January 3, 2012

Grateful

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This blog has been an unexpected project that has really turned into something I love. I've been blogging for roughly a year. It looks like I started in June as per my archives, but I was using a different host for the first 6 months. The blog really blew up in August thanks to my hair tutorials. It seems people kind of like those. ;)


Because of the rapid growth, the opportunities that the Lord has allowed me, and the huge part that you play in spreading the word about my blog, I was able to turn this into a little business. My mind is full of ideas for this next year, and I hope you stick with me on this journey!


Thank you. So much. For your encouraging emails, comments, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. Each and every comment means so much to me. 


I have been running ads on my blog for the past few months, and that has been a great way to help fund the time and materials (read: hair products, tools, camera, etc.) to make this blog what it is! And also provide me with a little extra.


I'm taking some of that extra and sponsoring a child through Compassion International. She's 4 years old. Lives in the Philippines. She loves playing with dolls and singing.


So why am I telling you this? I'm definitely not trying to guilt you into doing anything with Compassion. But simply, to thank you. And to show you that your support has allowed me to do this! And to thank the Lord. Who very clearly provided an opportunity to use this blog for something greater.


I'm so grateful that it has become what it has, and I am truly so humbled to be able to continue on this journey! 

102 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this and for all of your great blogging! It is so encouraging to hear about God's provisions in someone's life, when it is sometimes hard to see it in one's own. Thank you for your obedience to Him and His calling for your life! I pray our Heavenly Father uses you in a mighty way through this blog in 2012!
    Love and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  2. That is awesome!!! Congratulations on your success and may 2012 be even better!

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  3. I am thrilled that you are able to sponsor a child! May God continue to bless you in this new year! i have referred a ton of ppl to your site- i love it!

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  4. Love your blog!!!! and your hair tips and tricks!!!!

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  5. It is in our actions that we show our love for one another. The time you take to share with us and your willingness to sponsor a child is just that. Thank ou for sharing.

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  6. I love your blog and hair tutorials, but now I find out you're humble and compassionate! May you be richly blessed in 2012!

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  7. My husband & I sponsor 2 children. It's such a wonderful organization and I am thankful that God has allowed us to sponsor and pray for them. I'm so excited for you!

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  8. That is awesome! We have sponsored through Compassion International, and it is a great organization.

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  9. What an awesome thing to do! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. That is so awesome! Hope things continue to grow for you in 2012.

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  11. That is so awesome you are able to sponsor a child with the extra income! I've been sponsoring a boy for several years now, and it's extremely rewarding. What is your facebook page name? I would love to find you on there.
    Melissa

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  12. I found your blot on pinterest last month and have absolutely fell in love with it. I really enjoy the hair tutorials but I also really enjoy seeing all your crafts. The Lord is so great! I hope he blesses you with a prosperous year. Thanks!

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  13. This just made me love this blog even more! I know lots of bloggers turn their blogs into a business, but using some of that extra income to do good in the world is simply outstanding.

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  14. You're so sweet. I love your blog.

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  15. What a wonderful opportunity. God is faithful.

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  16. Love, love, love your blog. And love compassion international. Great organization. Good for you. thanks for sharing your heart :)

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  17. Love your blog! And clearly, you are a very special person, Kate.

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  18. I really enjoy reading your blog and I love the hair tutorials!!
    I've been sponsoring a girl from Compassion for a year now. It's been a ton of fun to get letters from her.

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  19. Thanks so much for sharing! That blesses my heart that you're sponsoring a child. I too sponsor a child through Holt International. Hoa is 2 yrs old and she is from Vietnam. I love giving to her each month and pray that one day she will find a loving family that will raise her to love Jesus, like I would if I had her.
    I love you blog! I love your tutorials! Keep up the great work that you're doing!

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  20. That's awesome - congratulations on the new little member of your family! I worked for Compassion for a couple of years and have ONLY positive things to say about them. I know you have just provided hope for that special little girl, and I'm grateful on her behalf to you for doing this.

    (did you know that Compassion has a blogger's network?)

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  21. I LOVE your blog and am so happy to hear about you sponsoring! We sponsor four kids through Compassion...truly life-changing for both the little ones and our family here in the states! :)

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  22. That is wonderful! I enjoy reading your blog and so thank you for sharing your life, thoughts and hair tips! ; )

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  23. Oh my gosh Kate!! I teared up when I read that you are using this blog to sponsor a child!!! Your blog is amazing and this just makes it even better. I hope it becomes a life-changing experience for you. Thank you for giving back!! Many blessings Kate!!!

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  24. That is awesome news about your little Compassion girl. My husband and I have been Compassion sponsors since we were 18 (we sponsored our first child during our college years together). We LOVE Compassion and support everything we can with them. We currently have 4 little girls through Compassion and my nine year old is a Compassion correspondent. I am SO excited to see you take this step! Also - so excited to tell you that today I used some of your hairstyling tips and I am having an awesome hair day! Thank you for all your tutorials!

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  25. Great to hear how the Lord is blessing you through this blog, as you have been a blessing to me and so many others! Happy new year, Kate! May 2012 be your best year yet!

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  26. I am currently wearing a do of yours to work today :) I have a thick mess of curly hair and a 3 year old son, so this has helped me do quick, cute hairdos while on the go!

    You are so cute too! I love it all - definitely my new favorite blog!

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  27. I am currently wearing a do of yours to work today :) I have a thick mess of curly hair and a 3 year old son, so this has helped me do quick, cute hairdos while on the go!

    You are so cute too! I love it all - definitely my new favorite blog!

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  28. I love that you're sponsoring a child through Compassion! My parents actually started sponsoring a little girl named Alana in South America (maybe Brazil??) around age 6. She's 12 or 13 now! She sends them letters to update them on how she's doing. They also send her Christmas and Birthday gifts (well they give an extra donation and a gift is purchased for her). They've been thinking about going down to visit and meet her! In short, I think what's you're doing in absolutely awesome! Love the blog! Keep up the great work!

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  29. That's so awesome you're sponsoring a child! Such a nice person... Thanks so much for your great blog because I'm really getting better at doing my hair and makeup now because of you! Thank you and have a wonderful New Year!
    Lisa

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  30. Wishing you continued success and happiness in 2012.
    I am looking forward to what is to come with your blog.
    http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

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  31. I love that you have taken it upon yourself to sponsor a child. I can only imagine how much that must mean to that little girl. I absolutely love reading your blog and it's definitely one of my top reads for my daily post readings :) not only that but I have learned a million new ways to style my hair because of you and I thank you for that :)

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  32. awesome! I sponsor through WorldVision, had a girl in China and now a boy in Kenya. It's such a great thing.
    and yeah, I came for the hair tutorials. :)

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  33. Wow, you are awesome for doing that! And I really do think it's important to share the things we do. It sets a fabulous example and in today's world, we need all the positive influence we can get! Keep it up and thanks for being a sweet spirit :)

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  34. Hey, I'm from Germany and I fell in love with your blog. A couple friends of mine started reading your blog too...
    I love that your hair is not so long. This way I can use your hair tips too :))

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  35. Thanks for sharing! God is Good! So excited for you and your journey! May God bless you and your family. You are an inspiration :)

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  36. That's so great! I think it's wonderful for you to share your love for the Lord. I think many shy away or omit that info in order not to scare away any followers. We also sponsor a little girl in Haiti via Compassion International- it is truly a blessing! Congrats, Kate!

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  37. Happy 2010!! My husband and I have been sponsoring a child through Compassion for a couple of years now. I just love getting letters from her! Wishing you a very wonderful year! ~ Michelle

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  38. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. It is always a blessing to hear what God is doing in other peoples lives.
    Alesha
    http://tobless.blogspot.com/

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  39. Yay! I love Compassion, and also sponsor a child through their program. What a neat way to use the funds God has blessed you with!

    Thank you so much for your time, and your hair tutorials...even though i have much longer hair than you demonstrate with, your ideas help to inspire me.

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  40. Oh wow. As a brand new follower of your blog (found you recently through Pinterest as well), it makes me so happy to read this. I rejoice with you over your success, but I get especially excited to see how you're giving. Most excellent. :)

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  41. I just stumbled upon your blog a month or so ago. Keep it up. It's awesome!

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  42. What an awesome way to give back to the Lord what He has given you! It's so cool to see how God chooses to bless us in ways we don't even expect! Thanks for your blog! P.S. I got Aquage for Christmas and I am LOVING IT!!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  43. I went to a youth convention in june and found out about compassion. I plan on sponsoring as soon as I get a job. This post makes me so happy for you and for all the christian's out there! Congrats on your success and I hope that God continues to bless you and your family!

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  44. Dear Kate! I am so glad this blog becomes much more, that you have opportunity to share your knowledge, style and spirit with other people! I also enjoy knowing that my learning how to style my hair helps you to help little girl. We also as a family sponsor kids in Africa.
    I really hope I will read your blog for a long time!
    You know, I have what they call good, great hair, but not until I found your blog I knew what to do with it! It only looked good when I went to hair stylist. No one before you made it easy for me! I enjoy my iron, my hair, my looks, I can not tell you how much! It is so easy now, and I just hardly wait to see my reflection in some mirror around the town, and to wash my hair and style it! And it used to be such a nightmare for me, it's funny, but it was!
    You are so special, thank you, and go on!
    Željka from Croatia, Europe

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  45. that is SO awesome!!! We sponsor a little boy in Tanzania and it is such a blessing!! So happy your blog allows you the funds to keep on blogging and now to give to others! :)

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  46. I think it's wonderful that you are sponsoring a child through Compassion, a worthy organization.

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  47. I think it's wonderful that you are sponsoring a child through Compassion, a worthy organization.

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  48. Awesome! I'm sure God will use you to lead others towards giving, whether it be Compassion or in some other way. I love your blog because it's just so fun but it ultimately gives God the glory in all things...for our hair, clothes, home furnishings, etc... Everything is a gift!

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  49. Hi, Kate! I found your blog yesterday through Pinterest. Since I tend to be a little handicapped in the hair department, I'm super excited about this find! Love the opportunities God has given you and yay for Compassion! It's a great organization! :)

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  50. That is awesome you are sponsoring a child! Looking forward to your tutorials! But I also like to see your outfits.

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  51. That's a fabulous idea! Must be nice to have such accidental success in doing what you love to do!

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  52. Thank you, I am so in love with your blog!!! May the Lord continue to bless you with grace and opportunities :)

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  53. Great post! I love your blog (came here via a pinterest hair tutorial and subscribed immediately!) and I LOVE Compassion. We've been sponsoring 2 boys for a few years now, and it is such a blessing to our family. When I started my etsy shop last year, I decided immediately to donate 15% of all sales to Compassion's Child Survival Program, something else that I am just passionate about. It's awesome to see people use something successful like a blog to help others! Way to go :)

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  54. Hi saw you post about being grateful and I just wanted to tell you that God is good ALL the time!! and you never know by having this blog you might lead some one to him ! You are such a sweet talented girl !! keep up the great work !

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  55. I have been following your blog since September...apparently right after it "blew up". :) And yes, I fell in love with the hair tutorials...my sister got married on 11-11-11 and I needed a cute updo. {Style of choice was the messy bun...only not too messy, more curls.}. I will forever be grateful to you for your tip of the TWO polybands, how to trim your own bangs, and Kenra hairspray, oh, and my Hot Tools curling iron...thanks for teaching me how to curl my hair!! You really were a life, er, hairsaver. Praying you will have continued success. Bless you for thinking of others by way of sponsoring a child. What a blessing! Keep the great posts coming!

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  56. I have been following your blog since September...apparently right after it "blew up". :) And yes, I fell in love with the hair tutorials...my sister got married on 11-11-11 and I needed a cute updo. {Style of choice was the messy bun...only not too messy, more curls.}. I will forever be grateful to you for your tip of the TWO polybands, how to trim your own bangs, and Kenra hairspray, oh, and my Hot Tools curling iron...thanks for teaching me how to curl my hair!! You really were a life, er, hairsaver. Praying you will have continued success. Bless you for thinking of others by way of sponsoring a child. What a blessing! Keep the great posts coming!

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  57. Kate ,
    I love your blog...all the hair tutorials and fashion ideas. I love that you have adopted through Compassion International. I have supported my little boy for almost 8 years...love him! Keep it up girl, you rock!

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  58. Hey Kate!
    Your blog is really good, I must say. It has helped me with my retarded hair ....
    I love watching your tutorials.
    Keep up the great work!

    Ps, sorry for my bad English, is from Sweden and use google translate, and I'm only 14 years ... Hope you understand! :)

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  59. Kate,
    We love you! You are so inspiring!

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  60. How sweet – making extra money and sponsoring a child! You brought tears to my eyes! I sponsor through Remember Nhu, an organization that builds children's homes around the world to prevent them from being sold into the sex trade. I know the founders personally, and it's such a blessing to be involved in that way!

    I want to thank you SO VERY MUCH for your hair tutorials! I've actually done something with my hair other than blow dry it for the first time in years (okay, other than a few times curling it...). I have enough hair for three people, and it's so hard to do anything with that I don't even bother most of the time.

    Since I found your blog, I have purchased large hair clips, bobby pins and hair spray, and they WORK -- hallelujah! =D Thanks so much!

    You are a VERY special lady (and sister in Christ)! Thanks!

    Christine

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  61. Thank you for sharing, Kate! I did, in fact, find you through your pinned hair tutorials on Pinterest, but I'm excited to continue reading what may in the future!

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  62. I'm so happy for you! Your blog is awesome (as are you!) and I'm glad you profit from it! God is good.

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  63. Thanks Kate, for your encouraging words! I began reading you through Pinterest and cutting my hair in a similar style (I'm not stalking!) because I burnt my long hair with a hot iron. Since then I've tried different methods on me and my daughter. Thank you for your inspiration! You have also inspired me to blog. I have been blogging for a little over a week as an accountability tool to keep me reading my bible and de-cluttering! I hope you have a beautiful year and your sponsored child blesses you the way you have blessed others!
    In Him,
    Christie

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  64. Thank you for sharing this. What an encouragement. I'm so glad that God has blessed your efforts with this blog and given you a platform to do something like Compassion! Many blessings for the New Year!

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  65. I am also sponsoring a Compassion child and found one that has my Grandmother's same name, who is no longer here with us, so I am able to honor her as well. I recently got a part-time job and have wanted to sponsor a child for awhile now; I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given as well!

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  66. I also have thoroughly enjoyed your hair tutorials...if only they stayed that way by the time my husband got home!!

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  67. Kate, I have thought of myself as hair challenged all my life. I have never been the type to get complemented on my hair for the way I style it (unless I have just left the salon). I found your blog a few weeks ago. I got a complement at the mall yesterday (I was wearing the messy bun (aka explosion) which I love-its probably my favorite) and I had a lady come up to me to say how pretty my hair was and to ask me what products I use in my hair. I have NEVER in my 26 years have had that happen to me. I believe it is all due to you. You have given me confidence in myself and my hair abilities-I just needed to be shown step by step. Thank you for this-you have really changed my life and given me more confidence.

    Amber

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  68. Isn't sponsoring a child so wonderful!?!? I sponsor a chd through World Vision which is like Compassion and it is such a wonderful feeling!

    Thank you for what you do and the wonderful tips, tools, and tutorials!

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  69. That is so great that God has blessed you and that you have been about to give back. Continue to honor God through your blogging. :)

    Jeremiah 29:11

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  70. What a blessing! I found your blog through pinterest and your hair tutorials, and I began to read more entries and then I read your about me. I knew there was a reason I was drawn to your blog. I am a believer in Christ also, and I just want you to know that before I even knew you were a Christian, your blog shined your light! Continue to shine His light through this blog!

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  72. HI Kate! I love your blog and just started following! Your hair tutorials are always so helpful and clearly explained! I appreciate that!

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  73. I love your blog!!! And your hair tutorials are incredible. Thanks so much for all that you do here. I wish you continued success! :)

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  74. That is SOOOO Wonderful!! I LOVE that God has blessed you and your business--and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are using these blessings to help a little child! What a blessing!!!

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  75. Good for you! Keep up all your good work!

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  76. I found your blog on Pinterest a few weeks ago while search hair styles. I LOVE it, and Love your hair tutorials on Youtube. I've tried the messy pony tail, messy side updo, and elegant half up. I feel like I have so many more new and fun hair styles now. Thank you!

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  77. That is wonderful! Happy to be here! Next year when you come back to Utah, you should host a lunch of some sort because I think you will be AMAZED at how many Utah readers you have, because we are the queens of blogging. No seriously, I bet if blogger/wordpress/etc. looked at the state with the most accounts, Utah would probably win, per capita. Enjoy the mountains!

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  78. Love this post. You are an amazing person and it's so encouraging to hear how your blog has positively impacted so many lives and now a special little life. So happy to be a fan and follower! :)

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  79. I've always enjoyed reading your blog, and this post definitely confirms why. Thanks for giving back in such a meaningful way.

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  80. grateful is a good thing to be . . .
    Congratulations.

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  81. Wow--I've really enjoyed your blog since finding it on Pinterest...what a blessing and so precious that you thank and praise the Lord for your success...makes me even happier to visit! Thank you...!

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  82. Kate, I LOVE your blog! You are so down to earth and I feel like I know you and we're BFF's when I read this! I LOVE that you are growing and what you've been able to do and I can't wait to see what you accomplish! AND, since I found you (at about 3 AM one morning while I was nursing my newborn) I haven't had a bad hair day! That's saying a lot, since I have horrible hair and 3 kids to contend with while I try to fix it. Anyway, thank YOU, Dear! :)

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  83. What a beautiful and generous contribution to do with the extra money that you make. God Bless you on your wonderful journey. I also found your blog through pinterest, and enjoy following along.

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  84. I am so thankful I happened upon your blog. I am also so thankful you are sharing knowledge that God has Blessed you with! Continued Blessings to you in 2012!

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  85. I just signed up to follow your blog when I watched the video on setting long lasting curls. So glad this is my first reading article. Thanks for sharing,I will continue to follow as I love the feel, attention of a small buisness. Again thanks and happy new year!!!

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  86. I love your blog. :) Once again, you have inspired me. Thanks for sharing your genuine, caring, and spirited self through this blog. You inspire me in different ways through each post (today a little deeper than others ;) ). Keep it up!

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  87. thank you SO much for all of the work that you put into this blog! God has blessed you with awesome talents and i find it inspiring that you're using those talents in a great way. how sweet that you are sponsoring a little girl!

    i know that running a popular blog is more work than most people realize, so i just wanted to say that i really appreciate it. we have similar hair in color and texture (though mine is longer) and your tutorials have finally helped me understand how to work with it to get it to look how i want. i was completely clueless before. my husband thanks you, too, because he is really impressed with the new hairstyles i've been trying, and he loves that i'm putting a bunch of effort into my hair now. i'm putting that effort in because now it seems fun, thanks to your blog! before, it always seemed disappointing because i had no idea what i was doing. so thank you again!

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  88. Congratulations on your success! I started "Birchboxing" as a result of your blog. Got my first on in December. Fun stuff. Thanks for your blog!

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  89. That is awesome! I just started sponsoring a child through World Vision who is the same age as my oldest daughter, almost 5. I really just started so have no idea how it's going to go but felt lead to do so! I think it's great you are doing the same! I LOVE your blog and that God is using you in such a way to give Him glory and me good hair!! HAHA :)

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  90. Love your blog and love that your are sponsoring a child through Compassion International! We sponsor a 4 year old little boy from Ethiopia. I love learning about him. It has been so amazing.

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  91. You will love Compassion! My sister and I sponsor an 8 yr old girl, and it is the most amazing feeling reading her letters.
    I love your blog...you have introduced me to so many awesome hairstyles, and I can't wait to try the ghd hair straightener, along with all the products you mention in your blog.
    Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  92. I started reading your blog from a hair post of yours that was on Pinterest. Great site! You have great hair ideas that I try to do when I am not running around my house with greasy unwashed hair, chasing two little monsters around!
    I just also sponsored a child, although through World Vision. A 13 year old girl from Uganda. Some reason, that place has a place in my heart! We are so blessed in the US. I'm no one special, but I have a little family blog (mainly for my kids to read when they are older to see their lives...and so I dont' forget anything). It's Brettandjenn.blogspot.com if you want to see you is checking out your blog! I dont' do anything special on my blog..so don't get too excited :)
    Thanks for giving my great ideas for hair and something interesting to read everyday :)
    Everyday Mom,
    Jenn-rocking it at 30-Fisher

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  93. This is so great! I actually work for Compassion and was excited to see you are able to sponsor a child because of your awesome blog! Keep up the good work, and let me know if there's anything I can do to get you more connected with Compassion and your little girl in the Philippines!

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  94. I sponsor kids through Compassion too! Great organization!

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  95. Hi Kate, Just wanted to drop a line and say how happy I am to have found your blog! I love your hair tutorials and posts in general! I was also excited to hear about your child sponsorship, as I also recently began to sponsor a child (through World Vision). May your 2012 carry many more blessings to you and your family!

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  96. Love Jesus, Love Compassion and love your blog. Love the hair tutorials...actually took your pic to my hair stylist to get a new look. Cut 6 inches off my mane. I feel silly admitting that but your hair cut was exactly what I wanted. Keep giving us great hair ideas! So glad you are loving on a Compassion child!

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  97. It is so nice to see someone so open about their faith! I found you on Pinterest, and your blog just makes me happy in general- it's full of great ideas, and delivered in an upbeat tone. May God continue to bless you throughout this new year!

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  98. Hi Kate - I got connected to your blog through Pinterest and let me tell you - your hair videos are awesome! I've also enjoyed reading your everyday stories. When I read this one about you sponsoring a child, I had to comment. I sponsor children through Compassion also and it's so rewarding! To know that you have an impact on the life of this young child is so cool! I pray for them every day and look forward to meeting them some day in heaven. :) Keep up the good work of spreading the love of Jesus!

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  99. Hi Kate- I just want to say that Im personally so inspired by your blog. I first came upon the site through pintrest and watched all your videos and felt like I could get out of this "hair slump" that I feel I have been in. Then I read your Bio and started to cry! I love how bold you are about your personal relationship with Christ! You have an amazing gift and thank you for sharing with all of us! I hope if Im ever in NC that I would get the chance to have coffee with you! Thanks again! Christine in Wyoming

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