Sadie!

I wanted to introduce you to the 4-legged member of my family. Sadie is our 4-year-old lab mix that joined our family back in Georgia.

She was actually not a planned addiction to our family, my husband and I went to our local Pet Smart on a Saturday morning when they normally do pet adoption just to look (Don’t we all just say that).  We had talked before about getting a dog, but it never seemed like the right time between our very busy schedules. On that morning, Sadie was one of the last dogs that we saw and  we fell in love with her at first sight. She has so much energy and warms up to everyone instantly.  She loves playing chase and catch with K and is 100% a daddy’s girl.

Do any of you have a 4-legged family member? Cat? Dog? Hamster? Rabbit?  Tell me all about them!

 

 

 

 

 

Alaska Summer Bucket List

Now that the snow is almost gone, I have started to think about some of the things I really want to do this summer. This may be our last full summer here in Alaska and we want to take advantage of it.

This is a picture of our backyard last summer.

For those of you that don’t know, here in The Last Frontier we get a LOT of sunlight in the summer (almost 22 hrs of sun, which is amazing after 22 hrs of darkness this winter). All of this sunlight allows for plenty of time to do outdoor activities. Last summer was our first here and we honestly didn’t get out much and take advantage of the light. But my husband and I both agreed to change that this year. Here are some of the things we are hoping to do this summer.

-Kayaking

-Salmon Fishing

-Hiking in Denali

-Camping

-Renting a cabin

– Visiting the Arctic Circle

Alaska has so much to offer year round, but especially in the summer. Hopefully we are able to get a lot of this done. Wish us luck! What is on your summer bucket list?

Happy Stitch Fix Day!

With the sun shining and warmer weather finally in the near future I decided that it was finally time to sort through all of my spring and summer clothes. Unfortunately it’s been a couple of years since I really shopped for warm weather clothes so my wardrobe is seriously lacking. This is actually my 6th  box with Stitch Fix but this is my first spring box and I wanted to share with you guys.

What is Stitch Fix?

For those of you who don’t know what Stitch fix is, it is a subscription-clothing box that you can schedule to come when you want. It does have a $20 stylist fee but if you decided to buy a piece then the $20 goes toward you purchase. You get 5 pieces in every box and they send everything from tops and jeans, to purses and jewelry.

Here is a look into my box!

Le Lis: Lavania Lace Knit Top $54 (Returned)

While I really loved this top, I honestly couldn’t justify the price. I’ve seen this top in other stores for half the price.

FUN2FUN: Cardenas Crochet Detail Top $42 (Returned)

Really liked the color of this top but it sat way to short. I couldn’t lift up my arms without exposing my stomach.

Jella C: Hartwell Keyhole Detail Top $36 (Kept)

While I’m not normally a huge fan of purple I loved this top. The material was very soft and it have a relaxed fit.

Jella C: Halleck Lace Sleeve Blouse $36 (Returned)

Loved the color and style, but I did not like the material. It didn’t have any give at all and was a little tight around the bust area.

Market & Spruce: Chaplin Hooded Anorak Cargo Jacket $88 (Kept)

Can’t say how much I LOVED this piece. I have been wanting a great green cargo jacket for the spring here in Alaska since its still a little cool here and this was the perfect piece.

This was an overall good fix! And while I loved most of the  pieces I only kept 2/5. My favorite was the Cargo Jacket and I’m excited to start putting outfits together with it. I hope you all enjoyed this and let me know if you would like for me to continue sharing fixes with you! And if you are thinking of giving Stitch Fix a try please consider using my referral link.

What to do while flying

Flying, is the one thing that I dislike most about traveling. And of course being in a military family means that most of the time we don’t live close to family. We have a few trips planned out for the year that all involve flying so I wanted to share a couple ways that I try and pass the time while in the air and in the airport.

  1. Podcast: I’ve recently become a big fan of listing to podcast. There are quite a few interesting ones out there that cover a wide range of topics and interest.
  2. Netflix: I love that Netflix now allows you to download some of their movies and TV shows to your devices. This has been a great chance for me to binge watch on TV shows, especially on the longer flight
  3. Audiobooks: I am doing the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge this year and I am already falling behind. Audiobooks are a great way for me to keep up on reading. Audiobooks are also great during long car rides (Plus I get motion sick reading in the car and on flights).
  4. Work on blog post: I can honestly say that I am already struggling on keeping up on posting and making myself sit still long enough to write a blog post. While I have so many ideas in my head and I love writing, I struggle to sit down for longer the 30 minutes before I’m distracted my something else. For me flying is an awesome time to work on blog post.

What do you do to help time pass on a flight?

 

Army Wife Life

I’m sure everyone says this, but time does fly by the older I get. My husband is almost at his 6-year mark with the Army and I don’t know where the time has gone. While I did grow up an army brat, nothing really prepared me for life as a military spouse.

We have been living at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska for almost one and half years and this has been our 3rd duty station; we were previously stationed at Ft. Stewart, GA and Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. But after 6 years, 1 deployment, and 3 moves with the army, here are some of the things I have learned.

  1. Never buy anything to expensive. You are taking the chance that the item will never make it to your next home in one piece. We have been lucky and never lost anything in a move, but we have had a few pieces come back to us damaged beyond repair.
  1. Nothing is ever 100%. We have had to cancel many plans because of last minute changes with the army. Vacations you never make it to and date nights that must be cancelled. But I have learned to embrace the change. Things are never boring.
  1. You will make some of your best friends. Most of the women that I am closest to now all are military spouses. While I stay in touch with a few friends from back in high school and college, it is hard for them to understand certain things that come with being a military spouse.
  1. You will grow closer with your spouse. Knowing that my husband will be gone from days to weeks at a time, I have grown to appreciate all times we do have to spend together.
  1. You are stronger then you ever imagined. While my parents raised me to be pretty independent, it’s a whole different story when you move across the country from everyone you know and your husband leaves you for a 2-month exercise in -40F weather and everything breaks (that’s a story to tell a different day). Newton’s Law of Deployment will happen.

It definitely has not been an easy road, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Seattle Day 2 and 3

I wanted to put day 2 and 3 together since things were much calmer and low key. Our second day in Seattle started off down at Pike Place Market. We got there pretty early in the morning so many of the vendors weren’t open yet but the area was crowded with quite a few people. The clouds has finally cleared out so it was the perfect day to enjoy walk around.

Stopping by the gum wall was on our(my) list of things to see.

Next we walked down to the harbor to see the Seattle Aquarium and took the Argosy Harbor Cruise. After the cruise we stopped by the Crab Pot for a late lunch and some more shopping.

 

Our last day had a slow start, we slept in late , ordered room service for breakfast, and slowly started to pack our bags. After checking out of our hotel around noon we made our way to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Gallery which was down near the Space Needle. It was absolutely beautiful and a must visit location in Seattle.

We stopped by Din Tai Fung for lunch, which was highly recommend from quite a few friends,  and I would recommend it as well. The wait was long but the food was worth it.  After that we headed back to the airport and we were on our way back home to Alaska. While it was a very quick trip we had an amazing time. Hopefully our next visit will be longer. If anyone has any suggestions on must see places in Seattle please let me know.

 

 

Seattle Day 1

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Seattle. Seattle. Seattle. I’m ready to pack my bags and move in.

Our flight left at 1:00 am and we landed in Seattle at 5:30. We were ahead of schedule and we stopped by the USO in SeaTac to take a nap and grab breakfast. This was my first time in a USO but I was very impressed. The volunteers inside were very nice and helpful, there were a variety of breakfast choices, chairs and couches covered the main floor, and there was a family room in the back for those who were traveling with children. I would definitely recommend the USO to all traveling military families.

After breakfast we finally headed into the city. Thankfully we were able to check into the hotel early and drop off our bags before we left to explore the city. My husband and I are big fans of seeing popular sights whenever we visit a new place, so our first stop was the Space Needle and the Museum of Pop Culture, MoPOP. We headed over to eat lunch at Dick’s Drive In after that (which I definitely recommend).

 

Most of our afternoon was spent closer to our hotel doing a bit of shopping. We were both very tired after a long workday Thursday and we didn’t want to be to far away from our room.

We ended our day with the new Power Rangers movie. We were both actually really excited to see this movie and we were not disappointed. While I can see why this movie isn’t for everyone, it was awesome to relieve some childhood memories.

Pack with Me: Seattle

Good Morning Seattle!! By the time you are reading this post we are probably just landing in Seattle and getting our long weekend started. I am a 100% over packer, so this will be my first time traveling with just a carry on! Here is a peak into my bag for the weekend and some of my outfit choices. It’s supposed to be a mostly rainy weekend but we are still going to take advantage of our time there.

Have any of you traveled for longer in just a carry on?

 

January/ February Recap

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Illustrated (Finished 1/10)

5 Stars

I have been a huge Harry Potter fan since middle school, and when I heard they were redoing them with illustrations I was thrilled. It was the perfect time to reread the series, and try to convince my husband to read them (he’s only watched the movies). It was just as good reading it the second time.

You Know When the Men are Gone (Finished 1/26)

4 stars

This book has been on my TBR list for a while but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it just yet. While this is a book of fiction, it still touched close to home. As an army wife who has been through a deployment, these are stories that I have heard personally. Stories of soldiers who didn’t make it home, betrayal, and the struggles of trying to be both mother and father while the soldier is gone.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Finished 2/5)

3 stars

After seeing that there was a movie based on this book I knew I had to read it. (I am one of those people that try to read the book before the movie comes out.) But the book was very disappointing. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and I just didn’t like Jacob (the main character) at all. While the idea of the book was great I wasn’t thrilled with the direction that the author took. I don’t think that I will be finishing this series.

Alaska Travel Destinations

Drive down to Seward, AK last spring

A huge wish this year for both my husband and I, is to get out and really see Alaska. Since this will be our last full year here we have a few places we want to cross off our list. We were able to do a bit of traveling last year (Anchorage and Seward), but with my always-changing work schedule it was hard to do much more. But thankfully we are planning to change all that in 2017. Here are a few places that we plan to see this year.

  • The Arctic Circle
  • Valdez , AK
  • Alyeska Resort in Girdwood
  • Homer, AK
  • Alaska Railroad (take a train ride from Anchorage to Fairbanks)
  • Denali National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Mendenhall Glacier

Have any of you been to Alaska before? If you have, do you have any recommendation on places to go and things to do? I will of course keep you guys updated and share with you our journey. Comment below with some of your travel goals and wish list places to visit.