Miss Kim & Co. – Potosi, MO

Hey there! If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you already know that I’m a huge fan of small businesses and fair trade. It just so happens that this past month I got to visit another small business (in my hometown) which is TO. DIE. FOR.

Around town if you even say “Miss Kim’s“, most people already know what store you’re talking about – and often begin to gush about what a cute little shop it is. I feel like I’ve stepped into Pinterest when I step into the boutique, and so of course I had to add it to my list of Hometown Shout-Out Posts!

Miss Kim Smith is really one of the first people I noticed that was willing step out and work hard to make downtown Potosi look better. Previously, she owned her own photography business (she did my senior photos), but she told me in our interview that owning a shop was always in the back of her mind. Her parents owned an antique shop in a smaller town a few miles away, and she must have inherited the drive to own a well maintained business because seriously – this store is adorable. I don’t really have to explain… just look at these photos!

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Miss Kim & Co. catches my eye every time I drive through Potosi – she painted the outside and makes sure her window displays are on key. She has so many goodies inside like clothing, jewelry, and home decor.

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I couldn’t help myself… had to pick up something for a friend’s birthday. A great little canvas zippered bag and some pink earrings…Perfect!

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Introducing… THE Miss Kim! You see that Magnolia shirt she’s rockin’? I was secretly jealous.

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I’m so thankful for her and all the people that have helped her with the support of her small business. You can really tell that she has put her heart and soul into her store, and that it’s more than just a shop, its a love. Make sure to go visit today!

PSsssT! Did you like this small business post?? Check out these :

Lillie Bugz Children’s Boutique

24 Hours in Hermann, MO

 

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Hometown Shout-Outs

I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time in my little hometown recently. I still work there PRN as a nurse in the hospital, and our parents live there so we take our baby girl to visit them whenever we can. I have to admit – I have a love/hate relationship with the town. I have some bad memories that just won’t go away, and they steal my joy when I’m there. Rural areas like ours have low resources, and since the population is so small everyone is in each other’s business. Then again, small towns are great because most people are still neighborly, and you can almost always find a helping hand when you need it.

For the longest time it was difficult for me to drive down our main street because the buildings were empty or rotting, and the businesses that were there just looked like they were struggling to survive. Down the main street strip there’s a lack of parking, and although we have sidewalks, they are functional at the least. The city does their best to keep it clean and when Christmas rolls around they put up lights, but without anyone walking around to enjoy them the street lacks energy. The town sits on an intersection of highways 8 and 21, both of which could provide visitors – if they had anything to visit! Highway 8 is actually becoming known as a “wine trail”, which I feel like we could use to our advantage.

In the past few years, however, things have seemed to change. At least four or five new businesses have stripped out, refurbished, and moved in to the charming little brick frameworks that line the lane. A little paint, a little hard work, and a little love completely changes even the most dark and desolate looking shop! I’m so thankful for the women and men who are taking on the task of rebuilding what I call “downtown”. I always had the urge to take part – buy a little brick and mortar store and put in a bakery, or a boutique, or a cafe. Alas, I’ve not been blessed with the opportunity or the funds to do so – so I’ve decided that I’ll try and help out by putting a spotlight on these local businesses!

For the next few months, I’ll be featuring a post on these little jewels that are springing up in Potosi, MO. You can take a peek at one I’ve already done to see what they will be like: (Click here for my Lillybugz Children’s Boutique Review).

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Posting something beautiful…

I’ve wanted to post something beautiful recently, but I didn’t want to seem insensitive to the obvious distress our country is in. Whether or not your candidate won the election, it’s disheartening to see so much separation and fear mongering on our streets. It’s been hard for me to click on my Facebook app because I know scrolling will just send my eyes rolling (aha). Sometimes I wish I wouldn’t have seen the “true colors” that came out of some of my acquaintances – but I know that it would be naive for me to think everyone can handle their emotions under pressure and be empathetic to others around them. Even as adults, it’s really hard for people to do that. Some, whom might call themselves the most “open minded”, have disgustingly displayed the most hatred I’ve seen in years. 

That being said, I hope that my friends and family (and Facebook viewers) can be convinced that I am not unaware of the pain and suffering that is out there. I hope they understand that this post is not to mask the hurt I see. I hope they understand that this is to break open the hope, joy, and wonder that still peaks through despite the foggy political air.

A few weeks ago we celebrated our daughter’s 1st birthday with family and friends. It was fantastic! We ate and talked and enjoyed our time together. When we opened gifts we sort of surprised our family with more news…

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We’re pregnant! Yep. Again. I’m excited and scared and hungry again. Getting to hold a little life inside of me is one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced and I so wanted to tell the world! It’s been hard to keep in the excitement.


Of course, I could take this time to mention how frightened I am to be raising kids in this United States. Honestly though, my joy exceeds the anxiety. There is still a lot of love out there, and I intend on showing my kids what it’s all about. After all, the best way to battle hatred is to pour out the love right?

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I guess this post is more than a pregnancy announcement. It’s a statement. It’s a promise. It’s an online baby dedication. I want everyone to know that despite life’s hardships, I intend on raising my kids to be honest, patient, and kind. I’ll do my best to show them love and mercy, and teach them to do the same – even to those who we feel aren’t deserving of such. I hope to instill in them the goodness of listening before speaking, and putting others first. I know my husband feels the same way. God has shown me so much mercy in the last few years, and I undoubtedly need much work; but hopefully this will just show my kids that following Jesus is a lifelong choice and process. Becoming a mother has pushed that process for sure but I wont quit just because life is getting more and more complicated.

FYI – Morning sickness has taken over my life… that’s why I haven’t posted much or worked on my Etsy Store. I’m going to have to make some serious decisions on what to spend my  time on now that we’re going to have 4 in the home! Pray for me, and I will pray for you.

Love,

Adriene

 

 

Faithbox Unboxing and Review

It’s finally here!

I love getting packages in the mail, so I’ve been doing some research on all these monthly box subscriptions everyone is doing. So far I’ve just done a Stitchfix box and this Faithbox, but I’m also looking into a scrapbooking box and maybe one of the meal boxes.

*Disclaimer – I was not contacted by Faithbox to do this review; all opinions here are my own and I paid for the box. There are a few links within this post that will take you to the Faithbox website with my referral. If you chose to try Faithbox and use my link, I’ll get credit toward my next box.

Okay now for the fun stuff…

A little overview about Faithbox:

Faithbox is a monthly subscription for a package filled with inspirational devotionals and merchandise that help you grow your faith. Christian based; the company will send you hand-picked items from companies and artists who produce eco-friendly and ethically made items. For every box purchased, it provides three bowls of rice for hungry kids through the Rice Bowl initiative.

Okay, now let’s see what’s inside!

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Impact Guide – this little book is a great guide to all the goodies inside the Faithbox you recieve. It’s got a nice overview of the goal of the Faithbox company, and descriptions of each item.

25$ Krochet Kids Online Store Credit – I have heard of Krochet Kids before, in my research of fair trade items. I never looked too far into it, but I’m glad I got the reminder! Krochet Kids is an awesome program. Basically, they help impoverished women in under-resourced regions by teaching them sewing and crochet skills, and then selling their hand-made goods to the world. Their model provides a job, education, and mentorship to ensure a sustainable healthy life for the women and children they are helping. I can’t wait to use my credit!


Everyday Faith – a 30 day pocket journal. This is what I was really interested in checking out from my box. I had read in the Faithbox website that in every box there’s a devotional (something I have been evidently craving for a while). Crave is a weird word to use, but it’s true. I’ve been so focused on academic material that I’ve completely put my everyday quiet time on the back burner. I’m hoping with this little booklet, I can keep it with me in my purse or backpack and find 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day to read it. Being mindful about my time with the Lord is a top priority for me.

Denik Notebook – It’s like they know me! I’m into all things paper and lettering. This awesome little notebook has “Can’t Stop Us Now” printed on the front in gold foil. This company uses it’s profits to build schools and help support the artist who designed the notebook. This one was made by Tobias Saul.

Get Stuff Done: Hustle Poster – This fun little print came inside the box too! I haven’t decided where to put it yet, but I like it’s encouragement to stave off my procrastination. I think I’ll use it starting next month since it has a 30 day check off printed on the back.


Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins – I pretty much just tore the packet open and tried these as soon as I saw them in the box. For vitamin gummies they really weren’t bad! I like that they are non-GMO and eco-friendly sources of omega-3’s. I already take a prenatal vitamin most days, and I believe that your best source of vitamins come from the food you eat, but I don’t see much harm in adding a little supplement to your day (especially if your last few meals haven’t been healthy at all). I would give these a try!

Just Love Coffee Sample with free mp3 download by Tenth Avenue North – What a great combination! Coffee + free music = YES. This sample of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Natural smells so good, I can’t wait to try it! I’ll have to wait until I pick up a shift at the hospital, so that I can share it with my coworkers. The Just Love Coffee company offers ethically grown and harvested coffee, and they do wholesale for fundraisers. Apparently Tenth Avenue North likes coffee too – they included a free mp3 download!

My overall impression of Faithbox is really positive. I love everything from the packaging to the motivation behind each item. The only downfall that I’ve experienced is their customer service has been kind of terrible. I’ve called twice and left messages to cancel my subscription (not that I want to, but right now I need to be budgeting HARDCORE). If I could, I would just buy a whole year’s worth but I just can’t. They don’t have an option on the website to cancel online, so you have to contact their services. It’s really frustrating – mostly because I want this box to succeed! My hope is that they’ve had so much business that they are way behind on other things – and that they’ll get back to me soon. I’ve just sent an email to them so I’ll keep you posted!

 

 

Lillie Bugz Children’s Boutique 

It feels really good when I roll into my little hometown and see that businesses are growing and taking up blank spaces down Main Street. One such business is this adorable little shop my friend Billie Jo recently opened. Billie Jo and I met while working at the hospital, and her daughter Lillie has always been her muse (obviously)! Her namesake store is a boutique that has trendy children’s clothes and maternity clothes as well.

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The simple but organized set up is perfect for any momma or daddy wanting to take the kids shopping too. Comfy seating is available and all the clothes are at adult-height, so the little ones can run around. She even has a play room situated right next to a dressing room.

Isn’t it adorable! It’s a good thing my hubby was there, or else I would have bought the whole store. I love supporting small town businesses, and this one will for SURE always be on my list when I visit home. There’s not really anything like it in Potosi, so I’m positive LillieBugz will continue to thrive! Great job Billie Jo!

* I was not compensated in any way to write this post, I just seriously love small businesses!*

I tried Stitch Fix… and I loved it!

*This post contains affiliate links*

You GUYS. I just received my first Stitch Fix box, and I am in total shock. I loved it! My sister-in-law Tiffany had been posting about it on her blog, so I decided I needed to try it myself. I was skeptical, because I felt like letting a total stranger pick out clothes for me would be a disaster! I’ve never really been good at deciding on a certain style, and I’d say I’m mostly eclectic anyway. I like to change things up. This stylist though… she knows what she’s doing! Melissa S. did a great job finding pieces that I liked and that fit really well.  I had read that adding a Stitch Fix board to your Pinterest helps your stylist tremendously. I’m already addicted to Pinterest, so I started one immediately!

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I couldn’t wait to tear into the box that was sent right on time. I love that they have a tracking system! Each article of clothing I pulled out made me giggle with delight because YES it felt like CHRISTMAS! Great colors and selection. I had mentioned to my stylist (they let you add notes on the website) that I am always looking for great fitting jeans and mom-friendly tops. Here is what they sent me:

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LEFT: The Avena Sleeveless Split Neck Top and Joey Skinny Jean in olive by Just Black

MIDDLE: Catarina Knit Top

RIGHT: Cristen Shirt Dress and Lavania Lace Knit Top

If I had the money, I probably would have kept all five pieces! If you purchase all five items you get a hefty discount, but I just didn’t have the budget for it this time. I was torn between keeping the jeans, the sleeveless split neck top, or the teal striped knit top. The lace top and shirt dress were cute, but not my favorites and more pricey than the others. I decided to go with the split neck top and return everything else. I’ll just have to save up for the jeans another day!

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Stitch Fix makes returns SUPER easy. They sent a pre-posted bag with the box, so all I had to do was throw the return items in the bag and drop it in the mailbox.

Based on my first stitch, I would most definitely recommend this to my friends and family. For me, I like that I can get stylish clothes without spending hours at the mall (because I have so much free time as a mom – eyeroll). I also just love getting things in the mail! I’ve already scheduled my next fix.

Stitch Fix also has a referral program! For every referral that you make, you can get $25 dollars in credit toward your next stitch!  The credit appears in your account when your first referral receives their first stitch.

Want to try it out? Feel free to use my referral link here. I’d love to know how your first stitch goes. Leave a comment or a question!