By The Seat Of My Pants

I think this is how I am going to blog.

By the seat of my pants.

The past two weeks, I feel like I have been doing everything by the seat of my pants.

It has been busy here at The House Of Kells.

Two out of three girls in sports.

Sixth grade!

Extra work opportunities.




The house looks like a busy family lives here, and secretly even though the shoes, backpacks, and mail are stacked everywhere, I LOVE IT!

 My parents knew how to separate family,  and our busy lives when we were younger.

Five out of 7 nights, we all had dinner together, sitting at the same table.

Some of those days, their were friends surrounding that table too.

I thought about that while I had a table full of kids yesterday during dinner before volleyball practice.

Staying up later than usual to help a certain sixth grader with vocabulary words in three different classes.

She needs lots of direction.

That is why she is mine.

I love directing people!

Now I sit here typing this while Mr. Kell is working late, getting everyone bathed, and ready for a weekend of softball tournaments, and a volleyball game.

Comforting a little bit who misses him dearly.

Daddy is super mom and dad every weekend.

That is when I work.

It is week two and I am flying by the seat of my pants.

Thank goodness I was given a cute bearded man to fly with.

That Day I Thought I Had A Hair On My Face

Then I realized it was hooked to my face.  Not just any part of my face, my chin.

What the hell people.  A hair on my chin.  I am officially done with getting old.

There I was in the bathroom looking at the mirror trying to find this hair and I noticed when I went to swipe it off, it would not move.   There is sat hooked to my chin like a hair in a witches wart.

The worst part is that it was long.

It made me wonder which of my friends, coworkers or patients saw the said hair and did not tell me about it.

Curse you if you saw it and did not tell me.

So not cool!

It was plucked and has yet to return again.

Can’t wait to see what else is going to change with this body of mine as I get closer to 40.

Signed seriously not wanting to age to quick mama.

Glasses Please

There is something about wearing eye glasses that just makes me feel like me.  Maybe it is because I have worn them consistently since I was 21, or maybe it has something to do with the fact that they cover up my eye wrinkles.  Either way, I like wearing them.

I love all kinds of frames, but I tend to lean toward anything chunky with a tortoise design.

I like to think they make me look smarter.

Frames I have always had my eye on are from Warby Parker.  You can have them sent to your house to see how they look on you in real life.  What is even more awesome, they donate a pair to someone in need when you buy a pair.

Paying it forward!

They have all styles of frames.  Classy and simple, and always with the ultimate cool factor.

Two new collections Beacon and Waterway are available, and they stay true to the Warby style.



0471714_Warby_Shot_06_168_DThe Waterway collection is classy.  I want to sit poolside with my martini and my high-wasted swimsuit and soak up some rays.

If you want to feel like Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn, then this collection is for you!

The Beacon collection is for the hipster in you.





IMG_3077-3I love this collection for its super stylish factor.  You cannot help but look cool when you are wearing these.

They are my fave!

Now, where can I find a cool party and a rooftop sunrise?


*Pictures provided by Warby Parker.  All words and ideas are my own*




Busy Day

You get your kids up get them off to school, and decide to take the clothes out of the dryer.  Waiting for one of your friends to bring her daughters volleyball gear over because you are taking her to practice tonight.  Continually adding more items to your grocery list, and dreading what everything is going to cost.  Calling the husband and reminding him there cannot be any frivolous spending because our oldest is turning 11 and she wants a new bike.

You leave the house and wait two hours while you car is getting an oil change and inspection.  Then it is off to three different grocery stores to get everything that you need.


My day started at 0630 this morning, and I got home from all of my errands at 2:00 pm.  

All the groceries have been put away, and I shoved a sandwich in my mouth.

I did get two glasses of coffee.

Thanks Goodyear!

I am tired.

Now to get ready for the girls to get home from school, put the rest of clothes away, and get ready for volleyball.

Thank goodness softball was cancelled.

We can all sit around this evening and veg.

I am going to knit, and drink a large glass of wine.

And beg Mr. Kell to rub my feet.

Hope you have a happy evening.


Game Day Boots

Bright lights, chalk lines and cheers.

Painted faces, fight songs, and friends.

Rooting on your favorite team and stomping with the crowd.

Stomping that is in your boots!

DSC_1228A great pair of boots can be your greatest accessory for any game day celebration.

Keeping it casual, no problem.

shortsbootsBoots would be great tailgating with friends, hanging out at the stadium, or even watching the game at home.

Hanging out in a suite for the big game?

dressbootsThen dress it up.

Just don’t forget the boots for the big game!


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A Restoration Hardware Living Room On A Budget?

This is a question I have been pondering, since I got a ton of Restoration Hardware magazines from a friend.  I think soft, earthy, industrial when I think of Restoration Hardware.

I want our home to be a reflection of each of us.

One problem…..

Minus the girls rooms, and our bedroom, this house screams Necole!

I love color, and it is everywhere.  I recently had the mom of one of my girls friends say how much she loves all the color.  She mentioned that everyone always decorates with neutrals, and she really liked how I went there with all the color.

I would like a room in the house to reflect Mr. Kell minus the camo and white tail deer lamp.

Now, this really does not reflect Mr. Kell, but it is manly and neutral.  He is not of the fancy variety of men.  He prefers things to be simple with not a lot of color.  He lets me do what I want with the house because he loves me, and he knows it makes me happy.

Yep ladies, all that and he has a beard.

To do this on a seriously tight budget, I am using everything I currently have in the room.


Restoration studies


Basically what I need now is a accent table, lighting, curtains, and something for the wall.
Restoration Studies


When it is all said and done it will probably look more Pottery Barn, but I am going to give it a try.