How Kyle Proposed

Hey friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day (or night). I am so happy you are here on my blog ❤ As promised, here is a blog post dedicated to how Kyle proposed. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the story!

Back Story 

  Kyle and I have been dating since high school and throughout college (6 years). Kyle and I knew after 3 years of dating that we wanted to one day get married. We even looked at rings together 2 years leading up to him proposing. Why we decided getting engaged at a young age was right for us was because Kyle was applying for Physical Therapy school and he wasn’t sure where he was going to end up. For me to pick up my life and move somewhere seemed like a huge commitment on my end without knowing that there was this for sure commitment for marriage. My family is also on the more conservative side when it comes to relationships. So I felt more comfortable moving in with him and following him to where he got into school if we were engaged and Kyle respected how I felt. 

Leading up to the Engagement

   Kyle and I just moved to flagstaff and started settling into our new apartment. I was about to start work and he was preparing for PT school. Kyle mentioned to me that he had a meet and greet on campus with his Physical Therapy class one weekend and wanted to grab brunch before. I agreed to go with him because I was not about to pass up a yummy brunch. The morning of this “meet and greet” I had a feeling something special was coming. Kyle also gave a few hints that week and that morning that made me start to feel like he was going to propose. A) he offered to pick out my outfit (he never does that). B) I wasn’t gonna do my hair and kyle insisted that I do it and C) I may have noticed a box in his pants at lunch (lol). Despite these things I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I brushed them off. After our brunch, Kyle and I headed towards Northern Arizona University to go to his “meet and greet”.
   
   On our walk over it was pretty toasty outside and Kyle and I are not hand-holders. The whole walk over he kept insisting on holding hands but it was so hot that I kept pulling my hand away. Little did I know he had a photographer following us taking pictures so long story short those photos were not keepers. Once we got too old main we were admiring campus, there was even a beautiful wedding getting set up as well as setting the mood. Then all of a sudden I realized I was walking alone and Kyle was behind me! He was on a knee holding up a ring and he started his proposal but stupid me cut him off saying “NO” I was completely speechless and then Kyles face changed and I realized never said the word “way” after. I quickly fixed it and said, “like no way” then continued to freak out saying, “YES YES YES I will marry you” without even letting him finish his sentence. Then I noticed the photographer and we started taking some engagement photos. It was seriously our perfect moment but now we have a running joke of me saying no first lol  (have to keep our boys on their toes right haha). 
Post Engagement
  After finishing up the engagement I called my best friend of course but then we headed back to where we had breakfast and both of our families traveled up to Flagstaff to celebrate our engagement. He planned a lunch/cocktail hour for both of our families and it was amazing. I was so impressed he thought of all this. After our lunch, with our families, we went home, changed, and had a date night! It started with drinks at our favorite cocktail lounge. After we had reservations at this nice Italian restaurant in town but unfortunately they were closed because of flood damage. Kyle was very upset because they never let him know that they were closed (they ended up giving us a free meal due to this incident). Yet it worked out because there was an American Bistro in town that I was dying to try but it was a little more upscale so it was a perfect occasion to finally try it. It ended up being a wonderful meal. Our day was perfect for us and is something we will forever cherish.

Engagement Ring Is From Ritani

 

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Here is an easy Burnz approved dog treat recipe!

**Burnz is my puppy

Recipe- (LINK – where I found this recipe)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 tsp.  baking powder 
  • 1 1/2 tsp.  ground cinnamon 
  • 1/2 cup  pumpkin purée (be sure to use real pumpkin, not the pie filler) 
  • 1/4 cup  unsalted and unsweetened peanut butter 
  • 1/4 cup  water ( I double the water)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and ground cinnamon.
  • Mix in the pumpkin and peanut butter, then slowly add the water. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. If it’s too dry, add a small amount of water.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface and use a knife or cookie cutter to cut out whatever treat shapes you desire.
  • Place the treats 1/2 inch apart on a nonstick baking pan or a baking pan lined with parchment paper. I am too lazy and do not do the part that is bolded I just knead the dough with my hand and make little flat balls/circles.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Let the treats cool and then let your dog have a taste!
I triple this recipe and freeze the extra dough for when I run out. I try to only make treats for one week at a time so they are fresh.

Target Finds 9/13

So who doesn’t love Target! I just went and found so many goodies ❤ Below is everything I tried on; I linked everything that I was able to find on their website for you guys. I was absolutely obsessed with the dress that I found and it's under $25! Side note: I linked the jeans I tried on but I do NOT recommend them! I loved the fit but they weren't comfortable and they were also see-through.

**hair tie and shoes are not from Target
My hair tie is no longer in stock but it’s from Free People!
Hair ties are 3 for 12 right now (9/13/2019) LINK

Tank  (this print is out of stock online) 
Sweater (not online yet)
Tank – Color smoked pink
Top-color smoked pink

Red Dress Boutique Haul

Hey Friends! So you guys have probably heard of Red Dress though social media, they have strong ties with some well-known bloggers. Well, I decided to share my thoughts on the company. Let me start with telling you guys about when I started shopping at Red Dress! I started shopping here the summer before my freshmen year of college for recruitment outfits. Long story short my white dress I ordered was see-through and I was too lazy to return it. Due to this experience, Red Dress fell off my radar. Then about last fall, I started seeing Red Dress heavily recommended by several bloggers that I followed at the time and decided to give it one more try. I loved the items that I purchased and ever since I have continued to shop with this company. Some items are hit or miss like any company but overall I love their products.

PRO’s
-Great customer service
– Easy online returns
-Products are up to date with current trends
-Constantly comes out with new products
– Every time you receive your order there is a handwritten note
-Lots of blogger post on their stories about their purchase helping you determine if the cost is worth it

CON’s
-Some products are hit or miss
-Have to spend $50 to get free shipping
-Jewelry is on the cheaper side (in my experience only ordered jewelry once)

I ordered 5 items from Red Dress; two tops during their labor day sale, followed by two dresses and a romper yesterday. I received my two tops and let’s just say I’m obsessed. I am the type of person that NEVER can bring myself to spend money on tops. I’m always shocked at how expensive they can be. I finally pulled the trigger and bought them. I justified my purchase because I knew I could wear them to work yet also out with my girlfriends or a fun date night. The two dresses and one romper were honestly pretty impulsive and I probably didn’t need them but I could not help myself (I will add to this post with more details on those items once I receive them).

Recent Haul-All items linked

Sunday Brunch Black Top

Endless Possibilities Evergreen Bodysuit

Similar option but more pricey-
Conflicted Feelings Emerald Green Bodysuit
Size- M Color- Emerald.Green

Dresses/ Romper

Keep A Secret Muave Romper
Size- M  Color-Baked Plum

Think About It Rust Sweater Dress

                                           Sunday Brunch Top 
Snake Skin Belt- Red Dress 
Black Belt- Forever 21
Booties- Target 
Skirt- Free People

                                           Endless Possibilities Evergreen Bodysuit

Welcome To My Apartment

   Hello Friends! I moved into my first apartment with my fiancè this July and we are finally settling in. We had a lot going on this summer ( engagement, weddings, new puppy, graduation, and a new job). I will make a separate blog post talking about some of the other things that happened this summer but right now I want to talk to you about how I decorated the apartment on a budget!!

 First off I made an inspo feed! My inspo feed was created on Instagram. How I created it was by searching home decor and saving all the images I liked to a home decor folder ( you could even make subcategories like bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, etc). This helped me find a theme for my whole apartment. I did this BEFORE purchasing anything to eliminate impulsive shopping on items that I didn’t need or wouldn’t end up matching my overall aesthetic.

After making my inspo feed I found out I liked:

– Neutral colors
– The farmhouse look
– Gallery walls
-Wooden decorations/ furniture

Once I found out what I wanted my apartment to look like I formulated my budget and looked at stores that would have discount furniture.

List Of Stores I Shopped At
Amazon
Wayfair
Ross
Marshalls
Homegoods
Tj Max
Target
Bed Bath and Beyond

From there I looked at the things my fiancè and I already owned then started shopping!

Welcome Sign Above TV- Bed Bath and Beyond
Dog Bone Frame- Marshalls
White Square Around TV- Marshalls
Lamps- Home Depot
Canvas Above Bed -Ross
Family Sign- Khol’s 

Easy Breakfast Prep

Healthy Eggo’s ( Banana Pancakes )

If you are like me and feel like you never have enough time in the morning especially to eat breakfast! Then continue reading because this might just be a morning lifesaver. This recipe has saved my life because it is filling, healthy, and tasty..

Let’s Get Started

Ingredients
-Kodiak Honey Buttermilk Pancake Mix
-3- 5 Bananas
– 3 1/2 Cups of Water

Directions-

Pour the entire box of pancake mix into a bowl and set aside.

Peel bananas and break into pieces and place into a bowl and mash them up using a fork and set aside.

Now add 3 1/2 cups of water to your pancake mix and mix until batter is a smooth consistency.

Add mashed up bananas to your pancake mixture and mix the two together.

** if you like your pancakes sweet add some maple syrup to the mixture. I find the mixture flavorful enough without it.

warm-up your pan and your pancakes are ready to be made. My batches make 12-15 pancakes.

Once your pancakes are all made let them cool for 10 -15 minutes. Once your pancakes have cooled you can individually pack them into ziplock bags and place them into your freezer for the morning or anytime you’re feeling like having a tasty treat.
** To be eco-friendly you can use reusable plastic bags.

Reheating instructions-

Place in Microwave for 45 seconds and tada you have a healthy breakfast ready in 45 seconds.

      I prep these every Sunday night for my fiancé and I to have for the week. Sometimes I mix it up and use blueberry’s, chocolate chips, peanut butter banana (messy reheat), and bacon and maple syrup (longer prep). I call them my healthy Eggo’s and yes I know they are not waffles but the name stuck in our household so we call them our healthy Eggo’s.

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               Kodiak Mix
      Reusable Ziplock Bags