Life Lately

Happy Friday and cheers for the weekend!  Since returning from our cruise and celebrating the 4th this week has been interesting to say the least.  I think we all need a weekend just so we can get back on track and know what day it is! Today I thought I’d share a little bit about my life lately.

Truth be told I’ve had this meme pinned on one of my Pinterest boards for a loooooong time.  It’s not only funny but it’s true for me!  Especially in the Summer when I am off work and my gym routine changes (drastically) and I have more time to cook and bake.  I LOVE trying new recipes and in the Summer I’m constantly trying new things.  Eating more and moving less equals weight gain.  Over the years I have come to expect that, it’s normal for me.  When school starts back and my routine gets normal again I eventually lose the weight.  This year feels a little different though.  It started back in the Spring when I began indulging in one too many happy hours and now I am not at all happy with how my clothes fit.  It’s time to get serious and start making better choices.  To motivate myself I have imposed a shopping ban – no clothes shopping until I drop a few pounds.  I can’t say exactly what that number will be, I’m thinking at least a good 5 to 8 but we’ll see.  The goal is for me to still enjoy my Summer break but feel good in my skin.

Summer break also means I have more time to spend with my precious little great niece.  Taking her to story time at our local library is something I love doing with her.  This girl has my heart!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here we are in our matching Mexican dresses I picked up on our cruise!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been trying to adjust to wearing contact lenses.  Here’s the backstory: I’ve always had great vision, until my 40’s when reading became challenging.  I did what most of us do, I bought inexpensive readers and pulled them out when I needed them.  Then working on the computer became difficult, so I had my eyes examined and found out I need progressive lenses.  Last year I finally got a pair of glasses that worked but they drove me crazy!  Having not been a glasses-wearer I always felt like I wanted to take them off – like I was wearing goggles.  So I am giving contacts a try.  I went the Monday before our cruise and had MAJOR problems, the prescription wasn’t right and putting them on and taking them off was a nightmare.  On Monday I went back and spent half the day at the optometrist’s office.  Now I’m trying to get used to this prescription (one lens is for close up and one is for distance) but putting them on and taking them off is a lot easier.  I’m kind of seeing double right now but the doctor assured me my brain will adjust and it will take some time, fingers crossed!

Next week begins the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, for cardholders early shopping begins Thursday, 7/13.  I have mixed thoughts on the sale this year.  In part because of my self imposed shopping ban but also because I need to practice some self-control.  Living in Florida means I don’t need heavy sweater, jackets, boots, etc. but when I see them on every blog I read I start convincing myself that I do in fact need those things.  So I order some and put them away.  Fall comes and it’s still hot, Winter comes and we have a few cold fronts but I end up with fewer cold days than cold weather outfits.  I am going to try to make better decisions this year.  I’ve been perusing the catalog and I am contemplating a trip to Tampa to shop in person.  The beauty buys, accessories, and shoes can be worn in almost any climate.  I always stock up on candles too.

And finally my heart is overflowing with gratitude for new friendships I’ve found through blogging.  Many times in the past I’ve referenced my sweet friend Andrea and her blog.  She’s been so supportive of me and so encouraging.  To show her my appreciation I sent her box of some of my faves for her birthday.  She returned the favor a few weeks ago and sent me some of her faves, including her favorite wine from Chicago! I wish I could share the bottle with her!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to a great weekend my friends, next week I’ll be back with more of my usual posts including recreating a look from one a blogger I have a lot of admiration for so stay tuned!

xo,

Kellyann

Linking up with:Patti for Visible Monday, The Blended Blog, Royally Waiting,Get Your Pretty On, Moda Thursday,Not Dressed as Lamb ,
Confident Twosday ,
A Pocketful of Polka Dots , Lady in Violet Fashion Should Be Fun Shelbee on the Edge

14 thoughts on “Life Lately”

  1. Oh sweets! Shhh I’m Sneaking in a comment on vacay cause I love ya and how precious are you to mention me and my adoration of darling YOU! You and your niece could not be any more gorgeous in those dresses! Sweet as pie, but I’m with you, no more pie, lol, I’m up too girl! This vacay has done me in, we can do this…pounds be gone!!!! I cherish you and I hope you enjoy your weekend!!!! Much love, xoxo

    1. You’re the best Andrea. I hope you are having a fabulous beach week. Vacation is the best! Yes, pounds be gone – from your lips to God’s ears, haha!!! Can’t wait to hear all about your week!
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

  2. I just love you and Andrea’s precious friendship!💕 Friends are the best! Your dresses are TOO STINKIN’ CUTE!!! and I love her bows. My Katie was a bow head for years and years. You don’t see many out here on the West Coast. These little girls are missing out! Download My Fitness Pal if you want a little assistance with losing a few lbs. Honestly, logging in food is kind of a pain, but it sure works. Here’s the good news…you don’t look like you’ve gained an ounce, but I know when your clothes are a little snug it just makes you feel yucky. Why oh why does food have to have calories and why do I LOVE to eat!!!! Have a nice, normal weekend beautiful friend! OH and story time with great niece…😍Love that!
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    1. Thanks Lisa. Since I have boys I never had the chance to do bows so I am just loving buying cute things for my sweet Gabriella! I can’t believe the little girls on the west coast aren’t bow heads – I thought all girls were, lol!
      So I really need to check into My Fitness Pal. I was a Weight Watchers leader for 15 years and there’s no better tool than tracking what you eat. When my clothes start getting snug and the scale starts creeping up I have to hit the brakes but I hate being so disciplined during Summer. Just this morning I went to the grocery store and bought a ton of healthy food. Then I came home and contemplated baking a yummy dessert! Who does that? Apparently I do! The good news is I haven’t baked anything and instead decided to work on the blog.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend sweet friend and enjoy ushering in your next round of company!
      xoxo,
      Kellyann

  3. I thought about you regarding the Nordstrom’s sales….I do live in a warm climate (So. Cal.) and heavy boots and coats are not something I would wear that much. In addition, I am trying to be mindful of spending…and first shop my closet. One thing I am doing in going to sales….is bring only cash. What a difference this makes with my purchases. Do I really need another pair of black pants? Are these shoes going to make a difference in my life…no not really. So when I finally do make a purchase, it is what I want and won’t break the bank. Love your blog!!!

    1. Well Kris, you and I are on the same page! I tend to get caught up in the hype and find myself buying things I don’t need. This year will be different (I hope – hee hee!). Shopping with cash is a great way to go. I live about 2 hours from the closest Nordstrom so I always order online from them so it takes a great amount of self control on my part. I am hoping the blog will hold me accountable, fingers crossed!
      I am thrilled you like the blog, I am so happy to connect with you! Have a wonderful weekend! I’ve been to San Diego twice and loved it so much, do you live near there or more south? After visiting I totally understood why so many people live in California!
      xo,
      Kellyann

  4. Kellyann I’m right there with you on the meme! This week I finally told myself enough is enough. I really had been eating much better in June but still cannot seem to lose anything. 64oz minimum of water a day and a 10K step rule has been imposed…I have to stop making excuses! Summer drinking was the culprit last year (i love lime-a-ritas in the summer) and I carried the weight around the entire year. Blah..I have trouble staying focused when I’m not seeing results but I know it is going to take time. How sweet is that box from Andrea! Hope you are having a sweet weekend.
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    1. It is so frustrating Shelly when you’re trying to lose weight and nothing is happening, especially in the Summer when there are so many fun times to be had! I go back and forth between thinking it’s okay to be up a few pounds because I am having fun and then thinking I can’t stand this extra weight another minute! I plan on getting back to the gym on a more regular schedule this week and doing some carb cycling, here’s to a great week!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    1. Thanks Laura, Andrea is so sweet! Meeting so many nice people has been the biggest surprise since I began my blog. I never expected it and it’s so nice!
      xo,
      Kellyann

    1. Thanks Jennie, I am enjoying spending some time this Summer with this little love! The white necklace is so useful, I have worn it about 4 times since receiving it.
      xo,
      Kellyann

  5. I have a new little niece, and I think my shopping challenge is going to be laying off the cute customized onesies that everyone overcharges for online. I get why you can charge so much for them, aunts and uncles are willing to spend the big bucks to become the favorites! I wish I had a fun goal like “I have to lose weight before I can buy this stuff”… Maybe I’ll only buy one item that she can fit into at a time?

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