sitting in one place for too long but he was content right where he was so we hung out on the patio for a while.
Weston made a couple of buddies (seriously he makes friends everywhere we go) and had fun feeding the birds.

The boys were happy, we were happy, so we stayed put for a couple hours and enjoyed them and the weather!

Yep Saturday was pretty awesome!

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I’m finally staring to decorate our back patio.
It’s a work in progress but we’ve been enjoying hanging back there lately.

We have plans to add some drop cloth curtains, lights, and I need to get some flowers planted but it’s starting to come together.
Once I get the space finished up a little more I’ll share a blog post with links and better quality photos!

Something else we’re enjoying during our back patio time………

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Cute baby Robins!
Their mama works so hard for them all day going back and forth bringing them bugs and worms.
It’s pretty precious to watch.

We also have a mama Drove currently sitting on her eggs waiting for them to hatch.

Spring has sprung friends!

 

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On Sunday we got ready and headed out for an Ikea run!

Carson had other plans though and decided to pass out as soon as we got in the car.

He looked so comfy so we decided to take a little Sunday drive in the countryside and nix the Ikea plans.
I mean who really wants to go to Ikea on a weekend anyway.

It’s a mad house so maybe Carson knew what he was doing after all!

Carson slept.
Weston pointed out every truck and tractor he saw.
Kent pulled over so I could snap a few flower photos.
We said hello to the cows.
And Kent and I daydreamed about buying land full of trees and building our dream home.

Ya know they typical stuff that Sunday drives are made of!

It was a nice relaxing weekend!

-Now I’d Love to Pick Your Brain for a Second-

I’ve mentioned at the end of my last few post that our posting scheduling will be changing once my Mother-In-Law is back in town.

She’s home and we’re settling into our new routine.
I’ve been thinking on what I want to do with the blog now that things are somewhat back to normal.

Here’s what I would LOVE to hear from you in your comment!!!!!

  1. Do you enjoy a posting schedule so you know to expect content from me on certain days or does it not really matter to you when or how often we post?
  2. Are you enjoying the weekly vlogs mixed in with a roundup post from the weekend or are vlogs not your jam?Maybe only a roundup post and no vlog like this one?
  3. Do you check in with our blog weekly or here and there as you think about it?

I hope to come up with a plan that not only works for us but keeps you happy and visiting our little space on the web. I care about what you think so I would love to know your honest thoughts on the questions above.

This blog of ours is one of my goals this year and I’m hoping to continue to share content that our little community we have here enjoys!

Brownie points for those who take the time to comment and share their thoughts on the questions above!

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  • Kelsey - Hey Kendra! Love your back patio area. I too need to work on decorating mine. Be proud of yourself, because you have way cuter furniture and cushions than I do!

    I like it that you have a set schedule for the blog. I often am so caught up in home duties, work duties, etc so knowing when you will post helps me remember to come back and read!

    Also, I LOVE the mixture of vlogs and blogs. When you read a persons blog you put your own “reader voice” on it. Seeing you and hearing you narrate takes it to a new level. So please keep the vlogs!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - I love your vlogsโค๏ธ
    Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me when you post, I follow your facebook page so that is how I am notified of a new blog post. You do you Kendra, whatever works well for you & your familyReplyCancel

  • Macey - I love reading your blog and will take it whenever in can get it. I haven’t had a lot of time to watch the blogs though. I do check the FB page to see of you’ve posted about once a week.ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten - Hey Kendra! I really enjoy reading your blog and especially love the vlogs. Those are my favorite. I am subscribed so it doesn’t matter to me if you have a set schedule or not. I get an email that you’ve posted and it’s like Christmas morning I think that if you do a schedule that’s right for you, you’ll be able to put what you want into it and people will see that and they will love it. Love you Kendra!ReplyCancel

  • Hillari - Hey Kendra!! Thanks for the tip on the hiking app! We live north of Denver and there are SO many trails, it’s nice to see them all listed, makes it easier to change things up without too much hassle! I love reading your blog when I get a few minutes to myself.. I like the schedule because I know when there will be a new post to come check out! I like the vlogs added in to mix it up, but I also like the round up style too. Excited to see more of your back patio!ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - I love the mixture of both blogs and vlogs!
    Also, I check in every day or so when I’m checking out the blogs I follow, so it doesn’t matter to be if there is a schedule or not… Do what works best with your time and schedule!
    I miss you on scope, I haven’t been able to catch any live lately ๐Ÿ™ReplyCancel

  • Tristina - I love to read the blogs & watch the vlogs…I check in when I can, and catch up on them when I get a moment…I have a little Huie marathon every couple of weeks ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you for sharing your life with us & keeping it real!!ReplyCancel

Spring Essentials hanging with the huies

 

Y’all know that I’m a fall/winter lover through and through especially living in Texas where it’s hot as all get out during other seasons.
After having the boys my attitude towards warmer months started to change as I noticed some positives springing up once spring arrived (oh yes that pun was so intended)

Warmer weather meant…….
more patio meals
hikes
festivals
trips to the playground
less worry over things like the Flu and RSV
bare footed babies
and
seeing my boys in shorts and tank tops!

Once I fell in love with the fun adventures the season brought I fully embraced spring and actually started to look forward to it!

So as I’m starting to warm up to the warmer months (again pun so intended) I’m falling in love with “Spring Themed” items.

Today I’m going to share a few of my faves that help add a little spring to my step (yep and that one too).

As usual I promise to keep this 100% random but full of things I 100% love!
There’s a little makeup, a little home goodness, and things that are so random they don’t even fall into a category.

Let’s dive in!

 

 

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Fun Bright Lips:

From left to right:
– You’re All Mine: Bright Pink
– Peachy Beachy: Imagine coral and pink got together and had a baby. Yep that’s exactly what this color looks like!
– Eastend Snob: More of a neural mauve pink. This one would be beautiful on tons of different skin tones as it’s more of a natural pink.

Got to love a pretty bright lip for spring.
I’ve been a fan of Remmel London’s lip liners for the longest!

The colors they offer, the application, the way they wear, and of course the price makes make this drug store makeup lovin’ gal happy!

They go on like butta and to me feel more like a cross between a lip liner and a lip stick so often that’s how I use them.
I line and color in my lips then top with my most favorite chap stick.

Seriously let’s see some praise hands for Blistex Deep Renewal chap stick!
It gives your lips a little shine, has the slightest touch of mint, and wears well.

It’s good y’all reallll good!

And if you want to kick your lip look up a notch Loreal Paris released a new color called I Pink You’re Cute which I think they should have named Flamingo Pink because that’s what it looks like!

This is such a fun spring color!
Give your lips a good coating for a more bold look or lightly dab on with your finger for a pretty soft pink!

 

 

 

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Bright Spring Cheeks:

Yes I know I’ve talked about Hard Candy’s Living Doll blush a million times but y’all it’s really that good!

I recently splurged on a Becca highlighter honestly thinking it would make its way onto this list because come on it’s a Becca highlighter.
Don’t get me wrong its a good highlighter but I still love and pull for my Hard Candy Living Doll more often and it’s a fraction of the cost.

To apply I use a fan brush and dust a tiny amount of the Living Doll on my cheek bones, down my nose, and on my cupids bow using it more as a highlighter than a blush.

We might need more praise hands for Wet N Wilds new blush formula specifically in the color Pearlescent Pink (the color is more true to what you see here that the one that’s linked).

It packs a punch so apply with a light hand and make sure you blend blend blend.
The color is beautiful and is said to be a dupe for Nars Orgasm.

 

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Good By Dry Winter Skin:

I recently discovered Salis Skincare products and this gem has changed the texture of my skin.
You have to check our their Instagram page to read more about their story and products.

I bought a few other things from this line that I’m still testing out but this by far has caused the most noticed change in my skin by getting rid of the dryness and making my complexion look glowy and smooth.

I’m hooked!

PS…..Are you catching my stories on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie)?
If so you saw me with a mask on my nose during a snap.
That was the Salis Blackhead removal mask!

 

 

 

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Something for Those Sinus/Allergy Headaches:

I have awful sinus issues during Spring and along with that comes headaches.
A friend recommended that I dab a bit of doTERRA Peppermint Oil onto my temples to help with some ongoing headaches I had been having.

For those of you who aren’t into oils, I get it.
I was on the fence for a while as well.
I was also on the fence about Snap Chat and now I’m thinking Snap Chat just may take over the world!

I happened to have some peppermint oil on hand as it was sent to me as a gift so I took my friends recommendation and rubbed that dang oil on my temples not really expecting anything to happen.
Guess what?
In less than a minuet my headache was gone!

No kidding or fabrication here.
Y’all know I keep it real!

I’ve also been taking a whiff of peppermint oil at 4am when my alarm goes off to head to the gym and when that afternoon slump hits and I’m feeling sluggish!
It gives ya a nice little kick!

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: Within The Grove

Picnic Blanket:

Yes I know random but Spring does scream picnics and if you search picnic food on Pinterest you’ll be planning a picnic outing ASAP!

We scored our picnic blanket at a thrift store and I love it so!
It’s HUGE and has a waterproof side just in case you set up shop in a damp area.

I keep it in our trunk so we’re always ready should we pass by a pretty area on a beautiful day and decided to stretch our legs which has happened several times!

Check out this DIY watermelon picnic blanket that Elizabeth over at Within The Grove created!
So stinking cute!

 

 

 

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Fresh Cut Flowers Bring On That Spring Joy:

Never under estimate the joy that fresh cut flowers can bring into you home!

If you have a Trader Joe’s close by they rock at stalking beautiful and affordable flowers.
Go for the ones that have more of a wild flower look to them.
They’re usually cheaper and live longer.

I’ll hang out in the flower section at Trader Joe’s grab a few bunches and pretend I’m a florist when I get home!
I fill our mason jars with my finds and sprinkle my little creations throughout our home.

Instant spring!

I typically spend around $10.00 and am able to create 6-8 mini arrangements!

 

 

 

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Fresh Scents For Your Home:

Yes y’all I am so getting into oils!
I can’t wait to start making my own cleaning and beauty products!

For now I’m just a newbie but Jessica over at MyHealthyPassion.com is holding my hand and showing the way!

Y’all know I love a pretty smelling home!
I’m always sharing my favorite candle scents over on Instagram

Well since I’ve gotten into this whole oil thing I’m digging using my diffuser to make our home smell yummy…..spring yummy!

Using oils in a diffuser is different than burning candles.
It still smells great but has more of a fresh light scent than that smack you in the face smell you can get from some candles.
I really like it!

Currently my favorite oils to use in my diffuser are…..

Lavender
Wild Orange
and
a touch of Lemon

Oh gosh y’all it smells heavenly!
The PERFECT spring scent!

 

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Photo Credit: BeckyHiggins.com

Document the Season:

You’ve got your home looking and smelling pretty, new spring makeup to try and your picnic blanket is in your car ready for that random spring adventure.

Now you just need to get set up to document the season!

The Project Life App is free crazy easy to use and a great way to make the most of all those phone snaps we take and do NOTHING with!

I waited 3 whole years for them to come out with this app for Android.
Up until now it’s only been available to Apple users.

The Project Life App takes the whole idea behind scrap booking and simplifies it….like super simplifies it!
This will be how I scrapbook all my phone snaps from our upcoming travels!

 

Annnnnnd because I love you so I wanted to send a little spring your way in the form of a giveway!
Details on how to enter are below!

 

 

Giveaway Spring Kendra Huie Hanging With the Huies

 

What Am I Winning:
Wet N Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink and a full size bottle of doTERRA Wild Orange oil…..mmm smells so good!

How to win (US only please, must be 18 or older):

– Leave a comment letting me know how you plan to enjoy the spring season!
– For an additional entry head over to Jessica’s (my essential oil guru) Instagram page. Say hi let her know I sent ya and be sure to give it a like!

That’s it easy peasy!

Winner will notified Wednesday, April 6th!

 

Want To Get YOUR Oil On?
If you’re interested in purchasing or learning more about doTerra Oils reach out to Jessica.
She’s as sweet as pie and would love to chat with you!

Jessica’s Instagram: My Healthy Passion
Jessica’s Blog: myhealthypassion.com

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Little Heads Up…..
I’ll be taking next week off from blogging!
My Mother-in-Law will be back home and I want to make sure I have plenty of time to love on her when she gets back! We’ve missed her so much!

If you’re missing us we’ll still have a new VLOG up on our YouTube channel on Monday (just no blog post on the blog to go along with it) and I’ll of course be on social media!

Now let’s hear how you plan to enjoy spring and don’t forget to stop by Jessica’s Instagram page give it a like and say hi for an addition entry!

 

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  • Windy - I plan to enjoy the season by planting flowers in our yard and we also make a little “fair” garden w/ my daughter. In a planter we will plant some flowers and add some butterflies and fairy toys, marbles and maybe a tiny little bird house for the fairies. This will be our third year doing this. Lots of walks and races (we like to run) trips to zoos and aquariums.ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - I have been waiting for your review of the wet n wild blush! I am going to have to try it out!
    I can’t wait to get outside and get some FRESH air finally now that it’s spring. ahhhh ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • sheenarenea - Oh, Spring!! My favorite! I plan on lots of picnics with the kids, outside movies (we love that), lots of cooking out on the grill. I also plan on adding new flowers to the patio.ReplyCancel

  • Sheena - Oh, Spring!! My favorite! I plan on lots of picnics with the kids, outside movies (we love that), lots of cooking out on the grill. I also plan on adding new flowers to the patio.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Beinke - Hey girl! Loved your post and I’ll definitely be checking out some of these makeup items when I go grocery shopping this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚
    This Spring will be soooo different from every other Spring. Last year Addy was just a few months old so we didn’t get to quite enjoy the season (weather wise). BUT, this year I intend to do all the things! I see many trips to the park and zoo in our future along with dinners on the deck and weekends spent outside pushing her along in her cozy coupe! The girl just loves being outside like her mama. Nothing makes me happier than a 75 degree, sunny day. ALSO, I can’t even count the number of adorable rompers and dresses I’ve already stocked up on to dress her up in. Besides all that, the hubby and I are going to dig up and completely redo our flower bed so I’m excited to go shopping for some pretty things!ReplyCancel

    • Danielle Beinke - I forgot to mention that we’re going to buy a new grill because ours is about done for and I just love grilling up all kinds of yummy stuff for dinner!

      Something I think you’d like – take a large portabella mushroom cap and put a little pesto inside, top it with a piece of cheese and stick it on the grill. So good!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi Golemon - I hope to go on many walks and fun family picnicsReplyCancel

  • Michelle E - With it warming up, we love doing family walks around our neighborhood! We make it a game, i.e. How many American flags do you see? How many blue cars did we see? Etc… DAlso, pack a lunch and head to the park-can never go wrong with time outside!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle E - With it warming up, we love doing family walks around our neighborhood! We make it a game as well, counting how many American flags we see, blue cars, yellow flowers, etc.. Also, packing a lunch and going to the park is fun too!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - I am leaving next Wednesday for Ohio, I live in Florida, to see my newest grandson who was born today. I am going to snuggle him for a whole month!ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten Butler - I plan on enjoying this spring with spending as much time outside as I possibly can. We usually do a vegetable garden, we took last year off because we had a newborn, but we plan on growing a lot of good yummy veggies this season! Time to get outside and get our hands dirty.ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Hey there!

      Weston pulled your name out of a hat aka you’re our winner! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Renner - Hey Kendra ! I love this blog post and I am welcoming spring Warm weather and the Vitamin D instantly puts me in a good mood โ˜€๏ธ. I can’t wait to take walks outside, kids playing in the yard , grilling out and just sitting around the fire pit making s’mores ! It just seems like I have more energy in the spring and summer months.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Rishel - I loved this post!! Thank you so much for including my DIY Watermelon Picnic Blanket!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Zimmerman - So looking forward to this PA weather to break โ„โ„ yesterday!!! I can’t wait to go to our camp to fish, hike, get fresh water from the trickling sleeping.. ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Zimmerman - Snow yesterday
    And trickling spring.. ReplyCancel

  • Tamara Aguila - We plan on enjoying spring by wearing shorts, going to the park, and the snow cone stands are already opened here so I’m sure we’ll get some of those!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Lemon - My spring is jammed packed! Starting off in 2 weeks, I’ll be flying to Florida to visit my snow bird parents! Then I have 2 5k runs and a 10k run I’m participating in as well as a walk for Autism to support a co-worker whose son was just diagnosed. I love spring time for the beautiful colors and outdoor activities! I hope your springtime is amazing too!ReplyCancel

  • Brittiany - Spring I’ll be spending it outdoors at the parks, riding bikes, camping with my family:)ReplyCancel

We spent a lot of time in our van driving out to the sticks to visit family and friends over the weekend but it was so worth it!

On Saturday we stopped by a friend’s surprise birthday party.
We tried so hard to be on time because that’s kind of necessary when you go to a surprise party but we hit some bad traffic on the way out and missed the whole “SURPRISE” part gosh darn it.

We still got to visit for a bit and it was nice to see a friend I haven’t seen in ages.

I didn’t take photos while we were at the party but the party decor was so stinking cute….pink, gold, and white with lots of pretty girly touches and glittery feathers!

I’m around all things BOY and forget how fun girly stuff can be!

 

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We didn’t stay at the party for too long as we had plans to visit with my mom who lives just a few streets over from where the party was!

Sadly we don’t go to her house to visit very often.
It’s such a drive but we had the best time just hanging out on the back porch enjoying the day and letting the boys explore!
Oh my gosh and the weather!!!
It was 74 with a little spring breeze……pure perfection!

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I think we need to invest in a pack and play to leave at my mom’s so we can go over and visit more often.
It’s hard to do things with naps and such but a pack and play would fix that!

 

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My mom’s boyfriend has 2 garages full of tools, a shiny yellow motorcycle, and a big backyard!
Weston was pretty much in heaven.

Michael (my mom’s boyfriend) was so sweet to spend some one on one time with him showing him all his cool stuff!

 

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Mom are you reading?
Maybe we should throw Weston’s 3rd birthday party in Michael’s garage!
A bunch of toddlers running amuck in a garage full of tools.
That’s would be totally safe, right?

 

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After a day full of fun we headed home to get ready for Easter which meant we were headed back out to my mom’s the following day!!!!

 

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I didn’t get the boys new outfits or even give a thought to what they were going to wear Easter morning.

Boys are so easy!

Just throw some cute skinnies and a semi cute shirt on them and it looks like I tried.
Having a cute hair cut helps too and Kent aka our family barber had just freshened up their cuts!

 

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My mom outdid herself yet again and set the most beautiful table scape for our Easter brunch!
She’s always been so awesome about making the holidays extra special for my brother and I and now she’s doing the same for our boys!

 

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Last Easter I was BIG TIME preggers with Carsie-Bear.
Now look at him!

 

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We brought you guys along to celebrate Easter with us!
Let’s get on with this week’s VLOG shall we?

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It was such a great weekend!

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  • Kelsey - Weston hunting for eggs…so sweet. Love seeing that magic in their eyes!!

    Also, I saw that headboard behind you girl! Can’t wait to see the entire unveiling of your new furniture ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - He was soooo excited to hunt eggs this year. It’s a whole different ball game when you’re the only one hunting! Yes a little sneaky peak! Still on the hunt for the perfect comforter!ReplyCancel

 

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Monday’s are typically our family Vlog days on the ole blog but I did something kind of dumb……..

On Sunday we got out of the house and on our way to get our day going.
I went to start our vlog off and guess what?

When I turned the camera on it said “NO MEMORY CARD” UGH!

I left it in our gosh darn computer.
I knew right where it was the second I saw I saw the message.

We were already outย  for the day and there was no way I was going to ask Kent to turn around for it.

What does all this mean?
Well it means no vlog today……ish

I say ish because I couldn’t let Monday come and go without keeping up with our posting schedule.
We’ve got a good thing going so I thought of a fix!

We’ll get to that in a bit.

We got home later in the evening and I tried to come up with some type of a vlog for today.
I recorded a before and after van clean out and I sat on the couch with you guys and just had a nice long chat after the boys were in bed buuuuut I didn’t notice that the camera stopped recording half way through our chat until I was done talking double UGH!

I took all of this bad vlogging mojo as a sign to throw in the towel for the weekend and not worry about getting a vlog up.

Who really wants to see me clean out my van and chat about all things random anyways, right?

I do have something I’ve been meaning to share with you guys and it’s way more entertaining than watching a tired mama clean her van!
Instead of a family vlog this week here’s a sweet clip of Weston aka makeup artist extraordinaire!

To watch via YouTube click HERE

See cute right?
You’re welcome that I did you a solid and saved you from what I was going to post for this week’s vlog!

I promise I’ll be a better vlogger and actually remember the key element to my camera this weekend!
I better because it’s Easter weekend aka tons of cuteness will need to be documented!

To all my Periscope buddies,
I’m missing you guys!
I’ll be checking in this week to get y’all all caught up on what’s been going on!

Everything is good in the hood I just took an unintentional break from scoping last week.
So many of you have been so sweet to send me emails and DMs on Insta to check on me.
What a beautiful little community we have here!
I wish I could hug all of your necks!ย 

See you guys on Wednesday! I’ll be back with my “Spring Essential” post!

 

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  • Laney Stogsdill - I loved it! Sometimes it’s nice to just let them be little. I get so wrapped up in schedules and I forget to stop and just let my little people play and have fun. I need to take “no” out of my vocabulary every once in a while and just “go with it “.
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I love when you guys reach out and connect either by commenting or shooting me an email!
I get to connect with you on a more personal level and often you inspire me!

Today’s post is all because of a email I received from a reader.
She asked some great questions that I thought may be helpful to others.
I asked her if I could share her email with you and she kindly agreed!

Julianne thank you for reaching out, for your sweet email, and for being willing to let me turn your email into a blog post!

Below is Julianne’s email………..

Hey Kendra!

ย I’ve been following you for a while on your blog and through periscope and Instagram. I just had a question about you going back to clean eating. I tried macros as well and it just didn’t seem as if it worked well for me and my lifestyle.

With that being said, I was wondering how you use clean eating as a diet? How do you know how much to eat? Do you snack?

Sorry if you have answered these questions before, but I have looked around your blog and Instagram and can’t seem to find it!

Also, not to sound like a stalker, but I love you and think you have the cutest family. I actually caught myself saying well Kendra said, the other day, like I actually know you lol!

Julianne

How cute is she, right?!?
Y’all don’t even know how happy these emails make me!
I’m going to breakdown Julianne’s questions and answer each one in today’s post.

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“I was wondering how you use clean eating as a diet?”

So with my last go around at this whole weight loss thing I lost all my weight by clean eating and working out.
There was no tracking no weighing no measuring no pills or potions.

I LOVED that I could just eat freely and not worry about keeping tabs on my food.

Now I say “freely” but I don’t necessarily mean in the willy-nilly form but “freely” in more of a I didn’t have to worry about tracking or weighing my food.

I fueled my body with things that were whole, natural, and good for my body, while making sure I was keeping portions in mind.

I “freely” ate whole healthy foods until I was full.
Lean meats, tons of veggies, complex carbs, and fruit.
I stayed away from processed foods as much as possible (without taking it too hardcore) and said no to things like bread and pasta because I didn’t really have to have them.
Although I know this is not the same for others.
Sweets are more my jam!

BUUUUUUUUT
That was THEN and this is NOW……

Since giving Macros or IIFYM a try I’ve gained some knowledge about fueling my body and I’m using that in my current approach.

It’s still important to me that I’m taking into account what I’m putting into my body but I’m also keeping in mind how much I’m eating (I tend to under eat if I’m not thinking about it), the amount of protein I’m consuming, and the different combinations of food I’m consuming throughout the day.

Just a mental list. I’m not actually tracking anything.

For me where I am at this point in my journey thinking about food this way is working as I’m down 8lbs since I decided to take a break from counting macros and focus more on clean whole foods.

After giving macros a go for close to 4 months and seeing nada in regards to progress (in fact I actually bloated up quite a bit in my face and belly) it’s so good to feel and see some changes!

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I think counting macros is awesome!

The idea behind it all makes sense and I love that it helps people think differently about food.
It was a great tool for me and I can see needing to go back to a macro focused plan when I get a little further into my journey but the way I was going about it was not jiving with my body.

My gut was having issues, I bloated up like a puffer fish, I started getting headaches, dizziness, and my anxiety was starting to return and I knew I was heading back to a place where I was before I changed my lifestyle.

I was eating way too many processed foods that I knew my body doesn’t digest well.
I stressing over how much food I was consuming.
The scale was up and down but would never hold a loss which played some nasty mind games.
My youngest was going through a super clingy phase which made it hard to weigh, calculate, and track my macros.

As much as I wanted it to macros wasn’t working well for me in my current season.

I ended up being more stressed over food and weight loss than ever before.

So I took a break and went back to what worked the last go around.
Clean eating!

If I ever take on macro approach I will never go about it the way I did before….NOPE!
I would do macros coupled with a clean eating mentality.
My body is sensitive to carbs and processed food and I already knew that but I figured I had worked passed all of that and my gut was good to go.

Boy was I wrong!

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When you find out your system is sensitive to something it is what it is, it’s not something that just goes away.
The fact that I don’t digest high amounts of carbs or process foods well will be something I have to keep in mind while fueling my body for the remainder of my life.
I now know that!

Now I’m currently trying to do damage control and get my gut back to a happy place.

So I’m taking the tools learned from counting macros……
-Eating more frequently
-Getting in more protein
-Thinking about the combinations of foods I’m eating throughout the day

along with what I know about my body and a clean eating focus.

I would say my diet follows more of the 80/20 rule (80% clean 20% dirty).

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“How do you know how much to eat?”

When you’re eating whole foods you can eat until you’re full within reason of course.
If you’re making good choices throughout the day you should be full within a healthy portion range for your body.

I always protein pack my breakfast and try to get in some carbs as well.
It gives me a great start to my day and with my 2 wild littles lunch time for mama tends to be later than I would like.
That protein from breakfast holds me over and the carbs help to fuel my post workout body.

I include protein with lunch and dinner along with some veggies and or salad!
Produce is awesome right now and I’m so excited for all the yummy salads full of goodness!
For carbs I stick to sprouted breads, sweet potatoes, brown rice and steel cut oats but I’m selective about when and how much I eat of these.

Carbs are important but my body can’t handle large amounts.
It all goes back to that metal tab I mentioned above.
I adjust what I’m eating throughout the day depending on what I’ve consumed.

Again props to macro counting for teaching me this!

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Do you snack?

I sure do!
If I’m hungry I eat.

Some of my go to snacks are:
Fresh berries
Cucumber tomato salad with fresh dill mmm sooo good
Nuts
Hummus with veggies
Protein balls
Celery stalks topped with almond butter and dried cranberries
Sometimes I’ll even grab a cold piece of chicken and go to town if I know it’s going to be a while before my next meal.

Again keeping a mental tab on what I have eaten so far.

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Macro counting is not for everybody!
Clean eating is not for everybody!
Carb Cycling is not for everybody
Weight Watchers is not for everybody!
Paleo is not for everybody!

And that’s okay!
It’s up to you to find what YOUR body grooves with.

There are great components about each of these programs but you have to listen to YOUR body, the season of life you’re in and find what works best for YOU!

If you get into a program and decide you’re not getting what you want out of it it’s okay to change your mind.
It’s part of your journey!

Take what you learned from that program and roll it over into something else until you find what jives well for you and your body!

Ultimately we all want to be a heather version of ourselves.
That’s the goal right?

You do what works for you but what’s most important is that you start your journey to becoming that healthy self you’re reaching for!

BIG THANK YOU to Julianne for reaching out and inspiring today’s post!

See you guys on Monday with a VLOG and roundup post!
Did you miss this week’s vlog? You can see it HERE!

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  • Macey - Great article as usual! Thanks! โคReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Awww thank you so much Macey!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle beinke - Great post Kendra,thanks for sharing! You’re right, not every diet works for every person. I’m glad you’ve found what works for you and so happy to hear you’re having success with it!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Thank you! It feels good to find my groove again! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kim Fry - This was an amazing post, so real and packed full of so much goodness!! I did macros for a bit, but it just stressed me out and I was eating so much junk. I could feel it in my tummy, always bloated and blah feeling. My body feels so much better when I eat whole foods!! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Hi Kim! Thank you for the sweet comment! I totally feel ya. I’m in the exact same boat. Now it’s damage control time! Wish I would have thought to take on Macros with clean eating in mind from the get go. Oh well, live and learn! Some people can rock macros along with processed food and feel amazing. I’m just not that gal. Doesn’t sound like you’re that gal either. Thanks again for the love!ReplyCancel