March 14, 2018
If you saw the before, before pictures of our home you know it went through quite a transformation. The first time I drove by it after the exterior was updated (and before living here was even a blip on our radar) I had to do a double take. It was so beautiful and I loved everything they had updated. When we moved in I knew I was going to paint the front door. Eventually we'd love a stained wooden door but those are pretty expensive so painting the brown/olive green-ish door was first on my exterior list. (This spring I want to add some flower boxes and eventually I'd love to add shutters.)


It was such a beautiful and semi-warm day and Tucker had so much fun playing outside. He loves the outdoors and is happiest when we're outside so I'm thankful warmer weather is on it's way so we can take lots of walks to the park.


I love how it turned out so much and I think it compliments the gray/blue siding so well. I still have a few areas to touch up but it's been cold again so they'll have to wait for a warmer day! Spring in Ohio is unpredictable. You never know what kind of weather you're going to get and Tuesday was no different. Big, fluffy snowflakes fell down and covered the ground. Within an hour the snow had melted. Then it started coming down again. It was ridiculous and the perfect example of spring in Ohio. While I'm so over the cold weather I thought our new pink door looked so beautiful with the snowflakes coming down.

Here's a close up of my new wreath (ignore the paint I need to scrape off the windowπŸ˜‚). I followed a tutorial by The How-To Mom and was surprised by how easy it was. I'm obsessed with it and have gotten so many compliments on it!

With every little change we're slowly making this house ours and I love it more every day!


March 7, 2018
We are coming up on two years of marriage in May and I had always planned on blogging the rest of our wedding details but life started moving faster and faster and it just kind of fell off my radar. I decided that I still want to share the details 1. because I did everything on a budget and if it can help or inspire a future bride in her planning it's worth it and 2. when I was planning a wedding in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park there weren't that many weddings online for inspiration. A lot of the weddings I saw at our venues were elopements and so I really was looking for help with the logistics! All that to say, I'm excited to be back sharing our wedding with y'all. Next up, our wedding website!

Before the invitations were sent out I needed to make sure our wedding website was complete since that's where we were sending our guests for more information and how we wanted them to RSVP. I tried out a few of the free options (The Knot, Minted, etc.) but they didn't have very much flexibility and I can't ever do anything the easy way. I also felt like we were asking a lot of our loved ones since we were getting married out of town and I wanted to set the tone for the event right away. I love that we went with this custom option and we got so many compliments from our guests.

I built the website with the Squarespace platform using the Montauk template and purchased a custom domain through GoDaddy.


The homepage was basically a simplified version of our save the date. I just wanted the main information front and center and then the details would be throughout the site.


Jeremy and I had already met most of each other's friends and family but I wanted this place to be where our loved ones could learn a little bit more about our future spouse and how we met. We did not meet in a traditional way so I definitely wanted to have fun with that.


We planned our wedding in 8 months so for our first round of engagement photos we had a mini session with Tara Lewis Photography so we could get our save the dates out quickly. Once we booked our wedding photographer, Heather Faulkner Photography, we also got an engagement session with our package so we had engagement photos in Cades Cove as well. I also wanted to share a few every day photos as well!


I wanted to make sure everyone knew where to go and what to expect. There's nothing worse than being over/under dressed for a wedding and I wanted our guests to be as comfortable as possible.


I had originally thought I'd add photos and a little snippet about each of our bridal party but I realized it'd be much easier for me to pull together for my bridesmaids than it would be for me to get Jeremy to do the same for his groomsmen. In the end I decided to keep it sweet and simple!


I knew our guests would have questions so I tried to answer ones I knew would come up. Looking back I also should have included a few places to stay. We did have a couple of guests ask for recommendations, which we provided, but it would have been a good idea to include that information on the website.


It always feels a little weird to share registry information with people (we definitely did not include this information on the invitations) but we knew people would ask so it had to be included in the site. We had three different options and people could pick up our registry lists as the respective stores as well.


I wanted to make this process as easy as possible and it all seemed to go smoothly. The only people who didn't RSVP were my grandparents who I knew were coming any way and knew they wouldn't be able to figure it out.πŸ˜‚

And that was it! I'm so happy with how it all turned out and I was so sad when I cancelled the membership but I'm glad I took these screenshots! If you have any questions about how I made this wedding website happen I'd be happy to help! :)


As I mentioned in my first essential oils post, one of the first things I wanted to try and ditch and switch were Tucker's bath time products. There are a bunch of recipes out there so this is just the first one I decided to try out. I'm on the hunt for something that produces better bubbles but so far it's not looking very good (apparently it's a chemical that produces such large bubblesπŸ‘Ž). But for now this works just fine and the addition of the oils make it perfect for his bedtime routine. This first batch I used lavender but I've ordered YL's Gentle Baby and will probably try that out next go around.


I've included links to the products I used below. (* denotes affiliate link)

4 cups water (I used distilled)
3 oz coconut oil (I pick mine up at Aldi)
4-5 drops of Young Living lavender essential oil*

*Bonus: I ordered these 16oz refillable bottles* but you can also use an old shampoo bottle.

Mix together the water, castille soap, and coconut oil. Add the essential oils and mix well. Pour mixture into your container and you're good to go! 

If you have any questions about essential oils or are interested in how to add them into your daily life I'd be happy to help any way I can. If I don't have the answers I'll be happy to point you in the right direction! If you're ready, you can order here.


March 6, 2018
Only two months away from a full year old. Seems like yesterday and so much longer all at the same time.😍 I've decided that for the in between months (everything besides 3, 6, 9, and 12) I'll do a shorter recap and not answer all of the questions. This is partly because some of the answers to the questions don't change month to month and partly because I waited so long to do these recaps that some of the earlier months might be hard for me to fill out. (How sad is that?😩 Oh well, that's why I'm doing them and I'm doing them now and that's all that matters!πŸ˜‰)

Age: 10 Months

Milestones: So far the tenth month has been a big one. Tucker learned to crawl! He had been so close but he finally figured it out. About a week after that he started pulling himself up onto the furniture. It's all happening so fast! He also started saying "dada" yesterday. It's so incredible to watch him learn new skills and it fills me with so much joy. He also is getting more cuddly. He went through a stage where he didn't like to cuddle (not even at bedtime!) and I'm so happy that's changing. Mama needs some cuddles every now and again!πŸ’•

I've started planning Tucker's 1st birthday party which is unreal to think it's just around the corner (less than 2 months away)! This year has been the hardest, best, and most fun year and it has flown by. I can't wait to see how he grows and all he learns in the next month!