IM BACK IN MA!?!?!?

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&haha to the readers I got with that click bait ūüėČ I am actually REwriting this post. This was due to be posted on Tuesday. I was having technical difficulties, and decided today would be the day…and I ended up losing the whole post. I was attempting to upload it on my new domain, that I have been working on for so long now..but alas it was a fail. But I drank a cup of coffee in hopes it would give me the energy to put away my mountain of laundry, but it didn’t. It did motivate me to get this rewritten and put on Netflix in the background! SO–where have I been? Where am I? Whats new?

There’s been lots of rumors going around that I moved back home, and one creepy app in particular had some nasty individuals speaking about me being “back home, and broken up with the Army guy.” Not sure where all that craziness got started, but I did not move home, and “Army guy” and I are still happily together. Well, in heart, not distance. But we’ll get there.

I DID GO HOME FOR A QUICK MINUTE THOUGH! It was rough timing with Jim, but I drove home for the weekend a couple weeks back with the pup for my family’s 6th Annual BBQ Reunion, and my best friend Mariah’s bridal shower! I had a blast, and also came back to Fort Drum an exhausted mess. I swear Im only now getting back to normal, and getting Cadence and I back into a good routine.

The morning of the BBQ started off a bit rough. I got into MA around 1am, after working all day, and then hopping in the car with my pup.

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I headed to my brother’s house to help him out with some cooking and run errands–but the morning ended up being me stuck in tourist trap beach traffic, and then having to tend to my frantic Momma B who took Cadence to the carwash. My crazy rescue pup got a little nervous and went “cray cray” as Momma B would say, chewing on the dashboard of her brand new car, and biting at the water on the windshield. Traumatizing for Momma and Cade. But alas, after all the craziness, the show went on!

I didnt get a TON of photos (unlike me) but I was really just enjoying my time, and trying not to get to sad with all the “Where is Jimmy?” questions. Even some of the Wollinger fam, and even their super awesome neighbors, The Palen’s came by!

Cadence had a pretty overwhelming day and had to have a nice nap with baby Levi.

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Later on my adorable big brother had his coworkers that were on duty come by for some food and brought all the children at the BBQ out to see the fire truck!

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The night ended with lots of laughs with old friends, a couple rounds of beer pong, and this epic Momma who couldn’t let Levi who thought it was still party time, cramp her style!

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The next morning was the morning of my best friend Mariah’s bridal shower!!! I am her maid of honor, and I have to say, that with the crazy distance, and mess that was planning this, us bridesmaids did a pretty banging job with the partayyy.

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&Of course before Cadence and I headed home (with lots of technical difficulties..) I had to show this pup the ocean, and what she gets to look forward to every time we visit, and when we finally do get to bring her back to our home. She couldn’t stop sniffing the air. Neither could I. Miss that salt air..

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But back to reality, and Cadence and I are home in Fort Drum! Had a crazy past few weeks in the office, and finally got the house picked up and things back in order this weekend. Aside from that mountain of laundry… But things are a little different in the Benson/Wollinger household….because Jimbob is DEPLOYED. Yep the D word has finally become reality and it sucks. We’re being told this shouldn’t be a long one. But I won’t say too much more in the name of OPSEC. But I can tell you, that I miss that dude like crazy. Things have been all over the place lately, but I am settling in and getting into a routine, and crazy office life/preparing to finish my bachelors has been keeping me busy. But getting into bed, and having his side be empty is not easy. This house being so quiet…is strange.

I wasn’t sure how I would do with him leaving this time. After all, the first week after he left for OSUT I was a MESS. That was our first time being separated. But I was at home, with my friends and family, in familiar territory.

But honestly…this time around I’ve been more “okay.” If that is the right way to say it. It’s scarier because I know my man is now in a dangerous place. But..I’m holding it together. Not crying in my room and thinking the world is ending, and all that teenage angsty stuff. Because life goes on. Living on post has given me the opportunity to be surrounded by all of these Army families. Might not be my family…but it’s inspiring to see all of these families, with small children keep on going, when their husbands and wives are deployed. Because if my Dad taught me anything, it’s that life does go on. Whether you chose to be present or not. &This time, I chose to be okay. Because my life will continue to move. I will continue to hustle and build my own career, and take care of my baby Cade. &Hold the fort down until my handsome man is back by my side farting and stinking the place out, and making strange noises, and whistling the Hunger Games whistle when he’s hungry.

So here’s to all the military families KILLIN it with keeping it together when life hands you orders.

 

Until next time.

 

“Im gonna put my body first, and love me so hard till it hurts….gonna love myself and I don’t need anybody else.”–Hailee Steinfeld (This song is my jam)

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What I’ve Been Up To/Rambles

Hi guys.

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Things have been pretty mundane in the Benson/Wollinger household. But I haven’t blogged in a while, and I felt inspired to write. So, I apologize if this post becomes wordy, all over the place and maybe a semi recap/spill my guts session.

So, lets start with the recap…here’s what I’ve been up to:

Jim and I went back to my home town a couple of weekends ago for my Uncle Jim’s service. That service has a whole lot to do with things that have been running through my mind lately, but we’ll get there later. I didnt take too many photos while in my hometown, but we had a really good time spending the day with my brother and old friends out on the boat. Made some memories I certainly will never forget.

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Before we headed back on Sunday, we took Jim’s Dad out to breakfast for Father’s Day, at our favorite spot, Red’s in Salem, MA. His little brother Andrew, sisters Karla and Amber and brother in law Rob were there too, so obviously we had to do a photo shoot.

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THEN, my BFF Caroline who is the best person ever introduced us to the North Country’s version of a beach. Wasn’t half bad…still no comparison to the beaches back home….but the “lake beach” off Lake Ontario was pretty awesome. Any day is a good day when Caroline and the little dude are involved. ‚̧

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Jim’s sisters, and brother and law made a surprise visit too just for a night last weekend! We had SO MUCH FUN. We had a family dinner together, with our friend Sean as well–Jim and I were freaking out we were so excited…we’ve never had that many people at our table. Jimbo may or may not have been our “DJ” for the night while we had drinks and played Cards Against Humanity…. and this is actually the only picture I got of the entire trip….caption it in the comments:

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Sunday we went to Old Forge! For those of you who don’t know what/where that is–it’s a beautiful place in Upstate NY….basically what I imagined it would be like when I moved up here…but alas…you have to go about an hour and a half from post to see the true beauty of this place. We drove up jamming out to some classic rap songs until we lost service..and once we finally got there (Jimmy yells at me for not following the GPS….this kid took us like 20 min out of the way…don’t let him tell you any different..) we stopped for lunch at Walt’s Diner. We didn’t have too much planned, so we just walked around all the shops, and acted like the tourists we are. ¬†I definitely got a cute little ice-cream shaped treat for my pup in honor of National Ice Cream Day! I actually didn’t have any ice-cream though! ūüė¶

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The banker side of me got REAL excited when seeing the Life is Good store had an old vault…though they did fill it with Crocs…haha

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OH! That brings me to this! One last thing to catch you up on…..drum roll please….(for those of you that follow me on ANY social media, you already know)…BUT, let’s give an official blog fam welcome to CADENCE WOLLINGER!

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Don’t mind my pants covered in fur..we had JUST picked her up, so the cats in the humane society were all OVER ME.¬†

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We have been searching and searching for months for our forever pup, and we rescued this sweet girl from the Steven Swan Humane Society in Utica, NY. Her name was Candy (not quite sure if that was her name originally) and she was lovingly renamed Cadence. She has acclimated to the name very well…and as some of you know, back home we have a family dog named Lola..

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She’s on the left, that sweetie on the right was her pup Cadence….so it was a tribute to her, as well as a tribute to our love for the US military. ‚̧ Cadence is a boxer mix, and she was a boney wreck when we got her. She had kennel cough and her nipples were basically dragging on the floor. We think she may have been used as a breeding machine, and dumped at the shelter…but she is in her happy forever home now..and boy does she feel it!

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Ok…now that you’re caught up on some of the goings on around here…ramble time. I’ve had so much on my mind lately. So many things are coming up in my life that are pretty exciting/scary/just all the emotions. Some of those things include me going back to school at night to finish up my bachelors….that’s super exciting to me, but scary, because it’s going to be a lot with working full time, but ya gotta do what you gotta do as an adult–I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again! ūüôā My best friend Mariah has her wedding coming up, and I’m her Maid of Honor–so we’ve got lots of planning, and bridal showering, and things to get done before I fly to Savannah in December. THAT being said, there has been a lot going on personally that have been weighing on my mind. I won’t go into too much detail, but I can tell you that its making my heart hurt. I’ve seen some people I love recently just do things and say things…that just aren’t ok. It’s hard growing up and thinking that the world is one way, and believing in people so much, only to have your eyes opened to realize that people you thought you knew…aren’t who you thought they were. True, genuine, kind, loyal people, family members, aren’t very common. &The ones that are, need to be cherished. When I love you, as a family member, as a friend, as a significant other–I love with everything. I was raised that way. I love you with all my might, defend you till the end, but let you know when you are wrong, and expect you to do the same for me.¬†Every big moment in your life, is a big moment in mine. Since my Grandpy and my Uncle’s passing…it’s been way too much. Because you see…Grandpy and Uncle Jim were two of those people that I loved so fiercely. &Seeing others agendas play out during a time of grieving is hard. But it’s a part of life, and another thing I’ve learned in this crazy journey as a 20 something. Life is short, spend time with those you love, celebrate the happiness, and smile through the darkness.

That’s all for now. &If you made it all this way…thank you for letting me ramble. I needed this writing session more than you could imagine. &I promise to get back to happy blogging. I’ve had enough moping around for a lifetime.

 

“You and your girlfriends need to stop calling each other ‘bi*ch,’ there is enough hate in this world, you young ladies don’t need to be talking like that.”-My Daddy

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OPI Nail Polish Review

Hey guys!

This is just going to be a quick little post today–as I have 101 things to get done, before my boyfriend’s little sister Karla, and her fianc√© Rob say “I do!”

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So, two weeks ago, I went to get my usual fill and polish change. I really wanted to do something toned down, where I’m going to get a French today, for the wedding, and then we all know I’ll be diving into the Fall purples, and then reds for Winter.

I decided to try a nude by OPI. My nail tech has always warned me about the OPI colors and how they sometimes change color¬†after they dry, and take FOREVER to dry. She was always right about the drying part. But, even though I’m more of an Essie girl, any OPI colors I’ve tried, have never been a problem.

I ended up using No Bees Please by OPI.

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At first, I thought the color came out GORGEOUS. I got my nails a little shorter than I normally do. I love long nails. (Not crazy long, but ya know..) It was a pretty nude/lightish pink. I unfortunately don’t have my usual photo of the mani I take in my car after. But, you can see the thumb in this Snap:

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Now, although I know it has been two weeks, and by the very end, my nails always be lookin’ a bit funky; they have turned a yellow…icky color. I really don’t even know how else to explain it. But it’s just NOT CUTE.

I promise it took everything I had to even post a photo, but here’s what it looks like:

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I’ve been hiding my hands, and working in a bank, its what my customers see. That’s one of the reasons I like to keep my nails looking nice. Thank God I’m going to get my wedding nails done today.

Let me know if you guys have ever used this nail polish, or have another brand of nude you suggest!

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend everyone.

“I believe in manicures. I believe in over dressing. I believe in primping, leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls, are the prettiest. I believe that tomorrow is another day..and I believe in miracles.”- Audrey Hepburn

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Weekend Recap

Hey guys! I had SO MUCH FUN this weekend. There are a lot of changes that are about to happen in my personal life, and I’ll let you all in on that soon! But for now I’ve just been trying to have as much fun as possible, and spend lots of time with friends and family, and I’m just SO EXCITED! This weekend was full of beautiful Indian Summer weather, and I just had so much fun.

Friday night I headed out with my boyfriend’s little sister for her bachelorette. We went to a place called the Lawn On D in South Boston to start off. If you’re ever in the area, YOU HAVE TO GO. There was free parking, but not many spots open, so I would suggest taking public transit. I’m most definitely going to be taking another trip up with some friends in a few weeks. It’s¬†literally just a huge lawn.¬†They have live music there, and swings in the shape of rings that glow in the dark. I’m such a dork, I thought it was so cool. &They have corn hole, ping pong tables, food trucks. It’s seriously so cool, and other than of course the food–its all free! &Free, is for me! ūüėČ After that we just headed on over to Fire and Ice. It’s a really cool restaurant, that you pick all of your ingredients from the “ice” side and bring your food over to¬†a grille, where they cook it up for you. The chefs are usually pretty¬†entertaining,¬†and¬†do tricks with the food. They’re just super high¬†energy. It’s almost like a hibachi restaurant,¬†but¬†you can make almost ANY¬†thing you could¬†think of. They¬†have tons of ethnic¬†choices as well.

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Saturday morning¬†I headed to work, and saying I was exhausted was an understatement. But two Dunk’s iced coffees later, I was human again. After work, I headed into my hometown to my Momma’s house, and showered, and let her style me. It was¬†nice to have a day with her. It felt like I was 17 again. Jimmy came down and we went out for the evening with my Mom, her boyfriend, and his sister and brother in law. They’re an awesome group.

We headed to the Seaport Grille. My picky Mom had a salad, and although I’m not a fan of seafood, my Mom’s boyfriend Farrell, and his sister and brother in law shared two HUGE seafood platters, and said they were to die for. Jim and I got¬† “Sully’s Burger” and it was absolutely delicious. Not your average restaurant burger, and the buns were fluffy and warm. The Seaport Grille isn’t just good food, the atmosphere is incredible too. They have an outdoor eating area, but inside had a little less of a wait. The owners of the Seaport also own a yacht, called the Beauport Princess.¬†It is absolutely GORGEOUS.¬†You can rent it for special events, weddings..and they also do dinner cruises, and my family and I are¬†hoping to take one soon!

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After dinner we headed to the Gloucester Cinema. The theater I went to as a kid. I even went there for my first date, where my Dad (who¬†had dropped us off) showed up, and sat behind¬†us. It¬†was so fun going¬†back there with Jimmy, and seeing the theater. It hasn’t changed a bit.¬†We saw Black Mass. The theater was packed. Of course the movie was HUGE in this area, where the main character is based on James “Whitey” Bulger–a notorious Irish¬†mob boss from the Winter Hill gang in Boston. The movie was incredible, and per usual, Johnny Depp was unrecognizable, as he immersed himself into the sinister character that¬†is Jimmy Bulger.

(Boston, MA, 05/27/14) Johnny Depp plays the part of Whitey Bulger in the movie production of Black Mass while shooting a scene in East Boston on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Staff photo by Christopher Evans.

The next morning Jim and I went for a traditional Dunks run and ride around the backshore. On the ride my brother Kyle called me and invited us to go watch the Pats vs¬†Bills came with him at The Studio. We took the boat for a cruise around the harbor, and docked outside. We sat out on the deck, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous. Perfect breeze, sunshine. We had a drink, and ordered a bacon flatbread pizza. It was super good–but it did take about an hour before they delivered it to us. It was okay though, since we were all distracted by the game and¬†chitchatting with friends.

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After lunch Jim and I had Momma B pick us up at the restaurant, and rushed home to get ready–and headed to one of the places from the Fall Favorites post, Russell Orchards. We met up there with one of my best friends, Alexandra and a friend of hers, and got some apples to bake with, and took some typical photos. It was so nice to spend some time with her. She’s my best friend, since we¬†were 11 and 13 years old.

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&To finish off an excellent weekend, after having dinner with his family–delicious meatball subs made by his Momma!–we baked some apple, walnut coffee cake! It came out AMAZING and made the whole kitchen smell like Fall wonderland. Stay tuned for a recipe!

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DIY Concert Poster&Starbucks Lovers Costume!!!

Hi there friends!

I’m finally posting a DIY! Living such a busy life, between a full time job, full time school, and time spent with friends and family, I hardly ever have the time to do one of my favorite things; DIY and crafting. I really want to make this blog a lifestyle one. One that includes all things all people can relate to. After all, that’s the best part of social media, connecting with others! I love to write about my life, my travels, hair, make up and fashion, and DIY! But after starting this blog, I got a little busy, and put it on the back burner. I LOVE writing, and connecting with those who have read my blog, and are kind enough to DM me on Instagram and tell me what they think. I truly want to make this priority.

Anyway, enough rambling.

SO-I will apologize in advance for the lack of photos. I went to AC Moore a few weeks before the 1989 World Tour in Foxboro, MA and planned on taking my time with these projects and documenting them. But a few Twisted Teas later, my cousin Dylan and I finished the entire costume. haha

A little explanation; Jim and I went to the Taylor Swift Concert this past July. You can read about it here.¬†A lot of people like to wear costumes to Taylor’s concerts, and after dressing up, and meeting Taylor at Club Red, I had to take it to the next level when I went this year with Jim. You can use these for the tour if you go, or the costumes can always be used for Halloween, or any costume party, and the poster can be used with pretty much any lettering, for concerts, and other events!

STARBUCKS LOVERS COSTUMES:

(If you don’t get the inside joke on why we did this, you can read my previous post!)

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First things first, for the “caramel Frappuccino” costume. I looked up some DIY Starbucks costume ideas, and this was the one I based my idea off of.

I bought a pop up laundry basket for the “cup.”

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I couldn’t find one that had handles long enough to hold it up, so I bought some caramel colored suspenders from Walmart.¬†&I cut out the whole bottom of the basket off¬†so I could wear it.

For the caramel color and the “whipped cream” I picked up some tan and white felt from AC Moore.

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I took the giant sheet of this color, and wrapped it around the laundry basket, to measure the amount needed, and just cut off what I didn’t with scissors. I then put hot glue on the top and bottom edges of the felt, and the crease where both ends meet to wrap around the basket. &For the “whipped cream” I used a circle shaped stencil to cut out pieces of the white felt, and as the blogger who inspired this instructed; I folded the circle in half twice to create a sort of ripple, for the effect of whipped cream! I had a hard time getting them to hot glue to the edge of the inside of the basket, where it was so heavy folded in half. I recommend, hot gluing the folds together,¬†and possibly using something¬†like safety pins¬†to keep the pieces on the basket. (Or you could sew them on if you’re super talented!)¬†I most definitely got like 5th degree burns on my thumb that night. Maybe it was the Twisted Teas…maybe it was my clumsiness, with the glue gun..¬†who really knows?

For the Starbucks logo, I just got the image off Google, and blew it up on my computer. After printing and cutting it out, I just hot glued it to my costume.

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A tip though; it rained before the concert began, and I wish I had laminated the logos, because they got pretty crinkled and discolored.

On the back of the “cup” I wanted to make it as authentic as possible, so I put the boxes where they check off syrup, milk, decaf, and what have you. I also wrote, Taylor’s name on the cup. As Starbucks is notorious for messing up names, I put, Taylor, then crossed it out, Tailor, and crossed it out and decided on Becky. If you’re a Swiftie, you get this one.

To write on the cup I used a Sharpie Paint Pen. You can purchase this at pretty much any craft store.

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The straw headband was pretty simple. I wanted to use a plastic headband, but I couldn’t find a green one in stores, and didn’t have time to order one online, but it ended up that a cloth one was even better, where it’s so flexible!

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I just used a paper towel roll, and some green foam material that I wrapped around the paper towel roll and hot glued everything together!

So, that’s pretty much it for my costume. Jimmy’s was pretty simple as well. We ordered an actual Starbucks uniform off eBay, but a green apron and hat would do as well. I hot glued a “Starbucks Lovers” logo to the apron, and wrote some of our favorite lyrics on the apron with the Sharpie Paint Pen. He wore some khaki shorts (not pants¬†where it was so hot out)¬†and a polo, to mimic the uniform.

LIGHT UP POSTER:

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If you bought floor seats to the 1989 World Tour, you’ll want to see my warning in my last post. But, this can be done on any size board, and good for any concert, or event! I don’t have tons of photos from this project, and I’m terrible at explaining things…which makes this a terrible blog…………but anyways….moving on…

I bought a large white foam board. Where this is a light up poster, foam board is the way to go, as it hold the lights much better. Searching for the lights was a bit of a hassle. I looked EVERYWHERE online, and was looking for something like, these.¬†But I’m so weird with things I order online. I didn’t trust that they would get here in time, or that they would be exactly what I wanted. Therefore, I dragged my cousin Dylan, and Jim to 800 different stores. They never fail to entertain though.

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I ended up picking up some battery/solar powered LED lights from the Christmas Tree Shop, that were meant for outdoor umbrellas, and they were perfect! I have to say, the customer service there was incredible. The woman who helped me, took a good 20 minutes searching and not giving up until we found something that worked for me. It was refreshing to have such a positive experience when shopping.

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I also was referencing a YouTube video¬†on how to make the poster. This person used a Martha Stewart Screw Punch, for the holes to stick the lights in, and I didn’t. I felt like $30 something dollars was too much to spend for something I may only use once. But I soon regretted that decision. After using some pretty scrapbook paper in sparkly silver, shiny red, and green–and some stencils to cut out the lettering…I hot glued them on, as well as another little “Starbucks Lovers” logo on the bottom. I then went ahead, knowing the number of lights I had, and with¬†a regular Sharpie, I planned out where I wanted to punch the holes.

For the¬†holes….I¬†didn’t realize how thick the foam board was, and once I did, I thought–maybe I’d use Jimmy’s drill on a low power mode, and with a small drill bit–but I was too afraid of ruining the board, so instead I¬†took the¬†drill bit, and just shoved it through the board, by hand,¬†and in the¬†process, ripped my thumb apart.

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After spending a few hours pushing all the lights through. I finished. I kept the board facing down by our living room window, so the solar panels could get some sunlight for a few days, and once we got to the concert, I tapped the battery packs to the empty spaces on the back of the board.

&Viola! You there you have it! My first DIY post!

I hope you all enjoyed, and if you have any suggestions on my next little project, leave them in the comments!

PS-I was looking through the locations of my viewers this morning, and I saw that I HAVE A READER FROM IRELAND! That is so amazing!!! It is my absolute dream to travel there, it just seems so beautiful, like a dream in photos…HELLO TO YOU IN IRELAND!!!! &Hello to all my readers! I’m so happy, no matter the number to have anyone read what I write. I really love writing. I may not be the absolute best blogger out there, and there are far more pretty, and much better written ones then mine, but I do feel truly blessed for those of you who enjoy what I put out.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you all more than I love Chipotle and red lipstick.

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I Moved/March 9th/International Women’s Day

imageHELLLLOOOOOOOO EVERYONE!!! It has been far too long since I’ve taken the time to sit down and write. I’ve had A LOT LOT LOTTTT going on recently, and I want to catch everybody up!!! SO! Two weeks ago, I was at my computer, and thinking about how Jim and I were planning on moving come May. I sat down and just started a¬†search on Zillow to think about location and pricing. I came across a BEAUTIFUL apartment that Jimmy had actually recently renovated with his work, and sent him a text asking if the landlord, (who had previously offered him a good deal on the 3rd floor, but I chickened out.) would still offer him a good deal! So, alas he did!! It’s been a shock moving out of my childhood home, and bedroom,¬†that I’ve inhabited since I was born. But¬†I did it!!¬†We searched for a roommate and ended up with a friend of a friend of mine. She’s a sweet girl, and we are SO excited. We’re finally getting settled in, and into a good routine. So, once I feel we’re done decorating, and making the place home, I’ll be posting photos. Until then, follow our shenanigans on my Instagram¬†with the hashtag #JAVPartyof3!

Today marks a significant day. It’s been four years since my dad passed. FOUR YEARS. It’s too insane to even think about. The four years I was in high school felt like an absolute eternity. For those of you who don’t know me personally, my dad was my BEST FRIEND. I never went through the “embarrassed of my parents” phase. March is all around a really tough month in the Benson family, where March 6th marks six years since my Uncle Tommy, my dad’s best friend and brother passed. Today, we had a ceremony at the VA in my hometown honoring my father and uncle and all of their achievements in the US Army during the Vietnam war. It was the smallest turnout to date, but nonetheless, made me so proud of my two guardian angels.¬†&It of¬†course didn’t fail to make me cry when Military Taps was played. I love you Daddy and Uncle Tommy. May you rest in peace.

Moving on to happier topics, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY. This holiday was introduced to me many years ago by all different people I had met from many different cultures. The fact that the U.S is FINALLY catching on to this insanely important day, makes me incredibly happy. This day is about celebrating women, but it also brings fourth many struggles women are still facing today, with wage inequality, education, and not to mention the fact that if you Google, “women should” the first three suggestions are, “women should be slaves” “women should be seen and not heard” and “women should not work.” It’s sick. I bet you also didn’t know that March is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. This goes for both men and women alike. Although 85% of domestic abuse victims are women. One in every three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her life time. Frightening statistics.

On the brighter side of this wonderful day, I would like to celebrate the women in my life, whom are influential to me in many ways.

1. My mom-For teaching my the importance of a healthy relationship and a clean house;)

2. My best friends- Marissa, Mariah, Alexandra, and Nicole for teaching me loyalty, sisterhood, and for lifting me up on my worst of days.

3. My sister Sarah-In the short amount of time since we’ve met, I’ve learned so much. I learned to be strong in the face of darkness and to laugh more. I never leave her house with out cheeks hurting from smiling too much.

4.Mother figures- My Meme, ho has never failed to show unconditional love for her family. My Nana Janice-who makes me believe in true love and that God’s love is unconditional.¬†Michele- (Jim’s mom) who has treated me like a daughter, and shown me the ways of handling the Wollinger men. &Amber and Karla (Jim’s sisters) Amber taught me to be who you are wholeheartedly and to live for adventure &Karla, aside from getting me into one of my favorite TV shows ever (OITNB) has taught me to practice what I preach, and to be fearless with my words.¬†&Never to¬†let anyone push¬†me around and always speak up.

5. &Of course, celebrating my favorite feminist and pop singer, Taylor Swift; I want to thank her for using her fame to push the envelope with feminism, for teaching women and girls class and poise.

Well, it felt really good to write, and now that we’re getting wifi in our new apartment it won’t be so long till you hear from me again! I love you all for reading, and Happy St Patty’s! MWAH!!¬† //XO

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