Hello! I am Shelby - the wife behind Life as the Coats.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Matthew, and I'm a fur mama to our adorable puppy, Reagan. I was born and raised in Tennessee and my husband moved here when he was a child. We have planted roots here in Nashville and now call it home. I work in corporate Healthcare and my husband is a CPA. When I'm not working you can find me cooking/baking, planning our next dinner party, brushing up on my calligraphy, organizing our home, reading, or taking too many pictures of my puppy.

A deeper look into our story...

I met my husband when we were almost five years old, you can read all about that (here), and I met  him again in early spring of 2010, at church...my junior year of high school. You can read more on that (here). In 2013 I moved to Cookeville where I lived with two of my friends for a year and then moved into my own apartment for another year. After dating for 5 years, Matthew proposed to me in the middle of Tennessee Tech's campus a few days before Christmas. That story (here).
7 months later, on one of the hottest days that summer, we said "I do" in front of our family and friends. (wedding posts here).

We lived in a small, but cozy, one bedroom apartment for the first 6 months of our marriage (#CoatsApartment), before purchasing our first house (#TheCoatsHome)! We have had the best time making this house our home together. From painting almost the whole house to building a 10ft farmhouse table, we are slowly making it ours. To see more updates and projects check here (#TheCoatsHomeSeries).

In October of 2016 we brought home our sweet girl, #ReaganCoats. She has the sweetest demeanor and is the definition of a lap dog. If you're around here much, you'll quickly see, we are obsessed with our fur baby.

And that's our story, so far!


  1. I am stopping on over after reading your guest post on Emily's blog! So delighted to find another TN gal and to be your newest follower! :)
    Rebecca :)

  2. Love that I found a new East Tennessean on here! Love you blog:)


  3. Oh my gosh are we the same person? Sophomore in college, Jesus lovers, cooking and baking all the time, dreaming of living in NC, can't wait to get married, planning every day? Yes I think so! Soo glad I found your blog!!

    1. Twinsies? :) So glad you found my blog too!!

    2. haha I live in NC and I want to live in TN!!

  4. Where in Tennessee do you live!? I live in Knoxville! So happy to have found your page!!


  5. I found your blog through the Blog Hop : ) I have 4 little sisters and no brothers... which was awesome. I'm happy I found your page!

  6. I'm so so glad I found your blog! I'm in college too and have an incredible boyfriend and have my wedding already figured out in my head haha! Have a wonderful day:)

  7. You are just a joy, I love your blog. You & your boyfriend are simply adorable. The idea of your blog is just great, and so many terrific ideas. I currently live go to school in WI but live in MA & after graduation I'm moving to NC!! Maybe you'll be there and we can get together and chat :) oh so great. (I have my wedding colors picked out too) :) So glad I found this blog!

    xo. Kailagh

  8. Hi Shelby!

    Just found your adorable blog!! After reading your about me page I can say that we have quite a few things in common!! :-) Always so fun to find other Southern bloggers!

    xoxo Miss ALK

  9. Hi Shelby!
    Stopping by from the "Friend Connect" blog hop. Now following you on Facebook, Twitter, and GFC. Looking forward to reading your posts.
    Have a great week :)
    Bismah @
    Simple Mama

  10. Your blog is adorable! I am a new follower from the Blogs by Christian Women site. Would love for you to follow back!


  11. nice to "meet" you, Shelby! excited to follow along!


  12. Can you make sure I'm not a no-reply blogger. Not sure if I did it correctly or not? Very nice to meet you Shelby!


  13. I love your blog! My mom actually went to Tennessee Tech for 1-2 years and then transferred to UTC! My parents live in Chattanooga now and I just absolutely love Tennessee! Glad to be following you now :)

  14. Yay! Another Christian newlywed. So nice to meet you!

  15. It's always fun finding new blogging friends but finding those that love Jesus makes it 10 times better! woohoo!

  16. Just being a total stalker -- and now you can change "boyfriend" to HUSBAND!!!!! How awesome!?!? ;)

  17. Hi Shelby! Molly here with Shinesty. I love your blog & wanted to see if you would be interested in our Holiday clothing line! I think it would be great on you and your husband! Email me at molly.steiner@shinesty.com if so & Shine On!


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