Feature Friday with The Queen in Between

December 02, 2016, by Katie {The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life}

Today's featured blogger is Shelly who blogs over at The Queen in Between!  She's a great supporter of The Blended Blog and can often be found at our individual blogs as well.  She's a fashion forward wife and mama who hails from the great state of Texas, like our very own Carrie!  Read on to learn all about Shelly!

Tell us a little bit about your family life.

Crazy blessed is how I would best describe it!  With two adult children, a high schooler and a "tween" the realm of things I may be challenged with each day cycle between mentoring career advice, to planning drivers training to planning something crafty.  My husband commutes 100 miles each day to work which means I'm a solo parent most of the day and that calls for some intentional daily planning on my part.  Very busy but very blessed by the opportunity to be the mom and wife of this little family.  

Other than blogging, what do you do for a living? 

Ha!  I wish blogging was my living because it is so much fun!  My "real" job is actually as a Senior Financial Analyst (glamorous right?) for a university where I work on coordinating the annual budget and assist in the funding plan for capital projects.  Rarely are two days ever the same which is a plus and the holidays we have off at Christmas and Spring Break is a definitely perk.  I will celebrate 25 years at the university in January and will actually be eligible to retire in a very short 4 years!  

How would you describe yourself in three words?  
Honest (to a fault sometimes), Loyal, Optimistic

What inspired you to start blogging?

Definitely other bloggers.  I am so late to this party and honestly didn't really know about the blogging world until about 3 years ago.  Writing was something I loved back in my youth and I also was an avid scrapbooker before I lost track of time.  Blogging just seemed like a great way for me to express myself, keep track of family milestones and share my love of fashion so I jumped in! 

In terms of blogging what is the greatest challenge? 
Definitely keeping up with a steady posting schedule.  Anyone who criticizes bloggers has no idea just how long it takes to pull together a great post.  
Greatest reward?  
All the people I have "met" through blogging.  It is just so encouraging to find others facing similar challenges in life as well as having them cheer you on through the victories in yours. 

What is the title of the last book you read? 
I recently finished Uninvited by Lysa Terkuerst and I would highly recommend it.  She just has a way to make you feel unashamed and normal and her words fill me with hope!  

Do you like to dine out or stay in and cook dinner?  
Honestly we love cooking at home!   I love a great dinner out but given the choice most days we will choose to cook at home.   When Keith & I were dating this was something we enjoyed doing together and that has continued. Some days it is our only time to connect.   

What is your favorite style season and why?  
Oh goodness, this one is hard.  Right now I would definitely say my favorite is fall.  There are just so, so many possibilities to take one base outfit and turn it into something new.  Scarves, vests, jackets, booties, tall boots...they all just make me happy!  Plus there are of course leggings!  

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