Your big day is not far off and you can’t wait for your new life to begin. It’s understandable that right now you’re focused on planning the perfect wedding, however this article is meant to provide helpful tips on how to live intentionally after you have said your I do’s. Going into your marriage with intention will give your relationship strength and you’ll create a home life you love! While minimalism can mean many different things to different people, the concept remains the same: to live more simply, striping away what doesn’t make you happy and making room for the things you value. These tips are meant to inspire you but a minimalist life will look very different for each couple.Read More
It’s been about 8 months since B has been out of the military, and we’ve slowly been transitioning back into civilian life. There are always the big questions when getting out of the military, like where are you going to live now, and what you are going to do. After B was stationed in Chicago, almost 4 years ago, I started this blog to keep myself entertained while he was at work and I was living in a new place. Since having the blog, I’ve really loved being my own boss, and making my own hours. So when B got out, we decided to take some time off, and then figure out what our next steps are.Read More
Bridesmaid Proposal Boxes are such a fun new trend. Now that you’ve got your celebration on, with your own Bridal Box Subscription, and you’re getting use to your new bride status...it’s time for, what I believe to be, one of the most exciting parts of your wedding planning process...asking your bridesmaids to stand up with you as you say “I do”. Your bridesmaids are the girls in your life who are there for you during the crazy wedding planning phase. “Back in the day”, brides simply asked their girls to be bridesmaids, but now...there’s a fun trend to ask with a fun gift...also known as a “bridesmaid proposal.” I personally love this trend, as I get to give my girls a special gift while I ask them to stand up with me as I marry my best friend.Read More
Who dislikes traveling? Nobody! We all like exploring new places, literally everyone loves to travel.
Even those anxious about flights or bus and train trips love to arrive to the new place and see a new culture with enthusiasm!
I was always like that. I was anxious before my trips, rethinking if everything goes well and a lot more. But I definitely loved packing and dancing along as I fantasized about unpacking when I get to the new place.Read More
So, are you ready to dive into college? While many readers might be responding “yes!” the overwhelming truth is probably… “no.” Who ever is ready for something so new and different? This is the beginning of your adult independence. For most people, it’s the first time they live away from home, the first time they determine their own schedule, even the first time that they’ve cooked for themselves.
After you get engaged, it’s pretty much a guarantee people will start asking you questions about the wedding. The very same day of my super sneaky surprise proposal, B and I were asked, when…where…and what kind of wedding we were going to have...and we only announced to our immediate families!Read More
There’s something about summer that just motivates you to work on things around the house. One day you look outside and decide that it is finally time to reseed the lawn, or get started on that garden you’ve been meaning to start for the last decade. Or maybe you have the itch to work but don’t really know where to start. Here are a few summer projects that you can start this month!Read More
Redecorating your home can feel like a massive undertaking, especially when you include furniture into that overhaul. Oftentimes, furniture is the single most expensive category of your home’s possessions, although few of us think about protecting it from thieves or accident. When it’s time to redo a room, furniture is the biggest expense that you can expect.
However, if you can take some smart measures, you’ll find yourself able to cut way back on the expenses of refurnishing your home. Read on to learn more!Read More
Looking for the Best Bridal Subscription Boxes out there? It’s time for some fun goodies to arrive in your mailbox after your new engagement. New bride, fiancé, soon-to-be Mrs…if you’re anything like me, you’re excited to celebrate your new title! Here are some of my favorite wedding subscription boxes.
Let’s face it. Who wants to spend their time off spring cleaning? Wouldn’t it be better to spend that time binge watching another awesome series on Netflix? Yes, it would. Unfortunately, self-cleaning homes are still a thing of the future. Until we start to live like The Jetsons, we’ll still have to do the cleaning ourselves. Yes, it does indeed suck. Thankfully, there are ways to clean your home without missing too many hours of your free time.Read More
January has come and gone. Many new year goals have petered out by February, which is often expected by most people as they set their new years goal at the end of December. Just because January has ended, doesn’t mean that you can’t continue working on yourself and continuing to improve yourself and your life.Read More
Did you know that you can save a bunch of money at the grocery store just by using your phone? There are actually some really great FREE apps that can help you to save money on your purchases! Here are the The Top 10 Must Have Apps to Save You Money.Read More
We're starting the New Year out with a bang...and a ROCK!!
A quick little backstory about the day...I had a photo shoot booked in the city (in Chicago), with a photographer that reached out to me through the blog. He was in town for the weekend, and asked if I was up to collaborate on a shoot. I get a lot of random inquiries from people reaching out to me on IG or the blog…but this photographer had some really nice shots, and the timing worked out, so I decided to do a collab with him. I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to get some nice shots of Bart and I in the city before he moves to California. So we set it up for January 1st, which was the only day we could actually make it out to the city, since Bart had to work the next couple days.
Families and homes have a tendency to build up trash. That’s simply the nature of a bunch of people living in a place together. Things build up and people move through lots of products and materials. By nature, we tend to be a pretty wasteful species. However, you can simultaneously make your home a neater and reduce the amount of waste that you and your family produce by getting organized and working together. Here are some different ways that you can organize the trash your home produces to be more efficient and less of the filthy animals you know you are!Read More
The New Year allows for a fresh start and when it comes to saving money that’s just what many of us need. The holidays are a time when many of us let loose and spend more than we meant to. That’s why New Year’s is a great time to make a resolution to start saving money. Whether you choose to do a no-spend month or commit to a savings plan, you can make New Year’s resolutions to help you save money.Read More
It's that time of year again, and White Elephant Gift Exchanges are always a good time! We have so much fun with these every year, and always try to bring the best, or funniest gift to the party. Here are some fun ideas below. Just click on the title for more information, or to order.Read More
"Pictures or it never happened!"
We have been long time fans of GoPro...even from the early days. Now, GoPro is even cooler than ever, and with the new APP QuikStories, we're enjoying our memories with just a touch of a button.
My GoPro has been with me through so much. Shark Cage Diving, Bungee Jumping, Snowboarding, Fishing...it's been all across the states, in New Zealand, Australia, Haiti, and Iceland. I've had it for years, and it has never failed me. It is so awesome to have all these pictures and videos of my favorite memories, when usually I wouldn't have much proof of it before. After all the love my GoPro has given me, it was time to upgrade to another one...but only because of the awesome new features they keep coming out with.Read More
My boyfriend, B, is a Fisherman...like a really passionate Fisherman. He does tournaments, is in a fishing club, and belongs to Bassmaster. To say he loves it, would be a total understatement. You would think that Christmas and birthday gift ideas come easy for me then...just get some fishing gear, right? But oh my goodness, have you ever walked into Bass Pro and looked around going, "what the heck do I get?!" There are so many products, and sometimes it can be super stressful trying to wade through it all.Read More
Here's our Ultimate List of Holiday Gift Guides in one place! Be sure to check them out, and let us know what other types of guides you would like to see!Read More