one of my favorite things about christmas is the sweaters! lets be honest there are some pretty awesome gems out there…and if you are an avid thrifter like myself this time of year brings about ‘sweater excitement’ (this is a real thing). feel free to head over to shopsaidkelley for your ugly sweater needs.
in other news…we cut down a tree…decked our house…and have been “playing santa” on a daily basis. it consists of one of my children filling up a bag of toys and delivering them to the rest of us. yesterday lenny looked at me and said “say present mama” so i said “present” and her face lit up as she pulled a broken la la loopsy toy from her sack.
christmas music is filling our house (while josh is gone…not his favorite) and we have baked cookies almost every day in the last week.
so if you follow me here, i have taken a few weeks off, i keep moving the blog around, and my house around and i think it is mostly because of writers block. as a singer songwriter…typically you just keep writing new stuff (or so i’d like to think), and while saidkelley was playing out and gigging on the regular i was writing a trademark song for every show…we haven’t played together since plums about two months ago. my life is a bit boring as of late…the usual thanksgiving/christmas holiday season with nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary to report. does blogging ever feel silly to you? if im honest i just ‘don’t feel like it’ as of late. with that i leave you this ‘new song’…i don’t love it or hate it and sid asks me to sing it every night at bedtime and that makes me feel great!
so i totally wish i could hire a camera crew to film this process of starting an online shop. it has been laughable more often then not. i am a very down to earth person and have very little fear of failure…i surround myself with the right people almost all the time. with that said, i invited my sister-in-law along on this shopsaidkelley journey with me. she is a totally hot, well educated, new mom…and has great taste in men (i mean she picked my brother!). she has been great to have around cause she affirms me when i need it and pulls me off my optimistic cloud often, but the best of all is she has never done this either!
learning can be super hard but it can also be so much fun! so when we started an inventory (her idea…totally brilliant!) we just laughed as we priced things and named things and had so much fun! my assumption was i price it at whatever i think its worth. well that can get tricky cause the reasons i like something are based on feelings…like this makes me think of so and so, or i wore this to that one show, or my awesome friend gave me this!
while i hold things in my life loosely, i so appreciate thoughtfulness and i am violently sentimental. with that said i never wanted shopsaidkelley to be a high end, boutique cause i love a bargain, probably more then the next girl. so as i learn… the prices are getting slashed! there is an actual formula that people use…and there is a reason you go to college! i didn’t, and i don’t ever regret that…but i am glad renee did and i am glad she is in my life! not to mention when we “work” i get to love on my new nephew and watch renee totally rock it at being a mom.
thank you so much if you are one of my NEW CUSTOMERS and shopped in my shop…i had hopes of making one sale in the first week and was blown away with the 3 purchase orders we got! “if you don’t set goals you are never let down” is something my hub says to me often. i have always hated it but starting this endeavor has taught me to appreciate it. he is one smart cookie…and sweet too!
from day to night looks, have always been awesome to me. i am one of those people that loves a reversible anything. two for one? sign me up! this is almost laughable because i am a mom and i don’t ever find myself needing to switch from a daytime look to a nighttime look. if im honest…i love the idea of it all though in the same way i would love to be classy enough to drink wine and eat sushi, and i feel like those are the people who need a day to night look.
mpls is full of awesome buildings and great graffiti so this was a wall we picked and the photos turned out great! be sure to check out ohsoprettydiaries, shopsaidkelley’s last feature of the week. they are pretty adorable! today is the last day to get 15% off in my shop, so head over there and get on it!
this grand opening week has been awesome…we have felt the love over at shopsaidkelley. if you didnt get to check out some of the bloggers that featured products from the shop this week…be sure to check them out
i have picked some fantastic bloggers and know that this venture will have me meeting new and amazing people all the time! thank you so much to those of you who have already made purchases and supported the shop…i am beyond thrilled to be sending you your treasures next week. don’t forget that the first 100 customers get a free download card of my album “cupcake” for FREE (had to be said twice)! you have today and tomorrow left to use the “GRANDOPENING” coupon code to receive 15% off EVERYTHING. be sure to follow the shopsaidkelley pinterest board to get the inside scoop on whats new in the shop…there will be new products every week!
seriously i love date night. josh and i have made a point to continue to do it even during seasons when we were broke (unemployment blows) and seasons where it seemed like we shouldn’t (small babies…while cute, are a bit of a time suck). lately date night has just gotten better and better…our kids are getting older and enjoy (sometimes) when we leave, cause they get a babysitter not to mention the uninterrupted conversations, the kissing, the looking into eachothers eyes…ok ok, i took it too far…but i really do love dates with my man.
also…i love that me and the kids stay in our pajamas all day and we don’t have to be getting ready to go anywhere…there is such an ease when you have no place to go. this is the last year we will have this so i am soaking it up! next year we have decided on a charter school for the kids (fingers crossed we get in) and sid and pru will be going from 8:45am until 3:45pm! i am going to happily enroll lenny in preschool 3 days a week and will find (i am sure) fun things to do. holding beckett being top priority.
SNOW!!! ahhh minnesnowta i love you with all of my heart… it will be a great day to stay in pjs and get our lazy on.
if you haven’t caught on that i am a bit of a romantic…just go here. i love where i live so freaking much that it tends to come out in my songwriting. i wrote this little diddy a while back and have recently dusted it off and started playing it again. i really want to start writing more stuff on my ukulele and playing this inspires me to do so. if you are not from minnesota and aren’t familiar we have this awesome place called the sculpture gardens and right in the center of it is a GIANT cherry on a GIANT spoon. i drive by it every sunday night (and sometimes more frequently) and it just makes me happy. hope you enjoy.
the grand opening of SHOP SAIDKELLEY starts today…the moment you have all been waiting for! this first week you can get 15% off EVERYTHING with the coupon code ‘GRANDOPENING’…so go and do a little bit of shopping! my hope is that you find something you love also the 1st 100 customers will receive a free download of my album “cupcake”!
this is new territory for me and i am excited to learn, and grow, and be a small business owner. i initially started this project to hopefully make enough money to send my kids to private school…since then my motivations have changed and i am realizing that this project could offer so much more then that. for instance i would love to employ my sister in law (brand new SAHM) and my very talented photography friend Kristy. shopping, photo shoots and bull run vanilla lattes seems to good to be true…but as of today this dream is becoming a reality.
this will affect my blog minimally…i already do closet concoctions (now they will be for sale) and fun finds posts, where some of the stuff will now be for sale. thank you so much for reading and feel free to share my shop with your friends…you can share products through facebook, pinterest and twitter so if you find something you think someone will like, share it with them!
thanks for following along on this journey with me, send me some happy shop opening vibes and lets kick this shop off right!
i landed in san diego and was thrilled to see my sister. my brain was kind of mushy after the flight as i tried to decipher if moving to california would end up being the biggest regret of my life. i am glad to say moving to california (while being difficult) was one of the best decisions i ever made. i spent the first month crying daily and talking to Josh on the phone every chance i got. once i found some employment things started to look up. i flew home 1 month after moving to attend my cousins wedding and that is when we officially started dating. josh was at the airport awaiting my arrival with roses, looking ridiculously dreamy and it was official…i had a boyfriend!
now being the serial dater that i had been i knew for a fact that if i said yes to dating josh i was, in a way, saying yes to marrying josh. i had stayed friends with all my ex’s and josh made it very clear that THAT would NEVER happen. he was the first guy to ask me out…(i had always done that in the past[control freak much]) and he was the first guy to kiss me first. he stood out from the crowd in more ways then one.
long distance allowed for a lot of things…josh got on his first plane ever to come visit me (first checking with his probation officer)(another story, for another time)!! we spent a weekend in LA with one of our besties. we walked along the ocean and talked about our future and then he would get on a plane back to minnesota. and i would cry. josh was SUPER romantic. i often showed up to my part time job welcomed by a huge bouquet of flowers. i by no means stopped living my life…i knew that at some point i would move home so i made the most of my california stint. i worked just enough to pay my bills and spent the rest of the time at the beach or in the pool or playing music at lestats on monday nights. i briefly joined a cover band and met some cool people. not to mention nannying…seriously i just want to kick it with kids all the time.
after 5 months of ocean, sunshine, and surfing (only twice…i hated it!) i bought my one way ticket home. i missed josh the most, but i also missed my family, friends, and honestly…minneapolis thats right! i am one of those people that is so proud of where i live that i tattoo the shape of my home state on my body. i got off the plane to the same sight i had seen a few months prior…josh, roses, smiles, kisses. i was home.