liebster award

I'm feeling special because I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Caroline over at Love Caroline.  Thank you for this, it means so much!  Here's the run-down... I will give 11 facts about me, answer the 11 questions from Caroline, and nominate 11 bloggers.

Ready, go.

11 facts about me
  1. I'm a nail biter.  It's a horrible and disgusting habit!  I was able to quit one time and am working on quitting again, but it's rough.
  2. I'm a mega art nerd, but also a "closet" art nerd.  In the scheme of art, I feel like I know close to nothing so I don't talk about it much, but put me in a museum and I could stay for months!
  3. I'm the oldest of 6 children, although I only have 1 "real" sister.  There are two brothers and three sisters ages: 20, 13, 9, 8 and 5.  
  4. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do and I LOVE trying new recipes, including making up my own.  
  5. Ever since I was little, I loved going with my dad to his construction sites, which fueled a love for Interior Design and Architecture.  I can't wait to own a home and design my heart out!
  6. Currently I'm working at Banana Republic, and it's dangerous.  Dangerous for my bank account, that is.
  7. My dream car is a Mazda CX 5.  I WILL own it one day!
  8. Chocolate is my weakness.
  9. I hate changing light bulbs and using barbeque grills.  I'm afraid that I'll get electrocuted or blown up.  Irrational, I know.
  10. Being a mom and wife is my favorite thing about life.  I'm 100% okay with that being my job in life.  Completely rewarding!
  11. I love to run!  It has been a while since I've done it, but hopefully within the next couple months I'll get back into it.  
Caroline's questions
  1. (Required) Why did you start blogging?  I began blogging in 2008, long before blogging was a thing.  It became a way for me to express and discover myself, while giving me complete creative control.  Writing was also therapeutic and provided comic relief.  It's amazing how much I learn from reading earlier posts, along with reading other blogs.  It's a wonderful community of amazing people!
  2. What is your all-time favorite movie?  The Lorax.  Hands down!  I watch it weekly and am a total sucker for Dr. Seuss and cartoons.  Call me crazy, but I get a kick out of all the funny lines and catchy songs.
  3. If you could travel to any place in the world, where would go?  Italy and Greece.  Art, shopping, gelato, food, beautiful beaches.  Send me away and I'll never come back!
  4. What is your favorite type of clothing to buy?  Boyfriend cardigans.  I feel so much more comfortable in a long cardigan that I can belt.  I struggle with shorter cardigans, they never fit right.
  5. What is your favorite kind of dessert?  Chocolate, cake batter ice cream, peach cobbler... dessert = favorite.
  6. Who do people tell you that you look like?  One time, on Facebook, I took a celebrity look-a-like quiz and it said I looked like Kim Kardashian.  No one has ever told me this, but I find it funny {although at the time, I was embarrassed, so I deleted it from my Facebook page}.  I have also had a couple people tell me I look like J-Lo... again, random and embarrassing.  Whatevs.
  7. What is your least favorite household task?  Dishes.  We don't have a dishwasher so I get to spend an hour every day, standing at the sink.  Oh joy.  My hands also get wrinkly, which I hate!
  8. Where do you usually go for ideas and inspiration?  Pinterest and Etsy.  Of course!
  9. What personality trait do you like most about yourself?  I'm a genuinely happy person.  I enjoy making people feel good and excited about life.  While there are so many personality traits that I need to work on, I don't feel like I ever "fake" being happy and I love that about myself.
  10. How did you come up with your blog name?  Brighter Things came from an overall idea I wanted to create... a focus on "the brighter things in life."  I came to a point in my life where I was tired of always finding the negative in situations and really wanted to focus on the positive.  This blog has helped tremendously!
  11. What would your perfect day involve?  Having someone clean my house while spending time with my family, ideally on a tropical island, eating amazing food and laughing... a lot!
My nominees 
  1. Megan @ Crafter Club
  2. MarLyn @ Beard, Braids, & Baby
  3. Jessica @ Jessica Grace Design
  4. Regan @ Be My Therapist
  5. Chelsea @ Take On Me
  6. Bree @ aBree Fashion
  7. Jeni @ Jeni A.
  8. MaryClaire @ Married Claire
  9. Jenna @ Five Foot Seven
  10. Elise @ Hunters of Happiness
  11. Melissa @ The Stockhoff Family
Rules for my nominees
  1. List 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you/
  3. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate for the award.
  4. Choose 11 bloggers with up to 200 followers to nominate.
  5. Go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award.
  6. Thank the lovely blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
P.S.  After finishing the questions... I realized that I answered the wrong questions.  Oops!  My dear Caroline, I used your questions for my nominees, since I was a slacker and did it wrong! It's late, what can I say...

My questions
  1. (Required) Why did you start blogging?
  2. Where is your favorite place to go?
  3. What's your most favorite time of year?
  4. If you could go to any place in the world, where would you go?
  5. Where do you like to shop?
  6. Who is your favorite artist?
  7. What do you do for family time with your family?
  8. What make-up item could you not live without?
  9. How do you like to style your hair?
  10. What is one of your favorite memories?


  1. I'm a nail bitte/picker too. Hate it about me, but I can't stop. I'll do this tonight! Thanks kels!

  2. you are so cute!! I just love your blog! Fun learning more about you in your Q/A! Im a new follower and cannot wait to read more


    1. Thank you Elise! I'm happy to have you along for the journey!

  3. Yayy! You're such a gem, and I am looooving your blog! So cute, Kels! I'll be linking you soon... :)


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