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Living Room / Dining / Kitchen {HOUSE TOUR}

Well, the time has come.  We are preparing to list our home of almost 18 years for sale.  While I'm excited for what's to come, I still LOVE this house.  It has been just perfect from day one for our family.  And I'm 100% confident it will be just perfect for the next family to come.

Today I'm giving  a tour of the heart of our home - the living room, dining and kitchen.  I've previously shared the master bedroom and bathroom.  You can see them by clicking on the links below.

Master Bedroom

Bathroom / Laundry

Welcome to our home. 

The rooms are surprisingly spacious and are now more of an open concept since we removed the doorway between the two and opened up the adjoining wall as much as possible.  When we moved in, the living room and dining area had OFF-WHITE carpet.  I lived trying to keep OFF-WHITE CARPET clean for 15 YEARS before we were able to put hardwood flooring throughout.  15 YEARS of cleaning up dirty footprints, spilt drinks, kid's puke and Mastiff doggy drool.  Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my new hand-scraped hardwood floors?

The popcorn ceilings have been removed in each room.  Every piece of 1980's thin, brown trim and doors have been replaced throughout the house and painted a fresh, bright color of white.

You can't tell from the bright sun, but the living room windows have pretty custom wood blinds.

The hallway features old photos of the kids to embarrass them as they grow older.

The dining area in the kitchen has room for the gigantic farm table I insisted I wanted, even though a nice round pedestal table might have been a better choice.  There is even room to add the table leaves when we have family get-togethers.

We added the window bench for extra seating and storage.

And then there's the kitchen.  It's the only room we never really touched over the years other than replacing the brick-patterned vinyl with hardwood.  We replaced the dishwasher a couple of years back, too.

The "old-fashioned oven" (as named by one of our daughter's friends) must be part Energizer Bunny because it just keeps on going and going like it's brand new.

For additional storage and extra counter space, we have this rolling butcher block island in the kitchen.  Our neighbor custom made to perfectly fit in the kitchen.  When we need more room in the kitchen, we just roll it to the garage.   

It's not extra fancy but it's been more than adequate for our family over the years.  Now it's time to pass it on to another family.  House listing coming in the next few weeks.  I'll share more rooms in our home here soon.  Thanks for joining me on my little home tour.

 

 

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Sauteed Apples {COOKING WITH CHRISTY B}

Fall is officially upon us.  While I'm 100% a warm weather fan, I enjoy the slight chill in the air and wrapping up in cozy sweaters (for about a month).  Fall, to me, screams comfort food like pumpkin bread, potato soup and these sauteed apples.  This recipe is super quick and easy to make and is perfect for those homemade family Sunday dinners.  You can find the recipe HERE.  Happy fall!

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Lauren Alexandra Holiday Photos {2016}

Christy B Photography will once again be at Lauren Alexandra World for holiday photo quick-takes this year.  Simply make a $100 purchase at Lauren Alexandra now through October 22nd, and sign up for a 15-minute photo time slot.  Hurry, openings fill up fast!

After the photo sessions on October 22, images from the day will be posted online for viewing.  Various print packages, digital file options and custom holiday card designs will be available for purchase.    

Thank you to the Moore family for modeling for this year's set!

Lauren Alexandra World, 322 W. 63rd, Kansas City, MO 64113   816.822.2539

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Holiday Mini Sessions {2016}

Even though it's only the 2nd week of October, it's time to start thinking about holiday photos and Christmas cards!  Christy B Photography will be holding holiday mini sessions in-studio October 27 through November 20, 2016.  For those that don't need a full photo session or prefer a holiday set-up for Christmas cards, holiday minis are a perfect option.  Limited weekday, evening and weekend appointments available.

Set design shown below will be arranged to suit families and children, as needed.

Booking for the holiday minis now open.  Due to the limited availability, openings will fill up fast.  CONTACT US now to book your time slot before they are gone.  $50 of the package fee due at time of booking to hold your session time.  Let's get this holiday season started!

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Powder Fight {Holden Homecoming Photoshoot 2016}

Last week was homecoming week for the Holden Eagles.  To add a little extra hype to the week, we coordinated a homecoming inspired photoshoot complete with homemade sugar cookies, piggie back races and a color powder fight.  The final product was a ton of super fun images to share with you now.  

Thank you to everyone that participated!  I hope you had as much fun as I did and that these photos will always remind you of the fun of your high school homecoming week.

First off, a little video of the photoshoot.  (press play)

Here are just a few of my fav images.

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Let's Celebrate HHS Homecoming Week | {PHOTOSHOOT OPPORTUNITY}

Holden, let's celebrate your homecoming week with a unique photoshoot opportunity.  We've done this in Pleasant Hill for the past 2 years and now I want to offer it to you!  We will be offering a complimentary photoshoot for any HHS students that would like to participate in our special homecoming themed shoot featuring a royal blue powder fight.  This is your opportunity to see what a photoshoot with Christy B Photography is all about.  And the best part, you can experience it with your friends!

The photoshoot will be held in Holden Sunday, September 18th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  The theme is perfect for both guys and girls.  I promise, it will be a blast and you might just end up extremely blue.  For anyone interested, CONTACT CHRISTY B by Monday, September 12th.  Photos from the shoot will be featured here on the blog and on social media throughout homecoming week.  Be sure you are following ChristyB everywhere.  Different images will appear on each social media outlet.

INSTAGRAM         FACEBOOK        TWITTER        SNAPCHAT: thechristy

I hope to meet you on the 18th for a super fun time kicking off the beginning of HHS homecoming week 2016!

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Let's Celebrate PHHS Homecoming Week | {PHOTOSHOOT OPPORTUNITY}

After the success of last year's homecoming photoshoot (view HERE), we are making this an annual event!  One time each year we will be offering a complimentary photoshoot for any PHHS students that would like to participate in our special purple & gold homecoming themed shoot.  This is your opportunity to see what a photoshoot with Christy B Photography is all about.  And the best part, you can experience it with your friends!

This year's photoshoot will be held Sunday, September 4th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.  The theme is perfect for both guys and girls.  I promise, it will be a blast and you might just end up extremely purple and gold.  For anyone interested, CONTACT CHRISTY B by Thursday, September 1st.  Photos from the shoot will be featured here on the blog and on social media throughout homecoming week next week.  Be sure you are following ChristyB everywhere.  Different images will appear on each social media outlet.

INSTAGRAM         FACEBOOK        TWITTER        SNAPCHAT: thechristyB

Disclaimer:  Make sure you are not contracted as a rep for another photography studio if you would like to participate.  Doing so may be a breach of contract with your photographer.

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County Fair | {2017 ChristyB Seniors}

The Cass County Fair wrapped up this past weekend which is always a fun time in our little town of Pleasant Hill. This year we took advantage of the action and held our first concept shoot with our 2017 ChristyB seniors.  The rain held off just long enough for us to capture some adorably fun images with the four ChristyB seniors that could join us.  They had fun riding rides, taking selfies and indulging in fair treats.  I had fun photographing them as brand new high school seniors enjoying the summer before their big year.  

Concept shoots are open to any ChristyB senior that would like to participate.  Anyone wishing to join in our next concept shoot in August can sign up to become a ChristyB senior HERE.  Simply choose which session type you are interested in and sign up (you can hold your actual senior session at anytime during your senior year).  Then you'll receive information about our upcoming homecoming concept shoot, as well as become eligible for ChristyB to photograph you in your sports & other school activities throughout your senior year at no extra cost.  Our homecoming shoot is going to be out-of-the-box F-U-N.  I can't wait!  Sign up and join the #notbasic crowd.

Now onto the final product of our "Country Fair" photoshoot.  Enjoy!  

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