Prairie Wife of the Week November 14, 2014 #giveaway

Posted November 14, 2014 by Prairie Wife - 133 comments

My regular readers know I have a soft spot for reality TV, and it was a huge thrill for me when one of my favorite reality stars Marissa Hermer of Ladies of London, agreed to be a Prairie Wife of the Week a few months ago. After that big coup I became a little less scared to dream big. One Tuesday night as I was sitting on the couch eating ice cream and watching one of my favorite shows, Kim of Queens on Lifetime (it just finished it’s second season) I thought “I would love to go out for lunch with Kim, and her sister…and her mom!” Their obvious passion for life, sassy attitudes, and confidence just ooze out of the screen. Add to that fun quotes like “I’ve got more drama than a squirrels got nuts, y’all!” and “Just call me butter baby, ’cause I’m on a roll!”  and you can see why I would be more than willing to find a sitter and spend a few hours with them. It occurred to me that while a lunch date was probably not in the cards…perhaps an interview was! I sent an e-mail to Kim’s people who promptly responded that Kim would be glad to do an interview. After I got done squealing and dancing around (as much as a woman largely pregnant with her 5th child can dance) I got down to the business of working out the details.

Thankfully when it came time for my phone interview my lovely neighbor was willing to watch the two littlest Cowboys. I was nervous enough  to chat with Kim, the last thing I needed was Cowboy C to throw a tantrum in the middle of it! I shouldn’t have been worried. I can honestly say that Kim is as gracious, thoughtful, and witty in real life as she is on the show. We bonded over a shared love of baseball hats, mom sweats, Pinterest and the never ending concern for the future of our children. She was honest and open with me and I found myself feeling like she should be charging me by the hour for her life coaching tidbits she slipped in throughout the interview. I can’t wait for her book to come out next year, I know that it will be a self help book that will become a tool that allows me to truly grow as I read it! Kim’s passion for God, family, work, and staying true to herself make her a Prairie Wife to be admired. Add to that her ability to motivate and help others grow through well chosen words of wisdom and you can see why she is one of my favorite Prairie Wives ever! Maybe, just maybe, she Allisyn and Jo will take me up on that offer for lunch…my treat!

Stop by the end of this interview to enter a Giveaway! Our Kim of Queens Prize Package includes a signed photo of Kim, a Pageant Place T-shirt (size large), a darling makeup bag full of Hardee Girl makeup and jewelry goodies, and what every woman needs…her very own crown! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Earn extra points by following PrairieWifeInHeels.com and Kim Gravel on social media. Please be honest, we will be checking all entries to make sure they are valid!

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Prairie Wife (PW): First tell us a little bit about you and your family.

Kim (K): I live in Georgia with my husband Travis and two boys Beau and Blanton. As you know from the show I grew up in a tight knit but always loud family. We are a passionate God loving family and I am a passionate person, I can see that in my boys and I love it!

PW: When you were younger you became involved in pageants, and eventually won the Miss Georgia title and became the US Goodwill Ambassador to Japan. Can you share why you, a self proclaimed “ugly duckling,” became involved in pageants?

Kim head Shot 1K: I was not the typical pretty girl, but I knew that I had something to say, even at a young age. I had a talent for singing and I knew I had a unique point of view and at that time, I had nowhere to share my views. We had drama at school which was wonderful. But it wasn’t a place where I could be myself and share my personal story. I never looked at pageants as a beauty competition; I always focused on the interview and microphone part. I was into female empowerment (though I wasn’t aware of it at the time) and I saw pageants as a way for me to stand strong and reach others in my community.

PW: You now run Pageant Place (the topic of a hit Lifetime TV show) where you offer workshops and classes for young girls and teens who are interested in participating in pageants. Your no nonsense approach is admired by thousands of fans but…in the end you still work with the most feared of all creatures…the pubescent girl. Any advice for those of us who have young girls and teens on discipline and building healthy self-esteem?

K: I put into practice what my parents did with my sister and I. Though I need to say that I strongly feel that kids today face so much more than we had to face as children! With all the social media bombarding our kids they are getting the same message over and over…conform. This is the definition of beauty…slim, clear skin, tall, big lips, full breasts and lush lashes. Or this is what it means to be successful…money, big house, flashy car, designer clothes, and a private jet. When in truth the definition of beauty and success is individual to each person. It’s killing our kid’s creativity and confidence and keeping them from developing their own personalities. It’s also exposing them to things that they shouldn’t be exposed to at an early age. It’s the nature of the beast, so rather than ignoring it, have those hard (and sometimes embarrassing) conversations. Show them the harsh realities and then educate them about how to handle it. Then when it happens and you aren’t there…they will have the strength to conquer it on their own.

We are trying to protect our kids from all the bumps and bruises of life that hurt us, and believe me I’m a mom I get it! To be strong adults, our kids have to spread their wings and then falter and crash down to the ground every now and then. Be there to offer support and encouragement, but don’t always be the one holding them up. Let them hurt a little bit and learn how to cope. Allow your child to discover who they are. Help aid them in that process, but don’t take it over.

I think that discipline today isn’t enough and it’s for the wrong reasons. We do it because of what other people may think of our kids when they see them throw a fit in the store, not for their own character development. My favorite rule for the teens is if they don’t pay for it they shouldn’t play with it. If my kids want a phone or a car great, give me money each month for the phone bill or pay for your own gas. Putting restrictions on their behavior and making clear boundaries for them is healthy!

We need to be building leaders not followers. Let them be who they are, know that they will rebel (and as long as it’s in a safe way allow it) and let them discover their strengths. For my family and I faith is a vital part of our lives. As a parent you need to educate your children about the why and how of what you believe, don’t just expect them to blindly follow…because it won’t stick once they leave the house if they don’t truly believe.

Read a second more recent interview with Kim now!

PW: A lot of mothers I know contemplate putting their daughters in pageants. Do you have any advice for them? Is there such a thing as too young or too much?

K: I don’t like pageants that don’t have a speaking element to them. If you want to have fun and have it be about the dress that’s fine. The interview forces the girls to develop communication skills. When you put a girl on stage at 8 years old, and teach them how to share their ideas and beliefs with strangers, just think how it will benefit them at 16. Don’t break the bank to do pageants, look at is as a hobby. If you set out each time with the goal to grow not win the crown, the crown will always come. You may need to push your child sometimes, after all kids are kids. But, you need to make sure it’s because they are going to thrive by continuing, not because you want them to be there. In the end be an aware parent that’s tuned into your kid, you’ll know when it’s time to take a break or when it’s time to push forward.

Kim FamPW: Your mom and sister both work with you, and while you make it clear it can be trying at times, your love for each other is obvious. Has your relationship with your family always been that way?

K: We are very passionate and opinionated and have always been that way. But in the end we don’t take ourselves too seriously so no offense is ever taken. We are self aware and loving and we know that all the fuss and yelling comes from a place of love.

PW: Though I’ve never met you in person, your confidence is SO apparent that it practically jumps out of the TV. Can you share some personal tips and tricks you use to feel better when you’re not feeling great about yourself.

K: There are three things that are foundational to building my confidence.

First: It’s no secret that my relationship with God is important to me. His strength gives me my strength.

Second: We all have things that go wrong each and every day whether it’s a headache, a bad hair day, bad weather, 20 extra pounds, or losing your job…nothing will ever be perfect. The key is stopping the chatter, that inner negativity that weighs you down. As soon as that voice starts picking at you, shut it down and replace it with your truth!

Third: Know what your purpose on this earth is. If you don’t know what it is, start working to figure it out! Why are you here? If you define your purpose and keep your focus on that, it doesn’t mater what the world does and says, no one can take that away. My personal call is to build, to edify. I build businesses, people, relationships, buildings…that‘s just what I do. When you have people that know their purpose and stay focused well, that’s when you get the Oprah’s of the world! Those unique people that stimulate positive change wherever they go. If you aren’t dead yet, you still have something to do.

PW: You are a whirlwind of activity and besides your pageants you are also a professional makeup artist and have your own line of makeup products called Hardee Girl. What makeup products should every woman have in their makeup bag, and know how to use?

Kim head shot 2K: I can’t emphasize good skin care enough! Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. Take at least one day a week to nourish your skin. As far as makeup products, you HAVE to have a good bronzer…please no orange. I don’t wear foundation every day; just throw that bronzer on your cheeks and you look fresh and rested. Everyone needs a good nude lip color for their specific coloring. When you find it get the lipstick, lip pencil, and lip gloss. I am a self proclaimed freak about brows. You’ve all heard it before; if the eyes are the windows to the soul the brows are the window frame. Keep them arched in the right way for your face, and don’t over pluck. Start and end your eyebrows where your eye is, it gives you an instant eye lift. Mascara is harsh, so be careful what products you use and try to skip it when you can. Many of the formulas have formaldehyde in them and that will wreck your lashes. Hardee Girl is developing our own mascara that prompts growth and is natural. I am super excited because we are currently working with QVC to start selling a variety of our Hardee Girl products.

PW: Besides being a woman, wife, mother and business owner you are a blogger, life coach, public speaker, and a singer in your own band how do you keep it all balanced?

K: I’ve got a great support system, both emotionally and also the people that are willing to help me juggle it all. I took time “off” to stay home with my boys. During that time I always said that Lord willing I would get back out there and make a difference. Now I am out there, and I love it! We had a lot of time to prepare and plan for my transition back to work, and I know that planning is why things have gone so well. I don’t think you can have it all, but I know you can do it all if you have the right mind set.

PW: You have two young boys, which I know can be absolutely exhausting yet filled with joy at the same time, can you share a little bit about your experiences with motherhood?

Gravel Beach PhotoK: When my boys were born I took 5 years and stayed home with them. I traveled some but, most of my focus on the boys. I’m not going to lie, it was hard. It wasn’t easy for me and I struggled with the transition, there were times that I didn’t enjoy it at all. As I look back I know in my heart it was the right choice and it was good for my kids, and good for me. Becoming a mom changes who you are and for many women it gives them confidence in who they are and what their purpose it…I have been one of those woman who gained a new sense of self by becoming a mother. I think as a mom I really try to focus on not raising children, but raising young men. Like all mom’s I have areas I know I need to work on. I admit to being the marathon screamer as a mother, and then when things settle down I always feel badly. But, all you can do it take a deep breath and try and move forward and do better next time. My kids are always so good at showing me the worst parts of myself. I’ll hear things come out of their mouth and think…Uh oh, I know where they learned that!

PW: On the show we always see you dolled up and amidst the hustle and bustle of your work, what do you do to relax at home (please tell me you do own a pair of trashy mom sweat pants)?

K: I am a homebody and we love to just “be” a family. For me, my home is my haven. We take walks together; snuggle on the couch watching TV, and sit down to eat home cooked meals together. I totally admit to being the typical mom, right now I’m wearing a baseball hat, sweat pants, and not a bit of makeup. I do NOT glamor up every day, only when we are filming or I am at work, just like every other women I love my days off!

PW: Any last Prairie Wife words of wisdom?

K: But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

Note: Want to know what Kim is up to now? Check out this interview we did with her in February of 2015!

Don’t forget to enter our Giveaway! Our Kim of Queens Prize Package includes a signed photo of Kim, a Pageant Place T-shirt (size large), a darling makeup bag full of Hardee Girl makeup and jewelry goodies, and what every woman needs…her very own crown! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Earn extra points by following PrairieWifeInHeels.com and Kim Gravel on social media. Please be honest, we will be checking all entries to make sure they are valid!

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133 thoughts on "Prairie Wife of the Week November 14, 2014 #giveaway"

  1. Cody Smith says:

    The interview with Kim Gravel was absolutely one of the best interviews I’ve read thus far about her! Way to go!!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks so much Cody! And thanks’ for stopping by…hope we see more of you 🙂

      1. Cody Smith says:

        You’re so very welcome! 🙂 and im sure you will!!! 😀

    2. Lori says:

      Love the interview. Kim of Queens is a favorite show to watch. Thank you for a inspirational interview

      1. Prairie Wife says:

        Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Sara says:

    I love Kim! She’s such a delight to watch and I wish they never took her show off the air! I think her story is one that a lot of younger girls need to hear!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I agree…but I have a feeling bigger and better things will be coming from her!

  3. College BFF says:

    Great interview! She had some great points about raising our children 😉

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I know, I’m sure I will be pulling this post up in a few years when Cowgirl G is a preteen!

  4. Terry says:

    Great read! thanks!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you for stopping by Terry!

  5. Molly says:

    Love the post! It’s great to see how down to earth she is.

  6. Kelly says:

    I have met Kim, Allisyn and Jo, they are genuine. They encourage you to just be you!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I really believe that after chatting with Kim! I bet it was wonderful to meet such truly kind women!

  7. Holly Johnson says:

    I truly believe we need more people in the world like Kim. I love watching her show and this interview just confirmed how great it is and the power of empowering and uplifting our children. She had some great points not only in life but as a parent. I just can’t get enough of Kim if all young girls had a role model like Kim our world would have a better future!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I couldn’t agree more!

  8. Pa says:

    I love the line “Let them hurt a little bit and learn how to cope.” I don’t think enough parents allow kids to make controlled mistakes so they can learn from them.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I know mine let me stumble and fall 😉 and I can say it has helped to make me the PW I am today!

  9. Margi Kenny says:

    In depth and awesome. Great job for following your heart PW and having the courage to call celebrities and conduct these interviews.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you! The PW of the week has become one of my favorite parts of the blog!

  10. Jodi says:

    Would love to meet all of them!!Love there enthusiasm and want some makeup tips in person….

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It would be so fun wouldn’t it!

  11. Luna S says:

    I love this interview, it is very detailed and a lot of questions were asked!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you Luna! So pleased you enjoyed the interview and I hope you stop by again 🙂

  12. amanda whitley says:

    i think the interview was great, i love the beach photo of her family.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I know, they look so happy 🙂

  13. Sarah G. says:

    I loved this interview with Kim.I love show which I found while watching lifetime on a Saturday morning and grew to love it and I was hooked .I got my 2 sisters and my mom into the show .This interview goes to show how much of a beautiful person Ms. Kim is on the show and in real life.She is a wonderful coach who instills in her students to be thoughtful ,not just another pretty face and I like that.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I agree she really does work hard to help her girls grow to be proud and strong women, thanks for sharing the show with your family!

  14. Patty says:

    I am so glad you asked her ‘what personal tips and tricks she uses to feel better when she’s not feeling great about herself.” Lord knows I needed to read that. Great interview! I adore these women!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I needed to hear them too!

  15. katie says:

    Thank you so much for this interview! I love watching Kim and miss the show when it is not on! I live the positive approach to life she brings! I would love a chance talk with or meet her!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It was a seriously big deal for me to chat with her, something that I will think of and smile about for many year to come I am sure!

  16. Michelle Prater says:

    Kudos to you, Prairie Wife for such an incredible interview with such a phenomenal lady! I’m absolutely sharing this on Twitter, so many others can have the pleasure of reading this wonderful interview. So many of the questions that you asked Kim, are questions I’ve had about Kim & her family! My two daughter’s and I have had a huge obsession with Kim of Queens for the two awesome seasons! I have a rare, severe lung disease, and have been pretty sick, but watching shows like Kim of Queens (and now looking forward to reading your posts) certainly takes my mind off of things. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of the times Kim of Queens has made me smile (not suppose to laugh,) but watching their show is almost impossible not to! Since you did an incredible with my favorite show Queen, I’m certainly a new forever fan of yours! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I certainly can tell you certainly are Blessed with many talents! Oh by the way, Kim certainly has even got me to paint my old barn every once in awhile!!! Lol

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks so much Michelle for taking the time to stop by and leave such a wonderful comment! You have truly made my day 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more from you!

  17. Julie says:

    great interview I really love Kim’s show my daughters and I watch it together 😉

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It is a wonderful show to watch as a family.

  18. Michelle Prater says:

    Forgive me if I didn’t do the tweet correctly! Very confused!!!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      You did it perfectly Michelle, and thanks for stopping by!

  19. Cheryl Z. says:

    I loved your interview with Kim. She does so much for the self esteem for young ladies, focusing on their inner beauty, as well as making them look fantastic. I love her outlook on family. So happy she has her own brand of make up because she and her family looks so natural. Love the show and interview!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Her bronzer is on my makeup wish list!

  20. Marjorie Proulx says:

    I was so happy to stumble across this interview. I miss watching new episodes of Kim of Queens. Thank you for reaching out to Kim and asking herquestions related to her life as a mother & woman. I love how she found her special gift in life & reaches out for others to do the same. You fulfilled my Kim Gravel withdrawal.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      So glad I could help you get your Kim fix 🙂 I hope you stop by again and visit us.

  21. allyson tice says:

    She actually seems like a sweet lady! So honest and sweet! Great interview and the questions were good too!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      She really is sweet and thanks!

  22. Karen says:

    I’ve never seen this show, but based on this interview I need to start watching! Kim’s perspective on life and words of wisdom are so motivational and spot-on! I agree with the above comments–great interview!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I know you will love it, and thanks Karen!

  23. megan tilley says:

    I enjoyed it, she seems like a person I would actually like to meet in person.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks Megan, hope you stop by again soon!

  24. Jenifer Ramsey says:

    Love love love this blog and especially this interview with Kim!! Such a passionate and well-spoken true lady that I admire very much. I wish I could have her coach me in my Mrs. Texas America Pageant because I truly believe she has that special gift of bringing out the very best in her client/friends. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Can you see me blushing?! Good luck to you in your pageant work, keep us posted on how you do Jenifer!

  25. Richelle Runyon says:

    I absolutely adore Kim! She is one of my favorite people on the earth. I adore watching her show as well as her appearances on the show of another one of my faves, Steve Harvey!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      She always makes me smile 🙂

  26. I love Kim’s outlook and show. She truly shows young women that beauty can be enhanced on the outside but comes from within.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Such a good message that all women need to hear, young or old!

  27. Bennie says:

    I love KOQ and I hope the show comes back on again and I love Kim’s blog. Due to a merger I’m going to be unemployed in 2015 so I’m trying to pump up my confidence and Kim’s blog is one or my tools. Great interview – I didn’t know she is married and has kids. Ya learn something new every day.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Her blog has been uplifting for me as well Bennie. Best of luck in your future journey and I hope we can offer you support here from PrairieWifeInHeels.com as well 🙂 I had no idea she was a woman of so many talents before I did this interview!

  28. Beth Lockhart says:

    I love Kim Gravel and her faith filled message that she shares!

  29. Wendy says:

    Loved the interview with Kim! My daughter and I enjoyed watching her show every week. We really miss it!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks, it’s been fun to read how many mothers and daughters have been able to bond through KOQ!

  30. Deidre Cates says:

    In a world where there is so much negative. ………the positive is a huge ray of sunshine! Kim makes me smile just to listen to her talk.
    I think that Kim and her sister and mother are hilarious together and her sister reminds me of my sister who can make me smile anytime.
    Thank you for allowing us to be privy to your interview.
    Blessing on ya’ll! !

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks for stopping by Deidre! I agree with you Kim and her family sure bring a smile to my face!

  31. Kayla says:

    Love Kim Gravel and what she stands for!

  32. Nyctygrl says:

    Love Kim! She truly cares about making her community better. One awesome girl at a time.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It’s true, and who know the good each of those girls will do in turn?!

  33. Carmen vigil says:

    I loved Kim’s show! It was the whole package. She showed girls their self worth. I love the fact that she was happy to help them with talent but taught them to speak from their heart. I especially loved being able to watch it with my mom… It made us both laugh so much! And I would love a make up lesson from her one day! I’m okay at it but seriously, need some help!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      She is the whole package…one classy lady!

  34. Shannon Hess says:

    Always love hearing what Kim has to say. I always feel so motivated and empowered after reading something she wrote.

  35. Joanna says:

    Kim is a breath of fresh air. She’s positive and real. She is a celebrity being good and doing good!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Love that quote “she is a celebrity being good and doing good” 🙂

  36. Caren says:

    Thank you for some more insight into this woman! Kim Gravel is a woman with a purpose, I really enjoyed her show because it did offer more than just a beauty pageant perspective, but in training these young women to compose themselves.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Life is so much more about being able to communicate your ideas and being strong rather than looking good, Kim really helps us all see that!

  37. Cheryl Davis says:

    great interview. My daughter and I have met Kim and agree she is the ‘real deal’. She is awesome and hope we see much more of her teachings. I’d like to sit down and have lunch with her too!! .

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Oh I’m a little jealous of you right now Cheryl!

  38. Leigh says:

    OMGosh, thank you for this interview. I LOVE Kim of Queens and Kim! She is such an inspiration to all women, young and old.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Glad we could help you get your weekly Kim fix 🙂

  39. April says:

    My daughter and I just love Kim and her mom and sister! We miss Kim of Queens, but are so glad that Kim is showing up in other ways! I love the fact that Kim keeps it real. 🙂 Thank you for doing this interview with Kim. 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It’s been so nice to hear how many families enjoy watching Kim’s show!

  40. Stephanie says:

    Loved this interview! As a mother of all girls, I have appreciated all that Kim stands for and strives to teach the girls she works with through her business. These things have helped me in the raising of my own girls and I truly cannot thank her enough!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I agree, I am keeping this one ready for when Cowgirl G gets older!

  41. Amanda White says:

    I fell in love with Kim of Queens after watching the show with my 15 year old daughter. Kim is so funny. She also cared more about what is truly best for the girls and not what the world thought. The world needs more KOQ!!!
    I already follow Kim on Facebook and I am going to start following Prairie Wife too. Thank you for doing this interview. I really enjoyed reading it.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you Amanda for stopping by, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of our other weekly Prairie Wife interviews!

  42. Shannon says:

    I love Kim Gravel! What a powerful message that so many women need to hear. I know God has great things planned for the future.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I agree, and I can’t wait to see what His plans are!

  43. Brianna says:

    Loved reading this interview! Me and my mom just love Kim; she is a hoot! We’re really hoping that KOQ comes back to Lifetime, I miss it on Tuesday nights!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Me too Brianna, I miss my Tue night feel good time with Kim and all the girls!

  44. Bobbie Smith says:

    I love Kim! So I definitely enjoyed the interview!! You might as well butter my biscuits cause I’m on a ROLL!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      SO happy to hear you enjoyed it.

  45. Maria says:

    My daughter and I love Kim of Queens! Hoping the show gets picked up by a smarter network!

  46. Stephanie Brown says:

    First of all – I read all of Kim’s answers in her accent – but didn’t realize it until I was half way through the interview. B – I just love her – I love her show and how she loves all girls and sees potential in every one. I’m pretty sure we’d be best friends if we ever met. 😉 Great interview!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Lol I have to be honest I had to focus at times through the interview to catch all that she was saying with her accent lol. So glad that her voice shone through when I typed it all out 🙂

  47. Mandy says:

    Great Interview! Watching Kim on her show helped me articulate my purpose within. That is to Shift and Transform… people, thoughts, energy, perspectives. All for the greater good of our human experience. Although I am not a mother (but a mother of the arts), I admire both of you and all mothers for your strength. Bravo to both of you!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you Mandy, not everyone is called to be a mother,I have no doubt your purpose will shine through in all that you do!

  48. Abbey says:

    I am a pageant girl and Miss Kim and I- we share a lot in common. That’s how I found this blog: I follow her (and now you! 🙂 I am a prairie girl too!) on the Facebook because I truly believe in what she has to say. I think it’s unfair that kids and especially girls have so much stigma put on them about who they “have to” be. I was THE ugly duckling as a kid- I was bullied incessantly and called some pretty nasty things. As a size 16 girl, pageants really helped me accept who I am as a woman and find my own source of confidence. Sure, it’s hard sometimes, but then you hit that stage and show those girls that real size girls can own the stage just as well as they can. Thank you for this interview- it was candid and I really enjoyed it. I love knowing that there are other women out there who accept being real and encourage other women to be themselves no matter what. Cheers and enjoy the holiday season.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Abbey thank you so much for sharing your story. I couldn’t agree more that it’s all about attitude and not size!

  49. Christy says:

    Great interview. I didn’t know that Kim had a book coming out and look forward to reading it!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      You and me both Christy!

  50. G says:

    What I liked most is it was real…..so many interviews seemed staged and this just seemed real honest and down to earth, like the part about being dressed in sweats and a baseball hat…. Anf thanks for the Chsnce to win

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you so much, I really have loved doing all these Prairie Wife interviews and getting to know so many amazing women. I hope you stop by and visit us again!

  51. Andrea says:

    I need to watch the shoe now!! 🙂 I love that she’s famous but still took the time to stay home with her boys and focused on them 😉

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      You will love the show!

  52. Bobbi P says:

    I absolutely loved this interview! You are both such an inspiration to me! ❤️

  53. Gayelyn says:

    Loved reading the interview. Knowing her these past few years before The Pageant Place has taught me so much about myself. Kim is real, genuine, funny, generous, compassionate, etc. Always!

    I’m glad I came across this interview.

  54. Beverly Mahler says:

    Kim is so refreshing and I agree with many of her points on child rearing. It’s cool I can tell my 10 year old daughter that Kim agrees with some of the things I have told her. Thanks for being you Kim.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It’s always nice to have a little back up when parenting especially when it comes in the form of Kim!

  55. Erin says:

    Thanks for the interview-my roommate and I became huge fans of Kim while browsing Lifetime, and love the message of the show!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      You’re SO welcome Erin! I can’t wait to see what Kim does next!

  56. Sarah Zakowski says:

    Great interview, it reminds me of why I love Kim and her show so much! 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank you, and I hope we see more of you Sarah!

  57. Cindy Wheatley Holland says:

    Love that she is not afraid to talk about her relationship with God and also to know that she is a homebody just like me and that family and home are at the top of her list… 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It was refreshing to hear that she is “just” like the rest of us wasn’t it?!

  58. Tanya A. says:

    Love the interview and the inspiration she gives others.

  59. Melissa says:

    i just love Kim’s attitude and her spunk for life! She is a great role model not only for young girls but even for older women (34) like myself who need a confidence booster. She has a lot of lessons under that crown of hers, I think every woman should know Kim!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I was so pleased to share her wonderful zest for life and what she does with our readers!

  60. Alison Gibb says:

    I really enjoyed this interview with Kim. Kim sounds very open and honest. Also, I had no idea how many hats she wears. She is beautiful and very talented.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I agree, she is a busy woman!

  61. lindsay hess says:

    I loved the review! It was very imformitive and I really enjoyed it, thank you for sharing!!!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thank YOU for stopping by!

  62. julie says:

    I love Kim and Kim of Queens are terrific.

  63. peggy schuster says:

    Well, I just got a two-fer! Not only did I read a great interview about someone I really admire but I also discovered Prairie Wife. Fantastic day! Woo-hoo!

  64. I really like the last words of wisdom:
    But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

  65. em says:

    my fave show!! what a cool interview

  66. Julie says:

    I love Kim Gravel and Kim of Queens for her positive and empowering messages to women on their true beauty and confidence!

  67. Lizzi says:

    Great interview! I have never seen her show but totally would watch if we had cable! What a fun and encouraging woman!

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