March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey ladies! I was excited to get my Ipsy glam bag this week, and I couldn't wait to show you what I received. I haven't done a glam bag post in a few months, so I am long overdue for one. If you have never heard of Ipsy, it's a subscription service that you pay 10 dollars a month for. Each month, you get a cute make up bag (known as the "glam bag") filled with five deluxe sample (and usually at least one full size) beauty products. You fill out a profile before you receive the first one and that is how they judge what colors and types of beauty products to send you. 

Now that you know what Ipsy is all about, let's jump into my glam bag for this month!

March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

Y'all, this month's bag is so stinkin' cute! It's literally designed for you to unleash your inner creativity. It features a thick black and white fabric, covered in multi-cultural women and they include two little fabric markers to color with. This is the largest bag I have received, since starting my subscription, last year. I have already started coloring!

Ipsy Glam Bag

Pink Pewter - Splash and Swirl Makeup Sponge

Pink Pewter Makeup Sponge

This little makeup sponge is double sided. One side is rounded, for all-over coverage and the other side is wedged, for detail work. It's soft, yet durable and it's just plain cute! Check it out for yourself: Pink Pewter


Glossier - Balm Dotcom in Coconut

Glossier Balm Dotcom

This is a thick balm that can be used for more than just your lips. I recently used it on my cuticles and it already has them looking less ragged. A little goes a long way! The smell isn't over powering, it's just a hint of coconut. I will definitely keep using this. You can find the full size product here: Glossier.


Twila True Beauty - True Renewal Oil

True Renewal Oil Beauty

I never had used oil on my skin until trying this product. I'm not sure why. I have super dry skin, especially in the winter, but I guess I just always felt like oil would make it...well, oily. I started buy trying on my hands and I was shocked to see that it absorbed quickly and my hands loved the moisture! I dabbed a little on the dry spots on my face and was pleased to see them soften up. Just like the balm above, a little goes a long way with this oil, but don't be afraid of it. Especially if you have dry skin like me. You can find it here: Twila True Beauty.


Eyeko - Lash Alert Mascara in Carbon Black

I am a mascara junkie! There are many days that I don't even put on make up, except for a good mascara and some lip gloss. Whenever I get a tube of mascara in my glam bag, it's always the first thing I try out and I have to say this is definitely a good one. The brush is small and curved and the bristles are fine. That makes for an excellent, lash-defining mascara. It doesn't add much to the thickness of my lashes, but it definitely adds curl and length and helps to separate. You can find this sweet stuff here: Eyeko.


Kokie Cosmetics - Lip Veneer Cream Gloss in Unspoken

This cream gloss goes on smooth and it actually lasts! I have been sipping on a drink, since putting it on, and only a small amount has rubbed off. My lips still feel smooth and the color is nicely pigmented. It doesn't feel sticky at all. The shade I got was okay, but I would love to have this in brighter shades! Check it out here: Kokie Cosmetics.

March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag
March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag

That's it for this month's glam bag. If you are interested in signing up for your own monthly glam bag, use my referral link here: Start Getting Glam Bags!

Until next time!

Much Love,


The Anatomy of a Cute Kitchen Coffee Bar

I love coffee. I love all hot drinks, actually. Tea is great. Cocoa and cider are awesome in the winter time. However, coffee is king. A few years ago there was a huge trend on Pinterest: the coffee bar.  What's not to love about this? You are taking something you love and use everyday and turning it into a home decor, statement piece. Of course, I jumped on board and created my own coffee bar. 

As the years went by, mine started to look less cute and more cluttered. I changed the decor in my kitchen, moved to a new house, and bought a new Keurig, but overall the coffee bar did not change. Until last week! Using mostly pieces that I already had, as well as a few small items I picked up at Marshall's, I made my coffee bar look brand new!

Coffee Bar

The Coffee Maker

Obviously, a coffee bar is centered around your favorite coffee maker! Whether you like the quick,   convenience of a Keurig or you enjoy the gourmet process of the French Press, your coffee maker is what makes or breaks your coffee bar. Choose something colorful and unique!   

Mugs & Canisters

I have so many coffee mugs! I will never be able to fit them all in my cabinet or drink out of them, so I use them as decor for my coffee bar. My favorites are the ones with cute and snarky sayings! If you have a lot of mugs, possibly even some that you don't really use, then you should display them on a rack at your coffee bar. Cute Canisters and containers are another must. Try picking different sizes and heights to layer around your coffee maker. I love my Rae Dunn canisters (pictured below)! They can be difficult to find (try your local T.J. Maxx or Marshall's), but they are adorable.

Rae Dunn Canisters

Cute Decor

Mugs and canisters can be considered decor, but they can also be functional. Some non-functional decor items will really do a lot to spice up an otherwise boring space. Signs to display, a shelf or hanger for your coffee mugs, placemats, decorative towels, and small dishes are just a few examples. You can tie your decor into your existing kitchen theme or you can base it all around the coffee.

Coffee Bar decor


You have to have it, in order to drink it. Why not display it? There are several different racks made to display K-cups or you can store them in a tall clear vase. The same goes for coffee beans. They would look great displayed in a clear canister, on your coffee bar. If you are storing grounds, make sure its in an airtight container, in order to preserve freshness. If you are more of a tea drinker, you can add a few small dishes with your different tea selections on display.

K-Cups and Tea

Hopefully, this has helped you to style your own coffee bar. I have also created a short infographic, that you can use while you are shopping! I will leave it down at the bottom of this post.

Until next time!

Much Love,

The Anatomy of A Cute Kitchen Coffee Bar



My Faith Journal Setup

Hey y'all! How is March treating you so far? I am ready for Spring weather and short sleeves, but being in Tennessee means we have a lot of back and forth until we get a consistent warm up. It shouldn't be much longer though! 

Today, I wanted to share the setup of my faith journal/planner. It's something that I haven't always used regularly, but recently I have been writing in it daily. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed me posting about it, more frequently. As Justin and I have been dealing with our infertility issues, I have been trying to take my concerns to God. My faith has been a huge part of my life and it's important for me to be able to express myself emotionally and creatively with it. That is why having this faith journal has been so great for me. I definitely consider it a form of therapy for my soul.

Faith Journal Setup

Currently, I am using a traveler's notebook for my faith journal setup. It works perfectly for this purpose. It's a personal size notebook in the color Rum, from Mystic Little Gifts. I love the color and texture of the leather! The processing time was quick, compared to most handmade leather notebook shops and if you follow her Facebook group, she is awesome about posting updates on   shipping.

Faith Journal

I requested more elastics in the middle, so that I could stuff it full of whatever I wanted. Right now, I have five books and a pencil case housed inside. The zipper pencil pouch is from Kikki-K and I keep it at the very front of the notebook. It holds a few highlighters, some washi, and a few journaling cards. The pouch was designed to fit a 6-ring personal planner, but I used a small binder clip to attach the edge to one of the elastics. It works great and the binder clip stays hidden behind all of the books.

Kikki-K Pencil Case

Next, I have three books that I bought from Michael's. They are all from the American Crafts, Bible Journal product line. I have the Bible Study, Prayer List, and Sermon Notes inserts. The Bible Study book is a great way to take notes on any study you may be a part of, whether it's personal or with a group. The Prayer List book has a gratitude space, as well as spaces to write down people to pray for and your own personal prayers. Finally, the Sermon Notes book, is for exactly what the name suggests. The left side has enough space to record notes, while the right side has boxes for the scripture that was studied and any prayer concerns that may have come up in the service.

The last two inserts I keep in this faith journal, are from May Designs. I have a prayer and gratitude journal that I try to use daily. I start by writing a verse that was used in my devotional, then I list one or two things I am grateful for that day and finally, I will write out a prayer. When I start the day this way, I know it makes a difference in my attitude. The last May Book is simply ruled paper. It's one that I got at Go Wild 2017 and Micah May signed it for me! I haven't started using it yet, but it's going to be for writing out prayers as well. 

This system has been working really well for me, so far. I don't see it changing very much in the future. I keep it at my kitchen table and it's the first thing I look at, after I get up and get ready in the mornings. I sip on a coffee and do my morning devotional, with prayer and gratitude. It really is a great way to start the day!

Do you have a faith journal or planner that you use daily? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly Hysler Blog

What to Expect: First Fertility Clinic Appointment

It wasn't until recently, that I decided to share a little bit about mine and my husband's struggle to conceive. I was nervous about sharing that part of my story, but at the same time I knew that I wanted to shed some light on it and join the other bloggers that have been brave enough to bare that aspect of their lives. I have been on the "reader" side of things. I have spent countless hours on blogs, comforted by the fact that I am not alone. So I knew it was time to be the one doing the writing.

Fertility Clinic

Today, I want to talk about that very first trip to the Fertility Clinic. In most cases, you have already been trying for at least a year (if you are under 35) and you probably have already had some testing done with your regular OB/Gyn. At that point, you will be referred to a Fertility Clinic or Reproductive Endocrinologist, with the dreaded diagnosis of Infertility. 

Don't be disheartened by that term. Infertile. It sounds scary. It sounds like you will never get pregnant, but that's not the case. Try to think of it as a step closer to having a child, because you will be getting the help you need to do it.

Before the Appointment

I already felt like an old pro at my OB's office. I had been in for blood tests, exams, and I had an HSG done. We knew that I had one blocked fallopian tube, but otherwise everything seemed to be working fine. All of that was before our first appointment with the Fertility Clinic. My husband, however, had only been a spectator at this point. He would occasionally accompany me to the appointments and hangout in the waiting room as my moral support, but nothing more than that. Our local clinic treats you as a couple, so when I scheduled the first appointment, they wanted to see both of us. We found out that my husband needed to have a semen analysis, there would be a consultation with both of us and the doctor, and I would also have an ultrasound and exam. The days leading up to the appointment were nerve-wracking for me. I hated not knowing what would happen, and a part of me really dreaded finding out any results, but I knew I had to push through those feelings, so that we could get some answers.

Day of the Appointment

We were running late, I was an emotional wreck, and the car ride to the office was mostly silent. It was really strange sharing a doctor's appointment. We both filled out our own paperwork and had armbands put on, his was blue and mine was pink. His and Hers. A husband and wife team, ready to make a baby. After a short, anxiety-inducing wait, we were called back to meet with our doctor. She had been recommended to me by a friend and she was just as amazing as I was told she would be. After only talking to her for a short time, I already felt better and more confident about our possibilities.

After the consultation, I was taken to an exam room and my husband was taken to give his sample. I had an ultrasound done, which thankfully showed no issues, and the doctor did a short exam. After we were both finished, we started talking about options and timing. We set up a plan of action and we were told that we would be hearing back from them in a few days, with our results. 

After the Appointment

Another period of waiting. You would think that eventually we would get used to the waiting, but we never do. However, true to their word, within a few days we heard back about my husband's results (they were great!) and mine (also, pretty good). Other than my blocked fallopian tube, it seems we should have no other obstacles to contend with. We have started the planning process of doing an IUI and even though I am still cautious to get my hopes up, I can't help but be more optimistic, knowing I have a team of medical professionals that are going to be doing everything in their power to help us have a baby.

If you are gearing up for your first Fertility Clinic appointment, please try not to let it scare you. I wasted a lot of time, just being worried about what would happen and what we would find out. "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34. In other words, don't borrow trouble.

I know that's easier said that done.

First Fertility Clinic Appointment

Until next time!

Much Love,


My Must Have Planner Accessories

Hey there, planner babes! I'm back today to talk a little about my favorite planner accessories. We all have our favorite planners (or three), but sometimes it's hard to choose what to use with them. If you are struggling to decide on stickers, inserts, or writing tools, then look no further! I have compiled a list of my must have items.


Writing Tools

Writing Tools

My absolute favorite pen is the TUL 0.5 mm needle point fine tip! It writes so smoothly with minimal to no shadowing and it doesn't give me any issue with smearing. I have gone through a lot of pens, on this planner journey, but now that I have found TUL there is no going back!

I've never been a fan of the harsh, neon color of most highlighters, but after discovering Pilot Frixion Highlighters in soft pastel colors, I fell in love. They come in set of six different colors. I haven't had a problem with bleed through and I use these for daily planning and also highlighting in my Bible.

I recently started trying to work on my hand lettering more and I found the perfect marker to help me with it. The Tombow Dual Tip Brush pens are amazing! At first, I wasn't sure about the price, but after using them for a bit, it's safe to say they are worth it. If you have any interest in creative hand lettering in your planner or journal, then you will love these.



I don't always use stickers, but when I do, I like a combination of function al decorative. I am not a fan of the "no white space" planning with kits, but I enjoy sticking some flowers and hearts in the corners of my pages. The majority of my stickers have come from a few different Etsy shops and Michael's. My favorite line of stickers is from The Happy Planner. Their stickers books are stuffed full of awesome stickers!

I also have a few Etsy Shops that I love:

This shop has colorful, functional stickers, that work well with multiple planner types. I especially love here divider labels!

This shop has so many different options! You can find stickers for personal care and beauty, home, work, kids, and much more. 

I love the size and style of the stickers this shops carries. I do most of my planning in a personal size planner, and smaller stickers are a must!


SewMuchCrafting Insert

I'm not sure if inserts really count as "accessories," but for the purpose of this post I am going to say that they are. If you are like me and use a ring-bound planner or travelers notebook, then inserts are definitely something you need. If you use a hardbound or spiral bound planner, then you can probably skip or over this section (or just come over to the dark side with me, we have planner stickers...)

My favorite inserts are from Sew Much Crafting on Etsy. I have used her inserts for years, and I never get tired of them. They are all printed, cut, shipped, and ready to put in your planner, as soon as you get them! Also, the paper quality is amazing.

I'm also a big fan of Peanuts Planner Co. Her shop sells digital, print-at-home, inserts. There are so many different options and if you are a pocket planner, then you definitely need to check her out. She has more pocket size inserts than I have ever seen in one place!

Annie Plans Printables isn't on Etsy, anymore, but I couldn't leave her shop out. If you plan with a Traveler's Notebook, then you really need to see what she has to offer. She also has a good selection of printables for ring-bound planners.

Pouches and Punches

Planner Pouch

If you are going to have a lot of stickers, pens, highlighters, and other miscellaneous supplies, then you obviously need a place to keep these items. You can keep them on a desk or bookshelf, of course, but what about when you need to plan on the go? I like to bring at least some of my supplies with me.

That's where a pouch or case comes in handy. Recently, I have been using the one pictured above. It's a deluxe clutch from Erin Condren. She has several other great options for storing your planner stuff, also!

If you are printing your own inserts, or you just want to add some extra stuff to your ring-bound planner, then a 6-hole punch is definitely a must have item. I use one by Rapesco, that can be adjusted to punch insterts for Pocket, Personal, and A5 size planners.

Every item that I have mentioned, I used on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Without these planning accessories, there is no planning for me. 

Until next time!

Much Love,