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    ONE YEAR OF MARRIAGE DOWN! ETERNITY TO GO!

    Being married to your best friend is hands down the best thing ever! I have loved and cherished (almost) every single moment of it! 😉 To celebrate the completion of our first year together I’m going to go over some of the top memories I have!

    Buying a house together!

    Boy-what a journey it was to buy a house in 2021. The market has been SO crazy! We spent months looking for the perfect house. We were even under contract for a different house at one point-until we learned that it was an undisclosed meth house… SO GLAD we dodged that bullet. Our patience and searching finally paid off in June and we now have the most beautiful house to start our lives together! I feel so grateful to be in a good enough financial position for us to buy a house. So blessed!

    “Moneymoon to Florida!”

    After our wedding in January, we both had to go back to work and school the following Monday-so we went and stayed at a nearby hotel for the weekend. The in May, we went on our “Moneymoon”-Drew called it that because we spent way to much money! Haha! For this more official honeymoon we went to Florida to visit my mission in Jacksonville, and go to Disneyworld! It was so much fun! We spent two days in Disneyworld, went to the several different beaches, visited my Mission President and wife-the Woods, spent a day in St. Augustine, saw alligators, and relaxed! It was the most joyous time and I’ve never seen anyone more happy than when Drew is at the beach haha! Seriously debating about getting a beach-house in FL someday!

    Our first trip to Disneyland together!

    My mom and I were supposed to go to Disneyland in March of 2020-back when the world shut down due to Covid-19. Since we still had tickets that needed to be used by the end of this year, and I have gained a plus one-Drew and my brother Jensen came with us! This was Drew’s first time to Disneyland EVER! & I have definitely created a new Disneyland lover! So happy that I married a man who loves Disney as much as I do! He already wants to go back again!

    Never having to leave you!

    One of the best things about being married is that you get to come home to each other EVERY day! No more driving back home to our parents home every night. No mores nights without you. You are simply mine all the time (Except when we work of course! It’s the absolute best to wake up to each other each morning-and get to end our day together too! I have slept so much better having Drew by my side all night. It really is such a blessing to live with Drew in so many ways!

    Decorating for Halloween!

    October is Drew’s birth month-which also means that he is obsessed with Halloween! We started decorating for Halloween at the beginning of October, and I have never seen anyone more excited for Halloween in my life! Our whole house was decked out in bats, cats, and spider webs haha! Drew even bought a life sized plastic skeleton-who we named Skelly! We had a lot of fun hiding Skelly in different places throughout the month! See pics below! I think we started some fun traditions that we will want to keep around forever.

    My Endoscopy

    Surgery usually isn’t that fun-right? NOPE! But this one was actually life changing. I was fortunate enough to have my husband be able to take the day off to assist me before and after the surgery as well! During this surgery, the doctor rechecked me for Celiac Disease. I do NOT have celiac disease so I have been able to eat Gluten again! Drew was overjoyed. Although I still struggle with IBS symptoms, I have been able to get a lot of them under control with lifestyle changes and medication. It was also fun to look back at the videos of me loopy after the procedure! I was crazy wild!

    Weekend Trip to SLC!

    In August/September both Drew and I were fortunate to find higher paying jobs-with better schedules too! I went from working as a Loan Officer to working as Loan Auditor-which is a lot less stressful! Drew is now the Clinical Research Assistant for the Heredigene study at the hospital up here. To celebrate our new jobs, and the fact we had a 4 day weekend, we took a trip to SLC! We spent the day at the zoo, family history museum, temple square, the Clark Planetarium, and had lots of fun at our hotel pool! It was honestly so fun to celebrate our accomplishments and have a care-free weekend together!

    Temple Tuesdays!

    When the temples opened back up this year, we decided to start going weekly! Between the two of us, we can book 6 trips at a time, so we go almost every Tuesday to do some kind of ordinance for our ancestors. It has been such a beautiful tradition to hold! I treasure the moments that we spend together in the temple so much! I also make Drew and I take a selfie every time we go-which I will feature below!

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    CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS-2021!

    Since this was our first Christmas as a married couple, and in our New Home-we had to buy a LOT of Christmas Decorations! Here are some of the basics we started with! Hope you enjoy! Links are all found below!

    TARGET

    STOCKINGS

    STOCKING HOLDERS

    CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

    ORNAMENTS

    CHRISTMAS PILLOW

    HOBBY LOBBY

    CHRISTMAS TREE

    CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPER

    JOY TO THE WORLD SIGN

    STAR OF WONDER SIGN

    WOOD TREE

    NUTCRACKER

    GRINCH STUFFED ANIMAL

    AMAZON

    BEADED GARLAND

    CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT

    MERRY CHRISTMAS SIGN

    EVERYTHING ELSE was from local boutiques, or decorations inherited from my grandparents! Let me know if you have any questions! None of this is sponsored! Just me trying to share my style with others! 🙂

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    STOCKING STUFFERS-2021!

    With the holidays finally here! I put together a list of some fun stocking stuffers for the special girl or guy in your life! I hope you love the list I have created as much as I do! *Some of these links may contain affiliate links!*

    HAPPY SHOPPING FRIENDS!

    STOCKIGN STUFFERS FOR GIRLS

    1. WALLI PHONE CASE!

    2. ROOLEE HAIR CLIPS!

    3. BEECH WOOD BATH BRUSH!

    4. ORGANIC BATH SALTS

    5. SIMPLE NOTEBOOK

    6. WHITE SCRUNCHIE!

    7. MACARAME KEYCHAIN

    8. THREAD WALLET

    STOCKING STUFFERS FOR GUYS!

    1. BLACK PHONE CASE

    2. LOWES GIFT CARD

    3. HARRY’S SHAVING KIT

    4. JACK LINKS JERKY

    5. DAZI SUNDAY TIE

    6. THREAD KEY CHAIN

    7. DAZI TIE CLIP

    8. LEATHER THREAD WALLET

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    Why does God make us do hard things?

    MY EXPERIENCE THROUGH TRIAL AND ADVERSITY

    Thank you to @foxandpebble for letting me share this beautiful depiction of Jesus Christ. You can find her work here.

    I’ve been home from my mission for TWO YEARS NOW! Yet-I am still having the same struggles I did when I walked off that plane and hugged my parents. Sometimes I regret going on my mission because maybe if I didn’t go, I wouldn’t have the issues that I have today. However, I know that’s not true. God knew I was going to struggle with Anxiety. He also knew that I was going to have a lot of gut issues-and not going on a mission wouldn’t have prevented them from appearing in my life.

    There are so many questions that are constantly going in and out of my mind. Do I really have to be eating gluten free? Why do I out of all people have to struggle like this? Why can’t Heavenly Father just make my pain go away? What’s wrong with my body? Do I have some rare disease that doctors don’t even know about? Why are all of my tests/labs coming back normal when I don’t feel myself? I don’t feel healthy, so what’s wrong? Is it all in my head? Why won’t the doctors believe me? These are questions I have recently thought, and they all leave me hanging in frustration, doubt and more fear.

    Let me tell you-I’m just SO sick of living in a state of panic and fear. I can’t let it consume me any longer. It affects my quality of life and when I think about it it makes it harder for it to ever go away. That’s the cruel part about anxiety. It really consumes you, especially after you try to make it go away on it’s own. Then it just wants to linger even longer.

    So here is my reminder to myself and to the world that MY FEELINGS ARE REAL. YOUR FEELINGS AND CHALLENGES ARE REAL. THEY ARE 100% VALID and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I am aware that my trials suck, that my anxiety sucks, but I will NOT let anxiety rule my life or define my actions. Life in general is hard. I have gone through so many hard things. BUT I make it through them every single time.

    I made it through my mission! I made it through the feelings of homesickness, fear, sickness, anxiety uncomfortable growing, etc.

    I have made it through a global pandemic-and a year full of earthquakes, power outages, no church, and quarantines. (@2020)

    I have made it through so many changes: moving to college, working several different jobs, moving into new apartments, getting married, buying a house, starting my own business, changing colleges, etc.

    I made it through college. I made the deadlines, survived the tests, did the work and lived to tell the tale.

    I have survived losing loved ones. I lost my sweet Grandma last November, and then my sweet mission companion this summer. Experiencing loss for the first time so close to home was such a challenge-and still is.

    I have made it through every single bad moment, day, week, and month so far. & each time I have come out a stronger and better person.

    As far as my diagnosis for my health issues goes-it’s all in God’s hands now. I came home faithfully from my mission after suffering and trying my hardest to be a disciple of Christ and I have since desperately hoped that God would give me answers. However, I am learning that the answers we seek for in life don’t typically come in the timeframe or way that we want them to. In fact, I have learned that I have to have the faith to accept the fact that there might not be an answer in this life. However, God does assure us that answers will come.

    I don’t always feel this way, but deep down I KNOW that these things are true. I KNOW that God loves me. I KNOW that he wants me to be happy. I KNOW that he doesn’t like to see me suffer, but it’s part of my growing process. We are here on earth to LEARN and to GROW! If we wished the hard times away we wouldn’t get the opportunity to become clean and pure like the Savior is. Growing pains allow us to become perfected even as he is. It allows us to

    So for now the only thing left for me to do is TRUST IN HIM. Trust that he will lead me to where I need to be, and that this suffering will be but for a small minute. As God himself quoted to a suffering, young Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail “My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;” Although it might not feel like a small moment, I have great faith in knowing that even in this moment, Our Savior is there and he WANTS us to feel peace in this very moment.

    REMEMBER GOD LOVES YOU! & YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!

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    What you need to know about Disney World & Food Allergies

    When Drew and I got married, we had to go straight into a new semester and back to our jobs. With that in mind, we never got a honeymoon! So, 5 months after being married, we headed off to Florida to celebrate what Drew calls our “money-moon” because we spent A LOT of money-especially at Disney World! Was all of that money worth it? 100%! Neither of us had been to WDW before, and we are so grateful we were able to experience the Disneyworld magic together!

    However, I was SOOOO nervous about whether or not I would be able to find places to eat. So today I am going to share some of my best tips I have for anyone who struggles with food allergies/sensitivities and want to go to Disney!

    1. DISNEY IS THE MOST ALLERGY FRIENDLY PLACE ON EARTH! Not only is Disney the Happiest place on earth-they are by far the most accommodating when it comes to food allergies! Every single place we went to eat had a separate Allergy Menu Created! Isn’t that amazing? They also have a chef come up to you so you can talk to them about your specific allergies and concerns. This made my allergy heart so happy!
    2. SKIP THE MOBILE APP Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many restaurant online offer mobile takeout only. HOWEVER, if you have allergies, you are totally exempt from this! Simply walk up to a cast member and let them know that you have food allergies, and they will direct you to a register where you can order safe food and speak with the chef. I felt like royalty getting to skip the lines and get to order in person!
    3. BRING SAFE SNACKS! I don’t think my husband and I would have survived the heat if we hadn’t brought a pile of Gluten Free snacks! I was able to stash some Gluten Free Pretzels, Fruit Leather, Granola Bars, Applesauce, etc. all in my bag along with a water bottle so that we would stay sane! It also helped us not spend as much money in the parks on overpriced food!
    4. BOOK RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS BEFORE HAND! Planning ahead is the #1 thing I wish I would have done on this trip. Mostly all of the highly rated Disney Dining restaurants were already booked when we got there. We were on several waitlists-but never actually got accepted into the restaurants. You can book reservations ahead of time on the app, or on the Disney website!
    5. BOOK A HOTEL WITH A KITCHEN! This is a MUST for me whenever I travel. I do not trust hotel breakfast lobbies to provide me allergy friendly food. With that in mind, I always book an Airbnb or a hotel room that has a microwave, and a fridge. That way-bare minimum, I can go to the store and buy some fruit, oatmeal, etc. This works for me, but of course I encourage you to find something that works for you! We all have different preferences and needs. This is just something that makes my life easier while travelling.

    I hope these tips help you feel more confident and ready to take on Disney with Food Allergies! It’s 100% doable, and worth every penny. Please don’t stress! Just prepare ahead, as you already are by reading this post and you will have a magical time!

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    Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegan

    The Perfect GF Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Not only are these muffins Gluten Free-they are vegan and free from the top 8 allergens!

    INGREDIENTS:

    1 cup Milk of choice (I have used coconut, 1%, and lactose free milk and all work well)

    1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

    2 cups of Gluten Free Flour (Namaste, Bob’s Red Mill 1:1, Grandpa’s Kitchen)

    2 1/2 tsp. of Baking Powder

    1/4 tsp. of Baking Soda

    Cinnamon to Taste

    A pinch of Salt

    3/4 Cup Sugar

    1/4 cup of Vegetable Oil (I have used coconut and olive oil, and they work, it just makes the muffins a slightly different texture)

    2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

    Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips-Free from the Top 10 Allergens. Add to your taste preference!

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees
    2. Line muffin tin with cooking
    3. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar together. Let it sit until it has curdled.
    4. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
    5. Add all of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
    6. Add chocolate chips to taste!
    7. Bake for 15-18 minutes
    8. Enjoy!

    I usually make a bunch and put them in the freezer so I can have an easy breakfast or snack! Let me know what you think!

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    Our First Apartment

    The glory days of living in a 900 SQ FT basement apartment-haha! We were so lucky to find such an affordable apartment to live in after getting married. We had the nicest land lords, and were lucky enough to live exactly 5 minutes away from each of our jobs. So many memories were made in our first apartment together-however, with rental prices being so high, we thought it would be better to invest in a property of our own instead of paying someone else’s mortgage! Such a small-yet cozy space!

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