January with TBB

That wonderful group of ladies, known as The Blended Blog, is back at it! This time TBB asks a series of questions for January. Read along and enjoy my friends!

Let’s do this and start the year out right!
1. No resolutions for me. I always strive to do the very best I can and I like to do a little self reflection each day. Did I leave the world a little better? Did I make a difference? Do I owe any apologies? That kind of thing, helps me stay true to who I am. I love this:
2. There’s no snow here in Florida but I love the cold! My husband tells me all the time that I’d like to vacation in snow but probably wouldn’t like living in it.
3. A new place I’d like to go this year? Hmmmmm…Lake Michigan for Summer vacation or Las Vegas.
4. Honestly neither. When I’ve tried changing my hair color I always end up blonde again and the stages getting there are never good. Same thing with a cut – if I go shorter it usually ends up being more work.
5. I’d love to attend a blogging conference or at the very least meet up in person with some other bloggers.
6. My least favorite thing about January is the let down after the holidays. My house seems so bare after taking down all of the decorations. I also hate saying goodbye to my son as he returns to school. Boo!
7. My favorite thing about January is my son’s birthday! This year he’ll be 20 and reflecting back on that day and all the days since then makes my heart swell with love and pride. That God chose me to be this boy’s mom is so humbling. I just love that boy!
8. The holiday decorations come down before we return to school. This year it was later than usual which was fine by me because I love keeping them up as long as possible.
9. I don’t like to diet – I prefer to resume my healthy eating habits that take a back seat during the holidays. I always feel better when I eat better!
10. My new desk area and kitchen need to be organized once I start my new work from home job.
11. This year I’ll be making Andrea’s Stout Beef Stew with biscuits. Ya’ll it is soooooooo good!
12. Reading is my favorite guilty pleasure. In fact, when I’m reading a good book NOTHING gets done. Dinner? Frozen pizza. Laundry? Dig deeper in your drawers to find something clean. TV? Nope. Give me a book any day!  Wanna know what I’ve read lately?  Go here.

Speaking of The Blended Blog go here to participate in a Spread the Love Gift Exchange in February. It’s open to everyone – not just bloggers!

Tomorrow I start my new job! I have one day of in-person training and then the rest is all online. I’m thinking of wearing this dress from Shein. It’s not too short, it’s comfortable and stylish. I’ll wear it with boots, like these or these (under $40). Because of the ruffled sleeves I’ll need to wear a vest in case it gets chilly at training. My cargo vest will work just fine. Don’t have one yet? Rectify that friends, now, it’s such a wardrobe staple that can be worn year round! This one or this one would be great!
I’ll be sure to post a picture on my instagram if you’re interested!

Make today a marvelous Monday!

XO,
Kellyann

40 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 6:45 am

    We might need to trade ideas on home offices! Good luck on your new adventure.

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks Patty! This whole home office idea seems so overwhelming to me. I literally have no extra space so this should be very interesting!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  2. Andrea
    January 8, 2018 / 7:33 am

    I am so excited for you to start your new job, you will rock at it!! Aww, glad you love the stout beef stew, gotta have the biscuits, lol!! YUM! Lots more in common girlie, I didn’t realize you had a January birthday boy too!! And also turning 20! LOVES ya to pieces, hope it’s a great day!

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      Oh yes, Nolan will be 20 on the 19th! We are headed back to Gainesville this weekend to celebrate with him. I cannot believe he’s 20 already. I’m sure you feel the same with your birthday boy, I know it sounds so cliche but time really does fly!
      BTW, had to make your sweet and sour chicken twice for him! Once to eat last week and then again on Saturday to take back with him. He loves that – so do I.
      Love you too my friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  3. January 8, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Congrats on the new job and I love the dress! I also love your take on resolutions and how you live life. You are inspiring!
    Carrie recently posted…TBB Asks: January EditionMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 6:01 pm

      Awwww, thanks so much Carrie! I so appreciate the kind words!
      All the best to you my friend!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. January 8, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Hi Kellyann! We were on the same wavelength when it came to stew and biscuits! Good luck with your new job. Enjoy your week.

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks Katie! I guess great minds think alike. Now if only I could get the calories outta those biscuits…
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. January 8, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Stopping by from this fun link up! Hope your January finds you in the middle of a good book and enjoying that beef stew, not on the same day of course! 😉 Have a great start to 2018!
    Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      Thanks Brenda! I’ll have to stop by your blog too. Love the name btw! I just got 2 new books and I cannot wait to start reading. But first I need to catch up on some laundry – whoops!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  6. January 8, 2018 / 9:35 am

    These are so good! I love finding our more about you! I would live in the mountains in a heartbeat, but my husband disagrees too!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod
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    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks Whitney, I’m glad you enjoyed it, it is fun reading all the responses. My husband wants no part of cooler weather so looks like I’m stuck here, lol. Not so bad considering how cold it is up north I guess!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  7. January 8, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Lake Michigan is BEAUTIFUL in the summer, and I really want to go to Las Vegas! I’m trying to get my brother to roadtrip with me someday

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Thanks Lauren! I think Lake Michigan would be such a different experience than the beaches I’m used to in Florida. I really need to start planning now, I think it would be great. And, Vegas? Sounds so fun. I hope you get to go, a roadtrip would be awesome, think of all the things you could see on the way.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  8. January 8, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Plus if you changed your hair color you would have to change the name of your blog, hehe. I know I hate taking down the Christmas decorations. Mr. started pouting when I told him i was going to start, but then hurt myself and I couldn’t this weekend, so he gets it another week…time is ticking Mr. hehe. Happy New Year!

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Hadn’t even thought about it but you’re right, I’d have to change the blog name!!! I always feel like I have to have everything put away before starting back to work. The house is so empty though, it’s like going through withdrawal. Hope you feel better but maybe you can be “recovering” and just boss everyone around to get them to do all the hard work,lol!
      Work it girl!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  9. January 8, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    UGH…I was just thinking yesterday about looking up blogging conferences for this year. We SERIOUSLY need to find on for our little group. Why didn’t I make that my #5 too. Oh well, thanks for the reminder. Making a note right now to check that out. That dress will be perfect for your first day of training, which I’m so excited about for you. I’m really hoping and praying this new job will be all your heart desires❤️ The military vest will be perfect with it too. Katie liked mine when she was here. I’m probably lucky it didn’t disappear when she left. (she knows better…I’m not very good at sharing my clothes with her)HA! Celebrating the big 20 for Nolan will be so fun. Such a milestone. I’m signed up for the gift exchange (finally I actually signed up for one) That will be fun. Have a fabulous week Kellyann!!! XOXO
    Lisa Richardson recently posted…New Year, New You – TBB AsksMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:48 pm

      Yes, we MUST go to a blogging conference together! How fun!!!
      Ok, so today, my last day at school, I got a call from my new co-worker!!!! She is the sweetest person and I am so thrilled to be working with another counselor. It was exactly what I needed. God knew today I needed all the signs to reassure me that I am on the right path. I think it is so cool when that happens! I’m just like, dang, HE is good!!! I’m super excited about training tomorrow, I honestly can’t wait.
      Chuckling over the sharing clothes comment. My mom, sister, and I always shared clothes! Now I have no one which I hadn’t even really thought of till you said that, so funny!
      Thanks for all the good mojo my friend and those most precious prayers!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  10. January 8, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Loving your new layout momma! Sending all the good vibes as you start this new job.

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Oh girl, thank you!!! I need all the good vibes this week!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  11. January 8, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I would love to attend a blogging conference this year, too! I am looking at Haven, I think it is in July and is also in Charleston this year, which I’ve always wanted to visit. We’ll see if I actually make it there. I need to try Andrea’s Stout Stew, it sounds delicious! Off to pin it!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com
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    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:40 pm

      Oh yes, Haven would be perfect for you Carrie! I hope you get to go, wouldn’t it be fun and so informative!
      Try that stew, it is soooooo good!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  12. January 8, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    Reading is the best guilty pleasure!

    • Kellyann
      January 8, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Absolutely!!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  13. January 8, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    I enjoyed reading all your answers ! This is such a fun link up ! Happy Monday !

    • Kellyann
      January 9, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Oh thanks! Yes, it was fun to think about these questions and share personal information.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  14. January 8, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    Good luck with the first day tomorrow- y0u’re going to be awesome. Once upon a time, my goal was to host a blog conference..you’re comment renewed that desire!
    Deena recently posted…TBB ASKS: a new yearMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 9, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Well if I knew anyone that should host a blog conference it would be YOU and your Blended Blog ladies. What a diverse and fun group you have. Go for it Deena!!!!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  15. January 9, 2018 / 12:53 am

    I so enjoyed popping in after being at Andrea’s blog. Great answers! We have a lot in common, blonde. Check. Well, that’s almost it, and I mean that in a GOOD way. Really need to shape up and get serious about exercise. I have put it on the back burner for way too long. I so admire you for getting up that early to put yourself and your health first (I read your bio!).

    Looking forward to visiting again!!

    • Kellyann
      January 9, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Hi Jane!!! It is super nice to meet you. I am going to pop on over to your blog next. Please come visit me anytime and let me know what you decide to do about exercise. Honestly I’ve been doing it for so long my body misses it when I don’t do it and I have a friend I meet at the gym each morning and that plays a major role in my dedication. Often I think maybe I should sleep in but I know she’s counting on me and that helps! But, hey, it’s not for everyone and that’s okay too.
      Alright Blondie, I’m headed your way!
      xo,
      Kellyann

      • January 10, 2018 / 2:34 am

        Hi Again!!

        I’m having a terrible time with responding to emails and getting through to blogs on Google+. Not sure what to do. When I hit the link in your email to me, it sent me straight here. Anyway—

        I SO appreciate your comment. We Do have a lot in common! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog as much as I do yours. I think it’s great to reach out to bloggers, by reading a comment by them on another blog that resonates to you. And I so, so sincerely appreciate your words about my sister Leslie. She was so fun, just a really happy, sometimes hysterically and sarcastically so, and really creative. I know she would have been a blogger. 🙂

        Sending a big hug and hoping we have a great friendship in this crazy blog world!

        Jane x
        Jane recently posted…A YEAR IN REVIEW: PART 1My Profile

        • Kellyann
          January 10, 2018 / 8:26 pm

          Oh Jane, I loved reading this! Yes, isn’t it crazy how this blogging world works? It’s amazing how we can connect on such special levels. So Leslie sounds remarkable and it sounds like you are too – y’all must have pretty amazing parents! So happy to make a new friend!
          xo,
          Kellyann

  16. January 9, 2018 / 1:32 am

    I’ve worked from home for 15 years, so let me know if you have any questions! If The Blended Blog heads to Florida for our annual get together, maybe we can meet up!
    Lana recently posted…TBB Asks: New Year, New YouMy Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 9, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Oh I would LOVE to meet up! And you ladies should most definitely come to FL! I just finished my first day of training and I’m a little overwhelmed with all of this technology but I am also super excited. It will definitely be a change but one I am so happy to make. My main goal is to make sure I move enough and don’t sit all day!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  17. January 10, 2018 / 8:43 am

    This is great Kellyann! I enjoyed reading your answers…we even had some similar…vacation in snow, meet another blogger in person or attend a blogger conference (yes!)…I laughed at your response to a hair cut or color. One would never know. Your hair always look great on the blog! I can’t wait to hear how your new job goes!! Oh! And happy birthday to your 20 year old!
    Chrissy recently posted…The Coziest Joggers & TBB ASKS: January 2018My Profile

    • Kellyann
      January 10, 2018 / 8:21 pm

      Oh friend, I need your prayers for sanity as I am in training this week – such an adjustment this job is! But also so positive and I LOVE that the needs of children come first – AMEN!!! But all these changes are kickin my boo-tay!
      I hope we get to meet in person this year, wouldn’t that be wonderful!!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  18. January 11, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Linking up! Sorry I am late. Hope to join in more. Happy New Year!

    • Kellyann
      January 12, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Happy New Year Kim!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  19. January 17, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I am taking that Self Respect poster and adding it to my planner. Thanks for adding it to your post!

    I’m new to TBB.

    • Kellyann
      January 17, 2018 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks Annette! Glad you liked the poster, a great reminder, huh? Enjoy!
      xo,
      Kellyann

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