Friday Favorites #6

Another week with 5 posts?  Who am I? Apparently someone with a lot to say who thinks others want to hear it – ha! Since this is the Friday before Valentine’s Day my favorites have to do with love – people and things I love.  Here we go!

    1. #1 While cleaning out a desk drawer I found some handmade Valentine’s cards from my boys.  Nolan even made me a necklace, I remember he attached a tag to it that said, “Every kiss begins with K”. I’m hoping you’re familiar with that commercial for Kay Jewelers.  Anyhow, I’ve kept the necklace all these years and it remains one of my most prized possessions.

    1. Collin made me this card 11 years ago! So hard to believe he’s graduating this year!

    1. So handmade cards and gifts from my boys are my favorites!

#2 My second favorite has to do with passion, not the kind you’re thinking of but the kind of passion that drives you, ya know? Well one of my very favorite people in the world found her passion some years ago through the PTA. Since then she has become a major advocate for all children and has worked hours and hours lobbying on their behalf. This work is free mind you and the personal cost to her and her family is great. This passion has driven her to spend weeks on end in Tallahassee knockin on doors and gettin’ in the faces of our lawmakers to fight for education. I am incredibly proud of her. She has just kicked off her campaign for Orange County School Board member, District 1.  We need someone with this passion on our school board!
#3 Yesterday I took the day off to go on a field trip with Collin. As I mentioned above he is a senior this year so there won’t be anymore field trips for me to attend with him. This was extra sweet for me, I love this boy of mine! We visited the Sanford Police Dept. (yes, THE Sanford Police Dept. associated with George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin) to get up close and personal with their CSI Unit. Very interesting and totally not like the show – no cute clothes, no hair and make up done to perfection. He actually let me take a few photos – including a selfie! Total mom win in my book!
Favorite #4 for me is the kindness of others. It may sound cliche but in my opinion there just isn’t enough of it so when I experience it my heart sings. I am headed to a Women’s Retreat at my church on Saturday, due to the kindness of one woman who really went out of her way to make me feel welcome. Normally I shy away from these kinds of things because I don’t have a group of women at church that I’m close to. Sometimes these things can be a little clique-y and that’s not my jam. I’m grateful to this woman, her name is Amy, who took the time to talk to me after service last Sunday. It reminds me to do the same and pay it forward.
#5 Okay,time for the superficial. Almost two weeks ago I got my nails dipped because Lisa talked about loving hers so much. I’m not one for manicures because I really can’t stand sitting there and having my nails done. I’m so impatient! But I love having pretty nails so I went for it. Will I keep it up? Nope. I’m too cheap. It was $30 before the tip and my nails grow fast but I’ll definitely do it every once in awhile!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend no matter what your plans include. If you’re planning on shopping, I recently ordered a few things from Old Navy I’ll be sharing with you next week. I got this gingham shirt because it is so stinkin cute with that heart on it! I also ordered this top in 2 colors and love it! I could hardly say no to this sweet striped cardi. I love Old Navy long cardis and of course their denim!
If you haven’t already heard Loft just launched their plus size line – it’s about time!! I love this dress and this dress!

As always I thank you for stopping by and I look forward to having you back on Monday! Keep it kind and stay true to you!



  1. Andrea
    February 9, 2018 / 7:32 am

    Happy Friday sweet friend! LOVE the Mom and Collin selfie!! Ooh CSI, I love investigations, little known fact, I used to do investigations on the side many moons ago. Almost opened a PI firm. I know who would’ve thought! The cards from the boys melted my heart..every kiss begins with “K”…oh my, how precious!! I treasure those things! I hope your weekend is sweet. wonderful and happy…all the things you are!

    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 10:35 am

      You’re so sweet! Wow, I am amazed, investigations, huh? See, you would have definitely brought the style and glamour to the field! Our old neighbors were PIs and I was so intrigued, very cool. I hope you’re enjoying being home, gonna have to get your help with vacation this Summer – I’d like to plan something on Lake Michigan!
      Have a great weekend!

  2. jodie
    February 9, 2018 / 9:19 am

    Those valentines just pluck the heartstrings, Kellyann!!
    That will just make you day for weeks!!
    Enjoy your weekend!!

    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 10:32 am

      Oh I know, right, Jodie?! Priceless pieces I just adore! Have a great weekend, I hope you’re planning something fabulous for your anniversary!

  3. February 9, 2018 / 10:05 am

    Oh gosh, your last field trip!? What a bittersweet moment! I don’t want to think about crossing that line yet. Your dipped nails look great but I am with you…I just can’t justify spending that much on regular maintenance. I’ll keep doing my nails myself for the foreseeable future. Same goes for eyelash extensions! I love them on others but yikes. So expensive and time consuming to maintain!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Yes, so bittersweet! Man, the time just flies. When I said something to him about it being the last field trip he looked startled and was like, “What? You’re not coming on any others?” I didn’t think there were any others but if in fact there’s one more I’ll be there! Honestly in high school there aren’t many trips!
      The older I get the more maintenance I need, lol! I have lots of friends who spend a ton on botox, fillers, nails, etc. I’m just not there. The time and money is just too overwhelming to me. So glad you concur!

  4. February 9, 2018 / 10:48 am

    Those cards are so precious! What wonderful keepsakes to look back at! I’m so glad you were able to join your boy for a field trip! Your smiles in that snapshot say it all! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderfully refreshing time at your women’s retreat this weekend! – Brenda //
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    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 12:58 pm

      Thanks Brenda! These keepsakes are just the best! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      You too Nancy!

  5. Deena Simair
    February 9, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Aw, i love that you were able to go on a field trip with your guy!! Have a great weekend.
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    • Kellyann
      February 9, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Yeah me too, he’s just the sweetest! These days are going by so quickly…

  6. February 10, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Love those cards! I keep a few in my nightstand and they make my heart happy to look at them. Dang, I just ordered from Old Navy but I didn’t see that cute gingham top. Can’t wait to see it on you! Have a great weekend!
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    • Kellyann
      February 11, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Ohhhhhhh, I can’t wait to see what you got from Old Navy! I swear I do better shopping online than in the store with them. My store is always so messy and the clothes just seem to look better online. I think the gingham shirt is mostly sold out but I’n hoping they re-stock and add a few more colors, that would be awesome!

  7. February 10, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Those Valentines are so sweet! I am slowly growing a collection of special cards like that and I cherish them! The field trip sounds really neat! Hope you have a great weekend!
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    • Kellyann
      February 11, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      Oh yes, Laura, you are going to have quite the collection from your girls! I have so many little handmade gifts and notes from my boys, they mean the world to me!
      I think you start back to work this week – I’ll be thinking of you, I’ve been there and it’s hard!
      Hugs to you!

  8. February 10, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    That card and necklace are so sweet. Isn’t it the best when you stumble across little things like that? I found an initial necklace that my kids bought at the school store and I’ve started wearing it. It reminds me of when they were sweet little people. LOL

    I have a hard time at social events, people think I’m mean, but I’m really just very shy. I have a hard time talking to people {and making small talk}, so when someone reaches out to me, I do appreciate it a lot.

    Your nails look fab! I’ve only had a manicure a couple of times but I’m cheap, so I don’t do it very often. But I do like the look…
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    • Kellyann
      February 11, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks Daenel. I used to keep a file of all the sweet cards kids at school made me and I loved to take them out and read them when I was having a rough day – their sweetness always brought a smile to my face. My husband used to take the boys to Walgreens and let them pick out “gifts” for me – I kept most of them because they were so sweet, silly jewelry or crazy nail polish. Just the best!
      So here’s the thing about me in social events – I hate small talk and although I used to be outgoing I’ve become much more introverted. It is funny how quickly people just assume you’re mean or snobby because you’re not playing the social game, but I honestly just prefer more intimate conversation. Sometimes I feel like I can sense another person feeling uncomfortable and I’ll go out of my way to make them feel welcomed if I’m on my turf. So, yeah, it’s nice when someone offers the helping hand and is so kind.
      I’m cheap too – these nails won’t get done again for a long time, lol! I love how nice they look but I’d rather do something else with the money! I think we are a lot alike Daenel!

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