Saturday Morning Coffee #26 - Who I'm Routing for in the World Cup, IGTV + The First SMC Link Up!

Saturday Morning Coffee #26 - Who I'm Routing for in the World Cup, IGTV + The First SMC Link Up!

Wow, guys. This is the first SMC post straight from our new home in Georgia! I hope you all had a seriously fantastic week. I know mine was filled with lots of cleaning and unpacking but I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. I know it's only the first week but I really thought this transition into a full-time blogger/stay-at-home-wife would be more difficult for me. I'm loving it so far but I'll let you guys know how I'm feeling again in a few weeks. 

I can't believe we're almost coming up on the end of June already. In just a few days Justin and I will have been married for a month and this blog will be a year old! There are so many exciting things that I'm going to be working on and launching in the next month, including the AM Coffee Collective and I can't wait to share everything with you guys. One of those new things for SMC posts is a blogger link up! I mentioned a few SMC posts back that I wanted SMC to be more of a collaborative/group thing and I finally found a way to do that thanks to Lizzie in Lace who I collaborated with on a link up on Friday. So if you're a blogger and want to get involved in the Saturday Morning Coffee link up, all of the info is at the bottom of this post! 

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Instagram Round Up + Friday Favorites Link Up with Lizzie in Lace

Instagram Round Up + Friday Favorites Link Up with Lizzie in Lace

Hey there everyone! Today's blog post is another new one around these parts. I've been up to my eyeballs in boxes and unpacking and getting this house in order that I haven't really had time to get into a blogging routine yet but I promise some really amazing content is coming your way. BUT today's post is super exciting because I'm collaborating with Lizzie in Lace, a seriously amazing petite fashion blogger, to co-host her Friday Favorites Link Up! I'm so excited to be working with a blogger I've seriously admired for years so I hope Y'all are as excited about this as I am! 

I've had a couple people reach out to me about certain outfits that I've been rocking on Instagram lately so I wanted to throw a quick Instagram Roundup into this post! I promise I'm working on making my Instagram looks easier to shop and I can't wait to reveal the new website in July when The AM Coffee Collective officially launches! Until then, I hope this answers some of the questions I've gotten about what I've been wearing as well as sizing information! 

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PCS Diary: West Point, New York to Fort Benning, Georgia

PCS Diary: West Point, New York to Fort Benning, Georgia

Guys, it has been one heck of a week and it's only Wednesday! Justin and I are settling into married life pretty well and ICYMI: we made our first move! Last weekend we moved from New York to Georgia of all places and Y'all... it is HOT. Man, people weren't kidding when they said it was hot and humid down here. Anyways, my girl Tomi over at GOODTOMICHA just recently moved to San Francisco and has these adorable blog posts all about her time there and I thought it would be cute to do something similar to document all over our moves. Because when you're a military family, there sure are a lot of them! 

I'm not sure how many of these I'll do, maybe they'll be once a week or once a month depending on how much you guys like them. And how much I actually get into but more about that later! Also, make sure to check out our very first moving vlog to actually see the action of our move from West Point to Fort Benning! 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #25 - I cut my hair + we're officially moving!

Saturday Morning Coffee #25 - I cut my hair + we're officially moving!

YOU GUYS. I have been waiting for this moment for YEARS. I finally went and got my hair cut this past week just before we left for Georgia! If you know me personally then you know that I typically always have pretty short hair. I mean, after graduating from college I chopped ALL my hair off and got a pixie cut. I actually had a pixie cut when Justin and I first met! After dealing with the upkeep of having a pixie, I decided to start growing my hair out and then we got engaged. So naturally, I have been growing my hair out for a little over three years now. 

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A Festive Frock for the Fourth

A Festive Frock for the Fourth

When I picked this little red and white dress up at J. Crew Factory a few weeks ago, I knew instantly that I was going to be grabbing it all summer. It's totally light and breezy and basically screams summer. Not to mention red is such a hot color trend right now. I normally am not the type of girl to pull off a red dress but man do I feel good in this one! I originally purchased this floral frock back in May as a last minute option for West Point grad week and ended up wearing it to Justin's graduation parade where we got this amazing snapshot. Name a more iconic couple, I'll wait. 

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The Kind of Military Spouse I Want to Be featuring the R. Riveter Corbin Backpack

The Kind of Military Spouse I Want to Be featuring the R. Riveter Corbin Backpack

Today's post is kind of one of my favorites I've written in a while. I was able to test out R. Riveter's new Corbin backpack before it was released to the public and Y'all, I am obsessed. But this post is pretty much me fangirling over the namesake for the backpack. Trust me, you'll understand why when you hear more about Margret Corbin. Let me also just say that I normally hate backpacks. I'm not exaggerating when I say I look like a little preschooler in most backpacks because of how large they are on my frame. The Corbin is a perfect size and has my favorite feature in a backpack: lots of pockets. I was able to lug around a laptop, two cameras, and goodness knows what else in this thing! It's also convertible into a crossbody which is seriously innovative. I don't think there's anything this backpack can't handle, just like it's fierce namesake and all of my fellow military spouses out there. 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #24 - A Chat about Depression and Suicide

Saturday Morning Coffee #24 - A Chat about Depression and Suicide

I feel like it's been forever since we had a true Saturday Morning Coffee sit down. I'm sorry to disappoint you but today's might not be exactly what you're looking for but it is something we all need to hear. I have struggled with finding a way to share information with y'all about depression and suicide without being too open and without turning people away, without opening myself up to criticism. I realize now that this isn't the time to be worried about what other people think. 

Over the year that this blog has been live, I've written a total of 6 blog posts that deal with mental illness. Whether it's talking about my depression or anxiety, I always felt the need to share about things like mental illness on the blog because sometimes when you're dealing with those things the depths of the internet seem to be the safest place. When I heard about the passing of Kate Spade and the Anthony Bourdain just yesterday, I knew it was time to get a little more raw and real about mental illness. 

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May Favorites (2018) - Blogger Monthly Favorites

May Favorites (2018) - Blogger Monthly Favorites

ICYMI: May was a HUGE month for me (and Justin). That's why it's now well into the first part of June when I'm finally getting around to posting my May Favorites for 2018. I've been doing these favorite posts for a few months now and they're one of my most popular posts each month so I'm obviously going to keep sharing them until Y'all tell me to stop! Like I mentioned last time, I wanted to start a running list somewhere of my favorites for each month so that these posts weren't such a pain to write but I realized that the two things I wrote down for this month were also favorites last month... 

There are exciting changes happening on the blog and my personal life. For starters, I got freaking married, and if you're new here then you can head over to my wedding updates to see how the last ten months of wedding planning added up to my dream wedding! I can't wait to share every last detail of our wedding once we have our pictures back! Justin also graduated from West Point this month which is kind of a huge deal and what has set us off on our next adventure (moving to Georgia). To say this last month was a whirlwind would be an understatement and June doesn't seem to be slowing down any. 

With all that, let's get into my May Favorites for 2018!

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2018 West Point Graduation Week Recap

2018 West Point Graduation Week Recap

Y'all I am officially back from my not-so-planned hiatus! I really had planned on having blog posts going live over the course of our wedding week but with all of the graduation excitement and dealing with loss, I just was never able to sit down for long enough to write anything! I promise I'll be making up for it in the next few weeks though with some pretty exciting posts about the rebrand as well as moving vlogs! 

I can't believe it has already been almost two weeks since Justin graduated from West Point! Graduation Week at West Point is a whirlwind of emotion and events and that's why I'm so glad I focused on vlogging and taking as many pictures as humanly possible. I figured I would recap West Point graduation week for y'all so you can have a little bit of a better idea of what really goes on during grad week at West Point, what I wore for all of the West Point graduation events, and so that I can capture some of our favorite moments from the week! 

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A Letter to my Fiancé on his Graduation from West Point

A Letter to my Fiancé on his Graduation from West Point

This week has been a whirlwind. We've been so busy bouncing from event to event that I don't even know if it's hit you yet that you're graduating. But today is the long-awaited day. Today, the day you go from Cadet to "Old Grad" and join the Long Gray Line is finally here. Your path to this point hasn't always been easy. Heck, your first day here they didn't even know if you were going to parade because of the rain. But the clouds broke at the last minute and the sun shone brightly on you and your class. (I had to mention it, obviously, since no one else has yet). This moment on R-Day has defined your class. It's in your crest and everyone mentions it in their speeches, usually.  But it also defines who you have become. 

While I may not have been around for the beginning of your journey, over the last three years I have watched you grow and mature into the kind of leader that I strive to be. You are humble, kind, and the most honorable person I've ever met. I know that if called to do so you would gladly give up your life for that of the person on your right or left. You have weathered many a storm to get to this point and boy has the sun shone this week for the Class of 2018. 

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Memories from West Point

Memories from West Point

When Justin and I first met, he was in his second semester at West Point. Honestly, graduation didn't even cross my mind at the time, other than to remind me that it was nearly four years away at that point. As we were driving past West Point on Sunday, Justin said, "I honestly didn't ever think I would get to this point." 

It's so funny how we spend our time wishing and waiting for certain things. Graduation, wedding day, birthdays, etc. And then they come and BAM! They're gone in the blink of an eye. That's how I feel about the last three years. Today we're halfway through grad week at West Point already and I find myself grasping for memories to hold on to. 

That's why I wanted to write this "Memories from West Point" post. I'm a firm believer that West Point, as an experience, is going to be what you make of it. If you only focus on the bad times, the hard time, then you're not going to enjoy it. I would like to think that Justin and I took everything West Point threw at us and ran with it. We lived, we loved, we made amazing memories and friendships that will transcend time, states, even continents. 

Here's a look back at some of my favorite memories from West Point. 

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Saturday Morning Coffee #23 - Royal Wedding Edition

Saturday Morning Coffee #23 - Royal Wedding Edition

It's Saturday, May 19th and you know what that means! The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was this morning! I actually didn't think I would be able to watch it. That's the one thing no one ever tells you about becoming a cable cutter... it makes watching live events challenging. I actually didn't get to watch any of the 2018 Winter Olympics this year because I didn't have cable. Bummer, right? 

But thank goodness The Royal Family has their own verified YouTube channel. Did anyone else know that? Me either. So I was able to livestream the royal wedding this morning without even really meaning to! I got on YouTube to watch something else and realized I could watch the royal wedding. Definitely the highlight of this rainy Saturday so far. 

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All of the Best Tools for Blogging, Social Media, and YouTube - The Stuff I Actually Use!

All of the Best Tools for Blogging, Social Media, and YouTube - The Stuff I Actually Use!

Buckle up, y'all because this post is a long one. Some of you may read this and think I'm crazy for sharing my "secrets" but I believe in community over competition wholeheartedly which is why I don't have a problem sharing this stuff with the world. I want to take what I've struggled to learn through trial and error and share it with others who want to pursue crazy things like being a blogger or starting a YouTube channel.

So I rounded up literally every tools I use for blogging, social media, and YouTube! I'm going to keep this intro short because honestly I think this post speaks for itself. If there's anything you would like to see a full blog post about related to blogging, social media, or YouTube let me know!

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7 Ways I'm Preparing for a Military Marriage

7 Ways I'm Preparing for a Military Marriage

Something I get asked a lot as our engagement has progressed is "how are you preparing yourself for marriage?" To be honest, the thought never really crossed my mind in my single years, like it probably should have, but as our wedding date has drawn closer and closer, I've noticed that I've been focusing a lot more on not only preparing myself for marriage but for a military marriage as well.

When you google "preparing for marriage" a lot of Christian resources come up. While I wish I had been more intentional in my single years to prepare for marriage, I will not be focusing on that for the duration of this post. No, this advice on preparing for a military marriage is all based on what I've actively been doing over the course of our engagement.

Some of this is intentional and some of the stuff I've been doing to prepare for marriage has been done without me even realizing that marriage is the reason I was doing it. Regardless of whether I was actively preparing for a military marriage or not, I wanted to share some of the things I've noticed myself doing lately in the hopes that it will help guide you as well! Can you believe there are now less than two weeks until the wedding?!

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