What’s Been Making Me Happy This Week….

Hey, Y’all!

This last week has been cray. With the holidays, and short work weeks, I haven’t known what day it was since December 21st! With that being said, it was really hard to get back in the swing of things yesterday. UGH to you work! #ifonlyididn’tneedmoneytolive

The kids went to spend time with Grandma right after Christmas, which meant that this Guy, and I got to spend our QT together for a few days…

We had plans to go out of town for a few days, but the lazy morning vacation mode got the better of us. We were the true poster children for “Staycation”. We binged a few TV shows, ate all kinds of different foods, and vegged for 4 days. It was GREAT! We did get out one day and did a little bowling. We quickly realized that when you get older, and are not very active with those particular muscles, it can get a little “creaky” in the shoulder & wrist areas.

My sweet babies did make it back home on Wednesday, and we were back to being responsible adults. I must admit, I did miss my rugrats.

We are going to wrap up this week with a little prep work for getting back in the full swing of work and school. Hair, clothes, lunchbox cleaning….you know how it is.

All in all, my PEOPLE have made me happy this week. I am looking forward to the new year, the new memories we will create, and the adventures we will go on in 2020.

Be Blessed,


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

A Little Grumble: We were SUPPOSED to have us a baby on the last day of 2019, but alas, he would rather wait until 2020. His Momma is miserable, and his Daddy is anxious. Stay tuned….#mynephewalreadyneedsawhoopin

Happiest of New Years!

Hello there, World!

I know I have been missing for quite some time, but trust that you all have been on my mind, and my wheels have been turning. I’ve been working on business plans, grappling with some emotional stuff, and debating on if and when I want to share those. I am not going to say that I had a rough 2019, because I really did not, and have been beyond blessed. But for the new year, I am planning to step my game up on a few levels, so get ready to see your girl on FIYA, coming soon!

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I will be sharing some “Giggles”, some family stories, fun tips & tricks, and even some giveaways! I am soooo looking forward to this New Year and seeing what it has in store, and I am geeked to share it with all of you!

I’m not planning to just talk about it, I’m going to BE about it! You coming with me???



Friendsgiving 2019….

Hey there, Folks! I pray that this Thursday finds you all well. The good Lord has blessed us with yet another day!

I wanted to share just a little glimpse into my Tuesday night….

Friendsgiving 2019

Our Girl, Lisa Jackson (featured standing dead center, in the pink) set us up for this annual gathering, 3 years ago. Even though there were quite a few that weren’t able to be there, and we know that it is just “like that” sometimes, we are all in agreement that this will definitely be something that we will keep up. I had someone ask me the other day, after I told them my plans for the evening, “What are you cooking to take for you guy’s Friendsgiving gathering?” After shooting her a lethal gasp of a gaze, I said, “Nothing! Ain’t nobody got time for that!” None of us want to be cooking, lugging, or washing dishes. We just want to be together, laugh, catch up, eat, and go home with MAYBE a to-go box. We have eternity to cook & clean, but not on THIS night!

Jacobo does NOT know how to take a picture.
Gotta watch out for this one! Trouble with a capital T!

We have plans for a Christmas get together in a few weeks at the home of one of our crew that was unable to make this one. That will be sure to be a great time as well, and of course, there will be pictures.


What is a tradition that you have with friends/family?

A little giggle for you….

(I know these pictures are a little dark, but hopefully you get the gist.)

Every week, we clean out the dog’s kennels. Take out the bedding, sweep them out, etc. Kori decided that she would get at it this time, and you will see…the little dogs were all up in her business! Nugget, (pink collar) is already bad about having no boundaries. Smh. But what was funny to see after I took these pictures, is that Boogie (green collar) is there, but kind of looking off. Not all too concerned in the picture on the right….until Kori goes to his side. Look at him. He has got his whole head all under her armpit as if he is thinking, 1). “Maybe she can help me find my lost…”, or 2). “I hope she doesn’t find my stash.” LOL! It’s crazy how possessive dogs can be about their stuff, I tell ya. These dogs of mine provide me with so much comic relief.

Until next time.

Be a Blessing,


Christmas Time…..

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Hey there!

At this time of year, I get quite a few folks that 100% disagree with my feelings on this. I am constantly getting tagged on FB or IG with memes like the one above. I mean seriously people. I LOVE Thanksgiving and enjoy the celebration of it all, so let’s do that….minus the Christmas decorations! Leave your pumpkins, gourds, and Fall stuff out, and just take down all other things Halloween. You’ve only got a few weeks, and THEN you can pull out the Christmas, and we can then give Christmas the full 30 days that are intended for it. I am by no means a Scrooge, and I truly enjoy beautifying my home and myself for the holidays, but folks….there comes the time, and that time is the 4th Friday of November…not the 1st of November!

I am just going to leave that right there. I know I am not the only one…




Happy Tuesday, Everybody! I know….I know. It’s been ages since my last post. Just hadn’t really been feeling it. Annnny whoooo…. I am back, and have a few tidbits for you all. We have had a few celebrations since the last time I shared. My two oldest children had birthdays. October 20th was my one and only son’s 16th birthday, and November 1st, my Day 1 turned 22!

Each of them had a different celebration, and each of those celebrations had me in my feelings. I know everybody says this exact thing when their child gets a year older, but seriously, where did the years go? I definitely remember them being babies, and it seems like only yesterday. Crazy, huh?

Another AH-MAZING development on the horizon, is the future arrival of Baby Nicholas! We are sooo ready for him to be here, and I will be a brand new Auntie! This will be a first for me from my siblings, with me being so much older than them (ugh!) I say all the time that I want Damon & I to be the Aunt & Uncle that he loses his mind over when he sees us. “AUNTIE KELLIEEEEEEEEE!” and runs to jump in my arms. I can already hear his tiny little voice. I have been hinting to my SIL to purchase me a “My Auntie is Better Than Yours”, Hoodie. We’ll see come Christmas….

This is just a little giggle for you……

So, I’ve got a bunch of kids, therefore I’ve got a bunch of laundry…..always. I asked that big one back there to get the clothes out of the dryer. As she is coming around the corner with the basket, I hear her tell the little one, “Girl! Get up there and get us some hangers. We need to go’n and get these clothes handled.” #thatskelliesbaby

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

See ya’ll tomorrow….



This Texas Weather….

Happy Tuesday, All!

When I saw this meme, I thought, “Yup! This about sums it up!”

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Fall is my favorite season of the year, but it also turns out to be the shortest…considering that I live in good ole’ Texas! What gets me seriously excited is the clothing possibilities. But sadly, by the end of the day, I feel as though I’ve made a horrible mistake in my outfit choice, because I am sweating by lunch time! #heatoninthemorningacintheafternoon

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Another Fall favorite of mine, is watching my Favorite Dude out on the field! I remember when this boy of mine was just a tiny little thing. It’s so hard to believe that he will be 16 next week! He’s is getting on up there, and I am staying still. (Forever 35 ;0))


What are some of your favorite things about Fall? Football? Cozy Clothing? Fire Pits & S’mores? I am sure there are a lot of you out there that are going to say something about Pumpkin Spiced Latte, or ALL things spiced….LOL! I catch a lot of flack for not being a fan, but it’s all good. You do you!

I would love to hear from you.

Until next time, Friends…



1 John 3:1 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Amazon Priming….

Hey, Ya’ll!

Who out there agrees that Amazon Prime is AH-Mazing? I mean, you just put in what you are looking for in the search bar, and you will have it like… tomorrow! What I truly love about all of this, is that in a now Push Button Society, when you literally do not have to leave your house for anything, Amazon gives me the ability to find whatever I am looking for without having to store hop to find some very particular items. It has got me SO rotten. Just in case you may just want to know, here are a few things that I have been Prime-ing lately.

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier

My 2 guys have always struggled with sinus issues, and about 6 months ago, I decided to see what I could do to help them. I purchased one for Damon, and it really seemed to help, so, when Donovan got kicked up a little bit ago, I decided to get him one as well.

Hicarer 2 Pieces Hanging Jewelry Organizer Jewelry Hanging Bag Dress Shape Jewelry Organizer Bag for Earrings Necklaces Bracelets Hanging, 30 Pockets and 14 Hooks

Hicarer 2 Pieces Hanging Jewelry Organizer Jewelry

I had one of these from quite a little while back, that alas, kicked the bucket on me. (Plastic wore out) I went on a search, and found a twofer that I couldn’t pass up. Especially since I have a little diva that loves her some jewelry, to share with.

Little Muggle New Born Infant Boy Girl Milestone Photo Blanket Daily Monthly Yearly Photo Shoot Backdrop Props

Little Muggle Newborn Infant Boy Milestone Photo Blanket

This… is…. the…. CUTE-EST thing! As some of you may know, I have a little nephew due around New Years, and his Mama is a serious Potter head. I Primed this to her for one of her birthday gifts. #auntieiswaitingforherlittlemuggle

TIOSEBON Women's Walking Shoes Lightweight Breathable Yoga Travel Sneakers 11 US Navy

TIOSEBON Women’s Lightweight Walking Shoes

The last thing that I want to share are my super comfortable mesh sneaks. I have seen these many times shared by a couple of bloggers that I follow, and I am very pleased with my purchase. They have tons of colors, and I am seriously thinking of getting another pair.

Well, that is all for now. I’m sure I’ll will be back with more posts like these, as Amazon is a daily visit for me.



Just Call Me…The Bargain Slayer!

Hey, Ya’ll! Do I… have a post for ya! Back when I was just merely thinking about blogging, my friend Yolanda advised that I post about my amazing bargain finds. So, as I was removing tags from the new outfit that I was about to put on the other day, I thought of this conversation. For all of you that know me, you know how much I love to brag on purchases. Not in a boojwah type of way or anything, but to say how LITTLE I spent. My mom and Kamren always get a kick out of that. “Ooohhh, Kellie! I like that top!” “Girl, I got this for like $3!” Pure adrenaline for me…

I follow a few blogs, and there are a couple of them that post fashion. They are usually shopping at high end stores, and while I usually like what outfits they put together, a lot of the items are pretty expensive. I am not knocking them by any means, because “Hey! You do you, Boo!”, but I just don’t see myself spending those kind of dollars. Sometimes, there’ll be a post with Amazon or Walmart that they deem as affordable, but even then, there are sometimes things that I still steer clear of. So, I have taken to seeking out a less expensive version of these aforementioned outfits…hence the $7 sweater listed below.


With all of that being said, my total & complete outfit…..wait… fooor it…….


$7 Sweater, $9 Jeans, $5 Earrings, $19 Shoeties. I was cute too, Ya’ll!


Boy, do I love a steal like that! Do you have a store that is your go to? Is anyone having a sale that I need to get to? What was the last great bargain that you scored? Please share.

P.S. I am also THERE FOR all the things online!

Happy Bargaining, & Be Blessed!


What Made Me Happy….Last Week

Good Monday morning, Friends! Time got away from me last week, so I didn’t get a chance to share my “Happy” from the last week.

Like I had before mentioned, it was my Mother’s 60th birthday, and me, Damon & my 2 brothers wanted to celebrate her in a grand way. Colby, the middle of the 3 of us, had the idea for us to all take her to Broken Bow, OK for the weekend, and all in agreement, we decided to rent a huge cabin big enough to fit all 3 families, and she absolutely LOVED it! My mother is a very easy to please, anyway, but when you add in her very favorite people, it is pure bliss for her!


The Birthday Girl!
(Look at that cutie in the background)

I called her and told her to be packed and ready by 12 pm. Stamon, my youngest brother lives in Houston, so we don’t get to see him very often. He volunteered to be the one to pick her up on his way through, which was great, because she would definitely not expect to see him. At this point, she didn’t even know that anyone past my household was involved.

I called her, after I knew they were on the road and asked her how she liked her surprise chauffeur. She yelled out, “I LOVE HIM!” (See. I told you she is over the moon about us!)

Fishing right outside our back door.
Her Grown People

We all made sure that she never had to lift a finger. She ate good, got to chill a couple of times in the jacuzzi, and got to catch up on her Designated Survivor, all while in her own private little suite. She was in Relaxation Heaven. #welldeserved

Complete Chill Mode!

While in Broken Bow, there is not a whole lot to do but relax, and I ain’t mad at that.

My Mama had a great time celebrating her 60th birthday with all of her offspring. (Well, almost all. We missed you Kamren)

I am so thankful to this woman who birthed and raised me, and blessed knowing that my children have her for a Grandma.

Great Reads….

Good Morning, Friends! I pray everyone is well on this beautiful Tuesday morning.

I wanted to share with you all, a book that I have discovered and read, that was phenomenal! It all started with this particular podcast episode of The Nod-Isn’t it Romantic . Not long after listening to this, I happened to be reading a book review from one of my favorite bloggers, and 2 of the 3 books were on her “Must Read” list. I took this as a sign to get on this train. So far, I believe there are 3 books in the series, with a 4th coming soon.

The first installment is “The Wedding Date”. This is the one that I completed, and it was really hard to put down. There were a couple of “later than I should have been up” nights on this one. SO GOOD! Here is a brief description:

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other… 

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

I have just begun The Proposal, and it has already got me enthralled. I really enjoy the authors writing style. They are romance chick lit novels that have sweet, not raunchy encounters. You are forced to use your imagination as she describes the “happenings” between the characters. Once I get through the 3rd, I plan to do a review of them all. If you are looking for something good to read, check these titles out. I do not think you will be the least bit disappointed.

Do you have any suggestions on titles that you enjoy? I am always looking for a good read to add to my little collection.

Be Blessed,