About Me – Brandi


Hi,  I’m Brandi.

I’ve been blogging since 2009 off and on and Simple and Trendy is my latest venture.  I have an emotion and livelihood about me that calling me a extrovert would be a mild way to put it.  I shout things from rooftops and always make my opinion heard.  I live passionately, love deeply and plan vicariously (yes, I know that’s cliche and an oxymoron but it REALLY describes me).

I am a mother, wife, and lover of God and good wine – not necessarily in that order.  I reside in a house too little for all my junk and non-necessities, but love the land we live on and the joy of having a true place to call “ours” and home.  I absolutely MUST HAVE everything tech related that’s newly released – even if I have no idea that I will ever use it more than once. I have an addictive personality. I think this is partly because of all of my talents (that sounds conceited but it’s not meant to be) or maybe it’s because I devote myself MORE than I should with everything I’m involved.  I love sports, crafts, hanging out with friends, dabbling in the kitchen (most of which by burning myself), the latest trends and styles, going wine tasting, working out and running (somewhat) and laughing (LOUDLY).  I’m a lefty, and we’re a RARE breed.  I work full-time outside the home in an Accounting position where I can be meticulous, number driven and on point all day, this piece of the internet gives me the freedom to color outside the lines and for that I’m eternally grateful.  I am a former couponaholic come clean and I blogged about saving people money for over 2 years.  Since then, I’ve taken a back seat to the deal catching and been enjoying time with my family and finding peace within myself.  One day I hope to blog about that here re{brandi}ngme.com

My husband and I - 2013

My husband, Bill, is a craft beer aficionado, hunter and lover of all things that go fast.  He handles everything mechanical, technical and “gross” in our house.  He’s good with the handy work and pretty suave in the kitchen as well.  I’m slowly training him to be more techy, but this is a long road, people!  Although we are almost stark opposites, I fell in love with his old age charm as a friend once put it, “he’s like an old soul in a young body”, and ever since he’s proven this true.  (Even with the grouchy grandpa attitude at times).  Patient, quiet and easy-going (everything I’m not).  While him and I can not cook together or install a new (insert anything here) because he won’t follow instructions and I’m by the book OCD when it comes to things like that, we get to the same finish line even by taking our own paths.  It’s what makes us work. :)  I love him more than the stars in the sky and so glad he is my missing piece.


I have two children, Charming (my 11 year old son) and Mischief (my almost 6 year old daughter).  I’m sure you’ll see them in many of my posts and hear or see them on Facebook and Instagram.  My son who I had when I was 19 (turned 20 two days later), single and in college was a complete accident and miracle all at the same time.  He taught me how to be responsible, mature and loving – no matter where you are in life.  I had to wait three long aching months to bring him home from the hospital after three gastrointestinal surgeries to fix the Gastroschisis he was born with. He has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen in a child and this is why he has the name Charming on my sites. We are currently in Middle School and entering the “pre-teen” years which makes me very sad, nervous and overprotective I had my daughter when I was then 25 after Bill and I got married the previous year.  She was also unplanned and has kept me on my toes every day since the day I found out I was pregnant.  I had the worst morning sickness with her, suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to her and have dealt with a teenager-like attitude ever since she was mobile.  Hence the name Mischief, she’s always up to something and one to keep your eye on.  She has started Kindergarten this year which was a huge fear of mine considering her life threatening food allergies.  I can not begin to explain the bond between a mother and daughter like us, it’s a deeper love than I’d ever expected and sometimes the biggest struggle to quarrel over everything and anything.  Although she too, has a loving heart, she’s more like a tough Daddy’s girl who is starting to come out of her shell.

That pretty much puts a wrap on me, my family and background.  I’m glad you’ve found us on this little piece of the internet and I hope you stick around a while.



  1. Janet Bender says

    Please contact me when you can. It’s about getting rid of my quilting stuff. Hope you have some advise for me. Thanks, Janet

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