It seems a bit into 2017 to still be looking back in 2016. But I promise, that was not the intention, and it was supposed to be up way earlier. I had typed up this post, totally from my heart and using the blog app on my phone.

But my phone battery wasn’t charged. It’s a bad habit I have especially since moving to the UK where I know there’s always power supply. But alas, my phone surprisingly went off without warning and I realised the post was not saved. So I had to type this up all over again.

Top Tip: Always type your blog posts on a separate word processor like notes.

Anyway, 2016 was an important year for the blog, so it’s worth a fairly detailed recap, with really important bits you shouldn’t miss at the bottom of the post.

February

Except you’re completely new around here, you probably already know the story of how I started my blog. It wasn’t actually my first blog. Or my second. It was my third. But the first two had barely five posts between them and were not read by anyone other than Tee or my sisters.

I wish I had a video recording of the moments leading up to the time I eventually shared my first blog post on Facebook. Because I have no idea where that courage came from and I’ll definitely love some more of it. The first day of sharing the blog brought about 300 page views. Not bad, I thought to myself. People may actually want to read what I have to say.

So I fell in love with the blog.

My initial blog layout was basically one page of the entire posts following sequentially. I’ll never forget the reader who emailed me say “thumbs up on starting, but a bit of aesthetics on the blog may be needed”. I was going to work on that, but such helpful encouragement and feedback often go a long way.

My initial posts were also very personal. With posts about my Frolleague, my kneeling culture experience (as a non-Yoruba person married to one) and how I ate my chicken with my hands on my first date with Tee, and how he got me a dozen roses when I failed my driving test. Little wonder someone said “are all your posts going to be about you and Tee”. The rebuttal to that, sort of, was this post on how to deal with negative criticism. But you can tell I took the good from that – obviously, as not all my posts are about Tee.

Just into day 2 of blogging, and I caught social media envy. I found myself comparing my three digit statistics with the six digits of an older blogger! (It didn’t help that she had live on her blog so I could see the figures go up by the second) Comparison can be a struggle, but thankfully I nipped that in the bud wondering on what basis I should even compare myself to her! If you often find yourself in such situation, I shared some great tips on how to kill social media envy & comparison and 6 easy ways to stay grateful and content.

My February and March blog posts also had really weird titles – such that you may have found it weird to decipher prior to reading, what the post was about. Take this one – Unintended Rant & Oechestra Tickets. It’s a really fun blog post, and a particular person’s favourite. But what on earth is that title? Or this post on gift preferences initially titled – Just Give me the Darn money. And this great post on the beauty of often being single or bae less which I titled “One Good Head Can Take Over the World”, as well as this fun post on Chinese Etiquette  which was initially titled 2016: The Year of the Monkey! *sigh*

Sometimes such weird titles really work! But these days I’m more inclined to go for titles that at least have a direct bearing on the post.

March

By a sheer stroke of luck, my post got published on one of Africa’s most popular entertainment website. Quite a number of people found me through that post, I think. So I wrote this post on “How a Flu + Mother’s Day made me Famous!

I also rejoined twitter. I remember that when I published the post above I had 12 followers! Seeing as I’d joined twitter in 2009 – this wasn’t a great statistic for 7 years later. Not to bring Tee into this, but he was the cause of my poor followership. He made me join twitter, as he kept going on and on about it. Then one day I tweeted at him, and he didn’t reply. So I disconnected my account! Ugh… early days relationship drama!

But Twitter is such a great tool for blog promotion, so I’m back at it. With about 850 followers as at today. Not bad aye? You should follow me: @KacheeTee

I also made public my Instagram account. This was a slightly tough one because I’m a private (ish) person. But asides blog promotion, there’s people out there I’m called to inspire and impact, and a private Instagram ain’t going to do that! Plus we all know how annoying it is when you stumble on an Instagram account and it’s private. Arrgh.

March 8th – International Women’s Day and someone asked if we had international men’s day, so I felt compelled to write a really enlightening post on International women’s day and the essence of it. And yes, by the way, there’s an International Men’s Day

March meant Lent. So I shared an interesting find on what the Americans gave up for lent – according to their states. Shout out to the good people of Delaware who gave up the Internet! After Lent was Easter and I had so much fun learning and writing these fun facts about Easter eggs!

April

I almost always write my blog posts on my phone on the train back home from work. It’s a great tip to save time. One day I got on a wrong train and found myself in a place called Stoke-on-Trent. Good grief! I met the loveliest old man though, and the experience birthed this post on why you shouldn’t judge anyone!

Started the #WeInterview series to interview awesome inspiring ladies! We had nine amazing features and I’m so excited for the line up for this year.

Now a twitter user, I randomly stumbled on the phrase ‘sibling goals’. So I wrote this post talking about my sibling goals and shared memories from my childhood. Including the one time my brother and I smashed the TV, so the army guys on there could come and guard our house!

My boss at work gave me free tickets to the orchestra just because I spoke up! So, with a bit of a tongue twister title – Why Shall You Shy,  I shared on the need to go after what you want! No shy zone, please.

We hit a 100 subscribers! I may have bullied some of them into subscribing but who cares? Now they’re taking me for all the good stuff. 3 people un-subscribed (don’t worry, they had good reasons). But even if they didn’t, know that you can’t be everyone’s cup of tea!

May

Started the monthly recap posts, reviewing the previous months, and planning of the next.. After all, they say an un-examined life is not worth living! And isn’t that the reason we are writing this post in the first place? Also shared some of the questions Tee & I get asked the most on our Igbo-Yoruba Inter-Ethnic marriage.

Finally got over being denied a Dubai visa again! Not the best experience I tell you. But when life throws you lemons, you make lemonade! I made mine by visiting St Ives, Cornwall. Loved it!

Started seeing lots of people begging on the streets of London. So I flashed back to that one time I begged on the streets of London. This isn’t weird title, as I really did beg. But there’s a greater message in the post which is super important! Likewise  this post on easiest hack to get rid of bingo wings is a hack but, well… you probably don’t want to use that hack forever.

June

Started our #NigerianInterEthnicLoveStories which is pretty dear to my heart. First couple was Tina & Nonso and then Ayo and Cyril and Flora and Kunle. Each couple have funny stories! from how they met, to the foods they can’t stand from their spouses culture and tricks played on parents! And Dr N’s real life story of faith and triumph is such a must read.

What do you do when a couple photo shoot freebie goes south? You write a blog post on it, share some of the photos and more importantly on how to get the best of freebies!

July

The blog was a sponsor to The NFB Yard Sale, in Lagos  and some of the proceeds when to charity! Rather strangely, a routine pedicure visit resulted in an assault on me and a 999 police phonecall. I really wanted to share the experience with a wider group, and so I did so on an external platform, But then I became unsure of the post and didn’t tell anyone I wrote it. I started feeling better when people told me it was very good read. We should really learn to not underate our work!

August

Six months of regular blogging! And nominated for a blog award. Having passed the six months mark, I started thinking about taking the blog seriously and improving it. Was crushing on the iMac computer to help with this  – so I shared some gadgets we are probably all crushing on. I’m still waiting for number 4!. This simple post on what married couples should share, ended up being  about sharing toothbrushes or not. One of our most popular ones and the comments make me laugh all the time! That’s definitely one where a weird title sort of worked.

September

Finally shared the details of the CV & Career workshop my friend and I held in Lagos. I really do enjoy Career talks and articles and looking to do more of those this year. If it’s something you’ll be interested in, you should look out for that.

Our first guest post: Tayo shares her awesome experience at the Chale Wote Festival in Ghana and her take on Ghana Jollof rice.  Another first and a blogger collaboration. Mine took the format of a letter to my younger self on all the skills I wished I learnt. Definitely a popular post with lots of insightful comments on what people wished they had learned.

October

We didn’t quit! We made it to 100 posts! And I answer 5 useful questions I get asked on blogging. If you’re a blogger, the answers may be helpful to you.

October is also the month for the girl child and breast cancer awareness. So I merged both in this post on Girl Talk – How to check your breasts (+helpful infographic). On a lighter note, we celebrated NationalHandBagDay (apparently it’s a thing), and it made me think: Are Designer Handbags Justifiable? – To Buy or Not to Buy? I liked the comment a reader left about her grandfather’s approach, and I think I’ll adopt that.

November

We hit a bit of a milestone. 9 Months of blogging and 100k views. I also finally improved the layout of the blog to make it more functional and introduced pages such as a first timer page, an FAQ page, a Work with me page and updated the about page!

We also had a second guest post by Ebzz on mastering the art of gifting and how to always buy the perfect gifts.

This was very much a Tee post. It was 9 years since we met and our first date, so I share all the details on How we met, first date and a 9 Years later photoshoot. Such lovely comments on the post, thank you! I can imagine most people were surprised to see me that glammed up. I was surprised myself too!, and maybe I should try it more often.

Sent our first newsletter – after many months of procrastination. See it here.

December

Everyone looks forward to gifts and Christmas. And so with crossed fingers, I shared our Christmas wish lists, hoping on secret santa. How sweet that a reader offered to get me number 3 on my list. I’m taking that offer up asap, as it seems I may have lost my current ones.

First brand collaboration. I shared my love for greeting cards, especially personalised ones + how I’ve kept the 52+ cards ever received from Tee. If you’re into greeting cards, this idea of Video greeting cards is genius.  And finally, some rather funny one liner Christmas riddles and jokes. Glad that a number of people totally loved the humour.

I know that was long! But I felt it was important to share this because:

  • I was in the mood to write*
  • I wanted to show you some posts you may have missed (so please read them!)
  • It’s important to document growth – lest we forget humble beginnings
  • I wanted to encourage someone. Start, write about anything. Be willing to make amends and change.

Finally I really want to say thank you! Some people are read all of my almost 150 blog posts. That’s incredible.

On my birthday in 2016 (November), someone tweeted at me saying one of the highlights of her year was watching me grow. And it meant so much to me. But that growth, was mostly because of this blog. I doubt I’ll ever be able to explain how much impact it has had in me. And seeing that i’ve been able to teach, inspire, encourage or just make someone laugh, means the absolute world to me.

So thank you again!, or to put it in my native Igbo language, ‘Dalu’, and in Tee’s Yoruba language, ‘Ese’!

Someone said to me that the beauty of the blog was that when you get the blog post notification email (you’re subscribed to receive posts by email right!?) you never really know what the topic will be on, and he absolutely loves it.

I love that we’re able to have meaningful conversations about everything:

Relationships:

Faith:

Law & Careers:

Humour & Weddings

Lifestyle

Inspiration

These may sound a bit cliche, but very helpful.

The idea of the blog remains the same. To build a community – positive space where we can learn, live and laugh. To this end, your comment on here isn’t just a comment. It’s super appreciated,a and know that someone is learning from you.

In our second newsletter, I shared the Top 10 commented posts and how much I value your comments. Please don’t keep sharing.

And special thank you to all the people who featured me on their blogs at one time on the other. It was humbling and fulfilling stumbling into a feature where you say that you like my blog or posts and recommend it to others.

Blog goals for 2017

  • Continue to improve this space for you to the best of my ability.
  • Better timetable on days and times for new posts.
  • New categories / features including more blogging, faith, travel and fashion posts.
  • Increase readership (counting on you to spread the word and share posts, thank you!).
  • More giveaways.
  • Host or Attend a Bloggers Meet up or event.
  • Get an assistant or two. If you think you’ll love to, I shared the details in our third newsletter. Get in touch.
  • Finally it’ll great for the blog to generate some money, some how. There’s a lot of helpful apps, subscriptions and software out there I’ll love to buy, but can’t really invest that much at this time. When I finally bought my iMac, Tee said “can’t your blog pay for this!?”. I had a good laugh, but hopefully soon!

I write because you read, so please let me know what sort of posts you’ll like to see here! Relationship? Blog tips? Interviews? – Will love to hear your thoughts.

And finally, if I may: I’ll absolutely appreciate if you could share this post. I really did spend unbelievable hours on it, and I think any new reader will get a fair summary and the gist of the blog! So please share this one post to your Whatsapp groups, Twitter, Google+ or on Facebook too!

And, you can just click the tweet button below to share to Twitter.


Hey friends, I found KacheeTee’s blog in 2016. I quite like it and I’m sure you’ll like it too!. 

Tweet: Hey friends, I found @KacheeTee's blog in 2016. I quite like it and I think you'll like it too. Check it out here: https://ctt.ec/Jx0h7+


Thanks again for finding me in 2016, and I look forward to sharing 2017 with you!

If you blog, was was your biggest achievement of 2016, and the one thing you think you did better. Plus ever made a mistake and lost a draft post?

Love,

Kachee.. xx

*I was in the mood to write when I wrote the original post. I was not so in the mood to write when I had to think it all up again. But I’m pretty impressed with what I came up with. Please don’t forget to share – as some form of compensation to me.

pS: Please follow me on Bloglovin!. And I’m probably pushing my luck, but if you could like this post on there too, that will be awesome!


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  1. Precious

    January 10, 2017 at 02:45

    You’ve come a long way, dear!One of the things I admire most about you is your consistency. You’ve kept it going from day 1.I really love the interviews! Your questions are always on point.Here’s to more blogging success in 2017!

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 10, 2017 at 10:15

      Thank you so much Sis! You’ve been very supportive from day 1. Amen and wishing you the same too!

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  2. Lara Teshola

    January 10, 2017 at 08:24

    I have spent all morning on the blog *covers face* however I do not regret it, cos I have learnt a lot from the different links attached to this post. I hope I get interviewed soon ooo, cos I am among the inter-ethnic marriage gang…😆 (so this is me taking a cue from your ” why shall I shy post” ) Very Amazing Recap that I also think I will adopt for http://www.larateshola.com as it really shows growth. Here’s wishing you an awesome 2017! and hope we can plan a trip together this year *fingers crossed*

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  3. 'Dara

    January 10, 2017 at 10:22

    It’s great to say that I am one of the few people that have read all posts. Your consistency is one key thing I admire. You’ve done too well Kachi

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 10, 2017 at 11:40

      Thanks a lot Dara!

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  4. winifred oribhabor

    January 10, 2017 at 11:34

    I definitely missed some posts so I’m glad you did a recap! I discovered your blog late last year but I’m glad I did. Believe it or not, you have actually inspired me and yes to a meetup this year! it should be in Nigeria oh!

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  5. Hawa Abu Ozien

    January 10, 2017 at 13:33

    Great job Kachi on your blog. I’m super proud of you and glad you’re impacting lives with your talent. Stay blessed always and keep shining. Love you dear!

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  6. Seun Olagunju

    January 10, 2017 at 14:17

    Hi Kacheetee. Found your blog late last year, but I’ve tried to catch up with almost all your posts. They’ve really inspired me somehow.Reading this post reminded me of how woefully I also failed at blogging the first time I tried to. Started again in May 2016 and making it work + the impact it’s made in the lives of others have been some of my biggest achievements so far. I can totally relate with the social media envy part that comes with it though. LOL.Have I said you are an inspiration? You are. Well done.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:15

      Hi Seun! Thank you so much – Glad you got inspired. Great that you’ve picked it up again. You didn’t leave a link I had to go through your Disqus account to find your blog. Lol. But I liked what i saw, and cheers to greater heights!

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      • Seun Olagunju

        January 16, 2017 at 09:56

        Thank you, Kachi!

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  7. Sarah Enuwa Audu

    January 10, 2017 at 15:10

    Happy New year KacheeYou really have come a long way in such a short time. I love your conistency and variety too. My favourite segment is the We intervew one and I look forward to seeing more of that. Congrats on a great 2016, 2017 will definitely be better.Princess Audu

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:16

      Thanks for reading Sarah!Totally love that segment too, and hopefully I’ll get some great people to interview this year!

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  8. Oluwatoceen!

    January 10, 2017 at 16:46

    Kachee!!! Happy New year.I stalked your blog for a while last year before dropping my first comment. You know that kain stalking like-hmmm let us see how it goes before we commit to the blog and you made me fall in love with. You are an inspiration and I am so grateful to God for finding you. I cant wait to see you smash all the amazing goals you have for 2017. Thank you so much.p.s I have not abandoned your blog ooo, I misplaced my two phones back to back and being online as being a struggle but I can proudly say I catch up on your blogposts when I can.Have an amazing 2017!Love,ZikoraPresident of Kacheetee Fc! (lool)

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 10, 2017 at 16:54

      President Zik! (Hahahahaha see what I did there!?)I missed you oh. But I just thought you were busy and maybe went into hibernation to come and conquer this new year 2017!Sorry about your phones. That’s so annoying! Thank Thank you Thank you!. God bless you Zik! May all your dreams come true this year as well!

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  9. Oyindamola Abbatty

    January 10, 2017 at 16:53

    I might not comment all the time but I definitely read every single post since I discovered your blog, Kachi! You went from envying someone’s blog to being blog goals. Congrats on the successful blogging year.

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  10. Kachee || KacheeTee.com

    January 10, 2017 at 16:55

    Awww Oyin!Thank you so much. I really really appreciate. God bless you!

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  11. Uzoma | Don't Touch The Hair

    January 10, 2017 at 18:35

    Happy New Year, Kachi. It seems like 2016 was pretty good to you and your blog. Keep the posts coming. ☺donttouchthehair.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:13

      It was pretty good! Thanks a lot babe.

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  12. Live In Ibadan

    January 10, 2017 at 21:51

    One of my favourite blogs. Your blog will start bringing in money soon. Hmmm…I can see CNN advertising your blog *prophecy mood* Lol. Have a great day and say Hi to Teewww.liveinibadan.blogspot.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:12

      Amen!! Prophecy claimed. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

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  13. Zinny

    January 11, 2017 at 16:41

    Again, congrats Kachee, no doubt I’m a fan of your blog. Since I discovered your blog last year, I’ve been coming back for more. It’s really inspiring to see how well it’s all grown. Here is to more success. 2016 was a good year for you and so will 2017. Amen! Now let me share this on Twitter.www.zinnyfactor.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:21

      Thank you Zinny!!!I really appreciate you. And may 2017 be awesome for us all.

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  14. Vivian AF

    January 12, 2017 at 06:57

    Congratulations on 2016. I really enjoy reading your content and I wish you the very best for 2017. Thank you for always visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.www.thealaroro.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:11

      You’re welcome Viv!Cheers to greater 2017 – let’s own the year! *wink

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  15. Praise Abu

    January 12, 2017 at 14:16

    So much progress within a such a short period. I know short is a relative term here. I’m happy you didn’t quit blogging. 2016 was really a great year for your blog.I’m so glad I discovered your blog, it’s been a source of inspiration and very entertaining as well. I love the career post, the relationship talks and also the spiritual post.I look forward to reading more insightful post this year and i hope you start making money from your blog this year as well.My Style Look Book Series

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:19

      Thanks for all your support girl. I truly appreciate it. You’re amazing, honestly. God bless you!

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  16. Evita

    January 13, 2017 at 18:20

    The first time I visited your blog I bookmarked the page on my browser coz I knew I’d be coming back for more. I even thought you had been blogging for like 2 years till I saw that post on 9 months and a 100k views. I was truly wowed! You’ve made amazing progress on the blog Kachi and it’s so inspiring. I love the tone of your posts, it’s so fun and exciting to read. 2016 was a big year for you and I can already imagine the heights you’d attain this year. May sound cliche but you really inspire me. Keep up the good work.Evita In Progress

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 13, 2017 at 18:30

      Thank you sooooo much Evita! I really really appreciate the fact that you read. God bless you! And here’s to an amazing 2017 for you too! 💓

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  17. adaoraah||adaoraahble.com

    January 13, 2017 at 21:21

    This is a really nice inspirational piece. Funny thing is today is sort of my first day of blogging and you said you had 300 views on your first post and felt a bit envious, then i read what you said abput your own envy and i burst out laughing. I will definitely be returning here.

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  18. Kachee || KacheeTee.com

    January 14, 2017 at 22:54

    Thanks adaoraah! Haha. Don’t worry it’ll only get better! Thanks for reading.

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  19. Bababi

    January 15, 2017 at 17:10

    I’m such a lazy reader for long post so it took me this long to finish up reading….*coverseyes*….but as always, it’s a good read. I get inspiration from here.Don’t stop writing.

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 15, 2017 at 22:11

      Thank you Bababi! And it was quite a long post so I don’t blame you at all!!

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  20. Kachee || KacheeTee.com

    January 15, 2017 at 22:16

    Thank you Mama!That means a lot to me. Love you too!

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  21. Kachee || KacheeTee.com

    January 15, 2017 at 22:17

    Yay to being inspired girl!And yes to a meet up in Nigeria. Will keep you posted!

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  22. Kachee || KacheeTee.com

    January 15, 2017 at 22:18

    Lara this your photo is popping ohhh!Ah, inter-ethnic gang, up next on the list is you! I’ll send you a message. We should totally totally do a trip! God willing!

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    • Lara Teshola

      January 15, 2017 at 23:30

      😂😂😂 it is Tega that put the picture oooo, she said she likes it. 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 okay will be expecting your message and yes! We should do a trip, God willing… between, I will be starting sewing tutorials with videos on the blog soon. You must learn to sew by force by force this year 😀😀

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      • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

        January 15, 2017 at 23:54

        Yes to videos! Buying my machine soon hopefully!

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  23. Endaline

    January 24, 2017 at 08:22

    I really enjoyed reading this Kachee. Pls, never stop writing. You don’t know what you do for the rest of us. These days, when I’m talking to Mister, it’s always Kachee this or Kachee that. Lol! Suffice it to say, some of us are grateful that you started this journey. Good job.www.onyixtus.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 24, 2017 at 09:32

      Girl!, that means so much coming from you! Thank you!!

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  24. jennifer ijeoma

    January 30, 2017 at 05:24

    This blog is exceptional. i like how you are able to have bits of everything going on without being all over the place. You are a good writer – you probably have heard that a lot, but yea… i sure will be learning from you as a newbie to the blogospherewww.ijefinelivin.com

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    • Kachee || KacheeTee.com

      January 30, 2017 at 16:46

      Thank you so much Ije! I really appreciate. Btw I really like your blog name!

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      • jennifer ijeoma

        January 31, 2017 at 16:01

        Thank you Kachee. I had to randomly come up with that name.😆

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