2017 in Review

Here are some of my favorite photos from this year:

Our first picture together – February

How I Met Your Mother, Peters Branch, MO – February

Our first trip together: Sam’s Throne, Arkansas – March

Slowly but surely conquering my fear of heights – April

Our trip to Wisconsin to visit Jake’s older brother – May

My dad’s trip to KC for Father’s Day – June

4th of July

Climbing together 💖 Our favorite hobby – August

Carolina’s Visit – August

Courtney’s visit – August

My Godmother’s son’s Bar Mitzvah – September

Our first trip to Louisburg Cider Mill – October

Family Trip to Skyline Caverns – November

Family Thanksgiving photo – November

Thanksgiving Cont.
Thanksgiving night after setting up the tree – November

First family Christmas picture – December

Jake’s proposal – Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

New Years in Houston
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2017 was quite a year. It started off on a low note. I was unemployed after leaving my job without having another one lined up. I was in a terrible environment and I was miserable there, I had no idea what I was going to do next. I had also just ended a terrible relationship and was trying to heal from the hellish roller coaster that it had run through my life. My one piece of advice for this year is do not ever chance anyone who doesn’t chase you back. It’s very true that if someone wants to be in your life, they will be. I now have a ring on my finger as proof of that!
In December 2016, I had just moved into my own place after my last (and final) shitty roommate situation, so that was the best thing I had going for me at the time. It was a very welcome change to be able to make my place my own. I got a new job and a new car in February, so things were starting to turn back around for me.
My dad came to visit for Father’s Day, and both of my very best friends were able to fly out to Kansas City and spend a week each with me, which was so amazing. To be able to have both of them stay with Jake and I in our home was such a wonderful feeling. We got a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment because we wanted to be able to have people to stay with us and have their own space. We’ve gotten great use out of it since we moved in.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to the max and made a huge career change this year only 9 months after starting my previous job. I left the world of HR, which is what my degree and all of my work experience has been in, and went to do something completely different. I wanted to truly love and enjoy what I was doing instead of dreading going to work every day. I ended up finding the most amazing job I could have imagined. I work with phenomenal people who are goal oriented and constantly striving for more. The company culture is unmatched, and I have amazing growth potential. On top of the career change, I started this blog as a hobby I’ve been fantasizing about for years and I’ve received a lot of support for it which I’m also very thankful to all of you for!!
Jake and I were able to spend a full week with my family this year for Thanksgiving, which was another big blessing because last year I was only able to spend 4 days with them. Not only did we get 7 full days, but we got to see so many friends and family while we were there and I got to parade Jake around to everyone proudly. The best part was spending so much time with both of my nephews, since they’re so young and I only see them once a year.
The best thing to come of 2017 though, hands down, was Jake coming back into my life, and our engagement. We moved in together in August and were able to make our house a home together. We also got Oliver, who has already brought us so much happiness in the month we’ve had him. I’ll be eternally grateful for Jake’s commitment to making this work when I was so broken at the time and really struggling to figure my life out. He’s been incredibly supportive of me this year through all of my ups and downs and has really shown me what true love means.
We’re celebrating New Years in Texas with Jake’s grandparents and cousin Chelsea, who will be one of my bridesmaids! And her beautiful daughter, Isabella, will be one of our flower girls. 
After starting off so crazy, I can’t believe the amount of change that only 12 months have brought. I thank God every day for the continuous amount of blessings He’s given me this year and always, and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings with it. Including our wedding in October!! 
I wish everyone a wonderful and very happy 2018!!

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  • Today on the blog I’m talking about ALLLL of the places you can find affordable (around $100 and under) bridesmaid dresses! I’m sharing my girls dresses (and mine, too) and all of the options both online and in person. Click the link in my profile to check it all out!! http://liketk.it/2zoPX #liketkit @liketoknow.it #bridesmaids #bridesmaiddresses
  • When it comes to investment pieces, do you have any rules you set before you get something? This cardigan was definitely an investment but it’s one of my favorites and by far the softest thing I own. I do have a few rules for getting an investment piece, though! 
1. I have to be able to style at least 10 ways with things ALREADY in my closet. I can’t get something else in order to make it work. 
2. I have to be able to wear it multiple times a month. Something I know I’ll use over and over. 
3. It has to be comfortable. If I’m gonna spend a pretty penny on it, it needs to not only look good but FEEL good. I hate uncomfortable clothing! 
4. It shouldn’t be an impulse buy. I like to think about my investment pieces for a bit before I buy them. Even though I love affordable style, I invest in good quality things I know I’ll wear often so they last!

Do you have any rules when it comes to buying something you consider an investment piece? Tell me in the comments!
  • What are your thoughts on the off the shoulder trend?? I love it 🥰 right now I’m fantasizing about spring because we are getting more snow this weekend!! .

This is one of my favorite date night outfits 😍 I rounded up a bunch of OTS sweaters all under $30 and linked them in the @liketoknow.it app! Click the link in my profile and click “shop my instagram” to see them all!! http://liketk.it/2zmCg #liketkit
  • As I’ve continued to clean things out after my binge of Tidying Up on @Netflix, I’m really enjoying getting rid of so much. .
The whole idea is to declutter and let go of things that don’t #sparkjoy for us. This dress is one of those things for me. While it was great to wear for Easter last year, it just doesn’t bring me joy anymore so it’s one of the things I’ll be getting rid of! .
I’m going to be selling a bunch of my stuff on danithom.com as well as my other typical ways (join my email list on my blog to get my free e-book on how to sell your clothes for cash!). Swipe to see the full dress (and a baby Oliver!) 💙 And DM me if you’re interested in buying it before I post it!
  • Today on the blog I’m sharing 7 MUST-HAVES for winter all under $50 (yes, everything!), and why right now is the best time to get them all!! We just got about a foot of snow here in KC, so if you’re local you get it 😂 and I know a few other places got hit, too! Did you get snow where you’re at?! ❄️
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Click the link in my profile to check out the must-haves and see why you should stock up now! http://liketk.it/2zkgm #liketkit @liketoknow.it
  • Lazy days are the best days ❤️ I love being snuggled up with my babies. Finn is SO NEEDY and is basically attached to one of us at all times.
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Side note, if you haven’t watched Tiding Up with Marie Kondo on @netflix yet, WATCH IT. We binged all of it last night and cleaned our house while doing it lol it’s so motivating. I’m gonna finish today and tomorrow and I can’t wait!
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Tomorrow on the blog I’m sharing 7 must-have winter pieces under $50 and a lot of them are linked in this picture!! Click the link in my profile to shop this look ❤️ http://liketk.it/2zj5Y #liketkit @liketoknow.it

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