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!



Friday Finds- Happy July 4th!

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Friday Finds


Happy Friday!

We find so many great things in our travels and whimsy that we wanted to share them with y’all! So,we have created Friday Finds to share what we find.

There are many perks to being a “celebrity” and one of them is getting free stuff. I know, I know…it isn’t fair. The ones that can afford it, get it for free, etc. etc. Believe me (this is Kaelin speaking) I have bemoaned this many a time. Let’s take for instance this “Friday Find” we will be sharing with you today. We were contacted by this T-shirt company, and they wanted to send Sara (yep, just Sara) some tees to try out. So, I picked out the ones she would like and they sent her some. As much as I was like, “Hey! I would love a tee” …um, nada! And then they arrived and I was like: “Hey, these are really cute! And the fabric is dreamy.” (Now I really wanted one) I reluctantly gave them up to their proper giftee, but on the inside I was hoping they would look like CRAP on her. (Sara has always said she isn’t a t-shirt girl) Alas they were adorable…all of them. They have the sweetest little sayings and great colors. What I think I like about the tees most is that the fabric doesn’t fall straight in the front, but rather is a bit clingy in all the right places. They are down right flattering!

Check them out, just click on the picture below.



Here’s to finding more great finds!


Sara and KK


Moving DAY!

Well, today is a bittersweet day. We are moving from the home that Jay and I started our family together. We have been there six years. Our children felt like babies when we moved into this home and now they are definitely teenagers. My, how the time flies! I know I will have to take one last look so you all might as well take it with me!

Goodbye 11 Elm Street! We will miss you but take all the memories with us!




Happy Father’s Day!

I have been married to the man of my dreams for 6 years now! Together we have 7 children! Yes….7

I have 3 kids, a boy 14, and 2 girls 11 & 9. My husband, Jay, has 4 children. 3 boys 15, 14, and 12, and a girl 12. But we see all 7 of them as OURS!

We are a very busy family with 6 of the 7 kids playing sports and they are all involved in extracurricular activities.
I have never known another man who can handle the things Jay handles and juggle everything that he juggles! He can take all 7 kids to dinner and to an Alabama Football game and not bat an eye! He works SO hard for us and is always there for all 7 kids and me! He coaches them, attends their games, supports them in every way. He teaches them about God and His Word. He is strong in discipline, but also so loving and is quick to give praise when it’s deserved. He teaches our boys what it means to be a man, and showers our girls with compliments and protection!
He is truly the best father I’ve ever known.

I hope so many other women are giving the same praise to their hubbies this Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day and God Bless!




Life as a Mom

I meant to post this on Mother’s Day, however “life as a Mom” wouldn’t permit. Enjoy!


Born to Fly

On stage, singing, holding my son, Avery! I think this is Born to Fly time.


Here I am with my Mom, stepdad, Melvin and I am holding my youngest, Audrey. This was taken right after my first Dancing with the Stars show!

These are all from the Stronger video shoot. I love having the kids around!

Taylor Swift! red carpet

Jay and I with all of our kids and my nieces are on the red carpet for the Hannah Montana movie. We, of course, had to get a picture with Taylor Swift. We also have one with Miley Cyrus but I couldn’t locate it.


Here are my girls dancing backstage while I am performing.

I thank God every day that I get to be a Momma! I simply could not ask for more!


God Bless,







Ranch and Mushroom Chicken Thighs

Ranch and Mushroom Chicken Thighs

Makes: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes



8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1½ tablespoons Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup chicken broth
¼ cup Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


1. Season the chicken thighs evenly with the Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix.

2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil over high heat. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook undisturbed until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip over and cook another 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

3. Turn heat down to medium, and add the mushrooms. Saute until mushrooms are slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes. If the bottom of the pan looks as if it might start to burn, stir in a tablespoon or two of water.

4. Add chicken thighs back into the pot, and pour in the chicken broth. Bring liquid to a boil, then cover, turn heat down to low, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove cover, stir in ranch dressing, and simmer for another 5 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and liquid has slightly reduced. Garnish with parsley and serve.


Photo Cred: yahoo

Hi everyone! This is KK. You wanna know something about me? Ok. Good!
I used to sing all the time. And when I say all the time, I mean ALL the time. I was obsessed with Bette Midler, and was determined to be a singer. My big moment came when at our D.A.R.E. graduation, I was asked (or, I happily volunteered) to sing “Wind Beneath My Wings” while the horrible tragedy of drug use was played out before the audience. I had extraordinary confidence at such a young age, despite the red hair and freckles, but for this performance I was NERVOUS. The dramatic skit was supposed to last the entire song, so I figured that at least it would be my companion during my performance. Well, the actors decided the duration of the song was too long and were completely done by the end of the first chorus… darn! I was left to finish out the song with all eyes on me. And during the bridge of the song, the banner started falling off the wall behind me. (Is anyone thinking, ‘That sounds like a scene out of the movie Carrie?) I was doomed from the start. I actually do have video of this but I am not sure how to convert it from VHS. I even bought a TV/VHS player combo from goodwill. Maybe this will be shared in a future post, or maybe not.
To this day my friends swear that I used to sing on the lunch tables. It is funny how legends get started. Nope! It was just the one song, just the one time, and it was not on the lunch table. It is nice to have this Blog to set the record straight. You may be wondering how this applies to my collaborator, the Sara Evans…
Well, it doesn’t. I wanted to share a story about me. But how is this for a segway… Singing wasn’t the talent that God bestowed upon me, but I do know someone who does have that talent.
Sara’s new album, Slow Me Down, is in stores now! In one word… addictive. I “can’t stop” listening. My favorite song at the moment is Sara’s cover of the Gavin DeGraw song “Not Over You”! We recently did a Yahoo Music special and here are the video and pics from the day. Enjoy!


Side note… Billie McClaran, the one singing the part of Mr. Degraw, also has his own band. Oh, one more thing. Here’s a link to Billie’s band’s album. (Be sure to check out Powder Keg, a tune co-written by Billie and my hubby)


I’ll be writing more about the new album in future posts. But suffice it to say that I think (and I hope) you’ll check it out and fall in love with it too. Sara really poured her heart and soul into it, and it really shows! I’m really proud of her, as I always am. : )

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