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So I'm New Around Here

Since this is a new blog for me and I'm hoping I've picked up a few new readers along the way (hiiii!!!! <waves> thanks for being here!!), I thought I would jump on the About Me blog post craze that seems to be going around right now.  Many of the bloggers I follow have been posting these lately and I thought it would be a fun way to get to know each other a little bit better!  If you write a blog and decide to write a post like this, please leave a link in the comment section so I can read it and check you out!


Hi I'm Katie!  I'm 31, living in the Chicago suburbs.  I'm originally from Florida and yes I survive the winters just fine, thanks for asking.  I've lived in the Midwest for almost 13 years and every January I want to move back to palm trees and warmth.


Me, hubby and puppy make 3.  My handsome hubby and our furbaby Buoy.  We are both waterskiers, so when we got a dog, he had to have an appropriate name.  And boy has he lived up to it.  Buoy loves the water.


My full time gig is being a Director of Development for a private school.  I do the fundraising. :-)
When I'm not raising the $$, I'm running 2 businesses in addition to the blog.
I am an Independent Representative for a handbag and accessories company Jewell 
I am an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One 

Sooooo you could say I like to keep busy!


In my abundance of free time (ha ha ha), I like to waterski, snow ski, pretty much anything with the word ski in it.  I like to spend time with my family and friends.  I'm trying to get back into a routine where working-out is a hobby again.  And I'm working on learning to take better photos, edit them and be more creative on that side of blogging.  

Favorite Food

Sushi, stone crabs and key lime pie.  Told ya I was from Florida.

Favorite Color

Pink.  And Glitter.  (Is glitter a color? It should be!) 

Standard Coffee Order

My morning starts with a cup out of my Keurig with some almond milk.  But if we are talking it's a totally yummy treat day and I'm heading to Starbuck's, probably a caramel latte.  Or a gingerbread latte if it is close to the holidays.

Standard Bar Order

Red wine please!  Pinot Noir, Cabernet, Red Zin, Malbec.
Or a glass of champagne.  I love me some Taittinger.  
(But only on a special occasion because who are we kidding, I can't afford that on a regular basis!)
And then there is Spotted Cow. Yum.  I do love a good beer.
Ok so it's red wine, champagne or beer.

(Have I mentioned yet that I went to University of Wisconsin - Madison and am a die hard Badger?!?!)

Place I Shop

I think the better question is where don't I shop?  I am known around these parts (ok really just in my own head) as the online deal-hunting queen.  If it can be found on sale, online, I will find it.  Little tip from me to you, always check Amazon first.  And if you don't have Amazon Prime  yet what are you waiting for?

TJMaxx/Marshall's/Home Good all get two thumbs up from me.  So do Macy's, Old Navy, Target, Nordstroms, H&M, Sephora, Ulta...how much more time have ya got?

Bedtime & Wake Up Time

In a perfect world, I would head to bed around 9pm, read for a few minutes and be asleep before 10pm.  Reality check?  I'm lucky to be asleep before 11pm.  Which is not enough sleep for me.  I am a sleeper and am running on empty by the end of the week.

Wake Up Time is usually about 6am.  Throw in a few snoozes and then I run around like a crazy person running late in the morning.  If I have work meeting at night or something going on where I can't work out I've been trying to get up at 5am on those mornings to get my work out in.  5am sucks. (Says the non-morning person who didn't go to bed until after 11pm.)

Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

Concealer. I have dark circles (in addition to many other skin imperfections).  It's genetic (thanks Dad).  And the fact that there is never enough sleep mean I have to cover those bad boys up.  NYX currently has my favorite concealer.

I also feel naked without mascara.  L'Oreal has my heart at the moment.

What I Blog About?

This is a great question.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I guess you could call it a lifestyle blog?  Some days it's fashion & beauty, some days it's what is new in my life.  Stay tuned but I have a DIY attempt or two coming your way.  And I am NOT a DIY person.  I'd also like to try out some recipes and wine pairing posts.  It's one of the reasons I enjoy blogging.  I push myself out side of my comfort zone for a post!  You might not know me well yet, but cooking is not my forte.  Wine drinking, however?  I'm a champ!

First Blog I Read?

Honestly, I can't remember.  It was probably Katelyn James or Living in Yellow.  My friend Kelly's old blog Simply Kelly was definitely one of the first.  She has since them switches gears and you can find her at Miss MP: The Chronicles of a Sassy Magnolia

How Did I Start Blogging?
Why I Blog?

This is another great question.  Actually two, and I'm going to answer them together.  When I first started reading blogs, I though it looks like a lot of fun.  So I wanted to blog too.  And then I realized how. much. work. it. is.  It's not a bad thing, it's just a lot of work.  The more I blogged, the more I enjoyed it.  It's a creative outlet for me and it is amazing to be teeny tiny part of this fabulous community.  I have made some great blogger friends and I can't wait to read their posts and hear about what is going on in their lives.  I stepped away for awhile, but now I'm back and ready to connect with you the reader, and have an outlet for myself again.  So I really hope you are enjoying my new blog!

(No idea what the fireworks are about.  I just love fireworks and thought the end of this post deserved some.)


  1. This was a great post! I'm so glad you are blogging again. Making friends through blogging is the best!

    1. I agree!!! I missed your posts last week! Hope you had a great time at your brother's wedding!!! Looking forward to reading all about it!