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All the big (secret) news

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Our lives have changed in some dramatically huge ways in the last few months that I – completely legit – cannot even, legally, tell you. To emphasize the weight of this – Aaron is a Special Forces Veteran. On a scale of everyday news to top secret mission, I would actually have to have him kill you if I told you. …

Finding the ring and finding a story

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As we prep for a thousand and one big things to happen in our lives over the next three months, I keep finding myself narrating the many, many stories in my mind. Today, it’s the story of the ring. My engagement ring was part of someone else’s story before it was mine. When Aaron proposed at the top of a …

We gave up on wedding planning

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The past couple of weeks has been a barrage of insanity. In the chaotic throes of wedding planning, we’ve launch a counter-attack against tradition. I’m holding strong to the “I don’t want to spend a fortune” mentality that I claimed at the start of this madness. Still – the costs of each little idea continued to pile up on paper until …

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Making resolution progress with HelloFresh – claim a freebie!

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I’m reasonably certain that, at the start of this month, I mentioned that I generally do not love resolutions. That still stands. However, over the course of January 2019, I’ve kept this promise to myself. I’ve written every damn day. Ok, ok – there were a handful of days in there where we were trapped in a blizzard in western Kansas …

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Looking back on the broken Jeep

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What a wild and completely unpredicted year it has been. Almost precisely a year ago, Aaron and I made the final shuffle of “stuff” into our historic Kansas City home. The night before sleeping in our house, I finished cleaning out my small Ranch. Tired, I left a pile of cleaning supplies, blankets and trash cans piled into the back …

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Wedding planning from a marketer’s perspective

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Let me begin by saying that I am absolutely over the moon to be marrying my fiancé. Aaron is an awesome human and I’ve been insanely fortunate to spend this fast and wild piece of my life with him thus far. Where we go from here is going to be ridiculous and it’s an adventure I couldn’t be more pumped …

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3 vintage words you need to use more often

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Today, we’re road tripping. Inevitably, Aaron and I find random tangents for conversation – typically spurred by something weird I said and then promptly started Googling for more information. In the present moment, it’s caddywompus. Use it in a sentence? I-35 runs caddywompus from Kansas City to Wichita. For real. It’s a thing. Of course, my search also revealed that it can be …

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Laundry, and then what?

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The weird nature of the career I’ve found myself in constantly challenges the “and then what?” As a society, we push each day to automate and optimize. We make the mundane, repetitive and tedious move faster. We are the creators of the metaphorical machine that churns data, algorithms and commands into actions. We fill in the blanks “if this happens, …

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An Aunt Day at the symphony

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I solemnly swear that we’re up to no good. Over the past few years, Aunt Day has become a spontaneous day of magic in which the nieces and I discover something incredible. I do believe it began on a family trip when their parents had no choice but to trust me to chase the wildest one down a mountain. She …

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Be a better wedding show vendor

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In the real life where I’m recently engaged and now expected to plan a grand wedding – I went to a wedding show. I’ve been to a wedding show before, this should have been nothing new to me. But, attending one of these things as a bride is a whole different ball game. First, marketing overload. Second, spam overload. Third – …