Morning Drive

It has been cold the past couple days, so we took a early morning drive today, just to get out of the house.  Of course there was coffee involved (I'm on a chai with a shot phase & Matt is a plain coffee/americano guy).  Ollie has really wanted to go on this carousel at a local market & after getting enough quarters, we realized it didn't work, so Matt spinned it around himself.  He really enjoyed it though, but now I have a pile of quarters ;)  Here are just a few update things that have been going on since we moved:

  1. Moved to Oregon
  2. Living with the in-laws for the summer (while Matt studies for the bar exam)
  3. Ollie has been loving hanging out with all his cousins
  4. There is no Target where we are (insert sad/crying face)
  5. Matt studies ALL DAY LONG
  6. Ollie has a new favorite stuffed animal (he named it stingy... it's a pink sting-ray)
  7. Ollie got his first ever library card
  8. I miss knitting
  9. All our stuff is still on a truck somewhere in the U.S.
  10. Me & Ollie really want a kitten

Traveling with AWAY

It has been almost two weeks since we left Virginia & moved to Oregon for the summer!  We spent about 6 days traveling across the northern part of the U.S., witnessing some pretty incredible things.  The part of the trip that really stood out to me was when we stayed in a cozy cabin just outside of Yellowstone National Park.  The drive getting there was beautiful & the weather was a perfect 60 degrees.  We saw buffalo, elk, deer, antelope, big horn sheep, & a few gophers.

We stayed at the Pahaska Tepee Resort in Wyoming, just outside the east entrance of Yellowstone.  The staff were really friendly, even though we arrived late at night.  We stayed in the cutest little cabin with a small deck that overlooked the trees.  But to say that it was all dreamy would be an overstatement.  Oliver had just started getting a stuffy nose, so he ended up sleeping with us. Every hour he woke up crying because it was hard for him to breathe.  I tried everything: essential oils, diffusing oils, & running a hot shower to steam up the bathroom.  Poor Ollie just had a rough night & so did we!       

The next morning, I woke up really early. When I looked out the window, everything was white!  It had snowed overnight & continued to snow the entire day.  We actually really love the snow, so it was exciting for us!  Ollie was feeling a tiny bit better, so we drove down to the lodge & had some coffee & breakfast.  When we drove back up to our cabin so we could pack up to head into Yellowstone, we saw a few buffalo right outside our cabin!  They are amazing creatures & did not seem to be bothered by us driving so close to them.

When we got to the cabin, we packed up all our things.  I received the AWAY large bag in black. It was a lifesaver for our road trip!  It held up so well being lifted in & out of our car everyday & it fit pretty much everything I need for the summer.  The outer shell is pretty much unbreakable & it also has a combination lock which is awesome, so the only people that can get into your bag is yourself and TSA!  It has two compartments & includes a detachable laundry bag which was a plus for me not having to bring garbage bags!  One side of the bag was used for my shoes, make-up bag, toiletries, hair dryer & curling iron, my shoes & my laundry & it had a mesh cover that zipped up that way none of that stuff would come out.  The other side was used for all my clothes!  I honestly felt more organized with this bag & the amount of items I had in it was laughable.  If I had all of the items in one of our fabric bags, it would be bulging at the seem, so this was the best bag for me.

After we loaded up the car, we drove down to the lodge to check-out & they told us that Yellowstone had closed all their entrances because of the snow!  We couldn't believe it & were so bummed.  We could have waited another day for the park to maybe open, but we decided to just head to Salt Lake City, Utah.  We were getting pretty exhausted with being in different hotels every night & just wanted to get to Oregon as fast as we could.  But, we will always remember this trip & we hope to be back soon & actually experience Yellowstone! 

If you would like to check out AWAY, I will leave their social links below!

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Graduation Invitations with Basic Invite

The day is finally here... Matt is graduating in less than two weeks!  

Let me tell you, being a law student or law students wife for that matter, is not for the faint of heart.  It has been a crazy couple of years, & to say I am excited for this day is an understatement.  I am so proud of Matt & all of the hard work he has put into getting to this moment.  I will be honest though, & say that it doesn't even feel like he is graduating!  We have been so busy with packing up our home, work, knitting orders, pretty much life in general & we haven't thought much about this day!  One thing I knew that needed to get done, was Matt's graduation invitations.  I was recently introduced to Basic Invite & loved all their graduation announcements.  It was hard to narrow one down because I had fun ideas for all of them, but Matt wanted a simple invite, so that is what I chose.  

The one I chose is called, The Simple Senior, which has bold text, semi-faded the picture in the background & a matte finish (which I just love matte anything).  You can preview your designs whenever you want, which helped me because I kept changing everything!  You can also choose the color of the fonts, so I went with a simple black to make the wording really pop with the invitations.  Another option that I LOVE, was that I could have them print our name for the return address (seriously saved me so much time).  You can also have them print everyone's addresses on the envelopes, but, since I am a last minute all the time kind of person, I didn't utilize that option.  Another feature that is great is that all their envelopes are peel & stick which means NO licking & getting that nasty envelope glue taste in your mouth (insert happy dance) & it saves so much time!

(Sorry, I blurred part of the invitations to take out his school for privacy reasons)

One thing I have noticed, is that a lot of other invitation sites only let you change a few things, but Basic Invite lets you change pretty much EVERYTHING!  Basic Invite lets you choose your design, customize it, & then choose envelopes to match.  Their site offers an array of colors & not only lets you choose the text color, but also lets you change all the little details.  From the color of the flowers in the watercolor design, card shape, the background color & even the font.  They also let you order custom samples.  This really is a great option to let you see how your invite will actually look & then you can either order them afterwards or change up somethings that you want to do differently.  Besides just graduation announcements, they have wedding invitations, baby announcements, personalized stationery & pretty much every holiday or event you could want an invite for ;) 

I am really happy with how Matt's invitations came out & will definitely use Basic Invite from now on!  They even included a few extra announcements in our order for free which was really nice!  If you would like to go check them out, I will leave all their social links down below.

Graduation Invites

Law School Invites

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*This is a sponsored post, but as always, all words & opinions are my own*

life made easy

To say life has been crazy lately is an understatement.  With moving across the country in a few weeks, packing, finishing up work projects, taking care of my family & household chores, it all adds up!  Thankfully we received the bObi classic robotic vacuum a few weeks ago & let me just tell you that I'm in LOVE.  It has been a life saver for me & has kept me somewhat sane.  When Ollie first met bObi, he was so excited!  Now he always wants to hold her remote & thinks she is the coolest thing ever.  

She (we started referring bObi as a girl) can sweep, vacuum carpet & mop!  She is a robotic vacuum cleaner & super helpful with cleaning dust particles!  The part I really like about bObi is that I can schedule times for her to clean.  I can set her to clean Sunday through Saturday & when she is running low on juice, she heads back to her home (hilarious, I know!).  She has over 80 sensors that helps her not fall off stairs or run into walls & she also has a HEPA filter that helps get rid of those allergens!  I literally can start bObi & she goes around the house & vacuums everything!  The only thing is that she cannot go on our shag rug because her vacuum suction is strong to pick up everything, so she may get stuck, but with every other surface & flat rug, she does really well!  

  Overall, she has been such a help.  I am so thankful that I no longer have that extra cleaning step & bonus is that she keeps Ollie entertained!  You can follow along with bObi here:

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Our bObi:  Classic bObi

 

As always, I received this product in exchange for my honest review.  All words & pictures are my own.