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25182032_10213420648543467_2119353340873073229_oSo what have I been up to in the last couple of months? I could talk about it for probably an hour and still forget some of the stuff that has been happening in my life!!

Let’s start with the biggest items….

  1. Henry and I bought our very own house (!!!!)

I can’t even believe how crazy 2017 has been for us. We never expected to be buying a house of our own this soon. It was definitely in our 5-year plan, but not our 1-year plan!!

Truth is…rent is expensive!! We really wanted to move out of our one bedroom apartment and get a little more space. We looked at a lot of different apartment complexes and houses for rent around the city and finally decided to look into buying a house instead. Low and behold…we were in great shape to become homeowners!

At the beginning of our home-buying journey, our lender said to us that buying a home is like flying in a plane. You either have a great flight and it is smooth sailing, or it’s a bit harder and you hit some turbulence along the way.

We got the turbulence. It has been great.

Buying a home has been one of the most exciting and stressful things Henry and I have ever done in our lives. When we found the house we wanted to buy, we couldn’t sleep for about 3 days due to the adrenaline that was in our systems. We have experienced every single emotion known to man in regards to our house: happiness, excitement, confusion, anger, and everything in between.. But now that we are moved in and starting to get settled….it has all been worth it.

If you’d like to hear more detail about anything regarding our home-buying experience, please leave a comment and let me know what you’d like me to write about!

Oh…did I mention I also graduated college last weekend??

24862329_10213421341120781_1126431895490543137_nWell…I GRADUATED COLLEGE LAST WEEKEND!!

I can’t even believe that after being in school for my entire life I am finally done! I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. I would have never been able to do it without the full support of my Husband the last couple years, as well as all of our parents.

I have met so many friends along the way, some that have come and go, and some that will hopefully be friends with me for the rest of my life. I have spent countless nights staying up late to finish projects or write papers. I’ve had way too much coffee and eaten pretty unhealthy when I was in a rush, and most of all…I have created memories that will last me forever.

The last few years I have seen myself grow as a person and a professional. I look back at myself before I started college and remember thinking I had life figured out. But now I know I will never have life figured out. All I can do is continue to educate myself, try to stay humble, and remember that nothing can last forever.

Now that I have more time, I do hope to write more often. Life has been non-stop crazy for me lately, but hopefully with school finishing up I will be able to keep up with my blog better.

I am so excited to see what life has in store for me next. Here’s to a new adventure!

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Life Lately

It’s been awhile since I’ve written much about what is going on in my life. To be honest, I haven’t had much time to do much of anything extra lately. School is in full force, with two tests down and about nine to go for the rest of the semester. So far I’ve submitted about 20 assignments, and I’ve lost my mind only about three times. There’s a career fair coming up where I could potentially find a job for after graduation, there’s networking events, there’s clubs I’m participating in, there’s a whole lot. I hardly even have time to rock climb anymore, but you can bet I try my best to find some time and energy to go every now and then!

I recently became an officer for a club on campus called the Management and Human Resources Association, where I will be in charge of keeping records of attendance and helping out the other officers. I am excited to work alongside my friend Paulina, who is the MHRA president this semester. The club is a great opportunity to learn more about HR, and meet professionals who work in the field. Plus, who doesn’t love having something extra to add to their resume?

There have been so many exciting announcements that have happened in my family lately. Between new babies and new engagements, I am so excited for what next year will bring! I want to say congratulations to both my sister Kadie and my cousin Donna on their new bundles of joy. I can’t wait to do some shopping and buy some cute baby stuff for the new family members.

Also really exciting? My big brother is getting married! He has officially asked Henry and I to stand up there with him on his side as a couple of his Groomsmen. I am so excited to be a part of my brother’s big day, and I am excited to welcome his fiance Christin to our family!

Now I’m off to work after finishing my stats class and getting a new professional headshot done. I hope all of you are having a great week! Let me know what you’ve all been up to in the comments, and be sure to follow for future posts!

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I Tried The Ipsy Glam Bag!


How often do you think about adding some new products to your beauty routine, but you don’t want to commit to a full-sized product before you are able to try it? Well, that is how I feel a lot of the time. I’ll go to the store looking for a new lip gloss or nail polish, and it sucks not being able to try it out and see if I’m going to like it before I purchase it.

With that being said, I have heard of a bunch of different types of subscription boxes that cater to people who feel the way I described above. After looking at a whole bunch of different types of subscription boxes, I decided to go with Ipsy. They offer a subscription that sends out once a month and includes 5 sample or full-sized products (depending on what they are) for only $10 a month!

When I got the package, I was so excited to see it wrapped so beautifully in a hot pink envelope! I opened it up to reveal the bag, which was very great quality and will be a great new bag to hold some of my makeup in. It is faux leather and spiked, and definitely glam!

The first product I pulled out was a lip gloss by ColourPop Cosmetics in the color Ipsy VIP. The color seemed a little bright pink at first, but I think it will be a great transition color from fall to summer. I’ve been wearing it for about 3 hours now and the color is still holding pretty strong. The applicator brush allowed a little too much product to come out, but overall I am very happy with this lip gloss and I will definitely enjoy wearing it.


The second product is the Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer by Adesse New York in the color Deception. This color looks more beige in the bottle but comes across a bit more grey when it is applied (hence, the name Deception). I tried one coat on my toenails and it had really great coverage for only one coat. It dried pretty fast, I would say about 10 to 15 minutes of drying time for the one coat. The consistency was very smooth and easy to apply. A great benefit is that it is vegan, cruelty free and non-toxic. Overall I am very happy with this polish and I am definitely going to wear it again!

Next we have the I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner by Beauty For Real in the color Champagne Buzz. The champagne color was nice and bright and showed up really well. I think this will be a good color for me to try. The eyeliner looks like its full size, but it didn’t twist up when I tried to twist it. I’m not sure if the one I got was defective, or if it is only a small amount of product. Either way, the color is pretty and not too out of the ordinary for something I would wear.

The fourth product was the Wonderwand Mascara by Ciaté London in the color Black Magic. I’ve been wanting to try a new mascara so I was very excited to see this in my bag. The applicator was nice, and the color was nice and dark. It applied pretty smoothly, but didn’t last the best throughout the day. I noticed it start flaking a bit throughout the day which became a little bit irritating. By the end of my school day and shift at work, it was a bit smudged beneath my eyes. I probably wouldn’t purchase this mascara on my own, but it was nice to try!

Finally, the Soko Glam SKINFOOD Black Sugar Wash Off Mask. I tried this product on a clean face, and I was pretty satisfied with it. It wasn’t sticky, which is what I was expecting with a sugar scrub. The smell was sweet and not very strong. After I used the scrub my face felt nice and smooth. I will definitely add this to my face cleaning routine about once a week for the next few weeks.

Overall I am very happy with the September Ipsy Bag. For $10, you can’t beat trying new products that you might end up loving! I am excited to get the October bag next month!

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As always, I hope you are all having a great week!

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To My Not So Little Brother

1240100_10201480067716409_1154468241_nSo here you are, the age of nineteen! So much you have learned so far in life, and so much more learning to come. You have grown so much…from the little boy I used to give the cheese in my Lunchables to because I didn’t want it, to the young man (standing much MUCH taller than me) you are today. You’re in college and you have a job and you have a girlfriend and everything is falling into place for your adult life.

The age of nineteen was one of the best years of my life, and I hope it will be for you as well. Don’t forget to still be a kid every once in awhile even though you’re a big ol’ grownup now! Life starts getting faster and faster from here on out, so enjoy it! To me you’ll always be that little boy in the baseball cap.

I hope your birthday is filled with joy and happiness! Don’t party too hard!

Happy Birthday Colton!

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Happy Birthday Alyssa!


I need that to sink in a little bit…SEVENTEEN!? Holy cow, where did the time go??

I can remember all the way back to when mom had the ultra sound to find out your gender. I remember wanting a baby sister SO bad. When mom mouthed the word “girl” to dad (trying not to give it away to me and our brothers) I knew I would finally have that baby sister I’d always wanted.

When you were born, I was more than willing to share my room with you and check on you through the night (less willing as I hit my teenage years, but when you were a baby you were just so cute!) I’ve loved playing dress up with you and doing your hair. I got mad when you would get into my play makeup or destroy my Barbie house that I spent hours setting up. It’s crazy that now you have your own makeup, you have your own ways to do your hair, and the Barbie days are long gone.

You are the best sister I could’ve ever imagined having. Even though you get grumpy a lot and you definitely inherited mom’s attitude, you are the perfect sister. I hope your birthday is everything you want it to be, and I hope seventeen brings you happiness around every corner. I love you to the moon and back, Happy 17th Birthday baby sis!!

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The Final Semester Begins…

20170828_154131Today marks my final First Day of School. As I embark on my final semester of university, there are so many things I have learned through this process…both in class and out of it.

I remember my first day of junior college being so scary. I don’t even remember what classes I took that semester, but I remember being so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to handle going to college. My first day at the university was no different. Walking to class that day, hoping I would make new friends and hoping I would get good grades was way more stressful than I could’ve anticipated. I can’t even tell you how many people I introduced myself to in hopes I would make a new friend, only to have them sit away from me the next class. Yeah…I was THAT person. But you can’t meet new people without putting yourself out there, right??

Over the last few years that I have been pushing to get my B.S. in Management, I have learned so much about business and how to manage a team with integrity. I have also learned how to manage my time and create a 20 page report within a week (don’t procrastinate!) I have met so many friends through college that have become some of my best friends (Shout out to Kami who I met through having every single class together last semester). But most importantly, I have learned that even though college may seem like it is your entire life while you’re in it, nothing lasts forever. College for me is only the first chapter of my adventure into adult life.

So here I am, one last semester to go. Walking onto campus today I still have a slight nervousness about getting adjusted to my new classes. I wonder what I will learn over the next 20 weeks that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I am even more nervous about what is to come once the semester ends and my career life begins…but that is an adventure I will embark on over the new few months. Seeing all the freshmen today trying to find their way reminds me that everyone gets nervous about starting something new. You just have to jump in head first and do your best. Good luck to everyone who is currently starting school or new jobs!

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Our Day At Fly High

20170823_100635My friends and I love trying anything new. About a week ago, Henry got the idea to try out Fly High, a trampoline park located in Sparks, NV. He heard they had an American Ninja Warrior type obstacle course, and he really wanted to go and have some fun with it. When we arrived, we purchased two hours of jumping time (I recommend doing one hour and then purchasing more if you want it instead of doing two hours right off the bat) and the lady at the front asked me (and only me) if I was over or under 18…definitely over, but thanks for asking. Constantly being asked if I’m an adult yet will pay off in the long run, right??

After checking in and locking up our stuff, we went inside. The park consisted of an under 54” section, a dodge ball court with four trampoline sections on each side, a basketball section with two trampolines on each side, an obstacle course that stretched over the top of the park, a couple airbags you could jump onto, a parkour section, and the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course. Overall, it seemed like a good amount of activities to accommodate all of your jumping needs.

The obstacle course that went over the top of the park was my favorite, it was pretty easy for us as adults, but I can imagine it being a good challenge for the kids that go through there. It was much easier the second time around when I didn’t have socks on and wasn’t sliding off constantly. The American Ninja Warrior obstacles were a little more challenging. They had a rock wall on there that we were all excited to try, but it ended up being painful on the feet since you can’t wear shoes in the park. The rings (you can see Henry Crossing them in the picture at the beginning of this post) were very slick and I couldn’t get a good grip so I kept falling off. It was fun to try though!

22027This is definitely the type of place that would be great to bring your family if you have young kids that have a lot of energy. There were a lot of kids since we went on a Sunday, but I imagine it is much calmer on weekdays when most kids have homework and school. We jumped and did the obstacles for a little over an hour before we all decided we were too tired and sweaty to keep going. You definitely feel like you’re getting old when you try to do activities like this.

I can’t say when we will go again (if ever), but it was a good time with friends. I love trying new things to see what sticks, but I think I’ll keep with the rock climbing as my main hobby for the time being.

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A Letter To My Readers

20451723_10212447751781656_8858673826336335424_oHello everyone!

I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for reading my posts over the last month. I really appreciate all of the positive feedback I have been receiving.

For those of you who do not know, I have been participating in a summer course at UNR that has required me to create this blog. It has been such a wonderful experience writing posts for you to read over the last few weeks. It can be really scary posting my thoughts and experiences for everyone to see, and most of the time my heart begins beating faster when I have to click the “publish” button. But this blog has really allowed me to think about the different experiences I have in my life, and it has allowed me to appreciate the little experiences that I don’t normally pay any attention to.

For those of you who have been loyal to reading my posts, the end is not near! I do plan on keeping this blog up and running after my class has ended.  If you want more, you can find me on Instagram or Facebook! I encourage you to make requests if there is anything you would like me to write about, but my plan is to keep writing about life. As we enter a new semester and a new phase of life with my graduation from the university on the horizon, so many things will be changing for Henry and me!

As always, I look forward to reading your comments and thoughts. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support and kindness through this journey. But like any journey, this is only the beginning. I hope you are all having a wonderful week, and you will hear from me soon!



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A Day At The Beach!

20170813_151537It was some sort of miracle that we all had the day off today! I texted our friends about going to Tahoe for a beach day and everyone was able to go. I was so excited! Our schedules have been so busy we haven’t been able to go at all this summer.

We took a trip to the supermarket the night before to stock up on beer and snacks to bring with us. Standing in the beer aisle for 20 minutes as a couple of the guys debated on what type of beer to buy (and they say that women are indecisive…) we ended up buying a few different types to make everyone happy.  Our friends also wanted to purchase some floating tubes so we could float out on the lake.  Apparently, once the back to school section hits the store, it is very hard to find a floating tube. The choices consisted of one person tubes that were $40, and a rectangular floater that is meant to put your cooler on for $4. One friend opted for the fancy tube, and our other friend decided to buy the $4 one to float in and take his chances (honestly, it worked perfectly for $4!)

20170813_123340We left Reno about 9 a.m., thinking that getting to the beach around 10 would be perfect. As it turns out the early bird catches the worm when it comes to space on the beach, so we had to drive for an extra 45 minutes just trying to find a parking spot where we could hike down to the water! We found some space to park our cars near Kings Beach. When we got to the beach, we were able to find a patch of sand to set up camp for the day. We started with some lunch and snacks (Shout out to Andrew for being the real MVP of the day and bringing along some amazing Hershey’s products!!). After we were no longer hangry, we blew up all of our floating tubes and hit the water! We tied all of our tubes together and hung out on the lake until we started to get sunburn. It was so much fun.

I am so happy I was able to spend some great quality time together with some wonderful friends. I bid you farewell for the night, I hope you also had a wonderful Sunday!

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Dear Long Lost Friend

1653434_10202397393968992_1357430691_nDear Long Lost Friend,

Hi, how are you? I know it’s been awhile and I’m sorry it’s been so long. To be honest…I really miss you. I miss hanging out with you and laughing at stupid things. I miss our inside jokes and our way of just understanding each other when no one else around us could. Most of all, I miss our friendship.

There wasn’t a specific reason we stopped talking, we just grew apart. Life happens, right? I am so busy all the time with work and school and everything that happens in this crazy life… and I know I put our friendship on hold to pursue those things. I am sorry that I did not make time for you.

I know I haven’t reached out, and I’m sure you have reasons why you haven’t either. Weeks of not catching up turned into months, which turned into years. At this point it is so much easier to just let each other be rather than reaching out and trying to find something in common again. But I want you to know I still care. I see you on social media living your best life, finding true love, finding your dream job, finding happiness. And even though I am no longer part of that equation for you, I am so happy you are thriving.

I really do wish you well. I hope you are following your dreams and doing the things that you’ve always wanted to do. I am watching from afar…cheering for you during your accomplishments and happy for you when you reach new achievements. You deserve the best life possible. And even if we never get the chance to catch up, I hope you know you are always in my heart and I will always consider you a friend.




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I Didn’t Burn The Cookies!

20170808_153413If you know my husband, you know his favorite snack is cookies & milk. He LOVES cookies & milk. His favorite cookies? Seasonal Oreos. He says they taste better than regular Oreos (which I now agree with, after only eating seasonal Oreos for a year and then trying to switch back). One winter I bought him 4 packs that way they would last him until the spring Oreos came out…and yes, he ate them all. Don’t worry… You’re not the only one wondering how the heck he is still so skinny!

So today as I was sitting at home on my day off, I decided to try and make some homemade chocolate chip cookies (his second favorite) since we were out of cookies and there aren’t any seasonal Oreos out currently. I wanted to do something nice for him since I have been grumpy with him the last couple of days. I googled a recipe and clicked on the first one to pop up. I had all of the ingredients, so I pulled out my baking supplies and got to work. When I pulled them out of the oven…they were perfect!!!

If you’re wondering why this is a big deal, here’s a back story. I suck at cooking…pretty bad. 9 times out of 10 it doesn’t taste quite right, and don’t even get me started on trying to cook a spontaneous new dinner. One time, I forgot to drain the macaroni before adding the cheese. Another time I didn’t realize that jello needed hot water to actually become jello (Henry let me know after 2 days of me waiting for it to set in the fridge). I am very good at preheating the oven, pulling something out of the freezer, and throwing it in. Luckily, Henry is a better cook than me, otherwise we would be out of luck.

So today as I looked at those beautiful unburnt cookies with pride, I realized that even the worst cooks can have a good day.

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The Story of My White Pants

20170806_092956Today I tried on my white pants.

They are pants that I don’t normally wear because I am so worried that I will drop food on them and have a stain, or I’ll sit on something and have a stain…or worse…what if I were to fart and have a stain?? So, I never wear them. As I was going through my clothes, I saw them sitting there in the bottom of my drawer and thought “I’m a big girl, I should just try to wear them today.” I haven’t had any taco bell lately, no big deal.

I pulled them out, and looked at the size. “Well, hopefully they fit!” I thought to myself. So I put my leg in…a little tight. Second leg…and as I was jumping around like a maniac trying to get these darn white pants on, I was very glad that I was home alone so Henry didn’t have to be witness to this circus (how embarrassing). And guess what?

They didn’t fit.

You see, I bought these pants years ago when I was at a very different stage in my life. I was unhappy, way too thin, and not very confident in my skin. These stupid white jeans, while currently stain free…represent so many metaphorical stains on my life that I have bleached out. I removed the jeans (by way of force because I was slightly stuck) and the most beautiful thing happened to me. They didn’t fit…and I didn’t care.

I didn’t care that I’ve gained 20 pounds since buying them. I didn’t care that my stomach fat sprung out when I tried to button them. I just thought, “oh well!” I’ve become so comfortable with my body image that it didn’t matter how my body has changed since high school. I’ve learned to love myself the way I am. Of course I will continue to work toward a healthier and more muscular self…but for now, I will donate my white pants to someone who isn’t afraid to eat taco bell in them.

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The Struggle Was Real…

That time we played the Lottery and won $2!

Henry and I have both always been very like-minded individuals who strive for perfection with everything we do. I think that’s why our marriage has worked so well…because we refuse to give anything less than 100% to our relationship (okay…maybe like 90% on days we are a bit moody). But nonetheless we work hard for everything we have, and I try not to take any of it for granted.

Being a Computer-Science and Engineering major, Henry had to be very devoted to his studies. Sometimes our date nights would consist of eating dinner at McDonald’s, and then going home and studying. He would write out these study guides that were an average of 20 pages (front and back), and he would ask me to read the header of each section so he could then recite every single piece of information that he had written under it by memory…it was really quite impressive. It was really hard to be interested when I didn’t know what the heck most of it meant, but I participated anyway because he asked me to. We were always each other’s biggest support system when it came to getting through school.

Other times, after crying that my bank account was not attractive, we would cook chili mac together and watch Netflix and that was our date night. If you haven’t heard of chili mac, you take macaroni & cheese and you mix it with chili. We enjoy it with hot sauce and sour cream (it sounded gross to me too but don’t knock it until you try it, plus it’s only $2 to feed two people so very budget friendly). We both worked as much as we could handle while also going to school full-time in order to pay our bills, and sometimes we had to make sacrifices to keep ourselves afloat.

A scavenger hunt Henry set up for me on Valentine’s Day

Even though there were struggles and hard times, we always tried to go out of the way to make it not seem so bad. I remember surprising Henry with a sticky note scavenger hunt where the end prize was a candy bar. It wasn’t a huge thing, but the gesture made him happy (plus, scavenger hunts are super fun!) Sometimes Henry would make a nice candlelit dinner, clean the house, and put on some ambiance music so that we could have a date at home when I got off of work. The things we would do to get through weren’t big, but they meant everything. (Here’s some cheap date ideas)

We have entered into a new phase of life, with college ending and our careers beginning. There will be different struggles that will come up, and the struggles we have experienced in the past will become memories. Luckily, I know that no matter what life throws our way…Henry and I will always strive to give whatever it is 100%, and we will get through it together.

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The Skepticism of Marrying Young

Photo taken by Alex Knudson Photography

There seems to be a lot of skepticism that comes along with being married at a young age. When I got engaged at 19, I remember being so excited and telling everyone I knew about it. There were people who seemed genuinely excited for me, and people who said things like “you’re making a mistake, you should travel the world first”. That statement always makes me laugh because it is the one I hear the most often when people are judging me for being a 21 year old bride. But honestly, why can’t I travel the world with my best friend at my side? I don’t even like going to the grocery store without him, why would I want to go to another country without him?

You see, there’s not really a rule book for the exact age it is socially acceptable for an adult to get married. Have you ever read stories about people who married young and are now celebrating their 80th marriage? Well, I want that to be me and Henry, and I really believe it will be. Marrying Henry is one of the best choices I ever made in my life. He is my best friend for so many reasons. He always encourages me to reach my full potential, he always supports the decisions I make (even when they might seem crazy), he listens to my concerns, fears, long stories, and rants, and most of all…he tells me he loves me every single day, even when I’m not being very lovable.

When I married Henry, I knew there would be skepticism from people who don’t know us good enough. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t matter. When we went into this marriage, we knew it wouldn’t be sunshine and rainbows every day. Marriage is work, no matter how old you are. We are committed to one another, we never go to bed upset with each other, and we communicate constantly. Some days are really amazing, and some days are really hard. But how boring would life be if it was easy every single day?

Snorkeling in Hawaii

For the people who don’t believe in young marriages lasting, I understand that not everyone is ready to get married earlier in their life. People have different things they are ready for earlier and things they are ready for a little later. Like I have explained in my post First Comes Love, I was ready for marriage young, but I am not ready for children yet. Some people are opposite. And that is okay.

At the end of the day, Henry and I made the choice that was right for us. Being married has been the most wonderful experience of my life. We get to grow up together and experience all of life’s trials together, which is amazing. My advice for couples who are getting married young would be to be true to your heart. If you believe your marriage is the right choice, you have to follow what you want. No one else should make that decision for you.

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