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Christmas Date Ideas in 2020

I’ve always loved going out with Jon in the hustle and bustle of December, and getting lost in the Christmas crowds magic.

But this year, avoiding crowds isn’t just a preference – it’s a necessary step to keep the people we love safe and healthy. We are reevaluating how we spend time together this year, and I’m sharing my date night bucket list for Christmas 2020.

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Our Engagement Story

I keep starting to write this post, but I don’t know how to fully encompass how incredible this was. It was the sweetest moment of my life.

Jon and I are both very big planners which works really well for us. We are also both big talkers and share every detail of our lives with each other. That being said, it is very hard to surprise one another. We have talked about getting married for a while, and always wanted to wait until I graduated college and found a job to engaged. I graduated in December of 2019, and my plans fell into line from there… and then the pandemic hit and turned my world upside down. Jon held my hand while I got back on my feet, and was the best partner I could ask for. While I certainly didn’t dream of being a “Corona Bride” (who would?), I knew I didn’t want to spend any more time not being his wife.

Like I have said, I am a planner. I was ready. He knew I was ready, my family knew I was ready, my friends knew I was ready… the barista at my favorite Starbucks probably knew I was ready. STILL he managed to surprise me!

We both really wanted a break from our houses since we were spending all our time in them, and decided to take a long weekend trip to Savannah, Georgia. Neither of us had ever been before, but a lot of our family had been and we were confident that we could enjoy the beach and tour the town while still complying with CDC guidelines and keep ourselves safe.

We drove to Savannah on a Thursday, and were leaving that Sunday. Jon suggested we go to the beach on Thursday night and Saturday to break it up a bit. I didn’t question this at all, because like I said, we plan everything. I’m not going to say that I didn’t think Jon was going to propose on our trip, but I really didn’t want to get my hopes up and be bummed if it didn’t happen.

So on Thursday night, we went to Tybee Island. It was so beautiful and Tybee is a such a cute coastal town. I was so excited to be there and be in the ocean that I let my guard down and got stung by a jellyfish. For the first time in my life. On my left hand. The night before I unknowingly would be proposed to. Genuinely, only me would this happen to. We went by a drugstore, got some Benadryl cream, and went back to our Airbnb in Savannah for the night.

That night, Jon kept talking about getting up early and getting a head start on the day. I on the other hand, kept insisting that we enjoy our first full day by sleeping in. Besides, Jon had already told me that the bakery I wanted to hit first thing didn’t open until 10 AM! Big mistake, Jon!

Friday morning rolled around, and I woke up pretty early, but I was still insistent on staying in bed. By 8 AM Jon was completely ready for the day, and I was watching John Mulaney clips on YouTube in my pajamas. Jon kept saying, “Can we please get up and enjoy the day?” And I kept insisting that I was enjoying the day from my bed. I could tell Jon was getting anxious to get going, but again, Jon is the punctual one that keeps us on schedule. It was not unlike him to want us to get moving with the day. Finally, Jon said, “Can you please be ready by 8:45 so we can have a good day?” I was still completely clueless. I jumped back with, “What, do we have a meeting or something?” He said, “No. I just want us to have a good day.” Liar! I got up and was ready by 8:45.

Our Airbnb was right beside Forsyth Park, and to get to downtown you really had to walk the perimeter of the park. I remember grabbing his hand and it was freezing cold, questioning it, and him assuring me that it was because of how cold I had the AC on in the Airbnb. Liar!

We turned the corner at the far end of the park near the fountain. Jon said something like, “Let’s go check out the park.” As we approached the beautiful, white fountain with the shady trees hanging over the sidewalk I saw a photographer taking pictures of the fountain to my right. Jon walked me toward the fountain, stopped right in front of it, said the sweetest words I’ve ever heard, and asked me to marry him. I said, “YES!!!!!!” through my tears and Jon put the most beautiful ring on my hand. I put everything together and realized the photographer was there for us! Wendy with AptB Photography was absolutely incredible and captured the moment so perfectly. She took pictures of us afterward that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

There was truly no one around but the two of us and Wendy. Once she left, we sat on the bench where it happened and took the moment in. Almost instantly a crowd of walkers with dogs, tourists, and two big landscaping work trucks pulled right in to the fountain. I am so glad that Jon asked me to be ready by 8:45 AM!

We immediately went back to the Airbnb and called our parents and siblings to tell them the good news. I feel so blessed to be joining a family that I already adore, and adding Jon to my family where he fits in great. I’m going to be Mrs. Peytyn Wheeler y’all!!!!

xoxo

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My Collective Quarantine Watch List

Who else is filling their new found free time with all the TV they’ve been wanting to watch but haven’t had time yet? 🙋🏻‍♀️

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Bathroom Refresh: $100 & a Target run

When I first moved into my house as a college freshman I bought typical college home products for my bathroom. A mostly white shower curtain with blue accents that looked dirty very quickly, a cheap plastic toothbrush holder and trash can that were blue to match the shower curtain… I’m not even a blue person, so I’m not sure why I made these creative decisions! I never loved the space so I figured it was time to freshen it up.

A few disclaimers: I picked these items up in store back in February and very early March. Also, I know this bathroom needs painted, but I am not a painter… yet!

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I picked up this pink shower curtain that I am absolutely obsessed with. It really brightened up my bathroom, which is surprising because the last curtain was white. It added a nice bit of color that was so needed. It looks much better in person than in my photo or the photo online, in my opinion.

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I was going for a feminine boho vibe, and I was instantly drawn to this framed poster.  I love the wicker border, and I think it pulls together nicely with the trash can! I really like that this trash can has a lid, it makes everything look a little neater.

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Unfortunately, the toothbrush holder I got is now sold out, but I also like this one! Lastly, I picked up this rug which might be my favorite part. It is small, but I have a small bathroom so it works well for me. 

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This all comes out to about $92 before tax! I am so happy with the results. Now, what color to paint my bathroom? I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!!!

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Feeling Twenty Two + Relaunch!

Today I am twenty-two years old. To quote Ms. Taylor Swift, “It’s miserable & magical.”

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What To Do In Asheville + Black Mountain

The week before Christmas my boyfriend and I spent a few days in Asheville to celebrate my graduation and enjoy some time together. We stayed at the cutest little Airbnb in Swannanoa, NC which was perfectly between Asheville and Black Mountain so we were able to enjoy both!

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Small Business Saturday

Small businesses play a big part in who I am and where I want to go. My dad’s parents owned a grocery store, and my mom’s mother owned a daycare. All 3 of them worked so hard to provide for their families and do good in the community. I like to think that my desire to serve businesses is in my blood, and that it was passed down from all of my grandparents.

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Gift Guide for Guys

I asked my Instagram followers who the hardest person to shop for is. No surprise, a lot of ladies said it is their dads, grandpas, and boyfriends! I can totally understand this one, the guys in my life are always such a struggle to shop for!

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Pumpkin Patch Outfit Inspiration

Happy fall y’all! It is officially the most wonderful time of the year, do not fight me on this. My house is decorated for the season, and my fall candle is lit. The only thing missing is a pumpkin on my front porch!

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My Advice for College Success

My final semester of college begins this month! Due to dual enrollment courses and summer school I am able to graduate a semester early. Kacey Musgraves said it best, I really am happy and sad at the same time!