#365 The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself Part 1

#365 The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself Part 1

In this episode Kathi chats with guest and long time friend, KariAnne Wood about the fun and freedom in cultivating your own decorating style.

In her latest release, The DIY Style Finder: Discover Your Unique Style and Decorate It Yourself , KariAnne encourages listeners with some simple DIY mantras:

  • Don’t give up on your dreams.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Embrace your imperfections.
  • Release any stifling rules that limit your creativity.

Through the book’s easy style quiz, readers can identify their personal décor tastes. These include the Traditional, Farmhouse, Transitional, Contemporary and Coastal styles. If you feel stuck, when it comes to style, it’s worth mentioning that clutter often stifles creativity.

Make sure to sign up for KariAnne’s blog, Thistlewood Farms, here.

Giveaway: And as a special treat we are giving away a book! Just enter what you think your decorating style is in the comments below and we will be drawing two lucky entries.

Or if you would like to purchase this book now you can order it on AMAZON now.

Just for fun: In this episode Kathi also mentions taking the Enneagram test. Click here to find out more.

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Meet Our Guest

KariAnne Wood

KariAnne Wood

 KariAnne Wood, writes the decorating and lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms from her project-filled historic home in Dallas, Texas. She recently followed God’s call and jumped back “home” with her family from the middle of the country to the busy Dallas Metroplex where she lives with her husband and four children.

If you wander down the tree-lined streets of KariAnne’s beloved hometown, McKinney, you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to Christmas carols no matter the season, singing Scripture, or walking hand in hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband to a Friday night football game. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, and yard sales, and she is an imperfect DIYer saved by grace.

If you would like to learn more about KariAnne check out her award winning website and blog Thistlewood Farms.

#364 July 9 How to Take Control When Life is Full of Change – a Conversation with Jen Babakhan

#364 July 9 How to Take Control When Life is Full of Change – a Conversation with Jen Babakhan

Join Kathi as she talks with special guest, Jen Babakhan, whose book Detoured is a huge blessing to women who are juggling the transition many working moms face. In this episode Jen will share how she made it through this very difficult time in her life and gives others encouragement along the way. Plus she shares simple tips to help moms emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, as they navigate motherhood.

Listen in to learn these things:

  • Acknowledge this is a difficult decision and give yourself grace.
  • Understand that our value is more than our career.
  • Find a new community of moms.

To make getting DETOURED a little more exciting we are partnering with Harvest House and offering a super fun grand prize which includes an adorable lunch tote and ice-packs, as well as a picnic blanket and Jen’s book. Learning to take time to unwind is a huge step in finding balance in this life transition. Sign up here to be entered into our giveaway!

If you would like to go ahead and order a copy for yourself or perhaps another mom you know is struggling in this of transition, click here and get ready to be inspired.  

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Meet Our Guest

Jen Babakhan

Jen Babakhan

With a degree in public relations and a background in marketing and education, Jen Babakhan left her career to take on motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, and has been featured in MSN, Yahoo, and AOL. She lives in California with her husband and two young boys. You can also connect with her at JenBabakhan.com

 

#363 Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace by Christie Purifoy

#363 Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace by Christie Purifoy

On today’s episode, Kathi is joined by Christie Purifoy, to share thoughtful and encouraging insights from her new book Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty and Peace.

When we care for places, we are caring for the people who live in those places.

In this episode we will be talking about :

  •  What it means to be a placemaker
  • Creating sacred places in our everyday surroundings
  •  The difference between placemaking and hospitality

Thanks for listening!

 We are giving away 2 books~

To be entered just share in the comment section below,  “What do you do to recognize God in your space?”

Or if you would like to order the book now just use this easy AMAZON link! 

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Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy

 Christie Purifoy earned a PhD in English Literature at the University of Chicago before trading the classroom for an old farmhouse, a garden, and a writing desk. She is the author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons and lives with her husband and four children at Maplehurst, a Victorian farmhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Her lyrical reflections can be found at christiepurifoy.com.

#362 Organization vs. Decluttering – What’s the Difference and How Do You Do Both

#362 Organization vs. Decluttering – What’s the Difference and How Do You Do Both

Have you ever tried organizing clutter? Let’s be honest..it is never going to happen because it is not sustainable.

Today Kathi Lipp and frequent guest Tonya Kubo talk about the reality of getting organized not just for a season, but getting organized for life.

Tonya shares with Kathi on how hiring a professional organizer helped her realize two valuable lessons.  “One, I had been asking the wrong questions and two, I was trying to solve the wrong problems.”

What does it look to pare down so that you can store and organize everything you have?

Check out these easy strategies to get you started.

  • Minimize before you organize.
  • Get rid of stuff before you start to organize.
  • You have to learn to organize yourself and develop a system for the stuff you need.

Thanks so much Tonya for joining us today and helping our listeners live the clutter free life they were meant to live.

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Meet Our Guest

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious, fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter-Free Academy Facebook group. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters and one very tolerant cat. Visit her at www.GreatMoms.org.

Fun Ways to Pep Up Your Marriage with Focus on the Family

Fun Ways to Pep Up Your Marriage with Focus on the Family

We love buying farm fresh produce, but let’s be real, Roger and I are both busy, and another thing… we don’t live on a farm. So, we decided to grow a few things in our own garden, well, actually it is a planter on the back patio, but for us, we felt like urban farmers.

Every day we went out to check on our little garden. As the leaves grew and little buds formed we enjoyed the daily routine of caring for our thriving plants and looked forward to the day when we could enjoy the fruit of our labor, literally.

It was a wonderful day in the Lipp Household when we plucked our first tomato off the vine.

How funny that we can get so intent on growing a vegetable, and yet how easy it is to get distracted from growing something much more valuable, our marriage.

BE INTENTIONAL

It is so easy to focus on the mountain of little things that feel urgent on a day to day basis, but make it a priority to balance them out with what is truly important.

HAVE FUN

Busy happens, we need to recapture some of the fun things that drew us to our spouse. Whether it is a date-night, a simple gesture of kindness, or spending time with other couples, shake up the routine.

TAKE TIME

Just like our tomato took time and patience, we need to nurture a healthy relationship with our spouse. We didn’t flood our little “garden” once and walk away, hoping it would fend for itself. We made it a daily routine to make sure it was thriving.

There are seasons in life, but whether you have been married for a few years or a few decades, we can all benefit from savoring simple moments with the one we vowed to love, honor, and cherish.

How about you? Maybe you could use some fun and fresh ideas to nurture your relationship?

Join me as I visit with Focus on the Family on how to add some pep into your marriage.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/fun-ways-to-pep-up-your-marriage

#361 – How to Create a Decluttered Mind with Laurie Kehler

#361 – How to Create a Decluttered Mind with Laurie Kehler

Have you ever considered that clutter can extend the boundary of our home, it can also fill up our minds? If so, you will enjoy today’s interview with author and adventure enthusiast, Laurie Kehler.

In her newly released book, This Outside Life, Laurie shares with us the value, emotionally as well as physically, of getting outside.

Laurie shares with us some valuable insights such as:

  • Why being like a chipmunk creates a “Sense of Lack” that ends up filling our minds, our lives, and even our closets with things we think we might need in the future, but in reality is holding us back from living the peace filled life we crave.
  • How to create sanctuary right outside your own front door.
  • What research studies are finding about the need to spend at least 20 – 30 minutes out of the house or office.

I am thrilled to have Laurie on today’s show-so lace up those walking shoes and let’s jump in.

Thanks for Listening!

Enter to Win!

 

Want to be entered to win the Harvest House Giveaway? Click here to find out how to easily be entered in the giveaway!

Giveaway Items:
Grand Prize Winner = Copy of This Outside Life, Sling Backpack, compact binoculars, reusable water bottle
5 Runner Ups will win a copy of This Outside Life

Or purchase a copy of the book here.

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Laurie Kehler

Laurie Kehler

Laurie Kehler is a speaker, host of the podcast, “This Outside Life”, and the author of 4 books. Her latest book is This Outside Life: Finding God in the Heart of Nature. Through storytelling, practical application, and reflective questions, Laurie invites you outside on a journey of discovery and delight. To connect with Laurie and get the free downloadables designed just for our Clutter-Free Community, check out http://www.lauriekehler.com/clutterfree.