Married to a Blogger: The Husbands Tell All! (Dave Takes Over)

If you’ve ever wondered what really goes on in our house that isn’t reflected in the photos you see here, friends, today is your day. In honor of Father’s Day, I’m joining my core group of ladies to share an unedited Q&A from the men in our lives; today, we are getting real. Like, really real. And after seeing Dave’s answers, I’m thinking maybe a little too real haha. I’m including links to the other husbands’ interviews at the bottom of the post so be sure to visit them all- I have been dying to read these! The truth is, I felt like I’d been training my whole life for this. I ask Dave random questions, pretty frequently, to gauge his answers and make sure we’d win, just in case we were to ever end up on the Newlywed Game (my competitive fantasies are twisted, I get it haha). That being said, this isn’t about matching answers, but about Dave giving you all some insight you wouldn’t normally get. Some responses, I was totally unfazed by and others, I was a little surprised. Maybe not surprised about the truth, but surprised that he decided to share.

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Dave and I have been married for almost six years; he’s laid back and I’m way more… umm… well… not. haha He has a kind heart, generous soul, and can make friends with anyone. We were best friends for years, and we still are. He keeps me laughing and the simple fact is- I 100% adore him. Before Dave takes over, here’s a quick rundown (my version of virtual speed dating).

Parental status… this

In the early days, we were like this…

and on our best day, we were like this.

Sometimes we’re like this…

and sometimes like this…

but chances are, if we’re together, more often than not, we’re probably like this.

So now, I’m handing it over to Dave (I’m sorry- “D-Lo” 😉 ) And you guys, remember, this a judgement free zone! haha

1. WHEN DID YOU FIRST MEET  YOUR WIFE AND WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION?

D-Lo: I first met her at a get-together at a friend’s house.  She was dating one of my friends. She seemed really outgoing and fun, and very cute!

KN: Umm… I know how that sounds haha. Trust me- there was a long gap!

2. WHICH ONE OF YOU MORE AGGRESSIVELY PURSUED THE OTHER?

D-Lo: At first, Kelley (although she will vehemently deny it), but years later, definitely me!  We were friends for years before anything romantic happened between us. I grew tired of watching her date other guys, so I decided I was gonna have to “Put a ring on it”!

KN: He’s right- I TOTALLY didn’t! But, he sure does know how to “pick ’em!” 😉

3. WHAT ARE THE BEST AND WORST PARTS OF YOUR WIFE’S JOB AS A BLOGGER?

D-Lo: The best part is that she gets to work from home doing a job that she absolutely loves.  The worst is that she is ALWAYS working (24/7)

KN: If there was a “Supportive Husband” award, Dave would win it, hands down, any day of the week. I will never deny how lucky I am to have such a patient guy, who has always been willing to pick up my slack so I can chase my dream and do what I love <3 Truly. Especially when I was working two jobs (before I was able to run KN full time). See when I announced I was transitioning to blogging full time HERE.

4. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN WHAT YOUR WIFE DOES FOR A LIVING TO YOUR FRIENDS AND COWORKERS?

D-Lo: I’m not very good at explaining it.  Kelley has overheard me trying and has since been working on giving me an “elevator pitch” to use.  I usually just say that she is a professional blogger and social media influencer.

KN: HAHA!! This is so true. The micromanager part of me wanted to jump in and interrupt his conversation to make it a “teaching moment”. We’re still working on it 😉

5. WHAT IS SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOUR WIFE?

D-Lo: She can kick incredibly high, like Chuck Norris high!  She also makes up her own dances and then tries to teach them to me.   Also, her signature karaoke song is “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

KN: Ok, there goes that competitiveness, again 😉 I know- the kicking thing is weird. And Dave thinks I’m trying to teach him dance moves? I’ll take it. I had a homecoming date in high school who wouldn’t dance with me because someone told him I wasn’t a good dancer. If that’s how far I’ve come, I’ll take it! haha

6. WHAT DOES YOUR WIFE DO THAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY? WHAT WOULD SHE SAY YOU DO THAT DRIVES HER CRAZY?

D-Lo: She puts the toilet paper roll on upside down. She also loads the dishwasher funny, not optimizing the space properly. Finally, she is OBSESSED with picking, scratching and squeezing any blemish that she finds on my body, usually without asking first.  She would probably say that I get stuck singing or humming the same song over and over for too long.  I don’t consciously realize that I’m doing it. She also hates how late I sleep in on the weekends, instead of getting up to “join the day!” Lastly, I am a huge impulse buyer at the grocery store, especially if I go shopping hungry. Drives her nuts!

KN: Yes. Just yes. Gross and yes. PS: my TP method allows for an easy “spin and rip” – the world will catch on one day – and I like how he used “finally” like he’s had this little list in his back pocket for a while 😉

7. IF YOU HAD AN EXTRA $10,000 THAT YOU COULD DO ANYTHING YOU WANTED WITH (NO SAVING, INVESTING OR DONATING ALLOWED!), WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND IT ON? WOULD YOUR WIFE BE ON BOARD?

D-Lo: Get Lasik and Pre-lex surgery. I’m blind as a bat, and over my contacts and glasses.  She would probably not be on board.

KN: I’m just gonna leave this right here…

8. YOU GET HOME FROM WORK AND YOUR WIFE IS GIVING YOU “THE LOOK”. WHAT HAVE YOU MOST LIKELY DONE TO GET YOURSELF INTO TROUBLE?

D-Lo: Thrown away leftovers she was planning to have for lunch, or put something in the dishwasher that is not supposed to go in there.

KN: Every. Time.

9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRIP YOU HAVE TAKEN WITH YOUR WIFE/FAMILY?

D-Lo: Definitely New York City a few months ago.  I’m ready to go back. My kinda town!

[You can see our highlights (from a total tourist’s perspective) HERE]

Top of the Rock view of NYC

10. DO YOU HAVE A “MAN CAVE”? IF SO, WHERE?

D-Lo: I do, and it’s in the unfinished basement. It is intermixed with acres of Kelley’s past and future décor pieces, but I still manage to squeeze in all of my guitars, amps and other essentials.

11. WHAT’S ONE THING YOUR WIFE IS SUPER “PICKY”/PARTICULAR ABOUT?

D-Lo: What does/does not belong in the dishwasher.  

KN: It’s really very simple. Calphalon, plastic cups with screw tops, Yeti tumblers, the Vitamix, marble, the potato peeler, certain knives, wood, gold (and gold rimmed), and most entertaining pieces don’t go in the dishwasher. See? 

12. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DINNER THAT YOUR WIFE MAKES? WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALTY? 

D-Lo: Chicken and stuffing casserole with a side of green beans.  Mine is my Mexican chicken mixture. We use it for a variety of different dishes.

13. ARE YOU A DIY-ER OR MORE OF A “HIRE THE PROFESSIONAL” TYPE OF GUY?

D-Lo: A little of both.  I know my limitations.  If I can do it myself, I definitely will. I stop at the possibility of burning down or flooding the house!

KN: I think he just loves any opportunity to wear the headlamp…

14. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR WIFE’S BLOGGER FRIENDS? WHO DO YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MOST? HAVE YOU MET ANY OF THEM?

D-Lo: I love her blogger friends, and I’m very appreciative that she has them in her life. I hear about Kris [Driven by Decor] the most.  I almost consider her Kelley’s business partner. I have met several briefly dropping things off to her at a conference in Atlanta.  Others I have not, but feel like I know them nonetheless.

LEFT PHOTO: Driven by Decor | Me
RIGHT PHOTO (L-R): Decor Gold Designs | Haneen’s Haven | CitrineLiving | Addison’s Wonderland | Randi Garrett Design | Z Design at Home | Me | Driven by Decor | (front) Sunny Side Up | The House of Silver Lining

15. HAS YOUR WIFE EVER DONE A PROJECT THAT YOU SECRETLY DIDN’T LOVE BUT YOU NEVER TOLD HER?

D-Lo: No, I will definitely tell her if I don’t like it.  Example- replacing all of our ceiling fans with light fixtures. I’m desperately trying to hold on to the one in our great room.

KN: These are the rooms he’s talking about haha (BTW, he really doesn’t miss the bedroom fan since I got him that Dyson ((I even wrote a post about life after fans HERE)) )

Neutral master bedroom design ideas with gray tufted headboard and brass chandelier

| Master Bedroom Sources |

Guest Bedroom Design Ideas with Cane Bed and Beaded Chandelier

| Blue & White Guest Bedroom Sources |

Antique Silver Leaf Lantern in Guest Bedroom

| White Guest Bedroom Sources |

And here’s what he’s clinging to… In all honesty, our next may or may not be a light fixture but it will not be this fan.

Versatile Gray Living Room with Stacked Stone Tall Fireplace

| Living Room Sources |

16. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? WOULD YOUR WIFE AGREE?

D-Lo: Probably back in Central Texas on a large piece of land that I could hunt and fish on.  Kelley would definitely NOT agree!

17. WHAT’S YOUR IDEA OF THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY?

D-Lo: Nothing too fancy.  Spending the day with my family, a cold beverage and meat cooking on my Big Green Egg.  Maybe some sports or music playing in the background.

KN: We may even restrain ourselves from waking him up and asking him to “join the day” 😉

Thank you for hangin’ with us today, honey, and thank you for hangin’ with me every day. “You make loving fun” 😉

And thank YOU for hangin’ with us; I kind of feel like my secret dream of being on a tv game show has been somewhat satisfied 😉 Ok, guys. Next, we have to go check out the spouse interviews from a few of my favorites – no surprise here, I share them all with you pretty often and I’ve been waiting for this for weeks…

Erin – Sunny Side Up

Randi – Randi Garrett Design

Kris – Driven by Decor

Shauna – The House of Silver Lining

Bree – Z Design at Home

Haneen – Haneen’s Haven

Brittany – Addison’s Wonderland

Tamara – CitrineLiving

Jen – Decor Gold Designs 

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49 Comments

  1. 6.14.18

    Totally dead.
    1). We are the same person.
    2). The ceiling fans. So dead.

    • 6.14.18

      LINDS!! OMG- yes! PS: Whenever Dave hears someone being handy on stories, he ALWAYS asks if its you!

  2. 6.14.18
    Haneen said:

    Kelley, I’m laughing so hard! LOVE all of these answers and I wanna see how high you can kick!!! Love you!

    • 6.14.18

      Haneen, I make him hold his hand up at different heights to see how high I can go – like I’m competing in the Olympics against myself haha!

  3. 6.14.18
    Joan Young said:

    This was so much fun! A little peek ?inside the world of Kelley Nan. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 6.14.18

    Kelley, I really love this post and how it gives your readers a true inside look at how wonderful your relationship is behind the screen. You and Dave truly share a one of kind love, and we are so happy to call you our friends.

    • 6.14.18

      Jen, THANK YOU! We feel the same about you guys!!

  5. 6.14.18
    David Lopez said:

    OK, now I can’t wait to read the other guys post to see if they “feel my pain”! JK!
    This was such a fun post baby! Holy cow I love you!

    • 6.14.18

      Honey, you are the best sport ever. HCILY!

  6. 6.14.18

    The answer to #6… that’s all that needs to be said! hahaha

    • 6.14.18

      Oh my word- not one thing… but like 7! haha

  7. 6.14.18

    This was so fun to read. And as someone who had Lasik 10 years ago, with better than 20/20 vision still (distance anyway)…GO FOR IT DAVE! You won’t regret it. If you need my docs name (he’s in Atlanta 😉 I’m happy to provide it. Don’t hate me Kelley.

    • 6.14.18

      Lauren, I think he already has someone he wants to consult with; I would love to hear who you used and your experience! THANK YOU!

  8. 6.14.18
    Randi said:

    Ha ha! I love you guys! You are the cutest! I wish I knew you when you got married so I could have been invited to your beautiful wedding! Love you friend! xo

    • 6.14.18

      Randi, I wish we all could!! How amazing would that be?! Love you!

  9. 6.14.18
    Cheryl Hand said:

    LOL!!! The high kicks really got me. Such a fun post!! Loved reading about the funny, quirky side of Kelley Nan. Dave’s great!! He should have his own annual post. Have a wonderful day!!

    • 6.14.18

      Cheryl, I am so glad!! Thank you- and I know that will make Dave’s day. Have a wonderful afternoon!

  10. 6.14.18
    Erin said:

    Kel I am dying at this post! Cracking up! Too many things.. I don’t even know where to start except that the “join the day” comment made me laugh out loud! I loved all of the pics of you two! You have such a fun relationship. Darling made for each other couple. Loved it! Every question! xo

    • 6.14.18

      Erin, it’s my way of being nice but firm! HAHA! I absolutely loved reading from Kenny; you guys are amazing together <3

  11. 6.14.18
    Vicki said:

    You Two are adorable!

  12. 6.14.18
    Bree said:

    Kelley, I absolutely love all of the pics of you two!!! The “join the day” comment had me too and you guys just both generally crack me up!! Oh and my son loves Maggie – she’s too cute on the bed with Dave as he sleeps in!! Love it all and love you dear friend!!! xoxo

    • 6.14.18

      Bree, one of these days, we are gonna get our families together; we will bring Maggie and she will love the attention! Love you!

  13. 6.14.18
    Gretchen Thomas (Nan) said:

    You two are my most favorite couple of all time. I love you both dearly! This WAS such a great post. The kick? I never knew!

    • 6.14.18

      Nan- oh my goodness, we love YOU the most! And are you surprised? My talents go beyond the garage and alleys 😉 haha!

  14. 6.14.18
    Shauna said:

    Oh my gosh Kel, “the kick” lol!!! Dying to see that one (while Dave holds his hand up maybe with the headlamp on?). You two are so hilarious and I just wish we could live on the same street! And I still think you are one of the most beautiful brides I’ve ever seen! Such a fun insightful post❤️ Love ya!
    Xo

    • 6.15.18

      Shauna, the head lamp was just for you!!! HAHA

  15. 6.14.18
    Lisa T. said:

    Y’all are cute!

  16. 6.15.18

    Kelley,
    My first thought was I need to take more pics with my husband. My second thought was you and I think alike on ceiling fans vs chandeliers. Then of course I just love the post. You guys seem perfect for each other even if you have to keep giving him a tutorial on the dishwasher.
    Jenn

    • 6.15.18

      Jenn, I love that; thank you! Yep, sometimes we just have to show them what they want and what’s right 😉

  17. 6.15.18
    Shelly said:

    This blog made my day, from the kick to the “hook em horns”. Texas native here and family in Austin, New Braunfels as well as Houston! You guys are hilarious! Going to follow this blog for sure, thank you Kelley Nan! Love your style.

    • 6.15.18

      Shelly, to hear you say that makes MY day; thank you! Yep, Dave is a proud Texan, through and through – he grew up in San Antonio and also lived in Waco for awhile. It means so much to “have you here”! xo

  18. 6.15.18
    Sharon said:

    OK, Kelley. I have always admired your blogs and your welcoming decor style, but now I think I just want to be friends with you two! Love how real all your posts are, and this one especially! Keep them coming!

    • 6.15.18

      Sharon, I love that! Thank you so much- I always try to find a balance so it was fun to just let loose on this one a bit 😉

  19. 6.15.18

    Hahahaha! Kelley I am totally cracking up! Rolling over laughing Q&A #1 and #2. I love Dave’s sense of humor. Mike and I are the same in almost every category as you two cuties! Loved this blog in its entirety! Big hugs to you guys.

    • 6.15.18

      Marissa, that is awesome. And I know- 1 and 2 sound funny haha. I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  20. 6.15.18
    Michelle Cortez said:

    I loved reading this guys! I definitely was laughing! And maybe Kelley can revisit #16 ?. That would be awesome!

    • 6.19.18

      Haha Michelle!! Your brother is the best! 😉

  21. 6.19.18

    This was SO SO fun to read! Seriously – I read it through twice! I want you to come up with a Kelley and Kris dance and teach it to me – lol! You and Dave are adorable – I gotta meet this guy!

  22. 6.24.18
    Cecilia from Ga said:

    Kelley, this was so refreshing! It is wonderful to see a couple who are enjoying life together laughing and loving. I read the post about your Dyson and have been researching them. We love our cordless Dyson so I know they make good machines. Good luck with the fans!!

  23. 1.11.19
    jennibell said:

    I agree on the dishwasher EXCEPT screw-top and Yeti tumblers. I used to think the same, but looked up Yeti/dishwasher online and it’s o.k. The screw-top lids just have to go in the top. Veggie peelers are so cheap and such a pain to hand-wash that I don’t bother keeping them out and I let the rest of my family (there are 6 of us total) put knives in the dishwasher EXCEPT “the one”. They all know and understand. I don’t buy “good” frying pans and allow those in the DW but they all know every pot must be hand-washed. You are still young. . .you will let some things go as your family grows and time becomes more valuable 😉 Sounds like you have a wonderful person to spend life with!

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