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Valentines Day Gift Guide

Katie McBain

I can't believe it's already February 1st! That means Valentines day is right around the corner. Whether you are looking for your hubby or wifey, your boyfriend or girlfriend, your bestie for galentines day, or you simply want to buy for your happy single self, there are plenty of budget-friendly ideas that I have linked below! 

Happy shopping! xx




You & Me Journal


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Adorn Bath Bomb



City Scapes Candle



Sheer Crew Socks


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Rose Lip Polish



Delicate Necklace


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Throw Blanket



2018 Weekly Planner



Key Chain iPhone Charger


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Infuser Water Bottle


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Sole Society Leather Purse



S'well Pink Water Bottle



Cozy Knit Beanie





MVMT Watch



Quarter Zip Pullover



Duffel Bag


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S'well Wood Water Bottle



Travel Shave Kit



Bi-Fold Wallet



Adidas Knit Beanie



Circular Power Strip



Avocado Halves Sock


Minted - The Perfect Christmas Card

Katie McBain


This post is sponsored by Minted

It's finally December! I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. So many big things and changes have happened in our family. 


Christmas is easily one of my favorite Holidays to celebrate. I have already baked so many Christmas cookies (and consumed too many) and fully decorated my house in Christmas décor. I cannot believe how fast this year has flown by. So many big things and changes have happened in our family. 



When it came time for us to choose this year's Christmas card, we had to pick the perfect picture. My husband and I had a few photos taken of us this fall and the one photo I decided to choose was a landscape picture. The card style needed to be horizontal, so to make the job easier for us; they have a tab just for landscape-designed cards. Minted has so many talented artists that helped create all the different designs and styles of cards. It was so difficult to choose which one we wanted because we seriously loved them all!



As Christmas is drawing closer, you might be in a bit of a rush or don’t have a whole lot of time to browse on their website, you can text Minted a photo and they will text you back with your photo styled in 5 different ways. All you have to do is text the number provided on their website, answer a few questions, and then you’re set! Once you have chosen your design, all you need to do is log in to your Minted account and order them. It’s that easy!



We ended up choosing the Modern Merry Greeting Petite Card. We are still so happy with our decision and the way our Christmas card turned out! Seeing our photo on a quality card makes me so happy and excited to send out to our family and friends-I plan on keeping one card for ourselves every year to see how our family grows and changes!



Minted offers FREE recipient printing on envelopes to match your cards. What a time saver! All you have to do is upload contacts into you Minted account (I downloaded their contacts excel spreadsheet, filled it out, and uploaded it so all my contacts upload at once). They will then print the names and addresses onto the envelopes for you. They also offer custom stamps and matching return labels to help you create a fun and cohesive look.



Minted is well known for their Holiday cards, Invites, and Stationery. They have foil-pressed cards, letterpress cards, completely custom cards, ornament cards, and booklette cards-I love all of the options they offer!

What I recently have been admiring is their artwork and Home Decor. They have personalized throw pillows, blankets, art shelves, and I am obsessed with their entire nursery and children's decor line called 'Little Mint'-it makes me want to have a little one running around my house! 



Overall, I was extremely satisfied with my experience with using Minted. They have made their website easy to navigate and user friendly.

I am especially happy with the way our 2017 Christmas card turned out and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for quality. They allowed my vision of the perfect card to come to life and I am so excited to use them for more cards in the future!



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Want to shop my closet? Here are some of the current things I own that I absolutely love for this favorite season of mine. 

Click any picture below and it will take you to a direct link to purchase the product!

Happy Shopping! 


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A few months ago, Stuart and I were featured on It has almost been a full year of marriage now (how crazy is that?!) and I was reflecting on how special that day was to me, so I wanted to share with all of you. Here is a little something I wrote that was posted on the Wedding Chicks Blog page-Enjoy!


"Romance isn't just blossoming in this sweet pastel pink garden wedding at The Cordelle in Nashville, it is full out blooming in all it's glory! Katie and Stuart are the picture of a beautiful couple in love and we are head over heels in love with their big day celebrating that love! Plus Katie gave us the inside scoop on her wedding planning process as well as some adorable behind the scenes bloopers that will make the whole day memorable and so fun to talk about for years to come! 

So dive on in to this fabulous Fall wedding day and don't forget to check out the full gallery! We have many more inspiring photos to share with you thanks to the talents of Christy Wilson Photography. Oh and don't miss their budget breakdown, it's a good way to gage how much you might spend on your best day ever!"


From the Bride: There's something about the magic of a wedding. As a little girl, I always dreamed of being a bride wearing a beautiful white gown with the man of my dreams at the end of the aisle looking at me like I'm the most beautiful girl he'd ever laid eyes on. Fast forward a few years and in the summer of 2016, Stuart (the man of my dreams), got down on one knee with tears in his eyes asking me to be with him forever. After that moment, I knew the exact wedding that I wanted. I wanted the day to be magical, full of laughter, and full of love. 


The only thing that went wrong (which I can actually laugh at) on my wedding day was when all the wedding party was finished walking down the aisle, my dad and I were sitting upstairs in the bridal suite just chatting and waiting for someone to come get us tostart heading downstairs. We started to hear the song we were supposed to walk down to and the owner of the Cordelle came into the room and said, "I think that's your cue". We both looked at each other with the widest eyes and rushed down the stairs (without tripping-thankfully). My favorite part about that moment was my dad holding the bottom of my dress so I wouldn't fall. I will always remember that moment for as long as I will live! Thank you daddy for always being my favorite "spur of the moment" guy.



The next step in planning our wedding was my dress. I searched online at stores for a dress that was truly unique, inexpensive (because holy cow can dresses break the bank when it comes to weddings!!), and that was just a total 'Katie' kind of dress. 

I remembered someone telling me about Anthropologies Wedding Line called 'BHLDN' (pronounced beholden). I set up an appointment and invited 7 of my favorite and important ladies in my life to join me. I loved every single dress that I laid my eyes on in that store...all engaged ladies out there, you HAVE to check it out! I remember trying on about 7 or 8 dresses and loved them all. Deciding on the right dress wasn't as tricky as I thought it would be because I went to the store with one beautiful dress in mind. It was really easy to say yes to the dress and ordered it right there in the store. The awesome thing about BHLDN was that from the day I ordered my dress to the day I received it in the mail was 10 DAYS. Yes ladies, only 10. I had to have it altered by my lovely aunt so you have to find an alteration place that does it for you but it is so worth it! 



As far as desserts went, we decided we both did not want a cake or anything considered traditional at this point. Number one, they cost a boat load and yeah sure, they can look super pretty but we wanted something more unique (and cheaper). We decided to go with something that gave us the most memories over the years because nothing bad happens when you have a good old s'more in your hand! We were very happy with that dessert decision. 

I knew I wanted peachy colors, deep burgundy, and lots of eucalyptus...I'm kind of obsessed. That's when I found Elizabeth Earnest Florals. I wanted someone who could bring non-traditional to the table and might I say, she definitely delivered. On the wedding day I found out she arranges flowers for the show 'Fixer Upper' on HGTV and was slightly freaking out because that was probably the closet I will ever be to JoJo.



The band's name is WAKER also known as KOA before they changed their band name recently. They are graduates of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and my best friend Taylor also went there so that was the connection we had to consider them performing at our wedding. 



Be open minded, be yourself, stay positive, and don't get side tracked by anyone else's expectations. Wedding planning is supposed to be a fun process and in the end of it all, you are marrying your best friend! It was easy for us to determine where we wanted to spend more money in certain places and less money in is all based on preference and what your total budget is! 










Kura Berry Protein Smoothie

Katie McBain


I have been searching for a good smoothie recipe for a very long time. Personally, I think it's hard to make a homemade smoothie taste good while being healthy. I came across a company called Kura and all of their protein mixes are sourced from cows that graze on the clean, green & pristine pastures of New Zealand. "Goodness in is goodness out" as Kura likes to say...and it is SO true! 



6 oz - Coconut Water

1/3 cup - Organic Strawberry Yogurt

1/2 cup - Frozen Blueberries

1/2 cup - Frozen Strawberries

1/2 cup - Frozen Blackberries

2 tbsp - Honey

3 tbsp - Vanilla Grass Fed Dairy Protein*


Tip: Add a handful of Baby Spinach for an extra punch of nutrition. With each scoop of Kura, you give your body 14 grams of grass-fed protein. 



I also love mixing those ingredients to make a power bowl and adding chia, coconut, berries, or any other power bowl goodies. Kura offers so many different protein packets so I have linked them all down below-Enjoy!

Berry Grass Fed Dairy Protein  

Chocolate Grass Fed Dairy Protein 

Chai Plant Based Vegan Protein 

Chocolate Plant Based Vegan Protein 

Vanilla Plant Based Vegan Protein 


Hello Maypole

Katie McBain

Hello Maypole creates the most adorable decorations with many different colored felt balls. They helped me add a little more song, a little more pop, and a little more color to my home! These felt balls are perfect for decorating any birthday party, celebration, or cozy corner in your home. 


Shop the photos:

Driftwood - $18.00

Gemology - $18.00



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Every woman has a dream

I am really excited to talk about Sseko on the blog today. All of their products have been handcrafted in Uganda and they use fashion to create opportunity & community for women globally. Sales from Sseko enable them to employ and educate more women in Uganda who have been dreaming of that opportunity. All their sandals and accessories are handmade by Ugandan women pursuing university. Their materials and products are produced by artisan partners throughout East Africa, creating opportunity across the region. Just think, in America we have it so easy. We can take out loans and pay it back with our steady jobs or if we are blessed enough, someone else is willing to pay for our education. It isn't something we think twice about-so join the Sseko team and get yourself a cute tote or some simple jewelry to help these amazing women!

Sseko has been extremely kind to partner with me on this post by giving me a few products-and saying I am in love with the products is an understatement. The Hobo bag is simple, yet is a statement piece and can carry everything I need! I love the small clutch-the color is perfect for fall and it's perfect for an evening out (Color is distorted due to editing, see Sseko's website for true color).



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I used to love burning candles all the time but then I was introduced to essential oils and my life was seriously changed!



Essential oils have so many different uses...I'm still trying to figure some of them out and trying to remember their functions, but when I'm in doubt, I diffuse. I love the aroma that every oil releases into the air-you can never go wrong!

Lets talk about Vitruvi's packaging...I mean how much cooler could it get?! I love how simple it is. I leave the bottles laying out because I just love the way they look. 


The diffuser is my favorite because it is made of porcelain so it just feels like it will last a lot longer than a lot of plastic ones that are out there. It runs for up to 7.5 hours and also has the option of turning on a ring of light-which I love for at night!


Here are a few things that I love about Vitruvi's oils and what I have been using them for:


I love diffusing while I shower or am taking a bath. While I have my diffuser on, I usually drop a few drops of essential oil onto the floor of my shower and that way the steam brings it up and through the air. Once I am out of the shower, I rub some oil behind my ears and on my temples.

Shop the oils I use for the shower:

Bath oil mix:



Lately, I've been diffusing more than I usually do because summer is coming to an end  and that means fall is right around the corner (and for me, fall means the cold/flu symptoms start to kick in). Having pure and clean air to me is essential!

Shop my favorite diffuser cocktails:

So Fresh, So Clean

Stanley Park After Dark


Cozy at Home

Applying Topicly

I am a person who tends to get a lot of soon as I heard about applying Peppermint Oil to my temples, behind my ears, under my nose, and the bottom of my feet, I am a new woman! I carry Peppermint oil in my purse and it goes wherever I go. This stuff is amazing! 


Vitruvi sent me their SLEEP Roll-On Oil and I apply it to my temples before bed. I have noticed i'm feeling more relaxed and i'm able to fall asleep quicker.



They also sent me STILL Face & Body Mist that works great as a make-up setting spray and it also works great for at night. I also spray it on my sheets, duvet and pillow. 


Overall I have been satisfied with their products and I would recommend them to anyone that is looking to use different brands of oils. 

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Flowers For Dreams

Katie McBain

Wherever life plants you, bloom with grace. 

As of just a few days ago, I had never heard of Flowers for Dreams and now I'm really excited to share with y'all what their mission is and who they are as a company. 


Flowers for Dreams based in Milwaukee and Chicago. Each and every bouquet is from locally crafted flowers and created to be unique for every customer. Not only do they deliver for free, but they deliver by hand! On bikes! I mean....c'mon. To all men out in this world: y'all need to get in on this and buy your special someone a beautiful bouquet even if its 'just because'. You won't regret it. 

 Every purchase you make benefits a local charity. Each month, they feature one worthy cause and contribute 25% of all their profits to it. 

So on that note, they have teamed up with 88Nine in Milwaukee this week for the #NoEmptyBackpacks campaign. Every Wisconsin bouquet they sell in August will donate a backpack to an MPS student in need! 

If you are looking for a fun thing to do this week then Thursday, August 17th is callin' your name (it sure is calling mine)! Flowers for Dreams will be hanging out at the 414 Live show with their flower truck collecting school supplies and backpacks. Plus, anyone who brings supplies will get a free mini bouquet! 

Here's a big thank you to Flowers for Dreams for spreading love and helping give back to our community. 


Our First House

Katie McBain

Where do I even begin to start?! The excitement of owning a home is completely overwhelming. Overwhelming in the good way (a little scary sometimes because it's such a huge responsibility, but good). In this blog post I'm going to focus more on the story behind the process of finding and buying our home!

The story behind buying our house seriously gives me major goosebumps. Before Stuart and I got married, one of our favorite things to do was drive around town to look at all the cute houses and dream of what we could have someday. We came across this cute little cape cod home with a cute yard, mature trees, and lots of character. Both of us basically drooled over this house (If you know me at all, that's pretty normal, ha). I specifically remember telling Stuart, "That house will never go up for sale." (Yes I regret saying that now of course!)

Months and months go by but one morning, I received a text message from my sweet hubby. It was a message with a picture of that cute cape cod we saw months before, and a link to Zillow. I FREAKED out. I clicked into the link and what do ya know?! It was in our price range and in the city we were dying to live in. Could that have been any better?! (Here's a hint to answer that question: no.).

Without any hesitation, I told him I wanted to go see it and he strongly agreed. Luckily we found the best realtor (aka my sweet momma;) ) and she set up a showing for us that night. She also warned us that there were multiple offers on the house already...but that didn't stop us. 

We pulled up into the driveway and it just felt like home to us. I could see us playing catch with our kids in the front yard, having small picnics under that beautiful tree, drawing with chalk on the driveway, teaching them to ride bikes, and creating a place where they can feel safe and happy. I could see us sitting at the kitchen table eating, talking, and laughing as a family. I pictured Stuart reading our kids books and playing with them in that cozy living room. I pictured us having fun summer nights on the deck-telling stories around the fire, sitting under the twinkling string lights, roasting marshmallows, and creating unforgettable memories. I pictured endless things that made my heart so incredibly happy and full. 

After touring the house, we stood in the driveway and reflected what we had seen and how cute and perfect it was for us. Stuart and I had to move fast and make a decision if we wanted the house. So naturally we discussed it over some Chick-Fil-A nuggets and lemonade. We felt in our hearts and prayed that it would be the right choice to put an offer on it. Stuart wrote an amazing letter to the sellers (that actually touched my heart too, no wonder they sold it to us!) and explained who we are as a couple and how we could see ourselves raising a family in that home. The offer was sent over to the sellers a short while after our decision was made. 


My mom called us on speaker phone that night to tell us the good news...they ACCEPTED OUR OFFER-within hours and with multiple offers already on the table! We all shouted and celebrated with joy and laughter. Even writing this right now, it makes me so happy and I can still feel what we both felt in that moment. We were officially homeowners. I don't doubt for a second that this was God's plan from the start. He watches out for us and it's very clear to us that He only wants the best for us. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity and next step in our life. 

We are so excited to close on the house next week and get started in some renovations! I will be writing about the renovation process and also adding some before and after pictures. We are so overjoyed and feeling blessed beyond measure. Thank you for reading and stay tuned because the next few weeks will consist of knocking down walls and lots painting!


Little Black Jumpsuit

Katie McBain

"Here's to chasing your dreams in the cutest pair of shoes you own"

It has always been a dream of mine to become a fashion blogger. I always told myself, "one day it will happen", but I never seemed to push myself to do it. 

What was once a dream, is finally turning into reality! I am honestly so excited to be sharing and posting about all the things that I love. I'm anxious to see where this life will take me, so follow along with me on this wild adventure! 


Spring is one of my favorite seasons. BUT, in the midwest, it's always so iffy with what you can wear. One day it's 85 degrees and sunny so you decide to finally put away the winter attire and bring out the shorts and sandals. The next, it's 45 degrees and you have to take that winter coat back out again. That being said, I have paired an outfit that is perfect for both warm sunny days and for cold cloudy days. 


This jumpsuit could also be paired with some fun print wedges or heels to dress it up but I chose these adorable and super comfortable espadrille sandals to make it easier for walking around. 

First of all, this jumpsuit is the first I've owned. I have never dared to try one on because of my hourglass body type but I am so in love with this one! It's a really light and airy linen fabric which is perfect for the warmer days. I love the straps, tie-belt, slight halter shape at the top and not to mention, the POCKETS. Those sealed the deal for me. 

I paired a cute floral patterned neckerchief which adds a fun pop of color to the outfit. I tried to keep it simple, affordable, and comfortable. I love everything about it! 


Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

Jumpsuit: Old Navy

Lightweight Printed Neckerchief: Old Navy

Watch: Fossil


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CO. UT. and everything in between. 

pt. 1

Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Sometimes life gets out of your control. you lose sight of what's important and you start to feel like life's daily stresses are never going to come to an end. 

The problem is that sometimes we get so caught up with the daily demands of life that we lose perspective. 

That's why traveling is sort of a healing process for me. I am able to step back, reflect, and relax.

 sunrise in Moab, UT. 

sunrise in Moab, UT. 


Stuart and I have had a hectic and busy life these past few months. With everything from getting married, moving in to our new place, trying to balance work schedules, spending time with family, working on milk + honey, being incredibly sick, and even just trying to give each other the attention and time to each other, it's been extremely overwhelming.

We knew prior of the wedding that we were not able to take a honeymoon after (I work with pre-schoolers as a day job) so we patiently waited for the right time to have a fun little getaway. I might add it was weird going from fairytale wedding and heading straight to work two days later...but we made it work!

Christmas rolled around and we had a few extra days since I was on Christmas break for school so the next thought about location was "tropical or mountains?"  

Without hesitation, of course we chose mountains 'cause why not?! We started planning out our honeymoon using the app Roadtrippers to find places along the way to stop and it turned into this amazing road trip.

(Note: I always hated long amounts of time in a car cause I am always so anxious to get there and was always stuck in the back seat). I could not have been any more excited to be driving across the country with my hunny. 

We packed up the car and left the morning after Christmas. Stuart and I blasted our, what I like to call, "Hipster Roadtrip" playlist and bopped around in the car until we found out we needed to save our energy for the last 13 hours of the car ride. 

The last hour and a half of the car ride it was pitch black out with the moon and our headlights as the only source of light. My gps had taken us on some random private backroad (eye roll emoji) where there were no street lights, other cars, or any sign of life.

We were completely spooked. But that being said, who said doing the same things, taking the same routes, or never taking chances was fun?! Luckily our car kept us safe and we finally made it to our destination, tucked into bed, and caught up on some much needed sleep. 


We woke up early the next morning to get a fresh and head start to our day. First stop on our Roadtrippers was Lookout Mountain! 

Do you ever feel that sometimes no matter what camera or equipment you have, the pictures never do it justice?! yeah, same. The view is breathtaking...and I mean it because it's not only an amazing view, but its pretty high in elevation so it's harder to breathe. 

Next on the agenda, we went to Garden of The Gods

It's a very family-friendly park and I would highly reccommend it to everyone who is looking for places to see and things to do near Colorado Springs! They have a few different parking lots in the park at the most popular sights which is convenient. 

It's really amazing to walk along the paths and see these massive-sized red rocks towering over you. It makes you feel so incredibly tiny!

 Hat:  Madewell  Boots:  Timberland  Shirt:  Gap  Coat:  The North Face  

Hat: Madewell Boots: Timberland Shirt: Gap Coat: The North Face 

 Sweatshirt:  Milk + Honey  Hat:  The North Face  

Sweatshirt: Milk + Honey Hat: The North Face 

We spent a full afternoon here and it was an afternoon WELL spent. 


Another awesome place to go is Moab, Utah. I promise you, you will never regret going and seeing for yourself how beautiful it is. This was probably my favorite part of our honeymoon. It was a 6 hour drive from the city we were staying in (Fort Collins, CO.) and we didn't start our journey until 11am that day. 

Along the way, we stopped at Hanging Lake. It's a crystal clear turquoise lake with a beautiful waterfall set up in Glenwood Canyons. Little did we know, the trail that leads up to it is steep, icy (in the winter) and rocky. Oh, it also is a mile 1.6 mile hike straight up for 1220 feet. (another eye roll emoji).

We debated on hiking since we wanted to get to Utah before it got dark (learning from our experience from when we first arrived to Colorado) but we said "why not?!".

There were signs posted all around explaining that it was very important to wear spikes on your shoes due to extreme hiking conditions. Stuart and I had basic winter boots on and didn't worry about the signs. 

On our way up, it was very slippery. So slippery that people were sliding on their butts on the way down. Fast. We also saw a woman wearing heals...HIGH HEALS. In my entire life, I have never seen anything that extreme before. It definitely gave us a good laugh. 

We also had a woman who was on her causal afternoon jog pass us up as I was holding on to the edges of rocks for dear life doing whatever I could to not slip and take Stuart down with me.  

After about a little over an hour of hiking, we made it to the top. 


Utah was only a few hours away from here. We continued on the highway traveling through the mountains at sunset. 

It was around 8pm, we were going 80mph, and the only ones on the road. We didn't plan on where we were going to sleep that night. We just drove. Adventure awaited...

We arrived at Arches National Park. It was dark and it felt pretty creepy being in a national park not knowing where we are going, what is around us, where we were going to settle for the night, and without cell phone service.

There was a map which showed a campground across the other side of the entrance. We drove, and drove, and drove, for miles and miles this park just did not end. It said the campground was an 18 mile drive to get there... and we had only gotten halfway.

We decided to just stop in a nearby parking lot off to the side, put a blanket down in the back of our car, snuggled close, and closed our eyes. 

It was freezing. The temperature must have been 20 degrees or maybe even less. 

Not only was it cold, but I was very paranoid that someone was going to knock on our window saying we couldn't park there so I kind of slept with one eye open while Stuart had no problem getting his good nights rest. 

All of a sudden a flashlight shone from a distance. I perked my head right up to see what it was. It was a man coming from the mountains with a flashlight but it looked as if he were lost with the way his flashlight was walking in circles and then pausing. 

We thought to ourselves "why would someone be hiking in the middle of the night, when its freezing out, and alone?" just plain crazy! Well, turns out, it was a photographer who had been there many times before taking a picture of the most famous arch because the stars were out that night. 

It was early the next morning that we woke up to frost on the inside of our windows. But we were so excited to see what was around us. We packed up our backpacks and set out for the delicate arch. 

 Jacket:  Athleta  Hat:  The North Face  

Jacket: Athleta Hat: The North Face 

We met so many people who made us laugh until we cried and allowed us to see that we are all so different in our own special ways. 

I am so thankful for all of our adventures in such a short amount of time. Memories that we will be able to share with our future kids are more meaningful to me than anything else. Stuart is one of the best travel buddies I ever could have asked for. 

He reminds me of what is most important in life and takes all my stresses away. Let's all help each other keep that perspective of not getting caught up in things that don't matter. Let's create memories together, laugh together, and love one another. 

Stu, I love road trips with you.