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1,825 Days of Love, Trials, and Commitment | DIY Card

The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

Yesterday, Jason and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary! Marriage has been made up of 3 prominent themes for me, I chose to share these with Jason in a unique DIY card this year because WORDS are his love language. 

This post was sponsored by American Greetings. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.
The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

OUTFIT DETAILS

DRESS c/o | HEELS | EARRINGS c/o | BRACELET | CLUTCH | LIPS (Snob)

When I walked down the aisle 5 years ago, I thought I knew what marriage was all about. 5 years later, I am so thankful it wasn’t just what I thought but everything else: love, trials, and commitment. 

LOVE, simple in thought but in action is much more complicated. Love is a choice. At first, it’s easy but as life unfolds it can be more difficult to choose to love each other. One way we have found to help us is to stay connected. It is much easier to choose to love each other when you are emotionally connected. This means lots of date nights and late night talks in a busy life. My favorite is our coffee dates, simple but means the world to me. 

Yes, I am thankful for TRIALS. These trials shape and mold us as spouses. I am not thankful for them while I am experiencing them, but I am grateful for the change in me from them. Without these trials, our marriage wouldn’t have the depth and character it has now. This depth allows me to be able to connect with Jason in the way he needs as a husband and for him to connect with me the way I need as his wife.

With the choice of love, the depth of trials, COMMITMENT comes into play. When we are choosing to love each other and are deepening our relationship through trials and triumphs, we are then choosing a commitment to our marriage. Without love and without the trials, you lose the commitment which then means you lose your marriage. Through these 5 years, we have started to learn the intricacies of each other and what we need. Most of the time, we learn from doing the wrong thing but hey, we are learning! 

I have realized that words are one of Jason’s love languages. I try to express words to him in many ways and avenues, my favorite is through cards. 

The search for the perfect message and image is always fun! Sometimes, I can’t decide and I buy three. Doesn’t hurt to give three cards over three days does it?! Each one says something a little different. Each image expressing a different emotion or mentioning a different memory. I take the time to read each word and connnect each image to what I want it to express to him. This is SO important. Don’t just buy the cute card with the cute image and the cute little saying. Take the time to find the right message.

My all time favorite place to find cards for Jason is the card section in Target. Yes, it’s my favorite store for one but it’s also the largest card selection I have found! What can I say, I like my options! One of my favorite cards I bought him had plastic toy sushi rolls on the front representing our sushi dates. There is literally a beautiful or thoughtful card for everything in this section.

This anniversary I chose this card. Find out why below.
The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

 

 

EASY CARD PERSONALIZATION DIY


The sentiment of the words is heartfelt but reminded me of a special memory, our weekly coffee dates. Buying a card is a great start but I take it to the next level by personalizing it.The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

For our anniversary, I wanted to try scripting Jason’s name and the deepest sentiment of our marriage, I LOVE YOU. I have been practicing my hand lettering so this was so much fun for me!

The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

I finished it off with a ribbon around the envelope like a gift!

The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

Then I seal it with a kiss, which is something I continued since the beginning of our relationship! When Jason was in training for the Marines during the beginning of our relationship I sent care packages and letters always sealed with a kiss on them. This is what I still do becuase it’s tradition, plus it’s cheesy and cute, just how I like it!

The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.

Check out American Greetings Pinterest page for more greeting card inspiration HERE

Next time you need a good message and a heartfelt image on a card, head to Target. Maybe pick up a Starbucks from the front of the store so you can read cards and enjoy yourself the whole time. 

The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.
The best womens fashion for summer anniversary, sharing my love in a meaningful card DIY.
Beauty DIY

Perfect Pout Part Two | Patchology | Lip Scrub DIY

The best DIY lip scrub for the perfect pout.

I talked about my new favorite lip hydration HERE but there are 2 steps I take before that include exfoliation and Patchology Lip Gels!

DETAILS

LIP GELS c/o | SMALL BOX

I love these lip gel masks! I have used them throughout this Winter and they helped so much with the Winter dry lips. The key to maximizing the benefit of these masks is to exfoliate before. This allows the dead skin to be removed and allow the lip mask to fully penetrate your lips. 

First I use my Sugar Lip scrub (recipe below!). 

Then I place one Patchology Lip Gels on my lips. These are a gel-like texture that is so much fun! I am a huge texture fan so going from the sugar texture to the smooth mask texture is always nice.

Let the Patchology Lip Gels sit on your lips for a total of 5 minutes. I usually will read a magazine or watch a show during this time. For a full pampering night, place the lip mask on while soaking in a hot bath!

Once I remove the lip mask I apply my lip hydration, my favorite is HERE!

If you don’t have a luscious perfect pout after these steps, then give me a call!

LIP SCRUB RECIPE:

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon coconut oil

1 capful of essential oil flavor

I used theBubble Gum but also love the Cotton Candy and Coconut!

Food Coloring optional, I went without this time.

MIX and ENJOY!

I received this product complimentary from Patchology. All opinions are 100% my own.

The best DIY lip scrub for the perfect pout.

The best DIY lip scrub for the perfect pout.

 

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Office Inspiration | DIY chic and classic.

 

Since living back in Oregon, I haven’t had an office to keep me organized, creative, and inspired. I have realized just how important having a space to let myself be inspired is. PS click on any of the items in the image below and it will take you directly to the item! 


 My office was not only a place I worked from but a place where I was creative, filmed, wrote my blog, and designed outfits. I look forward to the day I have an office again. Until that day that I get to share that space with you, I am sharing the items I have stored away or are sitting on my wish list for my office! 

GLASS SHELF
Having a place to call your own, where you are able to relax and work hard, is so important. This can be a small desk in the corner of your living room, a nook in your kitchen, a corner of your guest room, or even a wall in your closet. Find a place where you can find some peace and space from our busy lives. A space of your own is the perfect place to be able to do your devotions and pray as well. I used to have my bible study on my desk in my office. I loved having a place that put me in a mindset of relaxation to be able to focus on the things I needed to focus on.
Find your space and make it your own!