Happy Monday! On today's installment of Meet & Greet I am showcasing my beautiful friend, Andrea! If you're not a loyal reader of Andrea's, I bet you will be by today! Her blog (and Pinterest) is one of my favorite sources of outfit inspirations, as well as recipe ideas. Grab a cup of coffee, and meet my pal Andrea:
Hello sweet Friends. I'm Andrea Nine from the Blog Living On Cloud Nine. I am honored that our dear Emily her would ask to feature me today. I know I treasure getting to know other bloggers so this is a special thing Emily is doing.
I'm a 40 something Hoosier girl who is blessed with an amazing husband and three teenage sons who I am over the moon for.
How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start blogging?
I have been blogging for over a year and a half. I actually wrote a whole post on why I started blogging last year called How Blogging Saved My Life.
Something was missing. As happy as my life was, there was an ache in my heart. I knew the ache would get even worse as two of our older sons were getting ready to go away to college. While pondering this ache, I would start to think about all the blogs I was a fan of and how their fun spin on life, love, food and style made a difference in my life. That's it...I wanted to make a difference, make someone smile, feel better or laugh. Fellow bloggers have now become like family. Supporting and encouraging one another and understanding that if you're taking the time to write a blog post, then your heart is truly special!
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
For me, this was the easiest part of the beginning blog process. With the last name of "Nine," I knew I wanted it to be called Living On Cloud Nine. I wanted to lift others up so it just made sense. We are huge numbers people and we joke if we ever open a pizza joint, It'll be called "Nine Slices!"
Of all your posts, which one was your favorite to write and why?
9 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have because it is so vital to be happy in life and do things that help you achieve and feel the love and happiness in your heart.
Also, I have to mention dear to me heart is the post I wrote about my dear Grandma who passed his year called She's A Doll.....so special!
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Compliment someone each and every day!
Let’s pretend a big TV executive called you up and wanted to feature you on a popular talk show each week. Who’s talk show would you want to appear on and what would your segments be about?
100%, The last hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. My BFF Tami and I even do a little take on them and people tell us we remind them of the two of them all the time. We'd probably go in there and pretend to be them. It'd make a great Halloween show. Even though Tami is older than me, I'm the one who plays KLG.
What are your go to’s? In other words, I’m going to give you a scenario when you might find yourself in a time crunch…tell me the first thing that pops in your head.
You need an outfit and you only have an hour to find it. What store is your go to?
Those of you that know me....Target for sure, especially that last couple years, they have been slaying it in the clothing department. I love Target so much and the bright spot it is in so many ladies weeks that I wrote a humorous post on it called 9 Things That Inevitably Happen at Target.
Here are some Target Fashions I have loved lately:
Friends are coming over for dinner tomorrow night? What’s your go to entertaining meal?
Chicken Eugene, Crock Pot Texas Potatoes, Green Beans with Bacon and rolls. This is one of our favorite meals on Sunday's and a guaranteed company pleaser any night. I did a whole post on it with the recipes and the memories of Sunday dinner growing up. Dessert would be my most favorite dessert of all time: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff. I was in shocked a few months back when this went viral and has become my most viewed post of all time. But when it is so good that you don't even want to share it with your kids but stand in the kitchen and eat the whole thing, well you'll know why, lol.
You're cleaning house on a Saturday afternoon. What’s your go to CD or Pandora station?
I LOVE so many different kinds of music, but growing up my mama always played country so if I really want to be lifted in spirit or dance naked, JK, lol, it's old school country but as soon as Nov 1st hits, it's Christmas tunes all the way til Dec. 31st Baby. Oh and "Baby It's Cold Outside is one of my favs....
You need to stare mindlessly at the TV to unwind. What’s your go to TV show?
Hands down, The Goldberg's. My husband and I have been watching this show since day one. I laugh hysterically at this show, relate to this show and sometimes in the moving moments, I even shed a tear. I am an 80's girl, which is when this show is set. Plus, my husband tells me I AM the main mom character: Beverly Goldberg.
You’re planning a date night. What’s your go to restaurant for a fun time?
SOHO SUSHI. It is the BEST sushi place about a half hour west of us and Mr. Nine and I love to go there before a movie and we get the same things every single time because it is SO-HO GOOD!!! We split an order of chicken fried rice, they even double plated it for us, I get the spicy salmon roll and he, the spicy tuna. We start off with edamame of course and a moscato for me, beer for him. We are never overly full and the flavors are the best of anywhere these Hoosiers have had round these parts, lol. Oddly enough neither one of us used to love sushi, guess our taste buds evolve with age, lol.
You need some encouragement. Who’s your go to person for a little pick me up?
Ironically, the people I go to are people I've never met. Fellow bloggers like our dear Emily here, Amanda from A Brownie World and Laura from The Horton Family and all my sistas at The Blended Blog!!. Fellow bloggers who are now friends just "get it" and are even more supportive and encouraging that people in my "real life."
Readers can follow me on Bloglovin, Twitter and Pinterest:
While my blog is eclectic, Two fashion Link-Ups I assist in hosting: Every Wednesday with the Ladies at TBB and the first Thursday of every month called My Refined Style.
Thank you, thank you so much sweet, Andrea, for letting me spotlight you today! You nailed it! If you missed any of my previous Meet & Greets, now is the time to get caught up...
Meet Katie from Preppy Empty Nesters
Meet Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls
Meet Johannah from the Sirois Family
Meet Shelly from The Queen in Between
Meet Amanda from A Brownie World
Meet Jessica from Life.Love.Reality
Meet Jill from Pharr Out Creations
Meet Jenny from California
Have a great Monday!
I'm linking up with Johannah for Hello Monday.