Decorating The Tree 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m putting this post up early! Christmas is my holiday, winter is my season, and decorating the house (any chance I get) is what I’m excellent at! All this holly jolly has made me eager to share what my tree looks like and what theme I decided to go with – sparkles, silvers, and golds!

Here are just a few of my sentimental or unique ornaments I’ve always been fond of throughout the years!

Christmas ornament tree family friends fishing

The infamous lucky pickle. If you don’t have one of these on your tree, are you even doing Christmas right?! I’m not sure where this tradition stemmed from but I’ve had a pickle on all of the trees I’ve ever owned. If you’re looking for one, the dollar store typically has them for super inexpensive!

Christmas ornament tree family friends fishing

My “to the lodge” ornament is definitely special because it was one of the first ornaments I purchased after my husband and I moved into our first home! We don’t live in a lodge or anything similar for that matter; it just fits our rustic deco style SO well! Pretty sure I picked this guy up from Target for a few bucks!

Christmas ornament tree family friends fishing

The hubby is a giant Packers fan so it’s no surprise this is tucked in our tree branches. I can live with a little green and yellow considering the rest of the tree is trimmed to my liking + to be honest, football is growing on me!

Christmas ornament tree family friends fishing

I’m positive many of you have at least one of these snowmen on your own tree. Aren’t they just the cutest?!

Christmas ornament tree family friends fishing

There’s an abundance of fishing ornaments on the tree. I’m not a fisherman but…the husband is and marriage is all about compromise. Am I right?! Although I had an overwhelming and exact theme this year, I think it’s important to incorporate memories from past Christmas’s.

What’s your favorite thing about the Holidays?! Do you celebrate Christmas or something different?! I wanna know in the comments below what your traditions and favorites are during this fun time of year!

See you in my next post!

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Winter Outfit Idea + Thanksgiving OOTD

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope all of you enjoy your day with family, friends, and amazing food! What are your plans for this afternoon?! Gobble till you wobble I’m sure! Keep reading to find out what I chose to wear this holiday + more!

I’m constantly on the move whether it’s traveling, exploring, or running routine errands – I always like to feel put together. Feeling good about yourself (at least for me) comes from being confident and that confidence stems from a rocking outfit. When I wake up in the morning and spend extra time getting ready, I feel great!

Here’s one of my newest go-to’s for the winter time! This top from Modern Lizzy Co. is functional and provides comfort no matter what my day looks like! It comes in cream and black, is incredibly soft, and long enough to just throw on a pair of leggings with! Love this Thanksgiving outfit!

Modern Lizzy Co. also has a large variety of other cozy pieces to choose from on their site. Click the photos below to shop the collections and be sure to use my code Natalie15 for 15% off all purchases!

cozy sweater for winter fashion style cream color

cozy sweater for winter fashion style cream color

Jewelry deets include a set from Cracker Barrel and key rings from JoJo Rings. Warm tones and golds are ideal for a day like this one!

There are so many ways to dress this look up or down. Add a scarf or a chunky necklace, pair it with some ripped jeans and booties, so many possibilities! And if you’re wondering, this beanie is again, from Cracker Barrel but you can seriously purchase them anywhere! I recently saw quite a few in the dollar spot at Target – go get yourself one!

What’s your favorite winter accessory or outfit?! I need to know in the comments! After all, Black Friday is tomorrow and you bet I’ll be out and about shopping till I drop!

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Tips For A Long Distance Relationship

Being a military wife has taught me a lot of things. It’s taught me how to be patient, be polite, be strong, and most of all has taught me how to love someone no matter the circumstances. My husband has been gone for a little over 7 months and it’s been one of the hardest things we’ve ever gone through both individually and as a couple. But in the midst of all the unpredictable craziness, we still find the time to show we care about one another.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

This post is going to be a mixture of a lot of things but mainly how we’ve conquered a long distance relationship and how you can too! Keep reading if you’re interested…

My husband was deployed officially on April 18th, 2017 but has really been on and off away since January of 2017. Deployment was unexpected for him and truly came as a surprise. My husband is Army Reserves meaning he lives a pretty normal and routine life outside of the military – doesn’t work on a base, we aren’t “stationed” anywhere, and does one weekend a month in uniform. If he’s called for a deployment, he goes but it was never a concern of ours up until this year.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

During his time away from home, we’ve been fortunate enough to get a few chances to see each other. His unit has been very flexible with leave time and making sure families get to see their service members. It’s been a huge help considering when he left, I thought I wouldn’t see him for that whole duration of time. I’d say we definitely got lucky with that.

Here are a few of the tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout this experience that may be helpful to some of you!

Communication is key. If you won’t be able to talk or text during a certain day, time, whatever…let your partner know. Before my husband goes into “work” he try’s to let me know ahead of time so I’m not bothering him during those hours. It’s convenient for both of us.

Plan vacations and time together. This will be different for each person because all situations are unique. However, if you can plan events or vacations to go on, do it. The time away can be so much easier to endure if you have a date to look forward to. I’ve found comfort in hard days knowing there are only a few weeks left until we meet again.

Dogs during Christmas time, dealing with a long distance relationship

Lean on family and friends, keep yourself busy when you’re not around your partner! This is so crucial! Staying at home everyday, will not help time move faster so get outside and make the best of the situation you’re in.

Send care packages and special items! Celebrate Holidays with each other through a gift exchange via snail mail. Everyone loves to get a surprise from their special someone! Christmas is coming and I know I’ll for sure be sending my hubby a few things he’s been wanting. FYI – there are a ton of easy ideas on Pinterest for decorating the inside of a care package!

These were just a few of the many things that have helped me through this journey. Share some of your experiences and tips in the comments! I’d love to hear some of the ways you all cope with someone you love being gone!

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