December 16, 2014


Every year I swear our tree gets more and more awesome! This year has probably been the best yet. Our tree is full of fun ornaments, bright lights, and some vintage treasures. Growing up, my mom would always put a tree up that was probably 12ft tall. I remember we would always have to wait for my dad to string the lights on it because it was so enormous! It was full of handmade ornaments my sister and I made throughout the years, fun garland, and candy canes.. Oh the nostalgia...

This year I wanted to do something fun for our tree topper. We usually stick to the classic star but I wanted to change it up! I had a wild idea up my sleeve to use a balloon for a tree topper this year. I figured it would be fun and different. I reached out to my favorite balloon shop ever, Northstar Balloons, and like usual they had exactly what I was looking for.... (You may remember the number "2" balloon I used for Asher 2nd birthday party and if not you can see it here)... I went with a letter "L" since it is the first initial of our last name and I love how it turned out. It defiantly finished off the tree and really made it sparkle! And best of all it was SO easy to make! Here's the how to!

You will need:

A Northstar Balloon of your choice! I went with their smaller letter balloon.
Fishing Wire

-Air your balloon up. These balloons come with a straw for you to air up.. so easy! 
- Clip the loose ends. Cut any loose tags off of the balloon but be sure not to cut the balloon!
- Tie to tree using fishing wire! 

Pretty easy huh? 

I hope you all enjoyed this easy DIY post and be sure to check out Northstar Balloons on Facebook and Instagram

December 15, 2014


Next week will mark one month that we have been here in North Dakota. So far we are really loving it. The area we live in is a larger city but has such a small town feel to it. Everyone seems so nice and kind.  My husband, Jacob, is transitioning to his new job quite well and is really enjoying it... Each night he comes home and tells me how his day was and it's so nice to hear all about it and what he is learning.. My biggest fear about us getting out of the military was transitioning into civilian life. We were so used to everything being so by the books, and military like, that the transitioning phase totally terrified me... It's definitely been easier than I expected and I'm so thankful that we have started this new chapter. I do miss my friends so very much. The apartment complex we are currently living in is full of retirees. Jacob and I were just talking the other day that we are pretty sure we are the youngest family in this place.. And I have yet to see any kids other than our own.

Asher and I have been spending our days at home, running errands, and playing cars... lots and lots of car playing. We were both so used to me working a few days a week in California and him attending daycare (which he SO enjoyed) that us having lots of free time has been a challenge..  A good challenge! I'm trying like crazy to keep him entertained with lots of crafting, trips to the library, and since we can't go outside on most days, I occasionally let him run the halls of our apartment complex.. He enjoys it and it burns off a little energy. I was hoping to get him into a small preschool program here but the wait lists are INSANE. Last week I enrolled him into a few three year old classes and I hope he is able to get into one of them in the fall. Until then we are going to stay busy and enjoy our time together. I forgot how much I loved mid day baths, making forts under the coffee table, and taking naps with my little love bug. He makes my heart so full!

I'm so thankful for the smooth adjustment this move has been. I'm hoping in the late spring we are able to move into a real home and stay put for awhile. I'm so ready for house projects and all the fun things buying a home has to offer! You can keep up with our daily adventures by following me on Instagram or Facebook. I'm pretty active on there and am always gramming pictures of my handsome little bug!