Life has a funny way of changing its course. We have backed out of buying that house for various reasons, and now we are packing because of the reality of this military lifestyle. James got military orders for overseas and I'll be heading home. This was expected/unexpected at the same time, but thank goodness I had a head start on packing!
This past week my mother-in-law visited us and we had so much fun together! On Saturday we all went to hang out in downtown Denver, with my sister-in-law Rachel. We first went to a consignment store, which happened to be in an area James and I had already been to with his friends. It was kind of funny when we pulled up, because I was thinking hey, I wanted to check out that store! haha Around the corner was the pizza place we had ate at with his friends, so we all decided since we were starving to just go there. The consignment store is called Plum Consignment, and the pizza place is Mici Handcrafted Italian.
After eating, we had a heck of a time getting to downtown thanks to some construction and two accidents in one block. (at opposite ends of the block... Y'all be careful when you drive!) We finally make it to downtown and go into a Japanese market called Pacific Mercantile Company and I picked up some fun Japanese candy. Rachel spent some time in Japan so she is a lot more knowledgeable and daring with trying all the foods and drinks they had haha. If you want to go to a cool store, that is definitely one I would recommend!
We parked the car on the main drag and walked around a little bit. This shop shown above and below is called Hazel & Dewey and it was the most adorable kitchen store I've ever seen. Their overall aesthetic was so calm and interesting, and they had some unique pieces. It was more pricey for my taste, but I had fun looking at all the items they had.
Rachel, her husband Scott, and I all went out shopping while James was at drill and we didn't realize this was the same area we had been in. We walked into a store called Sewn, and I'm still so obsessed with this store. They take regular pieces and kind of recreate them, or add something onto it. It is a lot of handmade looking clothing, jewelry, and furniture so if that is your style I'd suggest this store! Sewn also comes with the presence of two adorable dogs that you'll either have to walk around or be greeted at the door by one. The items here are pretty reasonably priced, especially for the amount of effort and care they put into it.
James and Rachel went over to a tattoo shop to meet with one of the artists so Summer and I walked down to the ice cream shop, because boy it was hot that day! The ice cream shop, called Sweet Action Ice cream, smelled so good and it had the giant garage door-like window open so people could sit on the bar and look out onto the street. this place was pretty poppin', because like I said it was so hot, but they got through the line so quickly. Also, they offer samples which I appreciate because I'd never heard of half of the flavors haha (they have a cherry jalepeno...) Summer got the raspberry sorbet cone and I got a cup of mocha swirl almond.
Following our delicious ice cream endeavor, we walked across the street to Buffalo Exchange. I came here last time with Rachel and Scott so I was very excited to go back! I found a cute striped swimsuit type thing that ended up not fitting, and then Rachel and Jim met up with us. Buffalo Exchange is a consignment store, and is more hipster, retro, or just overall cool pieces. They have a ton of clothes but it doesn't feel cluttered like some clothing stores do. their prices are about normal and what I would expect for the brands they carry. Rachel found a few cute things and I fell in love with this little set up at the front of the store. James refused to take a picture in the chairs, but thank goodness his mom is the sweetest and in turn I got the cutest picture of her!
and afterwards, we ate at Pappadeaux and were completely worn out for the day. I had so much fun with our family and by the time this goes up, we will already be in Utah.
If you are planning on going to downtown Denver and want to find some cute stores, I hope this helped you! We didn't do a whole lot, but it definitely wore me out and we had so much fun just all being together. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
Last week I did a post on Jamberry and I am definitely not pleased with my post. I was sent wraps by a woman who is super nice, and I promised to do a blog post on it.
In that first post, I basically just explained how to apply them and all that jazz. But, what I didn't really touch on them is how I honestly felt about them. So, here is my honest review on the Jamberry nail wraps.
So I've been eyeing those girls who always post their perfect manicure and think... How? I was recently approached by a super nice woman who told me all about Jamberry. Sure, I've seen the super pushy girls who practically guilt you into buying their product. But, she was nothing like that! She is super nice and sent me two sets of Jamberry nails to try out. So without further ado let's get into it! I decided to edit this and be completely honest with y'all. There will be a part two.
Looking for that one website to solve your problems? Needing to get your hands on the perfect app that speaks to what you need? I (hopefully) got your back. Here are some websites and apps that every military family should know about! Whether its just needed for the everyday military lifestyle, or to survive those dreaded deployments, I am sure one of these will be at your service.
1. Dogs on Deployment- Whether you want to be a user or volunteer, Dogs on Deployment is an amazing organization. You can post your dog (or cat) on here and tell the general area you live in and length of time you will need your pet to be watched. This keeps military families pets out of pounds and instead in a home being watched over. You can be comforted knowing your dog or cat is in good hands, or you can feel great about keeping a military personals pet.
2. Sandboxx- Sandboxx was created by servicemembers to help military families stay in touch from graduation to retirement. While at basic training or deployed, family and friends can send letters and photos from the Sandboxx app. Sandboxx prints and delivers them (um is that not the coolest thing?)- including a stamped, addressed return envelope for faster replies. Spouses and family members can also enter their loved ones' unit details and stay in touch with the other families from those units. you can get the Sandboxx app here.
3. Viber- This is an app James and I used and oh my word y’all… Download it. It’s basically a free texting and phone call app and it worked great. HUGE TIP: You must download this before the deployment because you need to verify it with your own phone number. I can’t say enough great things about this app and it is way better compared to textfree or callfree. So, if your spouse is leaving for a deployment soon, this is the app you’ll want to keep communication via wifi.
4. USAA- If you have a pretty secure phone and lots of trust you won’t ever lose it, it might be a good idea to download the USAA bank app. I had it downloaded at one point and the interface was so easy to understand and navigate. If you are about to take over the bills and be in charge of payments, this app makes all of that easier for you.
5. Dropbox- Yes, they have an app! We loved using Dropbox during James’ last deployment because it made sharing pictures and videos so much easier. I was able to send him videos of my family and I so quickly and easily since some videos are too big for email. And he was able to upload pictures in a jiffy, even over his bad internet connection. Dropbox is also a website so you don’t have to have the app (I never could because I have 1,000+ photos on my phone lol woops). Just share the same account and whenever you upload something or vice versa, your Dropbox will automatically sync and you will be able to see what they uploaded right away.
6. Ibotta- Ibotta is a fun money saving app. It's not entirely military related, other than the fact that you can save on your groceries from the Commissary! I've used this for about two weeks now (I've only been grocery shopping once since) and have earned a little bit! There will be different food items on the list that you can earn "rebates" for. So, say you by milk from the commissary, Ibotta will give you a dollar back. You unlock this rebate by either scanning the milk's barcode or taking a picture of your receipt- that easy! Also, you easily cash out at $20 which is pretty cool! I've linked my referral code so we are helping each other out if you sign up.
7. CanvasPop- Another not so military related, but y'all! If you are looking for amazing quality canvas', this is the site to go to. I had the opportunity to receive a canvas and I of course chose one of my favorites from our wedding. I just simply sent in the photo, they sent back a preview and I could have made any last many adjustments, then it was shipped on its merry way! I am always afraid of ordering canvas prints because I fear they will come out low quality or blurry. But, mine turned out amazing and it even came with the hardware to hang it up and everything.
Thank you to CanvasPop for sending me this Canvas. All opinions are my own and I only share products I truly love.
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