Spring. (Photoset)

Hi my beauties. I plan on sharing more photos from my trip back home soon, but for now, I wanted to show you photos that my best friend Hannah and I took at the Georgia Botanical Gardens this past weekend. We drank coffee, laughed, talked and took the most lovely adventure through the gardens. Hope y’all enjoy!

This photo was SO stinkin’ hard to get. I swear we have like, thirty failed attempts for this. But finally the lighting was perfect, our hair was magnificent and the heart was centered. I feel like this belongs on Tumblr.

Forever Grace face.

There’s an inside joke within our circle of friends that I’m secretly Sleeping Beauty. Partially due to my long blonde hair, partially due to the fact that I actually am a princess, but mostly because I really, REALLY like sleep. Like a lot. Hannah took this photo and I’m just in love with it, I think it looks so Sleeping Beauty-esque and ethereal!

Full disclosure: Hannah took this. Isn’t that just beautiful? These flowers are gorgeous, can’t think of their name to save my life, but I’m in love.

As we were leaving the botanical gardens, we spotted this magnificent little meadow right behind a parking lot. How random and perfect is this abandoned log?

Thank you all, as always, for reading my ramblings. Love you.

♡Your Loey


Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 4

The happiest of Caturdays to you, my beauties! Hope y’all had a marvelous week. Mine was jampacked, so let’s jump straight in.

Best day this week?

– Oh, can’t I have two?! It’s my weekly roundup, so I say yes. 😉 This week was a little intense, emotionally. Wednesday was by far the worst. So at the last minute Tyler and I decided to grab a pizza with one of our friends, Cruz. She’s a sweetheart and never fails to make me laugh, so of course it turned my mood around. Plus, who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza now and then?!

Friday we wound up going out with her and a few other friends for drinks (I drank fake mixed drinks all night because I’m like 12 wtf) and then we did a bit of shopping around. There were a lot of laughs and memories made that night. I love that I finally feel like I have a mini family out here, a support system I’m completely comfortable with.

Worst moment this week?

– Two years ago this May, my sweet Jake passed away. He was a HUGE part of my life. I’ve been taking it a little harder than usual, and it just so happened that Wednesday it hit me in the worst way. All I could do was cry for a couple hours and wish that he was here to hug me and tell me everything was going to be alright.

What did you accomplish?

– I filmed. I edited. I planned for our trip home at the end of this month. I video-gamed (South Park: The Stick of Truth is my crack). I honestly wasn’t very productive this week… unfortunately.

What’s the plan for next week?

– Tyler has a field, so I’ll be all by my lonesome until next Friday! I plan on deep-cleaning the apartment and getting it ready for our new puppy, Maka. She’ll be coming back from Georgia with us and I want to have everything perfect for her! I also need to film and upload so that I don’t have to while we’re back home. It’s not necessarily going to be exciting and will definitely be a bit lonely, but hopefully I’ll be about 100% more productive than I was this week!

That was it for this week! What were you up to, pretty baby?! Let me know in the comments below or on your own blog, and I’ll chit chat with you later.

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 3

Oh, I want to be a good blogger. I do. In case you haven’t noticed, my blog isn’t monetized. I love YouTube, and if I start listing off all the reasons why I’ll never finish this post. But YouTube, while it is intensely fun, has also proven to be an actual part-time job for me. There’s a level of perfectionism I aim for in my videos. I want my blog to be a place I can just come to talk. I’m trying very hard to get back on schedule with these posts… and I appreciate your patience! Onto this week’s roundup.

Best day this week?

– Ironically, Saturday (which I wouldn’t have been able to include had I posted this on the day it was supposed to go up… haha). This week was sort of quiet for the most part, lots of work, getting projects moving and planning my trip home this month. Saturday was absolutely incredible. I hit 5,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel (!!!), Tyler and I had a lovely morning coffee date and that evening we went to a get-together at a local sports bar. One of the boys in Ty’s platoon leaves the Army on Monday, so we were seeing him off in the best way possible… by watching him get right trashed. 😛 I was horrified when the bill came, however! They charged an arm and a leg for shots (we’re talking like $7.00, I’m not joking). If you’re in the Manhattan area, steer clear of Willie’s! Service sucked, everything was SUPER pricey and the place wasn’t very well kept up with.

All of that aside, it was really fun to get to see everyone. Afterwards we went to our friends’ place, played Call of Duty and watched the snow fall. Those friends have the CUTEST son in the history of man… he was busy until bedtime showing me his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection and telling me how to properly kill aliens in Extinction mode on COD.

Worst moment this week?

– I’ve been experiencing a LOT of anxiety here recently. I’ve been a touch snappy and on edge. I can’t pinpoint an exact moment that sucked worse than the others, but I just know I’ve been a little irritable lately. Tyler is a freaking Godsend and he knows me all too well. One of those days I was just kinda down in the dumps, he looked at me and said, “I want to reorganize this weekend.”

I THRIVE on change and organization, so this excited me way too much. After I finish this blog post I think we’re actually moving around the bedroom a bit. Can’t wait to show y’all!

What did you accomplish?

– Well, I got back in some photos from a local photographer I recently worked with, so I’m editing those here and there and getting them ready to put up on the blog (and also in my modeling portfolio). I answered a TON of freaking business emails that I’d just had piling up in my inbox for ages. I’m also puppy proofing the house for our now three-month-old husky puppy that we’ll be getting in the middle of this month, that took up a huge chunk of time this week. I did laundry, and that’s always an accomplishment.

What’s the plan for next week?

– Tyler has a few appointments next week, so I’ll be going with him to those. I have a lot of new products, things I’ve bought and also things I’ve received for PR purposes that I need to start testing so I can get videos up on them. We’re also looking at houses next week (EEEEEK). And I need to do something with the copious amount of raw spinach I have in the refrigerator, so it’s going to be an interesting week for salad.

I want to know what you did this week! Leave me comments below or copy and paste the questions into your own blog. Until next time, pretty loves.

♡Your Loey

Military Spouse Tag

Hi friends! So as I was sipping my morning coffee and looking through the blogs I follow, I stumbled across a post on my lovely friend Kristen’s blog, CameraKristen. I wasn’t planning on writing a post today since I have another beauty post going up tomorrow, but this looked like so much fun! I don’t talk frequently about Tyler or our marriage. Not from lack of wanting to (the man makes me so damn proud!) but because he’s really quite shy. So I’m going to answer a couple of questions for y’all about him & our marriage! Here we go!

1. How did you and your spouse meet?

We had a mutual friend who introduced us. Crush at first sight for me… not so much for him! Oh, he was such a bad boy with his long hair and piercings, and I was the straight A, totally sheltered daughter of two teachers. We became friends when I got into high school the next fall, we talked a lot in the mornings before school. By the time he asked me to be his girlfriend, I was smitten.

2. How old were you when you two met?

I was in eighth grade, which would have put him in tenth. 13 and 15… we were babies!

3. How long have you been together?

This is… tricky to answer honestly while not giving away too much information. So Tyler and I dated in high school for a year and a half. Life kind of got in the way, as it does, and we broke up in February his senior year. In April he enlisted. I was furious, heartbroken and terrified. It was one of those situations where we weren’t seeing anyone else, we were talking every single day but we weren’t really putting labels on each other. We continued like this on and off for four years. So my Freshman year of college, I’m dating this other guy, my first real “adult” relationship. And Tyler is dating this other girl, and we were kind of at this awkward point of trying to salvage what little bit of friendship we had left. But one day I just… I don’t know. I woke up and everything had changed. There was no huge life event that led me to feeling like this, but I just woke up and realized that if things stayed the way they were, we would end up on completely different paths, in completely different lives. He would eventually have a dog, a home, kids, a life with someone else. And I knew I didn’t want that to be someone else, I wanted it to be me.

It was a really complicated situation but we figured everything out and wound up getting back together in April of 2012. So, easy answer to this question… we’ve been on and off for seven years. But if you want an actual amount of time for how long we’ve been officially “together”, the combined time would be right around three years.

4. Where are you and your spouse originally from?

I’m from Georgia. He’s from Florida! Though we were both a bit nomadic in our upbringings, moving all over the place. Eventually we both wound up in Georgia for the majority of our teenage years.

5. How did you feel about him joining the military?

Oh lord. When it happened I was 16. And I was so freaked out. I was utterly terrified and I REALLY didn’t want to date someone in the military. For a long time I was really bitter, I barely spoke to him. And I’ll kind of delve more into this on the last question, but over time I started seeing this wild, crazy, rebellious boy turn into a man. That was when I began to feel a bit better about the situation and I started to understand exactly what the military was doing for him.

6. Where did your spouse go to Basic Training?

Fort Bragg.

7. Has your spouse ever been deployed?

Yes he has! For a year in Iraq. I’m still very grateful that was one of those times we were more or less “on” again, because we talked for the majority of it. That would have been my senior year of high school, so about three years ago. It was rough.

8. Ever been to his promotion ceremony?

Not yet… HOWEVER he just went through WLC and he’s going to IO school in March, then hopefully going to the promotion board right after. So hopefully I’ll be going to his E5 promotion ceremony VERY soon!

9. How long have you been a military wife?

A little over a year! I only announced it very recently to the public, on our one year anniversary. We have been married since December 28, 2012.

10. Did you marry him before or after he joined?

After, of course. We were extremely young when he enlisted.

This was the night he proposed! I’d been crying like crazy and I have NO idea why he’s mean mugging the camera… hahaha.

11. How did your husband propose?

Oh God. It was this running joke between our friends. Tyler literally asked me to marry him six times before I said yes (IN MY DEFENSE, four of them were when he was very, very drunk. Hahahaha). On the fifth one I genuinely didn’t think he was being serious. We were at this little restaurant in Oklahoma with two of our friends (that would later be our roommates) and he was acting so freaking fidgety. I didn’t really think much of it at the time, but after the meal, without ANY WARNING WHATSOEVER, he got down on one knee and presented this little plastic spider ring he’d purchased from one of those toy machines inside. And he asked me to marry him and I did the worst thing possible… I laughed. It seriously makes me cringe now, he told me he was going to give me the real ring a second later. And I completely thought he was joking. To say that he was devastated would be an understatement. When I realized he had been serious I was crushed! We had a long talk after that, a really serious one. Actually, later that evening, he proposed for the sixth and final time. It was beautiful and the words he said will forever give me chills. We both cried. A lot.  We’re a mess.

12. Where did you get married?

This one might be a bit long winded. We did a courthouse wedding for the time being, simply because at the time there was a LOT going on. My parents were getting divorced after being married for 23 years and everything was really, really messy. Honestly… I didn’t even tell them (or the world) that I was engaged for the longest time. I was legally married when I finally did. But it felt wrong to be like, “Hey, sorry about all the crap going on for you, sorry your whole world is falling apart, but look at me going through the happiest experience of my life!” I don’t know. It just didn’t feel right and I really, REALLY wanted to be married to Tyler. That was the one thing I knew, 1000000%. So we did it quietly with two friends there as witnesses and it was lovely. I’m still really excited to have a wedding one day, not having one isn’t an option for me. But I’ll remember that day forever.

13. How old were you two when you got married?

19 & 21.

14. Did he wear his uniform on his wedding day?

No, but he is planning to for our actual wedding. 😀

15. Where is your spouse currently stationed?

Fort Riley, Kansas.

16. Do you live on base?

Nope! Just off of it.

17. How long were you married when you had to go through your first separation?

Not even a full month. It was AWFUL. I had just moved to Kansas, we were living with two roommates and something really freaking crappy happened. We all stopped being friends and Tyler and I literally packed up all of our stuff that I had JUST moved there a week before and moved to the first apartment we could find. He left I think a week after we moved in. I was all alone in this new place, I didn’t know my way around and my two best friends weren’t my friends anymore. It was absolutely miserable.

18. What is your favorite base so far?

I’m guessing Fort Riley! We haven’t moved around yet, but I am seriously excited to start. Is that weird? I thrive on change and constant reinvention, so moving is one of my favorite things to do.

19. Do you think your spouse looks good in his uniform?

Can you seriously look at him and tell me he doesn’t? He’s always a hottie but I love the fact that I get to see him in that uniform every morning.

20. Do you think military life is more advanced than civilian life?

No? I think it’s a lot stricter. There’s an amount of discipline that comes with it for both my husband and I. I can’t be wild and crazy and make an ass out of myself because that makes him look bad. And he obviously has to behave as well. If you meant “advanced” as in faster-paced, I would totally agree with that. It’s matured me in a way I cannot begin to describe, and I know it’s DEFINITELY matured him.

21. Do you like the benefits you receive as a military dependent?

Definitely! No complaints here.

22. Do you have a lot of military wife friends?

Not a lot, no. It’s a little hard. I’m really young and a lot of them don’t take me seriously, even the ones that are only two years older than me. I don’t know how to explain it, I just feel like sometimes they talk to me like I’m a child. And in some ways, I am. I said before that military life has matured me, and it certainly has. But I’m still 20. I’m still a little crazy, a little impulsive and a little too loud. I’m NOT generalizing other military wives as being frigid or looking down on younger wives, I’ve met some people I’m really grateful to know and call my friends. (Talking to you, Kristen, Melissa and Sarah!) But I wouldn’t say I have a lot of them. I’m honestly more of a friend mother hen to my husband’s friends. I have soldiers over probably every night of the week. My guest room is their second bedroom, I frequently cook for them and play video games with them. I’m unimaginably grateful for that and my boys are the absolute loves of my life. I do really want more military wife friends though… submit your applications! 😉

23. What is the hardest part of the military life?

Being so far away from my family. Being in a place I, even after one year, don’t really know or like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to look back at this in a few years and remember it so fondly. But I miss being in Georgia and I miss my family and my friends. It’s also incredibly difficult in times like this where Tyler has month-long trainings back to back. People frequently tell me to suck it up, it’s only a month, but when they’re one right after another it’s really difficult.

24. Do you own military wife stuff?

I actually don’t! I’d like to, though. I own a lot of just Army themed stuff. And Air Force, as my dad was in the Air Force.

25. Do you support your spouse as a member of the military?

I feel like I might get a little emotional on this one. There are no words to express how proud I am of Tyler. How proud I am of what he does, of his enthusiasm and passion for both the work he does and actually being in the Army. But there’s a lot more to it than that. It’s really, REALLY hard to explain this and I hope no one takes me the wrong way, because it’s coming from an honest and very loving place. But if Tyler had not joined the Army, I’m certain we would not have wound up together. He is a very, very different person from who he was and when I look back at dating him in high school it feels like I was with an entirely different man. And I know that people just change and grow but in the town that we were from, not a lot of people get out. It’s one of those places where our teachers went to school there, along with our moms and dads. I NEVER wanted to stay there. And neither did he. The Army for him started as a way out and a job, but it has evolved into so, so much more. I love him being in the military. I will support him no matter what he chooses to do, but yes, I wholeheartedly support him as a member of the Army.

I’m not quite sure who to tag so if you’d like to do this, I’d love to see your answers!

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 2

Phew… what a week it’s been. I don’t think I need much of an intro, so let’s jump straight in!

Best day this week?

– My best day this week was probably Monday. Tyler left for WLC (Warrior Leadership Course) on Wednesday, so Tuesday was a little teary on my end. Monday we cooked a really nice dinner, roasted lemon pepper chicken, baked beans, every veggie you could think of. I love colorful dinners, so it was really fun to not only cook with him but enjoy it with him. We stayed in, cuddled, watched Dexter and just talked. Perhaps that sounds silly and simple… but sometimes that’s all I need.

Worst moment this week?

– I know you’re expecting me to say Wednesday, but Thursday was SO horrible. I was so dang productive, filmed every video I could think of, worked basically from 8 until 3 non-stop. So as I’m getting ready for a lunch break, I notice Ezio trying to throw-up. This is the first time he’s ever done it since I’ve had him (he’s 5 months old) so I coddled him a little and kept a close eye on him. Maybe two hours later, we’re laying down when I feel a wet spot right by where he’s laying. I look down, and he’s drooling. Not the normal kind of “happy cat” drool… it was just straight, clear fluid and there was a lot of it. I was utterly terrified and called my mother-in-law (also vet extraordinaire) who told me to give him a bath and make sure he was eating and drinking. I hated the fact that I was alone with my poor, sickly boy, I hated the fact that Tyler was gone and everything just hit me all at once. I bawled all night.

Luckily for me, Ezio and I visited the vet the moment they opened this morning… Go figure, he stopped drooling the minute we walked in that vet’s office! The vet checked all his vitals and said he had no idea why Ezio was feeling so poorly, that perhaps whatever he’d caught was clearing up on its own. We made a follow-up appointment on the 14th just to ensure that everything is OK. Ezio stopped drooling last night, keep your fingers crossed it stays that way.

What did you accomplish?

– I filmed. I filmed a LOT. I wasn’t quite as good at keeping up with the blog and I’ll need to work harder at stockpiling some posts. I also sucked with freelancing this week, you best believe these fingers haven’t typed one article… Just been so stressed. But it was a great week for YouTube and I spent a lot of time getting stuff ready for next week. Which brings me to the following question…

What’s the plan for next week?

– It’s gonna be a busy one. I’m asking one of my friends to stay at the apartment with the cats, so I’m getting it nice and cleaned for that. On the 14th, Ezio returns to the vet and I have to take my car in for a quick service before I head out to Georgia. 15th I have a modeling shoot that’s going to take up the majority of my evening. Then the 16th I start the drive back home! This is all with Ezio’s health permitting of course, I won’t be going home and leaving a sick boy behind.

It’s been quite the week for me. I’d love to hear about yours! Leave me comments below or copy and paste the questions into your own blog. Until next time, pretty loves.

♡Your Loey

Weekly Roundup: Caturday Vol. 1

Welcome to my favorite day of the week… CATurday (also occasionally known as Saturday). Once a week I’m going to take the time to sit back and reflect on the previous week but answering a couple of questions. Wanna participate in Caturday? Just follow the questions below!

Best day this week?

– By far, the best day this week was Tuesday, aka New Year’s Eve! I had an absolute blast with my friends and Tyler, though (as always) my favorite part was getting ready. We went to dinner, explored Manhattan and wound up in a biker’s club in the middle of nowhere and met some seriously fun people. My calves are still sore from running around in those six inch stilettos (eek!).

Worst moment this week?

– The worst moment this week is actually a pretty funny one if you aren’t me. My friend and I were coming back to her place after getting Starbucks, and it had snowed earlier in the week. Now, snow itself isn’t so bad, but it tends to melt and then refreeze overnight… meaning there are patches of ice EVERYWHERE. So I’m walking up the sidewalk, coffee in hand, not paying attention to where I’m walking, when I slip on this thick piece of ice. I fall right on my butt and my coffee flies out of my hand and into the snow. To make it even better, when my girlfriend was coming to help me get up (laughing the entire time of course) she started sliding on the ice too! It hurt so badly, and to make it a million times worse the neighbors saw the entire thing go down. #storyofmylife

What did you accomplish?

– I was a fairly productive little work monkey this week. I edited a ton of videos and put hours into getting this blog up and running! I’ve also been hard at work writing posts and such for the blog. I’ve decided to post on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, so I have lots of days to fill with good content! I also worked on a few freelancing jobs, one of my favorite odd jobs this week was captioning a movie for Netflix. It was called Sleepaway Camp 2, a horror movie from the 80’s. I was crying laughing while I worked on it!

What’s the plan for next week?

– Next week will be filled with lots more work and preparing to send Tyler of to WLC (Warrior Leadership Course). He’s going to be sent to the promotion board soon, but first he has to get this course out of the way! He’ll be gone for three whole weeks so I’ll spend lots of time with him and also getting the apartment cleaned up. When he leaves I’m going to take a few weeks to go home to Georgia, so I want us both to come home to a spotless apartment! I also have a ton of laundry to do. I also really want to make this Sloppy Joe Casserole recipe… Does that not look like the most decadent dinner you have ever seen?! I’m so excited.

Hope you enjoyed Volume 1 of the Caturday weekly roundup! Answer these questions on YOUR blog or in the comments below!

♡Your Loey