Modern Fairytale Series: Jillian and Thomas




*Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in what is wrong with the world, that we forget to celebrate the love and goodness that is in our lives.  I wanted to do an interview series about modern relationships and their dynamics.  What do you celebrate about your relationship? What keeps you and your partner together? Let's hear it and remember that even with all that is wrong with the outside world, sometimes the best spot is in the arms of your cherished partner!


xoxo Katty Delux





Name(s): 
Jillian Luttrell and Thomas Luttrell
Age(s): 
Jillian-29 Thomas-33
How long have you been together: 
It will be 10 years on January 13th
Are you married, engaged, dating, domestic partnership: 
Married
How long have you known each other: 
10 Years
How long were you together before you took the next step in your relationship: (not necessarily marriage, ex: how long were you friends before you started dating? how long were you engaged before marriage?)  
We started dating right after we met each other and moved in with one another after a short amount of time dating.  We had a very intense relationship and endured a lot in the beginning of our relationship.  My father passed away only 3 months into our relationship.  Thomas was there every step of the way for me and the rest of my family.  I knew at that time that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.  He helped me reach my highest points and stood by my side at my lowest points.  We were both unsure if we were looking for marriage but knew we wanted to be together so we were happy with what we had and where our relationship was.  After 3 years and 9 months together, Tj proposed...the proposal was perfect...and of course I said YES!!!




What initially attracted you to your partner?
Thomas was so mysterious.  When I first met him, he didn't really acknowledge me.  I was instantly attracted to him and was determined to get him.  In all honesty, I was only looking for a one night stand...that one night stand turned into the love of my life!
What is your favorite thing/attribute about your partner?
I love so much about this man.  He has seen me at my lowest and continued to stand by my side.  He makes me laugh when all I want to do is cry.  He makes me feel beautiful on my worst days....and he loved me unconditionally.  He has made me into the woman I am today.  

Do you live together, if so how long?
We do live together.  We have lived together most of our relationship. 
Do you have children and/or pets together?
We have furbabies!!! We have 2 dogs and 3 cats together.  We have discussed having children and know we would both make incredible parents...perhaps within the year we will make that step, but school keeps us pretty busy!



What is your secret to a successful relationship?
Our secret to a successful relationship is to not lose sight of why we fell in love.  It is so common to get wrapped up in life that it is easy to stop appreciating one another.  We make sure to keep ahold of why we fell in love in the first place.  We take the time to appreciate our love and one another and make sure we spend time together despite the chaos in our lives.  Communication is also so important.  As much as we want our significant others to read our minds...they can't! We have to be comfortable communicating everything...even if it is an uncomfortable topic!
What is your parting advice that you would like to leave for other couples?
Remember why you fell in love!  Make time for your relationship and take the time to appreciate your significant other!  And lastly, if you genuinely love someone...don't give up on it.  Relationships take work...they are not always a walk in the park, but once you get through that storm...there is a beautiful rainbow to enjoy together!

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Modern Fairytale Series: Jamie and Pete Corp




*Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in what is wrong with the world, that we forget to celebrate the love and goodness that is in our lives.  I wanted to do an interview series about modern relationships and their dynamics.  What do you celebrate about your relationship? What keeps you and your partner together? Let's hear it and remember that even with all that is wrong with the outside world, sometimes the best spot is in the arms of your cherished partner!
xoxo Katty Delux




Name(s): 
Jamie and Pete Corp

Age(s):
me 37 and him 39

How long have you been together: 
6.5 years

Are you married, engaged, dating, domestic partnership:
married

How long have you known each other: 
6.5 years

How long were you together before you took the next step in your relationship: (not necessarily marriage, ex: how long were you friends before you started dating? how long were you engaged before marriage?)
My hubby and I met online at Yahoo Personals. We met within a week of talking online non stop and started steadily dating immediately after that date. We took "the next step" on the evening of our first official date :P We met late April 2008 and were engaged August 2008 and married October 2008. Being a second marriage for us both we already knew what we were looking for in a partner. 


What initially attracted you to your partner? 
Well not his height. Funny story on yahoo personals they send you those emails with hey these people fit your profile. I clicked on Pete's from the profile photo and was like nope he's short. Then I received the nicest most heart felt email from him about who he was, his life and how much he loved his daughter. That sealed the deal for me to meet him and get past him being short aka my height. 

What is your favorite thing/attribute about your partner? 
My favorite thing which also drives me crazy is his thirst for knowledge of any and everything. It's a total double edge sword as I am jealous and intrigued all at the same time.

Do you live together, if so how long? 
We have lived together since Aug 2008

Do you have children and/or pets together? 
We each have a our own child from previous marriages and currently own a dog and a cat we got together. 



What is your secret to a successful relationship? 
Communication although it's not easy. Everyday is not rainbows and cupcakes.

What is your parting advice that you would like to leave for other couples? 
Love each other, take the bad moments with a grain of salt and always remember you aren't mind readers share your thoughts, hopes and dreams with each other. 

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Currently



Doing: Well, I hate to admit this, but I am in full Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender Planning.  It is crazy, and stupid, and now involves spreadsheets.  
I am also in the midst of cooking like a mad woman.  I often find that when I am stressed to the max, I love to cook or bake.  I makes me feel in control and makes me feel so much better. Plus, you get to have something yummy to eat when you are finished.

Thinking about: How much I despise winter.  Like I really hate it.  I have no clue how, or why, I have lasted so long in a state that has all the seasons, and winter always seems to last the longest.  Soon this will not be the case.
Additionally, I am completely free of Paxil.  I am completely off of it, taking no more of the taper, and have had it fully out of my system for a week.  I feel like my mind is so much clearer, I have already lost 5 lbs, and my sleep seems less terrifying.  Here is to getting off prescription drugs that I didn't need to be on!

Watching: I am watching the new season of Grey's Anatomy.  I feel like this show should be wrapped up, like it's time.  However, I still watch it, and still get pulled back in, and I am fine with it.

Loving: I just got new sheets and new bedding for my new single gal room, and I am loving how comfortable and girly it is.  I have to say, this might be one of the most difficult seasons of my life, but I am taking control over my feelings and doing things to make me feel better.  Small things, like new sheets, or a new pillow, or perfume.  Little things that make me feel wonderful, that is the key to getting passed this.


Modern Fairytale Series: Megan and Jessen




*Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in what is wrong with the world, that we forget to celebrate the love and goodness that is in our lives.  I wanted to do an interview series about modern relationships and their dynamics.  What do you celebrate about your relationship? What keeps you and your partner together? Let's hear it and remember that even with all that is wrong with the outside world, sometimes the best spot is in the arms of your cherished partner!
xoxo Katty Delux






Name(s): 
Megan and Jessen

Age(s): 

26 and 32

How long have you been together: 

We have been together on and off for 4 years. We've seperated a few times but always come back to each other. We love each other too much to be apart.  

Are you married, engaged, dating, domestic partnership: 

Live together.





relationship: (not necessarily marriage, ex: how long were you friends
before you started dating? how long were you engaged before marriage?)
We were friends for about 6 months before we started dating. 

Do you have children and/or pets together? 


We have 2 children. Jack and a baby boy named Henry. 

How long were you together before you took the next step in your
When we met i thought he was the most gorgeous man in the world!! He was kind, a true gentleman. We shared the same interests, both wanting the same things in life. 

Do you live together, if so how long?
Live together, yes.

What is your secret to a successful relationship? 
Our secret is always be supportive of your partner. Always listen to each other. And the smallest acts of kindness toward your partner often means the most!



Currently......


Doing: I am about to squeeeeeee my head off! Seriously, though, in the next few weeks I am going to be like a gypsy woman. Traveling has always been a dream of mine. I am honestly a wanderlust at heart.  I get bored easily and yearn for different places, difference climates, different scenery.  With that in mind, I am making that happen.  My best friend, Devyn, and I are traveling to Spokane, WA, Las Vegas, Tulsa, and Phoenix all within the next two months.  We are hoping to add some more travel to the books this year, but we will just see how is pans out.  

Thinking about: My future has never seemed to chaotic and so bright in all my life.  I have some very big changes about to happen.  Some that are closing a large chapter in my life, and some that are opening brand new chapters.  Perhaps even brand new books in my life.  I spent my entire 20's in supreme adult awareness.  I was married, a homeowner, three dogs, white picket fence, the whole nine yards.  While, that stuff is always good and great and noteworthy, sometimes it is suffocating, not fitting, and dream crushing.  Young relationships are super wonderful and super hard all at the same time.  I you do not consciously grow in one direction, together, you will find yourself looking at each other saying, "Who the hell are you, and who the hell am I?"  That is a crossroad that I believe every living, breathing human being will come to in some part of their life, and it is even harder when you have reached that point with another person you have promised your heart and life to.  However, onwards and upwards is my new motto.

Watching: I have been watching the new season of Shameless.  Not the BBC version, the US version.  It is currently in season 5, and if you haven't started watching this show, you need to get on it.  It airs Sunday nights on Showtime.  I can't even begin to describe this show to you, because once I do, you will look at me like, "why in the world would I want to watch that?", but I promise it is well worth the time.  Basically it is about a family, living below the poverty line, with a drugged out dad (William H Macy) and a mom that is non existent.  See, I told you it doesn't sound great, but it is.  The writing is witty, and you will find yourself thinking WTF did I just watch.  It will make you laugh, it will break your heart, but certainly it will keep you coming back for more. 


Looking forward to: SPOKANE WASHINGTON SHOOT! 



Reading: I started reading "We are Water" by Wally Lamb.  He's one of my favorite authors, so I know I am going to like it.

Loving: In Kansas City, we are having a brief, mild stent of good weather.  I don't know how long it is going to last, because it is February, and well, the midwest, so it could be this way until May, or it could be a blizzard next week.  You never know, so that is why I am going to enjoy it while it's here

Modern Fairytale Series: Melanie and Steve

*Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in what is wrong with the world, that we forget to celebrate the love and goodness that is in our lives.  I wanted to do an interview series about modern relationships and their dynamics.  What do you celebrate about your relationship? What keeps you and your partner together? Let's hear it and remember that even with all that is wrong with the outside world, sometimes the best spot is in the arms of your cherished partner!
xoxo Katty Delux


Name(s): 
Melanie and Steve

Age(s): 

27 and 28

How long have you been together: 

2 1/2 years

Are you married, engaged, dating, domestic partnership: 

Dating, living together

How long have you known each other: 

8 years.





How long were you together before you took the next step in your
relationship: (not necessarily marriage, ex: how long were you friends
before you started dating? how long were you engaged before marriage?)

We were friends for five years before I finally made a move on him. I
moved in a few months later after being inseparable and basically
living at his house anyway. I moved an hour and a half away from
friends, family and my whole support system.


What initially attracted you to your partner? 

His heart. He is a kind soul and would do anything for anyone. We both love the same things.  He also has a strong jaw and a handsome face.

What is your favorite thing/attribute about your partner? 

Definitely his ability to laugh through any situation. It helps me through my
depression and anxiety and I love being a goof ball around him.


Do you live together, if so how long?

Yes. Approximately two years

Do you have children and/or pets together? 

No, just our 8 cars ;)

What is your secret to a successful relationship? 
Hard work.
Relationships don't just work. They take dedication, love and the
desire to want to make it/keep it successful. The moment either party
gets lazy, or forgets to show their love for their partner, is the
moment the relationship starts to fail.


What is your parting advice that you would like to leave for other
couples? 

Try to understand your partners nuances, whether it be depression, anxiety or low self esteem. Love your partner for their flaws, not in spite of them. Never give up.