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The name is Bower.  Katie Bower.  And I married that goodlookin’ studmuffin.  He’s Jeremy.  We are just a couple of young-ish sleep deprived parents to three boys that live outside of Atlanta who decided to write about this crazy adventure called life.  Sounds exciting, right?  Yeah.  It didn’t to us either.

You may be wondering about how we came to be bloggers.  Well, I am a 31 year old former homeschooler who has a love for decor, entertaining, jokes and photography.  Jeremy (who I affectionately call my boyfriend) is a preacher’s kid who can’t get enough power tools, mountain biking, fantasy football, and well, me :)   And after we got hitched, bought a house, and started renovating, a blog seemed like the best way to catalog our transformations and update our family without actually picking up a phone or breaking out the stationary.  Plus it helped me get the millions of thoughts out of my head without yappin’ Jeremy’s ear off.  Along the way, we started adding tidbits of just about everything to this here site…especially when it came to our passions.

Speaking of passions, we would be remiss to leave out our favorite pasttime…raising three little boys named Will and Weston and LJ.  Yeah, we know.  The little one doesn’t have a W name.  Those are a hard act to follow.  And that Will Bower sounds like Will Power.  It could be worse…his name could be Katie Jr.  but we decided to name the kid after his father.  Don’t worry – that would be Jeremy’s first name.  Let’s not get awkward.

Will was added to our crew in April 2010 and he’s a bundle of four year old energy.  His favorite thing in the world is any time he gets to ‘help’ with a project…especially if it can be messy (aka dirt under the fingernails, paint on clothes, etc.).  In November of 2012, Weston joined us and literally is all boy and pure joy.  He constantly is getting into mischief, loves to dance and play with Will, and we call him Munchkin (Munchie for short).  Our newest addition is Leonard Judah (we call him LJ) and so far we know that he’s a cuddly little guy who possesses the most kissable lips and puts a big smile on his big brothers’ faces.  So that rounds out my house of testosterone.  Yeah…I guess I have enough estrogen to balance things out.  We love knowing that our sons are going to be raised in a home that adores home improvement, eating the other white meat, and television almost as much as we love Jesus.

We are excited to unfold this life and we are thrilled that we can share it with you.  So we invite you to follow along as we catalog our journey in changing our home, having kids, photography, eating artery cloggin’ food and kicking back with friends and family.

For some past glimpses into our lives, here are some ole’ goodies:

Letter to my Boyfriend

Will’s Very Own Page

Wedding Week Intro

Wedding Week Paper Trail

Wedding Week The Bridal Look

Wedding Week It’s Ceremonial!

Wedding Week Confessions of a Reception

Wedding Week FAQ

Wedding Week II – Before the I do’s

Wedding Week II – After the I do’s

Wedding Week II – Q&A with the Bowers (video)

Wedding Week II – The Present Time

Wedding Week II – I’m Trippin

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  1. June 10, 2010

    Katie i am convinced y’all blog is my “Soul” blog…thanks for existing lol

  2. Katie permalink
    June 11, 2010

    Y’all are too cute. I have followed your blog for quiet some time and this “About Us” section described your site to a T!

  3. June 11, 2010

    yay for the new site – love the Bower Power!

  4. June 13, 2010

    Oh my gosh. We were there for that photo! In fact John demands a photo credit. He’s a diva that way. Kidding. But let’s reminisce about Nashvegas for just a moment. Good times. We’ll have to bring the lovebirds (aka Will & Clara) back there someday and show them how cool their parents can be.

    xo,
    s (& j)

  5. June 13, 2010

    You guys are too cute! Love the pic. :)

  6. June 16, 2010

    I have been trying to contact you forever but I dont think my comments are going through…I love your blog and actually work for Black & Decker/DeWALT. Needless to say we have a lot in common, email me!

  7. June 21, 2010

    I just had to let you know how much I LOVE your blog. We seem to have the same sense of humor and since I consider myself hysterical, I of course consider you even more hysterical!! I just have to tell you my husband and I went to target tonight and I got the same bookcase that you have in your living room. On the way home I said to him, Katie has this bookshelf (yes we’re on a first name basis….I’m Sarah by the way). He looked at me a little cockeyed and said Katie who? I said Katie Bower DUH!!!! He just shook his head (which is normal for him when answering me!!). Anyway, I just wanted to share that little story with you. I love your style and we’re in the middle of redoing our living and dining rooms so I’ve been scouting out your source lists quite a bit!!

    Sarah

  8. Melisa permalink
    July 13, 2010

    Hi Katie,

    I just moved to the Atlanta area. (Peachtree City actually. It’s South of the City) Anyway, I’m trying to find some really great thrift stores. I know you live in the area and was wondering if you could make any suggestions. Please say you know of some!

    Melisa

  9. March 17, 2011

    Your blog is amazing… I just read soe of your baby blogs… and I do believe we have the same name (Katie Elizabeth) Small world…
    Your blog and baby are both adorable! Cant wait to read more…

    From one Katie to another…

  10. Kate B. permalink
    March 23, 2011

    What do you mean homeschooled? Did you or Jeremy go to college? What does Jeremy do?

    • March 23, 2011

      Interesting questions.
      Homeschooled as in schooled at home. by my mom. for most of high school.
      Yes, we both went to college and Jeremy works for Equifax.
      xo – kb

  11. Kate Perry permalink
    March 29, 2011

    Dear Katie,
    I just wanted to say “Hi!” from the other side of ‘the pond’…..I came across your blog via the youngsters, and have to admit to reading nearly all of the archives on both sites!!
    Definitely MY distraction when I should be doing other stuff.
    (I’m not really a creepy stalker, just a compulsive reader. Hmmm – still sounding crazeee!)

    I love following both you and Sherry and can totally relate to what’s going on in your lives…… many a tear of laughter and empathy have been shed.
    I nannied in Roswell, GA when I had just graduated from college and loved the area – I so remember Target – I’d NEVER seen anything like it back home in the UK at the time. The only downside is we don’t have the stores that you frequently mention – I want Pottery Barn!!

    My hubby, daughter and I moved into our new home last year, and whilst we have done many things, we still have a VERY long way to go, and many more trips to Ikea to face.
    I shall keep on reading – SO loving the hints and ideas; you’re making me look at my belongings in a totally new way.

    Keep on going, you’re doing a fab job and good luck with the photography. Your pictures are stunning.

    Kindest regards,

    Kate xx

  12. Kirstin permalink
    April 6, 2011

    Katie, I just love to read your blog and when I saw this…

    http://www.parentsconnect.com/parenting-boards/bacon-bash

    I thought of you :)

  13. April 8, 2011

    I want to say “you had me at hello” but you didn’t say hello. So you had me at “the”. Okay, so you had me after I read your cute intro. Either way, glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’ll be reading!

  14. April 8, 2011

    O.K.– It’s a small world.
    I live currently in Gwinnett County. I went to college in Nashville (Lipscomb). I just stumbled upon your blog through the YoungHouseLove blog which I started reading about a month ago (and I LOVE!!). I also love Jesus, TV, and pork :-) .

  15. April 19, 2011

    I have followed your blog for a while now and I just have to say that you help me live my life as a momma! So many blogs make me feel bad for not being perfect. We probably watch too much TV according to some specialist, we love to dream big for our home decorating, but have many flops or have a long way to go and we love Jesus with all of our being. Ultimately that is what makes me comfortable with not being perfect, but it is refreshing to find your blog that can remind me of that. I love getting up in the morning (after my devotional time—if I wake up before my kids–ok, that rarely happens–the waking up early part) and checking your blog. Thanks for your honesty, your humor and your faith.

    Blessings!

  16. Kate permalink
    May 6, 2011

    You’re great. You write the jokes I make in my head. Our daughter’s name is Georgia and you live in ATL, so I figure there’s some sort of connection there (not creepy). I bet you have a sweet accent, too.

  17. Caroline permalink
    May 27, 2011

    Hi
    I found your blog when I was looking at Nate Berkus page, and House Proud. I was looking for inspiration and your dining area and stairway was just amazing. After looking around on different pages for a while I just said: that’s it! I have a question: did you paint the steps on the stairs?

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    / Caroline ” the swedish girl”

  18. Lesley permalink
    June 6, 2011

    Hi Katie,

    I’m anti-baby, but my 28 year old self decided that if I could have a baby as cute as yours, I’m in :) Thanks for an awesome blog!

  19. Sarah permalink
    June 15, 2011

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog (and style). I am moving to ATL in the very near future and was wondering what/where your favorite thrift stores are!
    Thanks

  20. July 8, 2011

    I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I love it so much! It was funny to find out that you live in Gwinnett county, as do I. I will definitely continue following your posts! Have a good summer! :)

  21. July 10, 2011

    Hi Katie, I love the accent walls in Will’s original nursery. I was searching your blog for more info (tutorial) about the wood pallet wall, but I cannot find. If you have a tutorial or a post dedicated to this super cute feature, will you please send me the link.

    Many many thanks,
    Stephanie

  22. Kate Robertson permalink
    July 15, 2011

    Katie,
    have been following you for a while. Your Will is a little younger than mine. I know that you have a strong faith and I think this family could use your (and your communities) prayers, I found this blog and these beautiful photos through an Aussie, home for me, blog I follow. http://www.fotolanthropy.com/?p=99
    Kate

    • Whitney permalink
      July 13, 2012

      I worked at a summer camp with the girl who started that blog. She is beautiful and wonderful along with her passion and business! So cool!! Ya’ll would get along great! Small world.

  23. Elizabeth permalink
    August 4, 2011

    Katie – you do not look a day over 21 my jaw dropped when I read 30!

  24. August 13, 2011

    Katie,
    My sister referred me to your blog a little over a year ago and I love reading about you, your family and home improvements. I’m a 31 year old Massachusetts public school teacher who, with my husband, just bought a fixer upper home in March and had our first baby, a girl, Sloane, June 8….needless to say, it is crazy doing it all at the same time, but, like your Jeremy, my husband is handy and is doing a lot of the work himself. I love Country Living, Pottery Barn and Bower Power for inspiration. Look forward to reading and seeing more!

  25. Courtney permalink
    August 15, 2011

    Hi Katie,
    What steps did you use to spray paint the easter eggs for will’s party? What spray paint did you use and how did you hold them up to dry?

    • August 15, 2011

      I just broke them in half and then laid them all flat on a drop cloth and sprayed away. I think I used just regular ole sticks-to-plastic type spraypaint…in white. Nothing too fancy. I didn’t spray the inside because I figured the colors wouldn’t show.
      xo – kb

  26. Ashley L permalink
    August 31, 2011

    I just want to say I’m a HUUUGE fan of your blog! It makes me want to start one so bad (I’m a copy cat like that) but I wouldn’t even know where to start. Keep it up, I love coming to your site every day! :)

  27. Lindsay permalink
    September 22, 2011

    What does Jeremy do for a living? I saw on another post that he works from home, but obviously makes a great living. I’m a junior in college and am trying to decide on a degree…I’d love to be able to work from home. ;)

    • September 22, 2011

      Jeremy works in sales. And when I say works, I mean WORKS. And his job does pay most of the bills but the blog income definitely helps.
      I think we would both recommend that you have to look at what you are good at but also what you are willing to suffer through when it comes to a job…because every job can have it’s down moments, it’s sacrifices. Good luck in deciding!
      xo – kb

  28. jessica permalink
    September 23, 2011

    your photos are too edited! you guys are such a great family. you make the whites (teeth, eyes) TOO WHITE!

    • September 25, 2011

      Thanks for your concern jessica – I’ll have to lay off the teeth bleach…because these eyes and teeth aren’t photoshopped to be white :) I did boost the contrast so maybe that was the reason combined with my oral whitening strips….
      xo – kb

      • Jessica permalink
        October 26, 2011

        Agh! I Meant that to come off more constructive than critical, yikes. Sorry. I guess it likely is the contrast. Or web sharpening? Regardless, will is super cute!!

        • October 26, 2011

          Aww thanks. And I do love me some contrast…II guess it just goes to show how great this adventure of photography can be, huh? Our styles can be different and still be beautiful :)
          xo – kb

  29. Rosemary Hawver permalink
    September 25, 2011

    I’m become more and more concerned about your use of the word “redneck”. According to the dictionary the definition of a redneck is: “sometimes disparaging; a white member of the Southern laboring class.” The term originated because the result of laboring at jobs outside in the sun, often with heads down, left the workers with a red neck. First of all, I don’t think you would disparage anyone on purpose, especially someone who works at difficult jobs outside to provide some of the things we take for granted. These are the people who frame our houses, pur concrete for our driveways, lay brick on our homes and who roof our buildings. They also build our business, provide us with local fresh fruit, nuts and produce, cut and deliver our firewood, construct our highways and keep them repaired., etc., etc., etc.

    I know in my hearr that you did not intend to disparage or poke fun of anyone who works hard outdoors; I’m writing only to give you some information that I don’t believe you have.

    I’m one of your readers who is old enought to be your mother and I’m telling you this in a loving way, so that you can be informed. Please think carefully before you again use this word that verges on being slur. It’s truly possible that some of your readers have husbands who earn a red neck working for a living.

    • September 25, 2011

      Thanks Rosemary…and in my area, it’s not a bad thing to be a redneck. Is it where you live? And I have family members who have ‘red necks’ from working…we are just all thankful we have jobs to get our necks red. I appreciate your info – but it must be one of those things…to each his own, right?!
      xo – kb

  30. September 26, 2011

    Hi Kate,

    I was wondering if you could give me an advice of which areas of Atlanta are great for living.
    I have a long time reading your blog and there is a big possibility that my husband has a job at ATL and we are looking for a house, so I think you probably can help us!

    At this moment we are staying for 3 weeks in Hershey, PA.

    Thank you so much!

    • September 26, 2011

      There are so many great areas that I don’t think I could narrow it down if I tried. With such a diverse range in prices and sizes and school districts, OTP vs ITP, I would definitely recommend looking at the school district of a particular home (it always helps drive the stability in price) and also the commute time (take the normal drive time and then double it for traffic). Some people think that the commute time isnt as important which allows them to have more home farther from the city. Its all according to what your particular family needs!
      xo – kb

  31. November 3, 2011

    Katie,

    At the risk of sounding stalker-ish… I have just found your blog through YHL, and I am so enjoying reading about your sweet family. My husband and I are also Southerners (NC,) married in 2007, raising our firstborn baby boy- born September ’10, and boy do we ever love Jesus! We are both teachers, and my husband is a youth pastor.
    I am so encouraged by other young couples who want to raise children to love the Lord- it seems to be a dying art sometimes. If you are ever in NC, I’d love to meet! :)

    -Heidi

  32. Lisa permalink
    November 7, 2011

    Hi Katie,

    Love the blog.

    Random piece of info – I think Shutterfly used your pic of Will in a promo they did recently (for Halloween). I can forward the email if you haven’t seen it yet and would like to. (He’s in the pumpkin.)

    • November 7, 2011

      Was it Shutterfly or MyPublisher? Because I have given permission to one and not the other :)
      xo – kb

      • Lisa permalink
        November 10, 2011

        Whoops, it was My Publisher. I hope that was the one you gave permission :)

  33. Nikki permalink
    November 10, 2011

    Saw this and thought of you!!!

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/e1d0/?cpg=cj&ref=&CJURL=&CJID=3090776

    Nikki

  34. Sarah permalink
    November 19, 2011

    Katie- Your hair is soooooo gorgeous. I’ve been trying to get mine like yours for years! Please tell me EVERYTHING! How often do you trim it…what hair products you use…do you blowdry of just airdry???

    I am a mom to 4 fabulous little boys, and I think you are doing an amazing job with Will. Boys are so much fun, huh?!

    Sarah

    • November 19, 2011

      Haha.. well, I used whatever shampoo is in the shower – sometimes that is Dove extra moisture, sometimes Pantene 2 in 1, sometimes it’s Will’s baby shampoo…I hardly condition…although I probably should and I only wash my hair ever 3 to 4 days…gross huh. I found with my hair type (it’s fine but I have a large head – therefore a lot of hair) that it works for me well. I blowdry maybe every third wash or so and I style it even less than that. I don’t use hair products generally but when I do, it’s a little spritz of whatever hairspray I can find or a little mousse (I’m no snob for different brands) on the roots when its wet.
      Hope this helps!
      xo – kb

  35. Vanessa Clemmensen permalink
    December 7, 2011

    Katie,
    Love reading your blog. I catch up every now and again when i get a break from my stay at home mommying:) Question: where can i find the brackets that hold the shelves in Will’s room?
    Thanks,
    Vanessa

  36. December 16, 2011

    Hi Katie,

    Do you have a post (or posts!) somewhere on starting your photography business? I haven’t been able to find them, but I would love to read about the process you went through. I am an at-home mom too and have been trying to get my business off the ground for a looooooong time with little success. So have you shared your story? (Don’t worry…I’m not a photographer and I live in the North, so I promise I’m not an undercover competitor :)

    Thanks!
    -Jo

    • December 19, 2011

      haha…I don’t know why but those seriously give me the skeevies….something about raw bacon rubbing on my neck…weird, huh? Now if they were scented it would be a totally different story :)
      xo – kb

  37. January 31, 2012

    Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  38. Meg permalink
    February 2, 2012

    I LOVE your new hair!!!!

  39. Kimberly permalink
    March 1, 2012

    I just ran across this blog today and I just love your little family already! You guys are just adorable and your blog is so full of great tips. I am ashamed to say that i have the same vanity that you have in the office bathroom and you can bet it’ll painted very soon! I ‘preciate it from one Georgia Girl to another :)

    • April 5, 2012

      From left to right, okay Amy! Here goes…
      TJMaxx, Ikea, Pottery Barn outlet (it’s a PB teen pillow cover), Pottery Barn outlet (it’s a placemat I stuffed to make a pillow), Pier 1 and lastly – Target.
      Quite the variety, huh?!
      xo – kb

  40. anonymous permalink
    April 10, 2012

    Please fix your spelling of stationary in paragraph 2. Stationery with “e” refers to writing materials.

    • carrie permalink
      July 25, 2012

      Really anonymous! Get a REAL worry!

  41. April 25, 2012

    Katie, love the blog, the southern charm, and the grace with which you deal with the snarky comments. I love your new home! My boyfriend and I plan to move to Atlanta when I finish nursing school simply because the housing market there gives such a big bang for your buck. Not to mention the weather is much milder then here in Florida. Best of luck with everything!

  42. Yenny permalink
    May 5, 2012

    You are so lucky! You have a gorgeous family!!! I was preggers and just had a d and c last week. I remember seeing your announcement the day I found out I was as well. Congrats on your beautiful family!

    • May 7, 2012

      I am so sorry Yenny – I will definitely be praying for you…
      xo – kb

  43. Sara permalink
    May 23, 2012

    Hi there! I read your blog all the time, but feel kinda creepy leaving a comment because you don’t know me and probably never will. Does that ever weird you out? I’ve never commented on a blog before! I just love that you’re from NJ (me too) and have such a great sense of humor and a beautiful family! It’s like every girl’s dream. I guess I’m just wondering how you stay so positive and polite when people that don’t even know you make rude or inappropriate comments. I’ve noticed that people feel more comfortable being rude in the cyber-world. Anyway, keep up the great work…you really inspire me to take risks and you make me want to strive to be myself because that’s how you find happiness. I hope I can achieve some of the things that you have in my lifetime And you’re so young! You have so much longer to achieve great things!). The nice thing about you is that you seem to really know that you’re blessed, and it reminds us readers that you “get it” about what’s important in life – so refreshing! Don’t let the bullies out there bring you down! You have a great blog and should stay true to who you are! (Not that you know me or need to take advice from a stranger)…ok I’m back to feeling creepy again, so I’m just gonna hit submit! Best wishes!

  44. June 26, 2012

    Okay.. So I have been looking everywhere for this Pier 1 “Enchanted” diffuser oil that my mom so desperately wants because her stock ran out. I know you put a link to this on your post dated March 11, 2009..

    But by any chance do you know how to get this product? I’ve been to Pier 1 many times and I cannot find it. Really any info would be a great help.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Mike

    • June 26, 2012

      If you can’t find it in store, I don’t think I can be much help. Maybe try ebay?
      xo – kb

  45. June 27, 2012

    Hi Katie! I’m a new blogger and I’m so happy to have found you through YHL :) That is such a sweet family picture you posted! I also have a little boy who just turned two this past weekend. Look forward to getting to know you more!

  46. July 1, 2012

    I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I’ve really enjoyed reading all of your decorating and photography tips. You’ve inspired me to try some new things in my own life, and I really appreciate it. You can read more about the award in my latest post here: http://fitbuttfabulous.wordpress.com/2012/07/01/who-me/

    Thanks for being inspirational!

  47. Julie Combs permalink
    July 13, 2012

    Hi Katie,
    I just recently started following your blog from YHL. Love them! And you! And I secretly wish I was some great blogging DIYer myself, just so I could be besties with you and Sherry. :) I wanted to share with you though that my husband and I have been trying to have a second child (we have a daughter named Joy who just turned 2 on July 2nd and is truly our miracle baby…she had open heart surgery when she was 5 days old) and it’s been 4 months now and I’ve started feeling angry and bitter around pregnant friends and guilty for becoming impatient with the Lord. I know His timing is perfect; He promises that in Jeremiah 29:11. So basically, I want to say thank for your honesty and humor in all aspects of your life/family and sharing your faith with the world. You give me hope. God bless!

  48. July 19, 2012

    This is a totally random comment – I couldn’t get my computer to email you by clicking on the envelope icon, but I think that’s my computer’s problem and not your icon’s. So, I’m commenting instead.

    Anyway, I noticed that you have the Angelcare monitor (one of them) on your list of stuff that makes you drool. So, again, this is totally random of me, but you may want to read the review on Angelcare products in the Baby Bargains book (by Denise and Alan Fields). The sum is that it’s a product that feeds on mother/parent fears of SIDS and isn’t proven to actually help any more than any other monitor.

    Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not the right product for you. In the end there are a billion baby products and most of them work really well and those that don’t work don’t last on the market. But, I recently read the review and it totally changed my mind (I had been all about the Angelcare monitor too), so I figured I’d share.

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