10 Things I Learned About Marriage

Zach (my husband) and I lucky enough to have two wonderful sets of parents that are so supportive to our relationship. We currently are living with my parents in order to save money for a house of our own.  

At first, the idea of moving back with my parents as newlyweds had me running the opposite way.  But, it became clear that this would be the best idea ever.

Long story short, living with my parents has actually been really wonderful.  Not only are we saving an incredible amount of money but I've also been learning some valuable key lessons in living a happy married life.  


I wanted to share what I've learned with you to inspire you in your relationship:

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OODP: Spring Dress

(Outfits of Dear Paradise)
OODP: Spring Dress

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How To: Embrace Change

Change is huge, whether it's a change in careers, college majors, living situations, family dynamics, or relationships.  

Some change can happen suddenly and some can happen gradually.  
Some change you have no control over but how you deal with it is up to you.

Why am I talking about change?
A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with an opportunity to switch teaching grades for the next school year.   This may seem like not much of a big deal, but for a teacher it's a huge decision.  There's a lot of factors that go into having a smooth school year for a teacher and switching grades can produce positive or negative results depending on how you look at it.  

I wanted to share some things I did that helped me decide to take on the change and how I continue to embrace this new grade change.  

These tips, I hope, can help inspire you to embracing a change you may be encountering now.



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Favorites: May 2016 Goodies

Favorites of the Month
May Goodies - 2016


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Things I Learned by having a Yard Sale

Things I Learned by having a Yard Sale

I thought about making this a "How To" post, but I honestly don't feel anywhere close to being an expert. I don't know if I rather be the buyer or seller, but there are perks to being on both sides.  

My best friend, Christina, has been doing such a great job going through her things to sell since she and her family are preparing to go back overseas.  She has gathered a lot of items that she wants to sell.  We have been talking about since last year how we would like to sell things at our own yard sale one day.  So we finally buckled down and decided to go for it!

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OODP: Plaid Shirt & Combat Boots

(Outfits of Dear Paradise)
OODP: Plaid Shirt & Combat Boots
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DIY: Flower Pen

DIY: Flower Pen
(A quick, easy, and adorable DIY you can even do with kids!)

I was trying to think of a cute Mother's Day craft for my students to do this year that was different than the typical paper craft.  That's when I was inspired by one of my teammates. (Thanks Kim!) She had her kids create flower pens to gift for their mothers or grandmothers for Mother's Day!  

I taught my students how to do this craft in small groups and they were so delighted with their finished products! 

This DIY is also useful if you have random pens that could use some sprucing up to bring more life to them! 

So here are the steps in making your very own flower pen!

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How To: Fluff Gift Tissue Paper

I use to work at a Hallmark for five years during my undergrad years and early on into my teaching career.  Although my store never had a "gift-wrapping" service, I always enjoyed helping last minute shoppers buy and wrap their gifts as they were on their way to their event.  

One trick I've learned is how to quickly fluff and stuff tissue paper into gift bags.  I like to say it's one of the talents that I possess!  

So here is a quick and easy how-to when fluffing and stuffing gift tissue paper.  
You too can do it like a pro!

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Be Inspired: 40 Fun Things to Do!

As I am growing deep into my late 20's, I noticed that I have been leaning towards activities that are outside of the whole "bar scene".  

Call it "getting old", "maturing", or whatever else,  but I prefer doing other (out of the box) activities with my group of friends!  

So I wanted to compile a list of activities/places (In alphabetical order btdubs because it looks so pretty that way.) that you can do/visit with all the people you enjoy being around!


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