Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Real Housewives of Benton County Present: Meredith Richmond-Yoga Mama

Isn’t Meredith just the most beautiful pregnant mama ever? This picture is my favorite!  Meredith is due in just 2 1/2 weeks, so we thought it would be fun for Chris to capture a few beautiful pictures of her before her bundle of joy arrives(good job Chris). Meredith just finished her trainings she has been […]

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Wendy M - June 22, 2011 - 11:55 am

Great interview! I don’t know Meredith, but it seems like I hear about her often and the comments are always positive.
I also feel intimidated by yoga, but she makes it sound very appealing. Maybe we could both try it again together, Kara! :-)

kara - June 22, 2011 - 3:27 pm

Wendy,
Yes, i would love to try it with you!!

Camille - June 22, 2011 - 5:26 pm

People like Meredith amaze me because they move to town without knowing anyone, and within a couple months, they have more friends than me (and I’ve lived here my whole life). She is a wonderful combination of calm and über social at the same time. And she’s super nice, too!

adrienne w - June 23, 2011 - 10:24 am

First of all, BEAUTIFUL pictures! Good job, Chris. I totally feel like I NEED yoga, but it’s so expensive around here and just have not found a way to make it part of my life… YET! I can see how the meditation and relaxation aspects would really benefit me as a mom to young kids… not to mention the physical benefits.

kara - June 24, 2011 - 5:46 pm

Camille,
I am actually thinking that I might have met you through Meredith :). Adrienne, maybe you could do just one night a week?? There have to be more affordable options through something like parks and rec.

adrienne w - June 25, 2011 - 8:01 pm

You’re right, there is some more affordable options, but with Denver traveling for work, I just can’t commit to a class on a regular basis. Soon though. I have dreams of becoming a yogi! :) And Meredith is inspirational!

Sara Egbert - June 26, 2011 - 11:53 pm

Kara, I don’t know if you know who I am but my mom sent me a link to your blog. I’m the daughter of Mark and Alice Rampton. I hope you don’t think it’s weird that I’m chiming in!! :)

I LOVE your blog. So thoughtful and thought provoking. Your photography is breathtaking. What a wonderful post and interview on prenatal yoga. I loved your questions and Meredith’s answers. I did yoga through both of my pregnancies. I feel like it was one of the best things I could have ever done for the baby and myself. With my second pregnancy, while chasing around a 1 1/2 year old, I felt like yoga was this sacred time for me to connect with the life growing within in me. It also helped my body develop the muscles and flexibility needed to push those babies out! Sadly, I haven’t been back in a yoga class for two years… Planning to make time for that soon.

EmmaJ - June 27, 2011 - 11:16 am

This was such a beautiful interview. I did a lot of yoga in college… but though the years it has dropped to zero. I try to do it with the kids, but it doesn’t hold their interest as much as an aerobics dvd does.
Meredith is beautiful and Chris took some wonderful pics as usual.

Margaret - June 27, 2011 - 10:32 pm

I know, I know, I am the worst blog checker. I’ll read like 5 of your posts at once and want to leave a comment. So, not sure Meredith will see this, but I’ve been getting into Hot Yoga lately. I’ve been surprised that I’ve liked it as much as I have. Has she said anything about it? Do you know if she ever practices it?

And I love your yogurt post. I love when I see your personality in the pictures. It makes me miss you my dear friend. And has convinced me to make my own yogurt.

Yogurt Making the Silly Way

Yogurt making is my new thing. My friend Adrienne (who is pretty much a goddess at all things domestic) showed me this simple way to make yogurt. It ends up being so much cheaper than buying it at the store, and it will keep in your fridge for a long time! Some people use dehydrators […]

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EmmaJ - June 21, 2011 - 4:11 am

So cool! Not sure if I am brave enough to try it though. Do you use plain yogurt for the cultures, or is a flavored yogurt ok?

Kara - June 21, 2011 - 7:04 am

Emma,
No bravery needed. Worst case scenario.. you are out a gallon of milk if it doesn’t turn out well for some reason. You can use any flavor of yogurt as long as it has live cultures (which I am assuming most do).

Holly Bakker - June 21, 2011 - 8:16 am

You are so cute! I might give this a go just to amaze the kids and bewilder Chris.:)

Niki - June 21, 2011 - 8:22 am

I know I should try it, but it seems too crazy! You have talked about this for awhile and I have to be honest I want to try it but I am a little fearful :). So you are right, worse case scenario I am out a gallon of milk.

Jill - June 21, 2011 - 8:27 am

We use to make our own yogurt. We would put it on the water tank, in our apartment, to keep it warm. I like the sleeping bag idea too.

Amanda N. - June 21, 2011 - 9:03 am

Kara- I love you and you make me laugh. That is all!

adrienne w - June 21, 2011 - 9:55 am

Hmmm… interesting. I might even be able to handle this. Other than it being cheap, what are the other benefits to making your own yogurt? Is it healthier?
I wish that I was the Adrienne that is a domestic goddess. But I am the Adrienne that things YOU are a domestic goddess!!

adrienne w - June 21, 2011 - 9:57 am

P.S. You look really good! You are looking so fit!!

kara - June 21, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Holly,
Bewildering husbands is always good, eh?? He will be shocked that you could be more domestic than you already are :).
Niki,
Try it!! I can coach you on the phone while we are chatting someday.
Jill,
Water tank… very interesting. Another creative way.
Amanda,
I need to call you soon!!
Adrienne,
You totally are domestic girl. One benefit is that it seriously cuts down on the amount of sugar in it. Yogurt from the store has so much yogurt in it. You can flavor this with a little honey and fruit instead of tons of sugar. Also, just the fact that it is less processed and has less ingredients is always a bonus! Oh, and thanks. I’m not feeling very fit (especially in the stomach bum area), but I appreciate the compliment :).

Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving - June 21, 2011 - 7:13 pm

I was just talking to my hubby last night about making our own yogurt, it would save us bundles!! Glad to know that it’s working for you! I’m pretty much incompetent in the kitchen, but I think this is something that even I could handle. Now if I could just get the hubby on board…I convinced him to switch from his trusty Yoplait to Nancy’s/Stoneyfield/Chobani (whatever is cheapest) just a couple months, so baby steps I guess :)

Anne - June 21, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Thanks so much for posting – I’m going to give this a try! (You’ve also inspired me to make fruit-n-yogurt popsicles this week, so the timing for this post was perfect!!).

Karli - June 22, 2011 - 1:10 am

Thank you for posting!! I’ve soooo been wanting to make my own yogurt for a really long time now, but have been intimidated. Not sure what it is, but something about using a sleeping bag makes it less intimidating. :D

kara - June 22, 2011 - 8:23 am

Elisabeth,
If your hubby will go for Nancy’s, he will totally go for this. Nancy’s isn’t very sweet, and you can sweeten this however you want. To wean my family from sweet yogurt, I mixed half store yogurt with half of the homemade yogurt at first.
Anne and Karli,
Let me know how it works!! The sleeping bag totally makes it less intimidating :).

Kara Jimenez - June 22, 2011 - 11:37 am

A sleeping bag is such a neat idea!

We have a yogurt maker at our house and we sometimes make coconut milk yogurt because I think dairy bothers Victor’s eczema.

kara - June 22, 2011 - 12:01 pm

Coconut yogurt. Oh my… I must hear more about this. That sounds so amazing. Do you heat it up the same way you do regular milk?

Elisa - June 22, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Kara….too funny! And Chris goes along with you…even better :)

Kara Jimenez - June 24, 2011 - 12:28 am

Yeah it’s pretty much the same process as with cows milk except you have to add about a tablespoon of maple syrup because the coconut milk doesn’t have enough sugar to feed the bacteria without it. It doesn’t thicken up as much as regular yogurt but Victor likes it.

kara - June 24, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Elisa,
Haaa. Chris knows that his energy is betters spent embracing (or at least going along with) the dorkiness rather than fight it :)
Kara,
I am going to have to try that!! Sounds interesting!

Giveaway Winner

Juliette, you are the lucky winner of the giveaway. Email me so we can arrange for you to get your shirt!!! Look for more giveaways in the future friends!!

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juliette - June 21, 2011 - 8:52 am

Woohoo! I really won!

Father’s Day Applique T-Shirt Giveaway!!

Look how handsome both of my guys are. Chris and miniature Chris :). Yes, more pictures of Gabe on the swing set. I think that he will be pretty much living here this summer! The love fest continues today folks! Happy almost Father’s Day to my homeboy, and all of you wonderful fathers! Chris, you […]

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Jill - June 17, 2011 - 8:49 am

What a great giveaway. I guess I would want anything that I could give to my Friend and my Neice that are expecting this summer.

Jill - June 17, 2011 - 8:50 am

I am a follower, of course(0:

Jill - June 17, 2011 - 8:51 am

I will post your giveaway on Facebook.

Amanda O. - June 17, 2011 - 9:15 am

Love that tie shirt! What a cutie he is too :) I will share your post about the give away on my FB too :)

Kris - June 17, 2011 - 9:18 am

Peace sign applique…although it is all adorable and I think the tie would be great for a girl as well.

kara - June 17, 2011 - 10:34 am

Amanda,
I am leaving a comment for you since you are a follower.

kara - June 17, 2011 - 10:35 am

Amanda
I am leaving a comment since you posted on facebook.

kara - June 17, 2011 - 10:35 am

Kris,
I am leaving an extra comment for you since you are a follower? Everyone make sure to leave separate comments for each thing to increase your chances!!

adrienne w - June 17, 2011 - 11:19 am

Cute shirt, cute boy! Thatcher would love that shirt! He’s a bit of a fashionista… fashionisto?

adrienne w - June 17, 2011 - 11:20 am

I’m a follower.

adrienne w - June 17, 2011 - 11:20 am

I will link on facebook!

Hondo H. - June 17, 2011 - 12:31 pm

I want the just like daddy shirt for Alex! *fingers crossed*

Hondo H. - June 17, 2011 - 12:32 pm

I’m a follower. ’bout time. Your posts are fully awesome.

Hondo H. - June 17, 2011 - 12:36 pm

Linked on FB. Actually, I first made a very newbie social media mistake and posted it to Chris’ studio page. oops. Let’s move that back to my profile. There, all better.

Alison R. - June 17, 2011 - 1:20 pm

I would get a Custom Birthday shirt for my daughter’s next birthday!

Crystal W - June 17, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Unfortunately for me, I do not have any boys. HOWEVER, these flip flops are adorable! http://www.etsy.com/listing/76111205/fancy-flips and the birthday shirts are great too!

I joined your site, linked on facebook, liked the facebook group,

Karli - June 17, 2011 - 5:48 pm

I’d love the Just like daddy shirt! My baby has one, but my 3 year old does not. How cute would they be together?!

Karli - June 17, 2011 - 5:49 pm

I’m a follower… okay, well, I’m subscribed to your feed via my feed reader. Does that count? Cuz if I follow you, it goes to the same place and then I end up following you twice.

Karli - June 17, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Followed Blue Eyed & Blonde on FB!!

christa - June 17, 2011 - 10:26 pm

i would get the just like daddy, now that i have a new little man! so cute.

christa - June 17, 2011 - 10:27 pm

i’m a follower of your awesome blog.

christa - June 17, 2011 - 10:28 pm

i “liked” blue eyed blond on fb.

juliette - June 18, 2011 - 6:52 am

Peace sign, yes.

kara - June 18, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Juliette, you are a follower too, so I am adding a comment for that :).

Father’s Day

Don’t you just love this dress? Haa.. it kind of matches the curtains. This is my dad and I before he sang at the Ms. Klamath County pageant one year. I remember feeling so cool being able to go with him, and Tasha and I got to go inside of the limousine (and when I […]

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Sam - June 16, 2011 - 7:41 am

Your Dad is always so welcoming and loving. Around him no one could ever feel unloved. :)

I really admire my Dad’s faith. This is a tough time for our family, but he has been on his knees every day. He is trying to find peace and comfort and hope when all feels hopeless.

Love you cousin… wish Chris a Happy Father’s Day for us.

Jill - June 16, 2011 - 8:57 am

I love your Dad because he is selfless and he makes a amazing Bishop.

Wendy M - June 16, 2011 - 11:23 am

Great pictures! You are too cute. :-)
I feel like I kind of know your dad, just from the great stories you’ve told me. He sounds like an amazing role model.
I’ve never had a father in my life, but was so fortunate to have a wonderful grandfather (my mom’s dad). He was a true renaissance man- he could fix anything, grow anything, build anything…I can’t think of anything he couldn’t do. He’s been gone for 10 years now, but I feel so blessed that I was able to grow up around someone so special.
Happy Father’s day to all the wonderful fathers and father-figures in the world!

Angie - June 16, 2011 - 3:03 pm

Your dad is too cool! I have always thought he was very kind and sincere (I think you inherited that also). I don’t think I have ever heard him sing though :(

I loved my dad for many different reasons…the unfortunate part is I figured most of them out after he passed away. One thing I never took for granted was that he was always encouraging and supportive. I hope I can be like that for my kids.

Kris - June 16, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Great pictures…those leggings in the second picture are so now! We do have an inspiring, perspiring, dad who conspired with an equally awesome mama.

kara - June 16, 2011 - 7:21 pm

Sam,
I imagine that this will be a rough father’s day for your dad. My mom said the funeral was beautiful. Wish I could have celebrated Casey’s life with you. Tell JD happy father’s day from me as well. He is a great one!
Jill,
Thanks, it will make my dad feel good to read that.
Wendy,
That is so beautiful that you had a grandfather you were close to, and you are also married to a wonderful father!
Angie,
I bet you miss your dad during Father’s day. I have memories of him always being so kind to me in high school. I’m sure he was and would be so proud of you now!
Kris,
You sound so poetic :). I’ll see you on father’s day!!

Sunny - June 16, 2011 - 7:53 pm

Kara, you having a wonderful father explains a lot about you.

My dad is the guy who will show up when you need him. Car broke down? He’ll come no matter how far and probably fix it. He taught me to value my physical strength and to be proud of my athleticism. I can count on one hand the games he missed, and cannot count the number he coached. Thanks Dad

kara - June 16, 2011 - 9:03 pm

Sunny,
You having a wonderful father also explains a lot about you. I feel like you are also the kind of person who would drop anything to help a friend in need.

adrienne w - June 17, 2011 - 11:30 am

I’ve never met your dad, but I see where you get a lot of your traits! I didn’t know he was a singer!
My dad is a wonderful father and terrific grandfather. I didn’t have much of a relationship with my grandparents, so he and my mom have done their best to be the kind of grandparents we didn’t have. My dad is not the most formally educated man, but he knows more than anyone I’ve ever met. Somehow he knows a little about everything. He is an amazingly talented writer and photographer. He’s a creative thinker and I enjoy talking to him. He’s kind, compassionate, humble, and faithful! Thanks for letting me reflect on how great my dad is!