A Penny Well Spent

I had the most amazing thing happen to me this week!

I’ve been shopping around for a Smash book to use during The Cowboy and I’s honeymoon. During my search I came across one laying around Michael’s. I also found a wedding Smash book, unable to decide between the two I went to check out both. (with the intent to return the one I didn’t love)

The lady in front of me gave me a %40 off coupon, and before the cashier scanned it she said this wonderful phrase:

“That little book is only a penny”

A penny, how could that be!? Apparently when something discontinues at Michael’s they price it at a penny on clearance! I had no idea, this could be very bad for The Cowboy.

Are there other deals out there like this I need to know about? Please share you insight!





Welcome Friends

Well hey there!

Welcome to the little spot on the inter-web I like to call home.

If this is your first time here imagine me giving you a big hug, if you’re followers from Living The Dream, I’ve missed you!

I’ve recently switched over from Blogger so bare with me as I learn this new land of WordPress.

But look how rude I’m being! My name is Stephanie, I’ve recently graduated college with my associates degree, and now I’m planning The Cowboy and I’s wedding which is set for July 12th! I love the color glitter, and I grew up in the suburb of a major city but cannot wait to live on 260 acres in the middle of what I call, nowhere.   Call me crazy but I also have a deep desire to ride a cow… don’t tell The Cowboy… I’ve also worn cowboy boots before I ever dated The Cowboy, God sure knew what He was doing when He paired us together.

Where were you raised? Did you fall in love with a country man, or is your story reversed?

I’d love to hear about it, leave me a comment or a link to your blog!


Talk to you soon!


Engaged And 20

Recently there has been a post circulating Facebook and the internet, when I was home over Christmas break my Mom found it and read a list of 23 things to do instead of getting engaged.

Before you quit reading this post because you’re tired of talking about this subject…


What I gathered from reading this post was that after marriage your life becomes a bore. No more adventure, no more late night decisions, and no more excitement, as if getting married was a death sentence.

And I suppose to some it may feel like a death sentence.

And I also suppose because I’m engaged at 20 this may seem like a completely biased response.

I have a different idea though, what if once you get married you start a life long journey with your partner in crime, the other half to your mini gang, your best friend. 

Marriage isn’t a death sentence, maybe I’m buying into the “fairytale” of married life, but that’s a chance that’s worth taking. I’ve over looked the infamous list of 23 things to do instead of getting engaged and to my surprise this is what I’ve discovered…

 ✔ Things I’ve Done

✔  1. Get a passport.

✔ 2. Find your “thing.”

    3. Make out with a stranger. (something I’ve never craved to do)

✔ 4. Adopt a pet.

✔ 5. Start a band.

✔ 6. Make a cake. Make a second cake. Have your cake and eat it too.

    7. Get a tattoo. It’s more permanent than a marriage. (never found one I liked enough)

✔ 8. Explore a new religion.

    9. Start a small business. (unless you count wrapping present for my brothers)

✔ 10. Cut your hair.

     11. Date two people at once and see how long it takes to blow up in your face. (I’ll pass)

✔ 12. Build something with your hands.

✔ 13. Accomplish a Pinterest project.

    14. Join the Peace Corps. (never really thought of joining before)

✔ 15. Disappoint your parents.

    16. Watch Girls, over and over again. (don’t know what it is, I might like it though)

✔ 17. Eat a jar of Nutella in one sitting.

✔ 18. Make strangers feel uncomfortable in public places.

    19. Sign up for CrossFit. (I signed up for Fitness Pal does that work?)

✔ 20. Hangout naked in front of a window. (I was three, but it counts)

✔ 21. Write your feelings down in a blog.

✔ 22. Be selfish.

     23. Come with me to the Philippines for Chinese New Year. (I just haven’t gotten the money?)

After checking off the items I have completed within my 20 years of life there’s only 8 items I have not done. Technically I have 3 more years to finish this list (but what kind of a challenge is that?)

Instead of waiting 3 more years I thought it would be fun to list 8 things I’ve done that were not listed.

1. Skinned a deer.

2. Jumped onto a moving car.

3. Worked with Convoy of Hope onsite.

4. Visited elderly adults who have Alzheimer’s weekly.  

5. Visited 22 US States.

6. Read the Bible three times from cover to cover.

7. Stood on the Continental Divide.

8. Got engaged in Disney World.

If you want to marry young and God has confirmed in your heart that your significant other is your missing puzzle piece then I see nothing wrong with it. If you’re not married and you’re 23 + that’s OK too! I may only be 20 but I’ve done a lot within these 20 years, and I have even more to accomplish within the next 20 years, and the only difference will be I get to accomplish those things with my best friend.

In the end though, the way each person lives their life is up to them. Your life cannot be defined by another person’s opinion or list.


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