I'm still alive, I promise.

YOU GUYS! What has been up with me lately? It's been over two weeks since I've blogged. I can't say I feel bad about that because, well, I don't. But I wish I had a little more motivation. DJ is out at work and boredom has convinced me to head over here and update you guys a little so you know I'm still alive...

My birthday is in less than three weeks and that's crazy to me because I've been counting down since like...February. I'm excited and bummed at the same time. Excited because it's my birthday...duh. And I'll officially be in my 20's (finally). But, DJ will be gone at work and I leave exactly two weeks after my birthday. Which doesn't make sense. Like, how is it so close already? This summer seriously flew by way. too. fast.

There is one good thing about me leaving though. Besides the fact that I'll get to see Carlin, Carissa, and Kailey when I get home, that is. What could be good about another long and tough airport goodbye? Well, it's our LAST ONE! After we say goodbye at the end of August, we'll never have to again. DJ will head home around December and then we'll finally drive back together and start our life. Goodbye long distance relationship, can't say I'll miss you.

We've been doing fun things around here. We took a trip to Helena the other day. It didn't have as much to do as we thought, but it was still fun to explore another city. We walked around downtown, had lunch, visited the prettiest cathedral, and went to the state capitol building. Oh, and the drive there....holy shit. It was honestly so beautiful. I envy the people that have homes along the Missouri River. So beautiful. Oh, and we went to the "mall" in Helena. People warned us about it, but we wanted to check it out. I figured it couldn't be worse than the mall here in Great Falls, but oh was I wrong. We entered the mall through JC Penny. When we looked to the exit to the rest of the mall, it literally looked like a horror movie. The lights were dim, there was no one walking around, and there were NO other stores in sight. WHAT! Maybe I'm a mall snob because we have so many good ones in Phoenix, but still. This was pathetic!
Okay but really, look at that sass.

We've been working on our new place more and more. We're almost done with our picture collage in the living room, so I'm excited about that and I'll post pictures once we finish! I'm really loving our house and I'm glad it's the place we get to start our lives together!
These horses are right next door to us! Like, I was standing in our yard when I took this! It's pretty cool. I was afraid to get too close though...yolo.
I made this pallet flag last time DJ was gone. I've been gettin' my craft on! Oh, and scrabble coasters, too!

So, that's what I've been up to. I'm loving being here with him. It's honestly perfect and it makes me SO excited to move here!

Also, I'm taking a break from my Passionfruit subscription. But, if you're interested in a design or advertising, please email me!

I missed you guys, really. What have you been up to?
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some badass bald eagle pictures

Well hello! It's been a long time since I've been around here. Well, longer than usual. I kind of had my mind set on not blogging for awhile. I sort of felt like giving it up. But then Carissa told me I'm not allowed to say that. So I took it back and here we are.

Our new place is finally unpacked for the most part. We're still waiting to get a few more things and then it'll finally be done. We're looking for a dining room table and a desk still, but other than that we've gotten pretty good deals on some cool stuff. We got a dresser for pretty cheap from someone on base. It's ugly though...like, really ugly. So hopefully we'll be refurbishing that sometime in the near future.

We've been pretty crafty in the new place so far and it's been...interesting. We got some pallets for free from the commissary, and we decided that we were going to make our own coffee table. So we hit up the Home Depot and got some supplies. Except we didn't have a lot to spend, so no power tools for us. We built our cute little coffee table with just a hammer and nails, and a hand saw. Well, most of it with a hand saw. We ended up caving and buying a tiny little electric saw thingy. But it was still kind of a pain. I'm really happy with how it turned out though! We also made a cute little pallet shelf.
Alright, so there they are still outside. I don't have a good picture of them inside yet, but once we get some stuff on the shelf I promise I'll share.

We've been much busier lately. We've been spending less time lounging around watching TV and more time taking advantage of his off days and enjoying ourselves. We've been out for coffee, seen some movies, and even went for a walk around the river. That was really amazing. The river runs right through the city and there's a little path that runs alongside. We went for a walk and enjoyed the windy day, beautiful scenery, holding hands on our walk, and seeing a snake and a bald eagle! We also carved our initials into some wood, which I'm excited about since we probably wont ever get to see the spot where we did that in Germany again.
 What a hottie, huh?
 Isn't Montana beautiful? It amazes me that this is literally in the middle of the city!
 It's kind of hard to see our initials in the picture, but they're there!
 I left Arizona to get away from the snakes. Not okay.
 I was pretty excited about my bald eagle pictures but DJ says they suck. Oh well. I was excited! Happy 4th of July! Woo yay America.
We haven't had macarons since Belgium, so this was a fun treat! This awesome little cafe has great coffee, amazing cakes, and of course- the best macarons!

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday!
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a recap of our week!

Well, it's been over a week since I've blogged. Oops. But we have been busy busy bees over here in Big Sky Country. Friday we began to move into our new place! We're very excited and each day it is starting to feel more like a home.
We're slowly but surely getting everything set up. We still have a lot of stuff we need to buy, but we're trying to just get the necessities first. We also have a ton of projects we want to start working on. We're planning on building a coffee table, end tables, and some shelves out of pallets! I'm really excited about that so I'll definitely be posting updates once we begin those projects.

Saturdays downtown they have a farmer's market. I didn't think it would be huge, but I wanted to head down there and get some fresh fruits and veggies to have in the house! But when we got there it was much bigger than I expected. There were so many vendors and so many cool things. But there wasn't too many fruit and veggie stands, which kind of bummed me out. We got indian fry bread though, and bought some applebutter. Which is delicious! I had an awesome time just walking around with my man enjoying the weather and the culture!
I don't really have much else. I promise I'll get back into the swing of things as soon as we're settled! 

What have you been up to?

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if I didn't have you..

Hi guys. Look at me showing up two days in a row. I think I'm starting to get back into the swing of things 'round here. I can't say the same for next week because I'll be buried in boxes and busy unpacking our new place, but I can't say that I'm bummed about that. The boyfriend and I are pretty darn excited to get moved in there. I was thinking today that we're lucky DJ's work schedule worked out with our moving schedule. I honestly don't know what I would do if he had to work while we had to move in. I mean, there's no way I could move the couches and bed and all that big shiz into the new place without the help of those big strong man arms of his. And then I got to thinking even more....there are a lot of things I couldn't do without him. All of the mushy gushy I can't live without you stuff aside, life would definitely be much more difficult if I didn't have that man. Needless to say, I'm glad he's around, and I'm glad he's mine. This one's for you, love!
If I didn't have you, I would never have clean clothes because I refuse to go into the haunted basement alone, which is where the washing machine is.

If I didn't have you, I would probably be fat. This guy has been so good about working out and eating healthy guys, I'm so proud of him. And so of course he has motivated me to go too, and I'm starting to feel better and less...gross.

If I didn't have you, I wouldn't be able to open my water bottle when I take it out of the freezer! We don't have an ice cube tray, so I've been filling up my water bottle and sticking it in the freezer. Well, when I take it out it's impossible to open. Cue those big strong man arms, please.

If I didn't have you, I probably wouldn't have anything to blog about.

If I didn't have you, I would've never gotten that can open last night because I don't know how to use a can opener...oops.

If I didn't have you, I would've probably spent $500 at Target by now. Thanks for always making sure I don't go too crazy in there.

If I didn't have you, I wouldn't have listened to All of Me and that makes me sad because I really love that song.

If I didn't have you, I wouldn't be so motivated to do my schoolwork. Hearing you talk about school and our futures and how proud you are of me really motivates me and makes me want to do well.

If I didn't have you, I wouldn't know about all of the cool things you share with me that you read on Forbes.

If I didn't have you, I never would've found out that almond butter is way too expensive and not very tasty.

If I didn't have you, my heart wouldn't be half as happy as you make it.

If I didn't have you, I don't think I would ever know that it was possible to miss someone as much as I miss you when you're gone.

If I didn't have you, my life just wouldn't be the same. You make everything better. You provide for me, love me, take care of me. You help me, motivate me, and you inspire me. I admire everything about you and I can't imagine my life without you. I'm the luckiest girl.

Thanks for not thinking I'm crazy, I love you.
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oh, mondays

Happy Monday (if there is such a thing!) I'm up super early today because I had to take DJ to work this morning. I'm sad that he's gone but I'm going to be a busy girl this time because as soon as he gets home Thursday we'll be moving! I'm so excited for us to move into our new place and make it the perfect little home for us to start our life together in! I'll definitely post some pictures once we get there!

It has been a good week, I must say! DJ had to go to work last time a little longer than expected, so he wasn't home until Thursday. While he was gone I just hung out with some friends over here and ate pizza (oops.) Ready for this? I went to Subway when they got pizza so I wouldn't eat any because...cheese. So I ate my Subway and then there was extra pizza and cheesy bread left over. So I ate that too. And then I had two cupcakes. So there's that. I'll be busting my ass in the gym this week for sure!

DJ and I had a really nice break together. Friday we went to the cutest little cafe downtown and had a coffee date. I've been wanting to try it for awhile and I loved it. It was so cute and cozy and the coffee was super yummy. Oh, and they had macarons but we didn't get any because DJ refused to pay $2 for one macaron because in Europe they're cheaper. He's a hoot. And a macaron snob ;) After that we headed to the mall and looked at Bed Bath and Beyond for some things we want for the new house!
 Oh, and I made him take pictures with me while we were dressed cute because 99% of the time we're in pajamas and not cute enough to take pictures.
Saturday we finished a craft we've been working on. I'll probably do a whole post on that later this week, but we made a little board to go by our door. We wanted something we could hang our keys (and someday dog leash) on, and also something that we could hang pictures or prints from.
I didn't size that flag right and I have to redo it, but hey- not bad for a first try. We're excited to have something that we made together to hang up in our new place! We're also planning on building our own coffee table so you can expect a post on that when it happens, too!

Saturday night we went to dinner. We tried this place we've never been before and it was pretty darn good. I had alfredo so yay me for not being dairy free. Oh, and we had spinach artichoke dip. I could swim in that shit. After dinner we saw 22 Jump Street and that shit was funny too. DJ even liked it better than the first one! Which is crazy because he really liked the first one. Oh yeah, and after the movie we went to Cold Stone. Well, I went to Cold Stone. DJ stayed in the car so he wasn't tempted to get anything. But guess what?! I got dairy free ice cream, so...win.
So, that was our weekend! How was yours?

Also, this week, if you purchase a design you get TWO MONTHS of ad space for free! OR If you purchase two months of ad space, you get a third month free! Good deal, huh?

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you know you're addicted to starbucks when...

You go at least once a week, but usually three to four times.

You look forward to traveling because you know there's a Starbucks at the airport

You're on a first name basis with your barista

You have your order down and can ask for it without thinking

You know the difference between a frappuccino and a macchiato

You know how to spell frappuccino and macchiato

You know that you technically can't get a Frappuccino from anywhere else, because well, it's

You plan your day around a Starbs trip

Your boyfriend comments on the fact that you Instagram too many coffee pictures

You're a gold card member (since 2010)

You go as many times as possible to work up to those twelve stars

Having a free drink is an excuse to go- and an excuse to get something fancy

You say, "I really need to stop spending money on Starbucks" on a daily basis

Each time you reload that gold card is "going to be the last time....I promise!"

You've tried the cheaper alternatives, but you always end up back at the Starbs

When you find out your boyfriend is moving to the middle of nowhere Montana, your only solace is that there's a Starbucks down the street from his house

You head to campus / work / wherever 20 minutes early just to get Starbucks on the way

You're excited to go to sleep at night because the sooner you sleep, the sooner you get to wake up and get a soy chai

You consider entering your own giveaway just to keep that Starbucks gift card

You write a whole blog post about it and realize you have a problem.

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thank you notes

Happy Wednesday! DJ and I are enjoying his first day back. Man, I missed him. Nothing too exciting happening around here, so I thought I would go a little Jimmy Fallon on you and write out some thank you notes. Also, if you haven't already, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Thank you, Montana, for being 40 degrees cooler than Arizona right now.
Thank you, United States of Tara, for entertaining me for three days straight.
Thank you, summer school, for giving me something to do while DJ is at work.
Thank you, new blog design, for motivating me to write a couple posts.
Thank you, Pinterest, for feeding my wedding planning addiction.
Thank you, craigslist, for helping us find our dream apartment.
Thank you, Malmstrom, for letting me get on base without DJ so I can keep his truck while he's gone.
Thank you, Faster Basset, for the most amazing crepes / coffee and atmosphere in the entire city.
Thank you, Brantley Gilbert, for releasing a new album. If only it was already on Spotify..
Thank you, GroupMe, for providing me with entertainment all day long.
Thank you, Bed Bath and Beyond, for giving me somewhere to walk around and spend too much money.
Thank you, Hamilton Beach,  for making this amazing two-way brewer we're getting in our new place.
Thank you, Starbucks, for everything you do.
Thank you, lactose free milks, for allowing me to still eat cereal.
Thank you, every French Bulldog instagram account, for inspiring me and feeding my frenchie obsession.
Thank you, U of A, for allowing me to graduate a year and a half early.
Thank you, DJ, for being amazing and making this the best summer ever for the second year in a row.
Thank you, Jimmy Fallon, for inspiring this blog post.
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