What We Learned In The First Year of Marriage

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In celebration of our first anniversary as husband and wife, I thought I’d do a post diving into a few things we both learned in the first year of being officially married. It’s been a whirlwind of a year but it’s been a great one. I think you’ll find the lessons we learned are a little different than what you usually see; but, they’re all good lessons that make us love each other all the more!

Similarity & Consistency

People say that the first year of marriage is the hardest year you’ll have together. We found that things stayed quite consistent for us. We had lived together for a couple years before getting married so there was no REAL big change in that department. We left for the wedding from the same home, got married, and returned to the same home and did the same things. However, the hardest year we encountered was the first year we lived together. It’s hard blending two different people’s schedules and habits, especially with someone you love. We have never been traditional so I guess living together before the wedding saved us the hard first year that everyone talks about!

The Next Big Step

The two biggest questions after you get married are about buying a house and having a baby. I didn’t even make it out of our reception before someone asked when the babies are coming. Like, can we just appreciate the fact we just got married two seconds ago?! For some reason, people are always going to be looking into your future for the next big exciting step. Your answer to those questions will start to become routine. 😉

The Ominous Word

The word marriage or the fact that I’m someone’s wife doesn’t bother me or change anything. My husband and I weren’t affected by the fact that we have an official title. Some people get giddy or go overboard with the Mr. and Mrs. décor throughout their home; however, we didn’t. We have been together for so long, and have been living together for so long, that we didn’t view the wedding as anything quite as life-changing. We got married to essentially declare to the state that we love each other. We still love each other just as much and just the same.

It’s All In A Name

If you’re the lucky duck who gets to deal with the name change, I wish you all the best. I’m still finding things to this day that need my last name changed. It is a never ending process. I thought I took care of everything when we first got married but I still consistently find new companies that have my old information. It’s a long tedious process…yay!

Patience & Compromise

As with any relationship, it’s taught us a higher level of patience and compromise. Of course, by six years into our relationship, we had learned to be patient and compromise with each other. However, after marriage, the things we needed to compromise on or be patient with doubled in scale. Life gave us more opportunities to work on these skills at a higher level. It wasn’t a compromise on where we wanted to eat or whose family holiday we would go to on which day. We now have to compromise on vehicles, houses, life changing opportunities. It’s like our entire relationship was a training exercise for the big choices we now have to make.

Leave me a comment below and tell me what the most important thing you’ve learned in your marriage is thus far!

Photo cred as always goes to the amazing Capture Life Portraits 🙂

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One Year Anniversary


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How am I writing this post already? It seems like we just got married last month! However, when I really sit down and think about it, we did so much during this past year and experienced so many things. It’s been a hell of a time and I’m glad this is just the first of many. You know we had to do something great to celebrate our first year of marriage; so, naturally, we called our favorite photographer. 🙂

Capture Life Portraits has been a staple of ours and has captured so many great moments of ours together. Kirstie has got me very excited to continue this tradition of anniversary photo shoots! She does such lovely work and I love getting together to be creative together. She really set the scene for us with a little picnic full of the essentials. Be sure you check out the blog post she wrote about our session and to see even more pictures from the shoot!

And, because I know you’re going to ask, I’ll provide a link to my dress here. It comes in this wine color, black, or white. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the wine color is to die for this season. I may have to break it out for a Christmas party this year!

Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’d like to see a second year anniversary photo shoot!

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Blog Photography Tips For The Minimal Sunlight Months

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If you rely mostly on natural sunlight, as I do, you know the struggle of the winter months where there’s barely enough sunlight in the day to get your usual work done. I always hate these darker months because it makes photographing things for my blog SO much harder. Here are my three tips on how I combat the lack of sunlight and get great quality pictures year round.

Plan Mass Shoots For Weekends

It’s no secret that I’m a huge planner. I have my blog posts planned out months in advance which makes it very easy to see what is coming down the pipeline. I usually look and the next couple weeks and plan out all the shots I want to get for each post and take them all at once! I live for the weekends because those are my big photoshoot days. I’ll take a week or two’s worth of blog photos in those couple days. Planning so far ahead really makes the darker months more manageable!

Natural Light LED Bulbs

I bought LED bulbs that mimick the natural sunlight and I.CANNOT.STRESS.HOW.MUCH.I.LOVE.THESE. OMG these are so much better than the usual yellow or orange tinted lights that are standard in every place you live. In my apartment, I just switched out the standard yellow bulbs but held on to them so I can take my beautiful LED bulbs with me when I moved. It’s such an easy switch that homeowners and renters can do!

Work Around The Sun

Depending on your job, this may or may not be an easy task. If you’re someone who has the ability to switch shifts or pick and choose your hours. I highly recommend choosing hours throughout the year that work with natural lighting. It will make your life so much easier not needing to stress about getting all your shots in and gives you the freedom to blog on the fly.

Photo cred goes to the amazing Kirstie of Capture Life Portraits. A new photo shoot coming to you soon 🙂

Leave me a comment below and tell me how you shoot around the year!

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Favorite Blog Posts of October

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October being my favorite month, mostly due to Halloween, so I’m particularly sad that this month is over. It was a hell of a busy month! We moved into our first house and I swear that alone ate up our whole month with planning, packing, moving, cleaning, projects. Ugh! I could seriously use another week or two of October. But, sadly, November is upon us and I’m sure this month will fly by just as fast! Take a look at my four favorite posts from this past month and be sure to tell me down below what your favorite was!


Unique Wedding Color Schemes For Every Season


20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas


We Are Officially Homeowners

New Home Inspiration

New Home Mood Board

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How To Manage Stress

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It’s a stressful time we are living in right now. With everything being broadcasted 24/7 about what is happening in the world and the normal stressors in everyday life, sometimes it all can become a little much. In my personal life, 2017 has definitely taken a stressful toll on my health. Earlier this year I became crippled by it until I found a few extremely helpful tips for conquering any stressful situation thrown my way. Everyone gets stressed, it’s unavoidable, so let’s all learn how to properly deal with stress and come out the other side a more positive calm person.


The first thing I try to do when faced with a stressful situation is breathe. I’m easily worked up and prone to anxiety so breathing is crucial to focusing my mind. When breathing is not helping, try focusing on your breathing by using meditation. I love meditating before bed every night to calm my mind and prevent stress. Calmer heads will always prevail; so, take the time to breathe before stressing yourself out.


Depending on where you are with your life and what is stressing you out, this will mean different things to you. Whether you need a detox from technology, toxic people/situations, or even food (No, this isn’t a diet post. The food we eat has a large effect on our mental health.). In my case, a good technology detox helps me immensely. It is so easy to become overstimulated in the culture we live in. A detox from technology now requires conscience thought. I always feel better when I lock myself in my room with nothing but a book and have a relaxing night without a screen being shoved in my face.

Take Things in Stride

I’m a big believer in a clean and healthy mindset so you know I had to mention this. When encountered with a stressful situation, it’s so important to take things in stride. Don’t let stressful or unpleasant situations get you down. Keep your mind positive and try to find the best in every situation. Everything happens for a reason and finding the positive in everything will help you realize that. If you have searched through your mind for a positive aspect of a current stressor in your life and cannot think of one, just think that this may be teaching you a lesson or guiding you in a different path. Take everything in stride and you’ll live a much better life!

Leave me a comment below and tell me your go-to stress management tip!

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3 Tips To Stay Organized During The Busy Months

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School just got back into session. The holidays are coming up. We are starting to get less hours of sunlight. Needless to say, it’s a busy time of year! I can’t stress enough how a well maintained organizational routine is key, especially this time of year. Here are three major components on how I stay organized throughout the year.

Google Calendar

My saving grace! I love planners and journals for the occasional desire to physically write things down. However, most of the time, I love using a digital planner. I love the ability to switch things around and mess up an entry without having to erase or cross something out. It keeps my whole thoughts together and gives me the ability to move things around. Love! I plug everything into my calendar from what blogs to write, pictures to take, and when to actually post my blogs. However, I use my calendar for much more than just blogging. I use it to keep track of personal appointments, bills, and even planning out larger projects. You can color code, assign times, set up alarms, and so much more. I’m so glad I switched over to Google Calendar! They even have an easy to use app so I can get notifications on my laptop and phone. I highly recommend!

Carefully Scheduled Timers

Having an iPhone spoils me. It’s as easy as, “Siri, set a timer for….” I like to set timers for reminders of when I need to start working on things; as well as, using the timers to tell me when I need to stop doing a task. It can be tedious at first but once you really start getting into this habit, it will really start to boost your productivity. It will start to show you how long tasks actually take and how quickly you can get them done! It’s a great self-accountability habit to get into. It’s important to work and get things done but it’s equally as important to rest. Having an alarm to tell you when to quit will help act as an outside voice to really tell your brain to stop.

Set Routines

I’m a creature of habit and a stickler for routines so you know I had to include this. I have certain things that I like to routinely do every day or every other day. Keeping to a schedule helps balance all the different events going on in my life. For those who are new, I have a full time job and also push to post four blogs a week. That’s a pretty full schedule and I like to make sure it all works into my routine! If you aren’t a routine person, using timers will actually help get you on a scheduled routine. Once your mind can settle on a routine throughout your day, you’ll rest a lot easier and be so much more productive.

Leave a comment below and tell me how you stay organized during these busy months. I’d love to hear!

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DIY Air Freshening Bouquet

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I absolutely love having fresh flowers around our house but I find that they die all too fast and our fur babies seem to think they make a good snack. Faux flowers on the other hand…success! I found this super cute DIY on Pinterest and decided to give it a go. I’m so pleased with the results and I can’t believe how easy this was. Let’s jump on into it!

Here’s What You’ll Need :

Mason Jar

Faux Flowers (of your choice)

Downy Unstoppables

Spray Paint (color of your choosing)

Here’s How Simple It Is :

Spray paint your mason jar in a well ventilated space, preferably outside.

Once dry, you can assemble by pouring the air freshener inside the jar.

Trim your faux flowers to the desired height and place inside.

Switch out your air freshener whenever you want a fresh scent or when they begin losing their potency.

I love the versatility of this DIY. Depending on the time of year or your décor tastes, you can change out the air fresheners, flowers, or re-paint your mason jars. You can stretch this cute DIY all year round by using thematic elements. I love that and I especially love the look of having beautiful flowers year round.

Leave me a comment below and let me know if you plan to do this DIY!

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