May 2016

Making a Long Drive: The Key to Surviving Road Trips

I used to always hate road trips. Mostly because I would get sick, my body would get uncomfortable, and I just wanted to get out of the car already. But I have finally figured out a way to survive what I used to think were horrible road trips. Obviously road trips are always better with more than one person! You have someone to entertain you, and you can also switch out on driving to help each other out.

So recently, I moved to California from Washington state. We drove from Seattle all the way down to Los Angeles. It wasn’t my first road trip, I’ve made quite a few! Like from Boston to Orlando. From South Carolina to Mississippi. And a few other trips. But this trip just felt like the longest. And I learned a few good tips along the way that might help you if you are planning a road trip yourself.

So first thing is first:

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100 Things To Do This Summer

I’m super excited for the summer! Hubby and I moved to California recently (thanks Navy!) and we live extremely close to Los Angeles. We are in Ventura County, a 15 minute drive from Malibu and there’s so many things to do, so many places to see! I’ve come up with a list of 100 Things To Do This Summer so that if you run out of ideas, you can look here, and viola- you have something you can do. Feel free to add things below in the comments! We could all really use some ideas.

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13 Things to do When You are Stressed


Stress is one of the most horrible things that we as humans have to deal with. Sometimes, stress can take over everything around us. Financial situations, issues in relationships, work, and many other things can make us feel stress in our daily lives, its just about how you deal with it that can make you feel better or deal with it better.

Here is a quick list of ideas of things you can try to do to help you when you are stressed! Or at least to take your mind off of it.

1.)Yoga always helps.

2.)Exercise to let off some of the steam.

3.)Meditate/Pray because God can always help and He always listens.

4.)Read the Bible and find encouragement in His word.

5.)Go out with friends to a comedy show, or to an outing that you can laugh and have fun at.

6.)Watch a funny movie/show so that you can get a laugh to get your mind off of things.

7.)Bake brownies, cookies, muffins. (And then eat all of it! LOL)

8.)Write/Journalize about what is going on. Getting your feelings out on paper helps.

9.)A long drive on the highway gives you time to think and clear your head.

10.)Shopping: but try not spend all of your money!

11.)Play a sport such as going golfing, or even fishing (if you consider that a sport), swimming, volleyballs, paddle boarding. Anything works!

12.) Get a massage at the spa. Or get a pedi.

13.)Clean everything. Start maybe with your closet. The key to healing stress can sometimes be reorganizing your whole closet.

Two Year Anniversary

Strictly a pictures post!

On May 10th, it was our anniversary! Eric and I have officially been married for two years. And oh boy, has it been a long road. Every marriage is different, every couple goes through different things. And I would definitely say, our second year has been the toughest yet. I do believe that we will come out stronger than ever because of it though!

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5 Bible Verses For Difficult Times


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For a while, I was going through an extremely difficult time. I’ve been in the process of PCSing (the military is moving us) and my husband and I haven’t seen each other in months, and it’s been pretty stressful. I’ve felt alone, anxious, depressed, sad, and many other negative things that make me feel like I just can’t get through the next day.

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