Behind the Boutqiue Kristina Nissen Blueberry Picking

Holy smokes- look at dem blueberries!!! It’s a serious shame I don’t have the skills to put those babies into some sort of intricate homemade pie (shout out to my Pops- who I just subscribed to my blog and who knows I’m capable of burning a salad). For the record a good friend of mine was kind enough to give me a Blueberry Crumb recipe… perhaps I’ll muster up the confidence to give that a try ๐Ÿ˜‰ In the meantime my kids are plenty content with shoving them in their mouths au naturel. View Post

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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Artful Blogging

You guys… I am just so incredibly honored to have been featured in the 10th Anniversary Edition of Artful Blogging. This is such a beautiful magazine; packed with inspiration and the narratives of just wonderful and creative people. As someone who doesn’t come from this background at all, I’m just so honored to be included among such talented individuals. I sincerely want to thank each and every one of you who has stopped by my blog, my shop, or my Instagram account and followed along- truly, your support means so very much to me. Virtual glass tip ๐Ÿ™‚

I was asked to write a piece about my Instagram account and how I got my start there. I wrote a little bit about my background, how I take my photos and why I like to/how I get into the frame.

The magazine is available at Barnes & Noble, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels as well. If you happen to pick up a copy, I sincerely hope you enjoy! Be sure to check out their other amazing publications like Where Women Create, which has been one of my favorites for years!

All my love to you all,

 

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With another Fourth of July behind us, I have to pause and laugh at how uncool I’ve become over the years. Let me rephrase that: My coolness is like an inverted bell curve. It was high before kids, it dipped at ludicrous speed when my kids were infants, and now it’s back on the rise as they’re getting older ๐Ÿ˜‰

Before I hadย kids I would glare at my husband on the Fourth of July like:ย All you bought were snakes and sparklers?! Get the f— out of here and go buy something illegal.

Then my daughter was born and she was a whole four months old for her first Fourth of July and I was like: Dearย God I hope all the neighbors just have snakes this year. View Post

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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Positive Affirmations Daughter

Today I’m sharing a set of positive affirmations I say with my daughter every day, whenever there is a quiet moment between her and me.

I always pictured myself exclusively as a boy mom. I’m crude, a little too brash at times; so I sort of envisioned myself corralling a little family of wrestlers. I’ll never forget the moments and days that followed after I learned that we were having a girl. I literally couldn’t picture in my head being a girl mom (I know, totally ridiculous). Fast forward to today, and the relationship that we have together is the most sacred thing to me. Yes, I have a son, and I love both of my kids beyond any capacity I envisioned I could; but there is an extra important responsibility I feel that I have with my daughter. Perhaps I’ll dive into more detail about this in another post sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

So here we are. My little girl is now in pre-school, and I’m finding it just as important now (as it will be in the future) to remind her that it all starts within. Her relationship with herself will always be a top priority of mine, and it’s my job to foster that relationship from the very beginning. So without further ado, these are the list of things we say today to get off on the right foot. Enjoy!

Confession: After we’re finished, I sometimes go over them again with “We” instead of “I”. Mama needs reminded too ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Behind the Boutique Kristina Nissen Ice Cream Break

In the fullest of disclosures, I’m an absolute train wreck; and by “train wreck” I mean that if you met me personally you’d probably walk away like “WTF just happened?!”. I like to think that I ultimately pull things together just in time (the moments you see), there’s just a lot of variability, red wine, and bad words on my trajectory there ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being a mom is hard (yes, being a person in general is hard, but my post today isn’t about being a general person; it’s about being a mom… so…); and in case you didn’t already know, the struggle is real. How real? I mean, like saying you’re going to the grocery store and “accidentally” ending up in Bali, real. The ironic thing is in general, you’ll probably be the happiest and most fulfilled that you’ve ever been. Again, there’s just a lot more variability, red wine, and possibly bad words between those feelings!!

So what can someone do to keep a good spirit during said variability? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I can share what works for me; and the truth is, staying positive tends to be very binary for me. It either comes naturally, or it’s a deliberate effort that requires more concentration than David Copperfield has. I rarely see an in-between. This effort varies by year, month, day, even hour… literally. So let’s dive in (after scrolling through some photos of us enjoying ourselves for 15 minutes the other weekend)! View Post

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