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If this oldie by goodie clip of Weston doesn’t scream summer then I don’t know what does! This was shot a year ago and its still one of our favorites to look back on.

His sweet little voice and his bright yellow rain boots melt my heart!

In other news……

I have some fun things planned for the blog this week all with a summer theme.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a summer themed toddler craft & read along lesson!

Later this week I’ll be sharing some styled photos I shot of the boys that have a summer vibe!

Annnnd if I can get my act together I’m hoping to have my summer essential list on the blog by Friday!

In the meantime I’ll just be over here sweating away and counting down the days until we head out for our cooler climates.

We’re coming for you Alaska!

Love,
Your heat hating but summer loving buddy!

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Are you wondering why I’m washing bars and baby food in my sink?

Yeah me too.

The only answer I can give ya is weird stuff happens to me.

Like the time I almost stepped on a snake in my bathroom.
Or that time I tripped over a pumpkin and ended up in the ER.
There was that time my purse got stuck (as in could not be removed, several employees tried) on a security sensor attached to a box of knifes.
Oh and there was that time I fell into a puddle of chicken blood when I was living abroad.

A tiny sampling of “Weird Things Happen To Kendra” stories. Really I could go on and on.

I’ll save you all the details of this story and why I’m washing food wrappers in my sink as it’s surprisingly a long one.

In a nutshell it involves a trip to Kroger, several yes several pork lions, a couple conversations with a butcher who thought I was very annoying, meat thrown in the air (not by me) I caught it by the way, two trips to the bathroom to wash my hands, a stained shirt, and a cart full of groceries needing a bath.

In the end pork juice as in raw meat juice (I know yuck) is to blame for what you see here.

Sometimes I step back and take an overview of a story like this and wonder is it just me?

Do I just draw the crazy in?

HEY CRAZY IT’S ME KENDRA COME AND GET ME!

Kent will tell you most definitely yes, yes I do as he’s been witness to several weird events.
He now just looks at me and shakes his head while I giggle thinking about how it’s even possible that some of these things happen to me.

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So here I am washing the wrappers of my bars and baby food pouches getting all nostalgic over my collection of weird stories.

I lay them out to let them dry and think “If Kroger Only Knew!”

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Part of me thought about returning everything in my cart and telling a manager what happened.

But I didn’t.

I smiled at butcher even even when he was unnecessarily annoyed with me.
I spot treated my stained shirt.
I let my youngest destroy my kitchen while I took the time to lovingly wash each and everyone one of these wrappers.

Oh and why all this was going on my oldest tripped over his little potty spilling pee all over the bathroom and kitchen floor which both him and my youngest slipped on sending them into a crying fit.

I rescued them with my soapy hands cleaned up the pee and went back to my bars and baby food.

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If Kent was home to see this he would have just shook his head and I would have giggled…pork juice, dirty feet, pee floors and all.

Just another weird Kendra story for the books.

Oh and in true “Weird Kendra Story” fashion one of the bars I bought came out of the bath looking a little funky.

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Don’t see it?

Let’s take a closer look.

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Yep there it is.

Out of all the Kind Bars in the grocery store I find the one that has a tiny cut in the wrapper and I’m not the slightest bit surprised.

 

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  • Kelsey - Wait, there was meat thrown that you had to catch?! What the what?!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Well kind of but not really in a mean way. He threw a new pork lion to me to replace the one that was busted and had leaked all over everything. He tossed it over the counter at me in a think fast kind of way. The one I caught was also busted so it flung pork juice all over my arms, shirt, and hands. That’s when I had to go back and wash up again them tell him that he give me another busted one. He totally thought I was nuts wasn’t happy about it all and didn’t believe me. He kept saying “No it’s not” and I was all “Ummmmm yes yes it is. Do you see that I’m dripping in pork juice?” I had to literally take it from his hands to show him the rip before be believed me.ReplyCancel

  • Deana - So he threw meat at you?! He should be fired!ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yes but it was more in a think fast kind of way than an take that annoying lady way haha! It shocked me because I wasn’t expecting it or all the awesome meat juice that was flung my way but he wasn’t angry….at that point at least.ReplyCancel

  • Haley M. - Dude if my husband found out his employees were throwing leaking meat juice packages at people they would be in so much trouble. That should not have happened at all.ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - He didn’t know even to the point when I told him he took the meat from me looked it over and still didn’t believe me. I get it it’s pretty crazy that there were several that were cut open and I happened to get all of them but dude I was covered in meat juice. That’s all the proof you need ha!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Oh yuck!! I can’t believe he threw that at you! Even in his think fast moment. ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yeah kind of gross. I get icked out with raw meat.ReplyCancel

Hanging With The Huies Vlogs 2016

In this week’s VLOG……

I get a new desk, praise hands for that! If you’ve heard the whole desk debacle then you know why this is so very exciting.

We take a look at the new Magnolia Home furniture line.

Kent host another installment of “Kent Can Cook” Side Note: He busted out laughing when I showed him this part of the vlog. You’ll know why after you watch.

annnnnnnd…..

We take you guys shopping with us at the Asian supermarket!

To view via YouTube click HERE

 

Links To Things That Come Up In This Week’s Vlog:  
-The cookbook I’m Reading: Against All Grain
-Where we shopped for the new desk: Nebraska Furniture Mart The desk I bought is on back order so I was not able to find it online. I’ll update with a exact link later on.
-The Asian supermarket we visited (they have several locations): 99 Ranch Market
-The lipstick I’m wearing: Coral Calling by Essence
-Joanna Gains’ Furniture Line: Magnolia Homes
-Last Week’s Vlog

Let me know if y’all are finding these links helpful. If so I’ll keep including them!

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  • jamie - That Greek Gyro pasta dish with lamb meatballs that’s on the front cover of Against All Grain is BOMB!!! Also love the salmon tostadas, BBQ bacon burgers with rosemary garlic mushrooms, chicken cobb salad, her world famous bread, and the list goes on… Can you tell I love her cookbooks?ReplyCancel

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This is a question that has found its way to me multiple times over the last few months.
I stop and listen to what the person has to say about the topic but never take the time to form my own thoughts on the idea of blogging possibly being dead.

Until recently…….

I was scrolling away on Instagram and came across a post from a blogger sharing that she had recently posted to her blog.

I’ve been reading her blog for a very long time (I’ve been blogging for 8 years and have read her blog for almost as long) and hadn’t noticed a post from her in a while so I headed over to her blog to catch up on what I’ve missed.

Reading her blog brought me so much joy!

I loved seeing her kids, what she’s been up to, and just catching up.
No sponsored post, no product pushing, no flashing adds.

It was just her and her thoughts.

I found it so very refreshing from what I typically see on blogs these days which got me thinking…….

Is blogging really dead?

Am I the only one that enjoys reading blogs that are not pushed by advertisements or pop up adds?

Is it just me that still enjoys reading words from the blogger. Words that they want to share. Not just a post tailored to make a sponsor happy.

Do others not get tired of seeing perfectly curated moments styled to perfection hoping for pin gold?

Does anyone else miss the realness that blogging used to hold? Just a blogger and their thoughts.

Am I the only weirdo that thinks old school blogging is still wonderful and has its place?

Reading Andrea’s blog brought me back to the good old days.
The days when I used to curl up with my lap top and binge read all my favorite blogs!
Post full of the mundane and I loved every second of it.

Blogging back then was fun, simple, real.

Andrea’s blog made me realize just how much I miss that.

I’ve turned down advertisers and sponsored post mainly because…….I can.
Blogging at this time does not need to be a source of income for our family.
It’s purely passion driven and I’m grateful that we’re in a place where I’m able to do that.
I’ve experienced 1st hand what can happen when you attach money and deadlines to a creative outlet and I’m just not in a place where I’m ready to share this space with those two things.

So again is blogging dead?

In my little blogging bubble it’s not.
In fact it very much alive but blogging has definitely changed.

I now look to blogs for recipes and DIYs.
As we all know those Pinterest worthy post are awesome and very helpful I just miss the mixture of the two.

I jumped on Snap Chat (Kendra_Huie) yesterday and asked people to snap back with their thoughts on blogging.
It was a hot topic which both surprised me and made me SUPER happy!

People still cared!

They miss the way they blogs used to be.
They love the pretty Pinterest post (as do I) but they wish there was realness mixed in along with the pretty.
They miss the connection they used to get with old school bloggers.
Several people said that they hope to start their own blogs which was awesome to hear!
Yes friends no matter that “They” say blogging lives on!

It felt nice to know that I’m not the only one that misses blogging the way it used to be.
It made my heart happy to see that people still enjoy the type of post that I or Andrea publish. Just us blogging about whatever tickles our fancy.

Those are the type of post I enjoy creating!
Those are the type of post I enjoy reading!
Those are the blogs I go back and visit often!

During my Snap Chat convos yesterday people asked me to share my most favorite blogs.
The ones that blog some of the mundane along with the pretty.
So I put together a list of my tip-top favorites blogs which I’ll share at the bottom of this post!
Most of them are pretty popular but hopefully you’ll find a few that are new to you to help fill that love so many of us have for simple “Old School Blogging”.

YOUR TURN!

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on blogging!
Do you think blogging is dead?
Have you noticed a shift?
Let’s chat in the comment section and be sure to share if you have a favorite “old school blog”!

 

My Favorite Blogs:

The Day Book
Under The Sycamore
A & J and Co
Kelly’s Korner
The Masseys Spot
Enjoy the Small Things
Skinny Meg

 

Blogs That Snap Chat Buddies Suggested:

Mixed Matched Family
The Small Things Blog
Momfessionals
71 Toes
Hello Hue
Annnd of course because my Snap Chat buds are awesome they said I’m their favorite blogger bwahahah!

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  • Macey - I have to say I am not a huge blog reader ( I do read a few, yours included). However when I stumble upon them occasionally I hate when they are full of ads. It is disheartening to see perfect homes and perfect lives. So I prefer blogs that keep it real and relatable, like yours.ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Hi Macey,

      This while blogging world has definitely changed. I think it’s awesome what it’s done for some bloggers but I do wish more of the old school bloggers stuck around. I still get a ton of joy out of this little place of ours and I’m grateful that people still read even though I keep it “old school” over here!ReplyCancel

  • Haley M. - What killed blog reading for me wasn’t the ads, but the loss of Google Reader. I used to follow a TON of bloggers, because I could so easily manage my list of people. Every morning I would scroll through the updates, read the posts I wanted, skim the others. When GR was killed off, I’ve never found anything that has measured up to it. And I have tried! Now I mostly keep track of people via twitter–when they post a link, I read it from there. There’s a few I will actively seek out on a weekly basis, but otherwise, I just don’t have time.
    Because I write my own blog, I do try to stay up on those in my own genre (books), so I can comment and keep touch with those in my community. I need to be better about it, there just isn’t an “easy” way to do it.
    How do you stay up on so many blogs?ReplyCancel

    • Kendra Huie - Yeah that was crapy when they killed GR.

      I use Bloglovin now. When I want to catch up on blogs I just hop on there and see what I’ve missed. It’s kind of the same idea as Google reader. I always click the view original post option verses reading through the app and it openes up their blog.

      I think there’s several factors that came into play with the crash of old schol blogs…Pinterest, Social Media as well as sponsored post. It just changed the way people thought about the content they put out and the way some view blogs buuuuut I still really really enjoy good old simple blogging! Even through it’s not on the up and up I’m still trucking right along! We have a pretty great community here!ReplyCancel

Hanging With The Huies Vlogs 2016

I’m heading out to take Carsie-Bear to his 1st year checkup but wanted to get this up for y’all before we leave otherwise it won’t happen today.

Soooo that means I’m speed blogging here.
I’m going to skip on sharing photos and more from the weekend and let y’all jump right into the vlog!

There’s a lot going on in this week’s vlog….

Kent shares his watermelon picking tips!
I do a mini Costco haul.
I share my iced coffee recipe mmmmm!
We get a new fancy vacuum!
The boys have their 1st snow cone.
Annnnnd Carson show y’all a glimpse of how he earned the nickname Trouble)

 

 

Links to things we talk about in this week’s vlog:
– Weston’s New Favorite Thing: Melissa and Dough Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles
– Our New Vacuum (we bought refurbished model with a 1 year warranty from a Dyson vendor):  Dyson V6 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum
– My Coffee Machine: Nespresso VertouLine
– The Creamer I Used in My Iced Coffee: Natural Bliss Salted Carmel Coffee Creamer

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  • Weekend Round Up + VLOG » Hanging With the Huies - […] Links To Things That Come Up In This Week’s Vlog:   -The cookbook I’m Reading: Against All Grain -Where we shopped for the new desk: Nebraska Furniture Mart The desk I bought is on back order so I was not able to find it online. I’ll update with a exact link later on. -The Asian supermarket we visited (they have several locations): 99 Ranch Market -The lipstick I’m wearing: Coral Calling by Essence -Joanna Gains’ Furniture Line: Magnolia Homes -Last Week’s Vlog […]ReplyCancel