Proof Love is Found When You Least Expect It

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Since it’s the one holiday that celebrates love and all the mushy-gushy stuff, I figured today was the perfect day to share the crazy story that is how I met my boyfriend, David! Seriously, it’s one for the books. You know how they say you’ll meet ‘the one’ when you least expect it, I can now attest to how true that can be. Love finds you when you aren’t looking for it.

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About a month prior to our meeting, we had both been hired for an 8 month contract by a data analytics company in Virginia to be part of their 2015 data analytics team. The position required both of us and the rest of our team to spend a month in Fairfax training on a new data software. For David, it was a little leap of faith because he lived all the way down in Texas. For me, it was a short drive up the road from my home in Maryland. Nonetheless, we both agreed to take the job and a month later we started our training with our colleagues. It’s rather cliche, but never did I think for a minute that I’d meet the love of my life there.

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I still remember the first time I saw David. He was tall, wearing cowboy boots, had better hair than me, and had a really sweet smile. He was one of those guys that made everyone feel comfortable together. It was pretty easy for him to notice me though, I was the only girl in the room! As the month went on, we got to know each other better, had many study sessions together, and shared many laughs . It wasn’t until the very last day of our month-long training that I realized how much I liked this handsome guy from Texas. And how much I’d miss him when he went back home.

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Shortly after David drove back to San Antonio, we began texting a little here and there to just chat and keep up with one another. Those text messages got increasingly flirty and eventually, David asked if he could come see me back in Maryland. Being more interested in flying to Texas, somewhere I’d never been, I told him that I’d go and visit him. Thinking that I was just trying to put him off or avoid any such visit, he didn’t persist. A week later, I booked a ticket to San Antonio.

When I landed in the Austin airport, we shared our very first kiss! It was like a scene straight from a Humphrey Bogart movie! How romantic, right? That week we spent together I still consider one of the best in my life. On one of my last nights there, David asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes, obviously. Soon after I went home, he had lunch with his sister where he confided in her that someday he was going to marry me. How romantic is that? Seriously, it still makes me swoon!

Over the next few months we flew back and forth seeing each other for weeks at a time. In January 2016, we both got permanent jobs in the same city. Our long distance relationship was finally over. This June will mark 2 years together! In that time we’ve dealt with the loss of jobs, the stress of moving around, the happiness of adopting a kitty cat, and learned to understand and adapt to each other’s mannerisms. On this Valentine’s Day, you’ll find this Dallas blogger counting her blessings in finding such a wonderful guy to share my life with. I sincerely adore my David.

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Galentine’s Day Gifts for Friends

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Oh my goodness, Valentine’s Day is only a week away and I’m so excited! I love love love this special day not because I like to eat pounds of chocolate (but I do), mostly because I absolutely adore the color pink and giving little gifts to my girl friends. I’m usually a pretty creative person and my favorite things to pick out are themed gifts. For this blog post, I came up with three gifts you’ll love to give to your gal pals!

Coffee themed gift

I’m a coffee lover and anyone who gets me a cute mug is automatically my favorite person. Coffee isn’t just something you sip at your desk, it’s a ritual in many cultures, something to be savored. I can totally get on board with that! My coffee ritual would include a little journaling and a delicious smelling candle like the cute pineapple one above!

Mani-Pedi gift

Who doesn’t love a fresh manicure every once in awhile? Painting nails can be really relaxing for some people including me, that is until I end up screwing them up by smudging an almost dry nail. Such is life, right? This bright red Essie nail polish is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Include a little nail kit and some hand cream and you have an adorable Galentine’s gift!

Baking lover’s gift

Some people just really love to bake. I wish I were one of those people. Unfortunately, I’m more of the ‘place and bake’ cookie kind of gal. For the special friend in your life who loves to throw on an apron, cookie cutters and sprinkles make the best gifts! And can we talk about how cute that dish towel is? It goes so perfectly with the whole theme!

If you find yourself going to a Galentine’s day party, don’t show up empty handed! Create a thoughtful gift that any gal pal would be excited to receive. Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day for Her

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Only a few more weeks until Valentine’s Day! Most of us girls get excited for this special day (unless you’re my mom who’s too practical for all of it.) I wrote this post specifically for you gals to share with your guys. It serves as a little “guidance” for them so they have a few ideas of what Valentine’s gift to get you. We all love the flowers and chocolate that’s a traditional part of the season, but in recent years men, including my boyfriend, have upped the ante a little.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Year, David got me a really cute Kate Spade bag for Valentine’s Day and then took me out to dinner! While not every guy is going to want to put down the cash for a designer hand bag, he knows I’m a fashion blogger and that Kate Spade is my favorite brand ever. In my gift guide, I’ve included gift ideas in a variety of price ranges for however big your Valentine’s Day will be! Remember to send your man the link to your favorite item!

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Valentine’s Gifts for Your Man

Valentine's Gifts for Him

Good morning! I’m writing this from a hotel room in Ohio as I make my way across the mid-west heading to Kansas City. Making this big move was nothing short of scary for me as I’m a Maryland-girl at heart, but every so often we all have to go outside of our comfort zones. I’m so glad that I’m stepping outside of mine just in time for Valentine’s Day!

David, my boyfriend, moved to Kansas City last month and now I’m joining him in this new city. It’s our first Valentine’s together and as per social norms I told him that he didn’t need to get me anything. Knowing that this actually means the opposite, he has a surprise for me! Luckily, I’m an easy girl to shop for (at least I think). Men on the other hand, can be a little more difficult! I’ve come up with a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for the man in your life. This should at least steer you in the right direction! Little tip: It doesn’t have to be pink and covered in hearts to be a sweet gift either. Go with what your man likes!

Under Armour Men’s Hoodie / Robert Wayne Men’s Dress Shoes /

Men’s Watch Box / Rawlings Baseball Stitch Card Case /

SMS Audio Over-Ear Storm Trooper Headphones / Vineyard Vines Men’s Hat /

Uniqlo Men’s Belt / Kiel James Patrick Fisherman Bracelet /

Prospector Co. Burrough’s Shaving Cream / Wine Bottle Opener /

Team Snape White Coffee Cup / Mast Brothers Chocolate Coffee Chocolate Bar /

Stainless Steel Coffee Press

Hopefully some of these suggestions will bode well with your man! If anything, making him a nice dinner or just doing something he really enjoys can be a great gift as well. Leave a comment with gift ideas you have!

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Galentine’s Day Party Ideas

Galentine's Day Party Ideas

Hello beautiful! It’s another Monday morning and I’m so glad it’s the first day of February! I can finally decorate everything with pink and red hearts and not feel silly for it. It’s a holiday that women tend to love and men often think is made up by Hallmark. Whatever the case may be, I enjoy a day that I have an excuse to decorate for. If you’re single though, Valentine’s Day is kind of salt in the wound. It just isn’t a fun holiday without a boyfriend. Trust me, I’ve been there! Instead of focusing on what might be lacking in your life, focus on what you do have: girl friends!

Celebrating Galentine’s Day

The concept of ‘Galentine’s Day’ is all about celebrating the friendships you have with your best gal pals. It’s a great idea that so many women have embraced as part of their Valentine’s festivities! While many ladies might enjoy a night on the town or a movie in, I’ve got a few much more creative ideas for you to consider this year!

-Wine & Design Event: Having been to several of these paint and sip parties, I can tell you that they’re a lot of fun! I usually go to a Wine & Design studio, but many will also come to your home for a private party if you have enough people. See what paintings they have available to do for Valentine’s and then book your day!

-Tassel Garland Party: These decorative pieces have become a favorite for many! Why not get the girls together and make them? From my own experience, I can tell you that it is time consuming so if you want something a little faster, this company offers already made tassels that you just have to organize and string to your liking!

-Cake Pop Decorating: I just love cake pops and gained a bit of Christmas weight from eating too many. A great Galentine’s Day might include decorating these tasty desserts! Read the decorations for making the balls several days before hand because there are quite a few steps you have to take before the decorating can begin. Have everyone bring something fun to decorate them with like sprinkles or crushed up Oreos!

Leave a comment with fun Galentine’s Day ideas!

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