so the last couple of weeks have been rough for me. for my readers out there, whomever you may be, you may know that i was in a long distance relationship. a relationship of three and a half years; long distance for what would have been one year this june. unfortunately, i was blind-sighted a couple weeks ago and well i am obviously recently single. this has been one of the hardest times in my life.  waking up one day and realizing that you no longer have the love of your life by your side anymore is one of the worst feelings to experience. i really had high hopes for our future. i honestly thought i would marry this man if i had the opportunity. i would have given up everything just to spend the rest of my life with him because he made me that happiest young woman and i never thought anything of it. how does a relationship end so quickly? we always fought for each other and for what we wanted and i supported every decision he made as he did the same for me. but even with the rough patches in a relationship, we always learned to work through them and push through them because the love we had for each other was stronger than both of us. but there was…

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged because I have been so busy..but I am trying to squeeze a few posts in here! About a month ago was Austin’s 19th birthday and although I wasn’t able to spend it with him I wanted it to be special. One of the many gifts I got for him was a Pinterest inspired craft. I made clothespin messages! It was a super cute and easy do-it-yourself. Here’s a step-by-step on how to make them!  1) Gather your materials: -clothespins -sharpie pen -glue sticks -paper -red marker/pen -scissors 2) Write something on the clothespin. You can put “You’ve got mail”, “You have a message””, or whatever you would like.  3) Cut out a rectangle that will fit over the jaws of the clothespin. This will be your envelope. Draw an envelope on each however you would like and then cut each envelope in half.  4) Glue the top half to the top half of the jaw and the bottom half to the bottom jaw.  5) Next draw a trapezoid on a rectangle that will fit in between the clothespin when squeezed open (I used approx. the same size rectangle that I did for the envelope). 6) Fold the rectangle on the lines and then fold the it in half and write a message on the trapezoid (make sure it is…

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August 17, 2012 was such a memorable day for so many individuals. For me, it was my boyfriend’s sisters wedding and I was going to be a bridesmaid. For Morgan and Matthew it was their wedding day. One of the most “looked-forward to” day in someones life. It was the day that you would tie the knot and express your love for someone whom you would like to spend the rest of your life with. Usually it is a day where dreams come true. And honestly, they really do. Being a bridesmaid at the wedding was really fun and a great experience for years to come. I loved the fact that we had mismatched dress that were the same color scheme! It was so modern! I’ll keep this short and simple and I would like to say Congratulations to the happy newlyweds! I know your life is going to be filled with so many memorable moments and I am so happy for the both of you!  Here are some pictures from that day all courtesy of Kirsten Weimer. Check out her blog…it’s the best!    http://kirstenandryanwiemer.blogspot.com           Until next time…   xoxo, Leanna  

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Sorry that I haven’t posted lately; I’ve been really stuck in some situations and I have finally started to realize what is best for me. Good news though–this week I get to fly to Annapolis, MD to see Austin! I’m really excited to see him, and nervous at the same time. Before yesterday though, I had my doubts. The past month or so has been tough, most of you may or may not be in a similar situation, but being in a relationship with someone who is 2500 miles away is horrible. If you are just dropping in for the first time, Austin and I have been together since November 1, 2009. In June, he left to attend the United States Naval Academy. He is finishing up basic training which is six weeks long and then he begins his college education along with being prepared for the Midshipman life. It is a really tough decision to make to join the Navy. But I could not be more proud of him. Over 50,000 applicants fight for a spot at the academy and he is one of the 1,200 that were chosen! YAY! Getting a letter here and there and a phone call once a month… not something a standard relationship is used to.  I’m really nervous about seeing Austin for the first time in six weeks.…

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Lately, I have been a sucker for the DIY ideas and such. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to do many, but I will get around to it. Some of the ones that I really like are easy (and inexpensive) DIY’s for those in your life. I’m one who loves giving to others and a lot of these ideas inspire me to make someone else’s day. Plus, these are great ideas if your looking for a little adventure in your life. For friends, family, your main squeeze, or someone you don’t even know; these DIY’s are sure to be a hit.  Blessing Bag: This is a great idea that you can keep in your car to give to the homeless. Most of the items in here you can buy in bulk or buy for a great price. You can also make the baggie a gallon size or a quart size (it doesn’t have to be huge!). I know we are all on a budget and money doesn’t grow on trees–at least not for me; but you can make bags like this for under $10. I think these are awesome, because you know that you are making a difference instead of just giving them a couple dollars (and not knowing what they are doing with that money). You are satisfied with yourself and your good deed.…

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