Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Story of Me To We

Hello There!

Since you know I got engaged just a few weeks ago I wanted to share our story.

The reason I met him is because my co-RA at the time was leaving and I had to get a new one.  
Our friend Mike insisted that I ask for Jeremy to be my new co-RA.
I was not thrilled with this idea because I had never met him before.
Mike would not give up and insisted I would get along with Jeremy.
 How right he was.

This is the first photo of us together out with friends.  This was on an RA outing.
We were not dating at the time, but I was starting to enjoy his company.

Since we were co-workers we had been keeping our relationship secret as we did not want it to jeopardize anything especially since our dating had nothing to do with our job performance.
This is the night our secret started to come out at the Winter Ball.

From then on we fell hard into love.

For the Jeremy's 21st (the first birthday of his we celebrated together) I made him a Bowser cake.

We also went to D.C. together for my cousin's wedding.

 For Halloween one year we were bats.  I made our costumes using black see through fabric for the wings and sewing it into the armpits of black sweatshirts.
 This is a picture from wintertime that year.
 The following February we went to the Winterball again, realizing we were kind of out of place though.

 We graduated college and lived apart for the first time in over a year, but thankfully we only lived about an hour away from each other.
 Here's Jeremy with his dog, Rocky.
Rocky sadly passed away not too long after these pictures were taken.
 There were always puppies to cheer us up!
His parents breed Cairn Terriers and this pup is from one of the litters they had.
On 11/11/11 we moved into our first apartment together where we are still currently living.
 Our First Christmas tree together in our new apartment.
 At the Museum of Science being a goob.
 On his first ever flight to his first ever trip to Disney World!
Being semi-cooperative in what became our favorite place, Japan at Epcot.
Snuggling in bed playing games with the cat.

I cannot express how much I love this man.  We've been through some rough times, but we've gotten through everything together.

I cannot wait to marry this man!

Keep an eye out for the story about  my engagement ring!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

We Must Never Forget


 8:46am - 10:28am

 We must never forget those who lost their lives, those who put their lives on the line to rescue others, and those whose lives changed forever.

Take today to reflect, to remember, and to love. 

 With tears in my eyes I remember that day, now and forever. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Motivation

Hello There!

I have not done one of these in awhile, but I wanted to do it today.

I hope your Monday is going by fast and that it has been the least Monday-like Monday it can be.

Here are some things to help you out if you need a boost out of the Monday blues.

I'm a bit into a sappy lovey mood since I got engaged on Saturday!

The weather is getting more Fall-like and I am itching to decorate everything for Fall and Halloween!

I hope you have a fabulous week!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Just A Normal Saturday?

Hello There!

What would have been a normal Saturday completely changed when something very exciting happened!

My boyfriend came into the room with the cat and placed her on the pillow next to me.

Oh and he also brought me breakfast in bed.
Oh what's that on top?  My engagement ring?!

Yes!  I got engaged on Saturday morning!  We had a lovely morning of breakfast in bed while watching some Youtube together.

I then, of course, had to head over to my Mum's so she could see the ring and I could get a manicure (priorites!).

I did not want anything to take away from the ring so I got OPI's Sweetheart.

We then went to lunch with my Aunt Jane and Eileen (my Mom's sisters) where we had prosecco to celebrate and talked weddings all afternoon.  
Can you tell how excited my Mom is?

Fancy Feet!

Did I mention he also got me beautiful peachy-pink roses?

I absolutely love my fiance and I am beyond over the moon excited to start planning our wedding!

I will try not to make my blog all things wedding now, but I make not promises!

I will put up a story about my ring in a few days too so you can find out a little more about my little beauty.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Home Decor D.I.Y.'s: Ft. Reused Items!

Hello There!

I have been getting subscription boxes for quite a long time now and I hated just throwing out the boxes each month.
I like decorating my home with things I already have, so that I can reuse them for much cheaper.  Multi-purpose decor is the way to go.

Jewelry Organizers
This first box was an old Tory Burch gift box that I now use to store earrings.  I place studs inside of it and hang long earrings on the outside of it. 

I have done a similar post in the past, but this is more detailed.

The black box in the back has a sheet of foam in it that I have stuck the earring backs into in order to "hang" up my longer dangly earrings.  You can find foam at craft stores.

Here is a look at my jewelry storage for the pieces I like to keep out on display.  Another trick is to use little bowls, mugs, or teacups to corral bracelets and large rings.
Cups are easy to find and very inexpensive.  Everyone has at least one hanging around the house!
If you don't have any cute enough to store jewelry, you can create some custom designs on cups and mugs from Shutterfly in their home decor spot.

DIY Tray
You can see a more in depth tutorial on how I made this tray here.  
I love having this on the top of my drawers to hold things that I use on a daily basis.

Alex 9 Drawer Organizers
 I have organized my makeup in my Ikea Alex 9 drawers by using both the lids and bottoms of various boxes.

I also use old boxes to keep all of my hair products.  I have them generally separated by type of product.

Books to Add Height and Interest
I love using books that I already own to decorate around my house.  I try to put books of either like colors or sizes in stacks.
Adding a splash of color to the house here and there creates immediate warmth.  It's also a great alternative.

Boxes to Give Height
This box I used to raise up my calendar and favorite Alice and Olivia mug on my desk.  
I don't store anything in the box I basically only used it to allow me to actually see my calendar.

Frame Old Greeting Cards for Art
I bought these cards awhile ago with the intention of framing and hanging them, but if you have cards that you love and can't part with try framing them to add some art to your home.  Wall art adds a lot of character to a room.

Organizing the Bathroom
In my bathroom I reused an old candle jar (in the back), two candle votives, and a subscription box.
The box has feminine hygiene products in it because we don't have any storage under our sink and I did not just want them sitting out.
I store hair ties, cotton swabs, and cotton balls in the three candle holders.

Up-cycled Candle Jars
I have reused a bunch of old candle holders for my makeup brushes. This one in particular I placed a bit of scrapbook paper in to make it a little prettier (you can use wrapping paper or anything really to do this).
I put fake flower petals in the cup to keep the brushes upright, but you can use pebbles or get decorative stones (sold at most craft stores and Target has them in the fake flowers aisle).
Like I said, reuse as much as you can.  Decorations are all around the house, you just need to know how to look for them.

To get the wax out of the candles I use the boil out method, but you can try other ones seen here.

These little candle jars I wrapped in ribbon and washi tape to hole all of the little perfume samples I get from my boxes.
You can see I also have a larger candle jar under two of the little ones to raise them up so I can get to them. 

I use the empty jars in my medicine cabinet to group together extra sample products.
On the top I have a jar full of face cleansers.
The bottom I have flossers in one little jar and little toothpaste and floss in the bigger jar. 

I just cleaned out this beautiful candle jar that I have to do something with.
I am thinking of putting a battery operated tea light in it because the glass gives off such a pretty glow.

Let me know if you have any ideas for how to reuse any of these items!

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