I can officially cross off the first thing from my Summer Bucket List: Floating the river. Ian & I were invited to tag along with a large group of people to float the Elk River… More
Hi, welcome to my very own blog!
This is my place to share what I have been up to with life – new experiences, travels, fashion, recipes, and I will share everything I am learning along the way – the good and bad.
Here are a few things about me:
+ I am lucky in love with this man – Ian ♡
+ Ian & I just moved from the Seattle area to Arkansas
+ I graduated from the University of Washington
+ I like expensive things but my budget holds me back
+ I have recently found my love of cooking & have been trying out baking
I’m happy you’re here so look around & be sure to leave me a comment saying hello!
I do not consider myself a decorator so now that I’m attempting to make our new home comfortable, I’m stumped. Small details in a house really make a house feel welcome. I love having fresh flowers around the house but I’m not good about replacing them when I should so I decided to go the fake flower route. At the local farmers market, I saw a woman that was selling distressed mason jars and I told Ian that I could make those – so, I made them!
Here’s what you will need:
- New Mason Jars or Clean Used Ones
- Sandpaper – I used 60grit
- Fake Flowers
I used mason jars I already had so I made sure to clean and dry them really well
We got creative & used Ian’s broken fishing poles to be able to spray the jars
Tips for spray painting: Be far back (at least 6 inches) and spray in short bursts while you move around to cover the jar completely. My first jar had some streak lines because I was too close and continually spraying like a maniac. Take it slow here. It took us 3 coats to reach the color I wanted.
In between coats, I cut my fake flowers. I cut individual pieces of the flowers using the shears. This was not an easy task, it could be just because I’m weak, but give yourself plenty of time to cut these up.
Once your jars are completely dried, it’s time to distress! I used 60 grit and didn’t have much of a plan here which worked out great because you don’t want them to look too perfect, remember – they are distressed.
I focused on sanding the “Kerr” on the front and the top part on each one and then I randomly sanded the rest of the jar. I recommend sanding in small portions at a time to make it look better, stay away from sanding in large streaks.
After the sanding/ “distressing”
I am no florist but I organized my flowers in the jar the way I liked & this is how they came out!
I love how they look on our island. It’s nice to have some more color in our kitchen & it’s going to be easy to change out the flowers for each season.
Real talk, this is probably the third project in my life I have started & completed & it feels great! It only took me about 5 hours total & I’m a new project-doer so those that are better with projects
everyone can most likely get it done way quicker.
What do y’all think? Where are my project people at? I’m ready for another one, so shoot me some suggestions!
Yupp, Ian turned 3-1 this year! For his 30th birthday last year I had my college commencement ceremony so obviously, that was his best birthday 🙂 but I was determined to give my babe a very memorable birthday this year!
We started his birthday weekend with a round of golf at one of the nicest courses around. The course is in a senior community so we got paired with the CUTEST older couple – Pat & Jerry and with another couple more our age – Mike & Angie.
All of the guys were upset because Pat outdrove all the men on every hole since her tee boxes were about 150 yards in front of the men. Ian would get upset because she hit it straight every. single. time. haha!
The course was beautiful & the people that worked there were all retired & so sweet! I wanted to hug everyone but Ian said that would be weird.
We’re old so after our round, we took a nap and then I took my handsome man out for a steak dinner!
I’m just going to throw in one outfit pic right here
How he thinks I drink wine haha
31 looks good on my sexual♡
Happy birthday baby! I wish you a prosperous, successful, happy year full of love
& maybe a baby?
This is our first Summer in Arkansas and although it has been 90*+ for over 2 months, it is officially S u m m er T i m e !
The past few years I have been in school and took summer classes so not only do I not have school this summer, Ian & I are in a completely different place to experience! I don’t want to miss out on anything so I have put together a little Summer Bucket List –
+ Drive-In Movie
+ Farmers Market
+ Float the River
+ Go to an Outside Concert
+ Hike (Devils Den?)
+ Go Dancing
+ Car Show
+ Baseball Game
+ Hot Springs Trip
+ Explore Breweries
+ Take a Class
I got these amazing guides to events going on in our state for free! I recommend checking out your state, I’m sure they have something similar.
I will post updates as I cross these off! Is there anything I left off that is a Summer must-do? What’s on your bucket list? What is an absolute Summer must-do?
Ian & I decided to spend our Memorial Day weekend at his grandpa’s farm in Missouri & we had the best time! Ian hasn’t visited since he was a kid in ’99
yikes 🙂 so it was overdue for him to go back. His grandpa has 88 acres of land & it is real farmland y’all.
This wheat goes on & on
My babe is always fishing
His grandpa drove us around to where he grew up and it was so sweet listening to his stories from when he was younger. He showed us a church his grandpa actually helped build & it was beautiful! It’s crazy to imagine that area 50+ years ago with dirt roads and one grocery store. It makes me wonder what everything will be like 50+ years from now when I’m showing my grandbabies around.
A beautiful sunset to finish off Memorial Day
I am so thankful we took this weekend to spend with his grandpa. We met some wonderful people and Ian got to see some extended family members he hasn’t seen since he was little. It was a beautiful, relaxing, Memorial weekend!
Now time to rest up because next weekend we are headed to Dallas for our next roadtrip!
There are countless options now on how to move your things across the country so I did a lot of quoting, calling, and review checking. After a lot of research Ian & I narrowed it down to 2 options – renting a Budget truck & driving ourselves OR using PODs.
I looked at a LOT of trucking companies and the reason we would have gone with Budget had we chose to drive was that Budget was the least expensive and had unlimited miles. They also offered a rental for 8 days versus the 5-6 days competitors offered. We would have needed to tow Ian’s truck behind the moving truck and some competitors wouldn’t allow hauling trailers on the back.
In the end, Ian & I decided to use a POD for multiple reasons:
- We moved in March – right at a time when there were snow storms happening in the exact path we would have to drive. We didn’t want to chance the weather and possibly get stuck in a state or on the side of the road.
- We could only rent the truck for 8 days.
- We knew the exact cost with PODs, and we could only estimate with a truck based on fuel costs, how many miles we could drive in one day, etc.
In the end, The POD was only an additional $500 or so based on our estimates so we decided to go with PODs so we knew what to expect versus facing the unknowns with driving.
Here’s our POD in WA, completely jam-packed
Arrived in AR!
Some stuff had shifted during the move so Ian had to get down and dirty to open it
Ian & I are happy with our decision of using PODs. It was nice to not have the stress of driving a moving truck. Plus we stopped at Mount Rushmore and they don’t allow large trucks to park there, just in case y’all may be headed that way with a moving truck!
Hope our experience helps y’all out! Happy Moving!
I picked up a part-time job as a server until I find a full-time job in my field that is a good fit. Being a server means I have to wear blue jeans, a shirt from the restaurant, and my hair up. Always. There are not many ways to stray from the uniform and I am borrrrred of it so, on my days off I have been putting in more effort than usual in my outfits.
We had a 76* sunshine day so I took full advantage & went straight to my white dress.
I have been going to a lot of networking events so dresses are an easy way to look put together with little effort.
I had a professional meeting with someone and then Ian and I had plans to go to lunch so I paired this outfit, sweater, and shoes to go to both.
I love being able to wear dresses in April without being freezing! This time of year in Seattle feels like there will never be anything but gloom and rain so I’m really appreciating every single nice day here.
I will keep sharing my outfit pics with y’all as I work through my closet. Ian & I agreed I would donate any clothes I don’t wear within 6 months so I have a lot of outfits to create in that time!
Ian and I drove from Washington to Arkansas twice within one month. That’s a LOT of driving hours y’all so we tried breaking it up as much as we could. The first trip we stayed the first night in Salt Lake City with some of our good friends. The second trip we went a different route so we could stop at Mount Rushmore & it did not disappoint.
Since we drove through in March, practically everything was shut down in the town since it was “offseason.” If you are planning on going to Mount Rushmore, I strongly recommend going around this time. There was barely anyone around and it was nice we didn’t have to fight any traffic or crowds.
Here’s the Crazy Horse Memorial that has been in the process of being built since Mount Rushmore! We didn’t stop since there is a fee to get in and we didn’t think there would be a lot to see but thankfully we got to see part of it from the road. The face is done and they are currently working on the hand. Some people believe that this Memorial will never get completed so it will be interesting to watch this progress
if it does.
Seeing Mount Rushmore in person was amazing! Pictures are cool to see but you truly have to see it for yourself.
There is a museum on how Mount Rushmore was built. There are videos, tons of pictures, and there are artifacts of items people used to build it. Ian & I love learning about history so we spent a lot of time here.
Mount Rushmore – you were a GREAT side trip on our long road trip. I am so glad we picked this route so we could stop here. Here’s one thing that can be crossed off the bucket list.