Moving Tips

Oh goodness! Watching the above video brings back so many memories. That house is where Jay and I started our family. Thank you to Good Housekeeping for the reminder. I love having that video of our first home together as the Barker Family.

And that got me thinking about all the stuff 9 people and RoRo can accumulate over the years. We have been married for 6 years, and we are now in our second home together. Are you wondering how we managed to move all of our stuff?? Well…we had help. (lots) We have learned a few tricks, provisos, dos and don’ts….

  • Do take pictures or video of your home for the sentimentality, or even posterity. Memories are all we have from the past. Don’t lose them!
  • Don’t rent a storage place for years and years and years and forget what you even have in the thing.
  • Do not throw all of your excess in a POD and forget about it (Yes, I have a storage unit AND a POD).
  • Do have someone else pack you up and move your entire home.
  • Do have your decorator put all of your pictures and curtains up before moving in.
  • Do buy a house that you have never seen while on a 4 hour flight to L.A. Isn’t that how everyone buys a house? (I might have to explain more on this later).

And if you want some REAL tricks, check out this awesome buzz feed!

After reading the above, maybe, instead of hoarding in storage buildings and PODs, organizing and goodwill-ing are in order. Check out the time KK saw my POD here!



20 Facts about us

Soooo, we did it! Our first blog challenge-Here it is!

BTW, the picture above is the Glam Squad for the Cheatin’ video. From left to right- Colleen Runne (makeup), Sara, KK (wardrobe), Kim Clo (hair)

I made a questionnaire that we both filled out. And I added extra questions so it is even more than 20. I know, we rock!

1. What is your middle name? LINN
2. What is your favorite drink? COKE ZERO
3. What is your favorite song at the moment? NOT THE ONLY ONE- Sam Smith
4. What is your favorite food?: Zoe’s chicken salad.
5. What is the last thing you bought?: OUTDOOR LIGHTS FOR OUR SIDE PORCH
6. Favorite book of all time? HUNGER GAMES (the first one)
7. Favorite Color? LIGHT BLUE
8. Do you have any pets? A MALTIPOO NAMED ROMAN
9. Favorite Perfume? KAI
11. Are you married? YES
12. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times? YES- probably 20 times
13. Do you speak any other language? NO
14. How many siblings do you have? 6
15. What is your favorite store? H&M
16. Favorite restaurant? Five in Birmingham AL
17. When was the last time you cried? This morning when I watched Parenthood.
19. Favorite Movie? Divine Secrets of the Yaya Sisterhood.
20. Favorite TV show? Parenthood
21. PC or Mac? MAC
22. What phone do you have? IPhone 6 plus
23. How tall are you? 5’8
24. Can you cook? YES! IT’s MY PASSION!

1. What is your middle name? Kaelin
2. What is your favorite drink? Leese Fitch Cabernet or diet coke with lime
3. What is your favorite song at the moment? Ed Sheeran: thinking out loud
4. What is your favorite food? Greasy burger and fries
5. What is the last thing you bought? Spinach and Kefir
6. Favorite book of all time? The help
7. Favorite Color? I truly love so many colors. Black and white together are my favorite!
8. Do you have any pets? I still hope our cat Bailey is alive somewhere
11. Are you married? Yup, for almost 14 years
12. Have you ever been out of the country? Oh yes! Lots of times. Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Australia.
13. Do you speak any other language? Hablo español!
14. How many siblings do you have?: I have two older brothers and an older sister!
15. What is your favorite store?: TJ Maxx
16. Favorite restaurant? Calypso Cafe
17. When was the last time you cried?: Last night while watching Parenthood, that show gets me every time.
18. Favorite Blog? So many are so great but I love the
19. Favorite Movie? Forrest Gump (but honestly, how can you choose just one)
20. Favorite TV show? Presently Parenthood
21. PC or Mac? Reluctantly I have a Mac
22. What phone do you have? iPhone 5
23. How tall are you?: 5’9
24. Can you cook? I’m sure I could if I tried.

Anything else you need to know?




Here we are, already 20 days into 2015… It seems the more you try to slow down and savor life, the faster time flies! Why is that?!?!

But alas… Time went by so fast that we didn’t have the chance to welcome you all to a new year over here on our blog. Better late than never! Welcome to 2015 with all of its maybes, what ifs, and hopes!

We thought to start the new year, even a tad late, we needed some motivation. Though the blog is one of our passions, it seems to get pushed aside by… Life! We found a 31 Day Blog Challenge over on Pinterest (arealfineplace) and thought we could try that for some inspiration. We changed our challenge to a 31 Blog post challenge because let’s just be realistic, the every day part is just plain scary!

This post counts as the Introduction!


Hi, we are the A Real Fine Place blog… Nice to meet you!



Sara and Kaelin


More happiness in Giving

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‘Tis the season to be thinking of gifts! So in the truest sense of giving, I decided to collaborate with Thistle Farms this holiday season to provide gifts that keep on giving!

Thistle Farms is a beautiful place (social enterprise) that is run by the women of Magdalene. Magdalene is a residential program for women who have survived lives of prostitution, trafficking, addiction and life on the streets. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women by whom they were made. It was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens. On a personal note, I have witnessed throughout the years all of the dedication that Becca has given this cause. I met her when I first started writing songs with her husband Marcus Hummon, who is an amazing songwriter! We wrote so many songs together, including Born to Fly, however I think Rocking Horse fits this occasion perfectly.

And it was something magic out of something frightening
That’s how I live my life,
I take it as it comes
And I find the hidden love

They are salt of the earth people and I am happy to share their gifts with you all. Go and give and be Merry!

Sara Evans’ Holiday Healing Basket: $45 plus tax

Holiday Candle
Holiday Bath Salts
Individual Healing Oil
Lip Balm
packaged together in beautiful eco-friendly Love Heals brown bag and ribbon
*note: scents will vary


Sara Evans’ Holiday Tea Gift Package: $100 plus tax

Thermos & Tea Survival Kit
Thistle Farmer Mug
Becca Stevens’ The Way of Tea & Justice Book
Thistle Star Book Ornament
Gift Certificate to Thistle Stop Cafe *note: must be used at the Thistle Stop Cafe in Nashville, TN
package together in beautifully wrapped basket and ribbon


Merry (early) Christmas, and shop ’til you drop!


A Thistle Farmer


I found a goldfish in my bra.


Yep! The title about sums up my day. I was awakened at 1:20am pacific time in Reno, NV, by Milly yelling for “Momma!” I was so delirious from exhaustion, and the always-changing environment while on the road, that I could hardly find my way to her. When you’re out of your element, it’s sometimes hard to recollect in the middle of the night where you put your daughter down to sleep. Side note: the cribs that hotels provide are rather scary. It’s a metal crib that was rather small and cage-like. So, I finally find Milly tucked away in a corner of the suite. (I stole Sara’s suite so as to have more space for the kid… they always give her the best room!) Milly is actually a great sleeper, but she had a nasty cold and needed more attention, thus the mid-night waking. I couldn’t do the normal M.O. of putting “mommy” ( she calls her pacifier “mommy”- don’t ask) back in her mouth and then laying her back down. Nope, this time she refused to get back into her metal cage (argh!). I tried rocking, nursing, and caressing, etc., etc.

The next thing I remember hearing was Matt’s alarm going off, him hitting snooze, then mine, and me hitting snooze. It was 4:55am. I hear Matt shower, and then I realize that, in order to have time for a Starbucks run, I need to get going. It’s amazing how time flies for an early morning flight. Plus, the “ride” we had booked was messed up, and so we had to hail a taxi. This taxi really was stereotypically stinky. Somehow in the scramble we lose a “mommy.” It could have been the gale force winds that suddenly appeared outside our hotel at 5:00am (I literally struggled to open a car door, and it was a sliding door) that ripped the thing from her grasp, but most likely it was the casual way she throws the thing from her mouth when she is done with it, not realizing, in her 19 months of life experience that not all the important things you drop will just somehow magically return to you. Either way, I suddenly realize we don’t have a pacifier to help us through this 8 hour day of traveling back to Nashville. Well, that’s when I lost it. I quickly inform Matt that he is not to say anything to me… or even speak at all. I blamed him. At one point in history, we had 5 “mommies”, and now we had 0. With tears streaming down my face we check in for our American Airlines flight. I was told they aren’t allowed to enter my TSA Precheck number (lies, I tell you) so, alas, I have to take my shoes off and walk barefoot across a nasty cold floor (why do I never remember socks?), picking up God knows what through my feet. I thought, ‘Does Ebola transmit through feet?’ I have learned a few tricks when it comes to getting through security. Although you are allowed to take a sippy cup of water, juice, etc, do not do this. Instead bring an empty sippy cup and fill it up on the other side. This way the TSA doesn’t have to “test” the liquid. Also, if your child can walk, have them walk through the metal detector on their own. This way they do not have to test the parent’s hands. These small things can save 15-20 minutes when it’s all said and done. Update- at this point, Milly still has no “mommy”, which she has asked for at least 10 times.

Fast forward to us being finally boarded on plane. I’m still crying. I reach in my diaper bag for Burt’s bees and pull out the “mommy.” More tears of joy! And then I sob into my lap for awhile. I really think it’s pure exhaustion at this point. (My husband would like me to add to this story the fact that he was all along urging me to check the diaper bag to see if there was another “mommy” inside.)

I know, I know… still not to the punch line. I will swiftly summarize the rest. On the first leg of the trip, Milly did great. She even fell asleep the last 45 minutes of the flight. Our neighbors, God love ‘em, had an 18 month old that wailed that last 45 minutes. I’m talking full on scream as though you’re getting your head chopped off. It was awful! Get the coinciding? I felt for them, I really did. But what do you do? We landed in Dallas. Flight delayed in Dallas. We rode the tram for 20 minutes to the gate they told us to go to. They switched the gates. We rode another 20 minutes back to the gate the was only TWO GATES down from our arrival gate. Finally, we board the plane, the plane takes off, and we eventually arrive in Nashville. (We would like to give a shout out and a HUGE Thank You to the three extremely kind gentlemen who sat directly behind us. They were way more than extremely accommodating with Milly, who turned around and stood up practically the entire flight. They played with her, laughed with her, and entertained her like she was their own! Thank you! You made the flight so much more enjoyable.)

So, here it is, the punchline you’ve all been waiting for… While putting Milly to bed, I go to nurse her and feel a hard object just laying at the bottom of my sports bra (I wore my jammies all day, don’t judge!). At first, I freaked out. Let me also mention that upon arrival to our house, after 9 days gone, I found larva living in a banana that I forgot to toss, and then a spider tried to make its way into my house (he no longer lives, so take that as a warning, you other spiders). I assumed that the object in my bra was something just as terrifying. After my heart rate calmed, I discovered the harmless, hapless goldfish, and promptly tossed it into my mouth. I put my kid down to bed and plopped myself onto the couch for some good ole TV time. We made it home safe and… well, on the way to being sound again.

Have you ever had a day like this? Please share with me!

I have a good friend that is penning a description of her “fun” day as a guest post…stay tuned!


“A LITTLE slowMEdown TIME” Giveaway

We are very excited to announce our first giveaway on our blog!!! And I must say it’s a fabulous collection of our favorite things. Sing it with me- “these are a few of my favorite things”.

Since it is our first giveaway it needed to be pretty special and meaningful. We could use a little relaxation and we thought maybe y’all could too. This is for all you hard working people out there that could use a BREAK! A little time for yourself to open a bottle of our favorite Leese-Fitch wine, lather up with my favorite scent from kai and put some awesome Bose Freestyle Earbuds in and listen to my CD! (Ahem! I know that’s the best part) You, too, will be in a real fine place! Enjoy!

Much love,

Sara and KK


Hannah Momtana (spelled correctly)

Hello my name is Jet Setter. Have we met?

This week I have taken on a new persona, one that goes from my baby girl’s 10th birthday party to video shoot (’s for my new single “Put My Heart Down”) to LA for show and finally a redeye to Orlando, FL, for a weekend at Disney with the kiddos. Oops, was that a run on sentence? I am too tired for punctuation. Although, I will say that one of my favorite pastimes is to peruse Facebook for all the grammatical errors. The lack of punctuation can always put a smile on my face, even when I am jet-lagged!

Here is a sneak peak at the glam for the video shoot! Enjoy!



Hair we are again!

So, it looks like we have been gone a long while from our friends here at the blog! All I can say is that the dog ate our homework, we overslept and we got stuck in a major traffic. We are back now and more chic than ever! Our apologies…
Good bye long locks, Hello short and chic!
Not too short though, “just right” as Goldilocks would say. One of my favorite things is when I hear Sara say the words: “I think I need to change up my hair!” Oh yeah! Let the creativity run free. I wanted something edgy but she still needed a pony tail…. Voilà- “the long bob”, “the medium”, or “the lob”! Whatever you call it…it Rocks!Check out our different looks so far!

Friday Finds- Gladiator Sandals for Kids

You may have all watched the webisode this past Wednesday where I took Audrey with me to the CMT Awards. I took Olivia before so it was Audrey’s turn! Here is the webisode if you haven’t seen it!


Sooo, hopefully you noticed how chic and stylish Audrey looked. If you would like to style your child after mine…check it out!



Gladiator Kids


Thank you for the blog shout out. I thought you all might enjoy seeing more of the pictures from the album photo shoot! Plus you can read all about what Sara would be doing if she wasn’t such an awesome singer.


Click on this link to read the article!