Saturday, September 6, 2014

Chance at an AWESOME giveaway!

Awesome chance to win this fabulous Oil package giveaway! The Hope Rising retreat literally saved my life last year. So many Moms that need this experience to keep their families going and keep raising these tough kids! Please click on the link and see how you can enter to win!

Hope Rising Giveaway!

Hope Rising is getting VERY close to retreat time. Just under three weeks away.  We still have a LOT of moms who both want and need to come, but don't have the financial means to do so on their own.  Times are tough, and parenting kids who struggle with attachment disorder, trauma issues, and/or mental illness is NOT cheap!!  One round of treatment can just about bankrupt a family...literally...and rarely is one treatment ever the only treatment the child will need.

We have scholarships and sponsorships program to help these amazing moms, but we NEED your help in order to make them work.  We currently have more moms in need of help than we have funds to help them with.  Our scholarship programs is funded 100% by monetary donations.  We need your help being able to continue doing what we do best, and that's help and support bone weary moms in all phases of this journey.





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Monday, September 1, 2014

Calling all trauma mamas that need a break :)

So it seems as if I have been MIA a bit. Not really. I am working on a new blog, but not loving the layout so it's not up 100% yet.
But this is important and I wanted to post it in hopes those that need it will be able to see this and sign up...
Last year I was drowning... BAD. Raising kids with mental illness and trauma is draining unlike anything I have ever known . Then the light at the end of my tunnel shined brightly. I spent 4 days in the most beautiful cabin with other moms who get it! I learned so much, and I also found myself again. I was able to come home and face the battles again, but this time with new tools, and a renewed sense of understanding.... Sound like something you need? Well our Utah retreat was just able to open up a few more spots! Click on this link.
http://www.hoperisingforfamilies.org/p/2014-retreat-venues.html

If you have questions about scholarships or sponsorships, just email and we are happy to help you figure out how to get to us !
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Whats been going on and Why I made a choice I did.


Life has been semi quiet. I hurt my ankle really bad on Halloween, running home to grab something while we were out trick or treating. I was dressed like a gnome and wearing Dansko clogs. Do not run in these.... Layna has been doing well. She has been in day treatment a total of 7 months. After the Holidays she will be transitioning back into regular school. I am scared. She does not have a great history of this, and thrives in day treatment. But this program was only suppose to be 12 weeks, And like I said it has been 7 months. They have been super accommodating to us, and I am grateful. Speaking of day treatment. Bradleys intake is later today to start going. He cannot control his behaviors at school, and home. And his food issues are at an all time high. Saturday night he ate.... a pack of little debbie oatmeal pies, a bag of snack bag chips, half a box of granola bars, 6 cookies, 3 bags of gripz, and 8 sodas. The fact that he didnt make himself sick is amazing. But his cravings for junk food is hearbreaking. He is like a drug addict with it. We dont typically keep things like this in the house, but I had coupon and saved these things for a service project. Now it is all gone :/  So we are praying that day treatment can help him as much as it has helped Layna.




Now those of you on my personal FB page know I post about my Stella & Dot stuff a lot. I swear I am not trying to be irritating :) But raising 6 kids, and especially special needs kids is not cheap. For obvious reasons I cannot work outside the home, so I needed to find a way to bring in extra income. I have never been a person to do anything like Stella & Dot. No Avon, Scentcy, Pampered Chef, ect, Not that those are not all great products, it just wasn't my thing. Then enters Stella & Dot via my cousin. The products are stunning and well made, the company is amazing, and I can make actual money to help my family. So when / if you buy from my online store you are not just getting something beautiful for yourself or a gift for someone, you are putting gluten free food on my table for my celiac kids, sensory items in the hands of Bradley, extra curricular activities to build up self esteem for Layna, and Bryleigh. You are helping a real family. And for that we are grateful.....

So here is my store if you want to browse :)
Kelly's Stella & Dot Store

And here is my business facebook page if you wanna "Like" it for special deals and info
Kelly Stella & Dot Stylist


I hope everyone is finding joy in their journey this Holiday season.







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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Who Wants FREE Stuff on Black Friday?!


So in my last post I mentioned Stella & Dot..... Well it has become my new baby, and I am now officially a stylist for the company! On Black Friday to kick off of new business I am giving away $50 in merch credit plus free shipping to one lucky winner from my business Facebook page. So go over and "Like" it HERE!!!!  for a chance to some win some pretties for yourself or to gift. ( I will even gift wrap and mail directly to them! )

















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Thursday, November 7, 2013

What I have been up to :)


Well 1st let me start off by saying the dreads are gone. Long story I will post about in a few days LOL.


But onto the awesome stuff! So I have this cousin. ( Our Dads were twins ) Amanda is stunningly beautiful, and always so well dressed ( you know the type ) She runs a pretty blog over at Chasing Twins in Louboutins . Well part of the reason she is so well dressed is she is a stylist at Stella and Dot.
So in my interest being peaked I went and checked it out. Their stuff is AH MAZ ING ! So in my quest to change up my life and "recreate" myself in a way,  I decided I that it was a NEED to own some things from there. Then I thought... " What if others are needing some pretties to brighten their day? " So I decided to have an online trunk show :)

So if you are needing something to make you feel pretty or need that perfect piece for those Holiday parties coming up, or heck even if you want to just look amazing making dinner! Please come check out my show here Kelly's Stella and Dot Trunk show

AND!!!! Stella and Dot is running an amazing program, if you buy a purse, they send something beautiful and sparkly to our service women wether it be active or spouse !!

AND!!!! If you buy a purse today you can have your choice of these two beautiful gifts. You can  choose either the Laurel Studs or Candle!!!  Who doesnt love extra free goodies?!







So come on over and fall in love ;) You can even make a wish list and send it to hubby for Christmas shopping!!!




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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Please Read This...... "Those People"





I found this on an awesome blog I read. It's an amazing woman that blogs at Happy Haus Frau

My husband works for the food bank, he has worked for food banks for years and years. He has seen hunger. We have volunteered there, the kids and I. We have seen hunger. I have been a single Mom, and we have been married with a house full of mouths to feed and BROKE, I personally know what it is to worry about food. I am also raising children that know HUNGER from not being feed before we got them. Worrying about food can do an amazing amount of damage to a small child that they will carry for years. So as you see those bins out at your grocery stores ( since tis the season )
Please remember "those people" may be your neighbor, friend, even your family member..... and even "those people" like "those foods"


CLICK HERE TO READ POST


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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yep...I'm THAT lady and Why.

And , by THAT lady I mean I am the lady with the gaggle of kids around me when we go out, the lady with the long broomstick skirt and depending where we are I may or may not be wearing shoes ( I hate shoes, but understand they are necessary lol ), and I am that 41 year old pale white lady with dreadlocks......

I know people are wondering why, and I actually do have an answer.....Not so much an answer as a testimony though really....

The gaggle of children in because I love kids, and I love being a Mom. And when I could no longer physically have children, Heavenly Father opened the door for us to foster/adopt. 

The skirts are comfy, and I really havent worn pants except maybe a handful of times in the past 5+ years. I am not comfortable in pants, give me a prairie skirt and an apron any day of the week. Shoes.... I cannot stand shoes ( I hear gasps lol ) but really. I never had. I feel like my toes are being held captive LOL. 

Now the dreads.... I have had the same hairstyle for 20 years. Seriously. Maybe not the same color, but style for sure. I kept thinking I should make a change. Nothing drastic, maybe one of those cute bob's, maybe some bangs. Then I kept feeling prompted to get dreads. Which honestly I thought was the most ridiculous thing ever. This has gone on for almost a year and I just ignored it,  but the feeling never went away. So I started researching them. I wanted to know WHY people had them. I knew some was religious reasons, and some were fashion, but I really wanted to know the deeper meaning......

I read this 

All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
— Book of Numbers 6:5, KJV
I have had some deep struggles lately with everything that goes on with mental illness in my house. I have been wanting... NEEDING to separate myself from the world and focus more on my Faith, so this spoke to me on that level......
I learned this about the Hindu's:   " Hindu holy men and women, locks are sacred, considered to be a religious practice, an expression of disregard for profane vanity"
And this about the Buddhists: "For many practicing Buddhists, dreadlocks are a way to let go of material vanity and excessive attachments."

Which I loved reading... BUT I am Mormon, so how does this apply to me?! So while I was going through this, one day there was a knock at the door. I opened it up to find 3 missionaries from the Church standing there. One  I am not seeing them in a group of 3, and 2 I thought it funny they were at my door. They told me that they felt prompted to come into the circle of where my house is, and felt particularly prompted to stop at our house. I let them know that I found that funny since we are the only members in the circle of our street. We talked for a minute and for some reason it came up that my husband has full sleeve tattoos. The one that spoke that most said " That is awesome! We need more people in the church that look outside of the box. We are having a really hard time with that lately." ....... After they left, I shut the door and the fate of my hair was pretty much sealed. It still took me weeks of prayer, but the answer never changed. 

Now that I have had them for a few weeks, I have grown to understand. I have got to share my testimony of the gospel with so many different kinds of awesome people and encourage them to return to Church. It is actually amazing to me how Heavenly Father puts people in our path to meet, and perhaps help. 

So yes the dreads are kind of a crazy choice, but I love them and they are between myself and Heavenly Father who understands things far better then I ever will.

                                                        ( I will post better pics later )


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