liebster award

Cady from this is the moment blog nominated me for the Liebster Award--an award to promote new blogs and encourage blogger collaboration.  
I had this post sitting as a draft forever and totally forgot about it.
Then Bailey at Lew Party of Two nominated me as well.
So thanks to both of those pretty girls for the nominations!

Here's how it works:
1. List 11 facts about yourself
2. Answer the questions of the person who nominated you
3. Create 11 new questions
4. Nominate 11 new bloggers

I'm usually not too into these things, but I figured--what the heyyyy, I'll do it! plus I really like answering surveys (like you know those forms you get at the doctors office to fill out? i get giddy over filling those out. don't ask me why, I just love it.)
And Cady thought of some pretty great questions...so here's to nothing!

1. Why did you start blogging?
just because it was the cool thing to do? the accepted thing when you got married? i felt like it was a wifely-ritual...and I was looking for anything to qualify me as a "wife" considering I really sucked at the normal wifely-duties...like cooking, cleaning, laundry--that whole gig.

2. What is your favorite way to workout? Why? 
pounding the pavement! I crave a good run every day.  If it's snowing too much and I have to go to the gym to use a treadmill, I cry the whole way there.  It's just not the same (and its 10x harder!).  if you don't have the app "runkeeper" get it now! It's my favorite running app! I set it up to talk to me every 5 minutes--it tells me my average pace/time/and distance.  plus, i imagine that me and the lady-voice are bffs and every time she talks to me she's cheering me on. ha I also love the dirty thirty. MAN--it's hard.

3. What is a quote that inspires you?
"we can't direct the winds, but we can adjust the sails." -President Thomas S. Monson

4. What is your favorite social media site? Why?
instaaaagram. and can i throw in here how much facebook drives me nuts? but I can't bring myself to delete it. i deleted mine about a year ago for like two months. then i came back--i'm too weak. ha

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
wherever my cutie husband is :) 

6. Do you prefer relaxing or busy vacations?
relaxing. my mom is a super-duper planner (love her for that). which meant that our vacations were always super-duper planned. I guess that has to happen when you have six kids? and as much fun as we had on those vacations, I never want to have to plan a vacation like she did. too much stress, people! which is why I choose a cruise every time. you don't have to decide where to go to eat, how to get somewhere, who should drive, where to sleep--it's beautiful. and my mom has since learned the joys of cruising. now i don't think she'll vacation any other way! 

7. What are 3 things that never fail to cheer you up?
1. taylorraygilbert
2. running
3. mass texts with my siblings
^^todays gem.^^
8. What is your favorite blog? Why?
there are so many! but you can find the cutest little girl at our little laws life, the cutest little boys at if these walls could speak, and the cutest mom-to-be at mr. & mrs. vance!

9. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
the office. or friends. and taylor and I really love parenthood. but I cry every episode--so I don't know if that's really a guilty pleasure. if you're married--watch parenthood together. it's the best--and taylor and I laugh how we had the exact same fight two minutes before. ha

10. Would you rather be woken up by an alarm or another person?
a buzzing alarm. all the way. and I know Taylor would choose that option for me too. The last thing he wants to do is have to wake up morning-kelli. ;)

11. What are you looking forward to most this week?
SOMETHING HAPPENING TONIGHT. I can't say what it is...but, oh my. I can share tomorrow!!
^and just because I like this picture :) ^

My nominations:

jessica at afternoon style
kaylynn at our little laws life
danni at captivated

camilla at happy hancocks

chelsey at our white rhino
madeline at the vances
rachel at sandals are better than shoes

my questions:

1. How would you describe your blog? (what do you blog about?)
2. Where do you shop the most? Why?
3. What is your dream job?
4. What is your favorite all-time book?
5. What is your favorite way to work out?
6. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13-​​year-​​old self?
7. What is one skill you want to master?
8.  Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
9. What is your favorite blog?
10. What is your favorite blog post you have written?
11. What is your favorite childhood memory?

Happy Thursday!


  1. Me and my husband watch Parenthood together too! It is totally the bomb-diggity. I love that show. It is so emotional!

  2. I love this. Yes Parenthood is awesome - I think I cry almost every time too!! Also I love Cruise vaca's because growing up our vaca's were like marathons; go, go, go. I love the cruise because you get to go to a lot of places but get to sleep in the same bed (and don't have to pack/unpack/pack/unpack every day!)

    you can find me blogging about Ellie and "Life on the Parsons Farm" : atparsons.blogspot.com

  3. This was TOO CUTE. Love the snow man picture!

  4. Okay you are the cutest and that picture of you and your husband running.. you look stunning AND you are working out! gah, so jealous. :) Thank you so much for the award!! I will try my best to do this as soon as possible!

  5. I'm weak when it comes to deleting facebook too... and I hhaattee it. haha Insta all the way. And I love parenthood!! I have a total Braverman family. It's the best!

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out and nomination girl! Love this idea :)

  7. Instagram is my favorite as well! And I can't wait to hear your announcement tomorrow!!

    P.S. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  8. Aw thanks for nominating me Kelli! Your blog is adorable and I love how peppy and excited you sound each in each post. :)

  9. this was so fun doing :) thanks for the nomination! such a good idea!

  10. You two are adorable! And thanks for the nomination!:)