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Why Hiking Has a Special Place in My Heart


Hiking will always hold a special place in my heart. We were on a hike when I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Kyle. We got engaged on a hike. And now we're spending our last week before the big day hiking the little mountain range in the town we've called home for most of our lives. As long as I've got Kyle, plenty of snacks, and our High Sierra backpack, I'm ready for all the hikes and adventures to come. 

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Groom's Wedding Gifts Ideas


Attention: We are in the home stretch before the big day. The countdown is on, its all setting in, and I could not be more excited! One of the many little details of the big day is getting a small, yet meaningful gift for your partner, and I'm not going to lie, I felt like the pressure was on when I started thinking about what to get. This felt like it had to be the most special gift ever.  Birthdays and Christmas come around every year, so if you mess up a gift, you are guaranteed a re-do. Your wedding day, however, is once in a lifetime. And I wanted to find something that perfectly captured our relationship and what Kyle means to me. For us, that meant something with meaning and memory attached. Like a record of our favorite songs, map of a meaningful place to our relationship, or something we could make future memories with. When I let go of finding something absoltuely perfect, that's when the fun of gift hunting kicked in! This post is compilation of inspiration for something meaningful and fun for your groom! Hopefully, it can be a great starting off point to get the creative juices flowing. So get creative, and get shopping! 

Pour Over Coffee Maker: If he is a coffee lover, this is the perfect addition to his morning routine (and makes great decor for the kitchen). Every morning Cup of Joe will be a beautiful reminder of your wedding day. 

Watch: A classic gift that he'll wear daily. Kyle already has a watch he loves, but I did the cheesiest thing ever and got it engraved saying "I love you for all time" as a college graduation gift last year. 

Etched Map Pint Glass: Bonus points for getting a special place to your relationship engraved on the glasses. Beer and memories... name a better combo, I'll wait! 

Record Player: Another great decor piece that also serves a functional purpose. To make the gift even more special, include a record or artist that has meaning to your relationship. 

Beer Brewing Kit: I am a big fan of experiential gifts and learning to brew together is such a fun date night! 

Double Hammock: Perfect for getting cozy under the stars, whether you're hanging in the backyard or on a camping trip. 

Portable Projector : A less romantic gift, but very fun and functional! I got Kyle this one for Christmas a few years ago and it is the gift that he uses the most! Perfect for movie nights on a budget. 

Shaving Kit: A classic gift for a classic guy 

Hiking Backpack: For the adventurous couple, who will be spending lots of weekends exploring the great outdoors! 

Heart Boxers: What better way to remember the day than with a pair of lucky underwear! 

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Fall Styles by Kohl's


Outfit 1 

Let’s get real. For a proud nerd like myself, back to school season was always right up there with the holiday season. The anticipation and excitement of preparing for the new school year was something I always looked forward to, and my parents made sure to keep those back to school traditions alive from my very first day of school as a kindergartener to my days as a college student. We always made a whole day of back to school shopping, from picking up paper and binders to hitting the mall for a few new outfits. We’d get back home with all of our loot and then, being the type A person I am, I’d fold and organize all of my clothes and pack up my backpack with my new school supplies… sometimes three weeks before the first day of school. I’m telling you what, Hannah as a kid was big time type A and proud. 

Outfit 2
Even though I’m no longer in school, this time of year always feels fresh and new. Now, instead of a first day of school outfit, I’m shopping for the first day of work (#postgradlife) and a honeymoon right around the corner! No matter who you are, this time of year is new and exciting and I want my wardrobe to reflect that! So, whether you’re BTS shopping (or honeymoon packing!), Kohls has got you covered! I’m loving all the fun and feminine pieces in their Candie’s collection like this gorgeous white eyelet jacket, these staple cropped denim jeans, and these flowy black trousers that are perfect for breezy beach dinners on our honeymoon. What I love most about shopping at Kohl’s is their Kohl’s Cash program that literally pays to shop. This back to school season (8/2-8/18), Kohl’s is offering $10 off your $50 BTS purchase and can be used on all Candie’s apparel! And here’s the best part… Kohl’s unveiled their latest and greatest fashions just in time for Back to School season—so there are tons of new and trendy options that will have you looking and feeling your best right in time for the first day of school, work, vacation, or wherever else life takes you! 

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                                                       Photos by Macayla Laloza