Saturday: April '17 Update

 

April flew by, and I mean that literally because the weather was insane. Hot one day, cold the next, a tornado warning and endless rain. Hopefully what comes of this is sunshine and warm spring days! Despite the rain, we had a lot going on in April.

In April, I…
Watched: Girlboss and 13 Reason Why both on Netflix.

Heard: Soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast and LaLa Land. Also been obsessed with the Watch What Crappens podcast.

Read: Started Pride and Prejudice.

Traveled: Bettendorf, IA for a friends wedding and Chicago for my cousin's baby shower

Saw: Beauty and the Beast and we had a friend visit from LA!

News: Kaleidoscope Spinning celebrated it's one year anniversary! And I won my first March Madness bracket.

Top Posts: Kaleidoscope Spinning Turned One, Lace, Leather and Leopard, and Fall Skirt For Spring.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Saturdaze: March '17 Update and Saturdaze: February '17 Update

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Friday Finds: Demas Designs on TheKnot.com

Happy Friday friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this post where I revealed that Demas Designs is now on TheKnot.com. This was a huge step for me. Anytime I put of piece of my life and my work online there is a bit of vulnerability. Especially in this case, because The Knot is one of the top wedding website. My page on The Knot still needs some love, but I'm really happy to have taken this step. Hopefully, this means more good things are coming. Stay tuned for more wedding invite examples and samples!

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Hard realities and difficult truths.

A recipe I'd love to try.

My new favorite podcast.

Books to add to you summer reading list.

This is just too funny!

Lattes too beautiful to drink.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Unicorn Frapps and Friday Finds

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DIY Wedding Wands

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are some details that every bride can choose immediately. Then there are other details that can take longer to figure out. These can be as big as the dress and location or as small of a detail as the bridesmaids shoes. I am a decisive person, so wedding planning went pretty smoothly for me. But there were a handful times where the planning came to a screeching halt because I wasn't sure which choice was the best. One of these times was definitely for a small detail. So small, it's almost laughable now; but as a bride, to me, this was a make it or break it. Ready? Drumroll please,….. What will our guest throw when we make out grand entrance our of the church? Life-changing choice, amiright?

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Rice? No, that's bad for birds. Bird seed? No, that's not attractive. Confetti? No, that just seems messy and difficult to organize. Bubbles? No, it's becoming a cliché. Nothing? No, that's just boring.

I wanted to do something different, but not odd. Friends starting giving me suggestions from weddings they have been to recently. One friend suggested flower petals. I liked the idea, but that was just going to raise my flower budget. Another friend said glitter, but that seemed messier than confetti. I was definitely putting too much thought into this, and I knew that in the moment.

Eventually, I stumbled upon photos from my cousins wedding a couple of years prior. They had distributed ribbon wands to their guests. When they exited the church, everyone waved the wands, twirling the ribbons around. It created a sea of swirling colors. It produced some of the most beautiful photos! I had finally made my decision. The downside? Every place online I found was charging so much for something I knew I could make myself. So I did.

This was the easiest DIY I have ever done. So grab a glass of wine, find a show you need to catch up on, (I chose Younger) and get to work!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Our Travel Board and What We Gave Our Bridal Party

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Exciting News! Just For Her Event

Hello Loves!

I have some exciting new to share with all of you. You may have already seen it on Instagram, Kaleidoscope Spinning will have a booth at the Just For Her Event!

The Just For Her Event is a Kansas City's largest summer women's event. Kaleidoscope Spinning will be exhibiting your favorite Kansas City prints, including University of Kansas, Kansas State, Mizzou and several other Midwest schools. There will even be some brand new designs!

If you'd like to see some of our full inventory, or if you can't wait until June and want to buy now, make sure to check out Kaleidoscope Spinning on Etsy!

The Just For Her will be in Overland Park , KSon June 23, 24, and 25. You can buy tickets here.

As always, thank you for reading

Kaleidoscope Spinning Turns One!

On this day, one year ago, I posted this, my first blog post. Thus began a year of many changes and many adventures. 

Top: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Tank: Merona | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Shoes: Mossimo | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl | Balloon: Pink Antlers Studio

Words cannot truly describe how incredibly the last year has been, but I'm going to do my best!

I should start by thanking all of my friends and followers who have supported me throughout the past year on this fun adventure. The positive response I have gotten from everyone has been overwhelming and just absolutely wonderful! I couldn't be happier! In addition to the blog, this is also the anniversary of my Etsy Page.

I constantly go back and forth about which was more of a risk; my blog or my Etsy page. Both have required to me to be vulnerable and transparent. I've put myself out there in my writing, my photos and my designs; Open to judgment, critique, and potential failure. Kaleidoscope Spinning was born from a need for change. I've had this call inside of me to do this for quite some time, but ignored it for years.

Finally, one year ago, I decided I was tired for waiting. I had dreams and goals and I decided to stop waiting for someone else to tell me it was okay to chase them.

I've learned a lot about myself this year, as I am sure you guys have too. It's been a wonderful year, filled with some amazing memories. But now, onto the future. I have some big plans for the next year, specifically the next few months, and I am so excited to get started!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like The Other Side of my 20s and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary.

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P.S. Photo shoots with a ballon on a windy day can be difficult! See below!

Friday Finds: Looks like Instagram wants to be Facebook when it grows up

Happy Friday Friends! 

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Looks like Instagram wants to be Facebook when it grows up.

My favorite youtubers answered my question on their channel! (Got to 8:29)

The best video I've seen this week.

My new favorite shampoo and conditioner.

My new favorite game.

These two women are so cool!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

 

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday Friends! 

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Words to avoid.

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Getting out of a rut.

Start Wars VIII has a title!

Mix and Matching Patterns

Love how colorful this space has been designed.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: Happy November and Friday Finds: Sweater Weather.

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Set Your Intention: Perspective

This week, my intention was Perspective.

My reason for choosing this as my intention was two-fold.  First, to encourage the reminder that everyone in this world is on their own journey, has had their own experiences and as a result has their own personal perspective of the world. Assumption and lack of communication are true killers, We all perceive the world differently. We've all lived different lives and as a result, we have different values. It is essential to understand that before getting mad at someone for not believing what you believe.

Second, I needed the personal reminder to not sweat the small things in life. I am a very anxious person. The smallest thing can send my day into a downward spiral and it is just unpleasant. It can be a struggle, but I am trying to keep my perspective and question how this small blip will effect my future. More often than not, it wouldn't change a thing.

"Live by the 5 by 5 rule. If it's not going to matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes upset about it."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Second Chances

Welcome to Set Your Intention, a new series on Kaleidoscope Spinning. In this series, I will be discussing my Yoga Intention for the past week.

This week, my intention was second chances.

This intention was inspired by the few days following the New Year. On Jan.1 many people wake up with their resolutions on the mind. But unfortunately, and usually unintentionally, people drop their resolution far too quickly. But the thing I believe many people forget is it's perfectly okay to try again. There is nothing wrong with picking up a dropped resolution in April, June, or November. You don't need a "new year" to create a "new me". You need determination, a positive attitude, and the willingness to fail and try again.

So take a second chance on yourself. It will be worth it in the end.

"Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow."

Our Travel Board

Several years ago, I began a travel board as a way to document our travels over the years. So far, we have traveled to 13 states. The majority of the photos documenting the first time we had been there together. I love the idea of watching ourselves get older as we explore more of the country and add photos to the board. Our goal, of course, is to hit all 50 states, including D.C.

It is definitely one of our favorite pieces we have in our home and it gets a lot of comments from family and friends. Below is the step by step process to make your own! Trust me, it's easier than you think!

The supplies you will need:

  • A Bulletin Board
  • A Map
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Rubber Cement
  • Pencil
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Cardstock paper
  • Pushpins
  • Pictures!

Ed Note: Make sure to take opportunity to measure the states before you print photos. States like Texas and California are likely to require a larger photo printed.

1) Cut out the map.

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2) Paint the bulletin board. Let it dry. I chose black for a neutral background.

3) Use the rubber cement to glue the cut out map to the board.

4) Use the tissue paper to trace out the state. Cut it out.

5) Glue the picture to the cardstock paper to make it thicker. Once dry, cut out the picture.

Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down. Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

6) Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down.   Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

7) Glue push pins to the back of the state. {We also like to write down where we were exactly in the state and the date.)

8) Push the pins into the map and you're done!

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I hope you take the time to try out this DIY! It's an ongoing project that inspires Steve and I to travel and explore!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Not Your Typical Headboard and International Shadow Boxes.

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Home Envy: Sutton Foster's Dressing Room

Today, I am introducing a new series to Kaleidoscope Spinning: Home Envy. Here, we will take a look at the interiors of beautiful homes. First up Sutton Foster's Dressing Room.

Okay, so I know it's not officially a home, but as the article reminds us, a dressing room can be the second home for an accomplished actress/singer/dancer.  The beauty of this space is bright and colorful decor, mixed in with the practicality of the furniture. 

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Isn't it all gorgeous! Give me inspiration for my own living room.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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P.S. If you liked this then you will also like, Our Gallery Wall and Not Your Typical Headboard

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Boulder, Colorado: KS x CO

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Last month we took a quick road trip out to Boulder, Colorado.  It was an 8 hour drive, but it was completely worth it because we had a wonderful time! The first place we went to was  Pearl Street. It was a long street in the middle of Boulder filled with local shops and boutiques. We had a wonderful time flowing in and out of stores. We followed it up with dinner at a local brewery.

The next day we woke up early to hike the Flatirons. As we got to the top, the views were amazing! But we struggled in the beginning. The altitude definitely got to us very quickly. It was amazing to see locals so casually climb up and down this mountains while Steve and I were panting and chugging water!

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After the hike we took a wonderful, relaxing break. It was just nice to just be completely lazy!

But then that evening, after dinner we went the Gilmore Guys Live Show. I have made it no secret how much I love Gilmore Girls and have mentioned several times how much I love the Gilmore Guys podcasts. So I was thrilled to get to see one of their live shows!

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Not only that but I got to meet them too! I was definitely semi-starstuck to meet my favorite podcasters!

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It was a great trip and I am so happy we were able to make it out there. Colorado was the 5th new states we've visited this year!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like I Left My Heart in San Francisco: KSxSF and Anchorage, Alaska: KSxAK Part 2.

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Fall 2016 Bucket List

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One of my  favorites parts about my birthday is that is it always the Autumnal Equinox aka the first day of fall! I am unabashedly a  very basic girl. I love leggings, sweater weather, PSLs, and instagraming leaves. Fall is literally the best season! To start my fall off right, I have created a Fall Bucket List. I'm hoping to get everything crossed off by December 21st, the last day of fall!

coffee_cups_bucket_list_11. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

coffee_cups_bucket_list_22. Move into our new house and completely unpack

coffee_cups_bucket_list_33. Host Family and friends in our new home

coffee_cups_bucket_list_44. Have cozy coffee/cocoa dates with Steve

coffee_cups_bucket_list_55. Make an apple pie from scratch

coffee_cups_bucket_list_66. Fill our new home with autumn candles

coffee_cups_bucket_list_77. Mail out our holiday cards

coffee_cups_bucket_list_88. Make/Get Steve and I stockings for Christmas

coffee_cups_bucket_list_9 9. Visit a Haunted House

What are you plans for the fall? I'd love to hear!

Happy Fall! Let's celebrate with PSLs!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Summer 2016 Bucket List Recap

and What’s In My Bag?

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The Other Side of my 20s

Today, I celebrate my 26th birthday. I am officially in the latter half of my 20s. (Not to be confused with my late 20s. That begins at 27!) Despite any technicalities of when my late 20s begin, I have found myself very reflective this birthday. I keep thinking back to when I was 16…

birthday_16My Sweet 16th Birthday

My parents threw me a big Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party. The house was filled with family and friends, most of whom had known me my entire life. It was a wonderful party and a great way to start what would be a very transformative year. Two weeks after my party, I got my drivers license and officially became the first of my friends to do so. Two months later, I performed in my first improv show at my high school. This show became the first of many. Just weeks after that show, I landed a coveted spot in my high school's Variety Show Comedy Team; as dream of mine since I started high school.

My 16th year came with some wonderful highlights, but in turn, I was also hit with some low moments. I found chemistry impossible and French was just not sticking. Pressure to do better in school was amplified by the beginning of my college research. If I was going to go to a good school and get the degree I wanted, I needed to start working harder. On top of this, I was dealing with some issues with my groups of friends. This later turned into me leaving the group in pursuit of a better one.

birthday_18My 18th Birthday

I didn't know it at the time, but I now consider that year to be my first real year of life.

It was the first year I had to start really considering my future. It was the first year my actions could drastically effect that future. It was the first year I made some amazing new friends, and let go of some terrible ones.  It was the first year I began to set personal goals, and more importantly began to achieve them!

birthday_21My 21st Birthday

No year of my life has ever been perfect; each year has come with highs and lows, achievements and failures, rewards and rejections. And while some years can be better than others, each year came with a healthy balance of some very real moments.

So here I am with a solid 10 years of life experiences behind me. Life definitely didn't go the way little 16-year-old Helen thought; and thank goodness for it! I am braver, stronger, and happier than I could have imagined.

birthday_22My 22nd Birthday

So cheers to 26! May it be filled with some beautiful moments!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Summer 2016 Bucket List Recap and The Paper Year: Our First Anniversary

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Summer 2016 Bucket List Recap

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Three months ago I posted my Summer 2016 Bucket List. Sadly, summer has officially come to the end because tomorrow is the autumnal equinox, the official first day of fall. And while the weather in KC may still say summer, I am ready for sweater weather and pumpkin everything!

Below, I have a recap of what we were able to accomplish this summer!

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1: Travel to Northern California. We did! I joined Steve on his work trip to San Francisco and had the best time. You can see all of the pictures here!

3: Attend a Big Summer Concert We almost didn't make this one, but then in late August we attended a Def Leppard Concert with some of Steve's coworkers. We were definitely the youngest people there, but it was still an awesome concert! Their openers were Tesla and REO Speedwagon.

img_86044: Being the House Hunt. Not only did we begin the house hunt, but we found the house and closed last week! Moving soon!

5: Learn to Make Ice Cream. We received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift in the summer of 2015 and we finally used it! I made some delicious chocolate ice cream! With fall beginning, I'm looking forward to trying out some pumpkin and apple flavors!

6: Continue to grow my Etsy Page. Since I posted this bucket list in June, I have added 38 new listings! And there is so much more to come!

Alaska_117: Hiking in Alaska. Truly one of the best experiences of my life! We hiked up 4600ft elevation and a round trip total of about 10 miles. The entire trip took 6 hours; 4 hours up and 2 down. Such an accomplishment. And yes, we could barely move the next day! Pictures here and here.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like What’s In My Bag? and Dakota’s Story

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Sunday Style: Edit 2

What I wore this week!

13_tuesTuesday: Top from Target, Jeans, Booties, Necklace

14_wedWednesday: Top, Jeans, Blazer from Macy's, Shoes.

15_thursThursday: Dress, Shoes, Necklace from Lulu's (similar), Sunglasses.

16_friFriday: Sweater from Alo, Tank, Shorts, Shoes.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Sunday Style: Edit 1 and A Dress Fit For a Bride…smaid.

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Saturdaze: August Update

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The best part about August just being home in Kansas City. July was filled with travel, including all of Steve's work trips. But in August, he was home for two full weeks, and we definitely made the most of it! I can't remember the last time we were this busy with social engagements. It just felt like everyday there was something knew to go to; Concert, 5K, yoga, Wine Opener, and more! Needless to say, August was a lot of fun! In August, I…

Watched: Continuing Breaking Bad (almost done!) and watched Stranger Things. So amazing!!!

Wore: Soaking up every opportunity to wear shorts and sundresses before fall begins!

Heard: I've been listening to this song on repeat over and over and over.

Read: What Alice Forgot and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Traveled: Drove up to Iowa to visit my in-laws. Weekends in small towns are always so nice!

Saw: Nerve and War Dogs. We also went to a concert with Steve's coworkers. We saw Tesla, REO Speedwagon, and Def Leppard!

News: I completed my CorePower Teacher Training classes! So happy and proud to have spent my summer working towards this goal!

September is expected to be an exciting month. We have a trip to Boulder planned, we close on our house, and my birthday! :)

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, then you will also like Saturdaze: July Update and Saturdaze: June Update

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Friday Finds: So we bought a house…

Happy Friday everyone!

In case you hadn't seen my latest Instagram, we have officially closed on our new house this morning! I am so excited to finally have this process completed and can't wait to move in! So now our apartment is completely filled with brown boxes and packing tape. And while I can find packing to be stressful, it is so worth it to move into our gorgeous new house! More pictures to come soon!

Below are some of my favorite finds this week!

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The most beautiful pool!

Decorate like a pro!

It's okay to call in sick.

50 Shades trailer is a Youtube hit.

Our girl JoJo is back!

New, young stars to watch out for.

So excited to share the decorating process. I have so many ideas for the house and I can't wait to get started!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: What Should We Do In Boulder? and Friday Finds: What Song is Stuck in Your Head?

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