Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Year, New Jord Wood Watch & *Giveaway*

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
I hope you guys are having a wonderful week. So far it has been a busy week for me. I'm trying to squeeze in as much friend & family time as I can before we leave. I feel bad for my husband though because I'm like "okay, I only have three girls nights this week." haha Poor guy gets stuck watching the kiddos. At least valentines day is coming up & it's an excuse to go out on a date night just the two of us.  Speaking of valentines day...
In case you haven't found the perfect gift yet for that special someone..
 No worries. 
I've got ya covered.

A wood watch by JORD Wood Watches.

In case you can't see it already, this watch is pretty much amazing.
 I love everything rustic, earth toned, & beautiful. This watch fits that description perfectly. 
I've never seen a wood watch before but I am loving it. Jord watches hit it out of the park with this one. The company uses a variety of unique and beautiful wood designs to create these watches.
Everything about them is perfect. They are even more beautiful in person & don't even get me started on the packaging.. Let's just say I am a sucker for cute packaging.
Am I the only one?
 I feel like it's really hard for me to buy something that doesn't have cute packaging. This Jord watch came in the nicest packaging. The box it came in is like a keepsake box, perfect for keeping your watch nice while your not wearing it but trust me you will want to wear this watch every chance you get.

I have seriously been wearing mine every day. It's part of their Reece collection. Plus it goes with everything & I have received so many sweet compliments on it.

|| Sweater (can't find online similar here) || Jeans || Watch || Booties (on sale 33% off) || Hat ||

So if you are looking for a watch for yourself or as a valentines day gift, I am teaming up with JORD wood watches for an exclusive giveaway. Everyone (yes you heard me right.. everyone) will receive an e-gift code for $25 off their watch. The code will be emailed to you once the giveaway has closed. Everyone who enters will be put in a drawing to win a $100 gift code to any watch of their choice.

If you would like to enter, here is the link to where you can do so.
Contest Entry Form.
The contest ends February 5, 2017 so hurry & get your name in the drawing.

If you wanted to check out their website before you enter in the contest. I have linked their shops down below.

Women's Shop
Men's Shop

Watch Gift Ideas


|| This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but all opinions are my own. ||

Monday, January 23, 2017

How to make a long distance friendship work.

Happy Monday!
I just wanted to say thank you for all the love & support I received after sharing my big news in my previous blog post. I'm so blessed to have people like you in my life.
This is a huge next step for us but I'm so thankful for you guys to be following along on this journey with me. 
Things won't change much with my blog except the scenery in my pictures will become more beautiful. I have a lot planned for this little ole blog in 2017. 
Can't wait to share.

With that being said.. I thought it would be a fun idea to share how to have & deal with a long distance friendship. With me moving now & they each live in different states, plus I have a friend in Indy & one in Chicago. I'm kinda experienced with these long distance friendships.  I just thought it would be fitting. 

So a little backstory about these two beautiful ladies... They are both named Lauren.  Lauren S is the the one in the jacket & cute little bun. Lauren K is the one with the olive green cardigan & adorable short hair. 
Lauren S & I have been friends 12 years or so.  Lauren K & I have been friends since we were babies. Our parents were friends. So we were destined to be close. 
We have made it through thick & thin. The going away to college days, our wedding days, & the oh so lovely high school drama days. These two know my good side & bad side but somehow choose to love me despite. 
We've all had to move in different directions after we got married. I stayed near where we grew up, Lauren S, after she got married moved with her hubby to California to be a Marines wife (I cried like a baby the day after her wedding, not wanting her to go).  Lauren K got married & moved two hours away.. still not as far as California but not terribly close either.  Needless to say we have lived away from each other for a little bit now & we've had to learn how to keep our friendships going despite the distance. 
I think we are doing pretty dang good so I thought I would share some of the tips we came up with.

1. Don't get hurt if you don't talk.  Seriously. Being a wife, mom, or working a full time job takes up a ton of your time to begin with but to have to worry about wether or not you talked to your friends is just unnecessary stress that doesn't need to be. They should know you still love them without having to talk with them every day.  

2. Have confidence in your friendship. Don't get nervous about the new friendships your friend might make. Just know nothing will change with your friendship. Have confidence in that. 

3. Just remember when you do see each other those moments become so much more cherished & Special. So true. We have uninterrupted & put cell phones away kinda moments. Such cherishable memories when we see each other now, then when we saw each other every day. Not saying I wouldn't like to see them everyday but you always have to make the best of the situation. (: 

4. Knowing without a doubt if you need them they will be there. I know I could call either of these ladies or any of my close girlfriends for that matter & even if they were busy, they would act like they weren't just to listen to me vent. 

5. When you do see each other it's like no time has past. I have this with about 6 of my girlfriends now.  I have been friends with these ladies since high school & some since we were babies but thats how I knew we would be friends forever. When you can go months without talking, you get together & its like no time has past. Those are the friends you want to have. They are hard to find but when you do it is so worth it. 

As I always say, I would rather have a few good friends then a ton of surfacey ones. 

To all my close girlfriends... You know who you are. (:
Thank you for being such amazing friends & sticking by me. 
You mean the world to me. 
Love you!

How did you deal with having a long distant relationship?
What are some of your tips on keeping a long distance relationship alive?

Comment below & let me know! 
I would love to hear from you! 
As always, thank you for stopping by! 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We are moving... (and by moving I don't mean the next town over)

Pacific Northwest here we come.
At the beginning of March we will be packing our little family up to begin making that 36 hour road trip  to Seattle, Washington.

What do you do when your husband comes up to you & says he feels led to re-enlist in the Coast Guard?
I will admit I fought off every one of those feelings.
 I couldn't wrap my head around it. Knowing that we would be uprooting from our family, friends, church & Liam's school to move around every 3-4 years. 
It just didn't sound appealing to me at all.

This was the second time he came up to me & said this. 
The first time everything didn't fall into place. Doors were closing & we decided to walk away from the idea & leave it be. I do believe God used this to give us reassurance later.

When my husband came up to me about four months ago saying he felt a tug at his heart again. 
We immediately began praying about it. 
Started making a list of pro's & cons.
I would argue with him saying well what about all my close friends here?
I don't want to loose any of them.
He then reminded me "Corinne you have been friends with the same girls from grade school onto high school, on up, you have been through so much together. I doubt you moving will change any of that."
Okay.. true, true.
Can't argue with that.
I would keep thinking of more & more excuses in order for us to stay but he would keep reassuring me that everything would be okay.

After a week of constantly praying & thinking about it, I gave him the go ahead to take the next step because the last thing I wanted to do as his wife is to hold him back, especially if he felt led to do this.
 I want to support him in that. 
He began the process & in the meantime I prayed some more.
I prayed for an absolute without a doubt clear answer that I was suppose to go. 
I prayed for my husbands decision to lead our family.

This was a big deal. We would be leaving everything I once knew, where I grew up, where our family has established our roots. Where I pictured our life would be.
To go off to I don't even know where to begin our life in a place I've never been before.

You know how I know this was the right decision?
The things that had fallen apart the first time have fallen into place beautifully this time around.
The Lord has given me this undeniable peace that I can't explain.
I know everything will be okay and instead of fear right now I have excitement for the future. 
For all the many adventures we will go on & all the different people we will have the opportunity to meet. I'm so excited for my boys to experience different ways of living & the fact that they will grow up in a way that will make them able to adapt to any situation makes me happy.

Don't get me wrong it took me awhile to change my attitude about this.
When I say awhile I mean up until a week ago I couldn't even talk about it without crying.
I wrestled with it constantly. 
I questioned God. 
I questioned his plans for me.
I would pray to him saying "haven't I seriously been through enough life changes lately? Why would you add this to my plate right now."

But just like everything else in my life. It's one of those things that satan will put a lot of doubt in your head but it isn't until you let go & realize God has you in the palm of his hands. 
He will not let you fall. 
When you trust in him & follow your husbands lead is when your faith is truly tested.

So that's where I am at as of right now.
I can't say I will be jumping up & down for joy at the thought of leaving but I am at peace knowing I am doing what God has planned for me.

So now I want to know if their are any military wives out there?
Or If their is anyone who has been to Washington or lives there I would absolutely love to hear from you.
Do you have any tips for me, places to go or things to see along the way.
 Leave me a comment below!
I would love to talk. (:


Monday, January 2, 2017

Vintage Find

So I'm sitting here watching a few snowflakes fall outside my window. Looking at these pictures Courtney Beth Photography took back in October. I'm so itching for warmer weather. I'm usually all about the snow & cooler weather up until Christmas then I'm like... okay you can be done now.

I hope everyone had a wonderful new years, it was so nice being around family & friends this past week.  Liam & Sawyer are both sick now & just can't seem to kick this cold that has come about. It's like immediately after Christmas bring on the sickness. It came full force, I ended up taking Liam to the doctor so they could give him a something because the poor kid was miserable & I felt helpless.  I'm glad I did otherwise we would be getting a lot less sleep around here.
So thankful for two boys that sleep through the night. I don't know how you mommas do it with kiddos that are tough sleepers. 
I give you mad props.

So how cute is this top that I found?
I occasionally go to the thrift store to find some hidden gems & this was one of my finds.
Believe it or not, this top is the definition of vintage. It came with no tags, almost a tea towel material with baby blue hand stitching on the inside.
I just found it so unique. 

I just pictured this young fashionista back in the day who had big dreams of becoming a clothing designer and came up with this on her own. Everything on this top is hand stitched & perfect.
Am i the only one who loves finding a story behind vintage clothing? 
I probably am but hey I'm going to share it anyways. (:

Top (thrifted) || Jeans can't find online, similar here || Bag 
Just another reason why I think everyone should shop at a thrift store. Wether you are going there to save some money or you like shopping there. There is always something to be found.  You don't always have to spend a ton of money to look cute. That's just my personal opinion. (:
I hope this post gives you a little inspiration to go out and find some vintage pieces of your own. 
Switch things up a bit, just like I tied the side of this top. 
Things like this don't have to fit perfectly but make it work for you.