image by dani desbordes at

image by dani desbordes at

It doesn’t often happen that any of us have a lot of free time anymore, right?

Usually, my free time comes around 1am. Brad and I have just gotten home from work. We make ourselves a late night snack. We crash – tired but not sleepy-tired – onto the couch and just veg out for an hour (or until one of us falls asleep) to Jimmy Fallon or whatever series we are hooked on that week. (Currently, How to Get Away With Murder. So freaking good. I would lose a night’s worth of sleep for this one.)

But I can almost always find time for my blog roll. Sometimes it’s over eggs in the morning. Sometimes it’s while I should be getting ready for work. Sometimes it’s while I’m distracting myself from researching or writing something.

Scrolling through all the posts and articles is a chance to be inspired, motivated, learn something new, and catch up with what is going on in the ever creative world around me. It is like the newspaper that I edited with articles that are tailored just for me – baking, wine, design, news, restaurants, travel, recipes, current events, with a bit of entrepreneur talk thrown in there. And while I’ll post a link every now and then that wildly moves me, I thought I’d share a few of the stories that stuck with me this week.

Check it out. Get clicky.

Take a risk. Even if it doesn’t land you in the place you thought you’d be, it sure is a more interesting path.

One of my sister’s childhood friend, Dani Desbordes, is making amazing things. Jewelry, paintings, things for Anthropologie. (nbd…!!) I have one of her repeating patterns as my desktop background right now!

I once had a spaghetti and meatball pizza. This takes that to the next level. #pastaaddict

Brad & I are dreaming of finally taking our honeymoon this spring (5 years later!). I have had this ABM Travel guide to New Orleans up on my iPad for months now… I’m also digging their Palm Springs travel guide and the one about Nashville. Decisions, decisions…

And, obviously, we are traveling to eat. Loved this take on how to Eat Like A Chef On The Road.

I felt the funk during this Mercury Retrograde. Looking forward to harmony and compassion with the New Moon.

More podcasts to add to my list of what I listen to when I’m baking! Especially that Alex Baldwin one. What?!



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REALLY Inexpensive Online Blogging Classes

So obviously, we created and devoured a ton of amazing food yesterday surrounded by an amazing crew of some of the coolest people I know.  I promise I will share soon.

But because of all of yesterday’s amazingness, I have restricted all activities before work at 5 tonight to the couch.  Gibson is curled up next to me.  This is the perfect Day-After-the-4th-of-July location.

But as I was Tweeting and Retweeting, saving blog posts on my Flipboard to read again later, double-tapping all piggie pictures on Instagram, and commenting on Facebook updates, I stumbled across something that is also amazing.

Altitude Design Summit is holding online blogging classes.  And they are only $15 a class.

Shut the front door.

Needless to say, I already have 6 classes in my shopping cart and I just could not wait to share the news.  I know some of my friends and readers are fellow bloggers, as well, and who could not benefit from a budget friendly, stay at home course to improve your blog?

Come on.  You know you want to.

Classes include: The Organized Blogger: Tips and Tricks for Blogging Success, Getting Started with Advertising, Graphic Design for Bloggers, How to Win At Business Cards, Photoshop for Bloggers(!!) and many, many more.

As if this wasn’t enough, you can get up to 4 free classes through Bing! and their Summer of Doing campaign.  Check this out for details.  And thank you, Bing!

I am officially dedicating July to making The Key of Kels the best it can possibly be, starting with these 6 (maybe 8…) classes.  All suggestions welcome in the Comments.

Which classes will I be “seeing” you in?